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Joseph_Falcone from Maple, Ontario, Canada. is reading The Elemantary Particles by Michel Houellebecq October 2, 2011 - 3:07pm

This is my first discussion post. A book or books you wish that more people had read. I'll start if off with "Saul and Patsy" by Charles Baxter. A fantastic book with a lot of thought-provoking material. Most people I know who read have not read it and I wish they had. 

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 October 2, 2011 - 3:12pm

It's overhyped, I know.
George Orwell - 1984

I think people will look back at it as a prediction/warning of the route the world is taking as a whole.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 2, 2011 - 4:19pm

dermaphoria -- clevenger

lean on pete -- vlautin

ledfeather -- jones

my abandonment -- rock

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Izzy Parker from Georgia is reading Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World October 2, 2011 - 4:42pm

Two from the Magical Realism genre:

"The Sound of Building Coffins" by Louis Maistros

"The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break" by Steven Sherrill

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Peter Persson from is reading October 2, 2011 - 5:05pm

It's overhyped, I know.
George Orwell - 1984

 

Agreed. Animal Farm too. They are fundamentals when it comes to writing anything that discusses government and society. Orwell's writing is just too important to ignore, unless you want to ignore it, which is an understandable choice.

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Allison Urban from the bodies of people she's never met is reading Frankenstein October 2, 2011 - 5:47pm

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges.

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 2, 2011 - 6:23pm

An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison

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Howl by Allen Ginsberg.

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Danny grant October 2, 2011 - 8:47pm

Macrolife by George Zebrowski

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missesdash from Paris is reading The Informers October 2, 2011 - 9:24pm

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson 

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Annie from Cape Town, South Africa is reading Walking to Hollywood by Will Self October 2, 2011 - 9:55pm

Angels by Denis Johnson.

And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave.

(Totally unintentional 'angel' link there.)

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 2, 2011 - 9:56pm

Now this is a pretty long list already... I'll add Slaughterhouse Five to it, Kurt Vonnegut, since I mentioned it in another thread. If you don't mind being a little confused, but you will be amused and moved (I'm sure some of you read it so did I do it justice with these 3 words?)

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Jen Todd is reading your lifeline and all signs are good October 3, 2011 - 2:05pm

Slaughterhouse Five, followed by Cat's Cradle and then Galapagos (in that order)

Ender's Game

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

The Fear of Flying

Catcher in the Rye

Lolita

Catch-22

The Art of Warfare

Huck Finn (without the editing)

On the Road

A River Runs Through It

The Prophet

Farenheit 451

The Long Argument

The Road

Papillon

Are You There God, It's Me Margaret (this didn't use to be the case, but Nickelodeon comes along and kids stop reading!)

it's a long list... =X

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 3, 2011 - 1:55pm

The Idiot, Dostoevsky

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee October 3, 2011 - 2:03pm

Everything Jen Todd said, and my addition:

Narciss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse

V for Vendetta - Alan Moore

The smartest kid on earth - Chris Ware

Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee

Poems - Hugo Claus

 
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Brandon Macdonald from Brantford, Ontario is reading Hell's Angels, Hunter S. Thompson October 3, 2011 - 2:05pm

Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs — Hunter S. Thompson

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asyouwere97 from Chicago is reading The Ginger Man by JP Donleavy October 3, 2011 - 2:07pm

It's all about Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth. I'm also partial to Tender is the Night by Fitzgerald -- gets overshadowed by Gatsby most of the time.

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Philly V from Bradford is reading The Crow Road October 3, 2011 - 2:11pm

What Dreams May Come - Richard Matheson.

To me, it's a perfect romance novel.

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kdmccl02 from the Oregon Coast is reading The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer October 3, 2011 - 3:15pm

Geek Love -Katherine Dunn

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things & Sarah -JT Leroy (I know this author was just a figment of Laura Albert's imagination, but it's still amazing writing.)

True Story -Michael Finkel

Language of Fear -Del James (This is the only book that has ever given me nightmares.  It's definitely not a book you should read right before bedtime.)

Tortilla Flats -John Steinbeck

The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas -Davy Rothbart

Magical Thinking -Augusten Burroughs

 

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Jack from England is reading texts of rejection from pretty ladies October 3, 2011 - 3:41pm

I wish more people had read Pynchon and Alasdair Gray because I don't have many people to talk about them with.

With regards to specific books:

Dog of the South by Charles Portis - the funniest book I've ever read.

Flashman - a whole series of historical novels starring a self-confessed coward and scoundrel. 

Remainder by Tom McCarthy - one of the best British novels in the last decade. There.

 

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Helical Claimer from Canada is reading American Psycho October 3, 2011 - 3:44pm

Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates

Less than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis

Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

 

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 3, 2011 - 3:51pm

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray October 3, 2011 - 3:52pm

Angeldust Apocalypse - Jeremy Robert Johnson

Extinction Journals - Jeremy Robert Johnson

I'm not a fan of the Bizarro genre but this author is very talented. Both novels are less than 200 pages but worth the short read.

