13 responses to “dorkshelf”

  1. chthonicsiren


    Also George Eliot is just torture.

  2. handstil

    How is it that you managed to skip On the Road? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s the most fantasticalexpealidocious book ever written, I’m just curious.

    Guns, Germs, and Steal sounds like something that would pull me deeper into the agoraphobia.

  3. sixredcities

    Right there with you with Ayn Rand, only I read Fountainhead and not Atlas Shrugged. You might like the abridged version.

    I read the Satanic Verses years ago, and liked it, but not as much as Midnight’s Children. Apparently Rushdie’s writing irritates a lot of people, though, and not just in the blasphemic sense.

  4. loose_joints

    I’m surprised you hated Freakonomics.
    However, I am on a mission to get more people to read Margaret Atwood. Get thee a copy of the Blind Assassin.

  5. Anonymous

    What’s the matter with Freakonomics? I eye it in bookstores each time, and pass, but always mean to get to it some day. Is it really god-awful?

  6. steph99

    Man, i recently got through dune and it’s an obsession now, trying to figure out why so many people i like and respect enjoyed this piece of shit. I hated all 300-odd pieces of homophobic, fat-phobic, misogynist, faux-mythological toilet paper that comprised that book. Every humorless sentence was like a tiny dagger jutting through my pupil and into my brain. I only vaguely enjoyed the epilogue. Granted, I didn’t read it as a 14-year old boy, but people with good taste seem to reread this thing, even after they become thinking adults. Only one person so far seems to agree with me: anne tagonist breaks it down, and by “it,” I mean thermodynamics and sandworm poop.

    So, ‘splain to me Lucy. If’n you have a moment.

    1. torgo_x

      La Comédie Post-Humaine

      I read the Dune books ages ago, and feel no
      special attachment to them now.

      How to explain them: think of them as if
      Philip K. Dick and Nietzsche got together and
      rewrote Lord of the Rings.

      As to why people take the books seriously, I think
      it’s because
      the books sure seem to take themselves very seriously.
      Sometimes that’s all it takes. The sententiousness, oh
      the sententiousness.

      Also, I think it’s safe to say that Frank Herbert
      was trying to be very insistent about many different
      grand ideas and themes, but this came out so muddled
      that the result is a swirling opaqueness
      which, accidentally, is something into which people
      project more texture and complexity
      than are actually there.

  7. kasheri

    James Joyce…shudder…

    “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Pain in My Ass” is more like it. God, I loathed that book and I still haven’t forgiven Ulander for making us read it. We spent an entire class session just talking about the title! (What makes it a portrait? Why is it the artist and not an artist? I don’t freakin’ care!!!) Reading that book was the literary equivalent of slowly pulling out my fingernails.

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