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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/23 10:47:18 (permalink)
I read "Casualities", a collection of short stories by local author Ron Rash Sunday afternoon. I really liked it. It's a small collection of stories set mostly in North Carolina. The stories are well-written, if a little bleak. He has a new collection out soon, if not already, called Chemistry. I'll pick it up next month when he does a book signing in my area.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/23 17:14:52 (permalink)
I'm reading (or at least skimming) all 11 pages of this thread. No one has mentioned my favorite authors, Larry McMurtry and John Irving. McMurtry is famous for his Lonesome Dove series but I loved Terms of Endearment and the Last Picture Show. His characters are so well thought out. That's also why I love John Irving. His character, Owen Meany (A Prayer for Owen Meany) is one of my all-time favorites.

I'm the type of gal that will read and re-read a book several times. My favorites have great characters and "survival" stories. It's even better if its a well-used, rounded corner paperback.

Angelas Ashes
Gone With the Wind
Finding Fish
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Hiding Place
To Kill a Mockingbird

Those are some of my favorites that get re-read...
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/23 17:53:23 (permalink)
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I'm reading (or at least skimming) all 11 pages of this thread. No one has mentioned my favorite authors, Larry McMurtry and John Irving. McMurtry is famous for his Lonesome Dove series but I loved Terms of Endearment and the Last Picture Show. His characters are so well thought out. That's also why I love John Irving. His character, Owen Meany (A Prayer for Owen Meany) is one of my all-time favorites.........



I, too, enjoy John Irving. I just finished "Until I Find You" and am currently reading "The Fourth Hand". pb
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 09:44:55 (permalink)
I loved John Irving's The Cider House Rules and The World According To Garp. Wasn't crazy about The Hotel New Hampshire.

I've never read any Larry McMurtry, although I'm getting The Last Picture Show from netflix today, and I'm a big fan of his son, musician James McMurtry.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 17:35:02 (permalink)
The Hiding Place -- is that Corrie Ten Boom, or is it someone else?
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 17:46:28 (permalink)
The Hiding Place -- is that Corrie Ten Boom, or is it someone else?
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 17:48:07 (permalink)
improviser,
i love james mcmurtry too.
have all of his cds.
wasn't too fond of until i find you or
mcmurtry's the loop group.
larry mcmurtry should stick to westerns.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/25 17:25:20 (permalink)
Yes, Corrie ten Boom was the subject of the Hiding Place (she had help from a ghost write). What an amazing woman! And she thought she had a boring life up to age 55 and didn't know what she was going to accomplish in her old age.

Larry McMurtry, I love most of his books but hated a few too! His Terms of Endearment is soooo much better than the movie (it was cast awfully, not at all like his characters). But limit himself to Westerns? Terms & the Last Picture Show were my favorites.

John Irving...I haven't read the newest novels, but am thrilled that Improviser liked the Cider House Rules (me too!) And you didn't like the Hotel New Hampshire but if you recall the little boy, Egg...he reminded me of my autistic son. I was horrified when Egg & Mother died in the plane crash. There is an autistic boy in the Last Picture Show, too, but they never call it (autism) by name. But when you see the show you will know. Of course autism was probably a mystery back then.

I am lending my friend Cold Sassy Tree this weekend. She is on a book kick right now and going through my favorites. Happy reading, all!
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/25 17:27:19 (permalink)
Oh, and James McMurtry is the son of Larry McMurtry? I've never heard of him but you've got my curiosity peaqued. I DO like Country....I imagine he'd HAVE to be country.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/25 20:47:07 (permalink)
Reading Breach Of Faith by Jed Horne about Hurricane Katrina and the failure of all the systems that led to the near-death of NOLA.

Next up: Into the Arms of Strangers "stories of the Kindertransport", Britain's rescue of 10,000 children of the Holocaust, by Mark Jonathan Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 12:20:11 (permalink)
Neesie, I watched The Last Picture Show last night. The ending is heartbreaking, what happens to the autistic character.

