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Wackbag Book Club February Selection Thread

Discussion in 'Books & Literature' started by LiddyRules, Jan 10, 2013.

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What Do You Want to Read in Februrary?

  1. High Rise by J.G. Ballard

    53.3%
  2. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

    6.7%
  3. The Confidence Man by Herman Melville

    6.7%
  4. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

    33.3%
  1. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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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
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.
     
  4. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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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.
     
  5. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    Me too. This is not my normal field of study.
     
  6. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    I force you outside your comfort level. That's what I do. What do you offer?
     
  7. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    Sarcastic jabs, dick jokes and minor racism.
     
  8. Neon

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    :cool:
     
  9. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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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)."
     
  10. Kugzilla

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

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    My library doesn't have high rise. Odd.
     
  12. CM Mark

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    Went with The Naked and the Dead because I can actually find it at a local library.
     
  13. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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    I have checked every library within 5 towns of me in every direction and I can't find High Rise.
     
  14. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    Well how am I supposed to know that?
     
  15. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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    You're not. And since it looks like High Rise will win, I'll find some way to get my hands on it.
     
  16. 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
     
  17. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    I can't find High Rise any damn place. I think he catfished the book.
     
  18. 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.
     
  19. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    I can get High Rise from my library.

    I just need to fill out like 2 forms first.
     
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    If anyone is going to Ireland or Chicago, let me know. I need a copy.
     
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    Somebody break the tie. The suspense is killing me! Book Club just got real.
     
  22. CM Mark

    CM Mark The East is Ours!

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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.
     
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    I gave you a like, remember that on voting day.
     
  24. Kugzilla

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

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