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Post by mcgugan on Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:06 am

I thought the teahouse might be appropriate for a discussion of literature, but feel free to move this topic if it isn't.
I need book recommendations for this summer. I'm about halfway through Choke by Chuck Palahniuk, but i'll have finished it by this time tomorrow.
I'm looking for recommendations as i'm going book shopping today and i'm hoping people will be on the interhood before I go out.
A few guidelines, though recommendations don't have to be within these as I'm looking for anything, this is just what i'm into at the moment.

19th and early 20th century russian literature, Bulgakov, Dostoyevsky etc.
Palahniuk (looking for some similar authors)
Cormac McCarthy

thanks in advance to anyone who deigns to answer.
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Post by GearsCT on Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:57 am

Hey there, I'm not really much for reading loads, but do enjoy a good book from now and again and here's 3 books I've read recently:
(I have included the product description thanks to Amazon)

(5/5) Infected - Scott Sigler: They dropped from the atmosphere like microscopic snow. Billions of seeds, smaller than specks of dust, spiralling down from the heavens. A few survived, and began to grow...

Now three people face a race against time. Dew Phillips, an agent with a classified unit of the CIA, and Margaret Montoya, a government biologist, must try to stop a modern plague that drives its victims to insanity, murder and suicide.

And Perry Dawsey, an ex-footballer in a dead-end job, must race to find a cure for the rash that has appeared on his arm. And his back. And his neck. And which is getting bigger.

And then the voices start.

Scott Sigler's UK debut is a terrifying, menacing, relentless thriller, which will get under your skin and keep you on the edge of your seat!

(4/5) Broken Angels - Richard Montanari: When the first body is found, mutilated and strangled on the riverbanks, Philadelphia homicide detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano suspect yet another case of random urban violence. Then it happens again. And again. Carefully dressed and posed, each victim seems to tell a story so gruesome that Byrne and Balzano struggle at first to make sense of the killer's dark and twisted imagination. But when they stumble upon a collection of old fairy tales, the fragile link between the murders suddenly becomes clear - and with it the terrifying conclusion of the killer's plan. Desperately, they try to anticipate the madman's next move, but as the body count rises, the killing spree spirals out of control...

(5/5) Pig Island - Mo Hayder: Journalist Joe Oakes makes a living exposing supernatural hoaxes. A born sceptic, he believes everything has a rational explanation. But when he visits a secretive religious community on a remote Scottish island, everything he thought he knew is overturned. Questions mount: Why has the community been accused of Satanism? What has happened to their leader, Pastor Malachi Dove? And perhaps most important, why will no one discuss the strange apparition seen wandering the lonely beaches of Pig Island? Their confrontation, and its violent and bloody aftermath, is so catastrophic that it forces Oaksey to question the nature of evil, and whether he might not be responsible for the terrible crime about to unfold. In this compulsive and haunting novel, Mo Hayder dares her readers to face their fears head on and to think about the unspeakable things people can do to each other.

I found all these books very enjoyable and I've left a little mark out of five for each. All of the thriller variety with a touch of horror in a couple of them. But alas I cannot advice any books within you guidelines, I am sorry.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by mcgugan on Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:12 am

willikers! i'd forgotten all about pig island. i read that a couple of years back after i found it in the villa i was staying at in turkey. that book got so odd toward the end, yet still very good.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by GearsCT on Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:15 am

Yep my thoughts exactly, if you enjoyed Pig Island, check out the other 2 in my suggestions, they may tickle your liking
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Kaptain Kaviar on Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:27 am

Wel, I'm currently reading the newest book by Orson Scott Card: Ender in Exile. He's an extremely talented science fiction author, and if that kind of literature tickles your fancy then I'd heartily recommend checking out the first book in the series: "Ender's Game". It has some wonderful sequels and spin-offs, and now a brand new sequel! Fantastic.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by gdf on Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:04 am

The last two years I've gotten seriously out of the loop with regards to fiction. I mostly read magazines, newspapers, news/games websites and scientific, biographical or political books - basically every kind of published written word except literature. My friend, however, just gave me The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde for my birthday, so I'm hoping that might kick start a return to fiction.

There's an author I'd like to recommend, though, I think you'd like him Iain. Tom Sharpe, he writes very English nonsense comedies, and they're absolutely hilarious. Riotous Assembly is my favourite so far, but I was enjoying Grantchester Grind until I dropped out of it. I think that was the end of my once avid reading, though, so it was a good while back.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Seany C on Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:16 pm

I got through 69 pages of Goodfellas (stopped reading at that page on purpose hoho) on the plane. It comes free with this months 3.99 issue of Total Film. Kind of feels like rewatching the film so far but in my head as they're so similar, especially the dialogue. Still there's more detail and stuff that wasn't in the film. Will rate it when I've read it but so far so good.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Rebellious Backbencher on Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:47 pm

Seany C wrote:(stopped reading at that page on purpose hoho)

From Billy Madison:

Teacher: "Okay class, today we're going to countinue reading from the book 'My Aunt Fanny'"
Class: *giggles*
Teacher: "So please open your copies at page 69"
Billy: "HAHAHA SIXTY-NINE!"

