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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #540 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #541 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.
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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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #542 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #543 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #544 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #545 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #546 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #547 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #548 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #549 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #550 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #551 on: April 01, 2011, 06:20:17 PM »
Black Coffee Blues Pt. 2 - Henry Rollins

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #552 on: April 04, 2011, 08:42:07 AM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #553 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #554 on: April 04, 2011, 09:02:40 AM »
I'm listening to River Marked by Patricia Briggs (while baking cookies).
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