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Old 02-10-2009, 11:16 PM   #16
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I have willfully ignored Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for about the past ten years. Many people have told me that I MUST read the series because I will LOVE the books. The minute someone tells me I MUST read a book, listen to a song, or watch a movie, it's pretty much guaranteed I will have nothing to do with it for at least a year.
Ah yes, this is exactly like my relationship with the book Dune. I openly refuse to read it at this point.

For what it's worth, I don't think you should read HGTTG. I firmly believe it's one of those books you have to read when you're a teenager, or the window of appreciation is gone forever.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:18 PM   #17
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I read Dune years ago (when I was a teenager). I don't think I could do it again...and that perfume Dune just ruined the whole concept of the word for me.

It's terrible. (sorry to those who like it, but it gives me a headache)
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:20 PM   #18
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Most of Card's other stuff that I've read I considered boring, creepy, or both.
blasphemer!

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Old 02-10-2009, 11:24 PM   #19
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Far too many to mention... I have a whiole stack out of the library that i just keep renewing. Literary fiction mostly, the stuff i should read, but paperback mass-market crap is so much easier.... I've been ignoring Ovenman by Jeff Parker for over a year, and now I'm finally reading it. it's good. a little weird, but good. I'm also ignoring The Weight of Nothing by Steve gillis. it's excellent, but hard work and so i just sort of stopped, a little over halfway through. I've had that out of the library for a couple of years now.

On the non-fiction front: Making a Michigan Will our guilty evil secret......
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:07 AM   #20
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Boring... creepy.. retreads...
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:09 AM   #21
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I've spent fifteen years, at least, studiously avoiding the Pilgrim's Progress, only to find it compulsory reading on my new history module.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:51 PM   #22
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I read Dune years ago (when I was a teenager). I don't think I could do it again...and that perfume Dune just ruined the whole concept of the word for me.

It's terrible. (sorry to those who like it, but it gives me a headache)
Funny story. Kinda.

My SIL gave me that perfume as a gift at my bridal shower, which was also a bachelorette party. I was drunk and asked her if they made it out of giant worms.

She didn't see the humor.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:52 PM   #23
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Funny story. Kinda.

My SIL gave me that perfume as a gift at my bridal shower, which was also a bachelorette party. I was drunk and asked her if they made it out of giant worms.

She didn't see the humor.
lmao! giant worms...that is awesome!
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:12 PM   #24
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I guess she didn't enjoy your spice Juniper.


I've been successfully avoiding "pop" books such as The Da Vinci Code, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter. I don't care how "riveting" or "adventurous" or "suspenseful" you think the story is, I refuse to subject my mind to such pointless drivel that the majority population, whom I pessimistically view as idiots on a whole in literary fields, feed upon and discuss endlessly as if these books were the greatest things ever put on wood pulp. You want a good read that's actually relevant? Pick up Common Sense by Thomas Paine and just about anything by Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:06 PM   #25
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I wish that I had ignored the Twilight series.

I have successfully ignored Gone with the Wind and any number of romance novels.

I have ignored the Wheel of Time series.

I tend to ignore the sorts of books that New York Times reviewers gush over.

I have ignored anything written by Salman Rushdie.

I have ignored most of what Oprah thinks people should read. I have made a few exceptions to this, and have regretted most of them. (Checking her list, I have read three, and have regretted two. Of the one I did not regret, I didn't know it was an Oprah Book at the time that I read it, actually possibly it had not been selected at that time.)
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:10 PM   #26
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I have ignored the Wheel of Time series.
*nods* yes, yes. This is one I have avoided for quite some time.

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I have ignored anything written by Salman Rushdie.
*nods again* and yes, again. My ex not-quite-father-in-law is a big Rushdie fan. I tried one. Can't recall the name. I just couldn't bond with the book in any way.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:24 PM   #27
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So far, I'm ignoring Anathem. Been sitting on the floor by my side of the bed since Christmas. Reading it seems like a daunting prospect.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:30 PM   #28
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So far, I'm ignoring Anathem. Been sitting on the floor by my side of the bed since Christmas. Reading it seems like a daunting prospect.
Daunting, but having passed through this particular gauntlet, I believe it is worth it. Perhaps I was lucky in have an e-book, as I never experienced how much the book weighed. I am slowly making my way through The Baroque Cycle, and realize I should probably reread Cryptonomicon.

I'm just digging how Stephenson can still be writing cyberpunk when he's setting his books in the 17th Century. YMMV, but I think it's totally fucking COOL.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:31 PM   #29
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A way to keep track of what you're ignoring.

If anyone would like to be my friend, pm me and we can swap account information.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:51 PM   #30
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I've been successfully avoiding "pop" books such as The Da Vinci Code, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter.
I'd hardly lump the Narnia Series in with pop books. The original publication date for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was 1950. I'd also add that it is a well-crafted allegory of Christ's sacrifice.

I have a fondness for fantasy of this sort and reread the series from time to time. I can understand that you may not like it for its Christian message or you may not like it because it is essentially a children's book. But I wouldn't call it 'pop'.

Writing this post reminded me that I haven't read "The World of Pooh" since my kids were little.
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