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Old 02-07-2011, 01:54 PM   #1366
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8.5/10

Kind of an updated version of Kitchen Confidential written from the author's new perspective of a knowledgeable outsider looking in. Brutally honest and often times hilarious. Here he describes going to St. Barth's for a week with the crazy rich coke whore he met right after his divorce:

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We spent a somewhat less than romantic New Year's Eve at a party hosted by the Gaddafis. That should tell you something. Enrique Iglesias provided the entertainment. A detail that lingers in the memory like the birthmark on one's torturer's cheek.

Who had the bigger boat, wore the better outfit, got the best table seemed all that mattered. There were decade-old feuds over casual cracks long forgotten by everyone but the principals. They circled each other still- waiting to identify a weakness -looking for somewhere and some way to strike. People jockeyed for position, cut each other's throats over the most petty, nonsensical shit imaginable. This from the people who, it gradually began to dawn on me, actually ran the world.

I was lingering over the buffet on a Dr. No-sized yacht with the appropriately Bond-esque name Octopus: huge interior docking inside the hull, a six-man submarine, landing space for two helicopters, Francis Bacon originals in the crapper. I looked up from the sushi and got the impression that anybody there -any of the guests dancing, schmoozing, chatting politely at the party- would have watched my throat getting cut without the slightest change in expression.

By the time she lost her wallet for the third and last time, I was ready to dig a hole in the sand and drop her in it, had I thought for a second I could get away with it. But she spoke daily with "Mom." And the option of simply walking out on her, leaving the wallet-less, fund-less, coke-crazy schizo-bitch to her just deserts, broke-ass in a hotel room from which I had every expectation she would be removed at any hour -this, too, I was uncomfortable with.

I also had a very real concern that even were I to do something as measured and sensible as simply walk out on her, what remained of my Caribbean sojourn might end with the arrival of two thick-necked fellows from Chechnya holding a tarpaulin and hacksaws.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:03 PM   #1367
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I bought The Passage on the cheap and I'm now about 550 pages in. It's pretty trashy (it was cheap and it is cheap lol), but at least it's an easy read. Just makes the cut for me at 55/100.
I found the beggining great.. and then progressively it got less interesting. Plus, it never really focus on what I really wanted them two, the obvious interest is in the virals.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:08 PM   #1368
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The Road.

So far it has been incredible. About 2/3rds the way through it.

Edit: Just spent all afternoon reading. Have now finished, the verdict?

AWESOME!

Hell yeah. My favorite book.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:13 PM   #1369
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I'm trying to read a ton of bestsellers. Never covered the Catcher in the Rye in high school, but I read it last week and hated it. It's devoid of a plot---just an aimless, sensitive, capricious kid with money and free time.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:55 AM   #1370
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I'm trying to read a ton of bestsellers. Never covered the Catcher in the Rye in high school, but I read it last week and hated it. It's devoid of a plot---just an aimless, sensitive, capricious kid with money and free time.

I'm also going through some of the very bestsellers and highest rated books.

So far this year I have read

I am Legend
The Road.

I have the following to read.

The Great Gatsby
Lord of the flies
1984
The count of Montecristo

Was going to read Catcher in the rye but it has very mixed opinions, your not the 1st person I've heard say it was a let down. So I might give it a miss.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:24 AM   #1371
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Currently reading Frankenstein: the original 1818 text. Got a paper due on it in the end of march.. So far the book is pretty good.. only like 4 chapters in though.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:46 AM   #1372
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The Great Gatsby
Lord of the flies
1984
The count of Montecristo

All fantastic books. I actually enjoyed Catcher In The Rye but that may be because my roommate junior year was Holden Caufield.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:51 AM   #1373
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All fantastic books. I actually enjoyed Catcher In The Rye but that may be because my roommate junior year was Holden Caufield.

Were you Stradlater then? lol
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:05 AM   #1374
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Were you Stradlater then? lol

No, I was way too poor to be any character in that book.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:43 AM   #1375
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I found the beggining great.. and then progressively it got less interesting. Plus, it never really focus on what I really wanted them two, the obvious interest is in the virals.

Yeah it started out pretty well. Some of the storylines had potential, but they all ended anticlimactically to me.

The thing that bugs me is that it's all forgettable stuff. The author just threw a bunch of barely related stuff together that I'm barely going to remember a year from now. Which is a serious problem for a book that approaches a thousand pages.
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Yeah it started out pretty well. Some of the storylines had potential, but they all ended anticlimactically to me.

The thing that bugs me is that it's all forgettable stuff. The author just threw a bunch of barely related stuff together that I'm barely going to remember a year from now. Which is a serious problem for a book that approaches a thousand pages.
I agree that the length was the biggest issue.. It seemed like a lot of narrative for a story that has little momentum. Good character development was displayed but it never progressed to anything deeper..

The Passage is suppose to be the first part of a trilogy. So from an introduction stand point I get why it was the way it was.. But it still doesn't explain why a vampire beginning needs to be verbose.. Im interested in reading the second novel to see if Cronin takes things to the next level.. but I may become hesitant if he comes out with another massive tome.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:48 AM   #1378
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I'm also going through some of the very bestsellers and highest rated books.

So far this year I have read

I am Legend
The Road.

I have the following to read.

The Great Gatsby
Lord of the flies
1984
The count of Montecristo

Was going to read Catcher in the rye but it has very mixed opinions, your not the 1st person I've heard say it was a let down. So I might give it a miss.

Catcher is relatively short, though. You might as well give it a try. You never know what side you might fall on when opinions are mixed.

What's next on my list are the Invisible Man and probably Lord of the Flies.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:56 AM   #1379
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Catcher is relatively short, though. You might as well give it a try. You never know what side you might fall on when opinions are mixed.

What's next on my list are the Invisible Man and probably Lord of the Flies.

I will probably get round to it at some point. Lord of the flies is what I'm going to read next. Quite a short book as well. Picked up "Catch 22" at a charity shop today for 1.... Freaking sweet!
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