April 6th, 2010



Does anyone use bookholders they can recommend? I am seeing a couple different types, but no real say on what's better. I want something I can use on a treadmill and stationary bike that will be functional enough to not give me hassle about keeping the book open while also allowing me to easily turn the pages.

Thanks in advance!

Long Way Down

Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.
    Martin (an ex-TV host who has lost his wife and children and has just gotten out of prison), Maureen (who is worn-out from taking care of her son who has serious brain damage), Jess (a teenage girl with mental problems and a lopsided view of the world), and JJ (who has loss his girl and his band meet on the roof of Topper's House in London with the intention of ending their lives.  Instead they become friends and help each other to get their lives back in some unexpected ways.  The four voices are distinctive but fit well with each other.  This is a book about love, loss, life, pain, and friendship.  At moments it is heartbreaking and at other times it is uplifting.  I almost passed on this book because of the subject matter but I like Nick Hornby.  I'm glad I gave this funny and touching book a go.  I give it 4 3/4 out of 5.

Intellectual Motonari

Musashi - abridged version?

I apologize if this is not allowed.

It's been a while since I wanted to buy this book: http://www.amazon.com/Musashi-Eiji-Yoshikawa/dp/4770019572/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270583124&sr=8-1

However, I just wanted to know one thing: is this book the abridged version of Musashi? I live in South America and the Musashi book sold around here has two volumes with the same amount of pages each, so I'm not sure if it is the same book we're talking about...

Has anyone read it? For those who read it (preferentially this version of the book), what did you think of it?
Caleb- snug as a bug!

African American reads

I am currently reading Cane River which is a fictional account of a generation of women during the times of slavery and in the early 1900's. I will admit that I have not read a lot of books about African Americans during slavery and pre-civil rights but the ones that I have read have been wonderful. Can you all recommend me some more books? I really am enjoying this book and I absolutely love There Eyes Were Watching God and The Help. Thank you! :)

I forgot to mention, the books can be fiction or nonfiction. :)
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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Blurb On The Back:

The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humour – raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.

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The Verdict:

Satrapi’s graphic novel is a sensitive, often witty and beautifully drawn account not only of her life, but also of life in Iran. It’s not without its problems – notably a tendency to sentimentality – but it’s still well worth a look.

Cross-posted to books and bookworming.
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The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas

The Blurb On The Back:

There will be flames.

Once dragons ruled the world and man was little more than prey; then a way of subduing the dragons was discovered. Now the dragons are bred to be little more than mounts for knights and highly valued tokens in the diplomatic power-players that underpin the rule of the competing aristocratic houses. The Empire has grown fat.

And now one man wants it for himself. A man prepared to poison the king just as he has poisoned his own father. A man prepared to murder his lover and bed her daughter. But unknown to him there are flames on the way. A single dragon has gone missing. And even one dragon on the loose, returned to its full intelligence, its full fury, could spell disaster for the Empire. But that is not all. Because of the actions of one unscrupulous mercenary the rivals for the throne could soon be facing hundreds of dragons ...

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The Verdict:

Anyone who loves dragons will be thrilled with their depiction in this book and there is a lot to admire with the scope of the world building and the high stakes. However, I found it difficult to empathise with any of the characters due to their venal self-interest and power seeking for its own sake.

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