"He was sweeping, ya sons of bi**hes!" I got a little teary-eyed.

Not sure how I would describe James McMurtry. Rock with country elements maybe?

He's coming to Greenville, SC, near my neck of the woods, next month. Just ordered myself a ticket.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 13:53:18 (permalink)
Right now I am working on Lisy's Story -Steven King...It's very slow, does it get better??
Also- Tha Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 14:46:53 (permalink)
I have just started Managing Ignatius by the guy who has run Lucky Dogs in NO for 20 something years (I can't remember his name) That's Ignatiusas as in Confederacy of Dunces. Looks like a good read so far.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 16:34:37 (permalink)
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Right now I am working on Lisy's Story -Steven King...It's very slow, does it get better??
Mike


It was recommended that I continue "Lisy's Story" right here on Roadfood on this same very thread for the very same reason. It was a good recommendation!
I ended up really enjoying it...try it you'll like it!
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 16:43:24 (permalink)
mbrookes, I found Confederacy of Dunces to be so depressing I vowed never to read it again. I'm not sure why, as it's supposed to be dark humor, which I ordinarily enjoy.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 12:23:49 (permalink)
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mbrookes, I found Confederacy of Dunces to be so depressing I vowed never to read it again. I'm not sure why, as it's supposed to be dark humor, which I ordinarily enjoy.


Pwingsx, THANK YOU. I was under the impression that I was the only person in the whole world who doesn't "get" this overrated book.

It has been recommended to me repeatedly over the years by people who assume that, because I like the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, and the South, I'll love it.

I've tried to read it four different times, and each time I've only gotten 30 or 40 pages into it before exclaiming, "When does this thing get GOOD?" and quitting.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 15:37:11 (permalink)
I own a copy of A Confederacy of Dunces but I've never got all the way through it. I enjoyed it while I was reading it but not enough to stick with it, I guess.

I'd really like to finish it someday.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 16:49:09 (permalink)
jmckee, it was recommended to me by a very good friend who was absolutely positive I would just love it. I never had the heart to tell him the truth.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 18:48:20 (permalink)
Now I have to buy the book. Next on the list. Chow Jim
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/02 14:57:58 (permalink)
DC Comics has been releasing some of their older comics in nice "Archives" editions. At $50 bucks a pop, they're a little too pricey for this small-town reporter, so I've been raiding the Greenville Library and checking out their copies.

This past week, I've read an All Star Comics Archives edition, featuring vintage adventures of The Flash, The Spectre, Hawkman, The Sandman, etc. Fun stuff. It's always fun to read comic books and the archives editions feature stories featuring characters that didn't quite make it, fame-wise. Reading some of them, it's easy to see why. Biff Brunson and the adventures of Red, White, and Blue get old pretty quick. Still recommened, if you're into comics and have got the scratch.

Last night I devoured Enemy Ace Archives Volume 1. Delving into the adventures of Baron Von Hammer, a German ace in WWI, this comic is terrific, with any attention to detail you don't find in a lot of vintage comics. Highly recommended.

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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/02 16:52:45 (permalink)
I've been rereading the "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". I do that every few years.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/03 11:11:04 (permalink)
Me too, dickestep. I also love the Father Brown stories by G.K. Chesterton. A different kind of detective than Sherlock, but still great.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/03 19:03:51 (permalink)
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Me too, dickestep. I also love the Father Brown stories by G.K. Chesterton. A different kind of detective than Sherlock, but still great.
I'm a Father Brown fan, too, Improviser. Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey has to be among my top ten detective reads, too.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/07 14:03:44 (permalink)
I've never read any Dorothy Sayer.

This weekend, I finished off a collection of Fritz Leiber's Fahfrd and the Gray Mouser stories, really great fantasy stories that seem to have heavily influenced Terry Pratchett. It took me forever to finish this off; I've checked it out from the library at least four times.

