I'm going to take part in a pretty grueling plane trip and unfortunately I am one of those people that cannot sleep on planes, therefore I must read. I'm looking for some good books, fiction or non-fiction, doesn't matter.
I just finished 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" this trip and after 650 pages or so I thought it ended too soon. I hope he writes a sequel.
Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age 1945-2000 by Martin Torgoff
and Falling Man by Don Delillo
Those were the highlights from my summer reading.
Two weeks ago I started to read 'Snow' by Orhan Pamuk. Pretty good book so far.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pet_Goat be like our world leader ... hey it must be a pretty good book to keep him captive while the world was blowing up around him canx** (I'M never a smart ass, but i had to post that)
Have Another Hit Of Colorado Sunshine
Non-Fiction: See No Evil by Robert Baer
I read 'My Name Is Red' by Pamuk. I really enjoyed that one. Let me know what you think of 'Snow' when you finish.Two weeks ago I started to read 'Snow' by Orhan Pamuk. Pretty good book so far.
I remember sometime last year or the year before reading an excerpt of a soon to be released book in one of those men's magazines it was either Esquire or GQ. From what I read in the excerpt it was about a delivery man for the mob who simply made a living delivering "packages" to fairly dangerous people, he finally decided that he wanted out and advised his boss he would be doing his last delivery, and of course it would be his most challenging. For the most part the excerpt caught my interest and I told myself to buy it, never did, and now I am on the lookout, anybody have any idea what the name of this book may be?
Try almost anything by Christopher Moore. If I try to read them at home, they just sit by my bed, but then I take them on trips and they make the time go by so quickly.
I've read "Practical Demonkeeping" and "Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove". They were both set in the same town with the same characters- I liked "Lust Lizard" better . I'm in the middle of "Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" right now...came to a dead stop when my vacation ended.
My wife also read "Bloodsucking Fiends" and enjoyed it, but she said it was "more of a chick book", so I haven't gotten to it.
"Lamb" is my favorite book by Moore. It's weird because I was just coming on here to recommend that one.
I just bought "A Dirty Job" by Moore but haven't read it yet.
I agree - anything by Christopher Moore - he's a good storyteller with a great sense of humor and a range of odd topics.
Wait till you get to the plot twist in Ch. 7! lim x-> 0 f(x)=(x+1)/(x-1) is not really 0.
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I just finished "Life of Pi". It was a really, really good book. Fairly quick read too.
I second Tom on "Kavalier & Clay". Chabon's newest book (Yiddish Policemen's Union or something like that) was good too.
I could hardly put down House of Leaves, and that's a rare occurrence for me.
EDIT: amazon describes it much better than I could. here:
Had The Blair Witch Project been a book instead of a film, and had it been written by, say, Nabokov at his most playful, revised by Stephen King at his most cerebral, and typeset by the futurist editors of Blast at their most avant-garde, the result might have been something like House of Leaves. Mark Z. Danielewski's first novel has a lot going on: notably the discovery of a pseudoacademic monograph called The Navidson Record, written by a blind man named ZampanÚ, about a nonexistent documentary film--which itself is about a photojournalist who finds a house that has supernatural, surreal qualities. (The inner dimensions, for example, are measurably larger than the outer ones.) In addition to this Russian-doll layering of narrators, Danielewski packs in poems, scientific lists, collages, Polaroids, appendices of fake correspondence and "various quotes," single lines of prose placed any which way on the page, crossed-out passages, and so on.
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House Of Leaves is quite brilliant, although certain sections have to be skipped over, but anyone that takes literature seriously needs to read it.
Danielewski's followups, however, have taken his unique brand of highly conceptual formatting techniques to a point that I just can't read them. Man needs to learn how to tone it down and stop insuring he's the most iconoclastic author ever.
"Survivor" by Chuck Palahniuk was pretty rad.
Alright... I regret the screen name.