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    Yesterday, I finished The Road Home by Michael Thomas Ford. A bit over the top in places, but at least it's a book largely populated with gay men whom I can relate to as being realistic characters, and not all about the shallow pursuit of "hotties" as it were.

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    Just started Fleming, Operation Sea Lord, Simon & Schuster, 1957, found in a used book store:

    The projected invasion of England in 1940 -- An account of the German preparations and the British countermeasures
    A generally untreated part of WWII.

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    Stephen King On Writing


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    I finished Twisted by Jonathan Kellerman. He writes reliably good suspense novels set in Los Angeles (usually...sometimes he'll switch things up). Here's a spoiler (if you've read the book, you'll laugh!)...

    I did it. (highlight to read)

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    TUDOR, by Leanda de Lisle. Public Affairs Books 2013.

    The story of the Tudors' reigns from before the Battle of Bosworth through to the Stuarts.

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    I love, love, love the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice and so I'm reading Blackwood Farm. I love how Anne Rice is like a bisexual man in a woman's body lol. I' saw Eye of the World was the first of a popular book series written by a man from Charleston, SC which is about 1 hour from me so I'm reading that now too.

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    Currently reading "The Quiet Twin" by Dan Vyleta.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Quiet-Twin.../dp/1608198081

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    The Anglo-Saxon Library

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    Unfortunately grad school hasn't left me with much time to read anything besides research papers and textbooks. However I won a $25 dollar gift card to the campus bookstore last week. I decided to spend it on this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Wonderbook-Ill...der_1419704427

    From what I have managed to read of The Wonderbook it is a fantastic and humorous how-to Bible for aspiring fiction writers with essays from some of the biggest names in fiction. I am a very visual learner and the illustrations and diagrams used in the book are fantastic and entertaining.

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    I read The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud, I love the sarcastic wit of the main character a Djinn called Bartimaeus, it's told in first-person from his viewpoint for most of the book.

    That Wonderbook sounds like exactly the sort of thing I should read cubbybear01, it'll help with my own writing.

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    I'm currently bouncing in between "Self Inflicted Wounds" by Aisha Tyler (because she is my inspiration and also EVERYTHING!) and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Johnathan Safran Foer because I like a little sadness in my lit sometimes. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by palbert View Post
    TUDOR, by Leanda de Lisle. Public Affairs Books 2013.

    The story of the Tudors' reigns from before the Battle of Bosworth through to the Stuarts.
    Hey! I'm the resident nerd around here -- if anyone's going to be bandying about non-fiction titles, it'll be MY job! You just go back to your American Chop Suey!

    (disclaimer: author is an Orono grad)

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    Struggling with Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Very very very very slow going...
    That we are capable only of being what we are, remains our unforgivable sin.
    - Gene Wolfe

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    Fans of the cooking program Two Fat Ladies would appreciate the memoir of one of its stars, Clarissa Dickson Wright: Spilling the Beans. Her story of overcoming a dysfunctional youth, followed by alcoholism so severe I wondered how she made it out alive! She's honest, not at all self-pitying, and has a terrific dry sense of humor.

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    Tonight I am reviewing the 5 Volume The Expositor's Greek Testament, Edited by the Reverend W. Robertson Nicoll, M.A., LL.D, published by WM. B. Erdman's Publishing Company of Grand Rapids Michigan.

    Yesterday I read The Life of Saint Issa, written by Virchand R. Gandhi published by Kessinger Publishing of Whitefish, Montana, as extracted from The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ also written by Virchand R. Gandhi.
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    I like to read books that are deep, meaningful, and which possess a significant cultural learning experience...

    "Don't wait for the world to be ready. Find what you're looking for."
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    Started this one today at lunch: Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family by Joel Derfner. It's a fucking riot, especially the story of his grandmother's nine husbands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by canesnbeach View Post
    On a personal note, I've never understood the hysteria surrounding religion and science. A lot of people treat them as if they were mutually exclusive. The truth is that Dawkins cannot say God is an illusion any more than I can say He isn't.

