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leroyer 5:26pm, 7 January 2007
For some (a lot ?) of us, books are important parts of our lives.
So, let's share them here.

BUT, read the rules carefully :

- Post a message about the book you just finished reading.
It's not about the best books you read, but the ones you read this year, good or bad. And you have to consider having finished it (really finished it or you did give up).

- Post a different message for each book.

- Include a photo of the book, as usual in "Medium" size in the message.

- Tell us what you thought about the book.

- Comic books do count... but (for american comic books and mangas), only after the end of the story arc (not for every issue, please).

Feel free to comment and discuss, of course.

Oh, and for a start, you don't have to wait finishing your actual book, but can post about the one you finished before starting this one.
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Samrag 12 years ago
uhhhh....master milky guru!

Shall one create a new topic... or just include a msg in ones daily photo-topic-thingi....???... Or even post the msg in here... dooohhh

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
leroyer Posted 12 years ago. Edited by leroyer (member) 12 years ago
Just post the message here. So we get the list of books right in this topic.
Oh, and of course, you can do it for any book you read this year.
Samrag 12 years ago
by. Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson

The Innocent by Olafur Johann Olafsson was so much better read then I had thought beforehand.
I've been meaning to read something by Olafur for some time now. First of all did my mum babysit him for short period when he was 4 years old (Iceland is very small), secondly he is very successful business man (some hot shot for Sony for many years) - which made me look up to him, thirdly ... and lastly, because he is considered one of Icelands top writer.

People have told me that he is heavy to read, old school kind of story telling. This is true on some level.

The innocent is about a man looking back over his life. He is born in Iceland, but his father was a rich english bloke. This makes up for an exciting life, taking him to England, India, Germany and America. But he wonders if he did do right by other people, if other people did right by him, and some other stuff that we might all think about from time to time.

I loved reading it - began around Christmast and finished few days ago - which is kind a quick for me as I only read usually few minutes a day (mostly on my porcelain thrown). However, once I had finished reading it - I didn't feel that the main character had solved anything or left any sort of outcome for the rest of us - but... then again, maybe that is how life is!

*** out of 5

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
cautious range [deleted] Posted 12 years ago. Edited by cautious range (member) 12 years ago
I just finished a book in German.
It's called "Palast der Winde" von M.M. Kayes, ISBN 3-596-28119-9


English version with a maybe better review on amazon ;)

The title in English:
The Far Pavilions
# ISBN-10: 031215125X
# ISBN-13: 978-0312151256

"It's about a British boy that got raised the first 11 years in his Life by an Indian woman, but finally got back to his "roots", got educated in Britain and went back to the British military in India.
He never really felt like he belongs to any of the two races and that's the main reason why a lot of stuff develops in his Life like it does."

I actually liked the book a lot. I never read anything about India before and never had a closer look on Indian history.
It is a Novel, but the details in History are not Fantasy.

It gets a ***** out of 5 from me. From first to last page a good, capturing read.

Btw. I've tagged mine with "books2007" ;)

NicoleB - Share the weirdness with me
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
Is nobody reading books anymore?
sunshinecity Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 12 years ago
... I am!!! I just haven't had time to take a pciture yet! I've read quite a few this year actually.. I'll get round to posting later today hopefully!
: )

btw, I saw the movie of the book you just read... en EPIC, as I call it... it was so loooong, but very good!
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
I am wondering since I read it, if I have seen the movie or not :)


I think, this is about books we read this year, so the chances to take a picture of them and write with fresh memory are fairly good ;)
karinga 12 years ago
xoxo! oops, of course it's from this year!!! silly me.. thanks! I took it out of here, will put sth fresher;)
cautious range [deleted] Posted 12 years ago. Edited by cautious range (member) 12 years ago
Trudi Canavan
"The Magician's Guild"
- The Black Magican Trilogy -
Book One

ISBN - 13: 978-0-06-0575281

What I'm doing since Friday ;)

A fantasy Novel about magicians, rich people, slums and clichees.
A binding, fascinating story.
I'm sure some say, it's like so many others and others say, it's different.
I simply love them, am reading book Nr. 3 right now and am already regretting that it soon will be over.

These books were a Christmas / Birthday present from my best friend. She always hits the right spot :)! Thanks again!!!

NicoleB - Share the weirdness with me
sunshinecity 12 years ago
Question... is there any specific tag we need to add for pics in this thread??
sunshinecity Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 12 years ago
The Bridges of Madison County

The first book I'm going to post about is The Bridges of Madison County. I've heard of the movie, but never realised it was an actual book. It is supposedly based on a true story.
It's a simple romance, to the point, and uses simple language, yet conveys through a great emotion that words alone can't describe.

The author so magnificently shares with the reader the main character's deep secret burried for years.
It's not cheezy or tooth-rotting... it's more than your average "pink novel" as we call these kinnds of books in Italian. I reccomend this to both men and women.

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
Android9 PRO 12 years ago
I'm a science freak. Well more a sociology freak really. I like to know how things work, and or the politics behind them. The first book I picked up this year, and have finished is Michael Stebbins; Sex, Drugs, & DNA I admit though that it wasn't the sociological elements that hooked me so much as the title.

