Well, I've been somewhat bored recently and started to read a lot in my free-time. The most recent books I've read are: 'Travels in Scriptorium" by Paul Auster, "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad and "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, among others.
All three were awesome reads and would recommend them to anyone, "Heart of Darkness" was probably the most eloquently authored novel I have ever read, and the author wasn't even a natural English speaker.
Please share any books you've read, would recommend or plan on picking up!
"The Fourth Thousand Years" - Cleon Skousen "The Mythmakers" - Hugh Nibley (both heavily slanted Mormon wise religious books)
"Meditations" - Marcus Aurelius "Rough Stone Rolling"- I forget his name, he's Mormon, best biography on Joseph Smith written from an almost completely unbiased view. "Lies my teach told me" - James Loewe "Altered Carbon- Takeshi Kovacs" -Richard Morgan
The Odyssey is better IMHO. Depends on the translation as well.
I am currently reading "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Just finished "Crime and Punishment" and it was great. Someone mentionned Faulkner, one of my faves. Nabokov is an incredible writer. "Lolita" is still controversial, but it is an incredible read. Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is one of my all time faves. I happen to be somewhat of a book junkie, so I could go on all day...But I won't.
Agreed. It's definitely not the faggy type of fantasy that many people might imagine when thinking of that genre.
I bought A Game of Thrones maybe two weeks ago (whenever the last Books thread was) and am halfway through A Storm of Swords (3rd in the series). Lengthy books - 800 - 1,000 pages per book, but Martin does a great job of keeping it moving without growing stale.
I'm gonna be pissed having to wait for the rest to come out, that's for sure.
Just read the Odyssey and Hella Nation by Evan Wright - pretty good short takes on weird Americans - and Tactics of the Crescent Moon - not so good - on a plane trip from Cape Town to Alaska (which by the way is a great state, even without the Sarah Palin-did she know I was coming?) Oil and the Glory about Central Asia by Steve LeVine also pretty good.
I was definitely pumped when I heard that it was going to be put on HBO.
Though I can't speak for the acting ability of every cast member, but most definitely do justice to the mental images I've had in my head of the characters (Dinklage will have to be uglied up a bit, but I think he's great).
Just finished The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway and just started Underworld by Don DeLillo. I recently read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis for about the fifth time-I highly recommend it. I also recommend Brave New World and 1984 by Huxley and Orwell, and anything by Norman Mailer, especially Tough Guys Don't Dance, Harlot's Ghost and An American Dream.
Recently I've read... The Art of War by Sun Tzu Mr. America by Mark Adams Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis Welfare Brat by Mary Childers The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I'd say all were interesting and/or entertaining, with the exception of The Catcher in the Rye, which sucked just as much as the first time I read it back in high school.