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improviser
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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 01/10/07 10:24 AM
Last night I read D*U*C*K*, the new novella from Poppy Z. Brite. It's set in her Liquorverse, which is what she calls the world of her previous three novels, Liquor, Prime, and Soul Kitchen. The books deal with Rickey and G-man, longtime life partners and cooks, and their adventures in opening their own restaurant. The books are terrific. I've read each one in the series at least three times. They're set in New Orleans and as someone who spent several of my formulative years in New Orleans, they really speak to me. They're great foodie books and great roadfoodie books and just great books period.

D*U*C*K* is not quite as strong as the other novels but still good. It deals with Rickey and G-man being hired to cook for a charity and Rickey's hero, Former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, the Cajun Cannon.

I challenge anyone to read the Liquor series without getting hungry. It can't be done.

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 01/22/07 3:51 PM
I read another 100 pages of Blue Highways last night. Great book. I'm about halfway through it at this point. I only meant to read a few pages before bed but it drew me in.

I'm waiting on a shipment of books from Amazon: About Alice by Calvin Trillin, a book of Poppy Z. Brite short stories, some Fritz Leiber novels, a Jack Finney short story collection. Since I tend to snack while I'm watching movies, and I'm on a diet, I'm trying to read more. And this shipment will certainly help!

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 01/22/07 4:01 PM
finishing you suck- chris moore
and waiting for tomorrow's
release of hurricane punch - tim dorsey.

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 01/22/07 5:44 PM
Hey Xannie

You dig out from all the snow?

We finally got some, only 4 inches though.


Right now I am reading

Justin Wilson - Outdoor Cooking with Inside help


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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 01/22/07 5:51 PM
CajunKing,
it took all this time to shovel myself out from under of that rock.
all of 3 feet.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 01/23/07 1:40 PM
Xannie,

My library has copies of "Island of the Sequined Love Nun" and "The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove" now. I checked Love Nun and hope to start it tonight. I wonder if the library has a copy of You Suck yet. Is it good?

Last nigth I read Calvin Trillin's About Alice, an expanded version of a New Yorker article he wrote about her. She was a special lady and it's obvious he loved her a lot. Great little book.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 01/23/07 1:47 PM
improviser,
you suck is fantastic!
abby normal is right up there with biff
as great characters.
just e mail me your address and i'll
be more than happy to send you a copy.
it's a continuation of blood sucking beasts.
i have a roberto of my own hanging over my computer.roberto

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 01/23/07 2:06 PM
No need to send a copy, Xannie, I just checked and my library has two copies. Thanks for offering!

I wonder why no one has made movies of any of his books? The Stupidest Angel would make a great flick.

EDIT: The picture didn't load at first. That's a cool bat!

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 01/30/07 7:26 AM
I almost finished with another book I got for Christmas and it has been my favorite so far. It is "Meet You in Hell" by Les Standiford. It is about the relationship of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick and the 1892 labor strike (which escalated in to violence) at one of the Homestead, Pa. steelworks owned by Carnegie.

Even though the names Carnegie and Frick are omnipresent here in Pittsburgh, it is surprising just how little I knew about these titans of industry. This has also made me more interested in the history of my home city and to seek out the historical sights mentioned in the book.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 01/30/07 7:40 AM
I am reading Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. It is nothing like the recent movie so far.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 01/30/07 8:13 AM
An Honorable Defeat, by William C. Davis. The story about the reconstruction after the civil war. Chow Jim

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 01/31/07 11:59 AM
I finished Christopher Moore's Island of The Sequined Love Nun yesterday. I liked it a lot, particularly as it featured the debut of Tucker Case and Roberto, who I was familar with from The Stupidest Angel.

I thought parts of the good tried too hard, such as the way Tucker's family life paralleled the story of Hamlet, but overall a quick fun read.

Tonight I might finish Blue Highways or maybe start on some library books. My stack of to be read books never gets any smaller. Finish one book, add three, that's my philosophy.

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 01/31/07 12:04 PM
chris moore debuted (sic) at
number 6 in the ny times sunday.
waiting for the delivery of what is the what- dave eggars
jimi hendrix turns 80 - tim sandlin

improviser, some day i'd love to sit
and talk music and books with you.

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 01/31/07 8:25 PM
That'd be great, xannie. We'll have to try and make that happen someday.

Right now, I'm facing a long wait at the hospital with nothing to read. My sister-in-law is labor. I probably will be too excited to read anything anyway. I'm gonna be an uncle!

