Favorite books / What are you reading?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Snackpack, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. 4too

    4too Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 30, 2003
    Long Ago, Far Away

    Long Ago, Far Away

    I have yet to even sit through the complete Narnia videos available, seemed like episodes of Sesame Street, and once Oscar and Big Bird go off camera, have this urge to start channel surfing, ... wait, is not that Cookie Monster playing that kid with the sweet tooth .... but nice blond on this infomercial... choices and consequences ...

    Read some CS Lewis in the '70's, the short essays were memorable for the assorted nuggets (gold) or nuts (encapsulated moral factoids) that keep reappearing as your years' pages turn over and over and over.


    Read 'Gravity's Rainbow' in post mid '70's. Steady read over a number of, ..., days.
    Was out of formal education's institutionalization and working poor. The only TV at the tavern down the street.
    Reading was a starring entertainment, and not a supporting player. So maybe a week of afternoons and evenings.

    Did not understand, then, why some were surprised that I had completed the read. So hearing others, now, soldier through is not new.

    Long book, but pop fiction reads were getting longer and longer, compare Clavell's 'King Rat' to the dictionary sized 'Shogun'. Paid by the page.

    Stream of consciousness? Had yet to try Joyce, that started in the '80's. Joyce was what English majors toted about after their block of Shakespeare got too heavy.
    English lit? After listening to an LP version of 'Don Juan In Hell' (the 1951 dramatic reading with Charles-s Boyer + Laughten and Agnes Moorehead ),
    was catching up on GBS.

    Stream of consciousness? Seemed like peeling back layer after layer, less like leaps of context. The rambling wasn't an issue. The rambling became an attraction.

    Streaming. The positive side of a manic cycling sine wave of the mind's world visualization.

    Revelry. Some streams read like walking through a street festival (Bloom's Day), clash and collage of many sense/sensual medias. Keep going. More coming.

    The 'supra - hero' Rocket-mensch is the narrative arch,that catches the leading attention, the fire and forget trajectory that fades into a final photo's memory capture.
    That last evidence of existence says more about history and remembrance than can be comfortably conscious at it's initial crystallization.

  2. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    I just finished rereading Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie. Good book.

    That was made into a pretty good movie starring Clint Eastwood. The special effects at the end look super dated, but they're still cool.

    Yes. I read his "sci-fi" trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength.

    I liked the first, loved the second (it's really, really good), and thought the third was okay. They're worth checking out if you're interested. I also plan on reading The Screwtape Letters if the opportunity ever presents itself, but I'm not going out of my way.
  3. SimpleMinded

    SimpleMinded Vault Fossil

    Jun 17, 2003
    Hah yea 4Too. If you're talking the BBC Narnia movies, they're really painful. The books are targeted for a pretty young audience but his other work seem to be a lot more deeply rooted in philosophy as you mentioned.

    I've never read his sci-fi trilogy Universal, so I'll have to check that out.
  4. 4too

    4too Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 30, 2003
    Sympathy For The Devil

    Sympathy For The Devil

    UniversalWolf, yes I guess, I need to own up that I read 'The Screwtape Letters'. The character devising was effective ... and ... I don't recall much detail.
    Was worth reading, and might serve one's seeing reflections or shadows, dot connecting, in other studies.

    SimpleMinded, I mentioned Shaw's 'Don Juan In Hell' and forgot 'The Screwtape Letters'.
    Shaw might not have been the notorious christian foot stomper that Lewis was, still I can guess that GBS fired up a few Unitarians and sugar dosed, pre Stalin, soft socialists... long before 'liberal' became a liability, as out of fashion an ism as [insert your favorite scarecrow here].

    Don't know why. Wonder if 'The Screwtape Letters' inspired a few 'Twilight Zone' veiled moralizings in black and white - on small screen,
    and was ordinary fare by the time I turned through its' pages.

  5. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    Re: Sympathy For The Devil

    It's funny how discussions of Lewis always end up stuck on this point. Personally I don't understand it. He writes stories with Christian themes, but isn't that his right as an author? If he wanted to write stories with Buddhist themes or Zoroastrian themes, I wouldn't care. Besides, nothing he's written has converted me to Christianity. That doesn't mean I don't find his work interesting and enjoyable to read.
  6. Carib FMJ

    Carib FMJ Nuka-Cola Chaser

    Nov 8, 2003
    Masters of Chaos by Linda Robinson

    An interesting red on the modern Green Berets...
  7. 4too

    4too Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 30, 2003
    Polite Revisionism

    Polite Revisionism

    UniversalWolf, you score a good point about Lewis.
    Your readings of Lewis are most likely more recent then mine, and less tainted with spurious associations with this current age.
    My dramatic characterization might have been 'kinder and gentler',
    for I prize his direct moralizing over his 'Huff and Puff' stories,
    but none the less Shaw had some interesting Christian themes in his forwards that many may have missed.

