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Old 01-29-2007, 10:19 AM   #46
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Oooh I read The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, it was so enlightening!
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YAY! Me too! I love that book. That man is really brilliant. His stuff is like food for my soul.
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have you read the Alchemist?
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no but everyone tells me i should!
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You should.
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House of Leaves is a newer book and it's pretty much insane. I don't even know how to explain any of it.

The only way I was eventually able to get through it was by skipping all the footnotes, which were a second story in and of themselves. It was a weird book. Some parts were kind of freaky, but overall it didn't stick with me that much.
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If you ever want to read someone that uses footnotes endlessly, check out David Foster Wallace. He's written a few novels, and he also writes long articles for various magazines, some of which were compiled into books. I read Consider the Lobster and one of the pieces in there was priceless...amazingly funny.
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I'm reading You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again by Julia Phillips right now.
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I read good things about one of David Foster Wallace's books, but it didn't do anything for me. I think it may have been Consider the Lobster.

I used to have a copy of Infinite Jest, but I finally accepted the fact that I was never going to read it, so it went off to Half Price Books.
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I have Infinite Jest and will maybe read it. There's just so much stuff to read, though. Consider the Lobster was hit and miss for me. Some of it was funny, some of it was good food for thought, and some of it was too pretentious for my tastes. Glad I read it, though. I cannot call myself a fan of his, but he does beat the shit out of footnotes.
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I really should read more...when I was a kid I read a lot but I hardly ever read now. Right now all I'm reading is U2 by U2, and Candide by Voltaire for my humanities class (which I actually quite enjoy). I started this Chuck Klosterman book of articles he'd written awhile back but can't even manage to finish that...I'm terrible about finishing books!

my favourite book ever is The Catcher in the Rye. It's one of those books you either love or think "this is boring." The writing style is what really makes it. I start thinking in that style after I read it
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I remember loving Catcher in the Rye as a teenager.....then I re-read it a few years ago, and I had a totally different perspective on the book.

I know people that never re-read a book or watch a film twice, but not me. I like how a book can have different meaning or impact to me if read at a different point in my life.
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Last year I read:

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Persepolis: The Story of an Iranian Childhood - Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return - Marjane Satrapi
Small Island - Andrea Levy
Sandman: Endless Nights - Neil Gaiman
Fantasy Lover - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Lucky Man - Michael J. Fox
Void Moon - Michael Connelly
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
Sir Thursday - Garth Nix
The King of the Middle March - Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
253 - Geoff Ryman
Waterland - Graham Swift
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs - Tom Baker
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
Holes - Louis Sachar
Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
How I Became Stupid - Martin Page
The Constant Gardener - John Le Carré
Mr Vertigo - Paul Auster
How to Win as an Open Learner - P. Race
Night Pleasures - Sherrilyn Kenyon Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
How to Manage Your Distance and Open Learning Course - Lucinda Becker
The Dream Hunters - Neil Gaiman
A History of Violence - John Wagner
The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
Use Your Head - Tony Buzan
The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Information Seeking in the Online Age - Andrew Large, Lucy Tedd, and RJ Hartley
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Time's Arrow - Martin Amis
The Wind Singer - William Nicholson
Slaves of the Mastery - William Nicholson
Firesong - William Nicholson
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

So far this year I've read:

Over Sea, Under Stone - Susan Cooper
Greenwitch - Susan Cooper
The Grey King - Susan Cooper
Silver on the Tree - Susan Cooper
Blankets - Craig Thompson
The Best of H.P. Lovecraft -- H.P. Lovecraft

...and lots of stuff for school.

I read a lot of crap.
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Last year I read:

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Persepolis: The Story of an Iranian Childhood - Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return - Marjane Satrapi
Small Island - Andrea Levy
Sandman: Endless Nights - Neil Gaiman
Fantasy Lover - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Lucky Man - Michael J. Fox
Void Moon - Michael Connelly
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
Sir Thursday - Garth Nix
The King of the Middle March - Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
253 - Geoff Ryman
Waterland - Graham Swift
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs - Tom Baker
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
Holes - Louis Sachar
Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
How I Became Stupid - Martin Page
The Constant Gardener - John Le Carré
Mr Vertigo - Paul Auster
How to Win as an Open Learner - P. Race
Night Pleasures - Sherrilyn Kenyon Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
How to Manage Your Distance and Open Learning Course - Lucinda Becker
The Dream Hunters - Neil Gaiman
A History of Violence - John Wagner
The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce
Use Your Head - Tony Buzan
The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Information Seeking in the Online Age - Andrew Large, Lucy Tedd, and RJ Hartley
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Time's Arrow - Martin Amis
The Wind Singer - William Nicholson
Slaves of the Mastery - William Nicholson
Firesong - William Nicholson
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

So far this year I've read:

Over Sea, Under Stone - Susan Cooper
Greenwitch - Susan Cooper
The Grey King - Susan Cooper
Silver on the Tree - Susan Cooper
Blankets - Craig Thompson
The Best of H.P. Lovecraft -- H.P. Lovecraft

...and lots of stuff for school.

I read a lot of crap.
I've read a lot of the books on your list, actually.

The one that I liked the best from your list is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, I really loved that book. The Secret History was also great....the author did not write a 2nd book for a long time afte that.
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I loved The Secret History but heard mixed things about The Little Friend. Would you recommend it, meggannie?

Ditto with The Historian. Mixed reviews, not sure I want to spend my time wading through it.
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