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Subject:Not a resolution, a revolution.
Time:06:13 pm
So. I don't make resolutions, because I never keep them. I don't make goals, because I rarely reach them. However, this year, I am attempting something that I thought would be not only challenging but also enlightening. I am aiming to read a book a week. Specifically a book a week that I have never read before. It'll be a good way to expand my mind, learn about different authors, and do something other than sitting around in the evening wondering what I'm going to do with the little free time I have. I want suggestions of books to read, author, title, genre, whatever. I know there are classics that everyone says are "must reads" and I am ashamed to admit I probably haven't even attempted half of them, however, I am willing to do so now. I want classics, I want long books, I want adventure, I want mystery. I want books that I would never have attempted to read prior to, well, today. I figured, my friends come from a variety of literary backgrounds, having preferences that are different than mine and really who better to ask?

So, please send me ideas, and reasons why I should read them. I will be asking for periodic recommendations throughout the year as long as I am able to keep up my pace. I'll let everyone know what I think of the books that I read.

The only rules are:

1) If you recommend a book to me, you must have read it, and be able to tell me WHY I should choose to read it.
2) I can't refuse to read something (unless I've read it), even if it is a billion pages or a genre I would normally have no desire to attempt.
3) I have seven days (Monday to Monday) to read and review the book.
4) There is no order in which I will read the books recommended, keep in mind I have to get the book, either from the library or from a store, so proximity may be a reason why I am reading one book before another.

So, get on the train, let me know what should be my first book! Or better yet SEND ME ONE :).
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wowbagger
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Time:2007-01-02 12:47 am (UTC)
Oh, my GOD, do I have suggestions. I'll start short and sweet, though:

Ella Minnow Pea, by Mark Dunn. It is sweet, it is inventive, it is amazing. Mark Dunn uses language as his bitch, and is able to write the most creative novel I've read in years.
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super_juicy
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Time:2007-01-02 01:08 am (UTC)
I am so excited. I knew I could turn to you for good literary advice!

bring it on!
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dnister
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Time:2007-01-02 02:04 am (UTC)
* withdraws his unreliable bad literary advice *

* brings it away *
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super_juicy
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Time:2007-01-02 02:16 am (UTC)
hey! i never said your advice was bad! in fact, i went to the provided link and am reading the blurb as we speak! you're right...anyting with legos is a go for me.
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kennethstar
Subject:Ok Here You Go
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Time:2007-01-03 05:30 am (UTC)
Neuromancer by William Gibson
-Not only is this the book that spawned the genre of Cyberpunk, it's staccato rhthym and almost film noir atmosphere make it a complex and entertaining read. I've read it three times and it's one of the few books I'd re-read again and again.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
-This guy is a genius writer, he's British, and his description of a subterranean magical world is really spellbounding.

Dune
-I can't remember who wrote Dune...I could send you my copy if you can't find one but really it should be in a library. What I think you would find interesting about this book: it's a story about moves within moves, feints within feints, and criss-crossing motives. Very verbose, lots of great action and something that you could approach from your field of expertise.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K Dick
-Yeah they made a movie, but Blade Runner is only tangetal to the bizarre beauty of DADoES?. It's a classic, it's an easy read, it's strange and full of imagery, you'll totally improve your street cred.

I tried to put them in order or which ones are more important (at least to me) but really they're worth checking out. Good luck and have fun!
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