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What book you would recomend for light reading?

Asked by VoodooLogic (724points) March 10th, 2008

I’m finishing up a science fiction book, A Canticle for Leibowitz (religion after a nuclear war) and I’m looking to see what other people are reading for inspiration for my next commuter read.

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jrpowell's avatar

I have fount that Kurt Vonnegut, Jr books are a nice fast and fun read. When I worked as a projectionist I was able to read one during each shift. And I think my plan of reading a book during each shift was detrimental to my mental health. Pouring a keg into a shot glass is an apt description.

Justnice's avatar

If you like science fiction I recommend “prey” by micheal Crichton. Its a really good book. Also, john grisham writes really good books.

allen_o's avatar

animal farm – George Orwell

Zaku's avatar

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.
Vonnegut is good.

srmorgan's avatar

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley—I read it high school, graduate school and a re-read it when it was assigned to my daughter when she was in high school. Interesting each time around

Philip K. Dick is always interesting. I liked The Man in the High Castle.

From about two decades ago, Ragtime by E.L.Doctorow, really delightful and episodic, ideal for commuter trips,

I guess I am dating myself again, but have you ever read “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, perhaps one of the funniest books ever written, not intellectually challenging and long enough to last for two weeks of commutes.


annaott22's avatar

strange but true mysterious and bizzare people my favorite!

squirbel's avatar

srm, I am like the only person in my circle of friends who found Catch-22 hilarious! Glad to know my humor is matched in someone!

Some may argue the lightness, but any of Ayn Rand’s novels are interesting. Try The Fountainhead for starters!

Mtl_zack's avatar

maybe a series of short stories by shirley jackson. but make sure it has the lottery. one of tge best gothic tales out there.

jrpowell's avatar

I thought Catch-22 was funny… Ayn Rand makes me ill.

squirbel's avatar

Fine :P

John Grisham is a fav as well; great stories!

delirium's avatar

Jennifer Government
Not well written, but interesting ideas.

srmorgan's avatar

I agree completely. The only book by Ayn Rand that I ever got more than halfway through was Anthem and that book is more of a novella than a novel. I didn’t like her style and I abhor her politics.

@mtl_zack – The Lottery is a terrific short story, really frightening, I don’t know if I would describe it as gothic but it is really hard to categorize, short of calling it horrifying.

Good choices all, except for that skanky woman, Ayn Rand. Ever seen a picture of her?


squirbel's avatar

LOL she is ugly… I read for perspective so my palate can handle wildness… But there is a certain art to her, and I liked the idea of her being a female thinker. That’s probably what skews my favor :)

srmorgan's avatar

@squirbel, you are entitled to your opinion: one of the things that makes Fluther enjoyable and somewhat addictive.


GD_Kimble's avatar

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. My favorite “go to” read of which I never tire.

Mtl_zack's avatar

also, a book about growing up, self esteem, and vicarious living is bee season by myla goldberg. its an excellent book, but it goes to the extremes of each issue and is very unrealistic. it is also very descriptive.

also, im taking an american gothic class, and the lottery on the syllabus, and it deals with certain gothic traits such as burying the uncanny, or traditional aspects of life that the reasons have been forgetton. it also shows decay of the black box and the lottery in general. another very frightening story is a rose for emily, but i forget the authors name (i think its joyce carol oates). i want to re-read it, if i cant find it.

VoodooLogic's avatar

Well, It’s settled. VoodooLogic is a recognition of logic in chaos. (Chaos having no pattern -which is itself a consistency). And by the votes, I will go find Ishmael by Daniel Quinn!

I picked up Canticle from a hippie/travelling-musician roommate before he moved to L.A. The receipt from the used book store was still in the book and marked a place that’s far from completion. A great fun read nonetheless.

yay! Thanks, all you crazy jellyfish.

cathryn's avatar

Anything by Dianna Wynne Jones (the original J K Rowling but funnier), Geoff Ryman or John Brunner

Cardinal's avatar

VoodooLogic, High Fidelity, John Grisham, Fountainhead, Brave New World, Ishmael, Prey.

I thought the question was LIGHT reading!!

squirbel's avatar

Hey I put a disclaimer on mine!

What is light reading anyhoo?

VoodooLogic's avatar

defined: Either, ‘How many times you need to visit the dictionary’ or, ‘can you read this standing up in a bus?’

skfinkel's avatar

Kurt Vonnegut, Ann Tyler (Taylor?), JD Salinger, Leon Uris, short stories by Grace Paley. Just a beginning here.

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