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Spinner
02-08-2012, 05:41 PM
Read that last month and it's a great read :)

I third this! Zafón's beautiful writing pulled me in and the it became one of my favorite books!

mkats
02-08-2012, 11:27 PM
I'm reading Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith. It's.... dry. Elizabeth is in her twenties by the twentieth page or so. And it's huge, seems like it was hurried out just in time for the Jubilee celebrations. I've just made it past the birth of Prince Edward and I'm afraid it's going back to the library on Saturday.

It had nice pictures though :shuffle:

Prancer
02-10-2012, 03:04 AM
I'm reading Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature (http://mynook.barnesandnoble.com/productDetail.html?ean=2940000940006&deliveryId=315237935). The subtitle is accurate if you have only a passing interest in literature and most of that interest is focused on gossip.

I must say, though, that a lot of the anecdotes were new to me (I wasn't a lit major, so they may not be to others). I had no idea, for example, that Louisa May Alcott campaigned to have Huckleberry Finn banned and said such sniffy, prudish things about it. The chapter on authors insulting one another is :eek:. My absolute favorite: [Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples." You go, Virginia Woolf!

I've scribbled down a lot of quotes; some of them might stop my queasy undergraduates from scratching their pimples for a moment or two and pay attention. If nothing else, I'll have sig lines for months to come.

ChelleC
02-10-2012, 03:37 AM
I'm reading Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature (http://mynook.barnesandnoble.com/productDetail.html?ean=2940000940006&deliveryId=315237935). The subtitle is accurate if you have only a passing interest in literature and most of that interest is focused on gossip.



I just looked that up on amazon, I think I'm about to buy it.

Prancer
02-10-2012, 03:39 AM
I just looked that up on amazon, I think I'm about to buy it.

I got it free for my Nook. Don't pay too much for it; it's really lightweight--lots of pictures and big fonts.

ChelleC
02-10-2012, 03:42 AM
I got it free for my Nook. Don't pay too much for it; it's really lightweight--lots of pictures and big fonts.


Kindle has it for 99 cents. And amazon has used hardcovers for 11 cents. I'll probably order it for kindle.

pair mom
02-10-2012, 03:44 AM
Just started reading Shadow of the Wind (http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Wind-Carlos-Ruiz-Zafon/dp/1594200106) and even though I'm only 50 pages into it or so, it's already very good. Extremely well written (well, translated in this case since I couldn't read it in Spanish) and interesting storylines. Makes for a very good commute to and from work :rollin:

It's sitting on the coffee table waiting til I'm back from a winter holiday with my ereader. Currently enjoying Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. But Zafon will be my next "curl up and escape"! So many books, so little time! :D

IceAlisa
02-10-2012, 04:05 AM
I'm reading Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature (http://mynook.barnesandnoble.com/productDetail.html?ean=2940000940006&deliveryId=315237935). The subtitle is accurate if you have only a passing interest in literature and most of that interest is focused on gossip.

I must say, though, that a lot of the anecdotes were new to me (I wasn't a lit major, so they may not be to others). I had no idea, for example, that Louisa May Alcott campaigned to have Huckleberry Finn banned and said such sniffy, prudish things about it. The chapter on authors insulting one another is :eek:. My absolute favorite: [Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples." You go, Virginia Woolf!

I've scribbled down a lot of quotes; some of them might stop my queasy undergraduates from scratching their pimples for a moment or two and pay attention. If nothing else, I'll have sig lines for months to come.

Sounds like fun!

Artemis@BC
02-10-2012, 05:23 PM
Kindle has it (Literary Miscellany) for 99 cents. And amazon has used hardcovers for 11 cents.

And Kobo has it for $11.79. :eek:

Artemis@BC
02-10-2012, 05:29 PM
I'm re-reading The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. I enjoyed it very much the first time but hadn't planned on re-reading it, except that now it's my book club's selection for the month. It's a political comedy, very clever, lots of LOL moments -- though I'm not sure if non-Canadians would enjoy it as much. However if you're looking for something along these lines, it's available in audiobook form for free at the author's web site (http://terryfallis.com/the-best-laid-plans/tblp-podcast/). (The author actually published it first as a podcast before going the print route.)

