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    Armistead Maupin - The Days of Anna Madrigal - "She had hoped at the very least to be recognized as a new experimentalist, but they had treated her more like a Kardashian than a Kerouac."
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    I got Tartt's Goldfinch today. I'll keep you posted.
    It only took me 2 months, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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    As of late, I've been reading Agatha Christie books during my morning and evening's commute. So far, I have been unable to correctly guess the murderer(s) in advance of Poirot fingering the culprit(s). For bubblegum, the books aren't bad, though I'm ready to move onto something else. Anyone have any good suggestions?
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    Anjelica Houston's author's photo is better than yours. FACT.




    (Memoir was pretty good, too.)

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    Someone in my office was reading this today...sigh..

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    So John Cameron Mitchell has a series of public readings of prose and poetry called A Good Read. June 3 he read with Wallace Shawn, not sure what. Last night we went and he read with Denis O'Hare. All we knew was the title, "Luminous Nictitation" and that it celebrated postmodern Russian literature. I really should have googled that phrase, but I did not. So I showed up unawares. They came on stage and said they were going to read something from Nabokov and my heart leapt, as he is one of my favorites. Denis then pulled out a stack of note cards and I almost jumped out of my seat. They then proceeded to do a dramatic reading from the Forward and Commentary of Pale Fire, one of my very favorite novels. It was quite amazing. John and Denis traded off sections, lines, phrases, words and dialogue. It was a great distillation of the rich story, hilarious and compelling.
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    The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho - If I became a monster today, and decided to kill them, one by one, they would become aware only after most of the flock had been slaughtered, thought the boy. They trust me, and they've forgotten how to rely on their own instincts, because I lead them to nourishment.
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    The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - A piece of bread
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    I've been swallowing Christopher Moore books whole lately. Started with Lamb, then A Dirty Job, then The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, then The Island of the Sequined Love Nun, then Fool and The Serpent of Venice... and now I'm on to Bloodsucking Fiends. Seven books in a couple months, after reading Practical Demonkeeping long ago. He's a SF author who specializes in dark comedy with spiritual undertones. Some of his books are excellent, others are a mite lazier, all are good beach reading. The key character in Fool and The Serpent of Venice (a fool named Pocket) reminded me so much of Russell Brand (having read his book recently) I couldn't help but think he's the author's muse. For the record, I listened to those as audiobooks because the voice actor is just amazing. Totally sold the story in a way reading might not have.

    My book club is charging us with Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy directly. I've never read any McCarthy. Opinions?

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    I am a big Cormac McCarthy fan. Blood Meridian was one of the first of his I read. It's been years, but I remember it being seriously gruesome in a high-literary sort of way.
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    The few books of his that I have read I enjoyed. The Road is one of my favorite books ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomServo View Post
    My book club is charging us with Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy directly. I've never read any McCarthy. Opinions?
    I've read a few McCarthy novels and that is the one that has stuck with me the most.
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    I just started reading Blood Meridian. Pretty incredible thus far.

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    I've read a few McCarthy novels and that is the one that has stuck with me the most.
    I really loved The Road and No Country (even though I feel the film is superior). Thinking about picking up All the Pretty Horses next.
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    Yeah, Blood Meridian is a novel-length punch in the gut. It's my favorite McCarthy book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gribbz View Post
    I really loved The Road and No Country (even though I feel the film is superior). Thinking about picking up All the Pretty Horses next.
    I enjoyed it quite a bit. I preferred Suttree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    So John Cameron Mitchell has a series of public readings of prose and poetry called A Good Read. June 3 he read with Wallace Shawn, not sure what. Last night we went and he read with Denis O'Hare. All we knew was the title, "Luminous Nictitation" and that it celebrated postmodern Russian literature. I really should have googled that phrase, but I did not. So I showed up unawares. They came on stage and said they were going to read something from Nabokov and my heart leapt, as he is one of my favorites. Denis then pulled out a stack of note cards and I almost jumped out of my seat. They then proceeded to do a dramatic reading from the Forward and Commentary of Pale Fire, one of my very favorite novels. It was quite amazing. John and Denis traded off sections, lines, phrases, words and dialogue. It was a great distillation of the rich story, hilarious and compelling.
    What the what? That sounds like an amazing night. I love JCM! And Pale Fire is my favorite Nabokov as well.

    I decided to get some non-fiction in. Just wrapping up Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed. Even though I'm often told I'm a very positive person, I loved Ehrenreich's rather provocative book.

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    The Rum Diary - Hunter S. Thompson - "It was hamburger with eggs. When I came to San Juan Al's menu consisted of beer, rum and hamburgers."
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    I recently finished this. It's astonishing, rage-inducing and kind of scary at times. Tom Cruise practically has a whole chapter about him. Beck is mentioned once.