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RE: What are you reading? - Wed, 01/31/07 9:14 PM
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Carnegie and Frick


I watched a documentary not long ago about this very same subject. It was on Discovery Channels Classroom. Comes on really early, like 4 or 5 am. I enjoyed it.

I'm reading

Jodi Picoult - Plain Truth and
Sue Monk Kidd - The Mermaid Chair

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RE: What are you reading? - Thu, 02/1/07 12:40 AM
Re-reading "Forever Amber" by Kathleen Winsor, for about the second dozenth time, while waiting for a new shipment from QPB.

Some things really stand the test of time well.

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RE: What are you reading? - Thu, 02/1/07 7:06 AM
My current read:


How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism by Roger Simmermaker


No more Fullers London Porter for me

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RE: What are you reading? - Thu, 02/1/07 11:00 AM
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I almost finished with another book I got for Christmas and it has been my favorite so far. It is "Meet You in Hell" by Les Standiford. It is about the relationship of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick and the 1892 labor strike (which escalated in to violence) at one of the Homestead, Pa. steelworks owned by Carnegie.

Even though the names Carnegie and Frick are omnipresent here in Pittsburgh, it is surprising just how little I knew about these titans of industry. This has also made me more interested in the history of my home city and to seek out the historical sights mentioned in the book.

This sounds like a good read. I read DavidMcCullough's account of the Johnstown flood, which was due in part to the selfishness and short-sightedness of these two and many other Pgh magnates. I have visited the Frick house in Pgh...very beautifully preserved (and incidentally, they have a very good restaurant on the grounds). W. Pa. has so much history. I'm not from there, but my husband is, and for a well-read man, he is surprisingly unaware of some of the history of his hometown. It's so interesting to read about.

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RE: What are you reading? - Thu, 02/1/07 1:45 PM
Murder So Cold ~Patricia Springer

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 02/2/07 11:13 AM
I finished Blue Highways yesterday morning. I really liked it but overall I prefer Bill Bryson's travel books. There's an air of sadness through Blue Highways, which I can totally understand as Least Heat Moon's life and marriage were unraveling at the time, but it did affect the overall tone of the book, in my opinion.

Yesterday in the hospital waiting room, I started The Third Level, a collection of short stories by Jack Finney. I'm about halfway through and I'm really enjoying it. I highly recommend this book to any fans of Ray Bradbury. I'll finish it tonight.

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 02/2/07 1:04 PM
improviser,
so, do you have a niece or nephew??
some people truly care, ya know.

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 02/2/07 1:15 PM
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Originally posted by improviser

I finished Blue Highways yesterday morning. I really liked it but overall I prefer Bill Bryson's travel books. There's an air of sadness through Blue Highways, which I can totally understand as Least Heat Moon's life and marriage were unraveling at the time, but it did affect the overall tone of the book, in my opinion.

Yesterday in the hospital waiting room, I started The Third Level, a collection of short stories by Jack Finney. I'm about halfway through and I'm really enjoying it. I highly recommend this book to any fans of Ray Bradbury. I'll finish it tonight.


To me, "The Lost Continent" by Bill Bryson stand out as his best work, and I agree with you, better than Blue Highways.

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 02/2/07 5:21 PM
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improviser,
so, do you have a niece or nephew??
some people truly care, ya know.


A niece. Lily was born yesterday at 4:39 p.m. I haven't met her in person yet (she's in the neonatal intensive care unit, she was a bit premature)but I've seen pictures. She weighs 6.2 pounds, has black hair, blue eyes, and my brother's shoulders. She should be home Tuesday.

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 02/2/07 5:29 PM
i'm happy everything went all right!
congratulations, improviser.

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RE: What are you reading? - Fri, 02/2/07 7:44 PM
The most interesting thing about the Frick mansion is that it was closed for years and left untouched exactly as it was 100 years ago so there is nothing fake about it. It is like going back in time. They had to replace some of the furnishings but they went back to the original manufacturer for the restorations as much as possible.

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 02/3/07 1:21 AM
I just finished 3 books. "The Dog Dialed 911", a hilarious volume of random "Smoking Gun" report pieces. The "Gun" is a website that reports on celebrity shenanigans as well as corportae misdeeds (internal memos) and stupidity of the highest order. Thaink of it as a Darwin Awards without the death. Just finished "Self-Made Man" by Norah Vincent. She dressed and acted as a man for a year to see life from a male perspective. She joined an all-male bowling league, went to strip bars wih men, lived in a monastary, got a high pressure, commissions based sales job ala "Glengarry Glen Ross" and became part of a male encounter group and went on a retreat in the woods with them. I found it to be really insightful and she made some discoveries about the male experience that really amazed her and some ones about her own sex that surprised her. Recommended. To relax, I just finished the newly minted "Book of Caddyshack". The guy that wrote it has a LOT of time on his hands and has analyzed this film from every angle possible. Very funny though and an intersting interview with Danny Noonan as well as cool trivia about the scenes and stuff to look for in the background of the scenes you might not notice at first.

