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I'm about to finish Sylvia Browne's "Levels of Creation". It's a wonderful book about earth, the spirit world, and 'the other side' from a Nostic Christian perspective. I really live Sylvia Browne's writings. They are very uplifting, and even when she talks about spirits and psychic phenomenon, it's from a practical point of view.

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The 'Bloodline of the Holy Grail" by Laurence Gardner, it's the basis of what the "DaVinci Code" was written from.

 

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The Phantom of the Opera. Excellent book ^_^

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The CD collection "In Their Own Words, The Space Race - The First 10 Years" It's really interesting. It covers the Mercury, Gemeni, & Apollo series missions. It's mostly archived audio from Mission Control in Houston and a bit of narration to set the timelines and parallel what was going on in the US in conjunction with various missions.

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I am reading "Lancelot Du Lac" which was translated in old french. Written about 14th century, its the first story to really delve in Lancelot's life. Its freaking fabulous!

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"The Once and Future King"..by TS White, amazing book...stunning.

 

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That one is on my to read list!

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I'mm about 2/3 of the way through "Timothy Leary - An Experimental Life" by Robert Greenfield.  I remember seeing Timothy Leary in 1982 and listening to him give his 'turn on, tune in, drop out' message. I had my doubts about his message back then and still do to some degree today. But he was an interesting guy and the book is a good read.:D

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Oh Timothy Leary is still a fave among the old hippie set. My brother, who's a pharmacist, says they close down on his birthday, heheh..

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mayaXXX wrote: Oh Timothy Leary is still a fave among the old hippie set. My brother, who's a pharmacist, says they close down on his birthday, heheh..A true believer:smoke18:

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Just polished off Moby-Dick, after having wanted to read it for years.  It was worth the effort, I'm glad I read it, but I'm thinking I need to dumb it down and give my brain a breather after running that gauntlet...:shock:

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Love your Black Sabbath quote there, Bilbo...

I've just finished James Fenimore Cooper's "Last of the Mohicans" and it's staggeringly good, but the guy is very long-winded. Now I'm going to tackle Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth", the same author that penned "Age of Innocence", which was made into a film starring the yummy Daniel Day-Lewis, one of my fave actors. Can't wait.

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mayaXXX wrote: Love your Black Sabbath quote there, Bilbo...

The Heaven & Hell era lineup (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Appice) is currently touring.  I'd give anything to see that show, but it doesn't look like they're coming anywhere near my neck of the woods.

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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig  -  haven't gotten that far into it but supposedly it is about one of the heroic British spies that came after the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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Bilbo67 wrote: mayaXXX wrote: Love your Black Sabbath quote there, Bilbo...

The Heaven & Hell era lineup (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Appice) is currently touring.  I'd give anything to see that show, but it doesn't look like they're coming anywhere near my neck of the woods.

Yeah, they've been advertising the crap out of it here, it looks like the last go-round for this lot. They're not getting any younger and the Road is a tough mistress.

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I'm just re-reading Keeper of the King, the first novel written by Nigel Bennett and P.N. Elrod. It's exciting and hot! And I will again listen to the audio book afterwards (read by Nigel himself)...

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Just cracked open God Emperor of Dune (and here I said I was going to steer clear of the heady stuff for a while).

After a couple false starts I finally resolved to read the series (Frank Herbert's six, leastaways) last year.  So I plowed through the first three books, took some much needed time off, and finally decided to jump back in the mix.

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I just finished a really fascinating book "Kabul Beauty School" by Debbie Rodriguez. I read it in about 2 days because it was just tooo interesting to put down. It's about a beautician from the US who went to Afghanistan with a missionary group. She found that one of the best careers for women in Afghanistan is as a beautician, since men are not allowed in the salons and therefore have no say in the business. I found this news story about Debbie & the beauty school.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23396056-details/Mother-of-two's+transformation+in+Afghanistan+from+burka+to+bikini/article.do

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I thought this link belong in here. This story is a bit twisted, so read to the end.
http://www.deannamolinaro.com/Stuff_That_I_Made/Books/SeaMon/sm_1.html

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I bought Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows at 12.05 am BST today & managed to both sleep a bit & finish it by 12.45 pm. So, it' s really all over... no more books.. 
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No more revelations, save to say that I have enjoyed it all enormously & think it's been really helpful in encouraging our notoriously illiterate youth to read, even if it is a bit middle class.

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Yeah I finished my copy today, I bought it last night at 12:01 and actually got some sleep in between chapters. I'm not going to reveal the ending but alot of folks were disappointed in the way the book wrapped up. Oh well. I can still go back are re-read the older ones. :):c030a:

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There was so much anticipation built up around the last book, it may have been difficult not to be disappointed with almost any ending. After all the old saying goes 'you can't please all of the people all of the time'

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I just started a new book The No Asshole Rule: Creating a Civilized Work Environment and surviving One That's Not So far it's a pretty good read. I'm hoping for some helpful tips:bounce_pinka:

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Just started re-reading Watchmen.  Not the greatest comic book ever written, as so many Alan Moore fans contend, but it's DAMN close, and fully deserving of its accolades.

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Just got thru reading Gregory Maguire's 'Wicked', which spawned the Broadway play, and I'm currently starting 'Son of the Witch', which is the sequel. VERY interesting style of writing, and it will give you a whole new appreciation for the Wicked Witch of the West and make you hate Dorothy's guts...:c030a:

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mayaXXX wrote: Just got thru reading Gregory Maguire's 'Wicked', which spawned the Broadway play, and I'm currently starting 'Son of the Witch', which is the sequel. VERY interesting style of writing, and it will give you a whole new appreciation for the Wicked Witch of the West and make you hate Dorothy's guts...:c030a:
If the play 'The Wicked' ever comes to town, you should go see it Maya.  My niece and sister did and they said it was fabulous!

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I'm currently reading: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire..:c030a:

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just finished reading this week's People magazine and all I gotta say is Angelina Jolie, eat a hamburger for gawds sakes!! sheesh!

*you all can go back to your heady books now :D*

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A collection of Russian sci-fi short stories. Very good.

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was reading the men's room wall at Penn station..making sure Maya's ad was still up and attracting all comers! bwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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Ketana wrote: was reading the men's room wall at Penn station..making sure Maya's ad was still up and attracting all comers! bwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaLikely story:P You were adding embelishments to that add weren't ya:D

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Ketana wrote: was reading the men's room wall at Penn station..making sure Maya's ad was still up and attracting all comers! bwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So what were you doing in the Men's room?  Is there something you're not telling us? :bigthink:

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Yes she masquerades as a man in Central Park on her lunch break...*runs*
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mayaXXX wrote: Yes she masquerades as a man in Central Park on her lunch break...*runs*
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Ahh she's the one secretly whopping everyone with her cane!

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Angel wrote: Ketana wrote: was reading the men's room wall at Penn station..making sure Maya's ad was still up and attracting all comers! bwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So what were you doing in the Men's room?  Is there something you're not telling us? :bigthink:

well a girl's gotta get her rent paid no? buwahahahahahahaha..bitch!

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mayaXXX wrote: Yes she masquerades as a man in Central Park on her lunch break...*runs*
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kinky is my middle name...buwahahahahahahaha...CARAJO!

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Ketana wrote: Angel wrote: Ketana wrote: was reading the men's room wall at Penn station..making sure Maya's ad was still up and attracting all comers! bwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So what were you doing in the Men's room?  Is there something you're not telling us? :bigthink:

well a girl's gotta get her rent paid no? buwahahahahahahaha..bitch!

Ahh so that's why you're on your back so much!  That explains alot! HO!

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Angel wrote: Ketana wrote: Angel wrote: Ketana wrote: was reading the men's room wall at Penn station..making sure Maya's ad was still up and attracting all comers! bwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So what were you doing in the Men's room?  Is there something you're not telling us? :bigthink:

well a girl's gotta get her rent paid no? buwahahahahahahaha..bitch!

Ahh so that's why you're on your back so much!  That explains alot! HO!
at least I earn it, won't catch me on the bread line asking for a handout..*ahem* slag!   

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oh by the by ya'll do know that we four absolutely adore each other and this is just another way of saying I LOVE YOU BITCH to one another!! only we can do that..NOT YOU! so don't even fucking try it..well unless I say you can..otherwise..GRRROOOWWWLLLLL!

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Ketana wrote: oh by the by ya'll do know that we four absolutely adore each other and this is just another way of saying I LOVE YOU BITCH to one another!! only we can do that..NOT YOU! so don't even fucking try it..well unless I say you can..otherwise..GRRROOOWWWLLLLL!JUST FEEL THE LOVE :heartblood:

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Ketana wrote: Angel wrote: Ketana wrote: Angel wrote: Ketana wrote: was reading the men's room wall at Penn station..making sure Maya's ad was still up and attracting all comers! bwuahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
So what were you doing in the Men's room?  Is there something you're not telling us? :bigthink:

well a girl's gotta get her rent paid no? buwahahahahahahaha..bitch!

Ahh so that's why you're on your back so much!  That explains alot! HO!
at least I earn it, won't catch me on the bread line asking for a handout..*ahem* slag!   

I've never taken a hand-out in my life, I prefer to make my own way standing on the corner with a tin cup! Skank!

