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Old 01-26-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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[quote=JayDizzl;7150304]I just finished "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse. It's a beautiful story that can be read in one or two sessions.

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I read this too recently and loved it. Its more like a fiction story which contains the life story of one of the greatest people on Earth.
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:30 AM
 
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Just started "The Invisible Wall" based on the recommendation of a friend. So far, so good.
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:21 PM
 
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Just finished the Thin Man, by Hammett. Fun read.

Now I'm on to Lolita, by Nabokov.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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I don't read high-brow stuff -- except for the occasional nonfiction. Right now I'm reading BONE CROSSED by Patricia Briggs, fourth book in her urban fantasy Mercy Thompson series. Wolves, vampires, and fae, oh my!
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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I don't read high-brow stuff -- except for the occasional nonfiction. Right now I'm reading BONE CROSSED by Patricia Briggs, fourth book in her urban fantasy Mercy Thompson series. Wolves, vampires, and fae, oh my!
High-brow doesn't mean boring--Unless it's Henry James, of course. Try it. You might like it.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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High-brow doesn't mean boring--Unless it's Henry James, of course. Try it. You might like it.
I agree that high-brow doesn't necessarily mean boring. But sometimes it does mean sad, depressing, demoralizing. Not always, of course -- I'm aware I'm generalizing, but doing so from my own experience with the books I've read. I think I prefer genre fiction because those books usually end on an up-note.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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I agree that high-brow doesn't necessarily mean boring. But sometimes it does mean sad, depressing, demoralizing. Not always, of course -- I'm aware I'm generalizing, but doing so from my own experience with the books I've read. I think I prefer genre fiction because those books usually end on an up-note.
Try some Evelyn Waugh. Like Scoop, or the Loved One. Freaking hysterical stuff.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:24 PM
 
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Well.. I've been reading a lot of vampire books recently.. lol. I've been a fan of Anne Rice forever and have just recently realized that there are other decent series dealing with vampires as well. I finished the Sookie Stackhouse series after getting into HBO's TrueBlood. I don't think those are as well written but they're fun to read. Umm.. and my daughter picked up Twilight before I was even prepared for HBO's new series to come out. I was like whatever.. it must run in the genes.. the whole interest in vampire mythology.. lol. But after taking her to watch the movie I read the series and they weren't bad either. I think I prefer Twilight to the other two books.. but all in all not too shabby :-)

I enjoy Edward Rutherford's historical fictions, also. I'm working on the Princes of Ireland.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: TX
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I just picked up "Dewey," the story about the Spencer, Iowa, library cat. Have not started it, but did read on the jacket that the kitten, Dewey, was just a few weeks old when someone stuffed him into the book return at the library. The next morning, one of the librarians found him. That's all I know.

The back cover says you do not need to be a cat fan to enjoy the book, but, I'll be honest, I bought it for the cover. Dewey, as a kitten, is on it.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I just finished The Wall...and yes, I'll be adding my thoughts on it to the discussion (from last year!).

Also just finished Lisey's Story. It DID get better, but wasn't great...my dog didn't think so either. She only ate about a third of it...it was okay at first, but not good enough for her to finish it. Me, I thought it got better as I went.
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