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    UD/TC: I'm excited to start the book as many people I know are SK fans (my brother being one of them). I just never was attracted to his work, but my girlfriend just read "Bag of Bones" and loved it...so I'll give him a whirl.

    I also bought the Hobbit and the LOTR Trilogy. I'd like to read the Harry Potter books and I need the latest Left Behind novel.

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    I could talk about books about as long I as I can talk abut the Reds.

    Re: dog books

    - I always recommend "Nop's Trials" by Donald McCaig. Just an awesome book.
    - My youngest just read "Ole Yeller" and it took about 2 days to get her to stop crying.
    - James Herriot's "Dog Stories" is great too.
    - And just thinking about "My Dog Skip" gives me a big lump in my throat. I'm a sucker for dog stories.

    Re: Adams/Jefferson

    The one part of that book that fascinated me was when Adams and Jefferson went to England and spent a couple months walking the English countryside. What I'd give to accompany those two and just listen to their talks...

    Re: Raisor and Clancy

    - Man, you're a glutton for punishment. I've always wanted to go back and read them in order too, just didn't have the time.
    - Clancy has a new book out soon called "Red Rabbit" that is from the "Patriot Games" Ryan era.
    - And it's interesting to go over to alt.books.tom-clancy. Clancy participates from time to time.

    Re: SK

    - "Dreamcatcher" is pretty oogey but a good read. King has evolved to having a nice writing style.
    - I'm about a 1/3 of the way into "Black House". It's really giving me the willies.
    - And my son is reading "The Stand" now (the uncut version no less). He takes it everywhere we go. I had to tell him to turn off his light at 2 AM last night.

    Re: Harry Potter

    Just great books. I've recommended them to everyone, kids or no kids.

    Summer time is a great time for reading. I sit out back on the deck till I can't see anymore (which is getting pretty late these days).

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    "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers, preceded by "Disobedience" by Jane Hamilton, preceded by "The Sweet Hereafter" by Russell Banks, preceded "A Savage Beauty" bio of Edna St. Vincent Millay, preceded by "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris.. next..."The Corrections: by Jonathon Franzen. Recommend anything by Barbara Kingsolver or Annie Proulx.
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    I just picked up "The Metaphysical Club" by Louis Menand. I'm about 100 pages into it, and it's very good. Do you know this book? I believe it won the Pulitzer Prize this year or last.
    "I fought because I understood and could not bear to understand, that it was my destiny -- unlike that of my father, whose fate it was to hear the roar of the crowd -- to sit in the stands with most men and acclaim others. It was my fate, my destiny, my end, to be a fan."

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris.</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yea David!!!

    A funny, funny man.

    Just wrapping up "eight men out"

    I'm looking for an EPIC..... something in the vein of David Copperfield or Owen Meany....

    Suggestions are appreciated.

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    I don't make a whole lot of time for reading but try to get a book in a month, unlike my college days.

    Not that anyone cares or knows what the hell's wrong with my reading tastes but....

    I'm finishing Chuck Palahniuk's books, Choke and Survivor. Very, very good stuff.

    Jerzy Kosinski's classics I like a lot. (Pinball most recently, and of course "The Painted Bird" most read in HS or college).

    Emma Goldman is an early 20th century Anarchist that I really admire and is one of my personal heroes.

    "Living My Life" and "Anarachism, And Other Essays" are really her only published novels.

    Kerouac, Bernard Shaw, Nietschze, Colin Wilson, (of "The Outsider" fame) all are brilliant hero authors of mine as well (sucker for the classics, the beat writers, philosophy and existentialists I guess).

    I rarely run into anyone who study and read these types of authors regularly, so I'm kind of quiet about it.

    Anyone with similar interests, would appreciate any recommendations.

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    I'm currently reading a couple of books:

    The Beach, by Alex Garland....this is basically a fast paced story that shows that a perfect civilization cannot exist. A group of travelers (they hate to be called tourists) inhabit a small island near Thailand with a beautiful beach, secluded from everything.

    I'm also reading High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby. This is the ultimate guy book. Girls, if you wanna know what guys think about relationships, read this

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    hehe, BTW Alex - if you haven't seen the film version of High Fidelity - it's a bit different (based in Chicago) watch it! One of my favorites. (John Cusack) Very, very funny.

