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Old 07-20-2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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Whatcha Reading Good?

When I die I want to be buried at Barnes and Noble. Some of the best times I've ever had were in the pages of a book. I don't like to read; I looooove to read.

It is the eve of the Harry Potter book 7 release. I'm so excited I'm about to pee my pants. I have read and reread all of J.K. Rowlings books. I'm going to try to resist turning to the last chapter of the book and reading it first. (A VERY bad habit I have.)

My favorite genre is Fantasy. I am currently reading four books: two non-fictions, one historical fiction, and one fantasy. I should finish one of the books I'm reading today. It is called The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It is about World War II seen through the eyes two children. One of the children is Jewish and the other is the son of Hitler's right hand man. I have already read the last two chapters, and I can tell you it is a very powerful ending.

So tell me what you're reading good, and I'll tell you what I'm reading good.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:26 AM   #2
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I'm on my third Kurt Vonnegut novel in as many weeks. I started with Sirens of Titan which got me hooked on his style and wit, and then Slaughterhouse Five last week, and tonight or tomorrow I'll finish Cat's Cradle. I'll read at least a few more from Vonnegut before getting back into Italo Calvino to finish t-zero and probably Cosmicomics.

I'm also a huge fan of graphic novels, and especially Will Eisner.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:29 AM   #3
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I have a love/hate relationship with books and because of it I rarely read unless I'm travelling for work or on vacation. I love to read so much, that once I start a book, I can't put it down. That means I'm up until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and am worth crap the next day. So, I don't read.

The only fantasy I've ever read much of was Tolkein. I loved that as a kid and reread it as an adult about 6 years ago. Lately, I've really liked stuff from a guy named Sherman Alexie. Although it doesn't sound like it, he is an American Indian and his stuff is great whether it is short stories or novels. I've also seen him speak, and he has a great sense of humor. For airplanes, I usually grab an easy mystery off the shelf. A number of years back I spent a lot of time commuting on the train and during that time I read a lot and was into non-fiction and biographies. My favorite was on Andy Kaufmann and one on Ronald Reagan.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:31 AM   #4
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Currently Re-reading Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. Also reading the first book of the The Wolfblade Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon.

I have LOVED to read since elementry school. I sometimes will have 2-3 books that I am reading at the same time, and can keep up with all of them. I often times can read a whole novel in one day too.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:32 AM   #5
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I have a love/hate relationship with books and because of it I rarely read unless I'm travelling for work or on vacation. I love to read so much, that once I start a book, I can't put it down. That means I'm up until 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning and am worth crap the next day. So, I don't read.

The only fantasy I've ever read much of was Tolkein. I loved that as a kid and reread it as an adult about 6 years ago. Lately, I've really liked stuff from a guy named Sherman Alexie. Although it doesn't sound like it, he is an American Indian and his stuff is great whether it is short stories or novels. I've also seen him speak, and he has a great sense of humor. For airplanes, I usually grab an easy mystery off the shelf. A number of years back I spent a lot of time commuting on the train and during that time I read a lot and was into non-fiction and biographies. My favorite was on Andy Kaufmann and one on Ronald Reagan.
If you loved Tolkein's stuff check out Robert Jordan Specificaly the Wheel of Time Series
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I'm reading a recent biography of Albert Einstein. Lately all I read are history books, biographies or early American stuff like Thomas Paine.

I'm a fan of Vonnegut. And Tolkein. Never found any fantasy I like after that.
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Has anyone read a book called The Year of Yes? I heard someone talking a bit about it, and it sounded like a funny premise. It's about a woman who says "yes" to anyone who asks her out for a full year.
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Do we at least get to flame niNAG for soiling herself over Harry Potter books?

I've fallen off reading of late. Dunno why. Maybe I'm depressed.

The last novel I read was Charles Frazier's "Thirteen Moons". His first novel "Cold Mountain" remains one of my all time favorites, so I was hoping for better. Eh.

