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Subject: Anything edgy...
Date Posted: 11/2/2007 7:46 PM ET
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I'm looking for any Charles Bukowski, Irvine Welsh, Philip K. Dick, Chuck Palaniuk, hunter S. Thompson, but it seems there is a lack of any of these authors. I'm new to the site and I'm enjoying it so far. If you have any of these authors or a great reccomendation to supplement my craving. Let me know.

 

Thanks, Richie

Date Posted: 11/4/2007 7:40 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS.  Try going to these links on top of the page:  My Account, then My Lists, then Book Recommendations.  It works best if you have already rated books you've read with the star system, have books on your wish list, etc.  Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 11:57 AM ET
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I did that already. thanks.

Date Posted: 11/6/2007 5:12 PM ET
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There's definitely a niche of swappers who read these authors, as each author is on the club's wish list with multiple people waiting for them.  As long as you put yourself on the wishlist, you should definitely get books by them (or authors like them) at some point--I've been able to get Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk books off this site, and have sent them out as well.  Don't worry, it'll happen!

Three writers who come to mind that you may like are Stephen Fry, Michel Houellebecq, and Nicholson Baker.  Check out their novels The Hippopotamus, The Elementary Particles, and The Fermata, respectively.  Maybe check out Bret Easton Ellis as well, but he's pretty polarizing--readers either love him or hate him.



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Date Posted: 11/8/2007 2:28 AM ET
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Thanks for the encouragement and recomendations. I feel better already. i also checked out your book list and found a lot as well. Thanks again.

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 11:58 AM ET
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You should also add Tom Robbins to your list. Arthur Nersesian also sounds like he fits your "type." I'm not a big fan, but a lot of people are. His most known book is called The F**k-Up... how can he not be angry?

Date Posted: 11/8/2007 10:08 PM ET
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I actually have a Tom Robbins book on the way because I heard that he fits my "type". I'll check out Arthur Nersesian. Any book with a swear word in the title at least warrants a reading of the introduction and/or the first few pages to see if maybe there is something more and he has another book titled Unlubricated, which sounds like a book to follow what I'm reading now.  Thanks for the recomendations.

Date Posted: 11/9/2007 5:33 PM ET
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You've got a great wishlist...I picked a few of the ones on yours and got behind you in line :).  My bookshelf is heavily influenced by the castoffs of my conservation/history/nature reading father as well as my book-club mother, take a peek!  And please ignore all the chick-lit...



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Date Posted: 11/9/2007 6:02 PM ET
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How's this for tangential: forget "edgy" in terms of literary style and try reading Susanna Moore's IN THE CUT. About as straightforward in literary style as you can find, but packs the single biggest, most unsettling whallop I can recall. Just my $0.02.
Date Posted: 11/9/2007 9:14 PM ET
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Rich, I have nothing to add to this thread except that I thought your username and icon were hysterical!  I buddied you because I like a lot of your wishlist.  I'll ask my daughter if she's willing to part with any of her books because I think they're right up your alley.

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 10:27 PM ET
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When I started this thread, I had only a few books on my wish list. Now, I have a ridiculous amount, but I still feel I don't have enough... I'm worried that none of my books will ever come up, so I have to add more and more and more and more. Ok, so I can be a bit obsessive- maybe.

I requested IN THE CUT. Thanks Greg.

 

Anyone ever tried cornbread? Delicious. Just my $0.02.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 1:22 PM ET
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Try "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn -- that one's WAY edgy!

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 4:28 PM ET
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Richard -

We seem to have the same tastes.  The only reason the authors you have mentioned aren't on my Wishlist or Bookshelf are because I own and have read and am keeping just about everything I have by them.  Tom Robbins is a great recommendation.  Start with "Skinny Legs and All or "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues".  Good stuff!

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 4:39 PM ET
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Try going to Stop You're Killing Me .com   they have a read alikes section that might help you find other authors you would like.



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