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Jimmy M. from New England December 7, 2013 - 5:59pm
For some reason I've been thinking about these writers- what are your favorite works from them?
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Don Dellillo
  • Philip Roth
  • Isaac Asimov
  • J.G. Ballard
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Michael Chabon

JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life December 8, 2013 - 6:33pm

Gosh, why wouldn't you be thinking about these writers? World class list, all the way through. 

  • Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian
  • Don Dellillo - Point Omega
  • Philip Roth - I've started a few of his, but haven't stayed with them. I sitll mean to at some point.
  • Isaac Asimov - Caves of Steel
  • J.G. Ballard - Not a fan, can't manage to get through his books
  • Charles Bukowski - Not a fan. I haven't read enough to choose.
  • Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Policeman's Union. Jesus, I love that book. 
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Natso from Mongolia is reading Moby Dick December 8, 2013 - 6:55pm

I have only read The Road from Cormac McCarthy all the way--- and just like the rest of the readers--- sobbed like a baby. Started No Country for Old Men, but didn't finish (having watched the film, distraction was greater). Blood Meridian's been mentioned a lot by others, I'm gonna give it a flip.

From Isaac Asimov the Good Doctor, I have only The Foundation on my belt. I've been interested in some of his Hugo, Nebula winning novels, but I never had the time.

The rest I haven't heard of (except for C.Bukowski, of course), but interested in what books would be recommended by others.


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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts December 9, 2013 - 7:40am

I've only read a few by each.

McCarthy - SUTTREE [of 3 books read]

Delillo - POINT OMEGA [of 2 finished and most others I have not finished, not because they are bad]

Asimov - PRELUDE TO FOUNDATION [of 7 or so books read]

Philip Roth - COUNTERLIFE [of 3 books read]

Ballard - DROWNED WORLD [only book read]

Bukowski - 70 MINUTES IN HELL (an audio reading) [have read 2 or so books, still prefer this cd]

Michael Chabon - WONDERS BOYS [of 5 books read and 2 not finished yet]

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies December 9, 2013 - 8:57am

Cormac McCarthy - I've read several but none are as good as Blood Meridian. The Road was excellent but it was no BM.
Don Dellillo - Libra. So good. It's just a mundane and played-out topic but his writing transcends it all.
Philip Roth - Haven't read him, he strikes me as boring.
Isaac Asimov - Can't remember his books i've read.
J.G. Ballard - Never read.
Charles Bukowski - All i've read is Women and i thought it was okay. He's overrated.
Michael Chabon - Kavalier and Clay. Great story.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated December 10, 2013 - 9:22am

For Asimov I'd suggest you go with Foundation. 

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Wendy Hammer from Indiana is reading One Night in Sixes December 12, 2013 - 9:12pm


Cormac McCarthy--The Road  

Don Dellillo--White Noise (though I do like End Zone and Libra too). 

Philip Roth--I don't like Roth

Isaac Asimov--Foundation

J.G. Ballard--The Drowned World

Charles Bukowski--I know I've read some of his stuff, but it was too long ago to really remember. I'll probably stick to listening to Tom Waits, to be honest. 

Michael Chabon--I've only read Maps and Legends and it was good. I've been meaning to read The Yiddish Policeman's Union. 

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Natso from Mongolia is reading Moby Dick December 12, 2013 - 11:24pm

@Dwayne, Yes, Foundation is a good appetite whetter...

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V.R.Stone from London is reading Savages by Don Winslow December 13, 2013 - 5:55am

Ballard: I don't enjoy reading his novels - they're very cold - but they stick in my mind a lot longer than many books I do enjoy. High Rise is my 'favourite'. Within the first few paragraphs you know dark things will happen - there's a man eating a dog.

Think I've read every Bukowski novel apart from Pulp, which I didn't finish because it annoyed the shit out of me. Post Office and Women do it for me: classic drinking, screwing, gambling Henry Chianski.

Nice profile pic, by the way.