    So in comparing the present street rep of the two ... Lewis a Christian philosopher, Shaw in the shadow of his theatrics ... Shaw might actually be the foot stomper, between the curtain and foot lights, and his GBS persona gloried in it.

    By the 1920's or '30's, that same GBS *genius* persona was lightly lampooned in Huxley's 'Brave New World', if I rightly recall.

    I think Shaw would have been laughing with all the Jazz Age Kids.

  8. TwinkieGorilla

    TwinkieGorilla This ghoul has seen it all

    Oct 19, 2007
    "Independent People" by Icelandic Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness.

    beautiful feckin' book thus far.
  9. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    Re: Polite Revisionism

    No scorekeeping necessary. :wink:

    I wasn't even really talking about your comments directly. Just noting that Lewis seems to drive a surprisingly large number of people into a blind rage, for whatever reason.

    I have been foolish enough to pick up and start reading The Republic again, so you may not hear from me for a few weeks. :crazy:
  10. aXXo

    aXXo First time out of the vault

    Mar 31, 2008
    Right now i'm reading all the Warhammer 40k i can get my hands on.
  11. Eyenixon

    Eyenixon Vault Senior Citizen

    Apr 11, 2008
    I finished up all the Adventures of Tintin books and I'm currently on a comic book spree.
    Next up is the Asterix series, Obelix, Getafix, Chief Vitalstatistix, all formed great memories in my childhood.

    Does anyone else feel that nostalgic rush when reading their old comics? It seems more powerful than viewing a film you had seen early in your childhood once again, reading a simple book, or hearing an almost forgotten song, all don't seem to have the same potent effect, hell, glancing over Asterix yet another time hits a nerve much more deftly than picking up Ultima III: Exodus again ever does.
  12. verwandlung

    verwandlung Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jun 26, 2007
    Currently reading :

    fiction: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the night.

    n-fiction: Brian Greene The Fabric of the Cosmos
  13. SimpleMinded

    SimpleMinded Vault Fossil

    Jun 17, 2003
    Is F Scott Fitzgeralds non-Great Gatsby work any good? I thought Gatsby sucked.
  14. verwandlung

    verwandlung Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jun 26, 2007
    Then you probably won't like his other works.
  15. Knödelkarpfen

    Knödelkarpfen First time out of the vault

    Nov 15, 2008
    I have enjoyed Fitzgerald's short stories much more than his longer form works. Which isn't to say that the Great Gatsby, for instance, isn't good. It is, although it has too big of a reputation to live up to for many readers. Those stories of his just tickle me though.

    I'm trying to read "Omnivore's Dilemma", having a hard time getting through it all because it depresses me so much. I also am working my way through Ulysses again after 4 years; as i told Eyenixon, it remains my favourite work of literature. In addition, i'm reading a book about Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons". Not a lot of reading in my world right now, not as much as i would like.
  16. SoberCounsel

    SoberCounsel First time out of the vault

    Oct 29, 2008
    I really wish I could say i've been finishing alot of books lately.. but for some reason i've just been starting them and not ACTUALLY finishing them.

    Iain M. Banks' collection
    Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    The Magus by John Fowles
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
    Selected works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Almost through Moving Pictures and the Iain M. Banks collection, but everything else is about half-way through or less.

    I don't actively read Non-Fiction writing with the exception of jumping between Wikipedia articles for hours on end.
  17. McNurglestein

    McNurglestein First time out of the vault

    Jan 31, 2009
    CompTIA A+ Certification exam guide sixth edition, by Mike Meyers

    I love this dude's writing style. Easy and fun to understand.

    Also, anyone ever read anything by Jack L Chalker? I read a book of his, I can't remember the title, where this 35 year old nerdy scientist duder switched bodies with a seven year old Indian girl, then he switches bodies with a twenty year old college student chick. Then after being chased by a bunch of aliens they become lesbians and live happily ever after together.

    It was extremely well written, although it did get a little dry and boring in places. Great imagination, great characters, confusing plot, awesome book.
  18. fedaykin

    fedaykin Vault Fossil

    Jul 15, 2007
    No, thanks.
  19. FrattBorrigan

    FrattBorrigan It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 5, 2008
    The Bible and Quran
  20. Von Drunky

    Von Drunky Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Mar 10, 2007
    Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I've read 1/3rd of it and I find it to be boring. So far the only thing this book has going for it, is its bad ass title.