Books impossible to put down thread

Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by Gin Buckets, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Gin Buckets

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    I realize the burden of trying this one, and it's why I've kept putting it off. I've just heard too many good things about it to not try one of these days regardless of wordiness. I'll let it slide for this one, hah.

    I also don't know much about Palahniuk as I've never read him. I'll check him out one of these days.
     
  2. soulfly

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    My favorite book (along with Don Quixote) by my favorite author.
     
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  3. rcragg82

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    A Million Little Pieces - I read this write before I graduated college and it was the first book I would read in the car and literally just read it over the course of a weekend.

    Its been years since I've read any but several of Jon Krakeur's books (Into the Wild, Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air & Where Men Win Glory) was probably the most page turner author I've read.

    Sadly, I haven't had a book over the past couple of years that I couldn't put down. The ASOIAF series which I finished in 2012 was probably the last books that I'd read during the day or over the weekend where I'm currently just a night time / before bed reader.
     
  4. TheGrifter

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    I am 15% into Ready Player One and already hopelessly hooked. I'm in my early 30's and grew up with a love of comics/scifi/fantasy/video games. This is reading like my Bible.

    Thank you to everyone who recommeded it.
     
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  5. Arkie Proud

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  6. Blackterno

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    Hmmm...I may have to read this next.
     
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  7. lhprop1

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    I buzzed through Insane City by Dave Barry in two days. One of the few books that actually made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions.

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of those books that you finish in one or two sittings.
     
  8. TheGrifter

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    I finished Ready Player One. Sags just a little bit in the middle, but overall just a fantastic book. One of my favorite reads of the year.
     
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  9. Blackterno

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    I tried to start it today when I was out of the house. When I opened it on my Nook I came to find that I had downloaded a Spanish version of the book. :feelsbadman:
     
  10. lhprop1

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    Lo gracioso!
     
  11. One Knight

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    Haven't read Charm School but I highly recommend most of DeMille's later works. John Corey is a fantastic character.
    Night Fall - One of my favorite books of all time.
    The Lion and The Lion's Game - So well done, amazing villain and really well developed.
    Wild Fire - Not quite up to the level of the others, intriguing premise
    I want to read Plum Island but haven't gotten around to it, my DeMille kick was 5-6 years back.

    Currently reading Clash of Kings, really hard for me to put that down.
     
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  12. Blackterno

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    Maybe it's just me but I love all the Daniel Suarez books. Daemon and influx were great. Freedom was the sequel to Daemon and was good too. I'm a sucker for techno thrillers.
     
  13. Arkie Proud

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    I just finished Daemon. A very solid meh from me. Some of the writing was just atrocious and anytime someone tries to incorporate techno-babble into a novel, it seems forced.

    "I just tried terminating the transloop dynamic ISP with a nethack but the bruteforce DDOS overrides my TL9 credentials! Someone unplug that CAT-5 cable to the router hub! NOW!"

    That being said, the premise is unique and the characters aren't your cookie-cutter stock, so I made it through. I didn't know it was a part 1 and the story was continued in another fucking book. Not a fan of that. I assume you would recommend reading the next book? Is it just two books to this story?

    Tagging you so you'll see this: Blackterno
     
  14. Blackterno

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    If you didn't like Daemon I wouldn't recommend Freedom. I didn't think it was as good as its predecessor. Those are the only two in the "series". Influx is a stand alone book.
     
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  15. slogan119

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    I'm a big fan of Tim Dorsey books, starting with Triggerfish Twist. It's silly and stupid, but it's a quick fun read (all the books), with great characters and it truly encapsulates what a clusterfuck the citizenry of Florida is like. The books are written perfectly to be adapted into movies.
     
  16. slogan119

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    Just a great fucking book. I bought it for the serial killer story, but I ended up more interested by the architectural bent.
     
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  17. Truman

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    I'm a big fan of all of larsson's books.

    They all have a cool historical setting around a newer technology of the time.
     
  18. laxjoe

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    i read All The Light We Cannot See in about 3 days when i flew out to san diego for a wedding. Was the Pulitzer Prize winner for non fiction this year. just fantastic
     
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    Just finished "Unbroken"...pretty incredible read.
     
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  20. laxjoe

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    Still sad that wasn't a better movie. Absolutely loved that book. That was another one I read in about 2 days on a vacation
     
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  21. rcragg82

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    This was probably the best book I've read the last 2 years.
     
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  22. One Knight

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    Reading the Game of Thrones books now. GoT took me a while to get through, but I have buzzed through the second one and the first third of the third book in no time at all, I'm constantly reading it, love them
     
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  23. One Knight

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    The Blackfish , that reminds me, it wasn't until sometime late in Book 2 when it dawned on me that your name came from the book. I took many laps.
     
