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Old 02-08-2011, 05:55 AM   #1366
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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   #1367
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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   #1368
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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   #1369
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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   #1370
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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   #1371
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Best book evar
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:44 PM   #1372
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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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Old 02-08-2011, 12:52 PM   #1373
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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   #1374
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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   #1375
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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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Old 02-10-2011, 08:49 PM   #1376
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:30 PM   #1377
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Just posted this in the Egypt thread, so might as well post it here too. I really enjoyed it.



Started reading this now, starting to get into it.



Actually got both of these before sh*t started getting real in Egypt, bit of a coincidence there, but has made the stuff happening in the books make a lot of sense.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:31 PM   #1378
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I've been reading it for a while now. Keep stopping and starting back up again where I left off, but I'm gonna finish it now. Really mind blowing how great this guy really was. It was written in the 70's after he retired, but he basically debunks all the bullshit criticisms and arguments that still held against him to this day. In fact you would think it was written in the 90's, cause it sounds like he already knew all the shit he was gonna get throughout his life. I was like a third of the way through before I found out it was written way back.

What I love too is that it's really him talking, and its his own words and his own opinions. He says it from the get go that this isn't some other fancy writer mixing his words, its him himself. And Wilt really was a great human being. Fantastic guy to be around, and incredibly intelligent. If he wasn't a basketball player or wasn't 7-feet tall, he probably would have ran for President. Played all types of sports and participated in all kinds of activities. I would just love to meet him once.

For anyone that obviously wasn't around during Wilts time, or really just want a good read from a guy that really did a lot more then just play basketball, give this a try. I'm loving it.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:16 PM   #1379
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Well out of all the books I have recently purchased I decided to start "The Great Gatsby" so far so good. Seems a little on the pretentious side and definitely not as easy to get into like "The Road" was.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:31 PM   #1380
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Well out of all the books I have recently purchased I decided to start "The Great Gatsby" so far so good. Seems a little on the pretentious side and definitely not as easy to get into like "The Road" was.

It's a very good book. I had to read it in high-school, I actually enjoyed it.. Defines the 1920's decade very well..

This is the book I'm reading now:



Clive Cussler is awesome in real life. He owns a large collection of antic cars/airplanes/etc in his own museum (The main character Dirk Pitt is based around Cussler himself in his youth). He also has a real-life organization called NUMA, and NUMA also is in his books (fantasized quite a bit). Here's a picture of him in one of his antic cars which he refers to in one of the books w/ Dirk Pitt:

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