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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2007, 10:29:22 »
Ok, so nobody took me up on Tom Stoppard -- I guess he isn't very well known.

But I know you all know this all-time favorite author of mine.... I'm a huge Jane Austen fan!! I have read Emma so many times it's almost embarassing. Her writing has this sort of understated but wicked irony that thrills me down to my toes.


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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2007, 01:36:20 »
Oh lovely, a book thread.  I absolutely love reading.  I think my obsession for reading is almost equal to my passion for the Cure.  I just finished reading the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.  One of my fav authers is Caleb Carr.  He wrote the Alienst, the Angel of Darkness, and the far off Killing Time.  Has anyone else read those?  I have yet to meet, or interact with another person who has read any of Caleb's books and am just curious if any one else has discovered them... :smth023
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2007, 12:51:04 »
I love reading! :smth001
Actually I'm reading "la scoperta dell'alba" by Walter Veltroni, an italian politician.

Anyway I prefer the classics of literature, as Kafka, Defoe, etc. and italian authors of course! :roll:

And I love STEPHEN KING and ANNE RICE! :smth023
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2007, 14:02:07 »
I just finished reading the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.  One of my fav authers is Caleb Carr.  He wrote the Alienst, the Angel of Darkness, and the far off Killing Time.  Has anyone else read those?  I have yet to meet, or interact with another person who has read any of Caleb's books and am just curious if any one else has discovered them... :smth023


@meddy.. what genre of books Do Terry Goodkind and Caleb Carr write? I haven't read any of them yet, but curious.
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2007, 18:46:50 »
They are fantasy books.  I was never into fantasy but a friend recommended Robert Jordan and I was all out of other reading material.  They are good books, than I discovered Terry Goodkind when looking at Marion Zimmer Bradley and found the first three books of his series for a very reasonable sale price.  I bought them because I finished the book I brought with me, and I had to wait through my son's surgery the next day.  That was last January/early February, and I just finished the last one that was finally release a couple weeks ago in hardcover.  AWESOME BOOKS!!! Goodkind has a quality about writing about the essence of human character, and decisions that have to be made.  I have cried with his books, yelled out in shock, and the whole works. Never has a book moved me to the point of being quite that verbal.
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2007, 19:04:40 »
Have to confess that i haven't read a book from Stephen King jet. Are these books not to scary?
Of course i love reading!! At the moment i'm reading from Albert Camus The Happy Death.

I like to read books from e.g. Paul Auster, Nick Hornby, George Orwell, Irvine Welsh and Bret Easton Ellis. And i like to read plays e.g. from Shakespeare and Brecht :)

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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2007, 19:11:05 »



@meddy.. what genre of books Do Terry Goodkind and Caleb Carr write? I haven't read any of them yet, but curious.
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Sorry about that, I got all excited.  Caleb Carr writes historical fiction based in the late 1890's early 1900's and they are based in New York City (except Killing Time which has to do with the future but not like sci-fi kind of future, but actually a future of man kind that is VERY believable in some respects).  I enjoy the Angel of Darkness and the Alienist because all the characters are very strong, and are historically accurate.  They have to do with serial killers, and the psychology bit, along with forensics, and it talks about the beginnings of fingerprinting, ballistics, and new breeds of legal proceedings (which is commonplace nowadays but not so much a hundred years ago).  I recommend those books, they are somewhat slow going to begin with, but if you are patient the pleasure of reading them definetly pays off...
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2007, 10:58:09 »
I enjoy the Angel of Darkness and the Alienist because all the characters are very strong, and are historically accurate... it talks about the beginnings of fingerprinting, ballistics, and new breeds of legal proceedings (which is commonplace nowadays but not so much a hundred years ago).

I read the Alienist, although it was a long time ago and I don't remember the storyline very well. But I remember that I particularly liked seeing, in these days of CSI and all the books and shows with high-tech investigation techniques, the dawn of this type of investigation. In the "modern age" stories you sometimes get the feeling that the people investigating a crime are just there to implement the technology and they would get nowhere without it, but in the Alienist it was quite the opposite, and that's what I found so enjoyable. It's also the reason I still love to read and re-read Agatha Christie books, especially the Poirot ones -- just his little grey cells working!!

