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Title: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on July 01, 2007, 10:04:28 AM
What are you reading right now?  (other than this forum)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on July 01, 2007, 10:06:08 AM
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

I'm pleased with the originality of it, but just haven't had time to finish.
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Post by: Cole Gibsen on July 01, 2007, 06:29:24 PM
Right now I'm on the eigth month chapter of What to Expect when You're Expecting. Seven down and two to go! (Patrick-this is where I need a smiley that looks exhausted from being pregnant for so long)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on July 01, 2007, 07:16:43 PM
Congratulations.

 :p1:

You know, I actually seen a pregnant smiley but didn't include because I thought it would be too rare a thing.  See how I am.

And congratulations on your 25th post and getting your avatar, too.  Probably not as major as having a baby, but damn close.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lynne on July 01, 2007, 10:22:52 PM
What I've read most recently are three YA books by Gail Giles: Shattering Glass, Dead Girls Don't Write Letters, and What Happened to Cass McBride?
She spoke at our SCBWI meeting about drawing readers in from the beginning and keeping them hooked. (Her books have the best first lines).
I didn't get much writing done during that time because I could not put these books down.  Luckily they're pretty fast reads so it didn't keep me away for too long.
I also just read Harlan Coben's newest novel, The Woods.  Another author that's hard to put down once you start.
 :read:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on July 02, 2007, 12:06:51 PM
Velvet Elvis Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell
The Door to Time  by Michael Merryweather  This is a piece of MG stuff that turns out is not so good.
Field Work by Mischa Berlinski
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lilly_Grant on July 03, 2007, 08:44:31 AM
Im reading "Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold.

Its so sad  :( - but so well written.  Its... Its.... Lovely.  :hearts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on July 03, 2007, 01:18:18 PM
Didn't you think that Heaven sounded really boring, though?  I hope it isn't really like that.  And I found the resolution of that book to be very unsatisfying.  It'll be interesting to see what they do with it in the movie version.
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Post by: Imelda on July 11, 2007, 02:05:56 PM
When Christ And His Saints Slept by Sharon Penman.

It's alright, but I'm only about two chapters in, and I put it down several months ago to read Harry Potter again ... I'm yet to pick it back up. :s
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on July 11, 2007, 05:23:20 PM
I'm actually reading A Thousand Splendid Suns right now (by the author of The Kite Runner)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on July 12, 2007, 09:01:28 AM
Ahh, Kite Runner.  Very good book.  I like it when a first-time author does that well.  Of course, I'm always disappointed when it isn't me.  I wonder how long he had to query?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: vripley on August 16, 2007, 01:18:16 PM
Water for Elephants by: Sara Gruen

Pretty entertaining thus far. Talented writer...
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Post by: teen-writer on August 16, 2007, 05:56:39 PM
Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The movie just came out, and I began the book this morning. I hope I can finish it by tonight (unlikely). So far it's amazing. The writing style is intoxicating, and the beginning reminds me of Goblin's Market by Christina Georgina Rossetti.

And I really liked The Kite Runner. It was a bit disturbing (those of you who read it all know what I'm talking about), but still VERY well structured. We analyzed it in class, and how it's an alteration of the classic Hero's Journey. The writing, of course, is nice and flowing, and the characters are very real.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 16, 2007, 06:11:18 PM
You know, I think I oughta read that after I finish Wicked Lovely. Have you ever heard of Idlewild by Nick Sagan? (Carl Sagan's son)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 16, 2007, 07:01:45 PM
I've heard of it, but I don't know what it's about.
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Post by: Chelc on August 16, 2007, 07:02:59 PM
Stardust is a book?
Okay, that's going on my list of to-reads. I'm going to see the movie Sunday!
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Post by: teen-writer on August 16, 2007, 07:07:05 PM
You must read it! So far it's really good (I'm a slow reader, and I keep getting interruptions so I'm only on page forty something....). It took me by surprise. I found it in the young adult section, and it's written like a fairy tale for young adults, but I consider it more of a fairy tale for adults. I don't know. Obviously, young adults can read it, but I wouldn't suggest it for the kids who wander into the YA section because some kids' books are too simple for them.

Hmm ... hard to explain without revealing anything. JUST READ IT.  ;D  ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 16, 2007, 08:18:05 PM
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Have you ever heard of Idlewild by Nick Sagan? (Carl Sagan's son)
My son devoured it, but I haven't gotten to it. Thought maybe you knew (since he doesn't talk to me if he can help it other than to ask what's to eat).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 16, 2007, 09:15:44 PM
Haven't hear of that one...sounds like my list is getting longer!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 16, 2007, 09:37:16 PM
ya gotta, ya gotta, ya gotta read Wicked Lovely.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 17, 2007, 11:06:03 AM
Oh boy, mom mom's going to wonder why I'm only asking for books this year for my b-day... ;D
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Post by: justwrite on August 17, 2007, 11:53:32 AM
Cool. I buy my kids book whenever they asked and even when they don't, but I'm a stingy you know what with everything else (except food of course, and movies!)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 17, 2007, 12:23:01 PM
"Except food"  :rolf:
Haha, well I hope you aren't stingy with that
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 17, 2007, 12:51:16 PM
Slouchy and lazy about it, but not stingy. I'm not exactly housewife of the year. ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: vripley on August 24, 2007, 06:16:34 PM
I am moving on to The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumbass... It is 1,300 pages long!!! Holy smokes Batman!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 24, 2007, 08:53:52 PM
I'm almost done with Perfume. Such writing! And what a character!

After I finish, I may not pick up another book, because my schedule becomes cruel and inhuman in a week. But, if I ever see a second of free time, I will be reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It looks like an amusing read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 24, 2007, 09:30:55 PM
Glad you liked it. Freaky, freaky. I forgot how much it influenced my writing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 24, 2007, 09:59:53 PM
Good Omens is HYSTERICAL.
You're gonna love it  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 25, 2007, 04:19:21 AM
Just finished Perfume. Amazing!!! What a strange, strange book. I will be thinking about it for a long time to come....

Chelc, I haven't seen you (and by that I mean I haven't read your posts) in so long!

I'm going to start Good Omens now. I was planning to go to sleep two hours ago, but I got lost in Perfume. Must read nonstop before school hits.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 25, 2007, 12:19:43 PM
Yeah, my dad visited this week, so I only logged on for about 2 seconds at a time for the past 5 days...but hey, where's your avatar?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 25, 2007, 01:35:51 PM
I tried putting a new one on, but it didn't work for some reason, and I'm currently too lazy to put my old one back. So maybe later today...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 25, 2007, 01:38:34 PM
Hey you're online Dan!
How's it going?  :wink:
I am highly bored.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 25, 2007, 01:38:55 PM
And your avatar is back!  :clap:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Legionsynch on August 25, 2007, 01:51:13 PM
I'm almost done with Perfume. Such writing! And what a character!

After I finish, I may not pick up another book, because my schedule becomes cruel and inhuman in a week. But, if I ever see a second of free time, I will be reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It looks like an amusing read.

Good Omens was SUCH a good book! :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 25, 2007, 07:01:54 PM
So what's it about. I have Stardust now.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 25, 2007, 08:54:27 PM
Good Omens is about...oh god, you just have to read it...it's...it's...I seriously can't even explain it! But it's the best. :rof3:
Basically it's a parody of the movie The Omen. It's the Apocalypse with humor.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 25, 2007, 09:24:14 PM
Ooh good you got Stardust. I think I have to make a campaign to get Neil Gaimain's sales up. He's already a bestselling author, but still a lot of people have never even heard of him.

Stardust is good. It's quite odd. The writing style is for the younger group, but some of the context is a bit more for teens. It reminded me of the books I read when I was in elementary school. And it's a VERY fast read. I just zoomed through it in two days, and I'm a very slow reader.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 25, 2007, 09:43:53 PM
You've got to read Idlewild. I was wrong about it being like Stardust, which I haven't really spent much time with yet. The closest thing i can think of that it's like is MT Anderson's Feed.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 25, 2007, 09:50:17 PM
Grr I know that name. Idlewild ... guess I've got to look at it on Amazon.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 25, 2007, 09:50:54 PM
So Dan, have you started Good Omens yet?
I read it in all of 3 days and only while at school, so consequently, I was laughing my head off in the middle of lectures and people stared at me ;D ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 25, 2007, 09:54:55 PM
Yeah I started it. It's really funny, but I often feel lost. So many characters and references. But I guess it's part of the book's flavor. I don't see how I can finish it, though. I have a five hour plane ride coming up, but I need to spend that time studying for history and Spanish (I have two exams the first week of school....)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 25, 2007, 10:04:34 PM
plane ride? where are you off to?
And exams the first week of school??!?! Can you say mental?  :crazy:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 26, 2007, 12:21:26 AM
Yes, mental indeed. I'm going to Hawaii!!! Except I have to leave my family there and fly back home alone early, because I can't afford to miss the beginning of school.  >:( Oh well, I don't much like flying with my family. Sitting for five hours with one brother who pesters me to watch a movie with him, one brother who pesters me to listen to this new awesome song by an artist I hate, one brother who runs around the plane bothering people ... it can get hectic.  :crazy:

Haha but people remember us from planes. One time in Hawaii, this woman walked up to us and said she remembered us from the plane, but we didn't remember her.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 26, 2007, 07:03:26 AM
Four sons! Oy!
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Post by: Chelc on August 26, 2007, 11:34:21 AM
When's the first day of school for you Dan? You too I guess JW.
I don't start 'till the 5th. Well, actually the official first day of school is September 4, but sophomores, juniors and seniors don't have to go on the first day because it's freshman orientation...they get the first day to get used to the school without a bunch of big bad high schoolers running around to confuse them >:D
Though our school isn't all that hard to figure out, its perfectly symmetrical!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 26, 2007, 12:12:58 PM
MY first day...(grrrrr is tommorrow) but first days are sort of easiest. Gotta drive the two hours down there at the crack of dawn. In the afternoon I have to register hordes of pig-headed know-nothings. Maybe I'll get to poke my head in here since I will be online. But usually there's barely even a chance to got to the restroom! The whole fam returns to the city on the 3rd and the kids start back on the 4th.

yikes...that was a thread detour. But who's going to complain?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 26, 2007, 01:06:57 PM
Okay, back to what we're reading...
I'm still in the middle of eclipse, but I'm attempting to read three other things at the same time while keeping track of the different plotlines...
Got stardust, but barely started it. Trying out the Da Vinci Code, but don't really like it. And lastly, Memoirs of a Geisha.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 26, 2007, 01:08:47 PM
I start on the 4th. The first day is just getting all the syllabuses (or is it syllabi?), and in the case of last year, getting screamed at by the Hebrew teacher about how she hates us and dreads every single day she has to see us. And of course the AP teachers will give us yet another lecture on the work load, bla bla bla.

Have we kept ANY thread on topic?

Da Vinci Code is an amazing story/idea, but I didn't much like the writing style. I always wanted to read Memoirs of a Geisha, but there are so many other books on the list that come before it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 26, 2007, 04:52:40 PM
I liked Memoirs of a Geisha, as I recall. It's been awhile. And now to steer the thread off road into a ditch, albeit a writing oriented one—I was given another advance reader copy of a book from the local bookstore. This should cheer you teens. It's by a fifteen year old who is not the writer of Eragon. I'll let you know if it's any good. Not sure if I'm supposed to talk about it in detail since it hasn't been released yet.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 27, 2007, 10:43:45 AM
ooooo!! J that sounds AWESOME!
 ;D
Memoirs is good, but slow. You have to be really into the culture to enjoy it, I think.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 27, 2007, 01:53:56 PM
YYYYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!! OUR LEGIONS ARE AMASSING!!!!! (by our I mean Chelc, Melanie, Christopher Paolini, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, myself and the like). What a generation we live in ... by the way, you just inspired me to back to editing my book!!!


How do you get to read advance copies of books? I think I know half of the employees at my local Borders, and recognize the other half.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 27, 2007, 04:24:16 PM
Well, it inspired me to continue editing as well, sorta. But when I turned on the PC...I felt like smashing it even before opening up the document.
I'm in a bit of an anti-writing mode. I keep thinking all of my work is crap and that it needs to die, deleting about 3 chapters at a time and then a couple days later screaming NOOOO!!! WHAT DID I DO?!?!?!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on August 27, 2007, 04:28:16 PM
You keep backups, I hope.
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Post by: Chelc on August 27, 2007, 04:34:45 PM
Of the first, first, first, first draft I have a backup. Of the super edited stuff, no.
But whatever, I used to dream of finishing this before high school ended. Now I'm going for 10 years.
(alright, maybe that's a bit long...)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on August 27, 2007, 04:40:03 PM
You should shoot for graduation and publication all at the same time.

And get yourself one of those pocket flash drives.  Backup to it everyday, changing the name of the file(s) each time so you have a copy of every version you've ever written.  Then keep the flash drive with you.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 27, 2007, 04:44:17 PM
I've got a flash drive, it stays in the computer most of the time
Ahhh! I need to go write right NOW! I haven't in such a long time. Well, nothing seriously at least, just a couple hundred here and there. Nothing like my usual couple 3,000 here and there  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 27, 2007, 04:54:24 PM
I was talking words, mind you, if that didn't make sense  :crazy:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 27, 2007, 07:25:44 PM
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How do you get to read advance copies of books? I think I know half of the employees at my local Borders, and recognize the other half.

This is a nice little indie book store in a tiny upstate NY town. I doubt my local Barnes and Noble will let me. I basically spent a small fortune in there, but I think what really endeared me was my comment that I was determined not to buy from Amazon or B&N all summer (even though it cost me probably 1/4th more). Everytime I went in there we talked about books. Then she just started giving them to me. I think she's turned the whole town into advanced readers.

Glad hearing about this published kid is inspiring you guys. At least you know it's doable, and you are all really in the same pot as the rest of us. Your age will not be a hindrance. It's all about how well you write!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on August 27, 2007, 09:05:33 PM
advance book copies?  make yourself some nice stationery (Dan XXXX, Producer, WXZX 1040AM) and fax (through your computer modem) your request to the publisher's publicity department.  something like:

Hello
I'm Dan XXXX, Producer of WXZX 1040AM's Book Talk program.  we would like to review '_______', with an eye toward the possibility of booking the author on our call-in talk show.
Please forward a copy of '____________' to the address above.
Thank you.
Very truly yours,
Dan XXXX
Producer

(works about 50% of the time)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on August 27, 2007, 09:24:29 PM
That sounds borderline illegal.  At the very least dishonest.  Joan, I'm ashamed of you. :wink3:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on August 28, 2007, 08:36:09 AM
not illegal, not particularly dishonest, more like....highly unethical, in a gray way. 

