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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #105 on: September 22, 2014, 09:47:35 AM »

It's the same guy who wrote "The Master and Margarita" which is his more famous work.

And be careful! He wasn't Russian - he was Soviet! Ha.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #106 on: September 22, 2014, 09:52:21 AM »


1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts

16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini.  i'd never heard of this guy before.  i was immediately drawn to it after reading the back jacket, "he had a heroic opinion of himself."  it's considered the best autobiography ever written and he didn't even write it.  he dictated it to young assistant.  he hung out in florence during the renaissance.  michaelangelo, the king of france, whatever pope was in session were his guys.  he killed people on account of avenging himself.  he made enemies with his rivals (he was the preeminent goldsmith and sculptor of his day, according to himself), popes, bishops, dukes, duchesses, cardinals.....  he was ayn rand's wettest dream.  his boasts and threats were about as funny as they were awesome.  he was like don quixote had the good don not gone mad.  it was a wonderful read
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #107 on: October 02, 2014, 09:33:41 AM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini

17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris.  i haven't laughed out loud while reading in quite sometime.  my favorite line was before he took an iq test.  "still there were moments when, against all reason, i thought i might be a genius.  those moments were provoked not by any particular accomplishment, but by cocaine and crystal amphetamine- drugs that allow you to lean over a mirror with a straw up your nose, suck up an entire week's paycheck, and think, "god i'm smart."   

i mean it just goes on like that.  a woman critic on the jacket said that she howled in the airport while reading.  i had a similar experience, albeit not at an airport but at work
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #108 on: October 07, 2014, 08:58:22 AM »

1. Rod Stewart - The Biography
2. Stuart Maconie - Hope and Glory: A People's History of Modern Britain
3. Brian Boone - I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Except When I Hate It)
4. Simon Spence - The Stone Roses: War and Peace
5. Gesse Kraas & Mark Espinoza - An Unsheltered Childhood
6. Alexandra Richie - Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler and the Warsaw Uprising
7. Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants - the Oatmeal
8. Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio - Phill Jupitus
9. The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
10. A Man Called Destruction - Holly George-Warren
11. Waiter Rant - Steve Dublanica
12. Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted  - Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones and Juliana Buhring
13. Caitlin Moran - How to Be a Woman

Very witty account of growing up poor and clueless, but somehow still evolving into one of the funniest writers in England today. You get a healthy dose of feminism, many laugh-out-loud moments and a few "wow, I can't believe she just went there" broken taboo bits too. Excellent book.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #109 on: October 14, 2014, 09:33:05 AM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
21. "One Plus One" - Jojo Moyes
22. "The Hurricane Sisters" - Dorothea Benton Frank - It helped to pass the time. I always like reading books set in and around Charleston. But, this was too heavy on the chick lit for my taste.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #110 on: October 18, 2014, 10:23:25 AM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris

18.  invisible man- ralph ellison.  what a page turner.  stunning book, one of the more metaphysical books i've read.  he painted new york city so vividly it was almost surreal
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #111 on: October 20, 2014, 01:21:10 PM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
21. "One Plus One" - Jojo Moyes
22. "The Hurricane Sisters" - Dorothea Benton Frank
23. "You Should Have Known" - Jean Hanff Korelitz (audiobook)
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #112 on: October 21, 2014, 07:40:05 AM »

1. Rod Stewart - The Biography
2. Stuart Maconie - Hope and Glory: A People's History of Modern Britain
3. Brian Boone - I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Except When I Hate It)
4. Simon Spence - The Stone Roses: War and Peace
5. Gesse Kraas & Mark Espinoza - An Unsheltered Childhood
6. Alexandra Richie - Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler and the Warsaw Uprising
7. Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants - the Oatmeal
8. Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio - Phill Jupitus
9. The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
10. A Man Called Destruction - Holly George-Warren
11. Waiter Rant - Steve Dublanica
12. Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted  - Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones and Juliana Buhring
13. Caitlin Moran - How to Be a Woman
14. HHhH - Laurent Binet

I really loved the unique style of this novel, which is an historical account of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, told from the perspective of the writer himself, who chronicles his struggles with the information and detail surrounding the event.

HHhH stands for  “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich,” or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich.” Heydrich was the real brains behind the Final Solution, and was known as "The Blonde Beast" as well as "The Butcher of Prague." We all know the Nazis were brutal; Heydrich was perhaps the most lethal of them all. When he was assigned to Prague, a plot was hatched by the Czech government in exile to assassinate him. Binet chronicles the entire planning process while ruminating over how to introduce each player, mixing scholarship with suspense as he depicts each piece of this extraordinary historical event.