Story was weak, lacked drama and just kind of petered out. His heart didn't seem to be in it. Sophomore slump I think it's called. Oh well....
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:49 AM   #9
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Do we at least get to flame niNAG for soiling herself over Harry Potter books?
Have you read it or just watched the movies?????
I have to read children's novels because of my line of work. As a matter of fact, my boss requires it. I have a list of 50 titles (all children's books) I have to read this coming school year.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:50 AM   #10
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Has anyone read a book called The Year of Yes? I heard someone talking a bit about it, and it sounded like a funny premise. It's about a woman who says "yes" to anyone who asks her out for a full year.
It sounds interesting. I'm putting that one on my list.
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I'm on my third Kurt Vonnegut novel in as many weeks. I started with Sirens of Titan which got me hooked on his style and wit, and then Slaughterhouse Five last week, and tonight or tomorrow I'll finish Cat's Cradle. I'll read at least a few more from Vonnegut before getting back into Italo Calvino to finish t-zero and probably Cosmicomics.

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I need more info. Tell me about the plot.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:53 AM   #12
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Currently Re-reading Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. Also reading the first book of the The Wolfblade Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon.

I have LOVED to read since elementry school. I sometimes will have 2-3 books that I am reading at the same time, and can keep up with all of them. I often times can read a whole novel in one day too.
Wheel of Time? I think I've heard of this series. Tell me a little more about it.
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I'm on my third Kurt Vonnegut novel in as many weeks. I started with Sirens of Titan which got me hooked on his style and wit, and then Slaughterhouse Five last week, and tonight or tomorrow I'll finish Cat's Cradle. I'll read at least a few more from Vonnegut before getting back into Italo Calvino to finish t-zero and probably Cosmicomics.

I'm also a huge fan of graphic novels, and especially Will Eisner.
Don't forget the "Kilgore Trout" novel Venus on the Half-Shell! All Vonnegut fans will know Kilgore Trout . I read ALL of his books 25 years ago. Now I only read scientific, historical, biographical or autobiographical books. I'm currently reading the Smokey Yunick autobiography trilogy. Talk about interesting! He was so much MORE than a race car builder. He was a pilot in WWII and owned and operated gold mines & oil wells in South America, among many other things.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:56 AM   #14
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I'm reading a recent biography of Albert Einstein. Lately all I read are history books, biographies or early American stuff like Thomas Paine.

I'm a fan of Vonnegut. And Tolkein. Never found any fantasy I like after that.
I use to love biographies, but I can't remember the last one I read.
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Wheel of Time? I think I've heard of this series. Tell me a little more about it.
http://www.tor.com/jordan/index.html
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Don't forget the "Kilgore Trout" novel Venus on the Half-Shell! All Vonnegut fans will know Kilgore Trout . I read ALL of his books 25 years ago. Now I only read scientific, historical, biographical or autobiographical books. I'm currently reading the Smokey Yunick autobiography trilogy. Talk about interesting! He was so much MORE than a race car builder. He was a pilot in WWII and owned and operated gold mines & oil wells in South America, among many other things.
What genre is it?
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oh, and at least 1 or 2 books most nights when i put the kids to bed. favs include "one fish two fish", "where the wild things are", "hi! fly guy", "super fly guy", "i wanna iguana", etc. i can even understand some of them.
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Have you read it or just watched the movies?????
Neither, but I know the origin of K.K. Rowling's books, the premise and the plotlines. Or well enough to know they would bore me silly. I'm not into "fantasy" reading.

It's kind of like surfing or horseback riding. Never done those either, but I can tell I wouldn't like doing those things.

But good for you if you like them. I'm keeping my finger on the flamethrower, though...

I prefer historical novels and historical biographies, especially about Lincoln. I find his life fascinating. Such a complex, magnanimous, humble figure who was more of a master politician than most people realize.

I hate it when his legacy is reduced to insulting caricatures every president's day in order to sell mattresses.
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What genre is it?
Fiction. Kilgore Trout is a character that shows up in several of Vonnegut's books. So he "ghost" wrote Venus on the Half-shell as a joke. Several characters show up in various books. If you haven't read any of his work, you should pick up one. They are very intertaining. So it goes...(one of his sayings).
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