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Old 12-24-2007, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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While looking for books by Russian authors, I stumbled upon A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, a first novel by Marina Lewycka. A book about a Ukrainian family who have emigrated to U.K.
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:48 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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Just finished A game of thrones, part one of the A song of ice and fire novels. It was just great. Yesterday evening I started the second part A clash of kings.

Thanks for this recommendation!
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:51 PM
 
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Currently, I'm reading Sabra and Shatila: September 1982 by Bayan Nuwayhed al-Hout. The book is, as suggested, about the massacre Lebanese Christian Militiamen, under supervision of Israel, committed over Palestinian Civilians and Lebanese Muslims in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War. I only started reading yesterday and I am hooked.
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:08 PM
 
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"Barefootin" by Unita Blackwell
"Communication 20 tips"
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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A couple of days ago I started, Eat, Pray, Love, which was recommended by a 'guy' friend of mine. I'm almost done with it. It's a funny memoir, well written, entertaining, informative.

Previous to that I read, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I loved it. It's one of those books I'll re-read at some point. I never made it through his One Hundred Years of Solitude so I wasn't too optimistic about Love/Cholera, but it was totally different, none of that magical-realism stuff.

I'm also re-reading Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth now, concurrently with Eat, Pray, Love.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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I just finished Laurel K.Hamilton's "Burnt Offerings" and I kept waiting for it to be over. It wasn't that great. Barely held my interest.

I am now finishing up "Survive the savage seas" by Dougal Robertson. A true story about a family from England shipwrecked at sea, they had to survive for 37 days out there, but lived to tell the tale. That is the most interesting book I've read in quite a long time.

My next book coming up is Mary Higgins Clark "I'll be seeing you." Should be good as all of her books are quite good.
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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I just finished Laurel K.Hamilton's "Burnt Offerings" and I kept waiting for it to be over. It wasn't that great. Barely held my interest.

I am now finishing up "Survive the savage seas" by Dougal Robertson. A true story about a family from England shipwrecked at sea, they had to survive for 37 days out there, but lived to tell the tale. That is the most interesting book I've read in quite a long time.

My next book coming up is Mary Higgins Clark "I'll be seeing you." Should be good as all of her books are quite good.
I really like Hamilton, maybe because the first of her books were set in an alternate St Louis, where I grew up. And it amuses me, thinking about what some of the citizens would think about her stories if they'd ever read any.

I'm reading purely escapist stuff now, the last one I can think of that I'd recommend is the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. Or The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks. I hope he hurries up and finishes the next installment.
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Default Still working on Boom!

I am still reading, and enjoying BOOM! by Tom Brokaw, but found myself walking by my bookcases, pulling things off the shelves, that I have been meaning, or wanting, to read. I've got quite a stack of authors and titles, and true to my tastes, quite eclectic!

For starters, there's. . .

Stephen King's Blaze and Duma Key. Fan of his, I owe it to him, you know.
Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. Christmas present, and challenge to a friend to read it.
Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth. Ditto.
Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach. Liked Atonement.
Paulo Coelho's The Witch of Portobello.
Jon Clinch's Finn.

I figure if My Maker can't, or won't, call me until I'm finished with all of my list, I'll be here a long, long time.

I've also got some projects going, like rereading some of Gregory Maguire's Wicked for comparison with its sequel, Son of a Witch, and having finished Margaret George's Autobiography of Henry VIII this Fall (and in anticipation of the new season of HBO's The Tudors) want to do some more reading along those lines. Some films of Charles II have intrigued me to possibly do some reading there, too.

You reckon I can take books into the afterlife?
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Old 02-25-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I just finished "Special Assignment" by Boris Akunin and am almost finished with "Dream Angus" by Alexander McCall Smith and "Previous Convictions" by AA Gill. All very different and all excellent.
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Old 02-25-2008, 02:07 PM
 
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Just started part IV of A Song of Ice and Fire -- A feast for crows by George R.R. Martin. The last one took me pretty long b/c I don't have much time for reading lately. But this series is just great!!! I'm dreading the end of it and I'm glad the book has 800+ pages.
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