Wackbag Book Club February Selection Thread

What Do You Want to Read in Februrary?


  • Total voters
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LiddyRules

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Now it's time for Liddy to recommend the books. I initially had six suggestions but eliminated The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift because I couldn't imagine them getting significant amounts of votes. Also because Gulliver's Travels probably requires some knowledge of 18th century satire, and I think very few of us would bother with that.

So here's what we have. My top recommendation is High Rise, but I leave it to the people.

High Rise by J.G. Ballard
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Confidence Man by Herman Melville
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
 

Neon

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I picked High Rise. Seems like an interesting concept, although The Sirens of Titan would probably suit me just fine.
 

whiskeyguy

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I'm also split between High Rise and The Sirens of Titan. My initial reaction was to go with Vonnegut (plus the book is much more reviewed than High-Rise), but I'll let it sit for a week or so and see how I feel.
 

CM Mark

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I'm tossed between High Rise and Naked and Dead. I'm going to have to sit on this one for a few days.
 

BIV

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I'm tossed between High Rise and Naked and Dead. I'm going to have to sit on this one for a few days.
Me too. This is not my normal field of study.
 

LiddyRules

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Me too. This is not my normal field of study.
I force you outside your comfort level. That's what I do. What do you offer?
 

LiddyRules

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The reason I recommend High Rise is because when I read it awhile back, I kept thinking "if done right as a movie, this could be the next American Psycho (movie)."
 

Kugzilla

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#10
I picked high rise too. Love Vonnegut but read it already and high rise sounds like what i've been into lately
 

LiddyRules

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Well how am I supposed to know that?
 

Jacuzzi Billy

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I had a hard time choosing between High Rise, Confidence, and Sirens. I went with Sirens because I think it will offer the most to discuss. Oh shit, 3-3 tie. What happens in case of a tie? We aren't letting LiddyRules decide then are we? :action-sm
 

BIV

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#17
I can't find High Rise any damn place. I think he catfished the book.
 

Jacuzzi Billy

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I have read one Ballard book and I found it at the bottom of a pile in an Irish bookstore. That must be the only place they can be found.
 

LiddyRules

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I can get High Rise from my library.

I just need to fill out like 2 forms first.
 

CM Mark

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If the vote is still tied on the 27th, I will change my vote. I am the one vote that is not for the two tied books right now.
 

Kugzilla

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At least I know I can get sirens of titans. Its downstairs where I left it after reading it.