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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Moderator1, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I should kick my own ass for starting this thread. Just got back from a Barnes and Noble, many pennies poorer but I hope "richer" in the long run.

    I'll add my two cents for the Fatsis book on Scrabble.
  2. greedo

    greedo Guest

    I am Charlotte Simmons was fantastic.

    But Smasher would think that, too, is ponderous and overwritten.
  3. kokane_muthashed

    kokane_muthashed Active Member

    I must check this out. I just finished Jarhead and was letdown. Generation Kill sounds more like what I was expecting from Jarhead.
  4. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Well, you're being an especially presumptuous twit today. I offered an opinion on one book I happened to dislike intensely for reasons I listed. As someone said, opinions vary.

    For you to attempt to turn that into a dismissive, "Oh, he hates everything" is dead wrong and arrogant.
  5. greedo

    greedo Guest

    Careful, careful, pussywillow.

    Take a deep breath, now.

    It's a book thread, for God's sake.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Well, Smasher, if you did hate Charlotte Simmons, you would have a lot of company.

    Anyway, sssssh you two. We're trying to read.
  7. greedo

    greedo Guest

    Ace, you didn't like Charlotte Simmons?

    I've always wanted to get in a throwdown in a library.
  8. dennismoore

    dennismoore Guest

    I've just started the first book of Lord of the Rings. How many more pages must I endure before the actual, you know, story starts?
  9. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Always a sound strategy: Take a dump in the middle of the room, then chastise the people who say something smells in here.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Heard a lot about it and decided I didn't want to read it.

    But I'll take you on anyway. Bookmarks at 10 paces?
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    In your...

    It does start slowly but picks up pretty quickly once they get out of the Shire -- if you like that sort of thing.
  12. Donny in his element

    Donny in his element Well-Known Member

    I remember the two-part piece in Rolling Stone a year and a half ago that was the precursor the the book. Great stuff. Thanks for reminding me of the book.

    I'm partial to Wright's Black Boy (make sure to get the version with American Hunger, which was initially censored by the publisher because it goes into Wright's flirtation with the Communist Party). Great autobiography.

    Because I've always been inrigued by the Arctic (Greenland in particular), I recently picked up "This Cold Heaven" by Gretel Ehrlich, about her years traveling Greenland mixed in with a retrospective of its history. So far, so good. I'm a sucker for creative nonfiction.

    For fiction, giving Carl Hiaasen a shot, starting with "Tourist Season." I think that if you're Floridian, you have to read Hiaasen. It's in the state Constitution or something.
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