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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
12:54 pm - Oh the Dead Community.

Let's try a revival? CPR? Whatever.

What's everyone reading?

I'm currently bookless. But I finished Tom Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons about a week or so ago. Good book, a bit of a slow start. But absorbing once you get into it. about a hick but genius girl moving from her little poor mountain town to a big fancy university (on scholarship of course). I'll admit I was a bit skeptical if Tom could go from a young woman's perspective, considering you know, he's a man. But he didn't do a poor job of it... until the end. I was disappointed. It seemed like he just got tired of writing and decided to wrap it up and tie up loose ends to whatever other loose end was available. After all the time he spent on character development & plot development for that matter, its sort of a waste for him to just chop it off like that. It's a long book but it's missing something. I think he did an accurate job of being a young woman in the sense that she's very self-conscious & responds to peer pressure & going to this fancy university is the first time she's ever been embaraased about where she's from or her socioeconomic status.

I need a new book. Anyone?

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Monday, August 7th, 2006
12:32 pm - The Club Dumas

I am now reading The Club Dumas, by Arturo Perez-Reverte. As I started to read it I realized it was the book on which The Ninth Gate, a movie by Roman Polanski starring Johnny Depp was based. The movie was only so-so, but the book is very good, very different. While investigating the authenticity of Dumas manuscript, a mercenary rare book dealer gets caught up in the mystery of The Nine Doors, a supposed manual for summoning the Devil. I have to limit myself to a chapter at a time otherwise I would have read the whole book in one day.

I'm probably coming late to the party here, the book was published in 1993 but I just saw it while wandering around the bookstore.

Highly recommended!

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Monday, June 26th, 2006
3:09 pm - S. E. Hinton

Does anyone remember S.E. Hinton who wrote those great teenage type books: The Outsiders; That Was Then, This is Now; Rumblefish?
I just picked up her new book Hawkes Harbor, how WEIRD! The main character is sort of a lost soul type, which is her "style", but the twists the book takes into the realm of horror is very NOT her style! She is still a great writer, I just wonder what made her write about this subject matter.
I enjoyed the book, it was a quick read, about 250 pages if you want to check it out. Barnes & Noble has it on sale for $5.99, the hardcover version.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006
8:13 am
mrshannibal i read IN COLD BLOOD when i was in elementary school (5th/6th grade) cuz there were no children's books around the house and my older siblings were in college...from that book, i learned a few christian songs that when i sung them later in front of others - they thought i learned them at vacation bible school...
then i would tell them where i learned the songs from...


what was something surprizing you learned from a book?
what subject from a book interested you so much, you went out of your way to learn more about it?

current mood: good

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
6:07 pm
mrshannibal my brother got me the book "harpo speaks!" for valentine's day and i am stoked!!

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004
11:35 am - Politics by Adam Thirlwell

Another book devoured. Politics by Adam Thirlwell.

Jenny recommended this book to me awhile back and it took me awhile to actually get around to it because I am a lazy bastard (i.e. I was reading other books).

It's a story about relationships. Moshe and Nana are in a relationship together and it explores how they deal with their relationship.

It is a universal novel. Thirwell has an interesting voice throughout the whole thing and speaks to the reader and breaks in with interesting tidbits of history that relate to the story which create a very rich dialogue between the present and the past. This is a book about interactions and love. It's funny and twisted and a bit smutty and a little heartbreaking and mostly happy.

You should read it.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004
2:45 pm
mrshannibal ok, so i've been john sanford's lucas davenport series the "prey" books and i love them...'course, i've been reading them for quite some time now...anyone else out there reading him/these/them? if so, what do you think?
thanks! :)

current mood: satisfied

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Saturday, July 17th, 2004
2:31 pm - reading
mrshannibal so, i've gotten back into john sanford and the lucas davenport series...then i picked up another jeffery deaver book somewhere out there...also that hoag woman that i am beginning to really like, and thought i wouldn't...oh, and big stephen king is always there to save the day...i found 2 clive barker books for my son since he ran out of stuff to read - i hope he likes them "the damnation game" and
"inhuman condition"...plus a little something called "cutting edge" with horror/suspense/thriller type short stories that always fascinate and repulse me at the same time (i don't know why that is)...

current mood: tired

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Thursday, July 15th, 2004
11:00 am - Palanhniuk owns me
nekkidrugger Just got done reading "Diary" and am now starting "True Stories". It's a collection of short non-fiction pieces and are pretty interesting. All things you either knew existed, but didn't know the society surrounding it or things you never knew existed. Finding out about these unique experiences keeps my nose affixed to the pages. I dig Chuck's fiction, but his writing style intrigues me.

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Thursday, March 25th, 2004
4:57 pm - undead_authors

Hello, I am sorry if this isn’t allowed in your community. Feel free to delete it. However this is something that everyone should get the opportunity to see.
Recipe to Cure your Boredom and Fulfill your Need to Read
1.join undead_authors LJ Book Club
2. Nominate and Vote for Books written by authors from many cultures and worldviews
3.Read, Review and Discuss among LJ's savviest intellectuals *wink*
4.Repeat steps 1-3
5.Relax and Enjoy undead_authors!

