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Book Lists 2017 Book • Page 2

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by troyplaysbass, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    Which one?
  2. Garrett

    it's a banger Moderator

    Clifford the Big Red Dog. It's a free streaming audiobook in the Prime Channels section of Audible.
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  3. awakeohsleeper

    I do not exist.

    I've had a lot more reading time in January than I expected. Just finished The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, which was thoroughly excellent.
  4. aspeedomodel Jan 18, 2017
    (Last edited: Feb 23, 2017)

    Cautiously pessimistic Prestigious

    Going to give this a shot this year, need to get better at this:

    1. The Martian by Andy Weir
    2. Star Wars - Paradise Snare (Han Solo trilogy) by AC Crispin
    3. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    4. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

    5. No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
    6. Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk

    Currently Reading:
    1. Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
    2. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
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  5. Horrorca


    Aiming for 12

    this year

    1. Cloud Atlas

    OK, let's get this out of the way... no, the stories aren't that cleverly connected to one another from a story perspective (e.g. Frobisher finding the second half of the Ewing book under the bed, etc.)... also the whole comet birthmark thing is a cheap device... all of this unnecessary and superficial... also, the author seems to be aware that the structure of the novel is gimmicky or at least that it might be accused of being so (check out the Forbisher letter from 21st - X - 1931), BUT, even if such devices and mechanisms are a bit of a bummer (because they were unnecessary), the stories DO fit conceptually into a sort of grand spiritual narrative, and that is no small feat. Additionally (most of) the stories are exciting and maintain a good pace, and Mitchell's ability to paint so many different pictures in such a clear manner and in such few pages is rather impressive. Also, I've read some reviews calling it complicated, or a chore. It is neither of them, just give yrslf time to adjust to each story's world/language/characters (you'll get it eventually) and plow through the first chapter and you'll be fine.

    Ranking of the stories (enjoyment wise) because why not:

    1. Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After
    2. Letters from Zedelghem
    3. An Orison of Sonmi~451
    4. Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery
    5. The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish
    6. The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing

    but all were p cool (except maybe Ewing's, which could get a bit arid, but I get it, it's the style of the Epoch he was trying to emulate)

    I give it a 3/4
  6. Horrorca


    how/what is that? saw it at my local bookstore but had no text on the back cover
  7. OwainGlyndwr

    I am the Aleutian allusion illusion Supporter

    While I disagree with your spoilered points (I think the structure of the novel works wonderfully well and adds to the experience, etc.), I'm glad you enjoyed the book! It's easily in my top-ten favorite books of all time, so it's cool to see other people checking it out.
  8. Horrorca


    don't get me wrong, it is a fucking good book, and the dude's talented AF - I just think some of those elements were meh (not even bad)
  9. Horrorca


    in other words, those elements add nothing, but do not affect the book either
  10. OwainGlyndwr

    I am the Aleutian allusion illusion Supporter

    Yeah, I hear you. I can see why people wouldn't enjoy some of those aspects of his books, even though I do quite a bit. And, like you said, they don't detract from the overall experience, which is good.
  11. Horrorca


    what's yr fav story (reality) from the book?
  12. aspeedomodel

    Cautiously pessimistic Prestigious

    2. Star Wars - Paradise Snare (Han Solo trilogy) by AC Crispin
  13. Garrett

    it's a banger Moderator

    Did you like Searching For Sunday?
  14. CarpetElf Jan 20, 2017
    (Last edited: Dec 20, 2017)

    point gawd Prestigious

    1. Breakfast of Champions
    2. The Royal Tenenbaums
    3. Elements of Style
    4. On Writing
    5. A Farewell to Arms
    6. To Have and Have Not
    7. Joyland
    8. All Quiet on the Western Front
  15. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    1) Lock & Key: The Gadwall Incident by Ridley Pearson

    1) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    2) Armada by Ernest Cline
    3) Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    4) Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
    5) Bones In Her Pocket by Kathy Reichs

    Comics/Graphic Novels:
    1) Invader Zim Vol 2
    2) Gotham Academy Vol 3
    3) DC Universe: Rebirth Deluxe Edition
    4) Southern Bastards Vol 1
    5) Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana
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  16. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    @Garrett L. I think it's gonna be a tossup of who "reads" more Audiobooks this year haha.
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  17. KingofSpain

    you can be your own dad Prestigious

    Aiming for 45 this year after falling just short of 60 last year.


    Currently Reading:
    Submission by Michel Houellebecq

    Up Next:
    The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams
    The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
    The Lichtenberg Figures by Ben Lerner
    Best American Sports Writing 2016
    Anchor Book of New American Short Stories
    Lincoln on the Bardo
    by George Saunders
    Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  18. OwainGlyndwr

    I am the Aleutian allusion illusion Supporter

    Hm, good question. I think Sloosha's was the best written and the most compelling overall. Sonmi-451 was probably my favorite story to read for the sheer enjoyment/imagination part of it. And, frankly, I really liked Ewing's story. Like a classic adventure that framed the whole book for me. But yeah, either Sloosha's or Sonmi-451. They were all different enough to be fascinating in their own ways.
  19. awakeohsleeper

    I do not exist.

    Overall, yes. I'm at the point where the last few months have been hard and I've been questioning a lot of things. I liked the way it's written - there's more reflective bits and then she weaves her story in.

    The American religious experience is very different to the UK though. But it was helpful and interesting for me.

    Have you read it or were you just interested?
  20. Garrett

    it's a banger Moderator

    I love them so much. I gotta look into Overdrive more closely. You seem to be flying through them.
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  21. Garrett

    it's a banger Moderator

    I'm sorry the last few months have been hard. I definitely understand the questioning phase.

    I've read her first book, Evolving In Monkey Town (recently re-published as Faith Unraveled). Her father was also one of my favorite college professors/mentors. She and I went to the same college and both worked on the school newspaper a few years apart.

    I've got this and Year of Biblical Womanhood, just haven't read them yet.
  22. Garrett

    it's a banger Moderator


    Currently listening to Trevor Noah's "Born A Crime" and currently reading Gregory MacGuire's "Wicked."
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  23. Vivatoto

    Looking back I'm just as bad as you Prestigious

    Pretty good first month. Little Heaven was fucking amazing. Adored Silence. Both Kingdom Come versions were great and I was really surprised how good the novelization was, like it was a legit philosophical fantasy novel.
  24. awakeohsleeper

    I do not exist.

    Been binging Bernard Cornwell for my last four books. I do love a good historical novel.
  25. Dave Diddy

    Something in your chemistry has changed Supporter

    Have you read any of the Saxon series? I read "The Last Kingdom" a while back and I'm unsure if I liked it enough to continue on with it