This book reads a bit like a conspiracy theory with scarily accurate amounts of fact thrown in. It expounds upon things I hear about on the news, and spend lots of time researching because it interests me, and because sometimes I'm a bit terrified of the human condition. To a degree it comes off as a bit of a Science tell all (though one man's view), and I found it a good enjoyable read.

sunshinecity Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 12 years ago
My 2nd post was a GREAT surprise!!
I was looking for something fresh to read. I had just finished both Dan Brown novels, one after the other, and wanted to change genre.
So I decided to browse the cheap "pocket" editions and stumbled accross this: Little Earthquakes.
I will admit, the reason I picked it up was because of the cover... the colours were just too catchy! I am guilty of judging by a book's cover... sorry!
Whne I went to read, I found out that this was the author's first novel, but had become famous due to a book of hers becoming a movie, "Imn her Shoes", with Cameron Diaz. I loved that movie, loved the book synopsis and so decided to take a risk.

This has been one of the funniest, light hearted yet thoughtful books I've read. It was witty, emotional and intelligent, all at once.
I will admit, it's most likely directed to a female audience, as the story evolves around 4 women and their lives, dealing with jobs, kids, relationships and heartache. But it's more than your typical gal fest.

Well worth the try-out!

Little Earthquakes

More books to come... (I amazingly read a lot this year!)

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
leroyer 12 years ago
(no specific tag needed here)

Android9, you got me hooked... I'll check that book out sooner or later.
luckywhitegirl 12 years ago
oh I just finished two really good books but I can't post a photo of either one. One was Gilead and I just lent it to.... who? oh yeah! my friend Bob. And the other one was Housekeeping and I already returned it to the library.

Both are by Marilynn Robinson and are really great. Housekeeping is from 1980 and won the Booker Prize and is the story of two sisters growing up with their eccentric aunt and one of them chooses a life of transience over a life of keeping a house.. and Gilead if you remember won the Pultizer in 2005 is the letter of a dying man to his young son. It's like reading a letter from a very humble, thought-full friend who tells good stories and wonders about whether or not he did the right thing. It was very, very beautiful.
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
I'm just using "book2007" as a tag. Easier to find it later :)

I like Dan Brown too, but I only read the most recent ones.
Does anybody like John Sandford?

Oh, the one from Android really sounds good :)!
_____jstray 12 years ago
09.01.2007 - 009

some books that I've recently finished except for the eight which i'm still sorta reading.

my holiday fluff reading included:

1. TRACE by PATRICIA CORNWELL - good lord! what happened to this woman? i haven't read any of her novels for about 3 years but i wasn't prepared for this crap compared to her usual more interesting work (Black Notice still stands out).

2. RED ROOM by NICCI FRENCH - a little bit better, a psychological murder mystery with lots of drama. great for bed time reading.
_____jstray 12 years ago
+ android - might check out that book.

+ sunshinecity - i liked IN HER SHOES too. jennifer weiner is a cut above all the chicklit writers out there.

+ nicole - i love john sandford and his prey series although i haven't read any of his books in about 3 years.
cowfish 12 years ago
Current Books

Two on the go at the moment - I've just moved house and now get a seat on the train in the morning, which lets me read a hardback book a lot easier, so I'm reading one now just for the novelty.

Top is the last book in The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, a novel which had a chapter sent monthly by post - the other chapters were about almost all exactly 64 pages long...this one is 150. I think the writer may have realised that he had too much story to tell after chapter 9 and gave up on the nice neat chapter lengths. Pretty good victorian, steampunky adventure.

Bottom is The Collapsium, a rather nice hard sci-fi book which I thought would be awful from the cover, but is actually rather good. Lots of interesting ideas and "what if" points raised. I should finish it by tonight.

Next up is The Man Who Ate Everything

@jelenie: I read Patricia Cornwell's Jack the Ripper "non-fiction" book - it was awful. I've not read any of her stuff before but heard that she was very good. I'm glad that she does have some older good books.
eelend PRO 12 years ago
great idea!!!
i'm going to start shooting when i get home :)
leroyer 12 years ago
Hey guys, thanks for the books review, but could you PLEASE give a look to the rules... the ones saying 1 book/message, 1photo/book, and book you've finished.

Yeah, I'm the meanest pain in the ass admin you've ever known... so what ?

[philippe leroyer - the milky bald guru on a day by day basis : too much pleasure for all !]
sunshinecity Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 12 years ago
... oh but we love you, and your rules all make sense to me soooo.... keep it up, Boss!
: P

.. I'm glad you like her too! She is indeed a cut above the rest! Which books of hers have you read? I recommend "Good in Bed" too!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
cowfish 12 years ago
Well, if there are going to be rules then I will never post again and will run away and cry in a corner. So there.

I'll be good from now on :)
_____jstray 12 years ago
hi phillipe! sorry boss... from now on, one photo per message, yep.

+ sunshine city - i've read in her shoes and good in bed. i haven't read her newest ones yet.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
.. there there ... *rubs back and pats shoulder*

... you must try "Little Earthquales", that was her first!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
smithbob 12 years ago
Objectif (Hitonari Tsuji):

The last book I read ... I finish it at the beginning of this year. It is very small(92 pages). The book is about a woman who is photographer. Cannot really explain the book but I can say I do really like it. Mainly because there is no real story ... to much poetry for me I think.

my bookshelves.
msspider66 12 years ago
13 Jan 2007

Breakfast at Tiffany's

I was running out the door yesterday, late as usual and remembered I had nothing to read. I grabbed Breakfast At Tiffany's. I have read it countless times but still love it. The book also has three short stories. The final one "A Christmas Memory" never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

[Ms Spider66]
luckywhitegirl Posted 12 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 12 years ago
I just finished this one, which just caught my eye on the new arrivals shelf in the library.