It is absolutely riveting storytelling. A real page-turner. A+
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #113 on: October 29, 2014, 08:56:58 AM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
21. "One Plus One" - Jojo Moyes
22. "The Hurricane Sisters" - Dorothea Benton Frank
23. "You Should Have Known" - Jean Hanff Korelitz (audiobook)
24. "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" - Chris Grabenstein (audiobook) - This was fun. Like WILLY WONKA but in a library.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #114 on: October 30, 2014, 10:01:07 AM »


1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison

19. the road- cormac mccarthy.  i was bawling by the end.  this goes to show that not everyone has such an optimistic, rosy feeling for the impending post-apocalyptic future.  man, i expected there to be more action, but it was mostly rain and cold and fire and searching for food.  and i couldn't stop reading.  maybe it was the expectation of something sinister is gonna happen on every paragraph.  i can't imagine this parlaying very well on the big screen
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #115 on: October 30, 2014, 11:03:12 AM »

The Road had a happy ending, though. 

Probably the biggest criticism of the book is that the ending and ensuing optimistic tone it leaves the reader are too much at odds with the reality of that situation.  I see where those critics are coming from, but I don't agree.  It's not like it all works out great in the end.

Still, I would have to agree overall that the book's overall message is one of guarded optimism.  Even in the face of this horrible situation and people doing terrible things, Good survives... or at least *might* survive.  Sure, maybe the kid gets eaten or turned into a slave at the end.  But maybe not.  I mean, going by the tone of the book right up until the end, you would have said 100% yeah, kid's a goner.  So just the fact that there's even a sliver of hope is a rather drastic upturn of events.

The way I have always looked at it is that while the story isn't told first person, I think it takes on the view of the father.  The world, even in a post-apocalpytic just-try-to-survive situation, is still what you make it.

The people that found the kid had been tracking them for some time.  But I wouldn't have approached the father either, because it probably would have resulted in someone ending up dead.  So I look at it like "Good" was around the entire time, but the father didn't see it because he was too busy trying to find the Evil and protect his family from it.

Which isn't to say the father made a mistake or was a bad guy.  He did his job by still trying to raise his son with good values, and that enabled his son to trust the other people, and maybe it all works out.  His heroicism was not for nothing, but still one guy can only move the needle so much.  But now there's another group, and they got a daughter.  So now you have the makings of hopefully a sustainable society of good guys.

So yeah, really the book is about the human spirit, and in the end humanity triumphs.  So to me, it was fairly rosy.

Also, I heard the movie was actually pretty good though I never saw it.

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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #116 on: October 30, 2014, 11:58:37 AM »

i would agree that the ending was a happy one, i was just trying get in a post apocalyptic joke while i still can.  i think he ended the book the way he did was because that was such an emotional and powerful ending and the entire book was so dreary, he had to give his audience a semblance of hope.  i do think you can come away with the book from an optimistic standpoint. 

i had the feeling that the people following them had just recently come across them.  sure they probably didn't travel very far, even if on foot, but it still seems like a long time to track someone.  are you suggesting that because of how the man always felt that "they" were watching? 

i like how i could pick up context clues and figure out where they likely were at.  tennessee, north carolina.  what i also like is how he didn't get too involved with the background story, although everyone likes a good disaster.  i was very curious as to what caused the end of civilization, but wasn't too bummed.  sounds like an asteroid? 

anyway, my favorite quote and i paraphrase, "if you stick around towards the end, maybe they'll sure you how the earth was created."   
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #117 on: October 30, 2014, 02:34:20 PM »

I'm saying I guess, that the man's primary focus was to protect his son from evil.  And as a result, he would generally attempt to shy away from contact, fight if cornered, and his mentality was generally look for threats.  Good never died, it just went into hiding.  But the man didn't have the luxury of looking for it.  He just had to protect and foster the bit of Good he had, which was his son.

The son would never have survived without his dad.  But his dad (figuratively) had to die for humanity to survive.   Because the father was living like an animal.  All the good he had left all went into his son.  So at the end when the father died, that sacrifice completed his mission and that ended that phase of a cycle. There was nothing left for him to give.

Son=good/hope.  Dad's job was to sacrifice himself to keep son/good/hope alive.  Dad dies, but hangs in there long enough for son/good/hope to make it on his own.  And now son/good/hope meets up with daughter/good/hope and we move from the survival stage to the blossom/growth/comeback stage.  The darkness finally gives way to dawn.

It was an okay book.  It basically read a lot like every other Cormac McCarthy book ever though.  Suttree is by far my favorite McCarthy book.  But no one ever reads it because I guess it doesn't have a cool post-apocalypse or Western setting and it's not very bad-ass.



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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #118 on: November 03, 2014, 10:58:24 AM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy

20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut.  very vonnegutty, though i don't think he cannot be.  probably the least favorite for me thus far.  it was as if he were ranting and was pissed off.  though he did just turn 50 at time of writing.  i enjoyed it though.  took a bit too long to get going
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #119 on: November 03, 2014, 02:54:28 PM »

1. George R.R. Martin - A Dance With Dragons
2. David Laskin - The Children's Blizzard
3. Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
4. Jane Leavy - Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
5. Mikhail Bulgakov - Heart of a Dog
6. Seth Kaufman - The King of Pain

Story based fiction with some reality TV thrown in. It was easy reading but I wasn't ever interested in ... anything. Middling.
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