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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: SteveJ on February 16, 2008, 03:14:45 PM
'The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde' by Peter Ackroyd.
Magnificent book. Wilde's matchless speech/writing is mimicked perfectly by Ackroyd. The book looks back on Oscar's rise and fall, during his last days in exile. It's wonderfully touching, and possesses all the beauty of nostalgia and the poignancy of regret.

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Post by: Omni on February 16, 2008, 03:33:53 PM
Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. Loving it.
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Post by: ellie on February 16, 2008, 04:56:34 PM
Love Oscar Wilde Steve..I have a book of his quotes which I bought at Trinity College Dublin.
Ive always got a few books on the go.Ive recently been reading H.G.Wells books and read about 4, Im now on 'The Invisible Man'..good read.
Im also reading 'The Jesus Dynasty'  by American professor James D Tabor,a biblical archaeologist and its a fascinating read..of Jesus the man,his family & followers with all the history of that time.
Im also reading a book on the Druid phylosophy,which is interesting..did you know that our Archbishop of Canterbury is a cultural Druid?
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Post by: SteveJ on February 16, 2008, 05:02:13 PM
Oscar was just...unique. Obviously, many people have read his more famous sayings, but I'm certain there's no-one else in the history of the world who, when asked how one should arrange Japanese fans, would reply: 'Why arrange them at all? Why not let them occur?'   ;D
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Post by: Talisman on February 16, 2008, 05:07:01 PM
Have finished 3 books during my week long sojourn on Lundy -

Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann
The last Town on Earth - Thomas mullen
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
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Post by: Ken100 on February 16, 2008, 05:13:12 PM
Not reading anything at the moment.
I'm spending far too much time on here!

Anyway, next up will be some local history books for research for my next novel.

Cheers,
Ken :)
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Post by: Xerika on February 16, 2008, 06:46:24 PM
Steve Welsh(ish)bloke. Love Oscar and also Ackroyd so it sounds like an excellent combination. I'll put it on my Amazon wishlist immediately. The only problem is, when I think of writers that I really admire, my next thought is usually: 'Why do I bother? I could never be even 2% as good as they are.'

Omni. Enjoy. I first read 'Breakfast of Champions' about 30 years ago (I was very young at the time  :)) and it is still one of my favourite books of all time. Vonnegut no doubt knew about all the so-called do's and dont's of how to write a novel and probably thought, 'Sod all that. I'm doing it this way.'

I've just finished Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's 'Long Way Down' and I'm now on Ian McEwan's 'On Cheshil Beach'. Clearly, I'm on a theme at the moment to read books by authors whose names begin with 'Mc'.
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Post by: SteveJ on February 16, 2008, 06:50:44 PM
Brigadier Xerika: I had to get my copy from Ebay, mate. Honestly, one would think it really was Oscar who wrote the book - it's that good :)
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Post by: Gyppo on February 16, 2008, 06:55:06 PM
Two books on the go at the moment, although I finished one of them this morning before getting up to face the day.  I'll probably go back and read a few sections again.

That was Hemingway On War, a collection of his articles and extracts from his longer works.  I enjoyed it, but I realise Hemingway isn't for everyone.  We did Hemingway at school and it stuck.  Not exactly comfortable reading, but I liked it.

The other book is The Thief Of Time by Terry Pratchett.  A nice light-hearted bit of nonsense.  I like the way TP plays with words and various well-known mythologies and cultural icons.  He entertains, which also means I can put a Pratchett book down when I get tired and pick it up again later with a smile still on my face.  Occasionally there is a Pratchett book which just leaves me cold, which has the feel of a 'potboiler' just dashed off to clear a tax bill or some other pressing debt, but in most of them you can sense the writer having fun with words.

Gyppo    
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Post by: Don on February 16, 2008, 08:24:37 PM
Goldberg Street.  It's a collection of short plays and monologues by David Mamet
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Post by: MsBook on February 16, 2008, 08:49:49 PM
I just finished reading 'A Travel Guide to Heaven' it was wonderful and exactly what I've been looking for to describe what Heaven is really like...I do believe in the other side, we all have our own beliefs.I don't wish to offend anyone but the thought of never being able to see my brother again is unbearable. Anyway It's reasearch for the book I've been working on for some ten years off and on it has been a real struggle for me but I have such a desire to write it...I know it needs lots and lots of work but hopefully I will be able to accomplish it before I go to the other side ;D.

I am now reading 'Vienna Prelude the Zion Covenant Book I' by Bodie & Brock Thoene No one is safe...In 1936 Nazi darkness descends upon Europe...Every person is only one step away from being swept into the nightmarish tide of evil. 

It's an awesome book so far...if you like this kind of reading...and I do.
Historical.  :)
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Post by: Age on February 17, 2008, 12:50:36 AM
-MWC

-The Zombie Survival Guide
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Post by: Talisman on February 17, 2008, 07:45:39 AM
I read Ian Mcgregors On Chesil Beach as well just before I went to Lundy - a small but interesting book 
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Post by: thatollie on February 17, 2008, 11:01:24 AM
Misery - Stephen King
Our Game - Le Carre

And I've still got Plato's Republic just waiting to be read.
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Post by: Ken100 on February 17, 2008, 03:16:11 PM
-The Zombie Survival Guide

Is that a handbook of zombie killing techniques?
Do you know something the rest of us don't, Age?
BTW, if you're into zombies then you really should read (if you haven't already!) Dying To Live by Kim Paffenroth. It's very good and has one of the grossest, and yet emotionally highly charged, scenes I have ever read. Almost all the reviews I read of that book referred to it as 'THAT scene'!

Thatollie, is this your first time reading Misery? If it is, I'm jealous, I'd just love to approach that book for the first time again. Hope you enjoy it!

Cheers,
Ken:)
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Post by: mouselady on February 17, 2008, 03:51:39 PM
Two - no three - on the go (and surprisingly, I'm not making much progress with any of them  ;D)

Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled (how to write poetry)

Bodies at Rest and in Motion (or is it in Motion and at Rest?) by Thomas Lynch, the Irish-American poet and undertaker

Storm Front by Jim Butcher - it's the first of The Dresden Files, a series of novels about Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book   8)  They made a telly series based on the books; think I prefer the series, strangely enough (normally it's the other way around)

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Post by: Annmarie on February 17, 2008, 04:08:45 PM
I'm on a news kick right now. US elections, a new nation in Europe (Kosovo), global economic data, and everything Paul Krugman has to say in the NYT.

Oh, and I do consult the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" to figure out why my 2.5-year-old has suddenly started waking us up at 6 a.m.  :)
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Post by: SteveJ on February 17, 2008, 04:24:41 PM
The Beano?  ;D

I dunno, The Golden Fleece, perhaps?
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Post by: ellie on February 17, 2008, 04:43:06 PM
Is it from Homer Domenic..The Iliad or Odyssey?

Im cheating by having 2 guesses.. :-[ :D
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Post by: Gyppo on February 17, 2008, 04:54:14 PM
I'll make a narrower guess at it being from The Odyssey.

We did bits of it at school and that rings a bell.   A faint bell for it was a long time ago, but a bell nonetheless.
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Post by: Gyppo on February 17, 2008, 05:21:47 PM
The little self-published book has long since been lost, but for years we had a booklet called Vagabond by the Tramp/Writer Jim Phelan.  One of the stories in there was called Homer and I.

Jim had recently (not long before he died in the late 60s) had a couple of good reviews for one of his numerous books and one of the critics had lavishly said 'Homer's mantle has fallen upon Phelan's shoulders'.  Being a pretty pragmatic sort of fellow he didn't let this praise go to his head but put forward a pretty erudite case for Homer being a wanderer as well and therefore often an eyewitness of historic events rather than just a storyteller.  'So what they are really saying is that Homer and I were both tramps."

I wish I still had that little booklet ;-(

Gyppo
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Post by: dynodreamer on February 18, 2008, 01:41:34 AM
Sadly I have for so many years, not been a reader.
The only things I used to read were periodicals dealing with music creation - Keyboard and Guitar Player, that sort of thing.
Then when I discovered I had writing abilities I bought a years subscription to The Writer mag.
Through this, I was then admonished that I would be foolish to ignore reading as a mental exercise.
At the moment I'm reading, (albeit much too slowly) two novels about time travel, with an interest in quantum physics and implementing a plausibility factor into my own story on the subject.  [Also a few Steven Hawkings writings.]

Michael Crichton - Timeline
John Twelve Hawks - The Traveller
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Age on February 18, 2008, 02:39:16 AM
Is that a handbook of zombie killing techniques?
Do you know something the rest of us don't, Age?

The book is neat, I heard good things, and when I have some Barnes & Noble Gift cards...hey hey!

I'm not going to say anything, but I WILL say it is vital to always have an up-to-date Zombie Plan.
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Post by: PaulW on February 18, 2008, 06:53:18 AM
'Never let me go' by Kazuo Ishiguro.

It's the account of some kids growing up in a school in England. As it progresses you discover they are all clones who are to be harvested for body parts. The 'donations' form a central part of their lives. Quite gruesome in some ways, mostly because of the acceptance of this by the kids. I'd recommend it.



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Post by: jeanette on February 18, 2008, 07:41:19 AM
I'm reading 'the husband' by Dean Koontz. I've just discovered him, and I'm devouring everything he's ever done.
Also, his front covers and synopses are a lesson in how to get folk to buy your book. They're superb.
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Post by: Ken100 on February 18, 2008, 08:33:18 AM
I'm not going to say anything, but I WILL say it is vital to always have an up-to-date Zombie Plan.

Okay, you convinced me. I'm stocking the house up with food and water supplies, some serious hardware and ammunition, and watching all of George Romero's films back to back until armaggedon breaks.

Cheers,
Ken  :o
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Post by: SarahC on February 18, 2008, 08:52:26 AM
I've only got 2 on the go at the moment...

The Subtle Knife (Pt 2 of His Dark Materials), by Philip Pullman - this is the story Jonno is having before bed.  He's so into it that he's even going to bed earlier so he can get at least a chapter a night.

I'm reading Andrew Lycett's biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, which I'm really enjoying.

Sarah x
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Post by: ellie on February 18, 2008, 01:02:46 PM
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Couldn't resist this Sarah, you mentioned Philip Pullman..this is my son in the film 'The Golden Compass' (taken from Pullman's books)
elliex

p.s. the Conan Doyle biography sounds interesting!
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Post by: SarahC on February 18, 2008, 01:24:16 PM
Great Pic of your son Ellie.

The Conan Doyle biography is quite thick, but is very enjoyable.

Sarah x
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Post by: CollegeGuy on February 18, 2008, 02:45:57 PM
I've got a few series going...

I just finished up "One Shot" by Lee Child and "Pain Management" by Andrew Vachss (as well as his online novel "A Bomb Built in Hell")

I'm in the middle of "Rain Fall" by Barry Eisler, the first of the John Rain Series
And I'm about to start "Pale Fire" By Vladimir Nabokov, which was suggested to me and I picked up a copy for free!

~~Collegeguy~~
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Post by: thatollie on February 18, 2008, 08:42:13 PM
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Thatollie, is this your first time reading Misery? If it is, I'm jealous, I'd just love to approach that book for the first time again. Hope you enjoy it!
It is my first time reading it, unfortunately I'm not enjoying it, nothing has really happened so far [I'm 80 pages in, one reading and left it to read something else, same thing happened with the Le Carre book.]

EDIT: I'm enjoying a book I picked up today, "Written lives" by Javier Marias.
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Post by: youlookprettyfunny on February 19, 2008, 01:44:29 PM
I'm reading The Naming by Alison Croggan. I'm only on the first page, but i've been having a hectic past couple days.
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Post by: Gyppo on February 19, 2008, 03:33:36 PM

Michael Crichton - Timeline
John Twelve Hawks - The Traveller

Timeline passed through our house a few months back.  An interesting and enjoyable book.

Gyppo
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Post by: HT_Llewellyn on February 19, 2008, 07:12:24 PM
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Also, somewhat against my will, Eldest by Christopher Paolini
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Post by: HeidiC on February 20, 2008, 05:31:00 AM
Plea of Insanity by Jilliane Hoffman

I read her first two books which were really quite good but I'm finding it hard to get into this one. It's a steady read as opposed to a read-in-one-sitting like Broken Angels by Richard Montanari which I finished just before. His Kevin Byrne series is fantastic.
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Post by: jojohnson on February 20, 2008, 07:01:52 AM
Unfortunately with night feeds draining my brain the most I can manage at the moment is girly books, Carole Matthews being a favourite. At least I can pick them up and just read a few pages before I give in to the land of zeds. (zzzzz)
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Post by: Cheryl M on February 20, 2008, 08:39:52 AM
Just started A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. After I am done with that I am reading The Chase by Clive Cussler.
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Post by: guess on February 20, 2008, 08:41:13 AM
I am reading anything about Heard Island, if anyone nows a web site I haven't found or suggestions on a book please let me know. And reading anything about Dinosaurs this pertains to my first book. I'm almost done.

Sharon
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Post by: ellie on February 20, 2008, 11:47:21 AM
Over the past week Ive been 'trying' to read James Joyce's 'Ulysses' but I just couldn't get into it ( read about 20 pages)....anyone else succeeded with this one..and (as my dear old Irish friend Tony would say) 'Whats it all about?' :D
Ive given up!
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Post by: mouselady on February 21, 2008, 11:24:10 AM
Regarding 'Ulysses', the American humourist James Thurber became blind later in life, and arranged to have someone read 'Ulysses' to him.  Apparently the woman became so fed up she threw the book across the room!   ;D

So no, I've never tried reading it - and don't intend to!   :D
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Post by: ellie on February 21, 2008, 01:07:57 PM
Regarding 'Ulysses', the American humourist James Thurber became blind later in life, and arranged to have someone read 'Ulysses' to him.  Apparently the woman became so fed up she threw the book across the room!   ;D

So no, I've never tried reading it - and don't intend to!   :D

 ;D ;D That made me laugh out loud Mouselady ! and Im glad someone was in agreement with me ;)
elliex
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Post by: SteveJ on February 21, 2008, 01:16:17 PM
'The Grapes of Wrath'?
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Post by: mouselady on February 21, 2008, 02:00:18 PM
"What am I reading? You tell me...

  Laborers in california's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can. Living a hand-to-mouth existence."



Dunno...Grapes of Wrath (which I've never read as I can get depressed all by myself   :-[ )?
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Post by: shellie_baby on February 21, 2008, 02:04:10 PM
Just finished Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. I quite liked it.
Though I've resigned myself to reading my own rebellious work for now.

Today has been hell. :(
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Post by: shellie_baby on February 21, 2008, 03:44:24 PM
hehe "of mice and men" is it?

School coursework looming back from the depths of my mind.

And if anyone wants to know I'm feeling a good deal better about today now. Ahh the therapy of gossiping with the gals.
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Post by: c.higginson on February 21, 2008, 03:54:45 PM
Well I am reading the "Iliad", while juggling "The Magician from Siberia" and sometimes "The Richest Man in Babylon".
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Post by: ellie on February 21, 2008, 04:51:02 PM
Ellie, Ulysses is a book for the gods. It is history hidden in fiction. One must drink rich red wine when reading it, or you will turn into a sheep,yes, even a blind pig.

                Domenic

Then Im not wise enough Domenic or maybe wasn't drunk enough? ;D

I asked my Irish friend Gerry about it and he said it was a day in the life of that fella 'Stephen'?
Can't remember his name now as I took the book back to the library......
Maybe I give up to easily?

Ive been reading a lot of H G Wells and now 3 quarters through Invisible Man..also read some of his short stories which are good:
The Sea Raiders
The Abyss
Another one about 'eyes'(forgotten title) but about a man who is in his London home but he is seeing another place, an island.
and one about 'Pyecroft' whos very fat and wants to lose weight..he loses 'weight' not fat and ends up floating up to the ceiling!

Ive got a set of books about 'Boudica' by Manda Scott, I started the first one 'Dreaming the eagle' but haven't got very far!
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Post by: shellie_baby on February 21, 2008, 06:14:55 PM
Gossiping with gals? Lass, I am a man.
 

hehe, erm, sorry domenic, ;D
 shall I correct myself and say, gossiping with the gals and guys.

Still it doesn't half make you feel better, having a good gab, especially after a depressing day.

shellie xx
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Post by: shellie_baby on February 21, 2008, 06:44:46 PM
I agree ,though I have never read any of Jack London's books, It's true that simplicity is often the most beautiful.

hehe Getting slightly philosophical there.
I shall have to visit the library tomorrow morning and see about getting another book out. Any suggestions?
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Post by: ellie on February 22, 2008, 05:03:38 PM
Thats a coincidence! I managed to get a hard back of Jack London's 'White Fang' in second-hand book shop for only 50 pence and just started it ;D
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Post by: Gyppo on February 22, 2008, 05:36:58 PM

and one about 'Pyecroft' whos very fat and wants to lose weight..he loses 'weight' not fat and ends up floating up to the ceiling!


Ah, Ellie..., synchronicity strikes again.  So it was HG who wrote that tale.  I was telling someone about it the other day and couldn't recall the author.  Poor old Pyecroft, had to sleep under his bed so as not to drift away if I recall correctly.

Next time I'm in the library I'll try to remember to take out a little HG Wells.  A quirky writer at times, with a keen eye for human foibles and a light touch whilst describing them.

Regarding Jack London I think my favourite book of his is Call Of The Wild.  Not necessarily his best but there are numerous passages in there which really resonate with me...

However, one of my all time favourites - one of those books to dip into almost at random on a sleepless night, knowing something will amuse me - is Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome.  If you've become used to short punchy sentences and 'jump cuts' from one scene to another Jerome will seem a little slow.  But if you think of him as a raconteur, leaning one elbow on some Victorian bar, pint  mug in the other hand waving gently to emphasise some point or other, 'spinning a yarn' to waste a little more time before getting back out onto the river, his style falls smoothly into place.   

Gyppo
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Post by: SteveJ on February 25, 2008, 01:18:20 PM
Currently reading a conspiracy forum thread titled:
Youtube videos have convinced me that the world is run by reptilians.  

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/

 ;D
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Post by: CollegeGuy on February 25, 2008, 01:28:41 PM
I'm reading Two Trains Running by Andrew Vachss, and it is awesome. his style is so pure that I can't get away from it. I started with his Burke Novels and found this along the way, and I'm thrilled I did!

~~Collegeguy~~
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Post by: Andrewf on February 25, 2008, 03:42:35 PM
Just finishing a Nova anthology of SciFi shorts, and will be reading "Barking" by Tom Holt next.


Andrew
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Post by: thatollie on March 09, 2008, 04:45:48 AM
Almost done with "The Big Sleep"
Will soon be reading, "The hollow man" by John Dickson Carr
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Post by: Annmarie on March 09, 2008, 10:15:19 AM
I'm taking a "course" on eschatology at Bible.org.

It's just so fun to  learn what those nice evangelicals are thinking!   ;D
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Post by: Frogg on March 09, 2008, 01:40:43 PM
Yesterday I read The Da Vinci Code again, And this morning I read 'The Wee Free Men' by Terry Pratchett, which is completely wonderfully nonsensical and hilarious, I recommend it to all, it's fab!  ;D
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Post by: Bellbella on March 09, 2008, 02:02:15 PM
I'm reading 'Possession' by AS Byatt, a tour de force of wit and scholarship.

Christopher Hope describes it 'a great, shaggy, polysyllabic, triple decker beast of a book', and I concur.

I'm  reading it very slowly. Byatt is delicious.
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Post by: Annmarie on March 09, 2008, 02:29:38 PM
Hm.... I couldn't stand  Byatt and Possession, but can't remember why now. The wit must've been very subtle!
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Post by: Symphony on March 09, 2008, 04:34:34 PM
Just finishing off A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini - author of The Kite Runner)

Will be glad to finish. Woefully depressing and not one teeny hint of humour anywhere! About to slit my throat ...

S
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Post by: HeidiC on March 11, 2008, 02:55:09 PM
Presently reading Snow Blind by PJ Tracey. I borrowed this one from the library but I bought the previous three and I'm not dissapointed.
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Post by: shellie_baby on March 12, 2008, 10:46:05 AM
3/4 of the way through Angel Isle by Peter Dickinson. Pretty good so far. After I finish that I have Caxton Tempest to read ;D

shellie x
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Post by: Gyppo on March 12, 2008, 06:49:54 PM
Just read a superbly lightweight Western, with stereotyped characters, and repeated use of the word 'fugging'.  Some wonderful 'continuity errors' as well, where a seemingly important thread was introduced and then never referred to again.  I got the feeling the writer exceeded his word budget, made savage and speedy cuts to meet a deadline, and never proofread.

Towards the end a dozen thoroughly nasty and over-described characters were introduced merely to be killed off.  True 'six-gun fodder.'

Despite all the flaws it was a fun and easy read, and I will take great delight in handing it onto the charity shop where it can 'ambush' some other poor unsuspecting soul.

Gyppo
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Post by: DC on March 13, 2008, 12:31:41 AM
Yesterday I read The Da Vinci Code again, And this morning I read 'The Wee Free Men' by Terry Pratchett, which is completely wonderfully nonsensical and hilarious, I recommend it to all, it's fab!  ;D

Ah..The Wee Free Men, Nac Mac Feegle, or Pictsies. Brilliant stuff!  ;D ;D

I'm currently re-reading 'Pyramids', one of the best of the 'Discworld' novels; Lin in particular would appreciate the Assassin's 'exam'.  :D I'll probably then go back to 'Feet of Clay', another gem.

BW, have you ever read 'Good Omens', by Pratchett and Neil Giaman?
Superbly funny take on the 'Omen' trilogy; had me rolling on the floor in agony for ten minutes with one particular comment...

Dave.

P.S. I met Terry Pratchett about fourteen years ago. I never did get around to asking him the two questions I wanted to:

'What do you put in your roll-ups?
'And where can I get some?'

D.
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Post by: Gyppo on March 13, 2008, 06:20:48 AM
Pratchett is a genius.  Some people can't stand his work, but that alone, quite often, is one of the signs of genius if not carried to extremes.  (If nobody except you likes your work then you're probably just a nutter, or two centuries ahead of your time.)

Gyppo
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Post by: SarahC on March 13, 2008, 06:31:06 AM
Reading The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman at the moment, not sure where I'm going next though.

Sarah x
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Post by: thatollie on March 13, 2008, 01:29:55 PM
Just finished The Hollow Man, greatest book ever.
Must go decide what's next.
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Post by: jeanette on March 15, 2008, 07:26:30 PM
feet of clay, witches abroad, and reaper man are all absolutely the bees knees, my favourite three Pratchetts, and I've read them all. Sadly, I have in the past been compared to Nanny Ogg. Something to do with the capacity for alcohol, I believe  :D
Poor old terry's not having the best time of it right now. I wish him all the best
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Post by: Gyppo on March 15, 2008, 07:33:45 PM
Sadly, I have in the past been compared to Nanny Ogg. Something to do with the capacity for alcohol, I believe  :D


BUt can you sing the hedgehog song? ;-)

Gyppo
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Post by: jeanette on March 16, 2008, 04:18:19 AM
all 27 verses, with a few of my own added in  ;). AND the hand gestures!
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Post by: Gyppo on March 16, 2008, 06:12:38 AM
Magnificent ;-)

"You can do it with a snake
if you hold it with a rake..."
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Post by: fire-fly on March 16, 2008, 07:13:00 AM
Salvation Creek
An Unexpected Life

Susan Duncan

One of those books that kept me spellbound. I rarely finish a book and read the last chapter first everytime. This one had me start to finish.
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Post by: midnightcandle on March 21, 2008, 08:25:40 AM
The English Patient (again) by Michael Ondaatje,  :)
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Post by: Mark H on March 21, 2008, 09:13:57 AM
Sill Life With Woodpecker -- Tom Robbins

QUOTE: "There are only two mantras," said Bernard. "Yum and yuk. Mine is yum."
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Post by: Andrewf on March 21, 2008, 10:38:23 AM
Finished "Barking" by Tom Holt.

Am just starting "The Great Book of Amber" by Roger Zelazny.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Michaels Reflection on March 23, 2008, 08:52:01 AM
Reading:  Martian Time-Slip  by Philip K. Dick

Written in 1964 and set in 1998 it’s about colonies on mars.
It’s quite funny because these guys are flying around in helicopters over farms, on the Martian surface!

Another book of his that I like is  A Scanner Darkly  you may have seen the movie…
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ellie on March 24, 2008, 11:49:54 AM
Finished "Barking" by Tom Holt.

Am just starting "The Great Book of Amber" by Roger Zelazny.

Ive read 2 of Tom Holt's books Andrew:
Lucia in Wartime
Lucia Triumphant
where he carried on from E.F.Benson's 'Lucia' novels and I think he made a good job of them. Wouldn't think its easy to carry on the work of a former successful novelist but I enjoyed them.

For my birthday Hub bought me Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane', which I am enjoying. I read her book 'Alentejo Blue'(set in a fictional Portuguese village) and really liked it, though some of my friends, including a Portuguese girl weren't that keen on it.
But I like her style,which I find refreshing
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Post by: akpolarmom on April 09, 2008, 02:26:06 AM
"The Navigator" by Clive Cussler on Audio CD

"Magic Street" by Orson Scott Card on the urging of my oldest son.
(Not my normal genre but haven't put it away yet, half way thru.)

I enjoy a variety of books and often have several going at the same time. The CD books are for commuting time whereas books in print are for bed time (the audio one's at bed time will put me to sleep too fast. If I fall asleep with a book, it will hit the floor or my head as I nodd of, not continue running like CD.  lol)

Akpolarmom
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: thatollie on April 09, 2008, 08:53:20 AM
The Harry Potter Series, halfway through the fifth, not a bad way to spend a week.
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Post by: Solitaire on April 09, 2008, 09:35:04 AM
Thus Spake Zarathustra

and

Real Men Work in the Pits
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Post by: simonjjames on April 09, 2008, 09:52:18 AM
My Traitor's Heart - Rian Malan (The autobiography of his struggle against apartheid being a white man and being directly descended form the the original architects of apartheid - highly recommended.)

Trick of the Mind - Derren Brown (The Psychology and Technique of Magic - a lot more personable than I expected and full of practical, everyday tips)

The Kitchen Readings - Bob Braudis et al (Remembrances of Hunter S. Thompson by his closest geographical friends - great subject matter, poor book)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ken100 on April 09, 2008, 03:02:05 PM
I've read a couple of biographies of Hunter S Thompson.
What a guy!  ;D
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Post by: ronshannon76 on April 09, 2008, 04:28:35 PM
I'm still trying to read, "Playing for Pizza", by John Grisham. Been at for 3 months now! I think i will put other obligations aside this week and finish it!

-Ron
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Post by: simonjjames on April 10, 2008, 03:50:18 AM
Caxton - I recommend 'Generation of Swine', it's a collection of letters, stories and articles written by the man himself.
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Post by: SteveJ on April 10, 2008, 05:01:23 AM
'Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar' by Simon Sebag Montefiore
and 'Archangel' by Robert Harris.
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Post by: SarahC on April 10, 2008, 06:38:11 AM
The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters - A Brother Cadfael story, and despite what my husband says no, a monk didn't do it!

And

Public Enemy Number 2 by Anthony Horowitz (Jonathan's bedtime story.  The Falcon's Maltesers was excellent!)
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Post by: Omni on April 10, 2008, 07:40:59 AM
Just finished Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo.

Omni
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Post by: Gyppo on April 10, 2008, 09:56:40 AM
Just finished Without Mercy by Jack Higgins.  One of his 'Sean Dillon' thrillers.  A lovely cast of characters and a high - but plausible - 'body count'.  But you would be better off reading some of the other ones first to get the full effect.

Gyppo
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Post by: K.M. Starling on April 10, 2008, 10:25:10 AM
Clowngirl by Monica Drake

and...

Come To Me by Amy Bloom
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alex44k on April 10, 2008, 12:55:23 PM
Hello all...new here...

Right now I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker...pretty much all I can fit in right now.   Never read it before, figured it was time, especially since I'll be writing a vampire novel next.   

I plan on reading very soon Laurel K Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures, Minions, and Touch the Dark...

Also on tap is The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. 

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Ken100 on April 10, 2008, 03:08:47 PM
Hi Alex,
I've read Dracula a few times now, it's very good, especially the early chapters with Jonathon Harker trapped in Dracula's castle. Kind of loses it a little for me after that, but it is still very good.
Guilty Pleasures, hmmmm, I read that too.
I'll let you make your own mind up about that one...

Cheers,
Ken :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: HeidiC on April 12, 2008, 12:42:22 PM
Creepers - David Morrell (for research purposes.)
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Post by: Mark H on April 12, 2008, 12:50:49 PM
Quote
Creepers - David Morrell

I read it about a year ago and really enjoyed it  :)

Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: HeidiC on April 13, 2008, 04:21:25 AM
One of my main characters is an urban explorer and Creepers came up in the research I was doing for her. I liked the begining - very reminiscent of Dean Koontz who is my all time favourite author. I'm about half way now and I must say I'm not sympathising with the characters much. However, it is a great read.

I'm also reading Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler and I'm about to start Scavenger by David Morrell. On top of that I'm working through The Weekend Novelist writes A Mystery - Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick and trawling through my research library (sounds grander than it actually is - one shelf above my computer - which includes such morsels as Book of Poisons, The Criminal mind and Police procedure and investigation - almost the complete writers digest collection.) It's amazing I find anytime to write!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: McWawa on April 13, 2008, 07:44:53 AM
I'm reading other people's contributions to MyWritersCircle.
When i finally overcome this compulsion and forcibly drag myself away from the computer  i'll  start on chapter  one of ........
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: stephenm on April 13, 2008, 08:33:02 AM
I've just finished 'Into Africa' by Martin Dugard - it's about why Stanley finding Livingstone caught so much attention and what they both went through. A really top read.

Now I'm reading 'The Great War' by Les Carlyon. It's about Australia's involvement in WW1, written by a really entertaining Aussie historicial writer. His 'Gallipoli' is another masterpiece.

Oh, and they found 'the Sydney'.

Is it okay to say this here? I'm still learning the ropes.

Cheers,

Steve.
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Post by: McWawa on April 13, 2008, 10:32:19 AM
...................   Larousse Gastronomique .
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Post by: thatLous on April 14, 2008, 07:03:21 AM
I am currently reading 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'... the very reason why I'm getting fond of Wilde himself. It had actually gotten to a point where I had decided not to finish the book because, for a silly reason, I'd feel that it'd be the end of it if I did.

Along with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', I'm also reading Chuck Palahniuk's 'Haunted' (the infamous short story 'Guts' really did it for me), and I am also planning to read Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 'Good Omens'... again. And what's wrong with reading good books again? My friend kept bullying me about it...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SteveJ on April 14, 2008, 08:58:11 AM
Reading Dostoyevsky's 'The Idiot' again. It's my favourite novel. It truly is a magnificent book, awash with the sentiment, brutality and pity that seems to affect all Russian literature (and music). For those who don't know it, here's the publisher's blurb, which perhaps explains it's charm better than I could:

Through the ’idiot’, the endearing, translucent, Christ-like figure of Prince Myshkin, Dostoyevsky’s other characters, and readers as well, experience moments of total insight.

The novel's central emotions and crises - the Prince’s love for two women, Rogozhin’s voracious desire for Nastasya Filippovna, her birthday party, the Prince and Rogozhin pursuing each other like ghosts through the streets of St Petersburg - are visualised with hallucinatory vividness and put across in dialogue that rages and blazes with life. In a plot that is virtually that of a thriller or a melodrama, Dostoyevsky proves himself the profound tragic dramatist of our most urgent longings and fears, bringing us face to face with the enigma of beauty, with spiritual compassion and sexual desire, and with human sickness and suffering.

Writing under pressure of epilepsy as well as inspiration, Dostoyevsky was concerned that his view of Russian people and society might be found too incredible, too rich in improbabilities, coincidence and drama. And yet: ’Is not my fantastic 'Idiot' reality, and the most ordinary reality at that?’


(http://www.kiosek.com/bookshop/images/theidiot.gif)

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Post by: thatollie on April 14, 2008, 09:10:15 AM
Sounds interesting Steve, I'll have a look at it.
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Post by: ellie on April 14, 2008, 06:41:46 PM
Hi Alex,
I've read Dracula a few times now, it's very good, especially the early chapters with Jonathon Harker trapped in Dracula's castle. Kind of loses it a little for me after that, but it is still very good.
Guilty Pleasures, hmmmm, I read that too.
I'll let you make your own mind up about that one...

Cheers,
Ken :)

Ive never read Dracula Ken, I wonder if it will give me nightmares? :o
My son has the book, hardback with pics and Ive felt tempted but not too sure of its affect on me?

Well, I gave up with James Joyce's 'Ulysses' but Im finding his 'Dubliners' a lot easier to read.  I was reading one the other night and it was set in 'Chapelizod' just outside Dublin and remembered going there on a visit 2 years ago. Isn't it a strange name?
Ive almost finished 'The Jesus Dynasty'  and Im well into Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane.
Maybe Ill start 'Dracula' next ;)
elliex
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Post by: DC on April 17, 2008, 10:09:08 PM
Not actually read anything for a while, other than re-reads of Harry Potter. But a surf around the BBC news site today produced something quite interesting; I discovered that they've made available on the web the complete works of Charles Darwin, so I've just started on 'On the Origin of Species'.

And quite fascinating it is proving, even though I'm still only on the introduction. Having studied ecology, I've obviously come across alot of Darwin's work before, but this is reading it from a slightly different angle: His. I say this because it soon became obvious that he was writing it before certain discoveries were made that are common knowledge now. For instance he talks about heretable traits. They knew they existed, but they had no idea of even the basic mechanisms; this work was published a few years before Gregor Mendel's initial works on Genetics, using Peas.

It is also proving interesting in an etymological sense. Both Darwin and certain of his contemporaries refer to particularly noticeable 'oddities' in a group of offspring as 'Monstrosities'. I thought this was a strange word to use, until I realised that the word we would use, 'Mutants', had probably not been coined then. Useful to remember by anyone writing a Sci-fi type novel based in ~Darwinian times?

His 'alternative title' was quite creepy, considering the events of sixty odd years back:

'On the origin of Species by natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.

There's a lot of it to read, so I may be some time. But as Penny and Co. are, presumably, once more stuck in 'The Station', I've had an idea for a possible title  of a more factual book, for which the research at least would be fascinatinhg. Darwin talked of heritable traits, but it was almost a hundred years before we were able to elucidate, on the molecular level, the mechanisms by which they operate, thanks to the work of Watson and Crick, amongst others. A lot of ideas came and went, and a lot of work was done during those hundred years. Hmm..interesting, I might get back on this...

Dave.

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Post by: ronshannon76 on April 19, 2008, 02:13:36 PM
I finished reading, "Playing for Pizza" by John Grisham, last week. I am currently reading, "The Legend of Bagger Vance"  by Steven Pressfield. Not sure what I'll read next, whatever is in my collection i guess.

  I don't normally read books about sports, but, these have caught my attention. They are both inspiring and intriquing. If you like books about sports, then you should check these books out.

If you like metaphysical writing, then Steven Pressfield's book is a good example of that style of writing.

Enjoy your books!
-Ron
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Post by: rhea08 on April 19, 2008, 07:59:32 PM
I am reading Claire Cook, Must love Dogs and Summer blowout, the advance reading copy i got at the writers conference last month and met Claire cook in person that day too, i like her writing, she writes well and her agent is Lisa Bankoff, I wished Lisa would of took me as a client.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Don on April 19, 2008, 09:58:23 PM
I could never get through Dostoyevsky.  I've tried, just can't do it.  Your brain must be much larger, Steve.  Probably a size 08, or something like that. :)

Right now, my undersized brain is reading Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man.  Great read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SteveJ on April 20, 2008, 07:25:20 AM
I could never get through Dostoyevsky.  I've tried, just can't do it.  Your brain must be much larger, Steve.  Probably a size 08, or something like that. :)

Honestly, Don, if Dostoyevsky's writing was that complex, I certainly wouldn't be able to understand it ;D
As it happens, his main character in the novel, Prince Myshkin, is a very simple soul, but his simplicity is akin to the great Greek philosophers, in that he makes people question themselves, their behaviour and motivations, their thoughts, their emotions; not in a confrontational Socratic manner, or in the 'looming' fashion of J.B Priestley's Inspector Goole, but in the contrast between his gentle character and theirs - like Christ, he is sometimes ridiculed by other characters for his simple ways and modes of thought, but eventually, all recognise his influence, and are fundamentally changed because of it.

Myshkin's anecdotes about his life & times are set in 'black and white', rather like the Gospels, in that they show his world to be one which focuses on the important matters of existence - compassion, empathy, and understanding.

Also, there seems, to me at any rate, a telling parallel between the moments of enlightenment that Myshkin feels before his epileptic attacks begin, and the onset of inspiration a writer or poet sometimes feels; but this is just a personal view, and may have little realistic merit; it's very well described in the novel, and could easily apply to both situations, I feel.

'The Idiot' is a simple tale, told by inspired prophet-like 'poets' - Myshkin and Dostoyevsky.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SteveJ on April 20, 2008, 07:35:47 AM
I should add that I believe the novelist was trying to posit Myshkin as a Christlike figure, cast into (what was to Dostoyevsky) the modern world, with it's modern yet timeless obsessions.
The novel is rather dated, in some respects, particularly in the episodes featuring the Nihilists, and the book ( and it's author) have plenty of critics - Dostoyevsky was always a rather disorganised novelist,
and was prone to those great 'faults', melodrama and 'pity'. Like many great writers, his sentiments are poetic and therefore, somewhat overblown...but I love his work for all these faults, and perhaps, because of them - there's quite enough cerebral, and trivial, authors around, so it's good to find a 'voice' that is thoroughly human.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: alec on April 20, 2008, 08:42:04 AM
on Dostoevsky, I think a reader may be intimidated by his status and reputation but really his works are very accessible. they may be works of literary genius but first and foremost they are good stories, very well told. approach them as such and they are a very easy read. then, when you've read them once, read them again and start unpacking the depth.

then read them again.
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Post by: SteveJ on April 20, 2008, 08:46:10 AM
on Dostoevsky, I think a reader may be intimidated by his status and reputation but really his works are very accessible. they may be works of literary genius but first and foremost they are good stories, very well told. approach them as such and they are a very easy read. then, when you've read them once, read them again and start unpacking the depth.

then read them again.

Great post, and very true.
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Post by: alec on May 01, 2008, 07:06:02 PM
today I am mostly reading... Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.
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Post by: ellie on May 01, 2008, 07:20:51 PM
At the moment Im reading Orwell's 'Homage to Catalonia'  and still reading 'Dubliners' by Joyce...
also reading Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'
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Post by: allyrose on May 01, 2008, 08:53:51 PM
Just finished reading the Kite Runner.  Couldn't put it down.  Saw the Movie last night, it has a lot of subtitles.  Read the book First.
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Post by: Talisman on May 02, 2008, 12:36:10 PM
Can't wait to see that movie and agree it was a brilliant book - I have recently finished his second - A Thousand Splendid Suns and that is just as good, written from a female perspective though rather than male. I couldn't believe it when the heroine was executed - I was in shock. I would never have put up with half the things that she did - that husband wouldn't have lasted 30 seconds with me let alone 30 years !

I am currently reading a non fiction book actually though that I have been resisting buying for a while - A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle - I always resist the books that I learn the most from, and that force me to look at my 'stuff', and this is no exception.
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Post by: fire-fly on May 02, 2008, 05:29:53 PM
STATION SHORTS

I just got my copy ;D ;D
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Post by: thatLous on May 03, 2008, 07:52:08 AM
Currently going through Lovecraft...

I think when some people in my classroom asked me what I was reading and I said 'Lovecraft'-- I think they thought I was reading a romance novel or something.

;D ;D If only they asked me to borrow it.

'It's really a wonderful book, where this man falls in love with a woman and it turns out that she can't because she's his second cousin on his mother's side. Tragic, really, a very sad story.'
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Post by: SteveJ on May 03, 2008, 07:53:48 AM
Currently going through Lovecraft...

Beware the eldritch unspeakable tentacled thing that lurks on your shoulder as you read, Louie... ;D ;D
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Post by: thatLous on May 03, 2008, 07:58:35 AM
And beware, Mr. Steve Jerymn, your ancestry which holds many secrets...

MWAHAHAHAHHAAHH!!!

That story's my favorite part. Monkey grandma ;D ;D ;D Personally, as Arthur, I wouldn't do that. I'd be like Spiderman but then I'd be half monkey half man. Like Monkeyman.... err- woman.


Louie
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Post by: ellie on May 03, 2008, 01:38:36 PM
Currently going through Lovecraft...

I think when some people in my classroom asked me what I was reading and I said 'Lovecraft'-- I think they thought I was reading a romance novel or something.

;D ;D If only they asked me to borrow it.

'It's really a wonderful book, where this man falls in love with a woman and it turns out that she can't because she's his second cousin on his mother's side. Tragic, really, a very sad story.'

Ive read  a few of his stories TG, 'Imprisoned with the pharoahs' ..'The Thing on the doorstep'
my youngest lad is a fan of his.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: SteveJ on May 04, 2008, 06:16:13 AM
Poe & Lovecraft have many critics, but they certainly knew how to end a story
in unforgettable style; check 'Masque of the Red Death' & 'Pickman's Model'. :)

Also, 'The Dunwich Horror' is practically surreal, such is it's atmosphere.

Currently rereading David Morrell's brilliant short story 'Orange is for Anguish, Blue for Insanity'.
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Post by: josiebee on May 04, 2008, 07:03:04 PM
Evening

After reading an interview with her in a writing magazine, I went and ought My est Friends Girl, by Dorothy Koomson. Loved her writing style so much I have since bought and read three others by her and introduced my Mother in Law to the novels also.

I tell my family - as  I curl up with my book - that it is all in the name of literary research.................


Jo x
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Post by: GypsyInk on May 05, 2008, 02:05:20 PM
I am reading Power, Faith, and Fantasy by Michael B. Oren, a book on relations between America and the Middle East from 1776 to the present.

And I always carry my copy of The Essential Rumi translations by Coleman Barks. 
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Post by: Vaneeza on May 07, 2008, 07:26:23 AM
Reading: The third book of the series His Dark Materials (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, & Amber Spyglass).

Opinion: Much better than I thought it was going to be. Have not seen the US movie. Not for the philosophically/religiously challenged. Each book progressively becomes more obvious with plot lines to poke holes in notions of the almighty/supreme being. How any given reader responds will entirely depend on their view of things. There are groups vocally opposed to the series and the movie simply based on this one facet. (These are the same people who protest at Harry Potter too.) For those who don't get bogged down in such matters, the series is very entertaining. It's intended for young adult readers, so an adult may find the plot a bit predictable, but still engaging. Some of the peak dramas & tensions are resolved quite fast.

There are many other interesting themes in the book completely outside religion vs. atheism. Innocence vs. Experience, Children vs. Adults, What makes us "us"? Scientific principles from quantum physics are woven all throughout the series, such as multiple parallel universes where different events have created different realities.



Vanee-
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Post by: Andrewf on May 07, 2008, 05:01:52 PM
Really liked that trilogy Vaneeza, it was a very easy and enjoyable read.

I’m still currently ploughing my way through  “The Great Book of Amber”  all 10 books by Roger Zelazny in one volume.  :o


Andrew
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Post by: thatLous on May 08, 2008, 12:53:09 PM
The bookshop had a sale today.

Nine bucks for Frankenstein, Dracula, The Canterbury Tales, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and a couple of Oscar Wilde's plays.

How crazy is that?!

But as I already had some of them, I'm currently reading into Grimm's Tales and A Woman of No Importance.
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Post by: Vaneeza on May 15, 2008, 02:44:06 AM
Just finished Mark Bowden's "The Best Game Ever," on the 1958 Colts-Giants championship game that was excerpted in SI a few weeks ago.

As the SI excerpt showed, the in-depth profiles of Raymond Berry dominated this book. Not knowing much background about the guy, I thought that part of it was outstanding. And while there's a whole chapter dedicated to Sam Huff and the evolution of Tom Landry's Giants defense, the book is definitely focused more on the winning team. So if you're an old Baltimore Colts fan, you'll probably love it.

The TV broadcast of the game didn't survive, but NBC has the radio play-by-play intact and Bowden liberally sprinkles in the transcript during the course of the game.

Lot of great material from Berry, Artie Donovan (of course), Gino Marchetti, etc. I breezed through this thing in a couple of nights.

And of interest here: Bowden dedicated the book to David Halberstam, who apparently was researching the same topic for his own book when he died last year. Bowden explains that story in the epilogue.

Well recommended, and not just for football fans.
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Post by: simonjjames on May 15, 2008, 04:30:08 AM
Just finished 'Trick of the Mind' - Derren Brown. It was very, very good and gives a good inriduction to many techniques used by illusionists, hypnotists, magicians and charlatans.
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Post by: allyrose on May 15, 2008, 04:21:16 PM
I'm on the sixth book of the Mitford Series, about a small town minister and all his flock and how much fun it is following each and everyone from the start.  It is written by Jan Karon.  Just an easy read but fun.
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Post by: McWawa on May 18, 2008, 10:40:51 AM
Travel Writing : See the world and Sell the story.

by L. Peat O'Neal
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Post by: GypsyInk on May 19, 2008, 02:17:13 AM
Something in the Way She Moves by Wendy Buonaventura, an exploration of women in dance from Salome to Madonna
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Post by: TristanNewsome on May 19, 2008, 02:20:28 AM
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski and a collection of poems by Rimbaud
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Post by: alec on May 21, 2008, 03:19:09 AM
the gift - Lewis Hyde
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Post by: Narnian Prince on May 21, 2008, 03:25:12 AM
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis  We went and saw the movie on Friday and my 12 and 9 year old daughters immediately found more than 20 fatal flaws that Disney screwed up on just to get their blood lust in.  So far, in the book, I've found more than a dozen.  Why doesn't Disney (and Hollyweird) go by the book or try to get some semblance to the original material in their movies?  :D
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Post by: GypsyInk on May 21, 2008, 09:25:41 PM
I agree with you on Prince Caspian, NP. I am usually disappointed in films "inspired" by books. I've often wondered if that's true with most writers? Finding what goes on in our heads when we read is far more entertaining than what we are shown on the screen?

I picked up a used copy of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast today. I am banning myself from the used book store for one month.
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Post by: DGSquared on June 14, 2008, 03:00:04 PM
I'm on to a self-help revival. No one else is going to save me.

I'm still reading Stephen King's On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft. I've been too busy with other research but will get back to it when the leisurely summer reading starts in a few weeks.

Yesterday I purchased the 20th Anniversary Edition of Getting the Love You Want By Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. My husband and I attended a three day retreat several years ago based on his IMAGO therapy and I must say it saved our marriage. Lifeboat anyone?


Last week I started reading Emotional Alchemy How the Mind can Heal the Heart by Tara Bennett-Goleman. An excellent book once you get past chapter three and what feels like a lot of Dalai Lama name dropping. This book combines Buddhist wisdom with mindfulness to conquer self defeating habits. It familiarizes you with schema therapy (now I want a refund from all of my therapists) and how to be aware of the thoughts and patterns ingrained into your brain from previous experiences that automatically cause you to react and re-play self defeating habits like broken records. The breathing exercises alone have already calmed me through what would have been full blown anxiety attacks.

My childhood history of abandonment and feeling unlovable has haunted me and negatively affected my adult life in ways I never realized possible causing me to be over sensitive to the slightest symbolism of abandonment, or unlovability, real or imagined. This book explains the hows and whys and gives you the tools to deal with the emotions that screw with your mind without reacting to them so that you can explore where they came from, acknowledge them and file them away where they belong. This is called being mindful. Thank you Tara.

I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with self defeating habits. Especially those that you seem to fall back into on the slightest trigger no matter how hard you try not to get sucked in to the emotional vortex.
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Post by: allyrose on June 14, 2008, 04:57:39 PM
Hi DGSquared:

Your childhood sounds just like mine.  I'm a senior now, and I still have not conquered all my demons, but I'm getting there. 

I have found that my relationship with my children is great, but I always have the feeling that eventually they will get fed up with me and leave me.

I will certainly get the book by Tara Bennett-Goleman.

Right now I am reading a book By Mehmet C. Oz Md.  It's an insider's guide to the Body that will you healthier and younger.
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Post by: righting on June 14, 2008, 09:31:40 PM
The Haunted Man and the Ghost - charles dickens
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Post by: Pocahontas on June 14, 2008, 10:17:42 PM
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
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Post by: Don on June 14, 2008, 10:39:11 PM
The directions for my new MP3 player.  Man, this is small.  The player I mean, not the directions.  The directions would rival War And Peace for word-count.
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Post by: Neo2008 on June 15, 2008, 06:41:49 PM
It by Stephen King
House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti
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Post by: StrayDog on June 16, 2008, 09:42:15 AM
Oliver Twist
[Dickens]

After that I'm going to read some Hemingway.
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Post by: Vienna on June 17, 2008, 04:09:26 AM


george eliot - Middlemarch (again)

heimito v doderer . die strudelhofstiege

david peace - tokio year zero

always have to have more than one book on the go
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Post by: fairybythesea on June 17, 2008, 01:47:57 PM
Oooh, this thread has reminded me of soooo many great books to reread. I'm currently reading 'Dark Angel' by Sally Beauman. I hadn't read anything of hers until I picked up a copy of 'Rebecca's Tale' in a market recently. Fabulous book.
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Post by: Akeith (Gray) on June 17, 2008, 02:32:03 PM
A collection of short stories that were first published in The Saturday Evening Post (1956). Have found them to be casual reading for when I need help falling asleep.
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Post by: SteveJ on June 24, 2008, 06:34:26 PM
Peter Ackroyd's brilliant Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (again):

'You cannot publish this autobiography, Oscar. It is nonsense - most of it is quite untrue.'
'What on earth do you mean?'
'It is invented.'
'It is my life.'
'But you have quite obviously changed the facts to suit your purpose.'
'I have no purpose, and the facts came quite naturally to me.'
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Post by: Orpheus on June 24, 2008, 06:46:27 PM
A thoroughly crap book. The new James Bond story - I can't even remember it's name.

TEDIOUS
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Post by: SteveJ on June 24, 2008, 06:48:28 PM
A thoroughly crap book. The new James Bond story - I can't even remember it's name.

It's probably got one of those crazy Bond titles like : 'Live and Die Tomorrow with Diamonds on the Moon'.
I always feel sympathy for those singers who're selected to sing the Bond movie themes ;D ;D
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Post by: Gyppo on June 25, 2008, 05:14:20 AM

I always feel sympathy for those singers who're selected to sing the Bond movie themes ;D ;D

Why?  They get paid ;-)  Presumably quite well.  Now, returning to topic...

Currently (re)reading Eagle In The Sky by Wilbur Smith.  It's a typical Smith story, a large sprawling epic set in dramatic territory, predominantly Israel and South Africa, with massive changes of fortune for his main characters.  Like many of his stories the plot is the vehicle by which the characters find out about themselves, learning what they can and cannot do, plumbing the depths as well as tasting the heights.

Published in 1974 the writing style could be seen as old fashioned by some, but it suits the chosen themes and he carries it off well.  He describes scenery vividly enough to bring it alive without wallowing in a morass of over-description.

Gyppo
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Post by: midnightcandle on June 25, 2008, 06:01:02 AM
A Town Like Alice (again) by Neville shute - great film but even better book :)
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Post by: Neo2008 on June 25, 2008, 07:25:15 AM
I am reading It by Stephen King.  I just finished House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti.  I am not sure what book I am going to read next but I am thinking about reading one of the following books: Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy, or Bright Lights Big City by Jay Mclnerney.  Have any of you read any of those books?
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Post by: Andrewf on June 25, 2008, 07:29:22 AM
Currently reading through "Self-Editing for Fiction Writers" by Renni Browne and Dave King.

Trying to get a handle on the editing that my stories usually need. ;D
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Post by: StrayDog on June 25, 2008, 08:38:49 AM
Still reading Oliver Twist,

Next is...
Vernon God Little
by DBC Pierre
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Post by: Lin on June 25, 2008, 02:58:41 PM
Ive just read - Thanks to Cathy who sent it to me in the post

"Thinkers of the Jungle" by Willie Smits and Jay Ullal

An orangutan was being kept in a small box by a colonel of the army in Borneo.   She was by mutual agreement confiscated as she had been in the box three years and her arms and legs were sticking out of the box since she had grown.   The first time the BOS foundation opened the box to free her she stood up to her waist  for the first time in three years- cried loudly and hugged the person who released her.

All the stories are not unhappy or cruel most are very positive and every book sold a Euro or 1GBP goes to the BOS foundation - please buy this its the most moving book I have read in a long time. The photos in the book are the best I have seen to demonstrate the plight of the orangutan.   They are wonderful - well recommended.

Lin
www.primateshelpingprimates.nl
www.savetheorangutan.co.uk



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Post by: Ninny on August 17, 2008, 02:01:29 PM
Thanks to a link from Ollie, I'm now reading 'The Suspicions of Mr Wicher..or the Murder at Poad Hill House' by Kate Summerscale!  A wonderful book based on the first 'real' detective story, circa 1860.  Although a true story she has written it in the manner of a  'who dunnit' as most detective novels written in the late 18th and early 19th century took their 'format' from this real story which fired the imaginations of our 19th century ancestors!
It's a great read and is down from £11.99 to £7.99 in Amazon!  (Still full price at Waterstones!)
Thanks Ollie!! ;)
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Post by: Posty on August 17, 2008, 02:32:45 PM
Aside from a lot of great threads here on MWC ;) ...

I've just finished a Sci Fi series by Orson Scott Card - the Ender's series - Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead - both brilliant, Xenocide and Children of the Mind - much less so, very long, slower paced, philosophical.

Gave a quick re-read of Old Man and the Sea (always come back to that one - love it)

For the 5th time I've picked up Robert Jordan's Eye of the World, and although everyone seems to love it, I just can't get past the slow pace - something interesting happens, then we're drawn our for 50 pages or so of hearing about every little conversation and pit stop the troop makes.  I may eventually endure to see if there's something shining at the end of this, but it better be damn good!   :-\

Nearly half way through Confessions of an Economic Hitman (came highly recommended by a friend).  It's interesting enough, though I can't help finding the author to be a bit full of himself, and his viewpoint therefore skewed.

Happy reading...
Posty
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Post by: CarrieSheppard on August 17, 2008, 02:37:00 PM
The Highest Tide - about a young lad who lives by Puget Sound and finds a giant dead squid.  A great book!!

Carrie
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Post by: StrayDog on August 17, 2008, 09:22:08 PM
True at first light
Hemingway
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Post by: Mark H on August 18, 2008, 11:41:13 AM
Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell.
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Post by: Spell Chick on August 18, 2008, 11:51:23 AM
I almost always have two books, at least, going.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Way We Will Be 50 Years From Today (60 of the World's Greatest Minds Share Their Vision of the Next Half Century) edited by Mike Wallace
    and if these are the smartest we got, it's no wonder we are in such dire straits.
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Post by: Andrewf on August 18, 2008, 03:15:22 PM
Have just started "The Dreaming Void" by Peter F Hamilton.

Very SciFi and very technical ;D  it's great ;D
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Post by: Talisman on August 18, 2008, 04:24:14 PM
The Midwife Calls by Jennifer Worth - about a young midwife working in the 1950's East End of London. Couldn't resist this when I saw it, as my Mum grew up in this part of London, and I used to love her stories about her childhood. Have only read 2 chapters, but am hooked already !
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Post by: ellie on August 18, 2008, 05:52:17 PM
Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell.

I really enjoyed that Mark;D

Has anyone here read 'Memoirs of a Geisha' ?
Its been sitting on my shelf about 2 years or more, waiting for me to pick it up and read it!   Ive got the DVD of Geisha and enjoyed that.

Im a bit of a UFO buff, so Im re-reading Nick Pope's 'Open Skies,Closed Minds'.

Im a very slow reader, and am just over halfway through Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane'.
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Post by: Alex44k on August 18, 2008, 06:16:31 PM
Currently reading Twilight.  And yes, I do enjoy it.  About halfway through.  Haven't been able to read much recently with moving, but hopefully I'll get to read again in the next week or two...
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Post by: Vienna on August 20, 2008, 05:13:55 AM


got into the twilight "series" cos my daughter is reallllllly into it and after my gf had finished the third ill start on that! enjoyed part 1 and 2...........
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Post by: Narnian Prince on February 20, 2009, 06:50:12 AM
I know it has been a while since this topic actually saw daylight but I thought I'd take a stab at it.

My daughter and I were at the theatres last week and took in the movie, "Inkheart".  (Great movie, loved it!)  We are now working our way through the actual book series (Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath) by Cornelia Funke.  Though, as always, it's better than the movie, it is well crafted and well written.

Chris
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Post by: Andrewf on February 20, 2009, 07:08:29 AM
I just recently started the last book of the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind... "Confessor"

;D ;D
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Post by: Vienna on February 20, 2009, 07:13:50 AM


hi NP my  daughter likes the Inkheart, she has read them in the original. Funke is a good writer.

Im reading some Thomas Bernhard again, 20 years dead on 12th February.
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Post by: thatollie on February 20, 2009, 02:00:14 PM
Just finished reading Foundation by Asimov.
It was brilliant.

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Post by: ellie on February 20, 2009, 06:00:36 PM
Just finished reading Foundation by Asimov.
It was brilliant.



Whats it about Ollie? Ive never read any of his books..

Ive just finished reading 'Cousin Bazilio' by Portuguese author Eca De Queiros....another book I couldn't put down by this author.  Its my third of his books Ive read, 'The Crime of Father Amaro'....and
The Maias', being the other two,
This Portuguese author is up there with classical writers such as Hardy,Dickens...
I highly recommend him ;D
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Post by: DC on February 21, 2009, 08:19:32 AM
Just finished reading Foundation by Asimov.
It was brilliant.



Ollie, it's thirty-four years since I read that, and you're right, it's brilliant, from what I remember. Which unfortunately is very little, otherwise I could answer Ellie's question. I must read it again, and you must go on to read the next two: 'Foundation and Empire' and 'Second Foundation'.

Meanwhile I've just helped myself (well I did pay for them) to three more books by Richard Dawkins. 'The Selfish Gene' is one that, having gone to Uni to study genetics, I should have read twenty years or so back. I shall make up for that lack once I've finished 'The Ancestor's Tale'.

The third one is 'The Blind Watchmaker', so along with 'The God Delusion', which I have still to finish, I guess I'm set up fror reading material for a while...

I started on The Ancestors Tale this morning, whilst sat in a coffee shop waiting for a bus home. I missed four buses...

Dave.

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Post by: Gyppo on February 21, 2009, 12:42:21 PM

I started on The Ancestors Tale this morning, whilst sat in a coffee shop waiting for a bus home. I missed four buses...


Now why don't they put comments like that on the back of books?

Gyppo
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Post by: Ninny on February 21, 2009, 06:13:20 PM
I'm reading 'The middle classes-a history'.  Very interesting indeed!!  (I just love history, I think it's because I'm so nosey)!!

Anyway, this is the one if you're interested..I recommend it!!

(http://www.littlebrown.co.uk/assets/images/EAN/Large/9780349115436.jpg)

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Post by: thatollie on February 21, 2009, 08:50:24 PM
Dave, I'd like to get the others. I found it in a second hand store for 1.25 and thought, "I'm having that."

Ellie, Foundation is about a society working to bring back intergalactic unity after the fall of an empire.
It's a little more complicated than that, and probably not everyone's cup of tea [I didn't fail to note it's less brilliant aspects.]
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Post by: DC on February 22, 2009, 03:42:21 AM

I started on The Ancestors Tale this morning, whilst sat in a coffee shop waiting for a bus home. I missed four buses...



