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along the lines of murakami / coupland / palahniuk or something. give me your reccomendations!
then anything by Bret Easton Ellis
We'll I recently re-read I Am Legend, and thats fantastic. Not in the same vein as those authors but very intelligent and also quite short. I'd recommend that
And now will smith will ruin it
I'm much concerned by the fact that the setting has been changed and key parts of the plot have been altered. Yes, its a short book that might need a bit of creative licence to work as a film, but there is a line
that he'll rape it.
existensialist(sp?) literature? coupland and murakami are two of my favourites. You might like David Mitchell's Number 9 Dream, it's almost homage to Murakami. Bit arduous but strangely rewarding.
should I try again?
someone on here who likes murakami gave a positive reaction to N9D. I'd just started it and I must admit it is nowhere near as good as Murakami, it's the equivalent of master and student BUT it is highly readable and though it tangents not very successfully and the fantasy story interlaced with the ordinary narrative didn't quite work for me, I found myself not being able to give up reading until i'd finished it.
have you read the wind up bird chronicle? it's a less accomplished take on those themes of fantasy vs reality.
I might have a look at this, ta
cloud atlas, but i got about 10 pages in and put it down; should i try again or start with the above?
I'm new to his stuff. I read the back of this book, it was £3 in Fopp so i bought it and it turned out to not be a bad buy. I believe cloud atlas is his first book. N9D is set in Japan with Japanese characters and makes no bones about aping murakami so if you've read Murakami you kind of know what you're getting but the story is still intriguing and maybe because of he incredible amount of tangents, it's not predictable.
was his 1st, then No.9 Dream, then Cloud Atlas, then Black Swan Green.
Presonally I love Cloud Atlas prob my favourite book. But I've not read any Murakami so I don't know who they compare.
is compared to murakami, not read the rest. The subject matter and setting of N9D just interested me. It was a spontaneous buy.
The World According to Garp - John Irving
Are two that I've read recently and really enjoyed.
i picked this up and put it back down twice this yea in the library - is it good? Is it a v American novel because i'd like a good one to read after hard boiled wonderland which is my current book.
It was my first Murakami book and I enjoyed it but struggled in some of the metaphysical arguments.
Corrections is ace, you should definitely read it.
by john kennedy toole
although you probably have read that.
I always put martin amis alongside douglas coupland in my mental library too.
have read confederacy of dunces, any specific martin amis?
cos it was kinda like palahniuk, as is times arrow and yellow dog, and bits of night train.
the rachel papers is more coupland, as is dead babies.
heavy water (short stories) is also good for an introduction
and coupland are so unlike to me. One is great, the other is painfully dull and pompous. London Fields is a hateful book.
is he dull and pompous? ;)
yeah, Amis does split people, i like him and i like coupland. neither are raymond carver however.
well not so much palahniuk but he was once, so you should listen to me!
Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Happiness TM by Will Ferguson
Anything by Kurt Vonnegut especially mother night or cats cradle
The comics of Adrian Tomine
Jernigan by David Gates
i have read middlesex (yay) and i have the dave eggers one kicking around somewhere... and of course i have read slaughterhouse 5, but none of vonnegut's others
You probably won't read this far, but I recommend Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow. It's a verse novel about werewolves in Southern California. It's the best thing I've read in ages. If you like Palahniuk, I imagine that you'd like this.
It's fucking mint. I'm half way through it,and it's boss.
I REALLY enjoyed Book of Illusions by him as well.
his stuff isn't much like who you said but you'll probably like him as he is very good.
but read The Salesman by Joesph O'Connor.