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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 12:05:46 PM

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MiaVRO wrote:
Oh, and a couple months ago I read RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson.
The jist, is that it's about the colonization and potential terraforming of Mars. It follows a select few of the original 100 colonizers, all scientists. The book is split into a couple of sections, all from a different individual's point of view.
Boy, is it a good read!! I have never been much of a scifi expert, so this was a great introduction to the genre. It's very scientific and quite practical, though still filled with so many relevant human emotions and situations, even though they take place on another planet!... Just absolutely enthralling. I can't say enough good things about it!
It's followed by 2 more novels which I haven't yet read.


Really, I was given the set and was just going to sell them to the book shop, I might just give it a whirl, nice one.

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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:27:31 PM
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Reading The Kills by Richard House, so far so good.
Also picked up Dark Eden by Chris Beckett and Night Film by Marisha Pessl.

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:14:24 PM
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Thoughts on this list?
http://flavorwire.com/423424/50-incredibly-tough-books-for-extreme-readers/

I am reading S. - thanks Steven for the heads up!
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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 12:18:55 PM

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Cheers Marsjams13, I know have another 7 books on my wishlist... Great ;)

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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 2:10:58 PM
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Hmmm. . . only seven? ;)
Which ones, if you don't mind me asking?
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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 3:33:37 PM
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I posted that very list to my Facebook page the other day. No one commented on it... I've finished reading nine of them and have started eight others. Mostly they go unfinished because I get distracted by other books.

One of the first questions that popped into my mind about the books I haven't read on the list was, "Sure this book is a tough read, but is it worth the read for other than bragging rights?"

Planning to tackle Dhalgren again once school is out but would love to hear recommendations on some of the ones I haven't read.

Have Read:
Infinite Jest
Pet Sematary
Battle Royale
House of Leaves
Heart of Darkness
Hopscotch
2666
Gravity's Rainbow
Canterbury Tales

Started to read:
Moby-Dick
Finnegan's Wake
The Sound and the Fury
Wittgenstein's Mistress
Dhalgren
The Silmarillion
Tristram Shandy
The Divine Comedy
marsjams13
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 5:28:59 PM
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i honestly haven't ready very many of these: House of Leaves (obviously), Heart of Darkness, To the Lighthouse, Pet Sematary and then parts of The Faerie Queene, the Canterbury Tales, and the Silmarillion. I was interested in reading The Silmarillion at one point, but as interesting as it is for the sheer depth of the history and world that Tolkien created, i found it about as enjoyable as reading the bible.

I have had a few of these on my 'to read' bookshelf for a couple years but haven't made time for them: Moby Dick, Infinite Jest, Naked Lunch, Wittgenstein's Mistress, The Divine Comedy, and The Sound and The Fury. I am interested in several others and will undoubtedly pick some of these up.

The same question came to my head - of those that are really tough, are they worth it? But also, I know from experience that Pet Sematary was not a hard read, so I wonder how many of the other books also fall into this category, and because of that, what was left off the list that maybe should have been put on. Any books that you would add? Such as maybe Foucault's Pendulum, Pale Fire, A Clockwork Orange. . .


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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:35:35 PM

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marsjams13 wrote:
Hmmm. . . only seven? ;)
Which ones, if you don't mind me asking?

Yeah, Nightwood, Blood Meridian, infinite Jest, Trainspotting, House of Leaves (which to be honest has been on my list for ages), Dhalgren and Cosmos.
I have a couple on my list already and I already have some Kafka including The Castle on the shelf.
Tried Silmarillion twice just could not finish it, but I have a Kindle full of books and like I say a bunch on the shelf I just wish I had more time to read.
Any favourites you would recommend??

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benedict
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:56:25 AM
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Of the ones I have read and finished from the list: Blood Meridian, Infinite Jest, Geek Love, The Naked Lunch, Trainspotting, Pet Sematary, Coin Locker Babies, Battle Royale, House of Leaves, Heart of Darkness, Out, 2666, The Unfortunates, & The Demon…

I would really recommend Battle Royale, Trainspotting (and watch the movies too!), and of course House of Leaves...
MiaVRO
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 1:53:01 PM

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Though I've ready 7+ Murakami novels, I am only now snuggling in with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles.
I am finding myself shaking my fists at the sky and yelling "Mmmuurraakkaaammiiiiii!"
Gotta love him.
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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 5:45:08 PM

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Kinda reading like... I cannot believe that the radio times collectors edition Dr Who covers are on ebay already???

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Posted: Friday, November 22, 2013 10:17:00 PM

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Conceptually yours... wrote:
Kinda reading like... I cannot believe that the radio times collectors edition Dr Who covers are on ebay already???


All 12 as a set £50?? wow

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benedict
Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:55:38 PM
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Lexicon by Max Barry. Members here should enjoy this... basic premise - a group of people (the Poets) who use words to control others and even kill...
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:42:15 AM

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benedict wrote:
Lexicon by Max Barry. Members here should enjoy this... basic premise - a group of people (the Poets) who use words to control others and even kill...


Ooh interesting. Thanks for the tip.
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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 4:01:22 PM
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I second Benedict on Lexicon. It was fun.
benedict
Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 3:51:18 PM
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The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair - Joël Dicker
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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:44:42 PM
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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 4:59:56 PM

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Imajica clive barker looonnnngggg

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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 10:36:10 AM
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Imajica was a trip.

I'm currently reading The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean. I just finished reading The Story of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, which I highly recommend. Fantastic stories.
benedict
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:09:35 AM
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Just finished Lock In by John Scalzi.
Now reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami.

is there anybody out there?
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