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    I finished A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (a Spinner rec), which kind of blew me away. I think I am in awe of it more than actually liking it. There's a fair bit in the book about science and Zen Buddhism, which can be off putting but I just love the way the author wraps it all into the story. Parts of it can be extremely depressing, however. Overall, it's definitely worth it. I find myself thinking it over a fair amount.

    I also read Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. It's a quick read and I got it done in one siting. I heard or read someone call it this year's "Gone Girl", but I think it's a much lesser book. It keeps you hooked well enough, but the payoff is crap and the characters are pretty unlikeable but yet remotely uninteresting.

    I might read "The Age of Miracles" next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    I finished A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (a Spinner rec), which kind of blew me away. I think I am in awe of it more than actually liking it. There's a fair bit in the book about science and Zen Buddhism, which can be off putting but I just love the way the author wraps it all into the story. Parts of it can be extremely depressing, however. Overall, it's definitely worth it. I find myself thinking it over a fair amount.
    I know what you mean about being in awe. That's exactly how I described it. I read it a couple of months ago but didn't post here just because I was so much in awe of it. Awe of the way the author weaves all the elements together, and managed to take familiar themes and devices (like the found diary) and make them new and original. But I loved it too, love the journey she took me on and the characters she gave us. And I didn't find the buddhism, or the metaphysics, or the linguistics, or the rest off-putting at all (though I can see how others might) -- they were part of what made the book so special. Definitely my favourite book of the year so far. I've read, and enjoyed, her previous 2 books, but this one is masterpiece.

    (BTW, the island in the book, though un-named and supposedly "fictional," is actually Cortes Island. I've been there, and it's just as weird and wonderful as she describes.)

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    It isn't off putting to me either - but I can see how others might find it so as well. I guess my original post was poorly phrased.

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    I see that E.L. Konigsburg has died. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/des...22#fbLoggedOut Wonderful children's author. Father's Arcane Daughter is one of my all-time favorite books - children's or otherwise.

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    Ohhhh

    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was a huge fave of mine.

    Of course, I had to double-check Mrs. Basil's last name. I had it wrong. Close, but wrong.

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    I loved all of her books and still have most of them from when I was a kid. "About the B'Nai Bagels" and "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth" were my favorites.

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    A couple of tributes and an interview -

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...ankweiler.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/bo...ead-at-83.html
    http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/a...iew-transcript

    “happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”

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    Taking a break from the medieval mysteries, I started Cassandra Clare's "City of Glass" last night; it's YA and not exactly great literature but I like it better than either "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games."

    I also have the third Reacher book "Tripwire" going on audio in the car. I like the Reacher parts but the villain and the victims have become annoying and I'm not even half-way through.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    I also have the third Reacher book "Tripwire" going on audio in the car. I like the Reacher parts but the villain and the victims have become annoying and I'm not even half-way through.
    Just finished that one - I liked it better than the second book, in some ways better than the first. Have now started the fourth book, and am having trouble getting into it - the first scene just seemed too long and typical, like filler - but we'll see if it makes more sense further on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TygerLily View Post
    Ohhhh

    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was a huge fave of mine.
    SUCH a good book. I loved everything about it.
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    just started Cheryl Strayed's Wild last night - and I would have gladly stayed up all night to just read it through if I didn't have to work today! Really enjoy the writing, and the structure of the book.
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    Finished "Started Early, Took My Dog" last night. Not bad, and I appreciated the tidy wrap up at the end. May check out the others in the series.

    "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity" is finally available at the library. Off on Friday, so I'll be able to stay up in case it's as amazing as it sounds.

    Just bought this today "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" by Gabrielle Giffords. $3.99 at Amazon (reduced price).

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    Got my hands on a copy of Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy and will work on it next. I loved the tv series except for the ending because I was hoping for a bit more creativity than that but otherwise good enough to make me want to read the book.

    http://www.amazon.com/Hemlock-Grove-.../dp/0374532915

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    Just have to share this...

    El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Palatial Theater Now a Beautiful Bookstore
    By Atlas Obscura | Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 7:30 AM
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs...ne_of_the.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dardar1126 View Post
    Just have to share this...

    El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Palatial Theater Now a Beautiful Bookstore
    By Atlas Obscura | Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 7:30 AM
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs...ne_of_the.html
    OH MY GOODNESS! Let's all go! Road trip!

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    I just finished Dog On It by Spencer Quinn, a mystery in which the dog tells the story. I thought it was cute, though there were a couple of too easy coincidences.

    I'm also reading the Furnace series Alexander Gordon Smith. Dystopian Lit for young guys, but the first book is really good. Second one is okay and the third was clearly filler to get to the next book, which I hope is better. Fast reads, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quartz View Post
    OH MY GOODNESS! Let's all go! Road trip!
    I'm in! (Buenos Aires was on my bucket list already, how there's just one more reason to go.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    I'm in! (Buenos Aires was on my bucket list already, how there's just one more reason to go.)
    Sign me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post

    I also read Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. It's a quick read and I got it done in one siting. I heard or read someone call it this year's "Gone Girl", but I think it's a much lesser book. It keeps you hooked well enough, but the payoff is crap and the characters are pretty unlikeable but yet remotely uninteresting.
    I just finished this today. I haven't read Gone Girl, but I agree with you that this one is weak. The mother was a totally unsympathetic character. Not sure why. So was Amelia for the most part. I feel like McCreight was too detached from them as a writer. And I agree that the ending was complete crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbell1 View Post
    Finished "Started Early, Took My Dog" last night. Not bad, and I appreciated the tidy wrap up at the end. May check out the others in the series.
    I just ordered my copy of Atkinson's next novel Life After Life. I am a fan!

    Just finished the drudgery that was the 2nd part of The Buccaneers. First part was written by Edith Wharton and second part by some hack who got into Wharton's notes. Edith Wharton died before she could finish. What a huge difference. Wharton's part is lively, interesting and engaging. You care about the characters and are greatly entertained. When the hack takes over, the life goes out of the writing. I got sooooooo tired of the main character and her love woes. The literary devices were so obvious, they were pathetic. So that's over and done with now.

    While I wait for my copy of the new Atkinson (yes, I am still a Luddite), what should I read?

    Choices:

    -the Annotated Persuasion by Jane Austen, annotated by David Shapard. Read his annotated versions of P&P and S&S, so satisfaction is pretty much guaranteed.

    - China, Inc. by Ted Fishman.

    - Lenin's Embalmers by Zbarsky and Hutchinson. Yuck but interesting.

    -A Henry James. There's always Henry James.

    - Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.
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