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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:59 pm

We are all African.

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Postby diane bartels » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:08 pm

Ok if u say so Frank, but IIIImmm not telling Jesse Jackson. Does this mean I'm entitled to reparations for slavery? I could use the dough.( I in weirdly wonderful mood/ or wonderfully weird. Pick your take)

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Postby Steve Evil » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:07 am

Memos from Purgatory by Harlan Ellison. If half the stuff is true, Unca Harlan's crazy as a fox. A riveting read: all the same I could help but wonder if it was worth it.

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Postby markabaddon » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:51 am

Memos is one of the few things of Unca's that I have not read, although I plan to do so one of these days

Finally finished The Terror and it was a bit of a chore, especially towards the end. I liked the book, but felt it lost a bit of steam at the end. By that I mean everything had been hopeless for the crew for some time, and the amount of time it took to drag out all of the deaths seemed almost sadistic. The explanation of what was stalking the ship also did not completely work for me, I might have preferred that to remain a mystery. On the whole though, an incredibly well written and impeccably researched novel
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Postby David Loftus » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:18 am

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Becoming Shakespeare by Jack Lynch
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Postby Moderator » Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:14 am

Robot Visions -- Isaac Asimov
Gadfly -- Kathleen Kinsolving
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Postby Lori Koonce » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:47 am

Gang

You've all gotta promise you won't have me locked up for my own good after hearing this one.....

I ordered An Edge In My Voice from the purge. Had a bit of trouble scraping up the money to buy it. But finally got around to begging my dad for it. ( BTW Being a Daddy's girl really does have it's bennies)

It got here on Wendsday last week.... You've never seen a girl so giddy over a bunch of cardboard and paper, I promise you.

Susan and the cosmos have impecable timming. Wendsdays are my therapy days, and this last one was a real bitch. It was grand theapy to tear into that box, and after several years read those essays that helped me become the wonderful person who sits before you as we speak.

Even now I get this wonderful gleam in my eyes and a HUGE smile on my face when I look at it. And I run around my building showing it off telling everyone that it's the fulfillment of two thirds of one of my biggest dreams. That's right 2/3's, I'd would have loved to been there to see the book get autographed, but I now have my first edition autographed Harlan Ellison.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Moderator » Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:42 pm

Lori:

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Lori Koonce » Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:02 pm

Steve

Ya think I should tell 'unka Harlan that he's sandiwiched between my father and Jesus as one of the three men who have had the most influence on my life? *BOL*

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:08 pm

Lori dear, do you have spell check? Wink.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Moderator » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:21 pm

Lori Koonce wrote:Ya think I should tell 'unka Harlan that he's sandiwiched between my father and Jesus as one of the three men who have had the most influence on my life? *BOL*


Why not? I have my new leatherbound Deathbird wedged between volumes by Shakespeare and Hemingway.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby diane bartels » Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:54 pm

I just finished my class in World Religions. A great class. I read the major scriptures of the world religions, plus Huston Smith's book "World Religions". Great book. Am now on a fiction kick. Rereading The Essential Ellison, though not in sequence just flipping thru. Started Windy City by Scott Simon, set in my beautiful Chicago. Read half in one sitting. Started Into the Darkness by Harry Tutlrdove. So far - good. On vol. 4 in my reread of Robert Jordan's Dragon Reborn series. And gonna make a mad dash at finishing the Brothers Karamozov. I will finish it. I will!. That's it for now. I want to read more of Huston Smith's books.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby markabaddon » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:54 pm

The Philosopher's Apprentice by James Morrow. I have read a ton of Morrow, but this one is just not moving me as much as previous works. It could be that the speech patterns for all of his characters are identical from book to book or that it feels like he is trying to hard to be clever in establishing the story but for whatever readon it has not grabbed me nearly as much as Towing Jehovah, Blameless in Abaddon or Bible Stories for Adults
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:37 am

Finally finished The Passage by Justin Cronin. By the end, I was rushing through it, not because I was enjoying it but because I wanted to finish the damn thing before I got back to England. It was a waste of time. Like many obscenely long books, I spent alot of time just screaming at the author "just get on with it already!", and when potentially exciting plot threads were hinted at, then ignored, and when the whole thing climaxed with an act of mind bogglingly monumental stupidity, well I wanted to toss the whole tome into the lake. In the old days I'd challenge Justin Cronin to a duel to resotre my honour.

Currently:

Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut (possibly the most socialistic thing I've ever read by him)
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Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell, for which I will reserve judgment.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Moderator » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:11 am

This doesn't really fit either of the two music threads, so I'm putting it here.

I highly recommend the current-issue of Rolling Stone interview with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. Fascinating article if you're a fan.
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