Advance copies are meant to be distributed, and word-of-mouth is a valid method of publicizing, especially if you have a blog.

i'm not someone who would download a song illegally, but the artist doesn't get ripped off in this scenario.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on August 28, 2007, 06:01:05 PM
Yeah, I was just kidding, Joan.  I am one to illegally download a song, and I did plenty while Napster was still free.  Movies too.  Not any more, though.  Now I am an iTunes guy through and through.  $.99 a song, baby!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 28, 2007, 06:06:41 PM
movies?
That's called pirating mr.! And it's bbaaaaddd
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Post by: justwrite on August 28, 2007, 06:29:00 PM
Itunes ROCKS!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on August 28, 2007, 09:39:04 PM
movies?
That's called pirating mr.! And it's bbaaaaddd

Pshaw!  Pirates are cool!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 28, 2007, 09:40:13 PM


Only if they look like Johnny Depp.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on August 28, 2007, 09:42:05 PM
hel...LO!  i cudda eaten him up in Chocolate!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on August 28, 2007, 10:00:31 PM
In anything...with Chocolate, too...(uh-oh...hope no one else notices this..)

Okay,,,I'm done here!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on August 28, 2007, 10:26:30 PM
Now I'm scared that I'm a pirate...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on August 28, 2007, 10:28:51 PM
you're a pirate?....*smacks lips*
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on August 28, 2007, 10:44:03 PM
Oh good grief.  And what fresh hell are we turning this thread into?!

What are we reading?

We're reading the posts of a buncha' lulu's!

And pirates.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 28, 2007, 11:18:14 PM
You've never heard of pirating? It's what downloading movies illegally from the internet is called. DUH!

and Johnny Depp = :x:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on August 28, 2007, 11:21:37 PM
Oh hell.  I though I was done for the night.  Now all my buds are back.

So now it's Johnny Depp?  What happened to Panic@Disco boy?  Are you-two-timing?

If you bring one of these boys home, please throw a towel over my mantel-trapped eyes!

Harlot!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on August 29, 2007, 12:37:41 AM
I somehow fail to come up with any response.... (that would be my response)

Yeah the people at my local Borders will never let my read advance copies. It's a pretty big store. Why would they give an advance copy to a sixteen year old?

Anyway, I'm trying to cram as much editing as I can before I pack for the flight tomorrow (I need to be awake in six and a half hours ...  ;D oh well) 
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Post by: justwrite on August 29, 2007, 06:29:04 AM
Have a great trip, Dano!
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Post by: Chelc on August 29, 2007, 11:21:02 AM
There Dan goes again...deserting us  >:(
kidding  ;D

And Aud, when it comes to celebrities, a girl can want as many as them as she likes. There's also Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlie Cox, Henry Cavill, Tyson Ritter....but Johnny Depp trumps all...
 :hearts:

okay, girl talk over. ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on August 29, 2007, 04:57:34 PM
I love that!  We do seem to twist these threads into new circles of hell every day, don't we?  That's why I love you guys!  And Pirates!  But not lulus...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on August 29, 2007, 05:44:28 PM
who's a lulu? (actually, the question is really, 'what's a lulu' but that doesn't rhyme)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 29, 2007, 07:25:09 PM
WARNING! THREAD BEING UNHIJACKED!
Books...:read:
I am just starting Tithe. My sister loved it, but I'm not getting that into it...granted I'm only on page 20...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on August 29, 2007, 07:51:58 PM
I'm reading "I Know You Are Lying: Detecting Deception through Statement Analysis."  And spending every spare moment that I can rewriting my current WIP.  126k words, and some have to go...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on August 29, 2007, 07:53:27 PM
GAH! that's a lot of words.  >:(
You aren't getting any leftovers from your mantel perch tonight! Though I might allow you some cat food.  :wag:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Legionsynch on August 29, 2007, 09:17:32 PM
I think a lulu is like a less frilly tutu.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on August 29, 2007, 09:49:49 PM
I think a lulu is like a less frilly tutu.

so, less more tulle on a lulu tutu?

[rhymes better]
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on August 29, 2007, 10:49:15 PM
Uhhh-huh-huh-huh... You said "tulle."  (Insert Butthead voice here)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 01, 2007, 05:13:18 PM
Aloha from Hawaii!!!!!

I stopped reading Good Omens. I'm sure I'd like it, but it's not gripping enough for me to continue.

So I read The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman instead. Very good. I'm going on to book number two in the series now.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on September 01, 2007, 05:25:39 PM
Aloha, dude. Am I jealous your sitting in Hawaii reading this? HELL YES! I read that...not bad. I'm reading Stardust and it's an very odd, odd book. I get what you meant about the reading level and the strangely innapropriate stuff that just pops up. That advance reader book I have lost my interest after the  3rd page. Bleh.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 01, 2007, 09:55:47 PM
Dan is back! ;D
Did you notice the  :woot: ?
And you're reading the Sally Lockhart trilogy? Sweet  ;D (they're good)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on September 04, 2007, 08:56:41 PM
Ooohhh!  I didn't know there was a  :woot: !  That one is great for our forum!!!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 04, 2007, 08:58:06 PM
WARNING! :hijack:
Great avatar, Lotheus!  ;)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on September 04, 2007, 09:03:27 PM
Ahhhh, thank you.  Yes, I feel like myself now!!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 04, 2007, 09:05:36 PM
Except you got rid of the  :kneel: in your tagline!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on September 04, 2007, 09:27:27 PM
Yeah, it was making all my posts look huge!  I don't need the help...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 05, 2007, 06:52:08 PM
back to the point of this thread....
Reading...
yeah...
Not so enthusiastic about that after school today. Let's see--Novels class: reading 8 books, all "classics", with deadlines, essays, research papers, projects, and presentations about them all--oh yeah, did I mention how quickly we are to read these books? About a week and a half (normally I would be fine with that...but we're reading slow books. With class discussions, and taking notes, and worksheets). Not to mention the teacher, I swear, moonlights as a serial killer (he is CREEPY!).
Then there's Enlgish--we will be reading 2 books in class (the Crucibal, and Slaughterhouse Five) plus a hefty number of books to read on our own. So that around 15 books, which I probably won't enjoy, all to be read by January.  :rant:

At least in novels we got to choose 5 of the books we read, but I just chose at random

So here's my to-read-and-not-fall-asleep list:
The Crucibal
Slaughterhosue Five
Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letter
Catcher in the Rye
The Invisible Man
Of Mice and Men
Grapes of Wrath
Watership Down
1984
Tale of Two Cities
The Death of Ivan Illych


Yup, basically all the classics. Sorry for the long post. I'm just not happy  >:(

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on September 05, 2007, 06:57:46 PM


So here's my to-read-and-not-fall-asleep list:
The Crucibal
Slaughterhosue Five  Excellent!
Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letter
Catcher in the Rye  Awesome!
The Invisible Man  Fantastic!
Of Mice and Men  Really good
Grapes of Wrath
Watership Down  Bunnylicious!  Actually one of my all time faves.
1984  Orwellian goodness!
Tale of Two Cities
The Death of Ivan Illych


Yup, basically all the classics. Sorry for the long post. I'm just not happy  >:(



What a great class, and how fortunate you are to be enrolled in it.  I mean aside from the serial killer teacher.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 05, 2007, 07:01:03 PM
fortunate? So you say those are actually okay books and not boring old fashioned dullsville stuff that the general teenage population has no patience to appreciate?
YAY!
I am starting with Catcher in the Rye first.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on September 05, 2007, 07:08:44 PM

The Crucibal
Slaughterhosue Five  One of my favorites, but there's other Vonnegut I like even better
Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letter
Catcher in the Rye
The Invisible Man
Of Mice and Men  Read it in school and really liked it
Grapes of Wrath
Watership Down  Very good.  I've read it twice.  My 13 year old son just read it and loved it.
1984                Excellent, another one I've read more than once
Tale of Two Cities   I can't get into Dickens.  He's too wordy for me.
The Death of Ivan Illych



I think you'll like most of these.  And they're required reading for a future novelist such as yourself.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 05, 2007, 07:12:52 PM
Alright...well I ought to get started.  :(
Or I can just read under my desk in Chemistry and not pay attention  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on September 05, 2007, 07:28:42 PM
I would never advocate such behavior (but books are better than chemistry any day.)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 05, 2007, 09:07:26 PM
back to the point of this thread....
Reading...
yeah...
Not so enthusiastic about that after school today. Let's see--Novels class: reading 8 books, all "classics", with deadlines, essays, research papers, projects, and presentations about them all--oh yeah, did I mention how quickly we are to read these books? About a week and a half (normally I would be fine with that...but we're reading slow books. With class discussions, and taking notes, and worksheets). Not to mention the teacher, I swear, moonlights as a serial killer (he is CREEPY!).
Then there's Enlgish--we will be reading 2 books in class (the Crucibal, and Slaughterhouse Five) plus a hefty number of books to read on our own. So that around 15 books, which I probably won't enjoy, all to be read by January.  :rant:

At least in novels we got to choose 5 of the books we read, but I just chose at random

So here's my to-read-and-not-fall-asleep list:
The Crucibal quick read
Slaughterhosue Five quick read
Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letterquick read
Catcher in the Rye quick read
The Invisible Man
Of Mice and Men extremely quick read
Grapes of Wrath
Watership Down
1984
Tale of Two Cities
The Death of Ivan Illych


Yup, basically all the classics. Sorry for the long post. I'm just not happy  >:(



these are not the ones I'd choose, but if you're pressured for time, might as well go for the short ones! 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on September 06, 2007, 12:37:22 AM
Ooh - this looks like a fun topic.  less fun for Chelc, maybe, but I'd like to play!


Then there's Enlgish--we will be reading 2 books in class
I've never studied "Enlgish", but already I'm worried you may struggle with it  ;D >:D ;D

At least in novels we got to choose 5 of the books we read, but I just chose at random

So here's my to-read-and-not-fall-asleep list:
The Crucibal
Slaughterhosue Five
Wuthering Heights Cheesy but kinda fun in a tortured soul kinda way
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letter  Not bad.  If I were alive back in the day, I'd have flirted with Hester Prynne
Catcher in the Rye  AWESOME when I read it at 16
The Invisible Man  Very strong.  Didn't think I'd like it but was way wrong.  I also think it was 9th grade.
Of Mice and Men  nice & easy
Grapes of Wrath
Watership Down
1984  Very cool & mildly spooky now that '84 is so far in the rearview mirror
Tale of Two Cities  I know i read it, but can't recall any of the experience.  Must mean it was Senior Year (see jail topic)
The Death of Ivan Illych



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 06, 2007, 04:41:23 PM
oh, veerrryy funny Audal!
I've already finished Catcher in the Rye, in one day (hey, it was only 202 pages). It was...okay. Not boring or anything, but the way the character repeats the same thing over and over...it got annoying. And the whole nervous breakdown thing was kinda creepy. But ah, well. It was good enough. (Better than Lord of the Flies...BLECH!)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on September 06, 2007, 05:26:01 PM
Honestly, Chelc - do you think I'm gonna miss any opportunities to poke a little fun at ya?!

Catcher in one day -- very impressive.  I actually wish I could read at such a rate.  My problem with reading (if you could call it a problem) is that my mind always wanders to writing even after just a page or two of reading.  I have to truly concentrate on simple reading, else my brain starts writing things based on a word or phrase I've just read.  Strange.  Cuckoo even. :crazy:

I like the cuckoo smiley more than I use it. :crazy:

I need to make a Top 5 Fave Smiley list!

1.   :band:

2.   :crazy:

3.   :box:

4.   :draw:

5.    :bow: , but  :woot:  is climbing the charts quickly, and I do love  :flame:

See, here I don't mind hijacking Chelc's topic, b/c I'm 99.9% sure she's now fired up to make her own Top-5.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 06, 2007, 07:58:49 PM
Grrr
I was trying to resist it but okay!
Top 5:
1. :kneel:
2.  :woot:
3.  :hmm:
4.  :faint:
5.  :bear: ---has anyone even used this one? It's super adorable!!!

oh dear...have we started a trend?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 06, 2007, 08:12:41 PM
oh, veerrryy funny Audal!
I've already finished Catcher in the Rye, in one day (hey, it was only 202 pages). It was...okay. Not boring or anything, but the way the character repeats the same thing over and over...it got annoying. And the whole nervous breakdown thing was kinda creepy. But ah, well. It was good enough. (Better than Lord of the Flies...BLECH!)

boy, i'm with you 100% of the way, here!  don't understand the attraction of either
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 06, 2007, 11:04:49 PM
 :eek:

Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice were the only two books in my high school career that I simply could NOT finish. TTTTEEEEERRRRRIIIIBBBBLLLLEEEE (braces self for verbal beating by older female members of thread). Eeek. I suppose what I did manage to read of Wuthering Heights was better. But Pride and Prejudice ... I wanted to jump off of a cliff.

Of Mice and Men is awesome. Not my favorite book in the world, but the writing style influenced my own writing. There are some very beautiful descriptions.

I'm absolutely in love with Tale of Two Cities. Third best book I've read for school (
The Golden Compass being first by FAR, Frankenstein being second).

And I have to read some of those books this year.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 06, 2007, 11:07:28 PM
I don't know the exact list of books that I will be reading this year, but they span three languages.  :crazy:

In Cold Blood
Keepers of the House
Nickel and Dimed
The Great Gatsby
Farewell to Arms
The Scarlett Letter
The Way to Rainy Mountain
Some odd book in Spanish
Some odd book in Hebrew
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on September 07, 2007, 12:38:05 AM
See, I knew Chelc would appreciate the sub-thread.  And now, I have to return to it, 'cause see, the first try was a rough draft.  Yup, I've decided to re-write my top-5 smiley list & thus hijack Dan's reading list!  (sorry Dan, but I feel very strongly about this... and you know what they say - half of writing is rewriting).  Plus, I shouldn't be pilfering the Deputy's iconic smiley.  And I think I was too enamored with cuckoo at the time for obvious reasons.  But now I think I've got it.

1.   :band:

2.   :box:

3.   :soapbox:

4.   :woot:

5.   Charlize Theron

Sorry, Renee... but since you didn't accept my invitation to join me on the mantel, tough break for you.  A guy can't wait forever, or sometimes even just wait a week!