    And in the spirit of including fortune-cookie quotes at the end of posts, here's one:

    'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.' -Albert Einstein.
    I agree, and I like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anders123 View Post
    I'm currently reading The Naked God. It's part three of the epic sci-fi trilogy entitled The Nights Dawn by Peter F. Hamilton.

    Definitely 'yay'. This trilogy is the greatest piece of science fiction literature I've ever read. Even greater than my previous favourite, the Revelation Space series by Alastair Reynolds.
    ....
    That said, the series is incredibly deep and extensive, deciding to read them all is quite the commitment, but it is a commitment well worth making.
    By "deep", do you mean there is some serious philosophy to be pondered? I like sci fi (and fantasy) that tackles philosophical issues or makes a philosophical point to consider -- as an example, the entire Belgariad can be viewed as a meditation on the concept of the nature of creation.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    My current ones (yes, I read multiple books at once):







    The Imager Portfolio

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    I finished The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. It's a tale of survival in a dreary cold post-apocalyptic world. And I was surprised that it made me cry...at the end.

    Esquire magazine included it on their additional "Books Every Man Should Read" list in their recent 80th anniversary issue.

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    Picked this up:

    Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know


    by Alexandra Horowitz

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    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    Dexter's Final Cut.
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    Suicide note by mitchell heismann. Interesting stuff.

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    I'm trying to find something good at the moment. Something gay for a change. I devoured the Christopher Isherwood books and gaysia. Hopefully not something that's cheap mills and boon crap or one where everyone dies at the end

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    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    Two things I never make time to do are exercise and read real literature.

    So I've been listening to audiobooks in attempt to shore my meager will. Just finished Nabakov's Lolita, and just starting Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. (Listened to a bit of Marcus Aurelius, Nagarjuna, Rabindranath Tagore).

    If I bump this thread up every so often you will know I am persisting in my effort at fitness.
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    I have to find a sunny meadow in the trees and way away from other people to appreciate the spellbinding Virginia Woolf.

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    Just finished the first 3 Tales of the City books Tales, More Tales, Further Tales...I'll try to get to the next, what 6 or 7- a new one just came out....first 2 TV mini series very close to books, but 3rd mini was very different- the whole Anna's dad/Mother Mucca stiry in Further was made just for TV- not in book...but Maupin wrote and co produced, so I'm sure it was the way he wanted it.

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    Since my last post, I've read about twenty books, from a sci-fi series to a history of the first civil rights efforts in the US (Fourteenth Amendment and all getting passed) to a very dishonest argument for gun control being constitutional to a veterinary guide on raising a dog.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    I have to find a sunny meadow in the trees and way away from other people to appreciate the spellbinding Virginia Woolf.
    TtL is complex, as I expected/remembered. I'm appreciating the 30-second rewind feature on my ipod...hell, I listened to chapter one twice. Lacking your embowering meadow, I don't know that I'll become spellbound with its artifice. But it's (so far) crafty and enjoyable.
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    The worst thing...is not energy depletion, economic collapse, conventional war, or the expansion of totalitarian governments. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired in a few generations. The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us.--e.o. wilson

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    Garrison Keillor's “The Keillor Reader”

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    I just started Rita Mae Brown's A Nose for Justice and it seems pretty good. But the book I want everyone to read before June 6, when the movie premieres, is John Green's The Fault in Out Stars. It's going to be a great movie, I'm sure, but the book is wonderful.

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    I'm reading Book II of Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy.
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    Thad, I don't like to read a book before seeing a folm- I'm ALWAYS disappointed when they bring a great book to the screen- wondering why they changed this, cut that, etc...if I like a film, I'll read the book after for more background/insight

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    I recently finished The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. A pretty interesting slice of history. There were a few mistakes that the author made regarding chemistry but nothing so bad that it ruined the book.

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    Just a little while ago I finished up a, new for me, author and fantasy series start: A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda. Apparently she's written a lot of science fiction though I was not previously familiar with her. I quite enjoyed it.

