Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 34
  1. #1
    Addict
    Points: 93,678, Level: 95
    Level completed: 28%, Points required for next Level: 1,372
    Overall activity: 34.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    cyclones500's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    9,380
    Points
    93,678
    Level
    95
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 261
    Given: 597

    Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Inspired by some of the flow in Angie's "Favorite/Influential Book" thread ... for Kurt Vonnegut fans, how would you rank his novels/SS collections/essays?

    I'm a ranking/list-make and Vonnegut advocate, but I don't think I've actually ever compiled a best/worst-of. (Yet!)



  2. #2
    Addict
    Points: 126,474, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 7.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    theshadow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    6,731
    Points
    126,474
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 119
    Given: 0

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Can't let a Vonnegut thread exist without this gem (little salty at the end):




  3. #3
    Pro
    Points: 36,762, Level: 59
    Level completed: 10%, Points required for next Level: 1,088
    Overall activity: 4.0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    iacyguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Dirty Dodge
    Posts
    2,077
    Points
    36,762
    Level
    59
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 92
    Given: 56

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Slaughterhouse-Five is my number one. It was the first Vonnegut book i read and loved it. Breakfast of Champions in a close second



  4. #4
    Addict
    Points: 93,678, Level: 95
    Level completed: 28%, Points required for next Level: 1,372
    Overall activity: 34.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    cyclones500's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    9,380
    Points
    93,678
    Level
    95
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 261
    Given: 597

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Novels:
    1. Slaughterhouse-Five
    2. Breakfast of Champions
    3. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
    4. Player Piano
    5. Mother Night
    Underrated: Hocus Pocus, Deadeye Dick

    Essays/Short story collections/otherwise:
    1. Palm Sunday
    2. Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
    3. Welcome to the Monkey House

    Rarity among Vonnegut fanatics: For some reason, I have never been able to finish “Cat’s Cradle.” My theory: The concept is too brilliant for my brain to grasp. (Does that get me off the hook?)



  5. #5
    Pro
    Points: 68,435, Level: 81
    Level completed: 23%, Points required for next Level: 1,315
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    cloneswereall's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    2,339
    Points
    68,435
    Level
    81
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 93
    Given: 5

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclones500 View Post
    Novels:
    1. Slaughterhouse-Five
    2. Breakfast of Champions
    3. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
    4. Player Piano
    5. Mother Night
    Underrated: Hocus Pocus, Deadeye Dick

    Essays/Short story collections/otherwise:
    1. Palm Sunday
    2. Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
    3. Welcome to the Monkey House

    Rarity among Vonnegut fanatics: For some reason, I have never been able to finish “Cat’s Cradle.” My theory: The concept is too brilliant for my brain to grasp. (Does that get me off the hook?)
    It's just a book about chemical warfare with a compound that if it touches water, the water destabilizes and turns to ice, and spreads to everything that touches it. So, once it would hit on part of running water, it would end up hitting every other water source, therefore effectively killing all of humanity.


    He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.

  6. #6
    square root(31) = 5.56776436
    Points: 498,658, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 15.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialYour first GroupVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Angie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    IA
    Posts
    17,727
    Points
    498,658
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 798
    Given: 3,272

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneswereall View Post
    It's just a book about chemical warfare with a compound that if it touches water, the water destabilizes and turns to ice, and spreads to everything that touches it. So, once it would hit on part of running water, it would end up hitting every other water source, therefore effectively killing all of humanity.
    Yep, this. That's the cat's cradle. :)

    I also don't think Galapagos gets enough attention. It's not quite as political as his other books, but the character development is interesting. It's got Kilgore Trout's son, Leon, in an apocalyptic setting. It's interesting. Not his best work, but I just like the characters.

    Hands down, my favorite short story is "Harrison Bergeron." Worth picking up Welcome to the Monkey House​ just for it.