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*Turns the hose on Ketana and Angel...* Wwhooooooooooosssssssshhhhhhhhh!!

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I just finished the book 'Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself' by Alan Alda. It's an upbeat book and a delightful read. He takes on the question 'what is the meaning of life/does life have a meaning'. It's a synopsis of some of his public presentations to various graduation commencements and civic & educational groups. It's really a great read.

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I'm currently reading the collected works of Dashiell Hammett...great stuff, a bit long-winded but whattya gonna do?

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I started reading '102 Minutes - The untold story of survival inside & outside the Trade Center Towere- It's a fascinating read. The author uses a timeline from just before the first tower was hit until the towers fall. It includes stories of people who survived and stories of people who did'n make it out along with information from the 911 commission report and engineering reports to explain exactly what was happening to the buildings and design problems of the buildings. It's a hard book to put down.:)

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I'm about half way throught 'I'm an American and So Can You' by Stephen Colbert. It's hilarious. As good or better than his TV show. :D

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I'm about half way through 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac. It's a really interesting 'people' book. Very deep into relationships and life experiences. A really good read.

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After promising myself I would do it for quite some time, I finally picked up a copy of A Confederacy of Dunces.  Many an informed source have told me over the years that this is the funniest book ever written, so I figured it would be right up my alley and cracked it open with rapt anticipation.

...only to discover that it SUCKS!  My Lord, if this is the funniest book ever written, then I weep for the species, because I've gotten more laughs out of a Bazooka Joe comic than the first hundred pages of this tripe.

To be fair, I gave the book the benefit of the doubt...the first half anyway.  That was all I could stand, and so, for the first time in almost five years I walked away from a book (prior to this, the last thing I'd given up on was Finnegans Wake, which shouldn't really count, considering the only person who could even begin to make sense of that brick of lunacy is James Joyce, and he died sixty years ago).  How this book managed to wrangle a Pulitzer Prize is utterly beyond my reckoning.

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*crosses that book off her list* I trust your opinion so if it SUCKS, it SUCKS!

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Speaking of funny books, I just started 'When You Are Engulfed In Flames' by David Sedaris. It doesn't sound like it from the title, but the book is hysterical. David Sedaris is probably one of the funniest authors I read in a long time, and most of his material comes from his own life experiences. Which makes it that much wilder! It's a great read if you are able to appreciate the wierd/funny side of life.

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Sounds funny, let me know how you like them..

I'm currently reading a series of books that Ketana's mother sent me..all by T. Lobsang Rampa, a famous Tibetan monk....VERY interesting stuff.

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glad to see you're enjoying them Maya, I know I did when I read them a while ago..very fascinating stuff!

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CheshireKat wrote: Speaking of funny books, I just started 'When You Are Engulfed In Flames' by David Sedaris. It doesn't sound like it from the title, but the book is hysterical. David Sedaris is probably one of the funniest authors I read in a long time, and most of his material comes from his own life experiences. Which makes it that much wilder! It's a great read if you are able to appreciate the wierd/funny side of life.
That sounds like a book I'd be interested in.  I must look it up at amazon and see if they have it.  I'd go to library but the only thing about that is, I take so long to read books, I'd keep on having to re borrow it which is a pain as my library is not that near to me.  It sucks suffering from dyslexia.

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In a blitzkrieg attempt to slake my anticipation for The Dark Knight, I'm reading The Further Adventures of the Joker.  This is a collection of short prose stories that explore various aspects of the Joker's history, personality, etc.  On the whole the writing is pretty good, and the stories themselves range from quirky to intriguing to deeply unsettling...which I'd say pretty much captures the character's essence.

Unfortunately, the book is currently out of print (it was originally published in 1990), but there are numerous copies available on eBay and Amazon.  Trust me when I say that if you're a Batman fan, this book belongs on your shelf.

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I've always held the opinion that they 'cleaned up' the Joker's personality for the big screen. I felt he was a most enigmatic but disturbing character.  Glad to see that Heath Ledger finally let it all hang out. I hear his performance was Oscar-worthy. Jack Nicholson would be proud.

 

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Part of that "clean up" job has to do with the ratings...as the franchise seems joined at the hip to the PG-13 rating, they can only push the extreme elements of his character so far before they're forced to make concessions (although from what I've read/heard, The Dark Knight just escaped a R-rating by the skin of its teeth). 

To that end--and not withstanding Heath's performance, which is being described as chilling--we'll probably never see a completely uninhibited portrayal of the depths of the Joker's depravity.  For a look at just how sick and twisted he can be, you might check out the following graphic novels:

The Killing Joke (by venerated comic scribe and world-class prima donna Alan Moore)

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (...just...weird)

The Man Who Laughs
(a brutally modernized retelling of the Joker's first crime spree)


And of course, if chance permits, I recommend you get ahold of a copy of the book I'm reading.  What's particularly interesting about it is that most of the stories are not by comic writers, but rather, writers who primarily work in the mystery and/or horror genres...fitting to say the least :shock:



Of course, the nature of a particular portrayal also depends on the particulars of the source material.  For example, on the old live-action show from the 60's, the Joker was a silly, relatively benign prankster, which is pretty much how he appeared in the comics at the time (the blame for which can be laid at the feet of the Comics Code Authority, which effectively caponized the medium from the 1950's through the early 80's).


That said, with all due respect to those who breathed life into the role before and after, my favorite portrayal of the Joker--as of this writing anyway--was the Luke Skywalker-voiced incarnation from the mid-90's animated series (which boasted some badass vocal portrayals all around).


Enough for now.  Why am I not sleeping?

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Pesrsonally I would have loved to see what kind of character dimension Frank Miller or Neil Gaiman would have had on the Joker's personality...oh if only..:FIREdevil:

If you're a fan of the darker-edged sort of comic anti-heroes, don't forget to check out The Preacher and the original Elektra Assassin (NOT the cleaned up campy version starring Jennifer Garner). Both of those characters' original storylines were disturbing and dark, just the way I like it...:xdiablo: Stick to the orignial comix.

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I just finished 'Bonk - The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex' by Mary Roach. From the title, you would thing this would be a boring technical book. Mary Roach's quirky and sometimes slightly twisted sense of humor keeps this from being anything but a 'dry' read.

Did you know that there are testicular implants for neutered pets? They're called 'Neuticles' http://www.neuticles.com/ They range in size fome feline to bull and are designed to enhance a neutered pets self-esteem. They probably do more for the male pet owner than for the pet however *ahem*

BTW lab rats wearing polyester pants get less sex than lab rats wearing either cotton or wool pants. Scientists think it may have to do with static electricity in the genital region created by the polyester. Maybe it's really just a fashion statement?

Just a couple factiods to add to your Trivial Pursuit knowledge base. :D

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I have just run across a most deliciously wickedly funny book! Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich and I have never laughed so hard and so loud in my life!! Her characters are intriging..okay imagine Lula, a former hooker and quite amply endowed wearing spandex that barely fits her working Atlantic City and announcing to all who would be in listening distance that she is an 'almost supermodel' while creating a diversion by dropping her bucket filled with nickels..I swear I never laughed so hard in my life..Ms. Evanovich has fourteen books and I'm on the hunt for each and every one of them!!!

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Ketana wrote: I have just run across a most deliciously wickedly funny book! Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich and I have never laughed so hard and so loud in my life!! Her characters are intriging..okay imagine Lula, a former hooker and quite amply endowed wearing spandex that barely fits her working Atlantic City and announcing to all who would be in listening distance that she is an 'almost supermodel' while creating a diversion by dropping her bucket filled with nickels..I swear I never laughed so hard in my life..Ms. Evanovich has fourteen books and I'm on the hunt for each and every one of them!!!I'm on book 5 now. I haven't read 'Plum Lucky' but I have book 6 and 7 up next to read. These are hysterically funny books! I imagine myself about as naive a bounty hunter as Stephanie Plum. (she doesn't like to carry a gun so usually opts for pepper spray first) The thing about these books is that you probably know someone just like most of the characters in the story. They're wonderful stories and a fast read.

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Hey Ketana, if you're looking for a great little Christmas story try 'Visions of Sugar Plums'. It's another Stephanie Plum story centered around Christmas. It actually falls between 'Hard Eight' and 'To The Nines'. It's features one of her former FTA's,(a funny little guy), a burned up car (what Stephanie Plum story would be complete without one), and at least 2 great dysfunctional family dinner scenes. It's a great read.

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OH GADS BUT I SIMPLY ADORE THESE PLUM STORIES!!! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH AND AM LOOKING AROUND THE NABE FOR A BOOK STORE TO ORDER THEM!! I HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO MUCH...

BRING IT RANGER!

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Ketana wrote: OH GADS BUT I SIMPLY ADORE THESE PLUM STORIES!!! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH AND AM LOOKING AROUND THE NABE FOR A BOOK STORE TO ORDER THEM!! I HAVE NEVER LAUGHED SO MUCH...

BRING IT RANGER!
I've read the first 8 now and oh la la is dat boy hawt! And he really has a thang for Stephanie. Lucky heifer spent the night with him too!:xPA::grrr-sign:

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okay I'm on E-bay searching for these books and finally found one seller who has 12 of these books for sale so I put a bid on them! Cross my fingers and hope to win them because I simply cannot get enough of Stephanie, Ranger, Lula and Morelli and we can't forget Bob!

