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    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!)



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    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

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




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    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



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    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?)



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    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.


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    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.


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    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.



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    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.


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    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.



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    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

    He's a hack



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    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.


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    Re: Vonnegut spin-off thread

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


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    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.



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    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.



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    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.



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