    I have been waiting for the mass paper back release of Imager's Battalin by L. E. Modesitt Jr. to show up in my local book store. It's the sixth book in the Imager Portfolio series and though it's out, as is the next in the series, it's not in any of the book stores I frequent though the seventh book IS. Odd that.

    Buying online isn't practical for me.

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    I watched the 1946 version of "The Razor's Edge" when I came across it on TV. I've always skipped the opportunity before because I thought the spiritual search stuff would be tedious and boring. After finally seeing Anne Baxter's Oscar winning turn, I read the novel, which is even better. Since then I've been reading all the non-fiction stuff I can find by Somerset Maugham.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubbybear01 View Post
    I recently finished The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. A pretty interesting slice of history. There were a few mistakes that the author made regarding chemistry but nothing so bad that it ruined the book.
    Do you ever write the author when you find an error?

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    A Feast For Crows. I'm on a Game of Thrones roll here lol.
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    I have never read any of Hilary Mantel's wildly popular fiction ("Wolf Hall" etc.), but decided to try "Giving Up the Ghost" - her memoir of the early years (before she was famous). Frankly, it's kind of a downer, though she does write well; her fans ought to like this one more than I do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    Do you ever write the author when you find an error?
    I did so to an author years ago, having found two (factual) errors. She replied that they were ultimately her fault, even though someone had been paid to edit the book.

    Recently, I contacted an audio narrator about a book she read that had a problem I considered significant. She said no one had mentioned it to her, and was a bit defensive in pointing a finger at the "proof listener" at the publishing company.
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    I tried to read Wolf Hall- bored to tears, gave up 50 pages in...there's one writer- writing series on Richard the Lionheart, who insists on changing his mother Eleanor's age- younger by 2 years...I've read about 15 books on her- don't agree with her reasons...Eleanor would have been 13 when she became Queen of France...and they always say she was 11 years older than her second husband- Henry II- so was he 19, not 21 when he became king- I'm pretty sure they got his age right originally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackinSea View Post
    I have never read any of Hilary Mantel's wildly popular fiction ("Wolf Hall" etc.), but decided to try "Giving Up the Ghost" - her memoir of the early years (before she was famous). Frankly, it's kind of a downer, though she does write well; her fans ought to like this one more than I do.



    I did so to an author years ago, having found two (factual) errors. She replied that they were ultimately her fault, even though someone had been paid to edit the book.

    Recently, I contacted an audio narrator about a book she read that had a problem I considered significant. She said no one had mentioned it to her, and was a bit defensive in pointing a finger at the "proof listener" at the publishing company.
    Hilary Mantel is God. If you want depressing historical fiction try "When Christ an His Saint Slept" about the twelfth century Anarchy (Henry I died his daughter and nephew RUINED the country in a twenty year civil war).
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltanspawn View Post
    ...Lacking your embowering meadow, I don't know that I'll become spellbound with its artifice. But it's (so far) crafty and enjoyable.
    Virginia's Diaries and Letters are much more enjoyable than the straining artifice of her fiction. They still contain her nutritious insights but mixed with some humour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamNoah View Post
    Hilary Mantel is God. If you want depressing historical fiction try "When Christ an His Saint Slept" about the twelfth century Anarchy (Henry I died his daughter and nephew RUINED the country in a twenty year civil war).
    That's why I like alternative historical fiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamNoah View Post
    Hilary Mantel is God. If you want depressing historical fiction try "While Christ and His Saint Slept" about the twelfth century Anarchy (Henry I died his daughter and nephew RUINED the country in a twenty year civil war).
    My d key doesn't work and I misremembered the title.
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    That's why I like alternative historical fiction.
    I've never found any goo alternative history for the period I love the most (1066-til the Deformation, oops I mean Reformation).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pat grimshaw View Post
    Virginia's Diaries and Letters are much more enjoyable than the straining artifice of her fiction. They still contain her nutritious insights but mixed with some humour.
    A cursory look shows that no one has yet committed the Diaries to audio form. You ought to volunteer a reading (anyone can) at Librivox.org.
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