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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 09:54 AM

What are you reading?

I just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossenin. It wasn’t as good as The Kite Runner, but still a great read.

Also recommend:
The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
Shataram – Gregory David Roberts

 
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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 10:16 AM
Just finished the new J.R.R. Tolkien "The Children of Hurin" probably the best narrative of the books
his son Christopher has edited into publishable form. And my second favorite of those next
to "The Silmarillion"

on deck

Mark Twain's "Following the Equator"
and the new Einstein biography by Walter Isaacson, "Einstein"

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 10:24 AM
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I just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossenin. It wasn’t as good as The Kite Runner, but still a great read.



I really liked this and appreciated the female perspective...and for a guy I thought he nailed some things pretty well...

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 10:31 AM
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I really liked this and appreciated the female perspective...and for a guy I thought he nailed some things pretty well...


Interesting....that's part of the reason I enjoyed Kite Runner so much - because it was all about male relationships and perspective, you don't see that much in contemporary writing.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 10:52 AM
Darlin, I get all the male perspective I can stand at work...

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 11:17 AM
Just started "Redemption Song - The Ballad of Joe Strummer" by Chris Salewicz.
Pretty good so far, but it doesn't hurt that I'm a big Clash fan.

Was trying to get thru Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" but finally put it down for now, maybe I'll pick it up again sometime in the future.

Oh - also just finished Slaughter House Five - read it again, it's like new every time...

 
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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 05:53 PM
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A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving




Probably my favorite book

Gonna catch up on some Hiaasen and Patterson

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 06:11 PM
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A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving




Probably my favorite book

Gonna catch up on some Hiaasen and Patterson



It's one of my top 5 too, what are you're other favorites? Owen Meaney fans will probably like Geek Love.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 09:54 PM
Rhonda,without giving it a lot of thought,I'd say

World According To Garp-Irving
Hotel New Hampshire-Irving
Lucky You-Carl Hiaasen
Animal Farm-George Orwell
The Winner-David Baldacci
The Phantom Tollbooth-Norton Juster

So many more

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 10:04 PM
I've had this book about 10 years.

finally got around to reading it last year.

Desert Solitaire: a season in the wilderness / by Edward Abbey

pretty good.

i enjoyed is extreme grumpiness...

[Edited on 7/15/2007 by Brucebcd]

 

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  posted on 7/14/2007 at 10:06 PM
geez, double posting...

[Edited on 7/15/2007 by Brucebcd]

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 02:58 AM

I just finished Magician: Apprentice, Book One of the Rift War series and have started Magician: Master, Book Two. Very enjoyable. I'm more of a science fiction nut than a fantasy fan, but this series seems pretty good and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.

Earlier this spring I read all eleven of the Honor Harrington novels and they were ripping good SF!

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 05:30 AM
if you like dogs try this one

Marley & Me by John Grogan

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 06:08 AM
Unfinished Business, a biography of Danny Gatton.
 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 02:43 PM
Nothing right now - too busy with work! But I have a nice stack of new material at home waiting for this project to be completed then I'm taking a day to sit in the sun sipping limencello ice tea and read.

Have read the following which appeared in this thread and loved them all: Marley & Me, Owen Meaney, World According to Garp, Hotel NH (John Irving fan - yes).

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 03:07 PM
Why am I not surprised that there are many Irving fans here....but I hear his latest, Until I Find You, is not so good. Anyone read that?
 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 05:24 PM
Not reading anything right now but here are a few I've read somewhat recently:

Change me into Zeus's Daughter - Barbara Robinette Moss (true story - moving)

Daisy May and the Miracle Man - Fannie Flagg (also Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Her characters are pure Southern - these are just a couple of her books but she has others and I've laughed through each of them.)

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (don't even know where to begin in explaining this one but I really enjoyed it)

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls (a memoir - very touching)

Ghost Soldiers - Hampton Sides (wow - this broke my heart. True account of the Bataan Death March.)

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary (another true tale ... genius and lunacy are a hand-shake away)

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (sad but lovely book)

She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True - Wally Lamb (both outstanding books)

Notes From a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, A Walk In the Woods - Bill Bryson (ANYTHING I've ever written by Bryson has give me hours of laughter. He is a travel writer - born in the US now living in UK - and his take on travel is a scream!)

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - the Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon (Crystal Zevon)

Shakey - Neal Young

Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs (he has quite a few books out and I've enjoyed everything I've read by him - crazy sense of humor.)

North River - Pete Hamill (Pete Hamill has many good books, some of them journalistic in nature - this is an Irishman who has drank hard, partied hard, and truely loves his city of New York.)

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer (also Into Thin Air - both non-fiction accounts of remarkable events...and with Into Thin Air he was one of the Everest climbers)

Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked - David Sedaris (Another character with a crazy sense of humor.)

Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals - Wendy Dale (not your traditional travel book)

Mystic River, Shutter Island, A Drink Before the War - Dennis Lehane

La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South) - Arturo Perez-Reverte (true story - do not cross this woman!!!)

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 07:55 PM
Your Best Life Now - Joel Osteen

Finished
To Live's To Fly - The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt

Hitting The Note - Aren't we all reading this?

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 09:52 PM
I finished Irving's "The Cider House Rules" last week.

I started "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" because a former coworker and I have to go see the HP movies, and I'm not "allowed" to go see the movie until I finish the book. (I teach at a middle school, for those who don't know me.)

It's very tough for Rowling to follow Irving, though...

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 09:53 PM
Oh, I thought "The Kite Runner" was well done, and I look forward to his new one sometime soon, I hope...

Before "Cider House" I read "Water For Elephants" and really liked it.

[Edited on 7/16/2007 by EasyMichael]

 

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  posted on 7/15/2007 at 09:59 PM
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I finished Irving's "The Cider House Rules" last week.

I started "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" because a former coworker and I have to go see the HP movies, and I'm not "allowed" to go see the movie until I finish the book. (I teach at a middle school, for those who don't know me.)

It's very tough for Rowling to follow Irving, though...

 

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I finished Irving's "The Cider House Rules" last week.

I started "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" because a former coworker and I have to go see the HP movies, and I'm not "allowed" to go see the movie until I finish the book. (I teach at a middle school, for those who don't know me.)

It's very tough for Rowling to follow Irving, though...



I've "listened" to all of the Harry Potter's through Order of the Phoenix, they are great on unabridged audio...give them a listen if you get a chance.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2007 at 02:09 PM
Red Mutiny by Neal Bascomb.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2007 at 06:40 PM
Oddly, I have been reading a lot of non-fiction, not my usual bag:

Dylan's "Chronicles Vol. One": awesome! better than I thought it would be. Very Kerouacky, and like Dylan's lyrics, a quirky mix of beauty and throw-away lines.

Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics" - if you want to know why graphic novels are getting taken seriously, read this.

But the mind-blower is Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's DIlemma." What a GREAT, GREAT book. THoughtful and graceful writing and thinking. He looks at America and food, and follows a few different food chains. At one part, he follows the life of industrially-grown corn into the industrial farm animals it gets fed into; unlike, say, "Fast Food Nation," this is not a shirll polemic. He then spends some time with a very wise local organic farmer, and in the last third of the book, he learns to hunt and kills his own meal and forages for his own morel mushrooms. If you love food or just good naturalist writing, this is your book. Great wisdom.

I did read "The Girl with the Pearl Earring," which was a nice change-up, and have started TC Boyle's "Descent of Man," good odd short stories.

 
 


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