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Here is the list of books in order. http://www.evanovich.com/main_printlist.html I'm half way thru 'To The Nines' These are some of the funniest books I've read in a long time.

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I WON THE E-BAY AUCTION AND GOT ALL 13 BOOKS CHESSIE!!! WOOHOOO! SO EXCITED, CAN'T WAIT TO DIG IN THE BOOKS AND JUST BE JUICY WITH IT ALL

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There's a new Staphanie Plum book comming out in Dec or Jan. Can't Wait!. I finished 'PPlum Lovin' a couple days ago. I was laughing so hard that the bus bench I was sitting on was bouncing up & down. That wedding scene was hystericaL! Great stuff.

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That's a very good price for those too, Ketana, congrats !

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I just finished Leam Mean 13. Oh man do things get interesting between Moreli & Ranger LOLOL

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I'm about half way through 'Twilight' by Stephanie Meyer. The same book thery're making the movie of. As usual, the book has so much in it I can't imagine how the movie would be as good as the book. It's kind of a teenage angst story, but the vampire aspect is makes for a really good story.

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oh Chessie I finished them all, one through fourteen and Plum Lucky and Plum Loving and the Christmas one...waaaaaahhhhhh I want more!!! they were so very good!!! LOL at Bob eating Steph's thong then throwing it up! and Diesel..*sigh* Diesel is a dream come true..wwwaaaaaaaahhhhhhh I can't wait for her next one!

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Ketana wrote: oh Chessie I finished them all, one through fourteen and Plum Lucky and Plum Loving and the Christmas one...waaaaaahhhhhh I want more!!! they were so very good!!! LOL at Bob eating Steph's thong then throwing it up! and Diesel..*sigh* Diesel is a dream come true..wwwaaaaaaaahhhhhhh I can't wait for her next one!'Plum scary' comes out in January! You can pre-order it at Amazon.com

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I ran across this essay 'Be Cool To The Pizza Delivery Dude' while listening to a book 'This I Believe' It's a humorous summation of the journey of life.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4651531

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CheshireKat wrote: Ketana wrote: oh Chessie I finished them all, one through fourteen and Plum Lucky and Plum Loving and the Christmas one...waaaaaahhhhhh I want more!!! they were so very good!!! LOL at Bob eating Steph's thong then throwing it up! and Diesel..*sigh* Diesel is a dream come true..wwwaaaaaaaahhhhhhh I can't wait for her next one!'Plum scary' comes out in January! You can pre-order it at Amazon.com

WOOOHOOOO MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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My copy of Plum Spooky arrived yesterday from Amazon.com. It's another Diesel story and it's as funny as ever. :D

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CheshireKat wrote: My copy of Plum Spooky arrived yesterday from Amazon.com. It's another Diesel story and it's as funny as ever. :D

Peers over her shoulder, "don't turn the page yet, I'm not done reading it!"

 

ENJOY CHESSIE!

 

*and when ya finished send it off to me pwease?*

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Ketana wrote: CheshireKat wrote: My copy of Plum Spooky arrived yesterday from Amazon.com. It's another Diesel story and it's as funny as ever. :D

Peers over her shoulder, "don't turn the page yet, I'm not done reading it!"

 

ENJOY CHESSIE!

 

*and when ya finished send it off to me pwease?*
It's on CD, if that works for you, I'll be done with it tomorrow and can drop it in the mail t you Monday morning. 

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woohooo that works for me..now is it Plum Scary or Plum Spooky? and I'll make sure to return it to you quickly Chessie..

thank you!

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It's Plum Spooky. Dielel's brother is in this one and Carl the monkey.  Carl collects some friends along the way. So on top of everything else that's going on, Stephanie sha to deak with a troop of monkeys :D  I might actually finish it tonight on the way home. If I do, I'll post it tomorrow.

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Here's a Stephanie Plum message board.

http://stephanieplum.proboards7.com/

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woooohooooo that was a riot Chessie!! I'll return it soon because I just have too listen to it again..that Carl the monkey was funny! *gives the fingah* and Diesel..mrroowwrrr..just gotta listen to it one more time!

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The one thing I regret about the Stephanie Plum books is that I listen to them in about 2 to 3 days. I want them to last longer!

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I finished reading 'My Sister's Keeper' by Jodi Picoult. It's a really wonderfully fascinating book about the main character who was conceived via invetro to be an exact genetic match for her older sister who has an aggressive form of leukemia and requires stem cell, bone marrow, and now a kidney transplant. The story is fast moving and a quick read. It's one of those books that is hard to put down because there is always something going on.

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Lately, I've been reading more Ruth Rendell and John Donne than I'd like...

Nothing against those two, but my brain has been too lazy lately to be able to process Donne's typical sentence structure; no matter how brilliant the guy is - I've had enough.

As for Rendell... Not bad, she can be very evocative and her texts are pretty atmospheric (and I quite love that strong presence of happenstance and causality in her stories), but - somehow - her psychopaths seem as if written after a thorough study of some "writing a psycho made easy" manual.

And I'm simply quite fed up with reading stuff for essays...:u055a:

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I just pre-ordered 'Finger Lickin' Fifteen'. It should be here in June. (the next Stephanie Plum novel_

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CheshireKat wrote: I just pre-ordered 'Finger Lickin' Fifteen'. It should be here in June. (the next Stephanie Plum novel_
Kinda sounds like jail bait.

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Angel wrote: CheshireKat wrote: I just pre-ordered 'Finger Lickin' Fifteen'. It should be here in June. (the next Stephanie Plum novel_
Kinda sounds like jail bait.
It brings to mind one of the favorite locations in the series 'Cluck in a Bucket'.  Stephanie inadvertently burned down the restaurant at one point while working the drive through window. :shock: That was in either 'Twelve Sharp' or 'Lean Mean Thirteen'.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country for Old Men)

Best book I've read in some time.

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CheshireKat wrote: Angel wrote: CheshireKat wrote: I just pre-ordered 'Finger Lickin' Fifteen'. It should be here in June. (the next Stephanie Plum novel_
Kinda sounds like jail bait.
It brings to mind one of the favorite locations in the series 'Cluck in a Bucket'.  Stephanie inadvertently burned down the restaurant at one point while working the drive through window. :shock: That was in either 'Twelve Sharp' or 'Lean Mean Thirteen'.

OMG *RUNS TO ORDER THE BOOK* thanks Chessie!!! 

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I just finished Finger Lickin' Fifteen! It arrived yesterday and I just couldn't put it down once I got started. I laughed so hard I cried a couple times (and caught some strange looks for other people at the bus stop) I LOVE STEPHANIE PLUM!

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Can't say I've heard of that author.

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Stephanie is the main character. Janet Evanovich is the author of the series.

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Bilbo67 wrote: Just picked up some Dick!

Finally coming out of the closet honi? :c030a::s010a:

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OMG Chessie I went running last weekend to Target and bought the book, finished it in four hours and boy oh boy did I howl!! Stephanie Plum rocks and this one had a lot of Ranger, rooowwrrr!! great stuff by Ms. Evanovich!!

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I jsut started Dan Brown's new book 'Missing symbol'. WOW! It's really great right from the beginning. It's one of those books you can't put down. And a lot of the symbols and mysticism it talks about ir real stuff. Great book.

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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, by A.J. Jacobs-  Meh.  Reads less like a memoir than a three hundred page magazine article.  A few interesting historical/informational insights, but it rarely scratches beyond the surface.  The author is nowhere near as witty as he seems to want the reader to think he is, and in fact comes off as quite a tool at times (not sure what else to call his annoying habit of halting the narration to brag about his book deal every couple of chapters). 


Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy- Dense, difficult, demanding.  Not for the squeamish.  Some of the most magnificent prose I've ever encountered, steeped in Gnostic allegory and unrelenting nihilism, and featuring an antagonist who makes No Country for Old Men's Anton Chigurh look like a cub scout by comparison (made all the more terrifying by the fact that he's based on a real person).  Worth a look if you've got ample time to dissect subtext, a strong stomach, and a Spanish dictionary.


Kick-Ass by Mark Millar & John Romita, Jr.- Dumb as hell.  But fun (in a "lock your brain in the closet for a couple hours" sort of way).  Here's hoping the movie expounds on the stuff that works and fixes the stuff that doesn't.

 
My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare by Jess Winfield- Unless you're holding a baby or a pressure-sensitive bomb detonator, drop what you're doing and read this book!  Juxtaposes the story of a lazy, dope-addled literary grad student in the mid 80's with an eerily similar year in the life of 18-year-old William Shakespeare.  The contemporary story isn't bad (although the author's political chest-beating and more-than-tacit endorsement of recreational drugs can get a little annoying at times), but the chapters set in 1582 are worth the price of admission and then some.  Thoroughly researched, bawdy as hell, featuring some downright delicious wordplay and more *wink/nudge* references to the Bard's works than you can shake a spear at.  This Winfield guy has the spirit of a Lexxian in him!

