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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/12 13:48:13 (permalink)
I'm reading The Reefs of Earth by R.A. Lafferty. It's the first thing by Lafferty that I've ever read. It seems to me that Lafferty was a big influence on Terry Pratchett, The Reefs of Earth seems to be a mix of comedy and fantasty, like Pratchett's Discworld books. I know that Lafferty is one of Neil Gaiman's big influences and he's one of my favorite writers.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/16 16:51:00 (permalink)
I just finished "I Killed" by Mark Schiff and Ritch Schnyder. A great compilation of on the road tales from stand-up comics. There is some really crazy, funny stuff in there!
I'm working on "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells right now. Its an edition that has illustrations by Edward Gorey. Really good. Also in the middle of "Auditioning" by Joanna Merlin. A really good, practical guide for actors to get themselves ready to audition. Lots of helpful tips to make the audition room a lot less scary.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/16 17:13:20 (permalink)
Does anyone else here find "Running With Scissors" to be as disturbing as I do? The step son should be behind bars right now.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/17 01:55:56 (permalink)
Just finished Anne Rule's "Every Breath You Take". A true crime story about a killer with an Oregon connection that had me enthralled.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/17 12:21:35 (permalink)
I'm reading Vince Flynn's Consent to Kill. There's nothing like getting up in the middle of the night with insomnia and reading about Mitch Rapp assassinating a few more terrorists.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/17 18:14:25 (permalink)
I just finished "Thirteen Moons", the second effort for "Cold Mountain" author Charles Frazier. Good book, but Frazier did seem to go overboard with his word-pictures at times.

I have started "The King of Lies", the first offering from another North Carolinian, John Hart. It looks very promising after the first 15 chapters. I might have to try to finish it off tonight.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/17 18:23:17 (permalink)
"Barchester Towers," by Anthony Trollope. 19th century English lit is still the best.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/17 21:04:50 (permalink)
Since January 1: Arturo Perez-Reverte's "The Club Dumas" & "The Queen of the South", Del James' "The Language of Fear", Jennifer Roberson's "Shapechangers" series, Peter Beresford Ellis' "History of the Celts" and "Sister Fidelma" series, Mercedes Lackey's "Elizabeth 1st" series, Charles De Lint's "Widdershins", F Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack" series, Joe Lansdale's "Bubba Hotep", the "Dexter" books (basis of the Showtime series byt the same name), and sharing the first season of "Master of Horrors" DVDs (zombie porn, no less!?!). "Masters of Horror" included because each episode led me to reading the accompanying short story. Highly recommended for adults with strong stomachs and intact and warped sense of humor.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/18 15:32:14 (permalink)
Just finished "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. Wow. That's all I can say.

Am now reading Christopher Lamb's "Dirty Job". Boy, nobody sees the world as strangely as he does.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/18 16:13:33 (permalink)
do you mean christopher moore's dirty job?
hang on to it, it will help you understand you suck.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/18 18:03:27 (permalink)
"Liseys Story" by Stephen King,Patricia Cornwells"Trace",Ann Rules"Kiss Me,Kill Me",James Pattersons"Cross"
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/18 18:49:44 (permalink)
still reading what is the what by dave eggars.
it's about the lost boys of the sudan and how they're coping in america.
hubster has limited my book purchases
to 3 books a month.
i hate budgets.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/19 11:22:11 (permalink)
I finished "The Reefs of Earth" by R.A. Lafferty last night. Very strange book.

I started "A Confederacy of Dunces" last night. I'd started reading it a few years back then misplaced my copy. This time I'll try not to lose it again.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/19 12:55:17 (permalink)
Christopher Lamb. Sheesh. Thanks, Xannie. How embarrassing.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/19 13:00:13 (permalink)
not really, pwingsx, when you read as much as we do,
the authors' names become secondary.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/20 00:37:19 (permalink)
Sorry, if I haven't read this whole thread, BUT....

After many years of not reading (hooked on Grisham, prior to this, and mostly, recently "The Innocent Man") I am hooked on Patricia Coldewell. Just read 4 of her novels, and found 2 more in my bookshelf. I am in hog heaven. She is a wonderful creative writer and keeps me turning the pages.

Hope you enjoy her, too.

Any suggestions for another author. I have a stack of Patterson. What do you think?

MG
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/20 16:59:53 (permalink)
James Patterson? Good choice.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/20 19:24:01 (permalink)
Thank you for yor reply Pwingsx, and I appreciate your comments. I am a book club junkie, and I participate in a bookstore that "recycles" read books.

For example, if I turn in a book, I am given credit for a certain $ amount. When I want to make a purchase, half of the price of the book comes from my pocket and the other half, from my credit in my account. Seriously, there is no reason to buy new books, since most of the new new titles are there. It is a great deal.

Happy reading all.

I cannot wait to start reading Patterson, when I finish the last of my two Coldwell books. As always, I cannot stop turning the pages with each turn of events in her never ending and complicated dramas.