    We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto73 View Post
    Yeah, Blood Meridian is a novel-length punch in the gut. It's my favorite McCarthy book.
    Wow. This just goes to show the vast difference of opinions that folks can have about a writer. Probably half of the book club has already shut down reading Blood Meridian. I'm nearly finished but FUCKING READY for it to be over. Granted, I'm a bit of a pantywaist when it comes to drudgery of violence books and stories, and it is extremely well written, articulate torture porn.

    It's easily as violent as "Preacher" without the zaniness. I'm just glad CM stayed away from wholesale rape (although some men got raped). I don't think I would have continued after all the violence on babies, animals, AND women. I mean... Dead. Baby. Tree. This is a thing. Horse tries to murder other horse. CM has a dark, twisted mind.

    And I am a little bothered by the fact that 3/4 of the way through I still don't have a grab on who the protagonist is or what he's trying to accomplish... but that should have come easy to me after watching No County For Old Men and recognizing that the "obvious" choice for protag was not the actual protag. Really.

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    For the record, this pantywaist nature keeps me annoyed with Chuck Palahniuk as well. I'll struggle through all the violence and gruesomeness and a fascinating third act will bring me back home. "Rant" is my favorite Palahniuk but I hated it 2/3 of the way through. Jsia

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    Just past the 1/3rd point in Ulysses. Enjoying it quite a bit. Annotations are very helpful for the first read.
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    i finally finished savage continent. the page count is often misleading on ebooks, at least with non-fiction, because of all the reference pages. sometimes that makes me feel discouraged from finishing even though i'm closer to the end than i think. anyway, i really enjoyed the book. i thought it was pretty balanced. my only complaint was that it was hard for me to follow after awhile as there were so many names and conflicts to discuss, it was hard for me to keep track of who was who.

    i just started the jimmy carter book "a call to action: women, religion, violence, and power". i'm not very far along yet though. just started school again so this one will probably take me a year too lol.
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    I'm reading Justine by the Marquis de Sade. Lol.
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    I just finished Baseball in the Garden of Eden. It's a history of the early development of baseball, attempting to debunk some of the myths that have arisen (namely that Abner Doubleday invented the game in Cooperstown.) It was a well-researched book and frequently entertaining, but the start was a bit hard to follow, as there are many references to people and events that weren't expanded upon until later in the book.

    I will say that reading a book with footnotes and references on a kindle fire is incredible, as they can hotlink each note so the reader can click a link and follow it to a note that includes a hyperlink to the actual source on a remote server. I am a recent convert, but the e-book has so many benefits that I'm pretty much sold.
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    I think that there is still a lot in store for e-books though I doubt that in the future they will resemble the kindle at all. Robotics and 3d displays used together may reinvent the book once again.

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    i just lov having access to a bunch of books all at once. and the referencing as bryan says. i have only gotten one book through amazon, but it does seem more robust than google play. i am also elated most of my textbooks can be read on my tablet. my neighborhood bar probably appreciates it too since i come in to have a beer and read.
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    Edit: in reference to Vigo

    What? I can see that being done with purely visual media, but literature works best without an image-based accompaniment in many instances, as it relies so much on reader imagination to develop the ambiguities. Literature works best allowing a reader to develop these ambiguities.

    That said, I think e-books are going to be a HUGE development for the comic industry, for the possibilities that animation, connection and new techs would offer to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chairmenmeow47 View Post
    i just lov having access to a bunch of books all at once. and the referencing as bryan says. i have only gotten one book through amazon, but it does seem more robust than google play. i am also elated most of my textbooks can be read on my tablet. my neighborhood bar probably appreciates it too since i come in to have a beer and read.
    The access is another huge issue. I always keep a book of short stories in my car if I ever have an issue where I need to sit for awhile. Now, with my kindle, I have at least 40 collections of short stories, so I no longer have to limit myself to on author, one genre, one era, etc. I love short stories and e-books have really made them more accessible.

    Oh, and the fact that a majority of the written word was never copyrighted, so I can grab tons of historical knowledge for free and carry it with me everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Edit: in reference to Vigo

    What? I can see that being done with purely visual media, but literature works best without an image-based accompaniment in many instances, as it relies so much on reader imagination to develop the ambiguities. Literature works best allowing a reader to develop these ambiguities.

    That said, I think e-books are going to be a HUGE development for the comic industry, for the possibilities that animation, connection and new techs would offer to them.
    I agree with all of this. I used to be able to taste the wine and smell the flowers and feel the wind against my face and the words would just disappear from the page as if I wasn't reading at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zircona1 View Post
    I recently finished this. It's astonishing, rage-inducing and kind of scary at times. Tom Cruise practically has a whole chapter about him. Beck is mentioned once.

    Did they mention Tom Davis?

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