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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:21 pm 
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Finished this in an hour, now reading Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Book Store


I just read that this week because it got sent to me as a free book from an independent bookshop loyalty card thing I'm part of! I thought that the first few chapters were pretty slow and not very well written, but once I got into it and the writing improved dramatically I thought it was a pretty good book.


I just finished it. I thought it was great

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:36 pm 
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That makes me hopeful! I'll keep on with it then.

It has its problems, but it definitely hit me. I think the fact that the narrator seemed so roughly written helped make it realistic. Also you could tell it was written by a man because of how strangely he talked about sex and, even more often, peeing. There's way too much detail about peeing. hahaha.

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Have you read The Year Of The Flood? It focuses a lot more on the Gardeners!

Reading Neuromancer by William Gibson now. Mostly because I started playing Shadowrun >.>

i can't remember!! but it looks like i may have some downtime next week (geez i hope) so i will request it and see! thanks.
i went through a Gibson craving stage a few years ago and read it ALL again. i really enjoy rereading his work over time.

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RandiJM, SOLID recommendation. I accidentally forgot it at work on my "weekend" and I was going through reading withdrawal even though I have plenty of other books on the go. Then I brought it home and one of my cats puked on it! Hahahaha, Lenny is clearly sufferering from a poor taste in literature...ironic given her namesake. I'm quite enjoying The Lowland now too, but I have this weird sense that I've read it before even though I am 100% certain I haven't. It's weird, and kind of disruptive!

For those of you who have read the The Night Circus...do you think it would make a good stocking stuffer for my husband who only reads a couple of novels a year but reads multiple books on philosophy a week and really loves fantasy? I haven't read it but I like to get him a novel every year.


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Have you read The Year Of The Flood? It focuses a lot more on the Gardeners!

i can't remember!! but it looks like i may have some downtime next week (geez i hope) so i will request it and see! thanks.

Yes! YOTF is my favourite of the trilogy! Though Oryx and Crake blew my mind in a good way.


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I just finished a Sidney Sheldon book from 1985 that I remember looking at in the library when I was a kid. The English title is If Tomorrow Comes. Important things I learned from this book: lesbians are evil, and if they're not evil, they're probably straight. Computers are new and cool and must be explained. Beautiful people are good and ugly people are bad (well, I already knew that one from Dickens). A fun read!

Thanks to your post, I re-read A Stranger in The Mirror whilst on my vacay. Awesome! Perfect poolside entertainment. My only regret was that I dint bring more SS books to re-read. I looked on my bookshelf and Bloodline and Master of the Game both survived my last move. (I thinned my books by a full third last time I moved, around four years ago.) Such fun!

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Just started Ursula Le Guin, Earthsea (the original trilogy). I think I might have read it before as a teenager but I don't remember any of it.


Love love love this trilogy.

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About to start Como agua para chocolate for Spanish. It's the first time I've read a book in Spanish I haven't read in English.


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After much pressure from friends I'm reading Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. Book one in a series of ten fantasy novels. It's good so far, though no Song of Ice and Fire. I admit to being a huge nerd about that series.

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Listening to Claire Danes read The Handmaid's Tale. I've read it a dozen times at least, and I love her voice.

Also, I'm reading Capture the Castle

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I just started How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. I'm hoping it is as ridiculous and goofy as the title; I'm in the mood for total fluff.

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I've been reading mostly smut lately. But this thread has given me some ideas for other stuff! I need to stop buying so many e-books though, so right now I'm reading Thackeray's Christmas Books. I'm only on the first one - Thackeray really had a thing about the Irish, didn't he?

Also, I've finished the MaddAddam trilogy, and my favourite was also The Year Of The Flood. I think I'll definitely read it all again some day.

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Werewolf book proved boring. I need some other bit of fluff or I'll go back to reading creepy, depressing stuff about cults. Speaking of which, I'm shocked that there isn't a good, investigative journalism kind of book about Heaven's Gate, just a few self published books.

I've read too many unedited self published books to want to try any more. I like proper punctuation, and really hate run on sentences. (Is it me, or is the dreaded comma splice getting more and more popular? I've found it impossible to stamp out of my students' writing.)

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I'm currently on The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

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I'm currently on The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

I love those books! It might just be time for a re-read again.

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I'm currently on The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

I love those books! It might just be time for a re-read again.


They are really good aren't they? I love that its set in a time without mobiles phones, x boxes and the x factor

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I'm currently on The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

I love those books! It might just be time for a re-read again.



One of my favorite sets ever.

I just finished The Name of the Star which is a YA ghost book. I liked it. Next up is The Namesake by Jhmupa Lahiri.

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I'm about halfway through the shining girls and enjoying it so far.

I just read the wikipedia article, and apparently Leonardo DiCaprio's production company bought the television rights last May. I actually think it could make a good miniseries or something--I was trying to imagine it as a movie and thought it could end up being pretty disjointed.


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I just started The Fault in Our Stars. I fear I will end up with a broken heart.


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The Fault in Our Stars made me weep and weep, but in a totally life-affirming way. If that makes sense. I read it three times in 2 weeks. I'm now making my way through John Green's other books but nothing's as powerful as TFiOS.


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I'm about halfway through the shining girls and enjoying it so far.

I just read the wikipedia article, and apparently Leonardo DiCaprio's production company bought the television rights last May. I actually think it could make a good miniseries or something--I was trying to imagine it as a movie and thought it could end up being pretty disjointed.


OK, binge-read the afternoon away and finished it. I really liked it; I thought it was a great cold day, cozy in bed read.

Now I'm going to read How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.


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I got the first two volumes of Hemingway's letters for Christmas, so I've started reading the first. It's really fun to read little notes and letters he wrote when he was eight.

Also kind of reading Death, Dissection, and Destituion about the Anatomy Act in the late 1800's as prep for dealing with analyzing Frankenstein for the umpteenth time next quarter.

Just finished Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland and intend to read as much of his stuff as I can get my hands on.

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Also, I'm reading Capture the Castle

LOVE this book! It is dated in the best way possible. I hope you adore it!


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I just finished American Savage by Dan Savage and highly recommend it for light and funny yet serious and insightful reading.
Now I'm trying to read Emma. I started off enjoying it, but now I'm getting boarded.

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I added Death, Dissection, and Destitution to my wish list. I hate paying more than $8-10 for a book because I buy too many. I read a book a couple years ago about the famous Lake Geneva weekend, but I've forgotten the title.

I am just starting Red Fortress, about the Kremlin. Also looking for a new historical romance to read alongside. I just finished a pretty good one by Sherry Thomas. Or maybe a mystery/thriller.

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