September 15th, 2008

Oh lawd. Where to begin!?

Just Good Stuff:
The Time Traveler's Wife

Oh! It's amazing! I've shed a lifetime supply of tears on that book, and it's been worth every drop. It's a great mix of adventure, drama, romance, comedy, oh! It's amazing.

Teen Crushes: Harry Potter and Twilight.

Do I really need to explain HP? Come on.. lol.

Twilight! Eek, I AM a fan girl. Yes, I would love nothing more than to be Bella Swan and all that jazz, but in actually, it's a good YA book. The characterization is clever, the plot makes your heart race, and the content gets really cute to vicious. I enjoy the books immensely.


Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey - fantastic. Confusing as hell, but still, magnificent. Finishing it feels like an accomplishment, like you've just solved a puzzle. Which, essentially, you have (through the characters). Palahniuk is amazing. I have a new fetish for blank fiction and dark humor.

Anything Else:
Can't go wrong with Crichton. :)

(btw, I'm new. Can't you tell?)
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Top Three

I was hoping to find out what book I should read next.
Yet, I can't choose which genre to pick from.
So, I thought I would ask for everyone's favorite in these three categories so I could get a list going.
Also, I'm sure many other people are like me, so this would help others too.

1. fantasy/sci-fi
2. general fiction
3. non-fiction

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Newbie :)

 I don't know if any of you out there have ever read anything by Wally Lamb.  But he is one of my girlfriend's favorite authors, and I just recently read his book "I Know This Much Is True."  I put it off for forever, because it is so intimidateingly long. (900+ pages!) But it was definately worth the read.  It was the best damn book I have ever picked up.  The ending was AMAZING... it was the best ending to a novel that I have EVER read. If you have the time to commit to a book of this length... you should definately pick it up.  

I am currently reading "She's Come Undone" which I believe was his first book... It's not as well developed as "I Know This Much Is True" but, it's also pretty good. 

Anyway.. just thought anyone with eyes should know about this amazing book. Have fun! :)


January 2008 Bookpost

I just found and joined this community. Um...Hi there! :-)

I put up a monthly bookpost on my LJ. Maybe the best way to introduce myself here might be to share those. So over the next few days, unless there's a reason not to, I'll put up my bookposts from January through August for your inspection and comments. Here's January:

Quotes and my thoughts on each book below the cut text.

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Book Review

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a wonderful book for a gift.  For young readers it is a valuable lesson about giving, sacrifice and selfishness.  For older readers it can be a great way to thank and encourage someone who has been a giver in your life or needs to become one.  You can find it at Barnes & Noble for about eighteen dollars and maybe cheaper online, but its worth it and will make a lasting impression for years to come on the gift receiver.  I received it as a gift from a friend at the age of nineteen with a little inscription written inside and I have it to this day at thirty-four years old.  Now I read it to my kids.  Very simple, but very powerful!  Vangy


Good morning,

Due to all of the spam like messages by new people, I have decided to unmark the bookish group as one of my friends for a bit.  It is nice to see people join the group, but at the same time it became a bit too much with everyone posting at the same time.  I hope it isn't a spam thing and that it is actually people excited about the community.  But at this time, I need a break from the mass amount of postings on my friends page.

I would love to still discuss books with people, so feel free to add me as your friend.  :)

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Lost and Found

“That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and you eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

~ The Skin Horse explaining why some toys become real and others do not

I am, by nature, an uneasy skeptic. I’d like to believe in something larger than myself but a little voice in the back of my head always whispers “sorry kid, you’re on your own”. Every once and awhile, though, I get the feeling that there is some sort of benevolent force looking out for me.

If ever there was a day when I needed reminding that a person’s worth is not the sum of their appearance, today was it.

Something helped remind me.

On the way back to the office, after lunch with a friend, I passed a second hand bookstore. Out of habit, my eyes darted to the window.

“I have to go in,” I told my friend and darted inside where I plucked a book from the display and practically skipped to the counter. In my hands was a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit - a very specific copy. It was the same edition that my mother had owned before she passed it on to me – a book which I had lost. The shop’s owner told me she had put it in the display a few hours before.

Hours later, when I got home, I slipped the book from it’s bag. I opened it and inhaled deeply. My nose ruffled in remembrance. I had smelled that same smell, decades ago, when I slid open a glass fronted bookcase in my parents' basement and slipped a narrow book from the shelf.

I read the book in a matter of minutes, tearing up in the usual places. I needed that book today. To have stumbled across not only the book, but an almost exact replica of the one I had first loved, felt like and incredible gift.

Note: This is actually another repost (I'm feeling super sexy and not bad at all). I was actually looking for a link I had posted ages ago and came across this entry and thought "oooohhhhh... bookish."