Weekend reading

It's about an aidworker in Western Africa... I like books like that. For one, having done similar work in foreign countries I can often identify with the protagonists. Two, so far the ones I've found have really problematized various aspects of doing this sort of work (privilege, racism, classism, the concept of development, the dynamics of "helping" etc.) Philip Caputo's Acts of Faith is my favorite.

This one is a bit different. It's a first person narrative from just one person's point of view while Caputo gives you different perspectives from several different main charaters. So D'souza's more focussed on the individual psychology of Jack Diaz and what happens to him there. Caputo makes more of a description of various situations in general so it's less individual more situational, I'd say.

D'souza made me a bit uncomfortable. It seemed very accurate to me, the uglier parts. It certainly doesn't glamorize the profession or idealize those who do it. If it had I probably woud've put it down unfinished.

It's a good book. Maybe won't make you question the whole idea of development like Caputo's book did but is a really, really good psychological novel.
drab chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
reading Gilead
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
read January 8-15

The story is a narrative, in the form of a letter, written by a dying reverend to his very young son. Or, rather, to the man his son will grow up to be. Rev. John Ames wished to give his boy some idea of self -- specifically where the roots of himself lie.

The voice of the preacher was real to me -- it was one of a husband and father who loved his family wholly and absolutely. He regretted having to die because of the anticipated hardship it would mean for the little family he left behind. But also... that same voice expressed a beautiful awe and appreciation for the life he had been blessed with.

There was a balance in the story that appealed to me. My favorite line:
"So you must not judge what I know by what I find words for"

Word up, Rev. Ames. Word right up
sunshinecity 12 years ago
fast reader!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
drab chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
i'm fairly voracious.
cowfish 12 years ago

The Man Who Ate Everything, by Jeffrey Steingarten. A book of food related essays by a New York lawyer who write regularly for Vogue. Lots of stuff from the science of olestra to french home cooking and pheremones, with varying levels of success. Overall fantastic though. The way Steingarten writes about food sometimes is marvellous, sharing his enthusiasm for eating and also trying to recreate things himself at home.

I now have a long list of "I shall also read" books, and just as long a list of things to try and "cook". I suspect granita will be up first - I have plans for a chilli chocolate granita once I have started to learn the art...
sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow, sounds interesting, thanks for the suggestion!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
smithbob 11 years ago
Lignes (Ryû Murakami)

The last book I read ... Another book for a japanese author. Here, it is a book from Ryû Murakami. I like the way the book is organised. Each chapter is about a new character. At the end of each chapter the character of the next chapter is introduced. So the book is about the life of different character ... but they all have strange life ... I think I must stop reading book from Murakami because he describe japanese as very strange people and I am not sure all japanese are so strange.
cowfish 11 years ago
smithbob: I read "In the Miso Soup" last year and haven't seen any more by him around - I'll keep an eye out for this one.
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
this one's for the girls
Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
Read January 15-17

This book is 4th in a series -- The Underland Chronicles. An 11 yr old boy & his toddler sister fall down a hole. Their survival is as miraculous as what they find: an underground world.

Gregor learns that his coming wasn't entirely unexpected-- his arrival was prophecied. The prophecies are great fun in these books. They rhyme and they're layered with meaning. Understanding them at the end of each story is a big fat deal and lots of fun.

Speaking of fun... in the underland the bats are HUGE and they TALK. Ditto for the mice and rats and cockroaches. Way cool, if you're a kid. Personally, I hope to live my whole life without encountering a roach I can talk to. But omg if I were 12? I would totally ride Gregor's bat.

My 9 yr old gives this one a great big YAY. She adored it. Wee!
smithbob Posted 11 years ago. Edited by smithbob (member) 11 years ago
@cowfish : I read "miso soup" to ... I like it ... if you like it you should like other murakami books
Sandra.Pi Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Sandra.Pi (member) 11 years ago
El jinete

"El jinete de Bucentauro" wich would translate to "Bucentauro's rider", It's the story of two kids that grow up to create a dictatorship in a caribean country, so many shitty things happen that you have a really hard time believing that it's real, but i guess that when you look from outside you just can't believe how bad this kinds of governments can be.
Italian Papillon 11 years ago
18th january 2007 - Another Etxebarria ended!

Novels by writer which I appreciate greatly.....she enters in the world of love in all of its ways: crazy, impossible, fusional, against nature love...but always done on the women's point of view.... I finished it last night!
dda1605 11 years ago
Books and Books

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1996) : if you want to try to understand India, this is probably the best first key of the mistery. A MUST.......

La Tache (The Human Stain - 2000) by Philip Roth : In one world - live as many lives as you can........Incredible characters and a fantastic "ecriture". I love Roth inner world.
hervcha 11 years ago
libro. MDPD2007/01 (by hervcha)

I hardly finished reading this Russian detective novel. The only difficulty are the Russian double names. Beautiful relaxation. The autrice is very known in Russia.

hervcha - It's a long way to & 31st dicembre 2007
cowfish 11 years ago

Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams

Had to order it from the US (as it seems to be out of print), but due to Amazon sellers got it for supa-cheap. Very good nanotech hard sf with some really good ideas. Not as cheesy as the cover would suggest.

