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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1320 on: December 28, 2012, 09:27:32 AM »
Charles Dickens a Biography - Claire Tomalin
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1321 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1322 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1323 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1324 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1325 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1326 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1327 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).

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1328 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.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1329 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1330 on: January 15, 2013, 03:00:29 PM »
" Why Don't Penguins'  Feet Freeze."
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1331 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1332 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1333 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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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1334 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.

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