King of the Boundless Sea

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Last time I mentioned books, I was buying a lot of them based on some some stellar recommendations from you peoples. In the first week, I polished off White Oleander, as it came with the most lovin'. I was skeptical as I read the first paragraph, but by the end I was weeping because it was finished. I wanted to live in that story for months, not days.

Then I moved on to A Million Little Pieces. The writing style threw me off at first, and it took me a full week to convince myself that "abnormal" does not equal "stupid." And so I dove in and devoured every crazy word as fast as my eyes could stomach them. (Hey, I aced biology, thank you.) I was sad at the end of that book, too, but I was beginning to remember how fun it could be to hop from one imaginary world to the next.

Enter Moby Dick, stage left.

Holy (sea) cow, I have been stuck on page eighty-four (which is really page three, but what's an obnoxiously long book without obnoxiously long introductions?) for ten years now. I know, I know. That doesn't really fit the timeline of the story, but I'm pretty sure there was a black hole involved. And that black hole looks suspiciously like the ghost of Herman Melville.

The quitter in me wants to find another book and come back to Moby Dick later, but too many people have seen me lugging it around. Soon, they'll want to know what I thought of the book, and I do not have the energy to tell them that I would rather sell my soul to the devil than read another quote about whales.

UGH. All this to say, please help me find a less tedious book to read next. If it's one you've already suggested here, please let me know (so I don't go out and buy a second copy or something stupid). New recommendations are welcome, as well. Just nothing involving whales or 300-page introductions. Please and thank you.

seven

seven

Blaaarggh I hated Moby Dick. Seriously, any book that is mostly just about how people want revenge so badly they'll kill themselves in the pursuit of it makes me want to chew my own face off. Like Gone With The Wind. Scarlett annoys the crap out of me, and so does Captain Ahab. JUST. DROP. IT. ALREADY. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY.

A less tedious book... Hmm...

Have you ever read Watership Down? Violent book about bunnies. You know that can't be boring.

Ender's Game was great... The Devil Wears Prada was hilarious. That's all I've got for ya.

Will

Will

High Fidelity - by Nick Hornby
The Princess Bride
The Prince - Machiavelli
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
And anything Sherlock Holmes FTW

JB

JB

I absolutely could not get into A Million Little Pieces. I jut found the whole mess to be too pity-partyish and pretentious.

Meanwhile, I recommend Chuck Palahniuk's Choke. I'm just about done reading it. It's not some life-changing story or anything, but it is on the lighter fare side of things. Other recommendations are Jeff Lindsay's Dexter series, (although don't expect it to be much like the series), and antyhing by Neil Gaiman.

MajalisBlooms

MajalisBlooms

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

susan m

susan m

do you like SF/fantasy? try the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.