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Re: The Book and Reading List Thread
« Reply #60 on: Feb24-2016, 13:26:59 »
If you haven't read this book, do so ASAP.  Here's a passage I found on Dictionary.com's Word of the Day:


In the shadow under the green visor of the cap Ignatius J. Reilly's supercilious blue and yellow eyes looked down upon the other people waiting under the clock at the D. H. Holmes department store, studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste in dress.
-- John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, 1980


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Supercilious - \soo-per-SIL-ee-uh s\
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1. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.
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Re: The Book and Reading List Thread
« Reply #61 on: Feb24-2016, 13:29:58 »
If you haven't read this book, do so ASAP.  Here's a passage I found on Dictionary.com's Word of the Day:


In the shadow under the green visor of the cap Ignatius J. Reilly's supercilious blue and yellow eyes looked down upon the other people waiting under the clock at the D. H. Holmes department store, studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste in dress.
-- John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, 1980


ADDENDUM, FEB24-2016 - Holy shitcopters ... while researching the links for this post, I discovered that Toole's heirs pulled their heads out of their asses some years back and were able to  posthumously published John Kennedy Toole's only other novel.  Those who haven't bothered to read about Toole, he committed suicide at the barely ripened age of 31.  I had no clue this second novel even existed, making me one seriously happy fuggin reader as I consider "A Confederacy of Dunces" to be one of the finest examples of American literature ever written.  Ever.  It's that seriously, ya'll guys, foRealizies.  To have the privilege of another journey through Toole's imagination is incredibly humbling.  Please do make the time to read at least ACoD, as I know that's a great one.  I'll post an update as soon as I've completed TNB.

ADDENDUM-DAHDUMDUM ... DUUUUUUHHMMMM -  FEB24-2016, A few minutes later:   Well damn ... this is fuggin nice.  For shits and giggles, I attempted to use the "Free 30-Day Trial of Audible.com".   I used it years ago when I first signed up for Audible.com, so didn't think it would again.  Like a proper crazy person, I've attempted to use various links from around the web with the trial offer, though as it is linked through one's email address, I've never qualified under that address.  I'm far too lazy to have used one of my other thirteen email addresses in order to get a second free month.  Yes, you read that correctly:  I'm industrious enough to have and actually use thirteen email accounts, but too lazy to use one to bilk Amazon ... Toole's greedy ass heirs ...  Toole's Estate out of the proceeds.   So yeah, I not only have The Neon Bible audiobook, I apparently am receiving TWO free titles for having signed up ... again ... on my original email address.  How strange that honestly was truly the best policy in this case.   Good ya, Me, good ya.


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Supercilious - \soo-per-SIL-ee-uh s\
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1. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.

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Re: The Book and Reading List Thread
« Reply #62 on: Feb24-2016, 14:29:28 »
To reinforce Junkmann's recommendation of Patrick Rothfuss... I have to say he's on par with Abercrombe is style and character and world building.

The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear are two really solid books... and waiting for the third in the trilogy is excruciating.

To sate the appetite, he released a short book about one of the side characters in the trilogy... A Slow Regard of Silent Things.  You MUST read the other two novels before trying to read this one... or it will leave you befuddled and confused.  However, it is one of the best character creations I have read to date.  Without dealing into story or spoilers... I can say it is written from the point of view of a young woman that .. well.. is not right in the head... and you have to experience the world as her cracked gourd sees it.  It is brilliantly done and shows just how talented Patrick is as a writer.