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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by NickSo, Sep 13, 2001.
Dominik Good one, now you got me in the mood to read the rest of it, can you post all of it pleeeese, reading books is so yesterday, I wanna read it off my monitor......
Okay.. i went to school today had a test... I think i knew about 95% of the questions, but the teacher may mark me wrong coz he doesnt understand what im saying, or i missed some details...
But i did read the first two chapters a number of times, and most of the stuff is in my head now...
For tuesday, chapters 3 and 4..
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Steve, I could get problems with the Tolkien Foundation. But who cares, here are the next few paragraphs:
Dominik, I've read Lord of the Rings many times over the past 25 years, love the whole rich atmosphere of it, greatest fantasy ever written, reading the few paragraphs you posted makes me want to read it again before the movie comes out.
Nick if you haven't read Rings (and The Hobbit), I strongly recommend you give it a go, much better than Flies. to me anyway.
I just finished my third reading of The Lord of the Rings, so I can't start again yet (BTW, it's not just the greatest fantasy novel ever. It's the definitive fiction work of the last century.) If I wasn't in the middle of two fascinating books (God in the Dock by CS Lewis and Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design edited by Dembski and Kushiner), I would read Lord of the Flies in sympathy with you, Nick.
To quote The Electric Company: "I would if I could but I can't so I won't, please forgive me if I don't."
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I always thought Lord of the Flies was one of the most exciting novels I read in high school. (This is not to be confused with favorite, as it's certainly not among my favorites.) I can think of many more "boring high school books" than Lord of the Flies.
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Hey, not to rain on your parade, as I know there are some Lord of the Flies fans here, but I must inform you NickSo, that the assumptions the author made about "our basic human natures" have been shown to be false, or at least wildly exaggerated, by sociobiologists and evolutionary psychologists everywhere (9 out of 10 psychiatrists agree!). Ah well, no big deal...I mean, those kids probably drank fluoridated water (endorsed by the American Dental Association), causing them to go psychotic and act contrary to real human nature. Those damn commies!
Personally, I find Jane Austen's work much more satisfying...her characters are people you see everyday: at work, in the shopping malls, and home theater forums worldwide! And she's damn funny too, and the movies are great! I'm sure you'll come to my way of thinking once they cast Mena Suvari in a Jane Austen flick (hopefully based on one of her novels that portray nudity...we can only hope).
I'm currently searching the dark reaches of the internet, in the hope of finding a dark cabal of evil scientists that scheme to clone Mena. Think of me and my desperate journey as you slog through that eyelid-dropping novel of yours, as you contemplate Alex's predicament in Clockwork Orange: strait-jacketed in the theater, with eyeballs threatening to roll out of his sockets, watching Mena's rose-encrusted body frolicking in the screen in front of him whilst Destiny Child blares from the THX-certified speakers in glorious Dolby Digital glory. But alas, someone left the dialnorm at -8 dB. And the projector focus is off and shown in the wrong aspect ratio. Your screams of terror go unheeded...
(This brain-fart brought to you by my brain's right hemisphere. Or was it the left? I can't remember...)
Nickso I also had to read that book and I hated it with a vengeance. I just couldn't get my head around the fact that they were letting Jack take control of the island and the rest of the boys .
I too like to read in the mornings, while still in bed on a lazy sunday morning... I am most awake in the morning and then I get sleepier as the day goes on.
Perhaps you can put a picture of Mena on the inside back cover so your incentive to look at Mena is to read the whole book.
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On a more serious vein, as an English major I had to read a lot of books that I found very boring. I have found the following to be very important considerations for academic reading:
1. Do not overestimate your reading abilities. "Oh sure, I can read and digest two pages of Shakespeare in one minute, so this act should only take me a short time!" is a huge mistake.
2. Do not spend too much time taking notes. If you spend all your time taking notes, you won't get into the story. If you have to, read through a chapter once, then skim it again and make your notes.
3. Know your ideal reading conditions. Some people need absolute quiet. Some need a little background noise. I personally needed relative quiet and a snack/drink at hand.
4. Don't try to read too much at a time. Read in chunks. At the end of each chapter stop for a minute to think about what you just read or take notes.
If the book is just too boring for you, try to reward yourself when you reach a goal (50 pages, two chapters, etc.). Maybe it's a quick computer game, or a few minutes of listening to music, etc.
Hope this helps!