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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2007, 12:27:34 »
This writer seems very much like an IRA LEVIN (This Perfect Day..one of my favourites, about futuristic colonies , computers rule,and big brother like 'mind control', steralisation and brainwashing, monthly 'treatments' and death occurs at the age of 62 in the interests of 'efficiency'... this one is a must read!!) also wrote Rosemary's Baby, Stepford Wives, The Boys From Brazil. Excellent writer.(1970's).
 I also like 'BRAVE NEW WORLD', by Aldous Huxley..these types of writers of their time, have used the available science ideas, whether they be outrageously science-fiction and totally unimaginable that the future will end up... to write books that ultimately predict the future to be just as it is...  :smth023
 also a great mention to John Wyndham.. 'The Chrysalids'.. about mutations and deviations in humans that force a kind of subterrainean life for those affected, including mutations such as e.s.p.

 Next on my reading list.. back to Albert Camus..Exile and the Kingdom ! has anyone read this one?
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2007, 15:28:56 »
I LIKE:

BUKOWSKI
CELINE
SARTRE
CAMUS
HEMINGWAY
KAFKA
DOSTOEVSKY
HARMS


...

THE MOST

(JUST TO NAME A FEW!)
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2007, 15:38:06 »
I LIKE:
BUKOWSKI
CELINE
SARTRE
CAMUS
HEMINGWAY
KAFKA
DOSTOEVSKY
HARMS
(JUST TO NAME A FEW!)

oooohhhh  :smth049  janko.. like a man reciting poetry..  :smth060

Dostoevsky, Sartre, Hemingway?

who would have known..?  a key to my heart!! 
as we say here in oz.. PLEASE EXPLAIN ?  love to hear a book review or two..  :smth020
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #26 on: December 10, 2007, 19:07:12 »
Well, I've been of school sick again today :? but its been a wonderfull excuse to read all day!
At the moment i'm reading The Problem of Pain by C.S.Lewis its a brilliant thought provoking book, its written from a Christian view point and asks why God allows people to suffer - im not religious and i dont believe in God but i still found this interesting but i think people who do believe would get more out of this.
I've nearly finished it so next im going to read
Broken Glass: A Family's Journey through Mental Illness by Robert V. Hine - it looks really good too! :)

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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #27 on: December 10, 2007, 20:11:02 »
These days I'm in the mood for something nice and entertaining that doesn't require much concentration....So I'm relaxing with a book called City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. It's urban fantasy, which means it's set in New York in the present day, but it's got hot ironic demon hunters with rune tattooes, demons (well, obviously), sexy vampires, ancient myths and sacred quests....
It's meant to be a book for young adults, which I'm not  :( , but I'm enjoying it -- Cassandra Clare is really funny. One thing she does really well is sarcastic banter, and I'm a sucker for that!
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2007, 10:00:46 »
"My Place" by Sally Morgan...true story.. when Sally and her siblings were very young, their Grandmother always said they were "Indian".... the kids knew they were different by the colour of their skin, so accepted Grannys explanation. Turns out they were, indeed, Aboriginal ( australian indigenous folk) and that the grandmother did'nt want the kids to go through what she, herself had experienced as an aboriginal, as in the racism shown towards them, plus being treated like a piece of sh!t.. so, Sally finds out eventually who she really is, and starts to trace her family, thus embarking on a highly emotional and spiritual journey. It was great reading, I loved it.... what the elder aboriginals had to put up with; slavery, being treated like 2nd class citizens... shameful..
And still, her Grandmother will never speak of her past..
a good, thought provoking book... :smth023
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Re: HERE IT IS... THE BOOK THREAD !!
« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2007, 10:08:57 »
Have to confess that i haven't read a book from Stephen King jet. Are these books not to scary?
Of course i love reading!! At the moment i'm reading from Albert Camus The Happy Death.

I like to read books from e.g. Paul Auster, Nick Hornby, George Orwell, Irvine Welsh and Bret Easton Ellis. And i like to read plays e.g. from Shakespeare and Brecht :)


To answer your question re Stephen King... his books are as scary as your imagination will allow!!  They're not horrific, just a good read... Try one... see what you think..
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