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    Poll: Renton's still the main focus in the book, even...

    Renton's still the main focus in the book, even though I do agree that the book's more like a series of loosely connected short stories.

    The tone is, agreed, dark. That's why it's a black comedy.
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    Poll: "Trainspotting" by Irvine Welsh.

    If you're familiar with the 1996 film "Trainspotting" (starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Caryle), let's just say that I never knew that it would become one of my favorite films of all time. It could...
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    The characters are definitely open to...

    The characters are definitely open to interpretation, along with its three stages of darkness that Marlow describes to his crew throughout the narrative. Also interesting is how the sun setting...
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    Umberto Eco's "The Mysterious Flame of Queen...

    Umberto Eco's "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana" was one of the rare few "obscure" books I picked up... and it has some stunning prose and so many references to previous works of art/film,...
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    Poll: "Normal" is a bit of a vague term for any form of...

    "Normal" is a bit of a vague term for any form of characterization... not counting society's definitions of 'normal'.
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    "Heart of Darkness" is one work that looks...

    "Heart of Darkness" is one work that looks really, really fun to apply criticism to, especially when looking at the character of Kurtz (One of my favorite villains in fiction because of his strong...
  7. As for "Ulysses"... I don't find it as difficult...

    As for "Ulysses"... I don't find it as difficult as Pynchon's works have been for me, but the only thing is paying close attention to its stream-of-consciousness narrative and how its prose is trying...
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    Poll: Saw the Gary Sinise movie adaptation, which was...

    Saw the Gary Sinise movie adaptation, which was pretty good... but a huge part of me is kinda biased towards having a huge problem with Steinbeck. Either it's just a lack of interest in the settings...
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    Denis Johnson. Even though his novels can drag...

    Denis Johnson.

    Even though his novels can drag on like a mad-man to the point where stuff seems more like unneeded extended poetry (i.e.: "Tree of Smoke"), his prose is definitely something worth...
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    I'm debating whether to continue with Skyim or to...

    I'm debating whether to continue with Skyim or to plunge myself into more of "Dhalgren".
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    "Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami. =)

    "Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami. =)
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    Could King have finally come out with his magnum...

    Could King have finally come out with his magnum opus since "The Dark Tower" saga?
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    I think what makes Russian Literature special is...

    I think what makes Russian Literature special is the amount of time, energy, and ambition authors such as Tolstoy put into crafting the portraits that they create. Even though "War and Peace", to me,...
  14. I may end up starting with Don Quixote first....

    I may end up starting with Don Quixote first. Avoid "Great Expectations" like the plague.
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    Green Eggs & Ham... just because of Sam-I-Am.

    Green Eggs & Ham... just because of Sam-I-Am.
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    "A Beautiful Mind" (film) was interesting... I...

    "A Beautiful Mind" (film) was interesting... I remember watching it sometime back in high school. At the time, I was bored with it, even though I did like the addition of Ed Harris and those...
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    As a writer, I don't really look too much at a...

    As a writer, I don't really look too much at a college's Creative Writing program to influence my dream to be an author, but the books I try to surround myself with to gain both inspiration, insight,...
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    Motivated.

    Motivated.
  19. ... and I thought the professionals at Hollywood...

    ... and I thought the professionals at Hollywood and those screenwriting manuals claim that they want something 'fresh and new'...

    Or maybe too many people write about contemporary trends. At...
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    You don't need to worry. If you don't want to...

    You don't need to worry. If you don't want to read it, you don't have to read it. There are many books worth reading, and many books (even some regarded as classics) not worth the trouble despite its...
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    Need to find a copy at my school library...

    Need to find a copy at my school library...
  22. Thread: Nostalgia

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    Not sure... though "Midnight Rain" by Holly Lisle...

    Not sure... though "Midnight Rain" by Holly Lisle was one I enjoyed breezing through in junior high.
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    Used to love Summer when I was little... Now...

    Used to love Summer when I was little...

    Now that the times hath changed and college is growing more intense every year... Winter is now my new favorite time of the year.
  24. Thread: Harry Potter

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    Poll: Harry Potter goes from solid to "EPIC WIN" by the...

    Harry Potter goes from solid to "EPIC WIN" by the time you get to "Order of the Phoenix".

    I'm torn by whether "Order" or "Deathly Hallows" was more epic for me... My vote's on "Deathly Hallows",...
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    Haven't touched a Kindle yet, so I'm a-stuck with...

    Haven't touched a Kindle yet, so I'm a-stuck with my Android phone (an HTC EVO 4G, though the battery life kinda sucks).
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