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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    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.
    That's exactly what I was thinking. And since my husband has a basement full of woodworking equipment...

    I just finished a book by Rohan O'Grady, Let's Kill Uncle. It is technically a young adult book, but I loved it. It was written in the 60's. I knew I had to read it when I saw this on Amazon: "Playful, dark, and witty, Let's Kill Uncle is a surprising tale of two ordinary children who conspire to execute an extraordinary murder - and get away with it."
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    I've 40 pages left of The Help, and I can't wait to go home and finish reading it. I've already seen the movie so it's killing me right now to know how this wraps up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    The NY Public Library is number two on my list of things to see if I ever get to NY.
    It was on my list too, and I did succeed in getting there in May. But we didn't venture too far past the magnificant entrance & foyer, since it was a rare spell of sunnyness and we didn't want to spend too much time inside.

    I had a dream a couple of days after that about the stone lions coming to life. Very cool.

    Meanwhile ... I'm reading a book for my brand-new virtual book club, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Meh. If I'd read it when it was first written I might have been more impressed, but in 2011 the "life-changing wisdom" comes off very, very dated. Plus, while he's writing about Socrates he's fairly elequent, but when he's writing about himself the writing is really, really bad. And I have a very low tolerance for bad writing. If it weren't a book club book -- and in particular if it weren't our first -- I wouldn't bother reading any more. But in the circumstances I feel obligated to keep going. *sigh*

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    I finished Miss New India a few days ago. I had such high hopes for the book but it ended on such a whimper. I never really got the point of the novel or why the protagonist was so great and special or why she was even worth being a protagonist in the first place. It just just seemed like the author wanted to write a novel about new India, came up with the novel but had no real point other than this is a novel about India and the main character represents new India. I did like Chatterjee's writing style and the book wasn't hard to read. So I guess that was a plus for me.

    I'm now reading Dating Mr. December, which was a freebie from B&N a while back. It's a pretty fluffy romance but I need a fluffy romance right now. I keep imagining Richard Armitage as the hero.
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    I just finished a reread of Pride and Prejudice. Never gets old.

    Now I'm finally reading Catching Fire after reading The Hunger Games about a year ago. I have high expectations after the first book. It's kind of slow so far, but several have told me that it really picks up in the middle. Can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockTheTassel View Post
    I just finished a reread of Pride and Prejudice. Never gets old.
    I like rereading the annotated P&P. Try it, it's fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Leningrad: Tragedy of a city under siege. The title of this book speaks for itself. I am stil on my war time book reading stint. I have read many books on the war in the library but this one is brand new and worth the read. It tells the story of the siege through war time diaries, and blames Soviet indifference and incompetence as much for the siege as the Nazis. Below is a review of the book from the dailymail.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/book...ANNA-REID.html
    Sorry for the double post.
    I don't think I have a stomach for this. Too close to home, literally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockTheTassel View Post

    Now I'm finally reading Catching Fire after reading The Hunger Games about a year ago. I have high expectations after the first book. It's kind of slow so far, but several have told me that it really picks up in the middle. Can't wait.
    You must not read this thread on a regular basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    You must not read this thread on a regular basis.
    I thought it was Mockingjay everyone had a problem with.

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    It is. But she's gonna wanna read it after finishing the second one. And that's not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    It was on my list too, and I did succeed in getting there in May. But we didn't venture too far past the magnificant entrance & foyer, since it was a rare spell of sunnyness and we didn't want to spend too much time inside.

    I had a dream a couple of days after that about the stone lions coming to life. Very cool.
    You might have missed seeing this:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKB7zfopiUA

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    It is. But she's gonna wanna read it after finishing the second one. And that's not good.
    I'm sure you'll appreciate this tidbit. A student in the master's program read The Hunger Games and was so taken by it, that she decided to write her thesis on it. She secured a committee and everything and then read the other two books. After reading Mockingjay, she dropped her committee chair and is now writing about Margaret Atwood's post-apocalyptic works.
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    That? is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    You might have missed seeing this:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKB7zfopiUA


    I think some of the folks in the library were too young to get the reference. But the funniest parts were the people who were all "New York. Whatever" and just ignoring it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    I'm sure you'll appreciate this tidbit. A student in the master's program read The Hunger Games and was so taken by it, that she decided to write her thesis on it. She secured a committee and everything and then read the other two books. After reading Mockingjay, she dropped her committee chair and is now writing about Margaret Atwood's post-apocalyptic works.
    Too bad. She could have had fun deconstructing Mockingjay and describing what happens when an author has no real concept of their plotting and characterization and just writes a book for
    Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    Too bad. She could have had fun deconstructing Mockingjay and describing what happens when an author has no real concept of their plotting and characterization and just writes a book for
    Apparently she was so distraught about

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    I went to the library today and checked out King's Different Seasons. Hope I enjoy it as much as Salem's Lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikiAndoFan#1 View Post
    I went to the library today and checked out King's Different Seasons. Hope I enjoy it as much as Salem's Lot.
    Just to prepare yourself, Different Seasons isn't a novel, it's 4 novellas. Of which I thought 1 was superb ("The Body," which was the basis for the movie Stand By Me), 2 pretty good, and 1 meh. But it has been a long time since I read them ...

    But IMO, Salem's Lot is not King's best (tho not his worst either). So if you liked it, you're bound to like others. Unless you're looking for more vampires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    Just to prepare yourself, Different Seasons isn't a novel, it's 4 novellas. Of which I thought 1 was superb ("The Body," which was the basis for the movie Stand By Me), 2 prettey decent, and 1 meh. But it has been a long time ...
    I agree. "The Body" is terrific. In fact, it may be my favorite thing King has written. The other stories are okay, but "The Body" is where it's at.
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    ^ Dang it, you quoted me before I had a chance to fix my typos!

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