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#1 Edited by regularassmilk (1680 posts) -

Ah, so I need a book to read for my English class, and I was going to read "Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga" by Hunter S. Thompson but since I checked it out so early in the semester that its due yesterday, and I can't renew it since someone else has it on hold. I'm a fan of Hunter S. Thompson, and I sort of like Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, and besides that I pretty much read comics.
But this isnt comicvine.
So, any suggestions? 
I'm thinking about reading Fight Club or American Psycho, but i'm not sure yet.   
Although I suppose in retrospect I sort of like stories about very boring everyman type of apathetic people who kind of end up losing their shit (I.E., Fight Club Narrator) but arent terribly sure where to look to find similar books.

#2 Posted by hedfone (1746 posts) -

books suck

#3 Edited by luce (4056 posts) -

The call of Cthulhu     
 
It's the American Hentai

#4 Posted by oatz (1109 posts) -

Fight Club and American Psycho are both fantastic books, if you ever feel like reading.

#5 Edited by nintendoeats (6138 posts) -

1984 is my favourite book, George Orwell is a fantastic writer (a bit of hero of mine). Its short, and its clear, but there is an absolute ton of stuff to talk about. It may also alter your view on life/reality/knowledge. I would warn you though: most people are depressed for about a week after they read it.
 
But its rich for report writing, because there are so many different themes to explore.
 
And I can help you with it!
 
EDIT: Sorry that post was a little disjointed, I'm about to pass out from hunger.

#6 Posted by audiosnag (1604 posts) -

Fight Club is a great read.

#7 Edited by regularassmilk (1680 posts) -
@nintendoeats said:

" 1984 is my favourite book, George Orwell is a fantastic writer (a bit of hero of mine). Its short, and its clear, but there is an absolute ton of stuff to talk about. It may also alter your view on life/reality/knowledge. I would warn you though: most people are depressed for about a week after they read it.  But its rich for report writing, because there are so many different themes to explore.  And I can help you with it! "

Ah, its a requirement to read it Junior year so they wont let me read it this year.
 
@oatz said:

" Fight Club and American Psycho are both fantastic books, if you ever feel like reading. "


And yeah, I'm just super familiar with Fight club already and I know quite a bit about American Psycho.
I was just wondering if anyone knew any books with similar stories.
The whole, everyman-loses-his-mind kind of thing. Turning to murder, split personalities, and terrorist cells.
I tried more Palahniuk, but I really have no love for most of what he does.
 
Edit: In the most likely scenario, I will probably read one or the other though.
#8 Edited by abdo (1095 posts) -

"Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K. Jerome.

#9 Posted by KingKavik (23 posts) -

Fight Club was a nice read. It's pretty short and has some differences from the movie. 
 
I personally would recommend Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! I read it about a month ago and it was great. If you know who Richard Feynman is then you'll probably really like it, if you don't know who he is you should look him up!

#10 Posted by regularassmilk (1680 posts) -
@abdo said:
" Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. "
@audiosnag said:
" Fight Club is a great read. "
Jesus Christ you two, you have the best avatars i've ever seen.
abdo, your the only Lupin i've ever seen besides myself when I was on AnimeVice.
Kudos 
Whats three men in a boat, though?
#11 Posted by mordukai (7816 posts) -

Atlas Shrugged. 

#12 Posted by HellBrendy (1026 posts) -

It sounds like you'll really love "The Catcher in the Rye". 

#14 Posted by regularassmilk (1680 posts) -
@Mordukai said:
" Atlas Shrugged.  "
Go to hell, that book never ends.
(albeit, I read it. It was awesome.)
@HellBrendy said:
" It sounds like you'll really love "The Catcher in the Rye".  "

Again, same problem with 1984. We read it next year, therefore they ban us from reading it this year.
#15 Posted by audiosnag (1604 posts) -
@regularassmilk: 
Gracias. Ash makes everything better.
#16 Posted by copycatzen (819 posts) -

Escape from Freedom
by Erich Fromm

#17 Posted by Ghostiet (5587 posts) -

Cormac McCarthy's The Road, the Strugatskys' Roadside Picnic and Fiasco by Lem.

#18 Posted by Brutal_Bisp (159 posts) -
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
#19 Posted by odintal (1118 posts) -

If you're gonna read a Bret Easton Ellis book I'd start with Less Than Zero over American Psycho.  
  
Don't get me wrong I love American Psycho but I got a lot more out of Less Than Zero. 

#20 Edited by abdo (1095 posts) -
@regularassmilk:  Why thank you, I'm glad someone finally appreciates Lupin around here.
 
Three Men in a Boat is a comedy about 3 guys that rent a boat and sail from one end of the Thames to the other. Of course, like any good road trip, it's anything but smooth sailing. It's partially based on the author's actual trip, and the characters are based on him and his friends.
 
