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I am returning to college in a few weeks, (aka I won't be able to read for fun for months), and I need your help!
I went through some old Christopher Moore books for fun, but now I have to ask -

Here are some numbers with sentences by them:
1. Not too long, I love Dune but I don't have time for another epic novel.
2. I don't want them to be really recent because I'm getting them from the local library!
3. I do love poetry (Ginsberg, Plath, Wallace Stevens), and it'd be fun to read more.
4. I will not read romance, Twilight, or Agatha Christie (I only really like Poirot, and I've read all of those books).
5. I enjoy nerdy things like Esperanto.

So, if you can help...that would be wonderful :)


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Dec. 29th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
If you like Sylvia Plath, you should read Ted Hughes. I particularly like his Crow poetry.
Dec. 29th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
I actually really dislike his poetry.
Dec. 29th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
For a short, slaping-my-forhead fun read I'd recommend Candide by Voltaire. It's blind optimism at its best.

Just about every library has a copy. :)
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I love that story. The best is when they get to Elderado.
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
For poetry, Star Dust or Watching the Spring Festival by Frank Bidart. Star Dust if you're into long poems--nearly all in that collection are short, but one of the poems takes up half the book.
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Have you read any of Dorothy Parker's poems?
Dec. 29th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I have not. I will have to look her up!
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Dec. 29th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
I second the Flowers for Algernon rec, intelligent and emotionally moving.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
#5 - Esperanto

Hmm, Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn popped into my head, of course it's not concerned with Esperanto, but it uses language in interesting ways. It's fairly short, came out in the early 2000s, and hopefully your library will have it.

#3 -poetry

Perhaps you'd be interested in some wolf/werewolf "poetry"?? This book might be utter crap for a poetry lover, but it's the only *novel* I can think of that has a poetry base. You might find it interesting...I dunno.
Sharp Teeth - Toby Barlow

^^^both of the above books I mentioned I got @ my local library when I first read them, so hopefully yours has one or both of 'em, also. And I'd consider them "light" reads, which is what I'd want in your particular situation. ;-D
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