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I'm reading "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami, because he is my very favorite author and it's one of the only ones I haven't read yet.

You should read it because it's super weird and awesome, like everything he writes.

ahhhhh, i love murakami. he's my favourite too!! there is something wonderfully odd about every book he writes. they are so bizarre and intriguing that they're impossible to put down. i think i've read all but like one or two. : ( time to re-read!! (on a similar note, i also love banana yoshimoto. she also writes crazy, weird books that are wonderful!)

right now i'm reading The Lost Art of Compassion, by Lorne Ladner. it is SO incredible. i recommend it to absolutely anyone. i got it from the library, but i will probably buy my own copy, which i don't usually do, but it's just so, so amazing.

i just finished Child of My Right Hand, How Starbucks Saved My Life, and Guerrilla Learning in the last week. I adored Guerilla Learning. Great book.



can we be book friends? I have everything by Banana Yoshimoto except Tsugumi because I didn't like it as much, and most by Murakami. And Guerilla Learning has been on my list for ages!

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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.


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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.


I loved this book.


I haven't read Oryx and Crake. Did I make a mistake by reading The Year of the Flood first?


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The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins (a ripping good yarn, generally considered to be the first detective novel). Next up: The Mayor of Casterbridge!

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The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins (a ripping good yarn, generally considered to be the first detective novel).


Love Wilkie Collins, especially The Woman in White. I'm reading Godwin's Caleb Williams just now.

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Tzippy wrote:
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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.


I loved this book.


I haven't read Oryx and Crake. Did I make a mistake by reading The Year of the Flood first?

I don't think so. When I read The Year of the Flood, it was like recognizing a lot of minor characters from Oryx and Crake and understanding it more. I guess you'll just have that in the reverse! But you must read Oryx and Crake.


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Tzippy wrote:
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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.


I loved this book.


I haven't read Oryx and Crake. Did I make a mistake by reading The Year of the Flood first?


Nah, not really. The books are related but they aren't really a series. By the time I read The Year of the Flood I had completely forgotten everything in Oryx and Crake.


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bodhi wrote:
amandabear wrote:
I'm reading "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami, because he is my very favorite author and it's one of the only ones I haven't read yet.

You should read it because it's super weird and awesome, like everything he writes.

ahhhhh, i love murakami. he's my favourite too!! there is something wonderfully odd about every book he writes. they are so bizarre and intriguing that they're impossible to put down. i think i've read all but like one or two. : ( time to re-read!! (on a similar note, i also love banana yoshimoto. she also writes crazy, weird books that are wonderful!)

right now i'm reading The Lost Art of Compassion, by Lorne Ladner. it is SO incredible. i recommend it to absolutely anyone. i got it from the library, but i will probably buy my own copy, which i don't usually do, but it's just so, so amazing.

i just finished Child of My Right Hand, How Starbucks Saved My Life, and Guerrilla Learning in the last week. I adored Guerilla Learning. Great book.



can we be book friends? I have everything by Banana Yoshimoto except Tsugumi because I didn't like it as much, and most by Murakami. And Guerilla Learning has been on my list for ages!

Hard-Boiled Wonderland is my favourite Murakami book! And the one I never find anyone else who has read (I think possibly it isn't translated to Swedish... My copy is English). So, I should check out Banana Yoshimoto?


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I'm reading Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. I read it soon after it came out (pun intended) in 1985 and now again for my book club. I had forgotten how good it is.


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Love Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Might have to pick it up again, read it way back in college.


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Double Indemnity. shiitake is hard-boiled.

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interrobang?! wrote:
Desdemona wrote:
The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins (a ripping good yarn, generally considered to be the first detective novel).


Love Wilkie Collins, especially The Woman in White. I'm reading Godwin's Caleb Williams just now.



ooh I'm a huge Wilke Collins fan too!

oh and Footface is reading Double Indemnity, which reminds me how much I love the Library of America Dashiell Hammett volume I read last year! I should get one of the Raymond Chandlers too.


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Double Indemnity. shiitake is hard-boiled.


I had a uni term about Raymond Chandler and others entitled Hard Boiled Dicks. Of course, that didn't draw out even one snigger from 100 teenagers, despite being repeated a dozen times in every class. No, no, not at all...

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The Murder Room. The author's style is extremely annoying early on, but becomes easy to ignore as the stories unfold. It's fun to google the specific cases and people that the Vidocq Society encounters.

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It's called Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk through Portland, Oregon.
I love it. It's about all kinds of crazy things, places and people, and I wish I could just go there and use it as a sort of travel guide.
If you've read his novels, you might vaguely recognize some things, especially the story about the car with the coffeemaker welded to the roof... ;)


Oh, cool! I'll have to check it out after I finish the stack I have from the library at the moment. I looove Rant, it's one of, if not my all time favourite book!

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I just finished Water for Elephants the other day and was absolutely in love with that book!

I am now reading Coroner's Journal by Louis Cataldie who is the former Louisiana State ME.

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Arisaig wrote:
I'm reading Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. I read it soon after it came out (pun intended) in 1985 and now again for my book club. I had forgotten how good it is.


Ah yeah! I'm reading 'weight' by her, it's one she did for a series of modern authors re-interpreting myths. And Sexing the Cherry is amazing stuff.

I'm reading 'Life's Lottery' by Kim Newman and 'Pretty Little Mistakes' by Heather McElhatton - which are both choose your own adventure style books, except you're playing/reading as a person living their life. They're both pretty trashy but compulsive.

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I'm reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it's awesome.


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The City and the City. So far much better than Kraken.


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The City and the City. So far much better than Kraken.


I liked Kraken quite a lot, but yeah, The City and the City is terrific. I've enjoyed all the Mieville I've read, but that one and the Scar are the only two of his that I like without mixed feelings or reservations.

At the moment, I'm halfway through The Master and Margarita and my enjoyment of it grows pretty much every time I pick it up.


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The Bell Jar. So far it's reminding me of The Catcher in the Rye, but from a female's perspective.

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