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KimStanleyRobinson
* Dog in the Sand *

1972 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2007 :  06:54:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diary of Anne Frank and staring to go back through the Vonnnegut again.


im old and boring and hate stuff
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floop
= Wannabe Volunteer =

Mexico
15297 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2007 :  07:43:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Carl





that's a good read



jamming good with Weird and Gilly
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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11525 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2007 :  07:52:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just read the introductory chapter last night, I've been meaning to read it for ages.
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awestruck
= Cult of Ray =

USA
377 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2007 :  08:54:47  Show Profile  Visit awestruck's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kathryn

He's so amazing. Last week I met someone who hated Atonement and it stumped me. Try Saturday, the book before his latest. And Chesil Beach is great, too.


I got some heaven in my head




I don't get how anyone could read Atonement and not like it. It must be someone who always wants the nice and tidy happy ending.

Favorite Quote: awestruck is a she, she's a she. -trobrianders
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orchid
- FB Fan -

12 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2007 :  11:32:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yes, Ian Mc Ewan is one of the best authors. i have read many of his books, Atonement, Saturday, Amsterdam, Enduring Love (which was my favourite).
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shineoftheever
> Teenager of the Year <

Canada
4304 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2007 :  18:44:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



The waxworks were an immensely eloquent dissertation on the wonderful ordinariness of mankind.
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shineoftheever
> Teenager of the Year <

Canada
4304 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2007 :  18:46:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KimStanleyRobinson

Diary of Anne Frank and staring to go back through the Vonnnegut again.


im old and boring and hate stuff



didn't KV write the diary of anne frank?


The waxworks were an immensely eloquent dissertation on the wonderful ordinariness of mankind.
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/20/2007 :  17:10:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TRANSMARINE

GOD'S LITTLE ACRE by Erskine Caldwell

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His name is Dalton. He's got a degree in philosophy.
-bRIAN

Caldwell's "Tobacco Road" is one of the best books I've read. Here's a stupid little review I wrote for it at 43things.com: http://www.43things.com/entries/view/1262751


Please pardon me, for these my wrongs.
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Jose Jones
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
1758 Posts

Posted - 05/20/2007 :  21:24:40  Show Profile  Visit Jose Jones's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by coastline

quote:
Originally posted by TRANSMARINE

GOD'S LITTLE ACRE by Erskine Caldwell

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His name is Dalton. He's got a degree in philosophy.
-bRIAN

Caldwell's "Tobacco Road" is one of the best books I've read. Here's a stupid little review I wrote for it at 43things.com: http://www.43things.com/entries/view/1262751


Please pardon me, for these my wrongs.



you've piqued my interest.

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they were the heroes of old, men of renown.
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Cheeseman1000
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Iceland
8201 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  01:26:52  Show Profile  Visit Cheeseman1000's Homepage  Reply with Quote



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kathryn
~ Selkie Bride ~

Belgium
15320 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  15:10:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cheesey, how are you liking that book? I almost took it out of the library today. Should I do so tomorrow?

Has anybody else read the following? I jJust finished it and liked it:




I got some heaven in my head
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  15:27:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just starting "The Road" right now, actually. One page in, and it sounds pretty grim.


Please pardon me, for these my wrongs.
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Cheeseman1000
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Iceland
8201 Posts

Posted - 05/21/2007 :  23:11:05  Show Profile  Visit Cheeseman1000's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kathryn

Cheesey, how are you liking that book? I almost took it out of the library today. Should I do so tomorrow?

I've literally just started it K, but it seems very nicely-written and looks like it might develop into an interesting story. I'll get back to you when I'm a bit further in...


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kathryn
~ Selkie Bride ~

Belgium
15320 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  04:49:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Simon. I've read nothing but rave reviews but would love to get your take on it.

Coastline, not to sound snobby but it's the rare Oprah book club selection that I like. Would love to hear your thougths when you're done.


