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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:37 am 
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I've been reading the Chaos Walking series and I'm about to begin the last one. But, for a pit stop, I read "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell and I loved it!


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Currently reading "Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo, and Me" by Ellen Forney, and absolutely loving it. It's a graphic memoir about her experience as a cartoonist who has bipolar disorder. I started it yesterday and will probably finish it today. (Fun fact: Ellen Forney did the illustrations for "Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.") Also reading "Why Have Kids?" by Jessica Valenti, which I'm finding really interesting.


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Finally started re-reading Catching Fire. Its like an old friend now

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Currently reading "Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo, and Me" by Ellen Forney, and absolutely loving it. It's a graphic memoir about her experience as a cartoonist who has bipolar disorder. I started it yesterday and will probably finish it today. (Fun fact: Ellen Forney did the illustrations for "Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.")


I read that a few months ago and enjoyed it :)

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Currently reading "Wrapt in Crystal" by Sharon Shinn, one of my favorite fantasy authors.


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Just finished The ocean at the end of the lane. I love Neil Gaiman!

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That's a great one, amonik!

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Has anyone read "The Idiot", Dostoevsky? I just finally read it and I would reeeally like to talk about it.

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It's been a few years since I read "The Idiot," but I remember enough to talk about it I think :)

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I felt like the ending was written by another author or for another book. I cannot believe it ends with Rogojin killing Nastasia and the Prince not doing anything but sitting by him, and then falling into illness/shock forever. Given how the prince was consistently made out to be *not* an idiot and actually quite intelligent (and smarter than everyone around him), just socially awkward, it feels wrong that he should end up actually 'an idiot' and in ruin and everything. I mean both women sucked, I thought (Aglaya and Nastasia), and I wish he ended up with Vera Lebedeff actually (seemed like the only nice person in the vicinity) but this ending? I'm not upset that it's not happy; it just seems cheap and wrong.

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just started my first Henning Mankell book, The Fifth Woman.
I also just read the 3rd trade paper back of Saga.

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I'm reading a *lot* of comic book collections and graphic novels this year. Surprising even myself.
Anyway, I just read all of Locke & Key in practically one go, and it's intense and heartbreaking and *awesome*.


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I'm reading George Saunders Tenth of December. In some ways it's brilliant, but some of the stories are pretty upsetting. He's very inventive though, and I like how he plays with the form if the short story.

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I'm reading the latest Terry Pratchett/Discworld book and it is so bland that I can't even remember the name. Normally I can get through those books in 2-3 days easily but this one I read maybe 2 pages and I'm falling asleep. Highly disappointing.

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I'm reading the latest Terry Pratchett/Discworld book and it is so bland that I can't even remember the name. Normally I can get through those books in 2-3 days easily but this one I read maybe 2 pages and I'm falling asleep. Highly disappointing.


yeah, my husband just read it and said it definitely seems like he's getting help with his writing now and doesn't feel like he wrote it, which is sad.

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I just finished The Road-- I'm so glad I read it, but also relieved to have finished it. It's really tough but worthwhile.


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I read a Dutch children's book called "Het Akropolis genootschap en de slag om bladzijde 37" by Tosca Menten that was cute. I got it for free when I bought something else at a bookshop in Holland last year.

And I read another Dutch book from the library called "Sporen in het zand" by John Vandekerckhove, which I only picked up because it was short. It was ok, its about an African boy fleeing to Belgium to look for his Belgian adoptive mother (whom he's also in love with) who ends up working at a farm in France... It was a bit simplistic but entertaining enough.

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I finished Field of Blood by Denise Mina yesterday and then blew through the sequel, The Dead Hour. I'm now on the third book in the trilogy, The Last Breath (which I think is called Slip of the Knife in the US). The series is about a crime reporter called Paddy Meehan - it starts when she's a copyboy at 18, and each book is further on in her career. It's good - not brilliant, but compelling (I mean, I pretty much read one book in a day and will probably do the same again with the 3rd). I really like Mina's style. I don't know what it is about what/how she writes, but I just want to keep reading.

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I'm reading Innocent in Death by JD Robb. I'm about halfway through the series.

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Yeah, the ending wasn't satisfying for me either. I've got no problem with tragedies, but they have to feel real, and The Idiot's conclusion did feel kinda' forced and awkward, like Doestoevsky was just trying to hammer into the reader that hope and kindness are ultimately futile in the coldness and cruelty of the world-that despite Myshkin spending the whole novel as a sort of saintly figure, his kindness and trusting nature only lead to self devastation. I expected Nastassya to die in the end, though, since Rogozhin was so violent, and had threatened to kill her before.

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Mystery fans, Amazon has a great list up called the 100 mysteries or thrillers to read in a lifetime. Lots of really good choices. I just expanded my wish list by about 12 books. It's pretty thorough. They even start off with Eric Ambler, he usually seems forgotten these days. And Encylcopedia Brown!

http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=s9_acss_bw_ ... d_i=283155

(I can't believe they think Gone Girl is list worthy. Ick. The more I think about that book, the more I hate it, but not in a way that intrigues me and makes me want to read more.)

I've read 66 of them (I've been a mystery/thriller fiend since my first Nancy Drew in 2nd grade). These are mostly some of the best choices. I like that they picked the first book in a series even if it wasn't necessarily the author's best. Exception is the Sayers, Gaudy Night, but I heartily approve of that choice.

I'm also annoyed with Patterson on the list. DaVinci code sort of makes sense since it became a huge thing and spawned a whole subgenre, but Patterson, for all his decent plots and good characters is unreadable to me because of the low quality of his writing. I just can't get past that even though I like the Cross character.

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I've been reading some old Stephen King. Misery, The Shining, Salems Lot, Firestarter. And a newer one, Joyland.
I also re-read the Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake trilogy. Also some Will Eisner, the collected Strangers in Paradise, and Alan Moore.

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Has anyone read "The Idiot", Dostoevsky? I just finally read it and I would reeeally like to talk about it.


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