Recommend a book...

Recommend a book...

Postby Sparkly Diamond on Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:18 am

There's been shitloads of idolisation and demonisation of films on here of late.

Seems that there are a lot of people who go to watch films out of habit and tell other people how bad the films were afterwards - presumably because they're crap.

Read a book lately?

I've got a stack to get through but I'm still willing to listen for tips - but I'd want to know why.

I'd start with Catch 22 - in my opinion, the funniest, saddest, most complex novel ever. (Yeah, capsule review, but it's late.)

Seeing as how I'm on a JP Donleavy tip at the moment, I'd also recommend The Ginger Man, though it may be because it so resembles a particular part of my life that it makes me laugh and squirm in the way it does.

And, guesty, feel free to fire into this, but don't expect a riposte.
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Postby john on Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:41 am

Stepped off the fiction trail recently and breezed through the three Danny Wallace books - Are you Dave Gorman (as co-writer), Join Me and Yes Man and they are all superb. Funny as a pike in a jam jar, nice light holiday reading that gives a fuzzy sense of well-being. Thoroughly recommended.
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Postby Peter Mason on Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:56 am

perfume - patrick suskind

from hell - alan moore (graphic novel)

child of god - cormac mcarthy (dark dark dark dark)

anything by jim thomson (if you like crime)

anything by kurt vonnegut

the luneberg variation - paulo maurensig

anything by lester bangs (for cool music journalism that created a whole new mould)

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Postby Sparkly Diamond on Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:57 am

Should have mentioned John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces earlier.

Now there's a book that everyone should read.

If you can't see some element of yourself in that, however awful, you're surely deluded.


Stepped off the fiction trail recently and breezed through the three Danny Wallace books - Are you Dave Gorman (as co-writer), Join Me and Yes Man and they are all superb. Funny as a pike in a jam jar, nice light holiday reading that gives a fuzzy sense of well-being. Thoroughly recommended


Read Join Me and have been watching his new country thing on BBC. Not sure what to make of him.

I always expect the music at the start of his current show to turn into the Kennedy's MTV Get Off The Air.
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Postby Helena Handbasket on Fri Aug 26, 2005 3:38 am

I just finished "The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole". That series is good so far. The first one is "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4". I would suggest that one.

Also, as I always suggest, ANYTHING by Chuck Palahniuk, except for "Stranger than Fiction". That is a boring book. The last Chuck book I read was "Lullaby" and it was very good. A bit different than the other books I've read by him. He is my favorite author.
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Postby Campsonian on Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:19 am

Here are some I've enjoyed in no particular order.

Magnus Mills- The restraint of beasts, All quiet on the Orient Express, The Scheme for full Employment. All of these are quirky, amusing and lucid.

Iain Banks- I like most of his but Espedair Street's my favourite. Not keen on Iain M Banks though.

Kingsley Amis- Lucky Jim

David Lodge- Nice Work

All of Michael Palin's travel books.

Dracula- Bram Stoker. Probably read this 2 about dozen times.

M.R. James- Collected Ghost Stories. Creepy as a bag o' bastards!
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Postby Stew on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:02 pm

Ah yes, Confederacy of Dunces. Amazing book. Bill Hicks' favourite, which makes a lot of sense. Ignatious P Reilly and his pirate suit and indignation against the modern world. Horrible and sublime.

Lanark by Alisdair Gray is the greatest Glasgow novel evah! Fuck it, it's probably my favourite Scottish book ever, topping even Miss Jean Brodie, Justified Sinner and Lanark.

Recently I've been enjoying...

Ian Penman - Vital Signs (collection of his music and film writing. Great Steve Martin interview and his reviews of Tricky and Tim Buckley are majestic)

Truman Capote Reader - dipping into various essays and short stories. Wonderful.

Jonathon Coe - The Rotters Club. Teenage fun, prog and punk and the death of socialism!
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Postby singloud_singproud on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:08 pm

Im currently reading two books...

'Old Gods Almost Dead' - Biography of the Rolling Stones. Very good, interesting and funny read.

Also just started one of Nick Caves books 'The Ass Saw The Angel'. Typical Cave kind of story, very dark and creepy but well written all the same.
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Postby valtteri3 on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:36 pm

i love reading!

i'd recommend:

george orwell : 1984
haruki murakami : norwegian wood
aldous huxley : brave new world
milan kundera : the book of laughable loves
mika waltari : suuri illusioni (don't know what it is in english or is it even translated)

reading a book and listening to music is my ultimate fun. :oops: :P
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Postby Bumpy Dog on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:45 pm

On the Road - Jack Kerouac
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Postby geomck on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:52 pm

Anything by Raymond Chandler.

Michael Moorcock - The "Von Bek" series, The "Elric" series and the Jerry Cornelius novels.

Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman and The Dalkey Arkives.
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Postby Peter Mason on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:53 pm

Bumpy Dog wrote:On the Road - Jack Kerouac


i'd rather he'd walked "on the pavement" - he might still be alive then.


could someone order me a taxi please.
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Postby Kowalski on Fri Aug 26, 2005 12:58 pm

Just finished "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseni which is about wealthy and well to do Afghan boy who grows up in Afghanistan and then moves to America at the end of his Teen years only to return to Afghanistan some time later to discover the many changes that have blighted his homeland. A very graphic novel that is hard to put down :wink:
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Postby Rubber Soul on Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:08 pm

I've said before but the best thing that could happen to a croissant by Pablo Tusset is great. Set in Barcelona, the protagonist is a slobby drunk, chain-spliff smoking rich kid with very few redeeming qualities who gets caught up in an unlikely mess etc etc...
My mate hated it though, so horses for courses, as they say :roll:
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Postby trixie3 on Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:21 pm

'naive. super' - erland loe (simple, endearing, beautiful and unaffected. as pure as fiction can get)

'the heart is deceitful above all things' - jt leroy (darkly funny and very twisted and disturbing. fantastically well written)

i'd second recommendations already made for anything by kurt vonngut, milan kundera, magnus mills and iain banks (bit not iain m. banks unles you like sci-fi) and also add anything by john irving (the great american novel perfected. funny and filled with loveable characters) and Raymond Carver (the great american short story perfected. concise, intriguing, beautiful and moving).

i'm not sure about danny wallace - i find him only about half as funny as dave gorman. 'the yes man' just tries too hard for my liking ...
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