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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #926
Posted: 9/8/15 at 2:58pm

I'm halfway through PURITY. It's no masterpiece, and Franzen can surely be didactic, but I find it entertaining overall. It's dessert -- not very healthy but it tastes good (and reads fast).

 

Roscoe, if that little bit of snark caused you to put the book down, I'm assuming you didn't read far enough to spot his most self-referential joke.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #927
Posted: 9/8/15 at 3:08pm

I guess not, Larry.  I might pick it up again sometime, but I was just not engaged by the first 25 odd pages.  Does Frannie make some adorably clever self-deprecating joke involving Oprah?

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #928
Posted: 9/8/15 at 3:15pm

Not quite. He references Jonathan Safran Foer (somewhat bitchily), which leads to a small tangent on the spate of "literary Jonathans".

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #929
Posted: 9/8/15 at 3:30pm

How adorable.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #930
Posted: 9/8/15 at 5:42pm

After about 310 pages the narrative switches to first person, which is much more enjoyable, if that's any incentive.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #931
Posted: 9/9/15 at 2:13pm

I got to the end of Purity. Long, dull and exhausting, if I hadn't been on a long journey (with a dead iPod), I'm sure I wouldn't have finished. That'll teach me for trying to keep up with the literary Joneses - or maybe not, 'cos I'm about to start A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, of which I have higher hopes.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #932
Posted: 9/9/15 at 2:36pm

I am currently re-reading the Harry Potter books. Decided to make it fun so I am downloading the soundtracks from the movie of each book as I read them and I am watching each movie right after reading the book. I am on book 3 and enjoying them just as much as the first time. It was interesting watching the first two movies right after reading the books. Caught more thing they changed and left out this time around.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #933
Posted: 9/9/15 at 7:48pm

I've been meaning to re-read them for ages now, too - there's a new fully illustrated edition out next month, so maybe (if I save hard) I'll get that, or perhaps I'll just get it from the liberry. I'm a sucker for beautiful hardbacks, and the pictures look great.


 


Illustrator - Jim Kay


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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #934
Posted: 9/10/15 at 5:29pm

Just finished the Ian Fleming  Bond novel " You  Only Live Twice". Previously read all of them but wanted to re-read this one as I wanted to see how much the movie differed.Other than the title and the Japan locale , it was totally different.Some followed the book closely. This one did not even try.

 

Now on to a book on the JFK assassination.

 

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #935
Posted: 12/31/15 at 2:42pm

Just finished The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman in preparation for the TV series.  Now re-reading The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub (my personal favorite of the King works).

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #936
Posted: 12/31/15 at 2:49pm

Got a couple books for Christmas, the first one I am reading is An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chis Hadfield...really enjoying it so far.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #937
Posted: 12/31/15 at 3:12pm

Riedel's Razzle Dazzle . It was a Christmas Present.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #938
Posted: 12/31/15 at 6:49pm

Just Finished "The Adventure of English-the Biography of a Language" based around a BBC radio and the TV presentation a very accessible ( if occ light) overview of how English became and remains the dominant language of the world.  

Did a few Linda La Plante  novels british police procedurals Backlash and Bloodline, both quite good for what they are. 

Starting on Mistress of the Elgin Marbles- Bio of Mary Nisbet  Countess of Elgin and  a bunch o other places It was really her money that brought the Elgin Marbles to England and their status is still being fought over.

Also as a "fun" read, the Captain Lacey mystery novels by Ashley Gardner set in the late 18th century about an injured semi retired Army Captain who will keep getting involved in all sorts of disreputable situations. I think the writer must have studied the period professionally, she fills the books w delightful arcane details about pugilism and  womens hairstyles/decorations etc.

next up- Religion and the Decline of Magic! by Keith Thomas

 

 

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #939
Posted: 12/31/15 at 8:11pm

Just finished Dave Hare's memoir, The Blue Touch Paper. Wonderful and honest, especially about his own work (only up through Plenty, alas, but what a great account of Plenty) and the reasons for its mixed reception.   

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #940
Posted: 1/5/16 at 7:30pm

Tender by Belinda McKeon

  

Catherine and James are as close as two friends could ever be. They meet in Dublin in the late 1990s, she a college student, he a fledgling artist - both recent arrivals from rural communities, coming of age in a city which is teeming - or so they are told - with new freedoms, new possibilities.  Catherine has never met anyone quite like James. Talented, quick-witted, adventurous and charismatic, he helps Catherine to open her eyes, to take on life with more gusto than she has ever before known how to do; she begins to enjoy her new home, to find her voice as a writer and to meet with the people who will shape her new world. But while Catherine's horizons are expanding, James's own life is becoming a prison; as changed as the new Ireland may be, it is still not a place in which he feels able to truly be himself.

 

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Mona Lisa by Alexander Lernet-Holenia

 

Florence, 1502. Marshal Louis de La Trémouille's small army has stopped off en route to Naples, to buy objects d'art for King Louis XII of France. Naturally, Leonardo da Vinci's workshop is on the shopping list; and during their visit to his house, the young nobleman de Bougainville chances upon the not-quite-finished Mona Lisa. He promptly, utterly and hopelessly falls in love with the woman in the painting, and is determined to find her - despite rumours that she has long ago died.

 

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Both highly recommended!

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #941
Posted: 1/6/16 at 11:30am

Re-reading Steinbeck's WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #942
Posted: 1/6/16 at 12:14pm

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #943
Posted: 1/6/16 at 3:35pm

Just finished re-reading the Harry Potter books the other day and am now reading TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN'S BEEN GONE by James Baldwin.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #944
Posted: 3/18/16 at 10:41pm

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The first in a quadrilogy about the lives of two women - the first set in 1950s Naples. Apparently it's been a sensation for the last couple of years, but I'm only cottoning on now. Easy to read and compelling.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #945
Posted: 3/18/16 at 10:51pm

It by Stephen King. Love it.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #946
Posted: 3/18/16 at 11:40pm

I love It. Probably Stephen King's best novel.

 

 I'm reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang. Really amazing but really hard to read sometimes, due to the horrific nature of some of the stuff she writes about. 

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #947
Posted: 3/19/16 at 12:26am

Trying to make my way through that damn Hamilton biography. It's excellent, but it's not exactly light reading. 

Recently, I finished Isaac Oliver's Intimacy idiot, which is very very funny, the fascinating Devil in the White City, and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, which is a fantastic collection of short stories by Karen Russell.

I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.
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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #948
Posted: 3/19/16 at 4:17am
The Gift of Fear and, heaven help me, The Aeronaut's Windlass, Jim Butcher's first stab at steampunk.
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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #949
Posted: 3/19/16 at 4:42pm

Finished "Nightshade" a collection of female  authored horror/fantasy many based around series. Nice to see so many wymn in the field.  Finishing "The Humans" by Matt Haig. What happens when an alien sent of a mission to Earth goes "native". Took a while to get into ( and i'm still not clear why he "drinks the kool aid" but some nice concepts and well expressed.

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re: Currently Reading (Take 2) #950
Posted: 3/19/16 at 7:57pm

Just finished The Widow by Fiona Barton. If you love Gone Girl/Girl on the Train kind of mystery it's s great read. No crazy twist and it ends how you'd imagine it to, but getting there is fun and exciting.

Any good page-turner type mysteries you can recommend?