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Old 04-23-2008, 10:43 PM   #571
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Okay I must be the only one who hated that book.
Why did you hate it?

I've heard it bandied about quite a bit but don't remember ever hearing about how someone loved it or hated it.
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:46 AM   #572
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I've been reading Alice Munro a lot lately, just finished two collections of her short stories - "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" and "Runaway". She is an amazing writer; she's been (deservedly) compared to Chekhov and her stories are so textured, full of details and complexities they make me feel like I've read a whole novel instead.
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:17 AM   #573
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I went to the used book store and found 4 books I've been wanting for $1 each.

Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror-Richard Clarke
Our Endangerd Values:America's Moral Crisis- Jimmy Carter
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid-Jimmy Carter
The Devil Wears Prada-Laura Weisberger
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Took a peruse of The Doors of Perception, Huxley has nuance on experience.

Finished reading the Darwin biography which was a real eye opener.

Reading a book on sex selection called The Mating Game, out of intellectual interest and so I can have some good sexy conversation starters.

Also reading Daniel Dennets 'Breaking The Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon' which is quite eye-opening as far as elucidating some of my own misgivings about belief and the reasons for people to believe.
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:52 PM   #575
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I read Huxley's Doors of Perception and Heaven & Hell before I tried LSD. I'm not sure if it necessarily added to the experience, but it added to my understanding/appreciation of it. Pretty interesting stuff (the books, and the drug)!
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I went to the used book store and found 4 books I've been wanting for $1 each.

Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror-Richard Clarke
Our Endangerd Values:America's Moral Crisis- Jimmy Carter
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid-Jimmy Carter
The Devil Wears Prada-Laura Weisberger
Isn't that just the best feeling in the world when you can do that? Who doesn't like a bargain, especially a book person but most especially books you really want!! Enjoy them!
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:20 PM   #577
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#25 Smile When You're Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer by Chuck Thompson.

A former travel writer, Thompson spends some of the book lodging his complaints against the travel industry and travel writing, but spends more time writing about his own travels and the characters he meets, situations he gets into.

Much of it was very funny and very interesting.
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Why did you hate it?
I didn't like the writing style (it's a bit too middle-of-the-road for my taste) but more than that, I thought it was kind of creepy. I felt uneasy reading some of those "flashbacks" or whatever you'd call them, especially when she was a child.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:33 PM   #579
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When I came across the first scene where her younger self and his older self, I had a little "uh oh" moment, but I thought she veered away from the creepy element very well.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
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Just picked up some Norton Critical Editions of a few classics
Leaves of Grass and Other Writings - Walt Whitman
The Waste Land - T.S. Eliot
Shelley's Poetry and Prose - Percy Bysse Shelley
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

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The Winter King - Bernard Cornwall
Batman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore

I'll probably read Cornwall first. I gave a paper at a medieval and renassiance forum this past weekend so Arthuriana is at the top of my fun list. Classes are winding down. I would like to get my hands on a Norton version of Le Morte D'Arthur, but as I own three other versions already I'm just going to ask my Norton representative to give me a desk copy for free. I was too lazy to do so with the other ones, and sometimes I feel bad since I know I'm not teaching most of them next fall. Malory I may teach, though. I definitely want to do something Arthurian. Off to Cornwall I go.
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#26 Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

Three teenaged girls in New York become "it" girls, and their lives are thrown into a whirlwind of celebrity politics, gossip and family drama.

It wasn't too bad - mostly entertaining but ultimately disappointing. Each of the sisters and the brother have their own section of the narration, but honestly, each part sounded like the same person to me.
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I want to call it historical romance but it really isn't a romance at all. Not even close. Henry VIII was a pig. And the way the families used the women to further themselves was disgusting. They did what they were told.

The book is based on fact - Anne Boleyn did have a sister and she was Henry's mistress. As for poor Anne, well, we all know how it worked out for her. It made the ending that much more tense, knowing it was coming the whole time.

I'd love to hear what you think of the book if you do read it.
I read The Other Boleyn Girl a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. It really renewed my interest in Tudor England (I studied mostly British history as an undergrad). I also read The Boleyn Inheritance, which I didn't like quite as much, but I liked how the character of Jane Boleyn was filled out more.

I bought The Virgin's Lover and The Queen's Fool yesterday and borrowed David Starkey's The Sixth Wives of Henry VIII from work on Friday.
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I'm glad you liked it so much, meggie!
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I finally finished The Satanic Verses
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I finally finished The Satanic Verses
Yay! So what did you think?

I'm currently half way through The Ground Beneath Her Feet. It's pretty good, but not nearly as satisfying to me as most of his other books, I'd rate this near the bottom of his body of work.
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