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Books you brag about never having read.
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:37:42 PM »
Top of my list:

Dianetics.
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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2017, 11:54:32 PM »
The Quran and the Baghavad Gita. I got plenty of interminable ye olde timey lore from that other one, thanks. If I ever want the highlights, I'll google 'em.
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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 07:12:53 AM »
The Quran and the Baghavad Gita. I got plenty of interminable ye olde timey lore from that other one, thanks. If I ever want the highlights, I'll google 'em.
Need to update those. Let's see:

"Baghavad Gita" written in Game of Thrones-style.

Grand Theft Quran.

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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 08:39:10 AM »
Half the Harry Potter books.  Walking away from shit series when it becomes clear they were really only good for a single book is a point of pride for me.  Add Wheel of Time to that list.
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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 02:12:31 PM »
"Baghavad Gita" written in Game of Thrones-style.

Grand Theft Quran.

Oh frabjous day!

I'll work under the assumption that Mel Brooks' The Holy Quran is off the table. Too bad.
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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 01:50:15 AM »
Half the Harry Potter books.  Walking away from shit series when it becomes clear they were really only good for a single book is a point of pride for me.  Add Wheel of Time to that list.

It's a weakness in me how often I find myself telling people I was unable to get past 1 2/3 books deep into Song of Ice and Fire. I don't like to think of it as bragging,  but there's no other explanation for it.
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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 06:52:24 AM »
Gravity's Rainbow.

To be fair, I like to brag that I at least gave it a sporting chance. I started reading that book on earnest recommendation from some people whose taste I madly respected.

After about 50 pages, I got the inkling I was being trolled. After 150 pages I thought to myself, "there's no way this book goes on like this for 500 more pages." So I skipped about 300 pages and read about 30 more, and sure enough, it was more of the same bullshit, only the characters had different names. Right then and there I decided I'm not going to get fooled again like I did with Naked Lunch.

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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2017, 09:26:16 AM »
I started gravity's rainbow 2 or 3 times now. 

I've never read Of Mice and Men nor the Grapes of Wrath but I hate steinbeck for the Pearl and the Red Pony.   Man I hate those books.

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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2017, 11:25:23 AM »
Gravity's Rainbow.

To be fair, I like to brag that I at least gave it a sporting chance. I started reading that book on earnest recommendation from some people whose taste I madly respected.

After about 50 pages, I got the inkling I was being trolled. After 150 pages I thought to myself, "there's no way this book goes on like this for 500 more pages." So I skipped about 300 pages and read about 30 more, and sure enough, it was more of the same bullshit, only the characters had different names. Right then and there I decided I'm not going to get fooled again like I did with Naked Lunch.

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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2017, 08:34:51 PM »
I started gravity's rainbow 2 or 3 times now. 

I've never read Of Mice and Men nor the Grapes of Wrath but I hate steinbeck for the Pearl and the Red Pony.   Man I hate those books.

I really liked The Crying of Lot 49.

Several years after giving up on Gravity's Rainbow, I also tried and failed with Mason & Dixon. I've resigned myself to the opinion that Pynchon is a pretentious hipster who has lots of wild ideas but lacks the ability to plot a story or develop characters.

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Re: Books you brag about never having read.
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2017, 06:30:04 AM »
A friend brags about reading Shakespear as a hobby. She brings it up usually at the same time as talking about how mature she is for her age.
She is a great person but it always makes me smile and remember this:


I guess some books I kinda brag about reading would be The War of the Flea because its hard to find and doing so was a small adventure, The Devils Guard because its also rare and fun to debunk (and terrifying for its influence) and and The Hardy Boys books because kids these days etc.

 

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