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BOOKS THREAD

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

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    You are becoming like @Huggy and that's not good for my wallet
     
  2. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    The Sepinwall book on the Sopranos is out today. Pre-ordered it on Amazon.
     
  3. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Reading Pearlman’s USFL book, “Football for a Buck.” Enjoying it so far, though I’m not too far in as yet. What sticks out so far is this confusing blurb from L. Jon Wertheim. What the fuck does this even mean? I’ve read it a half dozen times and I still don’t know:

    “If foreshadowing were passing yards, this book would be Jim Kelly. A definitive history of a wild and woolly football league fondly remembered three decades after its demise, but also a definitive preview of the forty-fifth president.”

    Holy non sequiturs
     
  4. Hermes

    Hermes Well-Known Member

    I thought this was really well done on things we find problematic in writing from decades and centuries ago. Instead of using it as an instructive moment, too many young readers just put the book down.

    I think we’d all be better readers if we realized that it isn’t the writer who’s the time traveler. It’s the reader. When we pick up an old novel, we’re not bringing the novelist into our world and deciding whether he or she is enlightened enough to belong here; we’re journeying into the novelist’s world and taking a look around.

    ....

    To take an example almost at random: Most of us rely on technology that can be traced to child labor or even slave labor...If you or I were to write a novel with a passage in which someone takes a casual glance at his phone, how might this strike a reader from the future — someone whose understanding of human interconnectedness is far more acute than our own? I’m guessing that readers from the future might find our callousness almost unbearable, and might have to remind themselves that despite the monstrousness into which we could descend in passages like this, some of what we were saying might be worth listening to.


    Virginia Woolf? Snob! Richard Wright? Sexist! Dostoyevsky? Anti-Semite!
     
  5. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    The Passage is coming to Fox tomorrow night and I'm hopeful. I really enjoyed the trilogy, 1 & 3 more than 2nd book (but that's par for the course.)
     
  6. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I'm reading the first Game of Thrones book and really enjoying it. I've seen season one of the HBO show, so I think it's helped to orient me to all the characters and places. What surprised me is how well-written it is. I'm not a fan of fantastical writing, Arthurian-type legends, etc., so I have to admit I cast a gimlet eye on this George R.R. Martin fellow. But the book really clips along, bounding back and forth between characters. Given it's huge popularity, I shouldn't have been surprised, I guess. Then again, I read "The Da Vinci Code" in one evening and that was some of the worst writing I've ever encountered. Pure shit.
     
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