So anyway... Great Gatsby... yeah, quality read!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 07, 2007, 07:48:28 AM
no electronic twacks! from me, dan!  i liked wuthering heights only because i was really surprised - THAT was romantic?  the lead was a jerk!  don't care for mid-19th century british anything - dickens makes me fall asleep, even when i get the book on tape!! 

i love steinbeck, too.  economy of words and powerful imagery... that's a hard thing to do.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 07, 2007, 01:06:54 PM
oh, boy, i'm knee deep into 'the curious incident of the dog in the night-time', loving every syllable, and then, i put it down, face first (the book, not me) and i notice the name of the publisher...'Vintage Contemporaries'.

i wish people wouldn't do stupid things like name their companies such things, when it's pretty obvious they mean to be pretentious rather than ironic.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 07, 2007, 04:30:36 PM
Well, I finished grapes of wrath today...and didn't follow it at all. But I wasn't trying to anyway, so whatever  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on September 07, 2007, 05:18:27 PM
Cripes!  You're doing a book a day?!  Wow, throttle it back and enjoy it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on September 07, 2007, 05:46:18 PM
Quote
i wish people wouldn't do stupid things like name their companies such things, when it's pretty obvious they mean to be pretentious rather than ironic.

Thanks for all the guffaws, JJ...you really have given me some belly laughs! And I need them today. :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 07, 2007, 05:52:59 PM
Well, I finished grapes of wrath today...and didn't follow it at all. But I wasn't trying to anyway, so whatever  ;D

really?  that book gripped me from the first paragraph, talking about the red sun and dust.... but, i'm really a sucker for social themes, too.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 07, 2007, 06:52:13 PM
Chelc, do you have to annotate? When I'm reading a book for school, it takes me ages because we have to hilight and sumarize almost every paragraph in the margins.

Anyway, I'm not planning on reading anything "for fun" until June. I'm in the middle of The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul (which I found out about from Patrick), and I might finish it by April.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 07, 2007, 09:24:15 PM
admittedly, I skimmed through most of GOW. I got it this morning at school and finished it on the bus ride home. I should probably re-read it, I was just not in the mood for paying attention. And nope, we don't annotate, just have to make some sort of presentation or a paper on the whole book. The class is very half- :censored: honestly. There's a lot of work to do, but that doesn't mean anyone does it well. (but I always put more effort than needed in everything I do, so I'm not one of the slackers--except when reading grapes of wrath  ;D)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 08, 2007, 03:49:27 PM
Hmph. My English teacher said she will be arbitrarily asking to see our annotations and then grade them based on how good they are.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 08, 2007, 06:57:17 PM
that doesn't sound fun!
I've already written my paper on Catcher in the Rye. It's not due for another week. ;D
And I'm starting wuthering heights today...soon...when I get to it... ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 08, 2007, 08:55:38 PM
well, dan, your teacher is doing you a favor - it's a good habit to get into, and trust me you'll thank her.  as for wuthering heights...oh for heavens' sake.  my heart bleeds for you!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on September 08, 2007, 10:37:42 PM
I'm in the middle of The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul

Now there is a real classic.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 09, 2007, 04:00:23 AM
Yes, really, good luck with Wuthering Heights. I don't know how some people like it. That and Pride and Prejudice are at the very, very, very bottom of all books I've ever read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 09, 2007, 08:46:17 AM
.....
are you serious?
Shoot!
I'm reading Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights at the same time! (haven't started either yet though)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 09, 2007, 11:39:55 AM
I mean, again, some people like it. Most of the girls in my class liked Pride and Prejudice, while all the guys HATED it. There's not much conflict, and the whole book is basically a "he said that she said that I said that you said that she said that he said....." story. I gave up after page ninety. 

Wuthering Heights was much better than P&P, in my opinion, and if I hadn't been assigned to read it in ninth grade, I may have actually gotten through it. There are some interesting characters.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 09, 2007, 11:46:22 AM
the best thing P&P has going for it is...colin firth (uhhhhh).  rent the movie, chelc
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 09, 2007, 01:36:56 PM
haha. Maybe I could just rent the movie and then spark note the report??  ;D
kidding! I'm not that bad.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 09, 2007, 02:37:31 PM
that's what i would do!  after all, if you can't manage the prose, why drag yourself through it?  spend the time getting the plot with the movie (and colin...uhhhhhhhh) and then read about the themes with spark or cliff or whatever.  i wouldn't suggest that approach with every book, nor would i with books that you're likely to get something out of, but if it's needlessly difficult, take a short cut.  If i were assigned anything by dickens, you better believe that's what i would do!  dickens might as well be written in german, for all i get out of him.  can't read for more than 2 pages at a time!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on September 09, 2007, 04:24:59 PM
I can't help but think this thread should be shuffled over to IMDB!

Or we should start a celebrity crush thread.  But that'd just distract Chelc from her READING!

Based on the breakneck pace you seem to have when reading, I'm sure you can rip through P&P.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Miss Java on September 09, 2007, 04:43:14 PM
Colin...


Ahhhh....



 :popcorn:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Miss Java on September 09, 2007, 04:45:39 PM
the best thing P&P has going for it is...colin firth (uhhhhh).  rent the movie, chelc

If you like Colin Firth, you'd get a kick out of "What a Girl Wants"  There is a scene where he is dancing in front of a mirror in leather pants.  I just died laughing.

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Miss Java on September 09, 2007, 05:06:17 PM
Now you got me going on Colin.

Here's Colin and Java, together at last....


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on September 09, 2007, 06:45:29 PM
Should this be considered more porn?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Miss Java on September 09, 2007, 07:15:43 PM
 :rolf: :rolf: :rolf:


You're funny.

Here, this should make you feel better. A more realistic picture of the event.

He doesn't quite look so  :naughty: in this one.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 09, 2007, 07:24:38 PM
ah, mr. firth.  he's middleaging quite well - not puffy, but not entirely hair-ed anymore, either... great sense of humor - dove into a pond in 'Love Actually' which HAD to have been an homage to P&P... it worked both times, too. uhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  his mark darcy characters make both movies....

oh, colin.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 09, 2007, 09:42:06 PM
Ugh, Chelc, seriously, save yourself the pain and just get the movie.

The only thing that I've read of Dickens is A Tale of Two Cities, which I REALLY liked, by the way. Not so much the writing, which was a bit wordy, but all the subtleties of symbols and plot. I actually make a very very subtle allusion to it in my book, because some of the motifs are similar, and my book also takes place in Paris and London. But I wouldn't expect anyone who doesn't know A Tale of Two Cities by heart to catch it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on September 09, 2007, 10:57:05 PM
A Tale of Two Cities, loved it.  Moby Dick - couldn't even finish chapter one.  Luckily it was my teachers favorite book and she talked so much about it I aced the tests and essays   :)  And now, I must pull a post and run.  My daughter must sleep, she's driving me nuts!!!  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 10, 2007, 06:42:23 PM
gah! Dan's been on here more than me lately (gasp!)
sooo, still haven't even started P&P, am almost 1/2 through wuthering heights. It's okay, not boring, not interesting.
Colin Firth--no interest in him!
It's all about:
1. Johnny Depp (duh)
2. Damian Kulash (drool!)
3. Ryan Ross (yummy yummy!)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 10, 2007, 07:38:35 PM
gah! Dan's been on here more than me lately (gasp!)
sooo, still haven't even started P&P, am almost 1/2 through wuthering heights. It's okay, not boring, not interesting.
Colin Firth--no interest in him!
It's all about:
1. Johnny Depp (duh)
2. Damian Kulash (drool!)
3. Ryan Ross (yummy yummy!)


i like hungarian kulash...btw, suspend judgement on CFir until you've seen the pond sequence in P&P - it made him a star, and for good reason (uuhhhhhhhhhhhhh)

btw, chelc, do you think wuthering is a ROMANCE?  i was so astonished by the characters and the plot when I finally read it (i was in my 30s I think)....it didn't seem at all 'romantic' - i thought it was a tragedy, a tragedy of really annoying people, but a tragedy nonetheless.  what's your take?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 10, 2007, 08:34:40 PM
my take is that it's an anti-love story.  ;D
it's like they're in love, but hate each other, ya know?

and damian kulash is the lead singer of ok go! HEEELLLOO he's a GOD! there are no pictures that can contain his godliness  :hearts:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Legionsynch on September 11, 2007, 08:35:53 AM
Anyone read House of Leaves?  Strange book, but really good at the same time.  I just found out the author's got a new book out about two teenagers.  One side is the story from one's perspective, then flip it over and you can read the other's perspective.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on September 11, 2007, 09:20:04 AM
You mean you actually flip the book over?  What a gimmick.  Wish I had thought of it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on September 11, 2007, 10:28:43 AM
Ooh -  :!: - Idea!

I don't know what I hadn't thought of this earlier...

Dear Agent,

Query blah word count genre title blah.

Main character, plot point, plot twist, yada yada blah.

If this does not sound interesting, please flip it over, as I have printed up an alternative version of the letter on the other side of this page.

Best,
Audal
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on September 11, 2007, 03:03:38 PM
Audie, my boy, you are getting Karma for that idea, because seriously, I wish we could do that.  Then you could put in everything you want to, and between the two the agent would get all the info.  Plus, there have been several queries I wish I could take back and send a better one.  this would solve that problem!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 11, 2007, 04:16:11 PM
do I even need to mention how hysterical that was Aud?
KARMA!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: audal on September 11, 2007, 09:33:33 PM
Thanks, E & C!

Heartfelt apologies again to E for the photo joke.

Heartfelt apologies to C for waiting too long to reply to the early draft of her autobiography Misadventures At The DMV.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 11, 2007, 09:47:01 PM
By the way, if there is ANYBODY on this forum who has not read something by Philip Pullman, DO IT NOW!!!! I don't care if he doesn't write "your kind of book." Writers can learn SOOOO much from his brilliance. Plus, His Dark Materials is arguably among the very best books of recent times. Pullman's writing style is excellent, and his fully researched and fleshed out worlds are incredibly unique. There really is nothing like that series.

People here to back me up?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 12, 2007, 12:31:06 PM
am just finishing up "The God of Small Things" now...it has the annoying 'we shall see' hinting that annoyed me about Lisey's Story, but the writing is so good and it has so much more depth than King's book that I'm not to the point of not giving a hoot about the character anymore... in fact, I'm afraid to finish it!  i'm right at the point where i WILL find out what happened and it is so upsetting.....

it's not the best India story i've read, but it's pretty darn good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 12, 2007, 04:20:19 PM
his dark materials series is very good. I've read them a zillion times.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on September 12, 2007, 05:07:24 PM
Joan's always got to put a dig in about King. :draw:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on September 12, 2007, 06:17:34 PM
I read the first one, "The Golden Compass."  It was good, but I just never got around to reading the others.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 12, 2007, 06:38:13 PM
Joan's always got to put a dig in about King. :draw:

sorry, but until i sleep easy, mr. king GETS IT!  but, honestly, forgetting the torture and the sexy(?) violence, don't you think he simply dropped the ball on a really interesting idea?  'bad-gunky' --- oh please.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on September 12, 2007, 06:48:53 PM
I didn't think you read the whole book.  you can't judge it fairly until you've read it.  Unless you're a literary agent.  Hey...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: teen-writer on September 12, 2007, 08:27:05 PM
Patrick, finish the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Golden Compass is good, but when you finish all three books and look back at them as a whole, you see the sheer genius of Philip Pullman. If I could pick ANY one writer to be my teacher, I would pick him.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 13, 2007, 07:55:43 PM
wow, sounds like we have a scarily obsessed stalker!

just kidding  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 13, 2007, 08:15:52 PM
I didn't think you read the whole book.  you can't judge it fairly until you've read it.  Unless you're a literary agent.  Hey...

i read over half of a far-too-long book.... there was no way to recover from the first 300-400 pages...even if it he DID manage to have some psychological insight and philosophical depth in the last 300-400 pages, it wouldn't make the book good, it would make it uneven.

blech.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Legionsynch on September 23, 2007, 07:43:53 AM
I just finished reading Hero by Perry Moore (YA gay superhero story), which was pretty good.  Aside from the gay angle, it was pretty much what I expected.

I also finished reading a bunch more books in the Sweep series, which I'd never gotten around to finishing.  At least the ones dealing with the main storyline.  Wasn't much thrilled with the resolution here, but since the series got cancelled, I can understand why.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 23, 2007, 08:21:51 AM
am reading a lightweight Rushdie (yes!  it's not hard work!), 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' - this book is so utterly delightful I keep dragging it out (one chapter a day) instead of eating it in one sitting.  I love regular Rushdie, but I have to do so much concentrating (and back-reading for all the references he puts into his stuff) that I need to be fully focused for like a week with every book (every time I re-read one of his, too!).  This one had a sly reference to the Beatles that required nothing from me...who doesn't know Eggheads and the Walrus!  truly, though, his writing is still the same mindboggling quality.  I wish I had 8year olds around so I could read it out loud to them!

It's really good for writers, too, because it deals with a storyteller's inability to conjure more stories.  Reassuring in a way.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jutia on September 26, 2007, 04:40:59 AM
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  by Junot Diaz.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 26, 2007, 07:37:36 AM
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  by Junot Diaz.

Hi Jutia!  Welcome.  Are you enjoying the book?  I've never heard of Diaz.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jutia on September 26, 2007, 03:19:14 PM
It's hard to categorize; his short stories have been in the New Yorker quite a few times and he's profiled in this month's Poets & Writers. After reading the P&W article I picked up the book. It's his first novel.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jeffzed666 on September 29, 2007, 08:15:49 PM
Just worked my way through most of the Peter Straub catalog this summer.  Good stuff.  Not as hokey as some of the SK tripe that is out there.  Seriously creepy.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 30, 2007, 12:31:38 AM
looks like we're getting back on track with "what are you reading?"
well, I'm still reading Pride and Prejudice for Novels class (I seriously can't get through more than 5 pages at a time without wanting to blow my brains out) but I'm also reading The Scarlett Letter for the same class--and I'm REALLY liking it (gasp!).
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 30, 2007, 08:07:05 AM
looks like we're getting back on track with "what are you reading?"
well, I'm still reading Pride and Prejudice for Novels class (I seriously can't get through more than 5 pages at a time without wanting to blow my brains out) but I'm also reading The Scarlett Letter for the same class--and I'm REALLY liking it (gasp!).

chelc - glad you liked the scarlett letter - it was one of my favorite books of all time (along with The Awakening and The Great Gatsby)(all three are extraordinarily short --- hmmmm).

P&P - why in the world do you persist?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 30, 2007, 12:19:04 PM
because I'm secretly suicidal  :wink:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on September 30, 2007, 01:37:17 PM
how jane austen of you!  CHELC, I'M YOUR ELDER AND I'M TELLING YOU - STOP READING THAT BOOK!  COLIN FIRTH - WET COLIN FIRTH!! - AWAITS YOU....

(look at what you made me do!)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on September 30, 2007, 02:00:00 PM
hahaha okay
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: coll on October 26, 2007, 06:30:16 PM
I just finished rereading The Lovely Bones and Swallowing Stones.

