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Good Books  
  Started at Sun Sep 26 18:16:16 2004
Due to lack of exciting things to do at work, I need some recommendations for good books. Any thoughtsconfused?grinkiss


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #1 Posted at Sun Sep 26 20:30:47 2004
What kinda stuff do you like to read? I'll just give you the names of some I really liked and couldn't put down:

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
Memoirs of a Geisha by I can't remember
Snow Falling on Cedars by I can't remember
Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer(both nonfiction)

Good mysteries:
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
Hotel Paradise by Martha Grimes




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  Reply #2 Posted at Sun Sep 26 22:28:58 2004
I loved Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and all of the sequels that came with it.


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #3 Posted at Sun Sep 26 23:09:58 2004
VERY familiar with the Ender's Game series, and essentially all his other books (ask anyone who's seen my bookshelf happy)
I shall rephrase the question:
What are your favorite books?


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #4 Posted at Mon Sep 27 04:24:50 2004
Memoirs of a Geisha is by Arthur Golden, and is fabulous, very dickens-like in romance, stunning in imagery, and with a lot of awesome kimono

Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
The Abhorsen Trilogy, Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, by Garth Nix
American Gods or Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
The Princess Bride, by S. Morgenstern
The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimner Bradley
The Glass Forest, by Yours Truly

and of course, I have extensive knowledge of eating-disorder related lit, if you fancy a depressing genre.


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #5 Posted at Mon Sep 27 11:46:28 2004
A lot of these ones are kind of dark and moody, but then they also have some humor to them as well:

Angela's Ashes -- Frank McCourt
A Clockwork Orange -- Anthony Burgess
Running with Scissors -- Augustin Burroughs
1984 -- George Orwell
Invisible Monsters -- Chuck Palahnuik
Live from New York: History of SNL -- James A. Miller, Tom Shales

and one I just finished reading, The Comedy Writer -- Peter Farrelly (very, very funny)




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  Reply #6 Posted at Mon Sep 27 12:05:12 2004
Right now I'm reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver and I love it!!!

I will also forever and always be a big fan of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salingerhappy

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  Reply #7 Posted at Mon Sep 27 15:49:44 2004

On Mon Sep 27 12:05:12 2004, wendyleopardess wrote: (read quoted post)
I will also forever and always be a big fan of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salingerhappy


I almost posted that too! I LOVE that book!


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #8 Posted at Mon Sep 27 22:12:15 2004
It's an American classic, but i think it was totally lost on my generation over here. cry


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #9 Posted at Tue Sep 28 07:35:18 2004
I'm going to have to disagree. I really liked reading Catcher in the Rye, as did a lot of people I grew up with...

However, Wendy, what are you doing with a Barbara Kingsolver book? She drains your soul!!! tongue


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #10 Posted at Tue Sep 28 16:28:08 2004
jarky, you can't disagree, becuase when i say 'over here', I mean England, ya' malcontent.


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  Reply #11 Posted at Tue Sep 28 22:57:55 2004
I just starting Gasping For Airtime -Jay Mohr. It's about his time on SNL it's pretty funny and it tells you a lot about the innerworkings of SNL. Ew ah.

Meanwhile in my book groups
BANNED BOOKS is reading Catch 22 which is awesome I stayed away from it before because I just thought it was a war story. But it is actually very funny and revealing about the futility of war.

CURRENT AFFAIRS is reading AMERICA the book put out by the Daily Show this is a great book and it is layed out like a text book which makes it very easy to read. Lots of pictures and pie charts. grin It may seem kind of silly to read a humor book in a Current events group but the Daily Show is the only news source I trust.

Okay enough of my yapping just come to B&N we have tons of great books. happy And great employees like me tongue


 
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  Reply #12 Posted at Wed Oct 6 10:10:22 2004
So Jen, did you take any of our suggestions? More importantly, WHOSE suggestion did you take? *crosses fingers*

I just finished another good one, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Great premise, very emotional, quite the page-turner.


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  Reply #13 Posted at Wed Oct 6 15:19:27 2004
Alas, my loves, work has gotten busy...and I do mean busy. While I have not had a chance to check out any of your recommendations, I soon shall. I think maybe I'll put the top 5 picks in a hat and pull out my reading assignment. Now if only I had a hat....
Keep the books coming, but now, I want to know the "why" behind why you like the books you've chosen.


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #14 Posted at Fri Oct 8 12:59:19 2004
Well, I like my books like I like my improv scenes: strong characters, emotional affectation, interesting details, not so much plot. In I Know This Much Is True, for example, a lot of stuff happens, but it's not like action-adventure stuff--it's more like how the main character affects the other characters and vice versa.

But I do like mysteries and those have a lot of plot--but mysteries are a dime a dozen, and the ones that stand out to me have smart, interesting lead characters, like Devil in a Blue Dress. It's fun to watch the lead characters show off how smart they are by figuring out whodunnit. (I also like mysteries because I try to figure out whodunnit too but I'm never very good at it.)


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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #15 Posted at Wed Nov 10 12:18:04 2004
Well ladies and gentlemen,
I have selected a book for my reading enjoyment. It is........Wicked. Thank you all for your suggestions, it was a tough decision, made easier by the fact that I had free access only to Wicked, and a lack of funds for anything else. Ah student life!


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  Reply #16 Posted at Wed Nov 10 18:05:27 2004
I just barely went and saw wicked last week in NY. Have fun reading it.

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  Reply #17 Posted at Thu Nov 11 09:36:13 2004
Do you want fiction or non fiction?


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  Reply #18 Posted at Mon Nov 15 13:01:30 2004

On Thu Nov 11 09:36:13 2004, Stitch wrote: (read quoted post)
Do you want fiction or non fiction?


Hello non-fiction she reading Wicked!




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  Reply #19 Posted at Mon Nov 15 15:30:38 2004

On Mon Nov 15 13:01:30 2004, Scottie RockStar wrote: (read quoted post)

On Thu Nov 11 09:36:13 2004, Stitch wrote: (read quoted post)
Do you want fiction or non fiction?


Hello non-fiction she reading Wicked!




I'm not sure if a) Wicked is based on true events I have never heard of, b) Scott is suggesting adding variety since Jen is reading fiction already, or c) Scott truly... TRULY believes. I will assume we all know these definitions, but just in case.

fiction - something made up.
non-fiction - something not made up.

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  Reply #20 Posted at Mon Nov 15 23:42:34 2004
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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #21 Posted at Tue Nov 16 04:14:28 2004
In all fairness, when Maguire began writing the book, he intended to write a story about Hitler....but instead, he chose the Wicked Witch...so people wouldn't lynch him.





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  Reply #22 Posted at Tue Nov 16 16:06:20 2004

On Tue Nov 16 04:14:28 2004, jady wrote: (read quoted post)
In all fairness, when Maguire began writing the book, he intended to write a story about Hitler....but instead, he chose the Wicked Witch...so people wouldn't lynch him.





That makes sense seeing as Hitler was known for repeatedly saying . . ." I'll get you my pretties." He was ofcourse refering to the Jews.

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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #23 Posted at Tue Nov 16 16:16:45 2004
Tilt, do you really want to get on my bad side in the literary world?

Cus if I choose to kill you, it'll take Tennyson 17 years just to find enough of your shattered corpse to bury you, let alone write a eulogy about it.



...and 30 people in the world found that remarkably funny.



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Re: Good Books  
  Reply #24 Posted at Tue Nov 16 17:56:41 2004
Oz is real!!!
Next thing youíll tell me is that Lord of the Rings Isnít based on a true story.

Oh by the way F**Kers I lent her the book!



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