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mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/05 08:02:48
Just finished "Echo Park" by Michael Connely. The Harry Bosch books remain some of the best detective books about Los Angeles ever written Also just finished the play "King John" by some English hack named Shakespeare. Okay piece of writing.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/05 16:30:58
I read two collections of E.C. comic books over the weekend. I'd recommend "Weird Science" and "Shock Suspense" stories for anybody whose into comics, science fiction, horror, or humor. Great stuff. The Comic Book Code, the industry's way of self-policing their stories and making sure outside parties didn't step in and do it for them, pretty much killed off EC comics, which were known for their grue and gore but collections like these keep the memory alive. I hope there are more to come.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/23 11:41:24
This week I finished Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson. I really enjoyed this book, the first Matheson I've read. He really knows how to build tension and character in a few short strokes. A movie was made of this book a few years back starring Kevin Bacon. If it's half as good as the book, I'll be a happy viewer.

Last night I finished Approaching Oblivion by Harlan Ellison, a collection of short stories. While there are some weak pieces here, the stories "One Life In Early Poverty," "Knox", "Silence in Gehenna" and "480 Seconds" are very strong. In fact, the introduction, where Harlan includes a letter taking him to task for some earlier comments regaring the students killed at Kent State (the reader chids Harlan for dedicating a book to them, asking Harlan why he doesn't realize they deserved to die) is worth the price of the book. Chilling stuff.

This weekend I'm going to sit down and read some books by two authors, one whom I've already interviewed, one who I'm interviewing next week.

K.L. Going is the author of Fat Kid Rules the World, a Young Adult novel. I work at a small newspaper and recently wrote an article about our local school board banning the book. A week later, I was able to get in touch with K.L. and get her take. I found her to be intelligent and very likable, she defended her book with passion and intelligence, addressing all the points the board raised concerning her novel. The article is one of the things I've written in my admittedly short newspaper career that I'm most proud of. I'm going to read Fat Kid and another of her books, Saint Iggy, this weekend.

This week I'm interviewing Mark Zupan. If you've seen the documentary Murderball (and I hope you have, it's a terrific movie) you've seen Zupan. He plays wheelchair rugby and is the focus of Murderball. He has a new book out called GImp.

This is another reason I like writing for the paper. It gives me an excuse to buy books. But who needs an excuse?
BhamBabe
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/23 12:14:55
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig: Part mystery, part romance, part comedy. Fun read

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson: Dealing with tough subjects in whispers of the Southern Gothic style. A very good read!

I'm going to re read this thread. I need new books!
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/23 13:49:05
After reading Vince Flynn's Consent to Kill with Mitch Rapp having his way, I red Lee Child's Die Trying to see if Jack Reacher is the equal to Mitch Rapp.

My penance for reading so much killing mayhem. I am now reading The Origins of the British, A Genetic Detective Story: The Surprising Roots of the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh by Stephen Oppenheimer.
Dude111
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/24 04:58:54
My screen
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/24 10:02:58
Finished "Hundred Dollar Baby", a Spenser work by Robert Parker. I've always enjoyed the Spenser books and Spenser and Hawk remain remain two of my favorite characters in detective fiction. Read "Thunderstruck" by Erik Larson. This intertwines the story of Marconi's development of radio with the famous murder tale of Dr. Crippen. It tells a great story
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/24 12:53:54
mr chips, did you read Erik Larson's, "Devil in the White Tower"? That was a good book too.

I've read almost all the Spenser novels by Parker. They are good reads, a bit overblown caricature, and what grates on me is his dialog. Every dialog sentence uses, "he said" or "Spenser said". "Said" over and over drives me nuts especially when the dialog is only between two people. Anyone else notice that?
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/28 12:20:11
in just two days, I've eaten my way though about 2/3 of the 328 page book Mozart in the Jungle. A book written by a former freelance oboist turned journalist about the sex, drugs and other assorted eccentricities of the classical music world. It's a raw memoir and not suited for kids. But any parent whose child is thinking about a career as a professional player should read this book. Although the drug use and sexual openess of the classical music realm has waned a bit recently and the publishing of this book has put a critical eye on the goings on of orchestral personnel, much of what she describes still happens today. Maybe not in your town, but in NYC where a freelance musician can actually eke out a living, the lifestyle still persists to some extent.
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/28 22:03:13
Today I got a good start on Killing Floor by Lee Child. It was the first Jack Reacher novel. How did I get a good start? I flew down to Memphis, TN and back to Minneapolis after about 30 minutes in the Memphis Airport. My intent was to connect and go to San Antonio, TX but after 1-1/2 hours sitting on the tarmac before taking off I missed my connect in Memphis to go on to San Antonio. They could get me there on a later flight at just about time to catch a flight back to Minneapolis. Since I was going to miss my meeting I cast around for an immediate return to Minneapolis. At the next gate over they were loading a plane for Minneapolis. So I asked if they could book me on it and they did with 2 minutes to spare before closing the door. As it turned out that flight was late taking off because they were waiting for the flight crew on the earlier flight I was on. Had I not made that flight I would have been stuck in the Memphis Airport several more hours. Anyway, I got a lot of book reading in.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2007/03/29 01:25:49
Originally posted by Davydd

mr chips, did you read Erik Larson's, "Devil in the White Tower"? That was a good book too.

