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Posted on Wed, Jun 14, 2006 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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Posted on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 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..



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Posted on Sat, Mar 21, 2009 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.



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Posted on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 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



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Posted on Sat, Nov 25, 2006 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!



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Posted on Tue, Oct 10, 2006 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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Posted on Sun, Oct 08, 2006 18:51

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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.



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Posted on Sun, Oct 08, 2006 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.



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Posted on Fri, Oct 06, 2006 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).

Re:


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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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!!



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Posted on Mon, Oct 02, 2006 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



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Posted on Wed, Aug 30, 2006 23:56

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



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Posted on Fri, Aug 18, 2006 02:05

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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.



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Posted on Thu, Aug 17, 2006 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!



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Posted on Thu, Jul 20, 2006 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!



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Posted on Sun, Jun 25, 2006 11:43

Anyone read James Joyce, Ulysses? I haven't, but I see it described often as one of the greatest works of literature.



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Posted on Sun, Jun 25, 2006 06:03

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If you read "The Cave", don't expect a thrilling ride but it's a beautifully crafted story, more like "A River Runs Through It" type descriptions of a family in a rural Spanish town and their interactions with a sprawling urban center changing their lives until they come to realize the philosophical implications of moving to the big city.

I think I would enjoy that very much. It sounds similiar to one of my favs, "Pillars of the Earth".



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Posted on Fri, Jun 23, 2006 17:11

If you read "The Cave", don't expect a thrilling ride but it's a beautifully crafted story, more like "A River Runs Through It" type descriptions of a family in a rural Spanish town and their interactions with a sprawling urban center changing their lives until they come to realize the philosophical implications of moving to the big city.



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Posted on Fri, Jun 23, 2006 02:16

BlueEyz2006 write:
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And what of Jose Saramago? Tell me more, please!


Jose Saramago is the Pulitzer Prize winning Portuguese author who has written a number of relatively short books that are really more like works of art than novels. His one novel "Blindness" is as much a contemporary American thriller as anything Dan Brown has written, but his other books like "All the Names" or "The Cave" are far more philosophical stories commenting brilliantly upon the human condition. I think the beauty of his books are the prose that he writes because it is so descriptive it borders on poetry. Don't expect a thrill ride (except "Blindness") but definitely expect to think.

Outstanding synopsis, blue! I think I'd like both! Which should I read first,
"All the Names" or "The Cave". By title only, "The Cave" sounds most intriguing to me.



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Posted on Thu, Jun 22, 2006 20:56

RapturousRed write:

And what of Jose Saramago? Tell me more, please!


Jose Saramago is the Pulitzer Prize winning Portuguese author who has written a number of relatively short books that are really more like works of art than novels. His one novel "Blindness" is as much a contemporary American thriller as anything Dan Brown has written, but his other books like "All the Names" or "The Cave" are far more philosophical stories commenting brilliantly upon the human condition. I think the beauty of his books are the prose that he writes because it is so descriptive it borders on poetry. Don't expect a thrill ride (except "Blindness") but definitely expect to think.



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Posted on Tue, Jun 20, 2006 08:57

Great thread!

I haven't read David Sedaris Seattle, but I have his book, Me talk pretty one day. Handed down by both my kids, who loved it. I'll have to read it.

Just got a book out of the library, 1001 books you must read before you die by Peter Boxall copyright 2006. It's a great book, lots of classics but many books I've never heard of.

Reading now (again): The collected short stories of Dorothy Parker.

So many books but a few good ones that come to mind:
The things they carried, Tim Obrien

Anna Karnenina, Tolstoy

Tales of a female Nomad, Rita Gelman

In Exile from the land of snows, John Avedon .

The River at the center of the world, Simon Winchester.

I want to read next, Night, by Elie Wiesel.

Anybody a foreign film buff??



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