Everything By the Book

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Prancer, Dec 26, 2010.

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  1. Prancer

    Prancer Jawwalking Staff Member

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    Or should it be Everything BUY the book?

    Carry on. I believe we left off with Edith Wharton recommendations.
     
  2. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    Yes, we did. I was recommended Ethan Frome and Summer. Any others?
     
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

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    The Custom of the Country and The Age of Innocence.
     
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  4. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    And Old New York.
     
  5. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

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    Can't believe I forgot Old New York which is also very good. If you get a chance, the film version of The House of Mirth with Gillian Anderson is very good.
     
  6. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    One of the best book-to-movie adaptations I've seen, I think. Wharton's books tend to make excellent films. (See also The Old Maid with Bette Davis, which comes from one of the stories in Old New York!)

    I always have to chuckle a little ruefully when Eric Stoltz yells, "Oh, LILY!" in that half-horrified, half-exasperated tone near the end. It's kind of funny the way he does it, but it's so relatable. I love Lily -- she's one of my favorite heroines -- but she makes me want to bang my head against the wall!
     
  7. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Pink Bitch

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    I would rather gnaw my arm off rather than ever pick up another Edith Wharton novel. But that's just me. :p
     
  8. LordCirque

    LordCirque New Member

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    I had to read Ethan Fromme during my first round of Community College and wanted to pull my hair out. Dostoyevsky I can read, Wharton I cannot.

    Thought this thread would enjoy this website I discovered while in Borders today:

    http://www.outofprintclothing.com/

    Some awesome Literary t-shirts.
     
  9. rjblue

    rjblue Re-registered User

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    I made an Amazon wish list with quite a few books that I really wanted, listed by priority. No one used it to get me Christmas gifts. I did tell my husband about 10 different times as we walked through Chapters, "I'd really like Lois McMaster Bujold's new book Cryoburn for Christmas." And he still had to call me for the name, when he was out shopping. That was the only book I received.

    The plus side is that I'm now going to use my Amazon wish list to buy myself a bunch of New Year's presents.
     
  10. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

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    What exactly is this thread about and how does it work...?
    :confused:
     
  11. rjblue

    rjblue Re-registered User

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    It's a continuous book discussion thread in the Off The Beaten Track forum. Every 1000 posts it gets a new title. The old thread (just locked) is called "We're Novel Lovers (But We're All Booked Up)".
     
  12. Prancer

    Prancer Jawwalking Staff Member

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    :lol: It works just like the old reading thread, just with a new name.
     
  13. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

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    I first read Dostoyevsky in AP Lit in high school. Everyone thought I was nuts because I really liked Crime and Punishment. I think that's where my love of depressing literature started. For whatever reason, that class was tragedy heavy. Besides C&P, we read Beloved, Their Eyes Were Watching God, King Lear, Oedipus Rex, and Tess of the D'Urbervilles (those are the ones I remember off the top of my head). I'm thinking of rereading Their Eyes Were Watching God after I finish Death Comes for the Archbishop
     
  14. LordCirque

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    I'm just starting The Brothers Karamazov and LOVING it, and I'm not even to the good parts yet. Fyodor and Pyotr Missuov have just arrived at the Hermitage and are speaking with Zosima, well, more like arguing with each other while The Elder listens :lol:.

    It took me a little while to get used to the syntax of the translation but it was easier than I initially thought it would be.
     
  15. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Great site!

    As for Wharton, to each his own. (Russian lit isn't my bag, for the most part, though I've dutifully plodded through various Russian classics because I figured I should.) No author is for everyone. But just for the record, Ethan Frome is pretty atypical Wharton.
     
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  16. Nomad

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    I loved Their Eyes Were Watching God. Jonah's Gourd Vine and her memoir, Dust Tracks on a Road, are also excellent.
     
  17. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

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    I love Jonah's Gourd Vine, maybe I'll do Dust Tracks on a Road next, I have it lying around somewhere.
     
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  18. Theatregirl1122

    Theatregirl1122 Well-Known Member

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    I read summer in 9th grade English and we were all traumatized by the ending. :lol: Although I did find Wharton very readable.
     
  19. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

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    Oh. I never read the old thread, so I didn't have a clue... :duh:
     
  20. PDilemma

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    A few recent reads:

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See--Excellent. Set in 19th Century China. A lot of it is about the friendships between women. I really liked it. And it got me very curious about the practice of foot binding.

    Unfinished Desires
    by Gail Godwin--Pretty good book about girls in a Catholic girls school in the 1950s and their teachers (nuns). Very interesting take on the subject.

    Rococo
    by Adriana Trigiani--Trigiani is an up and down author for me. I have really loved some of her novels (Lucia Lucia is wonderful), but some, not so much. This is the worst one I have read. It's like she has the makings of a great story, but she doesn't quite tell it.
     
  21. Prancer

    Prancer Jawwalking Staff Member

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    Doh! Sorry. For some reason, I thought you were a semi-regular in that one.
     
  22. Jojo

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    I got a Kindle for my birthday, and I've been merrily reading away since then. My most recent reads: Memoir of a Geisha and, right now, Dracula. Next I'm tackling A Tale of Two Cities.
     
