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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:44 pm 
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I'm starting The Diviners by Libba Bray today! I'm on a loooong YA kick.


I loved it! Also on a huuuuge YA kick. Don't see it ending anytime soon haha


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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick. Orphan Master's Son got me on a DPRK kick. This is a non-fiction book about the stories of North Korean defectors. Pretty amazing so far.


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"Through the Door". I got it on a daily kindle deal, it sounded good (celtic mythology, I like mythology) but it reads like YA even if its not. Not that there is anything wrong with YA, I just have to be in a specific mood for it. I'm not really into the story but we'll see.

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I want to read Mindy Kaling's book though I am not a fan of her show (I watched the pilot) or know her previous work. I saw her on Love You Mean It and she seems really nice. Do I have to be in love with her to read the book?

Right now I am reading some free books I DL on my Kindle...One is about revenge and not so bad!

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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick. Orphan Master's Son got me on a DPRK kick. This is a non-fiction book about the stories of North Korean defectors. Pretty amazing so far.


Yup!

And don't forget to read B. R. Myers's North Korean book.

And Aquariums of Pyongyang!

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alice1drland wrote:
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick. Orphan Master's Son got me on a DPRK kick. This is a non-fiction book about the stories of North Korean defectors. Pretty amazing so far.


Yup!

And don't forget to read B. R. Myers's North Korean book.

And Aquariums of Pyongyang!

Throwing these on my Amazon wish list right now – thank you! All my friends are going to start thinking I'm insane. I won't shut up about North Korea.


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I'm reading Ann Veronica: a Modern Love Story by H.G. Wells. I might make a PPK book report when I am done but I must say this book is striking, modern and hilarious so far. I was given a Kindle Fire for Christmas (this is the best xmas I've had since I was a kid!) but I think I am going to only do free books on there since HG Wells has been dead forever and is the best author ever.

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linanil wrote:
"Through the Door". I got it on a daily kindle deal, it sounded good (celtic mythology, I like mythology) but it reads like YA even if its not. Not that there is anything wrong with YA, I just have to be in a specific mood for it. I'm not really into the story but we'll see.


Have you read Morgan Llewelyn? I'm not even sure if her books are still in print, but I sed to love them--all Celtic mythology related.

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alice1drland wrote:
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alice1drland wrote:
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick. Orphan Master's Son got me on a DPRK kick. This is a non-fiction book about the stories of North Korean defectors. Pretty amazing so far.


Yup!

And don't forget to read B. R. Myers's North Korean book.

And Aquariums of Pyongyang!

Throwing these on my Amazon wish list right now – thank you! All my friends are going to start thinking I'm insane. I won't shut up about North Korea.


There is a good mystery series set in North Korea. I'm blanking on the name. Has anybody else read these? I've only read the first two, but enjoyed them a great deal.

I would like to visit North Korea. My mom thinks this is creepy and points out that it would be supporting the regime. I wonder if I would go if I could afford it.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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Oh god, I would be terrified to visit North Korea. What if I said the wrong thing? And what if they never let me leave.


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Probably, the State Department would laugh and say they told you so. And you would be forced to forever throw rice at fake photo op weddings.

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veggiepalooza wrote:
bathsheba wrote:
I'm starting The Diviners by Libba Bray today! I'm on a loooong YA kick.


I loved it! Also on a huuuuge YA kick. Don't see it ending anytime soon haha

Ooh, I have this too, but the length is putting me off right now (I'm trying to get to 200 books this year). I did just read one of her other books, Beauty Queens -very funny & clever.

Also, yay for more YA-fans! I've just started Beautiful Redemption and recently read Scarlet by A.C Gaughen - loved it.

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Oh god, I would be terrified to visit North Korea. What if I said the wrong thing? And what if they never let me leave.
That reminds me of a review of a (real) North Korean package holiday tour that I read in the Guardian.

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Just finishing Cloud Atlas, so far I both love and am confused by this book. The layout of the chapters and the writing is fantastic but the connections between each story seem to be lacking for me, it just feels like there should be more, although I still haven’t finished it, so who knows. Going to start The Stranger's Child next.
Is it worth reading? I tried to read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by the same author and I really didn't get on with it. I enjoyed the beginning, which was all building up the setting and really rich in information, began to lose interest as the plot amped up a bit but when it got onto the baby-eating cult I realised I didn't care what happened to any of the characters and wasn't enjoying the narrative.