I've read almost all the Spenser novels by Parker. They are good reads, a bit overblown caricature, and what grates on me is his dialog. Every dialog sentence uses, "he said" or "Spenser said". "Said" over and over drives me nuts especially when the dialog is only between two people. Anyone else notice that?
[/quote"Devil in the White Tower" was the main reason I read "Thunderstruck". Devil was well-written and told a a fascinating double story. it was a great read and I learned a lot as well.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/09 17:40:05
This weekend I finished Refuge by Dot Jackson, a local author. The story of a woman's flight from her family in Charleston and her return to the mountain town of her father's side of the family, this is a book I'd recommend for fans of Ron Rash. I really enjoyed it. I bought it back in October, started it but couldn't get into it. This weekend I picked it back up and finished it off. I guess I was in the right mood.

I interviewed the author for a Halloween story about local legends I wrote last year. She helped me out enormously and was very kind and very funny. She autographed the copy of her book I bought from her that day. Dot used to work at the paper that I know write for and she wrote me a very sweet note about the beginning of my own fledgling writing career. Very sweet, talented woman.

I also finished the first volume of Popeye comic strips. I've been working on reading this thing for over two months now. I really enjoyed it. I only knew Popeye from the cartoons. He doesn't consume a single can of spinach in this book. He does punch people, lots of people.

I learned that Popeye didn't make his appearance in the original strip, Thimble Theatre, until the strip had been running for over ten years. After that his character took off and replaced the stars of Thimble Theatre, Castor Oyl (Olive's brother) and Ham Gravy (her first boyfriend).

Highly recommended for Popeye fans.

I also read The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover by Kinky Friedman. This was a pretty good book from ol' Kinky. Kinky is usually more interested in his characters than he in the actual mystery plots of his book. Sometimes this irks me, sometimes it doesn't. This time it didn't. A fun read from the Kinkster.
xannie_01
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/09 17:45:15
i'm reading 3 books at once, all on the same topic.
down and out in paris and london- george orwell
let us now praise famous men- james agee and walker evans
poor people- william t. vollmann
i have no idea what abject poverty is but
i'm learning.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/09 17:48:50
I started Down and Out in Paris and London once, xannie, but never finished it. I'll put it back on the reading list (which keeps growing and growing and growing). I've always wanted to read Let Us Now Praise Famous Men too, the title alone grabbed my interest.
xannie_01
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/09 17:51:20
improviser,
those books make me ashamed to admit i've never gone without food.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/09 17:56:13
A lot of people never have.

Back at the low point in my life, my flat-broke days, my ramen noodle days, I still knew I was very fortunate. I didn't feel fortunate at the time but compared to the truly poor and impoverished, I was doing all right.
BhamBabe
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/09 22:21:35
Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. A fictional history of Johannes Vermeer and the girl that inspires the painting he is most known for.

Also re reading Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. One of my favorites.
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/10 17:36:06
Just picked up "Cover the Butter" by Carrie Kabak, and "Redbird Christmas" by Fannie Flagg.

I LOVE Fannie Flagg's books. She's got a new one coming out this month.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/12 13:14:15
Right now I'm reading "Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the birth of the comic book." Only a few chapters in but I like it so far.

I might have to read some Vonnegut over the weekend, in honor of the man's passing. I've only read Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, Mother Night, and God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian. I've always enjoyed his work.
Davydd
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/12 21:23:06
I read all the old Kurt Vonnegut novels but not his recent stuff. It might be time to re-read. What struck me was his sentence mannerisms of writing were such that I could recognize some of his Indianapolis upbringing. It is hard to put an example. It was just so familiar at the time in the 60s and 70s when I read the early novels. Now that I have been away from Indianapolis some 40+ years I wonder if I will still sense it again.
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/15 04:02:46
Slaughterhouse 5 was always a favorite of mine. I might have to reread it in his honor.

