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Old 06-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #841 (permalink)
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Nope, I haven't. But I'm going to check him out, I'm looking for new authors anyway
You can get his first four novels (his only four, I think) as a collected set called the 'Bandini Quartet'. Each book follows the same character, Arturo Bandini, through his adolescent life into adult hood. He is a self righteous prick of a charcater, really hypocrotical and naive, yet full of himself. He's such a great character - imagine Henry Chinaski with Catholic guilt and an angry Italian family. I read an anecdote where a drunkern Bukowski was throwing bottles into the road, yelling "I am Arturo Bandini!" He's a great anti-hero.

Check out Celine, as well. It's heavy going but Bukowski really raved about him; he romantically reminisced about a week spent beneath the covers, drinking port and eating crackers, reading Celine's "Journey to the end of the Night". It was an obvious influence on his writing - brutally honest and misanthropic.
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My reading has been put on hold because my kindle has broken, somehow. No idea how it happened, the screen froze. Luckily Amazon are sending me a replacement, free of charge.
Ahh my iPad has a cracked screen, so I know the feeling. I can still read though, it's just not crisp and shiny anymore..
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:49 PM   #843 (permalink)
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Just finished the latest Dexter novel, "Double Dexter". I really enjoy the novels even if I've only seen the first two seasons of the show. I think I prefer the direction it goes in.

Currently reading Slaughterhouse5 and borrowed the first few Jack Reacher books from my cousin. If I like them I'll probably spend my summer working through the rest. Then I might start the song of ice and fire series for a second time.
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JACK FUCKING REACHER!

i'm glad someone listens to me for once. Which ones do you have Shep?
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Killing Floor, Die Trying, 61 Hours & Bad Luck and Trouble. I kinda want to read them chronologically though so if I like the first two I'll probably go looking for the rest in the library or something.


Apparently the main guy is meant to be huge and they've cast Tom Cruise to play him in the films I think? which just sounds if true
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Yeah, Reacher's supposed to be a 6'5 stoic badass. I don't hate Cruise as an actor or anything but I think hes completely wrong for the character.

It would help reading The Enemy (which is chronologically the first book/6 years before Killing Floor) and Without Fail before tackling Bad Luck & Trouble to help with some of the supporting characters but its not essential I suppose. Just read Killing Floor before anything else that isn't The Enemy or The Affair. Kind of a major spoiler in that one that gets brought up quite a bit in later books. Oh and Rush and I agree Die Trying is kinda junky compared to the rest of the series. Enjoy though.
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You can get his first four novels (his only four, I think) as a collected set called the 'Bandini Quartet'. Each book follows the same character, Arturo Bandini, through his adolescent life into adult hood. He is a self righteous prick of a charcater, really hypocrotical and naive, yet full of himself. He's such a great character - imagine Henry Chinaski with Catholic guilt and an angry Italian family. I read an anecdote where a drunkern Bukowski was throwing bottles into the road, yelling "I am Arturo Bandini!" He's a great anti-hero.

Check out Celine, as well. It's heavy going but Bukowski really raved about him; he romantically reminisced about a week spent beneath the covers, drinking port and eating crackers, reading Celine's "Journey to the end of the Night". It was an obvious influence on his writing - brutally honest and misanthropic.
Sounds awesome! Thanks a lot for the recommendations!
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I'm currently reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Already seen both movie versions, so why not read the book. I'm half way done. Long ass book.
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Just finished the latest Dexter novel, "Double Dexter". I really enjoy the novels even if I've only seen the first two seasons of the show. I think I prefer the direction it goes in.
Yeah I like how the books are different from the show. I watched the show first and it was a great surprise.

I'm not into the book as much as I was for the first two now though, nor the TV show after the season with John Lithgow. I haven't read any dexter since the week the book before the last one came out, I'm going to pick it up but will be confused as I don't know whats happened in the show or the books haha.

Did you know the author of Dexter is married to Hemingways niece or daughter or something? Quite interesting little connection there I thought!
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Just ripped through William S. Burroughs' Junky. Fucking amazing, highly relatable to anyone who has explored the darker side of life.
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