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Old 07-03-2008, 01:41 PM   #781
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I'm still thinking about "The Road". I went to the supermarket yesterday and the sight of all that abundant food, especially canned food, after reading that book, had an eerie and unsettling effect.
That book impacted me for days afterward, if not weeks. I've never really been that drained at the end of a book like I was with The Road. When I finished it, I sort of just closed the book and stared into space for a few minutes. Like Laz, I am thrilled at the Viggo casting and hope the film does the book some justice.
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When I finished it, I sort of just closed the book and stared into space for a few minutes.


It's an excellent, chilling book.
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He's truly an amazing author.
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AOL has a list of ten books everyone should read. It includes "Gone With The Wind", "Atlas Shrugged", "Angels & Demons", "The DaVinci Code" and others.

Here's the link:
Books - AOL Shopping

I've read "To Kill A Mockingbird" in school. I tried to read LOTR but couldn't follow the old fashioned language. "Atlas" is on my list of books to read.
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I've read all Rand works, Atlas of course included. I'll not bore everyone with my thoughts on her and objectivism.

Any list that says that The DaVinci Code is a must-read is worthless to me.
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Old 07-03-2008, 05:36 PM   #786
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They have to be joking having two books by Dan Brown on that list.

Out of all the books that have ever been written.

Right.
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Only one to go and then I can die, safe in the knowledge that I'm well-read!
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Reading ' Watching the English '.
Its a great book, anyone who is English must read, and anyone who isnt, much read to understand the real English culture.
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The Da Vinci Code is worth a footnote as a pop culture phenom, and nothing more. I read it and honestly, I couldn't put it down. But I didn't think it was by any means good writing. And I don't feel the need to read anything else by him, even though I've been told Angels & Demons is much better.

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#42 Say Goodbye by Lewis Shiner

Laurie Moss is a singer/songwriter trying to make a name for herself, and this book is about her path to that goal. It's framed at beginning and end from a writer's point of view as he starts to gather information for a piece on her, and you know things have somehow imploded for Laurie.

It took me a while to get into it, but I was glad when it shifted to be Laurie's story and not going to be a collection of little vignettes/interviews of people surrounding Laurie's story.

Laurie herself bugged me sometimes, crossing that line between "someone I'd like to know or at least know her music" and "pretentious artiste," but I'd blame the author more than the character.

All in all, I enjoyed it.
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Aw well the AOL list is only ten books long, so how serious can you take it anyway?

I do like that it has The Stand and Hitchhiker's in it though.
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Meggie, you are an inspiration
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#43 Split by Suzanne Finnamore

Finishing a book in one day while sitting around listning to music, with occasional snacking and napping? Now that's a great way to kick off a vacation!

The book is a memoir of the author's divorce. It's often very funny, and I love her writing. I read one of her fiction novels some years ago; I remember liking it, but don't particularly remember much about it. Hopefully this one will stick with me more.
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Finishing a book in one day while sitting around listning to music, with occasional snacking and napping? Now that's a great way to kick off a vacation!
I've heard of better.

http://forum.interference.com/f200/i...le-187867.html


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See, I think of that idea and all I can think of is "ow ... chafing."
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That book impacted me for days afterward, if not weeks. I've never really been that drained at the end of a book like I was with The Road. When I finished it, I sort of just closed the book and stared into space for a few minutes. Like Laz, I am thrilled at the Viggo casting and hope the film does the book some justice.
The other night we had a huge storm here that took out my power for a few days. On night two of no power, my daughter woke up screaming and I sat in the dark looking at the wind bending trees in half against a black sky with her in my arms. I immediately felt like I was in The Road.

On a side note, I am going camping next week and plan on taking Blood Meridian with me. Anyone read it?
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