Now reading The Line of Polity. I need to get something that isn't sci-fi for my next book...
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
Unrequired Reading
Dirty by Megan Hart
read Jan 17-21

officially this is erotica. personally, i feel it was miscategorized -- it's powerful in a way most erotica is not. two people hook up, make out, get it on. wash, rinse, repeat .. only... there's more. the character development *alone* is worth reading this for. it's emotionally honest in a way that's dark and thought-provoking.

my favorite line: 'scars are proof we can survive'
2nd favorite line'...so many times have i run when standing would have served me better

...i've been there. about a hundred million times. so. word.
elBidule PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by elBidule (member) 11 years ago

Still in my Bukowski period ;) I just finished to read its autobiography "Souvenirs d'un pas grand-chose" ("Ham on rye" for the original title). A really good novel, hard because somehow true. It shows how were born the anguishes and obsessions that made all this cynic vision of life.
cowfish 11 years ago
@smithbob: just got "Piercing", which seems to be Ryu Murakami's latest book. They seem to be difficult to find in the UK... Thanks for reminding me that he existed.
durhamyankee 11 years ago
Today's Reading. (by davebluedevil)

Reading it for a politicized religion class. Has more background history than I knew before, but so far nothing revelatory.
durhamyankee 11 years ago
Oh, and also....

Today's Reading: Hegel. (by davebluedevil)

Philosophy of Religion course.

You'll understand why I don't have much time for pleasure reading right now.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
read January 21-23

This novel is a revamped version of Snow White. It's SO not what I had anticipated, either. The crucial elements of the traditional story are present: the mirror, the wicked queen, Snow White's basic physical attributes, little people, poisonous apple, the coma, the prince.... But ...there's a twist. Lots of twists.

If you dig fairy tales, this is for you. Sure there's a happily ever after, but it takes a long time to get there and there's a lot of weirdness to endure before then. Yay for weird
cowfish 11 years ago
Line of Polity

Line of Polity - Neal Asher

Pretty good sci-fi but not as good as his other books - not as many cool ideas and twists on other science fiction ideas as in those. I'd also missed one of the earlier books (due to not being certain if I'd read it) which meant that there were a few gaps in my knowledge of the universe and the history of the characters, but he did a pretty good job of filling those in. The Voyage of The Sable Keech and The Skinner are better.

Now taking on smithbob's reminder and have got a Ryu Murakami book.
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
Chapter 18
You Suck by Christopher Moore
read January 24-28

This novel is a funny little love story about an undead redhead and her goober vampire boyfriend. It's a comedy, totally. 7 of his buddies know he's a vampire now and when *they* tell Blue, the wonder whore (she dyes her skin blue because there are fellas out there who'll pay extra to bone a smurf), it's all a downhill slide to hilarious calamity.

I didn't laugh my head off or anything, but I did smile plenty and was fairly amused.
cowfish 11 years ago

Piercing by Ryu Murakami. Thanks to smithbob for reminding me that he existed - I thought this book was excellent, although I did squirm a little at some of the descriptions. Difficult to describe, but not for the faint hearted - very little violence done compared to that described.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
I know I should write one post for each book, but I read these three on Saturday, so I thought it would be nice for them to be together :)

The two comic books are very critical and scatching and I recommend them to you absolutely. I'm a big Quino's fan and this book is one of the best I've read.

The last one, "The book of love". At first, I thought this collection of poems could be a bit kitschy (I don't know if I wrote it right)) -well, it's PINK-, but I liked it very much.
It's a bilingual edition of one of the most famous books of Nizar Kabbani, "the Arabian poet of love". Really beautiful.

drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
Suite Fantasy by Janice Maynard

This is a trio of stories, all of them set in the same themed hotel. Adult-themed. Each room is furnished with lush and provacatively creative furniture and props. Ever fantasized about being an English schoolmaster? ...THERE'S A ROOM FOR YOU! Ever wanted to fullfill your fantasy as a bellydancer in the den of a sultan's harem? THERE'S A ROOM FOR YOU! Etc etc and mmm mm mmm etc. It's pretty hot, yo.

The thing I liked the very most is that it was a story (or series of) that celebrated healthy sexual relationships of *couples*. Not promiscuity, but *couples*. I'm all about monogamy, baby. Slutty books quite aside.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
books i just finished - january 07

Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal by P.C. Wren
I feel a little silly admitting to ahve read these books to this group predominated by Francais but here goes...
These are book two and three of the Beau Geste trilogy. I have seen none of the movies. The books centre around an upperclass British family, a rich American family, and some unbelievable adventures in the deserts of Africa with the French Foreign Legion.
I actually finished these in early january - back when i wasnt gettting any work done - this is why
Dad had these books (softcover) and i read them as a teenager and then again when they moved onto my book shelves after his death seven years ago. And then i found these hadcover editions at the library sale recently - $1 each :)
the books are horrible in one sense - at best silly and at worst blindly elitist - but i find those bits so over the top that they are funny - and i guess, being a WASP in this tiny Canadian seaport, i am removed and immune from that type of prejudice, i have the luxury of laughing at it - if you can get past the lack of political correctness (to put it way toooo mildly), the stories and the powerful OLD SKOOL writing are delicious - the novels are absurd and absurdly romantic but im sucker for that kind of stuff - now i just need the hardcover of BEAU GESTE and i'll have a good start for that new bookshelf im going to build
cowfish 11 years ago
Flags of our Fathers