Erin
02-13-2012, 10:31 PM
I ripped right through Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep today. Very good book and I found it impossible to put down. I remember people in earlier threads calling the main character unlikeable, but I didn't find that - she was certainly frustrating and I didn't always like some of her actions (or in some cases, inactions). But I still liked her, pulled for her to succeed, and understood why she was behaving that way. Perhaps I see little bits of myself in her at times...the way she behaves when her parents come to visit her is so very true to life and I feel like you can see both sides of what happens.

The only thing I really found frustrating was that we found out where various people like Dede, SunJin, etc ended up, but not Lee herself. Or am I just so dense that I completely missed it?

zaphyre14
02-14-2012, 03:42 PM
I needed a loooooonnng audio book for a weekend drive. The library is low on cassettes so I grabbed "The Fellowship of the Ring" even though I know I've read it before decades ago. Now I'm reminded of why I disliked it: it's tedious enough to listen to and the chapters are endless! But I'm slogging along with it - pretty much along with the Hobbits on their quest - which as quests go, is pretty vague to begin with. I may end up doing the rest of the trilogy for Lent.... :)

rfisher
02-14-2012, 04:30 PM
I've never heard of this book, but the author (Donald Ray Pollock) is giving a reading on campus later this week. The Publisher's Weekly review sounds really good. I'm always caught by something described as soul-numbing. Throw in some religious fanatics and a serial killer or two, and what more could you ask for?

From the campus press release: Mr. Pollock's first novel, "The Devil all the Time" has received high praise as can be seen in the following review from Publishers Weekly.

"If Pollock's powerful collection Knockemstiff was a punch to the jaw, his follow-up, a novel set in the violent soul-numbing towns of southern Ohio and West Virginia, feels closer to a mule's kick, and how he draws these folks and their inevitably hopeless lives without pity is what the kick's all about. Willard Russell is back from the war, on a Greyhound bus passing through Meade, Ohio, in 1945 when he falls for a pretty waitress in a coffee ship. Haunted by what he's seen in the Pacific and by the lovely Charlotte, he finds her again, marries her, and has a son, Arvin. But happiness is elusive, and while Willard teaches his only son some serious survival skills ("You just got to pick the right time," he tells him about getting back at bullies. "They's a lot of no-good sonofabitches out there"), Charlotte sickens, Willard goes mad-sacrificing animals and worse at his altar in the woods-and Arvin's sent to his grandmother Emma in Coal Creek. Emma's also raising Leonora, the daughter of a timid religious mother who was murdered, possibility by her father, Roy, the visiting preacher at the Coal Creek Church of the Holy Ghost Sanctified, who along with his guitar-playing, crippled cousin, Theodore, in a wheelchair after drinking strychnine to prove his love for Jesus, has disappeared. And there's on-the-take sheriff Lee Bodecker, whose sister Sandy and her perverted serial killer husband, Carl Henderson, troll the interstates for male hitchhikers he refers to as "models." Pollock pulls them all together, the pace relentless, and just when it seems like no one can ever catch a break, a good guy does, but not in any predictable way."-Publishers Weekly (starred)

Spinner
02-14-2012, 09:18 PM
Today only you can get Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for $2.99 on Nook or Kindle. Of course, I already have the tree-book.

Cachoo
02-14-2012, 09:51 PM
I needed a loooooonnng audio book for a weekend drive. The library is low on cassettes so I grabbed "The Fellowship of the Ring" even though I know I've read it before decades ago. Now I'm reminded of why I disliked it: it's tedious enough to listen to and the chapters are endless! But I'm slogging along with it - pretty much along with the Hobbits on their quest - which as quests go, is pretty vague to begin with. I may end up doing the rest of the trilogy for Lent.... :)

I can't believe I'm going to admit this: I liked the movies more than the books.
I feel a weight has been lifted.........