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Old 10-05-2015, 08:22 PM   #21
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Just finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Ahh, how was that book? Would you recommend it to anyone?
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:42 PM   #23
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Ahh, how was that book? Would you recommend it to anyone?
I enjoyed it, but it had some flaws. The author does a good job of pulling it together in the end, though.
Seems a bit rushed but still very well written.

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Old 11-16-2015, 10:24 PM   #24
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I enjoyed it, but it had some flaws. The author does a good job of pulling it together in the end, though.
Seems a bit rushed but still very well written.
What was the main gist of the book?
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In short it's a middle easterner's perspective (and criticism) of the united states, but its got a bunch of twists involved.

Also I had to read Fight Club recently for the same class. It was pretty bad but I'd recommend it for people who don't like reading. Full of action and at the very least it'll keep you interested.

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Old 11-17-2015, 05:09 AM   #26
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Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything

Actually I've had it a long time, but the book's been through so much abuse that the cover came off years ago, and I'm only now finding out what it's called. Definitely amazing enough to deserve a re-read though.
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Old 11-17-2015, 04:14 PM   #27
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In short it's a middle easterner's perspective (and criticism) of the united states, but its got a bunch of twists involved.

Also I had to read Fight Club recently for the same class. It was pretty bad but I'd recommend it for people who don't like reading. Full of action and at the very least it'll keep you interested.
Oh dude I so disagree. Fight Club is chock full of cool stuff. If you care, reading some literary theory (marxist theory, some feminism, and perhaps some psychoanalysis would be the most rewarding in this case), makes some of the stuff in that book so cool.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:53 PM   #28
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Oh dude I so disagree.
yeah, you and over a million IMDB users who consider it the greatest movie of all time. Of course, I'm sure only a small percentage of those people have read the book, but from what I've seen of the film it follows along pretty closely.
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If you care, reading some literary theory (marxist theory, some feminism, and perhaps some psychoanalysis would be the most rewarding in this case)
I definitely won't say I'm well-versed in any of these subjects but I have touched on them in a number of classes that I've taken in the past. Currently I'm in sociology (not by my choosing) so I'd say I'm covered at least when it comes to conflict theory and feminism. That being said I do think Palahniuk makes a few very compelling arguments in his work. I would say I understood the majority of what he's getting at throughout the story. The problem for me is his style of writing. With want of a better way of saying it I think it's extraordinarily 'edgy on purpose.' On top of that the author thinks he has to force every stupid figure of speech and attempt at being clever down your throat. If you find subtlety appealing then this is not the book for you. In addition to that my english professor made sure to point out and over-analyze every 'hidden' symbol and theme in the novel. I don't know, it's just not my thing.

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Old 11-24-2015, 06:27 PM   #29
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Finished reading Speak a couple days ago. It was required for school, but I actually really liked it.
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I somewhat recently finished Scale-bright, and I'm currently working my way through Revelation Space for a (free choice) school project. I also have the Wandering Son graphic novel series put off to the side.
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Bel Canto. It's surprising me, but I can tell at a glance that some people would hate it.
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The Gathering by Anne Enright. Not as good as Bel Canto, but still a beautifully sympathetic book. I guess it's also depressing.

Right now though, that doesn't matter. Because I'm realizing that I love to read. This is frightening... because I do this every time I read. Why do I forget about this so completely? I've been attending some lectures from a biochemist.. and we've been discussing how the very first time you give a baby sugar, the baby almost literally lights up in shock and awe, and when you get older, sugar is only nice... But I seem to get that every time. I don't know why. The amount I read is still enormous. Even more strangely... before starting the book.. I wasn't worried about it being a chore to start, or looking forward to it. I know it isn't the quality of the book... But today, just for a while, I shone. To the point of scaring (surprising is probably more approaite) someone with how much energy I had after my holiday, and how enthusiastic I was about talking about something objectively dull. I certainty didn't do it for their company.

To me... this is worth describing as love. I haven't had this much passion in years. It feels so wonderful to be doing something for a reason other than resentment or gratitude. Looking at my history... I can predict that the feeling will wear off... What's more,, I'm unceirtain on how I'm supposed to view my life "the rest of the time". Is it just going through the motions? I want to keep thinking about it right now. This is a lot more addictive than any gum. I get up and go about my day everyday, then forget most of it, and don't go out of the way to make anything happen, but after being exposed to something as common as a book, This is more interesting than any superhero movie.
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The Gathering by Anne Enright. Not as good as Bel Canto, but still a beautifully sympathetic book. I guess it's also depressing.

Right now though, that doesn't matter. Because I'm realizing that I love to read. This is frightening... because I do this every time I read. Why do I forget about this so completely? I've been attending some lectures from a biochemist.. and we've been discussing how the very first time you give a baby sugar, the baby almost literally lights up in shock and awe, and when you get older, sugar is only nice... But I seem to get that every time. I don't know why. The amount I read is still enormous. Even more strangely... before starting the book.. I wasn't worried about it being a chore to start, or looking forward to it. I know it isn't the quality of the book... But today, just for a while, I shone. To the point of scaring (surprising is probably more approaite) someone with how much energy I had after my holiday, and how enthusiastic I was about talking about something objectively dull. I certainty didn't do it for their company.

To me... this is worth describing as love. I haven't had this much passion in years. It feels so wonderful to be doing something for a reason other than resentment or gratitude. Looking at my history... I can predict that the feeling will wear off... What's more,, I'm unceirtain on how I'm supposed to view my life "the rest of the time". Is it just going through the motions? I want to keep thinking about it right now. This is a lot more addictive than any gum. I get up and go about my day everyday, then forget most of it, and don't go out of the way to make anything happen, but after being exposed to something as common as a book, This is more interesting than any superhero movie.
I think any good book is better than a superhero movie. Certainly trying to do a movie adaption of a book or a comic takes work, and in today's time writers are simply not as valued as they used to be. There are of course always badly written movies, from the beginning of cinema to the present. But I feel that the occurrences of such movies have been increasing in the last decade. No longer can you find any gems out there, as the species of masterpieces is becoming ever so rare. No longer can you find a film similar to Cloud Atlas. All is drowned in allegedly "dazzling" blockbuster hits with unbalanced funding. The majority of the green being used to fund the computer animation department. But anyway, it's indeed a shame that the quality of movies is going downhill every year.

Over the past months I have finished two books:
*The Doll - It was a great read! Although slow at the beginning, it was a good commentary into the times of the 19th century in Warsaw; going through the story of an aristocratic lady, Izabela, who sells herself to the rich and successful merchant Wokulski to save her family from financial peril. The author, Prus, takes many jabs at the aristocratic class, e.g. they are useless people who are fed by hardworking men. A look at the society of Jews is also included. Overall, a witty and very socialist-oriented read. I give this book 9 out of 10.
*Perdition by KS Augustin - Another enjoyable read. There were no sags as the book had a good grab on the reader. It's a science fiction story that centres around a man named Quinten Tamlan who used to be a rebel against the Republic - an oppressive regime that has spanned across galaxies. But after the protagonist's wife dead from a revenge shooting, Quiten lost his nerve and faded away into obscurity. Though when he took on a hybrid alien crew member, his meandering stopped and he found his spark of idealism again. Overall, a smooth read with well written flashbacks, round characters and a good flow of action. I give this book a rating of 10 out of 10.

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