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Old 06-20-2003, 12:11 AM   #76
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I finished Things Fall Apart today. When I started it, I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but Achebe's voice is very engrossing and keeps leading you deeper into the story. I ended up being very impressed.

Next up was going to be The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, which I tried to read once before but just couldn't get into. Well, I can't get into it this time, either. So I don't know what to read next.
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Tietam Brown
by Mick Foley

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A remarkable debut novel—given extraordinary life by its amalgam of energy, raw authentic language, and, at the core, a surprising gentleness.

It is the work of the constantly amazing wrestler-writer Mick Foley, whose two volumes of autobiography, Have a Nice Day! and Foley Is Good, were each number one on the New York Times National Best-seller List.
It tells the story and speaks in the voice—at once innocent and too knowing for his age—of Antietam (Andy) Brown, named for the great-great-great- grandfather who died on that Civil War battlefield. Andy at seventeen is himself the veteran of a violent boyhood, having been locked up in the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center for killing a teenager who attempted to rape him.

Now, after seven years, he is out, free, at a crossroads, trying to make a fresh start, to fit into the life of Conestoga High School in the small upstate New York town to which he has been brought by his father—absent from his life since he was a month old. The man is certainly charismatic. He is also crude, apparently addicted to bodybuilding, beer swilling, and (his own words for his serial womanizing) “bareback riding.” He has no visible job, no known past.

Associated by the town with his father’s coarseness, hectored by the boorish football coach and the coach’s pack of steroid-pumping teens, feeling himself losing ground, Andy is stunned to discover that the most popular girl in town is attracted to him. Terri, the homecoming queen, the school beauty, every boy’s dream girl, a born-again Christian, a really nice girl. Andy can’t believe it. He is immediately head over heels in love—first love—and determined to protect Terri from everything bad on earth. Worried that his father, even he himself, might contaminate her, and determined for her sake to discover what his father is, Andy begins to delve into the locked rooms and dangerous currents of the elder Tietam Brown’s past and present.
What happens is told in a novel that is appealingly direct, moving, and altogether pleasurable in its superb storytelling and celebration of the human spirit.

About the Author
Mick Foley grew up in East Setauket, New York. He is the author of Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling and Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, as well as two children’s books. He wrestled professionally for fifteen years and was the three-time WWE champion. Foley lives with his wife and four children on Long Island.
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Old 06-21-2003, 02:56 AM   #78
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I started reading Enemy Women today, which is (I guess) a Civil War novel by a woman named Paulette Jiles. Anyone familiar with it?
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I love reading, I basically go through books as quickly as I do toilet paper since I read so fast. I got out of the habit, or should I say lost my taste for it when I was in college and forced to read so much, but now I've got a decent train ride to and from work so I've been reading up a storm! Plus it helps me relax before sleeping. I particularly like brainless stuff that you can just get lost in and enjoy - but I read pretty much anything. Some of my favorites include :

Getting Over It - Anna Maxted. VERY funny - an alarming number of people have told me I could be the main character.

Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy. I actually hate the movie because it's so different from the book.

Bag of Bones - Stephen King. A great read if you want something scary but without all the wierdness and gore associated with his other stuff.

Night- Elie Weisel (sp?) - A short autobiography of a holocause survivor.

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.

Just since so many people have recently mentioned it - I read Lovely Bones not too long ago. A very sad, and moving story. I was actually rather disturbed by it. Expect to be a little depressed for a while.

All time favorite - The Talisman - co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub. A long but fast moving story about a young boy who has to travel across the country in a parallel world to save his mother's life. Good stuff - the character Wolf is quite possibly one of the most likeable characters I've ever come across in literature. But that's enough out of me right now!
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I've been reading Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy. It was at first a hard book to get into, but the effort paid off because it's simply one of the most truly unique works of fantasy I've ever read. There's no actual magic or fantastical creatures or any other usual accessories of the fantasy genre in the books, but the world they create is completely alien and nightmarish, in which dark humour alternates with scenes of frankly shocking violence. When I read books I'm guilty of skipping descriptive passages in order to get down to the dialogues and plot developments, but Peake's command of English language is so incredible that the book really pays off if you accept the slow pace and just immerse yourself into his vivid, painterly prose and the world populated with characters with names like Barquentine and Prunesquallor.
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All time favorite - The Talisman - co-written by Stephen King and Peter Straub. A long but fast moving story about a young boy who has to travel across the country in a parallel world to save his mother's life. Good stuff - the character Wolf is quite possibly one of the most likeable characters I've ever come across in literature. But that's enough out of me right now!
This book is wonderful. I can still remember how I felt when I finished it, and that was probably over ten years ago. Highly recommended!
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Circle of Friends - Maeve Binchy. I actually hate the movie because it's so different from the book.

I read this book at least once a year--and I also hated the movie.
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just finished chomsky's 9/11 and began coupland's hey nostradamus. all the while reading marlin's the ethics of persuasion, ellul's propaganda and winseck's reconvergence for school related things.
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I thought Hey Nostradamus! wouldn't be out until July...



Which reminds me, if it's not out until July in the States, I'm going to pre-order it from Amazon.
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amazon is shipping them now. i think july is the canadian release but i...umm...bothered someone for it. i guess i could have just got it from amazon.com but i don't think they ship to canada since amazon.ca set up shop.
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hey, pax: coupland is on ottawa for a book signing in september:hyper:

i just read jurgen habermas' the future of human nature. habermas is an ideological hero of mine but id never delved into his more philosophical work.

this was an incredible study of not just the democratic values in a future of genetic technology but also the secularization of society.

its a quick read, just 111 pages but goes to great depths.
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I bought The Holographic Universe today.
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I have to read 13 books for high school next year, because I'm going to be in 9th grade, but 10th grade honors English, so in order to stay on the safe side, I'm reading every book on both lists. The 9h grade books are: My Name is Asher Lev,1984,Oliver Twist,The Call of the Wild and Marjorie Morningstar. The 10th grade books are:Into the Wild,The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Chosen,My Antonia and Cold Mountain. For 10 Honors I have to read: Atlas Shrugged,Cat's Cradle and The Power of Myth. On top of that, I'm reading the Lord of the Rings Trilogy(again),The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales,Ender's Shadow, Speaker For the Dead, and I will read the new Harry Potter when the shipment arrives.

About Atlas Shrugged- The version I have is 1084 pages. I don't mind reading that, but is it supposed to be that long?
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Actually, I started and finishedEnder's Shadow yesterday, but I might re-read it if i get a chance,because I have so much spare time on my hands, and nothing to do!LOL
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About Atlas Shrugged- The version I have is 1084 pages. I don't mind reading that, but is it supposed to be that long?
The one I read in high school was....it apparently takes her a hundred-page monologue to explain her philosophy.
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