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[Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
~*~ 12:45pm]

Hello, new here. Stumbled across this community I forget where, not that it matters to me, especially.

Try Walk Through Darkness by David Anthony Durham, a fictional account of two Maryland based slaves and their attempt to gain freedom. I found the ending to be unlikely but otherwise, great historical description.
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warning - spoilers [Tue, Sep 12th, 2006
~*~ 4:21am]

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beaty's Punishment,and Beauty's Release by A. N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice):
It has been quite a while since I read the first one, and it took me long to acquire the last one, which I just finished. I enjoyed the first one the most perhaps because of the novelty of the subject matter, it is not along the lines of what I generally choose to read. The second one is a blur that I vaguely remember as being boring in comparison to the first. It took me a while to get used to all the man on man action, something else I don't normally read about. The last one provided a satisfying ending to the tale of her capture and trials, in which I especially enjoyed reading about the Sultan's Palace and Laurent's switch from sub to dom. I recall the explicit sensuality and I think the brave and sexually experienced will find this trilogy
an erotic change of pace, somewhat in the vein of The Story of O.
Neuromancer by William Gibson:
Thick prose. I found this deterred me for quite some time, I would begin to read the first chapter and forsake it in favour of another book. When I finally had the time to read and savour this aspect I really enjoyed the story, it is fast-paced and refreshingly different from much other sci-fi. Character relationships were well-developed and imagery was spectacular. I'll be looking for more books by this author.

Pandora by Anne Rice:
This was a re-read for me, but I remember loving it the first time and the second I realized what I didn't like about it. The setting at the beginning of Pandora's life before she became a vampire is ancient Rome. When I read historical fiction I like details that can help in medieval re-enactment. Specifics like what they ate and wore are included sometimes, but I found much lacking in this department for my taste, and I remembered that as I read. The tale is poignant and I fell in love with Pandora all over again, and with Marius. The details about Those That Must Be Kept (as they are called in another book) entice me to re-read more of her work.
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recent reading [Mon, Jan 2nd, 2006
~*~ 10:23am]

A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda:
I quite enjoyed this one. The author goes more in to depth than in The Teachings of Don Juan. I found that book (The Teachings...) lacked (for me) a lot in what I wanted to find in it after reading the description. The second one is much better, more detail about Mescalito and allies, but I still am frustrated that the author was unable to let go of his hang-ups and learn more intensely from Don Juan and Don Genaro.

The Crush by Sandra Brown:
I had wanted to read this one for a while, and am finally doing so. Not finished yet, so if you have read it, don't spoil the ending for me. Though I have a feeling the ending might be rather predictable. I really *lol* abuot some of the characters lines in this one, for example; when Wick has to cough up his breathing tube when he's in the hospital (I've never had to do this, but apparently it is terrribly uncomfortable and painful), the nurse said he did well and did a good job and he tells her to 'get fucked' and she chuckles and says that she has a husband and a son at home and implies that she is used to grumpy sick males, I found it hilarious. I'm still snickering about it.

No Logo, author unsure:
This one is at my friends house. It is a big thick tome and the part I was reading detailed what people have done in the past to combat mass/pop media invasion of every aspect of our visual world, especially in terms of defacing ads. I dig this because I really hate advertising. I find most advertising insults my intelligence as a human being, with free will to spend or not as I choose and my budget permits.

What else... not much I guess, I went through a 'barely reading' phase for a while a few months ago. I am going to buy Fan Tan by Marlon Brando and some other guy for my bf. My library card is maxed, as in I have so many fines that I can't take out anything, so until I pay that off, I am just going to read what is in the house that I have been putting off for whatever reason.

Maybe I will re-read Mary Stewart's trilogy about the Arthurian legends. I recently read the one she wrote later about Mordred and I quite enjoyed the way she made him seem more like a victim of Fate than an evil bad guy.

Happy reading everyone! Sorry this post is so long, I am still learning to make text cuts.
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A newby [Wed, Nov 23rd, 2005
~*~ 3:15pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hello well i'm here and i found ur page... nice. I haven't really been reading boox lately but n e suggestions? They are ALL welcomed. N e body know watz new w/ Anne Rice?