Brillo.

Currently reading Mein Kampf. He's convinced me that Parliamental democracy is a bit shite, but I'm not sold on the extermination of Judaism at all.

"Is it not true that in this world, creative genius always occurs as a protest against the inertia of the mass?"
Well said Adolf.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by gdf on Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:01 pm

Ugh, I had to read chunks of Mein Kampf last year. It's pretty shit really, he's got some interesting things to say but his aims are so contradictory and muddled that they put me off the whole Nazi thing for life.
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Post by Rebellious Backbencher on Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:09 pm

In what way contradictory?
I find he repeats himself like a motherfucker, perhaps to hike up the page count. "Insecure much," I say in my head ocassionally.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by gdf on Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:25 pm

Oh, you know, the usual "Bolshevik Zionism" nonsense. He also claims to hate communism, but keeps "Socialist" in the party names and asserts that he's the workers' best choice etc.

Repetition got on my nerves too, partly the reason I stopped reading the bally thing and decided all I had to know was the 25 Points.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Rebellious Backbencher on Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:04 pm

Ahh, the deal is that Communism secretly hates the workers it pretends to protect.
If you ask questions you're a Jew.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by DanglyBrasco on Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:04 pm

Interesting that, i've always kinda fancied readin Mein Kampf, though i wouldnt wanna go into a book store and purchase it...

On Topic- Im reading anything by Phillip K Dick, all excellent, rather interesting, "Do Androids Dream of Eletic Sheep" being the best i reckon.

1984 is of course brilliant, as is Brave New World by Aldous HUxley, possibly prefer that over 1984 tbh...

The Time Travellers Wife is good, is much much better than the crappy film looks to be... Evil or Very Mad

And i just bought "The Road" by Cormac Mcarthy, hope thats good, and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, which appears interesting though the quality of the writing is a bit dodgy. Good concept though.

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Re: Book recommendations

Post by mcgugan on Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:01 pm

dangly, your taste in books is almost perfectly parallel to mine. Brave New World has long been one of my favourite books and i definitely read it more than 1984. I've been meaning to read more philip k. dick ever since i read Do Androids Dream... and one of the books i ended up buying the other day was the road.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Seany C on Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:32 pm

You're a sucker for novels featuring dystopian futures.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by 01casey on Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:04 pm

I love Palahniuk too. Choke is probably my favourite novel of his, behind Invisible Monsters. Currently intrigued by spirituality, not on a personal level, but out of a desire to broaden my knowledge, so am reading Eckhart Tolle's international phenomenon, The Power of Now. He raises some good points regarding nothing existing outside the 'now', and past/future being illusory.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by DanglyBrasco on Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:34 pm

Im reading Let The Right One In which is really rather immense. After that i have Dune, then Scott Pilgrim vol 1, 2 and 3. Smile
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Post by 01casey on Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:17 pm

I've heard the book ties up a few more loose ends than the film, true?
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Post by DanglyBrasco on Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:26 pm

Im about half way through, and it seems much more comprehensive yeah, il let you know when im done Smile
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by mcgugan on Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:10 am

I'm trying to get to Scott Pilgrim, but i still have a huge stack of Hellboy to get through.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:04 pm

DanglyBrasco wrote:Im reading Let The Right One In which is really rather immense. After that i have Dune, then Scott Pilgrim vol 1, 2 and 3. Smile
I've got it on my amazon wishlist, i'll have to pick it up. Dune was a cracking book, although I did read it when I was 14...
To be honest, i've been reading shitloads of Design books as of late, but I did pick up The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams (the sequel to my favourite fantasy book of all time, The Dragon bone chair) last week at a charity shop for 50p...

For those who haven't read it, He is Legend is a wicked book and as always in book recommendation threads I post in, Neil Gaiman is THE best fiction righter EVOR.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Seany C on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:48 pm

Goodfellas 5/5
Better than the film in some aspects.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by mcgugan on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:55 pm

sean, you are a literary man.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by DanglyBrasco on Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:33 pm

Scott Pilgrim is the best comic ive ever read.

I love all the character immediately, love the images, style, humour ( i actually chuckle) and the references to Mario, Trainspotting... Its brilliant, complete genius. I've changed my avatar, im getting all i can tomorow.

Roll on the film, Edgar Wright is perfect for this.
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Re: Book recommendations

Post by Seany C on Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:34 am

I want to get Candy Machine: How Cocaine Took Over The World, looks interesting.
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