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There is a good mystery series set in North Korea. I'm blanking on the name. Has anybody else read these? I've only read the first two, but enjoyed them a great deal.

James Church's Inspector O novels?


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alice1drland wrote:
Oh god, I would be terrified to visit North Korea. What if I said the wrong thing? And what if they never let me leave.
That reminds me of a review of a (real) North Korean package holiday tour that I read in the Guardian.

Wow. A part of me is so curious, but the other part is so not. I just feel like I would be taking a huge risk.


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Rereading The Dark Tower (Stephen King). It's uneven, I like some parts and not others. I actually skipped the part about young Roland and Susan Delgado this time, didn't like it. Just started reading a PhD thesis from 1992 about animal testing (English title: Animal Experimentation: Research Ethics, Politics, Epistemology - a Contextualisation)

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There is a good mystery series set in North Korea. I'm blanking on the name. Has anybody else read these? I've only read the first two, but enjoyed them a great deal.

James Church's Inspector O novels?


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Yes, that's them. Thank you for filling in the blank since I was being a lazy asparagus.

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Occasionally trudging through the SNL book of anecdotes "Live From New York" I think it's called. It's annoying self-congratulatory or overly celebratory or whatever you want to call it. Blah blah blah I-had-a-hand-in-this-cultural-institution blah blah blah. We were changing the minds of a nation, the landscape, blah blah blah. I'm not in as much awe of it. Calm down, it's just a comedy sketch/variety show. But I can get hyperbolic about stuff that's important to me, too, so that's no crime. But I dunno, I think I'll keep reading and it'll get more interesting and I stop rolling my eyes long enough to take in the words.

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alice1drland wrote:
Oh god, I would be terrified to visit North Korea. What if I said the wrong thing? And what if they never let me leave.
That reminds me of a review of a (real) North Korean package holiday tour that I read in the Guardian.

Maggie Muggins wrote:
Just finishing Cloud Atlas, so far I both love and am confused by this book. The layout of the chapters and the writing is fantastic but the connections between each story seem to be lacking for me, it just feels like there should be more, although I still haven’t finished it, so who knows. Going to start The Stranger's Child next.
Is it worth reading? I tried to read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by the same author and I really didn't get on with it. I enjoyed the beginning, which was all building up the setting and really rich in information, began to lose interest as the plot amped up a bit but when it got onto the baby-eating cult I realised I didn't care what happened to any of the characters and wasn't enjoying the narrative.

The Thousand Autumns... has so far been my favourite of David Mitchell's books. I don't know why - maybe I read it at just the right time - but I really liked the setting, the story, everything. Less so with Cloud Atlas, and I really struggled with Black Swan Green (which I've seen mentioned as the new Catcher in the Rye, which I also didn't like - why do all the big-deal coming-of-age books have to be about boys?). I haven't read Ghostwritten.

I just finished Tokyo Vice. I have to say, it was one of the best books I've read this year. I strongly recommend it to anyone who's interested in modern Japanese society or true crime writing.

I've also jumped on the bandwagon for The Stranger's Child. I quite like it so far.

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I want to read all of the books!! I wish I still had the week between Christmas and New Year's off. That would have been prime reading time. I'm finishing up The Women, fiction based on Frank Lloyd Wright. I like it kind of. I'd give it three stars. I almost feel like there's to many layers. The narrator and his grandson-in-law are doing a bio on Wright's lady friends, and their story, well Tadashi's is interesting, too. I don't know. Sorry I'm not being very succinct with my thoughts.

I just got Monkey on a Stick in the mail, and I'm pretty excited about that. It's true crime about a place near where I'm from, so that excites me. My stepdad was shocked that I didn't know the story. It's about this Hare Krishna commune that was a cover for a ton of illegal activities.

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Has anyone read "your voice in my head"? Just read about it. Seems like an interesting memoir.


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Alfred Hitchcock Portraits Of Murder, a bunch of short stories that were published in his magazine (not written by him though). I love old mysteries but my god, the racism.

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Same with the old, original Nancy Drew books. The racism is gone, but now we have sexism, where parts were rewritten to have Ned save Nancy instead of her saving herself.

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