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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:43 am 
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Embassytown was a real mindfuck. What a book!

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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.

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The Last Caesar by Henry Venmore-Rowland.

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Embassytown was a real mindfuck. What a book!

Yeah. Right after I read it, I was talking to a couple of friends about how this thing that happened with one person was like a simile, and then we started talking about it as a metaphor and I was like "Stop! Have you read Embassytown? Go do that right now, it's important to this discussion."


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before we read Embassytown, we did not talk about these things so much. Before we read Embassy town we did not talk so much.


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I just read The Life and Loves of Barbara Stanwyck by Jane Ellen Wayne which I got (brand new book!) for free (well, I made a donation--they were giving away free books in exchange for donations) at the Word on the Street book fair last fall and just got around to reading it now. It's not a biography I'd recommend. I mean, it goes to no great depth, is written by someone that I suspect is kind of a tabloidish writer. No insight on the woman but, you know, a chronological recording of her life with some detail. That's what it is.

I spend all my time reading other writers to learn from now--rare reading for pleasure, which is kind of sad. I miss reading for pleasure!

Anyway, I've had zero time for leisurely reading lately but I think I'm gonna order the Richard Burton diaries from the library so I have something juicy to read now that the weather's nice and I can while away sunny Saturday afternoons on my balcony.

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Halfway through Embassytown by China Miéville. It's really good and a lot of fun.


I read that in December! I found the entire linguistics angle to be really interesting.


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Olives wrote:
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before we read Embassytown, we did not talk about these things so much. Before we read Embassy town we did not talk so much.



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Before we read Embassytown we did not talk.


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The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

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Just finished The Witness by Nora Roberts. Definitely not her best. I'm starting the Lost Year by Mary Higgins Clark. I haven't read her in years, but I used to enjoy her books and this one snuck into my Costco cart (how does that happen?)

I met her a few times at Bethesda mystery books mystery author brunches and she was always super, super nice. Her daughter too!

I have a few nonfiction that I mentioned above, but my head isn't into anything taxing.

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A Quantum Murder by Peter F. Hamilton, the second in the 'Greg Mandel' series. I really liked the first one, and this one's shaping up to be pretty good too :)

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Started Nothing to Envy last night, got sucked in and stayed up way too late reading.

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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. I think I need to re-read Oryx and Crake afterwards.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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The People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.


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I didn't make it through Inside Scientology before having to return it. It is very interesting and, but not as much of a page turner. I might try to tackle it again soon.

I moved onto Eat and Run.

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Just finished The Witness by Nora Roberts. Definitely not her best.


Well that's disappointing to hear, it was next on my reading list. I've never read any Nora Roberts and I decided that was going to be the first one I checked out, do you have any better recommendations?

Oh and I just finished Silver Linings Playbook and it was meh, I'm sure the movie is better because you get to stare at pretty people the whole time. It just made me sad for the most part, which is pretty ironic. Now I'm reading Ghost In The Wires and I barely understand everything I'm reading, but I love autobiographies and biographies apparently about anyone ever.

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Read the In Death books! Naked in Death is the first.

I'll have to think about one of her stand alones to recommend. Maybe Northern Lights. I enjoy anything with an Alaska setting. Actually, if you go by the Amazon reviews, they are pretty accurate because most of her books have a few hundred reviews, so you get a good sample size.

The Three Fates, Reef and Homeport would be good too. Maybe Reef. I also love undersea treasure hunts.

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I'm reading Lauren Beukes' new novel, The Shining Girls. (Which is a Weird crime time-travel revenge-story kind of book.) It's so detailled & intense, I keep catching my breath, muttering "fork" - or even having to shut the book and pause to calm myself down a bit before reading on. But whoa, does she write a good, strong, believable, human female protagonist. And it's super captivating.


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I read that when I was about 10 and it scared the $%$# out of me...and the fear lasted for many years. Great book.


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I'm reading Wolf Hall, but having trouble getting in to it. I hope I start to soon.

I'm adding Embassytown to my list!

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monochromaticgirl wrote:
The People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

I've got this waiting on the shelf - how are you liking it so far?

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lost boy, lost girl by Peter Straub.

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Nothing to Envy (about North Korea, by Barbara Demick) was really good. I kept wanting to go back to read because I got really sucked in, but have been busy/tired so had to read in small snatches.

It follows the everyday lives of six who defected.

I want to give it to my dad to read but the kindle version doesn't have lending. I'm really sick of ridiculous ebook restrictions; I'm ready to give them up because it isn't worth it.

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