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Aditu
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Icon 1 posted August 06, 2007 07:39      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Rather than a Friday Five, how about a Monday Mono. What is the book or movie that you've read or seen that you'd recommend for the rest of us to take in this summer?
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Icon 1 posted August 06, 2007 07:53      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My two favourite books this summer are
Bento box in the Heartland, a memoir about growing up Asian American in whitebread Indiana. She does a great job of remembering the discomfort of being an outsider.

For a real laugh try They Call Me Naughty Lola. It is a compilation of the best personals in the London Review of Books. I was laughing out loud the whole time. [Smile]

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I've been reading the Dragon Prince series by Melanie Rawn. The first book was excellent and the following were rushed and poorly edited, probably because of deadlines and hurry to get the rest of the series out. The plots are thick and rich though, if you can handle the medieval dragons, sorcerers, and battling kingdoms genre.
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Book or movie i've seen recently,

well for books - last one I read was Hp7 and right now reading Gerald's Game by Stephen King. Gerald's Game is a typical Stephen King book it is about a wife in her late 30's with a lawyer Husband. Husband wants to be a little kinky and handcuffs her to the bed in there summer cottage. Husband dies of a heart attack because of a well placed kick in the nuts by the wife. And now the wife is chained to her bed with no one around her except for her dead husbands naked body in the front of the bed.

Movies - Ummm have to go with 300 on DVD. Movie needs no explaining.

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I'm still working on HP7. Yes, I did not finish it in one go like most people. ;-)
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Secret Sacrament by Sheryl Jordan. It's a beautifully written fantasy about stereotypes and sacrifice.

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quote:
Originally posted by BooBooKitty:
I'm still working on HP7. Yes, I did not finish it in one go like most people. ;-)

ME TOO! I'm actually reading the book I mentioned above at work when I'm bored and reading HP7 at home at night before bed.

I'm one of the few people who can read multiple books and not get the stories mixed up.

I'm at the part where they've just left Godric's Hollow (for the first time, if they go back...) so I'm going through it pretty slowly, although I just started it Friday.

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Crashing Through A biography about a man who was blind since age 3 and how he lived as a blind man, then got sight after a stem-cell operation. This guy did some crazy stuff. He did speed skiing--while he was still blind might I add. He was the first blind operative for the CIA. When he was in high school he went for a joyride on his sister's motorcycle. And learning to see again after forty years is an amazing thing to experience vicariously. It is a biography, but it reads like an action novel. Two thumbs up. [thumbsup] [thumbsup]

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Absalom, Absalom! is my current read. If you want to hear from a decently literate southerner why the south is f#cked up, it is a good read.

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quote:
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Originally posted by BooBooKitty:
I'm still working on HP7. Yes, I did not finish it in one go like most people. ;-)

ME TOO! I'm actually reading the book I mentioned above at work when I'm bored and reading HP7 at home at night before bed.

I'm one of the few people who can read multiple books and not get the stories mixed up.

I'm at the part where they've just left Godric's Hollow (for the first time, if they go back...) so I'm going through it pretty slowly, although I just started it Friday.

Without spoiling too much, I've past that part. But yeah, that's more or less what I've been doing too: reading a bit before bed.
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Yeah when I got Hp7 I just wanted to get it done - so I started Wednesday afternoon and finished Friday night. Without spoiling it - I didn't like the first 300 pages - not because I can't stand relationship in books (look at the book I'm reading now) just not in a Hp book. I dunno I liked the other Hp's better this one I saw what was coming way to quickly - but at least it gave some closure.

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Just finished HP7 - I love it, but then I'm a sucker for that series. Finished HP7 and then went to the theater a few days later to see HP5. Now I am listening to HP1 on my way to/from work. Audio books are great for that commute time.

It's been 2-3 weeks now since I finished Beneath a Sunless Sky (written by someone around here.) It's a great book. I'm more into the magic/fantasy thing than sci-fi, (like Harry Potter) but it was really an enjoyable read. One of these days soon I need to write up a proper review of it.

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My current recommendation is Brian Moynihan's book about William Tyndale and how his passion to produce an English translation of the New Testament cost him his life. I have only one evening's reading left and then I've finished it, and it has been gripping from page one.

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You guys are certainly reading some great things. If you need something new after HP7, you might try Dragonbone Chair by Williams.

I think my library bought that Tyndale bio. I'll have to look for it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I think my library bought that Tyndale bio. I'll have to look for it.

You'd best look under Moynahan, as it seems that I can't spell. [shake head]

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I'm reading How to be a Complete Bastard by Adrian Edmondson... for the 85th time. [Smile]

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The only new book I've read this summer is HP7. Other than that, I've used it as an opportunity to re-read some older stuff; mostly H.P. Lovecraft and Lord of Light. Lovecraft's stuff can get repetitive (I've noticed that his story always mentions the necronomicon, for example. And the speaker is usually reluctant to... speak).

Lord of Light is just great. Go check it out and read it, NOW.

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Someone else must have read your recommendation. I had to put a hold on his bio. [Smile]

My brother is a huge Lovecraft fan. The best Xmas gift I ever got him was a Cthulu University t-shirt.

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I've been working my way through Warped Passages by Lisa Randall. The first half of the book explains how we arrived with the Standard Model and the problems with it. It's a pretty accessible book, with not too much math. The hard part is keeping all the particles straight.

Of course, I put it down to devour HP7 over the course of a couple days!

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I've been revisiting older classics this summer, and as such, have been reading Kerouac's On the Road ... highly recommended if you haven't crossed paths with it, yet. Puts you in a summertime adventurin' mood [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
I've been revisiting older classics this summer, and as such, have been reading Kerouac's On the Road ... highly recommended if you haven't crossed paths with it, yet. Puts you in a summertime adventurin' mood [Big Grin]

I have never finished On the Road. Made it to Chapter 7 and grew weary of his method of writing. The words didn't feel like they flowed so much as tried to pound their way out. Like difference between a waterfall and the pouring of a spittoon.

I spent nearly 14 years telling myself I would read it, and now that I own it, I am irritated that I wasted that much cash on his writing rather than getting another Raymond Chandler novel.

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"the Baroque Cycle" books by Neal Stephenson; historical fiction intertwining the lives of many of the greatest names in science with those of other historical figures and events
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quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
I have never finished On the Road. Made it to Chapter 7 and grew weary of his method of writing. The words didn't feel like they flowed so much as tried to pound their way out. Like difference between a waterfall and the pouring of a spittoon.

Yeah, I get where you're coming from. It probably has a lot to do with the way the novel was written: legend has it that Kerouac just pounded it out quick as you like in a stream-of-consciousness stylee on his typewriter. Sorry if you already knew that, I hate sounding like a know-it-all [Smile] .

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I like what Capote said about it: "That's not writing, that's typing."

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Skylar, did you hear Russell Brand plans on driving Kerouac's route for the anniversary of the book?
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