Coll
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on October 26, 2007, 07:28:14 PM
I just finished rereading The Lovely Bones and Swallowing Stones.

Coll

The Lovely Bones, hey, that's on the list of books we can read in Novels...should I give it a go?
and Swallowing Stones, I read that in 6th grade. Very, very, good.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Legionsynch on October 26, 2007, 07:29:41 PM
I just got done reading a couple YA urban fantasies.

City of Bones (?) by Cassandra Clare
Summer by Jeff Mariotte.

One was pretty good, and kept my interest.  The other was cool, and interesting, up until the end.  Then I was disappointed.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on October 27, 2007, 12:02:06 PM
Coll,

How was The Lovely Bones? I keep meaning to pick that up...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Patrick on October 27, 2007, 03:54:54 PM
Lovely Bones is good, except I was disappointed by the ending.  It can also be depressing, but that's what happens when one writes about this particular subject.  It's just sad.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Legionsynch on November 03, 2007, 06:05:12 AM
I just started rereading the Midnighters by Scott Westerfield.  Probably one of the better UF novels I've read in awhile.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on November 03, 2007, 10:32:15 AM
haroun and the sea of stories, by salman rushdie.  incredible.  consider buying it as a read-aloud-at-bedtime book for 6-10yos.  true literature on an accessible level.  masterful!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on November 03, 2007, 07:45:32 PM
So here's my to-read-and-not-fall-asleep list:
The Crucibal
Slaughterhosue Five
Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letter
Catcher in the Rye
The Invisible Man
Of Mice and Men
Grapes of Wrath
Watership Down
1984
Tale of Two Cities
The Death of Ivan Illych

So, I think it's time for an update on my school reading list...here's everything I've gotten through so far:

The Crucibal
Wuthering Heights
Pride and Prejudice
The Scarlet Letter
Catcher in the Rye
The Invisible Man
Grapes of Wrath
Watership Down
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

which means I still have:
Slaughterhouse Five
Of Mice and Men
The Death of Ivan Illych
1984
Tale of Two Cities

and stuff that has been added to the list:
Huckleberry Finn
The Great Gatsby
Frankenstein
Ishmael


fun fun.  :puke2:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Legionsynch on November 05, 2007, 10:56:17 PM
I think it's time for me to reread Wicked Lovely, with all that info going around thanks to JW.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessica V. on November 05, 2007, 11:11:23 PM
Have you already read Wicked Lovely once Lege? What did ya think? I found an online review for it recently that perfectly expressed my thoughts. They said something about how it was a good read, entertaining characters, well drawn, but the ending was kind of vague. Sort of an 'overall big picture' view of the world when we were given a step by step interaction the whole time leading up to it. I very much agreed, and overall thought 'meh' because of that. But what do I know? My novel ends kind of cliffhangerish so maybe I just like those endings???
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on November 05, 2007, 11:41:50 PM
We've both read it a couple times.  As for the ending, I see what you mean, but she also has a bunch more books that I'm sure will explain more.  At least I hope so! Can't wait for Ink Exchange.  Tattoos being my thing and all...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessica V. on November 06, 2007, 10:21:33 AM
Tattoo's eh? My MC's guy worked in a tattoo shop and has a couple of em. I think you'd like him...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: DavidLewis on November 30, 2007, 08:40:05 AM
I usually have several books going at once. Right now I am re-reading a novel I read as a boy, Tarzan and the Leopard Men- Edgar Rice Burroughs. I collected most of his works as a boy and still have the original novels in my library at home.  I am also working my way through Saudi Arabic-Urban Hijazi Dialiect, Foreign Service Institute. Finally, I am reading Market Research Methods.
carpe diem in Iesi nomini
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: rhymequeen on December 20, 2007, 01:48:56 PM
I just finished a chick-lit, Every Man for Herself by Maryann Reid.  Now I am set to get started on two books, In the Beginning: A Vampire Series by F.D. Davis and - I may get the title wrong  :( 'cause it's at home and I'm at work, but I believe it's Confessions of a Cubicle Expat by Michelle Goodman.  I know it's a book for women about how to leave the 9 to 5 workplace/rat race and either start your own business or become a freelancer. 

RQ
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on December 20, 2007, 10:45:07 PM
The Book Thief (guess why). And now I just bought I am the Messenger, both by Marcus Zusak. If you can figure out who his agent is then you know who's the mastermind of my December cliffhanger. I've heard a lot of buzz on Verlakay about a book called Wildwood Dancing, but Barnes and Noble was sold out.

Lege—my son was crazy over City of Bones..he's ready for the next one, but so far there is no next one.

I read the Midnighters Series this past spring. After Uglies, Pretties and Specials it was one of my all-time faves. Extras, the fourth book ( Westerfeld did not have his heart in it) was a disappointment, as was Eclipse by S. Meyer.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on January 01, 2008, 10:45:05 PM
I'm reading Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series, and I don't see what the big deal is.  The Golden Compass was mediocre, imho, and so far The Subtle Knife isn't much better.  I'm looking forward to getting on to some Evanovich. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessica V. on January 01, 2008, 11:19:50 PM
Just finished Tess Gerritson's 'The Surgeon.' Wow, it kept me hooked. And totally shocked me too. I never would have thought a medical thriller would be good, but it was an excellent read.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on January 02, 2008, 04:43:38 PM
I'm reading Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series, and I don't see what the big deal is.  The Golden Compass was mediocre, imho, and so far The Subtle Knife isn't much better.  I'm looking forward to getting on to some Evanovich. 
yeha, GC is kinda boring. but subtle knife gets better.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 08, 2008, 08:03:24 PM
I'm 3/4 through "Wicked" by Gregory MaGuire. Not usually my thing, but I needed something to read on my flight back from Vegas (we can discuss in another thread, if you like). His vivid command of language caught my attention as soon as I picked it off the shelf. There were three or four words in the first couple pages I had to look up in the dictionary, so I knew that was the one for me! (I am from SC, in case you didnt know.) The whole concept about writing from a different perspective on a story I already knew, intrigued me as well.

It bogged down in detail a couple of hundred pages into it with little action, so I put it down for a while. I'm determined to get through it though, so I just started back with it this weekend. If anything, his writing style and imagination can certainly get the creative juices flowing.         
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Chelc on January 08, 2008, 08:16:02 PM
omg that Wicked bored me to DEATH!! I only got the book because I saw Wicked the musical in Chicago for a band trip and loved it, but the book...blech!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on January 08, 2008, 08:16:42 PM
No offense, Bline, but pulling big words out of your... thesaurus is not what I call mastery of language.  He can turn a phrase, but it feels like he is kinda pompous.  Maybe I'm just defensive because I had to use the dictionary a lot, too.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 08, 2008, 08:17:46 PM
I'm with Chelc on Wicked.  Just didn't do it for me...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 08, 2008, 08:23:31 PM
I don't feel bad for putting it down now. I have to admit, I was mesmerized at first, but it really fell off. Maybe I'll just read the last chapter, now and throw it in the fireplace.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on January 08, 2008, 08:24:11 PM
Put it on bookcrossing.com and leave it somewhere!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 09, 2008, 07:46:27 PM
i'm with you bline, for all the reasons you stated.  i LOVE twists on the wizard of oz (anyone read Was? FABULOUS!).  but, i'm with everyone else, too - i finished it, but only out of obstinancy.  didn't enjoy it much at all.  the guy needs an editor!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: paulwest on January 10, 2008, 11:22:55 AM
I just finished reading "King of Torts," by John Grisham.

I thought it was a fascinating look into the business of the mass tort business, and how lawyers can be caught up in the money and forget the cause.

As with most of Grisham's books, it's poorly written, at least I think so. His books are full of "head-hopping" which can be disconcerting, and he uses tons of passive voice, poor sentence structure, and tons of telling rather than showing. Still, his books are on the NY Times best-selling list. Why?

I go back to what I've always maintained. The so-called "rules" of novel construction are not nearly as important as how gripping the story is.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: paulwest on January 10, 2008, 01:51:19 PM
Lannie,

I think you're the first person who has agreed with me on that.

Thank you.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 05:22:58 PM
I've read a few books just to make sure I'm on the right track, particularly now on POV, but it seems each references a slightly different acceptance criteria. This led me to conclude that it's all a bunch of differing opinions, and if someone likes the way you write, then you're on your way to success, whether it is in the proper form or not.       
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 10, 2008, 05:35:40 PM
i've never read a 'how-to' book, so i'm not exactly qualified to remark on this... and yet i will!

1) why in the world would it hurt to read a manual?  unless someone has a gun to your head, you don't HAVE to follow their instructions.  however, paying attention to other people's thoughts is usually a good way to organize your own, and I'll bet writing manuals help, too.

2) i sure wish more contemporary authors (are you listening Jonathan Franzen??) would pay attention to plot structure, so the reader wouldn't have to put up with really lousy 3rd-act structures.

3) most good writers (like most experts) listen to other people - when you're already published, you can have discussions; when you're still an amateur, you have to listen to or read what others have to say about writing.  i don't see anything wrong with that.

the only problem is turning a writing manual into a writing bible - but, that's for small minds, really.

imho

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 05:50:32 PM
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Good heavens, first Mr. West, then Mr. Bline (I'm assuming you are a "Mr.") expressing seditious viewpoints!

First, I do prefer Mr. to Mrs., but also prefer Hey, you to Hey A$$hole. I'm not too much into titles, probably because I dont have one and never desired to. Getting the BA was enough.

Don't get me wrong and don't smite me, Lannie,  :no:  but I'm not dead set against manuals and research. Although I would probably side with the contrarians, I have done my share of studying and still do. Because I've formed my own opinions about them, doesn't mean I'll stop referring to them. No one is all knowing, except for the powerful third person omniscient narrarator. Wait, that's me!  ;D 

 
     
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 10, 2008, 05:58:47 PM
bline, i did the nanowrimo in november (write a novel in a month challenge) and i found myself, mid-month, narrating my own life in my head:  she gets up in disgust and walks to the kitchen to pour herself another cup of coffee, looking at the telephone to will it to ring so she won't have to write for a while.

when i realized i was doing it - i literally looked over my shoulder when I heard myself doing a voiceover in my head - i was a little alarmed.  i spoke to another nano pal about it, and HE looked at me in alarm.  then, a week later, i got an email:  I NARRATED MYSELF TODAY - OH NO!

we're all 3rd person omniscient, dude!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 06:07:42 PM
bline, i did the nanowrimo in november (write a novel in a month challenge) and i found myself, mid-month, narrating my own life in my head:  she gets up in disgust and walks to the kitchen to pour herself another cup of coffee, looking at the telephone to will it to ring so she won't have to write for a while.

when i realized i was doing it - i literally looked over my shoulder when I heard myself doing a voiceover in my head - i was a little alarmed.  i spoke to another nano pal about it, and HE looked at me in alarm.  then, a week later, i got an email:  I NARRATED MYSELF TODAY - OH NO!

we're all 3rd person omniscient, dude!


But only in our own minds... Be brave enough to do it out loud one day. See what fun that would be! :bonk:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 06:11:21 PM
Bless you, Lannie. You're loading me up with this karma stuff. I'm gald you're not a smiter. Here's one back at ya!  :wink:

And you too Joan....  :) 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 10, 2008, 06:24:51 PM
awww!  see, this is why i like having men around.  thanks, kiddo!  now, about that vacuuming?...
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 06:38:07 PM
Yes, dear. Did you iron my shirt, make dinner, feed the dog, water the plants, pay the bills and spank little Johnny for getting a B in English? 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 10, 2008, 07:12:04 PM
no... i just think the sight of men with vacuums is very sexy.  any man with any cleaning appliance, actually, is worth a million chippendales!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 07:16:20 PM
My, my we are letting it all out tonight, aren't we? Maybe we should order you one of those strip-o-grams and ask him to be a janitor. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on January 10, 2008, 07:28:03 PM
and men doing dishes, and changing diapers, and grocery shopping, and....oh you get the idea :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 07:33:49 PM
Oh, I got it all right.  ;) I hear it all the time. For some reason, I'm never voted one of the 50 sexiest men in America, though. Maybe I just don't do enough. So, Brad Pitt must vacuum a lot, huh?   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 10, 2008, 07:36:06 PM
Oh, I got it all right.  ;) I hear it all the time. For some reason, I'm never voted one of the 50 sexiest men in America, though. Maybe I just don't do enough. So, Brad Pitt must vacuum a lot, huh?   

i'm thinking a different hoover for every day of the week!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on January 10, 2008, 07:36:35 PM
Oooooo, Brad Pitt vacuuming!!!! (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/love008.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on January 10, 2008, 07:37:15 PM
i know - i think i may have just swooned a little.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 07:41:48 PM
Funny. For some reason when I think about someone like, Angelina Jolie for example, I don't try to picture her vacuuming my living room.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on January 10, 2008, 07:52:11 PM
Funny. For some reason when I think about someone like, Angelina Jolie for example, I don't try to picture her vacuuming my living room.

That's probably because you don't have to do it everyday - trust me, when you do the same mundane thing day in and day out, it is an incredible turn on to have a member of the opposite sex do it for you.....and if they happen to be doing it in the buff...all the better  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 07:55:03 PM
 :rolf: You're killing me, Elky. Just don't ask him to carve up the Thanksgiving turkey that way, okay?   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 07:56:41 PM
Why, how you talk! I voted for you! (Number 2, after Patrick.)  :up:

Hey, I'll take #2. I'm not greedy. All I want is a little more than my fair share! Karma for the vote! 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on January 10, 2008, 08:00:21 PM
:rolf: You're killing me, Elky. Just don't ask him to carve up the Thanksgiving turkey that way, okay?   

