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Old 02-07-2007, 01:15 PM   #106
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Neverwhere and American Gods, which I loved.
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:21 PM   #107
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Neverwhere was my introduction to Gaiman...an ex of mine worshipped him and his graphic novels, and basically told me to start reading his stuff or we'd be done. I like Gaiman a hell of a lot more than I like her now.

Your sig has not gotten old yet, still cracks me up.
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Old 02-08-2007, 02:08 PM   #109
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After reading the book than watching the movie it had quite the impact on me. John Grishams' "A Time To Kill" is another favorite of mine. So horrible though that events like this actually happened.

John Grisham did impress me with "A Time To Kill". He not only addressed racial issues but moral ones as well... He asked the reader what would you do if someone hurt your beloved? Is there such a thing as "justifiable homicide'? Excellent, book indeed BB12.
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Aw man, this was on page 4!

I'm in the middle of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which takes place in nineteenth century rural China, and it's very good.

But let me just say that even though the chapter where the main character has her feet bound was over 50 pages ago, I'm still horrified and tucking my sweet little feet under me protectively.

Egads.
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Neverwhere and American Gods, which I loved.
I'm just finishing Gaiman's Anansi Boys and have really enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his work. I'm going to read Smoke and Mirrors next, a collection of his short stories. I'm going to try to get Good Omens soon, too.

In fact, I've been on a reading binge since Christmas, and intentionally sought this thread, looking for book suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

I think it was Lance, earlier in the thread, who mentioned Lisey's Story? Funny, that's the book that got me started on this most recent binge. Loved it. Nearly read the whole thing in one sitting.
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Stephen King made a rare public appearance at my workplace (he was in town to do some sort of Seattle library function), and it was pretty awesome. So I have to brag about my autographed copy of Lisey's Story ... which I haven't read yet. But will!

I recently read Colors Insulting to Nature by Cintra Wilson, which was bizarre and pretty funny. It's about a young girl who desperately wants to be famous ... and about other things as well, but that's kind of the focal point of the main character.

Now I'm reading Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (who would have guessed that Curtis was a woman? Not I.), about a girl's high school experience at a boarding school. It's pretty good, but I don't completely love it.
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I'm just finishing Gaiman's Anansi Boys and have really enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his work. I'm going to read Smoke and Mirrors next, a collection of his short stories. I'm going to try to get Good Omens soon, too.

In fact, I've been on a reading binge since Christmas, and intentionally sought this thread, looking for book suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

I think it was Lance, earlier in the thread, who mentioned Lisey's Story? Funny, that's the book that got me started on this most recent binge. Loved it. Nearly read the whole thing in one sitting.
Gaiman's awesome, VP. Even his graphic novels were amazing. If I were you, I'd make my way through everything of his, eventually.

Anyone in here heard of, or even like, Gene Wolfe? Probably not, but, what the hell.....
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I've just read up and added a Gene Wolfe to my Amazon wishlist.
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You would be surprised to see how many times it comes up in pub quizzes as 'name the only novel written by Oscar Wilde?'

If anyone love's ancient History or even doesn't I highly reccomed Tom Holland's Persian Fire.

It follows the story of Athen's and Sparta against the Persian horde of Xerxes, it has a really great narrative making it read more like a great novel than a history book, it is quite exciting, plus some of the quotes from ancient Spartans are either very cool or funny, they seemingly invented action movie dialogue

As I said it centres on the Greco-Persian conflict but it shows its relevance to modern life with questions such as if the Persians had succeeded in subjugating the Greeks, would the West of today exist with its ideals of democracy and freedom? It is the first major instance of East vs West, and is very even handed throughout showing how civilised the Persians really were that Greek sources obviously did not want people to believe.

Yeah anyway it is a hugely entertaining read and now I need to get Holland's first book Rubicon.
just finished picture of dorian gray. short but wonderful book.

has anyone read "the idiot" by dostojevski?
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The Idiot's one of my favorite books.
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Stephen King made a rare public appearance at my workplace (he was in town to do some sort of Seattle library function), and it was pretty awesome. So I have to brag about my autographed copy of Lisey's Story ... which I haven't read yet. But will!
I am envious beyond belief. He's like the U2 of literature to me. Been reading him since I was a kid, and I have almost his complete collection in hardcover.

What was he like?
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He was very funny and was a good speaker, but he was a lot older and more frail in person than I would have imagined.

That accident sure took a lot out of him. I understand that's partly the reason why he doesn't do a lot of public appearances. You could see he was slow moving around, that he was careful in all his movements.
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He was very funny and was a good speaker, but he was a lot older and more frail in person than I would have imagined.

That accident sure took a lot out of him. I understand that's partly the reason why he doesn't do a lot of public appearances. You could see he was slow moving around, that he was careful in all his movements.
Have you read much of his work? It seems to me that much of it in recent years has almost been used as a vehicle for working through his accident. Nonetheless, I'm grateful that his self-proclaimed 'retirement' has not exactly come to pass, and he's still fairly prolific. It's sad though, hearing of his physical impairments.

Let me know what you think of Lisey's Story, when you get to it.
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Yes, I went through a huuuuuuuuuge King phase back in junior high, where I read almost everything he'd written. Then I didn't read much of it for a while.

I've read some of his more recent work and have really enjoyed it, particularly Hearts In Atlantis, which I LOVED.

I also really loved On Writing, in which he talks a lot about the accident.
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