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What is the teenage obsession with Edward Cullen?

Yes, most of us have probably read twilight. Although I dislike the literature immensly I can't help but stay addicted to the story.
As writing goes, it isn't the best. But recently i've seen EVERYWHERE "Edward Cullen<3" Blah, and fan art, and fan literature. I mean most of us have probably fancied a charecter in a book once but what is the big phase with Edward Cullen? I've noticed its usually American teenage girls. Maybe it's because i'm british!?
If that's all that teenage girl's go for I must not be normal. Or arn't I seeing the bigger picture?
Someone explain?
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David Foster Wallace

You might have heard that David Foster Wallace, considered "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years," hung himself last Friday. His suicide has hit me harder than I thought it would. I read his short story collection Girl With Curious Hair about a year ago and now I'm interested in reading Infinite Jest. How is it?


I'm reading "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons, and enjoying it immensely so far. I can't believe this one has slipped by me for me so long unread.
I love Stella's descriptive choice of character names, including Aunt Ada Doom, Flora Poste, and Elfine the free spirit. I'm enjoying Flora's sense of making everything in one's life nice and tidy, and her nonchalant approach to nonsensical family drama. It's a wonderful read so far, and I don't want it to end.

I just don't get the hype...

Okay, I just finished Twilight. It was on my 'maybe I'll read it someday' list, but on Friday one of the girls I work with was talking about how she just bought Breaking Dawn at lunch and couldn't wait to go home and read it. She told me that if I liked the Harry Potter series then I would love the Twilight series, and since we both have about the same taste in literature I thought why not.

Well I'm sorry to say but that's a big fat no. Neither of these series (IMHO) are even remotely in the same category.

So what is it that was suppose to make me make me want read New Moon??

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper

Series: Vampirates
Publisher: Hachette, 2005
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-genre: Swords and sorcery, YA

Read the full review here.

I'm pretty sure just about anyone on the planet could take one glance at this book and figure out why I picked it up. Dude, it's called Vampirates. As in vampires. And pirates. And if there were any more awesome in that one word, I think my head might explode. Avast, me hearties, and gimme yer blood!

Actually, I expected this to be a whole lot cheesier than it turned out being. It was a lot of fun, but not in the "you gotta laugh at it to love it" sort of way. More in the "can't stop reading because cool pirate stuff and also cool vampire stuff and non-stop action and vampirates rule!" sort of way. The story ends on a cliffhanger, and I have to admit I've already reserved a copy of the second book at my library.

Connor and Grace are fairly typical of the "young hero" mould. She's the intelligent and far too curious for her own good specimen, and he's the naturally gifted fighter with an extra helping of sensitivity. Some of the secondary characters stood out a little more: both captains were creative, and I really liked Lorcan, Grace's seventeen-year-old vampirate bodyguard.

This would be a particularly good choice for any young reluctant readers. There's lots of action, and do I need to go over the part where vampires + pirates = awesome, or can I just assume we've all got the jist of it now?
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Hi. I'm new here, and this is my first post. Sorry. Just gotta say type it. XD

I just finished reading
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb a while ago and it nearly made me cry. Although I must admit that it was quite boring at first, it got better in the end, and I was just really amazed at the whole story and thought it was really great. Although the story progressed a bit faster to my liking, I still like it.

Has anyone else read it? Care to share your thoughts about it (if you had read it)? :3

robot zen

The Essential Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

loved it. of course i'm a bit taken with Sufism at the moment. i loved the images that Barks still manages to conjure considering this is in translation. what i wouldn't give to be able to read it in it's original Persian.

I have noticed that we don't seem to have too many poetry readers on here. if you are interested in poetry, and have the ability to sift through mystical religious writings, go for Rumi!
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Two requests

1. I'm looking for any good non-fiction history books, or well-written fiction books, on the topic of 1920's America, particularly in Chicago, New York, or San Francisco. If the books centres on prohibition, that would be a massive plus, but just general 1920’s American society is just as good.

2. I’m also looking for some new books to read. I mostly like either fantasy or science fiction, though I am partial to a good mystery or crime novel at times. As an example of my taste in fiction, here are books I’ve been reading recently:

O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King (I’ve been re-reading the series)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennet
Everything by Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett that I can get my hands on
Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan

Any help with either of these requests would be greatly appreciated.
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Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

I've just finished reading Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. I bought it after having it warmly recommended to me by a friend, but I'm ashamed to say it sat for several years on my shelf before I opened it. I know there was a movie made based upon it, but I never saw it.

