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Spinner
08-23-2011, 01:35 AM
I'm about 50 pages into Swamplandia! (the ! is part of the title, not my emphasis) by Karen Russell, and I'm loving it so far.

It's about a 13-year-old girl, Ava, who is struggling to keep their family theme park, Swamplandia!, afloat (so to speak) after the death of their mother, the star attraction alligator wrestler. Her other challenges include her older sister's obsession with ghosts, and their competition from a new flashier nearby theme park. So ... imagine Flavia de Luce dropped into Water for Elephants, and you have a general sense of it. But weirder and darlky funny too.

Good to hear you're liking it. Another friend recommended it as well, he really enjoyed it. Another for my colossal to-read pile!

Buzz
08-23-2011, 02:01 AM
Reading Ken Follet's Fall of Giants and loving it!!! :cheer:

Grannyfan
08-23-2011, 02:55 AM
I'm about 50 pages into Swamplandia! (the ! is part of the title, not my emphasis) by Karen Russell, and I'm loving it so far.

It's about a 13-year-old girl, Ava, who is struggling to keep their family theme park, Swamplandia!, afloat (so to speak) after the death of their mother, the star attraction alligator wrestler. Her other challenges include her older sister's obsession with ghosts, and their competition from a new flashier nearby theme park. So ... imagine Flavia de Luce dropped into Water for Elephants, and you have a general sense of it. But weirder and darlky funny too.

This sounds great! It's going on my list.

jeffisjeff
08-23-2011, 02:56 AM
Reading Ken Follet's Fall of Giants and loving it!!! :cheer:

I just started that last night, after finishing World Without End.

PrincessLeppard
08-23-2011, 03:59 AM
I just read the first 80 pages of A Band of Misfits by Andrew Baggerly. It's about the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series. It's fun, and a nice look at what goes on behind the scenes in baseball. :)

zaphyre14
08-23-2011, 06:19 PM
I'm reading dreck and content to do so. Currently, I'm on the fifth or sixth (I've lost count) volume of Madelyn Alt's Bewitched series starring Maggie O'Neill, budding empath in a small Midwest town beseiged by Evil Forces that are causing normally sedate folk to kill each other. She has a Wise Witch Mentor in her boss, Felicity Dow, a wacky (rather two-dimensional) family, and two hot men that she waffles between dating: Tom, the anti-witch cop and Marcus, the laid-back super-witch. Parts of it remind me of the early Anita Blake books, only not so dark and grim and without the pseudo-porn. I wouldn't call the series fantastic but it's good enough that I've kept reading them.

I saw "The Help" movie over the weekend and liked it even if they cut off a couple of really important threads in favor of funnier ones. I did read an article in the paper, though, where a black man laments the fact that the story is told through "a white woman's eyes" and says that that "diminishes the story of the black women's hardships." He urges people, black and white, to boycott the film and the book to protest the idea that the white woman is The Star. I don't agree with him, but then, I'm not black or from the South. But then I didn't see Skeeter as the star of the movie or the book; the instigator, yes, but Aibilene is the Main Character. I'm glad I read the book and I'm glad I saw the movie.

rjblue
08-24-2011, 03:11 AM
My husband and I are on vacation and were eating at our hotel tonight...and I looked up and MARGARET ATWOOD is sitting at the next table! They were having after dinner drinks and talking about signing kindles, and writing books, and politics and stuff and I was shushing my husband and eavesdropping madly. Where is my copy of Alias Grace or The Robber Bride when I need a book.

Now I have to go buy her newest book to make up for furtively watching her for an hour. I'd feel guilty, but I'm quite sure she was just indulging a group of excited fans with a social visit.

Japanfan
08-24-2011, 08:39 AM
My husband and I are on vacation and were eating at our hotel tonight...and I looked up and MARGARET ATWOOD is sitting at the next table! They were having after dinner drinks and talking about signing kindles, and writing books, and politics and stuff and I was shushing my husband and eavesdropping madly. Where is my copy of Alias Grace or The Robber Bride when I need a book.


Wow? Where was that rjblue?

I think I'd have to introduce myself in that situation, I'm a huge Atwood fan. About a week ago I printed up her poem/essay 'The Female Body' for a friend. I think it's totally brilliant and is one of my favourite pieces - and would love to tell her so.

PRlady
08-24-2011, 06:59 PM
A HUGE Atwood fan here. She and Joni Mitchell are good enough reasons for Canada to exist.

And when Voldeprancer invades with the ebook legions, I can be Bellatrix. I can't believe I'm so gung-ho about a technology but I am.

I'm reading The Magician King in old-style-actual-book because my daughter bought it. The book so far is great but I've forgotten how to turn actual pages. :P

Nan
08-24-2011, 07:02 PM
The book so far is great but I've forgotten how to turn actual pages. :P

What! :eek:

The next thing you will be telling me is that you CAN forget how to ride a bike!!

;)

PRlady
08-24-2011, 08:34 PM
What! :eek:

The next thing you will be telling me is that you CAN forget how to ride a bike!!

;)

Just joking, really. I'm still fine with real books, but I can see becoming so acclimated to an e-reader that it seems clunky, particularly with large hardbacks.

rfisher
08-24-2011, 08:39 PM
A HUGE Atwood fan here. She and Joni Mitchell are good enough reasons for Canada to exist.

And when Voldeprancer invades with the ebook legions, I can be Bellatrix. I can't believe I'm so gung-ho about a technology but I am.

I'm reading The Magician King in old-style-actual-book because my daughter bought it. The book so far is great but I've forgotten how to turn actual pages. :P

I need somebody else to review the Magician King. Somebody who felt the same way I did about the first book. And, you do know Bellatrix was nuts don't you and therefore, not a reliable source. Just saying.

BigB08822
08-24-2011, 09:11 PM
No wonder Barnes and Noble gives you free shipment on orders over $25. My books came out of Nevada then went West to California and have now travelled well East to Kentucky. Who knows where they will go from there on their book tour of the U.S. I live in Louisiana, if this helps you understand my confusion.

Edit: Just checked again and now they are in TN.

Spinner
08-24-2011, 10:37 PM
No wonder Barnes and Noble gives you free shipment on orders over $25. My books came out of Nevada then went West to California and have now travelled well East to Kentucky. Who knows where they will go from there on their book tour of the U.S. I live in Louisiana, if this helps you understand my confusion.

Edit: Just checked again and now they are in TN.

That would be the shipping company's fault though. ;)

BigB08822
08-24-2011, 10:38 PM
That would be the shipping company's fault though. ;)

Yes but Barnes and Noble chooses to use them and that is why it is free. I wasn't blaming B&N directly.