Now why don't they put comments like that on the back of books?

Gyppo

;D ;D Never thought of it like that, Gyppo, it's just what happened...
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Post by: Andrewf on February 22, 2009, 01:39:49 PM
Dave, I'd like to get the others. I found it in a second hand store for 1.25 and thought, "I'm having that."

Ellie, Foundation is about a society working to bring back intergalactic unity after the fall of an empire.
It's a little more complicated than that, and probably not everyone's cup of tea [I didn't fail to note it's less brilliant aspects.]

I have all five... or is it six... Books of the foundation series  ;D
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Post by: DGSquared on March 08, 2009, 09:53:00 PM
Stand for Something

 The Battle for America's Soul


by John Kasich
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Post by: Pauliana on March 08, 2009, 10:01:48 PM
I'm reading The Reader. I wanted to know what the movie was about.  :-\
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Post by: Jewldust on March 08, 2009, 11:05:26 PM
I have started reading the Diary of Anne Frank. I have always been wondeirng what it was like and what it was all about, always wanted to read it. SO when I was in my college I went to the library there and found the thick book and took it out and began reading it right away. Im at the point where I dont know if I want to read anymore or not. I'll keeping reading I have to! LOL
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Post by: ringer on March 09, 2009, 02:10:54 AM
 Hi from Ringer: I  Read Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.   Very realistic story of a marriage coming apart in its early years.  Probably more realism than I wanted.   Shocking ending.  Didn't see the movie yet.    Now reading "Ghosts among us," by James Van Praagh,  a kind of do-it-yourself ghost book.   If you've read a few items on ghosts this book is similiar..... well, maybe one or two new facts.   
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Post by: MrsTiner on March 09, 2009, 09:56:58 AM
I'm currently reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova by way of fiction and I'm reading The Tree Of Life by Israel Regardie by way of spiritual work.

While The Historian was rather slow to get started, I'm enjoying it now. I love all the historical facts woven into the storyline. Of course, I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.
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Post by: DGSquared on March 10, 2009, 03:21:47 AM
Picked up a few March/April writer's magazines at Barnes N Noble today. Wanted to kick myself in the pants... When will I finally get a subscription and stop paying newsstand prices?  ??? :-\

These would make nice Mother's Day gifts, if your mother were a writer, that is. ::)
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Post by: McWawa on March 10, 2009, 07:02:42 PM
"The Elegance of the Hedgehog ".  by Mariel Barbery. Reading the english translation.


 
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Post by: Rebelfera on March 10, 2009, 09:43:14 PM
Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan. Quite an odd little vampire tale, but an addiction of mine nowadays, lol.
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Post by: ellie on March 14, 2009, 02:34:14 PM
'The Relic'...by Eca De Queiros (sometimes has a 'z' instead of 's')..
and once again really enjoyiing this Portuguese author..hes up there with the best! Highly recommend
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 14, 2009, 04:46:26 PM
Salem's Lot - Stephen King
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Post by: thatollie on March 15, 2009, 12:54:04 AM
The Shining - Stephen King
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 16, 2009, 11:07:40 AM
Another great Stephen King book = The green mile
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Post by: Narnian Prince on March 16, 2009, 11:15:53 AM
The Host by Stephenie Meyer  (A great sci-fi book about the tranferance of souls.  I'm only 100 pages in and it's over 620 pages!  :) )
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Post by: alienauthor on March 16, 2009, 11:58:21 AM
Panglor by Jeffrey Carver.  It's a hard sci-fi.  Interesting imagination.  Kind of old school.  Just the way I like it! 8)
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Post by: marilyn on March 17, 2009, 03:52:02 AM
Power, Freedom and Grace by Deepak Chopra. I have now read all of his books and when I am feeling lost for words I just sit down quietly somewhere in nature and let the thoughts flow as they will.
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Post by: misaditas on March 17, 2009, 03:58:08 AM
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. Absolutely brilliant.
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Post by: Lew Charles on March 17, 2009, 08:05:59 AM
The Limits of Liberty - a fantastic short history of the USA

By Maldwyn A. Jones

The Catcher in the Rye  (again)

By J. D. Salinger
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Post by: Plain_Jane on March 17, 2009, 10:37:48 AM
I'm in between books at the moment. Here are the couple I just finished:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Paper Towns by John Green

Here are the ones I'm about to start:

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

The Uglies Trilogy (Uglies, Pretties, Specials) by Scott Westerfeld
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Post by: thatollie on March 18, 2009, 08:15:49 AM
Stealing Light - Gary Gibson
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Post by: Lin on March 18, 2009, 11:40:01 AM
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"The Elegance of the Hedgehog ".  by Mariel Barbery. Reading the english translation.





I bought this book yesterday and opened up this topic to find you were reading the same book

I havent got to the bit where the guy dies and changes their lives.

It could be an interesting book, but so far I havent read enough to comment.

Lin x
 
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Post by: Gyppo on March 18, 2009, 02:32:12 PM
Currently re-reading White Fang and Call Of The Wild by Jack London.   Very much 'old school' writing, but I tend to revisit these two, and other Jack London books every few years.  I first read White Fang when I was eight.  Some of the longer words didn't make sense then, but I asked Mum or Dad, or looked it up in a dictionary.  In truth it was usually the other way around, because sometimes the dictionary explanation still didn't make much sense.

Recently re-read Frederick Forsyth's The Devil's Alternative.  I remembered the ending, but it was a pleasure to rediscover some of the twists and turns of a quite convoluted plot.

Gyppo   
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Post by: thatollie on March 20, 2009, 12:01:59 PM
I've got some good 'uns on the waiting list.
Treasure Island
Moonfleet
&
The Coral Island

Piratin Books
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Post by: fire-fly on March 20, 2009, 05:26:57 PM
Crimes in Grass Castles

Keith Moor
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Post by: ellie on March 21, 2009, 05:52:10 PM
Im enjoying 'Memoirs of a Geisha'  by Arthur Golden....
as well as being halfway through 'The Relic' by Portuguese author Eca De Queiroz.......

Its my birthday today and Ive been bought another 2 books by Queiroz :
'The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers'
&
'The Yellow Sofa & other stories'
I know Ive said it before but I highly recommend Eca De Queiroz ;D

nite nite xx
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Post by: fire-fly on March 21, 2009, 05:57:14 PM
Happy Birthday Ellie.  :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: ellie on March 22, 2009, 11:47:04 AM
Thanks FF..you are a sweetie xx
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Post by: alienauthor on March 22, 2009, 10:21:19 PM
Dark Moon by David Gemell 8)
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Post by: Sneakyheathen on March 23, 2009, 05:48:01 AM
I'm reading Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon. I'm not really sure what it's about, honestly, but it's really interesting.
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Post by: alienauthor on March 23, 2009, 10:04:50 PM
The Covenant Rising by Stan Nicholls 8)
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Post by: Lew Charles on March 25, 2009, 09:20:38 AM
I was Howard Hughes


By Steven Carter
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Post by: Vienna on March 25, 2009, 09:27:35 AM


for a little light relief


Under Milkwood - Dylan Thomas

only at home though as I like to read it aloud.........was made for reading aloud
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 28, 2009, 04:37:16 AM
Forty stories - Anton Chekhov
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Post by: thatollie on August 21, 2009, 04:19:21 AM
I'm reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson

And when I'm done, I'll be going on to The Illiad by Homer
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Post by: silverhearts7 on August 21, 2009, 11:19:22 AM
The Bancroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum. 
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Post by: emma112 on August 21, 2009, 11:23:42 AM
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
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Post by: Andrewf on August 21, 2009, 11:25:54 AM
The Temporal Void

by Peter F Hamilton.     ;D
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Post by: Aspiring on August 21, 2009, 12:35:59 PM
Actively reading Robinson Crusoe, Magic Kingdom for sale (Terry Brooks), Wild at Heart (John Eldredge), and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Just finished Black House, by Stephen King last night. For some reason I'd taken a hiatus from King's books but I'm back. The book was great--if you liked the Talisman and/or the Dark Tower series, I'd recommend it.
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Post by: gotpaints on August 21, 2009, 02:59:49 PM
Currently reading Emma

On the waiting list:
1) The Virgin's Lover
2) The Harry Potter series (I haven't read them in forever)
3) Whatever else I picked up from the book store the last few visits (they had $1-2 books, how could I NOT buy some of them).

I've got enough to keep me occupied for a few months.
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Post by: SunshineX on August 21, 2009, 03:42:43 PM
Orwell's 1984. A classic that I don't know how I 've missed until now.
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Post by: KKW on August 21, 2009, 09:15:59 PM
I'm almost done with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkeban (second time through) and then I will start Airborne by Kenneth Oppel.  Really looking forward to it as the reviews say he writes in the style of Jules Verne and Robert Louise Stevenson.
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Post by: H.W.Bones on September 07, 2009, 03:01:49 AM
Nick Caves new one 'The Death of Bunny Munro' and John Updikes 'Rabbit, Run'

Not sure why i suddenly have to theme my reading choices by animals......but there you go.

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Post by: Lew Charles on September 07, 2009, 08:22:11 AM
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami (interesting read for aspiring writers)

Before Adam - Jack London (entertaining, thought-provoking, but not his best, IMO)

Starting Over - Tony Parsons (good observations)

In a Rare Time of Rain - Milner Place (poetry teeming with experience) 

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Post by: thatollie on September 08, 2009, 07:02:00 AM
Finally finished reading Anathem (with a few shorter books as "breaks")

I got Platinum Pohl from the library, so that's next.
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Post by: Vienna on September 14, 2009, 06:32:22 AM


Started reading and now well into "Some Faraway Beach- Life and Times of Brian Eno" well written, informative and thought provoking.
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Post by: PeggyNolan on September 14, 2009, 01:25:13 PM
I'm reading, "Flying By the Seat of My Soul" by Tess Marshall.  Highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

On my list:

"Kathryn's Beach" by Nadine Laman
Some book by Nick Dawes that I won at a blog party  ;D (Just got it in the mail...thank you Nick!)
"The Frugal Editor" by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (another book I won at the same blog party)
"Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope" by Joan D. Chittister
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Post by: alienauthor on September 14, 2009, 02:46:01 PM
Spy High Mission Four by A.J. Butcher 8)
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Post by: Hmmm on September 16, 2009, 05:23:22 AM
I'm reading 'the husband' by Dean Koontz. I've just discovered him, and I'm devouring everything he's ever done.
Also, his front covers and synopses are a lesson in how to get folk to buy your book. They're superb.

I agree Koontz is superb. I was wandering around bored in the bookshop when I was 13, and picked up "Watchers." It was my favourite book at the time, and I wrote to him. That's when I started writing seriously, every day. About a year later he sent me back a great reply with the apology for the delay, since he'd been kidnapped by aliens.  ;D

As for me, I'm absorbed in the Everyman's Library Edition of Orwell's Essays, interspersed with university textbooks and some old classics. I'm also picking up anything on writing, from Strunk and White's Elements of Style 4th Edition to Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language by Don Watson (a good extension of Orwell's Politics and the English Language).

Also, I'm trying out some books on writing humour by those who have actually got a track record in that area. I'd like to mix humour with what I'd really like to do, something like Nineteen Eighty-Four or Brave New World. (Forgive my modesty; it just flows...)  :P
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Post by: H.W.Bones on September 17, 2009, 08:57:56 PM
Lillians Story - Kate Grenville

Brilliant book. Like a female Ignatius Riley!!
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Post by: Symphony on September 18, 2009, 03:37:35 AM
Have currently got my nose buried in Born to Run. Enjoying every second XX
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Post by: thatollie on September 20, 2009, 01:11:25 AM
I bought these books  last tuesday.

1. Lord Foul's Bane (First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant) by Stephen Donaldson
2. The Hand of Oberon by Roger Zelazny
3. City of Illusions by Ursula LeGuin
4. The Face by Jack Vance

That's me set for a while, because I've also got The Word and The Void (omnibus) by Terry Brooks to read.
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Post by: Lumynescence on September 20, 2009, 09:17:38 AM
Wideacre, The Favored Child, and Meridon by Philippa Gregory. A captivating trilogy. :)
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Post by: H.W.Bones on September 21, 2009, 07:31:43 PM
Howl - Allen Ginsberg
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Post by: alienauthor on September 23, 2009, 01:40:19 PM
The World On Blood-Jonathan Nasaw 8)
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Post by: A.J.B on September 26, 2009, 06:36:57 AM
The Magician's Apprentice- Trudi Canavan
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Post by: McWawa on September 27, 2009, 07:18:08 AM
"The Rugged Road"  by Theresa Wallach.

In dec., 1934 Theresa Wallach and her friend Forence Blenkiron left London to travel by motorcycle, a Panther M100 with sidecar and trailer, via the ferry boat from Marseilles to Algiers and then over land  to South Africa. There were no set roads and the complete journey had yet to be achieved by any type of four wheel transport .

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Post by: Rob08 on September 27, 2009, 07:52:48 AM
The Merchant Princes series by Charles Stross.  Finished the first three books this week - 'The Family Trade', 'The Hidden Family' and 'The Clan Corporate'.  I was supposed to take delivery of the next two books in the series yesterday but missed the postman, so hopefully will get this next week.

The premise of this series is good, I will just type up the back cover blurb of the first book here for you to get a flavour.  The story is fast paced and inventive, so a lot of fun to read.

Miriam Beckstein, a successful reporter for a hi-tech magazine in Boston, finds iron-clad evidence of a money laundering scheme.  But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she has uncovered.  Before the day is over she's received a locket, left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when she was an infant.  Within is a knot-work pattern, which has a hypnotic effect on Miriam.  Before she knows it, she's transported herself to a parallel Earth, a world where knights on horseback chase their prey with automatic weapons, and where world-skipping assasins lurk just on the other side of reality - a world where her true family runs things.
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Post by: twisted wheel on September 27, 2009, 08:10:15 AM
kidnapped

robert louis stevenson
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Post by: Opus on September 27, 2009, 08:50:48 AM
The Anne series by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Deus Caritas Est (Encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI).

The Catholic Catechism.
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Post by: Don on September 27, 2009, 09:53:32 AM
The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea - Alice Wexler
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Post by: mouselady on September 27, 2009, 12:22:29 PM
A textbook about passing the 'Life in the UK' test.

There are questions about sport, but not about Shakespeare, or the plants and animals of this beautiful land.   :-[ I suppose I should be grateful it doesn't mention 'Big Brother', or 'Strictly Come Dancing'. 
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Post by: DGSquared on September 27, 2009, 12:45:15 PM
Brisinger by young protégé (?), Christopher Paolini.
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Post by: emma112 on September 27, 2009, 01:10:57 PM
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

I'm not enjoying it very much though, which is a surprise. :-\
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Post by: H.W.Bones on September 27, 2009, 10:51:16 PM
Neither here nor there - Bill Bryson
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Post by: thatollie on September 27, 2009, 10:54:19 PM
I have a packed reading list, and it's getting bigger and bigger bigger until it explodes.

EDIT: Like my ego.
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Post by: Talisman on October 06, 2009, 07:29:53 AM
I am reading Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes - it is rather a long book at over 500 pages and bit slow in places, but also filled with humour, as the author pokes fun at the rich and spoilt snobs which are the main characters.     
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Post by: alienauthor on October 06, 2009, 04:22:15 PM
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 8)
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Post by: DGSquared on October 06, 2009, 11:49:08 PM
Seduction

The Trumpeter Swan (with my son)

Three different monthly writer's magazines.
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Post by: thatollie on October 07, 2009, 12:57:59 AM
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 8)
AA, I love that book. Read it for the first time when I was twelve.
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Post by: thatollie on October 07, 2009, 12:59:11 AM
Oh yeah, I should really tell everyone what I'm reading.

Viriconium by M John Harrison, it's super awesome future fantasy.
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Post by: amakepeace on October 07, 2009, 12:39:35 PM
Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler--started last night. So good!  :)


Amanda
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Post by: McWawa on October 07, 2009, 03:49:22 PM
The Time Traveler's Wife.

Audrey Niffenegger.
(A few other things on the go yet this gets the attention to day.)
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Post by: DIZI on October 08, 2009, 06:50:47 PM
Conversations With God vol 3 and POP.
Pop is a bit long drawn out but facinating.
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Post by: thatollie on October 08, 2009, 08:46:22 PM
I bought 10 books yesterday.
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Post by: McWawa on October 11, 2009, 09:46:02 AM
I'm still on this one (edit: well was until a few `minute ago), and great it is too. I have no recollection of any previous book of fiction having brought me to tears, yet "Time Traveller's Wife"  has. A wonderful love story. Thank You Audrey Niffenegger, You have woken up something with in me, something long forgotten or long since experienced .

Bryan
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Post by: Mark H on October 11, 2009, 10:16:43 AM
Yep an amazing book.

I wanted to mention a book I read a few weeks ago: Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman. It's a very unusual thriller. The end goes a bit wobbly but it's well worth a read.
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Post by: Vienna on October 11, 2009, 10:19:18 AM
Finished " On some faraway beach, the life and times of Brian Eno" at last, what's next on the list? Also finished Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol, why I bothered I don't really know. I'll have to have a shufti to see what will be next, at the moment I have Q and Mojo magazines to get through too.
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Post by: Vienna on October 11, 2009, 10:20:57 AM
Yep an amazing book.

I wanted to mention a book I read a few weeks ago: Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman. It's a very unusual thriller. The end goes a bit wobbly but it's well worth a read.

is jesse ok? as a writer I mean, used to read his mum and dad but got tired of the sermonizing!
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Post by: Mark H on October 11, 2009, 10:44:30 AM
I have not read anything by his parents.
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Post by: AliceBliss on October 21, 2009, 12:51:06 PM
I'm currently wading through a Hans Holizer compliation called, Ghost Stories.  Once I'm done with that, I guess I'll have to make a trip to the library, since I've read everything in the house five or six times in the last year!
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Post by: emma112 on November 24, 2009, 01:49:56 PM
Almost finished Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It's great! :)
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Post by: Risca on November 24, 2009, 03:25:09 PM
The lost symbol - dan brown
just wow

 and from the two rivers - robert jordan
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Post by: Cathy C on November 24, 2009, 03:45:49 PM
Scarpetta by Patrica Cornwell

find it moving a bit slower than her previous books, but still a great read
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Post by: Hugh on November 24, 2009, 04:02:36 PM
Got part way through Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. Gave up because, although the subject (Freemasonry) is interesting, the action was too claustrophobic for someone who prefers the great outdoors to anything underground. Gave me the shudders.

Now, at last, reading Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance. Zen, and the great outdoors — what could be better?

Hugh
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Post by: silverhearts7 on November 24, 2009, 04:22:58 PM
The Merlot Murders, by Ellen Crosby
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Post by: Vienna on November 25, 2009, 02:53:43 AM


Frost - Thomas Bernhard
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Post by: mouselady on November 25, 2009, 06:25:28 PM
'Visual Magic' by Jan Fries (re reading, actually)
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Post by: thatollie on November 27, 2009, 10:22:59 PM
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy
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Post by: Don on November 27, 2009, 10:50:42 PM
The Mammoth Book of Mammoths  :)
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Post by: thatollie on November 27, 2009, 10:59:26 PM
The Mammoth Book of Mammoths  :)
;D
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Post by: Lin on November 28, 2009, 08:17:55 AM
I just finished reading "Small Island" by Andrea Levy.  May I suggest you all see the film version on BBC next week.  It was the most amazing story.  I loved it and the best book I have read in some time.  Well worth watching on the TV.  Look out for it in the coming two weeks. Not sure what day its on.  I looked on the web site and it said "Coming Soon"  but I did glance to see that they were advertising it in between programmes all this week and I keep missing the day it will be shown.

So please keep and eye out and me too.
Lin x
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Post by: Dsoul on December 09, 2009, 10:59:20 AM
Stephen King's 'From a Buick 8.' Always been a Stephen King fan.
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Post by: emma112 on December 09, 2009, 12:39:06 PM
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Post by: Vienna on December 11, 2009, 06:13:16 AM


Turkish Grammar
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Post by: rikki on December 11, 2009, 11:32:26 AM
Holidays on ice - David Sedaris
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Post by: ellie on December 11, 2009, 05:35:21 PM
Im re-reading 'The Relic' by Eca De Queiros (Portuguese author)/ about a young man who travels to the Holy land/ he thinks hes brought a relic the crown of thorns but when his aunt opens it, its the nightie of a lover he had in Egypt!......Ive read quite a few of his books, hes an excellent writer(almost finished it)

Im also reading a biography on Stalin by Edvard Radzinsky.....and guess what? Im reading the Bible...Ive got up to where Moses gets the 10 commandments from God.....Ive read the New Testament and Im on the last pages of Revelations.

Oh and Ive also started re-reading E F Benson's Lucia novels....
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Post by: DC on December 11, 2009, 06:32:15 PM
I'm going to be boring here, and say that I'm re-reading what I think is possibly the most important, and to me the most influential book ever written.

'On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection'.

Charles Darwin.

Absolutely fascinating.
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Post by: thatollie on January 05, 2010, 05:51:32 AM
The World of Null-A
by A. E. Van Vogt
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Post by: kk on January 05, 2010, 06:53:27 AM
Under the Dome   
Stephen King

South of Broad
Pat Conroy
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Post by: A.J.B on January 05, 2010, 07:10:27 AM
Grey Seer by C.L Werner
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Post by: Andrewf on January 06, 2010, 02:45:47 PM
The World of Null-A
by A. E. Van Vogt

:o  I didnt think anyone else had that one Ollie. You been raiding my library?


I've just started "The Nation" by Terry Pratchett

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Post by: thatollie on January 07, 2010, 12:27:46 AM
:o  I didnt think anyone else had that one Ollie. You been raiding my library?


I've just started "The Nation" by Terry Pratchett


Found it second hand a few weeks ago.

But now I'm reading Spiral by Koji Suzuki.
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Post by: zelda75231 on January 07, 2010, 12:37:55 AM
writing down the bone 
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Post by: alienauthor on January 07, 2010, 03:58:57 PM
Inca Gold by Clive Cussler 8)
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Post by: rokerman on January 08, 2010, 12:06:03 AM
A Morbid Taste For Bones by Peter Ellis
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Post by: Vienna on January 08, 2010, 03:00:10 AM


if Im goiong to be snowed in at the weekend as the weathergirl predicted I am going to read "Radetzkymarsch -Josef Roth
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Post by: ellie on January 10, 2010, 05:07:23 PM
Re-reading 'The Crime of Father Amaro' by Eca De Queiros(priest has affair with young girl)......and also 'The Jesus Dynasty' by Professor James D Tabor (very interesting..all about the Roman occupation of Palestine in the time of Jesus & of course Jesus' life and of John the baptist..great read)
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Post by: thatollie on January 14, 2010, 03:06:41 PM
Still reading Spiral.

Next Up: The Centauri Device by M John Harrison
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Post by: Kowboy on January 14, 2010, 11:20:31 PM
I'm in a library book group. This month's selection is "The Soloist" by Steve Lopez. A journalist documents helping a mentally ill homeless musician. It was good.

Kowboy
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Post by: kk on January 15, 2010, 05:14:35 AM
Quote
"The Soloist" by Steve Lopez

Just watched the movie - that was good too.


Last Night in Twisted River  John Irving
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Post by: Jackie Doud on January 15, 2010, 09:21:33 AM
Nearing the end of ‘Next’ by Michael Crichton, I’ve started to read Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ (for the 3rd time).  Both deal with the greed of humanity.

@ alienauthor:  I read Atlantis Found, by Clive Cussler.  Are you aware that he uses ghostwriters?  Personally, I think that strips him of his badges, but don’t know who to credit.

Books I just can’t seem to finish:
Empire Falls, by ?
Aztec, by Gary Jennings
Mexico, by James Michner
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
The Bible

So-ooo, I’m trying to edit my manuscript accordingly.
.........................................................................

I was inspired this a.m. by the movie ‘12’, a Russian production of the jury-room, with subscripts.  I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.  Semi-Quote at the end, from T…?

‘The law is powerful, but what can have greater power than mercy?’

Just for fun, from search engine I found related quotes:

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
--Jimi Hendrix

Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. –William Shakespeare
Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge. --William Shakespeare
(Are these 2 not contradictions?)
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Post by: A.J.B on January 15, 2010, 10:45:20 AM
Shall be proofreading something next week :) There is a lovelly warm feeling knowing that you hold in your hands a novel that people will not get to see for many months.
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Post by: thatollie on February 14, 2010, 06:16:06 AM
Just read Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, not sure what to read next.
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Post by: emma112 on February 14, 2010, 11:37:32 AM
I'm reading The Passage to India by E.M. Forster, and also Atonement by Ian McEwan. I have to compare the two novels for an English Literature class I am taking. :)
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Post by: Risca on February 14, 2010, 11:53:31 AM
The Left Hand of God, Paul Hoffman

Really good so far!
x
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Post by: alienauthor on February 15, 2010, 02:42:43 PM
Alien Plot   by Piers Anthony 8)
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Post by: Andrewf on February 15, 2010, 02:45:11 PM
Smoke Ring

by Larry Niven
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Post by: Vienna on February 16, 2010, 02:57:17 AM
Burglar Diaries - Danny King (again)

finishing Radetzky March - Joseph Roth

Der Theatermacher - Thomas Bernhard for nthe umpteenth time, mainly because I am going to see the play again soon.

depends where I am, have a couple of others on the go too.
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Post by: alienauthor on February 16, 2010, 06:57:53 PM
Firefly by Piers Anthony 8)

Anyone into the fantasy sci-fi genre, I just finished an amazing book called Quest for the Fallen Star.  The author is James Richey, but it will most likely be listed under Piers Anthony, as he was a collaborator.  I highly suggest it.  It's not short though, 240,000  words.  If you do read, enjoy.
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Post by: thatollie on February 21, 2010, 09:17:01 AM
Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

AA, as you can see ^ Long books don't intimidate me.
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Post by: jjrrss10 on February 21, 2010, 04:41:23 PM
It is Impossible for me to read one book at a time so:

A Thousand Spendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni

&

Return to Sender by Julia Alavarez (for a teen book club that I'm starting at the local library next week)
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Post by: rjrhodes on February 21, 2010, 04:45:29 PM
Just finished Steamed by Katie MacAlister.  Very intersesting steampunk romance. 
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Post by: ellie on February 22, 2010, 05:44:22 PM
Im re-reading the books of Eca De Queiros (Portuguese author)..
Just finished  'The Crime of Father Amaro'....and now re-reading 'Cousin Bazilio'...
Im also reading Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol'...excellent read! ;D

Nearly forgot Im also reading H.G. Wells book of short stories...this man had an amazing mind!
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Post by: alienauthor on February 23, 2010, 12:56:09 AM
The Runes of Earth
by Stephen R. Donaldson


Having a hard time getting into it though.  He's obviously well educated, and some of his terminology kills the flow for me.  ??? (I hate having to use a dictionary to be able to read a book.)  I suppose this shows my thorough lack of education. ;D 8)
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Post by: Vienna on February 23, 2010, 03:53:02 AM
Axelotl Roadkill - Helene Hegemann (18 year old German writer)

supposed to have "stolen" much of it from an internet novel. The new edition now has a bibliography in it.
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Post by: thatollie on February 24, 2010, 06:56:37 PM
The Runes of Earth
by Stephen R. Donaldson


Having a hard time getting into it though.  He's obviously well educated, and some of his terminology kills the flow for me.  ??? (I hate having to use a dictionary to be able to read a book.)  I suppose this shows my thorough lack of education. ;D 8)
I've been meaning to read him for a while, although I have a huge TBR pile.
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Post by: Keith D on February 25, 2010, 01:38:27 AM
I'm working my way through the complete Sherlock Holmes stories on my daily commute; at home I've nearly finished Gunslinger by Stephen King.
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Post by: undeadpetals on February 27, 2010, 07:33:31 PM
Now's my chance to share my annoying thinking thing!

I am currently reading "The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane.

To unkindly summarize, it is good read. But I am spending a longer time finishing it than with other books I read. I enjoy this subject matter and the author's analysis of a young soldier becoming a man amid his fears and troubles in a war. However, I cannot cull it as immensely readable: if I read too fast, I miss too much details. I find myself required to read it intensely, and for a short book (think a Signet Classic of 100 pages), it is straining my relationship with time. Plus a few words throw me out the pages, thus more time alotted for it. (But as always, it is good to read with a dictionary! <3)
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Post by: jjrrss10 on April 10, 2010, 03:49:55 PM
War and Peace - Tolstoy

'nuff said.
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Post by: ellie on April 10, 2010, 04:35:13 PM
Just finished Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol'....and really enjoyed it ;D
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Post by: Mark H on April 16, 2010, 02:45:36 PM
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

VG. Iffy ending.
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Post by: ellie on April 18, 2010, 06:00:02 PM
Re-reading Eca De Queiros'  'Cousin Bazilio'......
I recommend this writer..

Also reading more of H.G.Wells short stories..what a mind that man had! ;)
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Post by: thatollie on April 20, 2010, 04:37:44 AM
I just finished The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
I'm not sure what to read next, I have lots of books.
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Post by: thatollie on April 26, 2010, 10:15:53 PM
Just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by PKD
It was awesome.

Probably read some Robert Swindells next.
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Post by: mouselady on April 27, 2010, 05:41:04 PM
Just finished 'Blueeyed Boy' by Joanne Harris.  Excellent, and very twisty turny (and somewhat timey-whiney).

Next up is 'Colony' by JA (Jan) Henderson.


Mouse
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Post by: Gyppo on April 27, 2010, 07:40:02 PM
Currently reading Day Of Reckoning by Jack Higgins.  I'm enjoying it so far, but Jack/Harry ought to shoot his proofreader.  Seeing as it's a fairly old book perhaps he has...

But you want to know why, don't you.  Because one of the women is carrying a 25 mm Colt automatic with hollow point bullets.

Someone got lost in the conversion between metric and imperial.  .25 of an inch is fine, but 25 mm is near as damn it one whole inch.  The woman's carrying a small cannon ;-)

Still, it's not as funny as when someone has a poacher carrying a 'folding 4.10' instead of .410.

Gyppo   
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Post by: pencil on April 30, 2010, 04:08:26 AM
Just finishing re-reading Justine by Lawrence Durrell. 
Wish I could post a photo of my bedside reading, or perhaps not - lol.  Margaret Atwood - re-reading Oryx and Crake as a precurser to reading The Year of The Flood.   can hardly wait.    Then there's The Magus, and  Poems of New York and, The Age of Reason and, The Year of Magical Thinking and, The Hobbit and,  Watership Down and,  The Shipping News and,  Bird by Bird and,  Sylvia Plath and,  Dorothy Porter.  They sit atop one another beside my bed awaiting my whim. I wish I was more sturdy.


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Post by: Royanmagic on May 04, 2010, 12:02:15 PM
Good Day

I am reading  APULEIUS METAMORPHOSES OR GOLDEN ASS AND OTHER WORKS  Printed in London: George Bell and sons, York Street, Covent  Garden 1889

Just started reading, interesting read but slow as my mind is trying to give me the modern translations.

Look forward to reading and enjoy what is suppose to be an excellent story for all times.

This is totally different type of book than I have read before but am always willing to read outside my comfort zone.

If anyone has read it please let me know what you think.

A book is more when shared
Royan
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Post by: jjrrss10 on May 04, 2010, 04:57:45 PM
Currently on pg 525/1368 of War and Peace. Hoping to get to 1000 by Monday.
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Post by: thatollie on May 05, 2010, 04:04:34 AM
The Shadow of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
It's not a book, it's a magic spell.
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Post by: Vienna on May 05, 2010, 11:18:33 AM
Currently on pg 525/1368 of War and Peace. Hoping to get to 1000 by Monday.


is reading enjoyable when it's a race to get to page thousand? I read because I  enjoy it. Isn't war and peace a good read? Enjoyed it immensely. If it arrives tomorrow I will start Robert Musil - Mann ohne Eigenschaften
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Post by: A.J.B on May 07, 2010, 06:16:54 AM
Currently reading 'Rynn's World' by Steve Parker and am about twenty pages from the finish so will be moving onto 'Helsreach' by Aaron Demski-Bowden, or Soulhunter by the same author.
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Post by: thatollie on May 20, 2010, 11:43:38 PM
Just finished

Trullion: Alastor 2262 - Jack Vance
The man is a master of the art.

Next,

Agent of Vega - James H Schmitz
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Post by: alienauthor on May 23, 2010, 10:59:34 PM
Sadly, nothing but e-mail and website instructions at the moment. :( 8)
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Post by: jjrrss10 on May 24, 2010, 07:21:19 AM
Just finished War and Peace yesterday, now I'm moving on to The Secret Life of Bees.
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Post by: A.J.B on May 26, 2010, 06:49:14 PM
Currently reading, and really enjoying, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.

And good lord was it difficult to get a copy without Will Smith on the cover.
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Post by: AzariaScout on May 27, 2010, 10:09:18 AM
The Shadow of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
It's not a book, it's a magic spell.

One of my all time favorite books! Currently reading the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix...first real venture into fantasy and thoroughly enjoying them all.
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Post by: ellie on May 27, 2010, 06:10:46 PM
Ive just started Stephen King's 'Under The Dome'...... I finished Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' some weeks back and really enjoyed it.......
Im also re-reading my collection of Eca De Queiros books(Poruguese author) and very good he is too.
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Post by: Vienna on May 31, 2010, 08:48:52 AM
will be starting today as its just arrived:

Mark E Smith and  The Fall: Art, Music and Politics - Goddard/Halligan (Eds)
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Post by: alienauthor on May 31, 2010, 10:42:22 PM
The Shield of Troy  David Gemmell 8)
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Post by: thatollie on June 01, 2010, 07:58:45 PM
Ive just started Stephen King's 'Under The Dome'...... I finished Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' some weeks back and really enjoyed it.......
Im also re-reading my collection of Eca De Queiros books(Poruguese author) and very good he is too.

I read Under the Dome a few weeks ago. It's pretty good.

I'm reading Prador Moon by Neal Asher
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Post by: jjrrss10 on June 01, 2010, 08:51:25 PM
Ive just started Stephen King's 'Under The Dome'...... I finished Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' some weeks back and really enjoyed it.......
Im also re-reading my collection of Eca De Queiros books(Poruguese author) and very good he is too.

((Is 'Under the Dome' good? I've been considering reading it, but I'm not one for super scary like 'It'...
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Post by: thatollie on June 01, 2010, 08:54:56 PM
((Is 'Under the Dome' good? I've been considering reading it, but I'm not one for super scary like 'It'...

I read Under the Dome a few weeks ago. It's pretty good.

I'm reading Prador Moon by Neal Asher

It's good, but I wouldn't say that it's too scary. I mean it's not suitable for kids but it's not exactly scary.
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Post by: kk on June 03, 2010, 06:06:54 PM
Quote
It's good, but I wouldn't say that it's too scary. I mean it's not suitable for kids but it's not exactly scary.

I agree to that. But...it will make you wonder about your neighbors.  Just a warning.

kk
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 04, 2010, 05:54:58 AM
Are any of Stephen King's books scary though? I'm a massive fan, but most of the stuff of his tends to be just a little weird. Funnily enough, does anyone here get properly scared by books, because the novel can never get to me like a film can, for instance.

Anyway, currently reading "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch and "God is not Great" by Chris Hitchens. Both are fantastic.
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Post by: thatollie on June 04, 2010, 10:37:35 AM
Are any of Stephen King's books scary though? I'm a massive fan, but most of the stuff of his tends to be just a little weird. Funnily enough, does anyone here get properly scared by books, because the novel can never get to me like a film can, for instance.

Anyway, currently reading "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch and "God is not Great" by Chris Hitchens. Both are fantastic.
You poor thing, being scared by a book is way more intense than being scared by a film.
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 05, 2010, 04:33:34 AM
You poor thing, being scared by a book is way more intense than being scared by a film.

Yes I can imagine, because you tend to get much more involved in books. My friend said Blatty's "The Exorcist" scared the hell out of him when he read it but again it didn't do anything for me. I vaguely remember being scared by Herbert's "The Rats" when I was about 13, but nothing since. Can anyone recommmend a really scary book?!
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Post by: thatollie on June 08, 2010, 10:07:31 PM
Don't go for Dracula, it's a very poor book. Try Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein, or go for some Clark Ashton Smith. But I recommend him too much.
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Post by: undeadpetals on June 09, 2010, 03:54:29 AM
Don't go for Dracula, it's a very poor book. Try Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein, or go for some Clark Ashton Smith. But I recommend him too much.


This is my feeling but more of a collected feeling from others that many old old literature, such as the ones thatollie mentioned, are "poor" in some way, perhaps because they're outdated and thus, often phrased differently and challenging...

As for the recent conversation, I am a sucker to find a good horror story to tingle my spine. D'=
If not Dracula, look up Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It is an intensely paced read.

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Post by: thatollie on June 09, 2010, 12:46:54 PM
I'm generally a fan of old literature, but Dracula is a poor tale. Which is why I suggested some really good old tales

Frankenstein (1818)
Jekyll and Hyde (1886)
Emperor of Dreams (Short stories published between 1926-1937, anthology 2002 Fantasy Masterworks)
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 09, 2010, 02:09:06 PM
Yes I gave up on Dracula because it bored me quite spectacularly. I read Frankenstein at school and really liked it, but for me Jekyl and Hyde could have been so much better - at the start it was all about Mr Utterman or whatever his name was (why???) and if I remember correctly we weren't even shown Jekyl's first transformation. The musical was much better!
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Post by: thatollie on June 09, 2010, 02:31:07 PM
Then go for CAS,
http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/
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Post by: alienauthor on June 21, 2010, 02:59:39 PM
The Man With the Golden Torc - Simon R. Green 8)
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Post by: thatollie on June 22, 2010, 10:34:19 AM
Children of Dune - Frank Herbert
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 22, 2010, 11:01:02 AM
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R Donaldson

I read the first two trilogies when they were new.  I've just learned that, 25 years down the road, he's writing a final four-part series about Thomas Covenant, so I've gone back to the beginning. Awesome!
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Post by: twisted wheel on June 22, 2010, 11:02:47 AM
ella minnow pea

by

mark dunn
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Post by: Vienna on June 22, 2010, 11:25:40 AM
still getting on with

Mann Ohne Eigenschaften - Robert Musil

also finishing

Mark E.Smith and the Fall:Art,Music and Politics - Michael Goddard et al

and starting again  for a change after too many "crime novels" Bleak House - Charles Dickens
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Post by: thatollie on June 22, 2010, 11:27:24 AM
V, Bleak House is my favourite Dickens novel. There's really no point in posting this but I thought you'd like to know.
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Post by: Vienna on June 22, 2010, 11:46:16 AM
Cheers Ollie, always good to meet another "Dickens fan". Bleak House is very good, there was also a not bad BBC version a while ago too, if one likes the dramatised versions of course.
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Post by: thatollie on June 22, 2010, 11:57:12 AM
I tend not to watch film and television versions of my favourite books. I found the movie version of Dune so disappointing.
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Post by: A.J.B on June 22, 2010, 01:32:24 PM
I am currently reading 'Manslayer' by Nathan Long.
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Post by: thatollie on July 13, 2010, 09:36:28 PM
Just finished God Emperor Of Dune by Frank Herbert.

Also I've been reading The Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: Cathy C on July 13, 2010, 09:41:55 PM
re-reading Jonathan Kellerman - "Bad Love" - always a good read, both him and his wife, Faye

Ran out of books, forgot it was the 12th here - everything closed until tomorrow. :'(
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Post by: thatollie on July 13, 2010, 09:45:25 PM
Where on earth are you? It's the 14th.
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Post by: Cathy C on July 13, 2010, 09:46:49 PM
Please, I came on here on the 13th (yes, time got away from me, but I was excited, BW is baack ::))

I've lived this 12th - have you? :P
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Post by: thatollie on July 13, 2010, 09:49:26 PM
It was monday, you can't live on a monday.
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Post by: Cathy C on July 13, 2010, 09:53:36 PM
You can, if you " Don't like Mondays".... 25years today, or er,...yesterday.... ;D
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Post by: RobertEilers on July 14, 2010, 09:45:16 PM
I'm reading The Storm Guardians by Steven Zimmer.
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Post by: Yushu na baka on July 14, 2010, 10:19:22 PM
I am currently finishing up the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card for
what is probably the 100th time (Xenocide is by far my favorite). Anyone else have that book or series that
just never gets old?

After this I'm thinking I'm going to need to go read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey,
just to change paces a little bit.
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Post by: briannajill on July 21, 2010, 03:07:54 PM
Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott. It's the sequel to her Little Men, which I've never read, but it's enjoyable. I'm also reading a book of daily meditations from the Dalai Lama and Get A Life, Then Get A Man by Jennifer Bawden. The latter isn't bad, but I'm not getting much out of it at this point. I'm not sure if it's just because I'm not in the right frame of mind or if the content isn't useful.
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Post by: thatollie on August 07, 2010, 10:57:51 PM
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and it's so boring.
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Post by: fire-fly on August 07, 2010, 11:14:54 PM
I like real crime books and I read a fair few. I have always avoided the Charles Manson stories because he does creep me out. But I am reading a brilliant book about him at present. It starts from his birth and goes from there.

Charles Manson. Coming Down Fast

Simon Wells
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Post by: mouselady on August 08, 2010, 03:44:23 PM
'Chas and His Rock 'N' Roll Allotment' by Chas Hodges (of Chas & Dave).


- Mouse
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Post by: jenwriter on August 09, 2010, 03:19:20 AM
I'm reading 'The triumph of Katie Byrne' by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Though I saw some potholes here and there, Overall I really liked this book. The way she constructed the only crime scene was marvelous: while reading that part I really got goosebumps and I felt my heart pounding. I imagined everything she said, I wasn't just reading the book, I was there watching Katie Byron through out the book.
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Post by: czechwizard on August 10, 2010, 03:41:46 PM
I've been ploughing through the 36 thick volumes of the Sixth Gospel by Libor Soural. This obscure guy makes my day, the true emperor of darkness. He goes by the dubbed Czech Hollywood Warrior Priest, heavily funny. Never heard about him ?
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Post by: AriM on August 10, 2010, 06:17:00 PM
I'm a Robert Goddard freak.  I finally got my hands on his "Dying To Tell" from 2001 (signed no less!)  Finished it last night.  Nobody does a triple (or even quadruple) double-cross like he does.
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Post by: jenwriter on August 11, 2010, 03:12:16 AM
I'm reading Dubliners of James Joyce. Short stories are nice. I met many characters in that.
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Post by: Gyppo on August 11, 2010, 05:35:45 AM
Whist I'm semi-crocked and not able to get around much I'm dipping into the 'book trunk' on the landing, where we keep books that are too good to give away.  I've not been downstairs since Sunday evening.   Because inactivity has been forced in me I often wake in the small hours, feeling wide awake, and need something to red for a while.

Currently re-reading Longitude by Dava Sobel.  A strangely fascinating book.

The other day I was reduced to re-reading my own novel, Running Scared, from 1978.  I still reckon it's a pretty good yarn, but I know the story too well to really enjoy any of the twists and turns.

I'm going to lie down again in a few minutes and go back to Longitude.

Gyppo
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Post by: Vienna on August 11, 2010, 07:54:48 AM
get well soon gyppo lad!


I am half way through "GB84" by David Peace and enjoying it.
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Post by: fire-fly on August 11, 2010, 06:59:02 PM
I grabbed this book, to be honest, from the bargain bin, with intentions of giving it to my daughter. I had to work out of town and knowing how mind numbingly boring that can be at times, I grabbed it at the last minute and then couldn't put it down.

Its a true story about a girl who was unlucky enough to find herself in the clutches of a serial stalker here in Sydney.

Stalked

Chris Smith.
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Post by: jjrrss10 on August 11, 2010, 09:32:30 PM
Two.

1) The Singer's Gun by Emily St John Mandel (About halfway done)

2) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (1 chapter in)
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Post by: Jenner8or on August 16, 2010, 10:23:43 PM
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan
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Post by: fire-fly on August 16, 2010, 10:51:23 PM
Dear John

Nicholas Sparks

A mediocre book but still enjoyable in a Mills and Boonish type of way.  :)
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Post by: thatollie on August 17, 2010, 05:05:10 AM
Saturn's Children - Charles Stross
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Post by: McWawa on August 17, 2010, 09:19:08 AM


 "Making Movies" By Sidney Lumet  ( non-fiction )
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Post by: jenwriter on August 24, 2010, 02:10:15 PM
Funny Boy

by Shyam Selvadurai
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Post by: Cathy C on August 24, 2010, 03:03:06 PM
In Golden Blood

by

Stephen Woodworth

Not my usual genre, but an enjoyable read
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Post by: jenwriter on September 04, 2010, 11:49:45 AM
Spin Cycle By Zoe Strachan
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Post by: andyk on September 04, 2010, 01:42:37 PM
I am reading Angela's Ashes by the late Frank McCourt. a heart warming and poignant book about his child hood. Growing up in Ireland during the depression. It inspired me to write a book of memoirs due for release soon. :)
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Post by: A.J.B on September 04, 2010, 02:06:25 PM
Just started Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Post by: Andrewf on September 04, 2010, 02:36:51 PM
Nearly finished "Pirate King" by R. A. Salvatore - the second of a trio of Drizzt Do'Urden books, next up will be "Ghost King"  ;D
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Post by: Cathy C on September 04, 2010, 03:56:54 PM
Call After Midnight
by
Tess Gerritsen

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Post by: skull2 on September 04, 2010, 07:47:36 PM
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell.
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Post by: Cathy C on September 07, 2010, 06:01:14 PM
Live Fire
by
Stephen Leather
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Post by: SharonLeigh on September 07, 2010, 09:24:55 PM
Garrison Keillor`s  `Good Poems for Hard Times`.  I just love it. He has such excellent taste;  such varied and pertinent choices.  Of all his anthologies, though, this is still my favorite.
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Post by: thatollie on September 07, 2010, 10:45:11 PM
I'm reading Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson.
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Post by: herron on September 08, 2010, 11:16:20 PM
I'm reading Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson.
Read that ... like Donaldson's work.

Just finished The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale.  Good read.
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Post by: thatollie on September 21, 2010, 10:01:26 PM
The Shadow in The North - Philip Pullman
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 22, 2010, 10:44:38 AM
Nothing.  I moved from Thailand to Vietnam a few weeks ago, and all my stuff's hung up in Customs.  I should be reading again this weekend.  For now I have to either write my own novel or edit somebody else's.
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Post by: Andrewf on October 08, 2010, 02:58:09 PM
Currently rolling through the "Dresden Files" series of books by Jim Butcher...   

 I have to say, they are really easy to read... and fun :D
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Post by: thatollie on October 08, 2010, 02:58:27 PM
Swords and Deviltry - Fritz Leiber
 
and

Genius Loci and other tales - Clark Ashton Smith
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 08, 2010, 10:44:40 PM
THE MAN WHO FOUGHT ALONE by Stephen Donaldson.  Yep, it's the same Stephen Donaldson who brought us the Thomas Covenant novels.  I'm totally blown away by how excellent this is.
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Post by: herron on October 09, 2010, 08:52:13 AM
"The Archer's Tale" by Bernard Cornwell. 

I find it fascinating how he weaves known English historical data into his well-written novels.
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 09, 2010, 09:02:35 AM
FOOL by Christopher Moore.  If we all forget that he wrote LAMB, because that scaled heights he will never reach again, FOOL is a pretty damn good entry in his ever-growing catalog.  His lake on King Lear, told from the fool's POV (hence the name), irreverent as hell as you would of course expect.
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Post by: kk on October 09, 2010, 09:49:29 AM
The Art of Racing in the Rain
      by Garth Stein

Told from Enzo the dog's point of view. Dog lovers will love this one.
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 09, 2010, 09:53:45 AM
THE GREEN TRAP by Ben Bova


Ben Bova was editing Omni Magazine in the year that I subscribed to it, which could've been early 1980s but was probably late 1970s. (Yeah, I'm old.) He was also writing and publishing sci-fi short stories, somewhat heavy-handed in the morality department but I always agreed with him so it was forgiven. Last month I was trolling a local bookstore and there was one of his novels, published 1996. Hey, he's still around! Cool. I read it. A thriller with a moral, surprisingly amateurish in spots but not bad at all. Very readable.


(The message above this sounds very cool.  My dog wrote a short story once.)
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Post by: Tempered on October 09, 2010, 11:19:24 AM
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

I also have the movie so am looking forward to watching that also
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Post by: Cathy C on October 11, 2010, 12:07:44 PM
Land of the Living

by

Nicci French
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 11, 2010, 12:10:10 PM
My horoscope


(kidding!)
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Post by: herron on October 11, 2010, 09:48:14 PM
The Taking

Dean Koontz
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 11, 2010, 11:56:22 PM
I have the two newest by Ha Jin, the newest Alice Munro, and a novel by Barry Humphries all waiting for me, unread.  Now that's an excellent little bookshelf.
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Post by: thatollie on October 12, 2010, 11:23:02 AM
The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Post by: JadedMuse on October 13, 2010, 02:41:23 PM
I'm currently reading "Director's Cut" by Arthur Japin. I haven't picked it up in a few a few days because my coursework is taking a large chunk of my time. But, it's sitting on my bookshelf, patiently awaiting some attention :)
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Post by: herron on October 13, 2010, 03:26:18 PM
Fall of Giants

by Ken Follett
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Post by: xcheck24 on October 16, 2010, 10:10:13 PM
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
I'm a fan of his work, and I'm about half through it. Not sure what I think of it thus far.
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Post by: herron on October 17, 2010, 11:55:42 AM
The Grand Design

Stephen Hawking
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Post by: Vienna on October 21, 2010, 09:15:37 AM
Lowdown ( The Story of Wire) - Paul Lester


without WIRE punk would never have developed, there would have been no Post-Punk.
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Post by: thatollie on October 28, 2010, 08:04:26 PM
I'm re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
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Post by: herron on October 28, 2010, 11:37:04 PM
Under the Dome

Stephen King
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Post by: Scripter on October 29, 2010, 03:58:38 AM
All About Eve
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Post by: herron on October 29, 2010, 09:33:06 PM
Under the Dome

Stephen King


still Under the Dome by King.  It's a long book!
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Post by: Gyppo on October 30, 2010, 12:59:21 PM
Several books by Michael Morpurgo.  Mum recently bought a boxed set of fifteen.  The man is a master storyteller with a deft pen.  No waffle at all, good characterisation.  Short enough in most cases to be read at one sitting.  Children's books which an adult can enjoy.
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Post by: Andrewf on October 30, 2010, 02:57:30 PM
I'm re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

That's a good one Ollie, along with "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul"



I'm currently reading "Proven Guilty" - book 8 of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butler.
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Post by: SharonLeigh on October 30, 2010, 09:20:44 PM
Re-visiting Anne Morrow Lindbergh`s `Gift from the Sea`... I never tire of it.
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Post by: thatollie on October 31, 2010, 04:54:05 PM
That's a good one Ollie, along with "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul"



I'm currently reading "Proven Guilty" - book 8 of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butler.
Aye, I generally prefer them to the Hitchhikers (sacrelige, a warlock... burn him.)
Even though I got almost all of Doug's books (let him live).

Read "The Eyes of The Dragon" by Stephen King in the between time, I bought a few more books yesterday and didn't have Dirk to hand.
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Post by: ellie on October 31, 2010, 05:51:32 PM
Im re-reading Eca De Queiros books...at the moment its 'The Maias' and 'The Yellow Sofa..
(Portuguese author)
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Post by: herron on November 03, 2010, 12:23:13 AM
Waiting for the imminent release of Stephen King's newest ... "Full Dark, No Stars"
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Post by: Andrewf on November 03, 2010, 05:34:41 AM

I'm now reading "White Knight" - book 9 of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butler.
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Post by: Vienna on November 03, 2010, 09:36:14 AM
I haven't read them but isn't it "Jim Butcher" ?
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Post by: Andrewf on November 04, 2010, 05:35:49 AM
I haven't read them but isn't it "Jim Butcher" ?

Well done,  ;D  you spotted my deliberate mistake...   :-\ :-[ ::)
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Post by: Scripter on November 04, 2010, 01:12:03 PM
Just starting out on THE LAST JUROR
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Post by: herron on November 06, 2010, 12:03:43 AM
Just picked up Bernard Cornwell's "The Burning Land." (http://www.bernardcornwell.net/index.cfm?page=2&BookId=50)
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Post by: Maxine on November 06, 2010, 08:38:16 AM
I'm re-reading the entire Wheel of Time. Am currently on book 8 The Path of Daggers.
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Post by: thatollie on November 06, 2010, 12:47:26 PM
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin
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Post by: herron on November 06, 2010, 04:49:12 PM
A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin
good read!  ;)
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Post by: thatollie on November 06, 2010, 06:45:50 PM
I know, I'm 200 pages in. And it's the second one so I know doubly well.
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Post by: Lazz on November 07, 2010, 06:45:01 PM
Hey guys xD

I'm currently trying to tackle Anne Bronte's "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" and Emily's "Complete Poems" (I absolutely love the Bronte's, more so Emily than the others), The Tenant being quite a challenge as it gets rather dry after the first 100 pages or so, but it's been quite a rewarding read so far so I can't wait to finish! And Emily is so understated I think, as a poet and a novelist she outshines her sisters IMO =)

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Post by: herron on November 07, 2010, 06:52:52 PM
I know, I'm 200 pages in. And it's the second one so I know doubly well.

I've read all the Song of Ice and Fire series so far:

~A Game of Thrones (1996)
~A Clash of Kings (1998)
~A Storm of Swords (2000)
~A Feast for Crows (2005)

...and I'm looking forward to the new ones that are supposed to be coming:

~ A Dance with Dragons
~ The Winds of Winter  
~ A Dream of Spring  
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Post by: thatollie on November 07, 2010, 08:15:10 PM
He's supposed to be really close to finishing Dance, people are getting so antsy waiting for it though.

BTW, you have great taste in books, aren't you also a fan of China Mieville?
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Post by: herron on November 08, 2010, 01:37:22 AM
He's supposed to be really close to finishing Dance, people are getting so antsy waiting for it though.

BTW, you have great taste in books, aren't you also a fan of China Mieville?

I have what I'd describe as an eclectic reading taste ... things from historical fiction, to fantasy/sci-fi, to literary classics, to poetry, to Beowulf.  I've heard good things about Mieville's "Iron Council" - but I have to admit I've never read it (yet).
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Post by: fire-fly on November 08, 2010, 04:20:06 AM
I Heard You Paint Houses.

Charles Brandt
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Post by: thatollie on November 08, 2010, 08:38:24 AM
I remember talking to someone about Mieville, ah it was Alienauthor. and I think the Mieville fan is me.
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Post by: Scripter on November 09, 2010, 10:44:36 PM
Jane Eyre
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Post by: Vienna on November 17, 2010, 08:41:49 AM
Jane Eyre

coming from Bronte Country I have had the Brontes all my life from before school days and at school, bugger me I even went to Bronte Middle School. But I like reading them so "nice choice"
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Post by: Vienna on November 17, 2010, 08:42:38 AM
Meister der Dämmerung, Peter Handke, Eine Biographie - Malte Herwig

Got this "free" from a nice publishers rep here in Vienna, been looking forward to this being published.
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Post by: Michael Edits on November 17, 2010, 08:46:58 AM
Yesterday I finished The Good Fall by Ha Jin.  Of course it's excellent.  It's Ha Jin.

Today I finished A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.  Of course it's excellent.  It's Christopher Moore.

Today I've also started Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro.  Of course it's excellent.  It's Alice Munro.

I have one unread Ha Jin on the bookshelf, which will of course be excellent, and after that I suppose it's off to the bookstore again.  Life is good.
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Post by: tezzy on November 17, 2010, 10:10:25 AM
I'm currently reading the Millenium series, after being impressed by the film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the original Swedish one, not the new US one!)

I'm now on the 3rd book, The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest - not so fast-paced as the other 2 so far, but then I'm only 1/3 through, and they take a while to get going. Worth the effort though!

Tereasa
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Post by: Andrewf on November 17, 2010, 10:40:11 AM
I'm about 6 pages into  "Towers of Midnight"
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Post by: herron on November 17, 2010, 12:50:44 PM
The Burning Land
Historical English novel (900 A.D.)

Bernard Cornwell
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Post by: Raven's Quill on November 18, 2010, 01:59:26 PM
I've read all the Song of Ice and Fire series so far:

Amazing books! Probably some of my favourites.

I currently have three books on the go:
Millenium - Tom Holland (research for the new novel)
Fellowship of the Ring (because sometimes you just need to)
Maskerage - Terry Pratchett (just because)
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Post by: thatollie on November 18, 2010, 05:38:45 PM
I couldn't get to sleep last night so I read The Prince of Mists by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It's one of his pre-Shadow children's novels... Of course it's good, it's Zafon.

Now I'm spoilt for choice between Abercromie, Mieville, Moorcock and G.G. Marquez

I'm about 6 pages into  "Towers of Midnight"
Figures you'd be a WoT fan, I've heard some positive stuff and mountains of negative stuff. And besides I asked my book dealer about it earlier but he hasn't read it so dish... what's the deal with Wheel of Time?
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Post by: SharonLeigh on November 18, 2010, 10:37:15 PM
`Poet`s Market`.. :-[    :)
...I never stop hoping....
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Post by: mouselady on November 19, 2010, 04:02:50 AM
'Getting Over It' a romance novel which involves the death of the main character's father.  It's different.

'Walking Papers', the latest poetry collection by my favourite living poet, Thomas Lynch.  He's a fellow Michigander who I had the pleasure of interviewing earlier this year.

The to-be-read pile includes Stephen Fry's autobiography, and 'She Shall Wear Midnight' by Terry Pratchett.  It will probably include at least one more book before the day is out: I still have some money left on my Waterstone's voucher.  :) :)
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Post by: Andrewf on November 19, 2010, 03:35:06 PM
Figures you'd be a WoT fan, I've heard some positive stuff and mountains of negative stuff. And besides I asked my book dealer about it earlier but he hasn't read it so dish... what's the deal with Wheel of Time?

It takes Epic Fantasy to the next level...

Robert Jordan has woven numerous complex plot threads into a tapestry that spans the series.... Literally!

And yes, i am a fan.  :D
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Post by: thatollie on November 19, 2010, 03:48:48 PM
The Next Level?

Explain...
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Post by: Andrewf on November 19, 2010, 04:13:29 PM
Lots of people like to say that Lord of the Rings trilogy was the first Epic Fantasy.

While it had a grand scope, it had a fairly simple set of plots and subplots running through the books.


Wheel of Time is not only on a grander scale, each book has a lot of main plots and possibly hundreds of subplots.
There are six main protagonists...  Rand Al'Thor, Perrin Ayberra, Mat Cauthon, Elayne Trakand, Egwene al'Vere and Nynaeve al'Meara.

And a whole host of other characters.    There is also a great deal written about the books online...  :D
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Post by: thatollie on November 19, 2010, 04:15:29 PM
This really isn't the thread for it but I would dispute the comment about Lord of the Rings being the first epic fantasy.
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Post by: Michael Edits on November 19, 2010, 10:31:50 PM
Lord of the Rings is unreadable. But yeah, wrong thread.
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Post by: Pocahontas on November 20, 2010, 12:25:36 AM
'The Pillars of the Earth' by Ken Follett
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Post by: herron on November 20, 2010, 12:59:43 PM
Lord of the Rings is unreadable. But yeah, wrong thread.
Disagree with that statement entirely ... but it is the wrong thread.
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Post by: thatollie on November 20, 2010, 08:25:54 PM
Fine, I'll start a new thread.
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Post by: Socom on November 20, 2010, 10:56:05 PM
Just finished "The Knight of Maison Rouge" By Alexandre Dumas. Though I'm fond of bitter-sweet endings, this one was plain bitter! But, considering the subject matter, it would be a difficult task to conjure a happier finale.

