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Everything You Think You Think Because Somebody Promoted the Ideas.

2013-05-16 06:04:52 by SerPounce

I'm going to read all of the Kurt Vonnegut books and update this with every one that I finish.

Slaughterhouse-Five (or Children's Crusade: a Duty Dance With Death): Vonnegut's most famous novel, written in a non-linear way that really affected the character's growth by switching back and forth through how he had developed, what he had developed from, and what he was like in the end. The character goes through a lot of interesting changes. 8.5/10

Hocus Pocus: Possibly Vonnegut's longest novel, definitely my favorite so far, written in a somewhat similar way to Slaughterhouse-Five, but is broken up by sizes of paper it was written on as well as normal paragraphs, making it feel like you're reading paragraphs within paragraphs, which is very interesting. 9.5/10

Timequake: Vonnegut's semi-autobiographical novel centered around himself and his fictional alter-ego "Kilgore Trout," who writes many short stories. This work is written as though everyone had been shot back in time in 2001, back to 1991, where everyone then had to live their lives through to 2001 again without free will, having to do everything that they had done over again. Vonnegut himself is a character in the book who interacts with the other characters, primarily Kilgore Trout, while also referring to himself as the author of the book. 9/10

Player Piano: Vonnegut's first novel that he had published, it's set in a dystopian second industrial revolution, where machines manage themselves in all forms of life, from maintaining themselves while working in a factory to performing household chores every day in everyone's home. The machines effectively destroy all forms of jobs, as they're much more efficient than humans at doing most jobs. The protagonist is a manager, one of the few occupations left that are still prestigious, who is attempting to find some way to get out of his robot-filled life and into a more simple one. 7/10

Everything You Think You Think Because Somebody Promoted the Ideas.


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2013-05-16 10:17:51

I finally got around to reading your reply. I've got a new computer since we last talked, and I've had an average of 30 - 50 MB per second download speed for years now. It was a browser glitch, not my internet connection. I've also been able to play Tf2 ( among many other games ) in high settings fine for over a year lol.

get with da timz brah

SerPounce responds:



2013-05-16 13:22:38

I read Slaughter House 5, 24 years ago in HS, and found the jumping around distracting, but the content compelling enough to finish.
Shoulda went with Hocus Pocus, huh? Though Time Quake sounds more introspective and questioning (about fate/free-will)....

SerPounce responds:

Every one of his books deals with his different views on life, but I personally found Hocus Pocus the most compelling because the entire book in and of itself was what made the book great, reading only a part of it would be severely disappointing. Hocus Pocus managed to make the human situation seem hopeless, silly, pointless, and self-inflicted.


2013-05-16 23:54:04

Yes, it is very much so.

SerPounce responds:

I have not spoken to you in months. Why would I care about the resolution to something I don't even remember teasing you about but apparently deeply disturbed you.


2013-05-17 04:32:00

But... teh human condition is irrelevant, pointless, hopeless (fate), and silly.... thank Glob for the silly!


2013-05-17 08:13:51

Didn't deeply disturb me, was just letting you know. And you actually pried a lot about it, lol.

SerPounce responds:

The fact that you went out of your way to inform me of the resolution of an issue I know longer had knowledge of is saddening.


2013-05-18 14:05:02

I remember the Slaughterhouse 5 movie, but I haven't read any of these books yet. Didn't know it was a book either. High ratings. Must be good. Might read.

SerPounce responds:

Kurt Vonnegut is the king of satire.


2013-05-18 16:32:59

Slaughterhouse-Five sounds interesting, maybe when I finish the trial (which I nearly haven't even started reading), I will choose it over some intetesting math books I have in mind...

SerPounce responds:

Slaughterhouse-Five is a very good book. Hocus Pocus and Timequake I enjoyed slightly more, but you have to understand Vonnegut's writing style in order to even get through Hocus Pocus.