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    E. L. Konigsberg of The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiller(possible title innacuracies going from 20-year-old memories)??!

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    I adored E.L. Konigsburg's books. I still have copies of my favorites from when I was a kid: "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler", "About the B'Nai Bagels", and "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, Willaim McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth"

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    I'm taking a break from Dorothy Richardson and the Virago Modern Classics in general and reading Elantris. It's by Brandon Sanderson, the writer who's finishing Jordan's Wheel of Time series. This novel is unrelated and has zombie-like characters. They don't eat brains, though, so PL probably wouldn't approve.
    My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    I'm taking a break from Dorothy Richardson and the Virago Modern Classics in general and reading Elantris. It's by Brandon Sanderson, the writer who's finishing Jordan's Wheel of Time series. This novel is unrelated and has zombie-like characters. They don't eat brains, though, so PL probably wouldn't approve.
    Funny that you should mention this one; someone put a copy of this down in our laundry room and I picked it up last time I was down there. I got really into it at first and then all of a sudden I lost interest. Don't know if I will go back to it. What do you think of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    I'm taking a break from Dorothy Richardson and the Virago Modern Classics in general and reading Elantris. It's by Brandon Sanderson, the writer who's finishing Jordan's Wheel of Time series. This novel is unrelated and has zombie-like characters. They don't eat brains, though, so PL probably wouldn't approve.
    HERESY!!!!

    I'll check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    HERESY!!!!

    I'll check it out.
    Have you read/heard about Warm Bodies yet?

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    Finally got The Magician King from the library. I have to admit that so far I am finding it an absorbing read. I still find Quentin and his perpetual ennui annoying but I am interested in Julia and her story. There are moments when I feel Grossman is being just a teeny bit smug and self-contratulatory (Aren't I clever? Aren't I witty? ) but I do like this so far.

    The Magicians did have its flashes of brilliance. If this book continues to be as good as it is now, I may have to get my own copy.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinner View Post
    Have you read/heard about Warm Bodies yet?
    I've carried it around the bookstore a couple times, but still haven't bought it.


    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post

    The Magicians did have its flashes of brilliance. If this book continues to be as good as it is now, I may have to get my own copy.
    I'm reading this now. Not sure if I'll finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    I've carried it around the bookstore a couple times, but still haven't bought it.
    You have zombie commitment issues?

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    I couldn't finish the Magicians. It went in the discard pile about half way through the book.
    Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.

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    I have commitment issues in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    I'm reading this now. Not sure if I'll finish it.
    Oh I finished it. And will finish this one too, no doubt. This is a testament to my nostalgia for magical books since HP7 came out. My friend said to me upon finishing reading HP7: "I feel so empty." This is a grown woman and a mother of two. Since then she's been filling the void with Twilight but I will not stoop so low, so here I am reading Grossman.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    I have commitment issues in life.

    Don't anybody tell Plushenko.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Oh I finished it. And will finish this one too, no doubt. This is a testament to my nostalgia for magical books since HP7 came out. My friend said to me upon finishing reading HP7: "I feel so empty." This is a grown woman and a mother of two. Since then she's been filling the void with Twilight but I will not stoop so low, so here I am reading Grossman.
    Yes, but HP made me happy. The Magician made me annoyed. It could have been good, but it fell far short.
    Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emason View Post
    Funny that you should mention this one; someone put a copy of this down in our laundry room and I picked it up last time I was down there. I got really into it at first and then all of a sudden I lost interest. Don't know if I will go back to it. What do you think of it?
    It's okay. I'm not bowled over by it but it's reasonably entertaining.
    My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    Yes, but HP made me happy. The Magician made me annoyed. It could have been good, but it fell far short.
    The Magicians made me annoyed too at times. Some parts were rather well-written though.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    I finally polished off all of the "Hunger Games" trilogy. The first book was pretty good once you got through all the exposition. The second book just kind of seemed like a re-tread of the first book. And the third book was kind of a mess, although it did have a few good moments, but ultimately it would have been better if any of Katniss' choices hadn't been so predictable.

    The movies are supposed to be PG-13 rated, which kind of flies in the face of the intense actions of the characters in these books. Granted they are supposed to be "young adult" fiction, but still...


    Skip "A History of Witches." Completely. Unreadable. Crap.
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    I couldn't finish The Magicians. It went in the discard pile about half way through the book.
    That one is already loaded onto my Kobo and on my list for beach reading in Jamaica in January. But I have another 80 or so loaded if that one's a dud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Oh I finished it. And will finish this one too, no doubt. This is a testament to my nostalgia for magical books since HP7 came out. My friend said to me upon finishing reading HP7: "I feel so empty." This is a grown woman and a mother of two. Since then she's been filling the void with Twilight but I will not stoop so low, so here I am reading Grossman.
    Have you tried "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman, for filling a fantasy void? A thick thick thick book, quite literary and yet a fantasy. Or his "Neverwhere", for an easier reading.
    My favorite escapist fantasy series remain "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher, but one has to get through Books 1 and 2 to get to really fun storytelling.

    I enjoyed the first 2/3rds of the "Magicians", and then it lost me. Still, I will probably pick up "The Magician King" at some point. Please post your thoughts when you are done.
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    Ugh, I couldn't get through American Gods. I tried to read it a couple of years ago, and after about 100 pages I stopped torturing myself.
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.

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