An FSU Without a Book Thread is Like an FS Event Without Snark

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  1. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

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    With deepest apologies to Cicero, whose beautiful, heartfelt quote about books I totally mangled.

    I've decided to start the second book in the Tanya Huff series and am so glad I did. She has quite an interesting take on werewolves, and since this case even had it been written now would not be dependent on modern crime-solving techniques, I can just focus on hot cops, a hot vamp, and hot nekkid werewolves running around.

    ETA Original quote: "A room without books is like a body without a soul."
     
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  2. John 3 17

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    *sniffs* I love the smell of a new book thread! It reminds me of the smell of a new book (yum!)

    I still have to write up allllll the books I bought at Borders... speaking of Borders, I *so* wanted to get some of their floor to ceiling shelves -- they were marked down to 3/$100. I was thinking of renting a moving van, but "U buy it U-Haul" was posted throughout the store and the thought of lugging those heavy shelves to the van was a little more than I wanted to think about. *sigh* :(

    -Bridget
     
  3. zaphyre14

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    I dug deep into the dreck pile last night and came up with Laurel K. Hamilton's "Blood Noir." I don't remember buying it since I gave up on the Anita Blake saga ages ago but the sticker on the cover says it was marked down at B&N to $3.99. So I either decided that was cheap enough to take a chance on or it came from one of the library book sales where I paid $10 to fill a shopping bag.

    Even if I'd gotten it free, I think I was ripped off. The first 30 pages is nothing but badly-written sex and it was another 10 pages or so before the actual plot began: Werewolf Jason needs to take a "girlfriend" home to prove to his dying father that he isn't gay and Anita volunteers to play the part. A part of me is sad because I used to like these characters way back when Anita was raising zombies and solving mysteries. Now they're just pathetic shadows hanging onto a filament of a plot wrapped in smothering blankets of soft-core porn. (And if you think that description it bad, then know that Hamilton's writing is worse.)

    I'll finish it, because I am pathologically incapable of not finishing a book, no matter how bad it is, but this one's destined for the swap site, assuming there's anyone other there wants it.
     
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  4. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    I don't have that pathology in the slightest. Bore me, it's toast. I give mine to the local library and take the tax deduction. They love me.
     
  5. Holley Calmes

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    Just bought "Dead Like You" in paperback. If Karin Slaughter says he's good, he's good.
     
  6. zaphyre14

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    If I bought this one from the library, I can't really give it back and I'm certainly not donating porn to the church Harvest Fair sale. And I can't quite bring myself to throw it out either. As for finishing it, well, there's something weirdly fascinating about seeing just how bad a book can be. Plus I figure I paid money for it so I need to read it. It's the frugal Yankee in me.
     
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    Just finished "Heaven Is For Real" and "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven". Amazing reads - brought me to tears. Highly recommend.
     
  8. rfisher

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    :rofl: You might be surprised at what would sell at the church event.
     
  9. Matryeshka

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    If you want to read REALLY awful Laurell K. Hamilton, read her Merry Gentry series. It's :rofl: It makes no apologies for what it is. I got throught two and a half books in the series before stopping. I draw the line when you start having sex with hairy, three foot tall creatures with tentacles while a blue fairy watches. The problem I have with LKH is not the amount of sex but how badly it's written, and just how damn unsexy it is. Writing a sex scene takes actual writing talent--you can't just throw in a bunch of various preternatural creatures onto a big bed and say, look, it's EROTIC! It's PROVOCATIVE! When really, it's just silly.

    I'd give the book to the church. I'll bet dollars to donuts the person who acts the most outraged by it will be the one who comes back later to buy it. :rofl: Although I'm not involved in any church-y anything, I've been to church fairs/swaps before and am always amazed at how well romance novels, and not the little Amish ones or the Georgette Heyer types either, do. I'll bet there's a dissertation in there somewhere for some enterprising would-be English major.
     
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    Or anthropology. Actually, a zoology major should do one on the cross species sex in her books. :COP:
     
  11. Artemis@BC

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    Much better than the smell of old books! As I moved my 12-foot bookshelf and all its resident books on Sunday, there were many that did not exactly smell like roses.
     
  12. Spinner

    Spinner Where's my book?

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    Nan Just me

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    I MUST have those bookshelves. Does anyone know where I can buy them?
     
  15. my little pony

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    i wanted those too and the $600 rolling ladder but i'm not fit at all the the thought of moving them was more than i could handle
     
  16. Artemis@BC

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    Me too me too! (Waving hand wildly in air.) That is seriously beautiful, and so efficient.
     
  17. BigB08822

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    That bookshelf is amazing. I wonder if it is available for purchase or just something someone made? Not that I have any space for it or enough books, ATTM.
     
  18. rfisher

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    I could fill that in about 20 minutes. :lol:
     
  19. my little pony

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    it is beautiful but i would need several. and someone to bring it in.

    i said goodbye to my favorite borders associate today. she's so awesome. if i were hiring for absolutely anything i would hire her.
     
  20. Allen

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    Me too and like 20 times over. However, that bookshelf would look pretty amazing in my office ;) I'm going to have to look into that.
     
  21. Matryeshka

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    Just finished Gamble by Felix Francis, who is hoping, I guess, to carry on his father's (the late Dick Francis) legacy. It was ok. Showed some promise, but not really up to the quality of even the lesser books of his father.

    I just finished the entire Steele Street series by Tara Janzen and if you are extremely good at suspending disbelief and like way over the top action/romance, these are huge fun.
     
  23. Artemis@BC

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    I'm still in denial that Dick Francis is dead. :( He was my "first love" in murder mysteries. I had previously read some Agatha Christie, but it wasn't until I picked up my first Dick Francis that I really embraced the genre.

    Sadly I'm not at all surprised that Felix's work is not up to standard. The last 4 Dick Francis books written "with Felix Francis" were far below par ... and I strongly suspected dad had very little to do with the writing on those ones. *sigh* At least I have all of DF's books and can revisit them. I doubt I'll bother reading any Felix.
     
  24. Spinner

    Spinner Where's my book?

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    Yeah, apparently all letters are available and they're hella expensive. Rude.
     
  25. rfisher

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    Actually, that's just a series of cubes. Any half-way decent carpenter could make it. And since the cubes are stacked, it would be easy to move around.
     
  26. ChelleC

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    Me too. :lol:
     
  27. BigB08822

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    Where do you freaks put all of these books!? :lol:

    I think if you really want it you should just have a good carpenter make it for you. It can't be hard.
     
  28. Matryeshka

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    In this thread, the freaks are the one that CAN'T fill multiple shelves like that. I have an entire garage-full of books, their are five bookcases of books downstairs, all mine, and two bookcases in my room. Plus my stash of rainy day books filled with heaving bosoms and vampires under my bed. I'm not sure, but I think maybe that's why my mom bought me a Kindle for Christmas even though I was deadset against one. /rabid convert

    Remember, we have books. Heavy ones that can be used as projectile missiles.
     
  29. mkats

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    You should start making up a batch and selling them to FSU members! :)
     
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    I finished The Handmaid's Tale and really enjoyed it, although it was creepy! I finished with it two nights ago and haven't really been able to stop thinking about it since. I felt like every time I picked it up I was entering that horrible world again.

    I looked up the trailer for the film and was shocked to see that the hanging scene was filmed in front of our famed chapel where I went to college! Eek, that's doubly creepy.
     
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