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Old 08-01-2008, 01:44 AM   #946
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Thanks. Well My book is up on Blurb, decided to give an advance for people who want to buy the book. http:// www. blurb.com /bookstore/invited/207541/fd15dd89855c6fefe0c2ff450830958c
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:04 AM   #947
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I've finished House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III. It mostly centres on three characters and their fight over the same small house in San Francisco: a troubled young woman who owns the house, an Iranian exile who was formerly a powerful officer in Shah's airforce and who buys the house at the county auction, and a married man who falls in love with the woman and wants to help her seek justice.

It's one of those gutwrenching books that you read with a knot in your stomach knowing that things will most likely go from bad to worse. I still didn't imagine just how badly it all ends, I think it's to the writer's credit that he tells both sides of the same story really well and with a lot of empathy for his screwed-up characters.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:57 AM   #948
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I thought that was a really good book. But it helps if you can shake off the general feeling of "Oh my god, you moron, I know you're depressed, but OPEN YOUR MAIL!"

I tried and failed to read Snow Falling On Cedars. I've been wanting to read it for ages, and I gave it about 75 pages before giving up.

Sorry, David Guterson. You seemed like a neat dude when I saw you talk the other week, and your new book still sounds interesting, but I couldn't do it.
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Maybe watch the movie instead, Cori? It's very underrated.
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I might, just to get the gist of it.
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:22 PM   #951
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I bought Breaking Dawn today, the conclusion of the Twilight Series. Very much looking forward to reading it.
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I have Twilight on hold at the library ... but am something like #300 on the wait list. Heh.

I'd like to see what all the fuss is about.
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They're good books - and incredibly addictive - I read the first one a while ago when it first came out and before all the hype and really enjoyed it. The movie looks like it's going to suck though.
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No thank you.

Finished Graham Greene's The Quiet American and The Power and the Glory as well as Yates' A Good School this week, all good reads, the first two are amazing, the other is lightweight Yates but a good tribute to his father and semiautobiographical.

The stack I've got to work on, haven't gotten to In Cold Blood yet, also picked up Stewart O'Nan's The Night Country, and Snow Angels, Don Delillo's Falling Man, Life of Pi (finally gonna get around to this), Things Fall Apart, and Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust (considered his other masterpiece, and I've already been floored by Brideshead Revisited so I'm looking forward to reading it, although I know it'll be quite a different sort of book).
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I would like to see a list of everyone's top 10 favorite novels. Yes, I know its hard. Do it.
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Non-fiction as well (memoirs and such) or just novels?
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Just novels, I think.
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I've always had a really hard time choosing favorite books.

There are many, many books I've liked and many that I've loved, but I struggle to make any sort of list.

I can list movies and music that I consider favorites, but books ... I can't figure it out.
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Finished Graham Greene's The Quiet American and The Power and the Glory as well as Yates' A Good School this week, all good reads, the first two are amazing, the other is lightweight Yates but a good tribute to his father and semiautobiographical.
I'm a big Graham Greene fan but haven't made it to those two yet, though I own both. I really loved The Heart of the Matter, The Tenth Man, The Bomb Party, and The Human Factor (which really reminded me of John LeCarré). I have a bunch of his stuff that I'm slowly making my way through, found them all very cheap at used book stores. I'm beginning to think he might be the best writer to ever come out of England.
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