I promise I will never end a story/book like that! :-X
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Post by: herron on November 20, 2010, 11:05:38 PM
Just re-read "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton.
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Post by: Michael Edits on November 20, 2010, 11:35:08 PM
I just started 2010: Space Odyssey 2 by Arthur C Clarke. It's been over 20 years since I first read it, so I don't remember a thing.
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Post by: mouselady on November 21, 2010, 04:25:51 AM
Spent those Waterstone's vouchers (I now have three pence left!) on 'The Count of Monte Cristo', which I've read before but not for years, and Carol Ann Duffy's 'The World's Wife'. 

Will probably dip in and out of 'Wife' same as I'm doing with Tom Lynch's book.  Have naughtily started to read 'Monte Cristo' (naughty as I am still partway through 'Getting Over It').
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Post by: thatollie on November 22, 2010, 12:16:11 PM
mousey, that's not naughty. I have a stack of books that I'm partway through (and it's getting larger).

However, typing an incorrect Pratchett title is naughty.
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Post by: Tib on November 22, 2010, 04:41:20 PM
just finished Black House - Stephen King and started The Eight - Katherine Neville
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Post by: Vienna on December 10, 2010, 06:25:33 AM
Looking forward to starting "The Rise and Fall of Communism" - Archie Brown, will do so on the 4 hour train ride down through the snow to the South of Austria to the in-laws.
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Post by: Maimi on December 10, 2010, 08:27:19 AM
Guerrilla Marketing for Writers
Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, Michael Larsen And David L. Hancock
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 10, 2010, 08:47:20 AM
Shakespeare's Will, by Meredith Whitford

Lazarus, by Michael LaRocca
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Post by: 510bhan on December 10, 2010, 09:02:27 AM
The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky   [unfortunately all I can hear is Stewie Griffin's voice..but it makes it a scream whilst I'm reading it!]
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Post by: Hueso on December 17, 2010, 11:12:18 PM
The Floating Opera - John Barth
I meant to read it twenty years ago.
I'm a little behind with my reading list. :P
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 17, 2010, 11:16:04 PM
The Book Thief by Martin Zusak, for the third time.  'Nuff said.



     (Whatcha reading?
      The Book Thief.
      Where'd you get it?
      I stole it.


      Nah, just kidding.)
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Post by: herron on December 17, 2010, 11:37:12 PM
What the Night Knows

Dean Koontz
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 18, 2010, 05:28:21 AM
What I am reading is my Kindle.  :o :o

I have been getting lots of free books that I wouldn't have bought. They are all out of copyright and are posted via Gutenberg Press. Right now I'm reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu or Sunzi. Who knew people thought this much about war. But it makes so much sense, this stuff he thought.
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Post by: Cricket on December 19, 2010, 11:50:12 AM
What I am reading is my Kindle.  :o :o

I have been getting lots of free books that I wouldn't have bought.

Yes - me too!! Or, Kindle app on my PC as well as Nook and an Adobe based PC ereader. I'm loving all the freebies and samples I can download, and my "to read" pile is more out of control than ever as a result...but I'm finding tons of new authors to follow! I need to break down and finally decide on an actual ereader to purchase, but I'm enjoying not being loyal for now...
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Post by: Vienna on December 19, 2010, 12:34:25 PM
I prefer real proper books, pages you can turn................old fashioned or may be because I sell books for a living.
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Post by: Andrewf on December 19, 2010, 02:14:49 PM
  EON

 by Greg Bear
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Post by: thatollie on December 19, 2010, 03:39:36 PM
Songs of The Dying Earth - An anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois inspired by Jack Vance's Dying Earth books.
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 07, 2011, 10:54:16 PM
JASMINE by Bharati Mukherjee
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Post by: 510bhan on February 08, 2011, 12:05:34 AM
Read Stieg Larsson's trilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/The Girl Who Played with Fire/The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.


Totally absorbed by them.

WARNING: If you like film versions of books do not read The Girl Who Played with Fire before you watch the movie. I don't know if the film is any good or not because I still had too much of the book in my head so I was disappointed with the cuts.
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Post by: herron on February 08, 2011, 12:17:36 PM
The Grand Design

Stephen Hawking
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 08, 2011, 10:54:49 PM
FORENSIC NURSE by Serita Stevens.  Yep, it's on the bookshelves of Hanoi.
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Post by: Hugh on February 09, 2011, 12:43:15 PM
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For me it’s like the curate’s egg — good in parts. Far too many names, and Larsson switches from first to last name and back, which makes it even more confusing.

It’s put me off reading any more of his books, I’m afraid.

Hugh
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Post by: 510bhan on February 09, 2011, 01:07:41 PM
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For me it’s like the curate’s egg — good in parts. Far too many names, and Larsson switches from first to last name and back, which makes it even more confusing.

It’s put me off reading any more of his books, I’m afraid.

Hugh


At least he's not quite as bad as Russian writers with the variety of names they have for individual characters. ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Hueso on February 09, 2011, 03:49:15 PM
Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner (It is a treasure)
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Post by: ElleCamino on February 09, 2011, 11:49:56 PM
I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love

and I'm loving it !!!
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Post by: Alexa on February 10, 2011, 09:37:43 AM
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Been recommended his stuff for years by fellow fantasy fans but never bothered until now. It's a bit dry and stuffy in places but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.
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Post by: thatollie on February 19, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Been recommended his stuff for years by fellow fantasy fans but never bothered until now. It's a bit dry and stuffy in places but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

Yeah, he has his good and bad points (who doesn't) but the scope of what he's doing is pretty damn impressive. A Clash of Kings is (IMHO) better than A Game of Thrones, the series really picks up.

Oh, I'm reading The Tiger in The Well by Philip Pullman.
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Post by: cmb on February 19, 2011, 06:07:48 PM
Rascals of the Red Barren Bar.  :)
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 19, 2011, 08:21:40 PM
Rascals of the Red Barren Bar.  :)

Good read Nel; I highly recommend it.

Currently I'm reading;

Land of the Breed by Louis L'Amour

It's not a Western despite the fact there is an American that is the MC. It does have a number of Russian names which I have trouble with. Thankfully I'm not reading it aloud or I would be having even more trouble.

The story more than makes it worth dealing with the names so far. I'm about a third of the way trough it and only put it down last night because the words were beginning to blur.
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 19, 2011, 10:48:09 PM
Paperweight by Stephen Fry
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Post by: Lin on February 20, 2011, 04:16:45 AM
I am reading "Last Chance to See"  Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine.  Great book - old book yes, but great book.  Mark and Douglas go in search of endangered species.  Then in 2009 Stephen Fry did it on the BBC with Mark C.  A 'Must' read.

Lin x
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 20, 2011, 04:21:24 AM
I love LAST CHANCE TO SEE. I might need to read it again.  :)
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Post by: McWawa on February 20, 2011, 05:50:32 AM
The newspaper.
I got tired of reading everything on the 'net, so went out bought a paper and sat in an armchair with a hot cup of tea and some music on.
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Post by: kk on February 20, 2011, 09:06:34 AM
The Seat of the Soul
      Gary Zukav
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Post by: herron on February 20, 2011, 09:47:41 AM
Just finished these three:

~ a re-read of "The Road" by Jack London;

~ "2184"  by Martin Parish  (interesting read);

~ a re-read of "In the Days of the Comet" by H.G. Wells
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Post by: Silent D on February 23, 2011, 11:57:14 PM
Right Now I am enjoying the Books Series by George R. R. Martin "A Song Of Ice and Fire" I have Managed to read the first four books 6 times over while awaiting the 5th book in the Series. Can't Wait till the 5th one is published.
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 24, 2011, 03:02:28 AM
PIGS IN HEAVEN by Barbara Kingsolver was quite good.  The first book I'd ever read by this author.  When I bought it, the second-hand bookstore had five of her titles.  When I returned to get the other four titles, only one remained.  Which I have.  The others will return eventually.
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 25, 2011, 10:28:21 PM
MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING by Viktor Frankl. I have the PDF and read it often.
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Post by: Silonch on February 26, 2011, 04:45:24 AM
On Writing by Stephen King.

Because someone here recommended it!   LOVE it so far!
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 26, 2011, 04:57:42 AM
I recommended ON WRITING here, but I know I'm not the only one who did.
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Post by: thatollie on February 26, 2011, 09:38:43 AM
I've recommended it too.

Currently torn between;

The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
The Tiger in The Well - Philip Pullman
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson

All's well as far as I've read each.
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 26, 2011, 09:44:51 AM
WHEN WE WERE ROMANS by Matthew Kneale

I highly recommend THE ENGLISH PASSENGERS by the same author, but right now the jury's still out on this one.
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Post by: Symphony on March 02, 2011, 03:24:59 AM
NEVER LET ME GO - Kazuo Ishiguro

No idea why I picked it up. Just finished The Slap - which annoyed me no end. I've struggled to find a book to read since that ... this thread is great for ideas! x
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Post by: Silonch on March 06, 2011, 07:00:45 AM
From the Corner of his Eye, Dean Koontz  Very good so far!
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 06, 2011, 07:07:46 AM
EDITH'S DIARY by Patricia Highsmith
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Post by: thatollie on March 06, 2011, 02:00:45 PM
Ocean - Warren Ellis
The old sod always provides a cracking good read.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 06, 2011, 10:55:20 PM
PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver
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Post by: Gyppo on March 07, 2011, 10:19:05 PM
Currently making my way - one chapter or so at a time per night -through Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W H Davies, a well worn old paperback with a few loose pages following regular re-readings over the years.

Reveals a vastly different world from the one we now inhabit, although the generosity and sometimes cruelty of individuals hasn't changed much, just the setting.

Gyppo
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Post by: herron on March 08, 2011, 06:59:29 PM
"In the Footsteps of Eve"

Lee R. Berger, PhD.
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Post by: Maimi on March 08, 2011, 07:09:26 PM
Read River Marked by Patricia Briggs and still enjoying the Mercy Thompson series. Starting on something different, a western, Six Ways from Sunday by William W. Johnstone.
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 08, 2011, 07:29:40 PM
'Drood' by Dan Simmons.

Excellent thus far.

Also recommend his 'The Terror.'
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Post by: Adam V on March 12, 2011, 05:51:57 PM
1984 by George Orwell
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 14, 2011, 08:11:24 PM
Just finished a nasty little thing titled 'The Cellar' by Richard Laymon.

If you're a diehard horror fan or want to write horror fiction, then you must read at least one Laymon. If you are neither, skip him.

Now reading an odd novel by Charles Yu called 'How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional World'
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 14, 2011, 10:36:23 PM
THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver is excellent.
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Post by: Cyd on March 14, 2011, 10:37:24 PM
When I finish my toilet tonight [winking at trev] I'll retire to bed and continue reading, To Kill A Mockingbird.
Pathetic I never read it before because it's excellent.  The movie I saw eons ago but the book always beckoned.

A particular quote struck me.  It's after Scout and Jem find out their Dad (Atticus) was known as One-Shot Finch,
after he just killed a rabid dog.  And they thought he had no particular gift.

"Looks like he'd be proud of it."  Scout was commenting on the new-found revelation that Atticus was gifted.
The neighbor replied, "People in their right minds never take pride in their talent."  

It makes me think of writing and the way I question myself.  Or even agonize because I'm terrified of mediocrity.  
But I hope I always question myself.
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Post by: herron on March 14, 2011, 11:26:47 PM
Re-reading "The Man Who Would Be King" by Rudyard Kipling.
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Post by: Vienna on March 15, 2011, 08:56:53 AM
Currently making my way - one chapter or so at a time per night -through Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W H Davies, a well worn old paperback with a few loose pages following regular re-readings over the years.

Reveals a vastly different world from the one we now inhabit, although the generosity and sometimes cruelty of individuals hasn't changed much, just the setting.

Gyppo

a superb read Gyppo! I just re-read Orwell-Down and out in Paris and London. A bit of a harrowing read but always worth revisiting.
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Post by: McWawa on March 16, 2011, 05:43:15 PM
The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson,

by Willaim Mc.Keen,


I didn't realise that i hadn't read it until it was laid out there in the store next to the Palace in central Amsterdam,  with a discount price tag of only 6 euro.  I couldn't resist. And though i have the dvd of the documentary, read numerous works by the man and thought that i knew all there was to know about Thompson, I seem unable to put this book down when I ought be in bed for an extremely early morning  rise and work. The only person who has ever  inspired me to want to be a writer ( whatever that means).
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Post by: irallan on March 17, 2011, 02:51:56 AM
The Discworld Series...by Terry Pratchet..

Re found after being a teenage favorite..Pratchett brings alive an unbelievable world in a highly humorous and believable way..cant help but giggle stupidly when reading his work...
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 17, 2011, 03:04:04 AM
Discworld does that to me too.
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Post by: thatollie on March 18, 2011, 03:05:02 PM
I'm re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
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Post by: Andrewf on March 18, 2011, 03:21:01 PM
The Discworld Series...by Terry Pratchet..

What? All of it? :D

"Furies of Calderon"  by Jim Butcher
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Post by: thatollie on March 18, 2011, 03:33:48 PM
What? All of it? :D

That's nothing, I know this guy who read the complete works of Michael Moorcock one after the other.
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Post by: Andrewf on March 18, 2011, 03:38:31 PM
Oh, I've read all 30-something books of the Discworld series in sequence before...   just didn't think anyone else had...  and would admit to it :D
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Post by: Laura H on March 18, 2011, 05:19:13 PM
Hi - I'm Laura.

I just finished rereading the Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway -fun book.
Just started The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and so far, so good!
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 18, 2011, 08:50:47 PM
I Am Legend by Matheson.
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Post by: herron on March 18, 2011, 10:30:50 PM
I Am Legend by Matheson.
Good story.  I liked it better than what they did to the movie (although I enjoyed that, too).  :D
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Post by: herron on March 18, 2011, 10:31:56 PM
That's nothing, I know this guy who read the complete works of Michael Moorcock one after the other.
mmmm ... Behold the Man ... one of my Moorcock favorites.  ;)
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Post by: herron on March 18, 2011, 10:33:22 PM
Drummer Boy

by Scott Nicholson
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 19, 2011, 12:55:57 PM
I agree, I Am Legend the book was far better than the movie (but the movie wasn't terribel--though the CGI vampires were terrible).

I've yet to read any Scott Nicholson. Any good?
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Post by: herron on March 19, 2011, 12:57:39 PM
It will never qualify as great literature, but he has a way with words, and I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 19, 2011, 10:35:18 PM
Now that I've finished and thoroughly enjoyed THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver, it's time for a mind-jarring transition into...

QUARTERBACK OF THE FUTURE by Mike Florio
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Post by: GoldenClock on March 20, 2011, 02:20:47 AM
I've been reading Rip Van Winkle and other stories by Washington Irving. Pretty good stuff, but the language is kinda antiquated at times. After that, I think I'll be reading A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Also, I don't know if this counts, but I'm also in the middle of the first Trigun manga.
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 20, 2011, 10:12:09 PM
Sure it counts, GC. I've been reading Jeff Smith's 'Bone' series myself.

Novel-wise: just started 'The House' by Bentley Little. A little odd and disjointed so far (about 30 pages in), but I can tell he's leading up to something.
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Post by: thatollie on March 20, 2011, 10:14:09 PM
I've been reading Rip Van Winkle and other stories by Washington Irving. Pretty good stuff, but the language is kinda antiquated at times. After that, I think I'll be reading A Thousand Splended Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Also, I don't know if this counts, but I'm also in the middle of the first Trigun manga.

Believe it, manga and comics always counts.
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Post by: GoldenClock on March 21, 2011, 02:58:00 PM
Believe it, manga and comics always counts.

Fabulous! :D

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Post by: A.J.B on March 21, 2011, 03:54:34 PM
I am currently reading 'Sharpe's Escape' by Bernard Cornwell.
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Post by: BBBlogger on March 21, 2011, 07:10:21 PM
I'm reading "Bloodstream" by Tess Gerritsen. I've read most of her books.
I tend to get hooked on an author and must read all of the books in their series before going on to the next author.  ::)

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Post by: Michael Edits on March 21, 2011, 08:29:14 PM
BBB, I read the same way.  I even did it in China, where bookstores do NOT alphabetize by author.
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Post by: thatollie on March 21, 2011, 08:31:19 PM
Fabulous! :D



Glad you got it.    8)
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Post by: Vienna on March 23, 2011, 04:35:23 PM
Der Große Fall - Peter Handke

just started this latest novel by one of the great modern german language writers.
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 23, 2011, 09:47:56 PM
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
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Post by: Laura H on March 26, 2011, 02:24:12 PM
The Flying Troutmans
Miriam Toews
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Post by: GoldenClock on March 26, 2011, 02:42:33 PM
I just started A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini yesterday. It's pretty good so far. :)
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Post by: Mara on March 26, 2011, 07:15:59 PM
Mara here,
I have been reading The Dhammapada (Sayings of the Buddha).  Some are quiet lovely.

The quivering, wavering mind
Hard to guard, hard to check,
The sagacious one makes straight
Like a fletcher, an arrow shaft.

I like short reads. 
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Post by: herron on March 26, 2011, 07:54:12 PM
Mysterious Stranger

by Mark Twain
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Post by: thatollie on March 26, 2011, 08:04:52 PM
Mysterious Stranger

by Mark Twain


I've never understood Twain's appeal. Don tried to explain but that just made it worse. Do you want to take a crack at explaining it?
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Post by: herron on March 26, 2011, 08:16:10 PM
I don't think I saw Don's explanation, but I'd like to.  :)

I like Twain (most of his stuff, anyway) because he was a good old-fashioned story teller. A lot of it sounds a bit quaint and dated today, just like the things by H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs, but that shouldn't get in the way of a good story.  I think a good reader will become immersed in a good story and overlook the dated way of speaking. Kind of mentally updating it as they go.

I'm sure that doesn't help much.... ::)
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Post by: thatollie on March 26, 2011, 08:20:54 PM
Not really, I'm a fantastic reader. What I don't like about him is hat he makes really interesting ideas seem boring to me. Tom Sawyer nearly ruined graverobbing, murder and treasure for me. The story Don linked to was about a midget that knew all the MC's secrets and I still thought it was boring. That sort of story is exactly what I cut my first tooth on.
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 26, 2011, 08:31:58 PM
This might help a little in understanding (one reason) why Twain is so well regarded:

http://www.dansimmons.com/writing_welll/writing.htm

Just scroll down to the the "3) Huckleberry Finn" heading.

Like I said, it's just one reason and according to one guy (author Dan Simmons, and all of his "Writing Well" essays are escellent--those still available, anyway).
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Post by: herron on March 26, 2011, 08:32:35 PM
I'm also a prolific reader. Just finished reading 24 novels since the first of February (an eclectic mix), and still found time to write 12 short stories and edit a book manuscript.

Cut my teeth on folks like Wells, Twain, Burroughs, Asimov, Heinlein. Was reading Dickens at nine. Enjoyed Hemingway and Faulkner. New stuff out there doesn't mean those earlier authors are any less worth reading (or re-reading) than the more contemporary ones.

I think you need the background of the earlier stuff to complete a literary education. You also need to read Homer, Sophocles, Aristotle and Plato, too - if only for the background of their influence on Western thought.

There I go ... playing professor again. Sorry if I seem like I'm ranting.  :-[

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Post by: thatollie on March 26, 2011, 08:58:01 PM
Andre: Thanks for the link, I'm a big fan of Simmons and may have read them before but rereading is good.

I'm also a prolific reader. Just finished reading 24 novels since the first of February (an eclectic mix), and still found time to write 12 short stories and edit a book manuscript.

Cut my teeth on folks like Wells, Twain, Burroughs, Asimov, Heinlein. Was reading Dickens at nine. Enjoyed Hemingway and Faulkner. New stuff out there doesn't mean those earlier authors are any less worth reading (or re-reading) than the more contemporary ones.

I think you need the background of the earlier stuff to complete a literary education. You also need to read Homer, Sophocles, Aristotle and Plato, too - if only for the background of their influence on Western thought.

There I go ... playing professor again. Sorry if I seem like I'm ranting.  :-[


I've read some Plato and Homer, haven't got around to Aristotle and Sophocles. I started early with Wells, Dickens, Verne and many older writers. I just don't get Twain.
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Post by: Laura H on March 26, 2011, 09:03:56 PM
May I ask what part of the world you are from, Thatollie?
I ask because I do think Twain has a strong regional appeal.  He spoke the language of the mid-south and mid west (USA), if you ask me.  He was very much of a time, but also of a place and frankly the southern US hasn't changed so much in manner or mindset since Twain.  If he were writing today he would easily have fit in as a weekly feature in my local newspaper.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 26, 2011, 09:32:07 PM
For Twain, I suggest starting with A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court.  I've read it more than once, and not because of the Bugs Bunny version.
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Post by: Laura H on March 26, 2011, 09:47:11 PM
^^ Bugs Bunny gave me an early appreciation of opera, among other things. 

kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit!

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Post by: Andre Farant on March 28, 2011, 07:53:18 PM
The Sweeteness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alen Bradley

A fun read. The plot is nothing remarkable, but the MC and narrator (a ten-year-old girl) is fantastic.
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Post by: herron on March 28, 2011, 09:26:08 PM
I've read some Plato and Homer, haven't got around to Aristotle and Sophocles. I started early with Wells, Dickens, Verne and many older writers. I just don't get Twain.
Ollie,
May I ask which Twain stories you've read? Some of them, as has been pointed out, are very regional in dialect and setting. But the underlying storylines are as current today as in his time.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 28, 2011, 10:10:51 PM
Term papers and sales literature that should never have been written.  Ah well, they pay the bills.

Oh, and SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK by David Sedaris.  A bit disappointing, actually,  but I guess it pays the bills.
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Post by: Andre Farant on March 29, 2011, 06:10:02 PM
Horns by Joe Hill

Very weird so far...but not necessarily in a bad way...
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Post by: thatollie on March 29, 2011, 10:31:44 PM
Ollie,
May I ask which Twain stories you've read? Some of them, as has been pointed out, are very regional in dialect and setting. But the underlying storylines are as current today as in his time.

About 300 pages of (torment) Tom Sawyer, and a short story Don linked to.
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Post by: herron on March 30, 2011, 01:18:21 AM
About 300 pages of (torment) Tom Sawyer, and a short story Don linked to.

Still not sure what Don recommended. A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court is not bad; neither is Mysterious Stranger. They're not as stereotypical Mississippi-south as a lot of Twain's writing. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn can take a lot of getting used to, with all their regional dialects and colloquialisms.

Keep plugging. The torment is only momentary.  ::) ;)
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Post by: thatollie on March 30, 2011, 08:04:41 AM
I don't mind the regionalism, I just find his work boring. I spent most of my attempted read of Tom Sawyer gazing longingly at Les Miserables.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 30, 2011, 08:17:41 AM
I don't mind the regionalism, I just find his work boring. I spent most of my attempted read of Tom Sawyer gazing longingly at Les Miserables.

That's understandable. I think all the Huck and Tom stuff is boring, and Les Miserables is rather good. I can see why Huck and Tom were popular at the time, as the first (and best) accurate portrayal of the region, but I don't know why they haven't faded away by now. Even Twain knew they weren't his best.
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Post by: Vienna on March 30, 2011, 08:24:24 AM
Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were books I read often as a kid, and again years later. They flow along pretty easily (like the Mississippi eh?) Could bring up another discussion about what makes a classic, as these are both seen as Classics of American Lit.

Ollie are you going to read the original French Les Miserables? Now that is a battle I can tell you. Although many years since I picked it up.

I just finished "Don't Cry, Tai Lake" by Qiu Xiaolong an interesting police series set in China, with a very literary Chief Inspector Chen.
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Post by: thatollie on March 30, 2011, 08:25:59 AM
Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were books I read often as a kid, and again year later. They flow along pretty easily (like the Mississippi eh?)

Ollie are you going to read the original French Les Miserables? Now that is a battle I can tell you. Although many years since I picked it up.

I just finished "Don't Cry, Tai Lake" by Qiu Xiaolong an interesting police series set in China, with a very literary Chief Inspector Chen.

Nope, I don't know any french.
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Post by: Andrewf on March 30, 2011, 12:17:07 PM
Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher   book 2 of the Codex Alera series :D
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Post by: Elliptical Man on April 01, 2011, 06:20:17 PM
Black Coffee Blues Pt. 2 - Henry Rollins

Playback - Raymond Chandler
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Post by: herron on April 04, 2011, 08:42:07 AM
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Ambrose Bierce
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Post by: creatoriat on April 04, 2011, 09:00:37 AM
The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears.

I've read "Stones Fall" by the same author and I am amazed at the difference between 'Stones' first person narrative and 'Raphaels' third.

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Post by: gigidoe on April 04, 2011, 09:02:40 AM
I'm listening to River Marked by Patricia Briggs (while baking cookies).
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 04, 2011, 01:02:39 PM
I finished "Fair Blows The Wind" by Louis L'Amour last night.

Anyone who has the idea he only wrote Westerns needs to take a look at this one.

Something I find interesting about L'Amour's writing is that his style breaks many of the 'rules' of writing for publication of today's world, yet I love reading his stories, both Westerns and others.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 04, 2011, 07:01:49 PM
Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. It's a sequel to something I haven't read, and the first chapter almost stopped me from reading. Then it got really really good.
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 04, 2011, 09:20:52 PM
Just finished From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.

Also just finished Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King.
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Post by: trev on April 05, 2011, 05:56:10 AM
Whilst on holiday I read True Grit; and Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson.
 Just had Readers Digest come through door.
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Post by: McWawa on April 05, 2011, 06:45:45 AM
"Total Immersion"   by Terry Laughlin

  I want to join the dolphins !
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Post by: GoldenClock on April 05, 2011, 02:53:29 PM
I've been reading 'Larklight' by Philip Reeve. I decided to pick out some Steampunk books as my newest project has a Steampunk flair. I must say that Mr. Reeve really knows how to draw you into a story.
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Post by: herron on April 05, 2011, 03:21:54 PM
My health care premium bill (unfortunately).  :P
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Post by: thatollie on April 05, 2011, 03:47:35 PM
I've been reading 'Larklight' by Philip Reeve. I decided to pick out some Steampunk books as my newest project has a Steampunk flair. I must say that Mr. Reeve really knows how to draw you into a story.

I saw a Reeve today when I was buying Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks and Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. I didn't know his work (or yours) was Steampunk.

After reading Alice after getting home, I'm now reading Looking Glass.
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Post by: GoldenClock on April 05, 2011, 03:51:52 PM
I saw a Reeve today when I was buying Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks and Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. I didn't know his work (or yours) was Steampunk.

After reading Alice after getting home, I'm now reading Looking Glass.


Larklight is most definitely Steampunk. It takes place in an alternate Victorian era in which space exploration has already been made possible by that time. As far as my story goes, it's not heavily steampunk, but it'll have enough elements in there for me to want to do some research on the genre. I haven't given a synopsis of the story yet, but I'm still working on the big 'act two' chunk.
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Post by: thatollie on April 05, 2011, 03:55:00 PM
Have a look at The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, it's got Victorians in the future with nanotech.
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 05, 2011, 08:07:59 PM
The Weatherman by Steve Thayer
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Post by: Elliptical Man on April 05, 2011, 08:56:08 PM
Frenzy - a short story collection edited by Alison Tyler.
There's some adult content.
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Post by: Frogg on April 06, 2011, 11:47:31 AM
The Chaste Land, by T.Hat. Oliot.

It's rather spiffing.
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Post by: thatollie on April 06, 2011, 12:02:56 PM
The Chaste Land, by T.Hat. Oliot.

It's rather spiffing.

That lazy git, he should have finished part 3 by now.
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Post by: Frogg on April 06, 2011, 12:04:58 PM
We must forgive him, you know how temperamental these writers can be.
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Post by: rik on April 06, 2011, 09:14:07 PM
Water for Elephants, a compelling read right from the first word.
I would like to be able to do that
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 07, 2011, 09:31:22 PM
Volume 3 of the Collected Stories of Richard Mattheson.

If you write horror, suspense, or even dark sci-fi and haven't read these ... you're missing out on a hell of a learning experience.

That goes for volumes 1 and 2, as well.

Hell, it goes for all of Mattheson's work.
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Post by: GoldenClock on April 07, 2011, 10:46:47 PM
I started "Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu" by Laurence Bergreen recently. It's pretty good, I say, but it's taking a while to get into the actual journey he took. I suppose back story and establishing setting is important, though.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 07, 2011, 11:01:27 PM
I've gotten too busy with editing and writing to think about reading for pleasure right now, but on the bookshelf unread are THE QUIET AMERICAN by Graham Greene and something fairly new by John Grisham.  I bought the latter just to get me by until the second-hand bookstore reloaded and/or my latest book order from the US arrived.  I might not need it this month.
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Post by: gigidoe on April 08, 2011, 10:29:34 AM
Self-editing for fiction writers (Browne and King) for obvious reasons...
Edition: How to edit yourself into print.
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Post by: herron on April 08, 2011, 05:34:48 PM
Just downloaded all the Hemingway short stories to my Kindle.  :)
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 09, 2011, 06:13:34 PM
Ah, that's some good stuff, Herron.

Hills Like White Elephants is still a favourite of mine.

Just started Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin and dip into Steven Jones' Best of the Best New Horror once or twice a day (the last short I finished was a piece by Brain Lumley).
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Post by: Solacium on April 09, 2011, 07:14:23 PM
I've gotten too busy with editing and writing to think about reading for pleasure right now, but on the bookshelf unread are THE QUIET AMERICAN by Graham Greene and something fairly new by John Grisham.  I bought the latter just to get me by until the second-hand bookstore reloaded and/or my latest book order from the US arrived.  I might not need it this month.

I'm in the same position with a pile of unread books waiting for some spare time!

Right now I'm undecided about which to pick up first- I have drastically different books waiting:

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
by Allison Bartlett

Cocaine's Son: A Memoir
by Dave Itzkoff

And a book of contemporary poetry by a poet whose name I can't recall...

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Post by: thatollie on April 10, 2011, 01:14:23 PM
The Book of The New Sun - Wolfe
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 10, 2011, 08:49:07 PM
Several excellent unpublished novels, one of which I wrote myself.  :)  But I'll be back to the more standard kind of books soon.
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Post by: CollegeGuy on April 10, 2011, 09:57:17 PM
Just starting a book called "Being Sugar Ray" about the life and times of a legendary boxer whom I never got to watch... so reading it is!

~~CollegeGuy~~
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Post by: BBBlogger on April 12, 2011, 04:46:44 PM
Sleep No More by Greg Iles
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 12, 2011, 09:28:05 PM
THE ASSOCIATE by John Grisham
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Post by: herron on April 12, 2011, 10:56:58 PM
Fifty Grand

Hemingway (short story)
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 13, 2011, 09:16:41 AM
Fever Dream by Preston and Child.

The new Pendergast ... 'nuff said.
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Post by: thatollie on April 13, 2011, 09:54:32 AM
Fever Dream by Preston and Child.

The new Pendergast ... 'nuff said.

It's not really enough, tell me more.
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 13, 2011, 10:40:44 AM

 ;D


It's a series of books and this is the latest in the series. For anyone who's read the series from the beginning (as I have), simply being told there's a new instalment is enough to know there's a good read ahead.

Thassit!
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Post by: thatollie on April 13, 2011, 10:47:41 AM
But I've not heard of it... can you see this from my perspective?
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 13, 2011, 09:52:44 PM
Sure.

It's a series of crime thrillers with a horror bent. The crimes often seem to have a supernatural component but are, in the end, more closely related to hard Sci-fi. Think Criminal Minds meets Michael Crichton.

The series' true draw, however, is the main character, an Holmsian FBI agent from Southern Louisiana old money: Agent Aloysius Pendergast.

In this latest instalment, titled Fever Dream (as mentioned), Pendergast discovers that his beloved and long dead wife may have been murdered. he recruits his friend and frequent collaborator, NY police Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, to help him find his wife's killer and avenge her death.

The first book in the series, if you're interested, is The Relic (and yes, it was made into a movie; and no, it was not a good adaptation).

So how 'bout it, 'nuff yet?
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 17, 2011, 10:58:17 AM
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

Non-fiction. Roach examines the science and logistics behind preparing for both space flight and living in space.

She has written several similar books, taking a humorous, layman's approach to her subjects. In past books, she has explored the scientific uses of cadavers, and the scientific study of the spirit world and of sex.
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Post by: Sush on April 17, 2011, 11:01:48 AM
Child Language: Acquisition and Growth (non-fiction) by Barbara Lust. Not the most exciting book but extremely interesting.

Also her name is awesome.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 17, 2011, 11:06:51 AM
A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisham. It's quite good, copyright 2001, possibly the one where he began turning his back on those by-the-numbers made-for-Hollywood legal thrillers. Those are well done, but he's actually a much better writer than that now.

In this book, for example, I feel like I'm actually out there with him, age 7 like him, picking cotton in Arkansas, when in fact I grew up picking tobacco in North Carolina and didn't start (and quit) until I was 9. I was going to recommend this one to my lovely wife, despite the incredibly small font in my "Only For Sale In India" copy, before someone got his head bashed in with a 2 by 4.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 17, 2011, 11:09:35 AM
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

I loved her book about cadavers, and she has a cool name, although she might have to concede the gold medal to Barbara Lust.
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Post by: rik on April 17, 2011, 11:22:06 AM
I read Bonk by Mary Roach, enjoyed it much. Right now I'm reading "Please Look After Mom" by Kyung-Sook Shin it's very good, makes me reflect on my relationships with family. I like the style it's written in also.
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 20, 2011, 11:48:27 AM
Breathless by Dean Koontz.

Though I used to love Koontz' stuff, I hadn't read any of his in a long while--just got tired of him, but I thought I'd give him another chance.

So far, it's not bad. Might have to add him back onto my regular rotation ... we'll see.

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Post by: Amanda George on April 20, 2011, 12:24:07 PM
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton... trying to get to feeling like I did as a child when I read her books!
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 25, 2011, 04:12:47 PM
Freedom (TM) by Daniel Suarez

A sequel to a great thriller titled Daemon. Sort of Michael Crichton meets Neil Stephenson.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 25, 2011, 11:01:35 PM
Next on the agenda is WHY NOT ME? by Al Franken.  Not to be confused with the classic Judds song.
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Post by: thatollie on April 26, 2011, 05:45:26 PM
The Sword of The Lictor - Gene Wolfe

The third volume of The Book of The New Sun, I'm really enjoying it.
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Post by: Andre Farant on April 27, 2011, 06:10:30 PM
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
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Post by: Amanda George on April 28, 2011, 09:57:28 AM
As of last night, I'm reading The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
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Post by: DGSquared on April 29, 2011, 10:16:12 AM
Your Screenplay Sucks!


~William M. Akers  
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 29, 2011, 10:22:55 AM
Your Screenplay Sucks!


~William M. Akers  

Are you reading a book by that name or are you reading my screenplay?  ;D
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Post by: Andre Farant on May 01, 2011, 09:26:37 PM
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Ffprde

First in a series of five or six, so far.

Takes a little while to get going but it's a hell of an inventive world Fforde has created.

Fans of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett might want to give him a try.

Also dipping into a few short story collections on a daily basis. At the moment, I alternate between Hemingway's complete short stories, 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill and an anthology titled Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow.
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 01, 2011, 10:05:00 PM
THE INNOCENT MAN by John Grisham.  It's a true story about a man on death row who is, you guessed it, innocent.
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Post by: herron on May 02, 2011, 12:03:44 PM
Just finished re-reading The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway.
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Post by: cmb on May 02, 2011, 01:12:55 PM
Just finished re-reading The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway.

Oh, I really like that one!

I just finished reading "The High King" from The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on May 02, 2011, 01:23:21 PM
'40 Stories' by Chechov
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Post by: thatollie on May 02, 2011, 01:44:44 PM
About to reread The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. Then I'm still reading Gene Wolfe, and after that I've got some Jack Vance lined up. I'm really going to enjoy this month.
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Post by: Lin on May 02, 2011, 04:33:57 PM
Rosamund Pilscher 'The Shell Seekers' Audio book.
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Post by: Amanda George on May 03, 2011, 11:01:12 AM
"Kate's wedding" by Chrissie Manby
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Post by: Andrewf on May 03, 2011, 12:11:49 PM
First Lord's Fury   by Jim Butcher
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Post by: Andre Farant on May 04, 2011, 12:04:01 AM
Just starting Dan Simmons' Summer of Night
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 04, 2011, 12:13:28 AM
NORTH CAROLINA DRIVERS HANDBOOK.  My license expired almost 10 years ago.  Think kind thoughts and send me good wishes, and stay far far away from the roads I might be driving in a few months.
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Post by: Exile Vilify on May 04, 2011, 06:57:32 AM
First Lord's Fury   by Jim Butcher

Is the Codex Alera series worth a read? I've tried some of Butcher's other novels, but couldn't really get into his writing style.
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Post by: Matt Walker on May 07, 2011, 11:36:58 AM
I've read the first two books of the Codex Aleira but I find Butcher's style too waffly and not enough action. But I feel the same about Feist and Robert Jordan's stuff - not fast-paced enough.

I've just finished Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, which had a deranged murdering necrophiliac as the protagonist. I didn't like it.
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Post by: herron on May 07, 2011, 11:40:36 AM
Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 07, 2011, 12:10:25 PM
U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton. I knew before the first page was over that I'd be enjoying it tremendously. Unlike some I've read lately.
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Post by: Andrewf on May 07, 2011, 02:25:15 PM
Is the Codex Alera series worth a read? I've tried some of Butcher's other novels, but couldn't really get into his writing style.

I think so, but then i enjoy his style of writing and have read all but the latest of his Harry Dresden series  :D
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Post by: Chris Barraclough on May 08, 2011, 10:54:22 AM
I've just finished Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, which had a deranged murdering necrophiliac as the protagonist. I didn't like it.

Ha, he doesn't write very happy stuff does he!

I've been reading far too many brainless Lee Child actioners lately, so I've started on The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Only two pages in so I'll reserve judgement for now...
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Post by: cmb on May 08, 2011, 01:09:19 PM
Nothing at the moment, which is just as well, as my little sister just donated 7 Robert Jordan books. Looks like I'll be reading every spare minute for the next few weeks. And probably also in those not-so-spare minutes, when I should be doing other things.  ;D
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Post by: Bhayden71297 on May 08, 2011, 11:06:28 PM
Just started reading into Shakespeare more. His plays, poems, quotes made by him, anything! A Midsummer's Night Dream mostly. Love that play!
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Post by: Andrewf on May 09, 2011, 04:49:00 AM
Nothing at the moment, which is just as well, as my little sister just donated 7 Robert Jordan books. Looks like I'll be reading every spare minute for the next few weeks. And probably also in those not-so-spare minutes, when I should be doing other things.  ;D

Would this be the first 7 of the Wheel of Time series?    Which is up to book 12 so far.  >:D
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Post by: trev on May 12, 2011, 06:06:41 AM
My wife has thrust one of her books at me saying, "You must read this one"

Revelation by C.J.Sansom.

She has read all the books by C.J.Sansom, this will be my first.
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 12, 2011, 07:12:54 AM
I read the first tenth of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST by Stieg Larsson. It was a gift. He was a heck of a story teller, but it's just not my kind of story.

SHANTARAM by Gregory David Roberts is next.  Amazing style, but I haven't yet decided if I'm going to finish it.  It's huge.  Another gift.
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Post by: Chris Barraclough on May 15, 2011, 05:36:57 AM
Just finished The Wasp Factory (messed up but hilarious) and Short Cuts (okay, but overrated like the film) and now on to Catch 22 (very dry and very funny so far)
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Post by: Gyppo on May 15, 2011, 06:08:12 PM
I've just finished Clive Cussler's Pacific Vortex.  It's the first of his Dirk Pitt stories, a slim paperback and very different from the thick tomes he writes nowadays.  It lays the groundwork for a lot of his later stories though, and to be honest I enjoyed the more simplistic style.

Gyppo
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Post by: Andre Farant on May 15, 2011, 09:47:35 PM
The Altar of Eden by James Rollins.

The usual from Rollins: lots of action with a blend of hard and speculative science thrown in.

This one's a stand alone, not part of the Sigma Force series, so a good intro to the author for those who've never tried him.
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Post by: trev on May 16, 2011, 06:16:36 AM
Finished Pompeii by Robert Harris a couple of months ago, I found it interesting when visiting Italy and Sicily that you can still see the original pipe system running around the countryside.
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Post by: Silt on May 16, 2011, 07:57:04 AM
Lots and lots of flashes.
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 16, 2011, 08:04:43 AM
I just thought I should pop in and say the verdict on SHANTARAM is a big fat unequivocal yes. I'll be living in this guy's world for weeks.

The best news is probably that I'm not reading anything by Michael LaRocca. The guy's a hack.
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Post by: thatollie on May 16, 2011, 08:16:36 AM
The best news is probably that I'm not reading anything by Michael LaRocca. The guy's a hack.

Yeah, I've read some of his articles and I've gotta agree with you.  ;)
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Post by: Marsha Canham on May 16, 2011, 10:04:12 AM
I was just given an e-reader by my kids for Mother's Day and the first book I downloaded was The Fifth Witness, Michael Connelly.  I have all of his books...Blood Work is a fav...so I'm looking forward to finding a lazy day to just sit back and read.
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Post by: ellie on May 16, 2011, 12:53:03 PM
At the moment I am reading kathy Reichs 'Cross Bones'...and very good it is too.
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Post by: Bhayden71297 on May 16, 2011, 09:40:29 PM
Right now I'm reading many series, but the books I'm reading now are from- The Immortal Series by Alyson Noel-

I'm just waiting for the last book to come out and I'll be finished. :)
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Post by: Zen on May 18, 2011, 06:23:47 PM
Trying to read a bit more Sci-fi/horror at the moment for some inspiration for my book. Just finished 'The warded man' also known as the painted man in the UK and have 'The passage' by Justin cronin on the bed next to me.

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Post by: thatollie on May 18, 2011, 07:53:40 PM
I've heard about The Painted Man, is it any good?
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Post by: cmb on May 22, 2011, 04:14:31 PM
Dick Swaab (http://mindthebrain.neuroscience-cognition.org/?q=DickSwaab)'s Latest new book "Wij zijn ons brein".

Neuroscience. We were visiting with my inlaws today and MIL had the book lying about in the living room. I asked if I could have a peek at it, which resulted in her giving me the book. I tried to refuse, but she insisted, and quite honestly, if she hadn't given me the book, I'd have gone and bought my own copy first thing tomorrow, because I was instantly hooked. I love neuroscience, and Dick Swaab has a great sense of humor, which makes reading his book even more pleasant.
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Post by: RicardoR2 on May 23, 2011, 06:06:00 PM
The zombie survival guide!
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Post by: thatollie on May 23, 2011, 06:10:46 PM
I'm going to go reread The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
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Post by: herron on May 23, 2011, 06:43:45 PM
A book of short stories by Orson Scott Card.
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Post by: Chris Barraclough on May 24, 2011, 04:49:08 AM
The zombie survival guide!

Sweet, is that any good? I've got the horror movie survival guide, great 'pick up and read for 5 mins' book.
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 24, 2011, 04:57:00 AM
THUD! by Terry Pratchett
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Post by: Andre Farant on May 25, 2011, 09:23:51 PM
Just finished reading The Keeper by Sarah Langan

Wannabe horror authors take note: The Keeper is Langan's first novel (she now has three, the second of which won the Bram Stoker Award) and was published just five years ago. So, if you want to know what sells, her work isn't a bad example. Also, it's excellent stuff along the lines of Peter Straub and Stephen King's heavier stuff.

Just started Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, the second in the Thursday Next series.
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Post by: Andre Farant on May 31, 2011, 10:16:04 PM
Just started Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry
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Post by: Vienna on June 01, 2011, 06:39:44 AM
Just finished "La Chute" - Albert Camus again. What next....................?
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Post by: thatollie on June 01, 2011, 08:35:41 PM
Currently reading graphic novels... then it's on to Tales of The Dying Earth by Jack Vance.
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Post by: McWawa on June 02, 2011, 03:23:55 AM
"Travel Writing" (2nd edition)
 by L. Peat O.Neal
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 02, 2011, 04:18:52 AM
Marley & Me by John Grogan. I waited a few years for the hype to die down.  :)
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Post by: trev on June 02, 2011, 04:56:18 AM
I have just finished the Shadow of the Wind[/ thatollie. a good read, the sort of book you can only put it down at the next chapter.
M-edits I have just given eight hardback T Pratchett to a charity shop, Thud was amongst them, enjoyable read.
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 02, 2011, 05:05:28 AM
There was a lovely time when I read about 20 Discworld novels in a row.  Many years later, I was at a second-hand book store in Hanoi and found a couple that Sir Terry wrote after my marathon, including THUD!  Another waits on my bookshelf.  UNSEEN ACADEMICALS.  I'm pretending to be patient and reading other stuff.
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Post by: trev on June 02, 2011, 05:17:06 AM
M, Edits, you will enjoy that one, shall I tell you the ending? Ha ::) Ha  ;D Ha ;) My children started reading T.Ps books before me, they had everything associated with his writing, once you start getting into them they become addictive. 
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 02, 2011, 05:47:48 AM
I'm still looking for my cow
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on June 02, 2011, 01:21:20 PM
Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 06, 2011, 02:27:41 PM

Mr Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett

A first novel published in the past year. This one's also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.

Quite good thus far.
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Post by: Vienna on June 07, 2011, 03:21:25 AM
reading "Eichmann vor Jerusalem"

a chilling picture of a man and the idealogy that he totally believed in.
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 07, 2011, 04:31:18 AM
I just finished The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, which is excellent, and it'll probably be a few days before I can enjoy something else.  Unread books wait upon my shelf.
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Post by: McWawa on June 07, 2011, 04:46:41 AM
"How To think Like Leonardo da Vinci " by Micheal J.Gelb.

This one was picked up in a second hand store, I wonder what Leonardo would think about that. I don't know yet what he was thinking when he painted the Mona Lisa !
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Post by: thatollie on June 07, 2011, 07:49:01 PM
"How To think Like Leonardo da Vinci " by Micheal J.Gelb.

This one was picked up in a second hand store, I wonder what Leonardo would think about that. I don't know yet what he was thinking when he painted the Mona Lisa !

"Her nephew's kinda cute."
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Post by: Gyppo on June 07, 2011, 08:20:03 PM
I'm still looking for my cow

"Buggrit!" said Foul Old Ron.
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Post by: Gayle on June 08, 2011, 11:56:29 AM
I'm going to repost this now that Hugh has directed me to the right thread:

I just finished According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge. Not her best novel although I have a hard time with anyone who tries to claim that Dr. Johnson was anything more than a literary scholar and critic. I preferred Master Georgie. It's a much better place to start if you've never read Bainbridge's work before.

I'm just started Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. This is one I deliberately put off for a long time because the idea of reading a fiction novel devoted to the "does God exist" debate sounded about as dry as unbuttered toast. Bad judgement call on my part. Bulgakov manages to make a very dry, done-to-death debate and make it entertaining with storytelling skills. A truly gifted writer!
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Post by: DGSquared on June 09, 2011, 11:16:17 PM
Save the Cat
~Blake Snyder
The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need

Though not the last I'll read.
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 10, 2011, 06:21:30 PM
Cell by Stephen King
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Post by: DGSquared on June 10, 2011, 06:55:47 PM
Ooh, The King. My all time favorite Steven King book was, The Shining. Scared me so thoroughly, I had to read it in less than a week to get it over with so I could sleep! I was sixteen.

I'm thinking I read it in two days - no sleep. That may be an exaggeration, but not by much.  :o

I was living in a 150 year old farm house in the middle of some citrus orchards, in the boonies, about a half mile from an ancient 'haunted' schoolhouse that I could see from my bedroom window. Coyote howls were the norm. I was a boarder and access to my room was off of the back porch, via creaky, wooden stairs. My room was part of an attic that had been sectioned off, divided in half, and halved again to make two rather roomy bedrooms across from each other with the much roomier attic adjacent. I blamed the attic door but I'm inclined to think it was my vivid imagination that taunted me. Behind the door were dress forms, old picture frames, hats, antique rocking chairs, wooden travelers trunks, and the classic dusty spider's webs.

 I would love it today just for the mere theatrical qualities. But at the time... SPOOKY!

Anyway, I highly recommend The Shining if you haven't already read it. :)


~Deb
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 11, 2011, 07:52:34 AM
Thanks Deb, I have read The Shining and, you're right, it's excellent. I think my favourite of King's is still It with The Green Mile a very, very close second. I enjoy most of what he's put out, though.
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Post by: herron on June 11, 2011, 12:41:26 PM
Both good reads. I also really liked "The Long Walk" that he wrote as Richard Bachman.
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 11, 2011, 03:57:00 PM
I loved Cell and Firestarter because they were both fast paced. The Shining was great too, except the film was better because in the book we don't have "Here's Johnny!" or "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" which are the iconic moments. I like most of King's stuff, except I feel he does tend to waffle and most of his books only need to be half the length they are (like Insomnia - did that really need to be 800 pages?!)

Talking about meaty tomes, I've nearly finished 'The Passage' by Justin Cronin. It is 1000 pages and has its faults, but is still one of the most beautifully written thrillers I have ever come across.
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 11, 2011, 04:35:23 PM
I agree that The Passage was very well written, but I felt as though the first and second halves were two seperate books, and that, while the first half was absolutely excellent, the second half just didn't work for me at all.

I liked Kubrick's The Shining, but I see it as an entirely seperate piece from the book. They're just too different.

Carrie, by De Palma, is one of the few movies that actually improved on the book upon which it was based . . . even King thought so.
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 11, 2011, 04:38:04 PM
I really liked Wolgast and his relationship with Amy - I agree that the story with the colony and the virals isn't as good. Very cliche, actually - so 'I Am Legend'. And Carrie is a great film - even the music is magnificent.
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Post by: thatollie on June 11, 2011, 06:19:21 PM
I loved Cell and Firestarter because they were both fast paced. The Shining was great too, except the film was better because in the book we don't have "Here's Johnny!" or "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" which are the iconic moments. I like most of King's stuff, except I feel he does tend to waffle and most of his books only need to be half the length they are (like Insomnia - did that really need to be 800 pages?!)

Talking about meaty tomes, I've nearly finished 'The Passage' by Justin Cronin. It is 1000 pages and has its faults, but is still one of the most beautifully written thrillers I have ever come across.

Insomnia barely needed to exist at all.
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Post by: DGSquared on June 11, 2011, 06:47:17 PM
Walkio, I thought The Shining was an awesome movie especially with the instinctive cast and introduction to Steadicam under Kubrick's direction. However, I liked the book more. I wonder how you would weigh it, had you read the book first.

I read that King was ticked off about the locale of the movie and vehemently disapproved of the hotel that Kubrick's production team decided upon.

AndreOF, the Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies and I like The Green Mile too. As a rule, I try to read the book before I see the production because I don't want to be disappointed in the book. I take it from your statement that, at least in the case of The Green Mile, I'm safe.

I recently joined a screenwriter's group. It is difficult to adjust to the fact that it is the 'norm' for the writer to lose creative control of his or her written 'vision' once his/her screenplay is optioned or goes into production.

~Deb
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Post by: TheDestroyer on June 11, 2011, 09:26:43 PM
Reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath :)
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 11, 2011, 09:41:07 PM
Hey Deb,

Don't fret too much, generally speaking, the writer is very well compensated for that loss of control. ;)
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Post by: Gayle on June 12, 2011, 12:02:41 AM
Deb, I enjoyed both the movie version of The Shinning and the film version even though I watched the film long before I ever read the book. I do understand why they had to change so much for the film version though. Some of the scenes that read as being frightening in the book would have come out looking like something out of a bad 1950's B-movie. You simply can't have a woman, half-hacked to pieces continuing to crawl around, looking for her child without the audience rolling their eyes and saying, "oh, please!"
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 12, 2011, 12:55:20 AM
Skull Dance by Gerd Balke.  I edited this one after he died and ensured that it was published.  All royalties go to his widow.
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Post by: Gayle on June 12, 2011, 12:07:57 PM
Michael, I just read the discription of it over at amazon.ca:
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The Soviet Union is no more. Members of its military are selling plutonium to the highest bidder. Christian Ramsdorf, an East German weapons expert, finds himself with the opportunity either to get extremely rich or to return to his old job with MI5. A pulse-pounding, globe-trotting adventure where the world is held hostage.

Another title for my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Post by: DGSquared on June 12, 2011, 06:15:20 PM
Deb, I enjoyed both the movie version of The Shinning and the film version even though I watched the film long before I ever read the book. I do understand why they had to change so much for the film version though. Some of the scenes that read as being frightening in the book would have come out looking like something out of a bad 1950's B-movie. You simply can't have a woman, half-hacked to pieces continuing to crawl around, looking for her child without the audience rolling their eyes and saying, "oh, please!"


Jeez Gayle, sometimes you crack me up! I love your wit. The visual was right there with the B-movies, only in color. I was in stitches (much better off than the hacked up woman which I pictured cut in half) but yeah, I see your point. Thanks for the guttural laugh.   :)
~Deb
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Post by: Gayle on June 12, 2011, 06:33:35 PM
Thanks for the guttural laugh.   :)
~Deb
Anytime!  :D
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 13, 2011, 02:14:59 PM
Strange Red Cow by Sara Bader. Bader is a freelance researcher and associate producer who works on historical documentary films.

It was due to something she noticed while doing research that inspired her to write this, her first job.

It was a very old ad in a newspaper that sparked her interest and was the inspiration for her to search further.

An unusual little book that I often read bits and pieces of between other books.
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 13, 2011, 09:45:32 PM
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
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Post by: cmb on June 14, 2011, 05:42:59 PM
Tristan and Iseult - Rosemary Sutcliff

(Reading it with my 12 year old daughter, who likes the most gruesome parts the best.  ;D )
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Post by: Gayle on June 14, 2011, 06:40:48 PM
(Reading it with my 12 year old daughter, who likes the most gruesome parts the best.  ;D )
  :D Sounds like you've got a Goth teenager in the making. Don't look now but you may have a few years black lipstick, skull and crossbone fashions, and vampire crushes ahead of you.
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 14, 2011, 08:45:59 PM
Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 14, 2011, 11:56:40 PM
It's funny, I've never been able to get into Bryson's travel writing (he always seems as though he's having a terrible time) but his A Short History of Nearly Everything is still one of my favourite popular science books.
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 15, 2011, 12:03:59 AM
Now that you mention it, I enjoy his travel writing if it's a place I've been, but my favorite books by Bryson are A Short History of Nearly Everything and the one about English language.  And, perhaps, this one about Shakespeare.  His childhood memoirs are also quite good.
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Post by: Andrewf on June 15, 2011, 12:25:15 PM
re-reading Galaxy Primes  by E.E (Doc) Smith
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Post by: Vienna on June 16, 2011, 03:27:40 AM
Still reading Eichmann vor Jerusalem

and also Liszt, Biography of a Superstar

and also on the go Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell
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Post by: DGSquared on June 18, 2011, 12:54:39 AM
Our family finished The Hunger Games Trilogy a few months back. A YA sci fi series written by Suzanne Collins and is under way for the big screen.

We all enjoyed the books. The author has an easy flow and does a good job of building suspense.

Don't let the fact that it's a Y.A. scare you away. It really is a good series that I highly recommend especially if you have teenagers and tweens in your home. Great family read.

~Deb
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Post by: midnight candle on June 18, 2011, 02:57:55 AM
Every now and again, I pluck a book at random. This week I found The Gathering by Ann Enright. Enjoying it so far.
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 18, 2011, 12:32:12 PM
Hellblazer: Original Sin by Jamie Delano (and various artists)
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Post by: Andre Farant on June 22, 2011, 09:41:03 AM
Bones by Jonathan Kellerman

Kellerman has a formula and it's a formula I enjoy. I always know what to expect from him and I'm very rarely disappointed--Bones is no exception.
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 22, 2011, 01:27:12 PM
Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It's quite good, but has the same problems I found with LTROI - too many 'main' characters with long episodes in their POV, watering down the main point, which is a lost little girl. Also too much irrelevant back story. And the whole thing with the Spiritus I'm finding a little silly atm.

Finished The Passage, and I had the same problem with that - too many different POVs IMO. A bit of trivia - just heard Matt Reeves is to direct a film of The Passage. He's the one who directed Let Me In (great film), based on the book by Lindqvist.
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Post by: Offeiriad on June 22, 2011, 02:47:01 PM
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

About the famed wax modeler. :)
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Post by: thatollie on June 23, 2011, 03:04:48 AM
Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton

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Post by: jj on June 25, 2011, 04:35:15 AM
The Confession by John Grisham.

I've nearly finished it and it's a riveting read. Highly recommended.
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Post by: herron on June 25, 2011, 11:44:13 AM
The Other Wind

by Ursula LeGuin
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Post by: Hugh on June 26, 2011, 09:25:02 AM
Finished Frederick Forsyth’s The Cobra, a gripping action thriller about a scheme to cripple the Colombian drug barons’ worldwide supply of heroin. Even my wife, who usually likes family sagas, is enthralled by it.

Struggled to finish Hard Girls, by Martina Cole. To me it’s full of repetitions and clichés. She doesn’t just fall for him; she falls hook, line and sinker. He doesn’t just hit the ground; he does it like a sack of potatoes.

I saw the ending coming before I was halfway through, and the red herrings she planted were so overdone, they stood out like a sore thumb — see, she’s got me at it now …

Currently reading The Long Glasgow Kiss, by Craig Russell. As soon as I picked it off the shelf and read the first line I knew I’d enjoy it, and I’m not disappointed. Set in Glasgow in the 1950’s, it’s a tough, gritty, yet humorous first person story of a private investigator who came over with the Canadian army during WWII and somehow never got round to going back. An easy read.

Hugh
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 26, 2011, 09:35:27 AM
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Woman by Alexander McCall Smith
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Post by: Hugh on June 26, 2011, 09:58:50 AM
PS If you are intigued by opening llnes, here is the beginning I mentioned of The Long Glasgow Kiss:

"Some concepts are alien to the Glaswegian mind. Salad. Dentistry. Forgiveness."

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Post by: Hugh on June 26, 2011, 10:21:37 AM
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built Woman by Alexander McCall Smith

Is that about Precious Ramotswe, the lady detective?
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 26, 2011, 11:37:44 AM
Is that about Precious Ramotswe, the lady detective?

You got it, Hugh. Tenth in the series, and the ladies learn a bit about football.
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Post by: Hugh on June 26, 2011, 03:38:55 PM
Great, Michael, I'll look out for it. Love his Botswana stories.
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Post by: Andre Farant on July 03, 2011, 10:21:45 PM
Just got back from a weeklong trip so got a fair bit of reading done...

Read "Before I Go To Sleep" by SJ Watson. An interesting debut. Mostly drama with a hint of thriller. Should appeal to those who enjoyed "Room" by Donoghue, "Still Alice" by Genova, "The Swan Thieves" by Kostova, and maybe even "The Time Traveller's Wife" (minus the supernatural elements) by Niffenegger.

Then read "Dark Harvest" by Norman Partridge. A cool, short, tough little horror novel about a race to kill a pumpkin-headed creature called the October Boy. Worth reading for the unique writing style alone.

