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Postby mood swung » Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:34 pm

too lazy to drag up the old thread. what are YOU reading?

I just finished the first Harry Potter book, Fast Food Nation and No Sleep Til Canvey Island. I'm late getting to the the first two. My oldest kid had to read Fast Food for school last year so I borrowed it from him. I won't say it's going to keep me out of Mickey D's entirely, but it's certainly making me want to. They just make it so damn convenient....I've been looking for Canvey Island for forever and it was worth the wait. Neat little history of pub rock and lots of good anecdotes. I could have lived my whole life without knowing that Nick Lowe had once been infested with lice, however. Yeah, ok so that's yesterday's books to you guys--how about you?
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Postby pip_52 » Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:40 pm

Lately Ive been having the problem of starting new books before I finish the other ones Im reading, so Im in the middle of a few different books.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
The Phenomenology of Perception by Merleau-Ponty

The last book I actually finished was, I think, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, which was excellent . . .

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Postby BlueChair » Thu Oct 30, 2003 1:51 pm

I'm currently reading The Rotter's Club by Jonathan Coe. It's excellent.
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Postby noiseradio » Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:02 pm

I just finished:

Live From New York by Tom Shales

Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them by Al Franken

And I'm now reading Feel This Book by Ben Stiller and Janeane Garafolo
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Postby migdd » Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:03 pm

Dubin's Lives - Bernard Malamud
A Moon and Sixpence - Sommerset Maugham
Kalki - Gore Vidal

That's about it in the last six months or so. . .it's difficult with a 5 and 7 year-old running around the house.

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Postby miss buenos aires » Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:21 pm

Just finished:

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (highly recommend it)
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene (love this, it starts out one place and then goes somewhere completely unexpected and ends up being much more than you think)
My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable - David Rees (that's what happens when people make me the middlewoman for their gifts to each other)

Currently reading:

The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami (short stories from one of my favorites)
Bleak House - Charles Dickens (if you like Dickens, you'll like this, even though it's impossible to remember what relationship each character has with every other character)

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Postby so lacklustre » Thu Oct 30, 2003 2:48 pm

Just finished the fifth Harry Potter, it was okay but a couple of hundred pages too long. Have just started another Carl Hiaasen book Native Tongue.
Before HP I read Alexei Sayle's debut novel Overtaken which is brilliant, full of irony, and very funny.

BC - I have that Jonathan Coe book on my 'to read' stack and so I'm glad that you think it is so good.
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Postby martinfoyle » Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:03 pm

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I've just started reading The Other Life of Brian by Graham Parker. Shades of Bruce Thomas's memoir, though much better written. Worth checking out.

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Postby bobster » Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:09 pm

I've been a very bad reader lately -- I've been stuck in "Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser, for months now! In fact, I'm going to get of the #$@# computer and start reading it right now....just as soon as I look in The Tower of Song thread.
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Postby RedShoes » Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:11 pm

I'm currently the reading Doug McAdam's <i>Freedom Summer</i> for a class - really really interesting.

And Pip - cool about reading <i>Catch 22</i> - one of my favorites!!!

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Postby pip_52 » Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:23 pm

Really? Thats cool. I like it so far, but Im only about 6 chapters into it. I will finish it eventually . . .


And Bobster, Sister Carrie has been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read it for years. I havent attempted it yet, though its only half as long as An American Tragedy and I read that one.

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Postby Goody2Shoes » Thu Oct 30, 2003 4:47 pm

A Short History Of A Small Place by T.R. Pearson (again).

Also, David McCullough's book about the Johnstown flood, can't remember what it's called. The Johnstown Flood maybe?

Pip--The Poisonwood Bible is so excellent, and one of my favorites.
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Postby Jackson Doofster » Thu Oct 30, 2003 6:57 pm

Two going on at the moment...

Comfort of Strangers - Ian MacEwan
The Little Friend - Donna Tartt

I read a great book called 'After You'd Gone' by Maggie O'Farrell over the hols.

Really recommend it...even if it is a chick book.
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Postby Misha » Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:31 pm

Currently reading Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars to Tell Them, everyone should pick up a copy of this, enlightening, entertaining, downright funny and terrifying all at once.

Just finished Bridget Jones's Diary and Good in Bed, both good chick reads...but, the boys might be bored....

Next up? Fast Food Nation or Dude, Where's My Country? .
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Postby laughingcrow » Thu Oct 30, 2003 7:37 pm

Impressionism: Origins, Practice and Reception by B.Thompson and I'm gonna pick up Steve Martin's novel this week I think.

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Postby Elfslut » Thu Oct 30, 2003 8:01 pm

Blood Canticle - Anne Rice

After all..tis the season for a few vampires....

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Postby Boy With A Problem » Thu Oct 30, 2003 9:22 pm

bobster wrote:

Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser



One of my favorites

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Postby ice nine » Fri Oct 31, 2003 11:27 pm

I caught the movie Iris, about the author Iris Murdoch, on IFC. I enjoyed the movie and I would like to read her writings. Any suggestions?
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Postby sulkygirl » Sat Nov 01, 2003 5:58 pm

Re-reading Tom Robbins' Still Life With Woodpecker; Gawd, I swear the guy does acid when he writes, but it's always hilarious (if sometimes confusing)...

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Postby pip_52 » Sun Nov 02, 2003 1:41 am

Is Still Life a good one, Sulky? Im reading my first Tom Robbins with Jitterbug Perfume, but Im already interested to read his others . . .

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Postby tokyo vogue » Sun Nov 02, 2003 2:05 am

The Painted Bird is sitting on my desk, glaring at me. That book makes me want to claw my eyes out. Gah.


I have no attention span, and so have been reading mindless fanfic and Tristan Tzara's manifestos. And the cereal box.
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Postby El Vez » Sun Nov 02, 2003 3:21 pm

noiseradio wrote:I just finished:

Live From New York by Tom Shales

Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them by Al Franken

And I'm now reading Feel This Book by Ben Stiller and Janeane Garafolo


The Garafolo/Stiller book was a colossal disappointment for me.

I'm three-quarters of the way through Howard Zinn's You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train and I think it's absolutely amazing. Bobster, you really should give it a read.

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Postby bobster » Sun Nov 02, 2003 3:52 pm

El Vez wrote:
noiseradio wrote:I'm three-quarters of the way through Howard Zinn's You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train and I think it's absolutely amazing. Bobster, you really should give it a read.


I still haven't read his history book!

I guess I'm a bit Zinn-resistant these days since I disagreed with him pretty deeply about some of the post 9/11 stuff (he also seriously missed the point in a piece he wrote about "Saving Private Ryan" a while back), as I written about here before. On the other hand, I sense he's more a less a total pacifist, so at least he's consistent.
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Postby noiseradio » Sun Nov 02, 2003 5:49 pm

Halfway through the Garafolo/Stiller book, I have to agree with you. It's mildly amusing every now and then. Meh.

I picked up Al Franken's Oh, The Things I Know last night. It shows much more promise.
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Postby Elfslut » Mon Nov 03, 2003 9:08 am

I'm now reading Victor Hugo's Les Miserables..One of the abridged versions...

It was a promise that I made myself shortly after high school graduation..and after seeing the musical a few times.

I promised to give the book another try...I think there are some stories that you just don't get at 15 or 16...this was one of them


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