RIP Kurt Vonnegut

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  • Universal_Hamster 12 Apr 2007 09:16:20 4,948 posts
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    ;_;
    So it goes...

    Edited by Universal Hamster at 09:17:00 12-04-2007
  • UncleLou Moderator 12 Apr 2007 09:19:42 35,492 posts
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    Universal Hamster wrote:

    So it goes...


    I had that phrase in mind when I saw the thread title.

    Sad news. Rest in piece.
  • cov 12 Apr 2007 09:29:45 650 posts
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    hocus pocus, one of my favourite books - he was a wonderful writer and thinker.
  • Universal_Hamster 12 Apr 2007 09:30:40 4,948 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    Universal Hamster wrote:

    So it goes...


    I had that phrase in mind when I saw the thread title.
    I demand to have it on my headstone.
  • lucky_jim 12 Apr 2007 09:30:43 5,277 posts
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    The only book of his I've read is Slaughterhouse 5, which I thought was fantastic. Oddly, a few days ago I was wondering which of his books to try next (recommendations welcome- I usually go for Philip K Dick's sci-fi so will try anything in that vein). I say "oddly" because, not so long ago, I finally started Simulacra and Simulation, and a few days later heard that Baudrillard had died.

    Am I cursed? Is everyone I read doomed to die a few days later? And does this mean I should read the Da Vinci Code after all, to do us all a favour? Hm, I might just add the Harry Potter series to my reading list too...

    /cackles maniacally
  • GrandTheftApu 12 Apr 2007 09:45:30 6,119 posts
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    :(
  • jellyhead 12 Apr 2007 09:52:25 24,350 posts
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    ;_;

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  • humanchu 12 Apr 2007 09:53:01 66 posts
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    "Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why."

    Sad day indeed. : (
  • glaeken 12 Apr 2007 10:03:08 11,134 posts
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    I actually thought he was already dead so I was quite surprised to hear he had died.

    He was certainly an interesting writer though I find his writing in general tended to be a little weird in the vein of Phillip K Dick and his more drugged up writings e.g. Vallis.

    At points they both seemed to cross the line as to if you were reading the thoughts of someone with a amazing imagination or someone who was mentally ill.
  • presh 12 Apr 2007 10:05:42 1,221 posts
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    Damn shame. One of my favourite writers of all time.

    If forumites have never read any of his stuff, Slaughterhouse 5 is his first and best known book. Other great reads are Breakfast of Champions and The Sirens of Titan. That last one sounds very sci-fi but it's not at all really.

    Bluebeard is good, mainly 'cos I love the premise of the story. Won't spoil it by saying what it is!
  • glo 12 Apr 2007 13:28:53 3,423 posts
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    Sad news. Slaughterhouse 5 is one of my favourite books. Seemed like a very interesting (and strange) man who I would have liked to have met.

    I have Hocus Pocus somewhere at home but never got round to reading it. I think I will dig it out and read it now.

    So it goes...
  • gammonbanter 18 Apr 2011 00:39:19 1,495 posts
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    Just about to rip into Slaughter House 5 now! Thought I'd see what forumites had to say about Vonnegut before hand, looking even more forward now!

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  • Deleted user 18 April 2011 00:58:28
    did S5 for my GCSE English oral bit, back in '89. Got an A. Glad it's still doing the rounds. Tralfamodore iirc?

    /reminisce
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  • Charlie_Miso 9 May 2011 05:00:11 1,191 posts
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    Kurt Vonnegut was also cool enough to get a cameo in the Rodney Dangerfield classic 'Back to School'.
  • boo 9 May 2011 09:25:00 11,735 posts
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    The only one of his I ever read was 'Galapagos'. Bit odd, but I really liked it, iirc.

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  • Deleted user 9 May 2011 09:45:26
    boo - try Cat's Cradle or (my favourite) Siren's of Titan both of which are both very funny and astoundingly well written imo.

    I'm only missing Player Piano from my collection (I think) and this thread has just reminded me of that so Amazon order is now en route

    Ta muchly for the bumpage :)
  • munki83 21 Mar 2012 19:24:21 1,408 posts
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    I noticed Amazon have his works on sale for kindle and I was wondering what people recommend. I've never read any of his stuff before but a quick google search seams like he's an interesting author, so any recommendations would be much appreciated

    Edited by munki83 at 19:24:47 21-03-2012
  • munki83 21 Mar 2012 19:24:22 1,408 posts
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  • Deleted user 21 March 2012 19:44:23
    If you like a first-person sci-fi narrative with a cold-war-science message and a big dollop of "religion as necessary lies", go with Cat's Cradle.

    If you want a prolonged meditation on the destructiveness inherent in human existence, and the importance of living for the moment, try Slaughterhouse 5.

    I've also read some more, and Breakfast of Champions is the next one I'd recommend. But I think many people would point you, first, to the two above.
  • RabidChild 21 Mar 2012 19:56:09 2,292 posts
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    Vonnegut is my favourite author. I love Breakfast of Champions, it's irreverent and weird. He has a knack for summing up big problems in short (often controversial) sentences.
  • munki83 21 Mar 2012 20:04:04 1,408 posts
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    Ta for the quick reply mite go for all three suggestions :D
  • TechnoHippy 21 Mar 2012 20:04:04 14,705 posts
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    He's an author I'm ashamed to say I haven't read enough of, I think Timequake was the only one I remember reading. I shall have to remedy this.

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  • Deleted user 21 March 2012 23:55:49
    i need a new book to read, and SH5 always seems to appear in my recommended books on amazon. Might have to bite. I hate choosing new books to read, i just can't choose.

    So might pick up S5 and Jon Ronsons the physcopath test. .. might. :)

    Edited by joelstinton at 23:56:02 21-03-2012
  • BillMurray 22 Mar 2012 00:20:08 7,692 posts
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    Love Slaughterhouse 5. Haven't read Breakfast of Champions but did listen to the audiobook many a year ago whilst doing night shifts and absolutely loved it.
  • delbert 2 Jan 2013 16:41:51 2,889 posts
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    This might be better here than the Kindle thread..
    delbert wrote:
    10 Kurt Vonnegut novels on sale for the Kindle Daily Deal today, I've read and enjoyed Cats Cradle and have Slaughterhouse 5 in my physical to read pile but these are more obscure titles has anyone read any, any worth picking up?

    (the list is Deadeye Dick, Bluebeard, Jailbird, Slapstick, Palm Sunday, Timequake, Hocus Pocus, Bagombo Snuff Box, Galapagos and Welcome to the Monkey House)
  • ModishNouns 2 Jan 2013 16:51:47 4,655 posts
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    I'd definitely get Bagombo Snuff Box - collection of short stories etc., some very early. A very mixed bag but essential for a fan.

    I enjoyed Timequake and Galapagos as well.
  • delbert 2 Jan 2013 20:20:46 2,889 posts
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    Cheers MN added those 3 to my large unread Kindle library :)
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