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Old 01-06-2005, 08:35 PM   #16
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i'm reading stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers.


but, again, i think everyone should read cruddy by lynda barry.
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Old 01-06-2005, 08:45 PM   #17
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I'm halfway through "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman.

I finished "The Subtle Knife" in a day but this one is taking me a bit longer.

"Jennifer Government" is next on my list and I'm still working my way through "A Lifelong Passion" which is collected letters and diaries from the doomed Romanovs.
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I'm almost finished "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera.

It's been thought-provoking.
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:58 PM   #19
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I'm reading the 'Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy' series right now. I'm on 'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.'

AvsGirl41, what do you think of the Phillip Pullman books? I absolutely adore them!
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I am reading Sailing To Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay. I HIGHLY recommend anything he has written to anybody that enjoys fantasy. Even if you don't think you like fantasy check out his book Tigana. It was the first work of fantasy I ever read and I fell in love with it!
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"Oral History" by Lee Smith

This is an amazing book. Basically a look at Appalachian life in the early 1900s, a bit of a (possibly) supernatural element, and very, very well-written. Often gets compared to Faulkner, but I found it much more enjoyable to read.
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Old 01-07-2005, 04:11 AM   #22
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'The Amulet of Samarkand' by Johnathan Stroud

I'm about a third of the way in, and if I was to describe it, it's kind of along the lines of a more grown up harry potter mixed with His Dark Materials with a wee touch of Terry Pratchett

I'm very interested to find out how it pans out
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Inside COM by Dale Rogerson..

Does that count
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I'm reading Kundera as well. 'Slowness'.

True to the title, I'm taking my time with it.
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Old 01-07-2005, 04:36 AM   #25
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I'm trying to read some classics and some "harder" books--I'd been reading lighter fare for a while up until Christmas.

I'm on Emma by Jane Austen at the moment. Next up is probably A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
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Old 01-07-2005, 04:54 AM   #26
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I've been reading Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series, I'm on book 5 at the moment. I re-read the first 3 and have got 2 more books after this one. If you liked Lord of the Rings you should love this series. Another great book I've just read is "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Seebold, the ending in that was a bit strange. The concept of the story was different though.
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AvsGirl41, what do you think of the Phillip Pullman books? I absolutely adore them!
I *really* like them. I think its the best fantasy series written since Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. It's the first fantasy book I've read that's completely original and didn't derive from LOTR or Narnia in some way.

It's so complex and deep, I am amazed this was ever marketed as a kid/young adult book.
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I'm on Emma by Jane Austen at the moment.
i re-read this over the summer. great book. love jane austen.

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It's so complex and deep, I am amazed this was ever marketed as a kid/young adult book.


I totally agree! These books were actually recommended to me by my Grade 6 students last year! I think that's why I like them so much - they tackle some pretty big issues, yet Pullman doesn't dumb it down for kids, even though the main characters are children. Now I'm the one telling everyone I know to read them!
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I'm halfway through "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman.

I finished "The Subtle Knife" in a day but this one is taking me a bit longer.

I am in about the same place in Amber Spyglass, probably about a hundred pages behind you. They are great books, find it hard to believe that they are supposed to be children's books. Seem pretty inappropriate.

And whoever mentioned The Dark Tower.
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