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Subject: Have credits any recommendations?
Date Posted: 2/22/2012 9:14 PM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2010
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Any recommendations for some posted books I might like?

Books I read and liked:
Fantasyland by Sam Walker
The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Stranger by Albert Camus
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Suicide Girls in the Afterlife by Gina Ranalli
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Currently Reading: Liking both
Clockwork Girl by Athena Villavarde
The Film Club by David Gilmour
To be Read: Don't know feelings 
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
The Teachings of Don Juan: An Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
The Kafka Effekt by D. Harlan Wilson
The Book of Ralph by John McNallay
I Knocked Up Satan's Daughter by Carlton Mellick III
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Date Posted: 2/23/2012 12:15 AM ET
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Wow! You and I have very different interests. The only one on your list that I have read is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. We had to read that in high school and I thought it was chloroform in print. I hated it.

Still, have you read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery. I think you might enjoy it. 


Date Posted: 2/23/2012 11:12 AM ET
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If you like Christopher Moore, you might want to try Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, and Joseph Heller.  I only like Douglas Adams and Joseph Heller, but those 4 are normally recommended together.

Since you liked "The Metamorphisis" and "The Stranger", I'd suggest: "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller.

Since you liked "Siddhartha", I'd suggest: "The Alchemist" by Paul Coelho, "The Little Prince" by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz, "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav, and "The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys" by Baha'u'llah.  There's a couple I didn't like in this list, but they are ones that people I know have suggested in the same vein.

Check out http://literature-map.com/ for suggestions.  I've had really good luck with that one.

Last Edited on: 2/23/12 11:12 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/23/2012 1:42 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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Your mention of Clockwork Girl by Athena Villavarde shows you might find some unique stories in the sub-genre of "Steampunk". 

Here is a link for a list of titles that may interest you:



Date Posted: 2/23/2012 5:40 PM ET
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Jay, if you were to read, then post the Mellick book on your list you would make someone ridiculously happy.  Mellick is seldom posted and those of us who love extreme horror would be most grateful.  For the record, I'm not number one for the Mellick book, so this isn't a pathetic grovel. smiley

Date Posted: 2/23/2012 9:48 PM ET
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Tex and Molly in the Afterlife by Richard Grant. 

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Date Posted: 2/26/2012 3:10 PM ET
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I am only familiar with Christopher Moore of those you've read.  Fool is the best of the ones I've read.  It's a hilarious retelling of King Lear.  I would also recommend Nicholson Baker...I'm not even sure how to describe his writing.  he focuses on mundame things in a brilliant way...but he also writes erotic scenes in a way that makes them seem not pornographic.  You could also try Brett Easton Ellis and Chuck Pahlaniuk.  

Subject: more suggestions
Date Posted: 3/11/2012 11:20 AM ET
Member Since: 4/4/2009
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Jay, I second Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore (my favorites are Lust Lizard, and Island of the Sequined Love Nun), Chuck Pahlaniuk (altho the only one I read so far was Lullaby, I thought it was brilliant and weird).  I also suggest the following, which are in the "weird" vein, and I liked a lot (but sorry, they are probably NOT posted- try library- that's where I got mine):


Ellis, Warren Crooked Little Vein


Gaiman Neil American Gods


Gischler, Victor Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse


Gregory, Daryl The Devil's Alphabet


Hoeg, Peter The Woman and the Ape, Smilla's Sense of Snow


Strand, Jeff Graverobbers Wanted


Wells, Dan I am not a Serial Killer


Lee, Tanith Mortal Suns
Lee, Tanith Saint Fire


Morrow, James The Only Begotten Daughter (RL), 


Fforde, Jasper The Eyre Affair,