Flags of our Fathers - James Bradley and Ron Powers
As bought by Mr Spielberg and filmified by Mr Eastwood. Quite visceral descriptions of battle, impressive since the author wasn't born until after the war and never spoke about it with his dad, with tales of the survivors and how they coped. Very good.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
giving a hoot
Hoot by Carl Hiassan

Roy is the new kid at school. Florida is lots different than Montana, for sure. He finds himself confronted with a bully and a moral dilema pretty much right away. See... about this dilema ... Roy meets a runaway boy who is intent on saving a family of little owls from being bulldozed by some upcoming construction. Roy feels the boy is right, but also feels that the prankster route the boy is taking to make his point is the *wrong* way to go.

I read this one aloud to my kids over the weekend. There are three bad words in it, just so you know. They're easily glossed over and each one made me smile. I get a kick out of bad words, personally. ahem, moving on:

The story is about kids being kids *and* about kids making a difference. I like a book that comes along and casually underlines that such a thing is possible. Particularly when it's intended audience is a juvenile one. So. Yay.
msspider66 11 years ago

I thought I had a bit more to read but I finished it before the train departed from Penn Staion. Nice light plane/train reading. I also enjoyed his book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

[Ms Spider66]
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
omg! ms spider! i *adore* Christopher Moore. in fact i just recently read the sequel to Blood Sucking Fiends (seen here)

he's a hoot, yeah? quirky and fun at every turn. Lamb was witty, imaginitve, and clever. i'd expected something hilarious and although it wasn't *quite* that .. it was still fun.

i liked Biff plenty. he was profane and likeable and fun. why *wouldn't* Jesus have had a childhood friend? someone he played with and other normal stuff. ..not that sticking a dead lizard in your mouth and bringing it back to life is *normal*. even for the messiah that has to qualify as weird. imho and everything.

200 years ago this same novel would have gotten the author KILLED but now is not then. we're all too dazzled by the generic advice of Dr. Phil to stop and notice every teeny little blasphemous book that gets published.

plus really, if all of our time were spent on weeding out the bad-influences clogging up the shelves of our libraries and bookstores, when would we find the time to sacrifice our goats and stuff? yay for christopher moore
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
darklords and zombies before bed
Death of a Dark Lord by Laurell K Hamilton
read Feb. 3-5

In a dark world, where magic is a corrupting force, a young woman discovers her own magical talent. Elaine was raised by mage-finders whose job it is to destroy evil. What she has to wonder is ... is *she* evil? It takes a perilous journey into a town cursed with living dead to give her the answer.
Samrag 11 years ago
by Peter Schaffer
Amadeus by Peter Shaffer

This I had to read for my English 503 class. I found it rather mundane and funny how such great play (I'm told) and fantastic movie (seen it countless times) can be created from such boring script...LOL This just proves that one has to have a special talent to read and write scripts.
But I finished it and gladly put it away. Have more horrible reading to do for English, but I'm reading some other more fun stuff as well.
I'll keep you posted as and when I finish any of those books (I'm one of those person that reads 5 books at the same time).
cowfish 11 years ago
The Praxis
The Praxis - Walter Jon Williams

Space opera, with a bit of light intergalactic politics, an obvious twist and some heavy anthropomorphisation (if that's even a word) of aliens. Not bad, but not a patch on Aristoi. I suspect I'll end up buying the next two in the series anyway, as this one did only cost me 1p from an Amazon marketplace seller.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
that's totally a word.
空虚 PRO 11 years ago
I'll probably get around to reading this series too at some point. Aristoi is one of my favourites. It's not often that a story ends with the "good guys" winning but depressed because they've been reduced to "only human" status.
空虚 PRO 11 years ago
Shadow of the Giant : Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Giant - Orson Scott Card

On his good days Orson Scott Card is one of the best science fiction authors out there - interesting thoughtful stories and realistic characters with believable motives and flaws. Even on his bad days his work is better than most of the science fiction out there.

Ender's Game has to be one of the classic science fiction works and I was very happy to see OSC write more books in the same universe. After Ender's Game OSC wrote 3 more books following Ender Wiggan after then Bugger War when he is no longer remembered as a hero but instead the man responsible for the death of an entire species (this is not entirely fair since Ender was unaware at the time that he was doing anything more than participating in a strategy game).

The Shadow Saga follows on from Ender's Game but does not feature Ender at all, instead OSC explores what happens to some of the other major characters, particularly "Bean" the boy genius instrumental in Ender's victory over the buggers. I have to say that I prefer the books that feature Ender as some parts of the Shadow series do drag a little and do tend to harp on about the amazing tactical skills of the Battle School graduates (Book 3: Shadow Puppets was one of the least impressive IMO).

OSC has set himself a challenge since he has to describe the campaigns fought by military geniuses while not (presumably) being one himself.

