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  • #16
    I read Trading Up and I was completely absorbed with hate for Janey Wilcox and her bitchy group of socialites. I think that might have been Bushnell's goal though, so, okay then. Whatever.

    I liked the story in the Bee Season but not the author's writing style. It felt really elementary or something and I had to try several different times to finish.

    I really enjoyed everything about The Secret Life of Bees though. Wonderful characters in sometimes horrible situations.

    Then, I finally read The Alchemist and thought it was a nice story but it didn't move me, man. I didn't feel it. I finished and flopped it on the ground.

    Right now I'm in the middle of The Lake of Dead Languages which is pretty sad and eerie.

    I have the Life of Pi in my stack but I keep avoiding because I don't want read about the animals dying or if Richard Parker dies. *sob* I'm just not in the mood for that.

    [Movie book aside] Ron Howard's moving forward with DaVinci Code with Russell Crowe as Robert Langdon and Kate Beckinsale as Sophia. I guess that's okay.

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    • #17
      I have The Davinci Code on my dresser and all my co-workers are shocked I haven't started it yet. They all know of my love of art history, conspiracy theories, and secret societies.

      It really does sound as if it were written just for meeeeeeee.
      "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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      • #18
        Hee! Neo, that's how I felt when I read it. A book perfectly tailored for me. I ate that shit up in one night! Whee! But, Dan Brown's awfully similar in all his books. So if you check out Angels & Demons after you'll probably figure it out. A&D is the first book he introduces Robert Langdon in. Langdon is not unlike one Indiana Jones-- he's just a little less cool and a little more rumpled professor. *swoon*

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        • #19
          I've been trying to read Life of Pi but cannot get into it. So it has been moved to the bottom of the pile and the next time it comes around I might be able to get interested in it.
          Currently reading Seabiscuit - and the strange thing is that I'm not "seeing" Tobey Maguire as Red Pollard but one of my brothers. (He worked with horses, he died a few years ago). LH has done a great job researching the racing world during the '30s. And her stuff on how the jockeys keep their weight down and the dangers of riding are just fascinating. One of my brothers was a hotwalker (It isn't a dirty thing, Herman) and reading this book just reminds me of the love he had for his job and it makes me sad that he never got to be a jockey like he wanted.
          Next on my list is a gift from Resboy: Bauldilino (or something like that - it is a biography of a monk).
          And still working on Pilgrim by Findley.

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          • #20
            Ok Is, you've convinced me. I started Empire Falls on a plane trip last year and just never got into it. But if it's worth finishing I'll pick it up again. And ITA with getting into the flow of his writing.

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            • #21
              I'm going to Florida tomorrow, so clearly (CLEARLY) need books for the plane. I was tragically only allowed to take softcover , so my new books were not allowed transport, but my relatively recent used buys were.

              So I have a lot of really bad teen lit and some Buffy books, plus Drama of the Gifted Child, for the plane ride. And then Trash Culture, which looks really good and is all about pop culture as the current means of expressing legit culture, and more trash for the two days there and the plane ride home.

              All of this could've been circumvented if I could just take my three shiny new books.

              *grumbles*

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              • #22
                Bad teen lit? You know I must know what that is.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Res
                  [B]One of my brothers was a hotwalker (It isn't a dirty thing, Herman)
                  What bullshit. That's just like when people try to convince me that hotdog is not dirty. Sorry, not working.

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                  • #24
                    I read Empire Falls a while back and enjoyed it, but you're right, Is, that the most interesting part of the story isn't actually told in the story. It was one of those books where I kept flipping toward the end to see what happens because I got distracted/bored, though. It takes some stamina to get through. But the characters did indeed feel quite real.

                    I recently read The Lamplighter by Anthony O'Neill (pretty good in a screw-with-your-head in 19th century Edinburgh kind of way) and A Round-heeled Woman: My Late Life Adventures in Sex and Romance by Jane Juska. She put a personal ad in the New York Review of Books saying she wanted to have a lot of sex in the year before she turned 67. Then she wrote a book about it. Excellent writing and a really interesting story.

                    Right now I'm reading some stuff about Plymouth Colony. My geekness for history/genealogy strikes again.

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                    • #25
                      I recently read The Lamplighter by Anthony O'Neill (pretty good in a screw-with-your-head in 19th century Edinburgh kind of way)
                      I was just told to read this book. I think I might need to get me a copy. Also Whee!!! To Rath reading books about Edinburgh!!

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                      • #26
                        Everyone has such a crush on Rathmel! Hee!
                        Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                        • #27
                          I need to read more books about/set in Edinburgh, if you ask me! Unfortunately, the ones I know of activate my residual graduate school shudder, so finding the O'Neill book was good. It wasn't tainted by previous knowledge.

                          I will say this about it: I don't know what I expected it to be, but that wasn't it. But I mean that in a good way. There's a weird bit of a twist in it, and I wish he'd done more with it.

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                          • #28
                            Excuse me, alledged Rath-stealing bitches, but do you have a flag?

                            Back off my woman!
                            "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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                            • #29
                              Dude! I've SOOO had a flag longer than you!

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                              • #30
                                Can someone (maybe Keenai?) explain Lemony Snicket to me? I thought that was a character, like Harry Potter, but LS is also the author/pen name? I was reading about the movie and was suprised to see Jim Carrey (Olaf) with top billing over the Lemony Snicket character (Jude Law). Are they worth reading?

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