What are you currently reading thread

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  1. Look im Gangsta

    Look im Gangsta New Member

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    I liked it but I'd never read it again. I'm not hot on fiction because few writers can tell a story without feeling the need to stop the narrative to describe everything and Life... has to be one of the most extreme examples of that. Certainly that I've come across.

    Rushdie has always sounded like a sophisticated Andy McNabb to me. I've never read anything by him, but the books that have been recommended to me sound just like something McNabb would write.
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  2. Nu'maaN

    Nu'maaN Anu'naki, Nuqqa.

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    except mcnabb didn't get a price on his head from writing.

    i read the infamous book by rushdie that resulted in him copping a fatwah.

    and all bias aside, it was a pretty decent fictional read.

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  3. patrown

    patrown student for life

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    Looks like Dostoevsky was reborn and decided to write an updated version of the brothers karamazov. I'm going to go pick up that book..
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  4. Look im Gangsta

    Look im Gangsta New Member

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    Finally started reading it properly.

    Next..

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  5. Look im Gangsta

    Look im Gangsta New Member

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    Ok?

    I've read/listened to clips but skimming the reviews, it doesn't sound like anything I'd be interested in.

    Catch 22 will be my fiction for the year (if I ever receive it)
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  6. nom is dull.

    nom is dull. but shines up pretty.

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    catch 22 is my favourite book ever. think i said this to you though.
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  7. Dawgtanion

    Dawgtanion I miss Ruby Gloom.

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    Do you like the fact that the narrative in that book isn't linear?

    Can't make up my mind about it.
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  8. Carpe Noctem

    Carpe Noctem Neos Helios

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    Something Noam Chomsky
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  9. nom is dull.

    nom is dull. but shines up pretty.

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    i do, yeah. it definitely wouldn't have had the same effect had it been linear. have you read the follow up? closing time. it's not as good and waffles on a bit but definitely not as bad as the reviews say.
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  10. Dawgtanion

    Dawgtanion I miss Ruby Gloom.

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    Nah I haven't actually. Will look out for it.
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  11. Nu'maaN

    Nu'maaN Anu'naki, Nuqqa.

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    not unless you know the history of prophet muhammad.

    which i take it you don't, so it won't appeal to you.

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  12. Look im Gangsta

    Look im Gangsta New Member

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    I can't see how that would make it anymore interesting
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  13. Riz

    Riz Well-Known Member

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    Thoughts on both?
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  14. Look im Gangsta

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    Staring into the Sun was brilliant. I wouldn't say it was particularly revelatory. There was nothing in there that I hadn't entertained myself, but reading the thoughts of his patients, himself and 'greats' like Epicurus and Nietzsche was surprisingly comforting. I was just impressed with the book as a whole - how he writes, thinks and his experiences with the deaths of his mentors. The deaths of Rollo May and the lonely guy (I don't have the book to hand so I can name him) who Yalom flew out to see, where particularly poignant. Also the simplest of things like his "here and now" questions in his sessions where some of the strongest points of the book. It's also been a bit of an introduction to philosophy, which I'd refused to entertain until now.

    I'm about halfway through Man's Search for Meaning and I'm liking it. I do kind of feel a bit bored by it though. I guess the horrors of the concentration camps are a bit lost on me these days after years of films and horror stories. I am looking forward to the second part of the book though.
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  15. SzOKrates

    SzOKrates iudicium hoc

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    It's not like you to do what looks like the self help thing.
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  16. SzOKrates

    SzOKrates iudicium hoc

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    I went berserk at the bookstore today. Things were going for cheap, so I picked up quite a few. Most importantly, I got Catch 22. I'll dive into that one after Hitchens' Letters to a Young Contrarian, which looks like a short and fun read.
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  17. nom is not dull

    nom is not dull swings! misses.

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    i always get worried recommending catch 22. some girl i know who usually has a very similar taste in books to me absolutely hated catch 22. we aren't friends anymore.
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  18. SzOKrates

    SzOKrates iudicium hoc

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    It's the book that coined the phrase, right? It's like a third dimension to irony/coincidence, so I'll probably like it. My concern is that I haven't read much fiction that I didn't like. So I'd still thank you for giving me something to Troll you with.
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  19. nom is not dull

    nom is not dull swings! misses.

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    yeah, coined the phrase. haven't read it in a while but i remember it being genuinely amazing. also art garfunkel being in the film of it inspired the simon and garfunkel song 'the only living boy in new york'. fun fact.
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  20. Look im Gangsta

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    i dont think its very self helpy tbh.

    catch 22 is next on my list.

    letters to a young contrarian and portable athiest are both in my bathroom
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