Worth reading if you enjoyed the Ender books.
cowfish 11 years ago
The Atrocity Archives

The Atrocity Archives - Charles Stross

I picked this up in the US for the horrendous price of $14 (plus tax...) because it's not out over here in the UK yet, despite Mr Stross' britishness and residence in this here fair land. Anyway...

Top read - the book has both The Atrocity Archives and its short story (novella? how long does something have to be before it's a novella?) followup "The Concrete Jungle". The combination of civil service bureaucracy, tech support, spies and occult containment fieldwork works surprisingly well, especially to someone who used to do tech support in a council department and wished that it was just a little more interesting (that would be me). There are more on their way in this series and a UK release later this year (iirc).

Also, Charlie Stross, Ken MacLeod and Farah Mendelsohn are at Picocon in London this weekend if any of you lot are around. I'll be the one in the bar...well, one of them.
cowfish 11 years ago
@All ur base: Mr Card is one of my favourite writers (the Memory of Earth series still sticks in my mind as being excellent - the latter half of the set were the first books I imported from the US due to not being able to get them in the UK yet). I read the first of the Ender's Shadow books but got bored with them quite quickly - while the stories are different to the first time through, it does still slightly feel like milking the fame of Ender's Game for all it's worth...
空虚 PRO 11 years ago
@cowfish: Excellent taste! I'm a great fan of Mr Stross. I haven't read the Atrocity archives, but I have read Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise as well as the collection of short stories that became Accelerando. Iron Sunrise and Singularity Sky are great science fiction (IMHO) but I think the Accelerando stories are truly innovative.

Can non icsf members attend Picocon? I wouldn't mind seeing Stross in person and would be happy to buy a round or two of drinks in the bar.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
gimme a break
My Nerdy Valentine by Vicki Lewis Thompson
read Feb 8-11

Amanda is interning for an unconventional sex therapist when she begins receiving creepy valentine cards from a secret admirer. A cute nerdy stockbroker volunteers to be her pretend boyfriend --thinking this may discourage the amorous whackjob. That's maybe the dorkiest plan ever but ... it pulls Will and Amanda closer together. Oh and guess what? They're both pretty turned on. Surprise!

i *promise* that i don't always read this beautiful garbage. however, i will own that so far i've read only two books this year that might one day be referred to as 'literature'. everything else has been chosen as eye cud and each crap book was chosen primarily to suppliment my good mood. so ... while i'm a *little* ashamed of my novel selection thus far, i'm also pretty happy about it. haha. what a mixed bag
cowfish Posted 11 years ago. Edited by cowfish (member) 11 years ago
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. - Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen

Things explode, people get hit and Fin Fang Foom not only appears but tries to put "Boom Boom" in his pants. American or English sense of the word - I think both are correct in this instance. BUT! It has been cancelled and the world is crying. There are a couple of trades out at the moment (I think) with a third out sometime - buy them if you like things that go bang.

Also, first comic book series posted here that I can see.

I just finished reading "Mindscan" by Robert Sawyer as well, but as I keep on posting stuff here I thought I'd give it a rest and let other people do so for a bit. Mindscan was quite good though - a bit of philosophical musing on the nature of consciousness, american case law, the future after Pat Buchanan became US president and a small dose of action and robot sex. What more could a sci-fi book need?
elBidule PRO 11 years ago
Le grand pouvoir du Chninkel
Le grand pouvoir du Chninkel

Jon the chninkel is the one chosen by U'n the unic god to bring peace on the world... big project for a slave.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
basket case
Basket Case by Carl Hiassen
read Feb 14-19

A disgraced reporter taps out obituaries for a newspaper that would love to see him quit. When a famous rocker kicks it ...Jack suspects foul play. Heck, he's praying for it -- that kind of score would put him on the front page again.

I like this author's quirky style. Hiaasen isn't afraid to be weird but he doesn't make it schticky. You know? For instance:

Some beefy masked man breaks into Jack's place. Too bad for Jack that he's home. Long story short Jack bludgeoned the dude with the only thing he could reach ... a frozen lizard, from his freezer. The best thing about that scene was finding out later that the criminal in question actually lost an eye to that lizard. Hahahaha! My gramma would love that.
cowfish 11 years ago
I've not read any Hiaasen and have a need for both weirdness and crime books...I might go and grab a copy.
zebilibouba 11 years ago
- FIN -
Pour qui sonne le glas - Ernest Hemingway

Great story of love with in the background the war between republicans and the franquists in Spain (or the contrary). Very well written, just enough details to transmit all the emotions which have to be transmitted in that kind of huge novel. It took me some time to read it, but I enjoyed it much.
luckywhitegirl Posted 11 years ago. Edited by luckywhitegirl (member) 11 years ago
Where I've been lately...

This book is so good it seems impossible that the whole world is not reading it, experiencing it right along with me. To me, it seems like everything else that is happening in the world has stopped and we are all following Cal Stephanides through the story of his/her life. There is no presidential campaign on in that world. No tornadoes spinning through the South. Even in Iraq the guns and car bombs fall silent as Cal tells how her grandparents fled Turkey via Greece to come to the Americas, how her grandfather was a bootlegger back in the day, how her other grandfather faked his own death only to resurface as a cult leader in the Nation of Islam (the only part I found to stretch credulity). How her mother could've married a priest to choose to marry her own cousin instead and how even then fate didn't play its hand but held on waiting for just the right moment: the swirling of just the right mix of genes, the creation of the second child: Calliope... aka Cal.

