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August 12, 2006


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Divine Trash

I keep saying I am going to get past the first page of Cryptonomicon but other books always come my way and I end up reading them first. Maybe I should read it this week.

Ask Bjørn Hansen

The Cryptonomicon recommendation is so behind the curve that it's almost timely again (timely for a re-read, that is). :-)

- ask


When on earth do you get the time to read all of these books?


Almost done with the Baroque Trilogy... finally! But yeah, Cryptonomicon was what inspired me to read it. Great book!

Papi Chulo

Speaking of Nick Hornby, did you read "How To Be Good"?


The Baroque trilogy baroque me, unfortunately. I'm stuck having finished book 2 and not loathing myself enough to read book 3. I loved Cryptonomicon like Dick Cheney loves shotguns, I loved it like Angelina Jolie loves collagen. I loved Cryptonomicon like Rush Limbaugh loves OxyContin. There, I said it. But after Cryptonomicon, reading the Baroque Trilogy is discovering the hard way that the hot chick you chatted up at the hotel bar enjoys scat play.


Partially on your recommendation, I picked up A Long Way Down at the airport last week.  It was good but not great, and truly bizarre.


Have you read any other Nick Hornby? High Fidelity was fab, much better than A Long Way Down, I thought. 


Kimberly: yep, I loved High Fidelity, that's by far my favorite of his books (and the movie, so good). I think I've also read Fever Pitch, and I know I've read The Polysyllabic Spree, and I quite enjoyed About a Boy.


Oh, I haven't seen the movie -- will have to do that. I'm a fan of About a Boy too. I just finished A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clark which is a bit Hornby-esque in terms of the humor, though the topic (a year of trying to do business in France and trying to seduce French women) is more lighthearted.


I read "Yes Man" several months ago when it first came out in hardcover after hearing an interview with Danny Wallace on the BBC World Service. I was in a very negative place at that point, saying "No" to pretty much everything. I wouldn't recommend saying yes to everything like Wallace, but the book did get me to start saying "Yes" more often, which was a good thing. And I thought it was hysterically funny to boot.

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