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Old 08-10-2011, 12:40 AM
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Re-read Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood'. Too much detail ends up making this rather a bore.

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Old 08-10-2011, 02:21 AM
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The Kiterunner. We have to read it for English. I'm actually really enjoying it.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:09 AM
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I am still reading The Book of Human Skin. With the children off school routines have changed and I have a lot less opportunity to read. I still manage a handful of pages everyday.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:00 AM
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I read RedLorry's article in Writer's Beat, identified with her descriptions of her days, and felt better about my own struggle to make the time to write.
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:05 PM
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Sherlock Holmes.
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:07 PM
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The Information by James Gleick:

http://www.amazon.com/Information-Hi.../dp/0375423729

Also Writing Creative Nonfiction by Theodore A. Rees Cheney:

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Creati...3266729&sr=1-2
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Currently reading 'The Demon Apostle', by R.A. Salvatore- and almost done with it!
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:20 AM
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Catullus's poems in translation. Sometimes lyrical, often biting and funny, and sometimes downright obscene!
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:32 AM
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Shogun was fantastic, through and through.

Now I'm reading The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Leguin. Beautiful prose, interesting narrative. Good stuff so far.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:39 AM
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I really, really hate to say this... but I've become very bored with The Stand. Part of it (probably the only part) is that I bought the uncut edition. There's just too much filler. I only have roughly 300 pages or so to go, but I'm going to read a short novella by Steven Erikson before finishing it.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:10 PM
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So I finished The Hare With Amber Eyes. It was great, I recommend it.
Then I read We Can Build You by Philip K. Dick, and it seemed like a weird, alternate reality prequel to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. And he kinda lost the plot halfway through.
Now I am reading Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks. Which is really cool. Totally reading more of his stuff when I can.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:08 PM
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Reddy Dean, please tell me what you think of the Erikson novella when you've read it. I loved his longer series. If you are interested I can give you a link to some articles he wrote about writing. (Which were very entertaining to read.)
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Yeah, sure, bring them my way.
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Reading now 'Creatures of the Same God: Explorations in Animal Theology' by Andrew Linzey.
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Naive.Super by Erlend Loe.

Must be my fifth go on the merry go round and its still as good as it was when I first read it. Wonderful little book.
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For Reddy Dean and anyone else who is interested:

http://lifeasahuman.com/author/stevenerikson/

He wrote a series of 11 articles for Life as a Human, about writing and his midlife crisis, going on an archaeological expedition to Mongolia. It makes a great read, and I enjoyed the parts about how he writes as well. For readers of Erikson's books, these articles will make a great deal of sense.
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I'm currently reading Ernest Hemingway's "In Our Time," which is a smaller collection of short stories. I've read roughly half of them so far and have read a few of them numerous times before.

I'm also just about finished with Bernhard Schlink's "The Reader."
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:13 AM
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Surface Detail was awesome!
Read Brave New World too, and there was something about it that I didn't like. 1984 is better.
Currently reading Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman. And when that's done, I've got more Iain M. Banks to read. Yay space opera!
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:15 AM
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Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:26 AM
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Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson

Love that title. Haven't read it though, please let us know how you like it.
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Just finished Stepmother by Silvia Rannamaa.
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:29 PM
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And I've subsequently gotten back to The Stand and am hooked like the dumbest fish ever.
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I'm reading a book by a well-known and recommended author and absolutely LOATHING it. It's a 1930s (I think) Mafia style book, with corrupt cops and stuff and I just cannot care about any of the characters, or even the plot.

I also tried rereading AMerican Psycho, but I'm not finding it as good as the first time around. Staring at my bookcases, full of paranormal romance, scifi and straight fantasy, and I can't find anything I want to read there either. Tried some straight "ladies fiction" with no success. Completely stuck!
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:19 AM
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An old 'pony' book
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:09 PM
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Love that title. Haven't read it though, please let us know how you like it.
I tried reading it a few years back but for some reason never made very far in. Am loving it now though.
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Just started A Dance With Dragons.
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Just started A Dance With Dragons.
I wanna read that series so badly!

I'm reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan ...he has a weird sounding last name that I can't remember off the top of my head right now.

Oliver Twist is actually really interesting once the reader gets used to Dickens' odd style of writing. I've found myself chuckling and sympathizing with characters. The Fantasy Freaks book is about a guy who played D&D as a kid in the 70's to escape his mom's anuerysm. He quits d&d and the fantasy genre alltogether until his midlife crisis and then goes on a pilgrammage to find himself. Let me just say, it makes me want to play D&D.
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After weeks of the local Books-A-Million having several copies of Steven Erikson's Deadhouse Gates in stock, but me being too poor to buy it..... today when I get my $1,900 financial aid refund check I go to the store and they're effing sold out. -_-
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I'm currently reading the first of Karen Miller's Fisherman's Children series, after having finished the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker books. I find them fascinating and love the how the political intrigue mixes with the magical side of things.

I'm also just starting the second part of The Divine Comedy - Purgatorio. I enjoyed the first part, but believe these books should be read slowly - to take in every possible meaning of the words which Dante scribbled down hundreds of years ago. In other words, I hope to finish it before Christmas
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