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Old 05-12-2015, 03:08 AM   #721
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Well, after almost 6 months, I have finished 2666.

Fascinating, unforgettable book. It's actually going to be difficult to let the whole thing go. Relationships with very long books (similar thing happened with Infinite Jest) can be complicated.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:54 AM   #722
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One day I'll have to give that one another try. I have such a long list of long books to get to; near the top are Gravity's Rainbow and Nabokov's Ada.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:24 AM   #723
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I was really pleased with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That wasn't the book I was expecting based on the film.

So, I'm doing this reading challenge list thing and the next book is supposed to be "the scariest book you've ever read". I don't want to re-read something, so I'm looking for recommendations. I'd love to read House of Leaves, but I can't find my copy .
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:18 AM   #724
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Reading DeLillo's Underworld now.

Lots of baseball jargon. I haven't got a clue what most of these words and phrases mean, but everything that goes around it has been pretty interesting so far.
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Old 05-16-2015, 01:44 PM   #725
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I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time since middle school, and it's not as good as I remembered it. The main character seemed so bratty, and the whole thing was just really weird. Creative, but weird. I know there are supposed to be some allegorical things going on in it, but I probably didn't catch all of them.

Now I'm reading The Shack. I got it at a used book store's warehouse sale, so it was almost free. (It was fill a bag for $10, so I threw in a lot of books that I wouldn't normally pay money for on their own.) I was curious about it because people either say that it changed their life, or that no one should read it because it's spiritually damaging, or something to that effect. So far it's just depressing.


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Old 05-16-2015, 09:50 PM   #726
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Felt like it was time to catch up with James Ellroy, who began revisiting his "L.A. Quartet" world late last year with his new novel Perfidia.

Despite not having finished the last volume in his last trilogy, Blood's a Rover, I decided to just order Perfidia because I found it online for $4 including shipping.

Book showed up yesterday in what looks like unread condition, and to top it off, there appears to be Ellroy's autograph on the title page. I looked up pictures and it appears to match a common signature of his.

SCORE.
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:29 AM   #727
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Nice! I love it when that kind of thing happens.
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Felt like it was time to catch up with James Ellroy, who began revisiting his "L.A. Quartet" world late last year with his new novel Perfidia.

Despite not having finished the last volume in his last trilogy, Blood's a Rover, I decided to just order Perfidia because I found it online for $4 including shipping.

Book showed up yesterday in what looks like unread condition, and to top it off, there appears to be Ellroy's autograph on the title page. I looked up pictures and it appears to match a common signature of his.

SCORE.
Very cool.

I've only read The Black Dahlia, which I liked a lot.....need to read the others.

I'm reading Norwegian Wood.

And interesting book I read not too long ago is called "The Ballad of a Small Player". Check it out, maybe.

Also recently read "American Elsewhere" which was fun.

Finally read some Graham Greene, read then watched "The Quiet American".

Also some sci-fi geekery ensued with the first of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books, "Red Mars". Been meaning to read these for ages now.
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I haven't finished Blood's a Rover either for some reason. I think it got a bit too repetitive for my taste. I did like The Cold Six Thousand much more than I thought I would, especially since the radical staccato style took some time to get used to. But I'm very interested to hear if Perfidia is worth the time.
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Well, after almost 6 months, I have finished 2666.

Fascinating, unforgettable book. It's actually going to be difficult to let the whole thing go. Relationships with very long books (similar thing happened with Infinite Jest) can be complicated.
This one is sitting towards the top of one of my piles. I need to take the plunge soon. Been reading a ton of books 500 pages or longer lately.
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Still haven't picked a new book to read. Overwhelmed by options
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I'm halfway through Volume I of Knausgaard's My Struggle. It's taken a while and it's only been ok so far, but everyone really seems to love it so I'll probably give this and Volume II a shot before deciding whether to read the whole thing.
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I'm reading Norwegian Wood.
I really loved that. Very touching, some wonderful characters (the two girls, Naoko and Midori, in particular), great pop culture references too.
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They had 1q84 at the library. Is that an ok starting place?
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:29 PM   #735
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I haven't read that one yet. But the usual recommended starting places are Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, I think. The latter is on my to-read list.
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