What a story!

--barb (aka luckywhitegirl)
DPD: la vista desde aca
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Leo Gursky wrote a book, long ago, about love ..*for* his love. Circumstance parted him from his book --it was published without his knowledge or name and it went on to touch the lives of a family. Circumstance also parted him from his love -- she married another and his son was raised by that man, without ever knowing he had another father. Leo lived his own life around that...but never quite past it.

It's a sad story, really. A man loved so very deeply that he never loved again. There was a madness to him that wasn't quite revealed until the end. The revelation itself struck me as an afterthought. Sort of like ..."p.s. i have dillusions and they make it easier for me to live. No biggie"
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
The Sunday List of Dreams by Kris Radish

Connie is a beautiful character. Strong. Solid gold. She raised 3 girls alone and well. She set her dreams aside for the sake of a stable, loving home-- the one she offered to her family.

She never buried those dreams. Not Ever. Instead, she kept them alive. She wrote a list of her dreams and fantasies -- on Sundays, when she had a little block of time to herself, she'd tweak the list. Finally, Connie retired early and embarked on a great adventure: she picked up that list and began living it
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
p.s. having a pillow fight with pretty girls in a green field, whilst wearing a nightgown and nothing else ... was not on the list. don't judge this book by its cover. however. by all means ... be influenced by it. i'd love to see you all in your pj's whacking away at each other while fluffy feathers flutter and fly about your lovely heads like so much magic.

FYI and all.
Glow* 11 years ago
hehe, I love pillow fights!
Have you heard of the pillow fight club ? (I have a special set about it)

drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
*goes to see
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
um yeah hi. i read a lot.
not quite great
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libby Bray

When Gemma's mother is murdered in India, she and her family move to England, where she is enrolled in boarding school. This is not Jane Eyre's school and Gemma is no typical English girl. There's a powerful magic inside of her -- one that will allow her to cross over into other realms. And. The magic attracts darkness.

It's a gothic novel with a Dead Poet's Society flavor. I sort of recommend it.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
well. i sort of recommend it to women. men, this one may not be your speed.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
hey. me again. s'up, buttercups?
The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

The Earl of St Merryn needs a woman to pose as his fiance, to distract society, while he unravels a dangerous mystery. Elenora Lodge is practical, educated, genteel and recently impoverished. They each can fill the needs of the other but proximity and dangerous excitement change the original definition of need. YAY!
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
okay. the last four book posts here are mine. who should get out more?

*slowly raises hand
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
Hotel World by Ali Smith

In a hotel, five people are going through their own day. One is dead, two are sisters, 4 are strangers. The novel is set at the intersection where these 5 cross paths.

This novel was a Booker prize finalist. I'm sure it makes some sort of sense. To someone else. Omg it took me a week to read this slim little novel. I was frigging BORED, no kidding.

I kept thinking to myself "It'd be much more enjoyable if everyone just died. Then the bodiless spirit of the chambermaid would have some company and maybe then the story flow would make sense." Present, past, future --- GOD it was jumbled. Blah
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
hey glory! glad to see a kindred spirit here. I haven't been posting my books but this one was really good.

If you like Shirley Jackson and her grotesque images of humanity, if you're feeling cynical about North American society, or just like twisted and stunted characters, Jackson's your gal. Best known for the creepy short story The Lottery, her novel We have Always Lived in the Castle is another story about the cruelty of humankind, the incessant social pressure of small town to keep its members in line and the temptation it all produces to wall yourself off in a castle and never come out! The story is told by a mentally disturbed narrator which provides the reader with an uncomfortable though thrilling closeness to insanity and not a small part of the creepiness of the novel is produced by this technique. Jackson is a genius of the most recessed and hidden parts of the human psyche and this novel is one of her best.

We have always lived in the castle
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
I'M SO GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE. hey yanno? this sounds like a wicked good read
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
*entry withdrawn

lord god in heaven, i just did *not* feel comfortable leaving that one up. i'm ashamed of myself. sort of. hahahahaha
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
reading with morrie
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
read April, 2007

This is a heartbreakingly touching novel about a grown man and his college professor. Morrie is dying, when they reconnect. Every Tuesday Mitch flies in to spend the day with Morrie, because they are Tuesday people. They share stories and listen and define life during their times together. Morrie is practical and wise and shares this with Mitch and with us. He died the way he lived-- full of love.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
Not As Crazy As I Seem by George Harrar

Devon is 15 and he has some issues. Just ...quirky little ways of doing things that he feels will bring him luck. He eats things in groups of four. He hangs up his shirts with every button buttoned and then sorts them by color. He alphabetizes things. He covers his hands before opening doors. The list goes on.

At his new school his OCD begins to cause him some trouble. He realizes that his only choice is to confront his behaviors and the thing that triggers them. I totally dug it. It had me evaluating my own quirks
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
Come To Rocky Flats
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo

Felix is a former soldier, once stationed in Iraq. Now he's a free lance investigator and ..um ... a vampire. Something screwy's going on in Rocky Flats. Women have come down with a case of the hots and he's been asked to find out the cause. What he didn't reckon on is a group of vampire hunters, shady govenment officials, and aliens. Actually the aliens caught me off guard too. hahahaha More books should feature vampires and aliens together!