It was written in 1889, but you can still understand most of it, and there are modernized editions out there I think, in case it's too old.
#21 Posted by solidwolf52 (342 posts) -

Fight Club was great, AMerican Psycho was decent.    

If your looking for something sci-fi i'd suggest Enders Game or The Stars My Destination.   
 
Also Catcher in the Rye is great too, though it wouldn't surprise if you had to read that for school.  Perks of Being a Wallflower was pretty good, those two are kinda about an everyman loosing it.

#22 Posted by Fattony12000 (7943 posts) -
@regularassmilk: What!? Banned from reading a book? That is one of the most stupid and heinous things I have ever heard.
              


#23 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4713 posts) -
 Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien. Dude in Vietnam says "fuck this" and decides to walk to Paris. Gets kinda weird, but it's really good and I think it fits with what you're looking for. Not your typical Vietnam War story.
#24 Posted by DarkS29 (78 posts) -

The firm by john grisham

#25 Posted by drowsap (701 posts) -

the Road by Cormac McCarthy is a great read

#26 Posted by WalkerTR77 (1524 posts) -
@regularassmilk: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, it's also a Hunter S Thompson, it's a brisk 200 page job and it's fucking entertaining.
#27 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

"Latro in the Mist" by Gene Wolfe is a story about a mercenary in ancient Greece that is cursed by the gods. He loses his memory every 12 hours or so, but he can also see and talk to gods and other spirits. The story is told from the journal that he keeps to remind himself of what he was doing in the previous days. There is nothing really like and it will blow your mind. 
 

 
#28 Posted by Meowayne (6168 posts) -

 

Fight Club and American Psycho are both fantastic books, if you ever feel like reading.  

This. 
For something interesting movie-related, you could also try Jurassic Park.
#29 Posted by Jack_Daniels (1598 posts) -

Go with an audio book, then you can play something mindless while listening. I suggest anything by Tom clancy. They are so action packed the pages fly by. Rainbow 6 is fucking bonkers. It opens with some terrorists on a plane getting taken down in the coolest way EVER!

#30 Posted by Hunkulese (2968 posts) -
@Jack_Daniels said:
" Go with an audio book, then you can play something mindless while listening. I suggest anything by Tom clancy. They are so action packed the pages fly by. Rainbow 6 is fucking bonkers. It opens with some terrorists on a plane getting taken down in the coolest way EVER! "
No decent English teacher is going to let a student read Tom Clancy. 
 
It's funny how much people are praising Fight Club. It's one of the few movies I thought was better than the book and I wouldn't even call it one of Palahniuk's top 5 books
#31 Posted by MattDementous (113 posts) -

Jurassic Park. there's more to it than dinosaurs eating people. It's the most intelligently written horror/philosophy/science fiction book I've ever read.

#32 Posted by Wonloong (391 posts) -

I'd suggest George Orwell's 1984. Main protagonist lost everything he had as a human being at the end of the book. 
 
EVERYTHING.

#33 Posted by lemonhail (42 posts) -
@solidwolf52 said:
The Stars My Destination.
That is an excellent book. 
 
The Running Man and The Long Walk are both good Stephen King reads, and not terribly long if i recall correctly. (if you've ever seen the running man film, it's nothing like the book)
#34 Posted by csl316 (10828 posts) -

Masters of Doom, it's about the guys at id Software (you know, they made Doom).  surprisingly compelling book, and everyone i've recommended it to has enjoyed it

#35 Posted by Korolev (1785 posts) -

"Brave New World"  By Huxley 
"Catch-22" by Heller. Can't go wrong with Heller 
"Cloud Atlas" By David Mitchell (not the comedian) 
"Hello America" By J.G Ballard 
"Millennium People" By J.G Ballard 
"The Day of Creation" by J.G Ballard 
"Empire of the Sun" by J. G Ballard 
 
Hell just about anything by J.G Ballard.

#36 Posted by regularassmilk (1680 posts) -
@Hunkulese said:
" @Jack_Daniels said:
" Go with an audio book, then you can play something mindless while listening. I suggest anything by Tom clancy. They are so action packed the pages fly by. Rainbow 6 is fucking bonkers. It opens with some terrorists on a plane getting taken down in the coolest way EVER! "
No decent English teacher is going to let a student read Tom Clancy.  It's funny how much people are praising Fight Club. It's one of the few movies I thought was better than the book and I wouldn't even call it one of Palahniuk's top 5 books "
You are correct, neither I, or my english teacher would let me read Tom Clancy.
I personally find him...awful.
@Korolev said:
" "Brave New World"  By Huxley "Catch-22" by Heller. Can't go wrong with Heller "Cloud Atlas" By David Mitchell (not the comedian) "Hello America" By J.G Ballard "Millennium People" By J.G Ballard "The Day of Creation" by J.G Ballard "Empire of the Sun" by J. G Ballard  Hell just about anything by J.G Ballard. "

I've read both Brave New World and Catch-22, but got in trouble because well, again--they don't want us reading stuff we read Junior and Senior year. 
I'll have to check out JG Ballard. 
 
