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    I find it interesting that the fact that the Hunger Games are of that genre is what has kept me away from reading it. I'm breaking with tradition for the first time since I was a kid and seeing a film-based-on-a-book before actually reading the book. The movie will have to convince me to read it, even though all my friends who've read it, love it.

    I think I'm still traumatized by my painful experience with Brave New World and 1984 back in high school.

    On a side note, of those modern novels, the one I'd read is Delirium and my sister is a huge fan of the Uglies series.
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    I think you'd like The Hunger Games, Jean. Katniss is pretty awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie181 View Post
    I think you'd like The Hunger Games, Jean. Katniss is pretty awesome.
    I'm going to read the books now, thanks to the movie delivering very good character development and plot line that overshadows the underlying things that bother me about the genre.
    But there's just something about distopian novels that bothers me. So far all I can attribute it to is the whole fact that they take place in the future but society has collapsed so far that the differences in classes is so vast it out does the eras of the past in combination with the higher society dehumanizing the lower class in a way that is just unnerving.
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    You watched the movie?
    I have some gripes about the movie, mainly concerning how they rushed everything between Rue and Katniss.

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    Vulture, which is New York Magazine's all-things-culturally-entertaining website, has ranked all 62 of Stephen King's books. Have to admit I have only read about 8-10 of his works, but from what I've read, and what I know about what I haven't read, seems like a pretty good list:

    http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/ranki...ing-books.html
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    After Michael Chabon, I think my favorite author is John Irving. And "A Prayer For Owen Meany" is my all time favorite novel. So I'm really glad to see some excellent reviews for Irvings new book, "In One Person".

    He was on CBS's new morning show this morning, talking about sexual identity (the narrator of the tale is a bisexual man, and a leading character is a transgendered librarian). Said it is a topic he's been eager to revisit because he does not see things getting better since the days when he wrote "Garp" and "The Hotel New Hampshire". He also tackles AIDS head on.

    I feel like hes a writer I have grown older with, as I read "Garp" back when I was in college, and I've remained a huge fan ever since.

    Thanks to Amazon pre-order, I expect my copy to be sitting at my front door when I arrive home this evening, and look forward to diving right in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    After Michael Chabon, I think my favorite author is John Irving. And "A Prayer For Owen Meany" is my all time favorite novel. So I'm really glad to see some excellent reviews for Irvings new book, "In One Person".

    He was on CBS's new morning show this morning, talking about sexual identity (the narrator of the tale is a bisexual man, and a leading character is a transgendered librarian). Said it is a topic he's been eager to revisit because he does not see things getting better since the days when he wrote "Garp" and "The Hotel New Hampshire". He also tackles AIDS head on.

    I feel like hes a writer I have grown older with, as I read "Garp" back when I was in college, and I've remained a huge fan ever since.

    Thanks to Amazon pre-order, I expect my copy to be sitting at my front door when I arrive home this evening, and look forward to diving right in.
    Sold! I've actually never read a John Irving novel to my everlasting shame. What's a good one to start with (I might end up starting with this one, actually)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by munchin View Post
    Sold! I've actually never read a John Irving novel to my everlasting shame. What's a good one to start with (I might end up starting with this one, actually)?
    I think "A Prayer For Owen Meany" is not only his best work, but one of the great pieces of late 20th century fiction. Having said that, there is a heavy religious undertone to the tale.

    "The World According To Garp" is probably a better introduction, laugh out loud funny, with some tragic events, and wonderful characters (I don't know if I loved Jenny Fields or Roberta Muldoon more, but I can't imagine anyone not falling in love with both of them).

    "The Cider House Rules" is also fantastic, as is "The Hotel New Hampshire", but I would read "Meany" or "Garp" first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by munchin View Post
    Sold! I've actually never read a John Irving novel to my everlasting shame. What's a good one to start with (I might end up starting with this one, actually)?
    My two favorites are Hotel New Hampshire and Cider House Rules. All of his books have weird sex things going on in them, though, which can be offputting, so Moose is probably right that Garp or Owen Meany are good ones to start with, since they are relatively tame compared to other ones. A Widow for One Year is also a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    My two favorites are Hotel New Hampshire and Cider House Rules. All of his books have weird sex things going on in them, though, which can be offputting, so Moose is probably right that Garp or Owen Meany are good ones to start with, since they are relatively tame compared to other ones. A Widow for One Year is also a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by munchin View Post
    weird...sex...things?
    You'll never be comfortable having sex in the driveway again after reading "Garp".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    You'll never be comfortable having sex in the driveway again after reading "Garp".
    or look at a bear costume the same way again after reading Hotel New Hampshire
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    or look at a bear costume the same way again after reading Hotel New Hampshire
    Great plot line.

    Though he often deals in tragedy, I think "Hotel New Hampshire" probably has more per page than any of his other books, which makes the ending so satisfying.

    And, of course, Sorrow floats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    You'll never be comfortable having sex in the driveway again after reading "Garp".
    What kind of life do you think I lead?
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    Just finished Erik Larson's "Devil in the White City", about the Chicago World's Fair at the end of the 19th century. It's part the story of the fair (focusing on the main architect Daniel Burnham), part the story of Chicago in that era, and part the story of one very smooth serial killer.

    Fascinating stuff, especially the parts on the art and architecture (Frederick Law Olmsted, he of Central Park, features prominently at points) and development of the fair. The serial killer stuff, though intriguing and a very interesting juxtaposition, was the least interesting for me, but overall it was a terrific read.
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