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Doctor Sleep - Stephen King


What do you think about the book so far ?

I'm a big Stephen King fan and have placed a hold on a library copy. I found that the Kindle price of the book was higher than a printed copy.


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ha, i just put a hold too.

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Doctor Sleep - Stephen King


What do you think about the book so far ?

I'm a big Stephen King fan and have placed a hold on a library copy. I found that the Kindle price of the book was higher than a printed copy.


I bought the book in a Waterstones shop because it was cheaper that their online shop!

So far the book is really good. I'm on page 25, its been brilliant from the first page and I know for a fact I am going to spend all weekend with my nose in this book until its finished

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Just finished "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern." I think I randomly bought it when I was looking for new audio books and just went through the award winner lists (it won a Nat'l Book Award in 2011 for nonfiction).

It was interesting, though I thought anchoring it around the Poggio story of recovering the text made that part a little drawn out. It did give me a better understanding of epicureanism, of which I really knew nothing beyond what circle of hell Dante placed them in, and I think that as part of a broader work about inquisition history and such it could've been better.. but on the whole it was pretty fascinating to learn about 14t-15th century Italy.
I haven't read it yet, but all the medievalists I know hated it; it was met with howls of protest and a huge shitstorm, especially when it started pulling in prizes. Basically, the objections seemed to involve what many saw as its reinforcement of outmoded, long discredited notions of periodization via what Elaine Treharne termed "a grand narrative that trumpets the Renaissance partly through its insistent derogation and misrepresentation of the Medieval" and the perceived need of "scholars like Greenblatt...to valorise their own literary and historical period of specialisation by dismissing earlier or later centuries or movements or demarcated temporal units (like 'Middle Ages' or 'Late Antiquity')."

http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2012 ... -mlas.html

http://historyoftexttechnologies.blogsp ... arrow.html

I read an excerpt in The New Yorker around the time the book was published, and it did contain some very broad, sweeping statements, which may be (kind of, sort of) okay in a book aimed at more general audience, but becomes problematic when that book starts garnering major prizes given for serious academic work. Greenblatt is obviously a hugely influential scholar who has done some really important, field changing work, and I'd still be interested in reading it when I have time, if only to see what caused all the furor. I've met him on several occasions and he's gracious, charming and a great speaker. It just seems like he might do better to stick to his own field, at least in terms of his reception by scholars within the field(s) where he chooses dip his toe.

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A friend bought me Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy The Vampire Slayer by Rhonda Wilcox. It is really, really interesting so far.

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The Disaster Artist Greg Sestero's book about the making of the room. 20 pages in and it is awesome.

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I finished All the Pretty Horses yesterday. I loved it. I love Cormac McCarthy. I want more!

But for now, I'm reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. I'm not sure what to think yet. It feels like I've come in in the middle of the story, or that I've missed out pages or something. But I'm only a few pages in so I'll keep going.

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Philip Roth's "the plot against america". my mother loves roth so much, so im giving him another go. and so far this one is really good

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I seem to be on a bit of a survival kick (unintentionally): Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, and On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves.

Now I'm listening to Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and reading Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont.

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Doctor Sleep - Stephen King


What do you think about the book so far ?

I'm a big Stephen King fan and have placed a hold on a library copy. I found that the Kindle price of the book was higher than a printed copy.


I bought the book in a Waterstones shop because it was cheaper that their online shop!

So far the book is really good. I'm on page 25, its been brilliant from the first page and I know for a fact I am going to spend all weekend with my nose in this book until its finished

I'm glad you're enjoying it, I want to read it soon

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Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski - it's a real-life story of the author's own experiences in the Polish resistance during WWII, published in 1944. I'm about 5 chapters in and it's fascinating!

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I finished All the Pretty Horses yesterday. I loved it. I love Cormac McCarthy. I want more!


Never read that, But I've read No Country For Old Men, the Road and Children of God. McCarthy is an exceptional (but not cheery) writer.

I'm re-reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. Do so every other year or so, just to remind myself how good Hunter S Thompson could be when he was at his best.

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Awesome stuff. The section about class is especially illuminating for non-Brits. It's almost impossible to convey to American students how central constructions of social class still remain in the UK and Ireland.

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after reading some serious things i plowed through the last Sookie Stackhouse book last night. forgot how much i enjoyed that silliness.

(now reading "The Celestials", fictional account of a group of Chinese workers brought into MA as strikebreakers, so far quite interesting and beautiful)

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According to my psychologist, and i agree, I need to find something "light" to read. But Im a bit at a loss here.

I don't like crime, I dont normally like "happy" romance, I don't think most of supposedly "funny" books actually are funny. I love non-fiction books but most doesn't make me feel happy either. Most of my actual interests sort of depress me too: animal rights, feminism, human rights, history, politics, food/health,economics,war... I guess maybe I need more books about language(s)?...?

