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    Currently listening to The Sea Wolf by Jack London.
    The narrator is horrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birdiearch View Post
    Currently listening to The Sea Wolf by Jack London.
    The narrator is horrible.
    You know, there's an easy solution to this: reading.
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    That's like, when the narrator is, like, in your head, right?
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    God, she is fourteen.
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    Really people??
    No audiobooks?
    I don't get what my age has anything to do with this.
    I'm actually 13; thanks for rounding up, Amy.

    (Or I guess I should be thanking Tom.)
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    Are you really 13? My daughter is 13. I don't want to think about anyone my daughter's age reading this message board.
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    +10 sarcasm points for me!
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    Her profile says she's 25, amy, and "her profile don't lie".

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdiearch View Post
    +10 sarcasm points for me!
    sarcasm is more effective when you don't cop to it. Keep the people guessing.

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    Also, being asked a clarifying question by Amyzzz is - 20 points.

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    Sorry, just needed to calm Amy the fuck down.


    Wait, who assigns these point values anyways??? ....Tom perhaps?
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    amy is the least of your worries on here.

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    I've noticed!
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    Keep a close record of your points. You might want something from the holiday catalog.

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    Hannah sometimes sells brief witticisms and single words for points. Wait until she offers a bundle package.

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    Ooooh I'm intrigued!
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    Hannah has the best words of anyone on the board. It's not even close.

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    I looked up her profile though. I must have done it wrong. surprise, surprise.
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    Question: should the Philip Marlowe books be read in order, or do they essentially stand alone? I've only read The Big Sleep so far.

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    It's my understanding that they stand alone -- Chandler wasn't necessarily consisted with the character's development. I also read The Big Sleep earlier this year and have been meaning to read more Chandler.

    Currently I am reading Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray on my smart phone, which is proving to be daunting because I really fucking hate reading on my phone but am trying to commit to trying out the format in full once, so I'm making rather slow progress. Enjoying reading a physical copy of Wuthering Heights much more.

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    Funny, I read both of those this year and read The Big Sleep last year. I love how over the top Wuthering Heights is with its misery and Heathcliff's unpleasantness.
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    It seems like the general consensus is that The Long Goodbye should come last, because it demonstrates Chandler's conscious dissection of the genre he helped to create. I haven't been able to find out much else via google from anyone whose opinion seems particularly trustworthy. I guess I'll risk it.

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    Wait, shit, that might be the one I read. In any case, I'm pretty sure you can read them in any damned order you like and not miss too much. The genre is so firmly embedded in what we consume now that you already know the tropes he's dissecting. I found that the same thing was applicable to Watchmen when I read that, which is supposed to be for comic aficionados, but I still felt like I got a lot of what it was skewering.
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    I've only read The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. It's been a while, but, like Cara mentioned, I don't remember thinking I'd missed anything by not reading any of the intervening books. 'Course, Goodbye is so labyrinthine I would've been confused regardless of how much of Chandler's work I'd read.

    I recently finished Dan Simmon's Drood, which is a pretty remarkable exercise in voice and using the historical record to tell a compelling (and creepy) story centered on the final years of Charles Dickens' life. Long story short: told in the dead-accurate voice of 19th Century author (and Dickens' collaborator and rival) Wilkie Collins, Simmons uses real events from Dickens' life (his involvement in a tragic locomotive accident; the writing of his final works and participation in a speaking tour that nearly killed him; his clandestine affair with a much younger actress) to explore the author's obsession with a disfigured murderer who lives in London's sewers. It's a pretty amazing melding of fact and fiction, and I'm not kidding when I say that Simmons absolutely nails Collins' voice (take a peek at his novel The Moonstone, referenced heavily here, to see what I'm talking about). I'm not easily creeped out, but sections of this are seriously disturbing. Simmons does this kind of thing better than anyone I can think of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto73 View Post
    I recently finished Dan Simmon's Drood, which is a pretty remarkable exercise in voice and using the historical record to tell a compelling (and creepy) story centered on the final years of Charles Dickens' life. Long story short: told in the dead-accurate voice of 19th Century author (and Dickens' collaborator and rival) Wilkie Collins, Simmons uses real events from Dickens' life (his involvement in a tragic locomotive accident; the writing of his final works and participation in a speaking tour that nearly killed him; his clandestine affair with a much younger actress) to explore the author's obsession with a disfigured murderer who lives in London's sewers. It's a pretty amazing melding of fact and fiction, and I'm not kidding when I say that Simmons absolutely nails Collins' voice (take a peek at his novel The Moonstone, referenced heavily here, to see what I'm talking about). I'm not easily creeped out, but sections of this are seriously disturbing. Simmons does this kind of thing better than anyone I can think of.
    Have you read The Terror? That's the only one of his I've read. Took me a long time to finish it, but I thought it was fantastic.

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    The Good House by Ann Leary is an easy and enjoyable read and somewhat poignant for those of us who:

    live in New England and feel the local color in our bones,

    enjoy the drink and question one's own consumption from time to time,

    emerged from broken families.


    Surprised that Meryl has snatched up the role as Hildy Good in the film version............said nobody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zircona1 View Post
    Have you read The Terror? That's the only one of his I've read. Took me a long time to finish it, but I thought it was fantastic.
    Yeah, that was the first of his I read. Similar to what I learned about Dickens in Drood, I learned more about being a 19th Century sailor from The Terror than I thought I would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guedita View Post
    Hannah sometimes sells brief witticisms and single words for points. Wait until she offers a bundle package.
    I'm still waiting for my personal Latin motto. Will she bundle this in?
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    It was an unlimited time offer, which is to say I get an unlimited amount of time to deliver before you're allowed to be sore about waiting.

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    You're allowed to be sore about other stuff, though. Want to see a sock full of quarters?

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