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Old 04-09-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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Rut roh.

I started Escape by Carolyn Jessop last night. I wasn't enjoying it. I'm not sure if it's because it's poorly written (it is) or if it's because the subject is so bizarre and other-worldly for me (it is). Maybe I'll try it again another time.
Sorry you couldn't get into it--but I understand what you mean. Now I sort of want to read her second book, Triumph, but what I'd really like is to just read the highlights or have someone tell me about it. I admire her for getting out and think it's an interesting story, but the poor writing is tiresome.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. This is the book I thought might be a disaster because it was about a Jesuit missionary going to Alpha Centauri.

It is a wonderful book - the premise as described above might turn people off from reading it, or strike people as too weird to work. Instead the writer plays off the Jesuit tradition of going where no man has gone before, and when a priest on earth identifies a signal from Alpha Centauri system as music, plans are made to bring the gospel to the utmost ends of the universe.

The book begins after the one lone missionary has returned, shattered in body and in spirit and faces a Church inquiry with regards to his mission. What happened is told in flashbacks, and the characterization is so wonderful it is hard to put this book in a traditional science fiction category. It seems much more about the nature of faith.

"For he could not feel God or approach God as a friend or speak with God with the easy familiarity of the devout or praise God with poetry. And yet, as he had grown older, the path he had started down almost in ignorance had begun to seem clearer to him. It became more apparent to him that he was truly called to walk this strange and difficult, this unnatural and unutterable path to God, which required not poetry or piety but simple endurance and patience...."

I will definitely be looking up the writer's other books because this book is beautifully written.

ETA: I think the title comes from the Bible verse about how not a sparrow falls without God noticing - in the book someone points out that the sparrow still falls.

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Old 04-09-2012, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Just finished "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith. Fun book.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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Just got 13 books from library on top of the 4 or 5 I got in my room already.Probably going to read how the make love like a porn star. Its a biography of a porn star looks good.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I just finished rereading Vincent Bugliosi's And the Sea Will Tell.

I knew how it ended because I followed the trial and have read the book before but I pick up things on second readings and I'm older now, too.

It's a good book and I think it is as good as his Helter Skelter.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Sorry you couldn't get into it--but I understand what you mean. Now I sort of want to read her second book, Triumph, but what I'd really like is to just read the highlights or have someone tell me about it. I admire her for getting out and think it's an interesting story, but the poor writing is tiresome.
Triumph is not nearly as good as Escape, Marlow.

I suggest Stolen Inocence by Elisa Wall.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I found "Stolen Innocence" on ebay--received it yesterday.

As for "Escape"--no, it isn't particularly well written and I doubt if "Triumph" is any better. Nevertheless, I couldn't put it down as the subject matter fascinated me. Not just the bizarre nature of the FLDS but to me it is a profound study in brain-washing--if you will--from childhood on and how the human mind can be molded into almost any thing the parents want, under the right conditions.

Right now I am reading "Infidel" by Ayaan Ali, which was recommended a few weeks back as another good read, a Somali Muslim woman who eventually sought asylum in the Netherlands and became a member of the Dutch parliament. Very educational, not only about Islam, but about the different cultures in such close proximity to each other in Africa.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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Right now I am reading "Infidel" by Ayaan Ali, which was recommended a few weeks back as another good read, a Somali Muslim woman who eventually sought asylum in the Netherlands and became a member of the Dutch parliament. Very educational, not only about Islam, but about the different cultures in such close proximity to each other in Africa.
She spoke an an event where I live. Super impressive woman. I still need to read her book.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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Currently reading The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was my book club selection, and everybody I've spoken with has loved it. Me, not so much. I'm finding it slow going.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Currently reading The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. It was my book club selection, and everybody I've spoken with has loved it. Me, not so much. I'm finding it slow going.
I bet the writing is all lyrical and flowery, right?

ETA: Thanks for the heads up on this one. I'd seen it listed on my Amazon recommendations.
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