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  24. LKRFN

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    Saw this post, went to Amazon, and saw the ridiculous reviews. Ordered it on the spot. Finishing up a book now, will probably read this next.
     
  25. laxjoe

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    haven't talked to anyone who read it that didn't love the book. i hope you like it

    not quite on the same level, but i've read about half of stephen king's Mr. Mercedes in the last 3 days and I'm really enjoying that. Will be reading the follow up to that one as soon as I'm done here.
     
  26. The Dancing Outlaw

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    Just finished the latest book by Charlaine Harris. Day Shift is the second book in the Midnight Texas series. Pretty dang good. If you liked her other books you will like the Midnight Series.
     
  27. jkun

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    Just finished Ready Player One, very enjoyable
     
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  28. laxjoe

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    added this to my list after seeing this post, and reading the first chapter of his next book. started yesterday afternoon. finished this afternoon. great read.
     
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  29. LKRFN

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    Author's next book is out in a few weeks, so excited.
     
  30. KJROD20

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    Just in time for my beach vacation. :bartscott:
     
  31. laxjoe

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    Just (literally a minute ago) finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. It was the pulitzer winner for fiction in 2014. Took me a while to get going (combo of being tired from work and travel and a bit of a slow part early in the book), but I was on about page 300 when I started reading last night. Finished the next 500+ pages in 2 days. Just a phenomenal book
     
  32. Trip McNeely

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    I haven't read The Goldfinch but I just finished her first novel The Secret History. She's a great writer. I finished it in a few days.
     
  33. Gin Buckets

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    Have a long drive with a chick tomorrow... Want to do an audio book, but I don't want anything that's world class writing. Any ideas?

    Ideally, a book that's like as un-put-downable as RPO or Art of Racing.
     
  34. Neyland

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    I cannot put down the lies of locke lamora
     
  35. Gin Buckets

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  36. The Blackfish

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    Pretty good, really enjoyed the second half. Tough one for me to review because I listened to the audiobook only when I was on long rides with my wife and we went a long while in the middle of the boom without listening.
     
  37. Arkie Proud

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    Read it, reading the next one now. I'm biased, because I think King is a great writer, his endings aside. The character development that King manages to create should be taught in writing school. Anyway, I really liked it. It's not like most of King's books, it's a cops-and-robbers kind of story. If you like his horror, be aware this isn't it. Except for the fact that everything in this book could happen may be more terrifying than his scary but unrealistic stuff. In other words, Jeffrey Dahmer is way more terrifying than Dracula. It drags in spots, but King's style of writing is all over the place, like it or not, so you become engrossed rather easily. I'd suggest it.

    And the villain and I share a last name IRL. Which is kind of cool I guess.
     
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  38. The Blackfish

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    I thought of this as I was reading and pictured you as the psychopath.
     
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  39. Arkie Proud

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    Truth be told, Stephen King modeled him after me. He called and asked, I said sure. He sent me brownies.
     
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  40. Gin Buckets

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    Well I really, really enjoyed Revival. I actually really liked the end of that one as well. I am a huge fan of his writing style, actually.

    Has anyone read The Circle by David Eggers?
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18302455-the-circle
     
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  42. Gin Buckets

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    So it doesn't qualify for "can't put down"?

    I have a girl that watches really dumb TV shows and probably never reads in my car, so I'm ok with meh writing as long as the book maintains and keeps interest for both of us.

    Silkworm is another option.
     
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  43. Arkie Proud

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    Just finished the second book in this series, Finders Keepers. Not as good as Mr. Mercedes, and an average King book overall. The best part about it was the promise of the next book. I don't like books where the protagonist constantly makes bad decisions as you, the reader, just go, "What? No. Don't do that. Why would you do that?!" When they find themselves in a bind (as they always do), you don't feel sympathy, you feel like, "Yeah, that's what you get dumbass." This book had that element. YMMV.
     
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  44. Gin Buckets

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    Has anyone read The Century trilogy by Follett? I have a feeling many of his books belong itt, but I don't totally know because I've only read Pillars of the Earth and World without End. (Both definitely belong here)
     
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  45. Arliden

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    Has anyone here read The Name of the Wind and if so what were your thoughts? Closing in on finishing Shantaram with Pillars of the Earth lined up next.
     
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  46. The Blackfish

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    Most of us have. Amazing book.
     
  47. LKRFN

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    It is an awesome book.
     
  48. Arkie Proud

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    Top 10 book. There's a thread on it here. Stay away until you finish it, obviously, but a lot of us really love it. And the sequel. You should know that book three isn't out yet.
     
  49. soulfly

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    Damn the Name of the Wind author spent 9 years in college? That's the dream, right there
     
  50. Arkie Proud

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    Patrick Rothfuss is my totem animal.
     
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