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Re: Books?

Post by darlenet. » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:31 pm

agirlnamedfred wrote: Anyone have a good dystopia to recommend?
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I can't tell you how moving this book is. Basically a man and his son struggle to survive an apocalyptic event. Must read. It was also a movie with Viggo Mortensen. But of course didn't stack up to the book.
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Re: Books?

Post by Gleena » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:47 pm

darlenet. wrote:
agirlnamedfred wrote: Anyone have a good dystopia to recommend?
"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I can't tell you how moving this book is. Basically a man and his son struggle to survive an apocalyptic event. Must read. It was also a movie with Viggo Mortensen. But of course didn't stack up to the book.
The Road was a great book, but the single most relentlessly depressing thing I have ever read. Very good, but if you're in a bad space to begin with, erg.
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Re: Books?

Post by darlenet. » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:37 am

Gleena wrote:The Road was a great book, but the single most relentlessly depressing thing I have ever read.
Perfect description of the book. I very seldom cry and feel utterly forlorn throughout, when reading a book, but this one, was it.
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Re: Books?

Post by agirlnamedfred » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:35 am

darlenet. wrote:
Gleena wrote:The Road was a great book, but the single most relentlessly depressing thing I have ever read.
Perfect description of the book. I very seldom cry and feel utterly forlorn throughout, when reading a book, but this one, was it.
Gee, you guys really know how to know how to accentuate the positive. I can heartily wait to read this one. Actually I'm quite intrigued. But I will wait until I am very, very, very happy.
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Re: Books?

Post by Gleena » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:20 am

agirlnamedfred wrote:
darlenet. wrote:
Gleena wrote:The Road was a great book, but the single most relentlessly depressing thing I have ever read.
Perfect description of the book. I very seldom cry and feel utterly forlorn throughout, when reading a book, but this one, was it.
Gee, you guys really know how to know how to accentuate the positive. I can heartily wait to read this one. Actually I'm quite intrigued. But I will wait until I am very, very, very happy.
No do read it, it's fantastic.

You ever read Shakespeare? You know how, even in Hamlet (another relentlessly depressing bit of work) we get some comic relief? Gravediggers making you snicker and so forth?

McCarthy don't play that. There is not a single bit of relief anywhere in that gorgeous dark, brilliant book. It hits you like a ton of bricks and those bricks sit on you till the very end.
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Re: Books?

Post by Cassie » Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:03 am

anne wrote:
frank wrote:Fugitive Pieces by Ann Michaels.
Oh god, Ive heard about this story. Any ideas for a book for vacation that I won't want to kill my self after I read it? ;) and thank you.
Anne: I'm sure you've read or heard about Nick Hornby. If you are looking for a light hearted read, I just finished "Juliet, Naked", and laughed the whole way through. It's exactly what is going to happens to Frank's fans should he ever suddenly refuse to make more music!

And yes, The Road is terribly depressing.

If you like chick-lit, Patricia Gaffney, The Saving Graces, is a good vacation book about the amazing relationships we women enjoy amongst ourselves. I guarantee you'll find at least one character you identify with.

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Post by SB » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:30 pm

I'm currently reading Extremes by Dr. Kevin Tong (he presents a lot of the medical Horizon programmes on the BBC). It is absolutely fascinating - the human body is incredible. It's not too scientific, with loads of anecdotes. Definitely worth a read if you fancy something different. The human body is amazing. Science is amazing.

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Re: Books?

Post by marowak » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:04 am

Have any of you ever read the books by Magnus Mills?

They are amazing.
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Re: Books?

Post by moomin » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:46 am

marowak wrote:Have any of you ever read the books by Magnus Mills?

They are amazing.
I like dark comedy so will be putting those on the wishlist

Finished 100 year old man who climbed out of the window
very dry humour and very surprising characters had me laughing out loud, the ending was brilliant.

SB did you get that book as a hard copy?
Let me know if I can borrow after you if so

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Re: Books?

Post by marowak » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:34 pm

moomin wrote:
marowak wrote:Have any of you ever read the books by Magnus Mills?

They are amazing.
I like dark comedy so will be putting those on the wishlist
he is my favourite author by far ...
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Re: Books?

Post by Gleena » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:30 pm

I'm going to crack open my Portable Dorothy Parker book again.
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Re: Books?

Post by Ashleytasticbamf » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:11 am

Jonathan Tropper. I've only read This is Where I Leave you and How to Talk to a Widower but they're both hilarious and very easy to read!

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Re: Books?

Post by moomin » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:36 am

have moved on to The Diaries of John Rabe, the good German of Nanking. Not an easy read as it covers this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre
Thankfully I have Tennessee Williams to help me lighten the mood, find it hard to just read one book now.

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Re: Books?

Post by sarahg » Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:18 pm

moomin wrote:have moved on to The Diaries of John Rabe, the good German of Nanking. Not an easy read as it covers this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre
Thankfully I have Tennessee Williams to help me lighten the mood, find it hard to just read one book now.
I literally feel sick.
What is it in the nature of a human being that allows such cruelty?

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Re: Books?

Post by agirlnamedfred » Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:38 pm

sarahg wrote:
moomin wrote:have moved on to The Diaries of John Rabe, the good German of Nanking. Not an easy read as it covers this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre
Thankfully I have Tennessee Williams to help me lighten the mood, find it hard to just read one book now.
I literally feel sick.
What is it in the nature of a human being that allows such cruelty?
I feel sick that I've never heard of this. American media outlets so rarely cover international news and in particular Asian events, never mind what's learned in school. I hated history while in school and I think it's because it was so focused on dates and names and not focused on WHY things happened. Now I'm interested in history and in particular politics and civics and it's so hard to start over.
Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul. ~~Walt Whitman

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