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|Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan of the Apes||3||9.38%|
|T.H. White - The Once and Future King||10||31.25%|
|Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day||11||34.38%|
|Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain||4||12.50%|
|Anne Rice - The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty||4||12.50%|
Welcome Goons to the Awful Book of the Month!
In the Awful Book of the Month, we choose one work of
We should probably put the sci-fi down for a bit and read something a little more down to Earth?
Here's the list of stuff we've already done:
May: "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift.
June: "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut.
July: "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote
August: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
September: "The Stranger" by Albert Camus
October: "Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman", By Richard Feynman
November: "Catcher in the Rye" by JD Salinger
December: "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Wilde) and "Memories of my Melancholy Whores" (Marquez)
January: "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
February: "The Plague" by Albert Camus
March: "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
April: "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami
May: "Notes from Underground" By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
June: "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco
July/August: "Infinte Jest" by David Foster Wallace
September: "Love in the time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
October: "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski
November: "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
December: "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson
January: "Blindness" by Jose Saramago
Febuary: "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut
March: "Lolita", by Vladimir Nabokov
April: "Babbit" by Sinclair Lewis/"The Windup Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami
May: "Post Office", by Charles Bukowski
June/July: "Mein Kampf", by Adolf Hitler
July: "The Prince", by Niccolò Machiavelli
August: "A Confederacy of Dunces", by John Kennedy Toole
September: "VALIS", by Philip K. Dick
October/November: "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid"
December: "The Hound of the Baskervilles", By Aurthur Conan Doyle
January: "All Quiet on the Western Front", by Erich Maria Remarque
Febuary: "The Yiddish Policemen's Union", by Michael Chabon
March: "The Beautiful & Damned", by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April: "The Road to Gandolfo", by Robert Ludlum
May: "The Bell Jar", by Sylvia Plath
June: "Porno", by Irvine Welsh
July: "The Jungle", by Upton Sinclair
August: Candide by Voltare
September: Dracula, by Bram Stoker
October:Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
November:The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
December: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
January: Knut Hamsun, Hunger
Febuary/March: Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
April: Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red
May: J.G.Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition
June: Sadegh Hedayat, The Blind Owl
June: Deb Olin Unferth, Vacation
July: Jaroslav Haek, The Good Soldier vejk
August: Cherie Priest, Boneshaker
September: Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World
October: Jorge Luis Borges, Fictions
November: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
December: Thomas Hardy, Return of the Native
January: John Keats, Endymion
Febuary/March: Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote
April: Laurell K. Hamilton, Obsidian Butterfly
May: Richard A. Knaak - Diablo #1: Legacy of Blood
June: Pamela Britton - On The Move
July: Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep
August: Louis L'Amour - Bendigo Shafter
September: Ian Fleming - Moonraker
October: Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes
November: John Ringo - Ghost
December: James Branch Cabell - Jurgen
January: G.K. Chesterton - The Man Who Was Thursday
Febuary: M. Somerset Maugham - Of Human Bondage
March: Joseph Heller - Catch-22
April: Zack Parsons - Liminal States
May: Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
June: James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
July: William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch
August: William Faulkner - The Sound & The Fury
September/October: Leo Tolstoy - War & Peace
November: David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
December: Kurt Vonnegut - Mother Night
January: Walter Miller - A Canticle For Leibowitz
Febuary: Alfred Bester - The Stars My Destination
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Project Gutenberg, non-copyrighted stuff.
First lines are first:
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan of the Apes
"I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other."
T.H. White - The Once and Future King
"On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales, while the rest of the week it was the Organon, Repetition and Astrology."
Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day
"It seems increasingly likely that I really will undertake the expedition that has been preoccupying my imagination now for some days."
Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain
"An ordinary young man was on his way from his hometown of Hamburg to Davos-Platz in the canton of Graubünden."
Anne Rice - The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
"The Prince had all his young life known the story of Sleeping Beauty, cursed to sleep for a hundred years, with her parents, the King and Queen, and all of the Court, after pricking her finger on a spindle."
LooseChanj fucked around with this message at Feb 26, 2013 around 20:15
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|# ? May 26, 2013 05:24|
Why not go for some contemporary foreign literature? I'm nominating The Half Brother by Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen. Here in Norway it's generally regarded as one of the best works of the last decade. According to The Guardian the translation is pretty good, and for the book itself:
The Guardian posted:
The Half Brother - translated into compulsively readable prose by writer Kenneth Steven - is no mere interesting example of contemporary Scandinavian writing; it's a deeply felt, intricately worked and intellectually searching work of absolutely international importance.
