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Old 03-12-2011, 02:54 PM   #226
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Anyone read the "original scrolls" version of On The Road?

thoughts on how it holds vs the published?

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http://www.amazon.com/Road-Original-...9866607&sr=8-3
I read it. I liked it. I never read the published version so I can't say how it holds up, but it was a fun read. It was annoying because there are no chapters or paragraphs, so there was no "I'll go to bed when I finish the chapter" or "I'll get off the toilet after this paragraph" but it was a good book.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:08 AM   #227
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A better thread title might be which books written in the last ten years will be in print in 50. I'm not bothered reading new books, the canon is there and proven and I'm never near a watercooler. I'll get around to these novelties when I'm ancient and they've had a continuous readership. Maugham anyone? Excuse my intrusion if there's a best books thread
I don't understand this, given the huge amount of variance involved in the success of a book. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will probably still be known in 2047, but that doesn't mean it's an amazing read. And of course many great books will have fallen by the wayside by then.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:02 AM   #228
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I don't understand this, given the huge amount of variance involved in the success of a book. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will probably still be known in 2047, but that doesn't mean it's an amazing read. And of course many great books will have fallen by the wayside by then.
It's harder to sound intellectual if you follow your philosophy though
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:52 PM   #229
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Just finished Freedom, and started reading Corrections...I really enjoy Franzens style..
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:55 AM   #230
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:58 AM   #231
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yeah plenty of time to reread the series before July

60% of the way through The Wise Man's Fear and really liking it
finished this a few days ago, it's good but definitely a lot weaker than The Name of the Wind, not all that much really happened in a 1000 page book, the writing was good and it was entertaining, but it seemed like it could have covered everything in 600ish pages
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:11 AM   #232
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finished this a few days ago, it's good but definitely a lot weaker than The Name of the Wind, not all that much really happened in a 1000 page book, the writing was good and it was entertaining, but it seemed like it could have covered everything in 600ish pages
the length of encounter with "F" was far too long, imo.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:56 AM   #233
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:55 PM   #234
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Somebody was on point when they said "The Secret History". It was the best novel I read from the past decade. Certainly will stand the test of time and be regarded as a classic. Should be required reading for every American.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:25 PM   #235
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For those who like sweeping epics I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's Rome series. It's a well researched historical fiction about the Roman Republic; full of politics, war, and interesting characters. If you like Shogun you will almost for sure enjoy these books. The first one on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/First-Man-Rome...0922437&sr=1-1
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:36 PM   #236
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For those who like sweeping epics I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's Rome series. It's a well researched historical fiction about the Roman Republic; full of politics, war, and interesting characters. If you like Shogun you will almost for sure enjoy these books. The first one on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/First-Man-Rome...0922437&sr=1-1
seconded. The First Man in Rome concentrates on Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and the story continues on down through Octavian. I've only read the first two so far but they are as fine an example of historical fiction as I have ever read. The chapter on Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi is especially well done. But it's not a chick book at all, there are fantastic battles and intrigues and murder and vast information on the way apartment buildings worked in ancient rome and just all kinds of cool stuff.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:07 AM   #237
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Jonathon Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close might be my nomination for the book of the 2000-2010, for both literary value and historical relevancy.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:10 AM   #238
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The Road
Against the Day
Motherless Brooklyn
House of Leaves
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Interpreter of Maladies (short stories, but still a book)
ok I'm at 3 out of 6 done on this list, and I got to say, this is a damn good list of best books since 2000. wp vabogee
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:56 AM   #239
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Yep, it is awesome. Also, A Dance with Dragons (George Martin 5th book in Song of Ice and Fire) has an OFFICIAL release scheduled for July 12th. yesssssss
Read both of the Rothfuss books last week, pretty pissed that I have to wait a few years for the 3rd now.
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Read both of the Rothfuss books last week, pretty pissed that I have to wait a few years for the 3rd now.
Who, exactly, are you pissed at?
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