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Old 09-02-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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"When Madeline Was Young" by Jane Hamilton. This is the first book of her's I have read. I'm only into it about 32 pages, and just getting used to her style. She brings in alot of characters and I'm trying to sort out their relationships to one another. I remember seeing her other books were popular - Map of the World and The Book of Ruth.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Oh, forgot to mention that I'm currently reading Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson - another genius, and I promise I don't use that word lightly. This one is a tome, as is the other book in the series, Crytonomicon (there may be another, I'm not sure). Stephenson is known as a sci/fi writer, but not your typical one. A long time ago, I read Snow Crash by him because my husband was in love with it. Sure enough, I fell in love too, and it remains one of our favorite books. We even named our car after the main character, Hiro Protagonist. Do you love it? Am I the only one who names my car, and names it after book characters? (We named the next car Semalu after a character in another of our favorite books, The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea).

Anyway, though Quicksilver is dense, and sometimes a little hard to follow, I'm beginning to really enjoy it. It's about the time when Newton was making his wondrous discoveries about gravity and many other things, and a fictional friend of his who experiments with alchemy. It's unbelievably clever and well-written. Very humorous as well.
I think I might have a book suggestion for you - The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody. It's described as a combination of Vonnegut and Stephenson.

I'm almost finished reading it. The book is divided into 3 highly weird parts. The first part has brilliant lines but doesn't even seem to have much to do with book 2 and 3 - it's kind of a comment on the post-modern movement as the narrator is a writer - or would-be writer. Later, in part two, there's a footnote by the fictional writer, how the publisher wanted him to drop part 1, to which the fictional writer suggests that if people don't like it, they can simply rip it out of the book.

Highly weird. Highly fascinating. The strangely out-of-place part one is explained in the afterword.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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I just finished Matthew Stokoe's "High Life" this morning. If you enjoy books like Brett Easton Ellis' "Less Than Zero" and "Imperial Bedrooms" you will probably like High Life as well. However, it is not for the squeamish... Depictions of brutal violence, nihilism, coprophilia, torture, necrophilia and hardcore depictions of every type of sexual activity are commonplace. It was well written, but IMO the characters are such degenerates it was difficult to find sympathy for any of them to be quite honest.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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"When Madeline Was Young" by Jane Hamilton. This is the first book of her's I have read. I'm only into it about 32 pages, and just getting used to her style. She brings in alot of characters and I'm trying to sort out their relationships to one another. I remember seeing her other books were popular - Map of the World and The Book of Ruth.
I read "Map of the World" years ago and loved it, so I was thrilled when I came across "The Book of Ruth" but I couldn't read Ruth. I didn't have the stomach to read it. Even then I was over-saturated on the whole "let's build a story about child abuse" genre. (Not that I don't acknowledge it exists, I just get tired of it being a baseline in so many books. It's like every author has to have at least once character shaped by their childhood abuse.)

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... Depictions of brutal violence, nihilism, coprophilia, torture, necrophilia and hardcore depictions of every type of sexual activity are commonplace.
Where's the emoticon for tossing one's cookies when one needs it?!
Really, if an author is talented, why wouldn't they use their talent for good.

I know, but I grip my naïveté with both hands and hold very, very tightly.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:55 PM
 
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PD James' "Death Comes to Pemberly" may not be the most compelling mystery I've ever read, but she has the honor of being the author most able to send me to my dictionary.

Today's words (so far):
Peripatetic: pedestrian, or itinerant
Unctous: affected, exaggerated, or insincere ernestness

12% left. There's still opportunity for greater vocabulary!
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm on a roll or in a rut... we'll see which.

I just finished a coming-of-age story about a girl and her uncle (who died of AIDS).
I'm about to start a coming-of-age story about a girl and her father (who is deployed to Iraq). This one is called Alice Bliss. I'll let you know how it goes...
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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I'm on a roll or in a rut... we'll see which.

I just finished a coming-of-age story about a girl and her uncle (who died of AIDS).
I'm about to start a coming-of-age story about a girl and her father (who is deployed to Iraq). This one is called Alice Bliss. I'll let you know how it goes...
Go! Go! Go!

She's off, Ladies and Gentlemen! It's DandJ in the lead by a full-length and look at her go.....

Da du, da du, da duh duh duh......
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Go! Go! Go!

She's off, Ladies and Gentlemen! It's DandJ in the lead by a full-length and look at her go.....

Da du, da du, da duh duh duh......
Neigh, snort snort, neeeeiiiigh!
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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Neigh, snort snort, neeeeiiiigh!
Back to THE BOOK! I've got money on this race.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Back to THE BOOK! I've got money on this race.
LOL! The pressure, the pressure!
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