Also been dipping into the "Chilling Tales" anthology, edited by Michael Kelly. It's a collection of horror and dark fantasy shorts by Canadian authors.
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Post by: Vienna on July 04, 2011, 07:21:48 AM
Motivated by Hugh reading "The Long Glasgow Kiss",  I just re-read James Kelman  "How Late it was, How late"
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 04, 2011, 07:29:08 AM
I just finished SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING by Amy Tan. Not at all like her others, quite funny, quite serious, quite excellent.
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Post by: thatollie on July 04, 2011, 11:38:38 AM
I'm re-reading The Lord of The Rings.
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Post by: morganlyfe on July 04, 2011, 12:02:11 PM
I'm re-reading The Lord of The Rings.

One of the few series you can read again and again and still pick up on something new.
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Post by: morganlyfe on July 04, 2011, 12:06:33 PM
I just started reading Miss peregrine's home for Peculiar Children.

I'm only about a third of the way into it, but it's pretty good so far.
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Post by: thatollie on July 04, 2011, 12:10:53 PM
One of the few series you can read again and again and still pick up on something new.

Like the fact that Merry is too young to know Old Farmer Maggot very well.
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Post by: Andre Farant on July 04, 2011, 02:52:51 PM
Concrete Grove by Gary McMahon.

I've enjoyed his short stories but this is the first of his novels I've tackled. Good thus far.
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Post by: Andre Farant on July 06, 2011, 05:36:35 PM
Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, the first volume of a fairly new series of graphic novels. Written by Joe Hill (author of the truly unique novel Horns and the wonderful collection of short stories 20th Century Ghosts) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez.

Highly recommended.
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Post by: Andre Farant on July 10, 2011, 11:21:37 AM
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 10, 2011, 11:40:53 AM
I just finished reading THE GATE by Francois Bizot and recommend it very highly.

Now I'm moving on to AT HOME by Bill Bryson because I need something a little less demanding.
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Post by: ChalkDust on July 10, 2011, 03:38:01 PM
I'm (finally) reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides  ;D
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Post by: McWawa on July 11, 2011, 09:45:20 AM
Natural Brilliance.

by  Paul R. Scheele.
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Post by: Andrewf on July 11, 2011, 10:13:18 AM
"The Light Of Other Days"    by Arthur C. Clarke
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Post by: A.J.B on July 12, 2011, 08:55:56 AM
Sharpe's Battle by Bernard Cornwell
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Post by: Andre Farant on July 12, 2011, 07:34:32 PM
Locke and Key: Head Games--second volume in the series--by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

Excellent
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Post by: Vienna on July 13, 2011, 03:05:06 AM
was a bit stuck for something to read, so decided to re-read some Orwell (no not the socalled classic Orwell "Animal Farm" and "1984") but one of what I call his good ones. "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" Gordon Comstock a real antihero and wannabe poet!
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 13, 2011, 03:12:44 AM
I'm reading "Seismic Performance of Bonded Post-tensioned Slab-Column Connections with and without Drop Panel." Please have mercy on my soul.
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Post by: Vienna on July 13, 2011, 03:35:47 AM
i've read that bugger an'all lad not bad is it? I didn't know who had dunnit until right at the end. ;D
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 13, 2011, 03:42:11 AM
Never trust a bloody footman is what I say
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 13, 2011, 05:55:20 AM
It were the shear stress what done it, guv.
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Post by: megansara on July 16, 2011, 03:05:06 AM

I loved the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, read it and passed it on to my mother who also enjoyed it very much.
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Post by: perdita on July 17, 2011, 10:08:35 AM
The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje. Loved the film, but as is always the case, the book is even better. The prose is so beautiful and moving.
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Post by: cmb on July 18, 2011, 01:48:21 PM
Just finished "The Eye of the World" (first book of the Wheel of Time series) by Robert Jordan. Took me four days. I've got the next six in my bookcase already, but don't have the heart to touch them yet... the hubby already threatened to burn my books if I didn't get back to Real Life and my Duties real soon.  ::)  ::)  ::)

(Of course I threatened to burn his model cars if he dared touch my books with even one finger, but still...  ;) )
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Post by: Andrewf on July 18, 2011, 02:40:32 PM
Burn books??  :o :o :o

He's a Philistine!


How are you liking the Wheel of Time?
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Post by: cmb on July 18, 2011, 03:16:09 PM
Burn books??  :o :o :o

He's a Philistine!

He sure is.  ::)
But I can handle him. I know exactly how to threaten him - and he knows I'll live up to my promises.  ;D


How are you liking the Wheel of Time?

Well enough to want to read more - although I have to admit to having just scanned (and even skipped) quite a few of the more descriptive parts. The writing could have been tighter, but even so... I like it.  :)
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Post by: Vienna on July 19, 2011, 05:23:33 AM
Keine Frage des Geschmacks - Veit Heinichen

as usual a very good police/detective thriller set in Trieste.
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Post by: Mastafrank on July 22, 2011, 02:41:17 PM
I'm reading Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy
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Post by: Hex Mason on July 22, 2011, 03:03:31 PM
I'm currently chowing down on "The Gate of Days" by Guillaume Prevost ;D
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Post by: Vienna on July 22, 2011, 03:50:07 PM
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php/topic,12829.0.html
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Post by: Andrewf on July 22, 2011, 04:45:44 PM
Re-reading   The Skylark of Space    by E E doc Smith
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Post by: McWawa on July 22, 2011, 05:58:44 PM
The Field.

by Lynne McTaggart
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Post by: thatollie on July 23, 2011, 10:56:11 AM
I'm reading Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy

Yeah, that's one of my favourites. I am still reading one of Andrew's favourites.
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Post by: Vienna on July 23, 2011, 11:39:00 AM
anybody read the new William Gibson???
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Post by: Andrewf on July 23, 2011, 04:07:26 PM
Yeah, that's one of my favourites. I am still reading one of Andrew's favourites.

You reading "Starship Troopers" or "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Robert Heinlein ??  ;D
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Post by: thatollie on July 24, 2011, 05:17:51 AM
Nah, Lord of The Rings.
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Post by: Andrewf on July 24, 2011, 01:53:04 PM
Nah, Lord of The Rings.

Ahhhh    well, i've read it and i did enjoy it... but it's not one of my favourites.  Not even my favourite Fantasy book ;D
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Post by: thatollie on July 24, 2011, 02:17:28 PM
Right, I was thinking of DC (probably). Dang mods are turning into an amorphorous amalgamation.
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Post by: Andrewf on July 24, 2011, 04:19:46 PM
"The Evolutionary Void " by Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: Mastafrank on July 24, 2011, 04:45:02 PM
I strongly urge Y'all to read the following

'Gears of war'  Novels by Karen traviss
'The Otherland" series by Tad Williams
"Halo' (various titles by various authors


 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Grey Colson on July 24, 2011, 10:49:47 PM
Worth Dying For by Lee Child. Good read!
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 06, 2011, 10:09:06 AM
Twitter
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Post by: Andrewf on August 06, 2011, 03:44:21 PM
"Ghost Story" by Jim Butcher...  the 13th book in the Harry Dresden series  ;D
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Post by: cmb on August 11, 2011, 03:49:55 AM
The Shadow Rising (Book Four of The Wheel of Time) - Robert Jordan

... and getting rather fed up with all the changes in POV, esp. when we get to read yet another part of the story from a minor character's POV. Getting fed up with all the jumping around, and the predictability of what's going to happen next. It seems there's hardly anything new anymore; just more of the same. I don't think I'll ever want to finish the series. Good thing I got those books for free. I'd have felt cheated if I'd spent good money on them.
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Post by: herron on August 11, 2011, 09:14:51 AM
I'm re-reading The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Post by: thatollie on August 11, 2011, 06:43:20 PM
I'm re-reading The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Great book.


Okay, I'm reading Slan by A.E. Van Vogt.
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Post by: Andrewf on August 12, 2011, 05:21:28 AM
A Quantum Murder  by Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: evatje on August 12, 2011, 09:11:50 AM
Has anybody read "The kindly ones"? I'm starting it now and I hope to finish by Christmas, as it has about 960 pages.
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Post by: Mastafrank on August 15, 2011, 03:32:27 PM
I wanna get Inuyasha vol.1 ( Does Manga count as reading??)
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Post by: midnight candle on August 23, 2011, 04:27:27 PM
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

by Mohsin Hamid.

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Post by: Andrewf on August 23, 2011, 05:15:37 PM
The Nano Flower  by Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: hedinsen on August 28, 2011, 10:58:33 AM
Now there is a loaded question for me:

I'm reading a book that I picked up a long time ago at a yard sale titled:  Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie.

It's about Europe following the Napoleon I and the Napoleonic Wars Europe and Congress of Vienna was a mess.
The book, believe it or not covers the actual causes of WWI and the figures involved in the war.  What we learned in school is not even half of what actually occurred or led to the war.  Two of the causes that set the stage for the what were the Boer War followed by France and Germany's clash over Morocco.  Just to get in to that problem alone would take more space than I am allowed.

The central characters are: Queen Victoria, King Edward VII of England; Kaiser Wilhelm both I and II and Prince Otto Bismarck of Prussia (later Germany following the 1869 war between the two countries).

Great book.  Text without end notes or index is 908 pages of pure history and antidots from the people themselves whom Massie quoted.  
                                                # # #
 
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 28, 2011, 11:03:47 AM
I gave up on Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
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Post by: A.J.B on August 28, 2011, 11:31:12 AM
Currently reading 'Legacy' by Muffy Morrigan.
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Post by: Mastafrank on August 29, 2011, 09:29:35 AM
Now there is a loaded question for me:

I'm reading a book that I picked up a long time ago at a yard sale titled:  Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie.

It's about Europe following the Napoleon I and the Napoleonic Wars Europe and Congress of Vienna was a mess.
The book, believe it or not covers the actual causes of WWI and the figures involved in the war.  What we learned in school is not even half of what actually occurred or led to the war.  Two of the causes that set the stage for the what were the Boer War followed by France and Germany's clash over Morocco.  Just to get in to that problem alone would take more space than I am allowed.

The central characters are: Queen Victoria, King Edward VII of England; Kaiser Wilhelm both I and II and Prince Otto Bismarck of Prussia (later Germany following the 1869 war between the two countries).

Great book.  Text without end notes or index is 908 pages of pure history and antidots from the people themselves whom Massie quoted.  
                                                # # #
 


sounds like a great read :)
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Post by: Luana Spinetti on August 31, 2011, 10:07:11 AM
Handbook Of Magazine Article Writing from Writer's Digest ^^
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Post by: Wetferret on August 31, 2011, 10:37:50 AM
I've been reading Stephen King's It. I knew it was quite a challenge for me to read through this monster of a book but I'm managing. I don't know what the general concensus is but IMO this is his magnum opus. It really shows just how good he is at what he does and on top of that he's managed to take weird fiction and bring it up to a whole new level.
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Post by: A.J.B on August 31, 2011, 12:11:41 PM
Whitechapel: The Last Stand of Sherlock Holmes.
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Post by: thatollie on August 31, 2011, 05:47:55 PM
The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham
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Post by: thatollie on September 04, 2011, 10:10:34 PM
I am finally going to finish reading Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga. Only another 500 pages to go.
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 04, 2011, 11:12:32 PM
Moving out of sequence, I just finished In The Company of Cheerful Ladies and am now reading Tears of the Giraffe, both by Alexander McCall Smith.
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Post by: Andrewf on September 05, 2011, 05:30:44 AM
I am finally going to finish reading Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga. Only another 500 pages to go.

I have to say... that's a good one   ;D    I do like the deterant fleet  :D


I'm currently reading    I Shall Wear Midnight  by Terry Pratchett
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Post by: herron on September 05, 2011, 04:30:36 PM
Stephen King's new one, Mile 81.
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Post by: midnight candle on September 05, 2011, 04:33:04 PM
I've just bought and will start reading tonight:


The Bookseller of Kabul
by
Anne Seierstad.

Liked the cover and grabbed it before I read any blurb. Looking forward to it.
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Post by: Laura H on September 05, 2011, 04:37:59 PM
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse
by Victor Gischler
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Post by: Matt Walker on September 09, 2011, 12:42:48 PM
IT by Stephen King. And about time too.
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Post by: Vel on September 09, 2011, 02:05:54 PM
The Dresden Files.

I'm about six books in and hooked.
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Post by: Andrewf on September 09, 2011, 02:54:20 PM
The Dresden Files.

I'm about six books in and hooked.

I'm re-reading them  :D
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Post by: MichaelCraigBibby on September 09, 2011, 03:02:30 PM
Well i just finished L.A Meyer's Curse of the blue tattoo 

so tonight I'm reading Under the jolly roger  (Bloody jack saga)
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Post by: thatollie on September 11, 2011, 01:49:06 PM
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
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Post by: Annmarie on September 13, 2011, 10:20:14 AM
Lots and lots of short stories. Starting with the anthologies "First Thrills" and "Best American Short Mysteries 2010." I'm learning tons about pacing and suspense.

I hardly ever read just for fun, but when I do, it's noir. I just finished Chandler's "Fairwell, my Lovely."
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Post by: MichaelCraigBibby on September 14, 2011, 09:17:32 PM
I'm about to read 

L.A. Meyer: In the Belly of the Bloodhound (A Bloody Jack Adventure) Book 4  :)
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Post by: herron on September 14, 2011, 10:08:04 PM
Nothing at the moment. Lost my Kindle at the airport.  :'(
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Post by: thatollie on September 14, 2011, 10:34:53 PM
I wanted something short and fun, so I'm reading Morningstar by David Gemmell.
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Post by: hedinsen on September 15, 2011, 06:33:17 AM
For the time being I put Dreadnought aside and am reading The Great Iron Trail by Robert W. Howard.  Scanning through the book while reading it I found this to be one heck of a read - especially for history buffs and those specializing in writing western stories.  This is what, once more, we were not taught in school -- seems we only got the good stuff -- what they didn't tell us is what went on during the years following the Civil War until May 10, 1869 makes today's politics tame by comparision.  # # #
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Post by: Mastafrank on September 17, 2011, 03:03:16 PM
Desert punk.. its a manga
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Post by: Andrewf on September 17, 2011, 03:57:53 PM
The Diamond Age  by Neal Stephenson
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Post by: 510bhan on September 17, 2011, 04:01:12 PM
Insurrection

Robyn Young
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Post by: thatollie on September 18, 2011, 12:26:13 PM
The Diamond Age  by Neal Stephenson

Great book, that one. I finished it last night

So now I'm reading The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman.
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Post by: Andrewf on September 18, 2011, 01:57:01 PM
Great book, that one. I finished it last night

So now I'm reading The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman.

The Diamond Age feels a bit disjointed to me, but I'm getting into it.  Really like the thought he's put into the nanotechnology  ;D
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Post by: Matt Walker on September 18, 2011, 02:03:37 PM
Just finished Jean M Auel's The Land of Painted Caves. The 6th and last part of her Earth's Children series. And thank God it is the last. What a boring piece of drivel. I think Auel wrote Clan of the Cave Bear and then forgot how to write as her books have gone down hill ever since.
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Post by: thatollie on September 18, 2011, 02:03:58 PM
The Diamond Age feels a bit disjointed to me, but I'm getting into it.  Really like the thought he's put into the nanotechnology  ;D
How far in are you?
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Post by: herron on September 18, 2011, 02:34:57 PM
Nothing at the moment. Lost my Kindle at the airport.  :'(

Got new Kindle!  ;D

De-registered old one when it 'disappeared' at the airport and loaded books already purchased onto the new one when it came. Back to reading Stephen King's new one: Mile 81.  :)
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Post by: Andrewf on September 18, 2011, 03:57:08 PM
How far in are you?

41%    :D   is on my kindle that's why i can be so precise ;D
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Post by: Ken100 on September 18, 2011, 04:06:23 PM
I hardly ever read just for fun, but when I do, it's noir. I just finished Chandler's "Fairwell, my Lovely."

Is that a sequel to "Farewell, My Lovely"?  ;) ;) (Sorry!)  :)
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Post by: thatollie on September 18, 2011, 07:32:39 PM
41%    :D   is on my kindle that's why i can be so precise ;D

So, that'd be about page 203 in normal terms. If you thought the story was disjointed before, oh boy, it continues on that fashion.
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Post by: MichaelCraigBibby on September 28, 2011, 04:50:09 AM
I just finshed Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A Mayer

Now I'm reading Lincoln Lawer by Michael Connely (I think that's how you spell his last name)

I'm on hoilday but i only bought two books with me  :'(
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 28, 2011, 04:58:54 AM
I just finished The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith, yet another fine entry in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Now I'm reading World War D by Jeffrey Dhywood, but you can't because it isn't published yet. Great stuff, too. Google it if you want. It'll turn up.
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Post by: thatollie on September 28, 2011, 08:27:29 PM
Yes I will finish The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, even if the book is stranger than his name.
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Post by: heidi52 on September 29, 2011, 06:50:45 AM
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

Boy that girl can turn a phrase! love how her choice of words can elevate even the most mundane things.
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Post by: Andrewf on October 01, 2011, 05:03:56 PM
So, that'd be about page 203 in normal terms. If you thought the story was disjointed before, oh boy, it continues on that fashion.

 :o  it ended so abruptly!!
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Post by: thatollie on October 01, 2011, 05:06:21 PM
Today is the thirst of October, so it's horror month. I'm kicking off with The Ceremonies by T.E.D Klein.
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Post by: MichaelCraigBibby on October 02, 2011, 09:32:35 AM
I just finished the Lincoln Lawyer but Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune doesn't come out until the 4th  :'(     

I have to wait so long!
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Post by: megansara on October 04, 2011, 05:18:01 AM
The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman, I have a feeling there is going to be a big twist in the tail at the end.
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Post by: DGSquared on October 05, 2011, 02:10:12 PM
We read as a family or listen to audio books. It's one of the few things that get the kids off of the techno-gadgets, at least for awhile.

After reading The Hunger Games Trilogy (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?field-keywords=The+Hunger+games&url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&x=13&y=21) by Suzanne Collins, I was pleased to find (or rather, pleased my son found) The Stoneheart Trilogy. (http://www.amazon.com/Stoneheart-Trilogy-Book-One/dp/1423101766/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317834839&sr=1-1)

I'm reading  Iron Hand (http://www.amazon.com/Stoneheart-Trilogy-Book-Two-Ironhand/dp/1423101774), a fantasy fiction with my 12-yr-old son. It's the second in Charlie Fletcher's  The Stoneheart Trilogy .

The story moves at good pace with a variety of compelling characters. The sequel is equally as good if not better than the first. I rather like the subliminal education I'm picking up about London's statues (who come to life in an Un-London) and London's landmarks.

I'm hoping to get the whole family on board for this one as I've just discovered Jim Dale is reading the the third book, titled, Silvertongue (http://www.amazon.com/Stoneheart-Silvertongue-Audio-Charlie-Fletcher/dp/0545027470/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317835351&sr=1-2).

For any of you who have not had the pleasure, Jim Dale is brilliant in J.K. Rowling's (http://www.jkrowling.com/accessible/en/) entire series of Harry Potter (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Harry-Potter-CD-Collection/J-K-Rowling/e/9780739352243?r=1&cm_mmc=Google%20Product%20Search-_-Q000000630-_-Harry%20Potter%20CD%20Collection-_-9780739352243) audiobooks and won a Grammy for his efforts. I would recommend those audiobooks for every adult for the shear entertainment value. 

I'm not exaggerating, Jim Dale (http://www.jim-dale.com/) is brilliant. 8)

Have a bountiful day!
~Deb :)

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Post by: Ken100 on October 05, 2011, 02:46:49 PM
I think that's fantastic that you read as a family. So many families don't read today, or spend any time together. We try and have a main meal together as much as possible, and sometimes listen to one of the children's audiobooks whilst eating. We still read to them in bed before they go to sleep, too.

I am currently reading the first book in Game of Thrones. I might have a break before the next one, as they are very long. Very good though. Next up, I think, will be Kim Newman's Anno Dracula. I've heard lots of good things about it.

Cheers,
Ken
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Post by: MichaelCraigBibby on October 06, 2011, 04:51:42 AM
I finished Heroes of Olympus: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan yesterday. Now I'm reading Mississippi Jack by L.A Mayer  :) 
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Post by: prince_capri on October 06, 2011, 06:19:02 AM
The Antichrist by Nietzsche. Man its difficult to read, the text is hard hitting, I have to think about it twice.
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 06, 2011, 07:40:02 AM
The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt is, quite simply, a must-read.
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Post by: Ken100 on October 10, 2011, 07:10:01 AM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Music-ebook/dp/B005QSSKCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318244797&sr=8-1
The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block.
Stories about Matthew Scudder, the greatest private detective on the planet.
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Post by: midnight candle on October 10, 2011, 07:58:42 AM
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

Mark Haddon
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Post by: Vienna on October 10, 2011, 09:50:49 AM
The Antichrist by Nietzsche. Man its difficult to read, the text is hard hitting, I have to think about it twice.


try it in the original german mate...........have to think about it more than twice!
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Post by: Vienna on October 10, 2011, 09:54:31 AM
Reading "Ich bin kein Papagei" autobiography of Gert Voss. One of the greats of modern German acting.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 07, 2011, 01:23:43 AM
Thinking of reading the 'Warhammer 40,000' novels... Only because there are so many novels in the series I Don't know where to start..
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Post by: thatollie on November 07, 2011, 06:47:29 AM
I have just finished Fritz Leiber's classic SF novel The Big Time.

What an imagination that man had.
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Post by: Michael Edits on November 07, 2011, 06:52:26 AM
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R Donaldson

Incidentally, The Reed Stephens Novels by Stephen R Donaldson are very different from the Thomas Covenant stuff. Also excellent, though. Of course.
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Post by: Andrewf on November 07, 2011, 07:02:53 AM
Destroyer of Worlds  by Larry Niven  ;D
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Post by: thatollie on November 07, 2011, 07:07:04 AM
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R Donaldson

Incidentally, The Reed Stephens Novels by Stephen R Donaldson are very different from the Thomas Covenant stuff. Also excellent, though. Of course.

Yeah, but Covenant's a magnificent bastard and you can't beat that.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 07, 2011, 01:18:49 PM
Out of the 21 books I own these 9 are my favorite
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Post by: Laura H on November 07, 2011, 01:59:58 PM
No Ender's Game?  That was great, but I didn't read any others in the series.
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Post by: thatollie on November 07, 2011, 02:18:36 PM
You only own 21 books. How have you not got more?
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 07, 2011, 02:19:57 PM
No Ender's Game?  That was great, but I didn't read any others in the series.
yea Im buying 'Enders game next week plus the other novels in the Ender series
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 07, 2011, 02:22:55 PM
You only own 21 books. How have you not got more?
well if I where rich I'd own hundreds. I get most books for free..
I'm planning on going to a church thrift shop to see what kind of books they have.
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Post by: thatollie on November 07, 2011, 02:26:02 PM
Try secondhand shops, I've bought over 1,000 books second hand.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 07, 2011, 02:28:12 PM
Yea there are amazing deals to be found :)
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Post by: thatollie on November 07, 2011, 02:51:26 PM
Frank, you better build up a decent collection. Think of all the wonderful books you're missing out on, like Emphyrio by Jack Vance, or Dune by Frank Herbert, or The Space Merchant's by Frederik Pohl, or Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber, or The Stars, My Destination by Alfred Bester . . . etc etc

*five hours later*

or Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock, or Light by M. John Harrison, or Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, or Ringworld by Larry Niven, or Helliconia by Brian Aldiss, or The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson, or A spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony . . . etc etc

*another five hours later and he's still on speculative fiction*

or The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov, or The World of Null-A by A.E Van Vogt, or The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick, or Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, or Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees . . . and I'm going to stop before I move on to Literary Fiction and destroy us all.
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Post by: herron on November 08, 2011, 12:13:32 PM
Just downloaded Stephen King's new one, 11/22/63.
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Post by: Vienna on November 09, 2011, 04:55:27 AM
Just finished "das Lilien Grab" - Valentina  Berger  not a bad crime novel by a local (Austrian) writer.

What's next?
 Could be the biography of Friedrich Dürrenmatt, "Dürrenmatt oder Die Ahnung vom Ganzen" by Peter Rüedi, that's been waiting a while now. The first "real" attempt at a biography of this great writer.
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Post by: thatollie on November 11, 2011, 10:28:36 PM
I am reading Corum, The Prince in Scarlet Robes by Michael Moorcock.
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Post by: Ken100 on November 12, 2011, 05:10:56 AM
I am reading the first Donovan Creed novel, written by John Locke. You might have heard of him, he's famous for selling a gazillion ebooks an hour, or something like that.
So, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Apart from the cheap pricing, I can't see much. I can't believe in Donovan Creed as a character, and the plot's pretty simplistic. I might not finish it. At least I don't feel ripped off, having not paid much to download it to my Kindle.
I won't be downloading anymore though.
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Post by: thatollie on November 12, 2011, 06:21:59 AM
True, but now someone who was waivering on the fence is going to go, "He's sold like a gazillion and one ebooks, maybe I should give it a try."

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Post by: Andrewf on November 22, 2011, 08:04:38 AM
Ender's Game  by Orson Scott Card
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Post by: heidi52 on November 23, 2011, 02:55:25 PM
Breakfast with Buddha

by Roland Merullo



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Post by: Mastafrank on November 23, 2011, 03:44:51 PM
Almost done reading Pandoras star.. up next is a Halo novel by Eric Nylund.....

For the HORDE!!!!
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Post by: Sharon L on November 27, 2011, 11:45:01 AM
Finishing up The Book of what Remains by Benjamin Alire Saenz:

Border crossing (US-Mexico) lit in prose/poetic form. Author is a former Catholic priest who has also written bilingual (English/Spanish) children's fiction and novels.




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Post by: alec on December 01, 2011, 05:31:00 AM
Almost a third of the way through 'A Dead Man in Deptford' by Anthony Burgess. It's a fictionalized account of the life of Christopher Marlowe. Really terrific read - think it could turn out to be the best book I've read all year.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on December 01, 2011, 07:30:46 AM
Danse Macabre by Stephen King.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 01, 2011, 12:59:25 PM
Judas unchained-sequal to Pandoras Star
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Post by: herron on December 01, 2011, 05:37:23 PM
re-reading:

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner
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Post by: AshleyNHart on December 01, 2011, 06:01:51 PM
I am reading Blue Bloods Novel by Melissa De La Cruz. I am on the book called Misguided Angel. I love this serious. its sooo good.
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 01, 2011, 08:33:57 PM
I'm reading the four books by Celia Rivenbark that I didn't read last month. That means I'll have finished the entire oeuvre. Thank you local library. We didn't have those in China, Thailand or Vietnam.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 01, 2011, 08:36:27 PM
I'm reading the four books by Celia Rivenbark that I didn't read last month. That means I'll have finished the entire oeuvre. Thank you local library. We didn't have those in China, Thailand or Vietnam.
congratulations are in order :)
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 01, 2011, 08:42:00 PM
congratulations are in order :)

Not really.

I tweeted about Celia Rivenbark and she tweeted back to thank me. For that, congratulations are in order. Brush with greatness.
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Post by: thatollie on December 03, 2011, 06:01:00 AM
I'm spending December finishing the seven books that I've left half read. Two down, five to go. The next one is Genius Loci and other stories by Clark Ashton Smith.
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Post by: herron on December 05, 2011, 12:05:35 AM
Stephen King's new one:  11/22/63
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 05, 2011, 12:38:49 AM
Stephen King's new one:  11/22/63

o kool!!! isn't that the one about JFK?
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Post by: Vienna on December 05, 2011, 06:12:37 AM
Friederich Nietzsche, Wanderer und freier Geist - Sabine Appel
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Post by: herron on December 05, 2011, 10:52:01 AM
o kool!!! isn't that the one about JFK?
I think so.  You wouldn't know it by the beginning, but it's a good read. Whatever anyone thinks about his subjects, SK is a very good writer.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 05, 2011, 12:51:26 PM
That is true :)
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Post by: thatollie on December 06, 2011, 05:56:09 PM
King is fabulous when he gets to the point, but sometimes he just doesn't get there.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 06, 2011, 06:14:45 PM
The same could be said of Tom Clancy, lots of filler.
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Post by: thatollie on December 06, 2011, 06:17:41 PM
Hell, even Dan Brown has his moments.
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 06, 2011, 06:26:38 PM
I'm reading short stories by Lu Xun, essays by Art Buchwald, humor columns by Celia Rivenbark. I recommend all of them very highly, and this experiment in multi-reading is kinda cool. I wouldn't do it with a novel, no way.
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Post by: thatollie on December 06, 2011, 06:29:04 PM
Michael, you really need to read more. Why not throw in King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard and the plays ofAnton Chekhov too?
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 06, 2011, 06:35:01 PM
Michael, you really need to read more. Why not throw in King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard and the plays of Anton Chekhov too?

I'll do that tomorrow, right after War and Peace.
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Post by: thatollie on December 06, 2011, 06:36:40 PM
Didn't you read that last month?
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 06, 2011, 06:47:47 PM
I've read the Lu Xun three times before, so I can do reruns.  But good ole War & Peace remains on my "to do" list.  Maybe he should've used the original title, War -- What Is It Good For?
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Post by: thatollie on December 06, 2011, 06:50:20 PM
Absolutely no-one's read it.
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Post by: Laura H on December 06, 2011, 07:02:53 PM
I'm reading Forest Gump, then I intend to read In Cold Blood because I just watched Capote and it made me want to read his book.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 06, 2011, 07:41:29 PM
Need to take a break from words, I'm reading the Gunslinger girl manga 8)
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Post by: Maimi on December 09, 2011, 09:42:32 AM
I seem to be working backwards.

First, I saw the movie The Help. Now I'm reading the screenplay. Getting to the book will happen some day, perhaps.

Depends on if I can stop from picking up more screenplays. Oh, when I'm waiting for the drawbridge to lower, or sitting in a waiting room, Sling Blade's script is what the Nook has for me.  :)
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Post by: BrambleRGray on December 09, 2011, 04:38:08 PM
The Silk House by Anothony Horowitz

It's pretty good so far.
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Post by: Andrewf on December 23, 2011, 06:46:16 AM
"The Way of Kings"  by Brandon Sanderson.
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 23, 2011, 07:12:09 AM
Everything in the library by Art Buchwald or Andy Rooney. It sure is great having a library again.
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 23, 2011, 07:55:14 AM
At the moment, I'm listening to book on CD as I crochet. Bill Bryson wrote and is reading At Home. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I've liked everything of his I've read.
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 23, 2011, 08:00:36 AM
I read At Home a couple of months ago and loved it.
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Post by: Annmarie on December 23, 2011, 08:06:43 AM
First Thrills -- a shorts anthology from Lee Child. Mixed bag, there.

Der nasse Fisch by Volker Kutscher. (Trans: The Wet Fish). It's the first in a noir detective series set in 1929 Berlin. Having a hard time sticking with it, not sure why. I love the set up. There's action enough. Maybe the detective hasn't hooked me yet. Hm.. Will keep trying.
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Post by: thatollie on December 28, 2011, 08:53:40 PM
I don't know what to read next.
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 28, 2011, 09:02:47 PM
While Mortals Slept by Kurt Vonnegut. A short story collection published after his death.
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Post by: thatollie on December 28, 2011, 09:26:14 PM
Don't you mean Bagombo Snuff Box and Other Stories?
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 28, 2011, 09:37:27 PM
I read Bagombo... ages ago, but I picked up a copy at the library along with While Mortals Slept and a couple of his novels. I could've picked up more Vonnegut, but I am pacing myself.  :)
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Post by: thatollie on December 28, 2011, 09:50:07 PM
Why?
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Post by: Michael Edits on December 28, 2011, 10:01:24 PM
Vonnegut wrote 16 published books, and I don't want to blast through them in two weeks like I did the first time I read his works. (I could fail in this attempt at patience...)
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Post by: thatollie on December 28, 2011, 10:38:47 PM
You will almost certainly fail.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 29, 2011, 04:11:46 PM
Still reading judas unchained  :D

I bought 3 new books
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Post by: Gyppo on December 29, 2011, 06:47:23 PM
Just finished reading an old Gavin Lyall book, Blame the Dead. A good bedtime book in that I could put it down and pick it up again the next night.  Not a 'stay up all night to finish it' book, but thoroughly enjoyable.  I must track down a copy of Midnight Plus One, which I recall reading as a teenager.

Gyppo
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Post by: cmb on December 30, 2011, 05:10:19 AM
A Crown of Swords, Book Seven of the Wheel of Times, by Robert Jordan. I'm only at page 146 yet, so I've got some 600 more to go. I've got book nine, but not book eight, so I'd better get looking for it. Maybe I'll ask my sister if I can borrow her copy.   :)
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Post by: herron on December 30, 2011, 12:33:38 PM
There's a new Bernard Cornwell book out. I may pick that up this week.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 30, 2011, 03:45:34 PM
The Forge Of God- Greg bear

First read it in 1998 :)
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Post by: Taylor on December 30, 2011, 05:58:24 PM
I got mostly books for Christmas. It's all good  :)

I think I'll start the new year with Quiet Houses, by Simon Kurt Unsworth.
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Post by: thatollie on December 31, 2011, 09:56:45 PM
I've already read half of what I was given for Christmas.
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 01, 2012, 12:14:45 AM
God Bless You Mr Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2012, 02:08:25 PM
I told you that you'd read all Vonnegut's work.
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 01, 2012, 03:43:53 PM
Finished reading Judas Unchained!!! Now wheres my prize??
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Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2012, 04:47:51 PM
As the last person to read that brick, I can attest that the prize is an enormous sense of achievement.
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Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2012, 07:45:57 PM
My first read of the year is going to be Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 01, 2012, 08:32:26 PM
As the last person to read that brick, I can attest that the prize is an enormous sense of achievement.

That would explain why I'm so happy (the wine helps as well)
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Post by: Laura H on January 01, 2012, 09:58:14 PM
My first read of the year is going to be Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

LOVED that one!

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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on January 02, 2012, 02:22:41 AM
Adam Nevill's The Ritual. Creepy stuff.
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Post by: Mark H on January 02, 2012, 06:09:34 AM
Q184  - Haruki Murakami
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Post by: Annmarie on January 02, 2012, 06:20:21 AM
Berlin Noir trilogy by Philip Kerr.

Jonathan Strange bored me. Never got past the first fifty pages or so. ???
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Post by: Vienna on January 03, 2012, 07:12:49 AM
Heinrich von Kleist - Günter Blamberger

a new biography of Kleist.
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 03, 2012, 07:18:35 AM
Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 03, 2012, 03:56:28 PM
Enders shadow.... Orson Scott card is starting to dominate my bookshelf. Peter Hamiltom and Karen Traviss are a close 2nd  :D
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 03, 2012, 04:01:36 PM
The Water Has Memory by Pete Zimmerman
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Post by: herron on January 03, 2012, 07:36:29 PM
Recreational Writing

by my friend, Gene Wilburn

http://www.amazon.com/Recreational-Writing-ebook/dp/B006AVJ5ZO
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 03, 2012, 07:59:10 PM
Bagombo Snuff Box by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Taylor on January 04, 2012, 05:28:38 PM
COLD MIRRORS, by CJ Lines.

Enders shadow.... Orson Scott card is starting to dominate my bookshelf. Peter Hamiltom and Karen Traviss are a close 2nd  :D

Have you read 'Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory'? It's a rare foray into horror fiction for him, as far as I know, which makes it even more remarkable. Read it at your own risk.  ;D
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 04, 2012, 08:12:59 PM
COLD MIRRORS, by CJ Lines.

Have you read 'Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory'? It's a rare foray into horror fiction for him, as far as I know, which makes it even more remarkable. Read it at your own risk.  ;D


I have never heard of it lol....I finished Enders shadow today :)


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Post by: Stafford007 on January 04, 2012, 09:53:09 PM
Hey!

I only knew about it from the tv show but I'm almost through George R R Martin's A Clash of Kings then I too will be onto Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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Post by: thatollie on January 04, 2012, 10:00:53 PM
Hey!

I only knew about it from the tv show but I'm almost through George R R Martin's A Clash of Kings then I too will be onto Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

My greeting on the welcome board is going to sound comical because I suggest that very series.
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 04, 2012, 10:36:37 PM
I wanna read it now :-\ so much for not being a sheep eh???
Baaahhh ::)
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Post by: thatollie on January 04, 2012, 10:46:14 PM
I wanna read it now :-\ so much for not being a sheep eh???
Baaahhh ::)

Careful, it's big. The first five books total 4223 pages in hardback and (when the fifth book comes out in paperback) even more in paperback. Annnnnnnnd there's still two volumes to go.
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Post by: Stafford007 on January 04, 2012, 11:00:21 PM
My greeting on the welcome board is going to sound comical because I suggest that very series.

Just read it which must make you either a mind reader or a genius.
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Post by: thatollie on January 04, 2012, 11:08:33 PM
Just read it which must make you either a mind reader or a genius.

Or both, or coincidental
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 05, 2012, 03:56:47 PM
I just read about  Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on Wikipedia,I wanna read it for sure now  :D
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Post by: thatollie on January 06, 2012, 12:27:20 AM
I just read about  Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell on Wikipedia,I wanna read it for sure now  :D

Oh, I thought you meant A Song of Ice and Fire.

However, I'd recommend Strange and Norrell as well. So, it's all good.
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 06, 2012, 06:29:01 AM
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Andrewf on January 06, 2012, 04:08:17 PM
Still reading  The Way of Kings  by Brandon Sanderson...  it's a big book (is 2 books in paperback)
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 07, 2012, 12:20:18 AM
Fallen Dragon-Peter F hamilton
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Post by: herron on January 07, 2012, 04:45:28 PM
77 Shadow Street

Dean Koontz
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 07, 2012, 08:09:33 PM
77 Shadow Street

Dean Koontz

excellent Author :)
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 07, 2012, 09:53:39 PM
God Bless You Dr Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Hugh on January 08, 2012, 10:07:48 AM
Thanks Michael. That's one of Vonnegut's I haven't read, so I immediately ordered a copy.

Hugh
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 09, 2012, 11:58:33 AM

Franks Books


Pandoras Star
Judas Unchained          Peter F hamilton
Fallen Dragon
 
Secret Of Excalibur

The Hanged Mans Song    Jon Sanford

Special Operations           W.E.B Griffin

The GAP series (x2)         Stephen R Donaldson

Halo:The Fall off reach    Eric Nylund
 
Enders Game
Ender in Exile
Speaker for the Dead     Orson Scott Card
Shadow Puppets
Enders Shadow
 
Thai Horse            
 
In The Company of Ogres     A Lee Martinez
 
The Forge Of God
Blood Music                        Greg Bear
 
Battlefield 3                  
 
His Dark materials          Philip Pullman
 
Gunslinger girl                  Manga
 
The Massada Scrolls
 
Shockwave                      Clive Cussler
Cyclops

The Shining day
 
Sands Of Sakarra              Glen Mead
 
The Camerons
 
The Black Sun
 
Gears of war                     Karen Traviss
 
War of the rats
 
Wake

Op-Center                        Tom Clancy  
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Post by: Andrewf on January 09, 2012, 04:21:17 PM
Still got a way to go Frank  :D :D

There are still the Greg Mandel series, Night's Dawn series and the Void series from Peter F Hamilton to read. :)

I'd also recommend Eon and Eternity by Greg Bear.
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 09, 2012, 05:31:56 PM
Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: thatollie on January 09, 2012, 06:51:56 PM
Hmm, yes, I think I can see a few spots where that collection could be improved.

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Post by: Michael Edits on January 09, 2012, 07:53:10 PM
Stories My Father Told Me by Jeffrey Lyons
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 09, 2012, 08:08:16 PM
Still got a way to go Frank  :D :D

There are still the Greg Mandel series, Night's Dawn series and the Void series from Peter F Hamilton to read. :)

I'd also recommend Eon and Eternity by Greg Bear.

Would you like to donate cash??? ;D
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Post by: thatollie on January 09, 2012, 08:12:57 PM
Would you like to donate cash??? ;D

I have knowledge, that's almost as good as money.
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 09, 2012, 08:53:19 PM
Perhaps we should start a charity ;D ;D. But thanks to the world economy going down the crapper everybody is poor :-\

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Post by: herron on January 11, 2012, 11:18:01 AM
77 Shadow Street

by Dean Koontz
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 11, 2012, 11:37:13 AM
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Post by: funkytown1985 on January 12, 2012, 01:11:36 AM
Hello, I am trying really hard to read The Shining By Steven King but I admit I am struggling with it. I think it is because i know the story so well from parodies etc that nothing is really that surprising, but I will persevere!!
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Post by: thatollie on January 12, 2012, 04:01:49 AM
Hello, I am trying really hard to read The Shining By Steven King but I admit I am struggling with it. I think it is because i know the story so well from parodies etc that nothing is really that surprising, but I will persevere!!

Keep going, most of the parodies are based off of the movie and the later stages of the book are a bit different than the film.

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Post by: funkytown1985 on January 12, 2012, 04:04:25 AM
Thanks Thatollie, I pretty much must finish it now I like to finish what i start  :)
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 12, 2012, 08:22:47 AM
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Klezmer on January 16, 2012, 09:32:36 AM
All my friends are going to be strangers, larry mcmurtry
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 16, 2012, 09:55:35 AM
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
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Post by: Andrewf on January 16, 2012, 10:28:53 AM
Final Empire - book 1 of the Mistborn set of books - by Brandon Sanderson.
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 16, 2012, 12:44:39 PM
Battlefield 3:The Russian
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Post by: SamPerkins on January 17, 2012, 03:05:04 PM
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

Brilliant! Fantastic author. I love her work.

I am currently reading: Domain by James Herbert
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 17, 2012, 03:57:09 PM
Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: thatollie on January 18, 2012, 06:38:45 AM
I'm gonna finish all the stuff I didn't finish last year, starting with The Wind Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 18, 2012, 08:46:26 AM
Poppy Shakespeare - started but gave up

Hunted Down by Charles Dickens - started but gave up

Welcome To The Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut (again) - it's still quite good
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Post by: Spell Chick on January 18, 2012, 08:56:15 AM
I just finished How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown
and up next is Betty White's If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)

Then I'm reading about the 10 greatest medical breakthroughs on my phone
and Some question about science are answered on my Kindle.

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Post by: Laura H on January 18, 2012, 09:13:25 AM
1,000 White Women
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Post by: Vienna on January 19, 2012, 04:27:21 AM
Ruß-Feridun Zaimoglu
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 19, 2012, 08:15:39 AM
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
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Post by: herron on January 19, 2012, 10:46:49 AM
Re-reading (for the umpteenth time) the only novel ever written by Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills



(The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde)  
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 20, 2012, 12:34:42 AM
Finished reading all 558 chapters of Inuyasha, now what am I going to do :'(?
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 20, 2012, 07:41:59 AM
The Comedians by Graham Greene
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Post by: Vienna on January 20, 2012, 07:54:00 AM
The Comedians by Graham Greene


ah yes Graham  Greene always well worth reading..............
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Post by: Annmarie on January 20, 2012, 07:56:44 AM

ah yes Graham  Greene always well worth reading..............

I'm a huge fan. Just bought a 3-DVD box set of Orson Welles films. I don't know which one I'm more excited to see, Citizen Kane or GG's The Third Man.
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Post by: Vienna on January 20, 2012, 08:15:03 AM
I'm a huge fan. Just bought a 3-DVD box set of Orson Welles films. I don't know which one I'm more excited to see, Citizen Kane or GG's The Third Man.

Ah yes The Third Man............here of course The Third  Man is on at the english cinema every day. There are Third Man Tours and souvenirs............
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Post by: Aliyah on January 20, 2012, 03:38:54 PM
Just started reading Mary Higgins Clarke, Just take my heart. Not my usual read but thought i would expand my horizons on different books :)
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Post by: BeautifullyImperfect on January 20, 2012, 04:14:52 PM
I am reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 20, 2012, 05:52:34 PM
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 23, 2012, 07:51:20 PM
Laddertop- Orson Scott Cards first ever manga :)
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Post by: Taylor on January 28, 2012, 01:08:25 PM
Dreadful Delineations by John Maclay.
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Post by: Andrewf on January 28, 2012, 05:23:30 PM
Mistborn: Well of Ascension    by Brandon Sanderson
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Post by: FranR on January 28, 2012, 05:37:39 PM
Reading the Harry Potter books again. Currently into chapter 11 of The prisoner of Azkaban.
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Post by: Michael Edits on January 28, 2012, 06:29:06 PM
The Blasphemer by John Ling
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 07, 2012, 03:39:29 AM
The Dreaming void- Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 07, 2012, 06:41:14 AM
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

You Can Lead A Politician To Water But You Can't Make Him Think by Kinky Friedman
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 07, 2012, 10:27:02 AM
Under the Dome by Stephen King and Zomblog by TW Brown.
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Post by: Andrewf on February 07, 2012, 11:27:16 AM
Mistborn: Hero of Ages    by Brandon Sanderson
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Post by: DGSquared on February 14, 2012, 01:50:07 AM
My youngest and I are on the final book, Silvertongue, in the Stoneheart Trilogy by Charlie Fletcher.

It's a fun read for a YA. I think I'm going to have to buy the CD's read by Jim Dale for our two week road trip this year. 

Jim Dale won a Grammy for his story telling (reading) of Order of the Phoenix in the Harry Potter Series which, we as a family thoroughly enjoyed.

I'm also reading the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer.


~Deb
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 14, 2012, 08:32:31 AM
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: herron on February 14, 2012, 04:31:30 PM
77 Shadow Street

by Dean Koontz
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 14, 2012, 04:37:17 PM
well as soon as I'm done reading 'The Dreaming void', I'll Finish Shadow Puppets.

And then I'll  read 'Xenocide' by Orson Scott Card
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Post by: thatollie on February 14, 2012, 05:12:07 PM
Prime Evil - edited by Douglas E. Winter
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Post by: DGSquared on February 27, 2012, 11:55:32 PM
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo
~by Stieg Larsson

After a good start, I'm finding it difficult to stay focused with this one. My oldest son insists it picks up again.
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 28, 2012, 12:36:00 AM
Xenocide-Orson Scott Card...


Did you know OSC is a Mormon? No wonder he writes good SF ;D

All kidding aside he's one of the best Authors I've read...
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 28, 2012, 06:32:51 AM
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 28, 2012, 09:01:07 PM
Finished Xenocide...

Kind of tired of reading SF, so I'm reading a war novel 8) 8)


Now reading Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy 8)
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Post by: Michael Edits on February 28, 2012, 09:08:23 PM
Time to write my own book, actually. I'll probably read some Bill Bryson soon, though. The library has plenty.
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Post by: thatollie on March 03, 2012, 01:10:23 PM
I should probably go read, I'm still finishing off books I started last year.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 03, 2012, 04:12:15 PM
The Fourth Hand by John Irving
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Post by: drafty posh shark on March 03, 2012, 04:24:21 PM
Fiesta readers wives special 1987 for the articles and the use of pronouns 
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 03, 2012, 05:07:14 PM
I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
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Post by: boydie9 on March 03, 2012, 07:03:44 PM
Just this minute started reading 'The Looking Glass Wars' by Frank Beddor, while dipping in and out of the 'Essential Spike Milligan'
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 04, 2012, 01:25:09 AM
Just finished Under The Dome by King, now it's on to I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.
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Post by: thatollie on March 05, 2012, 05:29:25 PM
Just this minute started reading 'The Looking Glass Wars' by Frank Beddor, while dipping in and out of the 'Essential Spike Milligan'

The Essential Spike Milligan is essential.

I am finishing off The Tiger in The Well by Philip Pullman.
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Post by: midnight candle on March 05, 2012, 05:34:18 PM
Moth Smoke

by Mohsin Hamid
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 05, 2012, 06:49:19 PM
I was reading Play It Like You Mean It by Rex Ryan, but I gave up out of boredom. The Bill Bryson I mentioned before is quite good, though.
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Post by: DaVaun on March 06, 2012, 03:11:08 AM
I'm about ten pages into "Dies the Fire" by S.M. Stirling. First time reading anything of his, so I hope it is good.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ed/Dies_the_fire.jpg)
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 06, 2012, 12:56:38 PM
I am Legend, by Richard Matheson. Awesome stuff.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 06, 2012, 01:24:41 PM
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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Post by: DWisker on March 06, 2012, 03:47:39 PM
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. Can't believe I let this one go unread for so long.
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Post by: DaVaun on March 06, 2012, 07:50:21 PM
One of my favorite reads, ever. Now I have to go read it again!

I am Legend, by Richard Matheson. Awesome stuff.
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Post by: Vienna on March 07, 2012, 03:33:44 AM
I am Legend, by Richard Matheson. Awesome stuff.

there's that bloody word again ;D
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Post by: Vienna on March 07, 2012, 03:37:51 AM
"Wir Kommen" - Inan Türkmen

will see if it's as controversial as all the media say.
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Post by: Lacy Nor on March 08, 2012, 08:08:07 AM
How Not To Murder Your Mother by Stephanie Calman.  It's OK, quite funny but her mother isn't like mine so I can appreciate it but not always relate to it.
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Post by: Mastafrank on March 08, 2012, 02:40:07 PM
chicken soup for the single soul- threw this away after 30 minutes.... It was more depressing than inspiring....
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Post by: Dawn on March 08, 2012, 02:47:20 PM
Stephen King's On Writing, amazing book and Escape the Diet Trap By Dr J Biffa ;D
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Post by: boydie9 on March 11, 2012, 11:43:23 AM
'Robin Hood'  According To Spike Milligan, 'The Eddie Dickens Trilogy' and 'The looking Glass Wars' I really should try and concentrate on one book at a time ;D


(Check out my blog) www.boydie9.blogspot.com
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 11, 2012, 12:49:00 PM
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: boydie9 on March 11, 2012, 12:58:13 PM
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Thats really strange I tried the 'Who do you write like' on the writers page part of the forum, where you paste your work into a site and it tells you who you write like, I put 3 poems in, 2 of them came back 'James Joyce' the other one came back 'Kurt Vonnegut' who I have never heard of before.

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Post by: thatollie on March 11, 2012, 01:02:22 PM
Thats really strange I tried the 'Who do you write like' on the writers page part of the forum, where you paste your work into a site and it tells you who you write like, I put 3 poems in, 2 of them came back 'James Joyce' the other one came back 'Kurt Vonnegut' who I have never heard of before.

(Check my blog) www.boydie9.blogspot.com

You should read Cat's Cradle, it's my favourite Vonnegut.
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Post by: boydie9 on March 11, 2012, 01:06:59 PM
You should read Cat's Cradle, it's my favourite Vonnegut.
What kind of stuff does he write? I'll check it out on amazon, cheers. Boydie


(Check my blog) boydie9.blogspot.com
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Post by: thatollie on March 11, 2012, 01:10:11 PM
He was a Science Fiction writer but he's been kidnapped by those Literary Fiction weirdos.
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Post by: boydie9 on March 11, 2012, 01:15:45 PM
He was a Science Fiction writer but he's been kidnapped by those Literary Fiction weirdos.
Just read a review on amazon of 'Cat's Cradle'  Imaginative, weird and funny, sounds like my cup of tea :)
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Post by: Mastafrank on March 12, 2012, 12:24:19 AM
The Temporal void- Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: DaVaun on March 13, 2012, 12:40:42 AM
Time to do spring cleaning around my midsection! Reading Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.

 (http://books.google.com/books?id=nFaCXvFVkLEC&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&l=220)
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 13, 2012, 09:04:24 AM
Selected Stories of Philip K Dick
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Post by: boydie9 on March 16, 2012, 03:54:33 PM
Spike Milligan 'Puckoon and Tim Burton's 'The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy'
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 17, 2012, 03:27:09 AM
H.G Wells - The Invisible Man
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Post by: Taylor on March 17, 2012, 07:47:35 PM
Getting round to finishing The Eighth Black Book of Horror.
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Post by: Mastafrank on March 17, 2012, 08:07:25 PM
The Evolutionary Void- Peter F hamilton..
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 17, 2012, 11:41:27 PM
Country Driving by Peter Hessler. It already feels like one of those very rare books that I give five stars to.
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Post by: herron on March 20, 2012, 11:28:08 AM
Flash Fiction #43 Voting (http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php/topic,42271.0.html)!  ;)
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Post by: Annmarie on March 20, 2012, 11:57:17 AM
Life of Pi.

I keep going and think, "Why am I reading this?" I rarely skip to read the end first, but I did this time. The end is a lot more interesting than the first thirty pages. Don't know if I'll bother to read what's in between. Life is too short.
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Post by: thatollie on March 21, 2012, 09:23:58 AM
Snuff - Terry Pratchett
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Post by: midnight candle on March 21, 2012, 09:53:12 AM
Black Dogs

Ian McEwan
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Post by: Vienna on March 23, 2012, 11:38:39 AM
Land der roten Steine - Walter Kappacher
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 23, 2012, 11:56:13 AM
Long Haul by Tom Olbert
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Post by: Mastafrank on March 23, 2012, 02:43:20 PM
ok Peter Hamilton is starting to piss me off again  >:( I'm halfway through 'the evelutionary void..

And all he does is make Edeard go back in time again and again,and yet again..By now I
Already know that the Author is making a point of 'some things are best left  unchanged'....
 

It adds nothing to the story,that I already know or guessed,all it does is bog it down, I think it'd be best if I refrain from buying any of his other novels for a bit...
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Post by: Vienna on March 26, 2012, 07:50:45 AM
Letzte Aufzeichnungen - Erich Honecker
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 26, 2012, 10:22:57 AM
The Dead Zone by Stephen King is better than we remember
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Post by: herron on March 26, 2012, 12:11:57 PM
Editing my short story collection, "Tinker" at the moment. Just finished uploading my novel, "Reichold Street" as an e-book on Amazon.  ;)

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Post by: Andrewf on March 26, 2012, 03:59:04 PM
Operation Luna   by Poul Anderson.
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Post by: Royal Kumari on March 26, 2012, 04:07:46 PM
April 1865 by Jay Winik
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Post by: TanvirBD on March 27, 2012, 01:24:14 AM
thank you so much, I really appreciate this.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 27, 2012, 09:17:10 AM
There's A Coyote In The House by Elmore Leonard
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Post by: thatollie on March 28, 2012, 06:21:42 PM
I was reading A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin but was so wrapped up that I finished before posting a message to say that I was reading it.
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 28, 2012, 06:34:50 PM
Cat Chaser by Elmore Leonard
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Post by: Mastafrank on March 29, 2012, 03:33:12 PM
Brent weeks: The Way Of Shadows

It's about assasins 8)
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Post by: Michael Edits on March 29, 2012, 03:49:51 PM
Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: thatollie on March 30, 2012, 08:30:54 PM
Vurt - Jeff Noon
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Post by: Laura H on March 30, 2012, 08:32:45 PM
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt
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Post by: Stafford007 on April 10, 2012, 02:48:01 AM
Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, I cant believe they didnt teach me this at school.
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Post by: Recon One on April 10, 2012, 11:09:35 AM
Duncton Wood by William Horwood, the first book in The Duncton Chronicles. Love, hate, jealousy, disease, religion, fast moving and deeply emotional. Who would believe the lives of moles (yes those small furry creatures) could be so complex.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 10, 2012, 11:31:08 AM
Game of Thrones.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 10, 2012, 11:49:02 AM
I just read THE FEMALE EUNUCH by Germaine Greer for the first time, and I highly recommend it.  It hasn't gone out of date.
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Post by: A.J.B on April 10, 2012, 11:55:37 AM
Currently reading Trinity by MWC's own Patrick Fox. It is an essential to anyone's Kindle. It is also highly addictive.
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Post by: thatollie on April 11, 2012, 11:10:02 AM
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin

(finally got my hands on it)  ;D
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Post by: Matt Walker on April 11, 2012, 02:49:59 PM
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin

(finally got my hands on it)  ;D

Just finished it! Overlong, but still some very exciting chapters. Series has gone downhill since the glory of Storm of Swords, though.
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Post by: thatollie on April 11, 2012, 03:12:38 PM
I'll admit that Storm was glorious but I don't think it's going downhill. The middle of a series is tough to write and Martin had to make some really hard choices.

A lot of the villians from the beginning of the series were humanized in A Feast for Crows. I thought that made the entire series stronger.
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Post by: Matt Walker on April 11, 2012, 04:10:11 PM
Jaime's chapters in FEAST were brilliant, but I do think a lot of the chapters were fairly boring. I missed Tyrion and Arya, too. DANCE was a bit better, but I still thought it could have done with a good edit.
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Post by: NathanialRobb on April 11, 2012, 09:39:38 PM
Go! Mutants! by Larry Doyle (Simpsons Writer)

Its hilarious it blends modern day humor with 50's era sci-fi I haven't stopped laughing.

My two favorite quotes are:

Quote
"He found himself face to face with a tree that ate women, unfortunately for him today that Tree was bi-curean"

and

Quote
"Principle Brooks was a women who once worked for the FBI seducing and torturing hundreds of men, usually at the same time, this of course made her the perfect fit for a future career in higher education"
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Post by: Kowboy on April 12, 2012, 11:36:52 PM
I just finished Unbrokenby Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit for my library book group. It is  the story of Louis Zamperini's war career and capture. It is riviting.

Kowboy
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Post by: herron on April 13, 2012, 05:49:33 PM
"Reichold Street"   ::) ;)


The e-Book (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007OZGXU0)
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 13, 2012, 07:05:19 PM
All the books I bought in april :o
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Post by: thatollie on April 13, 2012, 07:31:22 PM
All the books I bought in april :o

You know, I think I should start a SFFH thread to help you with that bookbuying thing.
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 13, 2012, 07:33:44 PM
Its expensive >:(

I reckon Ive spent $300  since January:o
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Post by: thatollie on April 13, 2012, 07:52:17 PM
Really, how many books have you bought?
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 13, 2012, 09:19:38 PM
17 books  :o
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Post by: thatollie on April 13, 2012, 09:31:27 PM
Only 17?
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Post by: thatollie on April 15, 2012, 07:11:26 PM
His Dark Materials was mentioned on another forum and now I want to go reread it.
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 15, 2012, 07:31:28 PM
His Dark Materials was mentioned on another forum and now I want to go reread it.
Was it  me?? I read the trilogy, its very well written 8)
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Post by: thatollie on April 15, 2012, 08:50:54 PM
I doubt it.
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 15, 2012, 09:03:28 PM
Oh right, I had mentioned it last year   8)
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Post by: Stafford007 on April 17, 2012, 05:34:15 PM
The Hobbit so I can join in with the singing when the movie comes out and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 17, 2012, 08:20:08 PM
DAMNED by Chuck Pahlaniuk
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Post by: thatollie on April 22, 2012, 04:07:41 AM
The Mirror Of Her Dreams - Stephen Donaldson
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 22, 2012, 07:41:42 AM
Revenge by Stephen Fry
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Post by: Annmarie on April 22, 2012, 07:54:26 AM
Everything Alan Furst wrote the past ten years.
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 25, 2012, 02:35:08 AM
Children of the mind- Orson Scott Card- sequal to Xenocide
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 25, 2012, 11:05:26 AM
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
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Post by: Hugh on April 25, 2012, 03:45:53 PM
The Bestseller, by Stephen Leather.

Although it’s a murder mystery, there’s quite a lot about the writing process in it, which gives it added interest. Dudley Grose is a creative writing lecturer. Here’s just one quote from one of his lectures:

“It’s only by putting one’s work up for peer review that one can improve. And a writer who doesn’t improve will stagnate and die. So criticism is not to be feared or resented, it is to be welcomed with open arms.”

Sound familiar?


