Good Books? Entertainment and Hobbies

  • View author's info Author posted on Jun 14, 2006 at 17:15


    Anybody read a good book lately? Here's some I've enjoyed:

    - Almost all of Jose Saramago: "The Cave", "Blindness", "All the Pretty Names"

    - "The Contortionist's Handbook"

    - "Carter Beats the Devil"

    - "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night"

    - "The Life of Pi"

    - "The Soloist"

    - "Tortilla Curtain"

    - "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalir & Clay"

    - A bunch of more approachable stuff: All things Steven J. Cannell, James Patterson, Cathy Reichs, Dan Brown's "The Davinci Code"
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  • View author's info posted on Oct 24, 2009 at 13:00


    patrick suskind " le parfum"
    if you do not quit for the first 40 pages or so (the most boring ever), then you will not be able to put the book aside without having finished it first.it becomes that captivating. I still haven't seen the movie..
  • View author's info posted on Mar 21, 2009 at 10:59


    A very good book that I read most recently is The Last Patroit by Brad Thor. I have several in waiting including Epicenter, The Forgotten Man and 5000 Year Leap. During the Christmas holiday I read Glenn Beck's The Christmas Sweater. That is a good book for anytime though. It is a story of forgiveness and second chances.
  • View author's info posted on Jun 08, 2008 at 13:04


    nora roberts trilogy - blood brothers and now the hollow are good if you like a little spooky, but not graphic. she's great whether writing as nora or j.d. robb - the futuristic detective who is married to the really hot irish millionaire Roarke
  • View author's info posted on Nov 25, 2006 at 21:42


    Wow! You must run, don't walk, to your closest bookstore and get "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" - brilliant, touching and too true!
  • View author's info posted on Oct 24, 2006 at 19:16


    PerfectWoman4U write:
    One of my all time favorites, is "The Story Of O". If you can get your hands on that. I will be impressed.

    My copy is missing, hopefully i misplaced it as i am so disorganized.

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    Perfect, you can find "O". It's definitely worth owning.
  • View author's info posted on Oct 18, 2006 at 00:44


    One of my all time favorites, is "The Story Of O". If you can get your hands on that. I will be impressed.

    My copy is missing, hopefully i misplaced it as i am so disorganized.
  • View author's info posted on Oct 15, 2006 at 07:13


    Cynburghleah write:
    TripleS write:
    I just ran across this great book packing--will highly recommend it:

    I Know This Much is True, Wally Lamb

    You will fall in love.

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    I loved that book Triple, and the other hes known for Shes Come Undone.

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    It's brilliantly crafted, good to hear someone else loved it as well. The last three books I've read have been dull, so plan on re-reading this gem!
  • View author's info posted on Oct 10, 2006 at 14:56


    beautynbrains4u write:
    RapturousRed write:
    beautynbrains4u write:
    big22blue write:
    beautynbrains4u write:
    Just bought "the alchemist" by paulo Coelho, hopefully, I've got the right book now! My kids just passed on to me "Fast Food Nation" Cyn, they thought it was great, haven't read it yet. Presently reading Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (with cliff notes, LOL).

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    gutsy with the Russian stuff, tons of long names. just reread Solzenietzen sp? and Atlas shrugged. love that book

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    LOL, my kids suggested I join a book club. I laughed and said by the fourth session, while everyone else was discussing plots and summaries, I'd still be trying to get the correct pronunciation of the names of the authors and characters..esp Russian.

    Yes, I have two books by Ayn Rand..haven't read them yet.

    Anyone a member of a book club?

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    Not a book club member either, but I too have bought two Ayn Ryan books. I think she's highly overated myself. She couldn't keep me interested long enough to read either of them.

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    you didn't enjoy the ayn rand books? which ones? my book favorite of hers is Atlas Shrugged. Red, you remind me of dagney in that one. she isn't rated as an author but a philosopher and social critic. as a writer, she is wordy, repetitive and dry. but what she says is more important than how she does it.



    Haven't read her yet Red, but if a book doesn't catch my interest in the first several chapters....I usually dont continue. Probably overlooked some good reads but...

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  • View author's info posted on Oct 08, 2006 at 18:51


    wwww1234 write:
    Any of the military series by W. E. B Griffin. He combines fiction with military history.

