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  1. legkicktko

    legkicktko Only the Strong Survive

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    I have been looking for a decent book to read for about a week now. I start a lot of them, but most of them are putting me to sleep and I end up only finishing a few chapters. I am having a hard time committing to a new author or even just a new novel. I'm sure there are an infinite number out there that I would enjoy, It's just a matter of finding them. I'm looking for something raw and entertaining but not pure imbecility like Tucker Max books or something.

    In the past, Hemingway has been my favorite author. Books about the outdoors always fascinated me. I enjoyed a lot of classic American literature as well like Dickens, Twain, London, etc.

    I recently came across Charles Bukowski and although it wasn't love at first sight, the prose had a lot of action to it and I ended up having a hard time putting it down. I completed all of his novels within a relatively short span of time. I really enjoyed them.

    So maybe talk about a book you've read that you recommend. Include a brief description of the synopsis if at all possible.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. auger38

    auger38 Will pay to check your oil

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    -Got Fight? - Forrest Griffin's story, useful life tips, all wrapped up in a funny package

    -The Intelligent Investor - if you want to learn some useful stuff about investing.

    -Shakespeare's various stuff- self explanatory

    -Forgotten Realms series - books based on Dungeons and Dragons. Same vibe as lord of the rings.
     
  3. Zer

    Zer Gold Belt

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    If you like Bukowski try some Hubert Selby Jr bro.

    Last Exit to Brooklyn is my fav. It's just a book about various New York lowlifes. If you've seen Requiem for a Dream (Based on the Selby Jr book of the same name) you have an idea of dat tone
     
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  4. Hans Gercmiov

    Hans Gercmiov Titanium Belt

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    Fiction? I usually only read nonfiction, but The Stand is amazing.
     
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  5. o0obruceleeo0o

    o0obruceleeo0o Green Belt

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    I always recommend Vonnegut to people who haven't read him yet. Hes my favorite author. Slaughterhouse Five is a great book by him, as is Cat's Cradle. I suggest you try the website Goodreads.com. You rate books that you've read and it suggests other books to you based on your ratings.
     
  6. Pixelated Porn

    Pixelated Porn Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    That is based on a true story though
     
  7. Hans Gercmiov

    Hans Gercmiov Titanium Belt

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    ugh, i don't know man, reality sucks
     
  9. Pugilistic

    Pugilistic Silver Belt

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    Bukowski is awesome. Love his poetry. I mentioned the Vegetarian a few times hear already so I won't go into it. But I recommend it.

    I'm reading to Kill a Mockingbird now
     
  10. Devout Pessimist

    Devout Pessimist Moral Reform

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    Marquis De Sade Philosophy in the Boudoir
     
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    KONG-D'SNT-TAP Titanium Belt

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    For a real easy, fun and enjoyable read try some Carl Hiaasen

    Some really enjoyable satire

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  12. Tankeray

    Tankeray Salvation Denied.

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    Anything from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, if you like sci-fi/techno/thriller books. It's great summer reading.

    On the non-fiction side, Cosmos by Carl Sagan.
     
  13. JSN

    JSN choo-CHOO!

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    I have been crawling through "The Devil in the White City" recently. It's about HH Holmes, the evil genius doctor/serial killer who operated out of Chicago during the time of the world's fair ~1890. It flips back and forth between Holmes and the development of the Colombian Exposition each chapter for the most part. It's a really good read and really disturbing/horrifying just how good lowlives had it back in the proverbial dizzay.

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    I was gonna say Bukowski, but you've read all his stuff. Have you read American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis? The book is a lot better than the movie. Another suggestion is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. It's a book of short stories relating to his time/experiences in and with the Vietnam War. You could always read a few and decide whether you like it enough to read the whole thing.
     
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    JSN choo-CHOO!

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    I wouldn't say that. The movie is a pretty damned faithful and brilliant adaptation of the book. I prefer the book too, but the movie is fantastic especially considering how challenging it must have been to adapt the book to the screen.
     
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    follow the beams
     
  17. sh1tehawke

    sh1tehawke Purple Belt

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    I have just finished "Them: Adventures with extremists" by Jon Ronson.

    He is a journalist and it is about his time spent with various extremists such as a rather rubbish jihadi, a man trying to reform the klu Klux klan, neo Nazis and David icke amongst others. He realises that they all believe there is a secret cabal of people who rule the world so he sets out to find this cabal.

    Very interesting book, a pretty quick easy read and its laugh out loud funny.
     
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    Tamriel Terror Silver Belt

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    im pretty boring when it comes to reading, i stick to fantasy adventure types like The Sword of Truths, just bought The Name of The Wind by Pat Rothfuss
     
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    JSN choo-CHOO!

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    I really like Jon Ronson. He reminds me of Louis Theroux but he goes deeper as opposed to Louis who kind of spends his hour or two on a subject.
     
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    sh1tehawke Purple Belt

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    Yes he seems to have a similar approach in his interviews to Louis Theroux in playing the slightly naive, bumbling character to get people to open up. they are both good at capturing the absurdity of these people and the situations they are in. Ronson is a lot funnier though imo.

    I've read the men who stare at goats too which I enjoyed, not quite as good as Them though.
     
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