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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
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Posted - 04/30/2011 :  18:41:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Harry Potter 7. The sixth was by far my favorite so far. I'm excited to see how it ends.
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vilainde
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Niue
7308 Posts

Posted - 04/30/2011 :  22:51:41  Show Profile  Visit vilainde's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Potter dies


Denis


Obsidiana Bijoux
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Llamadance
> Teenager of the Year <

United Kingdom
2543 Posts

Posted - 05/01/2011 :  03:22:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
lol, I can't believe you told him the ending!


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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2011 :  08:12:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by vilainde

Potter dies



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vilainde
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Niue
7308 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2011 :  08:58:12  Show Profile  Visit vilainde's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My bad, I confused him with Osama


(but really, he dies)


Denis


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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2011 :  18:02:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Done with the Harry Potter series. Thanks to Thomas for convincing me -- though he surely didn't mean to -- to read it.

Re-reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Can't remember the author's name. Haddon? Good book.
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velvety
= Cult of Ray =

Portugal
536 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2011 :  10:27:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Reading Kristin Hersh's book, Paradoxical Undressing. I've always loved her lyrics, and this book makes want to hear everything she ever recorded. Again.
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2011 :  10:40:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith.
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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5400 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2011 :  11:01:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
3112 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2011 :  00:00:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coastline

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith.

I love the Elia Kazan movie of this. What's the novel like? I'm guessing a real tearjerker.

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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 06/22/2011 :  01:24:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by trobrianders

quote:
Originally posted by coastline

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith.

I love the Elia Kazan movie of this. What's the novel like? I'm guessing a real tearjerker.


It's a sweet book, for lack of a better word. It reminds me a lot of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes -- both are stories of an immigrant family in New York, extremely poor, drunk dad, mothers who are forced to carry the family's burden, young narrator who takes refuge in books. But Francie, the narrator in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, isn't afflicted with the extreme bitterness (or humor) of Frankie, the narrator in Angela's Ashes. It's a much more uplifting story, though Angela's Ashes is the more powerful and rich story.

Edited by - coastline on 06/22/2011 01:28:00
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vilainde
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Niue
7308 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2011 :  02:44:34  Show Profile  Visit vilainde's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just finished Nick Hornby's A LONG WAY DOWN. Not his best but I give him kudos for writing such an hilarious book about suicide and depression.


Denis


Obsidiana Bijoux
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The Holiday Son
= Quote Accumulator =

France
1970 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2011 :  04:19:05  Show Profile  Visit The Holiday Son's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have yet to read an average book by him !
Even "How to be good", which I feared to be his weakest, was funny and bright.
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BLT
> Teenager of the Year <

South Sandwich Islands
4204 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2011 :  13:01:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11540 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2011 :  07:55:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


About 80 pages in, really good so far. As is the case with a lot of books as compared with film/TV adaptations, the book goes a lot more into the characters backgrounds and relationships. Looking forward to David Fincher's US adaptation, plus the extended original Swedish Tv versions which are coming out on Blu-ray shortly.

quote:
Originally posted by coastlineDone with the Harry Potter series. Thanks to Thomas for convincing me -- though he surely didn't mean to -- to read it.


Just finished Philosopher's Stone coastline, actually though it was very good. Wasn't a Potter fan, but I picked up a boxset of the first seven films in a sale and was pleasantly surprized, may pick up the other books if I chance upon them in a bargain shop!

Edited by - Carl on 09/06/2011 07:57:07
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velvety
= Cult of Ray =

Portugal
536 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2011 :  10:30:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow

First book I've read from Bellow. So far so good.
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11540 Posts

Posted - 09/25/2011 :  06:16:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


A bit more straightforward compared the first book, but no less "gripping", as journalists say. :)

[EDIT]Most of the way through this now... totally absorbing.


Edited by - Carl on 10/27/2011 10:42:24
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OLDMANOTY
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
445 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2011 :  11:08:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Carl



About 80 pages in, really good so far. As is the case with a lot of books as compared with film/TV adaptations, the book goes a lot more into the characters backgrounds and relationships. Looking forward to David Fincher's US adaptation, plus the extended original Swedish Tv versions which are coming out on Blu-ray shortly.


