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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby Harpua » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:23 pm

I know that I have posted this in a different thread previously, but a month ago I re-read Cat's Cradle. It blew my mind how much of that novel I had forgotten in a matter of 8-9 years. What's more, I have recommended this book to many people. I now have this cocktail party scenario that plays out in my head, where I am at a party and people are discussing Vonnegut. I have read every sentence he has ever had published, and would naturally want to be involved in this conversation. At some point during this conversation someone brings up Cat's Cradle, and I say "Oh, that is a wonderful book." Then all eyes are on me. I feel that I should contribute more, but... I don't remember a damn thing about it, other than Ice Nine and the last sentence of the book. I am exposed as a fraud.

Granted this pretentious little scene is unlikely to occur, as I am not one to associate with people who discuss literature. In fact, one of my closest friends (who is incredibly well read) and I jokingly refer to our circle friends, and her husband in particular, as "incredibly high functioning illiterates."

Never-the-less, I am now on a re-reading kick that is proving to be necessary, because if I read a book prior to 2013, I have very little recollection of it now.

So far I have re-read Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, and Hitch Hiker's Guide: all of which I read in 2008 or 2009, and all of which I mention when I discuss my favorite novels. I am happy to say that re-reading them hasn't changed my opinion of them.
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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby Harpua » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:08 pm

** Nonpartisan (Possibly "Anti-Partisan") Political Commentary Trigger Warning**

Two Paths: America Divided or United by John Kasich: 1.5/5

I don't know about you, but what went down in America last year left a bad taste in my mouth. It was ugly, and it left our country more polarized than it has been in a generation.

I was looking for hope when I read this book, and did not find it. Rather than an honest assessment of our situation and a clear blueprint for how we move forward together (meep), I found a biography / campaign journal with a lot of filler.

There was one chapter (A Crisis in Followship) that sizes up the current political climate in America pretty well, but he never says "America will be untied if you vote for me because..." The thrust of his message was "America will be divided if you don't vote for me. Did you know that I was the Chairman of the House Budget Committee the last time America had a balanced budget?"

John Kasich seems likeable, though I disagree with him on many issues. Also there are two words that politicians (especially Republicans) use ad nauseum that make me cringe, and sure enough Kasich had an entire chapter on them. Those words are "G**" and "f****". I have a very cynical theory on this.

Regardless, he has stated that he has no interest in running for office again (** Wink Wink**), so this 300 page portrait of a moderate..ish, rational, and concerned leader must have been entirely academic.
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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby El Bastarde » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:16 pm

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So I FINALLY got around to starting this and finished it pretty quick once I did. Love how Douglas Adams writes so I was right at home but this book was a bigger mind-fuck than his others. There's so many scenes that are goofy non sequiturs and the book jumps around a lot (Dirk doesn't even show up until 1/3 of the way in) and the cool thing is you realize that many of these non sequiturs are not that at all and they're mostly tied in to the overall narrative. There's a few major clues put in there early in the book where, if you know your history, you'll pick up on but I missed them. Had to go back and reread some parts to put it all together. Regardless, it's quite cleverly done.

I actually already read the second Dirk Gently book years ago ("The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul") but I remember so little that I'm hitting it again.
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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby Harpua » Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:05 pm

^ Nice. I have only read two Douglas Adams books: Hitch Hiker's Guide and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I love his perspective. He has this ability to take mundane things and hyperbolize the hell out of them, then discredit the logical with his twisted brand of pseudo-logic, so when the reader reads something completely asinine, they laugh and think "Yeah, makes sense." (i.e. Shoe Event Horizon)
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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby El Bastarde » Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:14 pm

^Probably the best two Hitchhiker books though you skipped one there. The last two get a little more weird than the previous ones but they're all good.
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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby Harpua » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:57 pm

I just read Life, The Universe, and Everything last night. It was weird, and occasionally incoherent. Some strong parts, but compared to HHGTTG and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, it is very weak. I think I might not be British enough to really enjoy the cricket humor and Belgium bashing (which apparently only occurs in the US version.)

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I am shocked that Adams would go back and explain why the bowl of petunias thought, "Oh no. Not again."
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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby El Bastarde » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:27 pm

I just read Life, The Universe, and Everything last night. It was weird, and occasionally incoherent.

Really? That may be my second favorite behind the original. The Krikkit robots cracked me up, you get the debut of Agrajag which is a hilarious concept and the silliness with Hactar. I mean, yes, it's a bit disjointed and weird but that feels like all his books. The 4th and 5th books are even more weird though the next one does have God's last message to his Creation which is more poignant than anything in the Bible.

I am shocked that Adams would go back and explain why the bowl of petunias thought, "Oh no. Not again."

LOL. That arc is still one of my favorites. He's the best at having random non-sequitors later returning to be relevant things.
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Re: BOOKS: General

Postby Buster » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:01 am

I just re-ordered a used copy of A Long Strange Trip, Dennis McNally on AbeBooks.com. I also got King's 11/22/63. It's been on my list for a while now, excited to read it.
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