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08/01/2007

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Jodi

Pretty, pretty please read Cat's Cradle next. really. It's his best, he even thought so.

akaijen

Cat's Cradle isn't at the top of my list, but I have a place in my heart for Breakfast of Champions. 

I also have tried in vain to get through Joyce, and I've even cracked Brothers Karamazov.  I can't keep track of all the characters - I need a workbook or something.

Cap'n Crook

They're all excellent, except for Slapstick, where he uses the Johnny Carson-esque "Hi-Ho" at the end of nearly every paragraph! Stay away from that one. But: Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, Player Piano, and the novellas that comprise Welcome to the Monkey House are worth reading.

FS

I enjoyed Slaughterhouse-Five, but find Vonnegut otherwise highly overrated.  YMMV.

Oh, and I'm sure you've read his short story "Harrison Bergeron" sometime-it's been anthologized to hell and back, and is a pretty standard high school English text.

Cap'n Crook

Ours was "Thomas Edison's Shaggy Dog."

hotrod

Hear, hear.

Dabysan

RIght -- I own a  shit-ton of short story anthologies, so I probably have read that. I liked Slaugterhouse-Five a lot -- irritating linguistic gimmicks notwithstanding -- I'll put Cat's Cradle on the list and see where that gets me. 

Jodi

I don't find Vonnegut overrated at all. In fact, he's one of my all-time faves. His feats of imagination alone are amazing, plus he manages to contrive these plots and characters that are entertaining and though-provoking at the same time.

Check out God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. It's my absolute favorite.

hotrod

Of course if he's one of your all-time favorites, you're not going to find him over-rated.  But that doesn't mean he isn't.

Jodi

Shut it Chuck Klosterman. Seriously. You want to talk over-rated?

hotrod

Klosterman is good.  Vonnegut is good.  Neither are great.  The difference is that nobody - including me - is willing to pretend that Chuck Klosterman is an "important artist."

Jodi

Vonnegut only brought a sort of literary validation to an often-shunned genre like Sci-Fi. Yeah, that's not important at all.

hotrod

O-VER-RA-TED!!!!!

Jodi

Please, I am sure you haven't even read Vonnegut. Though you should, because sometimes he has drawings in his books and I know those are the only kind you know how to read.

hotrod

O-VER-RA-TED!!!!!

Jodi

You think everyone is overrated. Your opinion on this matter doesn't count.

FS

He also ostentatiously turned his back on the field, and made it very clear that he did not consider himself a mere SF hack.  Those are the kind of friends I can do without.

Jodi

Sometimes it's hard to separate the art from the artist. But I don't blame Vonnegut for turning his back on the Sci-Fi flock, they're nut-job looneys.

Dabysan

Hey now. That's Mr. Nut-Job Looney to you. 

Cap'n Crook

If anything, that makes him Mr. Versatility.

hotrod

You mean: Mr. Overrated.

FS

Ah, here's a copy of Harrison Bergeron online.

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