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Old 06-11-2003, 08:20 AM   #61
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Originally posted by Dreadsox

I will pick it up too. We are two weeks away from a week on Lake Winni something or otherin NH.

The What About Bob Lake I think,
Lake Winnepesaukee (not sure if I spelled that right!)

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Old 06-11-2003, 05:40 PM   #62
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Pub-- Heart of Darkness is a quick read so read it
anitram -- read atonement last month, its a little too wordy but good

as for me, I just polished off Harry Potter 1-4 in anticipation of the new one, as well as a oral history of Saturday Night Live. Will be reading the new Harry Potter, The Devil Wears Prada and probably Pride and Prejudice. Then maybe another repeat of the orange bible and a book called Stiff -- its about what happens to cavaders and such.

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Old 06-11-2003, 10:54 PM   #63
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I finished Beloved at the gym today! Yay! It was a really harrowing, disturbing read. Sooooo meticulously detailed and heartbreaking and weird.

I'm not sure what to start next. I'm trying to decide between another Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon), Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, or Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
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Old 06-12-2003, 04:55 PM   #64
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I've got looooads of books to try and read!

I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Witching Hour by Anne Rice then I'm gonna read, Dracula - Bram Stoker, Complete Short Stories - Oscar Wilde, Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen and then I might try and read LOTR too cos I bought the books months ago and haven't got round to reading them yet! Lots of classics to read! eee!
I still need to get round to reading The Beach too! It's gonna be one loooooong summer of reading!
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Old 06-16-2003, 06:25 AM   #65
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Yesterday I finished my book (Het Stenen Bruidsbed by Harry Mulisch, don't know the exact title in English). He isn't my favourite writer to begin with, but the book wasn't that expensive, it is a hardback edition (always like those) and it was published in the Library Of The 20th Century series so I thought it should be quite good.
Well, having read it once I didn't understand %#^$ of what the point is of the story. OK, it has to do with an American going to Dresden in 1956, when the city is still in ruins from WWII, and where he's trying to find some answers as he was a pilot in WWII and helped bombing the city to pieces. But for the rest...? The point? The conclusion? Beats me...

So now I really think his works are quite inconsistent. His 'The Assault' (which was turned into an Oscar-winning movie) was quite readable, not too difficult on the surface (although a lot was apparently going on in the background). The same is with his 'Discovery Of Heaven' (except the film didn't win an Oscar). But this book, and some others...

Oh well, on to the next one. That'll be Crosstown Traffic by Charles Shaar Murray. It's his biography of Jimi Hendrix and is regarded as one of Hendrix's best biographies. Hopefully this one is more compelling and interesting than the Mulisch book.

I'll get back here in a couple of weeks, when I've finished it.

Marty (who suddenly realises that he'll receive Harry Potter probably next week...)

edit: OK, I looked up some explanations of the book on the Internet and I now understand it a bit more. It's supposedly like a Greek tragedy, much like the war of Troy. The female character (Hella) is also like the Greek Helen. Both are conquered and once conquered cast aside. Furthermore there is the issue of destruction of the city by the main character and how he handles this fact (or rather, is unable to handle with it).
Still, I've read better books.
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Old 06-16-2003, 07:30 AM   #66
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After I read Beloved, I decided to go with The Lovely Bones. That was a *really* fast read, especially after Beloved. It was pretty good, I thought, especially for a first novel. A guy reading it might think it was "Oprah"-ish, but I thought it was fairly heavy in enough places to be a little more literary than the average best-seller.

Now I'm reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Anyone else read this one?
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Old 06-16-2003, 07:55 AM   #67
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Originally posted by bonosgirl84
the rum diary by hunter s. thompson.
Tell me more about Rum Diary...please.

I am reading Tom Robbin's "Invalids Home From Hot Climates"...very slowly. He also has a new book..I am debating if I should wait for it to come out in paperback. Robbins is an intersting read..very funny.

I was at Borders the otehr night...and was thinking I may reread Heller's "Catch 22" again.
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Old 06-16-2003, 09:29 AM   #68
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Because of all the high praises and great reviews, for 1 at a Charity Shop I picked up a Maeve Binchy book called 'Dublin 4 - Lilac Bus - Victoria Line, Central Line'

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I'm currently enjoying every word of 'The Memoirs of Cleopatra' by Margaret George, fabulous historical fiction that takes you far away...
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Originally posted by joyfulgirl
I get paid to read books.

Just finished "The Fan-Maker's Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade" by Rikki Ducornet.

Halfway through "The Gangster We Are All Looking For" by l thi diem thy.
how do you get this wonderful deal?

[ok i read the rest of the thread and learned the answer myself.]

I'm finishing The Once and Future King and want to start Watership Down and two rewrites of favorite stories....Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister...

I'm big into fantasy.
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Old 06-17-2003, 03:26 PM   #71
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just finished "Anna Karenina". Excellent book. I would highly recommend it.

Also wanted to throw in my for The Red Tent. It is a bit sobering (maybe depressing) but I also found it oddly empowering. Growing up in a very Christian home, I always took the way that women's stories were interpretted through a male lens as the "way things really were" but it was interesting to get a closer and more cultural look at an old story.

Next book on my list..."So you wanna join the Peace Corps?" Seriously. I'm finding it very handy.
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Summer reading is all that's been going on in my journal lately!

I finished Doctor Zhivago before I left--very good book, although I absolutely hated the last chapter. (Whoever did the screenplay for the film, if they didn't get an Oscar they got robbed.)

On vacation, I wiped out Might Magazine's "Shiny Addias Track Suits and the Death of Camp and Other Essays" or whatever the title is and McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales--both of which had good stuff and lousy stuff in them, but I am a sucker for Dave Eggers.

I'm currently re-reading "The Hobbit" but it isn't holding my interest for some reason. I have two collections of Chekhov to read next.

I really wanted to read "The Crimson Petal and the White" by Michel Faber. I completely forgot it was on my list. Has anyone read it? Is it any good?

Harry Potter 5 is on my list, but I almost wonder if I'll be able to get to it before Christmas since I'll be third in line for the book, unless I cough up the cash for my own copy.

How can I ever read it all before school!!
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Old 06-18-2003, 02:27 AM   #73
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Nothing at all academic for me until I get my hands on the 5th Potter book

Sorry for mentioning it Fizz!
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Old 06-18-2003, 03:43 PM   #74
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Last night I finished The Book of Salt by Monique Truong, a story that imagines the life of Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas' gay Vietnamese cook. It's an excellent first novel--very funny and original, a fresh and completely believable voice.
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Nothing at all academic for me until I get my hands on the 5th Potter book

Sorry for mentioning it Fizz!
Wherever I look there's someone talking about Harry!

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