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Old 06-20-2006, 11:28 PM   #61
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What did you think of Underworld? I have it on my shelf, and keep looking at it, wondering if I'll ever get around to reading it.
Underworld made me feel for the six weeks it took me to read it. As far as the writing goes, it's DeLillo at his best--really lovely sentences. The reverse chronology of the book makes it really confusing in places, though, and frankly I felt a little let down by the end. You don't read 800 pages without expecting a bang at the end, but I gues it makes sense based on the story that there isn't a bang, but rather something more quiet.

The sections about Klara Sax were especially amazing to me, though, and you can read the opening section of the book (about the baseball game) without needing to read the rest. In fact, DeLillo actually published it separately as a novella. I'm not even that much of a baseball fan and I loved it. I'd say give that a read, and if you like it, try to keep going.

I've also read The Body Artist, which I hated, and am slowly working through Great Jones Street, which is from early in DeLillo's career and lacks that beautiful sentence style he developed later. Underworld is massive and overwhelming, but in the long run, I think it's a book I'm glad I read.
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The only DeLillo I've read is White Noise, which I didn't get much out of ... I'm sure I breezed through it too fast, like I do with most books.

It sounds like Underworld might be one of those books where I read a hundred pages or so, then pick up something fluffy to read, then go back to the behemoth, etc.

I'm so glad people are enjoying this thread! :-)

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I read the Green Mile a few years ago...I can't remember if it was before or after I had seen the movie, but I really enjoyed the book. I am not much for King's books, but The Green Mile was excellent, I thought. I read it in six mini volumes. I guess there is an edition with them all compiled into one book?

Yeah, they put it out when the movie came out...tom hanks is on the cover
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I'm reading The Dark Tower, the final book in Stephen King's seven book Dark Tower series. I'm excited to be finishing up the series, but at the same time, I'm sad because I don't want it to end

I'd recommend the story to anyone that likes Sci Fi/Fantasy books. The first book is a little difficult to get into, but once you get about 30 pages into the second book, you'll be hooked, and it just gets better from there. Except for the fourth book, which is about 80% backstory, and somewhat tedious to get through, though the 20% of it that's not backstory is great as ever.
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Loved that book


I'm in the middle of Prozac Nation right now, and it's really.......um........depressing. I can't stop reading books once I start them, but this book is a huge downer, to state the obvious


Once I finish that, I'm reading The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve and Waiting for Snow in Havana byyyyy.....I can't remember the author



ps.....Also reading a book of Norse mythology for a class next year




Update: I am SICK of Prozac Nation, so I threw that down and decided to read The Weight of Water. I started it this morning and I'm on page 50, and I love it already
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Gettysburg by Newt Gingrich & Wm. Forstchen. It is a historical fiction about what if the South won this battle.
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Hi Carrie! I actually just saw the movie "The Motorcycle Diaries". It was good too!
Hi Doozer!
YES I have the movie and have been waiting to watch it until the book is done.
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Wow, even for grad school that's a semester. I knocked off Don DeLillo's 800+ page Underworld last fall for my first prelim exam (along with maybe 20 other books), and I didn't want to come anywhere near a book for awhile!
omg, tell me about it. Plus the projects, class meetings and mandatory online discussions and essays... I did a minimum of 30 hours of homework a week. In addition to my fulltime job!

thank God it's over! for now!
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I enjoy reading but just read anything I've heard some good reviews about. (and I agree with many of you that Da Vinci Code was a let-down, but I did find Angels and Demons a bit more amusing)

Right now I'm reading The Philip K. Dick Reader, which is a collection of some of his short stories. I didn't know what it really was until my brother told me to read it. I love sci-fi stuff so I guess it's something that's been entertaining my mind.

I'm also reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. I finished Slaughter House Five a while back and hope to read the majority of his works this summer. For school I have to read The Razor's Edge by W Somerset Maugham and Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

I have to admit though, I've got a large stack of books waiting for me in my room. So many books and so little time
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Gettysburg by Newt Gingrich & Wm. Forstchen. It is a historical fiction about what if the South won this battle.

How is that? I saw it at the bookstore and was curious.

I am so impressed at the variety of books that you all are reading. What a smart group

I am tackling Les Miserables for the summer. 90 pages in and I just know it will pick up soon!
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After trying twice to read The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, I gave up and moved on to the next book: Oh The Glory Of It All by Sean Wilsey.

It's a memoir by a guy who seems to have had a pretty outrageous upbringing. All I know is that some point his parents divorce and his dad marries Danielle Steel!

So far, it looks to be a pretty darned good read.
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The World According to [Jeremy] Clarkson - extremely funny. Well worth reading, I read a couple of 'chapters' every few days, it's all stuff he's written for his weekly Sunday Times column compiled in one book and very very British in the way he's always right on the money whatever it is he complains about and uses great language and humour.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - keep forgetting to read the second half. I had to stop at one point since I was borrowing the book off someone and they needed it back.

American Desert - This is on my to-read list. Bought it a few months ago and it sounds very funny.
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I am tackling Les Miserables for the summer. 90 pages in and I just know it will pick up soon!

It does
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Love, Rosie is turning out to be a fantastic read.

It's all in narrative through emails, letters and even instant messages but it's getting better and better.
About 200 pages in right now, and I still have 2/3 of the way to go. If I had more time I'd be done already.
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