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Old 12-30-2007, 10:12 PM   #256
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I'm about halfway through "American Psycho" by Bret Easton Ellis. I picked it up because I'd always wanted to read it, and we're reading his first novel "Less Than Zero" in a class I'm taking next semester. It's great so far, though I do get annoyed with the constant rambling about designer clothing and expensive food, but I realize that it's an important part of the character and satirization of our culture, so I deal with it.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:32 PM   #257
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Eat, Pray, Love.
That's one of my favorite books! I found it funny, moving and inspirational.

Lest you think she meant "chick lit" when she said "chick book," it's a memoir about the author's lilfe after she divorced and sunk into depression, and how she spent time in Italy, India and ... uh. Someplace else I'm completely forgetting.

I read a lot of fluff, partly because that's the kind of book I think I'd be good at writing. (We'll see. )
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That's one of my favorite books! I found it funny, moving and inspirational.

Lest you think she meant "chick lit" when she said "chick book," it's a memoir about the author's lilfe after she divorced and sunk into depression, and how she spent time in Italy, India and ... uh. Someplace else I'm completely forgetting.

I read a lot of fluff, partly because that's the kind of book I think I'd be good at writing. (We'll see. )
Indonesia. I'm familiar with the book and the genre.
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I am currently reading "Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression."
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Indonesia. I'm familiar with the book and the genre.
Thanks. Sorry to assume.
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Thanks. Sorry to assume.
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I thought you just read nonfiction. How was I to know you had knowledge of chickish books?
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I thought you just read nonfiction. How was I to know you had knowledge of chickish books?
I read fiction almost exclusively, at least when it comes to books. For whatever interests me in the world of non-fiction, I'll usually explore that via magazines or the Web....but the occasional Biography is interesting.
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Funny - I guess every time I happened to ask what you were reading, it was nonfiction! Heh.

I don't read a lot of nonfiction, other than memoirs. One of the best memoirs I read last year was The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls.
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Funny - I guess every time I happened to ask what you were reading, it was nonfiction! Heh.

Really? Hmmm.
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I could be misremembering. I couldn't even remember Elizabeth Gilbert went to Indonesia, and it's one of my favorite books!

I have random holes in my memory.
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Right now, am reading A Small Town in Germany, which is a very early work from LeCarre.
I recently got into LeCarre, and think he's amazing. I've found most of his early works at used bookstores and I'm slowly working my way through them. I started with the first Smiley book A Call For the Dead, then A Murder of Quality, and then Tinker, Tailor..., which was just epic espionage. I'm excited for the next two in the trilogy.

This also led me to an older writer of the genre, Eric Ambler, who had a couple books made into films, most notably Journey Into Fear with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten, and one with Peter Lorre called A Cask For Dimitrios. Guy is really, really good.

And I just read my first Dashiell Hammett novel, The Dain Curse. I still think Raymond Chandler is the best detective writer, but I can see why he admired Hammett above everyone else.
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One of my coworkers named his son Dashiell, after the author.
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I recently got into LeCarre, and think he's amazing. I've found most of his early works at used bookstores and I'm slowly working my way through them. I started with the first Smiley book A Call For the Dead, then A Murder of Quality, and then Tinker, Tailor..., which was just epic espionage. I'm excited for the next two in the trilogy.

This also led me to an older writer of the genre, Eric Ambler, who had a couple books made into films, most notably Journey Into Fear with Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten, and one with Peter Lorre called A Cask For Dimitrios. Guy is really, really good.

And I just read my first Dashiell Hammett novel, The Dain Curse. I still think Raymond Chandler is the best detective writer, but I can see why he admired Hammett above everyone else.
I started in the middle with LeCarre...then caught up and read his new stuff as it's released. He's still firing on all cylinders; even though his focus has changed...not sure if you've read his last 4-5 books, but this is a pissed off man. Tailor of Panama and The Constant Gardner were turned into pretty good films, speaking of recent vintage LeCarre.

As you can see, I'm now reading the early stuff. I read A Murder of Quality not too long ago, which I enjoyed.

Laz, I also own some BBC productions of LeCarre stuff:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Smiley's People and A Perfect Spy.....the first and last are great mini-series...the middle one, not as good.

I'll have to check Ambler out. I love the genre. I've read my share of Ludlum and Deighton and Follett and such, but LeCarre is the best.
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Right now I'm reading 'Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs' by Chuck Klosterman and have:

'Gates of Eden' by Ethan Coen
'The Time Machine' by H.G. Wells
and '1984' by George Orwell

on the backburner.

And I have to read 'Girl with the Pearl Earring' for school. Blech.
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