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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy- Dense, difficult, demanding. Not for the squeamish. Some of the most magnificent prose I've ever encountered, steeped in Gnostic allegory and unrelenting nihilism, and featuring an antagonist who makes No Country for Old Men's Anton Chigurh look like a cub scout by comparison (made all the more terrifying by the fact that he's based on a real person). Worth a look if you've got ample time to dissect subtext, a strong stomach, and a Spanish dictionary.

MEH...stuff like this I read in the bathroom..

WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS? I NEEDED A DIRECTIONARY JUST TO READ THIS..gads Bilbo..ya too brainsmart for this place..

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Ketana wrote:
WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS? I NEEDED A DIRECTIONARY JUST TO READ THIS..gads Bilbo..ya too brainsmart for this place..

I read that as brainfart, and I thought, yup, if ya brain fart, you're perfect for this place. :kissmyass:

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The Feminine Mystique  I've always been curious about this book and I'm glad I took  the time to read it even if it is a bit outdated for today.  I so remember my friends mothers who were stay at home housewives dealing with the issues described in this book.  Weight problems, alcoholism, depression,boredom, or just being sort of unhappy but they were ding exactly what they were expected by society to do - stay at home and raise children. It's also interesting because I came along at a point in history when this situation was changing. I remember that my dad had to co-sign for me to get my first credit card (a necessary form of ID so I could rent an apartment) and I bought my condo a few years after the laws changed that would have required me to have a male (husband or father) co-sign the loan and as title holder.

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CheshireKat wrote: I bought my condo a few years after the laws changed that would have required me to have a male (husband or father) co-sign the loan and as title holder.

Geezus, it took that long for the bank to recognize that women are breadwinners too?

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The new Stephanie Plum book 'Sizzilin' Sixteen' will be out June 22! And they are currently running a contest to name book 17.

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Murder in Italy, by Candace Dempsey, you can find it on Amazon.

I have been following this story since day one. Candace is an excellent writer, her adventures into the wilderness are fascinating, and even as a guy, I totally relate to her experiences.

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CheshireKat wrote: I just finished 'The Satanic Verses' by Salmma Rushdie. It's a very interesting book. I can sort of see why he had to go into hiding, but if you look at the overall story, it examines beliefs vs. reality on several different levels.

You know I have a copy of that but have yet to read it, but its a keeper.  I used to read a lot, and  for a time my book reviews were about books that had the word "affair" in the title (ask Maya, she will be in stitches laughing).  I have a book Brian suggested, "The God Principle" or something like that, havent read it, but it looks good.  I long ago read a lot of the sci fi classics.

So are you girls off to some pajama party, or did that already happen?  Did flip flop come too?  Sorry, you know I am a teaser.:D

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CheshireKat wrote: The new Stephanie Plum book 'Sizzilin' Sixteen' will be out June 22! And they are currently running a contest to name book 17.
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE TO COME TO THE STORES..I'LL BE FIRST ON LINE AT TARGET!!! LOVE ME SOME PLUM!!

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Ketana wrote: CheshireKat wrote: The new Stephanie Plum book 'Sizzilin' Sixteen' will be out June 22! And they are currently running a contest to name book 17.
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE TO COME TO THE STORES..I'LL BE FIRST ON LINE AT TARGET!!! LOVE ME SOME PLUM!!

KetanaRoo, there is this thing called the caps key.:D

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Ketana wrote: CheshireKat wrote: The new Stephanie Plum book 'Sizzilin' Sixteen' will be out June 22! And they are currently running a contest to name book 17.
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE TO COME TO THE STORES..I'LL BE FIRST ON LINE AT TARGET!!! LOVE ME SOME PLUM!!
You'll be the first, right after me! :cool:

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CheshireKat wrote: Ketana wrote: CheshireKat wrote: The new Stephanie Plum book 'Sizzilin' Sixteen' will be out June 22! And they are currently running a contest to name book 17.
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE TO COME TO THE STORES..I'LL BE FIRST ON LINE AT TARGET!!! LOVE ME SOME PLUM!!
You'll be the first, right after me! :cool:

GADS I LURVS YA CHESSIE!

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Ketana wrote: CheshireKat wrote: Ketana wrote: CheshireKat wrote: The new Stephanie Plum book 'Sizzilin' Sixteen' will be out June 22! And they are currently running a contest to name book 17.
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE TO COME TO THE STORES..I'LL BE FIRST ON LINE AT TARGET!!! LOVE ME SOME PLUM!!
You'll be the first, right after me! :cool:

GADS I LURVS YA CHESSIE!

I LUVS YOU GUYS TOO! :s010a::tweety:

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I am lost on this, not the first time. So how was/ will be the PJ party? Was there a pillow fight?

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mayaXXX wrote: No, no pillow fight, but I DID just rent the big tub for the Jello wrestling event on Monday night, then the trip to the Marine Base, where we'll be judging a "Tighty Whitey' contest, and then on WEDNESDAY, we go to Virginia Beach and trap...err...'meet' some Frat boys and force them to carry us around on their shoulders just for the fun of it.. All the while having Jose, the Cabana boy, feeding us grapes and Twinkies...not necessarily in that order..

:BULLWHIP::badger::cat01::tweety:

:flute2champ:   :tea:   :drink4::tea:   :OliveDrink:  :flute2champ:

 

 

Don't forget he must be wearing a little white thong.  Although that's ketana's fantasy, it doesn't sound bad.  CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

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All those drinks are making me thirsty Angel. 1 more day and counting over. Hope you have a great time.

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Off topic but what the hell....the true collector knows the first two seasons of earth final conflict are like non existant, I still have my vhs. But what I really miss is Stephanie Powers in Girl from Uncle.

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Dragonflygurl wrote: All those drinks are making me thirsty Angel. 1 more day and counting over. Hope you have a great time.
I will!  I hope I can drink some of those drinks.  I woke up with bad sinus in my head and chest, so I'm ODing on vitamin C and echinacea hoping it'll be better tomorrow.  It's been so cold and damp here it sucks, should be warmer in VA though.

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If you give me your cold while  you're here, I'm going to beat you til you can't grow anymore.....

 

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mayaXXX wrote: If you give me your cold while  you're here, I'm going to beat you til you can't grow anymore.....

 

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You'll just have to get her a mask, you know the ones that painters have that has a filter, so if she sneezes you'll not breath it in.

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Angel wrote: Dragonflygurl wrote: All those drinks are making me thirsty Angel. 1 more day and counting over. Hope you have a great time.
I will!  I hope I can drink some of those drinks.  I woke up with bad sinus in my head and chest, so I'm ODing on vitamin C and echinacea hoping it'll be better tomorrow.  It's been so cold and damp here it sucks, should be warmer in VA though.
It's vitamin C and Zinc you need combined to battle a cold or stuffed up nose.

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Earth's Children Fans Rejoice! Jean M Auel's sixth & final book in the Clan of the Cave Bears Series will be published worldwide March 29th 2011. The name of the book is 'The Land of Painted Caves'.

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Two Gentlemen of Lebowski


This may very well be the pinnacle of human achievement: The Big Lebowski as it might have been imagined by William Shakespeare.


http://scottwesterman.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/lebowski.pdf

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I read the 1st Charlaine Harris book 'Dead Until Dark'. I can hardly wait to get to the other books. I love a book that you don't want to put down!

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I"m telling ya, Chesh, they're totally addictive. Now that Season 3 is starting, (book 3) you can read along with watching it. It starts this NEXT SUNDAY !!

 

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Just finished 'Sizzlin Sixteen' I LOVE these stories! I also LOVE Lula's theory of stress management. 'There are 4 methods for handling stress. There's drugs, alcohol, sex or DOUGHNUTS!':cat01::147:

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Legalism with a daoist streak to it - SEXY!! :cool:

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I'm wallowing in the cesspool of Anne Rice's 'Witching Hour' and 'Lasher'...Oy.
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Just finished "Dead to the World" this morning and I'm a quarter of the way through 'Dead as a Doornail".  :TBBOT:

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Actually reading a book called The Invoker by Jon F Merz.  A very different kind of vampire.  Makes for an interesting change!

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There's a bunch of revelations in both those books, Cheshie, have fun.
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OKAY CHESSIE AFTER READING THAT YOU HAD READ JANET'S NEWEST BOOK..SIZZLING SIXTEEN I RAN OUT YESTERDAY AFTER WORK TO TARGET AND SCORED MYSELF A COPY..AM NOW TOTALLY *WELL NOT NOW* IMMERSED IN IT AND AM JONESING FOR A WHOLE WHEAT AND GREEN BEAN CRULLER!

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Ketana wrote: OKAY CHESSIE AFTER READING THAT YOU HAD READ JANET'S NEWEST BOOK..SIZZLING SIXTEEN I RAN OUT YESTERDAY AFTER WORK TO TARGET AND SCORED MYSELF A COPY..AM NOW TOTALLY *WELL NOT NOW* IMMERSED IN IT AND AM JONESING FOR A WHOLE WHEAT AND GREEN BEAN CRULLER!Read it on Saturday!  LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! Don't know if you saw my earlier post about a new 'between the numbers' book comming out in Sept.