    M 7/09

  7. #7
    All-Star
    Points: 30,707, Level: 53
    Level completed: 87%, Points required for next Level: 143
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    1,459
    Points
    30,707
    Level
    53
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 19
    Given: 4

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneswereall View Post
    It's just a book about chemical warfare with a compound that if it touches water, the water destabilizes and turns to ice, and spreads to everything that touches it. So, once it would hit on part of running water, it would end up hitting every other water source, therefore effectively killing all of humanity.
    I thought that ice nine was kind of an analogy to religion or maybe to bad ideologies. The way it can spread, and kill free thinking. I tend to look at religion in a marxist point of view though.



  8. #8
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 39,606, Level: 61
    Level completed: 43%, Points required for next Level: 744
    Overall activity: 23.0%
    Achievements:
    Created Album picturesVeteran25000 Experience Points
    ThatllDoCy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Posts
    3,725
    Points
    39,606
    Level
    61
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 283
    Given: 386

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Keep the debate going, it's giving me a good list of books to read. My favorite I have read so far of his is Slaughterhouse five, followed by Mother Night than Cat's Cradle. I thought Slaughterhouse Five was inspired, and an ingenious way of communicating his experience in WWII.


    “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
    Alan Wilson Watts

  9. #9
    Prospect
    Points: 6,660, Level: 24
    Level completed: 22%, Points required for next Level: 390
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    5000 Experience PointsVeteran

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    34
    Points
    6,660
    Level
    24
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 2
    Given: 15

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    It's not his best, and it's not my favorite, but I always enjoyed reading Timequake for some reason. It's kind of an odd collection of short stories pulled into one novel, but I liked the idea. It was very retrospective and almost biographical at times. Like I said, not my favorite, but I still loved reading it. Which just shows what a genius Vonnegut was.



  10. #10
    Speechless
    Points: 732,927, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    Cyclonepride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    A pineapple under the sea
    Posts
    48,585
    Points
    732,927
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,865
    Given: 881

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    He's a hack



  11. #11
    Addict
    Points: 63,290, Level: 78
    Level completed: 3%, Points required for next Level: 1,560
    Overall activity: 16.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    WalkingCY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Kansas City
    Posts
    5,182
    Points
    63,290
    Level
    78
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 175
    Given: 196

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    The Sirens of Titan is my fav. If I were a movie director/producer, I would try to make this book into a film. It would be sweet.

    Love Slaughter House Five though.. Dead-eye Dick was good too.


    Last edited by WalkingCY; 05-02-2013 at 11:10 AM.

  12. #12
    square root(31) = 5.56776436
    Points: 498,658, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 15.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialYour first GroupVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    Angie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    IA
    Posts
    17,727
    Points
    498,658
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 798
    Given: 3,272

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    He's a hack
    You take that back!


    M 7/09

  13. #13
    Addict
    Points: 63,290, Level: 78
    Level completed: 3%, Points required for next Level: 1,560
    Overall activity: 16.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    WalkingCY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Kansas City
    Posts
    5,182
    Points
    63,290
    Level
    78
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 175
    Given: 196

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    His books really take you away... Very bizzare and witty, he's just an interesting author.

    Tralfamadorians... (ha) very cool.



  14. #14
    Speechless
    Points: 732,927, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    Cyclonepride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    A pineapple under the sea
    Posts
    48,585
    Points
    732,927
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,865
    Given: 881

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    You take that back!
    Sorry, I am a bit squirrelly today. I haven't actually read any of his books. I blame the weather.



  15. #15
    Rookie
    Points: 12,533, Level: 33
    Level completed: 84%, Points required for next Level: 117
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience PointsVeteran
    MrOtter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Fort Collins, CO
    Posts
    564
    Points
    12,533
    Level
    33
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 34
    Given: 57

    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    Mother Night is actually my favorite. I don't know why but I can read it over and over and over.
    Slaughterhouse Five is, of course, amazing though. I've gotten an A on many philosophy papers by quoting Tralfamadorians.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: Fox Sports Net
  • BASKETBALL: Iowa State vs. Alabama
  • November 24, 2014
  • 08:30 PM