Oooo, wouldn't dream of it - no sharp objects!  Well, that might be a bit hasty....let's just say no sharp objects around food items....no, nope that's a bit hasty too....hmmmm, I'll have to think about that one  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 08:07:04 PM
You know, thinking about it now, Angelina could scrub my floor that way. I wouldn't watch, I promise.  :whistle:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on January 10, 2008, 08:10:01 PM
(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/ad/drool.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org)  (not sure this one is better, but at least it doesn't have a unibrow  ;D )
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 08:15:37 PM
I dont think they make a smiley for that... and that's a good thing!     
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on January 10, 2008, 08:23:23 PM
actually there are a few very interesting smileys, but I can't post them here :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on January 10, 2008, 08:30:12 PM
We officially hijacked this link, too. I like the topic, so I don't want to kill it. We can continue this in the Anything goes... I'll meet you there.   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on January 10, 2008, 08:38:25 PM
go to the tavern, then no one can get mad and all threads are as they should be  :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessica V. on January 14, 2008, 12:27:46 AM
Okay I have to change my opinion on Wicked Lovely. I just reread it and totally fell in love with it! I don't know if the first time I just wasn't in to it, or if it's one of those books that get better and better each time you read it, but wow...I can not wait for Ink Exchange!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on January 14, 2008, 12:43:34 AM
I'm dying for Ink Exchange!  Can't wait to see what goes on in this one!  :up:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: EJRuek on February 18, 2008, 08:17:22 AM
Well, let's see.  Right now I'm reading eight...no, make that nine manuscripts for other authors.  These span genres: literary (3), Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action-Adventure, Horror, and contemporary mainstream.  Can't give specifics other than that.  Last published books I read were The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Lee Child's latest.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: joanjunkmail on February 18, 2008, 08:19:02 AM
freddy and fredericka - lightweight, not my normal fare, but utterly spellbinding - the situations that come up in this romp are so outlandish and unpredictable i just have to see what happens next.  plus, there's joe biden.  doesn't get better than that when you're recovering from plumbing!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Jessica V. on February 19, 2008, 11:18:56 PM
I'm dying for Ink Exchange!  Can't wait to see what goes on in this one!  :up:

Have you done any searches for reviews of Ink Exchange GG? Try it. Oh man, you will SO be wanting to read this book like right now. (even more than you already are!)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on February 20, 2008, 10:22:30 AM
Yeah! And everyone seems to be saying it's MUCH darker which of course is a point in my book.......plus, TATTOO! I mean come on, what could go wrong there?!!!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Lotheus on February 24, 2008, 02:31:18 AM
Just finished Koontz's new one, "The Darkest Evening of the Year."  Pretty darn good all the way up to the end.  Wasn't a fan of the ending.  You read, you decide.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on February 24, 2008, 09:45:22 AM
Koontz has this thing with endings.  I remember being really young and reading The Mask or one of those and being absolutely offended that he would think that was a good ending.  (Now i'm the one to talk  :rolleyes:)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JeanneT on February 25, 2008, 02:30:51 PM
Well, I'm not reading it now since I just finished Martin's A Feast for Crows. As a fairly dedicated Martin fan, I must admit I was disappointed.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: EJRuek on February 25, 2008, 02:43:18 PM
Both Koontz and King's "horror" fail at endings, I think.  King's mainstream Shawshank Redemption and, also, more genre niched Green Mile worked, but many of the others seem to just wind up with these muh too cliche endings that don't support the excellent work preceding them.  Koontz, whether his beginnings or his endings, are, to me, always way too transparent.  Even though I know what's ultimately going to happen, though, his middles are done very well, I think.  Just my opinion.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bline on February 26, 2008, 06:24:06 PM
"By The Light of the Moon" by Koontz had a cheesy ending, too. The book itself was a good page turner with very clever writing, but then like the others you mention, fell off at the end. I think Hollywood has taken up residence in their heads and now they have to have those types of classic endings.   
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: EJRuek on February 26, 2008, 06:34:41 PM
Karma for nailing the right adjective: cheesy.  That's exactly it!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alien on February 26, 2008, 06:47:29 PM
Wot in da hey-uhl do you do that exposes you to so many unpubs? We're you sent here by somebody? Should I be nervous? Why is my neck scratchy all of a sudden--you're an author-killer aren't you? Kills us dead cuz we don't deserve to be pluggin the pipeline with our tripe. I'm letting the dogs out, "Maim! Dismember! Rend!" (Took 'em to a puppy school where they start with those commands, haven't worked up to eviscerate or splay yet, but they're smart lads.)


Well, let's see.  Right now I'm reading eight...no, make that nine manuscripts for other authors.  These span genres: literary (3), Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action-Adventure, Horror, and contemporary mainstream.  Can't give specifics other than that.  Last published books I read were The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Lee Child's latest.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: EJRuek on February 26, 2008, 07:10:55 PM
Wot in da hey-uhl do you do that exposes you to so many unpubs? We're you sent here by somebody? Should I be nervous? Why is my neck scratchy all of a sudden--you're an author-killer aren't you? Kills us dead cuz we don't deserve to be pluggin the pipeline with our tripe. I'm letting the dogs out, "Maim! Dismember! Rend!" (Took 'em to a puppy school where they start with those commands, haven't worked up to eviscerate or splay yet, but they're smart lads.)


Well, let's see.  Right now I'm reading eight...no, make that nine manuscripts for other authors.  These span genres: literary (3), Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action-Adventure, Horror, and contemporary mainstream.  Can't give specifics other than that.  Last published books I read were The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Lee Child's latest.

I signed up for torture called "critique group" thanks to a local librarian friend who convinced to help get the group steadied and working.  I'm a bit of a chump, you see.  Have a hard time saying "no," but I'm learning quickly.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Alien on February 26, 2008, 07:16:39 PM
Wow--nine sounds like overload. Better you than me though, way better.... Matter of fact my step just got lighter and I'm whistling all of a sudden. The sun is shining and there's this blue animated bird that keeps crashing into my clean window. It's good to be not you. <hugs himself and grins widely>


Wot in da hey-uhl do you do that exposes you to so many unpubs? We're you sent here by somebody? Should I be nervous? Why is my neck scratchy all of a sudden--you're an author-killer aren't you? Kills us dead cuz we don't deserve to be pluggin the pipeline with our tripe. I'm letting the dogs out, "Maim! Dismember! Rend!" (Took 'em to a puppy school where they start with those commands, haven't worked up to eviscerate or splay yet, but they're smart lads.)


Well, let's see.  Right now I'm reading eight...no, make that nine manuscripts for other authors.  These span genres: literary (3), Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action-Adventure, Horror, and contemporary mainstream.  Can't give specifics other than that.  Last published books I read were The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Lee Child's latest.

I signed up for torture called "critique group" thanks to a local librarian friend who convinced to help get the group steadied and working.  I'm a bit of a chump, you see.  Have a hard time saying "no," but I'm learning quickly.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: EJRuek on February 26, 2008, 07:34:23 PM
Actually, nine is not bad considering six are now done, and the other three went back for rewrite...which means I'll be off the hook for months and can concentrate on solely my own work and simply giving opinion on scenes and snips in my online group.  Oh, yeah, and the occasional short.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on March 25, 2008, 11:36:29 PM
Just had nearly the best day of my life - I found on the library shelf both a TESS GERRITSEN and a KATHY REICHS that I hadn't read.  Ooh la la!  I love forensic pathology fiction.  Anybody out there know of authors along of the same caliber as these two?  It's funny that this genre is my favorite, as I write for children.   :zip:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nostrabuttus on March 26, 2008, 12:10:10 AM
Just had nearly the best day of my life - I found on the library shelf both a TESS GERRITSEN and a KATHY REICHS that I hadn't read.  Ooh la la!  I love forensic pathology fiction.  Anybody out there know of authors along of the same caliber as these two?  It's funny that this genre is my favorite, as I write for children.   :zip:

You really are into that forensic pathology fiction. What did you do, Suzy_Q, write that in blood?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on March 26, 2008, 12:24:17 AM
Yes, how did you guess?  Anyone want a sip of blood... um, I mean, Koolaid?    :koolaid:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Bettie Sharpe on March 26, 2008, 10:06:35 AM
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Anybody out there know of authors along of the same caliber as these two?  

Suzy_Q, have you tried the medical whodunits of Michael Palmer? Perhaps not specifically forensic pathology, but he's at least as good a writer as Gerritsen, well within the Ephemeral Blather genre, and until you've read about six of them it's fun trying to pick out the bad guy. (After that it gets kind of obvious.)
:)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on March 26, 2008, 10:21:10 AM
Thanks, Bettie, I'll give him a try.    :up:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: vripley on April 22, 2008, 01:54:00 PM
Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on April 22, 2008, 05:26:19 PM
The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory.  Not my usual cup of tea (too many pages!) but still enjoying it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wiggypop on April 22, 2008, 06:07:38 PM
I am reading non-fiction for once!!!  "Hunt for the Skinwalker" in which science confronts the unexplained at a remote ranch in Utah (Skinwalker Ranch).  It is pretty freaky.  Especially since some of my neighbors have actually seen the creatures talked about in the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on April 22, 2008, 06:18:44 PM
I am reading non-fiction for once!!!  "Hunt for the Skinwalker" in which science confronts the unexplained at a remote ranch in Utah (Skinwalker Ranch).  It is pretty freaky.  Especially since some of my neighbors have actually seen the creatures talked about in the book.


Ooooo I might have to pick that one up!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: MarvaD on April 22, 2008, 06:28:35 PM
I'm reading (or will start soon) an MS by one of our esteemed QT members.  I think she's shy, so I'll only say that she recently go a request for a full ms.  YAY!!

Also, a book I complained about in another thread.  But, dang it, I can't resist a mystery with Jack London as the protag (The Golden Gate Murders by Peter King).  Good or bad writing, I love this stuff.  I love historical figures turning into detectives.  Just fun stuff.

I recently bought a copy of "Christina's World" by Marge Simon.  Flash fiction all about the painting of Christina by Andrew Wyeth.  I also like this kind of reinterpretation of art.  Please check out small presses for some wonderful fiction.  Marge is also (or primarily) an artist, so I like her take on fictional interpretation of famous paintings.  Coolest part: Getting a personalized signed copy of a book.  Check it out from Sam's Dot Publishing and The Genre Mall (my books coming in the next few months).



Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on April 22, 2008, 06:42:00 PM
I read the one you are about to read, Marva, and very much enjoyed it  :up: :up: :up:

Also read The Other Boleyn Girl (the movie butchers it I've heard) - I love Phillipa Gregory, so if you like that one try the others she has written, they are all very good - Innocent Traitor I especially enjoyed.

I saw the book Wiggy is reading but I am too much of a chicken to read it (mostly because I live pretty close to the area discussed in the book and I'm alone way too much - with too much of an imagination - Wiggy is much braver than I!!)

Just read the new one by Carol Higgins Clark, Laced - good, but could have been better :)

And waiting for the next Sookie Stackhouse; also reading Wisdom's Daughter by India Edgehill and starting the A Great and Terrible Beauty series - I've been on a mystery and YA kick lately, and loving it! :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on April 22, 2008, 08:22:05 PM
ELKY! That's what I'm reading! I finished Great and Terrible Beauty and am more than halfway through Rebel Angels. Got Sweet Far Thing waiting in the wings.
Love.

ADORE.

ASPIRE.

You name it. It relish every word.
It would make a helluva movie.

I think after that I may read Wildwood Dancing. I hear it's great.

I am always on a YA kick.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on April 22, 2008, 08:52:48 PM
Ha!  Great minds think alike  :wink:  I'm only a couple chapters in but loving it so far :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sarahjen on April 22, 2008, 09:13:58 PM
Reading a great book by this gal Marva Dasef called Tales of a Texas Boy. Loving it!
Also reading a few MSs. Loving them as well!
Reading a collection of Great American Short Stories as well.
Oh and non-fiction, America's Fascinating Indian Heritage.
And The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Interesting.

Elkie, love the new Avatar. Beautiful as always!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on April 22, 2008, 09:14:27 PM
I can see why you would like it with your love of the historical. I really enjoy the way they speak! Her characters are incredible.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on April 22, 2008, 09:35:28 PM
How do you do it all, Sarahjen?  Reading, writing, QTing, carpool, housework...  You amaze me!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sarahjen on April 22, 2008, 09:44:06 PM
 ;D HeeHee. I sound so much better on paper, er, computer. Trust me--I'm lazy and live in a small town. It only takes a few minutes to run them everywhere. I make my poor baby sit on my lap while I'm on the computer and WATCH mommie work. How boring for a 2 yo.
But thanks.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: lizbrenaman on April 23, 2008, 08:41:02 AM
Reading a great book by this gal Marva Dasef called Tales of a Texas Boy. Loving it!
Also reading a few MSs. Loving them as well!
Reading a collection of Great American Short Stories as well.
Oh and non-fiction, America's Fascinating Indian Heritage.
And The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Interesting.

Elkie, love the new Avatar. Beautiful as always!

OMG!  On my third reading of Kite Runner.  Bawl my eyes out every time, even though
I know what's coming. 

Also reading Everville-Clive Barker (third time), and The Poisonwood Bible-Barbara Kingsolver (second time).

Definately going to pick up Hunt for the Skinwalker....is it in bookstores, or do I have to order it?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: elknutswife on April 23, 2008, 09:30:39 AM
It's in our bookstore in Vernal, but we also live near the area discussed in the book so it might be a local thing - can't remember the author but Wiggy can help you out there  ;D

And thanks on the avi :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on April 29, 2008, 02:19:46 PM
Picked up two books today!  I got One Foot in the Grave, Jeaniene Frost's new one (just released today!  It was still on the dolly!) and this book I found called Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson.  The cover of it just struck me (how can you NOT judge a book by its cover?)
(http://www.karinlibrarian.com/tinc?key=KxOJPQ57&id=6&size=l)

and once I read the back I was hooked. (which I'm typing out for you, because the other versions of it I've found online just don't do it justice...)

Life should be sweet for Frances Robinson.  She has an amazing best friend, lives in a beautiful house with a loving family, and has just met a seriously cute guy named Nix, recently transplanted from Louisiana.

So why do her nightmares startle her awake? And why is she terrified of ambulances screaming in the night?

Frances has a secret.  Years ago, before she was adopted by the Robinsons, she lived with her birth mother and three younger sisters in the made-up country of Fireless.  Life was good there.  Frances' mother, Afton, loved singing, laughing and dancing in the rain.  Most of all she loved Fireless, a beautiful and mysterious place of her own invention.

But the lure of Fireless led Frances' mother deeper and deeper into madness, until she suffocated her children, one after another in the quiet sunshine of an ordinary morning.

All except Frances.  Frances escaped.

Now Afton Jelks is out of prison.  And she wants to finish what she started.



I'll let you know how it is!

On top of all this, I'm waiting for the knock on the door that means the mail man has brought our shiny new copy of Ink Exchange! 
YA and tattoos= happy GG  ;D
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: AmyLee on April 29, 2008, 04:00:08 PM
Sarahjen, i agree - how do you do all that?  Very impressive.

GG that book sounds very interesting.  Keen to hear if it's as good as it sounds.


I'm reading Self-editing for Novice Writers by Bertram Wicks.  If you've been playing along at home, you'll know that this what i need to be reading right now....(oh, and i need to place an order for Self-Editing For Fiction Writers -- Show and Tell By Renni Browne   ;D).


Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on April 29, 2008, 06:28:36 PM
AHHH! Tell me when Ink Exchange is out. I should have pre-ordered it. Gotta get it. You know Melissa Marr hangs out on Verlakay don't you? (I'm sure Lege has told you all about it).