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CheshireKat wrote: Ketana wrote: OKAY CHESSIE AFTER READING THAT YOU HAD READ JANET'S NEWEST BOOK..SIZZLING SIXTEEN I RAN OUT YESTERDAY AFTER WORK TO TARGET AND SCORED MYSELF A COPY..AM NOW TOTALLY *WELL NOT NOW* IMMERSED IN IT AND AM JONESING FOR A WHOLE WHEAT AND GREEN BEAN CRULLER!Read it on Saturday!  LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! Don't know if you saw my earlier post about a new 'between the numbers' book comming out in Sept.

OMG CHESSIE..I'M 150 PAGES IN AND LAUGHING OUT LOUD IN THE SUBWAY! I LOVE LULA'S OUTLOOK ON LIFE!! AND IT HAS MUCHO RANGER! MOOOWWWRRRRRRRRR...I'M SO GETTING THAT BETWEEN THE NUMBERS ONE..LOVE EVANOVICH!!

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For those of you that like the Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake books, there's a new series out by Jennifer Rardin, and her heroine is Jasmine Parks, a CIA trained Supe detector, who can bellydance, with a hot vampire boss, who can kick some major ass. Not much sex yet, but still tons of action, and the gun fanatics will LOVE this series. Total ordnance fetish all the way. She uses a  Walther PPK with a special switch that turns it into a silver tipped crossbow...nice huh? Lots of snappy dialog as well.  

Book titles are:

Once Bitten Twice Shy, Another one bites the Dust, Biting the Bullet, Bitten to Death, One more bite. Charlaine Harris does a cover review on some of the books. Cool.

Here's her website:

http://www.jenniferrardin.com/

 

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WOO HOO! I finished 'Wicked Appetite' on my way to work It's the new Janet Evanovich 'Diesel' book. Looks like Diesel is getting his own series. YEAH! It's a great/fast read. 

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Awesome, I'll have to check those out. I'm currently reading a new Paranormal adventure/romance series by Jacqueline Frank, called the Nightwalker series, and it's fabulous. Great action TONS of incredibly well-written sex and great villains. She has another series out called 'Shadowdwellers' that's a spin-off. I can't put it down.

Demons, vampires, were-creatures, Mistrals, necromancers, witches, you name it, it's got it.

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The movie 'One For The Money' is scheduled to open July 8 2011!  http://www.themovieinsider.com/m1037/one-for-the-money/

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I don't know if anyone here has seen this, but Jennifer Rardin, the author of the Jaz Parks books, passed away unexpectedly on Sept 20 this year at 10:59 am. The local paper in Illinois reported that the authorities listed it as a suicide, but many friends and fans are decrying that as ridiculous, being that she was planning a book tour for November with the release of her 7th Jaz Parks book and another one being published in 2011. Her blog, just days before her death showed an upbeat and optimistic demeanor. Many people are questioning the findings from the authorities. No answer was forthcoming from the Robinson ME's office regarding actual cause of death.

Jennifer's books were often compared to the Anita Blake series in style and characters. Personally I was shocked to hear about this since she's one of my favorite authors.

Very weird. Anyone have thougths?


 

 

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Oh wow... That's really sad, Maya. I've not read any books by her, but I know how sad it is to lose a favorite author. Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series, is my favorite and he passed away a few years back - I cried like a baby when I heard the news. It's like losing friend in some ways, ya know?

I hope the authorities do look into what happened because she sure doesn't sound like someone who was suicidal, IMO.

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Since I'm stuck spending most of the weekend at work, I decided to break out 'I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas' by Lewis Black just to get into the Christmas spirit. :u055a::cat01:

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I watched his 'Black Christmas' special this last week, it was hysterical !

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So I just got my Christmas present from my niece. Another one for my History of Pro Wrestling collection. The History of the WWE Championship by Kevin Sullivan. Pretty interesting how many injuries occur in the championship matches. Had a couple of DVD's stuck in there too. The Grudge To be recycled as a present for someone else since I already have it and Paranormal Entity.

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I'm finally getting around to reading 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker.  I haven't figured out how all the parts fit together yet, but that's part of a good book, not to be able to figure it out too soon.:D

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I finally finished reading Laurell K Hamilton's 'Bullet', the last in her epic ( 15 books)series of Anita Blake adventures. So far it's sex, metaphysical attacks, sex, pissed off vampires, sex, pissed off werewolves, sex, pissed off weretigers,  and oh yeah...sex. Sheesh...

Next I'm going to start on the Lilith St. Crow books. God help me.

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I finally had to give up on LKH, which was really hard to do because I've been reading her stuff since the beginning. But, I realized that the last, oh, 7 or so books, I've been reading them with the hope of them improving and not really because I was enjoying them. I think she lost the plot. Literally. In the last several books it seems like nothing happens. They just rehash the same things, over and over again. Same conversations, same arguments, same everything. And an entire book spans, like, 1 hour in their time. (And takes about 1 hour to read. Really big print, and double spaced)

I read several comments by LKH where she said that it's only prudish people who have a problem with her books, that they just can't handle the 'adult content.' I am nowhere near prudish. I love a good sex scene. But there's so many of them, and so many characters, that they all blend together.

I think for a good story, no matter what kind of story it is, you need tension. Will they or won't they? Will they survive or won't they? Will they be damaged beyond repair, or will they come out ok? Well, with LKH, there is zero tension. You always know... they will. Repeatedly. And they will all live (all 900 of them). And any damage they sustain will be miraculously healed by some form of metaphysical sex that, wonder of wonders! no one knew Anita could do until just that moment! No one dies, no one is seriously hurt, and everyone is completely, truly, madly in love with Anita. Everyone!  *yawn*

I loved her books in the beginning. They were really strong, good plots, good characters (even though her taste in men and my taste in men are not similar :)).But in the beginning, the characters had more of a struggle. As they grew in power, they lost that. And I think LKH grew really attached to her characters, and so she doesn't want any of them to be hurt. She wants them all to live happily ever after. Which is a lovely idea, but it's boring.

LKH puts out an amazing amount of content. Two books a year in two different series (even though Anita Blake and Merry Gentry are practically interchangeable), plus sometimes a novella. But maybe it's a case of quantity versus quality. Maybe she needs to take more time with the stories. Or maybe it's just me. The woman is a mega best seller, after all.

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I wholeheartedly agree. I'm a member of Pomme de Sange, the AB message board and they're all about to the point where they don't even review her books anymore. Hear tell it all started going downhill after "Danse Macabre" and pretty much stayed the same. She sells books in spite of losing half her audience, and now on her Facebook page, she's been made aware of the author P C Cast slamming her in print in her books.

It wouldn't be so bad if all her 'men' weren't fitting a particular type: Smallish, under 5'5", waifish, long hair, delicate features...etc. Perhaps she's really exploring her 'other side' and looking for a more submissive mate...ahem.

The only one that doesn't fit that type is Richard, and she's basically kicked him to the curb because he grew a pair and told her to piss off.  And now she's getting into sex with underage guys, (16) and that just totally squicks me out.

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mayaXXX wrote:
I wholeheartedly agree. I'm a member of Pomme de Sange, the AB message board and they're all about to the point where they don't even review her books anymore. Hear tell it all started going downhill after "Danse Macabre" and pretty much stayed the same. She sells books in spite of losing half her audience, and now on her Facebook page, she's been made aware of the author P C Cast slamming her in print in her books.

It wouldn't be so bad if all her 'men' weren't fitting a particular type: Smallish, under 5'5", waifish, long hair, delicate features...etc. Perhaps she's really exploring her 'other side' and looking for a more submissive mate...ahem.

The only one that doesn't fit that type is Richard, and she's basically kicked him to the curb because he grew a pair and told her to piss off.  And now she's getting into sex with underage guys, (16) and that just totally squicks me out.


I have gotten really bored with her Anita Blake books too. I'm sorry there's only one man in her books that holds any interest for me and that's Edward/Ted. By the time Harlequin rolled around I realized LKH is well on her way to ruining him too!

Ted! Please do us all a favor and keep your promise to Anita...blow her brains out! And then maybe we can get some actual stories out of the mess instead of more of Anita 'accidentally' screwing everything in sight with (or without)a pulse, a bit of dangly flesh between his legs and some sort of Paranormal baggage.

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Amen to that...you might try the Jacquelyn Frank series of books: She has the Nightwalker and Shadowdweller series plus a few new books headed for a new series. Her books are not only extremely well written, but the love scenes go on for PAGES and she doesn't have any of that 'the more the merrier' attitude...

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I've actually been Trying to find more of Jon Merz Fixer series. That one was more 'politcal' and not your typical vampires.

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I'm a big fan of Rob Thurman. "Cal Leandros" series. If you love "Supernatural" you'll love these books!

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I've been reading Jim Butcher for a while now. His Harry Dresden series just gets better as it goes on. The books get funnier, and even though it's set in a world with wizards and whatnot, the characters are pretty realistic. They're flawed, which to me, means they're interesting.

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If  you're into vampire fiction, and you like the Harry Dresden supernatural stories, you might try P N Elrod, who co-wrote a bunch of vampire stories with Nigel Bennett (Prince) from Lexx, he's got a 30's style vampire Mob guy who's also a writer, really interesting stuff.

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I haven't read any of the stuff she co-wrote with Nigel Bennett, but I have read the first 5 of the Jack Fleming stories. The tag-line on the cover of the first book was so funny: Jack Fleming. Newsman. Ladies' Man. Vampire. It makes me laugh every time I think about it. :D I also like the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison. It hasn't held up as well as Jim Butcher's stuff, but it's entertaining.