In short, this is a community that doesn’t focus solely on books by old/dead straight white men. This is for all of you who are into books by today’s authors but still love the classics. This is for you, no matter what color you are or where you live-- you know a good book when you see one!

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Monday, January 26th, 2004
12:14 pm - The Illuminatus! Trilogy

Just finished reading The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. It was published in 1975 but I just found it! I thought it was really great. It's listed as sci-fi genre, it's about sex, drugs, rock & roll, the theory of Atlantis, the Kennedy conspiracy, and a million other things! It's a little confusing to follow sometimes, and I did have to go back and read a few things over again just to get the gist, but on the whole, it was a fun, interesting and different kind of read.

I'm now finally onto The DaVinci Code!

current mood: calm

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2003
3:11 pm - Big Fish

Just finished Big Fish, by Daniel Wallace. I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.

The book was great, it goes by fast (read it in a couple of hours). I can't wait to see what Tim Burton does with it as a movie.

It's about a young man coming to terms with his father dying, and remembering stories his father told him about his incredible life. It's not sad at all though, and the stories he tells are unique and special. The book gives you a lot to think about including some strong symbolism.

I hope you get a chance to read it!

current mood: contemplative

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Friday, December 26th, 2003
4:51 pm
pinkishlydead I got Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pearce for Christmas. I've started reading it, and it seems to be pretty good despite, in my opinion, terrible "Protector of the Small" quartet. Anyone else read Pearce's books? (Note: I'm ashamed to say that I'm not quite sure if her last name is Pierce or not, and I'm to lazy to double check...forgive me!) She's written several books on an imaginery land of Tortall, and it's spiffy, because she ties them all in, with cameos of the characters and such..

<3 Hope you all had happy holidays.

current mood: calm

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Thursday, December 25th, 2003
1:31 am - reading something halfway decent
mrshannibal my son turned me onto a book called "diary - a novel" by chuch palahniuk. i think it's great. my son says it's a bit depressing and he's a touch cranky that i am enjoying it more than he is. still, i like this man's style. he wrote "fight club", which i have yet to read - but i am going to.
anyhow, has anyone out there ever heard of this man and his writings?

current mood: weird

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Sunday, December 7th, 2003
10:28 pm - hm...

has anyone else ever read edgar lee masters's spoon river anthology? we're reading it for school and it's incredibly interesting, which was a delightful surprise since i was sort of dreading it - it didn't look that good. and some of the poems aren't that great, in my very humble opinion, but most are quite good and some are amazing. a lovely read, indeed. (oh my, that rhymed.)

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4:38 pm - alice in wonderland - by lewis carroll
mrshannibal the time has come
the walrus said
to speak of many things
of shoes, of ships
of ceiling wax
of cabbages and kings
of why the sea is boiling hot
and whether pigs have wings

"the walrus & the carpenter"

current mood: curious

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4:34 pm - what i just finished reading
mrshannibal "angela's ashes" by frank mccourt.
wow - all i can say it - what a great book. frank has such a way with words, and describing the goings on about his street, school and home. it is as if you were there with him - barefoot and all. stealing apples, being sneaky, etc...
i was just wondering - does anyone out there know if he has written other books? i think he has, i just don't know the title.
thanks in advance.

current mood: content

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2003
7:22 pm - Top 10

I'm a pretty compulsive reader, so I thought I would join and see what other people were reading.

Here is a list of some of my favorites (in no particular order):

1. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

3. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

4. The Poet by Michael Connelly

5. The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer

6. Cather in the Rye by JD Salinger

7. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

8. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

9. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

10. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Okay, I have to admit that this list can change on any given day. What about you??

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003
9:07 pm - It's History

I've been reading a history book forEVER cause it's 800 pages and big, but I am enjoying it, it's not dry or boring...at least to me, anyway. It's called: From Dawn to Decadence, 1500 to the Present. It's a cultural European history,if you're into that kind of thing.

Now that you all think I'm the biggest geek on the planet, I can also tell you I got The Two Towers Extended Special Edition DVD, it's 3 1/2 hours long, and I watched it all in one night cause I'm obsessed. Ok it's not a book, so I digress.

I'm also reading Al Franken's new book, I'm not sure who he's talking about some of the time, but it's very eye opening, and funny too.

current mood: thoughtful

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Thursday, November 13th, 2003
2:55 pm - Readers

Do you ever find yourself taking novels TOO seriously? I myself KNOW that I do so. Each novel becomes a new facet of my life. Each fiction drama because a righteous mantra in my brain.

And so when I am assigned to read Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo, it's no wonder that I am going nuts over the philosophy the novel presents. I find myself struggling to ingest the novel in a way that I can cope with its message. Haitian voodoo practices terrify me, and the Osiris and Isis story as well as the Reed depiction of Moses fascinates me. But wait, how does this fit into my own belief system?. Help! I'm choking on this novel...

Does anyone else take literature too personally? Does anyone else read satire like it's the daily news?

current mood: discontent

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