Oh and ... there wasn't really sex in the book. Just so you know. I know the title would maybe lead one to believe that within the pages there was a hot good time to be had, but no. It was more of a tongue in cheek political satire
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
do you know the mushroom man
The Mushroom Man by Sophie Powell
read April 28-29

Charlotte has a six year old girl and a cheating husband. Her sister Beth is a widow with a teenage son and a set of 11 yr old triplet girls. The sisters are somewhat estranged but Beth reaches out and invites her sister and niece for a visit. The sweet and fanciful young Lilly wholly believe the fairytale the triplets make up to amuse her and goes off into the forest to find the man who makes umbrellas for fairies -- the mushroom man. She disappears and the family pulls together
luckywhitegirl 11 years ago
Tuesday May 1, 2007

Hija de la fortuna

Excellent! I love Isabelle Allende (niece of Salvador). This one covers a lot of historical events surrounding the California gold rush and deals with issues of racism and classism as well as being a great illustration of the status of 19th century women. I liked it so much I'm starting another book by her now. Casa de los Espiritus.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
i've read that one too! oprah's book choices aren't always to my taste, but this one i really liked.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
i've been called worse things
Devilish by Maureen Johnson

There's a demon at school making offers and taking souls. Jane's best friend Allison -- the formerly lovable yet socially inept goober with a weird look and no beau --is suddenly cute and confident. Tsk, she's sold her soul. The bad guys want Jane and the good guys want Jane but she just wants to save Allison. It'll all come to a head at the much forbidden Poodle Prom, where Jane has to receive a kiss from her ex or ... forfeit her soul. Hahaha
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
vampires & whores
X-Rated Blood Suckers by Mario Acevedo
read May 2007

Felix Gomez was a soldier in the Iraqi war. Now he is a private investigator. Oh. And a vampire. The biggest vampire rule is ... don't tell humans about vampires. Someone is breaking that rule. Felix is commisioned to solve the mystery of a murdered porn star and uses it as cover as he investigates the who and why of The Secret being told. It could spell total doom for vampires. This was a solid mystery, livened up with plenty of fun.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
pursuit of privacy

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
read May 2007

A teenaged boy wakes up one morning invisible. He freaks, his parents freak. There's freaking all around. Invisibility isn't all fun. What he and his parents deal with are the more practical matters --- like how to explain to teachers and authorities where he IS. Police want to arrest the parents because they suspect foul play. A nosey neighbor who means well has the house under surveillance. Etc

When his parents are in a car accident and are hosptitalized ... he suddenly realizes just how alone he is. It's not like he can go to the store and buy what he needs. The only way he CAN get around is by leaving the house unclothed -- he may be invisible but his clothes aren't.

Leaving the house naked ... completely exposed to the elements ... that's not the fun time I had pictured in my head when I read the summary of this book on the back cover. The depth of it was a surprise. He makes friends with a blind girl and during this time she's the only one who sees him, metaphorically. It's a story about kids thinking for themselves. And I guess it's also about doing things on your own -- standing alone and not being dependant. I liked it
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago

ok ok I know its 2 books however I do most of my "reading" via audio books etc as I spend alot of time where I cant read but can listen. These 2 I listened to recently and then the author who podcasted them out for free had them published both are first rate sci fi books if maybe a bit bloody for some.

If like scifi and dont mind the violence they are worth checking out can get them in podcast form for free on podiobooks
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
willy / Lélie

Lélie Fumeuse d'Opium
a book writen under cover by my favorite
Paul Jean Toulet
signed by Willy, Colette's mentor pygmalion & husband
big fun, the kinky kind
great style
1911 !
have been trying to find that book for years
and read it in
3 days !
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
poolside cool
The Palace of Tears by Alev Lytle Croutier
read May 27, 2007

This love story begins in France in the post Napoleanic era. Casimir purchases an extraordinary cameo of a young lady with one blue eye and one yellow eye. She is called *The Doll*, the living doll of a Sultana in a harem. He leaves his home and country to find her.

She dreams of a man who dreams of her. She falls in love with him before he even arrives. Obsticles divide them for a while, but then ... they find a way. Their hearts beat as one, their lives entertwine and they have found their destiny with each other.

Sounds romantic, yeah? Yeah. Except. He was already married and had three sons. Which he left in search of a stranger, whom he'd only seen through a single tiny portrait. He took money and left, without explaining a thing. He never looked back. Factor that in and the romantic element is somewhat diminished, in my opinion.
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
i dreamed of wolves
Dances With Wolves by Michael Blake
read June 2007

Lieutenant John Dunbar was given orders to report to Fort Sedgewick. He didn't know it, but the Fort was deserted. Alone on the Western frontier during the Civil War, Dunbar keeps himself busy fullfilling his duty. He unwittingly attracts the attention of a nearby Comanche tribe.

Slowly he and the Comanches build trust with each other. Dunbar begins to learn their language and is renamed Dances With Wolves. He falls in love with the people as a whole and with a single woman among them. He proves himself to the Comanches and is embraced by them. When they are attacked, the Comanche enemies become Dunbar's enemies.

All in all, I'd recommend this book to anyone. I've never seen the movie, but the author's note revealed that the ending of the movie and that of the book are entirely different. I don't think I'm interested in seeing the movie. I'm a snob that way. I'm quite happy with the world I was introduced to between the pages of this book.
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