I'm currently reading Robert Tanenbaum's Butch Karp series.

mikeS.
Fieldthistle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/15 06:36:30
Hello All,
I am currently reading "A History of God" by Karen Armstrong.
It is twisting my mind. She is an ex-nun, now an atheist, but
she writes with a compelling historical perspective.
It is a rich read, but so challenging to believers of God,
examining the evolution of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem
faiths. She is respectful, but I sense a disapproval and
dismissiveness that alarms my soul. It makes me wish I could
read the original languages of ancient writings. Her interruption
is intriguing, makes me feel ignorant, and question what I have
been taught. It is a very good read.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/16 00:21:04
I finished "Mozart in the Jungle" about a day and half after my previous post. I have finally opened Julia Child's "My Life in France" which I got as a Birthday gift last July. I've read the introductory stuuf and a, currently in chapter 1 - so, I haven't read enough to form opinion of the book. I'll let you know when I'm done.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/18 11:41:57
I finished "Summerland" a young adult novel by Michael Chabon.
It's about a baseball team that has to save the world, well, actually, all the worlds, from destruction.
While I liked it, it's not his best work. It has a very leisurely pace that I found irritating. Just when things should be coming to a head, the plot meanders arounds. I think Chabon was trying to mirror the pace of some baseball games but it was off-putting to me. I'd recommend "The Amazings Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" or "The Final Solution" to first-time Chabon readers, not this.

That said, I can't wait for his next book, "The Yiddish Policeman's Union," set in a world where the Jewish nation was created in Alaska, not Israel.
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/18 13:22:38
Currently I'm reading "A Fool's Errand" by Albion Tourgee. Based on a true story about a carpetbagger in N.C. during the reconstruction.
Chow Jim
xannie_01
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/18 13:26:43
i'm reading heyday by kurt anderson. life in 1848 america.
next up is the secret life of houdini by william kalush and larry sloman.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/18 13:35:27
Since I am on jury duty this week, I have had plenty of opportunity to do some reading. Before the week began, I went to the book store and bought several books I thought I might like. The first one up is Johnstown Flood by David McCullough. Even though I live only two hours away from Johnstown, Pa., I knew very little about it before I started the book. So far, about 100 pages in, I am really enjoying it.
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/18 16:21:25
Buffetbuster, I loved that book. I first read it as a kid when it was in Reader's Digest Condensed Books (damn them to hell for presuming to chop up good books).

I only wish the quality of the photographs were a little better.
ardee
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/18 21:55:09
I just finished a collection of stories written by Erle Stanley Gardner, best know for his Perry Mason novels, in the 1920s and 1930s. Since they were written for the pulp mystery magazines of the day, they were not that strong in the plot department. However, some of the writing was outstanding; the following is an excerpt that illustrates this:

...he was acting as escort for a vivacious little blonde who was bubbling forth good nature and a incessant line of small talk. She ran more words to the inch than any girl I have ever seen, and she said less to the word. That girl could have written a complete set of fifty volumes on the weather and it would have all strung together in perfect continuity and then when a fellow had read everything that was in the fifty volumes he'd still have to stick his head out of the window to see if it was raining. That's the sort of baby she was...
- Erle Stanley Gardner, "Dead Men's Letters", 1926
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/23 10:18:24
I'm currently reading "Doing FaithJustice," by Fred Kammer, S.J., for a course in Catholic Social Justice I'm taking. Leisure reading is "Flawed Giant" (the second and last volume of Robert Dallek's biography of LBJ) and Barbara Kafka's magnum opus cookbooks "Vegetable Love".
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/23 10:47:18
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.
Neesie
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/23 17:14:52
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...
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/23 17:53:23
quote:
Originally posted by Neesie

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
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 09:44:55
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.
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 17:35:02
The Hiding Place -- is that Corrie Ten Boom, or is it someone else?
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 17:46:28
The Hiding Place -- is that Corrie Ten Boom, or is it someone else?
xannie_01
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/24 17:48:07
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.
Neesie
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/25 17:25:20
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!
Neesie
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/25 17:27:19
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.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/25 20:47:07
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.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 12:20:11
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.
NAAMikey
Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 13:53:18
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
Mike
mbrookes
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 14:46:53
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.
Pat T Hat
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 16:34:37
quote:
Originally posted by NAAMikey

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!
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/26 16:43:24
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.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 12:23:49
quote:
Originally posted by Pwingsx

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.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 15:37:11
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.
Pwingsx
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 16:49:09
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.
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2007/04/27 18:48:20
Now I have to buy the book. Next on the list. Chow Jim
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/02 14:57:58
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.

EDIT: I'm a Double Cheeseburger now! Yippee!
dickestep
Double Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/02 16:52:45
I've been rereading the "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". I do that every few years.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/03 11:11:04
Me too, dickestep. I also love the Father Brown stories by G.K. Chesterton. A different kind of detective than Sherlock, but still great.
dickestep
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/03 19:03:51
quote:
Originally posted by improviser

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.
improviser
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/07 14:03:44
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.
V960
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/07 14:16:39
Right now...Flight of the Old Dog.
desertdog
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/14 13:57:28

Farley Mowat - The Farfarers

Anyone elso into Scandinavian history?


mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/21 22:36:02
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.
Tedbear
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/22 06:16:31

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.
naxet76
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RE: What are you reading? 2007/05/24 00:40:40
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
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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