Gut Rumbles

December 07, 2004

yeah, I disagree

I don't like this poll. I've read all but one of the books, so I feel qualified to comment on the post.

* Where the hell is Huckleberry Finn, the finest American novel ever written?

* Where is Catch-22?

* Did you forget about Atlas Shrugged?

* How about Earth Abides? Bet you never HEARD of that one.

* Try Stranger in a Strange Land when you have nothing better to do than slaver over anything Carl Hiaasen ever wrote. Besides, Striptease was the best thing he ever put on paper.

* I could suggest Call of the Wild, too, but you probably never heard of Jack London.

I could go on, but I won't. People, just remember that THESE are the enlightened ones handing out some kind of blog-awards this year. The truth is, Dead Solid Perfect was a shitty book. A long Walk Wasted was a lot better, if you really like golf.

Bah. I'm just a bitter old man.


Was this the books you can buy at the airport list?

Posted by: dbltap on December 7, 2004 05:27 PM

Ever heard of the "Sot Weed Factor", by John Barth?

If you haven't, you should!

Posted by: wes jackson on December 7, 2004 05:40 PM

Bitter? At least you've had the good fortune of having someone taste you lately.
I mean, how else would you know if you were bitter?

Posted by: BlogDog on December 7, 2004 05:51 PM

I LOVED Jack London's books - Call of the Wild was one of my favorites.....

Posted by: suzeisnotfooledbyislam on December 7, 2004 09:01 PM

Well, I think there's always going to be disagreements over a "top ten" list - whether reviewing best fiction novels or others, there's too many people with differing tastes.

Having said that, I agree that the list they have is shit. Good shit, in some cases, but still not even remotely what I would consider for inclusion in a top ten list. I can think of a dozen quality books and authors that they've overlooked. Ah's their list and they can include what they wish.

BTW - the unabridged Stranger In A Strange Land is AMAZINGLY good. They cut a LOT from the original edition.

So many good books, so little time....

Posted by: zonker on December 7, 2004 09:41 PM

Are you kidding? "Atlas Shrugged" SUCKS. It's GOD-AWFUL. It contains some of the most leaden prose ever written.

And "Dead Solid Perfect" is funny as hell, even if you don't like golf.

Posted by: kc on December 7, 2004 10:27 PM

I have actually read the Earth Abides but I would not put it in my top ten list.

Posted by: Starhawk on December 7, 2004 10:45 PM

I must be psychic. A good three hours ago I was thinking about Call of the Wild by Jack London. Yes, I remembered the name. I was thinking about re-reading it. I don't know what made me think of it but I was watching the History Channel at the time - David Carradine hosting something about massacres and it came to mind.

Posted by: Al on December 7, 2004 10:53 PM

Wasn't a POLL. Just bored and rattled a few good READS (not great books) off the top of my head.

Don't know what you mean by "THESE are the enlightened ones." Haven't voted for any blogs at all. Our blog isn't even a month old. Shit, HTML is friggin' Sanskrit to us.

Huck Finn is a great book, but not one of our favorite READS.

Jack London was a great writer (absynthe-addict aside). We have every piece of fiction he ever wrote.

Atlas Shrugged... retchhh... bleccchh... Fountainhead is way better.

Catch-22... over-rated.

Don't care what you say about Dead Solid Perfect. It's a damn hilarious, laugh-out-loud book.

You're not bitter. Just opinionated. We're delighted that we agree to disagree.

By the way, thanks for blocking our link to your website. I'm sure all 15 people who visit our blog per day will really mess up your game. Yeah, I guess they probably would.

Just damn...

Posted by: torchpraise on December 7, 2004 11:20 PM

Looks like the "Rhino Pen" can link to Acidman again.


Posted by: torchpraise on December 7, 2004 11:31 PM

_Earth Abides+? a science fiction classic. most of Acidman's are worthy reads. Huck Finn a true classic, I would add in moby Dick as well.

Posted by: John Cunningham on December 8, 2004 12:45 AM

Haven't read "Earth Abides," but I heard the radio dramatization ... neat stuff, but I'd still put "Huckleberry Finn" and "God Knows" up on top.

Posted by: John Nowak on December 8, 2004 09:17 AM

i agree with KC, atlas shrugged was painful to read! woman had great ideas but could not write her way out of a paper bag...

Posted by: greeblie on December 8, 2004 01:58 PM
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