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Offline Mastafrank

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1380 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1381 on: February 26, 2013, 08:59:53 PM »
"Mindmapping"

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1382 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1383 on: February 26, 2013, 10:41:01 PM »
Just re-reading "The Big V" 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1384 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1385 on: February 27, 2013, 03:12:57 PM »
That sounds very intriguing, Heidi.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1386 on: March 10, 2013, 02:03:50 PM »
Towers of Midnight   again, to prepare for A Memory of Light.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1387 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1388 on: March 10, 2013, 08:39:12 PM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1389 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1390 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1391 on: March 13, 2013, 05:56:39 AM »
Les paysans - Balzac
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1392 on: March 13, 2013, 06:31:24 PM »
"Of the Standard of Taste " , by  David Hume

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1393 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1394 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