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Old 01-05-2016, 10:29 PM
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Default TTBC January 2016: Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.

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A lengthy, complex novel featuring a large cast of characters, its narrative is set primarily in Europe at the end of World War II and centers on the design, production and dispatch of V-2 rockets by the German military, and, in particular, the quest undertaken by several characters to uncover the secret of a mysterious device named the "Schwarzgeršt" ("black device") that is to be installed in a rocket with the serial number "00000".

Traversing an immense range of knowledge, the novel transgresses boundaries between high and low culture, between literary propriety and profanity, and between science and speculative metaphysics.

The novel shared the 1974 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction with A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Although selected by the Pulitzer Prize jury on fiction for the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a single passage involving coprophilia offended the other members of the Pulitzer board, who rejected the selection. No Pulitzer Prize was awarded for fiction that year.The novel was nominated for the 1973 Nebula Award for Best Novel.

TIME named the novel one of its "All-Time 100 Greatest Novels", a list of the best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 and it is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest American novels ever written.
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THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A MAN IN WW2 HE GETS ERECTIONS.
So between those two ragged outcrops let us sail our vessel!
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:00 PM
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Huh. I let this languish a while back. Guess I'll finish up my current book and jump back in!
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:13 AM
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Anyone started this? I've been bad at it so far...

I started re-reading the Harry Potter books instead.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:45 AM
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Been reading it since New Year's Eve. Sometimes I absorb the words and sometimes I don't but I'm just keep reading.
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Old 01-15-2016, 11:20 AM
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Why. Why would you do this to yourselves.
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Old 01-19-2016, 05:40 AM
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I finished this!

I've seen Neal Stephenson called "Pynchonesque" before but I didn't realize that Cryptonomicon is the computer science parallel to this book.

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Old 01-26-2016, 12:15 AM
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I got about 50 pages in and had no idea what I was reading. After reading some old reviews and some plot summaries I think I'm just going to stop, I just don't find this interesting and it's clearly going to be a lot of work.
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:54 AM
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This was originally scheduled as a two month book...

Should we change that and read something else in February?
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:12 PM
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Did anyone read this? If so feel free to post spoilers in here now.

Then head over to the general thread and recommend some new books for this year!
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