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Old 01-26-2008, 10:33 AM   #376
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The If On A Winter's Night A Traveller sounds interesting. I'll look into it. I just started Atonement, it's good, only read one chapter though.

Some of my favorite classic literature is:
Frankenstein, The Stranger, Johnny Got His Gun, Peter & Wendy, Hard Times, The Scarlet Letter, and Catcher In The Rye.

Some favorite children literature:
The Giving Tree, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs,The Face on the Milk Carton, and Bridge to Terabithia.

And the books for pleasure:
Jurassic Park, Life Of Pi, U2: At The End Of The World, anything by Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Augusten Burroughs, and David Sedaris, Harry Potter series, Pay It Forward, A Prayer For Owen Meany, The Face, The Stand, Salem's Lot, Carrie, and The House On Brooke Street.

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Old 01-26-2008, 10:37 AM   #377
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Oh and I forgot about A Walk In The Woods. And it's nice to hear that some other people here like fanfiction.
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It was good that Krakauer provided that more balanced view - while he went out of his way to rebuke the criticisms of those who'd flat-out written off McCandless as a naive and incompetent kid, he did support some points of those criticisms where they were warranted.

As for not contacting his family, I reckon that was a way of punishing them for perceived wrong-doings, at least in the case of his parents. And he knew that any contact with his sister would get back to his parents and relieve their worry - not what he wanted.

I definitely agree with the first paragraph. I think you're right for his reasons in the second paragraph, but it made it hard to sympathize too much with Chris. Your parents were kind of assholes, huh? Guess what? Get over it. They deserved to know you were okay.
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Have you read the book by Augusten's brother, John Elder Robison? He has Asperger's syndrome and recently wrote a memoir. It was pretty good. Augusten makes some appearances in it.

It's less zany and "holy-shit-this-is-disturbing" than Augusten's stories, but it was worth the read.
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This is another of my favourite books.
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Still reading The Name of the Rose. 3/4 done, I'd say. I usually read much faster than this, but, the book can be dense at times. I'm enjoying it.
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Have you read the book by Augusten's brother, John Elder Robison? He has Asperger's syndrome and recently wrote a memoir. It was pretty good. Augusten makes some appearances in it.

It's less zany and "holy-shit-this-is-disturbing" than Augusten's stories, but it was worth the read.
I saw that. Maybe I'll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion.
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I've been half-heartedly making my way through Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum recently. It's odd, I feel like I should like it, but it's mostly been meh to me. This is his first solo work I've read, and maybe it's not a good one to start with? I really enjoyed his collaboration with Gaiman in Good Omens. I don't know. I find his style a little too quippy and disjointed for my liking.

Next up are Fury and Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie. I'm excited about those. In the past year I've read The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children, and loved both of them.

I was surprised recently to find out that Rushdie was married to the hostess of Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi.


Glad to see this thread still going strong.
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I'm about 100 pages into The Satanic Verses and have misplaced my copy of it. I know it's here somewhere, but if I don't find it soon, I'm going to have to start over
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Have you read the book by Augusten's brother, John Elder Robison? He has Asperger's syndrome and recently wrote a memoir. It was pretty good. Augusten makes some appearances in it.

It's less zany and "holy-shit-this-is-disturbing" than Augusten's stories, but it was worth the read.
Just bought it today. It looks good.
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Well i started re-reading Harry Potter and i'm almost half way through Atonement which is very good. Can't wait to watch after reading!
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I finished Anderson Cooper's book last night. It's been a long time since I've read a book so quickly. I think the first and last sections are the strongest parts, and I found myself wishing there was more. The early section where he talks about losing his father and brother felt very raw, and later in the book I felt like he was holding back sometimes, and I wanted to know more. All and all, though, it was an excellent read, and I'd definitely read another book if he chooses to write one.
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How different is Children of Men from the movie? It's one of my all-time favorites.
It's very different. The basic idea of an infertile world is still there and the major plot line of the first pregnancy in 20-something years is still there, the major characters are also still there but they have, in some cases (particularly Julian i guess), very different roles. I was sad to see so little of Jasper, he was my absolute favourite in the movie and there isn't much of him in the book...and he was just different.

In some ways I really preferred the movie, I don't know if it's because I saw it before reading the book or because the way they told the story was just much more effective.

I'd still recommend it though, just don't expect anything too similar to the movie.

The movie is also one of my favourites.
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I just went through The Boys From Brazil, I liked it.

It's a pity that it's part of pop culture today (over 30 years old and with a movie) so I knew the shocking twist already but still engaging.
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Your parents were kind of assholes, huh? Guess what? Get over it. They deserved to know you were okay.
Chris didn't find out until after graduating high school that he had a brother who was born when he was two years old. He only found this out because of information provided to him by old family friends he looked up on one of his early cross-country trips.

His parents may never have revealed this to Chris. We have no idea what kind of impact this had on him and I don't think anyone can say what decision was right for him.
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