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|I Am Buying Books|
Because they be cool. However I’m not sure what to buy. Any suggestions?
|Posted On: 03/22/2009 4:12PM||View duca's Profile | #|
get a kindle download pdfs
|Posted On: 03/22/2009 4:16PM||View Colonel Bear's Profile | #|
The Zombie Survival Guide
World War Z
Every English translation of religious texts.
Everything Edgar Allen Poe ever wrote.
Other than that I read web design/programming books. Which, believe me, are riveting…so I won’t bother suggesting them.
|Posted On: 03/22/2009 4:18PM||View CreepPipe's Profile | #|
|Posted On: 03/22/2009 4:20PM||View AntiRules187's Profile | #|
Check out this thread. Some good suggestions there, including a few from your friendly neighborhood admins:
|Posted On: 03/22/2009 4:24PM||View Jalapeno Bootyho...'s Profile | #|
Ah, thankies! I shall now spend large amounts of money on stuff I don’t need but will greatly enjoy.
|Posted On: 03/22/2009 4:27PM||View duca's Profile | #|
|Posted On: 03/22/2009 9:21PM||View Moniker's Profile | #|
If you’re looking for a quick read, The City of Ember series is decent, 4 book, 300 pages each.
...Unless you already went and bout stuff D:
|Posted On: 03/23/2009 10:38AM||View Kilroy's Profile | #|
personally, i can’t read from tiny screens for long. it also sucks when you’re out in public and your book runs out of battery power.
i don’t think those things will ever actually replace books entirely like some articles have suggested. besides, i’d rather buy 25-30 books (or more if they’re cheap, i buy used books pretty frequently) than spend the same amount of money on an e-book reader. also, you have to pay for the e-book downloads if i’m not mistaken, correct? it seems more economical for most people to just buy paper-and-ink books. also also, lose your kindle, lose all your e-books. lose your book, and you’ve only got 1 book to replace.
and if you’re a cheap bastard like i sometimes am, you don’t even need to buy books. libraries will let you borrow them for free! unless you return them late or don’t return them….
|Posted On: 03/24/2009 12:54PM||View Everybodyknows's Profile | #|
Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book.
|Posted On: 03/24/2009 1:04PM||View Dreadnuts's Profile | #|
my suggestions (warning, lots of fiction here):
“1984” —George Orwell
“Cat’s Cradle”, “Slaughterhouse 5” —Kurt Vonnegut
“Farenheit 451” —Ray Bradbury
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” —Hunter S. Thompson
“American Gods” —Neil Gaiman
“Inferno” —Dante Alighieri
The Sprawl Trilogy (“Neuromancer”, “Count Zero”, “Mona Lisa Overdrive” ) —William Gibson
“On the Road” —Jack Kerouac
“Random Acts of Senseless Violence” —Jack Womack
“Survivor”, “Fight Club” —Chuck Palahniuk
“Still Life With Woodpecker” —Tom Robins
“Illusions” —Richard Bach
“Snow Crash” —Neil StephensonEverybodyknows edited this message on 03/24/2009 1:09PM
|Posted On: 03/24/2009 1:08PM||View Everybodyknows's Profile | #|
What kind of books do you like?
Vonnegut is always good.
Also, if you have the patience, I just finished Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.
WARNING: TL;DR description
His writing style is rough. He doesn’t use quotation marks or apostrophes and his prose is almost biblical in style. I know all ready that might sound boring (and some parts of it are, I had a lot of false starts with the book), but it’s really incredible.
It’s set in Texas/Mexico circa 1850 or so and it’s about this kid (who’s only called to as “the kid” through the entire book) who eventually joins up with John Joel Glanton and his scalp hunters. They kill Apaches, collect their scalps and trade them for cash.
Before long they take it to an extreme. They kill everything and anybody. Mexicans, peaceful tribes, children. It’s the most violent book I’ve ever read, which helps show the ruthlessness of the times and man’s warlike tendencies.
