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Old 07-22-2008, 07:01 PM   #916
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I bought The Watchmen today. I will read it when I am done with Life of Pi.
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LOVED Life of Pi.

Looking for a good quick read for the last week and a half of summer. Something a little substantial but not too heavy. Maybe even something funny. Any suggestions?
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LOVED Life of Pi.

Looking for a good quick read for the last week and a half of summer. Something a little substantial but not too heavy. Maybe even something funny. Any suggestions?
Roots by Alex Haley
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:32 AM   #919
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I finished Paula Deen's "A Memoir, It Ain't all About the Cookin" which I enjoyed and will try a few of the recipes she shared in the book (one in each chapter) and now I am starting Amanda Brunker's Champagne Kisses which I just received. (I am shocked how quickly Amazon and eBay shipments arrive from the UK!)
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I am trying to read the new Louise Erdrich, A Plague of Doves, though I am not a big fan but the reviews have been good. I've thrown it down twice in disgust because I can't keep up with the multitudes of characters she introduces all at once without a family tree.
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#53 I Was Told There Would Be Cake by Sloane Crossley

Humorous essays. They were mildly humorous, I had a few giggles here and there, but sometimes tedious. I'm glad I didn't buy this one, like I almost did because I'd heard how funny it was.

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I'm putting aside "Kushiel's Dart", a fantasy book by Jacqueline Carey - and it may be for good.

I can't get into the story. Far too many characters, I got so confused over who is or was who, it just wasn't worth it anymore. And the plot takes forever to develop - if it ever does develop. Close to 900 pages, and I was up to page 320 and nothing exciting is happening! All it has is bland characters, boring intrigue, and a going-nowhere-plotline. And this book got rave reviews when it first came out, and has a whole bunch of sequels, but based on the boring 320 pages I've read, I don't understand why.

I'll be stopping by Strand bookstore to see if I could sell my copy, or sell it in my sister's yardsale. I feel guilty giving up on the book, because usually I don't, but why bother with it if you're not enjoying it and you find yourself skipping pages?

So, I've picked up "In The Company Of The Courtesan" by Sarah Dunant. I read her "Birth of Venus" a few years ago and that was good, so I am looking forward to this one!
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On second thought....

I just read over the reviews on Amazon, and decided to give "Kushiel's Dart" another shot. The reviews say you got to be patient with the story, because it does develop into a very good adventure story. So, I'll give it one more shot - but one more!
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Irving stole most of his material from German and Dutch folk stories.
Not most, some, and he still is a father of American literature for his style, perhaps not all of his content was revolutionary but it isn't a crime to be inspired by things you know, he created folktales for a nation without its own, from templates he knew.
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LOVED Life of Pi.

Looking for a good quick read for the last week and a half of summer. Something a little substantial but not too heavy. Maybe even something funny. Any suggestions?
Chuck Palahniuk, brilliant satirist, and one of the most bizarrely funny authors of our time.
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Library haul at the moment:

Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory, and The Quiet American, Richard Yates' A Good School, and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Those are my main order of business between now and this time next week.
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I'm a HUGE Graham Greene fan. I've read TPATG, The Heart of the Matter, The Human Factor, Doctor Fischer or The Bomb Party, and I'm currently reading Monsieur Quixote.

In the Top 5 of post-WWII English language writers, easily.

Enjoy.
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#54 Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas In the Public Library by Don Borchert

I put this book on my list after beege recommended it - and I'm glad I did!

Often very funny, often full of shake-your-head at humanity tales of working in a public library in Los Angeles.
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I'm glad you liked that book, cori.

Sometimes I think I could add a chapter to it everyday

I am currently no longer reading Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp by Stephanie Klein. I have been choking down the posts on this author's blog for quite a few years and I didn't think I could ever sit through an entire book. I was right.

When a conversation with her fellow campers makes her feel "like shiny silver tap shoes" I am DONE.

What does that even mean??
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I enjoyed Klein's first book, Straight Up and Dirty, but it's like a lot of books written by authors who springboarded to author-dom from their blogs. ... I was going to say overly self-centered, but hey, they're memoirs of sorts, so of course it's going to be all about her.

I should have Moose coming to me fairly soon from the library; we'll see if I like it better than you did.
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