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    Quote Originally posted by Tom R
    Great Expectations, C. Dickens
    One of my favorites of all time.

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    I started reading "Rise of the Creative Class" this past weekend. So far, it is ok.
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    I'm just finishing up Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje. The author goes back to Sri Lanka and writes about the place he grew up and the wacky stories about his eccentric family. Really good reading if you like travelogues and stories from far off places...

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    Read this weekend: The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler, and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

    Who has read The Time-Traveller's Wife? What did you think?

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    My wife and I recently rediscovered the public library when she had to get her hands on some children's books for a class she's taking. I was amazed at how much the collection had modernized since I last set foot in there (I worked there during high school). I took out a bunch of gardening and cook books, and just picked up Margaret MacMillan's Paris, 1919.

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    I finished that Running in the Family book yesterday and started on Robinson Crusoe. I was finding Robinson Crusoe difficult to get into, due to the looooooong sentences and 18th century colloquialisms. I pushed past the first 50 pages and now I'm into the meat of the story and it is getting much more interesting.

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    Peter Straub: lost boy lost girl-Have never read his stuff before. Pretty thoughtful character study for a horror novelist.

    Gene Wolfe: Tale of the Long Sun. Fantastic, well done fantasy novel. He is one of the best writers in the genre.

    Waiting for me at The Avid Reader in Davis: That new book on Paraguay.

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    Waiting for me at The Avid Reader in Davis: That new book on Paraguay.
    I love that bookstore!!!!

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    I just picked up (unfortunately purchased) a copy of James Joyce's "Finnigan's Wake" as part of my catch up on the classics effort. I didn't make it through the first page. Is this really a work of literary art or gobblygook? I'm leaning towards the latter.
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    Fireplay by Suzanne Chazin

    Arson/murder mystery.
    The lead is a women Fire Marshal.
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    I just finished Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" which is an autobiography of a Chef kind of witten in a Hunter Thompson style. I am obsessed with The Food Network, so this book was a great read.

    Next on the docket is "I, Sh--head - A Life In Punk" Which is an autopbiography of Joey Keithley, the lead singer of Canadian punkers D.O.A.
    "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are."

    - Homer Simpson

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    Quote Originally posted by Tom R
    I just picked up (unfortunately purchased) a copy of James Joyce's "Finnigan's Wake" as part of my catch up on the classics effort. I didn't make it through the first page. Is this really a work of literary art or gobblygook? I'm leaning towards the latter.
    I find James Joyce very hard going and have never finished any of his novels. I must have started Ulysses half a dozen times, for the same reason as you Tom R, but I can't hack it. It's been several years since I tried and it would take a big change in my personal circumstances to warrant the time for another attempt.

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    Just finished "Plan of Attack" by Bob Woodward. A good read.
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    I'm reading two books at the moment (I usually keep a fiction and nonfiction work going).

    For fiction I'm reading Sinclair Lewis's Main Street

    My current nonfiction read is Fogelson's Downtown: It's Rise and Fall, 1880-1950

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    I just finsihed reading Tacitus' Germania and have moved on to The Sagas of the Icelanders.

    The sagas have this wierd rythem and way of telling a story. Kind of like stream of consciousness meets Conan the Barbarian. Also, the hero can die in the middle of the story ubruptly and with little or no warning, but that does not end the story because some other protagonist picks up right where the death of the hero occurs. very odd.
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    Quote Originally posted by Rem
    I must have started Ulysses half a dozen times
    Ulysses is on my short (actually long) list of books to read before I die.

    Finished in the last two weeks -

    A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
    Notes from the House of the Dead - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    100 Pages into -

    Better Together - Robert Putnam

    On the to read shelf -

    Scenes from a Clerics Life - George Elliot
    Adam Bede - George Elliot
    East of Eden - Steinbeck
    The Insulted and Injured - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Bushwacked - Molly Ivins
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    began this weekend: "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown. V. good so far!

    will follow up with "The Da Vinci Code," same author.

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    Let's open it back up.

    Most Recently finished.

    "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" - Fredrick Douglass

    Currently Reading.

    "Poor Folks" - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    On-deck.

    "Scenes of Clerical Life" - George Eliot

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    Just finished Contents Under Pressure: Thirty Years of Rush at Home and Away
    Myabe I will read something to further the planning knowledge. Any ideas?
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    In addition to architecture books, which I "peruse" not really "read" per se

    I am now reading Stephen King's final volume in the series, The Dark Tower. Awesome fantasy sci/fi that is a combo of Lord of the Rings and Sergio Leone-era Clint movies. I've really enjoyed the series, especially Book 5, Wolves of the Calla. Some rumors have it that this will be his last major book

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    Nevada Barr's Hunting Season. I'm a frustrated park ranger, what can I say, plus the Mrs. and I trade off when we finish another one in the series by her.

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    JD Robb's Divided in Death. My mom got me hooked on this damn series.

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    All I've been reading lately are house renovation books.

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    The Green Bible. It's AICP exam time.
    I am recognizing that the voice inside my head
    is urging me to be myself but never follow someone else
    Because opinions are like voices we all have a different kind". --Q-Tip

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    Am part way through 'Brave New World' but finding it a little hard going. Have 'Burning Chrome' by William Gibson waiting in the wings.

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