The book opens in a Civil War hospital, where the Confederate soldier Inman has languished for too long, recovering from a life-threatening wound received in battle. Thoroughly disillusioned and sickened by the fighting, he deserts the army, setting off on foot for home. Home is Cold Mountain, a secluded enclave set deep in the wilderness of the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. All the while he is driven onward by thoughts of Ada Monroe, the beautiful daughter of the preacher from Charleston who came to Cold Mountain to teach the place's simple inhabitants the word of God. The way home is far from easy, though. The war has left the landscape utterly destroyed, and the people who inhabit it suspicious and bloodthirsty. Parties of rogue men, little more than bandits and murderers, patrol the roadways and forests, searching for deserters like Inman. It will take all of his wits, strength and luck for him to survive the journey.

In the meantime, Ada is facing problems of her own. A city girl at heart, she is more accustomed to sketching and reading than milking cows and tending to gardens, and she is left flummoxed when her father's death leaves her in sole charge of their enormous farm, most have which was allowed to run wild, even while her father was alive. To make matters worse, her father's solicitor has informed her that due to the war's taxing effect on the economy, all of her father's investments have become worthless, leaving her penniless in addition to being completely alone. She must somehow find a way to scratch a living from the unforgiving mountains, though she does find help from unexpected sources.

As for my thoughts, I feel I first must say that the author has a wonderful gift for being able to evoke a sense of place to the reader. One can almost hear the whisper of the hemlock and laurels on the mountain trails, and feel the touch of snowflakes on the skin. A profound sense of longing permeates this book, it is, in effect its essence, and it penetrates deeply into the soul of the reader. For me, the landscapes drawn were especially moving, because I lived for most of my life not too far from the area focused upon, the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. That being the case, many of the descriptions of places stirred up my own memories.

However, putting the author's obvious talent for writing aside, I cannot honestly say that I liked this book. I put it down feeling unsatisfied and empty, as though all of the feelings the book stirred in me just drained out, with nothing to replace them. I think it had a lot to do with the ending. I won't get into spoilers, but I have to say that I really did not care for it at all. Aside from being pretty predictable, it felt like it just didn't do the rest of the story justice. There's all of this build-up, and then all of a sudden it's just...over. In the acknowledgments section at the end, the author makes it sound as though Inman was an actual person at some point, so maybe in rendering his story there was no other way it could have ended, but still...

Despite all that, I do feel like it was a very worthwhile read, if for no other reason than I think this book is going to stick around and be a classic for a long time to come. What does everyone else think? Did anyone else feel let down at the end? Maybe I'm just crazy.

The Southern Vampire Mysteries

Anyone here read The Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse? I have noticed a lot of post about Vampire series and no one has mentioned this one, which surprises me since the TV show True Blood just started up and its based on this series. So if anyone has read it any thoughts on it? I borrowed it from a friend and have started to read it, but am not far yet.

I am not nomrmally attracted vampire books (tried to read the Anne Rice but never got into it) but lately I have found myself reading a few thing relating to vampires. First it was You Suck by Christopher Moore, and then it was the Twilight series (say what you wish about it, I know how most people feel about this series).

I must say the Sookie Stackhouse series its a little weird with the whole hick/smalltown feel but i am trying to get used to it.

Do you know this fiction book about parallel lives?

Hi, I'm coming to the book experts in search of a book a friend of mine is desperate to track down.

We think the book was called "One". It was a fiction story she read in either 1995 or 1996 (but possibly as late as 1998). She was given the book by a friend and lent it to another who didn't return it and now she'd like to replace it.

It's the story of all the different lives a particular character could have led, had they made different decisions in their life. It chronicled all these different parallel lives and chapters flicked from the different paths (that split based on the decisions they made) like normal books swap between different characters.

At the time she didn't enjoy the book all that much, but it was one of those types that had her thinking a lot about later and now she would really like to read it again (I'd really like to read it too!) but we're having much difficulty tracking it down not only for the point that she can't be entirely certain of the title, and can't remember the name of the author either.

She does think there was more than one author and they were American, too, if that helps!

(Thankyou in advance!!)
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The Duke in His Castle by Vera Nazarian (2008)

Rossian, the Duke of Violet has -- like all the other Dukes and Duchesses of the land -- been confined to the walls of his castle by a centuries-old magical binding. If, however, one of the nobles were to discover the secret powers of all the others, they would break the hold of that curse -- or so the rumour goes. Rossian isn't particularly interested in this, but the Duchess of White is, and she's sent her eccentric cousin Izelle over the Duke's castle with the task of finding out his secret. And so begins an elaborate game that will lead to... But that, of course, would be telling.

Another great read by Nazarian, with an interesting subtext about the use and misuse of power. Wonderfully crafted, elegantly written, warmly recommended.