I got some heaven in my head
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cassandra is
> Teenager of the Year <

France
4233 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  05:23:31  Show Profile  Visit cassandra is's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've recently finished those ones:






I'm currently re-reading this masterpiece:




and also reading this one at the moment:







pas de bras pas de chocolat
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jediroller
* Dog in the Sand *

1718 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  05:42:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Currently re-reading


You can confirm the genuineness of the deceased death by clicking on this website

free music | Blackolero | Frank Black & Pixies Tributes
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  05:58:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kathryn

Coastline, not to sound snobby but it's the rare Oprah book club selection that I like. Would love to hear your thougths when you're done.

I'm the same way. That "O" sticker on books usually sends me running. But I did just finish a great book with said sticker -- "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest Gaines. I'd found it in the $1 bin at a dusty-smelling bookstore near where I work. I love old bookstores.

Where does everyone get their books? I often shop at a really cool store here called the Tattered Cover. Despite their name, they don't sell used books. It's a real Denver institution, the kind that the whole city seems to love. I also go to a bunch of used bookstores, and I shop at amazon.com when I really have to. And, of course, I borrow books from friends and the library.


Please pardon me, for these my wrongs.
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Cheeseman1000
>> Denizen of the Citizens Band <<

Iceland
8201 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  06:07:20  Show Profile  Visit Cheeseman1000's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's all about charity bookshops.


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Carl
- A 'Fifth' Catholic -

Ireland
11525 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  11:57:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


I know it's the 30th anniversary of Star Wars this month, but it's just a coincidence that I'm reading this now; I have loads of books, mostly bought in sales, lying around the place for ages.

Edited by - Carl on 05/22/2007 12:02:03
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shineoftheever
> Teenager of the Year <

Canada
4304 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  12:57:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


i'm taking an english course and i have to read a canadian book from a list of 10 so i picked this one, it has sasquatches in it.


The waxworks were an immensely eloquent dissertation on the wonderful ordinariness of mankind.
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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
3112 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  15:05:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wanna know all about Raw Shark Texts. If only someone could tell me. If only someone would think to post in the correct thread.

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Ed is the hoo hoo
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  15:08:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by trobrianders

I wanna know all about Raw Shark Texts. If only someone could tell me. If only someone would think to post in the correct thread.

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Ed is the hoo hoo

That's my boy. Thanks, Tro.


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starmekitten
-= Forum Pistolera =-

United Kingdom
6369 Posts

Posted - 05/22/2007 :  20:29:17  Show Profile  Visit starmekitten's Homepage  Reply with Quote


I love this guy.

Idiot.
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trobrianders
> Teenager of the Year <

Papua New Guinea
3112 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  04:04:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
starmekitten I knew you'd make this post. Been waiting for it.

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Ed is the hoo hoo

Edited by - trobrianders on 05/23/2007 04:11:47
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Homers_pet_monkey
= Official forum monkey =

United Kingdom
17122 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  05:10:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cassandra is

I've recently finished those ones:





pas de bras pas de chocolat




How was it?


I'd walk her everyday, into a shady place
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cassandra is
> Teenager of the Year <

France
4233 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  06:00:05  Show Profile  Visit cassandra is's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Homers_pet_monkey

quote:
Originally posted by cassandra is

I've recently finished those ones:





pas de bras pas de chocolat





How was it?


I'd walk her everyday, into a shady place






I was quite reluctant before beginning it. I'm a long time fan of Bret Easton Ellis, but I was very sceptic about this new project. The real-false-autobiographical-stuff aspect and the fact that he took so much time since Glamorama to write this one made me think that the guy was lost, and that he wouldn't be able to try something new or that reaches the level of his previous novels. I guess that's why it took me so much time to finally read it.

I was totally wrong. After 15 or 20 pages I was really into it. It's kinda breathtaking and disturbing. I'm not going to reveal the plot, but it's really surprising. It's at the same funny, spooky, violent, ridicule, moving and disgusting. You never know what's gonna happen. And I really like the way he uses and corrupts the clichés of the fantastic genre.

It was a really good surprise to me, and I hardly recommend it to you Homers and to anyone who likes the work of Ellis.



pas de bras pas de chocolat

Edited by - cassandra is on 05/23/2007 06:01:23
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OLDMANOTY
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
442 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  07:44:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland. Read it a couple of weeks ago and it's still haunting me. Just started Number9Dream by David Mitchell - he's an amazing writer. Maybe I'm dumb but I can't work out how to put the cover pics on here like everyone else's doing.

