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    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2008

    Check out Gibson's Pattern Recognition, as well as Neuromancer. Excellent and heady stuff.
    • CommentAuthorAnanzitusq
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2008
    I just finished Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis, pretty good for the most part, but it wasn't until the ending did it all come together in a very powerful and emotionally moving way.
    • CommentAuthorharchangel
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2008
    Cloud Atlas is one that was amazing in it's structure and it's execution bbut i'm not sure i'll ever give it another go.
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008 edited
    A well learn-ed comic writer friend of mine (Robert Burke Richardson-- Read his stuff!) suggested to me that because I loved Preacher so incredibly thoroughly I likely wouldn't like Neil Gaiman, specifically Sandman. What does Whitechapel say? Bob's thinking it's some kind of disjunction as with The Beatles v. Elvis, or Chaplin v. Laurel & Hardy where we either like one or the other.

    Anyone here thoroughly and immensely LOVE Preacher AND Sandman?

    And I think to answer that question properly we'll have to get into WHY we like these books, or what it is about them that we like beyond just pure entertainment value. And then we can see what preferred paradigms are commensurable with what other ones.
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
    I love Preacher, Sandman AND From Hell, and they're all supposed to be mutually exclusive.

    I think I like them because I'm sick, and they all have very very sick elements.
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008
    Hahaha, that's the best possible response, roque. I just foolishly broke up with my girfriend while she still has my Volumes 4-9 of Preacher! But next on the list of big ones is Sandman, From Hell and then The Invisibles. I hope they're all as great as everyone seems to think they are.
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008
    @ Cyman

    I think you'll at least like Sandman a little...I don't think I've ever met someone who didn't love it though. :)
    • CommentAuthorLachesis
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008

    Gaiman: Specifically the Brief Lives story arc. I think it's got some of my favorite emotional moments in the series.
    Ennis: Preacher.
    Ellis: I wouldn't be here if I hadn't loved Transmet.
    James O Barr: The Crow. Sorry, but this one comic, probably trumps the other three works above in sheer emotion and savage poetry.


    T.S Eliot: The Love Song of St. Sebastian. **If there is a God, and he opened his mouth/mind to speak to me so I could hear him say something meaningful and true, all he'd recite was this poem. Yeah, I love it THAT much.
    Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Clevenger: The Contortionist's Handbook
    King: The Gunslinger, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption
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    and then The Invisibles. I hope they're all as great as everyone seems to think they are.

    you have to re-read it to care as much as the morrison fan-nerds do (disclaimer: i am one of them).

    and that really fucking sucks about break up comic custody issues- its the same way with records. my heart goes out to you.
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008
    Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues. Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle. Susanna Clarke, Jonathon Strange. Lois McMaster Bujold, Curse of Chalion. George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books. And my most recent fascination: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin books, which I Just Cannot Shut Up About.
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    Which version of the gunslinger? I'm definatley partial to the rewrite. I'm a major dark tower geek, my favorite book in the series changes sometimes but for the fast few years its been wizard and glass, I re-read 'em at least every two years.
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    Orwell, Animal Farm.
    • CommentAuthorjim_mayniam
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008 edited
    most of my faves have been mentioned but i'm a sucker for rec. threads.

    "a song of ice and fire" by george r.r. martin...IMO, it's the very best that the fantasy genre has to offer. my favorite is the third book in sequence, "a storm of swords"...i really dig the revolving POV type of storytelling and, believe me when i tell you, no one is safe in westeros.

    "survivor" by chuck palahniuk...i actually think that all of his work stands up well, but tender branson steals the show.

    "the catcher in the rye" by j.d. salinger...i'm sure it doesn't speak well about my character, but i was holden caulfield.

    "slaughterhouse 5" by kurt chuck, vonnegut's work bottlenecks when i try to pick a fave, but i love S5, so it goes.

    "the lions of al-rassan" by guy gavriel kay...beautifully written and riveting. i read this book in 3 sittings.

    "lamb: the gospel according to biff, christ's childhood pal" by chris moore...quite simply, my favorite novel of all time.

    ETA: i almost forgot "altered carbon" by richard GRRM, i consider him to be the best thing going right now in SF. i also highly recommend, "thirteen"
    • CommentAuthorLachesis
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008
    @ Jeffrey

    I am also partial to the rewrite, actually. I've found that I really enjoy the first three novels, was rather lukewarm to Wizard and Glass, I enjoyed Wolves of Calla, but I'm still unsure on the last two novels. I was thinking of giving them another go as I'm a major fan of the series/concept, but my hard drive is full of stuff to read and I feel guilty revisiting the same things when there's so much new information to get into.
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    I listened to the first 4 on audio CD last year but I haven't gotten around to 5-7 yet. Its a neat way to revisit really familiar material. It helps to read wizard and glass while you're falling in love w/ someone. Even if the relationship dies a horrible, violent death the book stays.