I also read Adverbs by Daniel Handler, whom is much more well known as Lemony Snicket, author of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, which are great.

Adverbs claims to be a novel but each chapter works as a stand alone short story. An examination of many different kinds of love, this is the first book by Handler, other than the Snicket books, that I've read. I'm definitely going to seek out more by him.
One possible down-side to the book is that many of the characters have the same names and you never really know if the Joe in one chapter is the same Joe from three chapters previous. While this might have annoyed me in the hands of a less capable writer, I actually enjoyed that aspect of the book. It was kind of playful with the reader, which I liked.

I've been fighting off the urge to go on a book-buying frenzy since I'm trying to save money. Sunday I did the next best thing, visting my library's book sale and finding some hardcovers for a buck each. Last night I read Cybil Disobedience by Cybil Shepard. It was a fun read, going into detail about her movie career (especially Last Picture Show), Moonlighting, and how her sitcom derailed, something I've always wondered about since I really liked that show.

This week I may start Henry Fonda's My Life.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/07 14:16:39 (permalink)
Right now...Flight of the Old Dog.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/14 13:57:28 (permalink)

Farley Mowat - The Farfarers

Anyone elso into Scandinavian history?


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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/21 22:36:02 (permalink)
Just finished "All God's Children" by Rene Denfield. It chronicles the 2003 murder of a young developmentally delayed woman by a street family in Portland, oregon. It is a harrowing story, all the more frightenming because all the locales are places with which I am familiar. My experiences with clients who have been drawn to street families have changed some of my attitudes and beliefs about how to treat disaffected youth.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/22 06:16:31 (permalink)

Currently, I am reading Thunderstruck, another one of Erik Larsen's historical novels. His previous one, The Devil in The White City, juxtaposed Daniel H. Burnham (the architect of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair) and H.H. Holmes (perhaps the first mass-murderer in the US), who were contemporaries, doing their vastly different work only a few miles apart.

Thunderstruck juxtaposes Guglielmo Marconi and Dr. H.H. Crippen, who were contemporaries in London. Crippen, like Holmes, was a murderer, so I think that it is obvious that this type of pathological individual interests Larson.

I normally read biographies, but if a novel is historical in nature, I am sometimes interested in that genre, and I can tell you that Larson's writing is a very engrossing form of the historical novel.
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/24 00:40:40 (permalink)
I just finished reading a fabulous book (i read it in two days) called Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali about her upbringing in somalia and how she ended up becoming a representative in the Dutch parliament. She was friends with Theo van Gogh who made a film with her about the horrible treatement of women according to Islam...he was later found murdered and she ended up having to leave Holland for her safety. I'll start reading her other book The Caged Virgin tomorrow adn I can't wait!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/24 09:08:52 (permalink)
I need to check those books out, naxet76. What happened to Theo Van Gogh was horrible and very sad.

I've not only been a comic book kick lately, I've been on a history of comic books kick as well.

Last week I read Mark Evanier's Mad Art: A Visual Celebration of the Art of Mad Magazine and the Idiots Who Create It, a great artistic history of Mad Magazine from its early days as a comic book to its becoming a magazine to today. Lots of great profiles of Mad Artists like Sergio Aragones, Mort Drucker, and Wallace Wood. Highly recommended for anyone who's ever been a fan of Mad, even if my library's copy was missing the last thirty pages of the book.

I'm currently reading The Comics Journal: Jack Kirby, an in-depth profile of the artist who first brought to life Captain America and The Fantastic Four, just to name a few. It's a great read, filled with interviews with Jack, even if some of his later claims you have to take with a grain of salt (I think Stan Lee gets too much of the credit for a lot of Lee/Kirby creations, but I don't he sat around doing nothing, as Jack seems to claim). Also highly recommended.

I'm also reading The Essential Incredible Hulk Volume 1. Good stuff. Hulk smash!
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