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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:50 am
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What are you reading right now? Is anybody out there reading any good books?

I was reading For Whom the Bell Tolls, but then my exgirlfriend up in Van gave me this book for xmas called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, and now I'm almost done that. And I finally bought The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin at B&N the other day and I'm sure I'm going to read that before I go back to the first one, AAAAAGGGGNNNNHHH.

I don't know. I suck. I can't get in to Hemmingway. I have to dig deeper. I don't know why I do this...

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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:59 am
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Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Audio book - Mozart by Peter Gay

I usually have one print book and one audio book going all the time.

Just finished Bearing an Hourglass by Piers Anthony at Shawn's suggestion...loved it.

Also recently read The Accidental Connoisseur by Lawrence Osborne for a book club. Anybody that's into wine might like this account of a man's travels to find "taste."


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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 8:26 am
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i'm a fan of the Harry Potter series.

i also just finished "Fight Club". if you liked the movie, you like the book.

"Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller. kind of a story of faith and journey. it's funny and insightful.

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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 10:58 am
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The Bourne Ultimatum.....it's the 3rd in the series (you know The Bourne Supremacy, etc.) I'm at the point where it's difficult to put down.
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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:26 am
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blue like jazz - donald miller
diary - chuck palahniuk (also the author of fight club)
the coffeehouse gospel - matthew paul turner

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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:00 pm
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Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul - Erwin Raphael McManus

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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:02 pm
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survivor--the fight club guy
the unbearable lightness of being...can't remember author...but very good
catch me if you can- frank abagnale
blue like jazz...hmmm...a good one
autobiography of johnny cash...johnny cash
a different kind of christianity- Mclaren?

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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:39 pm
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auditing....auditing...and more auditing.
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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 3:37 pm
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Okay, these lists are too long. What is the one book you have read that you would most recommend to someone? And why?

Mine is Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. This is a sci-fi book that won the Nebula and Hugo awards. I like it because it's got the right kind of character that I usually like. It's also written completely without emotion. I only like books that are devoid of the author's sentiment, or even the speaker's, really. I only feel emotional if the story actually warrants it. I hate sentimental writing.

Anyway. It's a book with a huge scope, and lots of frames, and it's got a lot of action. It's actually got more plot than the average books I read, but I love plot once in awhile. This is a cool plot. It's got the classic innocent sci-fi protagonist who is basically deified, and the series goes on into this a little more. It gets a lot into mysticism and religeon and philosophy, which is cool for later. But Ender's Game is not as much about these things as it is an indictment of the military mind. Very apt for out times.

It's also very simply written, almost like children's book, but communicates huge and challenging philosophical things. I like simplicity, vast simplicity. I think I mentioned The Alchemist. Actually scratch this whole thing, I recommend The Alchemist, by Paulo Cohelo. And Ender's Game.

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Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 1:21 am
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Ender's Game (and the Bean branch of the series following) is such an amazing book... Orson Scott Card is incredible. I just sit there reading, wishing I had the kind of intellect that man has. Some of his other books are good too, but Ender's Game just blew me away. And I usually have to hate sci-fi... I just can't get into it.

And I've read Blue Like Jazz over the break, which I would recommend.

Two of my top books ever are The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Count of Monte Cristo. I really think everyone should read those books.

I just got a new batch of Relevant books that I'm working through... I'm happy with those so far.

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Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:35 am
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West With The Night, by Beryl Markham, is by far my favorite book of all time.

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Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 1:10 pm
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West with the Night must really be your favorite book if you're calling yourself that on the interent. Wow, that's dedication for you.

Dorian Grey is also in my top list, As is pretty much everything from Oscar Wilde, which I have read quite a bit of. But Dorian Grey is probably best. I love Oscar Wilde's plays.

So now my second question, which nobody seems to be answering: Why do you like the book? What do you like about it? My interest will be perked and I'll be more likely to accept your recommendation if you tell me what you liked about the book. I'll also be able to figure out if I'm going to hate it based on what you tell me, and that will save me the trouble of buying it and trying to read it and then deciding that I hate it and quitting.

What do you like about The Picture of Dorian Grey?

What do you like about West With the Night?

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Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 4:01 pm
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haha, the three books i listed are the actual books i'm reading right now. yes, all at once. i used to hate doing it, but now it's kind of fun. i'm trying to finish them before i start having to read all this other stuff for school.

my favorite book is probably brave new world by aldous huxley. this is a book i had to read the summer before 10th grade, and i absolutely hated it while i was reading it. i probably hated it because summer reading really sucks. but after we spent two months dissecting it and winding in and out of just about every psychological and sociological implication presented in the novel, i had grown to love it so much that i re-read it again on my own. i think my favorite part about it were the parallels it drew between the world it described and the current world in which we live. it's also written with a pretty detached tone, which i think actually draws more attention to the problem.

and there you have it.

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Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 8:28 am
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I have to second Brave New World...its been a while since I read it, but I always find narratives on futuristic interpretation very interesting (1984 by Orwell also comes to mind.)

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Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 11:07 am
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astrotoby wrote:

What do you like about The Picture of Dorian Grey?

What do you like about West With the Night?

what do you like about The Picture of Dorian Gray?

I suppose to be blatantly honest I love the dark pessimism of both Dorian Gray and The Count of Monte Cristo. I'll write more when I'm not in computer class.

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