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Old 02-14-2008, 12:25 AM   #436
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On my end, I'm about 1/3 through The Road. Im enjoying it, but I'm still waiting for something to happen.
Not much does.
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But you liked it anyway, right?
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I did. It's a great character piece.

Nothing life-changing though.
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Has anyone read Benazir Bhutto's Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West yet? I'm tempted to pick it up,

I'm currently reading Irshad Manji's The Trouble With Islam Today, which is something I've been meaning to check out for a while. Very good read.
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I've finished both Fury and Shalimar the Clown by Rushdie.

I find Rushdie at his best when writing his stories in the context of geopolitical and historical events. Fury is the first book of his I've read that didn't really include any of that within the story - it's more an examination of a middle aged man's existential crisis, within the framework of cultural differences. Of the four books of his I've now read, I'd rank it the lowest, but still worth a read.

Shalimar the Clown - wow. I find Rushdie's books very dense with events and characters, and while this was a good book, maybe it was a little too dense? The book begins in the present. takes a long look back at the past, starting in pre-WWII Europe, and going up to the 90's, set mostly in Kashmir, before concluding the story that takes place in the present. In particular, I found the characters involved in the various wars and tribal invasions a little hard to keep up with, but I guess that's what you get with a book like this. I was a little disappointed by the ending. Of Rushdie's books, this ranks 3rd for me.

Next up are William Gibson's Neuromancer, and Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace. I've read the first 20 or so pages of Gibson's book, and I'm not sure if it's going to hold my interest, I'm not a sci-fi fan. I'm looking forward to Alias Grace, though.

VP, have you read Haroun and the Sea of Stories? I think that is his best work. He wrote this book immediately after Satanic Verses in order to help his (then) 14 year old son answer his own question: "What's the point of telling stories that aren't even true?"

Its fantastical an fantastic.
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I like all kinds of books. I am really getting into Danielle Steel and C.S. Lewis. I just finished reading "Johnny Angel." A very heartwarming book. I also have the audio book for "Out of the Silent Planet." It's a higher up reading level for me but I am enjoying it so far.
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30 pages left for In the Name of the Rose. This is the longest it's taken me to read a book in a very long time.
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VP, have you read Haroun and the Sea of Stories? I think that is his best work. He wrote this book immediately after Satanic Verses in order to help his (then) 14 year old son answer his own question: "What's the point of telling stories that aren't even true?"

Its fantastical an fantastic.
I haven't read it yet, but I'll look it up, thanks. I also want to read The Moor's Last Sigh and The Ground Beneath Her Feet.

I finished Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood a few nights ago. It's a fictionalized account of the true story of the 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper. Grace Marks and James McDermott, two employees of Kinnear's were tried and convicted of the murders.

Once I got about 50 pages in, I found this hard to put down. As Atwood notes in the afterword, many facts from this then-internationally known murder case were woven into the story, but she used fictionalized versions of events to fill the story in where necessary.
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I like all kinds of books. I am really getting into Danielle Steel and C.S. Lewis. I just finished reading "Johnny Angel." A very heartwarming book. I also have the audio book for "Out of the Silent Planet." It's a higher up reading level for me but I am enjoying it so far.

I haven't read any Danielle Steel in quite a while. For a while she was really cranking out the books and they became so predictable and dull so I hope her writing has improved. I didn't care for her children's books or her poetry, she should stick to the adult novels. Glad to hear someone else here is reading DS tho.
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I finished Severance the other night. Some of the stories were great, some of them were so-so, and some of them were downright weird. That's about what I was expecting from it, though. Last night I read Jeff Tweedy's poetry collection Adult Head--a short book of mostly short poems, so I was done with it in no time.

I think I'm going to pick up the Satanic Verses again. It's not like me to be reading more than one book at the same time, but the pacing of that one is so slow that sometimes it doesn't feel like I'm making any progress. I do like it, though, so I don't want to just give up on it.
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Well I finally finished The Road. Read the last 120 pages in one sitting. The language is pretty stark so that wasn't difficult

Lance you're right in a sense that "nothing happens" as the book is somewhat episodic (despite having no chapter breaks) and many of the events could have come in a different order and had the same effect. But there did seem to be a progression in terms of the boy slowly understanding the world a bit more, as he in turn attempts to teach his father compassion in order to preserve what little humanity he may have left.

I won't get into specifics here, but I really wasn't prepared for how moving the conclusion of the novel was, and the final stanza was so poetic and haunting it really elevated the whole thing for me.

My experience was altered somewhat by picturing Viggo Mortensen the whole time I was reading it, and for some reason I was imagining the kid from There Will Be Blood playing the boy. I don't think this was a bad thing but it was odd.

I look forward to the film and hope Viggo and Hillcoat can do it justice.
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#11 & #12 Uglies and Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

I ran across these young adult novels at a used bookstore, and when I glanced at the teaser on the back cover, I thought they were typical little books about popular kids and the unpopular kids - you know, teen high school stuff. I'd just gotten done reading the Green River Killer book, and it sounded like just the fluff to wipe the taste out of my brain.

Well! Turns out they're the first two books of a sci-fi trilogy, in a futuristic world where everyone is made "pretty" on their 16th birthday and go on to lead a fun-loving, privileged life. Of course, not all is as it seems, and "pretty" isn't all it's cracked up to be. And since it's a futuristic world, of course there's a group of outsiders trying to muck things up. Our heroine, naturally, gets sucked into this group.

They were pretty good - very quick reads. The first book was better than the second, but I have third book on hold at the library because I want to see where the trilogy wraps up.
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Well I finally finished The Road. Read the last 120 pages in one sitting. The language is pretty stark so that wasn't difficult

Lance you're right in a sense that "nothing happens" as the book is somewhat episodic (despite having no chapter breaks) and many of the events could have come in a different order and had the same effect. But there did seem to be a progression in terms of the boy slowly understanding the world a bit more, as he in turn attempts to teach his father compassion in order to preserve what little humanity he may have left.

I won't get into specifics here, but I really wasn't prepared for how moving the conclusion of the novel was, and the final stanza was so poetic and haunting it really elevated the whole thing for me.

My experience was altered somewhat by picturing Viggo Mortensen the whole time I was reading it, and for some reason I was imagining the kid from There Will Be Blood playing the boy. I don't think this was a bad thing but it was odd.

I look forward to the film and hope Viggo and Hillcoat can do it justice.
Well done Laz.

Finally finished The Name of the Rose. It was alternately great and frustrating. Glad I read it, but, glad I am done with it. Look forward to seeing the film now.

Up next, a quick Lehane-esque book called "The Blade Itself", a debut novel. Should be a quick but decent read. After that, probably the Brother's K.
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I absolutely loved The Brothers K.
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I absolutely loved The Brothers K.
An employee of mine bought it for me as a holiday gift.....so, instead of placing it well back in the queue, I'll read it after The Blade Itself. Have heard good things. Even Dalton loved it.
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