Godspeed
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coastline
> Teenager of the Year <

USA
2950 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  11:13:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by OLDMANOTY

Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland. Read it a couple of weeks ago and it's still haunting me.

Excellent book, and the one that got me into his writing. His "Postcards from the Dead" is also worth your time. I noticed at the bookstore the other day that he has a new one, but I was in line and didn't have time to really check it out. It looked a lot longer than what he normally writes. I've always liked him because he writes for those of us with MTV attention spans. I've never read "Generation X," but he does seem to have us nailed.


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speedy_m
= Frankofile =

Canada
3580 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  12:19:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



maybe I'll kick it
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benji
> Teenager of the Year <

New Zealand
3320 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  12:48:48  Show Profile  Visit benji's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i'm continuing my war fixation at present.
just finished this:


and now just started


truly harrowing stuff.



all i can say, thank god for polio! brian
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bedrock_barney
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
871 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  13:48:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by speedy_m




maybe I'll kick it




How is it Speedy?

I enjoy Kunstler's regular Clusterfuck Nation Chronicle on his website.

Read 'The Long Emergency' a while back:



Unfortunately a lot of what he says seems to make sense.

On a similar note vast quantities of doom can be found here (my other regular interweb visiting spot):

http://www.peakoil.com/forums.html






The humble apple
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speedy_m
= Frankofile =

Canada
3580 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  16:00:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm really enjoying it, Barney. If you read his website, then there likely won't be any startling ideas in the book, but it's very well written and the history is excellent. The way he puts things together is very interesting, especially if you're a planner/planning nerd. And depressing.


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that means soda
- FB Fan -

Canada
73 Posts

Posted - 05/23/2007 :  20:39:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can anyone help me with this book? I'm about to give up and return it to my boss from the porno shop. (he lends me books)





Montreal, October 1st 2002

Edited by - that means soda on 05/23/2007 20:41:52
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Homers_pet_monkey
= Official forum monkey =

United Kingdom
17122 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2007 :  05:00:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cassandra is

quote:
Originally posted by Homers_pet_monkey

quote:
Originally posted by cassandra is

I've recently finished those ones:





pas de bras pas de chocolat





How was it?


I'd walk her everyday, into a shady place




It was a really good surprise to me, and I hardly recommend it to you Homers and to anyone who likes the work of Ellis.



pas de bras pas de chocolat




Why would you hardly recommend it? It sounds good from what you have said ; )


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houstonguthrie
- FB Fan -

187 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2007 :  18:22:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I almost started a new thread but then found this one -

I've been reading a lot of history books lately - biographies of our founding fathers. And man - these are great books!! I've always been into nonfiction. I used to read all the biographies that I could find of my favorite musicians. Not the new ones so much - but the oldies like Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, etc. - but eventually the well kind of dried up. I dabbled in some philosophy for a while but was unsatisfied and then I just stopped reading for a good long while

then one day I bought "1776" by David McCullough on a whim - and I really really liked it. The next time I was in a book store I went to the history section and saw it in a whole new light. I must have walked past the history section 100 time before but this time I was sort of overwhelmed. Holy Crap look at all these books!! Where to start?

I made a few bad choices - because as we all know history can be incredibly BORING and if you get the wrong book it's just like being back in high school. but there are many many great biographies out there that do not read like textbooks at all - they really suck you in and bring the people and the times to life. I've been totally intrigued.

A good part of the interest is in learning how much things have changed in the past 200 years - but what is more intriguing is learning how in many respects very little has changed! You think politics are ugly now? It really is nothing new. It's only just now beginning to get as ugly as it once was. You think the times we live in now are difficult? We couldn't begin to understand the hardships these people lived through -

my recommendations are -

"1776" by David McCullough
"John Adams" by David McCullough
"His Excellency George Washington" by Joseph Ellis
"American Sphinx - The Character of Thomas Jefferson" by Joseph Ellis
"Alexander Hamilton" - Ron Chernow

okay - now I've gone out on a limb and established myself as the nerdiest reader on the board. Anybody else enjoy this kind of stuff?











Edited by - houstonguthrie on 05/25/2007 18:40:27
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