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Looking for a good novel/authorAlex-in-Evanston
Jun 7, 2002 7:52 AM
Hey folks,

I was hoping some of the readers here would pipe in on their favorite authors. I tend to find an author, read all their stuff, and then move on to the next. I just finished a real goodie, but the successor has been tough to find. I've picked up a few, but none stuck.

No real preference in style, but it's probably safe to say that I enjoy active novels (say... Melville) over passive novels (say... DeLillo).

All advice is appreciated.


Jun 7, 2002 8:50 AM
If you want to read some interesting (and often bizarre)comtemporary authors you can try Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Marabou Stork Nightmares, Glue, The Acid House, Filth), or William T Vollmann (pretty much anything he's written is great IMHO), David Foster Wallace, Pynchon...just to name a few. Some are challenging reads, but never dull.
Infinite Jest by David Foster WallaceSpinchick
Jun 7, 2002 9:09 AM
Some serious footnotes here. I remember finally getting through 12 pages of footnotes only to go back to the original section in the chapter and forget what was going on. Somewhat difficult to wade through at times but well worth the effort. VERY creative and well-written, somewhat stream-of-conciousness - especially one particular chapter about an afternoon indulging in hallucinogenic substances. Warning: May cause flashbacks...
personally not crazy about the endingColnagoFE
Jun 7, 2002 2:08 PM
i mean was it all a mass hallucination? another dimention? did the dude take the dmz? i mean it just kinda ended...very postmodern, but i think wallace coulda done a bit better given that he had like 2000 pages or so to work with here.
re: Looking for a good novel/authorJS Haiku Shop
Jun 7, 2002 9:57 AM
any books by douglas preston and lincoln child (together). a good starter (for me was...) is tunderhead:

ender's game by orson scott card was awesome, and the beginning of a whole series of books. sci-fi, but a sci-fi bent is not necessary to enjoy 'em:

i've heard the harry potter books are very good:

james patterson books are on-the-whole pretty good:

dune by herbert is an awesome book, a classic, about the size of "war & peace" compared to today's novels, and the start of a series of books:

I've heard (but cannot attest) that the foundation series (asimov) are good, if you like that kinda thing:

re: Looking for a good novel/authorSintesi
Jun 7, 2002 11:34 AM
Michael Chabon's Kavalier & Klay. - Fictional characters in the real world NY during the early comic book boom of the late 30's Early 40's. Features Harry Houdini, Salvador Dali and the Golem of Prague. Well researched.

Philip Roth's Human Stain. - Lite skinned blsck intellectual passes himself off as jewish intellectual and ironically gets in trouble for saying a "racially insensitive" comment. Very Good.

Steven Gould's The Flamingo's Smile. A collection of his essays from Scientific American. All great and all interesting, written in his inimitable, brilliantly worded, warm humanistic style.
I don't know if you dig sci-fiweiwentg
Jun 8, 2002 8:29 AM
but Peter F Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy is an excellent read, while at the same time totally hilarious. It's NOT a comedy or a farce, it is serious science fiction with one hell (you'll get the pun if you read the story) of a twist.
it is very long, though.
I don't know if you dig sci-fikomatiite
Jun 13, 2002 6:18 AM
Philip K. Dick is one of my fav sci-fi writers. he's had sevearl movies based on his books (BLaderunner and the upcoming Speilberg flick with TOm Cruise, name?)

Stanislaw Lem is an excellent polish sci-fi writer.

Ursula K Leguin

the list could go on.

ill have to check out the Night Dawn trilogy. sounds good.