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I went though a phase of reading the classics when I was 16, and after reading Lord of The Flies and Clockwork Orange, 1984 just didn't grab me. I think Im definitely going to pick it up again though. I reckon I only got in about 50 pages.

Short stories then... Anybody interested in a book club?
Fair enough, some parts can be a bit slow of 1984, especially the middle section. Saying that the last 100 pages are just unbelievably intense and powerful.
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Re: The Book thread.

Since this thread is about books, I think Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is the greatest behind the scenes type book about Hollywood ever.
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Since this thread is about books, I think Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is the greatest behind the scenes type book about Hollywood ever.
I saw John Irving on a talk show when "Cider House Rules" was coming out, & he talked about a book he wrote (I think it was called "My Movie Life"). I've been looking for it off-&-on ever since.

Also, I had a lot of my high school classes away from the actual building, & didn't read much outside of the "Literature" textbooks. I therefore read "Catcher In The Rye" by choice during Senior Year Study Hall. It was my sister's old copy, but I loved it so much, I bought my own after.
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Fair enough, some parts can be a bit slow of 1984, especially the middle section. Saying that the last 100 pages are just unbelievably intense and powerful.
I will read it, most definitely. It's not too bad that i didn't read it at the time I started, mostly because at the time I was just reading them for the hell of it.

I watched the movie after reading what I read, didn't like that either.

Just began reading some Bertrand Russell!
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Did you read the Sword of Truth series? If so, why would you ever pick up another Goodkind book again?

It's funny I stumbled on these books the other day as I was going through old stuff. I never even got to the parts where Richard murders pacifists. The chicken that wasn't a chicken, but was pure EVIL is what did me in. So much rape in those books too wtf.
you actually read them? I read them when I was like 16 or 17 and thought they were shit. i don't think i could stomach them now
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buy Joe Abercrombie's the first law trilogy. judging by your taste you'll pretty much love it. literally can't reccomend the series enough to anyone. just really fucked up + dark humour.

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Re: The Book thread.

This year I set myself the challenge of reading 100 books. I started on January 1st and, so far, have read only eight. I know I need to up my game but I've been pretty busy elsewhere. The books I've read this year have been First Blood by David Morrell (later adapted into the first Rambo film), Micro by Michael Crichton (released posthumously - it was quite awful, actually), The Incredible Shrinking Man & Other Stories by Richard Matheson, True Grit by Charles Portis (later adapted into a couple of films), The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (great book), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (I can't believe I hadn't read this before - it was amazing), The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (again, later adapted into a film) and - currently - Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (which, I've just remembered was turned into Apocalypse Now). Wow - a lot of the books I've read this year were turned into films! I need to average out two books a week so I'm going to be busy!

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Re: The Book thread.

Wouldn't mind chiming in on the Goodkind conversation. Wizard's First Rule was pretty piss poor, I think it took me over a year to finish (many other books were read in the meantime).

I remember having similar feelings about the first Robert Jordan novel, Eye Of The World (for different reasons) and never read any more than the first novel based on how I perceived it. One chick in University asked, 'and you didn't read the rest?' like she was shocked I didn't enjoy the book. Anyone wanna sell me on Jordan's series?

If anyone here is looking for a large scale fantasy epic with an original mythology that still draws from fantasy standards they should check out the Malazan Books of the Fallen by Steven Erickson. I'll also plug anything by RA Salvatore. That man can describe swordplay better than any other writer I've ever come across.


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Re: The Book thread.

the eye of the world is pretty decent, I thought.the series as a whole is something I enjoy. not gonna try and sell you on it but eh, I mean gardens of the moon as a book as fucking all over the place too and erikson can't work a timeline to save his life. i think malazan is extremely flawed tbh but what it does well it does REALLY well.

comparing it to goodkind's series is remarkably unfair. also worth pointing out wizard's first rule is BY FAR the best of the SOT novels I've read they get progressively more retarded as he decides to plagarise other non robert jordan authors.
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This year I set myself the challenge of reading 100 books. I started on January 1st and, so far, have read only eight. I know I need to up my game but I've been pretty busy elsewhere. The books I've read this year have been First Blood by David Morrell (later adapted into the first Rambo film), Micro by Michael Crichton (released posthumously - it was quite awful, actually), The Incredible Shrinking Man & Other Stories by Richard Matheson, True Grit by Charles Portis (later adapted into a couple of films), The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (great book), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (I can't believe I hadn't read this before - it was amazing), The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (again, later adapted into a film) and - currently - Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (which, I've just remembered was turned into Apocalypse Now). Wow - a lot of the books I've read this year were turned into films! I need to average out two books a week so I'm going to be busy!
I've tried that! And probably got through about 8 in a year! Haha
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