Just read this and started on the next one. Picked all three up for 3 quid from a charity shop - had previously been put off as I assumed they probably wern't that good due to the hype and popularity. I was expecting something like Dan Brown but was completely wrong, really impressed so far. The only things that grate are the over-descriptive passages (do we really need to know the entire spec of the characters laptops?)

I also picked this up from a charity shop, a chilling and well written post-apocalyptic novel.

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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11540 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2011 :  08:48:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by OLDMANOTY

The only things that grate are the over-descriptive passages (do we really need to know the entire spec of the characters laptops?)


Does add a touch of authenticity, though!

[EDIT]Okay, sue me, I admit it, I've finally caved in and started reading Harry Potter - enjoyed the first book which I borrowed after watching a Blu-ray boxset of the first 7 films (which I also caved in and bought a little while ago - it was in a sale, alright?!). Reading this at the moment:


Edited by - Carl on 11/04/2011 16:30:09
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2012 :  13:17:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeez. No posts in this topic since October, yet it's still in the first page of the general section. Poor little forum.

I'm reading Dickens' "David Copperfield." Recently finished "Great Expectations." Wonderful books, both of them. Not bad for a 200-year-old.
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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5400 Posts

Posted - 02/22/2012 :  15:44:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Re-reading the first Harry Potter with my son, halfway through the third book of Edmund Morris's triology on Teddy Roosevelt (great books), and half way through Havana Nocturne about the mafia and the Cuban Revolution.
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2012 :  10:48:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since baseball season is around the corner, I'm reading "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.
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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5400 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2012 :  15:40:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wish I knew where my copy of Ball Four is. Probably in some box with my missing UCSD sweatshirt.
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11540 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2012 :  00:49:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Really enjoyed John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In, which I was inspired to check out because the film was so good (The US version is pretty decent too). This is really creepy with some interesting characters. Lindqvist has been compared to Stephen King, can definitely see an influence.
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MissMaceo
= Cult of Ray =

USA
388 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2012 :  21:22:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 03/19/2012 :  13:54:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished re-reading "Flowers for Algernon," which I read in the seventh grade -- so, roughly 30 years ago. It's a good book, but not great. I wanted more out of it.

Now I'm reading "The Mysterious Benedict Society," at the request of my 9-year-old, who just finished the third book in the series. Thankfully, this series won't consume me for months like Harry Potter did.
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11540 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2012 :  03:44:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2012 :  12:00:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"The Hunger Games."
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DruggedBunny
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
395 Posts

Posted - 03/31/2012 :  12:25:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Scary AND funny.
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2012 :  18:17:26  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Funny, Coastline. I just thought of that book for the first time in years the other day (Flowers for Algernon) and wondered if I'd like it as an adult. And my younger sister also got me reading the Hunger Games back around Christmas time, suprisingly good.

Now I'm on Stephen King's Dark Tower series... currently reading Wizard and the Glass (Book 4?)


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2012 :  11:40:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"The Hunger Games" was a fun read. Now I'm on "Bright's Passage" by Josh Ritter (the singer-songwriter).
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Cult_Of_Frank
= Black Noise Maker =

Canada
11523 Posts

Posted - 04/03/2012 :  18:27:43  Show Profile  Visit Cult_Of_Frank's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wasn't he in the Brady Bunch? :P Sorry, I'm tired and it seemed like it could be funny...


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11540 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2012 :  08:54:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cult_Of_Frank

Now I'm on Stephen King's Dark Tower series... currently reading Wizard and the Glass (Book 4?)


Absolutely love the Dark Tower series... highly imaginative stuff.
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darwin
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

USA
5400 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2012 :  17:13:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cult_Of_Frank

Wasn't he in the Brady Bunch? :P Sorry, I'm tired and it seemed like it could be funny...


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."



No Three's Company

I just read my daughter's copy of The Hunger Games and about 1/2 way through Our Band Could Be Your Life
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 04/24/2012 :  09:40:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


The first in Dos Passos' USA trilogy.

Edited by - coastline on 04/24/2012 09:41:29
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