@Wonloong said:
" I'd suggest George Orwell's 1984. Main protagonist lost everything he had as a human being at the end of the book.  EVERYTHING. "

Recurring problem of books we can't read because we read next year.
That rule is becoming bullshit.
 
@WalkerTR77 said:
" @regularassmilk: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, it's also a Hunter S Thompson, it's a brisk 200 page job and it's fucking entertaining. "

While I admire your suggestion, i've reported on this book freshman year, and twice in middle school.
I think I tired it out.
Haahhaa. 
 
@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
"
"Latro in the Mist" by Gene Wolfe is a story about a mercenary in ancient Greece that is cursed by the gods. He loses his memory every 12 hours or so, but he can also see and talk to gods and other spirits. The story is told from the journal that he keeps to remind himself of what he was doing in the previous days. There is nothing really like and it will blow your mind. 
 

"

This sound awesome. Very likely will I read this, its between this and about 4 other books. 
 
 
@MarkWahlberg said:
Maybe.
 
@solidwolf52 said:
" Fight Club was great, AMerican Psycho was decent.    If your looking for something sci-fi i'd suggest Enders Game or The Stars My Destination.    Also Catcher in the Rye is great too, though it wouldn't surprise if you had to read that for school.  Perks of Being a Wallflower was pretty good, those two are kinda about an everyman loosing it. "

All my friend ever does is talk about "The Stars My Destination".
Definitely a maybe.
#37 Posted by Dany (8018 posts) -

Crime and Punishment will change your life forever....if you get hte good translation from vintage

#38 Posted by Arjuna (918 posts) -
   
   
Someone had also mentioned Moby Dick...  The great American novel.  I'm a Canadian, but for shame any good-hearted American who has not read Moby Dick.  That book is brilliant.
#39 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6497 posts) -

I'm currently reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King, which is pretty great so far. I'd recommend it to any fan of King's work. I never knew he had a drug phase.

#40 Posted by Burzmali (456 posts) -

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. I know you said you haven't cared for some of his other stuff, but did you read Rant? It's the story of a guy who gets rabies and sort of starts a rabies epidemic. There is a bunch of other weirdness in it, too, like people who play a car-crashing game for fun (really crashing into each other), and society being split between day-timers and night-timers. Plus, it's all told from the perspectives of the people who knew the guy, in oral history fashion, as if you're reading the notes that someone took when they interviewed everybody. It's fantastic, and the last 1/3rd of the book is insane. 
 
If not that, and you want something movie related, No Country For Old Men is really good. It's a fast read, too. I got through it in a couple of days on vacation and I read pretty slowly.
#41 Posted by Leptok (982 posts) -

The Diamond Age

#42 Posted by WickedFather (1694 posts) -

The Dice Man.  It's superb.  Read Moby Dick aaaaages ago and I think it's overrated, or I need to have another go.  Avoid all British period drama fodder, they're shite.  Tek War > Dickens.

#43 Edited by Gabriel (4129 posts) -

Lonesome Dove By Larry McMurtry  
 
You'd be hard pressed to find a better piece of modern fiction. 
 
The TV miniseries is also great.

#44 Posted by nemt (949 posts) -

Read Mafarka the Futurist by FT Marinetti. 
 
Best novel ever written.
#45 Posted by TooWalrus (13330 posts) -

I bought The Walking Dead: Book 1 the other day, best book I've bought in awhile. Because I'm a student I got overnight shipping for like 3 bucks, bought it during school and had it the next day.

#46 Posted by wewantsthering (1652 posts) -

The Graveyard Book. Yes it's a children's book, but it's creepy.

#47 Edited by Shakermaker (42 posts) -

Some people have been recommending The Road by Cormac McCarthy. While it is indeed a good book, it isn't his best in my humble opinion. That would be Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West. A friend of mine advised me to read it to get in the mood for Red Dead Redemption earlier this year and it sure as hell did. The book is about a young boy who by accident joins a gang of scalp hunters. While the theme is quite gritty the story is written almost like a Greek epic. Thoroughly enjoying. The clip below is one of the best parts of the book.
 
  

#48 Posted by Alphonzo (798 posts) -

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

#49 Posted by buzz_clik (7269 posts) -
@yousuck137 said:
" Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? "
Or Eye in the Sky or Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, both also by Dick. The former is a great story that's taught and paranoid, but still accessible; the latter is pretty much a noodly identity mindfuck with a great tripping scene.
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#50 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -
House
 
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