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    great series W. carry one with me most trips.
  • View author's info posted on Oct 08, 2006 at 05:29


    beautynbrains4u write:
    big22blue write:
    beautynbrains4u write:
    Just bought "the alchemist" by paulo Coelho, hopefully, I've got the right book now! My kids just passed on to me "Fast Food Nation" Cyn, they thought it was great, haven't read it yet. Presently reading Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (with cliff notes, LOL).

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    gutsy with the Russian stuff, tons of long names. just reread Solzenietzen sp? and Atlas shrugged. love that book

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    LOL, my kids suggested I join a book club. I laughed and said by the fourth session, while everyone else was discussing plots and summaries, I'd still be trying to get the correct pronunciation of the names of the authors and characters..esp Russian.

    Yes, I have two books by Ayn Rand..haven't read them yet.

    Anyone a member of a book club?

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    Not a book club member either, but I too have bought two Ayn Ryan books. I think she's highly overated myself. She couldn't keep me interested long enough to read either of them.
  • View author's info posted on Oct 06, 2006 at 07:54


    beautynbrains4u write:
    big22blue write:
    beautynbrains4u write:
    Just bought "the alchemist" by paulo Coelho, hopefully, I've got the right book now! My kids just passed on to me "Fast Food Nation" Cyn, they thought it was great, haven't read it yet. Presently reading Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (with cliff notes, LOL).

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    gutsy with the Russian stuff, tons of long names. just reread Solzenietzen sp? and Atlas shrugged. love that book

    Re:




    LOL, my kids suggested I join a book club. I laughed and said by the fourth session, while everyone else was discussing plots and summaries, I'd still be trying to get the correct pronunciation of the names of the authors and characters..esp Russian.

    Yes, I have two books by Ayn Rand..haven't read them yet.

    Anyone a member of a book club?

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    Beauty, you'll love them, esp. after you've liked the Russian stuff. I suggest the book club for this group is lunatics on parade!!
  • View author's info posted on Oct 02, 2006 at 21:22


    beautynbrains4u write:
    Just bought "the alchemist" by paulo Coelho, hopefully, I've got the right book now! My kids just passed on to me "Fast Food Nation" Cyn, they thought it was great, haven't read it yet. Presently reading Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (with cliff notes, LOL).

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    gutsy with the Russian stuff, tons of long names. just reread Solzenietzen sp? and Atlas shrugged. love that book
  • View author's info posted on Aug 31, 2006 at 09:26


    Here's another good read if you like imagery (just finished it):

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • View author's info posted on Aug 30, 2006 at 23:56


    Any of the military series by W. E. B Griffin. He combines fiction with military history.
  • View author's info posted on Aug 18, 2006 at 02:05


    BlueEyz2006 write:
    Somebody recommended "The Alchemist" in one of the forum rooms and I read it in Italy this week -- great read! It's along the lines of "Illusions" rather short and philosophic but well worth the read!

    I've read "The Alchemist" as well and absolutely a great read.

    btw.....1) good to see you again,
    2) hope your Italy trip was good,
    3) I bought "The Cave" you recommended and "Dream of Scipion" Lombard recommended. Both sound wonderful - my kind of books....but have yet to start them. I just don't seem to read as much in the summer as I do in the winter.
  • View author's info posted on Aug 17, 2006 at 11:10


    Somebody recommended "The Alchemist" in one of the forum rooms and I read it in Italy this week -- great read! It's along the lines of "Illusions" rather short and philosophic but well worth the read!
  • View author's info posted on Jul 20, 2006 at 06:32


    Thanks, Lombard for the suggestions. I'll have to make a trip to Rhinebeck for most of the films you recommended. They have a better selection of foreign films than the local blockbuster!
  • View author's info posted on Jul 12, 2006 at 22:46


    Here is another book that you can cover with brown butcher paper and take with you everywhere:

    If The Buddha Dated, Charlotte Kasl

    I think I have given this book as a gift about a dozen times!

    My favorite recommendation:

    Awareness, Anthony de Mello, SJ

    Enjoy!
  • View author's info posted on Jul 09, 2006 at 12:03


    I just ran across this great book packing--will highly recommend it:

    I Know This Much is True, Wally Lamb

    You will fall in love.
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