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Offline Vogel

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2040 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2041 on: June 22, 2015, 08:08:31 AM »
Another week(#25), another book(#25). Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
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To see oursels as others see us

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2042 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2043 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2044 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2045 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2046 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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« Reply #2047 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2048 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2049 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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« Reply #2050 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2051 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2052 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2053 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #2054 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.