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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Right now I'm reading The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker. It's a gigantic book so I expect it'll take a while before I finish. It's nice to read non-fiction sometimes.

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    I finished reading Perks of being a Wallflower yesterday after a friend of mine insisted me to read it, I knew that a movie adaptation with Emma Watson in it was made but I still don't have enough interest to watch it. It's surprising that the novel is pretty dark for a teenage coming of an age novel. Especially with the subtlety of the ending, it's pretty messed up. Nonetheless, the novel is something that I could relate to myself, and maybe other dozen individuals, hence the reason for the attention it gets.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Le Mis and then Wheel of Time atm
    You're not paid to think;
    A mindless worker is a happy worker,
    so shut up and do your job.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by blai View Post
    Le Mis and then Wheel of Time atm
    How do you like Wheel of Time so far?

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    It's long.
    You're not paid to think;
    A mindless worker is a happy worker,
    so shut up and do your job.

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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    I'm 70 pages into The Alchemy of Air. I left my book at work on the table (as always, since I read on my breaks), but someone took it or moved it. I can't find it anywhere. D:

    So I started reading Ender's Game today. It took about 4 pages for me to become certain that I am going to love this book.

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    I mean, the book could very well be good. But Orson Scott Card is a well-documented douchebag, so I'd rather avoid his work in all honesty.

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    Enders game is absolutely brilliant. One of the best sci-fi books out there. I hope you havent read anything related to the film (especially the trailer) as it will ruin it pretty badly.

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    I mean, the book could very well be good. But Orson Scott Card is a well-documented douchebag, so I'd rather avoid his work in all honesty.
    I was having a discussion about a friend with this recently, in the context of the Bayreuth festival not Scott Card, but it still applies I think. The separation of the art from the artist I think should be done in those instances. It's a difficult question but in the end I'm in the camp for separating them. Humans are assholes, but the world would be a less enjoyable place if you cut out all the positive contributions that assholes have made.
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    ...i could pimp in bulgaria...my game tight like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperium View Post
    I was having a discussion about a friend with this recently, in the context of the Bayreuth festival not Scott Card, but it still applies I think. The separation of the art from the artist I think should be done in those instances. It's a difficult question but in the end I'm in the camp for separating them. Humans are assholes, but the world would be a less enjoyable place if you cut out all the positive contributions that assholes have made.
    No, it's perfectly reasonable. If I found the concept interesting or was motivated to read something new, I don't think it would stop me entirely. But it still bothers me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xi0 View Post
    I mean, the book could very well be good. But Orson Scott Card is a well-documented douchebag, so I'd rather avoid his work in all honesty.
    Don't let his supreme asshole-ness scare you away from Ender's Game. It really is one of the best Sci-Fi books out there in my opinion. The rest of the series...not so much. But that book is amazing. I'd even say it #1 on my list of best Sci-Fi books.

    If you don't like they guy you can just have an evil chuckle about the fact that as a writer he peaked early. From there on it was a future of writing mediocre novels and being terrified of gay people.
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    Re: The Great Books! ( And What Are You Currently Reading? )

    Quote Originally Posted by xi0 View Post
    I mean, the book could very well be good. But Orson Scott Card is a well-documented douchebag, so I'd rather avoid his work in all honesty.
    It's always an enormous let-down when you find out someone who makes great music, writes fantastic novels, or paints beautiful works is a horrible person otherwise. But I'm probably not going to stop listening to Kanye West, admiring Byron's poetry, and I'm probably going to read Ender's Game. In fact, having a dark side and being a little shit probably helps his characters become more well-rounded. I don't know anything about Card, and I'm not going to let any prior knowledge of him ruin the book for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Imperium View Post
    Enders game is absolutely brilliant. One of the best sci-fi books out there. I hope you havent read anything related to the film (especially the trailer) as it will ruin it pretty badly.
    I haven't read anything of the film. I saw the trailer once, and will probably see the movie. Even if the movie turns out to be awful, I'm not the type of person to say that "oh the movie TOTALLY ruined the book." Brilliant things cannot be 'ruined' by something like that, in my opinion. Even if the movie is shit, that will never change that the book is amazing.

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    Oh no, its not a matter of ruining an adaption, they genuinely truly ruin the book if you havent read it. Its like screaming about dumbledores death to someone who hasnt read past the first book. I dont want to say anymore, but that is an appropriate level of ruining that they engaged in. Just dont go near it until you finish the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperium View Post
    Oh no, its not a matter of ruining an adaption, they genuinely truly ruin the book if you havent read it. Its like screaming about dumbledores death to someone who hasnt read past the first book. I dont want to say anymore, but that is an appropriate level of ruining that they engaged in. Just dont go near it until you finish the book.
    That's a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammin View Post
    That's a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naomidee View Post
    It's always an enormous let-down when you find out someone who makes great music, writes fantastic novels, or paints beautiful works is a horrible person otherwise. But I'm probably not going to stop listening to Kanye West, admiring Byron's poetry, and I'm probably going to read Ender's Game. In fact, having a dark side and being a little shit probably helps his characters become more well-rounded. I don't know anything about Card, and I'm not going to let any prior knowledge of him ruin the book for me.
    He's a bigot, probably homophobic. He also says that people who make that accusation against them have to right to insinuate he has a psychological problem. As well as actively compaigning against marriage equality and vowing to destroy any government who allows it. Whatever the fuck that means, the guy is nuts IMO. As well as his writings about Intelligent Design and speaking out against Climate Change. Whatever, it doesn't have to do with the work, at face value you at least. Either way, he doesn't necessarily endear himself with how much nonsense he insists on spouting off. It actually surprised me Hollywood eventually got around to adapting it considering. Those type of views are what get people blackballed there.

    But whatever, I've never gotten to the point where I've been conflicted about it. Just saying.
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