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    Reading anything good?

    I have a stack that I keep renewing at the library, but I did break down and buy a new book for my last flight. And I still haven't read it. Grr.
    "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”---Kanye

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    I'm reading Life of Pi - love it so far. I know some people who ended up hating it by the end, so we'll see how it goes.

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    • #3
      I picked that up at the bookstore last night and almost bought it. Let me know if it's worth it when you're done.
      "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”---Kanye

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      • #4
        I have read nothing but the Baby-Sitters Club in weeks.

        That, and Caesar's Gallic Wars.

        I hate life.

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        • #5
          Dude I've had Wicked on my nightstand for WEEKS and still have not touched it. All I read are work related stuff these days. Grrrr.
          It's all about me and my precious.

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          • #6
            Ditto for me, Pig. Of course, I've read it once before, but it's been awhile.

            Can anyone explain to me why very woman I know is in love with Jane Austen? I don't get it. I've never been able to get through any of her books, and trust me, I've tried.

            I don't get it.
            "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”---Kanye

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            • #7
              I've started Cold Mountain about a half dozen times because everyone I know tells me how amazing it is. But I'm finding it painful. Has anyone here read it, and is it worth it to give it another try?

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              • #8
                Snick, I read that one a few years back. If memory serves, it took me months to get past the first 150 pages. I could not stomach reading more than a few at a time. Somewhere around the halfway mark when stuff actually starts happening and it's not just the two of them doing the washing or scrounging for food, it gets pretty good.

                Get your hanky though, because the end's...well, let's just say it's not fair.
                "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”---Kanye

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                • #9
                  I never got the whole Jane Austen thing either. I do like some of the movies (fuck I own Emma) but never got into the books. I tried watching the Pride and Prejudice BBC series but I just couldn't do it.

                  Is it better to read the book (Cold Mountain) before the movie or should I skip reading the book all together?
                  It's all about me and my precious.

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                  • #10
                    Considering that Nicole Kidman plays the homely woman waiting at home for her man?
                    "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”---Kanye

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                    • #11
                      <-- just like Piggy

                      I think I've tried three or four of her books now and haven't finished a one. It was tedious reading. I do the A&E/BBC P&P, maybe that's just because I wear Firth Vision through it. Hee.

                      Last night I finished and tossed Rosemary's Baby. I tried to remind myself the context/era that Levin wrote it, but that shit was stupid, not scary. I've never seen the whole movie; just the whole end, yellow eyes bit. Even if I hadn't known the plot, the hints aren't subtle and it lacks tension. It probably didn't help that I thought Rosemary was a fucking tard. And the end? WTFE, Rosemary.

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                      • #12
                        I always thought of Austen as being one of those writers that were good for you rather than actually being good. Sort of a castor oil of the printed set. I mean I know people who've actually ingested castor oil but never with pleasure or willingly.
                        So I avoided her at all costs - never even saw Clueless!
                        Then Emma Thompson had to go and write a screenplay of Sense & Sensibility. People - I swear I'm a Thompson whore - I've seen everything she's done. She's even made Jeff Goldblum enjoyable for me. She's even made JA enjoyable. It has to be the sly humour and the so polite she could be a Canadian-ness about her stuff just drew me in, now I've got all of JA's stuff.
                        Damn you Emma Thompson.

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                        • #13
                          The ending of Life of Pi is really good, V. I really liked the allegorical style he wrote it in. There were sections of the novel that I had difficultly reading because of the ewwww factor. I know a couple of people who couldn't get through it because of that.

                          I Austen. I grew up on the more morose Bronte sisters and only started reading Austen when I started university. I find a lot of what she says and her characterisations really witty, all things considered. And of course, the BBC P&P is one of my all time favs.

                          Has anyone read J T Leroy's Sarah and The heart is deceitful above all things? I just picked them up at a bookstore a couple of weeks ago because the covers looked interesting. Having read them, I'd like some backstory on JT. Who is he?

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                          • #14
                            I'm about 3/4 of the way through Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Al Franken gets on my nerves at times and I think he's a tad too in love with Clinton, but I'm loving this book. Well, loving it in the sense that it's making me abso-freaking-lutely livid about the government and the media while simultaneously cracking me up.

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                            • #15
                              I finally finished Empire Falls by Richard Russo. I have SO MANY mixed emotions about this book. It took me forevah to read it (I'm not even sure why) so I feel like I probably didn't catch the flow of the writing, if that makes sense.

                              Anyway, it bugged me because I have this pet peeve about books that take place after the interesting part of the story has happened. For example, the interesting story here isn't revealed until halfway through the book -- and I thought it was pretty obvious about 50 pages before AND the antagonist was a dumbass for never having figured it out before. *sigh* I'm trying not to spoil. Hee!

                              And, though it's foreshadowed, the violence at the end of the book is sort of lame and overly coincidental. The only thing that was a surprise was revealed haphazardly and I HATED how they offed the supposed villian of the story.

                              Aside from that the characters were amazing and felt very real overall.
                              It’s just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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