So many of the posters on there are now the authors who line the bookshelves in the YA section at Barnes and Noble. Last time I looked about six of them on the face out shelf were from the blue boards.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on April 29, 2008, 07:34:51 PM
AHHH! Tell me when Ink Exchange is out. I should have pre-ordered it. Gotta get it. You know Melissa Marr hangs out on Verlakay don't you? (I'm sure Lege has told you all about it).

So many of the posters on there are now the authors who line the bookshelves in the YA section at Barnes and Noble. Last time I looked about six of them on the face out shelf were from the blue boards.

Ink Exchange is out TODAY!!!! And the delivery guy finally came at 6:30!!!  I did know about the Verlakay boards, but oddly enough, I've never really checked them out over there...  I guess they're supposed to be the place to be for YA writers, but I just never really looked into them.  I'm pretty happy here  ;D.  Though I love Melissa Marr!  I wrote her when Wicked Lovely first came out (on AW) and told her there was a full display in Borders out here.  She was really excited about it and we had a nice few pm's exchange.  I read her blog and posted something for one of her sentence Sundays.  She actually went through and commented on every person's entry.  I thought that was just amazing.  And it was SO cool to have her comment on my work.  Really a top notch lady, that one!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sarahjen on April 30, 2008, 07:53:29 PM
My Internet's been down so I took that opportunity to read Uglies and Pretties, and had my library order Specials and the next one, which right now i can't remember the name. I'm on the library board, and in charge of the summer reading program for our town, so she said she'd order just about anything I want.  :clap: So we will be getting more YA stuff here!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: LeahClifford on April 30, 2008, 08:05:12 PM
Picked up two books today!  I got One Foot in the Grave, Jeaniene Frost's new one (just released today!  It was still on the dolly!) and this book I found called Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson.  The cover of it just struck me (how can you NOT judge a book by its cover?)
(http://www.karinlibrarian.com/tinc?key=KxOJPQ57&id=6&size=l)

and once I read the back I was hooked. (which I'm typing out for you, because the other versions of it I've found online just don't do it justice...)

Life should be sweet for Frances Robinson.  She has an amazing best friend, lives in a beautiful house with a loving family, and has just met a seriously cute guy named Nix, recently transplanted from Louisiana.

So why do her nightmares startle her awake? And why is she terrified of ambulances screaming in the night?

Frances has a secret.  Years ago, before she was adopted by the Robinsons, she lived with her birth mother and three younger sisters in the made-up country of Fireless.  Life was good there.  Frances' mother, Afton, loved singing, laughing and dancing in the rain.  Most of all she loved Fireless, a beautiful and mysterious place of her own invention.

But the lure of Fireless led Frances' mother deeper and deeper into madness, until she suffocated her children, one after another in the quiet sunshine of an ordinary morning.

All except Frances.  Frances escaped.

Now Afton Jelks is out of prison.  And she wants to finish what she started.



I'll let you know how it is!

Pretty good book!  There were a few parts in the beginning that had me wondering about character motivations and went a bit fast, but other than those little things it was a good read.  The story line was interesting and the ending had an interesting twist to it.   I'd recommend it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: AmyLee on May 01, 2008, 04:01:25 PM
Thanks GG.  I've ordered the Browne & King Self-Editing title.  It may even arrive today, so won't be reading any fiction for a while i guess. 
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: justwrite on May 01, 2008, 04:19:14 PM
Oh! Gotta get Ink Exchange although I don't have much time for reading the next few weeks. Summer's coming, though and I'll be in dire need of good reading so I'm going to look back on this thread for all my reads.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: jacinda on May 02, 2008, 07:36:00 PM
I'm reading The Sagas of the Icelanders.
(http://www.amazon.com/Sagas-Icelanders-Selection-Robert-Kellogg/dp/0965477703/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209774771&sr=8-2 (http://www.amazon.com/Sagas-Icelanders-Selection-Robert-Kellogg/dp/0965477703/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1209774771&sr=8-2))
Very awesome so far.  I love me some folklore though, and I'm considering it research, to get a look at new story formulae. :!:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wiggypop on May 10, 2008, 10:24:44 AM
I just finished "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer.  The story was fantastic, but in my opinion got bogged down by the MC's inner reflection and a lot of unnecessary detail/plot.  I found myself skimming over a lot of it.  All said, though... definitely worth reading.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: tradergirl on May 10, 2008, 10:45:07 AM
I just (mostly) read The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer, which is getting tons of press.  I HATED it.  After a hundred pages I asked myself why.  Oh yeah-- because NOTHING happens.  This means that either A) I'm too lowbrow to appreciate literary fiction or B) it just isn't that good.

Either is possible.

T.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: tradergirl on May 10, 2008, 10:47:23 AM
I also just finished-- and loved-- Beginners Greek by James Collins, another literary fiction book.  It was a hoot!  It took me about six pages to settle in-- and I was hooked.  Sure, there was a lot of emotional introspection, but the premise of the novel was terrific, and the cad "best friend" was hysterical.

T.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JeanneT on May 10, 2008, 11:09:23 AM
I rarely read lit'rery fiction because I read plenty of in mis-spent youth as an English major and I usually hate belly button gazing anyway, but I'll try that one on your recommendation. :)

I'm just waiting for GRR Martin's new novel in September. I wish that man would write faster!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: katekquinn on May 12, 2008, 11:32:32 AM
I'm halfway through Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris and it is really great.  I read reviews which compared it to Office Space which is one of my favorite movies ever and it is a pretty apt comparison - except that the book is more than just funny - it is just really good.  Oh, it is also written in the first person plural using "we" instead of "I" and is just interesting to read from a technique perspective as well.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: tradergirl on May 12, 2008, 02:03:54 PM
I read that too, Kate.  Except I read glowing reviews of it first, and so was expecting it to be hysterically funny, which it isn't really. 

The "we" voice is really distinctive, isn't it?

T.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: katekquinn on May 13, 2008, 09:53:15 AM
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I read that too, Kate.  Except I read glowing reviews of it first, and so was expecting it to be hysterically funny, which it isn't really. 

The "we" voice is really distinctive, isn't it?

Yeah, the first four pages of the book were full written reviews each one more glowing than the next- but yeah you are right it was definitely more quirky 'heh, I recognize that funny' rather than laugh out loud funny.  I actually just finished it yesterday and am uncertain about the ending and the whole one of the characters was the "author" of a chunk of the book device.  It is interesting because I also just read Atonement which also uses the character as author of the novel device and it also bothered me there.  I think maybe because in both cases the reveal of it was at the end of the book and made me feel as if I had been tricked?
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ElanaJ on May 13, 2008, 04:06:05 PM
I just got the fourth Percy Jackson book in the mail today!  Yea!  They're by Rick Riordian and if you have boys at all (age 8+), they are FANTASTIC!  Plus, I love all things Greek, so I desperately want to be a Half-Blood.  I love getting new books!
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JeanneT on May 15, 2008, 09:05:26 AM
I have GRR Martin's new novel on pre-order and all I'm doing is biting my nails until it comes out. We have waited HOW many years to find out what happens next? Sheesh. Wish he'd write faster.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sarahjen on May 15, 2008, 01:58:44 PM
Just finished The Host and Specials and half of In the Lake of the Woods (too much cussing for me.) Now back to my MS. At least until I go to the library tomorrow.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JamieMelani on May 21, 2008, 07:43:18 PM
I have GRR Martin's new novel on pre-order and all I'm doing is biting my nails until it comes out. We have waited HOW many years to find out what happens next? Sheesh. Wish he'd write faster.

I've given up on him. He's not exactly the portrait of youth and vigor in all the photos I've seen of him. I'm fairly sure he'll be dead before he finishes the series (an Eddard-esque Tragedy!) And I didn't like FEAST FOR CROWS much (but I'm still excited for the next one... he's not still working on it is he?)


Right now I'm reading THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. I'm about 100 pages in and it looks like it's just going to be an ok book (not great), if anyone was wondering :)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JeanneT on May 21, 2008, 07:55:51 PM
He's not about to keel over dead. He's in his late 50s, I believe. Even for him, there's plenty of time to complete the final two books. Not only is he no longer working on his next one, it will be out in September which is why I have it on pre-order.

I consider A Game of Thrones one of the best fantasies ever written. However, I have to agree that A Feast for Crows is my least favorite of the series. It wasn't how he wanted to publish it I've read. He apparently wanted that and the new A Dance with Dragons to be one volume.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JamieMelani on May 21, 2008, 09:06:16 PM
He's not about to keel over dead. He's in his late 50s, I believe. Even for him, there's plenty of time to complete the final two books. Not only is he no longer working on his next one, it will be out in September which is why I have it on pre-order.

I consider A Game of Thrones one of the best fantasies ever written. However, I have to agree that A Feast for Crows is my least favorite of the series. It wasn't how he wanted to publish it I've read. He apparently wanted that and the new A Dance with Dragons to be one volume.

Yay! Not dying! I think it's the long white beard that made me place him at about 80 years old :)

I agree. I think Game of Thrones is amazing. All of them were amazing up until Crows (I've heard about the one volume thing too. Maybe that would have helped). Definitely the best fantasies ever in my mind, along with The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. The characters are so multidimensional (with the exception of Cersei, I think), and the plot twists are just genius.

I only asked whether he actually finished it this time because I remember pre-ordering Feast for Crows over a year before it was actually released. They kept pushing the date back and then finally canceled the pre-orders. I was totally crushed.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JeanneT on May 22, 2008, 05:35:02 PM
Well, from what I've read he was having trouble delivering. I've read that this one was pretty much finished when Crows was done--for what that's worth since what you hear isn't always exactly accurate. So far no push backs anyway. And I am SO looking forward to it. I think it will make up for the disappointment of Crows. I agree that Cersei is one-dimensional although the character I really can't stand is Sansa. Lord, I don't want to hear ONE more word about that spineless girl.

However, I DO want to know what's happened to Jon Snow (who else is betting he was not Eddard's bastard?) and Daenerys and WHY for heaven's sake did he leave Anya blind? Ack!

And I agree that I LOVE the plot twists. I thought I'd die when I read the first one with the twist with Eddard (that I tend not to elaborate on since there are people who foolishly haven't read it--at least 5 in the world I'm sure.  :wink: )
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JamieMelani on May 22, 2008, 07:01:42 PM
Oh god! You have me way too excited about these books again. I'm going to have to re-read them all before September!

(and the Eddard twist was the best twist I think I've ever read in a book.)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JeanneT on May 24, 2008, 01:25:44 AM
Oh, isn't THAT the truth. That just blew me away!

Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on May 24, 2008, 09:24:46 PM
Thanks to everyone who suggested I read Ann Lamott's Bird by Bird.  It is phenomenal.  I am reading it very slowly - partly to absorb her wisdom and partly to savor it.   :up:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: tradergirl on May 25, 2008, 06:43:12 AM
I have never met a writer who did not get a lot out of that book.  Never.

TG
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nostrabuttus on June 17, 2008, 09:06:53 AM
Finished these books this past month. I recommend all three.

Final Justice by J.A. Jance  ( I love all of her books. She is one of my favorite authors )

The Appeal by John Grisham  ( I have read most of Grisham’s novels, and I thought this one was one of his best. )

Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell ( This book, by a debut author, is one of the most interesting reads I have run across in a long time. I did not want to put it down and stayed up until the early morning hours finishing it. )
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nina Kaytel on June 17, 2008, 09:12:54 AM
Stephen King - Rose Madder

This will be the third time I have tried - each time I get nightmares and stop. I don't know what it is about that bloody picture. Hmm - I am skimming a few others as well, not actually reading them.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: JeanneT on June 18, 2008, 10:48:02 AM
Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing. One of the best books on writing ever written.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sarahjen on June 18, 2008, 11:52:46 AM
Just finished the Baker's Boy triology by J.V. Jones (I think). Very good books, don't let the cover fool you!
I also read the 2nd book of Alley Carter's spy books. They are very light reading, and not as good as Kristin Nelson says, but they are fun. My 10yo loves the first one so far. It's more young, YA IMO.
Getting ready to read Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Wiggypop on June 20, 2008, 08:29:14 PM
Ender's Game is soooo good!!!  I'm glad you're reading it.  They are making it into a movie.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ElanaJ on June 20, 2008, 09:29:06 PM
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is fabulous. Great teen voice, cool premise. A little on the geeky, hacker side, but hey... :emb:
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nina Kaytel on June 21, 2008, 04:35:21 PM
I'm being urged to read Twilight. My library doesn't have so I got to buy it. *Sighs*

Hey did anyone read A Great and Terrible Beauty? I want to read the third one, but I don't know if I wanna fork out the money for it 'cause the second one was .... eh ....? It's taken me forever to find it because I didn't know it was YA.  Any one know anything about it, red it, reccomend it.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: sarahjen on June 21, 2008, 04:37:27 PM
Often Libraries will order a book if it's popular or do a book exchange with another Lib. Talk to them first, if you don't want it for yourself.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on June 21, 2008, 05:33:16 PM
I'm being urged to read Twilight. My library doesn't have so I got to buy it. *Sighs*

Hey did anyone read A Great and Terrible Beauty? I want to read the third one, but I don't know if I wanna fork out the money for it 'cause the second one was .... eh ....? It's taken me forever to find it because I didn't know it was YA.  Any one know anything about it, red it, reccomend it.


Hey V - If you like Twilight and end up reading book 2 in the series also, and if you'd like to own book 3, let me know.  I will gladly give you my copy (which someone gave to me.)
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nina Kaytel on June 21, 2008, 06:30:46 PM
Often Libraries will order a book if it's popular or do a book exchange with another Lib. Talk to them first, if you don't want it for yourself.

They have it, but I have to wait a couple months for it. The same thing happened last summer when I was in my James Patterson phase.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ElanaJ on June 21, 2008, 06:57:11 PM
I just put A Great and Terrible Beauty on hold at my library.  When I read it, I'll let you know. It was recommended at the writing conference I just went to.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nina Kaytel on June 21, 2008, 09:01:03 PM
I read the first two last year. I was waiting on the third. I loved the first one. It's written entirely in present tense, which was odd at first. The second very was was weird.

I don't know if the series has a name though, but A Great and Terrible Beauty is defiantly worth the read. It was one of the few books that I gave a positive review when I was in newspaper. Haha.

