Works of Staggering Fiction

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Asherian wrote:
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.
I've read both, and I have to say. House of Leaves is far, far better.
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I'm such a dunce. I totally forgot to mention Catch 22.

Bestest anti-war book i've read. Ever.
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cheez.wiz wrote:I'm such a dunce. I totally forgot to mention Catch 22.

Bestest anti-war book i've read. Ever.
I keep my money in my Catch 22 book. I've had it for almost 2 years now. IT's that good.
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Well I just re-read `The Lovely Bones`and I cannot recommend it enough. Lets put it this way, I cried.... a lot. I don`t remember crying this much the first time I read it. Basically a young girl is brutally raped and murdered, the story is about her watching her family try to cope from Heaven.

Oh and this might get the guys`interest, it`s being made into a movie. I know I can hear the collective ``So what.`` The director is Peter Jackson and the dad will be played by Marky Mark. Yeah, that made me cry on the inside because I haven`t been able to sit through 1 Jackson movie and Mark Wahlberg has the emotional acting range of a turnip.
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Surely the brutal rape and murder of a young girl is enough of a hook as it is, though.
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That's why I watch Forensic Files on TruTV. Rape and murder with no sob story attached.
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Stephen King writes novels of staggering fiction, which he makes plausible somehow. The Dark Tower series, It, Hearts in Atlantis and Carrie were pretty good.

I also recommend Raymond E Feist, specifically the Riftwar Saga and Talon of the Silver Hawk.

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I'd be more inclined to read Stephen King again if I thought he had actually learned how to end a book. He can't last I attempted, and I'm just not willing to put myself through one of his.. pieces again because of it. (The worst/best example I can think of is It.)

Also.. I like Mark Wahlberg as an actor, probably cause the movie I mostly identify him with is a relatively hilarious comedy called Big Hit. Also stars Cisco from deep space 9. Though after having seen the Happening I'm not sure I can forgive him. I mean... AH! Trees! (The science was just.. painful in that movie, truly the most horrifying part of it.)

Feist I've never gotten into though I'm sure I should have.

Oh, and as far as the rape and murder go.. the sob stories the best part. I mean how can you get off on it if you can't see and feel the tangible pain its left on people? Its no where near as satisfying for instance when the person who's brutally slain is hated by all and they start dancing.. well maybe for the people dancing.
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AHMETxRock wrote:
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.

If you think it's Omega Stellar quality, mind at least saying alittle bit about it to hook my interest? Only if you think it's awesome enough for me to go out and get, or if you feel I'd be better off having read it.
This makes more sense as I originally re-read the quote, but the only author that gets me off is H.P Lovecraft, Brave New World just made me giggle manically until I fell out of my chair. Which was a problem since we were reading it in a psychology class.. Got to give the teacher props, he kept going just glaring at me the whole time.

I'm not sure what "Omega Stellar" quality is a reference to or how it might be a unit of measurement, else I'd say something in response to that too. The only thing I can really think you should read is 1984, Philip K. Dick(pick something, though Dues Irae has ment the most to me so far.), Chuck Palinuk(Rant and Fight Club are my favorites of his.) and I am Legend for some classic styles. Others I'd recommend but those strike me as the top at this exact second.
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I just raided my parent's and sister's bookshelves. I've got meeself a handful of stuff to read. And a lot of it is dystopian. The Chrysalids, 1984, Brave New World.

I also am reading the fake travel guide on non-existant country Molvania. Just hilarious, by the way. I would seriously recommend it.

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Well the sob story is a little interesting, but I prefer to just watch the victim's family being interviewed.
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Lethal Interjection wrote:I just raided my parent's and sister's bookshelves. I've got meeself a handful of stuff to read. And a lot of it is dystopian. The Chrysalids, 1984, Brave New World.

I also am reading the fake travel guide on non-existant country Molvania. Just hilarious, by the way. I would seriously recommend it.
That does sound great. I love fake country guides/stories. Reminds me of the Mouse that Roared the fake country that went to war and won againist the USA.

Read Brave New World before 1984, or else it'll just be even more of a let down. Their both similar enough its hard not to actively compare them against each other.
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Asherian wrote:That does sound great. I love fake country guides/stories. Reminds me of the Mouse that Roared the fake country that went to war and won againist the USA.

Read Brave New World before 1984, or else it'll just be even more of a let down. Their both similar enough its hard not to actively compare them against each other.
I've read them both before. Brave New World a little more indepthly (I wrote a paper on it) where I mostly skimmed 1984 (last minute studying of a book I hadn't yet read for a literature exam).

Probably my favourite thing about the Molvania travel guide is that they bolded certain words and phrases. Mostly to stand out, like you would with historical figures and important places. General points of interest and tourism. Well, this book bolded some hilarious things. Even without reading it, if you just flip through and read the bolded words, it is hilarious. (some examples: urinate freely, routinely slaughtered, public hangings, prophylactics, pornographic lithograph, etc., plus all the regular names and places). The captions for the pictures they have in it are hilarious, too.
I understand that they released a second one, but I haven't seen it yet.

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I agree that dystopian books are often some of the best books there are. I haven't read a single one I haven't liked. A Clockwork Orange is fantastic and, I can't remember if this is actually a dystopian novel or not, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is also quite good. As to anti-war novels, while Catch-22 is definitely one of the best there is you also should read Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. It's got a lot of the same feel to it as Catch-22, because KV was influenced by Catch-22, but it's also viciously satirical and full of dark humor. Kurt Vonnegut wasn't called the 20th Century's Mark Twain for nothing.

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