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I recommend this so bad. It's a kid's book but it's amazing. Read it.
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okay, so let's have a "best book of '06" post - put down your favorite fiction and nonfiction books that were published this year.

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lately, I am becoming a bit of a comic-book geek. in the past month, I have consumed 26 issues of Fables, 24 of Y: The Last Man, 18 of Runaways, and 12 of The Walking Dead; The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Watchmen, Black Hole, Persepolis, and a couple of Tokyopop books: Princess Ai, Bizenghast and Model.

next up is Sandman (of course), Blankets, some Love and Rockets, Bone, Sin City, Maus, and some more Marjane Satrapi.

so I ask: is there anything that I absolutely must read?

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HEY: Read Motorman by David Ohle

It's weird, it's short and I'm pretty sure it's going out of print again (I checked with the vendor at the book store I work at, and there were only seven copies left in the country for sale through B&N) so get a copy while you can or check out your library! The only background information I have about David Ohle is that he allegedly transcribed William S. Burroughs' dreams every morning for a decade.

Read this book.

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I just finished Killing Yourself To Live by Chuck Klosterman. I have to say, it was pretty terrible. At the end of the book, I honestly felt like the entire book had been totally pointless and a waste of paper. Just goes to show that any book can be a mystery, just that sometimes the mystery is who the hell said, 'Yes, I will publish that, sounds fantastic'.

I'm also part of the way through a book called Unholy Ghost: Writers On Depression. It, too, is terrible. A few of the essays are really good, but the the major thing that bothers me is this obsession of smart, depressed women with writing about vaginas. The word 'vulva' is strangely unsettling, especially when you're referring to a cow.

I'm really just looking for a book that will change my life by affecting the way I write or by providing some deep insight or sense of connection. The last books that did that for me were Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite (changed my writing style), The Five of Cups, by Caitlin R. Kiernan (ditto), and It's Kind Of A Funny Story, bu Ned Vizzini (sense of connection). If anyone has any reccomendations that can do any of this, please share.

Also, hi.
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Have any of you read this? What did you think? I loved it, and as soon as I was done I turned it over and read it through again. Unfourtunately, I lent my copy (the same one in the picture) to a friend and they lost it mountain climbing or something else stupid. They want to buy me the new one, but it dosen't feel the same.

Pynchon is one of those names that gets thrown around alot in literary circles, from what I've heard, and everyone seems to love "Gravity's Rainbow." I haven't read that one yet (I heard it's all porn and math), but I'm partway through his other famous one, "V". It's really good, but it just dosen't measure up to "The Crying" for me. Also his new book came out a little while ago and it was totally panned, but I'm still a little curious.

But anyway, do any of you guys love Pynchon like I do? Or, similarly, do any of you hate him?
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I just finished up The Picture of Dorian Gray for one of my lit classes and I absolutely loved it.

I love books that fuse a philosophy of life with insight into the human condition into a plot that engages me. I adore little epigrams (like the ones Wilde is known for) and writing down quotes. Like all of the Tom Robbins books.

So, I was wondering if any of you had any recommendations as to which other books/authors fit into this kind of category.


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Kill the Indian, Save the Man"

Up until 1984, 75% of the population of Native Americans were sent (by force) to residential schools where they endured years of sexual, verbal, and emotional abuses. An estimated 94-100% of all children who attended these schools were molested by the priests and nuns who ran them. Today, native peoples are still trying to deal with the aftermath of the abuse, which continues to be a contribution to the natives' high rates of suicide and alcoholism.

If any of you are as outraged about the mistreatment of the sovereign peoples of North America as I am, sit down and read this book. It will blow your mind.
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Yesterday was the start of National Children's Book Week.

What was your favorite children's book when growing up?


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Tomorrow is the first day of November! Anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

Also, we're doing a group project for my Young Adult Literature class and we get to pick the book to read. The only limits are that it has to have been written after 1976 and, obviously, has to be for young adults. We were thinking about doing one of the "Lemony Snicket" books -- anyone know which book of the series is the best? Anybody have other Y.A. book suggestions?

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