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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1515 on: June 17, 2013, 03:28:16 AM »
Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places - Brad Steiger.

Interesting stuff.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1516 on: June 17, 2013, 03:50:16 AM »
Finished Rhys Bowen's Murphy's Law the other day, first in a historical mystery series. I liked it, but wasn't sure why it won an Agatha.  ???

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1517 on: June 17, 2013, 03:59:01 AM »
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

A slow start but I keep reading because I've never been let down by one of his stories.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1518 on: June 17, 2013, 05:20:50 AM »
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

A slow start but I keep reading because I've never been let down by one of his stories.

Not a fan of literary fiction myself. I find that with Ian McEwan the 'slow start' extends for the length of the book!

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1519 on: June 17, 2013, 07:14:22 AM »
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
written just before he came up with the Technological Singularity concept.
Easy reading, deep ideas.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1520 on: June 18, 2013, 03:02:14 PM »
100 Moral Stories.

p.s Talk of losing your literary direction;)

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1521 on: June 18, 2013, 07:30:03 PM »
Re-reading The Valhalla Exchange by Harry Patterson.  One of the books he wrote when he was having a break from being Jack Higgins, when he wanted to weave a few genuine but odd historical facts into his tales.

I can't read him when I'm seriously working on a story of my own, so for a while this is an opportunity to catch up with him again.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1522 on: June 21, 2013, 06:09:02 PM »
Not a fan of literary fiction myself. I find that with Ian McEwan the 'slow start' extends for the length of the book!


Maybe that's why I've tried three or four times to read "Atonement" and just can't seem to make it all the way through. I loved the movie, and thought it would be a great story to read... oh well. It's on my shelf, maybe I'll get back to it again one day.

I loved Helene Wecker's "The Golem and the Jinni" - can't remember if I mentioned I had finished that or not. I also just finished Lisa Genova's "Still Alice"... such an interesting viewpoint from inside the mind of someone with early onset Alzheimers (like, unfortunately, my Aunt who is a similar age to the title character).
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1523 on: June 22, 2013, 03:36:43 PM »
The Illearth War by Stephen Donaldson
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1524 on: June 22, 2013, 04:31:58 PM »
I've just got a good start reading The Calling of Dan Matthews by Harold Bell Wright.

This book was published in 1909  . . .  way back when they actually had used Illustrations. These were done by Arthur L. Keller. They appear to be pen and ink drawings. If so, he was a master of his art.

Reading it is like having a fantastic story teller sitting on my shoulder, showing me the things and characters that I meet along the way.

Loving it so far. I just have to be careful turning the pages, they are a bit on the delicate side with age.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1525 on: June 23, 2013, 03:25:03 AM »
Alex Higgins autobiography. What a snooker player and what a life.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1526 on: July 02, 2013, 11:08:46 PM »
Wow. It's been a while since I posted in here.

Since finishing The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared, I have read The Impostor Bride by Nancy Richler and The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai.

I have recently started reading a collection of essays by Michelle Orange entitled This Is Running for Your Life. I can already highly recommend it. The works comment on everything from how we mythologize our own lives to the bizarre "self-supension" (literally and metaphorically) required for air travel to our fascination with people we will never know to explore how our lives have come to a state of pre-mediation that removes all spontaneity and humanity from them. Orange manages to be both reflective and funny. She's must be one of the best, if not the best, essayist working today.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1527 on: July 03, 2013, 12:40:39 PM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1528 on: July 05, 2013, 09:27:20 AM »
The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1529 on: July 13, 2013, 03:35:37 PM »
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien

It's such a shame that, in the movie, Merry is just the fourth one; in the books he's like the smartest hobbit in the shire.
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