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Post by Mr. Fountain on Fri May 15, 2015 2:05 am

So, since summer is finally here and I have some time, I think that I should finally start to crack down on my hideously long list of books that I own and haven't read. So, take a gander and tell me what you think I should read.

George R. R. Martin:
Wild Cards I (editor)
Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Albert Camus:
The Stranger
The Myth of Sisyphus (and other essays)

Thomas Pynchon:
The Crying of Lot 49
V.
Gravity's Rainbow

H.P. Lovecraft: 
At the Mountains of Madness

J.D. Salinger:
Catcher in the Rye
Nine Stories
Franny and Zooey (read)
Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (read)

Sir Thomas Malory:
Le Morte Darthur

Leo Tolstoy:
Anna Karenina
War and Peace

Herman Melville:
Moby Dick

Mark Z. Danielewski:
House of Leaves

David Mitchell:
Cloud Atlas

Markus Zusak:
The Book Thief

J.D. Tolkien:
Lords of the Rings (trilogy)
The Hobbit
The Silmarillion

V.M. Straka (pseudonym):
Ship of Theseus

H.G. Wells:
The Invisible Man

Hermann Hesse:
Siddhartha

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Re: What the fuck should I be reading?

Post by Fi Skirata on Fri May 15, 2015 2:07 am

If you start reading George RR Martin, I'll follow along

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Post by Mr. Fountain on Fri May 15, 2015 2:10 am

Mr. Finale wrote:If you start reading George RR Martin, I'll follow along

Yeah, I'm definitely looking at that. I read the first book and was half way through the second before I stopped. So, I'd just re-read the second one from the start and go along if I start to read it again.

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Post by Thade on Fri May 15, 2015 9:25 pm

Read Siddhartha or the Stranger first off because they're incredibly short and can be easily read in one sitting.  Fantastic books as well.  Things like Tolstoy and Melville and Pynchon require more willpower and attention to finish properly, so I'd save those.

If you happen to be an angsty teen, Catcher in the Rye.  If you're not an angsty teen, read it anyway.  

LOTR and the Simarillion are long, detailed, and in my personal opinion, slow.  However the Hobbit is less so and a much easier read.

Basically I think it would be wise to start with the short and sweet ones and work your way up to the massive tomes.
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Post by Mr. Fountain on Fri May 15, 2015 11:46 pm

I'm eyeing The Crying of Lot 49 and At the Mountains of Madness because they're both quite short. They look about the same size as Siddhartha and The Stranger.

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Post by Mr. Fountain on Sat May 16, 2015 12:00 am

Yeah, I'm aware. It took about a week for me to read the first one in high school. But, it does have more relevance as far as my friends are concerned.

I've always wanted to read Pynchon since I found him via Salinger. I want to read Mountains simply to see how Lovecraft describes the indescribable.

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Re: What the fuck should I be reading?

Post by Megantron on Sat May 16, 2015 12:05 am

Actually a lot of these are on my to-read list.

Only one I've read is The Book Thief which I found really interesting due to the narrator being Death.

Personally, right now I'm reading American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (which is proving very hard to get through) and Gone Girl.

Also trying to get into authors like Bukowski and Palahniuk.

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Post by Nexeria on Sat May 16, 2015 12:09 am

I vote Green Eggs and Ham.

It's easy to read, written by one of America's greatest authors, and provides a really deep and philosophical analysis into the human psyche.

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Post by Megantron on Sat May 16, 2015 12:11 am

I prefer There's a Wocket in My Pocket because I'm a simpleton that likes silly rhymes.

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Re: What the fuck should I be reading?

Post by Mr. Fountain on Sat May 16, 2015 12:13 am

I've never read any Dr. Seuss. I need to get American Psycho.

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Post by Mr. Fountain on Sat May 16, 2015 12:17 am

No, I was the kinda child that watched television all day.

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Post by Mr. Fountain on Sat May 16, 2015 12:21 am

I read an adaptation of the Volsunga Saga when I was a kid. It was called Blood Feud, I think. I've lost that book and have been looking for it ever since. It might not have even been a good book, but, by God, I enjoyed it.

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Post by Nexeria on Sat May 16, 2015 12:31 am

You're fucking liar, Fountain! I know for a fact that you've read or have been read a fucking Dr. Seuss story!

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Re: What the fuck should I be reading?

Post by Mr. Fountain on Sat May 16, 2015 12:39 am

I might have read like one Seuss story, but I can't recall it.

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Post by Megantron on Sat May 16, 2015 8:40 am

Was it the sneetches one where they basically tell you racism is bad?

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Re: What the fuck should I be reading?

Post by Fi Skirata on Sun May 17, 2015 2:09 pm

Having a general book recommendation is a great idea.

Megantron, PLEASE tell me how those books are, I am incredibly interested. American Psycho is #1 on my wish list.

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Re: What the fuck should I be reading?

Post by Mr. Fountain on Mon May 18, 2015 12:57 am

I think I'll go ahead and try to get through the Game of Thrones series. If I read anything else before that, it'll probably be At the Mountains.

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Post by Fi Skirata on Mon May 18, 2015 4:58 pm

That's the Song of Ice and Fire series, sonny jim. You get to be an asshole about the difference if you read the books.

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