Hugh
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 26, 2012, 06:27:41 AM
Rereading Carrie by Stephen King again.  :D
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 26, 2012, 09:27:10 AM
Sandlot by Michael LaRocca
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Post by: Matt Walker on April 26, 2012, 09:53:54 AM
Rereading Carrie by Stephen King again.  :D

They're remaking the film again - did you know? He's done well out of this little book, hasn't he! $400,000 for the paperback rights, two films, another in preproduction and a musical!

I'm reading Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. Cliched and poorly written, but the pacing is better than most epic fantasy novels I come across.
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 26, 2012, 05:43:08 PM
They're remaking the film again - did you know? He's done well out of this little book, hasn't he! $400,000 for the paperback rights, two films, another in preproduction and a musical!

I'm reading Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. Cliched and poorly written, but the pacing is better than most epic fantasy novels I come across.

You should read Brent weeks Night Angel Trilogy. One of the better fantasies I've read
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 26, 2012, 08:22:03 PM
I'm reading my palm. It says I died.
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Post by: Matt Walker on April 27, 2012, 05:28:53 AM
You should read Brent weeks Night Angel Trilogy. One of the better fantasies I've read

Thanks, I'll give it a go!
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 27, 2012, 09:56:37 AM
They're remaking the film again - did you know? He's done well out of this little book, hasn't he! $400,000 for the paperback rights, two films, another in preproduction and a musical!

Last time I watched the movie I was really young. I can only remember the prom scene.
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Post by: Matt Walker on April 28, 2012, 04:21:58 AM
Last time I watched the movie I was really young. I can only remember the prom scene.

What - you can't remember the opening shower scene?!  :D
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 28, 2012, 05:11:46 AM
Charlotte's Web rocks. Blockade Billy is worth a checkout from the library but not worth money. The Dirty Cowboy most certainly should not be banned. Fight Club was a bit of a disappointment by an author I'm a fan of. Michael Moore's new autobio thing is just a bloody disappointment from a guy who used to be both funny and insightful.
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Post by: herron on April 28, 2012, 07:47:45 PM
Re-reading an old one:  Inferno, by Jerry Pournelle.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 28, 2012, 08:18:53 PM
The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker
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Post by: Annmarie on April 29, 2012, 02:29:57 PM
The Help.

Hands down one of the best books I've read in years. For once, me and the bestseller list are of one mind.
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Post by: Michael Edits on April 29, 2012, 02:53:25 PM
Gulliver's Travels, because it's been over 30 years since I read it the first time.
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Post by: Mastafrank on May 01, 2012, 12:44:27 AM
Finishing 'Shadows Edge' th en I'll probably read ' Twisted Metal' written by Tony ballantyne
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 01, 2012, 10:09:17 AM
Yesterday I used Charlotte's Rack & Ride program to get a free bus ride up to the library.  I checked out The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry.  I didn't know I could vote early, but I could, so I did.  Then I learned how to ride my bike home on the nature trail.  It was a fine day.
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Post by: Mastafrank on May 12, 2012, 03:47:34 PM
Finished reading Gunslinger Girl Vols-3-9 :o
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 12, 2012, 04:37:52 PM
Just finished DREAMS FROM MY FATHER and was stunned at how well Barack Obama writes.

Now reading THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION by Alexander McCall Smith.
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Post by: Thatgirlyouknow on May 13, 2012, 02:48:27 PM
Erhm, just finished "Storm" by Brigid Kemmerer. Awaiting the sequel with great impatience.
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 13, 2012, 02:52:46 PM
THE AUDACITY OF HOPE isn't really my bag, but I enjoyed the Preface and the Epilogue. He is, of course, preaching to the converted.



Now I'm reading HOW RED IS MY NECK? one more time before publication.
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Post by: Taylor on May 13, 2012, 05:25:41 PM
Guignoir and Other Furies, edited by George Hatch.
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Post by: MissTerry_H on May 14, 2012, 01:54:28 PM
This is where I leave you - Jonathan Tropper.  :) IMO It's a great book. Love it. Also rereading Stephen King's Cell. I love the beginning but the ending sort of fizzles out, that's why I'm rereading to see what I missed the first time.
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Post by: MissTerry_H on May 14, 2012, 01:56:33 PM
 I was thinking the shower scene too!
wrt Carrie
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Post by: Livbet on May 14, 2012, 02:24:50 PM
I succumbed and bought Fifty Shades of Grey - and the sequels because I want to know what happens, but I don't think it's especially well-written, mainly because of the repetition. I've never read a book with so much of it, and it's reached the point where it's really irritating.
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Post by: Seajay on May 16, 2012, 08:38:26 AM
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One) by Joe Abercrombie. My roommate suggested it to me and I've been wanting to read some what of a fantasy novel recently outside of the Song of Ice and Fire series so I picked it up. The book is definitely a page turner.
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Post by: Michael Edits on May 16, 2012, 08:51:49 AM
Harvest of Hope by Jane Goodall. Reading it immediately after Temple Grandin makes for a rather interesting contrast.
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Post by: Mastafrank on June 27, 2012, 02:40:51 PM
The Neutronium alchemist By Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: Michael Edits on June 27, 2012, 04:29:04 PM
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
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Post by: Laura H on June 27, 2012, 04:35:52 PM
Bossypants by Tina Fey
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Post by: Dawn on June 27, 2012, 04:40:42 PM
Ooh what's it like Laura? I have that one lined up.

I'm reading two (oops) still reading Foxy's (very good) and AHEM! Fifty shades of Grey.
Sorry Foxy, I got a little side tracked. :D
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Post by: Ken100 on July 07, 2012, 03:16:28 PM
I succumbed and bought Fifty Shades of Grey - and the sequels because I want to know what happens, but I don't think it's especially well-written, mainly because of the repetition. I've never read a book with so much of it, and it's reached the point where it's really irritating.

A friend of mine read 50 shades of grey, then started the sequel but gave up on it, because 'all that sex just got boring after a while.' Not a good reader response, when the point of the books is erotica!
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Post by: Ken100 on July 07, 2012, 03:18:41 PM
I am currently reading A Storm of Swords, the third book in the Song of Fire and Ice series by George RR Martin. This is the best one so far, very exciting and tense. Fortunately I am reading it on my Kindle, as the paperback version is split into two huge brick like books. On the Kindle though, every book is the same size...  :)
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Post by: Livbet on July 07, 2012, 03:19:36 PM
A friend of mine read 50 shades of grey, then started the sequel but gave up on it, because 'all that sex just got boring after a while.' Not a good reader response, when the point of the books is erotica!

I agree with your friend. Too much sex and not enough story.  

It would have been better as one book.

Apart from the really annoying repetition, there was a good story to be found. It's annoying that the publishers didn't insist she look for it.
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 07, 2012, 03:26:11 PM
I'm editing a book that I'm really enjoying. That's always a good thing.
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Post by: herron on July 07, 2012, 11:41:51 PM
I am currently reading A Storm of Swords, the third book in the Song of Fire and Ice series by George RR Martin. This is the best one so far, very exciting and tense. Fortunately I am reading it on my Kindle, as the paperback version is split into two huge brick like books. On the Kindle though, every book is the same size...  :)
Just finished that one, too. I agree. It's the best so far.
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Post by: Mastafrank on July 07, 2012, 11:48:51 PM
 
Just finished that one, too. I agree. It's the best so far.


The Nights dawn trilogy is over 3000 pages (1.2 million words)-Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: Marissa91201 on July 12, 2012, 07:57:29 PM
Shiloh 1 by phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Post by: Laura H on July 12, 2012, 08:24:22 PM
The Third Man

by my man, Graham Greene!
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Post by: Laura H on July 12, 2012, 08:25:53 PM
Shiloh 1 by phyllis Reynolds Naylor
And Shiloh was my 2nd born's favorite book - must have read it 20 times together over the course of a year or two  ;D
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 12, 2012, 08:26:08 PM
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on July 16, 2012, 04:33:38 PM
Seems like a good place for a 'virgin' to start posting after saying hello!

Currently reading 'The Smuggler Vols.1-3' by GPR James. It's a freebie I found on Project Gutenberg, written in 1845 and I'm a sucker for the olden time smugglers. And freebies.
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Post by: Tom 10 on July 16, 2012, 04:42:12 PM
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Currently reading 'The Smuggler Vols.1-3' by GPR James. It's a freebie I found on Project Gutenberg, written in 1845 and I'm a sucker for the olden time smugglers. And freebies.

Sounds fascinating -- how does a person stumble across something like that as a freebie?  You must live a charmed life. 

For a time I searched out and read the (inexpensive) second-hand accounts of the French Priests in the new world -- Marquette, Nicollet, Joliet, etc.  I wonder what the similarities may be.

T

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Post by: Tom 10 on July 16, 2012, 04:48:12 PM
Okay - I just googled Project Gutenberg and found The Smugglers.  Interesting language.

T
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Post by: Gayle on July 16, 2012, 09:43:02 PM
Just started Moll Flanders by Daniel Dafoe. A fun book and compulsively readable.
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 16, 2012, 10:16:15 PM
The Confession by John Grisham
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on July 17, 2012, 04:17:58 AM
Okay - I just googled Project Gutenberg and found The Smugglers.  Interesting language.

T

I love the way some of the nineteenth/eighteenth century authors wrote. I'm pretty sure publishing houses and literary agents would find it too 'flowery' these days, but I find it...well, charming I suppose. I'm currently attempting my own smuggling novel at the moment, but managing to avoid using flowery verse. I think...

Project Gutenberg is great. It feeds my desire for things Native American, highwaymen and anything containing brandy soaked smugglers. For free too, so charmed life indeed.
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Post by: Tom 10 on July 17, 2012, 07:36:09 AM
Nice to know that site is there. :)
Thanks.
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Post by: Silt-2 on July 17, 2012, 08:34:19 AM
A collection prose/poetry written by Alexander Pushkin's. There was a time when I could read without some bastardised translation, but I've drifted too far from that language now.
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Post by: Lin on July 17, 2012, 01:21:45 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens from my collection.  It's hard reading cos the writing is so small and in old fashioned English, but enjoyable just the same.

Lin x
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Post by: drw on July 18, 2012, 12:58:45 PM
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. A wonderful book, I can't put it down.
and
Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner. French prose is so...different.
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Post by: midnight candle on July 18, 2012, 01:18:10 PM
wuthering heights - emily bronte
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Post by: Vienna on July 19, 2012, 07:32:39 AM
wuthering heights - emily bronte

hope you enjoy it lad! coming from Bronte Country I have read all the Brontes many times.
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Post by: Vienna on July 19, 2012, 07:34:06 AM
just finished "Mao-A Life" by Philip Short

a brilliant insight of a complicated person and of China.
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Post by: Gayle on July 19, 2012, 05:17:59 PM
wuthering heights - emily bronte
My favourite of the Bronte sister's novels. Everyone makes such a big deal over Charlotte, but I think that Emily was undoubtedly the most talented of the three. Sadly, she didn't live long enough to write a second novel.
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Post by: Matt Walker on July 23, 2012, 03:42:30 PM
Just finished Noughts and Cross by Malorie Blackman. Loved a lot of it, hated a lot of it - invoked very strong feelings, which I guess was the point. Disappointed in the ending, and thought the characters often acted in a manner I couldn't believe. Still thinking about it...
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Post by: heidi52 on July 23, 2012, 04:46:16 PM
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott

Very interesting, I never knew Issac Newton was an alchemist...
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 23, 2012, 05:17:31 PM
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov, for the third time
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Post by: Mastafrank on July 23, 2012, 07:57:17 PM
Beyond the shadows by Brent Weeks
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 23, 2012, 08:03:23 PM
Watership Down
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Post by: MimiSpeike on July 24, 2012, 12:27:23 PM
I love the way some of the nineteenth/eighteenth century authors wrote. I'm pretty sure publishing houses and literary agents would find it too 'flowery' these days, but I find it...well, charming I suppose. I'm currently attempting my own smuggling novel at the moment, but managing to avoid using flowery verse. I think...

Project Gutenberg is great. It feeds my desire for things Native American, highwaymen and anything containing brandy soaked smugglers. For free too, so charmed life indeed.

Daniel, I work the way you do. I'm writing an adventure set in the sixteenth century, with a lengthy sea-going episode. I know nothing - not-a-blessed-thing! - about ships. I am constantly on the prowl for nautical adventures that I can borrow from, terms and chatter in particular, to make it sound like I know what the hell I'm talking about. And I too love that flowery nineteenth century style, which fits perfectly with my period. I take it, and run with it, to the dismay of many, I'm afraid.
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Post by: Gayle on July 24, 2012, 07:29:58 PM
What modern publishers call "flowery" is really just having a fully developed vocabulary. You can thank the minimalist craze in the early 20th century for our current predicament. The original idea was to pare down the language to make it more accessible to a wider group of readers. But the idea has been taken so far now that if a word has more than 2 syllables, publishers want to replace it with something shorter.
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Post by: herron on July 25, 2012, 01:05:20 PM
"Farewell Summer"

Ray Bradbury's last book.
www.ronherron.wordpress.com
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Post by: midnight candle on July 25, 2012, 01:21:29 PM
the sign of four

sir arthur conan doyle
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on July 25, 2012, 04:09:59 PM
Daniel, I work the way you do. I'm writing an adventure set in the sixteenth century, with a lengthy sea-going episode. I know nothing - not-a-blessed-thing! - about ships. I am constantly on the prowl for nautical adventures that I can borrow from, terms and chatter in particular, to make it sound like I know what the hell I'm talking about. And I too love that flowery nineteenth century style, which fits perfectly with my period. I take it, and run with it, to the dismay of many, I'm afraid.

Mimi- For plot reasons I have decided to have my smugglers not talking completely 'oldey worldey'. It also, I hope, helps with the pace. I'm of the opinion that these men were, largely, uneducated and illiterate folk who simply did not speak in the gentlemanly way that some of these older smuggling novels such as I am reading now would have us believe. Accordingly, for example, I am using coarser language than 'damned' in dialogue as I fully believe their language would have been pretty ripe. Sure, the people who funded the cargoes etc were educated men, quite often nobility, but the majority were coastal villagers and ex-servicemen living in poverty. Obviously though, writers in the 1800's were limited as to what language they could use. Even damned would often get hyphened out in the middle.

Having said that, I am having a certain amount of fun (probably more than is strictly healthy actually) with one character speaking in the 'flowery' vernacular of the time- again, for plot reasons.

I have a pretty decent working knowledge of the eighteenth century, having been fascinated by smugglers since I grew up on the Devon coast. I find it a fascinating century and it's always been my dream to write a novel set in it. I'm guessing you feel the same about the sixteenth century? Not my strong point, but I do know that the sheep skin smuggling owlers from that time were the predecessors of the 'gentlemen' of the next few centuries. I know, too, what you mean about ships...nautical terminology is not my strong point either! That Project Gutenberg should have plenty of free nautical novels to help you with 'terms and chatter.' Good luck with the story.

Gayle...excellent viewpoint, couldn't agree more. I used to enjoy reading thrillers, but started to find the three, four word sentences presumably designed for pace annoying.

'The night was sultry. Buchanan was tense. Too tense. Like a coiled spring. Pent-up and ready. Ready for violence. An explosion was imminent. A violent, bloody explosion. Buchanan hated sultry nights. Someone had to die.'

That kinda thing, but each to their own I suppose. Flowery can be refreshing.
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 25, 2012, 04:28:26 PM
The Well and The Mine by Gin Phillips
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Post by: Laura H on July 25, 2012, 04:40:07 PM
A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
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Post by: Tom 10 on July 25, 2012, 04:48:50 PM
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A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
  Recommend?
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Post by: Mastafrank on July 25, 2012, 05:05:02 PM
looking forward to reading Earth Unaware-the formic wars,written by Orson Scott Card ;D
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Post by: Laura H on July 25, 2012, 05:07:05 PM
  Recommend?

It's hilarious - laugh out loud funny in places.  Plus I've always romanticized the idea of hiking the ATR and this set me straight  ;D

Another Bill Bryson that I recommend is The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid  :D
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 25, 2012, 05:38:14 PM
I definitely agree on both of the Bryson titles.  Great stuff.
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Post by: Lingerinyourmind99 on July 30, 2012, 01:34:06 AM
 I'm reading The Book Thief- Markus Zusak. A truly amazing book. It's about a girl named Liesel who finds she loves books and starts stealing them from Nazi book burnings'. It's really amazing and inspiring.
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on July 30, 2012, 04:35:30 AM
Straight Up by Danny Dyer.

Yes, really.
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 30, 2012, 06:30:23 AM
Out of the Blue by Victor Cruz
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Post by: Laura H on July 30, 2012, 08:38:48 AM
I'll second The Book Thief.  It's one of those special books that stays with you.
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Post by: Michael Edits on July 30, 2012, 08:40:45 AM
Tar Heel Dead



I have read The Book Thief so many times. I'll probably do it again.
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Post by: Mastafrank on July 30, 2012, 08:04:59 PM
I'll second The Book Thief.  It's one of those special books that stays with you.
I dare say it looks promising....I really need to broaden my library, nothing but Sci-fi(space operas) with the odd war book ::)
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Post by: thatollie on August 02, 2012, 11:25:17 AM
I am (finally) reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 02, 2012, 11:47:30 AM
Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips
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Post by: Recon One on August 02, 2012, 11:52:07 AM
Snuff by Terry Pratchet
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Post by: MimiSpeike on August 02, 2012, 12:48:08 PM
I would love to hear your opinion of Pratchet. I've been advised to read a bit of his work, for style. I haven't gotten around to it yet. Is there anything of his that you would particularly recommend?
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Post by: geoffnelder on August 02, 2012, 01:10:27 PM
You have to start with The Colour of Magic for the discworld series. It's not really children's fiction but you get the energetic imagination of Pratchett on every page. Other than the Discworld series, I am bowled over by Truckers, Diggers and Wings. This trilogy is a parody of society seen through the eyes of Nomes, a hidden race of tiny people living in a department store. It is hilarious, and should be compulsory reading for EVERYONE!
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Post by: MimiSpeike on August 02, 2012, 01:21:03 PM
Excellent! I'll order all of those books off Amazon tonight. And add them to the (sigh) pile beside my bed.
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on August 02, 2012, 02:23:51 PM
Full Dark, No Stars by my favourite author, Stephen King.
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Post by: Mastafrank on August 02, 2012, 02:37:15 PM
Purchased The naked God By Peter Hamilton. I'm so glad to be almost done this trilogy.Put together there are almost 3400 pages :o :o :o

-hell of a great read tho :D
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Post by: geoffnelder on August 02, 2012, 02:53:00 PM
Reading to my 3-year-old grandson and so re-discovered Cat-in-the-hat. So surreal, so post-modern! Wonderful.
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 02, 2012, 02:57:19 PM
Terry Pratchett rocks

Dr Seuss rocks

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Post by: herron on August 03, 2012, 01:42:39 PM
Twentieth Century Ghosts

by Joe Hill  (Stephen King's son)   :o
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Post by: Andrewf on August 03, 2012, 05:09:09 PM
Order of the Phoenix


Again :D
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Post by: Gayle on August 03, 2012, 05:27:27 PM
Twentieth Century Ghosts

by Joe Hill  (Stephen King's son)   :o
"Twentieth Century Ghosts"? Do you think he might be referring to his father and trying to make his own name independently while forever being "haunted" by the success his father had in the previous century?

Wow. That was a bit deep for a Friday afternoon, wasn't it?
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 03, 2012, 05:41:09 PM
I'm trying to read the part of the Bible that says Jesus hated people, but I just can't find it. Maybe someone will be so kind as to share chapter and verse with me.
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Post by: herron on August 04, 2012, 11:45:19 PM
"Twentieth Century Ghosts"? Do you think he might be referring to his father and trying to make his own name independently while forever being "haunted" by the success his father had in the previous century?

Wow. That was a bit deep for a Friday afternoon, wasn't it?
He's actually got quite a few books (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=joe+hill+in+books&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Ajoe+hill+in+books) now:   

He used his first and (part of) his middle name, to try to determine if people were buying his books for him, or for his father's name. I don't think he has to worry. This short story collection is excellent. So was Heart Shaped Box and Horns.
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Post by: herron on August 04, 2012, 11:50:13 PM
I'm trying to read the part of the Bible that says Jesus hated people, but I just can't find it. Maybe someone will be so kind as to share chapter and verse with me.

I think this might be about as close as you will come to what you're looking for:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple."

Luke 14:26
English Standard Version (ESV)
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 05, 2012, 06:58:48 AM
The Red Church by Scott Nicholson. Very good so far.
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 05, 2012, 07:01:49 AM
A few freebies from James Altucher
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Post by: heidi52 on August 05, 2012, 07:55:38 AM
Got hooked on the series, so decided to break down and read Game of Thrones.

Husband thinks it's sacrilege, but I know he's just jealous.  ;D
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Post by: Gayle on August 05, 2012, 05:15:29 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but what is "Game of Thrones" and why would reading it be considered "sacrilege"?
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on August 07, 2012, 05:36:08 AM
Having finally amassed them all so that I can read them in one long binge of a marathon, I am about to start The Gunslinger; the first of Stephen King's Dark Tower collection.

To say I am looking forward to it would be a criminally massive understatement.
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Post by: heidi52 on August 07, 2012, 06:27:00 AM
Forgive my ignorance, but what is "Game of Thrones" and why would reading it be considered "sacrilege"?

It is a series by author George RR Martin, and a TV series on HBO here in the US.  My husband and I got totally hooked, and he thinks it's sacrilege that I would read the books rather than wait for season 3 to start in September.

A quasi medieval soap opera with great characters and lots of intrigue and violence, plus a healthy dose of sex. What's not to love?  ::)
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 07, 2012, 06:45:04 AM
HBO did a great job with the TV series. The last couple of episodes of season 2 made me cry. The books are great - although the series does start to lose momentum in A Feast For Crows and Dance With Dragons. Heavy editing was needed! The thing is, what will HBO do when they've finished filming Dance in a few years and Martin is only half way through writing Winds of Winter? And Arya will be about 20?!

And I love the Dark Tower series too, Daniel. King's written a new novella The Wind Through The Keyhole, which carries on the series or is a prequel or something. He wrote Gunslinger when he was 19, so it isn't 'great', but from the Drawing of the Three (book 2) it really does step up a level.

I'm currently reading Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. Reminding me of why he is the greatest.
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Post by: midnight candle on August 07, 2012, 06:58:03 AM
The emigrants by W G Sebald
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on August 07, 2012, 07:43:30 AM
HBO did a great job with the TV series. The last couple of episodes of season 2 made me cry. The books are great - although the series does start to lose momentum in A Feast For Crows and Dance With Dragons. Heavy editing was needed! The thing is, what will HBO do when they've finished filming Dance in a few years and Martin is only half way through writing Winds of Winter? And Arya will be about 20?!

And I love the Dark Tower series too, Daniel. King's written a new novella The Wind Through The Keyhole, which carries on the series or is a prequel or something. He wrote Gunslinger when he was 19, so it isn't 'great', but from the Drawing of the Three (book 2) it really does step up a level.

I'm currently reading Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. Reminding me of why he is the greatest.

Yes, I discovered this morning that he's added to the series...so I haven't got the complete set, although I'm sure I can acquire a copy (I'll put it on the Christmas list) by the time I finish the rest. I've started now, so I'll finish. I've waited too long for this marathon- why, I really don't know, I have some very strange anally retentive ways, but I wouldn't permit myself to read them all until I had them all, lol.

I've just finished Full Dark, No Stars and you're right, it is a reminder why he is the greatest. Some powerful stuff within. I especially liked A Good Marriage and Big Driver.

The only trouble is that after reading a King story I always have this overwhelming sense of 'who the hell do I think I am, even pretending I can write!'

Then I console myself with the fact that for every Elvis there's a Bieber.
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Post by: heidi52 on August 07, 2012, 03:05:19 PM
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Then I console myself with the fact that for every Elvis there's a Bieber.
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 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on August 09, 2012, 02:23:24 PM
And on to The Drawing Of The Three...it's very early days, but enjoying my Dark Tower marathon so far...
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Post by: McWawa on August 14, 2012, 05:27:41 AM
The Story of San Michele,  by Axel Munthe

Three Cups of Tea,  by Greg Mortsen and David Oliver Relin.

SlaughterHouse Five, By Kurt Vonnegut
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 14, 2012, 07:18:55 AM
The Arabian Nights
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Post by: thatollie on August 15, 2012, 07:53:12 AM
HBO did a great job with the TV series. The last couple of episodes of season 2 made me cry. The books are great - although the series does start to lose momentum in A Feast For Crows and Dance With Dragons. Heavy editing was needed! The thing is, what will HBO do when they've finished filming Dance in a few years and Martin is only half way through writing Winds of Winter? And Arya will be about 20?!

And I love the Dark Tower series too, Daniel. King's written a new novella The Wind Through The Keyhole, which carries on the series or is a prequel or something. He wrote Gunslinger when he was 19, so it isn't 'great', but from the Drawing of the Three (book 2) it really does step up a level.

I'm currently reading Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. Reminding me of why he is the greatest.

They're doing Book 3 as two seasons and probably the same for 4 & 5.

I'm sure it won't take him another six years. He got rid of The Mereen Knot.
Title: The Heroin Diaries
Post by: battlepink on August 15, 2012, 11:52:30 AM
The Heroin Diaries

MÖtley CrÜe's Nikki Sixx  diary entries during one of his most trying times.
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 15, 2012, 11:55:56 AM
I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy
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Post by: Gayle on August 15, 2012, 12:22:56 PM
Four Major Plays by Henrik Ibsen. I just finished reading The Master Builder and about to start The Doll's House.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on August 15, 2012, 01:20:34 PM
King's The Shining - again  :D
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Post by: Mastafrank on August 15, 2012, 02:03:42 PM
almost finished reading The Naked god Peter Hamilton.

I'm on page 823 :-\
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Post by: Dawn on August 15, 2012, 02:11:43 PM
S. J. Watson Before I go to Sleep.
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Post by: midnight candle on August 17, 2012, 01:36:57 PM
i've just bought

the book thief

by markus zusak
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Post by: thatollie on August 21, 2012, 11:06:58 AM
i've just bought

the book thief

by markus zusak

You should have bought it years ago.#


I am reading The Empty Space Trilogy by M. John Harrison.
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Post by: DistantSun on August 21, 2012, 12:15:04 PM
Christos Tsiolkas' "The Slap" right now.

Matt - thanks for the reminder about Stephen King. I haven't read any of his since a friend loaned me her copy of "Bag of Bones" several years ago. I do have his "On Writing" book on my shelves, that I have read several times.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 22, 2012, 03:00:43 AM
Matt - thanks for the reminder about Stephen King. I haven't read any of his since a friend loaned me her copy of "Bag of Bones" several years ago. I do have his "On Writing" book on my shelves, that I have read several times.

'Bag of Bones' is one of the few of King's I haven't got round to yet!

Currently reading 'Life Eternal' by our very own Aaron Booth (AJB)
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Post by: Mastafrank on August 22, 2012, 03:00:58 PM
Currently reading Shadow of the Giant Orson Scott Card
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on August 23, 2012, 10:50:56 AM
Started book three, The Waste Lands, of my Dark Tower marathon.

Really enjoying this!
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Post by: herron on August 23, 2012, 11:59:06 PM
Started book three, The Waste Lands, of my Dark Tower marathon.

Really enjoying this!
It's a great series!

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Post by: Michael Edits on August 24, 2012, 12:04:01 AM
Shadow Show, inspired by Ray Bradbury, and thus far I'm blown away by how much I'm enjoying it.
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Post by: herron on August 24, 2012, 12:06:23 AM
Shadow Show, inspired by Ray Bradbury, and thus far I'm blown away by how much I'm enjoying it.
Just finished that one! Blown away is a good way to describe it. Nice book. Thanks for the inspirartion, Ray!

http://ronherron.wordpress.com/page/3/
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Post by: thatollie on August 29, 2012, 05:43:02 AM
Started book three, The Waste Lands, of my Dark Tower marathon.

Really enjoying this!

The Waste Lands is my favourite in the series and one of my favourite King novels.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 29, 2012, 05:50:08 AM
The Waste Lands is my favourite in the series and one of my favourite King novels.

Hooked me from the off just because they called that field Son of a Bitch!
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Post by: thatollie on August 29, 2012, 05:53:40 AM
haven't read any King in ages.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 29, 2012, 06:08:05 AM
Read 11.22.63 - one of his best.
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Post by: Annmarie on August 29, 2012, 06:13:05 AM
Triptych by Karin Slaughter.

She knows her stuff. Excellent setting and character at the start. I'm learning a lot about fast pace *and* detail in narrative. And good "telling."
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 29, 2012, 06:14:05 AM
Is that her real name!? I assume it's a pseudonym, but it'd be great if it was real!
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Post by: Annmarie on August 29, 2012, 06:16:04 AM
For a crime writer, it's ideal.  :D

I think the same of Jim Butcher (Dresden Files).
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Post by: Andrewf on August 29, 2012, 06:20:31 AM
I really like the Dresden Files :D


Currently reading "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman
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Post by: thatollie on August 29, 2012, 06:25:00 AM
Currently reading "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman

Legend
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Post by: Annmarie on August 29, 2012, 06:38:30 AM
Legend

Agreed.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 29, 2012, 06:53:44 AM
Never read any Neil Gaiman, I'm ashamed to say. I do like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and the Codex Alera though.
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Post by: thatollie on August 29, 2012, 06:58:25 AM
Never read any Neil Gaiman, I'm ashamed to say. I do like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and the Codex Alera though.

Read the Sandman graphic novels.
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Post by: Michael Edits on August 29, 2012, 07:04:07 AM
American Gods is awesome
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Post by: Annmarie on August 29, 2012, 08:33:27 AM
I wish I could get the Sandman novels without having to pay for the whole series. Not at the library, I'm afraid. Might have to spend a day at the local big bookstore (yes, we still have one) reading them all secretly in the café.
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Post by: thatollie on August 29, 2012, 08:47:46 AM
I wish I could get the Sandman novels without having to pay for the whole series. Not at the library, I'm afraid. Might have to spend a day at the local big bookstore (yes, we still have one) reading them all secretly in the café.

Try amazon.
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Post by: Mastafrank on August 29, 2012, 10:29:04 AM
I read 'The Walking Dead' Graphic novel, I didn't like it mainly becayse all zombie flicks,novels,and comics are all the
same ::)

However I read Irredeemable, which surprisingly turned out to be a great read :)

What if the worlds greatest superhero  suddenly snaps and becomes evil?  :o


 http://www.amazon.com/Irredeemable-1-Mark-Waid/dp/1934506907/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346250356&sr=1-1&keywords=iredeemable
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Post by: Gayle on August 29, 2012, 11:24:30 AM
Just picked up The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam and started reading it last night. It's about the Chinese headmaster of a English-language school living in Vietnam just before the start of the Vietnam War. The prose is addictive. I keep picking it up even when I know I really don't have to read just to squeeze in a few lines when I can.
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Post by: cmb on August 30, 2012, 07:52:20 AM
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I've had the book sitting in my bookcase for a couple of years (has it really been five years already?), so that was about time.  :D
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Post by: "lorraineofkeli" on August 30, 2012, 12:33:10 PM
I began reading Jeffrey Archer's 'A Prisoner of Birth', and I got halfway - decided I didn't like the protagonist any longer and tired of him. Now I'm not reading anything at present!
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Post by: Ken100 on August 30, 2012, 03:54:03 PM
I have just started reading The Seance, by John Harwood. Not far in, but it's looking good.

As for American Gods, mentioned earlier, yes, I agree, it is awesome. I love Neil Gaiman.

Never heard of the Dresden Files though, I'm going to check that out now.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 30, 2012, 05:49:19 PM
Just started Blood of the Fold, the third of Terry Goodkind's Wizards First Rule series. Hoping it is better than the second...
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Post by: Annmarie on August 31, 2012, 05:22:10 AM
Think you'll love Dresden Files, Ken!

I am so flabbergasted, flat-out impressed by the Karin Slaughter book I'm reading. Never expected that high quality, character-driven storytelling and perfectly paced revelations. When I'm finished, I'm going to outline the novel just to bask in the structure. Wonderful. Suspense storytelling I hope to live up to one day. I'm working on it.  :D
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Post by: Andrewf on August 31, 2012, 06:06:30 AM
Matt, i found all of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series (starts with Wizard's first rule) to be of the same quality and pace. I thought they were good, but if you didnt like #1 and 2, then you may not like the rest either. :)


I may be shot for this, but I found American Gods to be good... but not really Great.  :-\
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 31, 2012, 06:14:03 AM
I thought Sword of Truth was better than Stone of Tears, which seemed to drag quite a bit. I'll give number 3 a go and see how things progress :)
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Post by: Matt Walker on September 10, 2012, 04:04:05 PM
Gave up on book 3! Just finished Trudi Canavan's The Priestess of the White, now finally started Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy.
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Post by: Andrewf on September 11, 2012, 06:22:49 AM
I like a lot that Trudi Canavan writes :)

I'm reading "Dragon Haven" by Robin Hobb at the moment.
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Post by: DistantSun on September 11, 2012, 10:00:20 AM
Just finished Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus" last night. Really enjoyed the story, and it was a welcome change from some of the heavier subject matter I'd been reading before it. I finished Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" on the weekend - I think I'm still in a bit of shock from the impact of that one, and I am certain I will not be able to watch the movie for it.
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Post by: Ken100 on September 11, 2012, 04:45:54 PM
Think you'll love Dresden Files, Ken!

I am so flabbergasted, flat-out impressed by the Karin Slaughter book I'm reading. Never expected that high quality, character-driven storytelling and perfectly paced revelations. When I'm finished, I'm going to outline the novel just to bask in the structure. Wonderful. Suspense storytelling I hope to live up to one day. I'm working on it.  :D

And now I'm going to have to check out Karin Slaughter. 'Flat out impressed,' now that's a recommendation.  :)

The Seance, the last book I was reading, didn't work out for me in the end. It had all the ingredients I love: Victorian mystery, fog and atmosphere, apparent supernatural happenings, nefarious characters and damsels in distress. BUT, all the characters were weak and ineffectual. They all reacted to events, rather than taking matters in their own hands and doing something.

Currently reading Perfect People by Peter James. It's okay... :-\
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Post by: Matt Walker on September 11, 2012, 05:01:25 PM
I've read a couple of James's 'dead man' novels with Roy Grace. Quite liked them. Half way through The Knife Of Never Letting Go now. Brilliant.
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Post by: Ken100 on September 11, 2012, 05:27:10 PM
Half way through The Knife Of Never Letting Go now. Brilliant.

I have that one on my bookshelf, on my 'to read' list. Looking forward to it.
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Post by: Foxy on September 12, 2012, 05:34:57 AM
Recently read:

The Fall of the Misanthrope by Louise Wise. Very good and an interesting twist on chick-lit.

Others by James Herbert. I enjoyed it.

Dead Man's Grip by Peter James. The first of his books I've read. I will definitely be reading more.

Currently reading Zero Day by David Baldacci. It's okay.

Next to be read, The Affair by Lee Child.
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 12, 2012, 09:35:43 AM
Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk
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Post by: thatollie on September 13, 2012, 05:53:16 AM
The Variable Man - Philip K. Dick
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Post by: Vienna on September 14, 2012, 02:42:54 PM
The Variable Man - Philip K. Dick

Philip k Dick is brilliant


I am rereading one of my all time faves............Middlemarch - George Eliot
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 14, 2012, 07:10:56 PM
I just reread THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES by Bernard Evslin. The other times I read it were 40 years ago. The first novel-length fiction I remember reading. It's still a great one.
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Post by: Taylor on September 14, 2012, 07:15:12 PM
Slob, by Rex Miller. Picked it up in a charity shop for 60p. Couldn't believe my luck.  ;D
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Post by: Mastafrank on September 14, 2012, 11:53:30 PM
Twas reunited with Dale Browns novels  ;D ;D
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 15, 2012, 08:25:10 AM
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
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Post by: Gayle on September 15, 2012, 11:29:31 AM
Just started reading The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey. Love the way he weaves moments of humour into even the saddest moments of his work.
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Post by: mouselady on September 16, 2012, 05:20:30 AM
'Greaveburn', a steampunk novel by new (and local) author Craig Hallam. Never read any steampunk before!
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Post by: Recon One on September 16, 2012, 05:50:31 AM
Awakening (Hyddenworld Quartet 2) by William Horwood.

William Horwood wrote two trilogies about the moles of Duncton Wood (yes the little small furry kind that eat worms). As a reader those books reached out and touched my soul, they contained everything from war and peace, incest and true love, disease and survival. I would be reading them on a train or in bar and would either laugh out loud or find myself crying in public.

As a writer, I hope someday that I could affect a reader in that way.

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Post by: 510bhan on September 21, 2012, 09:27:33 AM
Began reading book called Revelations -- can't remember who it's by, oh yes, Melissa Cruz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Bloods_(novel_series)

Not for me. Must have been an accidental purchase or a present. >:(
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Post by: Dawn on September 21, 2012, 09:29:49 AM
What's wrong with it?

I'm reading a book on Grammar ;D
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Post by: 510bhan on September 21, 2012, 11:32:14 AM
Everything -- long-winded expressions, cliches, overwritten, redundancies, info dumps, all the things we strive to avoid. So many of them I started skimming lines, then skipping pages, then chapters and then abandoning. >:( Any editing software would have flagged up a heap of issues to attend to. ::)
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Post by: Vienna on September 21, 2012, 11:36:59 AM
I have an hour to myself ( imagine that) so will quickly reread "ubu Roi" - Alfred Jarry...........I might be able to get through it........if not will continue later.........
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Post by: herron on September 21, 2012, 12:09:36 PM
Began reading book called Revelations -- can't remember who it's by, oh yes, Melissa Cruz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Bloods_(novel_series)

Not for me. Must have been an accidental purchase or a present. >:(
Hate those things I buy by accident.  ::) ;)
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Post by: Mastafrank on September 21, 2012, 09:05:48 PM
thats why I usually sit and read the first 10 pages of a book whilst at the bookstore,if I can't get interested within the first 10 pages I leave it alone
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 21, 2012, 09:35:50 PM
THE TWITS by Roald Dahl
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Post by: McWawa on September 21, 2012, 10:08:42 PM
Jacob Faithful

      by Frederick Marryat . first published in the year of 1834.

free online read, at the website, no special programs or downloads .etc..

http://www.readcentral.com/book/Captain-Frederick-Marryat/Read-Jacob-Faithful-Online (http://www.readcentral.com/book/Captain-Frederick-Marryat/Read-Jacob-Faithful-Online)
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Post by: Mastafrank on September 22, 2012, 02:16:13 AM
Acts of War by Dale brown  8)
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Post by: thatollie on September 22, 2012, 12:50:24 PM
Still reading M. John Harrison.

Also, reading one story from The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov before bed.
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Post by: Andrewf on September 22, 2012, 03:51:39 PM
City of Dragons   by Robin Hobb
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Post by: Gyppo on September 23, 2012, 07:44:12 AM
Just finished Caravans and Wedding Bands by Eva Petulengro.

It sounds like a Mills and Boon title but isn't.  It's a partial autobiography of her life.  It deals with clairvoyance,(yes, she was the famous Madam Petulengro who had fortune telling columns in various newspapers), Gypsy culture, and particularly the transition from living in a gaily painted vardo to 'living in brick'.

Rich in characters it shows a determined young lady who knew what she wanted - and generally got it - who maintained her sense of humour and sometimes found herself wondering just how she came to be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous later in life.  Definitely not just a 'look at me, aren't I wonderful' book, because she draws lovely little pen portraits of her extended family.

A thoroughly unpretentious and enjoyable read.   (Ask in your local library.)

Gyppo
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Post by: geoffnelder on September 23, 2012, 09:24:08 AM
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
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Post by: fire-fly on September 25, 2012, 08:15:23 AM
The Australian Crime File Vol 1 & 2

Paul B. Kidd
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Post by: Michael Edits on September 25, 2012, 09:37:34 AM
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on September 25, 2012, 10:09:11 AM
Just finished The Waste Lands on my Dark Tower marathon, so onto Wizard & Glass.

Can't say I enjoyed it as much as the first two and I'm glad I'm reading them like this now, in succession, as I would have been very miffed at the abrupt ending of the third instalment if I'd had to wait a year or two or three for the next one to be written and published.

But, fortunately, I don't, so I shall shut up.  :)
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Post by: thatollie on September 25, 2012, 10:10:38 AM
Just finished The Waste Lands on my Dark Tower marathon, so onto Wizard & Glass.

Can't say I enjoyed it as much as the first two and I'm glad I'm reading them like this now, in succession, as I would have been very miffed at the abrupt ending of the third instalment if I'd had to wait a year or two or three for the next one to be written and published.

But, fortunately, I don't, so I shall shut up.  :)

The Waste Land is my favourite of the series.
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Post by: Matt Walker on September 25, 2012, 10:30:49 AM
Apparently there's a revised version of The Gunslinger, which takes into account the very end of the series?

Trying to finish the last 200 pages of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Thursday so I can start The Casual Vacancy.
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Post by: thatollie on September 25, 2012, 10:39:33 AM
Apparently there's a revised version of The Gunslinger, which takes into account the very end of the series?

Trying to finish the last 200 pages of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Thursday so I can start The Casual Vacancy.

Yeah, it's the one in the uniform covers (the tower getting closer on each volume).
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Post by: alienauthor on October 01, 2012, 09:41:06 PM
A clash of kings, George R.R. Martin 8)
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Post by: heidi52 on October 02, 2012, 06:48:31 AM
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Great tale, well told.  ;D
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Post by: Vienna on October 02, 2012, 07:05:47 AM
just finished Body Double - Tess Gerritsen  not bad, not bad at all.
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Post by: thatollie on October 03, 2012, 11:03:55 AM
A clash of kings, George R.R. Martin 8)

Onward to Storm of Swords?
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Post by: DistantSun on October 03, 2012, 11:38:39 AM
Trying to finish the last 200 pages of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Thursday so I can start The Casual Vacancy.

Just finished that - The Casual Vacancy that is -  yesterday :) Very intense read - haven't come across anyone else who's read it yet, so please share your thoughts when you're done!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Great tale, well told.  ;D

That was the last book I finished before the one above :D Thoroughly enjoyed that one too.
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Post by: thatollie on October 03, 2012, 11:57:11 AM
I'm finally on the third book of the trilogy.

Empty Space: A Haunting
- M. John Harrison
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Post by: Mastafrank on October 03, 2012, 04:18:43 PM
Stranger in a Strange Land-Robert A Heinlein
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Post by: thatollie on October 03, 2012, 04:25:41 PM
Stranger in a Strange Land-Robert A Heinlein

Classic.
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Post by: Mastafrank on October 03, 2012, 04:26:53 PM
I do hope I like it :)
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Post by: CPlumb on October 03, 2012, 05:08:23 PM
The Sea Sword, by Adrienne Martine-Barnes. (It's finally an e-book!)  ;D
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Post by: fire-fly on October 06, 2012, 06:09:46 PM
Enemies Of The State

Tim Priest
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 06, 2012, 07:57:20 PM
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on October 13, 2012, 11:27:19 AM
I move closer to the Tower during my Dark Tower marathon as I move onto Wolves of the Calla.

I absolutely loved Wizard & Glass- my favourite of the series so far and I needed a shot in the arm after not particularly liking The Waste Lands much.

It was such a sweet love story too, and I'm not usually one for such...I actually shed a tear towards the end. I'm a big softie really!
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Post by: Dawn on October 13, 2012, 11:39:51 AM
Writing Tight by Bill Brohaugh
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Post by: Matt Walker on October 13, 2012, 03:33:40 PM
Writing Tight by Bill Brohaugh

Me too!
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Post by: Dawn on October 13, 2012, 03:36:51 PM
How are you finding it, Matt?
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 13, 2012, 03:59:48 PM
I Am Ozzy. You don't have to know his music as all to enjoy the heck out of his early Brummie life. Some mighty fine writing there, and since I got my copy at the local library, I'm very happy.
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Post by: thatollie on October 13, 2012, 05:29:49 PM
I am currently reading The Worlds of Frank Herbert (short story collection) and Terror By Night: The Classic Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce (another short story collection).
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Post by: Mastafrank on October 13, 2012, 05:47:15 PM
Re-reading Pandora's star-I wasn't going to but once I picked it up I couldnt set it down ::)
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Post by: DistantSun on October 13, 2012, 06:10:06 PM
Writing Tight by Bill Brohaugh

 ;D I will be when my order comes in.
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Post by: thatollie on October 13, 2012, 06:19:15 PM
Re-reading Pandora's star-I wasn't going to but once I picked it up I couldnt set it down ::)

Why on earth would you do that to yourself again so soon?
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Post by: Matt Walker on October 14, 2012, 06:07:07 AM
How are you finding it, Matt?

Haven't read enough of it to comment fully, but useful so far. There was a massive point I disagreed with in the introduction (written by Lawrence Block) though: "It's the writing folks. It's not only the writing; there must be a good story, there must be characters - but if the writing's not good, nothing else is going to matter."

I totally disagree with this point. Story trumps all. There are plenty of poorly-written bestsellers. 'If the story's not good, nothing else is going to matter.' That is what it should say. But of course, it is better to have good writing and a good story than poor writing and a good story.
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Post by: Dawn on October 14, 2012, 06:12:23 AM
Yes, it stopped me in my tracks - had to re-read it because I thought I had read it wrong.
You can learn the mechanics of writing but only few (Noticed I took out a and people lol)can tell stories.
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Post by: Julie Ann on October 16, 2012, 09:58:57 PM
Hi,

I've just finished reading, "The Warmth of Other Suns. Lengthy but a great history book of the American migration from the south to the north. Very well written. You don't feel like your reading history. Its a story of three people and their viewpoints of their lives and what it was like living through the migration. Highly recommend to all

Julie
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 16, 2012, 10:11:34 PM
I just finished reading JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey.  You don't have to be an Aussie to love it, because I'm not and I do.
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Post by: DistantSun on October 17, 2012, 09:40:07 PM
Just started "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 17, 2012, 09:42:06 PM
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Post by: Julie Ann on October 18, 2012, 10:53:34 AM
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Hi,

I just started this book. Did you finish it? Did you like it?

Julie
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Post by: heidi52 on October 18, 2012, 11:05:27 AM
 The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The MC,a writer, is commissioned by a mysterious man to write a book. Very ominous and well written. Enjoying it immensely.
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 18, 2012, 11:24:33 AM
Hi,

I just started this book. Did you finish it? Did you like it?

Julie

I would've given up on it after about 40 pages if my wife hadn't made it to the end.  It gets more readable.  I'm almost halfway through.  I can't see it possibly living up to all the praise and hype, but I'll finish it.
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Post by: Julie Ann on October 18, 2012, 12:14:52 PM
I would've given up on it after about 40 pages if my wife hadn't made it to the end.  It gets more readable.  I'm almost halfway through.  I can't see it possibly living up to all the praise and hype, but I'll finish it.

Yes I understand when I start a book I have to finish it, because I bought it. All the hype is why I bought it. Well thanks for letting me know it gets more readable.
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Post by: heidi52 on October 18, 2012, 04:17:28 PM
Life's too short to read books you don't like.  ;D

Of course I borrow most from the library.
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Post by: Vienna on October 21, 2012, 02:50:08 PM
Das Buch des Todes - Jörgen Brekke

a norwegian crime novel. Reading the german version, dont know if its available in english. Well worth the read  up to now though. With all the Scandinavians that write crime novels these days I wonder if there is anybody up there that hasn't written one?
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Post by: thatollie on October 23, 2012, 07:28:01 PM
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The MC,a writer, is commissioned by a mysterious man to write a book. Very ominous and well written. Enjoying it immensely.

Good book, not his best, but still very good.
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 23, 2012, 07:31:33 PM
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I read Gone Girl first, then Sharp Objects, and now she needs to write something else.
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Post by: alienauthor on October 23, 2012, 09:49:59 PM
Just finished A Clash of Kings and started A Storm of Swords  both by George R.R. Martin.  8)
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Post by: thatollie on October 23, 2012, 09:52:31 PM
Just finished A Clash of Kings and started A Storm of Swords  both by George R.R. Martin.  8)

go go go.
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Post by: rez2036 on October 24, 2012, 04:03:20 PM
I'm right in the middle of 'The Terror' by Dan Simmons.  Before that was 'Sharp Object' by Gillian Flynn.  Next up is 'John Dies at the End' by David Wong.  Obviously I'm enjoying a bit of the dark stuff... ;)
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 24, 2012, 04:08:52 PM
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. It never hurts to review it every few years, and there's usually a copy waiting for you at the local library. If not, I have it.
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Post by: Matt Walker on October 25, 2012, 03:18:21 AM
Rose Madder by Stephen King.
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 25, 2012, 08:05:01 AM
On Writing by Stephen King (again)
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Post by: DistantSun on October 25, 2012, 11:14:01 AM
On Writing by Stephen King (again)

Same here  ;D
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Post by: herron on October 26, 2012, 12:01:54 AM
In The Tall Grass (http://dailydead.com/release-details-for-stephen-king-and-joe-hills-in-the-tall-grass/)

By Stephen King & Joe Hill
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Post by: Andrewf on October 26, 2012, 10:12:03 AM
Turn Coat

by Jim Butcher
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Post by: Michael Edits on October 26, 2012, 10:17:52 AM
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. I'm tempted to put on my website that reading this one is mandatory before hiring me to edit a novel.
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Post by: Matt Walker on October 26, 2012, 02:45:32 PM
Turn Coat

by Jim Butcher

I like that one.

Just read 'A Letter From Birmingham Jail' by Martin Luther King in a philosophy book. Can't believe it was only 50 odd years ago - can't believe some of you guys on here will have actually lived through it. I mean, geez...
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Post by: Gayle on October 26, 2012, 04:19:55 PM
I'm indulging in a bit of classic gothic horror in honour of Hallowe'en. I'm reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
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Post by: thatollie on October 26, 2012, 04:36:59 PM
I'm indulging in a bit of classic gothic horror in honour of Hallowe'en. I'm reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

Gayle, The Woman in White is a mystery novel.
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Post by: Gayle on October 26, 2012, 06:20:18 PM
Yes, but in Victorian times, there was no such genre as "mystery" or "horror". They were all labelled "thriller" and were viewed in the same way. But I suppose I should have said "classic thriller novel". I also bought Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula.
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Post by: Mastafrank on October 27, 2012, 05:15:50 PM
re-reading Judas Unchained
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on November 02, 2012, 10:51:37 AM
Finished Wolves of the Calla and on to Song of Susannah. My Dark Tower marathon nears its conclusion...
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Post by: DistantSun on November 02, 2012, 11:27:37 AM
I have Dolores Claiborne on hold at the library - heading over to pick it up soon  ;D
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Post by: Michael Edits on November 02, 2012, 11:46:36 AM
I just returned DOLORES CLAIBORNE to the library, but I don't think you're picking up the same copy.  ;D
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Post by: DistantSun on November 02, 2012, 11:50:11 AM
I just returned DOLORES CLAIBORNE to the library, but I don't think you're picking up the same copy.  ;D

Probably not :D Every time I read through "On Writing" I get the urge to pick up a different one of Stephen King's books that I haven't read ;)
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Post by: Vienna on November 02, 2012, 02:34:02 PM
Far from the madding crowd - Thomas Hardy , again
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Post by: moojii on November 02, 2012, 05:33:15 PM
Killing Plato by Jake Needham
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Post by: thatollie on November 02, 2012, 06:37:23 PM
Finished Wolves of the Calla and on to Song of Susannah. My Dark Tower marathon nears its conclusion...

Love the series. Hope you love the last two books.
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Post by: CareerusInterruptus on November 03, 2012, 09:54:44 PM
Kate Long, Queen Mum. Intelligent mumlit.
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Post by: Matt Walker on November 04, 2012, 06:28:37 AM
Just finished Rose Madder - good dependable King. Starting my first Karin Slaughter book, Broken, after I believe Ann-marie mentioned her earlier.
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Post by: thatollie on November 11, 2012, 05:49:29 PM
Mission of Gravity - Hal Clement
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Post by: Michael Edits on November 11, 2012, 05:54:49 PM
Reading The Mortician's Daughter by Elizabeth Bloom.  The stack of books under that includes the aforementioned Rose Madder.
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Post by: Vienna on November 14, 2012, 09:17:16 AM
the new Biography of Martin Bormann by Volker Koop............
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Post by: Gayle on November 14, 2012, 11:07:59 AM
The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon

It's a fictional biography of Aristotle's daughter. We know she existed because arrangements for her marriage were made in his will. She was only 16 when he died.
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Post by: Michael Edits on November 14, 2012, 11:27:39 AM
I've been raiding the library for everything by Elizabeth Bloom aka Beth Saulnier, and enjoying Rose Madder by Stephen King, and editing, and doing NaNoWriMo. That oughta keep me out of trouble for a while.
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Post by: Matt Walker on November 14, 2012, 02:09:43 PM
Reading Bag of Bones by Stephen King at the mo.
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on December 09, 2012, 09:29:30 AM
Love the series. Hope you love the last two books.

Thank'ya kindly, I did!

Yep, just finished The Dark Tower and my Dark Tower marathon. Great book, great conclusion and I have to confess that the last book had me in tears once or twice.

I wish I'd read them years ago, but I'm glad I eventually did it as I did, in one go- it would have done my nut in to have had to wait for the next instalment to be written.

Right, now I'm off to source the graphic novels....
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Post by: WordBird on December 09, 2012, 09:37:32 AM
I picked up a copy of John Grisham's The Litigators. Just started it this morning, but I might have to wait until my new specs come in.
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Post by: mouselady on December 09, 2012, 12:09:51 PM
Stephen King's 'On Writing'.
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Post by: bri h on December 09, 2012, 01:30:44 PM
Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood's Lost Empire(A Fargo Adventure) quite a page turner, and I LOVE treasure quests, with clues to follow and ancient maps and stuff.
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Post by: DistantSun on December 09, 2012, 03:18:36 PM
Almost done Nick Hornby's "About a Boy."
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Post by: thatollie on December 09, 2012, 05:17:35 PM
Finally got around to reading the second half of A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin. Also read Maus by Art Spiegelman. All good stuff.

Currently reading,
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars edited by Ian Watson and Ian Whates

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Post by: Gayle on December 17, 2012, 12:37:48 AM
The Words by Jean-Paul Sartre (his autobiography). It's beautifully written and he isn't at all sparing in his criticism of himself. Not at all like the "oh haven't I had such an interesting/hard/blessed life" autobiographies that modern celebrities insist on publishing.
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Post by: Ajaxe on December 17, 2012, 11:21:40 AM
Um. . .uh- Asterix in Corsica.
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Post by: Gayle on December 17, 2012, 12:04:10 PM
 ;D

Well, writers can't be expected to study serious literature all the time, now can we, Ajaxe?
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Post by: Vienna on December 17, 2012, 04:14:33 PM
The Words by Jean-Paul Sartre (his autobiography). It's beautifully written and he isn't at all sparing in his criticism of himself. Not at all like the "oh haven't I had such an interesting/hard/blessed life" autobiographies that modern celebrities insist on publishing.


very good choice Gayle. I read it in french "Les Mots" donkeys years ago
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Post by: Gayle on December 17, 2012, 07:16:06 PM
I just started studying French because I'm planning a move to Montreal. I studied French in school (from grade 3/age 8 to grade 7/age 12) but the quality of instruction in our school system was very poor so I finished with only a few relatively useless phrases.

My goal this time is to get fluent enough that I can read Les Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire in its original language.
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Post by: Vienna on December 18, 2012, 03:21:03 AM
that is a good target Gayle. I never studied french. Had it at school for a while but spent a lot of time in france  and so got to a high level. Forgot most of it as, moving to austria,  I concentrated on german. Hoping to rectify matters and refresh my french as there is so much great french literature and most things are better in the original. Just a pity one cannot learn every langauge that there is  ;D
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Post by: Ajaxe on December 18, 2012, 05:21:06 AM
;D

Well, writers can't be expected to study serious literature all the time, now can we, Ajaxe?

Of course not, Gayle. You'd be surprised at the sort of stuff I read sometimes :)

Reading Stephen King's "The Shining" today.
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Post by: The Skald on December 18, 2012, 08:22:09 AM
I'm currently reading "The testament of Nostradamus" (in Norwegian, so the actual title is "Nostradamus' testamente") by Tom Egeland. Awesome book, well recommended if you like historial mysteries and all that. But first read the other four books: "Circle's End", "Guardians of the pact" and "The gospel of Lucifer". Pretty sure at least two of them are translated to English.
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Post by: herron on December 18, 2012, 11:10:51 AM
Reading a book (on my Kindle) called "Remember Me" by Brian MacLearn. So far, not bad.  :)
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Post by: Annmarie on December 19, 2012, 11:50:45 AM
Plowing through Song of Ice and Fire series. Book Three now. I never thought I'd enjoy it this much. Not my genre at all. But the short chapters and change of POV and all the cliffhangers keep me going -- and I like several of the characters a lot and think about them sometimes when I'm not reading.
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Post by: tay-clem on December 20, 2012, 12:54:42 AM
I recently raided the free section of the kindle store. Just finished Sun Tau's Art of War, and starting on King Solomon's Mines ( don't remember the author).
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Post by: Ajaxe on December 20, 2012, 07:01:41 AM
The Last Juror - Grisham.
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Post by: DistantSun on December 20, 2012, 07:52:53 AM
M.L Stedman's "The Light Between Oceans."
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 21, 2012, 08:09:07 PM
Purchased these yesterday
The first 3 books in 'The wheel of Time' Series
Himlers war-Robert Conroy

Sum of all fears-Tomm Clancy
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Post by: Ajaxe on December 22, 2012, 12:23:42 PM
Psmith Journalist - P.G Wodehouse.
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Post by: WordBird on December 22, 2012, 12:26:24 PM
I picked up a copy of John Grisham's The Litigators. Just started it this morning, but I might have to wait until my new specs come in.

Now I can start on this.  :)
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 22, 2012, 12:37:57 PM
I love John Grisham ;D
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Post by: The Skald on December 22, 2012, 12:54:48 PM
Just finished "The testament of Nostradamus", and as all Tom Egeland's books, it was brilliant. No idea what to read now, though. Maybe I'll just look up something on Kindle or something on my iPad. :)
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Post by: Gayle on December 22, 2012, 01:11:34 PM
Psmith Journalist - P.G Wodehouse.
Leave It to Psmith is my favourite P.G. Wodehouse story, but I didn't know there were any other Psmith stories. Do you know if there are any others?
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Post by: Cathy C on December 22, 2012, 06:38:05 PM
Reading Sue Grafton's V is for Vengeance.  I've read most of her Alphabet killer stories out of sequence, but I've enjoyed everyone. I love her chatty 1st person POV. I was surprised, though, to read this one to discover Kinsey turned 38 in 1988, which makes her...*Counts on fingers* 62 now! :o

I may never recover from the shock. *fans face* ::)
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Post by: thatollie on December 25, 2012, 02:51:16 PM
Finally getting around to finishing my read of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Only 500 pages to go.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 27, 2012, 08:11:57 PM
Starting to read The Wheel of Time series.
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Post by: Matt Walker on December 28, 2012, 04:21:39 AM
Starting to read The Wheel of Time series.

Couldn't get into that!

Just finished Bag of Bones by Stephen King. Think I'll pick up JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy and see if it's as crap as everyone says.
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Post by: Matt Walker on December 28, 2012, 07:10:13 AM
Oh dear oh dear. What has Rowling done? Half an hour into The Casual Vacancy and I'm shaking my head. Poorly written so far with atrocious, often laughable, characterisation. What was the copy editor doing missing things like Miles' instead of Miles's and "Howard's presence on earth' instead of 'Howard's presence on Earth'?