But! My very favorite vampire is Sonja Blue. You gotta love an angry, half crazed woman in a Black Flag t-shirt with a silver switchblade and a vendetta. So very punk rock. :2567:

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I'm reading one of the Fleming books now, but I'll definitely check out the Sonja Blue series.:bounce_pinka:

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Okay Don't throw rocks but I do read the "Dark" series by Christine Feehan. I know they are Romance novels but I really like the way she shows the depth and complexity of the Carpathian culture and their struggle to survive.

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I've read a bunch of Christine's books, but you have to have a ton of money, since there are so many in the series, and you don't want to miss out on any of the action, hehe. i like the Dark Celebration story the best.

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I finally gave in and ordered a Kindle. And then immediately went crazy ordering from their free selection. I think I picked about a hundred books and I haven't even gotten the darn thing yet! But they had cool classics like Poe, and Agatha Cristie, and Jane Austen and more obscure titles like The Evil Guest by Le Fanu, and Varney the Vampire (can't remember the author just now), and Mary Shelley's The Last Man. I'm running out of room to store real books, so hopefully this will come in handy. It will be my very own tiny, cute black and white striped library of gothic fiction. I had to order a skin for it due to my inexplicable love for black and white stripes and accessorising unnecessarily. However, I will still be collecting my beloved leather-bound tomes. I love the smell of leather books in the morning. :2567:

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And of course now that Kindle has dropped in price, the E-Nook from B&N has come out IN COLOR !! Drat.

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mayaXXX wrote: And of course now that Kindle has dropped in price, the E-Nook from B&N has come out IN COLOR !! Drat.Color! DAM I'm jealous :(

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Ok, great series to read: The Mario Acevedo series of books on Felix Gomez, a vampire detective who's an Iraqui war vet,  and it's got TONS of great humor. The titles are hysterical:

X-Rated Bloodsuckers, Nymphos of Rocky Flats, The Undead Kama Sutra, Zombie Jailbait and Werewolf Smackdown.

Since Acevedo is actually a military vet, of course his books are filled with government conspiracies of all  kinds, not to mention vampires, zombies, aliens, and other Supes. Great action sequences and yes, he DOES like his ordnance.

Highly recommended.

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Kaden wrote: But they had cool classics like Poe, and Agatha Cristie, and Jane Austen and more obscure titles like The Evil Guest by Le Fanu, and Varney the Vampire (can't remember the author just now), and Mary Shelley's The Last Man.
Some cool titles there!
You can't go wrong with Le Fanu...
And The Last Man is f***ng brilliant.

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Kaden wrote:  However, I will still be collecting my beloved leather-bound tomes. I love the smell of leather books in the morning. :2567:

Same here.  I know some people who have gotten a Kindle and now they swear by it, but nothing beats an old leather book.

I'm about halfway through a reading marathon right now.  Last year, I started reading all of J.G. Ballard's novels.  Anyone who likes a good dystopia would like Ballard.  Definitely recommended.

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CheshireKat wrote: Janet Evanovich "Smokin' Seventeen' on sale June 21! I can hardly wait for new Stephanie Plum!!!

I AM SO HEADING TOWARDS TARGET ON FRIDAY!!! I WANT RANGER IN MY BED!!!

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The Best of Friends..re: the long history between Mariana Pasternak and Martha Stewart..gads but Martha has drive..

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CheshireKat wrote: Janet Evanovich "Smokin' Seventeen' on sale June 21! I can hardly wait for new Stephanie Plum!!!

and I so swallowed that book whole..did you see the stickers on the end? I'm saving mine..and she's writing the ending for a November 2011 finish!! Can't wait..I NEED ME SOME CLUCK-A-CHICKEN!

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Ketana wrote: CheshireKat wrote: Janet Evanovich "Smokin' Seventeen' on sale June 21! I can hardly wait for new Stephanie Plum!!!

and I so swallowed that book whole..did you see the stickers on the end? I'm saving mine..and she's writing the ending for a November 2011 finish!! Can't wait..I NEED ME SOME CLUCK-A-CHICKEN!
Yeah  I read that book in less than 2 days! I can't help it. You just laugh all the way through!  I can't wait for the next one.

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Quo Vadis

After reading the first fifty-six pages about seven times over a period of about six months - a span of time in which I might have read a few other things unworthy of mention here - one night last week I picked up the novel again resolved to get to Page 100. I made it to Page 96 before nodding off, but it turned into a page-turner for me from that point.

This classic - my copy was printed in 1888 or so - tells the tale of the two young lovers Marcus Vinitius and Lygia in the age of Nero during the period in time when Christianity first spread in Rome. The excess of Roman patricians is colorfully described with opulent feasting, lusting and vomiting - and Christians are fed to the lions and burned at stakes en masse. Lovely story.

I mention it here especially because while reading it I had occasion to think of the SF-writing (Speculative Fiction) hero of my youth: Robert Anson Heinlein. It seems likely he was influenced by the book because some of his characters took their names from it.

In "I Will Fear No Evil," the multi-billionaire Johann Sebastian Bach Smith's lovely secretary was named Eunice, who in Quo Vadis was a slave girl who loved her owner Petronius... and Petronius - known to Caesar for his good taste in arts and poetry and therefore nicknamed 'Petronius The Arbiter' - was the name of the ginger-ale-drinkng tomcat in the first RAH novel I ever read: his 1956 time-travel creation "Door into Summer."

I can unreservedly recommend all three books.
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Even though I have read them before (many, many, many times) I had to get the Complete Sherlock Holmes on my Kindle (for less than a dollar!). This is my third version. The two others I have are a regular hard backed book and my most beloved leather bound volume. This has prompted me to re-watch all of the SH episodes with Jeremy Brett. On screen, he was the bestest Holmes of all.
It's a sickness. Apparently I feel the need to possess Mr. Holmes in every medium available to me. He was my very first literary crush, after all. :beat_hea: This has, unfortunately, instilled in me the notion that the perfect man is brilliant, socially inept, and, of course, unattainable. :c030a:

Which reminds me of an article I once read by a woman who claimed that reading ruined her life. She theorized that spending her childhood with her nose in books full of perfect people destroyed any chance she had at happiness with us real world twats. And as for men, she said that real ones couldn't possibly compete with Mr. Darcy.

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Kaden, I'm inspired to read some Sherlock Holmes myself, but as for the woman who wrote of how reading spoiled her chances of finding romance, while there might be a fair-sized kernel of truth to that, I question whether too much reading might take away from time for the kind of activities which make for a shapely backside... an attribute which all the 'perfect' men will tend to insist on.

:}

... and if you don't find your perfect Sherlock-Holmes-in-real-life, at least it means you aren't dating a coke freak. Nest'ce pas?

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I'm currently embroiled in the lusciousness that is the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J R Ward. Wow.

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Be_You_ wrote:
Kaden, I'm inspired to read some Sherlock Holmes myself, but as for the woman who wrote of how reading spoiled her chances of finding romance, while there might be a fair-sized kernel of truth to that, I question whether too much reading might take away from time for the kind of activities which make for a shapely backside... an attribute which all the 'perfect' men will tend to insist on.

:}

... and if you don't find your perfect Sherlock-Holmes-in-real-life, at least it means you aren't dating a coke freak. Nest'ce pas?

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Indeed! But I will always maintain that even though he was a little too fond of his 7% solution, Holmes was dreamy. Maybe too dreamy. There are dozens and dozens of books about Sherlock Holmes and the (nonexistent) sexual subtext. People read a lot into those stories that just isn't there. Holmes was in love with Irene Adler. No wait, Holmes was in love with Watson. Sheesh. Holmes had no interest in any of that which is partly what made him so interesting.

And as I recall, the article by the woman who was ruined by reading did not include her picture. Maybe for good reason? :c030a: I'm sure her unhappiness was caused by a lot more than reading too many romance novels. (Also, I think that Mr. Darcy is an overrated romantic hero. Attractive, sure. But not, in my opinion, the epitome.)

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I broke my laptop screen while acting the part of a clumsy inebriate last weekend, and in the days waiting for its replacement to arrive I went on a bit of a reading tear.

"Valley of the Giants" by Peter B. Kyne
This 1918 novel reads a bit like a romance novel, but also describes the life of early California lumberjacks and the lumber business, and tells the tale of rough-and-tumble business strategy and intrigue and the interplay between cold-hearted businessmen and those who hold higher ideals which was fascinating. Except for a few instances where innocent racial stereotypes appear in the story, I was struck by how it reads like a modern novel.

"The 1976 Annual World's Best SF" (World's Best Science Fiction #12) edited by Donald A. Wollheim, an anthology of interesting short stories. Quite good. I hadn't read any alternative reality/time warp stories in a while and this collection has a few.

"Two Years Before the Mast" Richard Henry Dana, Jr. This classic true story is told by an educated man who signs up as a common seaman to get first hand experience of the perilous and exciting life aboard a sailing ship. From Boston, around the Cape and up and down the California coast gathering and tanning hides and back, this story takes place several years before the gold rush of 1849 that transformed California. I tried to read this as a teenager, but I didn't have the patience to muddle through some of the mildly arcane language used at the time.