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esfgirlwrites from Northeast US is reading A Song of Ice and Fire October 3, 2011 - 6:30pm

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

The Book Thief - Markus Zuzak

Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond

 

 

 

 

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Phil Keeling from Savannah, Georgia is reading Virtual Ascendence October 3, 2011 - 6:46pm

Lord of the Flies

Guns, Germs and Steel

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Phil Keeling from Savannah, Georgia is reading Virtual Ascendence October 3, 2011 - 6:51pm

Gah--Guns, Germs and Steel is covered.  And in the most recent post, no less.  So I choose to swap it out with something completely different: Waiting For Godot and/or Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 3, 2011 - 7:09pm

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

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Joseph_Falcone from Maple, Ontario, Canada. is reading The Elemantary Particles by Michel Houellebecq October 3, 2011 - 7:17pm

"Perfume" by Patrick Suskind.

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Dave McCary from Santa Barbara, CA is reading A Dance of Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire series) October 3, 2011 - 7:38pm

I wish more people had read Passion of The Antichrist by Tejun Fowler *(A member here)

It is just fantastic written, heavy with religious philosophy frrom a gay context. It's pretty bloody amazing.

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 3, 2011 - 7:53pm

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis.

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Joseph_Falcone from Maple, Ontario, Canada. is reading The Elemantary Particles by Michel Houellebecq October 3, 2011 - 8:10pm

Agree, The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis.

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 3, 2011 - 8:10pm

^ Yup.

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Phil Keeling from Savannah, Georgia is reading Virtual Ascendence October 3, 2011 - 8:20pm

Sometimes I feel like the only guy in the world who thinks Ellis is overrated.

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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 3, 2011 - 8:37pm

Who's your favorite author? 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest October 3, 2011 - 9:55pm

The Bible.

I'm no bible thumper, by any means. I'm still on the fence whether or not I believe, but it makes for a hell of a story.

In the Miso Soup - Ryu Murakami

I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan

The Brooklyn Follies - Paul Auster

A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby

And a host of others. These just off the top of my head.

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miked from Los Angeles is reading White Noise October 3, 2011 - 10:13pm

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.

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Meachman from Indianapolis is reading Amusing Ourselves to Death October 3, 2011 - 10:54pm

Billy Collins' Sailing Alone Around the Room or The Trouble With Poetry collections should be a must-read to prove to the masses that good poetry can be fun.

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Joseph_Falcone from Maple, Ontario, Canada. is reading The Elemantary Particles by Michel Houellebecq October 3, 2011 - 11:01pm

Agree, "Sailing Alone Around the Room" should be mandatory.

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Kyle Fischer from Blue Lake, CA is reading Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge October 3, 2011 - 11:29pm


Now this is a pretty long list already... I'll add Slaughterhouse Five to it, Kurt Vonnegut, since I mentioned it in another thread. If you don't mind being a little confused, but you will be amused and moved (I'm sure some of you read it so did I do it justice with these 3 words?)

- I agree, though I must add Dead Eye Dick is highly overlooked.

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Dan from Santa Monica, CA is reading Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk October 4, 2011 - 12:02am

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

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Sarah Metts from Rock Hill, SC is reading A Game of Thrones October 4, 2011 - 7:04am

The Stranger - A. Dumas

Skellig - David Almond

The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

I've seen it has been listed by kdmccl02, but also Geek Love by Katherine Dunn.

My list of books to read has grown after reading these posts. I read Skellig and The Halloween Tree when I was younger and I remember feeling a little dazed when I finished them. Also Almond's Heaven Eyes.

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Nic from Cape Town, South Africa October 4, 2011 - 7:18am

Glad to see Ledfeather in the list. And The Ass Saw The Angel is also an interesting choice, Annie. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned House Of Leaves yet.

I'll add Fishboy: a novel, by Mark Richard; and Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, by Jhonen Vasquez.

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Vinny Mannering from Boston, MA. USA is reading On Fiction Writing October 4, 2011 - 11:19am

Dune by Frank Herbert. Mostly because I just want more people to talk to about it. This is probably because I haven't read Lord of the Rings and everyone loves to talk about it instead.

And since 1984 was covered, I'll add Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I read it right after 1984 and loved how one preached that what we fear will destroy us, and the other preached that what we love will destroy us. So we're boned either way.

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CJ Roberts from Salem, MA is reading goodreads.com/cjroberts_dmm October 4, 2011 - 12:01pm

Johannes Cabal Series

The Engineer Trilogy by KJ Parker

Transmetropolitan - A graphic novel but its fantastic.

All Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss

Malazan Series - Steven Erikson

The Coldfire Trilogy - CS Friedman

The Alienist - Caleb Carr

All Graham Greene

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Nathan from Louisiana (South of New Orleans) is reading Re-reading The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, The Bone Weaver's Orchard by Sarah Read October 4, 2011 - 12:02pm

I just wish more people read. No one I know does. Without you guys, I'm a lonely reader...

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 4, 2011 - 12:05pm

@Nathan

I agree with you there, buddy.  I can't even begin to tell you how many people said OOT was one of the first books they finished in a while.  

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joacomunoz from Buenos Aires - Argentina is reading The Crying of lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon October 4, 2011 - 12:22pm

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Guess the world would be a better place, or maybe not, but still.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 4, 2011 - 12:27pm

the lone ranger and tonto fist-fight in heaven -- sherman alexie

451 -- bradbury

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 4, 2011 - 12:44pm

Penny Dreadful--Will Christopher Baer

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever October 4, 2011 - 1:29pm

@Phil K: No, no you are not the only one.

Homer, The Iliad. Robert Fitzgerald's translation is very well done.

Shockwave Rider- John Brunner

Geek Love was already mentioned twice, but it is a great read.