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Old 06-30-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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Thanks to Dawn, I was turned on to Lahiri last year. I generally don't care for short stories but Maladies quickly became the exception to the rule for me. I really loved that book. I think you will like The Namesake, too. I get so lost in her books because they seem so true to me.
Yes, I felt the same, but Dawn the wonder reader put me onto Lahiri in a recent post. I started "The Namesake" over lunch and am already hooked. She has a way of putting just the right words together to show a whole realm. (The author, I mean. Of course, Dawn is pretty magnificent, too! )
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I'd delved back into Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Hoping to get caught up by the time the final book comes out early next year.
Odd to be quoting my own post, but someone sent a message wanting to know more about the Wheel of Time series. In brief, it's Tolkien without the boring parts. Robert Jordan released the first book back in the late 80's/early 90's, with the intention of it being a trilogy (the publisher, knowing Jordan's tendency to run long, contracted for 6 books). By the time it's all said and done, the series will run to 14 books, with the final 3 being finished from the author's notes by Brandon Sanderson after Mr. Jordan's death. The final book is scheduled to be release in January 2013.

The series has all the elements of high fantasy, but without the formulaic writing that seems to be prevalent in the genre (if you've ever read David Eddings, you'll understand that comment. I loved Eddings' tales, but they pretty much all followed the same pattern). Jordan created a rich, detailed world and populated it with fantastic characters. Even secondary characters have developed back stories by the time you get toward the end of the series.

I'm an avid reader of fantasy, with a collection of 400+ books in the genre, and WOT is absolutely one of the best series I've read. Highly recommended.
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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Odd to be quoting my own post, but someone sent a message wanting to know more about the Wheel of Time series. In brief, it's Tolkien without the boring parts.
Not weird to me, I do it all the time, especially when I announce that I am reading a book, and then later come back to share what I read, because I like to the books page in the announcement. For some strange reason, it helps me to appreciate a book more if I understand its "back story" and the author a bit more.

Thanks for the info. I love occasional dips into fantasy, and since I didn't experience any boredom with Tolkien, or CS Lewis, I will probably love Jordon's work.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Between West Chester and Chester, PA
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I'm rereading all of the current The Walking Dead graphic novels, including The Rise of the Governor.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm rereading all of the current The Walking Dead graphic novels, including The Rise of the Governor.
I found The Rise of the Governor to be the best of the lot.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Last night I finished reading "Interpreter of maladies" by Jhumpa Lahiri, (thank you, Dawn, for the recommend -- she is THAT good), and when I closed the book I felt like I was leaving behind people I had come to know and would miss knowing more of them.

This was a Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, in 2000. Each of the nine stories is told from a unique perspective of new characters, all somehow connected with Indian life, though staged in a variety of locations. Some are from a youthful protagonist, others from aged, some male, some female, one from an anonymous "we." Each was charming in its own right, though they were not all a joyful experience. I read of joys, heartbreaks, loneliness, abuse, betrayal, and pettiness -- all of which were so artfully described that I forgot I was reading. This author has a gift, and is an artist in her stories.

Now, back to my Income Tax homework.... but after that, I have her only novel, "The Namesake" waiting, along with her other book of shorts: "Unaccustomed Earth." More on those, later.
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Yes, I felt the same, but Dawn the wonder reader put me onto Lahiri in a recent post. I started "The Namesake" over lunch and am already hooked. She has a way of putting just the right words together to show a whole realm. (The author, I mean. Of course, Dawn is pretty magnificent, too! )
Awww, thanks!!! I'm so glad that you liked it so much and are enjoying The Namesake. I'm sure that you're going to love Unaccustomed Earth just as much as Interpreter of Maladies. I did!
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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50 Shades Darker
Im hooked! E L James is quite the author
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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I'm reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and recommended by several people here. It's wonderful. Can't wait to get back to it, but don't want it to end.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm rereading all of the current The Walking Dead graphic novels, including The Rise of the Governor.
love the walking dead series comics and the show.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: NJ
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50 Shades Darker
Im hooked! E L James is quite the author
your kidding right????? do you read much?
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