As for the plot:
Epic yet startlingly contemporary, this massive novel charts 50 years in the life of an unconventional Oslo family, lighted by gleams of the frozen north and the glow of movie screens. Narrator Barnum, an award-winning screenwriter, retraces his family's history, which begins with the surprise sex of his mother, Vera, as a young girl at the end of World War II. From this crime, Barnum's half-brother, Fred, is conceived.
|# ? Feb 19, 2013 00:05|
Nominating Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes. Everyone's heard of Tarzan, but I've never met anyone other than my stepfather (who loaned it to me) who has actually read the original story. I loved it when I was young, and I know it's pulpy as gently caress.
It's turned 100 last year, and is free online.
|# ? Feb 20, 2013 01:46|
I would love an excuse to reread T.H. White's The Once and Future King.
On its surface, it's a retelling of Le Morte d'Arthur in a young adult style, but the bulk of the book lies below the surface in an exploration of political systems and conflicts between friendship and duty as well as might vs. right. The book can be read as metaphor for WWII and White's personal struggles surrounding the war.
A compilation of four books, three which had earlier been published as separate novels, The Once and Future King is touching, humorous, beautiful, insightful, and at times, startling.
This book is a must-read for its contribution to the body of work surrounding the Arthurian legend.
|# ? Feb 20, 2013 06:35|
How about "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro? One of my favourite books, though that may be in part because I have some link to pretty much every place in the road trip. A very touching meditation on idealised British emotional distance.
|# ? Feb 20, 2013 14:50|
If short story collections are kosher, I'll put in a vote for Girl with Curious Hair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_with_curious_hair) by David Foster Wallace.
If it's novels only, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Br...fe_of_Oscar_Wao) by Junot Diaz seems pretty interesting.
|# ? Feb 21, 2013 06:45|
For something a little more down to Earth, how about a travel book? Something like The Travels of Marco Polo if you want a classic or In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin if you want something more contemporary.
|# ? Feb 21, 2013 22:05|
I've just started Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain for a course I'm taking and am really enjoying it.
|# ? Feb 23, 2013 02:58|
I'm going to unashamedly suggest Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig because it's on my bookshelf unread already.
|# ? Feb 23, 2013 04:34|
How about The Picture of Dorien Grey?
|# ? Feb 24, 2013 13:36|
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice).
Essentially the book that people who read erotica point to when someone claims that 50 Shades of Grey was hardcore.
I finished it, and I genuinely say it was one of the most awkward-yet readable-yet cringe-worthy train wrecks I have read in a while.
It is an absolutely ridiculous book and I am passing it around to everyone I want to make feel uncomfortable.
|# ? Feb 25, 2013 03:31|
Perhaps Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald? Or for a non-fiction pick, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in the Jazz Age by Deborah Blum.
|# ? Feb 25, 2013 06:28|
How about some Virginia Woolf? I didn't see anything by her on the list. Orlando would be my choice because I haven't read it, but Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse are both really incredible books.
|# ? Feb 26, 2013 14:54|
I'd be down with Once and Future King, I just started that. However, I'd also be open to Mrs Dalloway, I haven't read any Woolf in years.
|# ? Feb 26, 2013 16:27|
Loosechanj you need to make the poll! We've got 2 days left.
|# ? Feb 26, 2013 19:33|
Pynchon - Against the Day, because I just started it.
|# ? Feb 27, 2013 23:34|
Oh dammit, I wasted my vote by picking the one book I had not read...
PS: Project Gutenberg Australia has a further selection of books, by the way, though it's a more primitive site than the main US one.
|# ? Feb 28, 2013 05:24|
Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go is one of my favorite novels and I've been meaning to read Remains of the Day for a while now, so my vote went to that. I've also been meaning to read The Once and Future King so this is great. I'll be pleased with whichever of the two wins.
|# ? Feb 28, 2013 06:12|
I nearly voted for Anne Rice's S&M manuel, just for shits and giggles, but I haven't read Once and Future King since I was 13, so I kinda wanna reread that.
|# ? Feb 28, 2013 18:46|
You guys should at least pick up the second novel in the Sleeping Beauty series.
There is a scene that involves a cat. I'm not going to say anymore.
|# ? Feb 28, 2013 20:23|
We had a tie again! I'm casting my constitutionally invested powers of space and time to cast my deciding vote for Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day! I saw the movie when it came out, unless this is a different story in which case hooray for new things.
e: and yeah, it's a drat shame the Sleeping Beauty selection didn't win. That's some serious right there.
|# ? Mar 1, 2013 14:26|
|# ? May 26, 2013 05:24|
At least it now has twice the number of votes from when I cast mine, so there is clearly a small dedicated clique of sophisticated and discerning readers wanting to sup on the horrors of ... weird crazy things, I dunno. Please put it back on the vote next month. Every month!
|# ? Mar 1, 2013 14:37|