I rented the Kite Runner movie. I hope it lives up to the book.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: ElanaJ on June 21, 2008, 11:00:17 PM
I haven't read the book (Kite Runner, my husband has), and I LOVED the movie.  Made me cry.   :'(
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Suzy_Q on June 22, 2008, 12:07:15 AM
emjohns, if you want to read the book, let me know.  I'd be happy to loan it to you.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Nina Kaytel on June 22, 2008, 08:28:49 AM
Ohh yay. It was the first book that I ever read that made me cryy. It's so worth the read! I have A Thousand Splendid Suns, but I haven't been ready to read it.
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Post by: emmjay0506 on June 22, 2008, 09:25:08 AM
I just finished reading the second Fablehaven book by Brandon Mull. I can't wait to get my hands on the third. If you like Harry Potter, you'll like Fablehaven. But don't worry, it's not a spin-off.
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Post by: sarahjen on June 22, 2008, 03:09:34 PM
Also recently read Bad Blood by Linda somebody. Elana, what's her last name? (She's got my book)
Anyway, it's a detective mystery, and I really enjoyed it!
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Post by: jacinda on June 24, 2008, 08:55:17 PM
I just re-read The Three Musketeers again.  It still kicks ass.  :wink:

I haven't read anything new lately and to be honest I'm afraid to...I only trust myself with reading things completely unrelated to what I'm writing, because I'm so impressionable, I'm afraid I'll start incorporating bits of whatever I'm reading into my story...
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Post by: Nina Kaytel on June 27, 2008, 02:36:16 PM
I just got Twilight! I'm in love! This town she's in sounds so much like Louisa right down to the library! Its great.
But, like an idiot I bought the wrong book for the second. Why can't they label series better  :rant: so I have to read this one slowly. lol, which is hard considering I'm hooked. *pooh*
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Post by: sarahjen on July 13, 2008, 02:18:49 PM
Started James Patterson's # series backwards. Well not really, but I did read the last book first, 7th Heaven. It was great. Finished 1st to Die, and now I'm on 2nd Chances. They are quite good. I love mystery. He does use was a lot though, but he paints a good picture.
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Post by: Nina Kaytel on July 13, 2008, 03:26:37 PM
Started James Patterson's # series backwards. Well not really, but I did read the last book first, 7th Heaven. It was great. Finished 1st to Die, and now I'm on 2nd Chances. They are quite good. I love mystery. He does use was a lot though, but he paints a good picture.


Oh I love him. If I remember the title correctly 4th of July was my fav.

I'm actually reading Ender's Game for the first time. I should finish today.
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Post by: sarahjen on July 13, 2008, 03:56:20 PM
ender's game is great!
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Post by: Wiggypop on August 03, 2008, 05:41:14 AM
Sarah, so glad you read Ender's Game.  I think it is going to the big screen.
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Post by: Nina Kaytel on August 05, 2008, 01:00:05 PM
Sarah, so glad you read Ender's Game.  I think it is going to the big screen.

God I hope not. I am so sick of books becoming movies that I could just scream. Doesn't any one have an imagination anymore?
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Post by: Wiggypop on August 05, 2008, 03:37:52 PM
I can't wait for the movie!!!  I think some of the best movies are taken from books.
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Post by: MaryL on August 05, 2008, 03:48:22 PM
I love books turned into movies.  I have a friend whose book was just optioned for a movie.  She got PAID for them to look at it.  Gotta love anything that supports writers. 

I understand your sentiment, though, V.  Movies are never as good.  They help sell books, which makes them fantastic in my mind. 

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Post by: Chelc on August 05, 2008, 04:00:24 PM
well, hey. look at Lord of the Rings. the third movie got how many Oscar nods? and it won Best Picture. But the movie trilogy is very very different from the books.
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Post by: sarahjen on August 06, 2008, 07:00:29 PM
Yeah, i like them as movies, but they are never as good.
Just finished JP's Judge and Jury and When the Wind Blows and Step on a Crack. And of course SM's Breaking Dawn.
Now reading James Patterson's The Beach House and mss.
Dang reading's soooo much better than TV
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Post by: isinglass on August 25, 2008, 05:01:19 AM
What I am reading:

I picked up Carol Berg's Flesh and Spirit at Denvention 3, so that's what I'm reading right now.

Also got to talk with her. Very nice lady.
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Post by: Nina Kaytel on August 31, 2008, 07:17:11 PM
I finally finished Earth Abides. The ending is sad.

My mom gave me A Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King so I am reading that.
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Post by: Oxlahun on September 06, 2008, 10:19:04 PM
i can't remember if i already posted here or not so if i did i'm sorry.
I'm reading Huckleberry Finn for fun (Yeah i know, strange thing to be doing)
I just finished reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap, which was a pretty good book.
I keep meaning to start Hexwood which i read a long time ago but can't seem to get started on it.
I also finished reading The Darwin Awards book. That was quite interesting to read.
IN school we're reading The Crucible but i don't really know if that counts.
Recently i finished the graphic novel of Artemis Fowl which i thought was interesting but the Gnomish on the time stop bubble was jibberish which kind of pissed me off.

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Post by: eallen99 on September 07, 2008, 07:40:20 AM
I love books turned into movies.  I have a friend whose book was just optioned for a movie.  She got PAID for them to look at it.  Gotta love anything that supports writers. 

I understand your sentiment, though, V.  Movies are never as good.  They help sell books, which makes them fantastic in my mind.  Precisely!  Generally after a book based film is released and successful, book sales go through the roof!  And in many cases where the initial sales for the book were lukewarm, it's popularity and sales soar from the exposure the film generated.
It's all good in my humble opinion... :clap:



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Post by: ChristineF on September 14, 2008, 07:37:44 PM
I loved the Tail of Emily Windsnap - read it with my daughter.  Also recently finished The Ghost (Loved it), The Bourne Ultimatum (OK), and the Maxiumum Ride series (read iwth my other daughter).  Looking for a new good read...picked up a few ideas on this thread :) :up:   
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Post by: SMWendtland on September 15, 2008, 08:33:05 AM
I love books turned into movies.  I have a friend whose book was just optioned for a movie.  She got PAID for them to look at it.  Gotta love anything that supports writers. 

I understand your sentiment, though, V.  Movies are never as good.  They help sell books, which makes them fantastic in my mind. 



I agree with this most of the time... with one exception off of the top of my head... Stardust.  I thought the books was... meh.  The movie? Wonderfully irreverent and beautiful to watch!  I almost *didn't* watch it because I was so disappointed with the book.
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Post by: jacinda on October 02, 2008, 01:32:42 PM
On the books into movies subject, I have to admit that I actually liked the film of 'The Prestige' better than I liked the book...for some reason I feel dirty admitting that....  :emb3:

Oh, and on the subject of what I'm currently reading, I'm reading "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson.  Just went to his event at Boulder Bookstore last night, actually.  It was like meeting the pope for me.  I guess that I probably should have blurted out "I READ SNOW CRASH WHEN I WAS 16 AND SINCE THEN I'VE WANTED TO BE A WRITER MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD" but instead I just said "Thank you."  He did love my dogeared and highlighted copy of "Cryptonomicon" though.  *sigh* please forgive me, I am still completely starstruck!
 :hearts:

on another note, I just realized that I haven't updated the word count in my sig in like forever!!!  THE INSANITY!  DOGS AND CATS!  LIVING TOGETHER!
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Post by: Nina Kaytel on October 02, 2008, 06:25:09 PM
On the books into movies subject, I have to admit that I actually liked the film of 'The Prestige' better than I liked the book...for some reason I feel dirty admitting that....  :emb3:

Oh, and on the subject of what I'm currently reading, I'm reading "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson.  Just went to his event at Boulder Bookstore last night, actually.  It was like meeting the pope for me.  I guess that I probably should have blurted out "I READ SNOW CRASH WHEN I WAS 16 AND SINCE THEN I'VE WANTED TO BE A WRITER MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD" but instead I just said "Thank you."  He did love my dogeared and highlighted copy of "Cryptonomicon" though.  *sigh* please forgive me, I am still completely starstruck!
 :hearts:

on another note, I just realized that I haven't updated the word count in my sig in like forever!!!  THE INSANITY!  DOGS AND CATS!  LIVING TOGETHER!

I was in Books a Million the other day and I can not believe how many tv show books I saw and books written after the movie ... It was weird. I got a John Saul and this book called Covenant, but this is after the three I already have to read. Currently I am on Cujo (I was hooked after Aunt Evie)
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Post by: Sandy_Williams on October 03, 2008, 11:23:17 AM
isinglass, I just started Carol Berg's Son of Avonar, and I love it.  It's the first book I've read by her.  Is the one you read from a different series or is it further down the line?
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Post by: MaryL on October 04, 2008, 05:17:50 AM
The Calling-by Jacob Israel, Magic Bites and Dhampir.
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Post by: LeahClifford on October 04, 2008, 10:08:13 PM
Jacinda's book  ;D
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Post by: jacinda on October 05, 2008, 08:33:47 PM
Jacinda's book  ;D

You are freaking awesome. <333333
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Post by: Wiggypop on November 14, 2008, 10:41:39 PM
I read "Breaking Dawn" by Stephenie Meyer.  What a let down.  I was expecting an awesome, climatic :draw: , kick-butt ending.  Talk about a disappointment.
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Post by: Kestrel on November 15, 2008, 01:08:36 AM
I really wanted that ending battle to happen… and then it didn't.  Someone needed to die!  I wanted it to cause some emotion.  It had all that drama and suspense, then an epic fail ending.  :no:
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Post by: AutumnT on November 15, 2008, 08:45:48 PM
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban...........

I've been shirking my writing lately  :emb2:
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Post by: ChristineF on November 18, 2008, 03:21:38 AM
I read "Breaking Dawn" by Stephenie Meyer.  What a let down.  I was expecting an awesome, climatic :draw: , kick-butt ending.  Talk about a disappointment.

I was disappointed to...I am currently reading the Secret Supper - Very cool, but a hard read.  Now that I am knee deep writing, the book will have to wait :)
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Post by: Wiggypop on November 28, 2008, 08:44:44 PM
I'm now reading Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.  I like it.  It is sort of like reading something by Holly Black without all the overdone "edgy" crap.  I like Holly's books a lot, but she's just so heavy on the sex/drugs/swearing/transvestites/homeless/violence/mutilation stuff and Melissa isn't.  I reccomend it, though it is book two.  "Wicked Lovely" is book one.
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Post by: Cole Gibsen on November 28, 2008, 10:27:42 PM
I just picked up "The Accidental Demon Slayer". I haven't opened it yet (still working on revisions *sigh*) but it looks like a hoot. I had the good fortune of meeting Amy Fox and Archon, and she was a wealth of information.  :yes:
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Post by: ChristineF on November 28, 2008, 11:12:18 PM
I'm now reading Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.  I like it.  It is sort of like reading something by Holly Black without all the overdone "edgy" crap.  I like Holly's books a lot, but she's just so heavy on the sex/drugs/swearing/transvestites/homeless/violence/mutilation stuff and Melissa isn't.  I reccomend it, though it is book two.  "Wicked Lovely" is book one.

I loved her books too - she really inspired me to write in a lot of ways...
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Post by: Wiggypop on November 29, 2008, 09:12:40 AM

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I loved her books too - she really inspired me to write in a lot of ways...
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You'll have to tell her that when you get published.  :wink:
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Post by: Trist on November 29, 2008, 09:49:50 PM
I'm reading Ranger's Apprentice: Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan.  At least, I'm supposed to be… haven't really gotten around to it, been editing mostly, but the friend I'm going to lend it to is getting very impatient, so I might want to start it soon… ish… ;D
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Post by: ChristineF on November 30, 2008, 12:08:58 AM


I loved her books too - she really inspired me to write in a lot of ways...
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You'll have to tell her that when you get published.  :wink:
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From your mouth to God's ear...... :wink:
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Post by: jacinda on December 01, 2008, 12:24:24 PM
Just finished ANATHEM.  Holy crap.  :hearts:
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Post by: LeahClifford on December 02, 2008, 12:55:15 PM
The Time Traveler's Wife...  :faint: :hearts:
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Post by: katekquinn on December 02, 2008, 02:15:41 PM
The Time Traveler's Wife...  :faint: :hearts:

Sandra just mentioned this on her blog yesterday and now you are reading it too.  I have been eyeing this book for awhile, but haven't been certain if I would like it.  Would you give it a  :up:?
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Post by: LeahClifford on December 03, 2008, 08:57:18 PM
So far yes.  The first few chapters take a leap of faith but please give in and just read and you'll find yourself completely sucked in! I'll let you know when I'm done if it holds up!
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Post by: karaokecrush on December 04, 2008, 04:10:57 PM
Re-reading old fave:  "Hammer of Eden" by Ken Follet.  Just re read "Anthem" by Ayn Rand, and "Jurassic Park," Had to after Crichton died.  Also picking up the occaisional old Smithsonian magazine lying around the indoor outhouse.
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Post by: katekquinn on December 04, 2008, 04:17:00 PM
So far yes.  The first few chapters take a leap of faith but please give in and just read and you'll find yourself completely sucked in! I'll let you know when I'm done if it holds up!

Oooh, I think I'm sold.   :up: 
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Post by: M.Hall on December 21, 2008, 10:53:45 PM
I just delved into the 8th book of the Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan... it was an amazing series thus far.
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Post by: Noctleigh on December 23, 2008, 11:29:47 AM
A Lion Among Men. It's dark, and I like it.

I'm patiently waiting for the next Landover book by Terry Brooks to come out.
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Post by: munley on December 23, 2008, 11:47:54 AM
I am reading  a bunch of old mystery novels. Recently bought all 8 Perry Mason novels from the shelf of a  used bookstore. I also like Ed McBain's older "87th Princinct" works that don't have the gratuitous sex he added in his old age. I don't object to sex in a novel if it is really an integral part of the story, but these later works give the impression the McBain got a new editor who insisted that that's how you have to do things nowadays--throw in some hot scenes--if you want your books to sell. I have no patience with these digressions, especially in a mystery novel that has me hooked on the plot.

And I like Ross MacDonald's stuff. He is really an inspiration for short descriptions of people that stay with you, even if it is a character the detective will encounter only once in the whole book. I remember his description of a woman with over-bleached hair. He said she looked like she was wearing a yellow fright wig.

I keep wanting to write a mystery myself, but I always veer off into a different kind of book.
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Post by: riotpoof881 on December 23, 2008, 01:50:00 PM
The Time Traveler's Wife...  :faint: :hearts:

I LOOOVED this book! I read it 2-3 year ago and still think about it all the time. It is one of my favorites of the last 5 years.

I just finished The Peony Pavilion by Lisa See. I didn't like the main character or the ways in which she forshadowed, but I did like the other characters, and I was very interested in all the Chinese customs and superstitions.

Next to read is Theft by Peter Carey.

