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Old 03-16-2014   #31
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

I haven't read anything by Michael Shea.

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

Anything by Franz Kafka. I've heard that 'The Metamorphosis' is excellent.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

When this thread originally came out I said Robert E Howard was one I hadn't read but was totally not ashamed. Someone convinced me to give it a try and I started reading The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard. Good. Really good.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

Ulysses and Finnegans Wake by James Joyce and Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. I believe I will never read them.

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

I haven't read anything by Michael Shea.==Hideous Name

The book you want is his first collection, Polyphemus. His early work was often brilliant; his later work didn't engage me as much. He was always a writer of intelligence and taste though.
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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

I haven't read any Dostoevsky though I've been tip-toeing around him. Nabokov too, I'm ashamed to admit I've heard a lot about him.

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

Flicker by Theodore Roszak and Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore (both of which I am currently reading, but at a very slow pace). Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea.

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

Oh, add Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake to that list. I own the illustrated trilogy but I still have to start the damn thing; seeing the book on the shelve is physically painful. Also, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne.

I have a feeling that the Gormenghast books would be enjoyed by anyone who read The Trial by Franz Kafka.

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

I really wish I'd finished "A Memoir of My Nervous Illness", but I never could make it through.

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Re: books you are ashamed you have not read

Quote Originally Posted by miguel1984 View Post
Oh, add Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake to that list. I own the illustrated trilogy but I still have to start the damn thing; seeing the book on the shelve is physically painful. Also, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne.

I have a feeling that the Gormenghast books would be enjoyed by anyone who read The Trial by Franz Kafka.
I'm too impatient for Gormenghast. I started it after someone compared it to Kubin's "The Other Side" but never got into it...
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