I actually laughed at 'Miles enunciated clearly' and 'She was perennially aquiver to detect condescension.' I mean, my God.

How is this the same writer who gave us possibly the greatest book series ever with Harry Potter? Has she tried to change her style for 'adults', thinking they like redundencies and purple prose and long-winded, over-complicated sentences filled with strange words?

I'm not holding out much hope of finishing this.

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Post by: midnight candle on December 28, 2012, 07:17:40 AM
Hey Matt - you wanna read a book with great characterisation and storytelling? i'm just re-reading robert louis stephenson's kidnapped. superb.
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Post by: Vienna on December 28, 2012, 09:27:32 AM
Charles Dickens a Biography - Claire Tomalin
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Post by: Tasha on December 28, 2012, 11:27:57 PM
Let the Great World Spin, by Collum McCann. It's awesome. Give it a try. Going to star on some Joyce Carol Oates shorts stories next. And, I got a HC of To Kill a Mockingbird for Christmas! Yippee.
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Post by: Sasquatch on January 07, 2013, 08:54:42 PM
I sat down yesterday with a copy of Stephen King's "11/22/63" and when I put it down, I'd blasted through nearly two hundred pages. Amazing read so far.

Anyone else read/reading that one? It's over 800 pages so it might be the biggest chunk of reading I've done in the shortest period of time. If it holds me the way the first quarter did, I'll be done with 'er by Sunday.

Nice the way a fast and exciting fiction book motivates me to read more.
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Post by: DistantSun on January 07, 2013, 09:01:29 PM
Just finished "The Language of Flowers" (Vanessa Diffenbaugh) last night... and "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" (Jan-Phillip Sendker) a few days ago, and started re-reading "The Night Circus" (Erin Morgenstern) today :D
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Post by: Matt Walker on January 08, 2013, 03:23:50 AM
I sat down yesterday with a copy of Stephen King's "11/22/63" and when I put it down, I'd blasted through nearly two hundred pages. Amazing read so far.

Anyone else read/reading that one? It's over 800 pages so it might be the biggest chunk of reading I've done in the shortest period of time. If it holds me the way the first quarter did, I'll be done with 'er by Sunday.

Nice the way a fast and exciting fiction book motivates me to read more.

An absolute masterpiece, definitely one of his best. Made me cry in about 3 places. Demonstrates why he is the living greatest.
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Post by: Vienna on January 08, 2013, 03:50:27 AM
still on with Dickens' Biography but also reading Bleak House - Dickens and der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige a play by Thomas Bernhard my favourite playwright and also Zazie dans le métro - Raymond Queneau I tend to read up to 5 books parallel  depending on what I fancy reading  at the time..................
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Post by: drbateman86 on January 13, 2013, 01:19:00 AM
I just finished We by Yevgeny Zamyatin and loved it as much if not maybe more than 1984 (which it inspired). I just started Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, and although it hasn't won me over quite as quickly as Lolita, I am enjoying the subtle humor in the narrators naive and misguided interpretation of another mans work.
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Post by: thatollie on January 15, 2013, 08:44:51 AM
I just finished We by Yevgeny Zamyatin and loved it as much if not maybe more than 1984 (which it inspired).

Oh no, don't say that. There's a copy in the shop. I've been trying really hard to not buy it.
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on January 15, 2013, 02:28:34 PM
I've been reading loads on my shiny new Kindle I got for Christmas (hence my not being round these parts very much- apologies, I will try harder).

Highlights have been 'The Hardest (Working) Man In Showbiz', which is the porn star Ron Jeremy's autobiography. Whilst, admittedly, not a highbrow selection, it was a very funny and, in parts, interesting read. And, let's face it, I'd have never have gotten round to reading it unless it was afforded Kindle-like anonymity. Hardly a title I'd like to be spotted in the dentist's waiting room with....

Also, 'Hogarth's Frolic- The Five Day's Peregrination'. In the early 1700's the artist William Hogarth and several of his cohorts were in a London pub and at midnight decided to go on a bit of a jaunt. Basically they went on a five day bender that took them to Rochester, Chatham, the Isle of Sheppey and then Gravesend before returning to the capital. And they created a written and pictorial account which I found very interesting, being a lover of both Hogarth's work and the Isle of Sheppey.

I also finally read Salinger's 'The Catcher In The Rye' and I was really, really disappointed. I'm guessing that at the time it was written it was groundbreaking, but I just felt my eyelashes curling with every turned page. Bit gutted, to tell you the truth, as for some reason it was one of those books I really wanted to like.

And now I am about to settle down and start David Brin's 'The Postman.' Fortunately I have never seen the film so I have no preconceptions. Looking forward to it.

I love my new Kindle- can't believe it's taken me so long in getting round to obtaining one.
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Post by: herron on January 15, 2013, 02:57:33 PM
Just finished the kindle edition of "Remember Me" by Brian MacLearn.

Interesting story ... kept my interest ... I gave it 5-Stars, even though it needed a bit of editing.  :-\
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Post by: McWawa on January 15, 2013, 03:00:29 PM
" Why Don't Penguins'  Feet Freeze."
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Post by: La Mouquette on January 16, 2013, 08:13:34 AM
 Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies [Paperback]
Donald Spoto  AND The Labyrinth of Osiris, Paul Sussman , his last book before he died.
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Post by: Annmarie on January 18, 2013, 02:46:00 AM
Daniel, if you're over 16, you're too old to read Catcher in the Rye for the first time.  :) I loved it when I was a teenager, but haven't touched it since.

I'm reading Ariana Franklin's City of Shadows, a suspense set in 1920s Berlin. Started off well, nicely written the first few chapters. Now I'm a quarter of the way in and the writing has gotten so sloppy to me. Lots of head-hopping when before, she was always clear about point of view. The story grinds to a halt so she can go on about setting and context for half a page or more. Lots of repetition of situations, then another murder thrown in. I want to like it, and there are some good things about the book. But I'm not really attached to the main characters and the storyline is thin so far.
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Post by: Gayle on January 18, 2013, 11:54:49 AM
I'm reading Honore de Balzac's Pere Goriot. It's critical view of a society that values wealth over people is still as relevant today as it was when it written.
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Post by: wayne g on January 18, 2013, 02:25:36 PM
I am in the middle of reading the first Adrian Mole book with my youngest son. Not sure who's benefit it is for but it's certainly taking me back in time, very nostalgic and extremely funny.

Wayne
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Post by: Vienna on January 18, 2013, 03:48:13 PM
I'm reading Honore de Balzac's Pere Goriot. It's critical view of a society that values wealth over people is still as relevant today as it was when it written.


balzac is very good.............read him in the original french years ago.
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on January 20, 2013, 08:05:05 AM
Daniel, if you're over 16, you're too old to read Catcher in the Rye for the first time.  :) I loved it when I was a teenager, but haven't touched it since.

I think you have something there, Annmarie. They really should put an age restriction sticker on the front or something...kind of like a reverse age limit on DVDs!
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Post by: Matt Walker on January 21, 2013, 04:46:38 AM
Reading The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. And am surprised to say it is pleasantly readable!
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on January 21, 2013, 06:25:59 AM
Reading The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. And am surprised to say it is pleasantly readable!

Great book! Henchard is a wonderfully drawn character.
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Post by: thatollie on January 21, 2013, 06:35:14 AM
The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham
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Post by: StrangeMercy on January 21, 2013, 09:23:02 AM
I have the Mayor of Casterbridge too, was going to read it after Far From the Maddening Crowd by Hardy, but haven't got around to it. Good to know others have enjoyed it.

Strange
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 22, 2013, 02:25:59 AM
read the final chapter of cage of eden....After reading it for 15 months Im sad it ended at 185 chapters :'( :'( :'(...but also REALLY PISSED off that the ending was totally garbage >:(
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Post by: thatollie on January 23, 2013, 03:50:22 PM
I spent all of last night reading Gun Machine by Warren Ellis cover to cover, and I stand by my prediction that it's going to be the best crime novel of 2013.
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Post by: The Skald on January 23, 2013, 04:03:57 PM
The last book I read was "I know who you are" by Yrsa Sigurdarsdottir. It starts like the usual cliché crime stuff (divorced cop no one likes, missing son, regular people close to bankrupcy with a desperate plan etc), and I honestly wasn't expecting much. But the story quickly took a turn for the better, and I ended up feeling creeped out in several places. Considering I watched Alien when I was eight (yet wasn't allowed to watch Star Wars. I have weird parents.)  ;D and have been addicted to horror ever since, I don't creep out. Ever.

Now I'm about a third into the next book by Yrsa Sigurdarsdottir. It starts really slow, but it does pick up a lot. And I mean "what the hell..." kinda picks up. Awesome stuff.  ;D
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Post by: McWawa on January 24, 2013, 02:04:13 AM
Burma Days, by George Orwell.
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Post by: Vienna on January 25, 2013, 09:28:44 AM
Burma Days, by George Orwell.

Burmese Days - Orwell is very good. I prefer Keep the Aspidistra Flying or The Clergyman's Daughter though.
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Post by: Daniel J. Pitcher on January 29, 2013, 01:48:58 PM
Finished The Postman, it was okay.

Am now a quarter of the way through The Grapes Of Wrath, which I'm really enjoying.

What with my new Kindle and the pesky day job when I am ever going to have time to write....
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Post by: Vienna on January 30, 2013, 04:03:56 PM
As a huge fan of Samuel Beckett I have been waiting for my free copy ( german publishers are very nice) of Samuel Becket - Weitermachen ist mehr, als Ich tun kann - Briefe 1929-1940 (letters) it is a translation but english publishers very rarely give free copies. I like dipping into letters of authors etc.
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Post by: Dawn on January 31, 2013, 09:41:08 AM
Just finished Dolly by Susan Hill.
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Post by: thatollie on February 09, 2013, 07:32:37 AM
The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
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Post by: Vienna on February 09, 2013, 01:29:55 PM
Im eigenen Schatten - Veit Heinichen

don't know if he has been translated into english but well worth the read. We have all his crime novels, she who must be obeyed is a big fan. Also we both love Trieste and surroundings, where the books are set.
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Post by: midnight candle on February 09, 2013, 01:30:27 PM
The Beach of Falesa by Robert Louis Stephenson
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Post by: herron on February 09, 2013, 07:45:53 PM
The Big V

by William Pelfrey


Bill is an old friend of mine, and "The Big V" - a novel about the Vietnam War - was a National Book Award nominee when it was first published in 1972 (that's Bill on the cover (http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-V-William-Pelfrey/dp/0871405482)). I'd read it many years ago, and just downloaded the Kindle version to read it again.

Haven't seen Bill in a while. Gotta call him and talk.  
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Post by: DistantSun on February 09, 2013, 09:24:26 PM
Finished "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash a few days ago, and started on "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson (that I'm about half-way through).
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 10, 2013, 05:35:57 PM
Why not write 250 words about a book you are reading or have read and and enter it in the Spectators Sort part of our Olympic-inks.

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=46866.0

It's easy, even for me - someone who generally uses 2 or 3 words when one will do.  :)
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Post by: Dawn on February 13, 2013, 09:04:32 AM
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachael Joyce.
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Post by: DistantSun on February 13, 2013, 10:00:15 AM
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachael Joyce.


Dawn - I really enjoyed that! So much that I have my own copy :D
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Post by: Dawn on February 13, 2013, 05:07:14 PM
I can understand why. It's very endearing. Grabbed me from the word go.
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Post by: molark on February 15, 2013, 06:32:17 PM
I am engrossed in "The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane as a way of preparing notes for a novel based on a love affair between a young Confederate picket soldier and an escape young black female slave with an almost infant brother who dies early. I am making lists of words and studying scenes of battle. Crane turns out to be actually a great writer. Last year, I had to do an academic report on his short story "Maggie" and was amazed. I am amazed at my first college reading of Crane where I totally ignore or lost him to the impressive reading I am currently enjoying.

Anyway, I will be adding quick snippet reads of Mark Twain and Frederick Douglas to relax into a familiar climate of the American Civil War South.

And I am continuing my annual pilgrimage to he great Dostoevsky, rereading the Brothers Karamazov. I also have a copy of Stephen King's Thinner that I am taking snipes at. So many many people enjoy him. At least I can say he's a very capable writer.

I have the volume of Pen/O Henry Prize stories 2012 from the libary and am enjoying it.

I have three books on the Afghanistan war. One of my nearly completed stories concerns a solider with PTSD. Also, St Augustine's Confessions I have been reading, as it figures in the story.

I've read three chapers of Joshilyn Jackson's "A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty," suggested to me by an online writer friend who's book I've read. Jackson is the consummate poet- novelist. An excellent writer from the woman's POV.

My writer friend's novel I've just finished and hope to post my review of it here next week.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on February 16, 2013, 12:55:01 AM
Tales of the Weak and the Wounded by Gary McMahon. Creepy stuff.  ;)
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Post by: Gayle on February 16, 2013, 08:51:22 AM
Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco

I very thought-provoking book. I finished it last night, but I'm still processing it. It's about a woman who survived a wartime attack on her family which killed her father and brother. She didn't witness the killings but she was hidden in the house and only a young child when it happened. As an old woman, she finds and meets one of the men who was involved in the killings. A very powerful book.
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Post by: thatollie on February 17, 2013, 07:19:37 PM
The Last of The Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews
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Post by: Matt Walker on February 18, 2013, 12:23:43 PM
The Last of The Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews

THE Julie Andrews?!

Just started Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth'. Very funny so far.
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Post by: Vienna on February 18, 2013, 12:46:13 PM
I have read white teeth several times matt. Very well worth the read.
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Post by: Dawn on February 19, 2013, 08:24:30 AM
I'm reading two books one audio while doing housework. Jillian Hoffman Plea of insanity. The other The Time-travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
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Post by: Vienna on February 19, 2013, 08:27:08 AM
Inbetween dipping into the letters of Samuel Beckett am reading The Mephisto Club- Tess Gerritsen
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Post by: thatollie on February 20, 2013, 06:43:58 PM
THE Julie Andrews?!

Just started Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth'. Very funny so far.

Yes, the Julie Andrews but she's credited as Julie Edwards.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_the_Really_Great_Whangdoodles
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Post by: Dawn on February 20, 2013, 06:52:51 PM
Yes, the Julie Andrews but she's credited as Julie Edwards.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_the_Really_Great_Whangdoodles


I like the look of this one, Sprocket. ;)
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Post by: thatollie on February 20, 2013, 06:54:00 PM
Well, I enjoyed it.
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 20, 2013, 09:42:45 PM
reading the free preview of

Consider Plebas very good thus far
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Post by: DistantSun on February 20, 2013, 10:02:08 PM
Yes, the Julie Andrews but she's credited as Julie Edwards.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_the_Really_Great_Whangdoodles


Picking it up from the library tomorrow :)

Otherwise, I'm about halfway through Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down."
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Post by: Andrewf on February 21, 2013, 04:22:16 PM
To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert Heinlein  :D  Again. :D
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Post by: thatollie on February 21, 2013, 07:04:35 PM
Cujo by Stephen King
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Post by: DistantSun on February 24, 2013, 11:54:15 AM
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" - Ransom Riggs.
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Post by: Vienna on February 25, 2013, 06:28:04 AM
Therese Raquin - Emile Zola (play version)
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Post by: bri h on February 25, 2013, 10:31:29 AM
I'm reading, The Flash Fiction #60 is now open! Why's there three threads? Anyone?
Oh ok, ok. I'm reading a new take on the Salem Witch trials, called The Salem Witch Society by K.N. Shields, only so far there hasn't been a whiff of a witch, a trial or even a mention of Salem! ha ha
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Post by: Dawn on February 25, 2013, 11:58:50 AM
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" - Ransom Riggs.

Aw I've read this Jeanette, freaky, told you we had similar taste. Had to say though I gave up on it half way through. Let me know what you think.
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Post by: DistantSun on February 25, 2013, 12:03:29 PM
Aw I've read this Jeanette, freaky, told you we had similar taste. Had to say though I gave up on it half way through. Let me know what you think.

I finished it this morning. I found the concept interesting, but some of the writing rather... I don't know how to describe it. The pace was really uneven, it didn't flow well. Lots of cliches. I honestly felt glad that I had borrowed it from the library and not purchased it. Told hubby last night that I felt sort of ripped off... that I felt somewhat committed to finish the story even though I found the writing style hard to navigate :P Oh well. And it apparently made the New York Times bestseller list too.

I have on my shelf "American Dervish"... I can't remember who posted about this earlier in the thread. Gayle maybe? That's my next one :)
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Post by: Dawn on February 25, 2013, 12:12:40 PM
Wow you're devouring them. Totally agree, Jeanette, there was something just not right with it. Even though it was an adult book it felt like it had been written by a child. Like you said lots of cliches.
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Post by: Dawn on February 26, 2013, 05:20:55 AM
Just can't finish Time Travellers Wife - not sure what all the hype was about. Unusual at first but now grating. Downloaded The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern. High hopes for this one. Also listening to The Hunger Games on audio. It's a tough one this. I've read so many good reviews but its not a normal read.
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 26, 2013, 08:11:58 PM
Just can't finish Time Travellers Wife - not sure what all the hype was about. Unusual at first but now grating. Downloaded The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern. High hopes for this one. Also listening to The Hunger Games on audio. It's a tough one this. I've read so many good reviews but its not a normal read.

perhaps Battle royal by Koushun Takami.....

high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence in a dystopian world, it is one of Japan's best-selling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world. The first novel by small-town journalist Koushun Takami, it went on to become an even more notorious film by 70-year-old director Kinji Fukusaku.
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Post by: McWawa on February 26, 2013, 08:59:53 PM
"Mindmapping"

by Joyce Wycoff.
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Post by: The Skald on February 26, 2013, 10:22:45 PM
Ben Hope 4: The Heretic's Treasure, by Scott Mariani. I'm a sucker for the "historical mystery" stuff like Indiana Jones, the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase-books by Andy McDermott and so on (Dan Brown? Who?)  ;D so I decided on giving Ben Hope a chance. The first three books didn't impress me all that much, and yet here I am, doing well on the fourth book. Not sure why. The story isn't all that interesting, but I do like the character a lot.
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Post by: herron on February 26, 2013, 10:41:01 PM
Just re-reading "The Big V" (http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-V-William-Pelfrey/dp/0380670747) by William Pelfrey. Bill was an infantryman in Vietnam, volunteering fresh out of college.

It's a story about that war, told from a soldier's perspective. I have a signed copy of the original (1972) paperback version (Bill's a friend of mine). There was a reprint in the early 80s, but it's out of print now, too.

I found a Kindle version on Amazon, so I bought it (like I said, Bill's a friend). It was a National Book Award nominee back when it was originally published, and it's still a good, gritty read.
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Post by: heidi52 on February 27, 2013, 05:49:08 AM
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
by Mathias Malzieu

Fun adult fairy tale.  ;D

FIRSTLY: don’t touch the hands of your cuckoo-clock heart. SECONDLY: master your anger. THIRDLY: never, ever fall in love. For if you do, the hour hand will poke through your skin, your bones will shatter, and your heart will break once more.
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Post by: Dawn on February 27, 2013, 03:12:57 PM
That sounds very intriguing, Heidi.
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Post by: Andrewf on March 10, 2013, 02:03:50 PM
Towers of Midnight   again, to prepare for A Memory of Light.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 10, 2013, 03:15:33 PM
Finished "The Night Circus" last week (second time I've read it in a year). Currently reading "The Phantom Tollbooth" with my daughter :)
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Post by: thatollie on March 10, 2013, 08:39:12 PM
DeathNote Vol 1: Boredom
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Post by: molark on March 10, 2013, 08:51:02 PM
Not doing any 'committed' reading now. Surrounding me are 'Omeros' - book length poem by Derek Walcott; Huckleberry Finn, and Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov. Last week, I finished 'The Red Badge of Courage' for a Civil War project I foresee, and the detective-courtroom adventure 'The Fifth Witness' by Michael Connelly for a detective story project I want to rewrite. I add to this list three series of Teaching Company lectures that are fascinating and instructive - Russian Literature, nearly finished; American Literature, on Melville now, Hawthorne was thoroughly enriching; and British Literature, stuck on boring Wadsworth. These lecture series are tremendous, enlivening I may add.

Also heard Awake and Sing radio (adapted) play by Clifford Odets on LA Theatre Works series last night. great. It reminded me of Lost in Yonkers (Neil Simon), another Brooklyn play broadcasted a month or two ago that was absolutely satisfying. The series comes on every Saturday and can be streamed online anytime.
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 13, 2013, 05:19:32 AM
Read Lolita recently - fairly disappointed. Was expecting a fraught, heart-wrenching forbidden love story, but didn't get it. Didn't like HH for obvious reasons. Being attracted to adolescent girls is one thing, being prepared to abuse them is another. Also I didn't particularly care for Lolita either. One thing I will say is that I'd heard the writing was too purple, but I found Nabakov's prose to be brilliant.

Also just read Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls in the last couple of days - the second novel of his to win the Carnegie medal. It was good!
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Post by: Vienna on March 13, 2013, 05:56:39 AM
Les paysans - Balzac
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Post by: McWawa on March 13, 2013, 06:31:24 PM
"Of the Standard of Taste " , by  David Hume

Can be read here ( free viewing) : http://www.bartleby.com/27/15.html (http://www.bartleby.com/27/15.html)
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Post by: Valkiria on March 14, 2013, 10:38:03 PM
I just finished reading 'Private: #1 Suspect' by James Patterson. Second book of the Jack Morgan's 'Private' series; it's pretty good but I prefer the Women's Murder Club series (12th of never in stores on April). Anyone fan of James Patterson?
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Post by: The Skald on March 16, 2013, 10:49:58 AM
Started the novelization of Freddy vs Jason, but couldn't even make it through the prolog. Put it this way: One cop was chasing Freddy Kruger, going into his house and, later, the boiler room in the factory. One cop arrested him, and one cop was blamed for forgetting a warrant, forcing Freddy to be released. So why then were there two cops going into the boiler room? Who was the other? Guess we'll never know.  ???

I dropped that book quickly, then started Nightmare on Elm Street: Protegé. So far, both pages have been pretty good.  ;D Though I've already read Suffer the children and Dreamspawn, and they were both awesome. Then again, we're talking a guy ripping his own face off and some gang rape. What's not to like?  ;D
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Post by: DistantSun on March 17, 2013, 11:51:21 AM
"The Flight of Gemma Hardy" by Margot Livesey. Started it last night, and I'm already over a third of the way through :)
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Post by: Mastafrank on March 17, 2013, 11:47:03 PM
The naked God by  Peter Hamilton

Again)
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Post by: Gyppo on March 18, 2013, 12:49:46 PM
Currently rereading The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth.

Apart from being an excellent and nicely twisted tale it has the advantage of being nothing like the story I'm currently working on, so I don't have to worry about unconscious/subconscious plagiarism.

Gyppo
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Post by: journolady on March 18, 2013, 01:53:54 PM
Just started 'The Idiot' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Just finished 'The Jesus I never knew' by Phillip Yancy.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 18, 2013, 03:04:30 PM
Finished the novel (the one I was reading anyway). Now back to Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones" which I'm also half-way through reading (thanks Dawn :D).
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Post by: Dawn on March 19, 2013, 05:42:06 PM
 ;D Glad your enjoying.

I'm downloading Earth Children.
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 20, 2013, 08:06:16 AM
Is that Jean M Auel's series, dawn?
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Post by: Vienna on March 20, 2013, 08:15:25 AM
Volksvernichtung oder Mein Leber ist Sinnlos - Werner Schwab
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Post by: Mastafrank on March 20, 2013, 02:03:42 PM
reading...my rights :o :P ;D
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Post by: Dawn on March 20, 2013, 02:15:15 PM
Yes. Matt, have you read them? What did you think? I've downloaded them just not began to read them yet.
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 20, 2013, 02:39:41 PM
The first book is great, and I liked the third a lot too. 4 & 5 have good moments but are too long. 6 is crap.
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Post by: Dawn on March 20, 2013, 04:53:08 PM
Wow thanks. So, are they okay as stand alone books?
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 22, 2013, 07:07:37 AM
Hmm, I think really you'd need to read them in order.

Currently reading Back Spin by Harlan Coben - dependable thriller :)
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Post by: Vienna on March 22, 2013, 10:51:20 AM
Übergewicht, unwichtig: Unform-Werner Schwab
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Post by: Dawn on March 22, 2013, 10:51:57 AM
sounds good, V ;)
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Post by: Vienna on March 22, 2013, 10:55:43 AM
Very good Dawn. A writer that would have become one of the German languages best. Had already been voted best young playwright when he died aged 36 in 1994.
One of his plays " Die Präsidentinnen"  I have seen in various theatres 10 times...........
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Post by: Vienna on March 26, 2013, 05:23:10 AM
Du côté de chez Swann - Proust
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 26, 2013, 06:35:22 AM
Started the best selling YA novel 'Gone' by Michael Grant.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 26, 2013, 09:24:36 AM
Just finished "The Guilty One" by Lisa Ballantyne, and I have either Nick Hornby's "How to be Good" or Rachel Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" on the desk here to read next - can't decide between the two :P
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Post by: Dawn on March 26, 2013, 10:50:08 AM
Harold ;) - Paul read it and didn't rate it - can you believe that?
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Post by: Vienna on March 26, 2013, 11:04:10 AM
I would shred Hornby as well. IMHO he lost it after High Fidelity, 31 Songs isn't bad.........but not very keen on the rest........
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Post by: Ajaxe on March 31, 2013, 10:07:38 AM
Alice Through The Looking Glass - oh boy! oh boy! oh boy!!!

But guys, we can't all read what they call deep lit.
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Post by: Gayle on March 31, 2013, 11:33:47 AM
It's still classic lit though, Ajaxe. You can always claim "deep-thinking writer" points for that.  ;)
I'm reading a little non-fiction right now.

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy

It's a strange little book, but one that would appeal to anyone with a love for the macabre.
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Post by: sugy on March 31, 2013, 12:05:55 PM
Reading Avenger by Frederick Forsyth.

Started off well, but stalling in the middle chapters. Have to force myself to get back to it. Hoping the end would be worth it!
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Post by: Annmarie on April 01, 2013, 02:37:26 AM
Stephen King's Kennedy time travel. Loved the first 200 pages or so, but it's way off on tangents now. Still enjoying it.
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Post by: LC1 on April 01, 2013, 09:51:44 AM
A clash of kings. Excellent!
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Post by: J.B. Brown on April 02, 2013, 01:55:19 AM
Just starting Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.
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Post by: Gayle on April 17, 2013, 07:24:59 PM
I'm just starting The Blondes by Emily Schultz.

Here's the blurb from the Chapters/Indigo Website:
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Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City. As the novel opens, she learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passers-by, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes--whether CEOs, flight attendants, skateboarders or accountants--into rabid killers.
 
Hazel, vulnerable because of her pregnancy, decides to flee the city--but finds that the epidemic has spread and that the world outside New York is even stranger than she imagined. She sets out on a trip across a paralyzed America to find the one woman--perhaps blonde, perhaps not--who might be able to help her. Emily Schultz''s beautifully realized novel is a mix of satire, thriller, and serious literary work. With echoes of Blindness and The Handmaid''s Tale amplified by a biting satiric wit, The Blondes is at once an examination of the complex relationships between women, and a merciless but giddily enjoyable portrait of what happens in a world where beauty is--literally--deadly.]Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City. As the novel opens, she learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor) at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passers-by, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes--whether CEOs, flight attendants, skateboarders or accountants--into rabid killers.
 
Hazel, vulnerable because of her pregnancy, decides to flee the city--but finds that the epidemic has spread and that the world outside New York is even stranger than she imagined. She sets out on a trip across a paralyzed America to find the one woman--perhaps blonde, perhaps not--who might be able to help her. Emily Schultz''s beautifully realized novel is a mix of satire, thriller, and serious literary work. With echoes of Blindness and The Handmaid''s Tale amplified by a biting satiric wit, The Blondes is at once an examination of the complex relationships between women, and a merciless but giddily enjoyable portrait of what happens in a world where beauty is--literally--deadly.

It sounded too weird to pass up.
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Post by: McWawa on April 17, 2013, 07:33:18 PM
     
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Post by: The Skald on April 17, 2013, 08:51:00 PM
Stephen King's Kennedy time travel. Loved the first 200 pages or so, but it's way off on tangents now. Still enjoying it.
I tried reading it, but honestly, he got so obsessed by Orange soda that I gave up the whole thing. it's a shame, really. King used to be my favorite author, but he hasn't really written anything I have enjoyed much in a long time. The last book of his I finished was Cell, and even that one was just ok. Not bad, but nothing like his old works. I do have hopes that he might 'recover' and give us the best book he's written in years, but with every mediocre book he released, my hope fades a bit more.

Anyway, I'm currently reading a book called Divergent, by a Veronica Roth. Never heard of her, and never heard of the book. The main reasons I bought it were that it was in a nice box with the first two books for the price of one, and, uh, the cover looked nice. It's not bad, though. Reminds me a lot about the Hunger Games, except this one is actually good. Though distrubingly, I did a quick check for the title and noticed the movie is out next year. Do we really need all these "me too!" movies? If you want Hunger Games, stick to Hunger Games. Geez...
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Post by: DistantSun on April 17, 2013, 09:00:18 PM
Finished Alix Ohlin's "Inside", John Green's "The Fault In Our Stars" and Rita Leganski's "The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow" in the past two weeks. I have a couple on hold at the library to pick up tomorrow... can't remember what they are right now though :P
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Post by: sugy on April 18, 2013, 01:03:21 AM
Somehow got over with Avenger by Federick Forsyth (The first and the last 50 pages are worth reading,not the rest!)

Done with 'Not Dead Enough' by Peter James (I liked it),
'Lie Dying' and 'Worth Dying For' by Lee Child(Both stories are good,but Lee sometimes goes into long 'shows' rather than 'tell',so it forces you to skip whole paragraphs at times-frustrating),

'The Interpretation of Murder' by Jed Rubenfeld (Fast paced and good reading, but the ending seems to be rushed through)

Now reading 'The Thorn Birds' by Colleen McCullough ( I read it a long,long time ago as a young teen, wanted to read it again as an adult)
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Post by: Mastafrank on April 18, 2013, 08:52:20 PM
Twisted Metal- Tony ballantine
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Post by: Vienna on April 23, 2013, 07:20:27 AM
Ping Pong Poetry - die neuen besten Slamtexte - Mieze Medusa & Markus Köhle
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Post by: Andrewf on April 23, 2013, 09:50:52 AM
Blood of Dragons  by Robin Hobb
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Post by: Annmarie on April 23, 2013, 02:58:38 PM
Gone Girl.
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Post by: J.B. Brown on April 23, 2013, 09:33:32 PM
Elite - Kiera Cass
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Post by: Laura H on April 23, 2013, 09:38:33 PM
The Land of Laughs

Jonathan Carroll
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Post by: Matt Walker on April 24, 2013, 04:03:40 AM
Just finished Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz, and now know why people say 'do not lecture'. It is unbelievably annoying. Okay, Koontz is a creationist - fine by me. However Mr Koontz, suggesting that Darwin went on to refute his theory of evolution, that Francis Crick thought we were designed by aliens, that modern physics and biology all point to a creator, and that most scientists believe the cell must have been intelligently designed is all untrue. Your fiction is not the place to spread creationist propaganda!

And whilst your at it, for God sake cut out the purple prose.
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Post by: sugy on April 24, 2013, 09:35:43 AM
Mark, you recommend reading that book or not? Not worth trying?

I have started with Robert Ludlum's 'The Tristan Betrayal'. Too early to comment on the book...
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Post by: Matt Walker on April 24, 2013, 01:35:58 PM
Sugy, I'd avoid because it wasn't much of a thriller. However, Intensity, The Good Guy, The Husband and Velocity are brilliant.
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Post by: sugy on April 25, 2013, 02:32:27 PM
Thanks Mark, I think I'll keep it in mind. Never read any of those, may be I should try...
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Post by: thatollie on May 01, 2013, 03:50:49 PM
I'm still trying to get through some books that I've been halfway through for a while.

Only 250 more pages of Les Miserables to go, and 350 of The Lies of Locke Lamora.

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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 03:55:36 PM
Ping Pong Poetry - die neuen besten Slamtexte - Mieze Medusa & Markus Köhle
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 03:57:57 PM
Vienna - I love your quotes at the bottom of your posts!  Right on :)
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 04:04:55 PM
Thanks for the rec Gayle with  Rest in Pieces - sounds interesting!  Do you know of the photographer Joel-Peter Wilkin?  Wild stuff, very macabre, and twistedly beautiful.
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 04:06:37 PM
Vienna - ist Ping Pong Poetry auf Deutsch, oder English?
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Post by: Vienna on May 01, 2013, 04:12:50 PM
ta very much ellsbells.

Ping Pong Poetry ist auf Deutsch. Sprichst Du Deutsch?
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 04:14:12 PM
Recently finished "Olive Kitteridge" - Strout is a very fine writer; her characters live off the page and she is able to puncture the reader through the emotional lives of her characters - no small feat.  If you enjoyed Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" (a masterpiece) I think you will also appreciate "Kitteridge"  :)
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 04:16:05 PM
Ich spreche ein bischen Deutsch :)  My kids are in a German immersion program here in Los Angeles -
so I am learning.  It's a fascinating language.
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Post by: Vienna on May 01, 2013, 04:45:28 PM
it certainly is.........I am from the North of England originally and have been here in Vienna for 25 years and would say German is my second language but I am still learning something new every day. The grammar is pretty tricky . ;D
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 04:48:11 PM
Tricky grammar?  you think? :)  my brain turns to scrambled eggs!  I learn so much about my own language though, through German - pretty cool.
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Post by: Gayle on May 01, 2013, 06:35:40 PM
Thanks for the rec Gayle with  Rest in Pieces - sounds interesting!  Do you know of the photographer Joel-Peter Wilkin?  Wild stuff, very macabre, and twistedly beautiful.

You're welcome, Ells. I'm not familiar with the work of Joel-Peter Wilkin, but I will certainly seek it out. Thanks.

Just finished The Blondes by Emily Schultz, a novel about a mysterious illness which turns women with blonde hair violent. It's a fantastic book which covers topics from the effects of beauty marketing on our society, the way men and women relate to each other, the way we handle epidemics, the "locking up" of the seriously ill as if they were criminals, and finding friends and allies in the most unlikely of places. I highly recommend it.

I'm about to start The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It's a dark comedy about a retired explosives expert (who would like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption) and decides its not too late to start over. Sounds like it should be a fun read.
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Post by: herron on May 01, 2013, 11:48:28 PM
Re-reading another old one ...by my friend, William Pelfrey..."Hamburger Hill."
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 01, 2013, 11:51:06 PM
Both of these books sound interesting Gayle - thanks.  Just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, a fantastic exploration into shame and vulnerability and the effects of these on the individual in our society.  She is an amazing researcher and very good writer - presenting keen insight into  our culture that currently dwells largely in a place of "not enough"...highly recommend.
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Post by: honiilove on May 02, 2013, 01:26:05 AM
Oscar said it best.  "I have the simplest of tastes-I am only satisfied with the best."
I am reading The twelve amazing women of the bible.
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Post by: Andrewf on May 02, 2013, 04:58:29 AM
Elantris  by Brandon Sanderson
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Post by: HonestIgnoramous on May 02, 2013, 06:56:09 AM
Stein on Writing
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 02, 2013, 01:49:30 PM
Thanks Herron - it must be a good read if you are re-reading it :)  What brings you back to it?
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Post by: honiilove on May 02, 2013, 02:53:29 PM
Stein on Writing
Welcome to My writers Circle. You will find many wonderful and wise critiques from awesome people.
The book that you are reading, is Gertrude Stein?
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Post by: HonestIgnoramous on May 02, 2013, 10:41:54 PM
Sol Stein
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Post by: Vienna on May 03, 2013, 06:01:36 AM
Le Rouge et Le Noir - Stendhal

see if I can finish it this time round........... ;D
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 03, 2013, 10:09:32 AM
The Dome by Stephen King.

Considering the size of the book, I've barely dipped a toe in the water. But as usual with him, I want to keep reading - so much going on and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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Post by: DistantSun on May 03, 2013, 11:14:20 AM
"Quiet" by Susan Cain.
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Post by: Taylor on May 03, 2013, 05:47:51 PM
The Other Side,  by Alfred Kubin

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Post by: Matt Walker on May 04, 2013, 02:10:56 PM
Started the 'cherub' series by Robert Muchamore, after finishing The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan.
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Post by: herron on May 04, 2013, 02:29:28 PM
Thanks Herron - it must be a good read if you are re-reading it :)  What brings you back to it?
Bill wrote a couple of GREAT stories about Vietnam. The first one, "The Big V" he wrote soon after returning from a tour of duty there himself. He was nominated for the National Book Award. "Hamburger Hill" is another one about that war. Bill has a very direcdt, character-driven style, and he writes realistic dialogue.

I lost several good buddies to that awful place/time. I even use it as a locale (for several chapters) in my own novel "Reichold Street." (http://amzn.to/10SxALG) I use Bill's books (they're very good) as a reminder of that time. I can't take going to the memorial in Washington, DC. Too many names I know on that awful wall.
 :-[
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Post by: ellsbells4 on May 06, 2013, 03:54:00 PM
Thank you honiilove, for the kind welcome.  No, I am not reading Stein on Writing, I believe that is HonestIgnoramous. :)  I am currently on a non-fiction run (recently read The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan, on the Dustbowl.  Fantastic.  Also just finished Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown, which is a book I give great thanks for - it is about her research on Shame and Vulnerability.  Highly recommend.)  I am now reading a book called Quiet, which explores, in depth, Introverts, and Extroverts...another fantastic read.  The writer's name is Susan Cain.
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Post by: thatollie on May 08, 2013, 04:08:08 PM
The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R Tolkien (again). 
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Post by: SparkGirl on May 09, 2013, 03:28:46 PM
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

It's written from the perspective the family dog - Enzo. I am enjoying how Stein has crafted a compelling read through the eye's of a dog. It's worth picking up!
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Post by: Gayle on May 12, 2013, 06:27:58 PM
I came across an article in the June issue of Psychology Today magazine that I thought might be of interest to all of us here. It's called "The Enemies of Invention" and contains 5 short opinion pieces by 5 psychologists of mental habits that can sabotage creativity.

The opinion pieces are titled:
"The Danger of Starting in the Same Old Place"
"Fear of Failure Narrows Vision"
"Concentration is Creativity's Killer"
"The Downside of Avoiding Imitation"
"Battling Boredom Thwarts Serendipity"

The article isn't available online yet. If I should come across a free version online, I'll post a link to it in this thread.
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Post by: The Skald on May 12, 2013, 06:45:15 PM
Currently reading "The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe". Just finished "Murders in the Rue Morgue", and while it started really slow, it was... interesting, to say the least. I skipped the sequel (The mystery of Marie Rogét), though, and went straight for the third story (Black Cat). Though naturally, I've already finished the poems "The raven" and "Annabel Lee" a few times. ;) I want to finish The Raven again, but... uh... nevermore.  ;D
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Post by: DistantSun on May 12, 2013, 08:10:15 PM
Just started reading Linda Olsson's "The Memory of Love", and I just finished reading Julie Kibler's "Calling Me Home."
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Post by: McWawa on May 13, 2013, 10:29:28 AM
I'm reading various works submitted, and some replies, in the My Writers Forum review section :

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?board=4.0 (http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?board=4.0)
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Post by: Annmarie on May 13, 2013, 11:46:05 AM
The Forgotten Garden
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Post by: Mastafrank on May 14, 2013, 10:22:31 PM
Book 5 in the WOT series
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Post by: sune on May 14, 2013, 11:37:54 PM
I am the Word and The Book of Love and Creation by Paul Selig
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Post by: Andrewf on May 15, 2013, 10:50:16 AM
Warbreaker  by Brandon Sanderson
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Post by: DistantSun on May 15, 2013, 12:26:40 PM
Just finished Jodi Piccoult's "Nineteen Minutes."
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Post by: J.B. Brown on May 15, 2013, 05:48:08 PM
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, A New Author for the Young Reader. Just started, seems like an interesting twist on how fairy tales came to be.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 15, 2013, 10:53:08 PM
I finished SK's Under The Dome last night. Glad I read it, good story but it's difficult keeping all the characters straight. Thankfully he supplied a character list at the front - names and how they fit in.
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Post by: Matt Walker on May 17, 2013, 02:35:39 AM
I'm reading Under The Dome at the mo, Alice.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 17, 2013, 05:33:41 PM
I would be interested in what you think of it after you finish Matt.

I've now started William Wallace by Jack Whyte. I've read all but the last (#9) of his  The Camulod Chronicles, and seriously like them.

His take on William Wallace is vastly different from the movie, which I liked. But so far, I like his take on the history involved - sounds more believable.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 18, 2013, 12:35:11 PM
I would be interested in what you think of it after you finish Matt.

I've now started William Wallace by Jack Whyte. I've read all but the last (#9) of his  The Camulod Chronicles, and seriously like them.

His take on William Wallace is vastly different from the movie, which I liked. But so far, I like his take on the history involved - sounds more believable.


Sorry for quoting myself, but I misspoke yesterday. The name of Jack Whyte's book I'm currently reading is The Rebel - William Wallace is the main subject and it is told from the viewpoint of his cousin.
 :-[
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Post by: bri h on May 18, 2013, 02:56:17 PM
I'm reading Under The Dome at the mo, Alice.

I'll soon be ready for reading under the dome again. I like to read all my SK books a couple of times to get the deeper meaning in them. LOVED Under the Dome. B
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Post by: heidi52 on May 18, 2013, 03:44:39 PM
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
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Post by: bri h on May 18, 2013, 06:19:34 PM
I'm re-posting this here from another thread where I've deleted it. I thought I was answering this thread. Apologies.

Currently I'm reading Arthur C Clarke's "Rama," and The Tower by(I've forgotten, and can't be arsed to go upstairs for the authors name) and A book about Alfred Wainwright. A stunning pictorial with texts written by him on his many trails and hidden-away places, in The Lake District of Cumbria in England. For those unfamiliar with AW(as he liked to be referred to) I've put a wiki-link here for you. His ashes were carried up to Innominate Tarn at the top of "Haystacks," and scattered there. One of my favourite quotes by him is,

"And if, dear reader you happen to get a bit of grit in your boot up there? Take care when getting it out, it might just be a little bit of me."

A truly marvellous man.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Wainwright
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Post by: Vienna on May 27, 2013, 05:43:46 AM
Re-reading "Frost" by Thomas Bernhard (my favourite Austrian author) for the umpteenth time. It is fifty years ago this year since it was first published and though challenging, well worth reading. It is available in english. Though judging by the amount of "controversy" on the boards about using repetition and bloody hell there are no paragraph breaks .......quite a few would be put off. Don't be!
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Post by: bri h on May 27, 2013, 01:40:07 PM
The quote is "reading" Rich. Not colouring in!  ;D
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Post by: Vienna on May 27, 2013, 02:04:13 PM
yer what?
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Post by: Andrewf on May 28, 2013, 02:52:22 PM
Doughnut  by Tom Holt
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Post by: thatollie on May 28, 2013, 02:53:08 PM
UBIK by Philip K. Dick
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Post by: Mastafrank on May 28, 2013, 06:59:52 PM
LORD OF CHAOS Book 6 in the WOT
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on May 28, 2013, 08:40:29 PM
Currently reading Brother Odd by Dean Koontz.  Frustrating in places, but the story keeps me reading because I have to find out what happens in the end.

It also means I may have to go back and read Odd Thomas again.  ;)
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Post by: DistantSun on May 28, 2013, 10:29:01 PM
The Trial of Fallen Angels - James Kimmel Jr. Almost done... started two days ago :)
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Post by: Vienna on May 29, 2013, 05:03:30 AM
Argumente eines Winterspaziergängers - Zwei Fragmente zu "Frost" - Thomas Bernhard
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Post by: bri h on May 29, 2013, 04:42:29 PM
Currently reading Brother Odd by Dean Koontz.  Frustrating in places, but the story keeps me reading because I have to find out what happens in the end.

It also means I may have to go back and read Odd Thomas again.  ;)

Skinny's reading 'Odd' as well Alice.
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Post by: Dawn on May 30, 2013, 08:29:56 AM
Kate Atkinson's Life after life.
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Post by: McWawa on June 05, 2013, 06:35:42 AM
The Man On The Boulevard,

by Georges Simenon
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Post by: Vienna on June 05, 2013, 06:43:38 AM
The Man On The Boulevard,

by Georges Simenon


good choice Yelnick, Simenon tells a good story. Hoping to retrace Maigret's steps next year, though due to a new addition to the family arriving this october,  might postpone it.
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Post by: The Skald on June 05, 2013, 09:02:13 PM
Skinny's reading 'Odd' as well Alice.
Huh. That's a bit... odd.  ;D

I'm currently reading The Troll Mirror (rought translation of the title) by Tom Egeland. Annoyingly, he's one of my favorite authors, and you guys have probably never even heard of him.  ::)
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Post by: McWawa on June 06, 2013, 02:37:45 AM
"Jailbird"

by Kurt Vonnegut.

I read the prologue a while back, after first picking up the book at the  Koninginnedag street market for one euro. Now that I've completed the Simenon book, this morning is a good time to get into some Vonnegut.
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Post by: Vienna on June 06, 2013, 06:59:23 AM
Liebe die Kunst- eine Autobiographie in einundzwanzig Begegnungen - Jürgen Claus
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Post by: Foxy on June 06, 2013, 03:22:52 PM
The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris. A thriller set in Glasgow just after the end of World War II. Highly recommended.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 06, 2013, 08:53:47 PM
I recently finished Brother Odd by Dean Koontz. It had been so many years since I read Odd Thomas (same MC) that I had to get my hard used copy out and read it again.  So glad I did - it was nice revisiting the younger Odd.  ;)
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Post by: DistantSun on June 06, 2013, 11:46:29 PM
Finished Lisa O'Donnell's "The Death of Bees" over the last two days, and today's effort is a quarter so far of Sam Thomas' "The Midwife's Tale."
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Post by: Mastafrank on June 06, 2013, 11:52:01 PM
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson..

Utter dissapointkent :( was expecting a sci fi thriller,got a political/ social experiment bore instead >:(
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Post by: Andrewf on June 07, 2013, 05:53:32 AM
Accidental Sorcerer  by K. E. Mills
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Post by: HighHopes on June 07, 2013, 08:01:13 AM
 Animals Make Us Human - Temple Grandin
The Stranger House - Reginald Hill
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Post by: Ajaxe on June 10, 2013, 01:18:36 AM

"100 Greatest Short Stories."

p.s Sometimes I wonder what criteria is used to determine whether a story is great or just. . .
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Post by: Vienna on June 11, 2013, 06:50:05 AM
Selected Works Vol. I - Lenin
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Post by: mouselady on June 11, 2013, 08:07:46 AM
Recently finished 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', by John Boyle. Still to finish/pick up again is Philippa Gregory, 'The White Queen'. Better hurry up as there's a series coming in the summer...and it's almost summer. All my previous knowledge of Elizabeth Woodville was based on 'Richard III', which I seem to recall gave the whole Woodville family short shrift.
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Post by: DistantSun on June 11, 2013, 08:58:46 PM
Onto my fourth book in eleven days... I'm five chapters into Helene Wecker's "The Golem and the Jinni."
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Post by: Ajaxe on June 12, 2013, 04:26:57 PM
The Rain Horse - Ted Hughes.

First saw it in 'Flights of Fantasy.' Just had to read it again.
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Post by: McWawa on June 14, 2013, 07:59:53 AM
" A Man's Head."

by George Joseph Christian  Simenon.

The man was master of the short story genre which he wrote, and his works are great for adaptation to screen play. Vonnegut's "Jailbird" is on pause for a day or two until i get through this book.
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Post by: Ajaxe on June 14, 2013, 11:37:13 AM
The Dangerous Boy - Someone's unpublished manuscript.

p.s It's the sort of book the coarse would dismiss with such a statement as, "I'll waste no time reading it."


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Post by: Chizzy on June 14, 2013, 12:17:49 PM
I'm about halfway through What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn. Enjoying it muchly thus far.
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Post by: Mastafrank on June 14, 2013, 08:40:39 PM
My E reader broke :'( I fell asleep on it
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Post by: Nick on June 15, 2013, 08:18:54 AM
I'm about halfway through What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn. Enjoying it muchly thus far.

One of my favourite books of recent years - laugh-out loud funny, but touching as well. Only a shame her follow-up novel was a bit of a damp squib.

I'm currently reading "Is That a Pun in Your Pocket?", a collection of short stories by Iain Pattison, on my Kindle.
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Post by: writeteacher on June 16, 2013, 09:28:12 AM
Just finished Mystic River by Dennis Lehane and am currently half-way through Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse.  Would recommend both highly.
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Post by: Ajaxe on June 17, 2013, 03:28:16 AM
Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places - Brad Steiger.

Interesting stuff.
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Post by: Annmarie on June 17, 2013, 03:50:16 AM
Finished Rhys Bowen's Murphy's Law the other day, first in a historical mystery series. I liked it, but wasn't sure why it won an Agatha.  ???

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Post by: midnight candle on June 17, 2013, 03:59:01 AM
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

A slow start but I keep reading because I've never been let down by one of his stories.
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 17, 2013, 05:20:50 AM
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

A slow start but I keep reading because I've never been let down by one of his stories.

Not a fan of literary fiction myself. I find that with Ian McEwan the 'slow start' extends for the length of the book!

Currently reading Justin Cronin's The Twelve, which is a sequel to The Passage.
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Post by: geoffnelder on June 17, 2013, 07:14:22 AM
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
written just before he came up with the Technological Singularity concept.
Easy reading, deep ideas.
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Post by: Ajaxe on June 18, 2013, 03:02:14 PM
100 Moral Stories.

p.s Talk of losing your literary direction;)
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Post by: Gyppo on June 18, 2013, 07:30:03 PM
Re-reading The Valhalla Exchange by Harry Patterson.  One of the books he wrote when he was having a break from being Jack Higgins, when he wanted to weave a few genuine but odd historical facts into his tales.

I can't read him when I'm seriously working on a story of my own, so for a while this is an opportunity to catch up with him again.

Copyright 1978, back when books were slim and could be read at one sitting, or during a three hour train journey, if you weren't interrupted.  When you didn't need forearms like Popeye to hold up some 'mighty tome' ;-)

Gyppo
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Post by: DistantSun on June 21, 2013, 06:09:02 PM
Not a fan of literary fiction myself. I find that with Ian McEwan the 'slow start' extends for the length of the book!


Maybe that's why I've tried three or four times to read "Atonement" and just can't seem to make it all the way through. I loved the movie, and thought it would be a great story to read... oh well. It's on my shelf, maybe I'll get back to it again one day.

I loved Helene Wecker's "The Golem and the Jinni" - can't remember if I mentioned I had finished that or not. I also just finished Lisa Genova's "Still Alice"... such an interesting viewpoint from inside the mind of someone with early onset Alzheimers (like, unfortunately, my Aunt who is a similar age to the title character).
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Post by: thatollie on June 22, 2013, 03:36:43 PM
The Illearth War by Stephen Donaldson
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 22, 2013, 04:31:58 PM
I've just got a good start reading The Calling of Dan Matthews by Harold Bell Wright.

This book was published in 1909  . . .  way back when they actually had used Illustrations. These were done by Arthur L. Keller. They appear to be pen and ink drawings. If so, he was a master of his art.

Reading it is like having a fantastic story teller sitting on my shoulder, showing me the things and characters that I meet along the way.

Loving it so far. I just have to be careful turning the pages, they are a bit on the delicate side with age.
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Post by: LC1 on June 23, 2013, 03:25:03 AM
Alex Higgins autobiography. What a snooker player and what a life.
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Post by: Gayle on July 02, 2013, 11:08:46 PM
Wow. It's been a while since I posted in here.

Since finishing The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, I have read The Impostor Bride by Nancy Richler and The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai.

I have recently started reading a collection of essays by Michelle Orange entitled This Is Running for Your Life. I can already highly recommend it. The works comment on everything from how we mythologize our own lives to the bizarre "self-supension" (literally and metaphorically) required for air travel to our fascination with people we will never know to explore how our lives have come to a state of pre-mediation that removes all spontaneity and humanity from them. Orange manages to be both reflective and funny. She's must be one of the best, if not the best, essayist working today.
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Post by: Ajaxe on July 03, 2013, 12:40:39 PM
 :-[  :-[  :-[ Aesops Fables
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Post by: Andrewf on July 05, 2013, 09:27:20 AM
The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
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Post by: thatollie on July 13, 2013, 03:35:37 PM
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien

It's such a shame that, in the movie, Merry is just the fourth one; in the books he's like the smartest hobbit in the shire.
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Post by: bri h on July 13, 2013, 08:21:47 PM
American Scream, the Bill Hicks story by Cynthia True.
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Post by: DistantSun on July 13, 2013, 09:21:25 PM
"The Girls" by Lori Lansens (which I'm almost finished). Still reeling somewhat from finishing Lawrence Hills "The Book of Negroes" earlier in the week  :o
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Post by: Ajaxe on July 14, 2013, 05:53:25 AM
Where The Red Fern Grows — not bad at all.

p.s I was looking stories that are emotionally provocative. But it doesn't come close to how McCarthy does it in "The Road."

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Post by: TheGreyMan on July 14, 2013, 05:37:05 PM
Seeds of Earth  -  Michael Cobley

I picked this up because i saw a recommendation from Iain M Banks on the cover, but nearly put it down again after i read a couple of bad reviews. I decided to give it a second chance as I think it's just as important to read bad books as well as good ones if you want to write, but having said that I am starting to enjoy the story.
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Post by: thatollie on July 14, 2013, 08:09:02 PM
Never read reviews. They don't have a good plot or strong characterization.
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Post by: Vienna on July 17, 2013, 04:23:47 AM
Just re-read "Eating people is Wrong" - Malcolm Bradbury, now re-reading "Lucky Jim" Kingsley Amis.

Summer sometimes turns out as a re-reading season for me.
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Post by: Annmarie on July 17, 2013, 04:42:15 AM
Redbreast by Jo Nesbo just to see what all the fuss is about. And also a classic Ellroy I haven't read yet - LA Confidential.
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Post by: Vienna on July 17, 2013, 05:13:22 AM
Being a bookseller has its perks and now another free copy has arrived for me. I can start "Trotsky - A Biography" by Robert Service this evening.
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Post by: DistantSun on July 17, 2013, 12:26:39 PM
Lucy Clarke's "Swimming at Night" - although it's only known by that title in the US and Canada, and everywhere else as "The Sea Sisters." Anyone know why they change the titles like that?
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Post by: Gayle on July 17, 2013, 01:22:45 PM
Anyone know why they change the titles like that?

Whim?
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Post by: Matt Walker on July 17, 2013, 01:33:00 PM
Reading my first Lee Child book; The Killing Floor. Very very engaging from the start.
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Post by: TheGreyMan on July 17, 2013, 01:57:03 PM
Being a bookseller has its perks and now another free copy has arrived for me. I can start "Trotsky - A Biography" by Robert Service this evening.

OK, I'm jealous.  :-\ Not of that book per se, but of your unlimited access to real books.
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Post by: intercat on July 17, 2013, 03:53:17 PM
my next book is probably the last book of the wheel of time series that my friend forced upon me.  i'm... not sure how i feel about that.
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Post by: The Skald on July 17, 2013, 04:23:51 PM
Redbreast by Jo Nesbo just to see what all the fuss is about.
The fuzz is as usual seriously overrated. A lot of fuzz doesn't always mean it's any good. If it did, Twilight and Fifty 'Shades of grey' could be compared to Sharespear and Asimov. Complete BS, if you ask me. If you want proper crime stuff, you should rather read Jussi Adler-Olsen (danish) og Ninni Schulman (swedish). Both are far better than Nesbø, and I'm norwegian.

Last book I was trying to read was the debut book of a Jan-Erik Fjell. I only read it because the cover said it was awesome and "move over, Jo Nesbø". As usual, great fuzz doesn't mean great quality. Sigh... I gave up a third through after I could barely keep my eyes open anymore. In daytime.
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Post by: Hilary Hughes on July 17, 2013, 04:33:29 PM
'Is Your Life Mapped Out?' by David R. Hamilton and 'Web Marketing For Dummies' by Jan Zimmerman.
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Post by: Mark H on July 17, 2013, 05:27:32 PM
Cloud Atlas
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Post by: Gayle on July 17, 2013, 05:39:44 PM
A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction by Jack Hodgins.

I read it once several years ago, and I keep revisiting it every time I stumbling with some aspect of my writing. I picked it up from the library today because my short story's plot is a bit flat. I really should just track down my own copy to have on hand at all times.
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Post by: The Skald on July 18, 2013, 08:15:00 AM
World War Z, by Max Brooks. Not a big fan of zombies, and hated stuff like Walking Dead and all those -of the Dead movies. Still, looks promising after reading the first 'chapter', or what'ya call it.
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Post by: Ajaxe on July 20, 2013, 01:30:28 AM
Chicken Soup For The Soul - Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen
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Post by: thatollie on July 21, 2013, 10:34:24 AM
OK, I'm jealous.  :-\ Not of that book per se, but of your unlimited access to real books.

Yeah, because there's no downside to running a bookstore in this economy and this technological era.
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Post by: Neghe on July 21, 2013, 12:25:48 PM
A Room Full of Bones, by Elly Griffiths.

The Watchman, by Robert Crais MP3

The Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald CD.

And, Drift, by Rachel Maddow Ebook.
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Post by: DistantSun on July 21, 2013, 03:11:30 PM
"Shine, Shine, Shine" - Lydia Netzer
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Post by: Matt Walker on July 29, 2013, 10:56:06 AM
I've read Dan Brown's Inferno - say what you like about him, I don't care, he still writes a damn good thriller - and just finished Siege by Simon Kernick. Never even heard of him before I picked up this one, and it was brilliant; read it in a few days.
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Post by: Neghe on July 29, 2013, 11:13:21 AM
Light of the World, by James Lee Burke

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac E-book

The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater. MP3

1984, by George Orwell. audio from YouTube :-D
(read by Frank Muller)

And, Suspect, by Robert Crais on CD

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Post by: Annmarie on July 29, 2013, 11:18:15 AM
Skald, thank you for the tips. I still haven't finished the Nesbo book. I wanted a not-Swedish crime kick. Will try Denmark. :D

PS The only Norwegian I ever met was a great guy. Forgot his name, but he made me think positive about the country. Maybe someday I'll actually get there. :)
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Post by: Neghe on July 29, 2013, 11:23:36 AM
The last Nesbo novel I read was kind of hard to get through--perhaps it was the translation-- but I haven't had any problem with Henning Mankell's.
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Post by: JewelAS53 on July 29, 2013, 11:36:30 AM
'I'll catch you'  - Jesse Kellermann - won't finish this, but chapter 7 is an absolute must read for all budding writers who have done a course.
'On Writing' - Stephen King
'Steal like an Artist' - Austin Kleon
'The Land of Painted Caves' - Jean M Auel - struggling through this one - the others were all unputdownable - might not finish this one either
'Fallen' - Karin Slaughter
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Post by: intercat on July 29, 2013, 12:29:19 PM
'I'll catch you'  - Jesse Kellermann - won't finish this, but chapter 7 is an absolute must read for all budding writers who have done a course.
'On Writing' - Stephen King
'Steal like an Artist' - Austin Kleon
'The Land of Painted Caves' - Jean M Auel - struggling through this one - the others were all unputdownable - might not finish this one either
'Fallen' - Karin Slaughter

I really enjoy "On Writing".  I'm not a huge King fan, though occasionally he comes up with something that just floors me ("the long boy, the thing with the endless piebald side" from Lisey's Story) but I love the glimpse into the perspective of such a prolific author.
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Post by: Neghe on July 29, 2013, 01:21:28 PM
Bag of Bones is another interesting King novel.
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Post by: Matt Walker on July 29, 2013, 01:35:18 PM
'I'll catch you'  - Jesse Kellermann - won't finish this, but chapter 7 is an absolute must read for all budding writers who have done a course.
'On Writing' - Stephen King
'Steal like an Artist' - Austin Kleon
'The Land of Painted Caves' - Jean M Auel - struggling through this one - the others were all unputdownable - might not finish this one either
'Fallen' - Karin Slaughter

I wouldn't even bother with Painted Caves; nothing happens apart from going round looking at loads of painted caves. Can't believe she's the same woman who wrote the brilliant CLan of the Cave Bear.
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Post by: Matt Walker on July 29, 2013, 01:36:14 PM
And I think King's best may be the enthralling and beautiful 11.22.63.
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Post by: Annmarie on July 29, 2013, 01:39:09 PM
And I think King's best may be the enthralling and beautiful 11.22.63.

