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Austin James from Northern Utah is reading "The Heart Does Not Grow Back" by Fred Venturini May 6, 2017 - 1:09pm

Which writer was the first to really blow your mind? Who wrote about things you didn't know could be written about? Who changed the way you read and/or write?

Which author was the first to make you orgasm (metaphorically or otherwise)?

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Austin James from Northern Utah is reading "The Heart Does Not Grow Back" by Fred Venturini May 6, 2017 - 6:25pm

Mine was Charles Bukowski. 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman May 7, 2017 - 7:21pm

I remember reading this Orson Scott Card story. It was in a book called Flux, I think, and another kid lent it to me in middle school. There was this really fucked up story called "A Thousand Deaths," I think, where a guy got a multiple death sentence where they killed him, revived him in a cloned body, and killed him again and again. 

I remember I felt like I was going to pass out while I was reading, which I never thought was possbile. 

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Austin James from Northern Utah is reading "The Heart Does Not Grow Back" by Fred Venturini May 7, 2017 - 7:26pm

That's awesome! A good writer can make you feel things...sometimes even cause involuntary bodily responses. It's really cool!

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal May 8, 2017 - 10:02am

I've never had my mind blown, i don't think (hehehehe) but Suzanne Collins was the first that I can remember to really grab me to the point where I couldn't put a book down... 

But then, the ending of Dracula (certianly not anything until the end) got me the same way, and that was way back. So it might have been Stoker.

Buuuuut, by far the most powerful was Shusterman with Unwind. That one snagged me early and didn't let go for 4 books plus a novella. 

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones May 8, 2017 - 1:18pm

It's cliche, considering where I got here from, but Chuck Palahniuk. This dude I used to hang out with had told me forever to read this Chuck guy. One night, after far too much tequila, I noticed a bright green book on his bookshelf, and I remembered that he said: You gotta read this Chuck P [something], and in my drunk brain, at like one AM... I picked it up and read it. I didn't set it down for probably several hours, and finished it in more-or-less one sitting.

The next day, when my head stopped hurting and I got back to my computer, I google Chuck Palahniuk, and I discovered very much by accident that The Cult workshop had just launched. And the rest is... well...

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal May 8, 2017 - 3:03pm

which book?

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Austin James from Northern Utah is reading "The Heart Does Not Grow Back" by Fred Venturini May 8, 2017 - 3:08pm

Chuck took me to a whole new level with his writing.  He has been a big influence on my own writing!

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones May 8, 2017 - 3:15pm

which book?

Lullaby. Which seems to be no one's favorite, but it changed my life.

Chuck took me to a whole new level with his writing.  He has been a big influence on my own writing!

Right? I even met my fiance on the cult. So, literally, Chuck has had a huge impact on my life, my writing, and was this amazing gateway drug into the local writing scene in Portland. Without that one drunk night, I wouldn't know any of the amazing people I know now, and I woulda missed a shitload of amazing books and authors

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voodoo_em from England is reading Zombie Bake Off by Stephen Graham Jones May 10, 2017 - 2:04am

Yup, Chuck was mine too, back in 1999 having just seen the movie of fight club, I devoured the book. It blew my 20 year old mind :)

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal May 9, 2017 - 11:47am

Ohhh no, Lullaby just might be my favorite.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal May 9, 2017 - 11:47am

Well, wait... that was until I read Damned. Second favorite.

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Tony Koval from Jesustown, Bible Belt, Texas, USA is reading more and more and more May 10, 2017 - 1:05am

Virginity goes to Storm Constantine.