-Annie
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Post by: Noctleigh on January 05, 2009, 09:12:22 AM
I just finished "Call Me By Your Name" by Andre Aciman. It was the only book I've ever cried to (and that's even factoring in Dumbledore's funeral scene). The MC, Elio, longs after Oliver with such passion and intensity, the infatuation he feels, even with the tepid waters between them, is enough to melt a glacier. The entire time, I was shouting at the book to finally put them together. The ending is so powerful, you won't regret reading it (that is if you like books with rollercoaster emotions).

I'm now reading "The Hand That Bears The Sword." It was a Christmas gift from my inlaws. It's good, but nothing can compare to how much that last book affected me.
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Post by: Wiggypop on January 10, 2009, 08:26:35 PM
My husband brought a book home from the library for me to read because the cover looked cool.  The book was AWESOME!!!  It is called "TETHERED" and I don't remember the author's first name, but it is her first novel and absolutely wonderful!!!
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Post by: pierce67 on January 15, 2009, 05:35:22 PM
I am reading The Shack. I am almost finished with it. It was good.
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Post by: TereLiz on April 27, 2009, 12:12:07 PM
Just finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which kept me riveted right up until the end, when I felt a little dissatisfied.  But it was a great read, and very well written, I just think it ended too quickly. 
Actually, it helped me to figure out a better ending for my own novel. 

Just before that was Dust of 100 Dogs, which I liked more than many books I've recently read.  Had a great, satisfying ending, not to mention great voice.  It was written in a way that made me not want to put it down, which was another thing I admired about TFOHAT. 

A co-worker loaned me the first Mercy Thompson (is that her name, the skin walker from Moon Called?) novel, and I am slowly working my way into it.  I like it, but it is just not grabbing me the way I thought. 
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Post by: Aiala on April 27, 2009, 01:48:33 PM
Duma Key, by Stephen King. I'm only halfway through, but loving it so far. 609 pages of surrealistic creepiness on the Gulf Coast...yay! After the disappointment of Lisey's Story --the only King novel I've ever failed to finish-- this one's a welcome return to his terrific storytelling.

Thank heaven there are still a few heavyweight writers who can force those <expletive> publishers to put out a LONG novel!   :)

~A~
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Post by: violet on April 27, 2009, 10:06:32 PM
I love this thread!

As I'm sure we all are, I'm a voracious reader...and always looking for new books! A couple of month's ago I finished the n/f book, "Three Cups of Tea." All I can say is it blew me away. It can be dense but push through. Nearly everyone I recommended this to thanked me...with each passing chapter, you just can't believe the stroy that's unfolding.

Truly inspirational.
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Post by: Coldfeet on April 28, 2009, 06:29:31 PM
I just finished "Call Me By Your Name" by Andre Aciman. It was the only book I've ever cried to (and that's even factoring in Dumbledore's funeral scene). The MC, Elio, longs after Oliver with such passion and intensity, the infatuation he feels, even with the tepid waters between them, is enough to melt a glacier. The entire time, I was shouting at the book to finally put them together. The ending is so powerful, you won't regret reading it (that is if you like books with rollercoaster emotions).


Thank you!  I read a review at some point and flagged it to read, then promptly lost the little slip of paper with the info.  I know what I'm getting with some of my horded gift certificates for books.

I'm reading The Invisible Circus (Jennifer Egan) currently. 
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Post by: 3oranges on May 18, 2009, 06:08:58 PM
A few of you are reading The Time Traveller's Wife. I read that a few years ago and I LOVED 99.9% of it...

I just finished A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. A fantastic YA gothic, I'm so in awe!

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Post by: Oxlahun on June 05, 2009, 09:21:02 AM
two nights ago i started four books.
Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

I've read them all before, with the exception of the Hollow Kingdom, which i got for Christmas and haven't been able to read until now. Also i finished Robin's Country last night i don't know who the author is. And i finished Fablehave : Secrets of the Dragon Sactuary, on monday. That was awesome. But now i have to go back and read Rise of the Evening star and grip of the Shadow Plague. But eh, that's not too bad.
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Post by: luctari on June 05, 2009, 10:23:22 AM
Have recently read all of Micheal Gruber's books -- Tropic of Night, Valley of Bones and The Book of Air and Shadows are all must read in my estimation.  Also, ran across some Ross Thomas titles at Goodwill -- geeze, it is easy to forget how GOOD he was.

Luctari
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Post by: QuietWriter on June 05, 2009, 01:32:01 PM
I'm reading Ira Levin's "Rosemary's Baby" at the moment.  I was given a copy for Mother's Day, which is especially apt since my son's named Adrian. >:D
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Post by: twoheadknight on June 15, 2009, 12:37:07 PM
Books I just finished:

HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins  (YA sci fi thriller)
A DOOR INTO OCEAN by Joan Slonczewski  (a thoughtful science fiction story about what makes us "human")
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan (YA zombie thriller)
BLOODFEVER by Karen Marie Moning (the second book in a silly-but-fun Faerie kick-ass romance series.  I missed the first one, so I had some moments of confusion.  A cheesy read, but definitely fun if you're looking for something light and engaging.)
SILVER PHOENIX by Cindy Pon (YA Asian Fantasy)

Anyone read any books they'd like to recommend?  ;D
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Post by: justwrite on June 15, 2009, 10:57:25 PM
Just finishing Evermore by Alison Noel
Reading Troy, by Adel Geras (from 2001)
Want to run out and buy Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (the sequel to the totally amazing Hunger Games).

Two-headed knight—I LOVE the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. Have you ever read the City of Bones trilogy, by Cassandra Clare? Just a great.
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Post by: ElanaJ on June 15, 2009, 11:22:08 PM
GONE by Michael Grant is a great YA sci fi read. Very close dystopian.  :up:
THE HOURGLASS DOOR by Lisa Mangum is what Twilight should have been. No vampires, but seriously, this is what YA paranormal romance should be. The beginning is a bit slow, but give it 100 pages.  :up: :up:
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Post by: luctari on June 16, 2009, 12:24:59 AM
I definitely don't read the same stuff as you guys . . .

Recently worked through all the Micheal Gruber novels -- Valley of Bone and The Book of Air and Shadows are both tremendous.  Just read Burmese Days by Orwell.  Did read The Historian lately, which is a vampire novel and a tremendous book, but definitely not YA.  Also Gone for Soldiers by one of the Sharas, can't remember which.  I've been re-reading some of Elmore Leonard's Detroit era novels lately, just to remind myself how great good dialog is. 

My daughter left a copy of Twilight out, so I picked it up just to see what all the fuss is about.  Sorry, just don't understand what anyone sees in it.  I've read stuff I don't like where I can say it' s subjective, I just don't like it.  But when I can't finish a paragraph without rewriting every sentence in my head just to get rid of the awkward constructions and cliches, then I think I can objectively say it is just a poorly written book.  Seemed like something a marginally talented high school freshman would write.  I rarely don't finish a book I start, but 20 pages was all I could manage. 

Luctari
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Post by: MaryL on June 16, 2009, 05:16:35 AM

My daughter left a copy of Twilight out, so I picked it up just to see what all the fuss is about.  Sorry, just don't understand what anyone sees in it.  I've read stuff I don't like where I can say it' s subjective, I just don't like it.  But when I can't finish a paragraph without rewriting every sentence in my head just to get rid of the awkward constructions and cliches, then I think I can objectively say it is just a poorly written book.  Seemed like something a marginally talented high school freshman would write.  I rarely don't finish a book I start, but 20 pages was all I could manage. 

Luctari

I'm not a fan myself, but Twilight is not indicative of the YA genre.  I've not met a soul who finds it well written; in fact, the first thing my 12 year-old daughter said about it after she read it was, "Crappy writing, fun story."  The appeal is that of the romance genre in general--escapism. There's a reason romance is the best-selling genre and is growing even as other genres decline due to the economy: People want to get away from real life, even for a while.  They need a little fast food between the fine dining experiences.

As for YA itself, it's becoming increasingly harder to break into because of the level of writing expected by the editors. I have two friends, both NYT and USA Today bestsellers, who have been approached by houses to write YA series because of the trend to have tighter writing.  Were Twilight being queried today, it would be a harder sell to publishers.

For the sake of the little girls who are now avid readers because of it, I'm glad it came through years ago when the story was the thing in YA.  It, along with the HP series, has created a whole generation of readers.  It's cool to be seen with a book again.

It wasn't all that long ago that all forms of fiction were looked down upon in educated circles.  I'm so glad that has changed.
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Post by: Aiala on June 16, 2009, 08:55:40 AM
It wasn't all that long ago that all forms of fiction were looked down upon in educated circles.  I'm so glad that has changed.

I suppose it depends upon how one defines "educated". That's changed, too.  :)

~A~

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Post by: justwrite on June 16, 2009, 12:30:54 PM
Thanks for the recommends, Elana. If you like it, I KNOW I will!!!

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Post by: twoheadknight on June 16, 2009, 12:57:14 PM
Luctari, I just started being sucked into YA because I realized it's actually for grown ups  :wink:.

I usually really enjoy hard sci fi, horror, and reaaaally dark fantasy like George R. R. Martin's series (WHERE IS MY NEXT BOOK, GEORGE??).
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Post by: violet on June 16, 2009, 08:42:30 PM
I'm not a fan myself, but Twilight is not indicative of the YA genre.  I've not met a soul who finds it well written; in fact, the first thing my 12 year-old daughter said about it after she read it was, "Crappy writing, fun story."  The appeal is that of the romance genre in general--escapism. There's a reason romance is the best-selling genre and is growing even as other genres decline due to the economy: People want to get away from real life, even for a while.  They need a little fast food between the fine dining experiences.

As for YA itself, it's becoming increasingly harder to break into because of the level of writing expected by the editors. I have two friends, both NYT and USA Today bestsellers, who have been approached by houses to write YA series because of the trend to have tighter writing.  Were Twilight being queried today, it would be a harder sell to publishers.

I too had the same reaction to Twilight...and Stephen King publicly announced Meyer's inability to write. *winces* But you hit the nail on the head ML...romance. While I never read the book, I skimmed it. My thought: this chick is brilliant. Let's see, cute girl falls for the 'bad boy' who happens to be a vampire...they want each other but can't do the deed...because he might kill her=HUGE sexual conflict.

If you read SM story, she did hit the lottery on the querying front...because an assistant didn't know that 175,000 words was a lot. What's amazing to me: an editor didn't slash that sucker down to half the size. Were they so desperate to get it on the shelves they didn't care? Yes, obviously. And the payoff was huge.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: luctari on June 16, 2009, 11:34:03 PM
I'm not a fan myself, but Twilight is not indicative of the YA genre.  I've not met a soul who finds it well written; in fact, the first thing my 12 year-old daughter said about it after she read it was, "Crappy writing, fun story."  The appeal is that of the romance genre in general--escapism. There's a reason romance is the best-selling genre and is growing even as other genres decline due to the economy: People want to get away from real life, even for a while.  They need a little fast food between the fine dining experiences.

As for YA itself, it's becoming increasingly harder to break into because of the level of writing expected by the editors. I have two friends, both NYT and USA Today bestsellers, who have been approached by houses to write YA series because of the trend to have tighter writing.  Were Twilight being queried today, it would be a harder sell to publishers.

I too had the same reaction to Twilight...and Stephen King publicly announced Meyer's inability to write. *winces* But you hit the nail on the head ML...romance. While I never read the book, I skimmed it. My thought: this chick is brilliant. Let's see, cute girl falls for the 'bad boy' who happens to be a vampire...they want each other but can't do the deed...because he might kill her=HUGE sexual conflict.


I can think of a number of authors I've read who are way better at dreaming up plots and story lines than they are at writing them.  In my genre, David Baldacci and Stephen Frey spring to mind -- Frey in particular strikes me as a very weak writer.  With Baldacci, I've been surprised that some of his later novels seem weaker than his earlier ones.  I wonder if, once you become a known brand, the publisher feels that all they have to do is roll the book out there and rake in the dough, so they just don't bother pushing on the editing anymore.  But even by those standards, I was astonished by how BAD the writing was in twilight.  Also, being an crotchety old guy, I was probably immune to the teenage girl angle.  Just not in touch with my inner Hannah Montana.

Luctari
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: violet on June 17, 2009, 11:53:04 AM
I think we tend to forget that publishing is like the rest of the world...sometimes concept sells over content. Not everyone who writes is going to be a great writer. Just as not every movie made is an Oscar contender or every actor can recite Shakespeare.

For me, and maybe I'm doing a disservice to myself, I tell friend's, my ms is commercial fluff...it's fun and I hope everyone has a great time who reads it. I'm not pretending to be the next Dickens...would I like to write something that would be worthy of the critics? Absolutely...and I'd probably be decent at it. And someday I probably will.

Luctari-as for your inner Hannah Montana...I'd never seen the show...and I was like, "what is all the fuss about?" She happened to be on American Idol, 2 seasons ago. She is NOT a good singer! But  boy can she prowl the stage--she has charisma in spades. She put many of the twenty something year olds on that show to shame. So I went, "yep, I get it."
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: Cujo5 on June 17, 2009, 11:58:58 AM
Violent, I totally agree. I feel the same way. Maybe it is a disservice, but I want to write what is entertaining. Someone can pick it up read it, get a good escape from life and say that was pretty cool. Not literary in any way, nor do I try to pretend to be. It's the same with my screenwriting. I always aimed for a summer blockbuster type of idea, something that would be a fun ride, and that's it.

However, I still want it to be structuraly correct and such so I focus on those things, but overall I think the story and characters have to be the key to the entertainment. I consider my writing entertainment, not life changing by any means.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: violet on June 17, 2009, 12:26:25 PM
Violent, I totally agree. I feel the same way. Maybe it is a disservice, but I want to write what is entertaining. Someone can pick it up read it, get a good escape from life and say that was pretty cool. Not literary in any way, nor do I try to pretend to be. It's the same with my screenwriting. I always aimed for a summer blockbuster type of idea, something that would be a fun ride, and that's it. Oohh! I didn't know you were a screenwriter too! Mine were indies...but still, FUN indies, a little deep but again, no Oscar contenders.

However, I still want it to be structuraly correct and such so I focus on those things, but overall I think the story and characters have to be the key to the entertainment. I consider my writing entertainment, not life changing by any means. Amen. I'm also a  stickler for structure btw--as a matter of fact, I really think learning about structure via screenwriting helped me with my current writing.
Title: Re: What are you reading?
Post by: karaokecrush on June 18, 2009, 09:44:23 PM
if i ever channel my "inner Hanna Montana" I think i'll be needing a padded room by the wc ... whoo hooo .... I'm reading the phonebook for names that ring and then rhyming them (while i'm listening to my favorite cd ... of course!)  {you all know what that is and you're too polite to mention it --THANK YOU and KARMA for that!!!} :clap: