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patman?
05-05-2005, 05:38 PM
I know that most of you guys share tastes very similar to mine, so I'm assuming that any books that you like I would like as well. I don't really care what the genre of the book is, so recommend anything.

The only restriction is that it can't be extremely long, because I have a very short time to read it.

lou2ser
05-05-2005, 06:09 PM
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0965904830/qid=1115341718/sr=8-4/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i4_xgl14/102-5135972-6860119?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

Very funny, brings back memories of growing up. Plus, its only 56 cents from Amazon + shipping. Can't beat that!

[Edited on 5-6-2005 by lou2ser]

birdman
05-05-2005, 07:02 PM
cant go wrong with orwell, removed from 1984 of course. down and out in paris and london is quite enjoyable.

ObsoleteTimeMachine
05-05-2005, 07:41 PM
Albert Camus' "The Stranger"

porc-épic
05-05-2005, 08:14 PM
great suggestion ObsoleteTimeMachine. Hermann Hesse's "Demian".

[Edited on 5-6-2005 by porc-épic]

birdman
05-05-2005, 09:01 PM
demian is good.

nice man washing
05-05-2005, 09:23 PM
'Leviathan' by Paul Auster
'Ravelstein' by Saul Bellow
'White Noise' by Don DeLillo

MrG
05-06-2005, 12:34 AM
'The Crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon.

His two minute pop song.

Mike

yayablahblah
05-06-2005, 07:04 AM
illumintus trilogy or
prometheus rising by robert anton wilson

auxiliaryoctopus
05-06-2005, 10:25 AM
"everything that rises must converge" -Flannery O'Connor
"...and the violent shall bear it away" -Flannery O'Connor

She's brutal in her tenderness and dead-serious in her humor.

infinite_walrus
05-06-2005, 03:44 PM
"Hardboiled Wonderleand and The End of the World" by Haruki Murakami
"Mr. Vertigo" by Paul Asuter
"Long Arm of Gill Hamilton" by Larry Niven

AFineDayForScience
05-07-2005, 09:36 AM
"a confederacy of dunces" by john kennedy toole

AFineDayForScience
05-07-2005, 09:37 AM
also "the bell jar" by sylvia plath.

$
05-07-2005, 03:31 PM
Originally posted by MrG
'The Crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon.

His two minute pop song.

Mike

I was gonna post that one

NoHarshChemicals
05-08-2005, 12:33 PM
i just read the stranger by camus and it is indeed a great book. i'm reading kurt vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. That's a good one.

ladylamentingonalawnchair
05-09-2005, 07:32 AM
Thinking Class by Joanna Kadi. It's really awesome. So awesome that someone broke my car window to get it.

Freakboy
05-10-2005, 09:19 AM
the time traveler's wife

although its a good 400+pages

noctiluca_shine
05-10-2005, 10:50 AM
This is actually a graphic novel recommendation, (its long like a book?) But I would recommend reading

Neil Gaiman's The Sandman Series

or (actual books)

Memoirs of a Geisha
Buddhism, Plain & Simple

ladylamentingonalawnchair
05-10-2005, 01:33 PM
I didn't like Blankets. I thought it was sappy. I've heard Epileptic, by David B., is amazing.

abstrick
05-10-2005, 02:58 PM
Somebody in Boots = Nelson Algren
Last Exit to Brooklyn = Hubert Selby
Fat City (California Fiction) = Leonard Gardner

$
05-10-2005, 04:20 PM
well if it's graphic novels we're talking

Chris Ware - Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

one of my favorite books, graphic or otherwise

William
05-10-2005, 04:42 PM
"Blankets" by Craig Thompson is the only graphic novel I've read - I liked it very much.

other good books I'd recommend:

"Time Must Have A Stop" by Aldous Huxley

"The Doctor Is Sick" by Anthony Burgess

Pål
05-11-2005, 07:21 AM
A Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garica Marques

livbowl
05-12-2005, 01:52 PM
Oranges are not the Only Fruit, it's nice and short.

MelB
05-12-2005, 02:38 PM
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Such a beautiful book!

The_new_improved_Kirk
05-12-2005, 04:33 PM
animals in translation by Temple Grandin

shes a brilliant women with autism (and a phd)...all of the books i've read by her have been great.

CoolyMcCoolvin
05-15-2005, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by $
well if it's graphic novels we're talking

Chris Ware - Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

one of my favorite books, graphic or otherwise


Originally posted by William
"Blankets" by Craig Thompson is the only graphic novel I've read - I liked it very much.


both of these people are very right

m
05-16-2005, 08:35 AM
blankets is nice but jimmy corrigan is awesome and is probably my favourite book

art spiegelman: maus i & ii
jason: hey, wait
seth: it's a good life if you don't weaken
jeffrey brown: clumsy
james kochalka: monkey vs. robot

...are some other good (if obvious) graphic novels.

i would also recommend the drawn + quarterly showcase. the one with kevin huizenga. kevin huizenga is rad

CoolyMcCoolvin
05-16-2005, 04:02 PM
Yeah Jimmy Corrigan is one of my favorites as well. I enjoyed Blankets more for the parts where he was a little kid, but found the teen parts enjoyable as well. Would anyone recomend like a velvet glove cast in iron?

memestein
05-17-2005, 04:33 PM
anything by kurt vonnegut is genious......skinny legs and all by tom robbins, is nice....and for my obscure aurhor...... "a fool on the hill" and "the public works trilogy" both by matt ruff are great reads