The real reason to read the book is the character of The Judge. The Judge is 7 feet tall and completely hairless. He’s almost impossibly smart and ruthless.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I will describe one of the most vivid images in the book. There are a lot that will stick with you, but this one is so bizarre.
The Judge walking through the desert, naked, except for pieces of meat that he’s tied to his body.
A few pages later he’s fashioned a crude umbrella out of meat.
It’s ****ing bizarre.
It’s a great read if you’re willing to commit to it.
One other thing I should probably mention, the plot is pretty thin. There’s a driving motivation (scalps, money), but there aren’t many other goals. No main Apache chief they’re trying to bring down or any final destination. This can also make the book a little boring and confusing, but I like it.
It reinforces the idea that you’re somehow reading a terrible, horrific nightmare.The Unknown Comic edited this message on 03/24/2009 1:29PM
|Posted On: 03/24/2009 1:19PM||View The Unknown Comi...'s Profile | #|
More suggestions, because I jerk off to books:
Shadow Box by George Plimpton. It’s starts off with Plimpton wanting to experience boxing first hand, then goes into a brief history of the sport, then it becomes focused on Plimpton and Muhammad Ali. It makes a lot of other weird detours, at one point George asks other writers about dreams they’ve had. Terry Southern’s involved getting blown by a girl with ice cubes in her mouth.
Post Office or Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski- Semi-autbiographical, these books are about Hank Chinaski’s ****ty life which he spends most of getting plastered, betting on horses, and ****ing women. His other books are good too and his poetry is hilarious.
I have Fun Everywhere I Go by Mike Edison- Autobiographical. This dude worked at a wrestling magazine, wrote porn books, High Times and was in a punk band that toured Europe. Fun read, kind of self-glorifying.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller- The be all, end all novel about the absurdity of war.
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer- Hard to describe. Uses just about every literary gimmick ever.
The World According to Garp by John Irving- Long, but Irving uses the length to build very real characters. It begins with an army nurse raping a catatonic soldier so she can become pregnant.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman- One of the best books ever. Mythology in the modern world.
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigoritto- A scientist is asked to help make a chemical weapon that makes people incapable of recognizing symbols. Remember: just about everything is a symbol.
Reading fever…CATCH IT!The Unknown Comic edited this message on 03/24/2009 1:59PM
|Posted On: 03/24/2009 1:53PM||View The Unknown Comi...'s Profile | #|
Might I suggest the Great Gatsby.
|Posted On: 03/25/2009 6:11AM||View twas's Profile | #|
Oh, a book, eh? That is so intelligent. I would say one with words in it is the most intellectual choice. The chicks will be all over you if you own a book with words in it.
|Posted On: 03/25/2009 6:50AM||View Singtard's Profile | #|
As well as others mentioned, I thought Luke Rhinehart’s “Diceman”, and Chris Bachelder’s “Bear V Shark” were pretty good. On the back of a trip to Budapest, I loved Tibor Fischer’s “Under the Frog”, but I’m not sure how context-specific my enjoyment of that was. I really like Christopher Brookmyre’s stuff too, with the caveat that it might not translate all that well outwith Scotland.
|Posted On: 03/25/2009 2:41PM||View shifty_pecker's Profile | #|
I just read Jonathan Barnes’ The Domino Men, I thought it was pretty good.
I have also just started John Wray’s Lowboy and it is very intriguing.
|Posted On: 03/29/2009 6:24PM||View twas's Profile | #|
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Martin Millar’s (pictured) “Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation”. A small time amphetamine dealer discovers he’s allergic to milk and becomes a target of hitmen from the milk marketing board….
|Posted On: 03/31/2009 3:37AM||View shifty_pecker's Profile | #|
I suggest anything by Rob Thurman
|Posted On: 04/02/2009 3:43PM||View Damion's Profile | #|
I like Farley Mowat. And if you’re the inspirational kind, try the books of Andrew Matthews.
Scott Adams’ “The Dilbert Principle” is the lolz even if it’s not a compilation of his comic strips. Rather, it explains why his strips are such.
|Posted On: 04/02/2009 4:03PM||View nashcash's Profile | #|