"The Triumph of Time" 1958 by James Blish - the fourth and final installment of his "Cities in Flight" series set far, far in the future - halfway through it and as soon as I can turn off the computer I'll pick it back up...

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I have broken out my copy of the DaVinci Code for a reread. I love the book, the movie was a bit of a disappointment for me. Not to take anything away from Tom Hanks but I just didn't feel him as Langdon so I have to get my fix through a hardback.

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What an awesome read...

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I'm a little over halfway through a very different post apocalyptic novel called The Conqueror Worms.  I'm finding the reactions of the characters a bit more realistic than most stories of this type.  Also a very different cataclysmic event than the usual.

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I just finished "Night Eternal" the final book in a trilogy written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The first two were really good reads... this last one was a bit of a disppointment :(

Now, I am onto "Threshold" by Jeremy Robinson, "The Illustrated Man: by Ray Bradbury (again), and "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers"

I read a lot...

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I really enjoyed the first two books of the Hunger Games trilogy! Unfortunately, the third seems a little like the author might have been rushed to get the third one out. It just doesn't seem to flow as well as the first two. However, with that said... I am NO author or Book Critic... so take my opinion for what its worth.

I am onto "Torment" by Jeremy Bishop, "Insomnia" by Jeremy Robinson and "Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind The Famous Multiple personality Case" by Debbie Nathan. 

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It's a good story, but I agree about the 3rd book not quite matching the speed and story detail that the first 2 books did. But then again, I might be biased, I didn't really like the way it ended.

BTW 'One For The Money' the first Stephanie Plum novel will open in theaters in about 3 weeks.

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I finished reading the first 3 books of the 'Iron Druid' series. "Hounded", "Hexed", "Hammered" I can hardly wait for the new book to come out in April. They are very good stories. I love the main character's dog!

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Just finished reading 'Tricked' The Iron Druid Series Book 4. I've really gotten hooked on this series.  It's great if you're into folklore and action/adventure with a humorous twist. I especially love Oberon, the Irish Wolf Hound. :cool:

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CheshireKat wrote: It's a good story, but I agree about the 3rd book not quite matching the speed and story detail that the first 2 books did. But then again, I might be biased, I didn't really like the way it ended.

BTW 'One For The Money' the first Stephanie Plum novel will open in theaters in about 3 weeks.


YUP CHESSIE..I was first in line..loved it!! for a movie it tried it's very best to stay true to the book..but I still think Benjamin Bratt would have made an even better Ranger..it was very enjoyable if you are fan..:2567: 

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Reading the new JR Ward book Lover reborn, from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and just finished the new Charlaine Harris Deadlocked. AMAZING !!!

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Benjamin Bratt was a Power Ranger?  I'll be durned.  Aw well, gotta start somewhere.

Don't really go in for a lot of fantasy, but I gave myself over to the Song of Ice and Fire after trying to jump into Game of Thrones (the HBO adaptation, which takes its title from the first book in the series) mid-season and running out of breath and saliva from constantly repeating, "What's happening?" and "Who the hell is that?"

Enjoyed the first cinder-block-sized entry enough to immediately pick up the second, though I'm still a bit leery.  I've been bit on the ass by long, initially promising book series before (still owe Stephen King a flaying for driving the Dark Tower series right off a cliff), and furthermore, I'm always a little gunshy when it comes to unfinished series by authors of a certain age (in this case, pushing 70 years and 400lbs, with at least two more installments to come and a five year lead time between the past couple of books!)

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I'm about half way through 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' by Stieg Larsson. It's the 3rd book in the 'Girl with the Dragon Ta too' series. Really good action/adventure/mystery series.

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Hey! A new Diesel book from Janet Evanovich comming on Tuesday!

Diesel and Lizzy Tucker return on June 19, 2012 with Wicked Business.

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audio books anyone uses them or have tried it out? How did you guys like if you have? I have no time for books but I have a tone id like to check out. Or always lose them and finding months or a year later if I do get a book. It's sad lol so audio books could be a good alternative for me till I have time.

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LastBrunnenGstanding wrote: audio books anyone uses them or have tried it out? How did you guys like if you have? I have no time for books but I have a tone id like to check out. Or always lose them and finding months or a year later if I do get a book. It's sad lol so audio books could be a good alternative for me till I have time.I use audio books all the time because I have a hard time reading the small print in regular print books.  Audio books are great!  Most of the narrators/performers are actors. They are picked fora specific book depending on their language skills, ability to do multiple character voices, and sometimes subject matter knowledge (especially for more technical books)

When I first moved to Denver back in the mid 80's, I worked for 'Talking Books Publishing Company'.  That was back in the day b4 audio books were available to the general public. At that time audio books were recorded for use by visually impaired and physically disabled people through state 'Talking Book Libraries'. (that was so long ago that the books were recorded on 8 or 16 rpm vynal records, well b4 cassettes) I went through high school using talking books for various book reports, so it was really cool to be able to meed the narrators that I had been listening to for years.

I especially like audio books because I can listen to a book while I cook or do housework etc.  These days most books are available on either CD or download. They're great entertainment. I LOVE THEM!

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oOoOo thanks CK i should get on that then ^^

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Reading through Panama Patchwork... Still not decided how much I actually like the whole collection, but I sure have fallen in love with this:

You are going to have the fever,
Yellow eyes!
In about ten days from now
Iron bands will clamp your brow;
Your tongue resemble curdled cream,
A rusty streak the centre seam;
Your mouth will taste of untold things
With claws and horns and fins and wings;
Your head will weigh a ton or more,
And forty gales within it roar!
...


Good good good, in this fucking heat I need the goosebumps!

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We got a book tablet today well yesterday now haha. Excited audio book for me. Netflix and angry birds for my baby boy lol. Gift cards are amazing that's what made it possible. Then a discount from Barnes n nobles membership so we paid I think not sure 20 something from put pocket :D

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LastBrunnenGstanding wrote: We got a book tablet today well yesterday now haha. Excited audio book for me. Netflix and angry birds for my baby boy lol. Gift cards are amazing that's what made it possible. Then a discount from Barnes n nobles membership so we paid I think not sure 20 something from put pocket :DThis is a little off topic...but a friend of the family had just gotten a tablet last Easter. She had a real cool astronomy app (don't remember the name off hand) that allowed her to hold her tablet up to the sky and it would show her the major constellations and planets in real time. It was really cool at night to have the names or stars & planets and the app would even work during the day when you couldn't see the stars but still know they're up there.

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crap! I missed getting Wicked Business..CRAP..but I did grab Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich..I just hope it's her latest and that I haven't read it yet..

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Just finished 'Game of Thrones' I can't believe how long this series is, but it's really good. One of those books that's hard to put down. Can't wait to get the next book in the series. Reading all 5 books should keep me busy to the end of the year! :D

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CheshireKat wrote: Just finished 'Game of Thrones' I can't believe how long this series is, but it's really good. One of those books that's hard to put down. Can't wait to get the next book in the series. Reading all 5 books should keep me busy to the end of the year! :D
I haven't read the books, but I've watched the series, which is addicting in itself, the series are good, so I imagine the books are too.

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CheshireKat wrote: Just finished 'Game of Thrones' I can't believe how long this series is, but it's really good. One of those books that's hard to put down. Can't wait to get the next book in the series. Reading all 5 books should keep me busy to the end of the year! :D
I haven't read the books, but I've watched the series, which is addicting in itself, the series are good, so I imagine the books are too.

It was one of those books that was hard to put down because it was hard to find a place where you felt like you could leave the story. I can't wait to dive into the next book.

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okay so I made it back to Target to pick up Janet's Wicked Business and snatch I lurved it!! and come November she's out with number 19...gadddsss I can't wait..

RANGER RANGER RANGER..

*sigh* in the meantime I'm re-reading Bilbo's book..

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OK, OK, it's not December and I just finished the 5th book in the 'Song of Ice and "Fire' series. YEAH! just in time for book 6 to come out October 30! I can't wait!!!!!

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aw crap Chessie..I went and bought the book the exact day it came out..went running to Target and picked it up..that's all I did..I picked it up and put it down and haven't read it yet..I like knowing it's there..like a shiny pretty object just waiting for my mitts to touch it alllllll over and enjoy it like a secret stash of naked Bilbo piccy's..yum yum....*sigh*

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I have 8 books I'm reading at the moment. I know sounds ambitious right! Wrong ! It's like TV or music are you always in the mood for the same thing? So it takes me forever to get through them. One is a very dry book on the Hittites. One is on diet and health. But mostly I'm reading the legend of the seeker series, and Dresden files at the moment.

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Arcticfox, but how do U keep the mood of the books seperately? I understand how U do it with different generes, but within one? And don't U have this sensation that U simply must read it up to the end?

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Well some of what I read is more drama, some is humor and I slowly pick my way through some non-fiction. I have a love hate relationship with non-fic sometimes I absolutely love the topic... but it can be a bit on the dry side. And then there's a few literature classics I really have no interest in them and don't exactly enjoy much but read now and then because they are classics. I think there may be the possibility I am ADD. But they didn't have that term when I was in school I was always getting in trouble for daydreaming.

