Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Jimbo » 06 Nov 2019, 23:55

Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumball
Electric Kool Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
The Siren's of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett,
American Tabloid - James Ellroy

Add your five.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Charlie O. » 07 Nov 2019, 00:25

In The Night Kitchen - Maurice Sendak
My Brother Stevie - Eleanor Clymer
FLiP's Groovy Guide To The Groops!
Absolom, Absolom - William Faulkner

couldn't think of a fifth one
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Flower » 07 Nov 2019, 01:07

The Naked Lunch ~ William S. Burroughs
The Moviegoer ~ Walker Percy
Catch 22 ~ Joseph Heller
To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee
Black Beauty ~ Anna Sewell

Since Charlie O only had four .. I'll add

A Christmas Carol ~ Charles Dickens
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby toomanyhatz » 07 Nov 2019, 01:11

Only a moron spells Sirens of Titan with an apostrophe! :D

Anyway, taking it the thread title at face value (meaning you're denying yourself some basic knowledge if you've avoided):

The Bible, or at least part of the Gospels
At least a few Shakespeare plays and maybe a sonnet or two
At least one book by Alan Watts
At least one book by Joseph Campbell
At least one book from the canon of a non-Christian religious tradition
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby toomanyhatz » 07 Nov 2019, 01:24

Some books I love that I'm OK with not everyone having read:

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce (or Finnegan's Wake, which I haven't read myself but love sampling)
The Dream Songs - John Berryman
The Eazy Rawlins series - Walter Mosley (haven't read them all, think I'm up to 3 or 4 of them)
Shot in the Heart - Mikal Gilmore
Mademoiselle Fifi or other story collection - Guy de Maupassant
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Positive Passion » 07 Nov 2019, 06:46

Persuasion - Jane Austen
The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
The Golden Bowl - Henry James
The Women's Room - Marilyn French
Shame - Salman Rushdie.

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Rorschach » 07 Nov 2019, 09:19

Apparently, I'm a complete and utter moron.
Bugger off.

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Powehi » 07 Nov 2019, 09:48

Off the top of my head....

Master and Margaritte (MIkhail Bulgakov)
Slaughterhouse 5 (Kurt Vonnegut)
5-vol Complete Short Stories (Philip K Dick)
Any of the Philip Marlowe books (Raymond Chandler)
A Judgement Carved in Stone (Ruth Rendell)

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Snarfyguy » 07 Nov 2019, 17:06

Jimbo wrote:Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumball

Trumbo - you could at least get his name right! ;)

Not only have I not read the Hammett book you listed, but I've never even heard of it.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Sneelock » 07 Nov 2019, 17:31

Rorschach wrote:Apparently, I'm a complete and utter moron.


all the best people are. turkey leg?
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Sneelock » 07 Nov 2019, 17:33

Snarfyguy wrote:
Jimbo wrote:Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumball

Trumbo - you could at least get his name right! ;)

Not only have I not read the Hammett book you listed, but I've never even heard of it.


shhh! you've seen "fistful of dollars" right? just pretend you've read it. you have the general idea. I won't tell a soul.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Sneelock » 07 Nov 2019, 17:41

I read "johhny got his gun" as a high-schooler. I'm lucky enough to know the wonderful and talented guy who played the kid in the movie version but the movie was hard to see in those days.

Anyway, this really nice older lady asked me what I'd been reading. I told her how much I liked the book and she smirked at me. she heard me out then implored me to read another book right away. sadly, the title and author of that book escape me but it was some awful thing about the Soviet Union brainwashing Americans to do their bidding. it was like Richard Condon's "the Manchurian Candidate only not clever, exciting, funny or well done.

Anyway, that always stuck with me. I say I'm reading this perhaps over-ripe but humanistic plea against war and conscription. somebody thinks it's their DUTY to have me read some over heated jingoistic clap trap that presents war as inevitable. those people can't be reasoned with. BLAM BLAM BLAM!!!

it's weird that a strong anti-war message just insults some people no end.
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Positive Passion » 07 Nov 2019, 18:14

Rorschach wrote:Apparently, I'm a complete and utter moron.


But we have known that for nearly 20 years.

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Lord Rother » 07 Nov 2019, 21:22

Earth Abides - George R Stewart
The Children’s War - JN Stroyar
Swan Song - Robert R McCammon
The Dark Tower series - Stephen King
The Lathe Of Heaven - Ursula K Le Guin

Oh and one I could NOT remember the title or author of but having dug around for an hour have found it....

The Rift - Walter J Williams

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby John aka Josh » 07 Nov 2019, 22:34

Barry Cunliffe: By Steppe, Desert and Ocean – the Birth of Eurasia
Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature – The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
Steve Brusatte: The Rise and fall of the Dinosaurs
Will Storr: The Heretics Adventures with the enemies of Science
Brian Clegg: The Quantum Age
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Snarfyguy » 08 Nov 2019, 02:49

John aka Josh wrote:Barry Cunliffe: By Steppe, Desert and Ocean – the Birth of Eurasia
Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature – The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
Steve Brusatte: The Rise and fall of the Dinosaurs
Will Storr: The Heretics Adventures with the enemies of Science
Brian Clegg: The Quantum Age

How dumb is someone who's never heard of any of these books - or even any of their authors?

Uh, asking for a friend!
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Flower » 08 Nov 2019, 11:38

Some basic books ....

The Dick & Jane series by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp
If I Ran the Circus and all the other books written by Theodor S. Geisel
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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Rorschach » 08 Nov 2019, 11:41

Positive Passion wrote:
Rorschach wrote:Apparently, I'm a complete and utter moron.


But we have known that for nearly 20 years.


Rude!

I only just found out...
Bugger off.

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby Powehi » 08 Nov 2019, 12:23

Snarfyguy wrote:
John aka Josh wrote:Barry Cunliffe: By Steppe, Desert and Ocean – the Birth of Eurasia
Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature – The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt
Steve Brusatte: The Rise and fall of the Dinosaurs
Will Storr: The Heretics Adventures with the enemies of Science
Brian Clegg: The Quantum Age

How dumb is someone who's never heard of any of these books - or even any of their authors?

Uh, asking for a friend!


Screw asking for a friend, I'm asking for a sodding refund

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Re: Only a complete and utter moron hasn't read these five books!

Postby C » 08 Nov 2019, 22:15

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