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    Just finished "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. It was awesome.

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    Anybody read any Kafka? I'm going to Prague this summer so I figured I'd read something by him to see if I like it and if so, would give me something to look into when I'm there. Any recommendations?

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    I'm partial to The Penal Colony. Have you read Metamorphosis? The latter is a great, short introduction to the former.

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    Also, Kundera is another Czech writer worth looking into. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and Unbearable Lightness of Being are both really good, though a bit existentially troubling.

    Czech writers have their own weird sort of fantasy/magical realism probably closest to science fiction. Apparently they tell the best ghost stories in the world; at least that's what a Czech dude told me once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoTheLoboboogie View Post
    Also, Kundera is another Czech writer worth looking into. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting and Unbearable Lightness of Being are both really good, though a bit existentially troubling.

    Czech writers have their own weird sort of fantasy/magical realism probably closest to science fiction. Apparently they tell the best ghost stories in the world; at least that's what a Czech dude told me once.
    Couldn't get into Unbearable Lightness of Being when I read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBDeac View Post
    Anybody read any Kafka? I'm going to Prague this summer so I figured I'd read something by him to see if I like it and if so, would give me something to look into when I'm there. Any recommendations?
    Yeah, Kafka's great. I like The Trial. You can probably get The Penal Colony and Metamorphosis in a collection with other short stories and letters. It's also fun to sit at the pool with a Kafka book whtil everybody else is reading John Grisham or some shit.

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    The Bet by Anton Chekhov is a short story that I remember reading at the same time as The Metamorphosis. Both were pretty profound to my high school mind. Need to reread both of them.

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    Read about a quarter of Moneyball last night per several suggestions in this thread. Fascinating read so far and I'm a bit ashamed I haven't read this earlier.

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    Unbearable Lightness is my jam.

    Also, I prefer The Castle if we're going with the Kafka ish. It's disjointed and a real mess, but there is some stuff in there that is unbelievably good.

    I'm in the middle of Middlemarch (I know wow that pun), reading the Sin City graphic novels again since it's been a few years, Between A Rock and A Hard Place and something else I can't remember right now...

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    I just finished Dan Brown's "Lost Symbol". It was fucking terrible. Forced is the best word I can come up with. Just awful.

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    After reviewing this thread, I clearly read garbage compared to the rest of you. Also read Grisham's "Last Juror" last week. First of his I'd read in years. An easy, beach type read.

    Trying to get into the tipping point but not holding my interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ball State Deac View Post
    After reviewing this thread, I clearly read garbage compared to the rest of you. Also read Grisham's "Last Juror" last week. First of his I'd read in years. An easy, beach type read.

    Trying to get into the tipping point but not holding my interest.
    Me, too. I read The Last Juror and I have no memory of what it is about. But most of Grisham's books are like that. Engaging reads with no lasting impact.

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    i'm reading life of pi right now... pretty good so far

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    I just finished The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. It's not as exciting as the Historian, but it's also not as cheesy.

    Right now I'm about 50 pages into a really weird book called The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckets
    i'm reading life of pi right now... pretty good so far
    Read that a long time ago but recall really liking it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilburnDeac
    Ball State Deac wrote: After reviewing this thread, I clearly read garbage compared to the rest of you. Also read Grisham's "Last Juror" last week. First of his I'd read in years. An easy, beach type read.

    Trying to get into the tipping point but not holding my interest.

    Me, too. I read The Last Juror and I have no memory of what it is about. But most of Grisham's books are like that. Engaging reads with no lasting impact.
    Souther town. MURDER1!1!1!-! Trial. Plot twists.

    And seriously, do you people really read all this old stuff? Sounds more like a task to me.

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    <3 books

    In elementary school a boy made me cry by telling me to "go hump a book".

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    Just finished Slaughterhouse Five, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich's Revelations, and now reading Confederacy of Dunces (nor)which is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckets View Post
    i'm reading life of pi right now... pretty good so far
    Come back when you're done, I love hearing people's thoughts on this book.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ball State Deac View Post
    And seriously, do you people really read all this old stuff? Sounds more like a task to me.
    It can be, but it is so worth it in the end (for me anyway.) But I'm a nerd.

    Quote Originally Posted by wakephan09 View Post
    Just finished Slaughterhouse Five, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich's Revelations, and now reading Confederacy of Dunces (nor)which is awesome.
    I'm early in Confederacy of Dunces now but I'm having trouble getting into it.

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