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Old 08-03-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Finally getting around to Stieg Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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"Eaters of the Dead" by Michael Crichton. Then I'm going to start reading the "Hammer and the Cross" series by Harry Harrison.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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Intervention by Robin Cook
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Default Wendy and the Lost Boys

Just started reading this humorous novel Wendy and the Lost Boys by Barbara Silkstone. It was a .99 cent download on Amazon (ebook) so I figured, why not? (Don't confuse it with a book by the same title about Wendy Wasserstein). I'm up to chapter 4 and I can't stop laughing.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished The Post-American World by Zakaria and now I'm about halfway through and just have to tell you guys about this book - Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon. Her writing is what happens when you cross Cormac McCarthy with Neruda - it is absolutely blowing me away. It's brilliant. I could rave about it for days. I can't remember when a book last so excited me.

Lord of Misrule won the National Book Award in 2010 but somehow I never heard of it. It's set in the horse-racing world but I can't imagine that you'd have to be interested in horse racing to be enthralled by this book. She alternates the laconic McCarthy style in her West Virginia characters with poetic discourses that just levitate the reader. That makes it hard for me to quote from the book because quoting from her poetic passages doesn't begin to describe her other style. I don't even know why this book works with these two different styles playing against each other but it does.

Here's one passage where the female character is rubbing down a horse:

She rubbed in a round, fingerpainting motion, but hard, feeling for some remotely erotic synapse of z's from the ends of her fingers into his bones and muscles, which wasn't as easy through the pink gunny as it had always been barehanded with Pelter. She had to slow down time, go into a kind of trance state where sweet electricity pooled at her nerve endings like nectar on the pistil of a honeysuckle.

Book blurbs should be taken with a grain of salt but the LA Times hit the nail on the head with "...Gordon's language is so textured that her pages seem three-dimensional."

I don't know if it is possible to say anything more lovely than that about a book.
I see that you're out of your "I can't read" funk! I'm happy for you!

If everything goes as planned (oh please, God, let things go as planned!), I'll be out of mine on August 22. I'm really looking forward to that.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I finished Patti Smith's Just Kids today.

It is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I feel as if someone very important in my life has died.

Took a brief detour and read the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder. It took me about 2 hours this evening. It's interesting to compare reading it through the eyes of a 60+ person compared to my first reading at age 16. Yes, there is a different reaction this time around.

Now I have started Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey.

I chuckled at his written remark before he begins his story:

"Nothing in this book should be considered acurate or reliable."
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: South FL
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Just started reading Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Amazon.com: Naked Lunch (9780802119261): William S. Burroughs, David Ulin: Books
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:18 AM
 
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I finished Patti Smith's Just Kids today.

It is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I feel as if someone very important in my life has died.
I absolutely loved this book. Its one of my favourites... highly recommend anyone to read it. What a beautiful relationship they had

I am reading:
Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life's Milestones.

A simplified guide to philosophy, interesting in parts but at the moment failing to grab me...
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:25 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I finished Patti Smith's Just Kids today.

It is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I feel as if someone very important in my life has died.

Took a brief detour and read the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder. It took me about 2 hours this evening. It's interesting to compare reading it through the eyes of a 60+ person compared to my first reading at age 16. Yes, there is a different reaction this time around.

Now I have started Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey.

I chuckled at his written remark before he begins his story:

"Nothing in this book should be considered acurate or reliable."
Patti Smith the singer? I didn't know she'd written a book. She's one of my idols so I will have to seek it out. To me, she is one of the greatest poets of our time.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:26 AM
 
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If everything goes as planned (oh please, God, let things go as planned!), I'll be out of mine on August 22. I'm really looking forward to that.
I hope you get back to reading then too!! I am always looking to see what you have to say in this thread.

I am currently reading "Jane Eyre". I've never read it, which kind of surprises me since I took about 5000 (ok not literally) lit classes in college. Anyway, I am enjoying it.

I still have to find Jhumpa Lahiri and I haven't been to the library yet to look. We've had a lot going on lately.

I did finish "Life of Pi", and while I get why people love it, I only thought it as good. I don't think it would fit into my top 10 or 15. But I am passing it on to a friend with a good recommendation.

I also read "The Guernsey Literay and Potato Peel Society" and am ready to move to Guernsey! I LOVED those characters!!

I also read "The Blind Assassain", "House Rules", "Handle With Care", "Bean Trees", "Pigs in Heaven", and "The Curious INcident of the Dog in the Night-time". I feel like I've still forgotten one, but can't remember what it is.

I'm trying to get through some of the books on my shelves before I tackle so many I want to read on my iPad. Just as I was making a dent in my shelves, my friend and my sister gave me more. Not that I'm complaining but I really need to just become a hermit for a year and get through a lot of these.
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