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i dont know how this goes about [Fri, Sep 9th, 2005
~*~ 9:51pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

so i joined this group back in the day and i have never posted i just figured out how to like two secs ago. im slow when it comes to computers sorry in advance. just thought i'd point that out now

so i'm reading 'nickel and dimed' by Barbara Ehrenreich which is captivating for me and is a capable read if you work at a slow paced job and have down time in moments of luls. which is what im doing.

umm last book i read and finished 'sex,drugs, and cocoa puffs' by chuck klosterman which is amazing i loved it if you have a sarcastic view on things or enjoy witty theories i highly advise this to you or if you grew up at all in the late 80s early 90s doesnt matter what age you'll be entertained. thats my view on it anyways

oh and i was in the process of reading these books

'Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions'
by Ben Mezrich

'Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons (Ballantine Reader's Circle)'
by Lorna Landvik

'I Never Promised You a Rose Garden'
by Joanne Greenberg

but i lost the first one, the other two i stopped for some unknown reason. if by the end of 'nickel and dimed' i havent found 'bringing down the house im just gonna rebuy it, and the other two after i finish 'n&d' and 'bdth' i'll will get back to reading those. all three are good reads...well i mean as far as i've read in them they are. i got relatively far in 'bdth' and i loved it so it is quite sad that i misplaced it.

anyways i probably wrote way too much and so im gonna leave.peace love and applesauce. dont be mean in response if any bother to response it's just bad karma i dont want that energy. THANKS!

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[Fri, Jul 8th, 2005
~*~ 4:32pm]

[ mood | blank ]

The Vampire Chronicles. I read the first 4 and I'm almost finished with the 5th.
Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception
The Book of Shadows
Rainbow Boys
Rainbow High

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my recent favourites list [Thu, Mar 24th, 2005
~*~ 9:34am]

The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Suicide Blonde by Darcey Steinke

Descent of Woman by Elaine Morgan

Priestess of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein

The Bad Girls Guide to the Open Road

The Job of Your Life

Bridget Jones Diary

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Shabono by Florinda Donner

Celtic Embroidery by Gerald of Ipsley and Robert of Coldcastle

The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline Gedge

One Man's Food is Anoter Man's Poison by Dr. James D'Adamo and Allan Richards

The Further adventures of Robinson Crusoe dy Daniel Dafoe

Fanny by Erica Jong

The Trigger Point Therapy Work Book by Clair Davies

well, hello all. i found this community by accident. there have been no posts since last year! is anybody out there?????
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[Fri, Oct 22nd, 2004
~*~ 9:50pm]

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Post-apocalyptic fiction? He was intrigued... [Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
~*~ 3:57pm]

...and thus had to investigate further. Out of two groups listing the same interest he had in that particular brand of literature, half of them were entirely Christian.

The other half was this one, a space for people to talk about their readings.

To begin rolling that proverbial ball, he listed the books he had consumed o'er the summer, and his impressions of them:

A Canticle for Liebowitz: Throughout all, God endures. Nice subject matter, decently pulled off...he saw why it had become a classic.

Watchmen: By far the best comic book ever written. Worthy of a dissertation. Every screenwriter cell in his body clamored at him, hoping he'd adapt it and turn a possible masterwork into shit. That's how good it was.

Kavailer and Clay: A novel so enthralling that he actually believed the comic book heroes portrayed within existed. The true mark of brilliance in a writer.

Memoir from Ant-Proof Case: In a seemingly meandering, wandering way, the story of one man's life story and his struggle against a bitter enslaver of the human soul - coffee.

Possibly more? He couldn't recall.
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[Thu, Aug 5th, 2004
~*~ 5:48pm]


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[Sat, Jul 31st, 2004
~*~ 8:36pm]

hey, i got bored and since kristen is disappointed that nobody posts i made us a banner, so maybe we could advertise or something :D

here be the code:

<*center><*img src="http://pictures.greatestjournal.com/userimg/1635939/296414"><*/center>

(: just take out the stars :)
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[Sat, Jul 31st, 2004
~*~ 8:21pm]

okie dokie summer reading wasn't altogether that great this year:

Uncle Tom's Cabin
very good book....very very very long book, it kinda dragged sometimes

Memoirs of a Geisha
good, easy book...not much else

Snow Falling on Cedars
pointless book, i didn't really get into it.

thats all, i know its short but... =/ oh well
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[Sat, Jun 12th, 2004
~*~ 12:39am]

yea no one ever posts in this community anymore which kind of makes me sad...

i just started uncle toms cabin...i like it so far the only thing is that it goes by slowly...

*advice when reading it, take your time and try to understand the beginning or the middle gets confusing!
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[Sat, May 1st, 2004
~*~ 7:38pm]

[ mood | bored ]


The Princess Diaries

i literally read that book in a few hours, and it only took me that long cuz i had to switch classes in school =P

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just started... [Sun, Apr 25th, 2004
~*~ 11:18am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I've just begun reading Franzen's The Corrections. Has anyone else read this and seen the similarities between it and Coupland's All Families Are Psychotic?

Granted, Franzen's novel seems a bit more serious in subject matter. Also, I'd say it's for the more serious reader as well. The way he molds his sentences sometimes takes more than half a page. How I just blindly keep on reading because of pure interest could be considered mindblowing.

