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Old 10-22-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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I finished The Full Ridiculous. It was pretty terrific. It was funny, it was serious, and I really enjoyed the characters (quite amazing to be able to flesh out characters in less than 250 pages). The last few pages were beautiful and worth the price of admission.

I stumbled upon another short book -- 200 pages -- that looked interesting: Before by Joseph Hurka. http://www.amazon.com/Before-Novel-J...e+joseph+hurka So that's up next.
That sounds really great. On the list it goes.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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It's been more than 7 hours since anyone has posted on this thread. You know what that makes me think? That everyone is reading.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Beacon Falls, CT
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I'm about to start "Joyland" by Stephen King.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:58 PM
 
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I gave up on Before by Joseph Hurka. The dialogue wasn't ringing true for me and that's always a sticking point for me. I'm going to read another Stephen King non-horror short story until I decide what book I want to tackle next.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:50 AM
 
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I gave up on Before by Joseph Hurka. The dialogue wasn't ringing true for me and that's always a sticking point for me. I'm going to read another Stephen King non-horror short story until I decide what book I want to tackle next.
It sounded so promising.

I've completely changed my mind on Americanah. It's a good read and I've learned a lot about the immigration experiences of Africans, which I knew nothing about. It just takes a while to get into it.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default West African studies

Just read In the land of magic soldiers - Daniel Bergner, 2003. On Sierra Leone - in W. Africa, near the Ebola infected countries. V. interesting, he talked & traveled the country with a wide variety of people. An insight into the locals, the missionaries, the British trying to reboot the country. A good read - not for the squeamish, though.

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Old 10-23-2014, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Well, before I could even get started on a Stephen King short story (I was about to start Apt Pupil), my library hold came in. So I'm going to start one that Lost Roses talked about: Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester.
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:17 PM
 
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It sounded so promising.

I've completely changed my mind on Americanah. It's a good read and I've learned a lot about the immigration experiences of Africans, which I knew nothing about. It just takes a while to get into it.
Yeah, it did. But maybe it was the right book, wrong time. But I highly recommend The Full Ridiculous. I can't seem to get that one out of my head.

Ooooh, positive stuff about Americanah! Do you hear that, LookingforMayberry? Huh? (Stop shaking your head, LFM.) (Now stop laughing, LFM!)
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Old 10-23-2014, 05:27 PM
 
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Ooooh, positive stuff about Americanah! Do you hear that, LookingforMayberry? Huh? (Stop shaking your head, LFM.) (Now stop laughing, LFM!)
Okay, where did you plant the camera?

I'm 2/3rds into the audiobook "The Priest's Graveyard" and it's become ridiculous. The story is told from two perspectives, a Bosnian priest and a former junkie with a vendetta out for a man who killed the man she loved. It started out "okay" and showed some promise, but this woman is so outrageous that it makes me want to call the author and berate him for her character.

Since I am this far into it I will probably listen to the last third but if it doesn't turn around Ted Dekker could be on my black list.

I'm first in line for Shirley Jacksons "The Haunting on the Hill" (audio) and if it comes available I may just set Ted's book aside for a long time.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:53 PM
 
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The Book Thief.


Mahrie.
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