Agreed, if he'd cut the romance bit by about 150 pages. I skipped a lot in the high school middle chapters.  :)
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Post by: bri h on July 29, 2013, 02:28:27 PM
I liked it all. Including the romance bit. B
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Post by: Neghe on July 29, 2013, 03:46:46 PM
I wouldn't even bother with Painted Caves; nothing happens apart from going round looking at loads of painted caves. Can't believe she's the same woman who wrote the brilliant CLan of the Cave Bear.

I'm beginning to suspect she wasn't. Or, that she had a lot of help that is no longer around. I know of three writers who's work all a sudden went south right after their best buddy writer friend died. And what about Harper Lee? Best buds with Truman Capote...and never wrote anything other than To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Post by: LeonaIngram on July 31, 2013, 04:27:28 PM
"Shadow" by Michael Morpurgo
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Post by: bri h on August 12, 2013, 05:18:17 PM
I've just finished Dan Brown's Inferno. I don't care if he is a bad writer (in others' eyes) In mine, he isn't. I totally enjoyed the book. So there! heh heh. B
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Post by: JewelAS53 on August 12, 2013, 05:22:49 PM
writing coach has suggested I read 'the girl who could silence the wind' by meg media. will give my verdict later this week - must be done by Friday night.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 13, 2013, 03:25:12 AM
Just finished Worth Dying For by Lee Child. It's only the second book of his I've read, and I can't believe I hadn't tried any of his stuff before. Easily my favourite thriller writer now.
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Post by: JewelAS53 on August 13, 2013, 06:10:27 AM
Just finished Worth Dying For by Lee Child. It's only the second book of his I've read, and I can't believe I hadn't tried any of his stuff before. Easily my favourite thriller writer now.
I looovveee Lee Child!
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Post by: Will on August 13, 2013, 08:53:36 AM
World Crafts  Puppets by Meryl Doney.  When my creativity hits I never know what form it will take.  The book just called out to me. lol
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Post by: Oceaxe on August 14, 2013, 05:26:26 AM
Admiral Collingwood, Nelson's Own Hero by Max Adams. Biography (but you guessed that) and very good read.
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Post by: thatollie on August 18, 2013, 05:08:02 PM
The Mind Spider and Other Stories by Fritz Leiber
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Post by: Andrewf on August 28, 2013, 06:16:07 PM
The Long Earth   by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
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Post by: Neghe on August 28, 2013, 06:28:32 PM
The Narrows, by Michael Connelly

The Coco's Calling, by Robert Galbraith (shhhhh...JK Rowling)

Dune Messiah, by Frank Herbert
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Post by: JewelAS53 on August 28, 2013, 06:36:24 PM
The Hit - David Baldacci
On Green Dolphin Street - Sebastian Faulks
Sleights of Mind - Stephen Macknik & Susana Martinez-Conde
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Post by: sirensix on August 28, 2013, 09:57:13 PM
Recently finished Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
About halfway through Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

Both fantasy, and yet it was kind of whiplash going from one to the other.
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Post by: Gayle on August 28, 2013, 10:20:25 PM
I'm re-reading Don Juan by Lord Byron.
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Post by: 510bhan on August 28, 2013, 10:22:40 PM
Just read Fame [Vol 1] by Trista Wilde. Wasn't sure about it, but gave it a go and am glad I did.

Zombies threaten Cardiff during the Dragon Singer competition. Sort of The Knight's Tale with mythical creatures and rock music. :o
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Post by: DistantSun on August 29, 2013, 07:16:48 AM
Just started Sumner Locke Elliott's "Careful, He Might Hear You."
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Post by: Annmarie on September 05, 2013, 03:07:30 AM
Just finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Slow start turned into a beautiful book I got through in 3 days, and that says a lot -- I hardly ever do that. And it was her debut novel (envy). Just goes to show the quality we have to shoot for if we want to get noticed.
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Post by: Skylan on September 05, 2013, 07:10:37 PM
I'm re-reading the Percy Jackson series. I started on The Titan's Curse today. I love the way Riordan writes and handles description. I never think, "Okay, get on with it." The imagery he conveys with just a couple of small paragraphs always gets me. I'm mainly re-reading them so that I can learn how to write like him, since he's my favorite author since JK Rowling. And also cause I haven't read the sequel series yet.
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Post by: Neghe on September 05, 2013, 07:55:54 PM
Skylan, have you read, 'The Cuckoo's Calling', by Robert Galbraith...?

http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/18626/the-cuckoos-calling-good-under-robert-galbraith-excellent-under-jk-rowling/


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Post by: DistantSun on September 05, 2013, 09:52:12 PM
"Never Let Me Go" - Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Post by: Laura H on September 05, 2013, 10:28:32 PM
What a coincidence, DS.  I've just started that one, as well.  I'm just a chapter in, though.  did you see the movie?  I did, and liked it, and I'm trying not to compare.
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Post by: Skylan on September 06, 2013, 01:26:48 AM
Skylan, have you read, 'The Cuckoo's Calling', by Robert Galbraith...?

http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/18626/the-cuckoos-calling-good-under-robert-galbraith-excellent-under-jk-rowling/




Sorry, I haven't kept up with JK since Deathly Hallows came out. :/ Harry Potter is due to be re-read though. If I could just get my hands on some copies. I'm kind of poor at the moment. haha I'll definitely check Cuckoo once I get some money though.
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Post by: Neghe on September 06, 2013, 02:23:18 AM
Go to your library. Or see if they offer E-books or downloadable audio books, many do these days. There is no reason that you should not have something great to read any time you want.
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Post by: Vienna on September 06, 2013, 04:04:10 AM
Martin W. J. Tegelkamp -
Recht und Gerechtigkeit in Dürrenmatts Dramen und Prosa


won't read it cover to cover but it is something to dip into as I read his biography and some of his plays.
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Post by: Neghe on September 06, 2013, 04:23:14 AM

Moon-walking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer.

Sunset Express, by Robert Crais. Mp3 audio

The Skull Beneath the Skin, by P.D. James E-book

Buzz Cut, by James W. Hall. CD.
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Post by: Andrewf on September 06, 2013, 04:51:56 AM
The Long War   by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
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Post by: Annmarie on September 06, 2013, 09:18:52 AM
Deciding between Cloud Atlas or Europe Central.
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Post by: DistantSun on September 06, 2013, 10:46:06 AM
What a coincidence, DS.  I've just started that one, as well.  I'm just a chapter in, though.  did you see the movie?  I did, and liked it, and I'm trying not to compare.

I loved the movie, Laura. I'm about three chapters in... and yes, trying not to compare but I'd heard a lot about the book so I picked it up from the library last week :D
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Post by: cswillson on September 06, 2013, 11:10:51 AM
Voodoo in New Orleans, by Robert Tallant.

Research, honestly, just research.

My last book was The Last Madam; a Life in the New Orleans Underworld. Christine Wiltz

Also research, but what a life!

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Post by: Skylan on September 06, 2013, 05:16:38 PM
Go to your library. Or see if they offer E-books or downloadable audio books, many do these days. There is no reason that you should not have something great to read any time you want.

Well, the thing is I'm in a Spanish speaking country at the moment, so all my libraries (if there are any in this city) are in Spanish. :( And if I'm buying a book I'd much rather have it be a physical copy. :P
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Post by: midnight candle on September 06, 2013, 05:17:34 PM
Revisiting a Jack Higgins novel because it's fun

The Iron Tiger
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Post by: Eric Crosby on September 13, 2013, 01:27:52 PM
One of the best things about going to college is the variety of books to read...
The Man of Numbers by Keith Devlin (World History)
The Ghosts of Iceland by Robert Anderson (Anthropology)
Crazy Wisdom by "Skip" Nisker (Philosophy)
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Post by: sirensix on September 13, 2013, 01:36:04 PM
CONTROL POINT by Myke Cole - it's like the X-Men, but with super authentic military stuff.  Which... does not sound like anything I'd like.  And yet somehow I can't stop reading it.  Books are weird.
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Post by: Mastafrank on September 13, 2013, 01:40:36 PM
 :o :o
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Post by: Neghe on September 13, 2013, 04:26:47 PM
CONTROL POINT by Myke Cole - it's like the X-Men, but with super authentic military stuff.  Which... does not sound like anything I'd like.  And yet somehow I can't stop reading it.  Books are weird.

I've been telling people for years it's not the type of story it's the way it's written that hooks you. Which is why it's better to read the first few paragraph first before you read the blurb on the back about the novel. For it's the writer's facility for dealing with an issue that makes a good story great. 
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Post by: JewelAS53 on September 14, 2013, 09:10:41 AM
M&B's
I've heard this is a lucrative market, if you can crack into it. Haven't read one since my late teens. Will read a few to determine whether I could venture into the genre.
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Post by: LC1 on September 14, 2013, 12:59:12 PM
Cabal by Clive Barker
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Post by: DistantSun on September 24, 2013, 11:04:16 PM
Just finished "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Post by: Mastafrank on September 25, 2013, 08:33:07 PM
A clash of kings- George R.R Martin
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Post by: Matt Walker on September 30, 2013, 05:31:35 PM
Reading another Lee Child and just come across the obligatory Army/Cop Super Babe. Amazingly hot and amazingly single. And by page 200 her and Reacher will definitely be shagging.
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Post by: CPlumb on September 30, 2013, 09:18:58 PM
Darn. Spoiler tags don't work.  :o

I've read most of the Karin Slaughter books. It starts with a doctor living in a small time, where her ex-husband is the sheriff. Blindsighted is the first.
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Post by: Gyppo on October 01, 2013, 08:59:33 PM
Reading another Lee Child and just come across the obligatory Army/Cop Super Babe. Amazingly hot and amazingly single. And by page 200 her and Reacher will definitely be shagging.

Challenge for you.  Name a Jack Reacher story where he doesn't get his leg over.  There's at least one.
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Post by: Neghe on October 02, 2013, 12:56:26 AM

61 Hours.
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Post by: Annmarie on October 02, 2013, 02:20:05 AM
I've read most of the Karin Slaughter books. It starts with a doctor living in a small time, where her ex-husband is the sheriff. Blindsighted is the first.

I thought her one-off Triptych was better than all her series books! Will is in that book, so it does fit with his series (not sure if Triptych launched him as a new character or he already existed in the other series). Anyway, if you haven't read it, take a look.  :)
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Post by: thatollie on October 03, 2013, 05:24:33 PM
The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Prof. Kevin Dutton

I'm finding it really interesting. It's about the social benefits of being a psychopath.
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Post by: Oceaxe on October 03, 2013, 06:14:49 PM
The last train To Scarborough by Andrew Martin

Another adventure of Jim Stringer "Steam Detective"  - I'm reading the whole series, I just love them.
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Post by: Neghe on October 03, 2013, 08:08:05 PM
The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Prof. Kevin Dutton

I'm finding it really interesting. It's about the social benefits of being a psychopath.

There are no social benefits of being a psychopath. Well...to the psychopath, sure, but none for society. I suspect this guy is one, and is doing what they do best and dissimalating, rationalizing, and justifying. I'll have to read this one. If only for laughs.
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Post by: thatollie on October 03, 2013, 09:11:08 PM
There are no social benefits of being a psychopath. Well...to the psychopath, sure, but none for society. I suspect this guy is one, and is doing what they do best and dissimalating, rationalizing, and justifying. I'll have to read this one. If only for laughs.

Do you understand that not all psychopaths are violent murderers? He's talking about a complex, clinical condition with a sliding scale of behavioral traits.
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Post by: Neghe on October 03, 2013, 10:14:47 PM
Do you understand that not all psychopaths are violent murderers? He's talking about a complex, clinical condition with a sliding scale of behavioral traits.

Most are not serial murders. In fact serial murders are a sub-classifacation. And I do understand. LIke I said I will read this book. What woulld one more after the hundred sixty or seventy that I've read so far matter. There are some that have put forth that psychpathy is a evolutionary left-over from when we needed it to servive alone in a savage wilderness. The problem there is that we (humens) always were pack animals. Even Neanderthals--now that it has been proven that we obsorbed them into our spesies--were group orineted. The best explanation so far (though it has not been proven) is that it is both a birth defect and serious indifference, neglect or down right hostilety recieved from birth to three months which may be the cause.   
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Post by: thatollie on October 03, 2013, 10:35:05 PM
Most are not serial murders. In fact serial murders are a sub-classifacation. And I do understand. LIke I said I will read this book. What woulld one more after the hundred sixty or seventy that I've read so far matter. There are some that have put forth that psychpathy is a evolutionary left-over from when we needed it to servive alone in a savage wilderness. The problem there is that we (humens) always were pack animals. Even Neanderthals--now that it has been proven that we obsorbed them into our spesies--were group orineted. The best explanation so far (though it has not been proven) is that it is both a birth defect and serious indifference, neglect or down right hostilety recieved from birth to three months which may be the cause.   

Fair enough, it just wasn't clear from your post that you knew the difference between a psychopath and a serial murderer. I've given it some thought and do believe that some great people have been psychopaths.
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Post by: Neghe on October 03, 2013, 10:41:17 PM
Fair enough, it just wasn't clear from your post that you knew the difference between a psychopath and a serial murderer. I've given it some thought and do believe that some great people have been psychopaths.

There is a new area for reseach these days: ferensic history. We already know that if it were not for psychpaths in high places we would not have had 80% of the wars we have had to endure.
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Post by: thatollie on October 03, 2013, 10:49:34 PM
There is a new area for reseach these days: ferensic history. We already know that if it were not for psychpaths in high places we would not have had 80% of the wars we have had to endure.
However, I personally believe that Winston Churchill was a psychopath and the most influential person in the defeat of the psychotic Adolf Hitler.
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Post by: Neghe on October 04, 2013, 01:12:06 AM
Without dubt. And they knew it too. That is why as soon as the war was over so too was his career. Fortunately for us, we no longer have to have one to fight one. But this is going further than we shouild go on this thread. So I will read, The Wisdom of Psychopaths, by Prof. Kevin Dutton. 'Til then...then.
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Post by: thatollie on October 04, 2013, 01:19:03 AM
Without dubt. And they knew it too. That is why as soon as the war was over so too was his career. Fortunately for us, we no longer have to have one to fight one. But this is going further than we shouild go on this thread. So I will read, The Wisdom of Psychopaths, by Prof. Kevin Dutton. 'Til then...then.


I only have two points to make and then I will shut up, I promise.
1) I did not say that Hitler was a psychopath but psychotic, which is the other end of the emotional spectrum. Where psychopaths have less emotion than normal, psychotics have more emotion than normal.
2) Churchill's career was not over after the war. He was PM again from 1951-56.
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Post by: Neghe on October 04, 2013, 01:33:53 AM
Hilters psychotic behavor was brought on toward the end by his meth dependency.

And I forget about Churchill's second rise to power. 
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Post by: Oceaxe on October 04, 2013, 05:30:12 AM
Hate to intrude but Churchill was a democrat in his bones. Hitler was a demagogue. That's the important difference.
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Post by: Gyppo on October 04, 2013, 06:47:19 AM
I have always felt Churchill was a War Shaman.  A case of 'come the hour comes the man.'  Being a wartime leader was his real role in life.  Afterwards, not so much.  An old stag is always eventually deposed by younger ones.

I will look out for this book, Ollie.  Thanks.
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Post by: bri h on October 04, 2013, 05:50:55 PM
Churchill was an insomniac. This is worse than a psychopath, cos psychopath's sometimes sleep. Churchill didn't. B
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Post by: Gyppo on October 04, 2013, 06:49:57 PM
Returning to topic...

I've just finished reading The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams.  It's a fairly old copy with the title page missing so I don't know its date.

Overall I enjoyed it, particularly the characterisation of the dogs and the people.

But there were places where I found myself skimming sections I found turgid and tedious.  The writer tends to wander off into strange flights of philosophy on occasion, preceded by a seemingly rhetorical question which he then goes on to answer anyway.  A definite touch of the dreaded 'Dear Reader' syndrome.

However...  I have to be fair and say if I'd read it twenty years ago it would probably have seemed perfectly reasonable.  My expectations have obviously changed over the years.  I think my attention span is still the same, but my patience is a little thinner ;-)
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Post by: Oceaxe on October 04, 2013, 06:56:59 PM
Has anyone read Mein Kampf? Could do with a precis.
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Post by: Gyppo on October 04, 2013, 07:11:04 PM
No.

But if you google mein kampf summary you'll find several offered.  How useful or informative they are I've no idea.  Might be worth browsing through them to get a feel of the subject.
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Post by: Oceaxe on October 04, 2013, 07:14:58 PM
Cheers Gyppo, didn't want to read it.

To be honest I've left writing my daily quota till this late so any distraction that prods the brain into activity gets an airing. To be even more honest I don't give a toss what Hitler thought but I'm grateful to your kindness to a bored writer.
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Post by: Gyppo on October 04, 2013, 07:46:18 PM
Aha, one of those late night questions.  You're welcome :-)
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Post by: Gyppo on October 23, 2013, 05:26:14 PM
Just finished reading Maverick by Ricardo Semler.  Found it in the cheap bin at a charity shop.

It's about an alternative way to run a business.  Surprisingly fascinating.  One of those serious books which can, nonetheless, be read straight through almost as a novel.  It's about doing what works for your business, rather than chasing the latest or greatest equipment, or believing what the experts or traditionalist think is best.  He's had his share of disasters, (learning experiences), but overall he's done rather well
 
But what I want to share here is this wonderful little bit.  He was asked to write a book about his methods, so he took time off to concentrate on the one thing

'I tend to write very fast, make many mistakes, and go back to correct them until I'm happy.  Someone suggested a computer would be ideal for me.

So I took a computer away with me.  One of those wooden ones with a rubber on one end.'

Gyppo
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Post by: cmb on October 24, 2013, 05:39:10 AM
Game of Thrones - A Clash of Kings

I'm disappointed. One of my friends said the series sucked because so many of the main characters died. I'm already in the second book, and so far (of the main characters) only Robert and Ned died.   ::)

Where are all those deaths I've been promised?
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Post by: Matt Walker on October 25, 2013, 03:27:39 AM
They're coming, Nelodra! Currently on The Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch.
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Post by: cmb on October 25, 2013, 03:50:11 AM
They're coming, Nelodra! Currently on The Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch.

Good. Thanks. I'll keep on reading then.  ;D
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Post by: DJIsaac on October 25, 2013, 11:42:57 AM
I have recently finished Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I am in the middle of reading The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún by J. R. R. Tolkien for the second time

And next Friday, or at least that weekend I will be picking up Allegiant the third, and final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. Which I have been waiting on for around a year now.
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Post by: herron on October 27, 2013, 02:59:34 PM
Just picked up Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.
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Post by: bri h on October 27, 2013, 03:49:36 PM
Jealous Herron. I finished it and it's yet too soon for me to read it again. heh heh. Currently I'm re-reading The Return of the King. There's so much I've forgotten since last time I re-read it (this is my third go). Trouble is, now I've seen the films, I keep picturing them rather than using me minds eye. B
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Post by: Neghe on October 27, 2013, 06:25:30 PM
Just picked up Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.

I only just found out the it's a sequel to the Shining.  ;D I have it on hold from the library.
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Post by: thatollie on October 31, 2013, 03:24:13 PM
They're coming, Nelodra! Currently on The Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch.

Oh boy, are they ever coming? Also, excellent choice to go with Lynch again.

Currently reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.
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Post by: Neghe on October 31, 2013, 06:42:52 PM
The Return of the Dancing Master, by Henning Mankell. E-book.

Noir, by Richard Matheson. MP3 audio.

Original Sin, by P.D. James. CD audio.

Job, a comedy of justice, by Robert A. Heinlein. Yard sale paperback 50 cents.

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Post by: Vienna on November 04, 2013, 02:41:58 PM
to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Albert Camus I am re-reading "La Chute"
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Post by: herron on November 04, 2013, 11:03:41 PM
Just picked up the new S. King book, Doctor Sleep.
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Post by: Neghe on November 04, 2013, 11:20:38 PM

...still waiting on my copy.


'Til then I'm on:

Children of Done, by Frank Herbert.

A Place of Execution, by Val McDermid.

&, and just finishing up, Original Sin, by P.D. James.



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Post by: JewelAS53 on November 05, 2013, 11:49:05 AM
Sandra Brown
low pressure
- the title says it all.
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Post by: thatollie on November 27, 2013, 09:10:14 PM
The Dragonbone Chair - Tad Williams
so far, so fantasy
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Post by: Andrewf on November 28, 2013, 08:27:56 AM
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

It's a really different take on the superhero genre, where all the supers (epics) are evil.
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Post by: thatollie on November 28, 2013, 10:21:08 PM
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

It's a really different take on the superhero genre, where all the supers (epics) are evil.

That sounds like The Boys, written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Darick Robertson.
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Post by: Neghe on November 29, 2013, 03:47:47 AM
Creole Bell, by James Lee Burke

Dust, by Patricia Cornwell MP3 audio

Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George  CD.



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Post by: Andrewf on December 04, 2013, 06:36:32 AM
The Great North Road  by Peter F Hamilton
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Post by: JewelAS53 on December 04, 2013, 07:20:27 AM
Compulsion - Jonathan Kellermann (So much more readable than his wife and offspring)
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Post by: DistantSun on December 04, 2013, 10:31:23 AM
"What Alice Forgot" - Liane Moriarty. Just finished Rachel Joyce's "Perfect".
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Post by: Neghe on December 04, 2013, 01:47:21 PM

Light of the world, by James Lee Burke.

The Wings of the Sphinx, by Andrea Camilleri.

Triptych, by Karin Slaughter.

And just finishing-up Dust, by Patricia Cornwell.

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Post by: Dawn on December 07, 2013, 05:20:15 PM
Life after life. Kate Atkinson
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Post by: DistantSun on December 07, 2013, 07:00:47 PM
Life after life. Kate Atkinson

I thought you'd already read that one? It's on my to-read list :D
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Post by: Dawn on December 07, 2013, 07:07:48 PM
No I gave up lol. But I'm determined this time. I've discovered audible so can knit.
It's really good. Beautifully written.
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Post by: bri h on December 07, 2013, 07:11:47 PM
"Oo's that feller in your avvy pic Dawn?"  ::) ::)   ;D ;D

Currently reading James Herbert's The Secret of Crickley Hall. (again)( I've forgotten it.) B
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Post by: Dawn on December 07, 2013, 07:16:12 PM
 ;D
I've seen the mini series on that. Very good, bet the book is much better though.
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Post by: bri h on December 07, 2013, 07:26:06 PM
Skinny told me there was a mini-series, but I still prefer the book(s). My alzheimers means I get to read ALL my books again. Why be negative about Alzheimers? There are positive reasons to it.  ;D
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Post by: LC1 on December 08, 2013, 05:15:31 AM
Espedair Street Iain Banks
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Post by: Matt Walker on December 08, 2013, 06:06:34 AM
Trying to get into Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling, but if it doesn't get interesting soon I'm going to have to give it up. 75 pages in and only pouting and posturing and meetings so far.
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Post by: 510bhan on December 08, 2013, 07:14:42 AM
Vanishing Point -- Val McDermid
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Post by: Neghe on December 08, 2013, 09:59:11 AM
Trying to get into Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling, but if it doesn't get interesting soon I'm going to have to give it up. 75 pages in and only pouting and posturing and meetings so far.

Ah, so you are missing all the clues then.
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Post by: AvidWriter on December 08, 2013, 11:44:51 AM
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

I was curious after seeing the preview of the motion picture.
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Post by: midnight candle on December 08, 2013, 11:48:24 AM
A World of Difference

A short story anthology featuring Nadine Gordimer, Zadie Smith, Alan Stilitoe, etc.

Favourite story is In Cuba I Was A German Shepherd by Ana Menendez
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Post by: Matt Walker on December 08, 2013, 04:16:29 PM
Ah, so you are missing all the clues then.

Well we can't all be geniuses like you.
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Post by: Neghe on December 09, 2013, 12:14:04 AM

Dude. It's a who done it, written in the classic English drawing room format--or cosy. Although be it in modern language, without pretense to haughtiness. It's the kind of mystery where you meet all the participants and all their petty likes and dislikes...all the gossip, the misdirection and lies. And all the while the proof of who how and why of the deed is slowly being revealed until you get to that one sentence that tells you, "There it is, do you know who did it?"

I prefer hard-boiled mysteries myself, but still appreciate a well done cosy.

     
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Post by: Dawn on December 09, 2013, 02:23:02 AM
Just because it's a who done it doesn't mean it's well done or executed.

Are you Jk in disguise Neghe? Please respect others opinions and don't belittle them. That is not how we work at MWC

X
Dawn
Moderator.
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Post by: JewelAS53 on December 09, 2013, 08:12:16 AM
Zero Day - David Baldacci
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Post by: DistantSun on December 09, 2013, 02:17:31 PM
Trying to get into Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling, but if it doesn't get interesting soon I'm going to have to give it up. 75 pages in and only pouting and posturing and meetings so far.

I only made it to page 21 before giving up on it  :P
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Post by: 510bhan on December 09, 2013, 02:24:41 PM
The Devil's Ribbon -- D E Meredith
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Post by: Hippyhighway on December 10, 2013, 10:40:37 AM
Val McDermid - Cross and Burn.
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Post by: Neghe on December 10, 2013, 11:26:28 AM
Val McDermid - Cross and Burn.

I haven't read that one yet. Is it a Hill & Jordan novel ?
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Post by: Hippyhighway on December 10, 2013, 11:48:13 AM
Hi Neghe, yes it is.  It is Vals latest.  Was released about two or three weeks ago.  I am only 80 pages in and of course it lives up to the standard we have come to expect from the queen of crime.
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Post by: McWawa on December 10, 2013, 03:23:17 PM
"The Wall Jumper"

By Peter Scheider

&

"The Memoirs of a Survivor"

by Doris Lessing
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Post by: JewelAS53 on December 23, 2013, 07:17:59 AM
The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes - 2011 Man Booker Award - and eminently readable.

One thing I didn't get. Will have to research - or find the movie?
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Post by: Vienna on January 15, 2014, 04:33:43 PM
Jacques Derrida - a Biography by Benoit Peters
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Post by: McWawa on January 15, 2014, 04:50:45 PM
"Making Movies" - Sidney Lumet . non fiction.
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Post by: Andrewf on January 16, 2014, 08:42:44 AM
"Meta" by Tom Reynolds
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Post by: DistantSun on January 16, 2014, 11:19:57 AM
Good Omens - The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
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Post by: Vienna on January 16, 2014, 04:04:21 PM
Karl Marx-A Nineteenth Century Life - Jonathan Sperber
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Post by: herron on January 16, 2014, 04:40:48 PM
Re-reading "I Sing the Body Electric" by Ray Bradbury.
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Post by: Neghe on January 16, 2014, 08:15:06 PM

Good one.
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Post by: herron on January 24, 2014, 10:01:18 PM
Just picked up an old copy of Isaac Azimov's "Nightfall."    ;D
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Post by: Neghe on January 25, 2014, 12:34:34 AM

Nearly finished with, Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George.

Then, I'll be reading Deadly Virtues, by Jo Bannister--and if the first paragraph is any indication, than it should not so bad at all.  :)
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Post by: Matt Walker on January 25, 2014, 03:52:15 AM
Midnight by Dean Koontz - enjoyable, epic horror thriller
A Wanted Man by Lee Child - Another brilliant and smart thriller from probably the best the genre has to offer
The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins - Okay, fascinating in places, but generally a bit boring. Not as good as his other books.
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Post by: Andrewf on January 25, 2014, 02:49:16 PM
When It's a Jar  by Tom Holt
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Post by: ThDeM on January 25, 2014, 04:17:46 PM
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, book one of the Wheel of Time. Truly enjoying it, as well.
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Post by: Laura H on January 26, 2014, 11:58:53 AM
Contact

Carl Sagan
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Post by: 2par on January 27, 2014, 01:38:16 AM
A friend has recommended The Red Tent. Anyone read that?
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Post by: Dawn on January 27, 2014, 02:29:53 AM
Jacky's boy by Ken McCoy.
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Post by: Vienna on January 27, 2014, 02:45:05 AM
au bon roman - Laurence Cossé (english A Novel Bookstore)

if there is such a thing as a "must" then, for me, this is a "must read"
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Post by: Neghe on January 27, 2014, 02:46:25 AM
A friend has recommended The Red Tent. Anyone read that?

It was too telly for me--not a bad story just...well...
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Post by: cmb on January 27, 2014, 04:10:17 PM
My older daughter's assignment for her minor (Art History).
I'm her proofreader and editor, lucky me.  ;)
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Post by: Vienna on January 29, 2014, 02:49:52 AM
Can't read my daughters latest assignment..............it's in chinese ;D
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Post by: cmb on January 29, 2014, 06:59:17 AM
LOL, Vienna. I'll bet my neighbours could read it. And my dentist.  ;D
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Post by: JewelAS53 on January 29, 2014, 09:31:48 AM
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts - Gabor Mate M.D.
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 29, 2014, 09:06:28 PM
The Slab By Karen Traviss

Final book in the Gears of War series :)
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Post by: Zepphy on January 29, 2014, 09:17:54 PM
Been stuck 50 pages into The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1, Scott Lynch), not entirely sure if I like the book just yet.

So, I'm juggling with 40 books on writing (I wish I was kidding, all are open on various programs, coffee tables, sofas, etc.)
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Post by: Matt Walker on January 30, 2014, 05:49:55 AM
Zephyr, TLOLL is literally one of my favourite books! Seriously, stick with it, it gets really really good. Red Seas Under Red Skies too is great, but The Republic Of Thieves is only ok.
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Post by: DistantSun on January 30, 2014, 09:26:51 AM
Just finished Jann-Philip Sendker's "A Well-Tempered Heart" last night. I've got a pile of books on my desk, some Christmas and birthday gifts, some from a couple of yard sales towards the end of last year. And still I can't help borrowing books from the library. I think I have a problem  ::) ;D
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Post by: Neghe on January 30, 2014, 12:13:20 PM

I've started making furniture out of mine. You know, stack 'em up and throw a cloth over them and ta dah...you have an end table. I've been co-managing (on the side) a used book story for the last 7 years, so...

And yes it is a sickness.

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Post by: Vienna on January 30, 2014, 12:19:17 PM
my daughter says I am a book messy, probably  is right,  as a bookseler i get a lot of complimentary copies............. ;D
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Post by: thatollie on January 30, 2014, 03:03:13 PM
Been stuck 50 pages into The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1, Scott Lynch), not entirely sure if I like the book just yet.

So, I'm juggling with 40 books on writing (I wish I was kidding, all are open on various programs, coffee tables, sofas, etc.)

Personally, I loved it.
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Post by: Mastafrank on January 30, 2014, 08:57:43 PM
I think I shall buy the 3rd book in the Game of thrones...Other than that I think I'll just randomly pick one to buy :D

(donated 12 books to a local shelter to make room)
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Post by: Zepphy on January 31, 2014, 05:00:52 AM
Zephyr, TLOLL is literally one of my favourite books! Seriously, stick with it, it gets really really good. Red Seas Under Red Skies too is great, but The Republic Of Thieves is only ok.

I stumbled upon it while I was trolling goodreads for ideas, I think I might have to start over, because I was listening to it on a kindle (it's jolly good when someone reads to you, even if they are a tad robotic) and I was travelling to Glasgow, so I might or might not have missed entire segments while trying to listen for boarding calls. Airports.

It does look quite well-written and all, but possibly I have lost the moment where Locke becomes likeable. I will see it through, although it might have to wait while I'm writing my own story, I tend to borrow the style of the books I'm reading, which is a great quality... if I wanted to write fanfiction.

Anyway, not to make this post too off-topic...

Leafing through The Emotion Thesaurus (Angela Ackerman), not because I don't know how emotions should, well, feel, but mostly out of curiosity.
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Post by: Dawn on February 02, 2014, 02:57:19 PM
It's a fantastic book - emotion thesaurus.  There is also a website. The link if you haven't seen it is in our author resource section.
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Post by: cmb on February 02, 2014, 03:33:05 PM
Shakespeare's sonnets.
one at a time.  :)
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Post by: DistantSun on February 03, 2014, 01:12:22 PM
I just received my ARC of John Boyne's new book "Stay Where You Are, and Then Leave" (goodreads giveaway). I might start reading that… or I could choose from my massive to-read pile. Decisions, decisions.
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Post by: thatollie on February 04, 2014, 08:51:21 PM
I'm re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading His Dark Material by Philip Pullman.
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 04, 2014, 08:53:47 PM
I'm re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading His Dark Material by Philip Pullman.
Excellent choice

I'm reading First meetings: a collection of short stories from the enderverse ;)
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Post by: thatollie on February 04, 2014, 08:55:36 PM
Excellent choice

It always is.
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Post by: Anne Belle on February 05, 2014, 12:17:33 AM
I'm behind on my popular releases. I know. What I'm reading now is likely "old news" for most of you. But I'm currently reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire and I have Stephen King's latest Doctor Sleep on Audible for when I'm on the road at the moment. (I'm on the road a lot for my day job as a driver.)

Is there something that you're looking forward to coming out this year? A recommendation to add to my reading list that is fiction or even something writing or creativity related?

Sorry, I'm new here and just trying to jump into the fray. If I'm intruding I apologize.
~Anne
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Post by: Matt Walker on February 05, 2014, 02:44:43 AM
Sorry, I'm new here and just trying to jump into the fray. If I'm intruding I apologize.
~Anne

Of course you're not intruding! I loved Dr Sleep btw, and I guess I'm looking forward to whatever SK brings out next. And also the next Jack Reacher novel.
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Post by: McWawa on March 16, 2014, 08:27:52 AM
" Train Dreams."
                                        by Denis Johnson
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Post by: midnight candle on March 16, 2014, 08:36:27 AM
Cymbeline

William Shakespeare


Not through choice, but I'm enjoying it.  :)
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Post by: McWawa on March 16, 2014, 09:50:19 AM
" Memoirs of a Survivor "

by Doris Lessing R.I.P.

My previous entry should have  been a "read" rather than "reading", as the book was bought yesterday and completed in the early hours of this morning. Now back to Doris Lessing, which has been on the go a few days.
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 16, 2014, 01:38:37 PM
Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne
Hitch 22 - the memoirs of the late brilliant Christopher Hitchens
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
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Post by: cloudchampion on March 18, 2014, 08:49:01 AM
Just finished If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. It really blew my mind.

Now reading Bukowski's Post Office.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 18, 2014, 09:36:46 AM
I'm re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reading His Dark Material by Philip Pullman.

My daughter bought the box set last year - neither of us have read it yet. It's on my to-read list!

I'm about half-way through Lev Grossman's "The Magicians" right now, and almost half-way through Aimee Bender's "The Color Master."
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Post by: Neghe on March 18, 2014, 01:55:34 PM

Chasing Darkness, by Robert Crais.

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick.

Hard Twisted, by C. Joseph Greaves.

A Stir of Echoes, by Richard Matheson.

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Post by: thatollie on March 20, 2014, 11:48:23 AM
Of course you're not intruding! I loved Dr Sleep btw,

I loved it too.
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Post by: CorneliusPoe on March 20, 2014, 01:19:47 PM
The Discarded Image - C.S. Lewis

The Selected Letters of Yvor Winters

The Tyrant's Law - Daniel Abraham
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Post by: Andrewf on March 21, 2014, 05:28:07 PM
My daughter bought the box set last year - neither of us have read it yet. It's on my to-read list!

The set really is a good read. Hopefully, you will enjoy it too.  :)

I'm enjoying "Words of Radiance" by Brandon Sanderson at the moment.  ;D
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Post by: DGSquared on March 21, 2014, 05:41:50 PM
Just finished Ghost Country by Patrick Lee.

I couldn't put it down and just discovered it's part of a trilogy. Great read in my humble opinion!
Now I have to read The Breach which was actually the first in the trilogy.
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Post by: Pigsie1 on March 23, 2014, 06:49:10 AM
I've just finished the Divergent trilogy, wanted to read the books before the film came out and have just started Legend by Marie Lu.
There not really aimed at my age group(30's) but as I would love to write a dystopian novel I thought it best to read what's already out there first.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 23, 2014, 09:15:59 AM
Andrew - I've just started on "The Golden Compass" :D
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Post by: LC1 on March 23, 2014, 09:41:45 AM
Darkly dreaming dexter
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Post by: thatollie on March 23, 2014, 09:53:31 AM
Andrew - I've just started on "The Golden Compass" :D

We've hooked another one.
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Post by: Andrewf on March 23, 2014, 02:33:00 PM
Andrew - I've just started on "The Golden Compass" :D

Cool.  Hope you enjoy it.  ;D
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 24, 2014, 07:41:39 AM
Not a book, per se, but I'm listening to an audio lecture course about war and peace in Europe from 1500-2000.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 26, 2014, 12:59:50 AM
Andrew and Ollie - just finished it. I know I will pay for staying up past midnight two nights in a row, but… oh well :D Absolutely loved it (despite what I thought was a rather anti-climatic ending). At least I only have to walk across the room to the bookshelf and grab the next part of the story to continue the adventure!

So I guess the next book on my list is "The Subtle Knife".
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Post by: Andrewf on March 26, 2014, 09:10:15 AM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 26, 2014, 11:11:00 AM
Andrew and Ollie - just finished it. I know I will pay for staying up past midnight two nights in a row, but… oh well :D Absolutely loved it (despite what I thought was a rather anti-climatic ending). At least I only have to walk across the room to the bookshelf and grab the next part of the story to continue the adventure!

So I guess the next book on my list is "The Subtle Knife".

I thought the climax of the book with Lyra pretending to be a daemon  to trick the bear was brilliant!

Nearly finished Echo Burning by Lee Child. Another great Jack Reacher thriller.
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Post by: thatollie on March 26, 2014, 11:31:23 AM
Andrew and Ollie - just finished it. I know I will pay for staying up past midnight two nights in a row, but… oh well :D Absolutely loved it (despite what I thought was a rather anti-climatic ending). At least I only have to walk across the room to the bookshelf and grab the next part of the story to continue the adventure!

So I guess the next book on my list is "The Subtle Knife".

I knew this would happen, mostly because it happened to me . . . more than once.

I thought the climax of the book with Lyra pretending to be a daemon  to trick the bear was brilliant!

Nearly finished Echo Burning by Lee Child. Another great Jack Reacher thriller.

But that isn't how it ends. It ends with Lyra going over a bridge to another dimension.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 26, 2014, 06:08:08 PM
I have to remember that white-text-to-hide-spoilers thing :D

I seriously began to wish I had a daemon of my own :P
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Post by: thatollie on March 26, 2014, 07:34:23 PM
I have to remember that white-text-to-hide-spoilers thing :D

I seriously began to wish I had a daemon of my own :P

It does come in handy.

If I had a Daemon it's be . . . well, a picture's worth a thousand, right.
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Post by: Matt Walker on March 27, 2014, 05:55:59 AM
Ah, yes, I remember. Agreed it isn't really a 'closed' ending, but it makes you want to read the next book!

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Post by: thatollie on March 27, 2014, 09:43:15 AM
I'm reading The Noise Within by Ian Whates. I've met Ian online a couple of times and he knows his stuff so I'm expecting good things.
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Post by: Neghe on March 27, 2014, 10:08:51 PM

White Plague, by Frank Herbert.

Neuromancer, by William Gibson.

The Grave Tattoo, by Val McDermid.

The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
   ;)   (JK Rowling)
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Post by: DistantSun on March 29, 2014, 10:46:02 PM
On to "The Amber Spyglass"  ;D
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Post by: Dawn on March 30, 2014, 05:34:38 AM
Just finished Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. Now onto Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes
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Post by: thatollie on March 30, 2014, 11:31:10 AM
On to "The Amber Spyglass"  ;D

Whose your favourite character in the series?

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Post by: DistantSun on March 30, 2014, 01:41:34 PM
So far … the first one that comes to mind is Pantalaimon :) After that, Iorek Byrnison. My least favourite is Mrs Coulter's daemon (holy crap that thing gives me the creeps!).

Who is/are yours?
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Post by: thatollie on March 30, 2014, 02:20:18 PM
Lee Scoresby.
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Post by: The Skald on April 02, 2014, 04:48:26 PM
I'm currently reading The Grimm Diaries Prequels, by Cameron Jace. I had never even heard of these, and had no hopes for them either, to be honest. Yet another version of the Grimm faery tales? Sheez... but then I started reading them, and holy shit...!  :o This was freakin' awesome!

The whole plot is something about the faery tale characters by the Brothers Grimm really existed, just not in the way they say. It's much, much darker than that. For instance, the Queen of Sorrow, aka Evil Queen, was pregnant with twins... except one of the twins ate the other while still in the womb. The survivor was later born, and given the name Snow White...  ;D The prequels are diaries told by various characters, all setting the stage for the "real" books. I haven't had a chance to read those yet (too busy with the prequels), but if they are half as good as the prequels, they'll be among the top of my favorites-list for years to come. :)
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Post by: Andrewf on April 03, 2014, 09:28:52 AM
Warbreaker  by Brandon Sanderson.

 ;D
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Post by: bri h on April 04, 2014, 08:57:51 PM
An eclectic mix of good poems, that was posted through my letter-box today.  ;D
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Post by: DistantSun on April 08, 2014, 09:44:14 PM
Andrew, Ollie - I'm done  :o What an amazing adventure it's been over the past couple of weeks reading those three books. I will definitely be re-reading those again sometime in the future! Just off to watch a documentary and interview with Philip Pullman about the series.
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Post by: Neghe on April 09, 2014, 02:33:28 AM


Careless in Red, by Elizabeth George.

Saints of the Shadow Bible, by Ian Rankin.

What Dreams May Come, Richard Matheson.

The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly.
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Post by: Andrewf on April 09, 2014, 06:06:52 AM
Andrew, Ollie - I'm done  :o What an amazing adventure it's been over the past couple of weeks reading those three books. I will definitely be re-reading those again sometime in the future! Just off to watch a documentary and interview with Philip Pullman about the series.

See... Told you it was good.  ;D :D
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Post by: DistantSun on April 09, 2014, 08:06:39 PM
 ;D

Just started Romeo Dallaire's "Shake Hands With the Devil."
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Post by: Rosesare on April 10, 2014, 01:24:23 PM
I'm reading The Princess Bride, the "Good Parts" version, by William Goldman. I've always loved the movie and recently bought the book. It is so good. It has lots of hilarious moments. 
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Post by: cmb on April 10, 2014, 01:35:38 PM
I'm reading this poetry anthology with some amazing poems by a bunch of brilliant poets. I happen to know them. :)
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Post by: McWawa on April 28, 2014, 01:40:19 PM

         Trust Me, I'm Lying - Confessions of a Media Manipulator.

                    by Ryan Holiday
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Post by: bri h on April 28, 2014, 02:31:11 PM
Re-reading SK's 'Hearts in Atlantis.'
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Post by: Clarius on April 28, 2014, 02:46:04 PM
Stephen King's Everything's Eventual collection while waiting for Kenneth William's diaries to drop through the door.
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Post by: bri h on April 28, 2014, 02:49:33 PM
Oh Clarius. I'm so jealous. I'd LOVE to read them but, "Oh What's the Bloody Point?"  ;D

How'd you get a hold of them? And were they expensive? Still jealous. Bri.
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Post by: Clarius on April 28, 2014, 03:31:34 PM
I like to buy second hand through Amazon. I guess this book a natural progression from Joe Orton's diaries. I think the two cross over each other: the diary entries that is, I'm not sure about them. Oh Matron. ;D
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Post by: Vienna on April 28, 2014, 03:34:30 PM
Christian Futscher - Der Mann, der den Anblick essender Frauen nicht ertragen konnte.
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Post by: bri h on April 28, 2014, 04:25:40 PM
I like to buy second hand through Amazon. I guess this book a natural progression from Joe Orton's diaries. I think the two cross over each other: the diary entries that is, I'm not sure about them. Oh Matron. ;D

Didn't they have a quickie, once? The last entry in his diary before he was found dead the next morning was, "Oh what's the bloody point." But if you're a fan you prolly knew that. B
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Post by: The Skald on April 29, 2014, 09:58:23 AM
Currently reading First Blood. Yep, the Rambo-book. I absolutely love it, though I think the movie is a weird case of the movie being better than the book it's based on. Dunno, I think the movie is far more realistic than the book. And keep in mind David Morrell, who wrote First Blood, has nothing to do with the franchise other than this book, as well as the book based on the second movie. Still, I highly recommend First Blood to just about anyone. Or watch the movie. Or both.

(trivia: despite Rambo being best known as a one-man army, did you know very few people died in the first movie? And even then it was by accidents. Mostly.) ;)
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Post by: DistantSun on April 29, 2014, 12:36:04 PM
Just started reading Miriam Toews' new novel "All My Puny Sorrows."
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Post by: DGSquared on April 29, 2014, 03:30:24 PM
Our mysteriously vanished third book in Charlie Fletchers "Stoneheart" trilogy has reappeared so my youngest son and I are finally back to reading it together.


"Stoneheart"#3, "Silvertongue" by Charlie Fletcher.
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Post by: Clarius on April 29, 2014, 04:39:37 PM
Didn't they have a quickie, once? The last entry in his diary before he was found dead the next morning was, "Oh what's the bloody point." But if you're a fan you prolly knew that. B

Not sure if they ever actually did. The pair were complete opposites; Williams an adversive compulsive and Orton a promiscuous compulsive. I think that's the basis of their relationship. Williams was attracted to and probably jealous of Orton's ease with himself and his sexuality.
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Post by: bri h on April 29, 2014, 04:56:28 PM
Not sure if they ever actually did. The pair were complete opposites; Williams an adversive compulsive and Orton a promiscuous compulsive. I think that's the basis of their relationship. Williams was attracted to and probably jealous of Orton's ease with himself and his sexuality.

Cheers mate. There's loads of clips, shows and interviews on youtube. You seen em?
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Post by: Clarius on April 30, 2014, 07:13:35 AM
I'm a big fan of William's An Audience With... and the Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears with Gary Oldman in the lead role.
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Post by: bri h on April 30, 2014, 03:55:26 PM
Last comment. I'm a fan of both. Love his 'french' song, in 'an audience with.' Thanks for the chat re KW. Enjoyed it. Bri
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Post by: Neghe on April 30, 2014, 04:51:34 PM


The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris.

The Red Road, by Denise Mina.

Plugged, by Eoin Colfer.




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Post by: Poggy on May 03, 2014, 10:01:07 AM
Dan Brown, Digital Fortress and this morning Matthew 6 of the New International Bible "How can you expect god to forgive you if you cannot forgive your enemies,, well thats my thought for the day,
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Post by: DistantSun on May 07, 2014, 01:31:28 PM
"The Untold" by Courtney Collins. A Goodreads giveaway I scored last week… really enjoying it!
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Post by: Frogg on May 08, 2014, 10:13:57 PM
The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes. Beautifully written.
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Post by: Clarius on May 09, 2014, 04:01:15 PM
Fire In The Hole (Elmore Leonard)
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Post by: JewelAS53 on May 10, 2014, 08:32:39 AM
Just finished one for Gyppo
The Invisible Ones
Steff Penney

Currently - A Darkness more than Night
Michael Connelly
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Post by: JewelAS53 on May 10, 2014, 08:33:35 AM
The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes. Beautifully written.
Beautiful book. Please let me know when you're finished. There's one bit I don't understand. Maybe you can help?
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Post by: Poggy on May 10, 2014, 10:12:21 AM
Flora of Birmingham and Black Country, not a reading book but a very useful record of the flowering plants of the area, not cheap at £54, but i got 50% off because i was a recorder for several years, from its inception to publishing it took 18 years, but its well worth it and I did get a mention lots of times throughout the book
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Post by: herron on May 22, 2014, 03:38:00 PM
Just re-read Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men.   ;D
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Post by: Clarius on May 23, 2014, 08:53:40 AM
A Moment of War by Laurie Lee. The third in his autobiographical trilogy.
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Post by: DGSquared on June 16, 2014, 09:32:56 AM
Homes for sale listings.

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Post by: DistantSun on June 16, 2014, 10:43:11 AM
Just re-read Vanessa Diffenbaugh's "The Language of Flowers". I have a Maya Angelou poetry book on the go ("Just Give Me A Drink of Water Before I Diiiiie"), and several new books on the way courtesy of some GoodReads giveaway wins :D
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Post by: Andrewf on June 16, 2014, 11:16:27 AM
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 16, 2014, 03:43:01 PM
Reading Mr Mercedes by Stephen King and the Quran.
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Post by: bri h on June 16, 2014, 03:48:22 PM
Last week I finished Mr Mercedes, by Stephen King. Up to his usual standard of excellence, however . . . ? No I better not, it may spoil it for whoever reads it. ha ha

I never fancied Hugh Howey's 'Wool' book, even when it was discussed earlier on the Circle. I just didn't fancy it. But because I'd finished Mr Mercedes, I didn't have anything to read. I contemplated re-reading Anne McCaffrey's 'Pern' series, (I read em every so often) or Harry Potter, and cos Skinny still has the HH books (all three in the trilogy) I thought, "What the hell, why not?" So started, 'Wool'. Two days later, I'd finished it. What a masterpiece it is. It's epic in stature and I loved it. I'm just starting book 2, tonight. Bri.
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Post by: bri h on June 16, 2014, 03:49:53 PM
Is it an English translation of the Koran, Matt? Or do you speak Arabic? Bri
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 16, 2014, 04:13:42 PM
Ha ha, it's an English only audiobook translation, Bri. What genre is 'wool'? Ashamed to say I don't think I've heard of it.
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Post by: bri h on June 16, 2014, 04:38:31 PM
I think, Sci-Fi. Well it's set in the future so yeah, Sci-Fi. It reminded me of the story, (can't remember the name?) (Simak?) "Who will Replace a man?" If you're into this genre, then you're in for a treat. I can't recommend it highly enough. B

N.B. The Arabic Koran is read (in our eyes) Back to front. All Arabic writing is 'right to left'. (I think?) It's been said that Muslims and Christians walk a fine line between religions. Cos they have the same (more or less) Characters. E,G. Moses = Moosa. Adam = Adan. Eve = Awa. Jesus =Esau. Joseph = Yusuf. See what I mean? (studied Koran when I was a teen) Grew up (kinda) in a Muslim community. Suffice it to say . . .

'La ela ela la. Muhammed rosulula. (or thereabouts) ha ha. Bri. 
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Post by: thatollie on June 16, 2014, 05:24:33 PM
Hmm, I'm not sure what to read next.
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Post by: Andrewf on June 17, 2014, 04:30:55 AM
Hmm, I'm not sure what to read next.


The latest Dresden Files book - Skin Game.

But if you've not read the other 14, you would need to read those first.  :D
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 17, 2014, 05:58:59 AM
That's Jim Butcher, right Andrew? I read one a while ago and quite enjoyed it. And yes Bri, Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship the same god don't they. The Quran contains many of the same bible stories. It just claims to be the most recent 'revelation'.
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Post by: Andrewf on June 17, 2014, 09:20:45 AM
That's Jim Butcher, right Andrew? I read one a while ago and quite enjoyed it.

Yup, Matt.  The Dresden Files are written by Jim Butcher.  ;D
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Post by: Clare on June 17, 2014, 11:39:28 AM
I am currently reading, She, the first book of a trilogy, by H. Rider Haggard.
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Post by: Vienna on June 17, 2014, 11:52:49 AM
letzter saibling - herbert dutzler
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Post by: Skylan on June 17, 2014, 02:20:23 PM
At the moment, I'm waiting on Blood of Olympus. I'm also halfway through The Throne of Fire but it isn't holding my attention like the first one did.
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Post by: thatollie on June 19, 2014, 05:33:33 PM
I have decided to read Armageddon Rag by George R.R. Martin.

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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 19, 2014, 09:20:16 PM
I am almost finished with The Keening Fire - Eye of Odin by our own Skip. Officially, R. D. Slocum. Have enjoyed every page.


For any of our newer members, you can check it out in our Members' Bookshelf.

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=50941.0

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Post by: herron on June 23, 2014, 01:52:34 PM
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
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Post by: Frogg on June 23, 2014, 07:16:50 PM
Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig... enjoying it very much so far.

Lots of beautiful imagery and dialogue, a very human book.
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Post by: thatollie on June 23, 2014, 10:20:24 PM
The Fog by James Herbert. It's crazy.
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Post by: Vienna on July 05, 2014, 03:53:05 AM
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing - Eimear McBride
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Post by: bri h on July 05, 2014, 08:40:21 PM
Just finished 'River God' by Wilbur Smith and have started the sequel ' the Seventh Scroll'.b
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Post by: Laura H on July 05, 2014, 09:13:33 PM
I Am Not Sidney Poitier
by Percival Everett

So far, so good.
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Post by: wheelygirl on July 06, 2014, 12:16:22 AM
Maeve Binchy's "Scarlet Feather". I love this author's 'Irishness'!
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Post by: ari on July 06, 2014, 12:32:43 AM
Re-reading Dreams of gods a monsters by Laini Taylor :)
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Post by: thatollie on July 06, 2014, 12:05:50 PM
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
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Post by: Vienna on July 15, 2014, 03:00:44 PM
The Goldfinch -Donna Tartt

A book that has drawn me in from the start. Only 50pages in mind.
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Post by: 510bhan on July 15, 2014, 03:14:13 PM
Little Star by John Ajvide Lindovist . . . very, very weird.

Seemed more of an excuse to be as gross as you can with graphic description and taboo scenarios rather than a story as such. ::)
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Post by: Matt Walker on July 16, 2014, 02:01:46 PM
I didn't much like it either, Sio, but I managed to get to the end. And thought 'meh'. The bit with the chisel or drill at the bottom of the cellar stairs was just horrific; don't think I've ever felt so physically revolted by any other horror book.
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Post by: 510bhan on July 16, 2014, 07:08:32 PM
I can handle gross pretty well, but I thought he peaked with the schlock too early -- how do you better that gruesome scene without becoming comical or ridiculous? Meant there was an awful lot of filler to show the dysfunction and isolation, which could have been summed up in a chapter rather than playing to cheap tricks with more tacky horror, sex scenes and drivel.

I know the music was a motif throughout and essential to the plot but I got fed up with all the crap about Lennie and Laile early on. I didn't really give a damn about the music scene in Sweden in the 70s. Apart from referencing ABBA, no other bands were really needed.

 :-[
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 19, 2014, 06:02:52 AM
Finished rereading the Harry Potter books. Just the best; if anyone has not yet done so please read them. Rowling's tried literary and a couple of thrillers, I hope she gets back to ya fiction soon and stops messing about.
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Post by: JewelAS53 on August 19, 2014, 06:07:15 AM
Peter James - Want you Dead

Very English, in that there is a peculiar turn of phrase that differentiates 'English' from 'American', for example.
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Post by: DistantSun on August 19, 2014, 10:57:20 AM
Finished rereading the Harry Potter books. Just the best; if anyone has not yet done so please read them. Rowling's tried literary and a couple of thrillers, I hope she gets back to ya fiction soon and stops messing about.

Totally agree with this Matt :D The main branch of our local library held an awesome Harry Potter themed activity afternoon on July 31st (JKR's birthday). Hogwarts Express tickets, sorted into houses, activity stations, a herbology class… it was well done. My daughter's enthusiasm is reigniting mine.

I'm returning for another go of Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus."
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Post by: Mrs N on August 19, 2014, 04:14:21 PM
I'm returning for another go of Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus."

I love that book.

I'm reading The Vinter's Luck by Elizabeth Knox.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 20, 2014, 08:37:31 AM
Totally agree with this Matt :D The main branch of our local library held an awesome Harry Potter themed activity afternoon on July 31st (JKR's birthday). Hogwarts Express tickets, sorted into houses, activity stations, a herbology class… it was well done. My daughter's enthusiasm is reigniting mine.

That sounds awesome! I'd forgotten how great the books were - I'm not even ashamed to admit I was on the verge of tears most of the way through the last one. Think I'm going to have to rewatch the films and have a poke round the Pottermore website.

Started JD Robb's Celebrity in Death.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on August 20, 2014, 01:37:44 PM
Well, I've mentioned before that I like reading some of the older books from time to time. So perhaps no one will be surprised that last night I picked one from the bookcase to read again.

The Turquoise by Anya Seton.

It's a story set in the early days of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Something I started wondering about last night - the publisher and date of publication. When I turned back to check I was surprised not to find any information about any of this, not even a copyright. The only thing I could find inside or out was the words - Peoples Book Club
                                                                Chicago

So I did some digging on the computer this morning and found it was copyrighted in 1946 by Anya Seton Chase and apparently first printed by The Riverside Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Okay, I know all that stuff is not necessarily needed to know in order to enjoy the story between the covers.

The main thing is, it's a good story written in a style that almost guarantees the reader's attention to detail if you are interested in a well told story set in a historical time and place with well researched details of both the location and lifestyle of the people.

 
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Post by: LC1 on August 22, 2014, 08:42:41 AM
The great and secret show by Clive Barker
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Post by: Dawn on August 23, 2014, 07:16:57 PM
Loved Night Circus, Sunny.

Just finished Star Sullivan by Maeve, The Yorkshire Pudding Club by Milly Johnson and now onto We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
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Post by: Clarius on August 24, 2014, 04:17:08 AM
I have this in hardback and worth every penny. As a Kindle daily deal it's a bargain.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reading-Like-Writer-Guide-People-ebook/dp/B0081GDOCQ/ref=br_lf_m_1000577623_1_1_ttl?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&pf_rd_p=522239667&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000577623&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=1VJENJEAJG0WH45THKCS
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Post by: greyman on August 26, 2014, 03:18:59 PM
Just finished Room by Emma Donoghue, which was incredible. Now I'm dragging my feet through Starship Troopers
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Post by: Andrewf on August 26, 2014, 04:26:10 PM
Just finished Room by Emma Donoghue, which was incredible. Now I'm dragging my feet through Starship Troopers

Draging your feet??  :o :o :o


I'm reading "Cold Days"  by Jim Butcher.    Again.  ;D
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Post by: Clarius on August 27, 2014, 11:37:01 AM
Just finished The Pearl(Steinbeck), hot on the heals of Breakfast at Tiffany's(Capote). Next up is - maybe - Bronco Billy by Stephen King.
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Post by: Matt Walker on August 27, 2014, 02:52:25 PM
Just finished 'Screwed' by Eoin Colfer. Very funny thriller.
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Post by: Rho on August 27, 2014, 04:55:38 PM
The Warrior Prophet by R. Scott. Bakker. Part two of a fantasy trilogy.

