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Old 05-25-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: on a hill
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Just finished Articles of War by Nick Arvin. Deeply disturbing WWII novel about war seen thru the eyes of a naive Iowa farm boy. HIGHLY recommended!
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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I really enjoyed that book. Several of us did. I think a followup to it is due out soon. There were a few places in the first quarter of the book that seemed to be going nowhere and I almost put it down because of that. I'm so glad I didn't because those loose ends will fit together in a most unexpected way.
Thanks for telling me that. It is a wandering story so far but I'll stick with it. He was talking about the second book when he was here but I can't remember if it's out, or just about to be out.
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:25 PM
 
Location: va beach
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Just finished The Help and Grisham's The Last Juror. Both really good

Working on Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, which is super interesting.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thanks for telling me that. It is a wandering story so far but I'll stick with it. He was talking about the second book when he was here but I can't remember if it's out, or just about to be out.
It comes out in October. Yippee!
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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As I was three-quarters through the book, I started wondering: "Why is this guy going to this mountain?" It's interesting enough, especially if -- like me, you are interested in Tibetan's way of life and Tibetan Buddhism. But Thubron is not a Tibetan Buddhist. In fact he reveals in an interview at the end of the book that he's agnostic. He made the journey not as a pilgrimage, as the others along the way, but because he needed some event to mark the passing of his last family member (his mother).

In short, it read like he was going through the motions of a pilgrimage but it was hollow and meaningless. I think there might have been better ways to learn the nuances of Tibetan Buddhism. Over all, I'd have to suggest giving this one a pass.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Sunshine State
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Currently reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon, and re-reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. Some people channel surf, but I tend to book surf
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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Some people channel surf, but I tend to book surf
There used to be a time when I never had fewer than four in various stages, but I found I was getting things confused. When someone asked me what I thought about a book -- or worse, an author, I found myself talking about another and not realizing it until I'd already made a fool of myself!
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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There used to be a time when I never had fewer than four in various stages, but I found I was getting things confused. When someone asked me what I thought about a book -- or worse, an author, I found myself talking about another and not realizing it until I'd already made a fool of myself!
I'm reading ONE book. Fifty pages after a character was introduced and then mentioned again, I've forgotten that character.

Same book, same character: After he's mentioned for the second time, I wonder, "Is he widowed? Did it say that 50 pages back? Or was that a whole other book that I read recently?"

I'm *only* 47. It's too early to be so, so, so... I don't know what word I'm looking for.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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Just finished Lucky Man by Mr. Fox. I love Michael Fox. And his writing isn't so bad either.

I'm on an autobiography streak lately, so my next book is going to be Moonwalk by Michael Jackson. Which, until I bought it 2 weeks ago, I had no idea he had the intelligence to even write a book.... needless to say, didn't know there WAS a book he wrote. So, interested to see how I like it.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Just finished Lucky Man by Mr. Fox. I love Michael Fox. And his writing isn't so bad either.

I'm on an autobiography streak lately, so my next book is going to be Moonwalk by Michael Jackson. Which, until I bought it 2 weeks ago, I had no idea he had the intelligence to even write a book.... needless to say, didn't know there WAS a book he wrote. So, interested to see how I like it.
Michael Jackson didn't write that book himself. Very few celebrities actually write their own books. Jackson's ghost writer was Stephen Davis. MJF on the other hand, did apparently write his own book.
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