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Old 05-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #76
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"the Da Vinci Code" or "Death and the Compass"? Which is the better read? Whaddaya think, eh?

I think that the writer of the DVC, Dan Brown, has practically inexhaustible contempt for the intelligence of his readership, hence this shoddily written crap masquerading as a book. Which has been at the top of the bestseller list for 453 years.

On the other hand, Jose Luis Borges is a very well respected writer who has a (relatively) small, but intelligent, loyal readership throughout the world. No competition, really.
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If you like unimaginative, predictable storytelling and overall pedestrian, dull writing, Dan Brown is the author for you. Why even consider reading it when you know this already?
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:57 PM   #78
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I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I think I can see myself finally reading 50 Shades Of Grey for the same reason despite me promising in this thread that I wouldn't read it. Erotica is a bit of a naughty/guilty pleasure for me. There's quite a lot of fan fiction of it online.

Did you hear that Bono's daughter Eve was in the running to play Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:20 AM   #79
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I've been reading a lot of young adult fiction lately because I like to be able to recommend books to the teens who come into the library. I never want to be the young person's librarian who doesn't know anything about young people.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Light the sixth and final book in the Gone Series by Michael Grant

Trinkets by Kristen Smith

Now I am trying to finish Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


However, I do three story times a week so I read more picture books than anything else.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:12 PM   #80
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I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I think I can see myself finally reading 50 Shades Of Grey for the same reason despite me promising in this thread that I wouldn't read it. Erotica is a bit of a naughty/guilty pleasure for me. There's quite a lot of fan fiction of it online.

Did you hear that Bono's daughter Eve was in the running to play Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation?
She better not. I hope she has enough sense to stay away from that horrible story just like Emma Watson is.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #81
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Well, it's only a rumour, and even if it was true can you imagine the audition list? It will be as long as your arm. Acting is a very tough business. I remember reading that she auditioned as Alice in Tim Burton's version of Alice In Wonderland, I saw that at the cinema.

I take it 50 Shades be erotica as I believe a story. I googled to see the difference from Erotic film and pornography, and according to wikipedia the difference is that erotic drama's and thrillers contain a plot.

There are much better erotic books than 50 Shades. It's not even supposed to be that exciting/arousing.
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I read Great Gatsby in case I actually wanted to see the movie, which I don't really want to do anymore after reading the reviews...

Great book, but I gotta say, Nick's a boring character. I'm whatever about him. The positive is that he's the voice of Fitzgerald, whose prose is out of this world. I mean, let's face it, nothing about the plot here is that shocking or incredible, it's all about the writing itself. The last page or two was fucking unbelievable, especially the last paragraph.

Gatsby is a great character. I was stunned by how unpretentious and sweet he was, and his constantly shifting life story was highly entertaining to follow. It was easy to cheer for him, even when he had his douchey moments.

I really dug the book. It was a brilliantly written if silly soap opera with a knowing "look at these shallow pieces of shit they're everything wrong with America" subtext to it that wasn't painfully obvious or anything. It was there and I nodded along whenever it was alluded to, but it wasn't intrusive. I could enjoy it as social commentary or for the simple entertainment value of watching a bunch of rich douchebags squabble and fuck each other to oblivion.
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Did you hear that Bono's daughter Eve was in the running to play Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation?
Don't mess with me, please.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:27 PM   #84
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This is a can't-miss list for you, GAF:

IMDb: Actresses to play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey - a list by enare
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Wow, that is great. I'm genuinely, head-over-heels in love with like 14 or 15 of those 43 women.
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Then you should hope for all their sakes that those 14 or 15 do not besmirch their names by even thinking of being in that shit-show.
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I read The Great Gatsby in college and I really don't remember much about it, except something about a light in the distance and rich people having parties. It was one of those vague stories that drifted through my brain like a vapor and was quickly forgotten, and left me feeling like I missed something. But there was no time to think about it because I probably had to write a paper and then read something else right away.
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Recently finished Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre. A bit more challenging than his previous Bad Science (which was fantastic... you should read it), but the subject matter didn't leave much room for his usual wit and humour, though it was apparent in parts. A really eye opening read. It's full of information that is relevant to everyone and important to know, so I highly recommend it... you should read it.

Burned through The End of Faith by Sam Harris in a couple days. Another great book. He presents his arguments in a very straightforward and rational way. Love that guy. He's cool as a cucumber. You should read it.

Just picked up Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennett (his new one) and will be starting it tonight.
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I read Great Gatsby in case I actually wanted to see the movie, which I don't really want to do anymore after reading the reviews...

Great book, but I gotta say, Nick's a boring character. I'm whatever about him. The positive is that he's the voice of Fitzgerald, whose prose is out of this world. I mean, let's face it, nothing about the plot here is that shocking or incredible, it's all about the writing itself. The last page or two was fucking unbelievable, especially the last paragraph.

Gatsby is a great character. I was stunned by how unpretentious and sweet he was, and his constantly shifting life story was highly entertaining to follow. It was easy to cheer for him, even when he had his douchey moments.

I really dug the book. It was a brilliantly written if silly soap opera with a knowing "look at these shallow pieces of shit they're everything wrong with America" subtext to it that wasn't painfully obvious or anything. It was there and I nodded along whenever it was alluded to, but it wasn't intrusive. I could enjoy it as social commentary or for the simple entertainment value of watching a bunch of rich douchebags squabble and fuck each other to oblivion.
A book I remember fondly from high school. I know Fitzgerald isn't everyone's cup of tea, but he may still be the finest pure writer this country has ever produced, his peaks eclipsing anyone else I can think of. And Gatsby has as much of a right as anything else to be considered The Great American Novel, so I don't think it's overrated in any sense.

He's also a master of the short story, and pretty much any collection of those will impress you for sure.

My favorite of his works is Tender Is The Night, which isn't as "perfect" as Gatsby but shows an amazing amount of growth, and is the hangover to the long party of the Jazz Age.

The new film is definitely worth seeing, BTW.
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I am reading Nabokov's Lolita again, for what may be the twentieth time or so.

It is still perfect.
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