Monday, November 30, 2009

Gravity's Rainbow Read-Along: Week 10 (p 631-700)

Oh, we're so close...

Am I crazy for being worried about what we should read yet?

Any takers on another read-along?

All right, let me rephrase. This is my blog, and I write about stuff I'm doing. And I'm usually reading. But it's more interesting (to me, and probably to you) to write about what I'm reading when other people are reading it, too. Because I'm kinda co-dependent. So who wants to help me nurture my co-dependence?

Anyone want to propose candidates?

Oh yes, also, what did people think of this week's pages?

21 comments:

Bron said...

The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson? I just finished Quicksilver, which would have been more fun with others to discuss it with.

Jane Steen said...

Your Fill-in-the-Gaps project would probably be a good place to start (after all, this is YOUR blog - YOUR interactive life!) and GR was #2 on the list, so we could of course do #3, an easy one for me as I've already read it and know I could manage it again... on the other hand maybe we need to do something a little bit shorter and more manageable, and Atlas Shrugged ain't that, although far less insane than GR.

Bron, I read Stephenson's Anathem recently and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I would also support a Stephenson novel if the consensus tends that way.

As for GR - this is, truly, becoming a bit of a slog. I really do think Pynchon left the best of the book back in the first third. I'm on page 656. WHERE was an editor when we needed one? Can someone out there provide me with a defense for all this uncontrolled verbiage?

CKHB said...

I'd definitely be interested in another read-along. I've read G.R. but would be very happy if the next book was one I needed to "fill in the gaps"...

Kate said...

I'm in, with the proviso that I will quit again if the going gets tough :)

As for the book choice, I'm having trouble thinking of a book that is highly readable, highly discussion-worthy, and widely available. So here's a radical suggestion:

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

Falen said...

i'd like to get on this read-a-long, so anything you pick i'll read as long as you give me enough time to purchase it.
Though SFF would be my first choice...

Annette Lyon said...

Last night I finished Dan Wells's I Am Not a Serial Killer.

Freaking. Awesome.

The Rejectionist said...

We want to read along! Anything you pick!

We STILL cannot get past page 30 of GR even though we have tried at least twice a year since the age of, like, fifteen.

S.M.D. said...

Can you wait two weeks for me to finish fall semester and get grades in and all that? Cause...I want to join it, but...I have no time for fun reading until at least the 16th...it's sad.

moonrat said...

All who want to read again--yes, the next book will DEFINITELY not be a sloggy one. We'll focus on the utterly delightful only.

Rejectionist--15?! my, weren't "we" precocious!!

SMD--I think I'm too scarred to start anything new before January! but that's probably no help to you, since you'll be back IN school by that point, right?

The Rejectionist said...

You have NO IDEA. "Pretentious" would be a better word than "precocious" in this instance.

moonrat said...

We should be friends.

The Rejectionist said...

Mmm hmm! At least we don't smoke clove cigarettes or write absurdist plays anymore.

Sharon Mayhew said...

I'm reading Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern. It's really amusing. A teenage girl is committed to a mental hospital. She's not really sure why she's there. She just didn't want to go to school. She was a bit over-weight (doesn't elaborate) and is socially uncomfortable. It's a fun read.

I'm reading a lot of mixed up teen fiction right now...studying....

Falen said...

There's always House of Leaves if you want to read something crazy (and/or maybe go crazy at the same time?).

Soph K said...
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Soph K said...

Definitely up for the next read-along, missed GravRain by about 10 days and figured by the comments that catching up was unlikely!

No preference as to what's next though - I do agree it is maybe a good opportunity to tackle a 'Fill-in-the-Gaps' type doorstop. My nemesis has long been Middlemarch!

Lydia Sharp said...

Sorry, I'm late to commenting again. Jeepers...I thought I hit all the blogs yesterday. *sigh*

I'm still trudging my way through GR (hee hee, at least I got farther than the Rejectionist, and on the first try), but I would definitely join in another read-along, whatever you pick. At the very least, it gets me to buy another book that I probably wouldn't have otherwise.

Keith Popely said...

Hey, Moonie,
Just read "The Ghosts of Belfast" on your recommendation in an earlier post. Loved it. Thanks very much.

moonrat said...

Keith, yay! I'm so glad. My Northern Irish friend is currently reading my copy--her endorsement has meant a lot to me, too, since she knows the background so well. I'm happy it was a good choice for you!

Juniper said...

I'm fairly new, but I'm in. How about Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones? It's fairly substantial and totally fantastic, and not enough people know about her.

bonniechernoff said...

My writing partner and I are about to tackle the Vonnegut oeuvre by pub date - it could be fun en masse. :)