    <small>[ 07-02-2002, 12:56 AM: Message edited by: RedsFanInCincy ]</small>

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    Re: Sweetstop

    "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". What did you think? Maybe it's a generation gap, but I thought it overblown and self-indulgent. Just me though.

    "The Sweet Hereafter", "Me Talk Pretty One Day", "The Corrections" all excellent. "Naked" by Sedaris is real good too. Barbara Kingsolver is excellent but bemeans men a little too often for my tastes. Read Proulx's "The Shipping News" a ways back. I'll have to put her on my reading list.

    Re: Crash

    "The Metaphysical Club" did win the Pulitzer in 2002 for history ("John Adams" won for biography). A publisher friend of mine has recommended it but it seemed pretty heavy-duty for trashy summer reading. Maybe I'll save it for my mid-winter hibernation.

    Also, I got my book club to read "Round Ireland With a Fridge". It was hilarious.

    Re: WOY

    Hmmmm, epics. Good one is "Ahab's Wife". A really excellent book and underrated. Weaved around Melville, it stands up pretty well.

    Re: RFIC

    "sucker for the classics, the beat writers, philosophy and existentialists". Oh man, I read that in my angry youth period. Can't help you much there.

    Stupid me, I didn't know the "High Fidelity" was a book. Good movie. I'll have to add it to my never-ending list of books to read.

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Re: RFIC

    "sucker for the classics, the beat writers, philosophy and existentialists". Oh man, I read that in my angry youth period. Can't help you much there.</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Lol, that's what everyone tells me. Although I'm no longer "angry" or rebellious as I once was, I still love reading that stuff for some reason. Guess I refuse to "grow up" in some ways. (I don't read much Nietschze anymore for instance)

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    Roy: I do like AHWOSG, although both of your adjectives fit, and even though I'm 53 I can relate to it because of much tragedy in my early life and through my 20-something children. My son-in-law lent the book to me. Eggers over-the-top, off-the-wall style (ex. the interview w/ "Real World")is full of exuberance and is a real tour de force.

    I read "Naked" also....will laugh at anything Sedaris says or puts in print.

    I highly recommend E. Annie Proulx's book of short stories called "Close Range - Wyoming Stories."
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by TeamCasey:
    <strong>I read the Outsiders in my youth .... a couple of times. Have you also read RumbleFish and That was Then, This is Now? I beleive both are S.E. Hinton.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">You are correct, TC I have read them all and her books are always good, I think

    Now I am reading a book called "All Men Are Jerks...Until Proven Otherwise" by Daylle Deanna Schwarz...I just had my boyfriend of the past 4 1/2 months cheat on me, so I needed some answers from a female point of view. Great reading so far Plus, the Cosmo fix...now Guys, if you want to know what women want/love/look for, there's some reading material for you <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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    I am a HUGE Stephen King fan!! One of my favorites was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon , because it reminded me of my adoration of Barry Larkin!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Roy- Black House is really, really stellar!! I absolutely loved it!
    GIK- Dreamcatcher was pretty good, in my opinion. Wasn't one of my all-time faves, but nonetheless, a good read.

    I just finished The Devil on Horseback , by Victoria Holt, which was surprisingly good, for something NOT by Stephen King!! <img border="0" alt="[Laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh.gif" />

    Next on my list is Storm of the Century (another King, of course!!) Actually, in addition to King, I also read quite a bit of Dean Koontz and Mary Higgins Clark (I think I've devoured most of hers already, though). Koontz books are pretty awesome!!
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    I read the Hobbit over 20 years ago, and then started in on the Trilogy. About 1/2 way through the "Fellowship Of The Rings" I put it down and said I'd wait for the movie to come out

    I love history and biographies. Just bought two great books while in the Smoky's on the people of Cades Cove in the 19th century, and then another on the establishment of the Great Smoky Mtn National Park (1900 to present).

    I've been wanting to get the time to read the "Frontiersman", but haven't found the time. It chronicles the life of Simon Kenton (who lived in this area), and also my ancestor George Rogers Clark.
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