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Offline Vienna

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1410 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1411 on: March 26, 2013, 05:23:10 AM »
Du côté de chez Swann - Proust
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« Reply #1412 on: March 26, 2013, 06:35:22 AM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1413 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1414 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1415 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1416 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1417 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1418 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1419 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1420 on: April 01, 2013, 09:51:44 AM »
A clash of kings. Excellent!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1421 on: April 02, 2013, 01:55:19 AM »
Just starting Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1422 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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« Reply #1423 on: April 17, 2013, 07:33:18 PM »
     
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1424 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...