I won't be reading book 3.
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Post by: Vienna on August 28, 2014, 12:39:39 AM
wie auf wunden Füßen, Ingeborg Bachmanns frühe Jahre - Regina Schaunig
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Post by: JewelAS53 on August 28, 2014, 04:10:47 AM
The Kill Room - Jeffrey Deaver
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Post by: Laura H on August 28, 2014, 08:57:04 AM
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
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Post by: Vienna on September 02, 2014, 10:49:27 AM
Brennerova - Wolf Haas
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Post by: 510bhan on September 02, 2014, 12:52:02 PM
American Tabloid -- James Ellroy
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Post by: thatollie on September 02, 2014, 04:20:42 PM
I was rereading Joyland by Stephen King because job in a theme park. Loved it all over again. Next up is some John Wyndham.
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Post by: bailish on September 04, 2014, 04:43:21 AM
Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
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Post by: Mastafrank on September 22, 2014, 12:39:50 AM
Satanic Bible :o

very interesting :D (Even they have commandments :o )


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Post by: Vienna on September 22, 2014, 02:18:25 AM
Christine Lavant: Zu Lebzeiten veröffentlichte Gedichte


tough going at times, but well worth the read.
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Post by: thatollie on September 22, 2014, 07:15:09 AM
Re-re-re-reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
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Post by: Matt Walker on September 22, 2014, 09:07:44 AM
Read Divergent and the second Cherub novel. Both pretty crap.
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Post by: DistantSun on September 22, 2014, 05:26:47 PM
Just finished "The Weight of Blood" by Laura McHugh - really enjoyed it. Just started "The Girls of Corona Del Mar" by Rufi Thorpe.
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Post by: bailish on September 22, 2014, 11:41:43 PM
A Wild Sheep Chase, by Haruki Murakami

I'm starting to see a pattern in his works.
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Post by: thatollie on October 17, 2014, 04:53:33 PM
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
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Post by: DWisker on December 03, 2014, 03:27:42 PM
John Fowles, The Ebony Tower
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Post by: thatollie on December 07, 2014, 10:54:35 PM
Blankets by Craig Thompson

It's a wonderful graphic novel about growing up and being in love.

Cover picture below, l-click to enlarge.
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Post by: DistantSun on December 08, 2014, 09:16:15 AM
"A Sudden Light" by Garth Stein.
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Post by: Clarius on December 08, 2014, 09:25:35 AM
High Rise by J G Ballard.
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Post by: thatollie on December 10, 2014, 04:44:03 AM
Mort by Terry Pratchett
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Post by: JewelAS53 on December 10, 2014, 06:18:17 AM
Say You're Sorry - Michael Robotham

First read of this author, and I'm hooked!
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Post by: Emery on December 10, 2014, 11:19:39 AM
Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader

Great anthology of the dirty part of the south.
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Post by: DistantSun on December 12, 2014, 11:24:15 AM
"As You Wish - Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride" - Cary Elwes and Joe Layden
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Post by: Jo Bannister on December 12, 2014, 03:00:16 PM
Something on mathematics.  I have this unshakable conviction that I only have to read the right book and the world of numbers will open up to me.  In the meantime I need help making change.
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Post by: herron on December 15, 2014, 03:48:47 PM
Mr. Mercedes

Stephen King
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Post by: Clarius on December 15, 2014, 03:53:00 PM
^ Just finished Doctor Sleep, got Revival pending on Kindle, and hoping Santa brings me...
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Post by: herron on December 15, 2014, 03:57:25 PM
^ Just finished Doctor Sleep, got Revival pending on Kindle, and hoping Santa brings me...

Have those waiting on the Kindle.  ;)
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Post by: Andrewf on December 15, 2014, 04:39:13 PM
"Mitosis" by Brandon Sanderson.  :)
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Post by: Alita Patel on December 15, 2014, 07:21:36 PM
I am not reading now, but would welcome any great ideas...............
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Post by: DistantSun on December 15, 2014, 09:10:35 PM
I am not reading now, but would welcome any great ideas...............

Read back through the pages of this thread - lots of ideas!!

I finished that last one, and have started "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley.
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Post by: Gyppo on December 17, 2014, 02:50:31 AM
Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  (It's a 'vanished wife/husband suspected of doing her in' thriller.)

It's a good tale with more turns than an over-wound clockwork mouse, but...

It may just be me, but at least three times in the first fifty or so pages I put it down with no intention of picking it up again.  I took a strong dislike to the main male character, which never really left me, and, from a writer's point of view, I wondered if he was a good choice to carry the tale in first person. If someone on the circle hadn't mentioned it had a real twist in the middle I may well have cast it aside for good.

But don't be tempted to peep at the middle and then start at the beginning. The central twist is vital, but if you knew it before you started it would ruin the tale.

Warning:  This is a multiple first person book, so if that sort of thing really pisses you off you probably won't enjoy it despite the wonderfully labyrinthine twists and turns.

Gyppo
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Post by: Gayle on December 17, 2014, 02:21:45 PM
Just started Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

I've been meaning to read this for years but somehow hadn't got around to it. Now I wish I had picked it up sooner. A very heartfelt and well-thought out story that makes you think about the nature of good and evil and question the assumptions we make about both of these extremes.

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Post by: Taylor714 on December 23, 2014, 09:12:35 PM
I am currently reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

    I just recently began to read Vonnegut's work, and Cat's Cradle is only the second book of his I have opened. So far, I absolutely love what I have read and believe he writes beautifully, as I wish to someday. Unfortunately, I seem to have left my book at home when I left for my two week vacation, so in complete desperation I may have located it at the local bookstore and sat reading for an hour while Christmas shopping ahah. I also hope to read Breakfast of Champions soon, it looks phenomenal.
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Post by: herron on December 24, 2014, 11:51:33 PM
I am currently reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

    I just recently began to read Vonnegut's work, and Cat's Cradle is only the second book of his I have opened. So far, I absolutely love what I have read and believe he writes beautifully, as I wish to someday. Unfortunately, I seem to have left my book at home when I left for my two week vacation, so in complete desperation I may have located it at the local bookstore and sat reading for an hour while Christmas shopping ahah. I also hope to read Breakfast of Champions soon, it looks phenomenal.

Marvelous. Love Vonnegut.
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Post by: thatollie on December 27, 2014, 09:17:01 PM
I'm reading Revival by Stephen King, yay.
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Post by: Andrewf on December 28, 2014, 02:41:17 PM
"The Abyss Beyond Dreams"   By Peter F Hamilton


I've just started it so I can't tell you what it's about. :D
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 31, 2014, 04:22:53 AM
"The Abyss Beyond Dreams"   By Peter F Hamilton


I've just started it so I can't tell you what it's about. :D

oh you luck guy!!!!!!
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Post by: Andrewf on December 31, 2014, 10:17:18 AM
oh you luck guy!!!!!!

It's a good one so far...

:D
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Post by: Vogel on December 31, 2014, 10:36:51 AM
I'm reading Revival by Stephen King, yay.

Want to read that one. I'm reading Duma Key, then planning on reading the Dark Tower series finally.
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Post by: thatollie on January 01, 2015, 08:17:37 AM
Want to read that one. I'm reading Duma Key, then planning on reading the Dark Tower series finally.

I absolutely loved Dark Tower.
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Post by: Clarius on January 12, 2015, 08:46:19 AM
I made a New Year's resolution, trying for a book per week. Just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep(Dick), which inspired me to finally watch the movie, and have started on Hombre(Leonard). This weekend I'll be scavaging through my library(book pile) looking for anything short enough to read in a week.
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Post by: DistantSun on January 12, 2015, 09:51:31 AM
I started the year with the aim to re-read the entire Harry Potter series. I'm part-way through the third book at the moment. Also started an ARC I received from a Canadian author named Connie Gault, called "A Beauty."
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Post by: Vogel on January 12, 2015, 10:30:51 AM
I like rereading Harry Potter series about every five years, leaving enough time in between to forget some things so that some of it still comes as a nice surprise. I reread them last year while I was working at a call center.
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Post by: DistantSun on January 12, 2015, 01:16:48 PM
I like rereading Harry Potter series about every five years, leaving enough time in between to forget some things so that some of it still comes as a nice surprise. I reread them last year while I was working at a call center.

That's the way I like to do it too. It's been five years since I last did this :D Started January 1 last time and finished April 1.
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Post by: Clarius on January 12, 2015, 02:33:09 PM
I would add Harry Potter to the list but they are too big (for me at least) to manage in a week.
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Post by: Magdiel on January 12, 2015, 03:49:35 PM
Today, I finally finished Isabel Allende's "The house of the spirits", which I was instructed to read for the upcoming school semester. I can somewhat understand why it's gotten so much praise, (the reason, I believe, being how it touches certain controversial topics in a rather clever manner), but I for one, found it to be terrible. Three pages in, I wanted to put it down, mainly because of the immensely lengthy descriptions and the bucket loads of exposition for characters who, in the end, would serve no real purpose in the plot (this means you "Jean of Satigny"). There's also the first/third-person narrative, which hands the storytelling over to the absolute most unlikable character in the entire novel. Honestly, despite the book's best efforts, I could not feel sorry for the guy in the end, and I consider it a shame that he had so much involvement in the plot. All in all, I'm glad to be done with it.
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Post by: Andrewf on January 12, 2015, 04:13:16 PM
The Rithmatist  by Brandon Sanderson.

I'm enjoying it so far, and I do like the odd magic system of chalk lines. And all the clockwork mechanisms. :D
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Post by: JewelAS53 on January 13, 2015, 02:22:32 AM
The Underground Girls of Kabul - Jenny Nordberg

Opens these Western eyes!
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Post by: McWawa on January 13, 2015, 10:09:44 PM
 

 "Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather"- by Pierre Szalowski.

 
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Post by: Clarius on January 14, 2015, 08:32:01 AM
Only one I ever gave up on was Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Maybe it's me, but I keep thinking he needs beat about the head with a copy of 100 Years of Solitude until he gets the point.
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Post by: Simple Things on January 14, 2015, 08:56:55 AM
The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson

I like the descriptions, which at first felt overwhelming. I realised they had a suited purpose that though seemingly seemed to border on too much, in the end felt just right.
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Post by: thatollie on January 14, 2015, 06:30:12 PM
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Post by: Clarius on January 16, 2015, 03:50:18 PM
On to week #3 of my 52 books/52 weeks New Year resolution. Hombre(Leonard) was a quick read, so now into The Road(McCarthy). Yay?
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Post by: Vogel on January 16, 2015, 05:31:38 PM
I've never read any McCarthy, though he's definitely on my to-read list.
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Post by: Andrewf on January 17, 2015, 05:18:28 AM
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson  :D 
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Post by: Clarius on January 19, 2015, 01:54:31 PM
Thought I'd share this link to the BBC web-site for those who won't have seen it. One of my favourite singers talking about one of my favourite books.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30846163
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Post by: Clarius on January 20, 2015, 02:02:32 PM
So, I finished The Road(McCarthy) ahead of schedule in my book a week New Year challenge. Strangely engaging - bleakest thing I've read since The Grapes of Wrath(Steinbeck) - despite its disregard for so many conventions. On now to Trainspotting(Welsh) which, judging by the first chapter, will require a tame Scotsman on hand to translate.  :o
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Post by: bailish on January 23, 2015, 09:50:05 PM
I'm on the third book of Martin's Fire and Ice series.
Loved book 1.
Book 2, meh. Too much political maneuvering (which I enjoy, but in smaller doses) and not enough action for me.
Book 3 has started out well.
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Post by: thatollie on January 24, 2015, 06:48:14 PM
I'm on the third book of Martin's Fire and Ice series.
Loved book 1.
Book 2, meh. Too much political maneuvering (which I enjoy, but in smaller doses) and not enough action for me.
Book 3 has started out well.


Book 3 is really good.
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Post by: DistantSun on January 24, 2015, 09:23:44 PM
Just finished an ARC of a new novel by Canadian writer Connie Gault called "A Beauty", which I really enjoyed. I have book 4 in the Harry Potter series on the go as well.
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Post by: Vienna on January 28, 2015, 09:55:06 AM
Soumission - Michel Houellebecq, I am reading it in german though,  "Unterwerfung" my french  isn't good enough anymore :(



anyone read this?
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Post by: herron on January 28, 2015, 08:13:22 PM
Just re-read Ray Bradbury's delightful I Sing the Body Electric collection. Good stuff.
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Post by: Mark H on January 30, 2015, 09:47:43 AM
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks.

Prior to that Revival by SK which I thought it very poor.
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Post by: Gyppo on January 30, 2015, 10:16:35 AM
Re-reading Eagle In The Sky by Wilbur Smith.  (Good solid old-school storytelling.)
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Post by: Mark H on January 30, 2015, 11:07:00 AM
Re-reading Eagle In The Sky by Wilbur Smith.  (Good solid old-school storytelling.)

Is that the one about the Israeli fighter pilot?
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Post by: thatollie on January 31, 2015, 09:51:41 AM
Engleby by Sebastian Faulks.

Prior to that Revival by SK which I thought it very poor.

I loved Revival apart from the stupid ending.
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Post by: Gyppo on January 31, 2015, 10:37:32 AM
Is that the one about the Israeli fighter pilot?

That's the one.  In many ways it's a classic 'coming of age' story.  A spoiled little rich boy who falls in love with the magic of flight, but then discovers so much more out there.  A story full of reversals and triumphs.

From back in 1974, much to my surprise when I looked at the copyright date.
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Post by: Vogel on January 31, 2015, 10:50:50 AM
So, I finished The Road(McCarthy) ahead of schedule in my book a week New Year challenge. Strangely engaging - bleakest thing I've read since The Grapes of Wrath(Steinbeck) - despite its disregard for so many conventions. On now to Trainspotting(Welsh) which, judging by the first chapter, will require a tame Scotsman on hand to translate.  :o

how is it going so far?

I liked it but as an American high school student it was hard to get through even with the glossary in the back. I picked it as my final project because I enjoyed the movie so much and really because I was just in shock that my teacher had it on her list considering the subject matter.  I have to give Mr Welsh credit. There are scenes I'll probably never forget until the day I die.
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Post by: Clarius on January 31, 2015, 06:07:53 PM
Trainspotting? Never again. Guardian reading home counties literary luvies who hand out awards can wax lyrical all they like but the effort required to wade through all that colloquial dialogue isn't worth the reward. The few chapters written from other POVs prove it would have worked just as well without it. Oh well. Box ticked. Move on.
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Post by: Clarius on January 31, 2015, 06:11:00 PM
Wilbur Smith. Met twice at signings. Guilty pleasure. River God should have been a movie. Anthony Hopkins, Russel Crowe and Catherine Jones would have been dream cast.
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Post by: Clarius on January 31, 2015, 06:12:03 PM
Week #5. The Barracks. John McGahern.
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Post by: Vogel on February 01, 2015, 08:19:35 AM
Trainspotting? Never again.

Yeah, I agree. I don't ever say this, but I think you're probably better off just watching the movie.
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Post by: Annmarie on February 01, 2015, 08:31:59 AM
Reading Cloud Atlas, since I loved the movie. Surprised the futuristic/speculative part is the most enjoyable. I don't usually read that stuff, but it's so well done. The British voices are hilarious, the Americans less convincing. But overall good read.
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Post by: Mark H on February 01, 2015, 09:33:18 AM
Reading Cloud Atlas, since I loved the movie. Surprised the futuristic/speculative part is the most enjoyable. I don't usually read that stuff, but it's so well done. The British voices are hilarious, the Americans less convincing. But overall good read.

I've read and really enjoyed all of David Mitchell's books but the best by far was The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Have you read that?
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Post by: Annmarie on February 01, 2015, 09:52:58 AM
I've read and really enjoyed all of David Mitchell's books but the best by far was The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Have you read that?

No, Cloud Atlas is my first. I'll make that my second, Mark.  :)
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Post by: DistantSun on February 01, 2015, 01:38:54 PM
Jennifer Worth's "Call the Midwife."
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Post by: Clarius on February 01, 2015, 04:48:57 PM
Jennifer Worth's "Call the Midwife."

Been watching that since episode 1. I miss Byrony Hanna as Nurse Miller.
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Post by: DistantSun on February 02, 2015, 12:43:52 PM
Been watching that since episode 1. I miss Byrony Hanna as Nurse Miller.

Just finished watching Series 2 last night. They all seem to play their parts so well, don't they! Shh... don't feed me any more spoilers :P :D I'm only halfway through the book, which is very close to the story that appears onscreen (other than a few details and situations that seem to have been passed on to different characters).
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Post by: Dawn on February 02, 2015, 12:58:44 PM
Just finished a Nora Roberts trilogy. The Garden series.

Now can't decide on The Girl on the Train or The Husbands Secret.
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Post by: Clarius on February 02, 2015, 01:25:34 PM
Just finished watching Series 2 last night. They all seem to play their parts so well, don't they! Shh... don't feed me any more spoilers :P :D I'm only halfway through the book, which is very close to the story that appears onscreen (other than a few details and situations that seem to have been passed on to different characters).

Oops, I did it again... On the bright side I think, based on veiled (ha, see what I did there) comments, Nurse Millar will be returning this series.  ;)

Bryony Hanna is one of those actors you can't take your eyes off. When she appeared on stage in the West End with Keira Knightley one critic commented 'Keira who'?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1355897/Shes-unknown-whos-upstaging-Keira-Knightley-The-Childrens-Hour--Bryony-Hannah.html
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Post by: DistantSun on February 02, 2015, 02:46:23 PM
I have never heard of any of the actors in this - I've especially enjoyed Miranda Hart as Chummy :)
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Post by: Mark H on February 02, 2015, 03:01:04 PM
The Missing and the Dead by Stuart McBride.
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Post by: WordBird on February 04, 2015, 04:45:06 PM
I desperately need some new stuff to read. I've read everything on my shelf. I've done the library thing. They don't have much to my liking, confirming that I don't really fit in around here. And Amazon has made plenty of profit on me already.  :(
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Post by: Clarius on February 04, 2015, 05:46:54 PM
I desperately need some new stuff to read. I've read everything on my shelf. I've done the library thing. They don't have much to my liking, confirming that I don't really fit in around here. And Amazon has made plenty of profit on me already.  :(

Charity shop/thrift store?
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Post by: Mrs N on February 04, 2015, 07:30:25 PM
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Crazy read.
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Post by: bailish on February 06, 2015, 03:30:00 AM
I should finish book 4 "A Feast for Crows" this weekend.

The series is enticing me to try a complicated plot for my next book.
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Post by: thatollie on February 07, 2015, 04:02:10 PM
I should finish book 4 "A Feast for Crows" this weekend.

The series is enticing me to try a complicated plot for my next book.

that always happens
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Post by: DistantSun on February 07, 2015, 04:11:36 PM
"The Boy Who Drew Monsters" by Keith Donahue. Gorgeous prose, delightfully creepy story!
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Post by: Clarius on February 10, 2015, 02:34:25 PM
Week #6 of my book a week New Year resolution. Maggie Cassidy by Jack Kerouac.
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Post by: DistantSun on February 10, 2015, 02:35:23 PM
"Shadows of the Workhouse" by Jennifer Worth (second in the "Call the Midwife" series).
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Post by: Dawn on February 10, 2015, 04:39:26 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird.  An amazing book.
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Post by: bailish on February 11, 2015, 04:16:56 AM
To Kill a Mockingbird.  An amazing book.

Is Gregory Peck in the book, too?  :D
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Post by: Dawn on February 11, 2015, 05:26:31 AM
 ;D
Have you read the book, or just seen the film?
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Post by: Emery on February 11, 2015, 06:20:53 AM
I was planning on re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird too.

right now  i hate to see that evening sun go down - William Gay

collection of short stories, dark and depressing.
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Post by: thatollie on February 11, 2015, 02:42:53 PM
I am reading The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold.
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Post by: McWawa on February 12, 2015, 07:27:01 PM
The Lost Heart of Asia,

      by Colin Thubron
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Post by: Dawn on February 13, 2015, 03:35:35 AM
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
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Post by: Andrewf on February 13, 2015, 04:06:08 PM
Gauntlgrym  by R.A. Salvatore
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Post by: Annmarie on February 13, 2015, 04:59:13 PM
About to reread The Neverending Story.
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Post by: Andrewf on February 14, 2015, 05:22:47 AM
About to reread The Neverending Story.

I bet that'll take forever... :D :D
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Post by: DistantSun on February 14, 2015, 11:05:32 AM
"Artaaaaaax". Oh Annmarie, I remember reading that as a kid. Loved it. I should read it again too  ;D
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Post by: Dawn on February 14, 2015, 03:10:13 PM
Just finished Girl on the Train. I began to enjoy it once I'd got used to the concept. Excellent.
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Post by: Clarius on February 15, 2015, 04:28:42 AM
Week #7(?) When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr.
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Post by: Dawn on February 15, 2015, 05:19:22 AM
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.
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Post by: Vienna on February 17, 2015, 08:45:05 AM
zwei millionen hamma erledigt, Odilo Globotschnig, Hitlers Manager des Todes - Johannes Sachslehner


a horrifying read. How banal evil really is.
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Post by: bailish on February 18, 2015, 12:21:28 AM
Just finished the fifth (and last published) book of the Song of Fire and Ice series -- George RR Martin

Loved the ending, but I'm still waiting for some of the storylines to meld.
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Post by: thatollie on February 18, 2015, 05:27:42 AM
but didn't Dany's chapters (especially the last one) seem boring and nigh on endless.
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Post by: bailish on February 19, 2015, 11:46:29 PM
but didn't Dany's chapters (especially the last one) seem boring and nigh on endless.

Sorry, just got back to this topic. I agree, and in fact, most of the book felt stretched out. I only mentioned that the ending had a great twist. Martin knows how to write cliffhangers, but I think the first five books could have been compressed to a couple.

Now I've started the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, classic science fiction.
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Post by: thatollie on February 20, 2015, 11:24:45 AM
Are you reading all the foundation books or just the original trilogy?
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Post by: ignatious crumple on February 21, 2015, 01:11:30 PM
The Sex Lives of Cannibals

A pretty awesome travel adventure book
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Post by: Mark H on February 21, 2015, 02:20:18 PM
Other People's Money by Justin Cartwright

A totally different take on the banking crisis. I'm about 1/3 in and enjoying very much.
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Post by: Clarius on February 22, 2015, 05:04:56 AM
Week #8/Book #8 - Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerny. 2nd person narrative, hmm.
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Post by: bailish on February 23, 2015, 04:46:18 AM
Are you reading all the foundation books or just the original trilogy?

I've got the entire 7-book series. I've started the original trilogy, but I wonder if I should restart in chronological order instead. Any suggestions?
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Post by: WordBird on February 23, 2015, 06:00:23 PM
Love Me
by Garrison Keillor
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 24, 2015, 03:15:33 AM
Re-reading Earth unaware by Orson Scott Card ;)
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Post by: Mastafrank on February 24, 2015, 03:16:53 AM
Are you reading all the foundation books or just the original trilogy?

Thats been on my to read list for years ::) Got distracted by life
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Post by: DistantSun on February 24, 2015, 08:49:15 AM
Just finished Jennifer Worth's "Shadows of the Workhouse." I'll have to put the next one on hold so I can finish the series!
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Post by: thatollie on February 25, 2015, 04:39:58 AM
I've got the entire 7-book series. I've started the original trilogy, but I wonder if I should restart in chronological order instead. Any suggestions?


I prefer it the way you're already doing it.


Also, for any interested parties, I'm currently reading the One Piece manga volumes 50-53.
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Post by: Annmarie on February 25, 2015, 11:21:54 AM
I Am Pilgrim.

Interesting first few chapters, then hurtles into  back story,  flashbacks and lots of stuff so far away from the book's open, I wonder why it's all there.

And this is a thriller!
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Post by: tog on February 25, 2015, 12:03:32 PM
George MacDonald, Phantastes (Re-read). George MacDonald has been an inspiration to fantasy writers for years. Up there with Barron, Tolkien, Lewis and many others.
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Post by: Gyppo on February 28, 2015, 10:02:02 AM
I recently re=read Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin.  This was the original Inspector Rebus story and at the time Rankin had no idea it was going to lead to a series.  In fact he intended Rebus to die at the end.  When you read it you can see how it was left open to interpretation.

It makes me wonder how many other long-running series were originally written as stand-alones.

Gyppo  
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Post by: Mark H on February 28, 2015, 01:53:30 PM
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
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Post by: Clarius on March 01, 2015, 04:58:10 AM
Week #9, Book #9. Fludd by Hilary Mantel.
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Post by: Clarius on March 01, 2015, 01:45:41 PM
It makes me wonder how many other long-running series were originally written as stand-alones.

Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter was a minor character in Red Dragon. He was meant to be little more than a cypher, a sounding board, through which the protagonist could explore some psychiatry. In an effort to create an interesting character Harris quite literally created a monster.
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Post by: Gyppo on March 01, 2015, 02:29:18 PM
Yes.  Hannibal certainly came to life on the pages.  Even in Red Dragon he had a awful fascination, long before Harris really let him off the leash.
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Post by: Clarius on March 01, 2015, 04:22:58 PM
Yes.  Hannibal certainly came to life on the pages.  Even in Red Dragon he had a awful fascination, long before Harris really let him off the leash.

I have the feeling that Harris, like Conan Doyle, created a rod for his own back.
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Post by: DistantSun on March 01, 2015, 08:03:48 PM
Yes.  Hannibal certainly came to life on the pages.  Even in Red Dragon he had a awful fascination, long before Harris really let him off the leash.

Oh... I get chills up my spine even thinking of those books. I have read them, although a decade or two ago.

I am, on the other hand, about to start the third book in Jennifer Worth's "Call the Midwife" series. Still muddling through the fourth Harry Potter book, and "If I Fall, If I Die" by Michael Christie as well. I find it hard to be a one-book girl  :P
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Post by: bailish on March 01, 2015, 10:59:56 PM
Finished the Foundation trilogy and now starting on book 4, Foundation's Edge, by Isaac Asimov.
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Post by: Laura H on March 01, 2015, 11:01:32 PM
Asimov! That makes for a good day  :)
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Post by: Andrewf on March 02, 2015, 05:12:49 AM
Neverwinter by R A Salvatore

I'd forgotten how much I enjoy the Drizzt books. :)
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Post by: Clarius on March 02, 2015, 08:29:54 AM
Do Androids Dream... was my first book this year. I see in the press Harrison Ford's coming back for a movie sequel to Bladerunner, probably 'cause he won't have much to do in Star Wars 8 or 9.
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Post by: herron on March 03, 2015, 10:07:36 AM
"The Inner Circle"  by Brad Meltzer
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Post by: Dawn on March 07, 2015, 07:37:05 AM
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Highly recommend.
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Post by: Clarius on March 07, 2015, 02:09:27 PM
Week #10/Book #10. Dark Sky by Cyan Brodie.
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Post by: Dawn on March 07, 2015, 02:25:30 PM
Week #10/Book #10. Dark Sky by Cyan Brodie.

Ooh I know who that one is.
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Post by: bailish on March 08, 2015, 08:26:17 PM
I'm over halfway through Book 6 of the Foundation series by Asimov. Now I understand why the prequels shouldn't be read first.
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Post by: Bagliun Edar on March 08, 2015, 09:07:24 PM
Fiction: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Non-Fiction:
   Getting Into Character by Brandilyn Collins
   Fundamentals of C++ Programming by Richard L. Halterman
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Post by: Clarius on March 09, 2015, 09:35:28 AM
Long time since I did any C/C++. Is Kernighan & Ritchie's book no longer the gospel according to?
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Post by: Bagliun Edar on March 09, 2015, 12:57:14 PM
Long time since I did any C/C++. Is Kernighan & Ritchie's book no longer the gospel according to?
I honestly don't know. However, I understand that after this book was published, there have been changes to the C language standard; so I may guess that this book is no longer gospel.
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Post by: Clarius on March 15, 2015, 07:08:24 AM
Week #11, book #11. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Post by: thatollie on March 17, 2015, 08:38:56 PM
I am currently reading Time and The Gods by Lord Dunsany.


Week #11, book #11. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

That's a wonderful one.
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Post by: Clarius on March 18, 2015, 09:34:11 AM
I am currently reading Time and The Gods by Lord Dunsany.

Week #11, book #11. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

That's a wonderful one.

I wondered at first why a Japanese writer was tacking something so quintessentially English then I realised he was doing just what Annie Proulx did with Brokeback Mountain, taking a conventional story and placing it in an unconventional setting. It seems to me the great house servant class system is a metaphor for feudal Japanese society, the protagonist, Mr Stevens, a samurai selling body and soul to successive masters.
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Post by: Clarius on March 21, 2015, 03:29:12 PM
Week #12. Book #12. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.
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Post by: Mrs N on March 21, 2015, 03:37:26 PM
Week #12. Book #12. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

In for a depressing week then.  :(
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Post by: Vogel on March 21, 2015, 04:21:00 PM
Fiction: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Loved it.

I'm reading The Stand. One of the few old King books I never got around to reading. Found a copy of the Complete and Uncut Edition, hardback printed in 1990 for FIFTY CENTS! Or maybe a dollar? I can't remember their hardback price. Along with 8 other hardback King 1st printings, all in damn near perfect shape. Saw them in the cart as the worker was putting them on the shelf a little while back. I was tickled pink. Someone gave away one heck of a hardback collection. ;D You gotta love Goodwill.
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Post by: thatollie on March 21, 2015, 04:35:28 PM
Loved it.

I'm reading The Stand. One of the few old King books I never got around to reading. Found a copy of the Complete and Uncut Edition, hardback printed in 1990 for FIFTY CENTS! Or maybe a dollar? I can't remember their hardback price. Along with 8 other hardback King 1st printings, all in damn near perfect shape. Saw them in the cart as the worker was putting them on the shelf a little while back. I was tickled pink. Someone gave away one heck of a hardback collection. ;D You gotta love Goodwill.

I've heard that the uncut version is supposed to be damn near unreadable.
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Post by: Vogel on March 22, 2015, 07:22:09 PM
Really?


I'm about a hundred words in and so far so good. I don't have a copy of the original and this is what they had, so I figured I'd read this version. Though it wouldn't be the first time Stephen King has let me down. I'd have much rather gotten a 1st printing of the original, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

I thought it was more or less an expansion with some changes made to bring the science aspects more or less up to date, though after looking it up, I think I was wrong.
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Post by: Clarius on March 23, 2015, 08:24:00 AM
Really?


I'm about a hundred words in and so far so good. I don't have a copy of the original and this is what they had, so I figured I'd read this version. Though it wouldn't be the first time Stephen King has let me down. I'd have much rather gotten a 1st printing of the original, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

I thought it was more or less an expansion with some changes made to bring the science aspects more or less up to date, though after looking it up, I think I was wrong.

I've only ever read the original, abridged version and remember a couple of places where the absence of the edited material was really noticeable.
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Post by: Clarius on March 27, 2015, 05:05:18 PM
And speaking of Stephen King. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was a quick read so with time in hand I chose a longer book for week #13/book #13: King's Revival.

p.s. There's a couple of good reads in the Kindle monthly deal at present: Red Love by Maxim Leo and The Story of Film by Mark Cousins. And of course there's always Dark Sky by Cyan Brodie. ;)
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Post by: Vogel on March 27, 2015, 06:10:46 PM

Dark Sky by Cyan Brodie. ;)

I already bought it and going to give it a go when I'm finished with The Stand (though that may take a few years, so  ;))

As for Revival, it was one of those I got at Goodwill for 50 cents or a dollar or w/e it was. Curious to know what you think.
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Post by: Vogel on March 27, 2015, 06:13:23 PM
I've only ever read the original, abridged version and remember a couple of places where the absence of the edited material was really noticeable.

Interesting. I guess there's probably pros and cons with both.
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Post by: Clarius on March 28, 2015, 04:02:21 PM
I already bought it and going to give it a go when I'm finished with The Stand (though that may take a few years, so  ;))

As for Revival, it was one of those I got at Goodwill for 50 cents or a dollar or w/e it was. Curious to know what you think.

Picked a copy of The Stand up today, one of two I bought from a charity shop. It's like a house-brick. The original abridged version had at least two points were the redacted material was noticeably absent: when they hypnotised Tommy and made reference to an earlier session which memory Stu found painful, and when the refuges came across the corpse of a character they dubbed the wolf-man. I'm enjoying Revival thus far. King does nostalgia so well he makes you ache for a childhood you never knew. It's a common trope of his best work. I've also ordered a copy of the Tales of Hoffman because I read Freud's essay off the back of an interview with Mark Gaddis.
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Post by: Vogel on March 28, 2015, 04:24:28 PM
King does nostalgia so well he makes you ache for a childhood you never knew. It's a common trope of his best work.


So true. You've reminded me of fond memories of the kids building the dam and playing down in the Barrens in IT.  :) In my opinion, when King is good, he's really, really good. That's what I am hoping for in The Stand. That it's going to be as good as The Shining and IT. A few of his lastest books I have been disappointed in, particularly Doctor Sleep. Though I did love Under the Dome. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.
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Post by: Clarius on March 28, 2015, 04:29:31 PM
Fans regard The Stand as King's best. That his 'best' was thirty years ago is something he admits to being slightly annoyed about. I've read most of King's work, the exception being The Dark Tower series. I still hope that someone will film The Running Man the way he wrote it.
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Post by: Vogel on March 28, 2015, 04:42:53 PM
Fans regard The Stand as King's best. That his 'best' was thirty years ago is something he admits to being slightly annoyed about.

I imagine he is. That would be quite a kick in the gut. I had The Dark Tower series given to me this last Christmas. I'd been wanting to read them for a long time. Honestly, I read the first five or so pages of The Gunslinger three different times and just couldn't get into it. They were hard for me personally to get through. My mind kept wavering. It was dry, IMO. I'm sure they're great and one day I will commit to them and read them.
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Post by: Vogel on March 28, 2015, 04:45:44 PM
I've read most of King's work

I'm curious: what was your personal favorite?
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Post by: Clarius on March 28, 2015, 05:05:15 PM
He seems to be back on form after after years of trading on his reputation with Insomnia and Bag of Bones etc. His son, Joe Hill, is also producing good material. I could never choose one King book as a favourite. I loved the Bachman Books and Different Seasons( four stories/three movies). The short stories are good. Apt Pupil - which I liked - was King being a playwright. Shawshank is one of the best bro-mances ever written. The Long Walk would have made a great brat-pack vehicle. The Running Man adaptation was a travesty. Put a gun to my head and I'd probably say IT which made me pine for a '50's childhood I never knew. The motif of friends standing together also made the conclusion of The Stand a great read. For me King's underlying theme is one of isolation, of how people react when the rules no longer apply. In Carrie the eponymous heroine was isolated from her peers, in Cujo a mother and child isolated from the world by a dog, in Salem's Lot and The Dome a whole town isolated from the rest of the world, in IT children isolated by their being children and outsiders, and in The Stand the survivors polarized into too surviving camps.
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Post by: Vogel on March 28, 2015, 05:25:48 PM
Good point about the isolation theme. The Shining too, a family isolated through winter, and Misery, a writer isolated with a psychopath. I wonder if it stems from his own feelings of isolation, maybe as a writer, because to write that many books, he's had to have spent a hell of a lot of time alone. I know I spend too much time alone, especially on weekends, when I'm not working my day job. If I didn't have that day job, I'd probably go weeks without leaving the house. Never read anything from Joe Hill. I've seen that Horns movie on Netflix (not watched it) but I had no idea! Will have to check it out.
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Post by: Vogel on March 28, 2015, 05:28:13 PM
If you put a gun to my head ;), I'd probably say The Shining. I love that book. It was such a pleasant surprise reading the ending, especially after seeing the movie.
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Post by: Frogg on March 28, 2015, 10:03:35 PM
Yet again, I'm reading Arcadia - Tom Stoppard. The characters, the dialogue, the atmosphere.

As close to imperfect perfection as it gets.
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Post by: Clarius on March 29, 2015, 04:57:21 AM
Good point about the isolation theme. The Shining too, a family isolated through winter, and Misery, a writer isolated with a psychopath. I wonder if it stems from his own feelings of isolation, maybe as a writer, because to write that many books, he's had to have spent a hell of a lot of time alone. I know I spend too much time alone, especially on weekends, when I'm not working my day job. If I didn't have that day job, I'd probably go weeks without leaving the house. Never read anything from Joe Hill. I've seen that Horns movie on Netflix (not watched it) but I had no idea! Will have to check it out.

In On Writing, King mentions a childhood illness that confined him to bed, a period during which he read a lot of books. I've often wondered if this is the source of this awareness of how being isolated from the mainstream makes people behave differently.
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Post by: Vienna on March 29, 2015, 12:59:53 PM
Biography of Eleanor Marx - Rachel Holmes

one of the first strong women that spoke out about rights and translated a lot of french novels into english for the first time.
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Post by: Clarius on April 04, 2015, 03:22:13 PM
Week #14/Book #14. Enid Blyton: The Biography by Barbara Stoney.
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Post by: Annmarie on April 04, 2015, 03:40:42 PM
The Stand is my favorite King book.

Just got done reading Dennis Lehane's Live by Night. Fantastic sophisto crime noir set in 1920s Boston, Tampa and Cuba, about the rise and fall of a young gangster. Just gripping stuff. Will definitely be checking out his other books. I love historicals written in a modern style - it's what I do -- so I learned a lot from his stuff.


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Post by: Vogel on April 04, 2015, 04:44:43 PM
In On Writing, King mentions a childhood illness that confined him to bed, a period during which he read a lot of books. I've often wondered if this is the source of this awareness of how being isolated from the mainstream makes people behave differently.

Interesting. Could very well be.

The Stand is my favorite King book.


About 400 pages in. No complaints so far. It's getting really good.
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Post by: thatollie on April 04, 2015, 05:41:55 PM
For those that are interested, my favourite Stephen King book is Pet Semetary.
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Post by: herron on April 05, 2015, 04:12:37 PM
"The Tenth Justice"

by Brad Meltzer
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Post by: Clarius on April 12, 2015, 05:46:06 PM
Week #15/Book #15. Tales of Hoffman. Freud based his essay on them and a myriad of writers were inspired.
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Post by: kateD on April 17, 2015, 06:19:55 PM
Thunder Dog -- a true story about a blind man and his guide dog escaping the WTC on 9/11/01. Captivating!
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Post by: Clarius on April 27, 2015, 08:15:28 AM
On holiday last week so week #16 was a double feature. Read King's On Writing travelling to/from Malta, and Matheson's The Incredible Shrinking Man after I got home. For week #17,this week, it's King's Mr Mercedes.
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Post by: Mrs N on April 27, 2015, 09:25:34 AM
Are we really only seventeen weeks into this year, seems longer.

The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
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Post by: Emery on April 27, 2015, 09:36:52 AM
Just finished The Weight of Blood by McHugh and now reading The Winter People by McMahon.

I read Stephen King over ten years ago, nothing recently, but the one that kind of stuck with me is Needful Things.  I'm not even sure it was that good, but the premise of what would you do to obtain you strongest desire interests me.  I remember reading the Stand, but there was so much going on that it is hard for me to recall the details fifteen years later.

Here's my take on King.  His writing is great.  Conversational and flows.  At times it feels like he's sitting there and recounting the story by fireside.  The problem is, and this is personal opinion, but he must write a book on every idea that pops in his head.  If you take his catalogue and cut it by 2/3rds I would argue it would actually be stronger overall. 

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Post by: bailish on April 27, 2015, 09:40:57 AM
Just finished The Maze Runner by James Dashner and set to begin the sequel, The Scorch Trials.
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Post by: Clarius on April 27, 2015, 02:08:08 PM
Here's my take on King.  His writing is great.  Conversational and flows.  At times it feels like he's sitting there and recounting the story by fireside.  The problem is, and this is personal opinion, but he must write a book on every idea that pops in his head.  If you take his catalogue and cut it by 2/3rds I would argue it would actually be stronger overall. 

If you've never read King's On Writing I recommend it. He talks about his own output, his reading list while writing Hearts..., and which, and why some, of his published books/stories don't work. You can, if you wish, skip the first hundred odd pages of autobiography, but I think it's worth reading to see how that writer was made.
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Post by: Emery on April 27, 2015, 02:19:08 PM
If you've never read King's On Writing I recommend it. He talks about his own output, his reading list while writing Hearts..., and which, and why some, of his published books/stories don't work. You can, if you wish, skip the first hundred odd pages of autobiography, but I think it's worth reading to see how that writer was made.

I read it and really enjoyed it, but still can't shake that there is some self-editing that needs to take place--especially now that he is sober.  I think Hemingway said that every author needs a bullshit detector.  Sometimes I don't think King's detector works that well, even without cocaine and other drugs. 

I some ways I am envious that he can write a bestseller so intoxicated he can't remember writing a single word.  I struggle and he is obliterated and can produce.
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Post by: Clarius on April 27, 2015, 05:25:18 PM
I some ways I am envious that he can write a bestseller so intoxicated he can't remember writing a single word.  I struggle and he is obliterated and can produce.

Remember one thing about King. Writing is all he has ever done. He's been in training since he was a child.
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Post by: herron on April 28, 2015, 10:24:32 PM
Remember one thing about King. Writing is all he has ever done. He's been in training since he was a child.

He did spend a brief time as a teacher. He also worked in a laundry (the same one his mother worked in). He readily admits his early drinking problem. When King was two years old, his father (a merchant seaman) left the family under the pretense of "going to buy a pack of cigarettes" and never returned, so kudos to his mother for raising him well. He undoubtedly had reasons to drink (or thought he did), but he conquered that in the early 80s ... so he's been writing sober for more than 30 years.  

And the man knows how to tell a story.  ;)
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Post by: Clarius on April 29, 2015, 08:11:07 AM
^ Yep, but in common with Enid Blyton, and probably countless others who also did other things, the writing was the constant undercurrent to their lives.
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Post by: Gyppo on May 03, 2015, 06:06:57 PM
^ Yep, but in common with Enid Blyton, and probably countless others who also did other things, the writing was the constant undercurrent to their lives.

You say that as if it's a bad thing ;-)
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Post by: Clarius on May 04, 2015, 03:05:21 PM
Week #18. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn.
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Post by: Clarius on May 11, 2015, 08:13:52 AM
Week #19. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
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Post by: DistantSun on May 11, 2015, 08:31:52 AM
Just finished John Boyne's new one, "A History of Loneliness" last night. Really enjoy his writing, but man am I ever going to need a more uplifting story to go onto after that  :-\
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Post by: ddlorenzo on May 12, 2015, 02:00:47 AM
Just read an ARC of a book to be published in June; "Amber to Ashes" by Gail McHugh.
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Post by: clmarvin on May 14, 2015, 06:40:44 PM
The Girl on the Train
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Post by: Clarius on May 17, 2015, 05:57:31 AM
Week #20. Book #20. A Lucky Child (A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy) by Thomas Buergenthal.
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Post by: Mrs N on May 17, 2015, 07:24:03 AM
Week #20. Book #20. A Lucky Child (A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy) by Thomas Buergenthal.


I'm starting to feel I should sponsor you!  ;D
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Post by: bailish on May 17, 2015, 08:18:28 AM
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
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Post by: Clarius on May 17, 2015, 11:25:12 AM

I'm starting to feel I should sponsor you!  ;D
Yay, I can buy more books. Yeah, I set myself the goal of getting back into the reading habit after realising toward the end of last year that my reading was quietly, comfortably, imperceptibly tailing off. :-[ So it's one a week this year to get me back in the saddle, although I'm selective about the length: more that 300 pages is a challenge for me to get through in one week, so there's a couple of biggie's - The Tin Drum and Up In the Old Hotel - waiting for a holiday week.

*** OMG! This is my 1000th post. ***
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Post by: Mrs N on May 17, 2015, 12:17:16 PM
*** OMG! This is my 1000th post. ***

Congrats, Clarius, your posts/crits are thoughtfully written and v. informative. I love reading them. 8)
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Post by: kateD on May 19, 2015, 06:42:21 PM
I know, I'm a couple of years behind the rest of the reading world, but I just finished The Goldfinch and loved it. Well, it was a 500-page book crammed into 800 pages, but otherwise, wonderful!
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Post by: Laura H on May 19, 2015, 06:53:09 PM
I still haven't read Goldfinch, Kate, but I loved both The Secret History and The Little Friend. They're both by Donna Tartt, as well.
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Post by: kateD on May 19, 2015, 07:22:45 PM
I have not read those two, but plan to now.
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Post by: thatollie on May 19, 2015, 09:30:52 PM
I have not read those two, but plan to now.

The Secret History is brilliant.
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Post by: MWL on May 21, 2015, 02:52:44 PM
The Human Stain by Philip Roth
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Post by: Vogel on May 21, 2015, 06:36:10 PM
Finished The Stand a week or so ago, finally. Worth the time and effort. Just finished The World According to Garp. Never seen the movie with Robin Williams, but I couldn't put it down. It wasn't at all cumbersome and I got through it fairly quickly, so that says something. I would suggest it. Great characters you just fall in love with. Funny and dark at the same time.

Now to something else. Started Metro 3036, but I haven't been able to really get into it yet. I think the voice is lost in the translation, maybe? Thinking about another Irving book.
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Post by: bailish on May 22, 2015, 06:45:12 AM
The Unwind Collection by Neal Shusterman
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Post by: kateD on May 23, 2015, 04:32:45 PM
The Secret History is brilliant.

OK, based on your and Laura's recommendations, I just bought The Secret History. Tomorrow (and Monday -- holiday here) looks like a couch day!
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Post by: Clarius on May 24, 2015, 04:54:22 PM
Week #21. Book #21. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Early 20th century dystopian sci-fi.
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Post by: thatollie on May 24, 2015, 05:03:13 PM
Week #21. Book #21. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Early 20th century dystopian sci-fi.

Excellent choice.


I'm reading The Noise Revealed by Ian Whates.
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Post by: Matt Walker on May 28, 2015, 05:45:29 PM
Started Stephen King's Revival.
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Post by: Vogel on May 28, 2015, 06:08:11 PM
Haven't read Revival, but I just finished Lisey's Story. And all but for the child vocabulary (smucking repeated over and over again), I really enjoyed it. There's a story within the story that's really gut-wrenching and had me crying like a baby. I'd read it in high school (part of it, don't believe I ever finished it) and didn't particularly care for it, but I'm glad I gave it a second chance as an adult. I can see why Stephen King said it was his most important work, though still not sure that it's my favorite.
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Post by: The Skald on May 29, 2015, 11:08:22 AM
I'm currently reading a crime by some Norwegian guy called Frode Granhus. His first book was pretty good in most ways, but he really should do more research before going into some technical stuff. At one point, he started talking about how kideys worked, but it was painfully obvious he had no idea what the heck he was talking about. Plus, the first book had one of the best endings I've seen in a crime book in decades... until he changed it back to a standard, boring ending. We're talking going from a "the fudge did I just read?" to "the killer is... some random guy we've never heard of before!". So disappointing. The second book is also pretty good, but, again has some technical issues.

Kinda like Jussi Adler-Olsen, come to think of it. In the latest book, a computer is filled with "45% pictures, 55% videos and a few percent other files." But... 45% + 55% = 100%, so... what other percentages?  ??? Or is he saying the computer is 110% full?
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Post by: Clarius on May 31, 2015, 05:48:37 PM
Another week (#22?) and another book. Second Variety by Phillip K. Dick.
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Post by: thatollie on May 31, 2015, 06:07:33 PM
Another week (#22?) and another book. Second Variety by Phillip K. Dick.

Which version are you reading, the one with an intro by Norman Spinrad or the one with an intro by John Brunner?
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Post by: Clarius on June 01, 2015, 08:26:30 AM
Which version are you reading, the one with an intro by Norman Spinrad or the one with an intro by John Brunner?
Norman Spinrad? I always read introductions, particularly author's own introductions. There's good stuff there.
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Post by: Clarius on June 08, 2015, 02:41:12 AM
Week #23/Book #23. Eats, shoots and leaves by Lynne Truss.
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Post by: bailish on June 08, 2015, 02:52:49 AM
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
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Post by: Vienna on June 09, 2015, 10:30:33 AM
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak


a good choice.
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Post by: Vienna on June 09, 2015, 10:31:02 AM
as Bloomsday is coming up, re-reading Joyce - Ulysses.
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Post by: Clarius on June 09, 2015, 03:33:37 PM
as Bloomsday is coming up, re-reading Joyce - Ulysses.

Well done you for actually reading it. It's been said of Joyce that he's more talked about that actually read. The only one of his works I've read is Portrait... which Jesuit depiction of hell is, quite literally, going to put the fear of God into anyone who reads it.
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Post by: Vienna on June 10, 2015, 03:12:12 AM
ta very much! Reading it for the 4th time fully through. From age about 15 picked it up and put it down so many times.
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Post by: Writing Skills on June 12, 2015, 07:24:49 PM
Toxic Sludge is Good For You! Lies, Damn Lies, and the Public Relations Industry
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Post by: thatollie on June 13, 2015, 01:49:29 PM
The Dead Zone - Stephen King
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Post by: Written Communications on June 13, 2015, 06:42:44 PM
I'm also reading a book of short stories by Stephen King. It's called Nightmares and Dreamscapes. It contains one of my favorite stories, The Moving Finger.
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Post by: Clarius on June 14, 2015, 04:09:32 AM
Week #24/Book #24. Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Post by: DistantSun on June 15, 2015, 01:35:50 PM
Just finished Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale" and Jennifer Teege's "My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me."
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Post by: Vogel on June 15, 2015, 01:52:14 PM
Just finished The Woods Harlan Coben.
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Post by: Vienna on June 17, 2015, 10:27:12 AM
Re-reading Die Again - Tess Gerritsen
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Post by: Writing Skills on June 17, 2015, 06:30:26 PM
I'm reading MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers...
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Post by: Vogel on June 17, 2015, 08:38:25 PM
I'm reading MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers...

I'm sorry. :D
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Post by: Writing Skills on June 18, 2015, 01:19:11 AM
I'm sorry. :D

No apologizing necessary. I'ts actually a good book. It talks about selecting a topic, conducting research, evaluating sources, plagiarism, and the format of a research paper. There's more to it, but that's as far as I've gotten so far. 
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Post by: Clarius on June 18, 2015, 08:11:55 AM
The best academic text I ever read was The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. He took an academic theory and wrote a novel around it, the story of how a manager saves his business by applying Goldratt's theory of constraints.
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Post by: Vogel on June 21, 2015, 03:38:46 PM
No apologizing necessary. I'ts actually a good book. It talks about selecting a topic, conducting research, evaluating sources, plagiarism, and the format of a research paper. There's more to it, but that's as far as I've gotten so far. 

I had to use it and other similar resources plenty through my education. I just never thought of it as an enjoyable read.


Just finished Memoirs of a Geisha. Great example of an author who can pull off heavy descriptions.
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Post by: Zulu on June 21, 2015, 03:47:26 PM
My uncle's poetry book, it's in a different language so I won't bother naming it.

As for what am I reading .... I just finished  Anna Karenina and am moving onto War & Peace - Tolstoy.
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Post by: Vogel on June 21, 2015, 03:55:11 PM
My uncle's poetry book, it's in a different language so I won't bother naming it.

As for what am I reading .... I just finished  Anna Karenina and am moving onto War & Peace - Tolstoy.

Read most of Anna Karenina and loved parts, other sections not so much (like the bird hunting). Never finished it. One day I will commit myself, I'm sure, but I took a break and never went back to it.
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Post by: Clarius on June 22, 2015, 08:08:31 AM
Another week(#25), another book(#25). Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
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Post by: thatollie on June 23, 2015, 04:38:03 PM
Another week(#25), another book(#25). Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

Excellent choice.
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Post by: Vogel on June 23, 2015, 06:20:50 PM
Another week(#25), another book(#25). Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

I've not read the book, though I went to a local play once and loved it. Great story.
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Post by: Vogel on June 23, 2015, 06:22:37 PM
Writers Workshop of Horror, edited by Michael Knost. There are some really great lessons inside, some that are not found in your usual writing references. Stuff you wouldn't normally think about. It's a collection of chapters, each written by a different published author.
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Post by: Writing Skills on June 23, 2015, 09:58:55 PM
I'm reading WordPress for Dummies. It's a good introduction to WordPress.
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Post by: RamblingRose on June 24, 2015, 02:05:21 PM
Just finished Stephen King's 'On Writing', which is very interesting, and surprisingly brief (for him). I haven't read any of his novels for years, but used to love them. Maybe due a re-read.

Some excellent suggestions here to inspire the next one. I want to re-read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and then try the Goldfinch again (I started it last year, and then got a bit bored with it after a few hundred pages, but tempted to try again and see why that happened.)
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Post by: Writing Skills on June 24, 2015, 02:11:33 PM
Just finished Stephen King's 'On Writing', which is very interesting, and surprisingly brief (for him). I haven't read any of his novels for years, but used to love them. Maybe due a re-read.

Some excellent suggestions here to inspire the next one. I want to re-read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and then try the Goldfinch again (I started it last year, and then got a bit bored with it after a few hundred pages, but tempted to try again and see why that happened.)

If you like short stories, you should read King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes.
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Post by: RamblingRose on June 24, 2015, 02:40:51 PM
Thanks - I've not read that one. My teenage years were spent with The Stand and It and Insomnia. He's written a load of stuff since then that I've not read, so thanks for the tip.
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Post by: Vogel on June 26, 2015, 05:15:17 PM
Child of God, Cormac McCarthy. First thing I've read from him. Not used to his style, but I'm rather liking it so far.
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Post by: cmb on June 26, 2015, 05:22:42 PM
I've been reading quite a few books in the "Pern" series, by Anne McCaffrey, but I'm plain out of fiction now and waiting for another load of books to arrive. They're telling me I'll have to wait for at least another week, which makes me a little grumpy, to be honest.

Thankfully, I've got other books. It's Kalat's Biological Psychology now. An outdated version (ten years old, or so), but still a great read.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on June 26, 2015, 07:40:04 PM
Don't laugh, but I'm on the last few pages of a book copyrighted in 1977.

When I stop at a yard sale I often check out books if there are any offered. Two reason for this, they are generally dirt cheap and most likely outside my usual choices from the bookstores.

This one is way outside the usual.

It is "Marie Laveau" by Francine Prose.

I think the cover is what lured me in. There is a dark haired lady wearing a long, colorful skirt and a white blouse with ruffles around the low neckline. She is obviously doing a very active dance and for the topper of the whole picture, there is a large snake wound around her shoulders and held in one hand as she dances.

The story is set in long ago New Orleans. Marie Laveau is a Legendary Voodoo Queen of the area.

This little book is very different from my usual reads. But it's kept me reading night after night to find what Marie gets up to next. It's almost always something different and unexpected.

All in all, a good read and one I might read a second time in a year or two. 
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Post by: DistantSun on June 26, 2015, 09:18:56 PM
Another week(#25), another book(#25). Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

I remember my grade 9 English teacher reading that one to our class :)

I'm almost halfway through another fascinating debut novel - this time it's Robert Levy's "The Glittering World."
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Post by: Clarius on June 27, 2015, 02:44:24 PM
Flowers for Algernon is about to make it into my top 10 sci-fi reads. Next week it's going to be Issac Asimov's Science Fiction magazine from August 1986. I found a good copy in a charity shop; looks like somebody dumped their collection of sci-fi paperbacks. Their lose, my gain. :)
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Post by: RamblingRose on June 27, 2015, 02:55:54 PM
I've not read much classic sci-fi Clarius, but recently enjoyed Anne Leckie's 'Ancillary Justice', mostly written from the POV of a space ship's hive-mind AI.
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Post by: MaryRuth on June 28, 2015, 02:25:08 PM
'The Turning,' by Tim Hinton. I saw the film, not realising it was based on an anthology of short stories. Fabulous book, especially for aspiring short story writers.
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Post by: Vogel on June 28, 2015, 03:03:37 PM
Enjoyed McCarthy's Child of God, a quick read. Some parts are quite funny. Off now to Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood.
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Post by: Matt Walker on June 28, 2015, 03:37:45 PM
Enjoyed McCarthy's Child of God, a quick read. Some parts are quite funny. Off now to Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood.

I didn't get Child of God at all - the protagonist antihero was just a bastard with no redeeming features, and who didn't seem believable either. I think Stephen King wrote the best antihero with Blaze.

Just finished A Universe From Nothing by Lawrence Krauss, and started Lee Child's The Enemy.
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Post by: Vogel on June 28, 2015, 05:02:59 PM
I didn't get Child of God at all - the protagonist antihero was just a bastard with no redeeming features, and who didn't seem believable either.

Child of God definitely isn't for everyone. I liked the themes, survival, isolation, and the role society played in his crimes. The humor for me is what balanced it out. He reminded me of some "backwood types" of people we have in my hometown and his dialogue rang true with some of the hardened back-country types we have here. I think if I grew up anywhere else other than the South, I probably wouldn't have liked the book, if that makes sense.
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Post by: Vogel on July 02, 2015, 02:01:35 PM
Crazy Ladies by Michael Lee West Update: Almost finished. Haven't been able to sit this one down. I love this book. Rich characterization. Compelling story. Highly recommend it.
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Post by: Clarius on July 05, 2015, 04:06:49 AM
Another week, another book. # 27 The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
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Post by: Vogel on July 05, 2015, 11:22:02 AM
The Color Purple was one of the first books I can remember reading where I didn't get up unless to use the bathroom or eat until I finished it. Loved it back then. Would like to read it again someday.

Pet Sematary, Stephen King
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Post by: Mrs N on July 05, 2015, 12:01:32 PM
Another week, another book. # 27 The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

Are any of your book choices a re-read? In for a treat with this one.

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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Post by: Andrewf on July 05, 2015, 03:34:20 PM
Elminster Must Die  Sage of Shadowdale book 1  by Ed Greenwood
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Post by: thatollie on July 05, 2015, 03:43:48 PM
Pet Sematary, Stephen King

Love it.
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Post by: Bagliun Edar on July 05, 2015, 05:56:03 PM
Fiction:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Non-fiction:
Validated Designs for Object-oriented Systems
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Post by: Vogel on July 05, 2015, 07:14:49 PM
Love it.

Me too. The ending is brilliant. Hello darling .... ;D
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Post by: herron on July 05, 2015, 09:04:12 PM
Against the Current
by Brian L. MacLearn

good book by another Readers Favorite award-winner
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Post by: Clarius on July 06, 2015, 08:28:02 AM
Are any of your book choices a re-read? In for a treat with this one.

A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Trying not to re-read any, The Phantom Tollbooth being the exception. I don't count On Writing as I read that on holiday; The Incredible Shrinking Man being that week's 'official' title.
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Post by: Vogel on July 06, 2015, 09:03:49 AM
Just bought The Incredible Shrinking Man at a library sale. Any good?
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Post by: DistantSun on July 06, 2015, 01:37:27 PM
I have Anthony Doerr's "All The Light You Cannot See" and Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking" on the go right now.
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Post by: Clarius on July 06, 2015, 02:21:49 PM
Just bought The Incredible Shrinking Man at a library sale. Any good?

Good read. Better than the movie and ripe for a remake. The movie skipped over/watered down some scenes.
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Post by: Vogel on July 06, 2015, 02:30:16 PM
Read I am Legend last year. Pretty good book, so when I saw Matheson's name I went ahead and got it. May give it a try this week.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on July 06, 2015, 02:40:50 PM
I'm still working my way through old books as I unpack them after my move. Many were obviously purchased at yard sales or given to me when a friend or relative didn't want them any longer.

Some go into a ba