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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Carl Hiaasen's "Hoot". It's actually a kids book, but it's pretty amusing in Hiaasen's usual twisted way.
    "Hoot" rocked! I read it last year when I rode the sardine can (aka "airplane) back east last year. My mother also got a big kick out of it. I love Hiaasen. Something about the twisted reality of Florida inspires great novels-especially "detective novels."

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    Am currently reading 'The London Pigeon Wars' by Patrick Neate. So far, its funny and very clever. One of the best books I've read for a while, and a little bit different.

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    Quote Originally posted by Greenescapist
    I got the Vintage guide to Paul Bowles's works yesterday at the library. He is awesome for anyone who likes dark, psychological fiction. He writes mostly about North Africa, where he lived as an American ex-patriate for years.

    "The Sheltering Sky" by him is one of my favorite books.
    I love his short stories... his wife has a book of short stories as well that are quite good.

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    Quote Originally posted by nerudite
    Will probably start Despair by Nabokov next.
    Let me know how it is. Have you read much Nabokov? Obviously, Lolita was really good, but Glory wasn't, IMO.
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Quote Originally posted by Budgie
    Let me know how it is. Have you read much Nabokov? Obviously, Lolita was really good, but Glory wasn't, IMO.
    Yeah, I have read a lot of Nabokov. My favourites are King, Queen, Knave, Invitation to a Beheading and Mary (Mary being my absolute favourite). Lolita is great too. The copy of Despair I have I received for Christmas (it's a first edition so I'll have to be careful!)

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    Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life by John Ivanko adn Lisa Kivirist.
    I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. - Thomas Edison

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    Finished - "The Nature of Economies" by Jacobs
    Started - "The Oldest City - St. Augustine - Saga of Survival"
    On the Shelf - "Animal Farm - 1984" by Orwell; "The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories" by Tolstoy; and others
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Quote Originally posted by nerudite
    Yeah, I have read a lot of Nabokov. My favourites are King, Queen, Knave, Invitation to a Beheading and Mary (Mary being my absolute favourite). Lolita is great too. The copy of Despair I have I received for Christmas (it's a first edition so I'll have to be careful!)
    I love Nabokov and even took a course on him in college. Lolita is one of my favorite books. I did like Glory a lot, too. It was much lighter, but a nice story with a whimsical ending. The Defense and Invitation to a Beheading were also great. I did not really get The Gift and never attempted Pale Fire- I bet I wouldn't get that either. The volume of his short stories is great, too.

    I just read 1984- I never read it before and really liked it. I want to read something else by Ian McEwan next, maybe Enduring Love. Now that I'm done with school, I feel like I have more time for fun and challenging fiction reading.

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    Quick little book "FISH"

    Anybody else out there been talked to about the FISH theory to boost morale and improve your workplace?
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams

    And all this AICP exam crap...

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    My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. First I've read of hers. Not bad so far.

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    Quote Originally posted by Queen B
    Quick little book "FISH"

    Anybody else out there been talked to about the FISH theory to boost morale and improve your workplace?
    Yes, but I do everything I can to espouse a contradictory theory of workplace productivity and morale.
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Nevada Barr's "Hard Truth". The latest in a series of mysteries about a National Park ranger. Each book is set in a different park.

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    Confederates in the Attic, by Tony Horwitz. Just finished it actually. It's about how the "lost cause" still resonates in the south and I recommend it although it is a bit dated.

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    Ringworld's Children by Larry Nivens. I know, I know, I'm a geek.

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    In a weak moment last night I bought "Hadji Murad" by Tolstoy and started reading it. Now I've got two books going at once. Do people typically have two books or more going at once? I ususlly only have one going at a time.
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner
    Ringworld's Children by Larry Nivens. I know, I know, I'm a geek.
    At least you're not six volumes into a sword and sorcery series. Glen Cook's Black Company saga continue, with "She is the Darkness"

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    Quote Originally posted by Budgie
    In a weak moment last night I bought "Hadji Murad" by Tolstoy and started reading it. Now I've got two books going at once. Do people typically have two books or more going at once? I ususlly only have one going at a time.
    I usually have 2 or 3 going at once. One at home, one in the car (waiting in lines, etc) and one at work for lunch hours.

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    I usually have 2 or 3 going at once. One at home, one in the car (waiting in lines, etc) and one at work for lunch hours.
    Wow, no can do. When this happens to me it's because I get sucked into the abyss which is Barnes & Noble. If I get to a city 2 or 3 hours before I need to, I spend $30 at the book store and plop downs somewhere to read. In fact, JR called me tonight while I was at a convenience store finishing up

    "Hadji Murad" by Tolstoy and started
    "The Sorrows of Young Werther" by Goethe. I can tell this book is going to be emotionally trying for me. I can already see that the main character (the book is written as a series of letters) is in many ways like me. He apparently falls in complete and consuming love with a woman who is engaged. HMMMM, sound familiar....
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Quote Originally posted by Budgie
    On Deck - My Uncle's Dream by Dostoyevsky and Deception Point by Brown.
    Hmmm Deception point is uhm... disappointing... Oh well, it's a fun read although and like all Dan Brown books, they're easy to read and movie-ish written.

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    Finished - "The Sorrow of Young Werther" by van Goethe
    Started - "Animal Farm" and "1984" by Orwell
    On-Deck - I don't know......
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    I've just got a stack of ho-hum mysteries I'm plowing through.

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    You guys are all soooooo literary. I just picked up the new "Spenser for Hire" novel (Hawk is shot in a Russian mob hit )

    Also, the first compilation volume of the Wraethru series.

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    I'm about to complete "Lost Light" by Michael Connelly. A murder/mystery.

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    A new cookbook. Trying to find a good recipe to try this weekend.

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