  23. Matryeshka

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    From the last thread, Allen:

    This is not just my opinion, but the combined concensus of a lot of readers of this series both here and on other boards: if you like vampire/urban fantasy lit, the first 6 books are fantastic. The plots, characterization, mythology of the world are well-done, and the sex is :grope: But by book ten, the entire series kind of falls apart. It devolves into soft porn, and not even good soft porn. Anita Blake kind of becomes a repository of the author's own fantasies, and her abilities become just too unbelievable. Then she starts whining. The greatest sin of all, however, is that she starts copying ENTIRE conversations from previous books, word for word. I mean, not just the same idea, but verbatim.

    Then the whole Anita Blake universe just sort of falls apart by book twelve. You have to suspend a lot of disbelief in urban fantasy anyway, but to me, it works if the author is consistent and consistently follows believable laws/rules of physics/magic/supernaturals within the universe created, and your central character has to be somewhat grounded in a reality the reader can at least empathize with and somewhat relate to. Laurell K. Hamilton does not do this, and I would say that's the main difference between her and Charlaine Harris. I don't like Harris' later works as well as her earlier ones, but at least the world Harris has created hasn't spun out of control and Sookie is still recognizable as Sookie. Sam is still Sam, Jason is still Jason, etc, whereas the core of Laurell K. Hamilton's main characters become completely twisted as the series progresses, so there's nothing to ground the unbelievableness of the plots.

    That was probably more of a review than you wanted :shuffle: Long story short, imo, you should stop after Blue Moon, or book 8.

    Reading The Magicians right now. So far, I'm pleasently surprised.

    I've also read the first three in the Nicholas Flamel series, which I like, but I wouldn't rush out to buy the remaining ones in hard back.
    I get what some said in the previous thread about an incestuous thread, but I don't think I would have thought that myself had I not read the spoiler line. I agree they don't read like brother/sister. I like that the author is not going to write some kind of romantic storyline to bog down the plot, but I wonder if the author has any siblings close in age. While it doesn't come off as incestuous, the vibe between them reads to me more best friend than twins. The biggest problem I have is that the villains are much more interesting than the main characters, and I'm tired of the Nicholas-is-not-all-he-seems line because it's not IMO particularly well done. Also, what is this obsession with John Dee lately? This is a somewhat minor character in history, not even mentioned in a lot of history books even ones just surveying English history (besides maybe one or two lines) and this is the third series I've read in the past year where he's been mentioned as a magician of some sort. Flamel I get. I also find the introduction of Joan of Arc kind of meh, like the author decided he needed another girl immortal and just added her. There are much more interesting figures he could have chosen--Theodora, Cleopatra, Lady Godiva, Lucrecia de Borgia, Annie Oakley, etc.
     
  24. John 3 17

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    This. I read Ethan Frome and it turned me off anything else by Wharton. I hate when books give me a stomach-ache, lol!

    Still enjoying Bleak House; I'm half-way through now (Wyliefan, looks like you won :p). Haven't had as much time for it since my washing machine broke and I spent quite a few days moving things in the basement and then moving things back again (the nerve of the washer interrupting my reading time! LOL).

    -Bridget
     
  25. John 3 17

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    Ooh! I adore ToTC!!

    -Bridget :)
     
  26. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

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    No, I really appreciate that you took the time to write that, Matryeshka. The cousin who bought the book for me, told me the same basic thing, that I should stop after book 8. She and I have very different reading tastes and her definition of porn is very different from mine, so I wasn't sure if she was just being her semi-prudish self or not.

    I started reading through Guilty Pleasures last night and Oliver started Death Comes for the Archbishop. We're going to switch at some point today. So far, I like Guilty Pleasures, but I'm not sure I'm wanting to invest my time in a book series that completely jumps the shark after a few books. I agree about Harris, the early books (particularly 4) were better, but I still like the world and characters she has created. I do, however, hope the new book is better than the last two.

    Oliver has decided to read all of my old Janet Evanovich books, I'm interested to see his reaction.
     
  27. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    Well, I didn't have a broken washing machine to deal with, so I won't do too much of a victory dance! :)

    It's my very favorite.
     
  28. vesperholly

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    I loved Memoirs of a Geisha. It's one of the few books that I didn't spoil myself on by skipping ahead, and it ended up being very suspenseful at the end.

    I've been reading Captain Corelli's Mandolin (my book, which has a film version cover, leaves off the Captain in the title :confused:). It's a little scattered - it jumps back and forth between several different narrators, and it's hard to keep track.

    After that is The Orchid Thief, not on my list of 1,000 books to read before you die but I'll just cross off one I can't find as a replacement. :lol:
     
  29. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    One of my Christmas gifts was Jay-Z's Decoded. I'm deep into it and am really impressed with the quality of the writing. It includes footnoted rap lyrics with full explanations of the meanings. If anyone's curious about rap culture or the connections between crack and rap, this older than dirt, middle class, white broad gives it two thumbs up.
     
  30. Buzz

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    Took me a while to figure out that this was the new reading thread. :slinkaway

    Not sure what to read next. Maybe I would give something totally new a try and read "Gone With The WInd".
     
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