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Snow Crash. It is slick.


Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:10 pm
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mailedbypostman wrote:
Snow Crash. It is slick.


I adored Cryptonomicon (what other book spends pages telling you the proper way to enjoy Cap'n Crunch?), but it's the only Stephenson I've read so far. If this is your first of his novels, beware...he has a reputation for very abrupt endings.


Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:27 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:
mailedbypostman wrote:
Snow Crash. It is slick.


I adored Cryptonomicon (what other book spends pages telling you the proper way to enjoy Cap'n Crunch?), but it's the only Stephenson I've read so far. If this is your first of his novels, beware...he has a reputation for very abrupt endings.

I already read it (and Anathem!! :shock: ), so I do know about this tendency. I still think Snow crash is one of the best he's written.


Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:41 pm
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mailedbypostman wrote:
ed_metal_head wrote:
mailedbypostman wrote:
Snow Crash. It is slick.


I adored Cryptonomicon (what other book spends pages telling you the proper way to enjoy Cap'n Crunch?), but it's the only Stephenson I've read so far. If this is your first of his novels, beware...he has a reputation for very abrupt endings.

I already read it (and Anathem!! :shock: ), so I do know about this tendency. I still think Snow crash is one of the best he's written.


How was Anathem? I'm interested but also frugal, so I'm waiting for the soon to be released mass market paperback.


Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:42 pm
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I agree that Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash were awesome, but I recommend that you avoid The Diamond Age at all costs, it starts out interesting but by the end it's a laughable mess. And if you thought the ending to Snow Crash was abrupt, you haven't seen nothing yet.

So I just finished The Grapes of Wrath, and it absolutely lived up to it's classic status. It's such a brilliantly written and affecting book, with probably the most shocking ending I've ever come across.


Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:08 am
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ed_metal_head wrote:
How was Anathem? I'm interested but also frugal, so I'm waiting for the soon to be released mass market paperback.


Anathem is filled with alot of asides to philosophical/science/math. It's certainly a trip.


Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:50 pm
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I second Anathem and "City at the End of Time".


Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:41 pm
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Neal Stephenson has been relegated to the mysteriously segregated Science Fiction section of the local bookstores. Apart from unfairly defining science fiction and "literature" as separate it keeps some readers away from Neal Stephenson, one of the most balls-out ambitious novelists working today. I love this guy; he seemlessly blends philosophy, mathematics, quantum physics, obscure literary devices, and detailed histories sometimes within one paragraph. The lengths of his books must be a turnoff because, subtracting that, he's not doing anything just for a select group of readers. What he pulls off in Cryptonomicon is genius; that it's all over on the 'science fiction' shelves is denying those fingering the spines of Caleb Carr's work wondering if there's something else out there that's just as creative.


Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:55 am
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Actually at my local Indigo bookstore Neal's books are in both sections. I saw his older books (which we can all agree are definitely sci-fi) in the sci-fi section but his newer stuff (The Baroque Cycle and Cryptonomicon) was in the fiction section. I guess this could be confusing for someone looking for his books, but it's nice that all his work isn't getting unfairly lumped into the sci-fi category. Anathem is still on the new-release shelf so I can't say where it's going to end up.

Speaking of the Baroque cycle, could anyone actually get through them? I gave up three quarters through the first book because it just seemed completely pointless and boring.


Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:49 am
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Any Michel Houellebecq fans?


Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:09 pm
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Heff wrote:

Speaking of the Baroque cycle, could anyone actually get through them? I gave up three quarters through the first book because it just seemed completely pointless and boring.

I'm about to start it, I'll let you know. Also, I've spotted Anathem in the bargain bin for 6 dollars! :shock:


Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:41 pm
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I'm moving on to re-reading Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy. It's funny; as ultra-liberal as I tend to be, I dig conservative fiction.


Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:56 pm
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Yesterday I finished Violence in the Model City: The Cavanagh Administration, Race Relations, and the Detroit Race Riot of 1967 by Sidney Fine. Very good read if you dig Detroit history, sociology or riots stuff in general.

Afterwards I opened The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson and a collection of Nikolai Gogol


Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:20 am
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John Cheever's Oh, What A Paradise It Seems, the last novel Cheever wrote. It features the following sentence, spoiler tagged due to the pornographic nature:

[Reveal] Spoiler:
"She once took my cock out of her mouth only long enough to tell me that I knew nothing about women."


I really love Cheever's work but, even if this one clocks in at about 100 pages, his fiction benefits from brevity. He was a product of the time and, as such, his novels on suburbia and the decay therein feel painfully dated. When did literature fall in love with lamenting the development of suburban America? When will it finally end?

Still, at least it's better than reading Bret Easton Ellis and the horrors of LA. Almost anything is.


Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:05 am
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Chuck Klosterman's "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs". Really good.


Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:22 am
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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

My edition features a large blurb from Clive Barker on the front cover which reads "The Apocalypse has never been funnier". I fully concur with the Hellraiser, but add the caveat that I've read no other funny-apocalypse books.

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John Cheever's Oh, What A Paradise It Seems, the last novel Cheever wrote.

I really love Cheever's work but, even if this one clocks in at about 100 pages, his fiction benefits from brevity. He was a product of the time and, as such, his novels on suburbia and the decay therein feel painfully dated. When did literature fall in love with lamenting the development of suburban America? When will it finally end?

Still, at least it's better than reading Bret Easton Ellis and the horrors of LA. Almost anything is.


I'm not familiar with him, but you've piqued my interest. How are the rest of his works? I'm tempted to add a Library of America compilation to my Amazon wishlist.


Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:08 am
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Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
by Michael Ruhlman

What can I say...I'm trying to be a better cook.


Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:29 pm
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I'm into the third and final installment of "The Civil War" by Shelby Foote.


Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:54 pm
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ed_metal_head wrote:

I'm not familiar with him, but you've piqued my interest. How are the rest of his works? I'm tempted to add a Library of America compilation to my Amazon wishlist.


He's a great addition to their collection; his short works are an incredible array of human drama and hysterical allegory. The Library of America edition is nicely hardbound but you can find the complete stories of Cheever in cheap paperback. Or the library. The wish list should have the nicer LoA edition, of course.

The real find is the other LoA volume: his complete novels. OUTSTANDING. Indispensible... the amount of cash I've spent getting used copies of his books totals the amount for the new hardbound collection.

Cheever knew how to tell a story the same way Salinger did: tightly without surrendering the intricacies of character. His novels are all simple, not to say easy, works that have stayed with me for some time.


Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:47 pm
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majoraphasia wrote:
The real find is the other LoA volume: his complete novels. OUTSTANDING. Indispensible... the amount of cash I've spent getting used copies of his books totals the amount for the new hardbound collection.

Cheever knew how to tell a story the same way Salinger did: tightly without surrendering the intricacies of character. His novels are all simple, not to say easy, works that have stayed with me for some time.


Added it. That's actually the one I was asking about before. I've only just noticed the short stories version.


Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:17 pm
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