Sept. 10, 2001, 6:01 a.m. CST
by Purple Toupee
I consider myself literate. I was an English major, I enjoy reading everything from J.K. Rowling to William Faulker (BIG fan of Sound and the Fury). But I tried to read the Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, and I couldn't get through it. Just thought y'all would like to know. Oh, and first. :P
Sept. 10, 2001, 6:20 a.m. CST
by La Dolce Vita
Once you get through the first couple of hundred pages, it's fine. One of the top books of the 20th Century. I hear that it's much more accessible than THE SATANIC VERSES. Rushdie himself seems a little vain and egotistical, but then again, aren't most writers?
Sept. 10, 2001, 6:22 a.m. CST
I can't wait to read FURY. Okay, I admit Satanic Verses was a difficult read... like Bester on acid or some shit. Rushdie inspires though and I wanna take a look at this. Thanks again Moriarty -you keep me up-to-date bro!
Sept. 10, 2001, 6:35 a.m. CST
who couldn't get through the Satanic Verses!____A Relieved Bee
Sept. 10, 2001, 7:18 a.m. CST
by The Grin
... a great novel, a hallucinogenic rollercoaster ride through pop culture and timeless themes...a tribute to the power of rock and roll. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" made me weep, and I'm headed out to pick up "Fury" as soon as it arrives. I LOVE AICN BOOK REVIEWS! Who would have thought this site would ever start such an interesting new branch. Give us previews of more stuff, Moriarty! I can't wait to hear Joe Hallenbeck's preview rant about the next release by Richard Russo.... The Grin Jeffrey
Sept. 10, 2001, 7:21 a.m. CST
by Purple Toupee
I don't even remember how far I got--I think the bookmark is still there. So much for expanding my literary horizons. Anyway, I'll try Fury, at the recommendation of Mr. Moriarty.
Sept. 10, 2001, 10:06 a.m. CST
May God have mercy on your soul. I too, was an English major. Of course, I was also a lone dissenter, going against the trend, boycotting whomever it was the kiki shi shi hipster jetset was Lewinskying to show their own self-indulgent sophistication. Rushdie easily made this short list, again and again. For some reason however, I wouldn't mind having a look at "Fury", if only to confirm why I never read Rushdie in the first place. The literary critics will have a field day with this one no doubt, as the work will no doubt lend itself well to charges of misogyny and the like. Simple exerpts here tell me that much.
Sept. 10, 2001, 10:26 a.m. CST
Moriarty: you often write with great spirit about those things you enjoy: Tomb Raider test reels, and soforth. But I might caution some of your readers, "younger" and otherwise, that your review contains strong language
Sept. 10, 2001, 10:38 a.m. CST
by Samurai Jack
...because he writes horrible, horrible books. If there is a God, He will spare us any more of the man's drivel.
Sept. 10, 2001, 1:39 p.m. CST
He thought it was a book about witchcraft. ;) Yeah, isn't the just what I need...an instrutional manual on how to be a witch, eh?____A Witchy Bee
Sept. 10, 2001, 2:47 p.m. CST
Im sure its coming somewhere. Id love to see a review ahead of time.
Sept. 10, 2001, 7:56 p.m. CST
Sept. 10, 2001, 8:04 p.m. CST
Sorry about that................. After spending 14 years in the book business, I've had my fair share of advanced copies of books. Most were first time authors, but I did get advances of the the last three King novels and his On Writing book. Recently read the Clive Barker novel Coldheart Canyon, which is due in October. However, I've TRIED to read Rushdie, and he is difficult. His style is different. I got about 125 pages into The Ground Beneath Her Feet, before I put it down. I still have a HC copy of Moor's Last Sigh, if only because I got it signed by him. I've never tried Satanic Verses. It seemed pointless. Now that I'm out of the book business, I'll mis those advanced copies. It was fun, though, while it lasted.
Sept. 11, 2001, 1:18 a.m. CST
Let's see, ageing but grotesquely self-obessessed academic dumps family for no apparent reason and goes off to fuck a beautiful Indian woman about half his age. Wonder where Rushdie got the idea from.