I guess I need to broaden my horizon and move away a bit from the classics and contemporary "literature literature".

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VeganinBerlin wrote:
According to my psychologist, and i agree, I need to find something "light" to read. But Im a bit at a loss here.

I don't like crime, I dont normally like "happy" romance, I don't think most of supposedly "funny" books actually are funny. I love non-fiction books but most doesn't make me feel happy either. Most of my actual interests sort of depress me too: animal rights, feminism, human rights, history, politics, food/health,economics,war... I guess maybe I need more books about language(s)?...?

I guess I need to broaden my horizon and move away a bit from the classics and contemporary "literature literature".


Have you read any Mary Roach? Her books are nonfiction but fun.

I'm reading Rapture in Death by JD Robb. Need a break from depressing Scandinavian noir.

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I'm coming along with the David Niven book, The Moon's A Balloon. I enjoy it and he's coming across quite likeable-y and all that, but the high quality writing from The Richard Burton Diaries has now spoiled me for the stories of other actors. They're all gonna fall short now, methinks. RB Diaries is pretty much the pinnacle of the celebrity autobio from what I've read.

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VeganinBerlin wrote:
According to my psychologist, and i agree, I need to find something "light" to read. But Im a bit at a loss here.

I don't like crime, I dont normally like "happy" romance, I don't think most of supposedly "funny" books actually are funny. I love non-fiction books but most doesn't make me feel happy either. Most of my actual interests sort of depress me too: animal rights, feminism, human rights, history, politics, food/health,economics,war... I guess maybe I need more books about language(s)?...?

I guess I need to broaden my horizon and move away a bit from the classics and contemporary "literature literature".


This is where I am, and I'm focusing on anything that could be classified as 'magical.' I wanted something similar to The Night Circus, so I picked up The Ocean at the End of the Lane (and it was amazing, but short), and I also bought The Magicians. I'm reading Alice Hoffman's The Red Garden which is nice so far. She has many other magical leaning books, including Practical Magic (which I haven't read) but I've seen the movie many times.

I hope you find something that can give you a bit of relief! I find that there's nothing like the suspension of reality a good book can offer.

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VeganinBerlin wrote:
According to my psychologist, and i agree, I need to find something "light" to read. But Im a bit at a loss here.

I don't like crime, I dont normally like "happy" romance, I don't think most of supposedly "funny" books actually are funny. I love non-fiction books but most doesn't make me feel happy either. Most of my actual interests sort of depress me too: animal rights, feminism, human rights, history, politics, food/health,economics,war... I guess maybe I need more books about language(s)?...?

I guess I need to broaden my horizon and move away a bit from the classics and contemporary "literature literature".


This is where I am, and I'm focusing on anything that could be classified as 'magical.' I wanted something similar to The Night Circus, so I picked up The Ocean at the End of the Lane (and it was amazing, but short), and I also bought The Magicians. I'm reading Alice Hoffman's The Red Garden which is nice so far. She has many other magical leaning books, including Practical Magic (which I haven't read) but I've seen the movie many times.

I hope you find something that can give you a bit of relief! I find that there's nothing like the suspension of reality a good book can offer.


Yes, that is what I was going to say! Suspension of reality books really relax me, and I love Neil Gaiman, The Magicians, and Alice Hoffman! (Some Hoffman books can be very sad, though, so I'd steer clear of those when you're feeling down.)

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VeganinBerlin wrote:
According to my psychologist, and i agree, I need to find something "light" to read. But Im a bit at a loss here.

I don't like crime, I dont normally like "happy" romance, I don't think most of supposedly "funny" books actually are funny. I love non-fiction books but most doesn't make me feel happy either. Most of my actual interests sort of depress me too: animal rights, feminism, human rights, history, politics, food/health,economics,war... I guess maybe I need more books about language(s)?...?

I guess I need to broaden my horizon and move away a bit from the classics and contemporary "literature literature".


Have you read any Mary Roach? Her books are nonfiction but fun.

YES, read Mary Roach's "Gulp". And anything else of hers too.
I just also went on a Bill Bryson spree, I have some writing texts by him and decided to read all of his work- his travel and regional guides are quite amusing. I just finished the Appalachian Trail one the other day. There's another on Australia, lost americana, etc etc.

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I'm re-reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. Do so every other year or so, just to remind myself how good Hunter S Thompson could be when he was at his best.

Love, love love that book!

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just finished The Tenth of December by George Saunders and And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini...both fantastic!

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I'm re-reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. Do so every other year or so, just to remind myself how good Hunter S Thompson could be when he was at his best.

Love, love love that book!
Ditto. (On a not-wholly-unrelated note, one of dog's nicknames is Grunter S Thompson!)

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