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Old 06-02-2013, 03:13 AM   #121
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A friend lent me Book 6 of Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN collection. "Fables and Recollections". I've never read any Gaiman, and I wasn't particularly excited about just jumping in on Book 6, but fuck it. I started reading it and it's brilliant. The writing, the themes, and the imagery are all right up my alley.

Has anybody read this?
I've read the first few trades of Sandman and rather liked them, but there was something about them that didn't make me want to return. Perhaps Gaiman's terrible choice in life partners has also subconsciously put me off. That's a good sign if you can just jump into the sixth one and love it, though. Should give it another bash.

Just wondering, how many books do you guys tend to have going at once? Can you just straight up read one book at a time or can only mythological beings do that? Because I always seem to be working on about five at once, or at least one non-fiction and one fiction, and maybe a comic too.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:19 AM   #122
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One book at a time. Otherwise I never finish any of them.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #123
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I read one book at a time.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #124
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Just one at a time. I'm not in a big hurry to plow through a bunch at once, since reading is a leisure activity for me, especially since I'm not in school anymore.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:26 PM   #125
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I usually read one or two books at a time. Either I switch off reading one chapter of each, or leave one at another place I go often (for example, my dad's house and my mom's house) and read the one that's over there when I'm there.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:12 PM   #126
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Sometimes I'll read one book while commuting, another at home or at the park or beach.
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Interesting. I really liked the Strayed book. I remember reviewing it in one of the past book threads. I'll have to do a search because I can't remember now what I said, although I know it was pretty positive.

She spoke at one of our libraries recently but I wasn't able to go, unfortunately.
I'm looking forward to reading Wild. Did you read her collection of advice column responses, Dear Sugar? I really enjoyed it. Something about the way she writes really resonated with me.

I usually read one book at a time, but my latest thing is to read my Kindle while on the treadmill, so I might have one book going on the Kindle and also lugging around an actual book.
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Old 06-09-2013, 12:34 PM   #128
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Going back go Gaiman, just realized a few days ago that he has a new novel coming out in a week.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:51 PM   #129
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PREORDERED THAT MOTHERFUCKER MONTHS AGO

I've been in a nice groove with book choices lately, luckily. The one I'm currently reading is reasonably confusing, not due to a tricky plot but due to dearth of exposition and it being a sic-fi novel and all....but I'm digging it anyway.

Books? Is there anything they can't do?
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There's an app for that.
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Currently reading the book Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson. So far it's not captivated me.

My summer reading list for school looks something like this:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Gilead by Marianne Robinson
Paula by Isabel Allende

We get to pick two. The only book I'm really interested in reading is Wuthering Heights.
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There's some really beautiful imagery in Wuthering Heights. It's been years since I've read it, though.
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Still working my way through Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, but I made a couple hundred-or-so page detours. The first was Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. It's meant as an companion book to End of Faith. If you've read End of Faith, you should definitely read this. But if you're already well acquainted with Harris, you're not likely to read anything new in it. Still, you should read it.
And just finished The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in one go (it's short). I quite liked it, but if I'm being honest, it didn't floor me the way I expected it to. When I read Mortality by Christopher Hitchens, I found it to be poignant and thought provoking; it left with with profound feelings on life and death. While there were chapters in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly that nearly got there, as a whole, it didn't leave me with a whole lot. I was hoping it would. Still, you should read it
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Letter to a Christian Nation was the first book on atheism/humanism I ever read. It so efficiently erased any lingering theological beliefs I had, and it did so so beautifully and made me look at the world differently, I was expecting a tragic release and instead I came out of it feeling refreshed. So while I've read far meatier books by Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens et al since then, and I can't necessarily recommend it to someone who's already familiar with such issues, that book is always going to be very important to me.

I really, really need to read Mortality.
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