MG
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/20 19:55:55 (permalink)
i can't seem to part with my books.
i suppose i'm a reading snob.
i won't read a newspaper if it's been read by someone else
and i have to buy new books.
but then again, i don't spend money on shoes
or jewelry,so it evens out.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/20 20:46:56 (permalink)
I love used books! Someone else has enjoyed them before I have and has passed them on.
I love to check books out at our library for the same reason.
We take books to our neighborhood used bookstore regularly to get credits and trade ins.
We wouldn't be able to store the number of books we read in our house without the book recycle. No room in our small house for thousands of books.

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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/20 20:52:59 (permalink)
Xannie 01, I so agree with you! I spend so little on shoes, clothes, fashion and cosmetics, I can feel quite fine spending those dollars on books, food and travel.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/21 09:10:21 (permalink)
Last night I read "Conjure Wife" by Fritz Leiber. A great little short novel about witches in the world of college professors and their wives. I really liked this one. Tonight I'll start Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/21 13:59:43 (permalink)
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Originally posted by xannie_01

still reading what is the what by dave eggars.
it's about the lost boys of the sudan and how they're coping in america.
hubster has limited my book purchases
to 3 books a month.
i hate budgets.

Buy really, really big books and lip read. That could slow you down to three a month.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/21 16:51:45 (permalink)
I LOVE used books. I especially like ones where someone has made notes in the margins.

I love well-read, much-abused books. Books with a history that have nothing to do with the story within!

I love British novels about WWII.

Rosamund Pilcher books. I love turn of the century novels written in formal, Victorian prose. I love Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I love Georgette Heyer's Regency Romances. I love Michael Crichton and James Grisham, and fantasy novels. I love historical fiction. I love auto-biographies and biographies. I love ancient history, and books on the occult. I loved DaVinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I love Mary Lasswell and her stories about the ladies and their beer. I loved Mary Stoltz and Beverly Clearly when I was growing up. Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm (and they were REALLY GRIM!). Growing-up stories.

I love bodice-rippers by Nora Roberts but not Harlequins (I have SOME standards, low as they may be!).

Loved the late Michener. Adored Patrick Dennis and everything he ever wrote (he wrote Auntie Mame). Loved A Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin. Everything Katherine Neville wrought. Her book The Eight got me through a very bad emotional period in my life.

I have well over 1000 books and can barely bear to part with any of them.

One of the only books I ever read but DIDN'T finish was Sacajawea. I read almost 1100 pages and abandoned it. Never gotten over that.

Mmmmm....reading.......
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/22 14:45:37 (permalink)
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Originally posted by morningglory

Sorry, if I haven't read this whole thread, BUT....

After many years of not reading (hooked on Grisham, prior to this, and mostly, recently "The Innocent Man") I am hooked on Patricia Coldewell. Just read 4 of her novels, and found 2 more in my bookshelf. I am in hog heaven. She is a wonderful creative writer and keeps me turning the pages.

Hope you enjoy her, too.

Any suggestions for another author. I have a stack of Patterson. What do you think?

MG


Sharyn McCrumb (modern murders in Appalachia based on old ballads)
Peter Tremayne's Sister Fidelma series (pre-Roman Catholic Ireland)
F Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series (can't be described, sorry)
Arturo Perez-Reverte (anything he's written, best plotter I've ever read)
Hope some of these hit your buttons!
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/23 10:23:17 (permalink)
I'm about halfway through Perez-Reverte's "The Queen of the South" and really ehjoying it. Quite a change form Captain Alatriste, but equally well written. Also reading "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, about the Chicago Worlds Fair and America's frist mass murderer in the late 1800's. He writes history like a novelist, and his book "Isaac's Storm" about the 1900 Galveston hurricane is also great.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/23 12:31:50 (permalink)
Mexifornia : .....by Victor Davis Hanson
Massive illegal immigration from Mexico into California,” Victor Davis Hanson writes, “coupled with a loss of confidence in the old melting pot model of transforming newcomers into Americans, is changing the very nature of state. Yet we Californians have been inadequate in meeting this challenge, both failing to control our borders with Mexico and to integrate the new alien population into our mainstream.”
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/27 11:48:14 (permalink)
I finished Fritz Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness the other day. Now I'm reading Bill Bryson's I'm A Stranger Here Myself. Good stuff.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/02/28 11:13:48 (permalink)
While flying around last weekend, I finally read Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation". I had heard so much about it and so thoroughly enjoyed it, I am surprised I didn't read it before.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/01 20:33:33 (permalink)
http://www.amazon.com/Never-Suck-Dead-Mans-Hand/dp/0806528222/sr=8-1/qid=1172799120/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-6940966-4652923?ie=UTF8&s=books

Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI.
by Dana Kollmann

By turns hilarious and gross. The real deal, rather than what you get on TV.

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