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#21 chemistry1973

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:00 PM

The Da Vinci Code....never finished it....

 

I devoured it--of course this is before I knew most of the info in the book is baloney (bologna).

 

It's incredibly readable--one of the most readable books I've ever read.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:01 PM

OK--

 

Bringing Down The House.

 

A piece of shit written specifically like a movie, so it could be made into a movie.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:02 PM

1  The Catcher in the Rye.

 

To quote Parker & Stone:  "it's some whiny teenager whining about how lame he is."

 

 

 

2  Catch-22

 

Is this supposed to be funny?  It's horrible.  Brilliant satire on military bureacracy, but horrible.

 

Catcher in the Rye is incredible--what didn't you enjoy about it?  It's the ultimate American novel!



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 09:50 PM

Hunger Games - didn't hate them, but I don't understand the acclaim and thought the first movie was nearly unwatchable


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#25 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 10:15 PM

I recall a part in the book when Ender and her sister were drumming up support "online" for some kind of political thing (can't quite remember what).  Instead of illustrating how Ender's sister drummed up support in detail, he just summed it up in the laziest way.  I'm going to have to dig out the specific passage, but I recall it being very shitty.

Wasn't it Peter and Val who were trolling the internet?  Ender was off at Battle School by that point.

Also, there's a way to write with conservation of detail in such a way as to make it evocative.  C. S. Lewis was a master of telling you less but making you see more.  Card is not.


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#26 chemistry1973

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 10:32 PM

You're right.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:15 PM

Wasn't it Peter and Val who were trolling the internet?  Ender was off at Battle School by that point.

Also, there's a way to write with conservation of detail in such a way as to make it evocative.  C. S. Lewis was a master of telling you less but making you see more.  Card is not.

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:20 AM

For me, I'd have to say Walden. It was really something I thought I'd like, but damn, Thoreau's style of writing is SO boring! :(


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:18 PM

Apparently everybody is hating on this book Allegiant this week. Haven't read it or any of the preceding books.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:39 PM

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 06:47 PM

I devoured it--of course this is before I knew most of the info in the book is baloney (bologna).

 

It's incredibly readable--one of the most readable books I've ever read.

 

It wasn`t bad at all - however I think about 3/4 of the way through all these "Da Vinci" TV shows were coming out and it took my interest away.  Seemed kinda pointless to continue reading when I knew a baloney sandwich was waiting for me. 


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:54 PM

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 04:06 PM

Attempted to read Dune twice and finally gave up. Just never grabbed a hold of me.


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:20 PM

Catcher in the Rye is incredible--what didn't you enjoy about it?  It's the ultimate American novel!

 

Dull story; annoyingly self-absorbed protagonist.  That kid just needed a good clout round the ear.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:13 PM

The Fountainhead.  Ugh.

 

I really enjoyed The Fountainhead.  Admittedly I don't rally get bogged down into whether or not Rand's political discourse is bullshit..i just enjoyed the novel as a good read.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:14 PM

For me, I'd have to say Walden. It was really something I thought I'd like, but damn, Thoreau's style of writing is SO boring! :(

 

Agree.  i took it home and was all fired up to read it and....blah....boring as shit.






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