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Old 06-21-2006, 12:04 AM   #276
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Re-reading "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse for the umpteenth time.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:16 AM   #277
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Love that book... I need to re-read it myself. It may not be as relevant to my life as it was a few years back, but it's nonetheless a remarkable narrative and story.
I've never read Siddhartha... if you (or anyone on here) has, how does it compare?
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Love that book... I need to re-read it myself. It may not be as relevant to my life as it was a few years back, but it's nonetheless a remarkable narrative and story.
I've never read Siddhartha... if you (or anyone on here) has, how does it compare?
Siddhartha is a masterpiece as well. The novel is loosely based on the life of Siddhartha Gautama (who became the Buddha.) It sort of contrasts the life of the historical Siddhartha with that of a similar, fictitious character of Hesse's own creation who meets the historical Buddha but chooses to reject his teachings. The book touches on some of the same themes as Hesse's "Narcissus and Goldmund, e.g., the human dualities of contemplation and action, introspection and extroversion, devotion and rebellion, etc.

The film version is also superb - you can still get it on amazon.com, I believe.

There is also an excellent film version of "Steppenwolf" (1974) which has been out of print for years but surfaces on ebay not infrequently. Max von Sydow (The Exorcist) plays Harry Haller.
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Old 06-21-2006, 02:45 PM   #279
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Have you read 'Angels and Demon's yet, Ben? If not, you should. It's as good or better than the "Da Vinci Code".
The rest of his works are definately now on my list!

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Old 06-21-2006, 07:50 PM   #280
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The rest of his works are definately now on my list!

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Let me know what you think when you read 'Angel's and Demons'. I actually liked it better than Da Vinci. I think I've read all the rest by now and they definitely weren't as good ( to me ) as those two.
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:20 PM   #281
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Just read some Discworld novels again.. kept laughing my ass off,as usual Terry Pratchett NEVER disappoints!
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Old 06-27-2006, 07:24 PM   #283
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I am currently working my way through "The Wheel of Time" series, and in some places "working" is exactly the right word. They've been interesting so far (a little over half-way through the third one), but never really engaging. They are also quite derivative, especially from the King Arthur legends and “The Lord of the Rings” series. I’ll probably finish the series (unless there’s a drop-off in story quality), but I won’t be killing myself to read all the books, one right after the other like I normally do.

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Hey, bookreading nerds (like me )

Guess the literary reference: http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthr...25#post1168125
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I am currently working my way through "The Wheel of Time" series, and in some places "working" is exactly the right word. They've been interesting so far (a little over half-way through the third one), but never really engaging. They are also quite derivative, especially from the King Arthur legends and “The Lord of the Rings” series. I’ll probably finish the series (unless there’s a drop-off in story quality), but I won’t be killing myself to read all the books, one right after the other like I normally do.

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Good luck with that, man. I read the first 5 in record time when I was a kid, then was totally turned off by the sixth book and frankly don't have the time or energy to slog through 5 paragraph descriptions of single objects anymore. I think Jordan has been phoning in his novels for about 7 years now, because he knows people will buy them no matter how much they suck.

If you haven't yet, read the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin (begins with "A Game of Thrones") to see what the Wheel of Time could have been.

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Guess the literary reference: http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showthr...25#post1168125
Ha. Don't think I can give you morons. Now, if it were you Princes of Maine.....

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Good luck with that, man. I read the first 5 in record time when I was a kid, then was totally turned off by the sixth book and frankly don't have the time or energy to slog through 5 paragraph descriptions of single objects anymore. I think Jordan has been phoning in his novels for about 7 years now, because he knows people will buy them no matter how much they suck.

If you haven't yet, read the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R.R. Martin (begins with "A Game of Thrones") to see what the Wheel of Time could have been.
I've read the first two of the R.R. Martin series and can't figure out what all the hubub is about. They're not bad, but not great either. I'll probably finish the series, but like "The Wheel of Time" I'm not going out of my way getting the next book. Honestly, I don't see a lot of difference between the two.

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I'm almost done reading Whiteout by Ken Follett right now. Good book, like all of his.

I just finished The Murder Artist, by John Case. It was a little disappointing - not up to par for him, in my opinion.
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Old 06-28-2006, 04:09 PM   #292
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A friend of mine at work is going to loan me the latest installment in the Thomas Covenant series (Fantasy/SciFi). I hadn't even known there was another one out until I saw him with it!
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I'm almost done reading Whiteout by Ken Follett right now. Good book, like all of his.

I just finished The Murder Artist, by John Case. It was a little disappointing - not up to par for him, in my opinion.
Ken Follett has one that threatens to edge into my top ten favorites. Pillars of the Earth was a great read.
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TRIVIA ANSWER: It's the last words spoken by Holden Caulfield at the boarding school he's kicked out of to begin his 3-day Manhattan odyssey. He yelled "SLEEP TIGHT, YA MORONS!" down the hall at 1 a.m. as he walked out.

Ahh, Holden ... how you molded my life.
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Let me know what you think when you read 'Angel's and Demons'. I actually liked it better than Da Vinci. I think I've read all the rest by now and they definitely weren't as good ( to me ) as those two.
Mt, I haven't gotten to "Angels and Demons" yet (it was out at the library), but so far, "Deception Point" has been quite good.

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Old 06-30-2006, 12:38 PM   #296
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Ken Follett has one that threatens to edge into my top ten favorites. Pillars of the Earth was a great read.
Yep, it was. It was the first Ken Follett book I read, and the one that got me reading the rest of his.
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I am reading "nothing is true everything is permitted - the life of brion gysin"
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Dude, you're an enigma.

I forgot to mention. I am also reading Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants. Of course, I am reading that with my son.
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Dude, you're an enigma.

I forgot to mention. I am also reading Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants. Of course, I am reading that with my son.

Why am i an enigma?

Book #2 sounds good.... I often like childrens books. I really liked the movie "adventures of shark boy and lava girl" - of course though - it's for the esoteric/gnostic principles...
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Why am i an enigma?

Book #2 sounds good.... I often like childrens books. I really liked the movie "adventures of shark boy and lava girl" - of course though - it's for the esoteric/gnostic principles...
You're an enigma .... wrapped in a riddle .... surrounded by the many arms of Vishnu!
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