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8/18/06 1:27 PM
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shibbytastic
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What are your opinions on the work of Kurt? I enjoy how he uses some sci-fi elements to help make a point about society in general. I also find his stuff incredibly convienant to read due to to the short chapters (or in the case of Breakfast of Champions, paragraphs) and easy writing style.
8/19/06 4:34 PM
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jacob360
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Edited: 19-Aug-06
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Vonnegut is cool. Read alot of his work in high school. Very entertaining and humorous, as well as thought provoking. I still occasionally use his description of the alien's perception of time.
8/24/06 12:28 PM
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Lymond
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I like Vonnegut but find some of his novels to be overrated. They are fun reads but get a little too much credit. I actually prefer his short stories. Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of short stories I've ever read. He gets his point across and still manages to tell entertaining, full stories. Really an amazing collection.
8/28/06 2:30 PM
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shibbytastic
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Slaughterhouse Five = Anti war story about time travel and aliens Breakfast of Champions =Book written in paragraph snippets. One of the main points is how world leaders treat their populace like the secondary characters in a book.
8/29/06 12:37 PM
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Lymond, I find the opposite, I don't think you can give him enough credit. He's had a few stinkers...well stinkers compared with the rest of his output, but all highly enjoyable. There's an interview with him in the new Rolling Stone, he sounds very dark these days and quotes a lot from his new collection 'A man witout a country' which is another great read.
8/29/06 12:52 PM
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Lymond
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Yeah I've read the new collection, I liked it but not as much as Monkey House. I'm not trying to say that I don't like his novels at all but people seem think of them as these works of deep genius and I just don't see it.
9/20/06 8:24 PM
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I read Timequake a while back and had great discussions with friends about living our lives again only this time without free-choice. Some funny shit comes up.
9/21/06 10:02 PM
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What is their perception of time?
9/22/06 10:14 AM
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shibbytastic
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As I remember they live in all moments of their life once. So they already know how they were born, will die and how the universe will end. Also the fertilization process for humans, as a trafalmadorian sees it involves seven (i think) steps one of which involves homosexual sex between men.
9/26/06 10:14 AM
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"Also the fertilization process for humans, as a trafalmadorian sees it involves seven (i think) steps one of which involves homosexual sex between men." I think this is what you're thinking of: (From novelguide.com) The Tralfamadorians assert that there are no less than seven sexes on planet earth, all but two invisible to humans, and they try to explain to Billy why some are necessary for human reproduction: "The Tralfamadorians tried to give Billy clues that would help him imagine sex in the invisible dimension. They told him that there could be no Earthling babies without male homosexuals. There could be babies without female homosexuals. There couldn't be babies without women over sixty-five years old. There could be babies without men over sixty-five. There couldn't be babies without other babies who had lived an hour or less after birth. And so on. It was gibberish to Billy." (114) http://www.novelguide.com/Slaughterhouse-Five/toptenquotes.html
9/27/06 3:53 AM
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he definately doesn't bat 1000, but who does, right? Breakfast, Cat's Cradle, and Slaughterhouse should be required school reading.
11/2/06 11:28 AM
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Rali
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Jailbird was another good one.
11/2/06 3:40 PM
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Sirens of Titan was pretty coo
11/9/06 1:06 AM
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HOCUS POCUS, GOD BLESS YOU MR. ROSEWATER, DEADEYE DICK and MOTHER NIGHT are all top notch novels. I can honestly say I never get tired of reading Vonnegut. He made some hilarious comments in IN THESE TIMES magazine about the current administration being "C Students at best who have no grasp of history, etc. etc..." I wish I could find the article. Regardless of your political leanings, it was a great indictment on politicians in general. -knee
11/20/06 1:55 PM
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I read Sirens of Titan first in all my Vonnegut reading, and it really sucked me in.  I am not a big sci-fi fan, but his writing is so good.
4/27/07 12:09 AM
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5/25/07 2:33 PM
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For you Vonnegut fans, check out Easton Press. They have leatherbound, signed copies of his works. Cat's Cradle, Breakfast, and Slaughterhouse are all sold out and are going for $200 on ebay. I just bought Welcome to the Monkey House. www.eastonpress.com
5/25/07 3:59 PM
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Thats pretty cool.

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