Any other opinions?


p.s. Has anyone read Sophie's World?

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Dave Eggers anyone? [Wed, Mar 31st, 2004
~*~ 6:18pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I recently read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and I fell in love with Dave Eggers' writing. The story is so compelling and gripping. Has anyone else read it?

Since I loved that so much I've been reading his You Shall Know Our Velocity as a followup because as everyone here knows once you get hooked on an author, you just want more. Sadly, it turns out Eggers hasn't written many books but he's edited and arranged a handful. YSKNOV, to me, isn't as compelling as his first book, but I want to know what you think!!

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greetings [Wed, Mar 31st, 2004
~*~ 3:44pm]

[ mood | lazy ]

hey there
im new to this community and i joined because i love reading books. and especially books of a strange, odd or controversial nature. but also just.. anything, ha.
a lot of my favorite books are in my info, but some didn't fit so were left out =/
also, currently i am reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, and am enjoying every bit of it, hehe.
thats where my [aim] sn comes from. its a title of a chapter from the book.))

well, i just wanted to say hi and i cant wait to talk literature with you all.
later gators.

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[Wed, Dec 31st, 2003
~*~ 12:00am]

I just finished Eve's Apple by Jonathan Rosen. It's the story of a woman with an eating disorder from the perspective of her live-in boyfriend. I found it very interesting and touching.
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C.D. Payne's Youth in Revolt [Thu, Dec 4th, 2003
~*~ 2:18pm]

[ mood | energetic ]

Wow! A book community! A FREAKIN' BOOK COMMUNITY! This is great. If you can't tell, I'm new. The search is always on for insightful and/or entertaining reading, and I hope here I can gain ideas of where to book next.

Recently I was coerced into reading Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne. So far, its outlandish plot and great word choice have been entertaining. However, I don't feel I'm getting much out of it. The friend who suggested this book to me was greatly influenced by it - he even went as far to say, "This book changed my life." Maybe it's me, but whatever there is to learn from this book was covered long ago. Don't get me wrong, it's damn humorous, but I'm looking for something a little more... Coupland?

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The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig [Sun, Nov 30th, 2003
~*~ 11:22pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Sorry for the cross-posting, guys, but I thought that it would be of interest to more than one of the communities of which I'm a member.

The Moviegoer
It's enjoyable. A good thing to read if you're feeling cyncial. Also, if you're looking for an easy, philisophical read it's a quick byte. It's got a lot of Kierkegaard in it.

Memorable Quotation:
"What do you seek-God? you ask with a smile.
"I hesitate to answer, since all other Americans have settled the matter for themselves and to give such and answer would amount to setting myself a goal which everyone else had reached- and therefore raising a question in which no one has the slightest interest. Who wants to be dead last among one hundred and eighty million Americans? For, as everyone knows, the polls report that 98% of Americans believe in God and the remaining 2% are atheists and agnostics-which leaves not a single percentage point for a seeker. For myself, I enjoy answering polls as much as anyone and take pleasure in giving intelligent replies to all questions.
"Truthfully, it is the fear of exposing my own ignorance which constrains me from mentioning the object of my search. For, to begin with, I cannot even answer this, the simplest and most basic of all questions: Am I, in my search, a hundred miles ahead of my fellow Americans or a hundred miles behind them? That is to say: Have 98% of Americans already found what I seek or are they so sunk in everydayness that not even the posibility of a search has occurred to them?
"On my honor, I do not know the answer."

ha, how's that for existiential angst?

What are your thoughts on this book?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
I'm almost finsihed with this book.. and so far I LOVE it. I thought I'd find it rather cliche, but it's very levelheaded for its time. The subject matter, which is based on the author's life, is fascinating. He's a recovering "lunatic".. it's got all sorts of philisophical musings, and there's something about it that makes it soothing to read.

Memorable Quotations:
1. "Then his mind's eye looked up and caught his own image and realized where he was and what he was seeing and . . . I don't know what really happened . . . but now the slippage that Phaedrus had felt earlier, the internal parting of his mind, suddenly gathered momentum, as do the rocks at the top of a mountain. Before he could stop it, the sudden accumulated mass of awareness began to grow and grow into an avalanche of thought and awareness out of control; with each additional growth of that downard tearing mass loosening hundreds of times its volume, and then that mass uprooting hundreds of times its volume more, and then hundreds of times that; on and on, wider and broader; until there was nothing left to stand.
"No more anything.
"It gave way under him."

I just thought that was such an accurate depiction of a nervous breakdown.

2. "But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government. There's so much talk about the system. And so little understanding."

interesting, especially in the wake of the 60's.

What did you all think of this book?

Has anyone read Lila also by Pirsig? What did you think of it?

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