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 02/3/07 9:35 PM
Hello everyone, I am new here, and I haven't taken the time to read every message in all nine pages, but it seems to me that no one mentioned Christopher Moore's Coyote Blue,Practical Demon
Keeping,or Blood Sucking Fiends. They were before Island of the Sequined Love Nun, and I highly recomended them if you haven't read them.
I just finnished The Case Against God by Gearge H. Smith. It is very interesting and entertaning if you go for non-fiction and have an open mind. And I am in the middle of Carl Sagan's Broca's Brain. It was written in 1979 but still very relevant.
Also I would like to say that Blue Highways has been one of my favorite books since it came out, and I appreciate the sadness within it, but what is truely sad is that a few years ago I spent some time wandering about and followed some of his path, and what he described is almost completely gone.

Oldskeptic.



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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 02/3/07 9:47 PM
hi and welcome to roadfood, oldskeptic!
i try not to bore others who aren't familar with christopher moore.
i own every one of his books and have a few autographed.
blood sucking fiends is a must read if you're going
to read you suck.
it's part of a trilogy..he plans to write the third after
he comes off his book tour.
i read blue highways years ago and as part of our
cross country road trip made a few stops mentioned in his book.
anyway, it's great to have another fan on board!
xannie

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 02/3/07 11:16 PM
You have autographed copies by Christopher Moore? I have only two autographed copies of anything, one is from Isablle Allende. I love her writing, especially reading it in Spanish. I met her at a writer's conference. She is fun to party with. And I would be tempted, but probably would not follow through with a trade of her for a Chistopher Moore.

The other that I have is L. Frank Baum in a very old book that my grandmother left to me. It is titled The Princess of Yew. I have no idea where my Grandmother got it, or if the inscription is authentic.

Well anyway, thank you for welcoming here.

Oldseptic.




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RE: What are you reading? - Sun, 02/4/07 4:36 PM
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Originally posted by xannie_01

i'm happy everything went all right!
congratulations, improviser.


Thanks, Xannie! Still haven't met my niece in person yet but hopefully that will happen soon.

I finished Jack Finney's The Third Level this morning. A really strong collection of short stories. After reading and loving Time and Again and From Time to Time, I'm trying to read all the Finney I can get my hands on.

Tonight I might start Fritz Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness. Or I might watch some television, I hear some big game is on tonight.

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 02/12/07 1:48 PM
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? - Fri, 02/16/07 4:51 PM
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? - Fri, 02/16/07 5:13 PM
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? - Sat, 02/17/07 1:55 AM
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? - Sat, 02/17/07 12:21 PM
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? - Sat, 02/17/07 6:14 PM
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? - Sat, 02/17/07 6:23 PM
"Barchester Towers," by Anthony Trollope. 19th century English lit is still the best.

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RE: What are you reading? - Sat, 02/17/07 9:04 PM
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? - Sun, 02/18/07 3:32 PM
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? - Sun, 02/18/07 4:13 PM
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? - Sun, 02/18/07 6:03 PM
"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? - Sun, 02/18/07 6:49 PM
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? - Mon, 02/19/07 11:22 AM
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? - Mon, 02/19/07 12:55 PM
Christopher Lamb. Sheesh. Thanks, Xannie. How embarrassing.

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RE: What are you reading? - Mon, 02/19/07 1:00 PM
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? - Tue, 02/20/07 12:37 AM
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? - Tue, 02/20/07 4:59 PM
James Patterson? Good choice.

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RE: What are you reading? - Tue, 02/20/07 7:24 PM
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? - Tue, 02/20/07 7:55 PM
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? - Tue, 02/20/07 8:46 PM
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? - Tue, 02/20/07 8:52 PM
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? - Wed, 02/21/07 9:10 AM
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? - Wed, 02/21/07 1:59 PM
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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? - Wed, 02/21/07 4:51 PM
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? - Thu, 02/22/07 2:45 PM
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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? - Fri, 02/23/07 10:23 AM
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? - Fri, 02/23/07 12:31 PM
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? - Tue, 02/27/07 11:48 AM
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? - Wed, 02/28/07 11:13 AM
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? - Thu, 03/1/07 8:33 PM
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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