Works of Staggering Fiction

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Gulliver's Travels is kind of terrible, as is Dr. Zhivago. Those are the two books that I never finished in high school.
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Last year in English we read Catcher in the Rye. I almost vomited. And what made it worse is that everyone else loved it.
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Maelstrom75 wrote: No. It's a book with dirty language. Shut the @&#$ up.
Ironic.

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Yeah, it's like "I know the main character is crazy and all, but that doesn't excuse nonsensical writing."
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catcher in the rye is a tricky book. You have to read it at exactly that time in your life when you're having your first true identity crisis (which happens to most kids in high school). If you read it during that time, it's brilliant. If not, it sucks.
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TwoBuy wrote:catcher in the rye is a tricky book. You have to read it at exactly that time in your life when you're having your first true identity crisis (which happens to most kids in high school). If you read it during that time, it's brilliant. If not, it sucks.
I've got to ask, does it apply if you keep having them every so often?

Honestly reading over the thread has just made me glad I skipped most of Highschool english's required reading. Not that I haven't read them, I just never had to for class. Most of my experiences with the highschool reading list were the fact I TAed in the english department so they'd just be laying around, I'd pick 'em up read them on my own time and not have to worry about doing the stupid assignments attached. I'm the only person I know who enjoyed the Joy Luck Club, I think two facts are related. Literature is far more enjoyable when your not being yelled at to read it.
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Here is something you have to read. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

I've yet to find a book that changes how I view literature as much as that book did.
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Jesster wrote:Here is something you have to read. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

I've yet to find a book that changes how I view literature as much as that book did.
Someone in my dnd group is planning to loan me that. I seriously doubt it can be as much as a mind fuck as illuminatus was.. but I don't think you can read all the way through that thing and Not come out different on the other side. Not literature as much as interaction, people, ectra.

I'm both looking forward and somewhat in horror of house of leaves.. we'll find out once I've read it.
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One of the best books I have ever read has to be 1984. In my incredibly not humble opinion, everyone should read that book at least once.
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I have, and it was really good. However, I prefer "Brave New World" by Huxley, and not just because it's also the name of a Motorhead song!
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I loved the start of Brave new world then just felt like it failed to deliever. 1984 filled me with a joy I can't describe. Especially New Speak. Doubleplusgood!
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Brave New World is pretty amazing. Dystopian (dystopic? I dunno, you get the idea) fiction in general is amazing, but 1984 is king.
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Asherian wrote:I loved the start of Brave new world then just felt like it failed to deliever. 1984 filled me with a joy I can't describe. Especially New Speak. Doubleplusgood!
Gasp. This book intellectually aroused me. I might have mentioned this, but still. How can we wage war when we both enjoy this! Gah!

Also, I haven't read some of the stuff you guys have been mentioning. Not sure if I'm missing out.

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This discussion is just making me more and more want to read the dystopian literature of old. Farenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World, even Animal Farm. I haven't read any of them since high school. Actually, I did a paper on Brave New World, Shelley's Frankenstein and the movie Gattaca talking about the prognostications from literature/arts regarding the genome project (and genetic manipulation). It was a sweet paper.

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That seemed like an incredibly intelligent post to me, until I read Gattaca and my mind wandered to that olden days arcade game, Galactica or something like that. Good game.

Edit: As mountainmage said, it was Galaga.
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