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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/03 19:56:41 (permalink)
Steven King's Revival.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/03 20:09:20 (permalink)
Please let me know how you like it, leethebard!
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/04 01:51:07 (permalink)
Ann - I read Revival about a month ago. I loved it! To me, this was his writing style that I fell in love with many, many years ago.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/04 08:42:04 (permalink)
Thanks, TooPhat! Thats exactly the type of review I was looking for-missed the old Stephen King!
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/04 15:35:08 (permalink)
tmilesIt is interesting, however, to see the Americans as the bad guys.



Oh, that's just so he gets a shot at the Nobel Prize in Literature.
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/04 15:45:45 (permalink)
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Ann - I read Revival about a month ago. I loved it! To me, this was his writing style that I fell in love with many, many years ago.


I'll agree...this is King as I remember him...a great read!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/04 16:24:14 (permalink)
My brother gave me a copy of "America Walks into a Bar" for Christmas.  I haven't cracked the cover yet but when the subtitle is "A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops" I'm pretty sure I'll like the subject matter.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2015/01/04 16:25:37
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/04 21:30:34 (permalink)
My Cousin...a Liberal who loves to jerk my chain............gave me a copy of the new book by the next president ..and raging queen of America......Hard Choices.  Anyone read it yet?
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/05 04:30:06 (permalink)
....no but excited about Hilary!!!!!!!!!
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/05 07:17:13 (permalink)
"Killing Patton".
 
This is a fascinating look inside WWII. 
 
If you have any doubt about why that generation is called "The Greatest Generation" this book will erase them.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/05 08:18:56 (permalink)
I've been reading Stuart Woods lately.  Just start Blood Orchid.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/05 11:44:44 (permalink)
"The American Revolution," a volume in the Library of America series; actual letters, documents, speeches, etc., from the revolutionary era, some known, some not so well. I love this series and recommend it to everyone.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/05 13:40:10 (permalink)
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tmilesIt is interesting, however, to see the Americans as the bad guys.



Oh, that's just so he gets a shot at the Nobel Prize in Literature.
 
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That's been going on for a long time.  Sinclair Lewis won the prize in 1930 for several of his novels, and some scholars are of the opinion that he was awarded it more for his scathing indictments of American society than for literary ability.  America had gone to Europe and settled World War One, and Europe was tired of what came after, which they saw as this brash, upstart nation swaggering around in their success and telling everyone else what to do.
 
At the presentation speech, the presenter, the Secretary of the Swedish Academy said, referring to America's well-known history of pioneers and sod-busting settlers, and also what they saw as a hopeful trend in American literature (meaning more criticism):
 
"The new great American literature has started with national self-criticism. It is a sign of health. Sinclair Lewis has the blessed gift of wielding his landclearing implement not only with a firm hand but with a smile on his lips and youth in his heart. He has the manners of a new settler, who takes new land into cultivation. He is a pioneer."
 
In other words, let's hear more.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/05 13:53:49 (permalink)
Several have mentioned Stephen King.  Boy, I loved him in the beginning, those first few novels took us to a lot of different places (just like Anne Rice).  And my wife and I were both happy for so many years.  
 
But then he started writing those long 'tomes' -- does every story have to be three books long?  I bought everything he wrote, but I know where it went wrong, foe me.  In "the Tommyknockers," we were already more than halfway into the book, and here comes along a new character, a young reporter who is rushing to the scene, and you just KNOW he is going to be bumped off.  And he was.  Why even add that into such a long book already?  It did nothing to move the story forward.
 
I tried more after that, but they seemed all the same.  And I read a forward in one of his books, where he said that many people felt he could offer his laundry list, and it would get published.  He didn't say that in any bragging way, but more of wonderment.
 
Anyway, that's the point it started to feel contrived to me.  And I haven't bought any lately.
 
BUT -- you've gotta check out his son, who writes under the name Joe Hill.  He's as good as his dad, or better!  I'm always waiting for the next one.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill_%28writer%29
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/05 13:55:33 (permalink)
Sorry.  Here's the link for Sinclair Lewis:
 
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1930/press.html
 
 
 
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/06 11:30:50 (permalink)
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham, just started last night and I have his newest book on hold at the library so should be getting that soon. 
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/06 21:04:12 (permalink)
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Book by Annalee Newitz
 
A pretty good book about surviving extinctions. Looks at previous extinctions and how we humans can avoid or survive them in the future.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/06 21:36:58 (permalink)
I still read a book every 2-3 days so I won't post all of them, but the last one I read was Nathan's Run by John Gilstrap (his first novel, and a darn fine one), and now I'm just starting Michael Crichton's Airframe.
 
I'm #74 on the list at the library for the new Stephen King, so I should see it some time in March.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/06 21:43:12 (permalink)
I'm starting a whispersync of 'madame bovary' but don't know how far I'll get. Seems so grim but I like the narrator so that may get me through.
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RE: What are you reading? 2015/01/07 20:47:49 (permalink)
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I still read a book every 2-3 days so I won't post all of them, but the last one I read was Nathan's Run by John Gilstrap (his first novel, and a darn fine one), and now I'm just starting Michael Crichton's Airframe.
 
I'm #74 on the list at the library for the new Stephen King, so I should see it some time in March.


By then,the prolific King will have another best seller out!!!
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