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Arcticfox, I understand Ur reply; however, I've got another question. Why to read something only for a tick? I mean that when I read, I do it mainly coz I feel a certain demand in myself. When I read a book it means that I go through everything with its characters and when U don't like what U r reading, it seems senseless to me. U might say that U've read Dostoevskij, but U won't be able to participate in any discussion, coz U've just read the words but not the ideas these words hold.

I have not read many books that almost all well-educated people consider their duty to read. But I can't. We are not, let's say, on the same wavelength with them. So, I'm just waiting for the right time to read them. And even if this time never comes, I don't think it's bad not to know even main classic novels.

I even think that it's harmful in a certain way. Hope, U get my question_)

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@ Nell, if I can't get into them I don't finish them but I give them a good try if its a novel. Obviously if I'm trying to learn about something that's another matter. To me there are some things that are worth trying to read even if you don't enjoy them. Kind of like working out when you don't want to, only for your brain.

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oh, ok, I get it_) An interesting philosophy_)

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I don't want a bad case of flabby brain.

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A flabby ass is bad enough... And man does he snore something awful.

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Okay I finally broke down and picked up World War Z. This is one book that is turning out to be a chore. Going on 4 weeks and I'm only about 40 pages into it. The only thing keeping me going with it is pure stubbornness.

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I'm reading a biography on Tony Curtis..interesting read..

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I just downloaded the new Stephanie Plum audio book. Can't wait to listen to it!

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Right now I'm reading Kittredge's "Black London" series. For you Brits out there, it's chock-full of great British slang and cursing, not to mention the fact that the protagonists are from London. Check it out, very scary stuff...

Still waiting for the sonic screwdriver to make an appearance...

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Redshirts by John Scalzi.

As any casual Trek/sci-fi fan can probably divine from the title alone, it's essentially a novel-length extension of THAT joke.  A great little time-killer, chock-a-block with in-jokes, that centers on a group of low-ranking expendabilibuddies on an ersatz Enterprise who arrive at a collective "Just wait a damn minute here..." epiphany after their first couple away missions.

Not what I'd call great literature by any stretch (it won the Hugo award last year, which honestly has me scratching my head), but it entertained me from start to finish.  The central characters are a bit one-dimensional, which I believe was the author's intention, given the premise, and the second half of the plot is driven by

a) a literary gimmick that I've never been a huge fan of

b) a recurring Star Trek plot device that a good many Trekkies can't stand/are sick of

but to Scalzi's credit, neither detracts from the enjoyment.


Worth your while if you're a Lexx/Futurama/Bilbo67/Edgar Wright fan in the mood for a brisk little chuckler you can breeze through in one sitting.  My first exposure to Scalzi, but I'll definitely seek him out again in the future.

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he's so brainy...that's why I stalk him..*sigh*

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Re-reading Holdstock.
Pure magic. Lavondyss in particular. Just like I remember it.
That guy's imagination must have been an incredible place.

I've also got myself a bunch of Koji Suzuki's books.
The Ring was a delightful read - especially when I read it with some cool dark ambient music playing in the background. Halfway through the second book in the series now.

Unfortunately, I haven't been reading quite as much lately. In recent years, I've done most of the reading in trams, trains and buses, while commuting to school or work  - much of that time has been taken up by listening to audioplays now.
I think I should limit myself to 2 audioplays a week at most. (But it's gonna be tough.)

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I miss reading. Was a voracious reader but now with my eyesight failing me it's become a bit harder. Am waiting for new eyeglasses..and then maybe the headaches will ease up and allow me to hit the pages once again..

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Ketana wrote: I miss reading. Was a voracious reader but now with my eyesight failing me it's become a bit harder. Am waiting for new eyeglasses..and then maybe the headaches will ease up and allow me to hit the pages once again..
Audiobooks in the meantime, perhaps? Though it's not quite the same thing, I know...:-/
Hope it gets better soon - and not just because of the reading issue.
Fingers crossed!

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Lieutenant Hornblower is an awesome read.
It's a pity I hadn't read the Hornblower books before watching the miniseries as I usually like to conjure up my own images when reading a book - and in this case the TV adaptation is completely overriding all my attempts at visualising... (On the other hand - that basically means a lot of McGann and no Jamie Bamber to obscure the view, so I'm quite content, actually. I do miss Matthews and Styles, though.)

Anyway, looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Dispatches from Bilbo’s reading list, lo these past couple months:
 
Andersonville by Mackinlay Kantor: A fictionalized, though thoroughly researched (over the course of twenty-five years, no less) account of life in and around the criminally mismanaged Confederate gulag of the same name during the closing year of the Civil War.  No beach read, this.  Long, demanding and thoroughly unflinching, with some of the most sublime prose I’ve read in quite some time.  Apolemical with regards to Blue vs. Grey, this is less a war story than a story simply about people: at their worst, at their lowest, and yet not so pessimistic as to entirely abandon the inverse.  Dickensian in scope and character depth, with a stark, haunting realism that—to me—recalls the likes of Joseph Conrad.  In all, probably the bleakest book I’ve read since The Road, which lends a borderline spiritually-uplifting kick to the handful of (subjectively speaking) “happy” endings.  (Speaking of which, I was slightly put off by the fact that one key character’s story is never resolved on the page, but simply “stops,” for lack of a better term.  While his fate is a matter of historical record that anyone with access to Wikipedia can punch up in five seconds, I’ve got to imagine some readers back in the 50’s were miffed at being left hanging.)  Something of a stylistic oddball, in that Kantor eschews quotation marks entirely, yet at the same time practically overindulges in semicolons (the red headed stepchild among punctuation purists/minimalists.)  Apparently courted no small amount of controversy when it was first published, presumably for its salty language and no-punches-pulled portrayal of the myriad unpleasant realities of prison life, though I doubt it would raise any eyebrows were it to debut today.  Several of the blurbs on my copy called it, “The greatest Civil War novel ever written,” and while I can neither confirm nor deny this sentiment—as, to my shame, I’ve never read The Killer Angels or any of the top-shelf Civil War fare that comes to mind when you think best-of-the-best—it’s a damn fine read that’s well worth your time if you’ve got some to spare. 
 

The Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow: For years I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Doctorow, routinely heralded as a master of historical fiction set in and around the late 19th and early 20th century (with a particular focus on the ragtime era and its attendant gangsters and molls.)  Selected this yarn at random from an omnibus edition of his novels and…well, to be honest, I wasn’t thrilled.  This story had all the earmarks of a tight little seventy or eighty page novelette needlessly stretched out to 250+ pages.  Supposedly a gothic horror story written as an homage to Poe, the author seemed largely out of his element as far as the principal plot was concerned (far more interesting were his lavish descriptions of post-Civil War New York, the inner workings of the infamous Tweed Ring, etc, which unfortunately served as little more than filler much of the time).  No denying Doctorow can write like a bat out of hell, as his top notch prose demonstrates, but in all I found this story clunky, meandering and something of a bore.  I’ll probably give him another shot at some point, and am hoping that this was simply a rare misfire on his part.
 
 
My Father’s Paradise – A Son’s Search For His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel Sabar: This one’s a departure from my typical beaten path, though not without reason.  Last fall I got in touch with the author’s father, a world-renowned linguist at UCLA (very much via cold call), who would up helping me with a tricky translation for a story I was completing (…still waiting on a couple credentialed lazy-asses to finish vetting the damn thing, lest you wonder).  We bantered a bit in the process, during which time he told me a little about himself—namely, that he’s an Iraqi ex-pat from a three thousand year old Jewish enclave in northern Kurdistan.  It was enough to pique my interest, so when I learned that his son, a journalist, had written a book about him, I decided to check it out.  Equal parts biography, memoir and history, it’s essentially a multigenerational account of both embracing change and coming to terms with one’s past.  More than a little reminiscent of Maus in some ways.  Fascinating stuff, all told.  (And lest anyone doubt Dr. Sabar’s geek cred, he did a guest spot on The X-Files back in the day, and served as an Aramaic consultant/dialogue coach on True Blood.)
 
 
Weaveworld by Clive Barker: The Hellraiser dude (…as in the guy who wrote it, not the guy with the nails in his face.)  Fast moving little urban fantasy yarn.  Essentially Narnia for those of us who are a bit more…well, frankly, Lexxian in our sensibilities.  Unusual pacing that basically ends up yielding what feels like a story-and-a-half, with a climax that has something of an “Aesopier-episode-of-Star-Trek” feeling and an ending that’s so godawful abrupt that I’m still not 100% sure what happened, it’s nonetheless an inviting little page-turner that’s right up your alley if you enjoy the likes of Neil Gaiman.  (Actually, “American Gods by way of Narnia” might be one way to describe it, but for the fact that it predates the former by more than a decade.)  Yet another one of those stories that reminds my generation of just how old they’re getting by subconsciously prompting the reader to muse, “None of this would be happening if these people had cell phones.”
 
 
Stall divider at 7-Eleven: Apparently for a good time, you could do worse than to call someone or something known only as The Claw.  A mystery I’m likely to take to my grave, as the number in question had only six digits.

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After saying, "One of these days" for fifteen years, I finally took the plunge and doggie-paddled my way from shore to shore:






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(Ulysses by James Joyce, if the picture's fuzzy.)

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You're thumb's in the way. It likes to take over every picture, doesn't it?

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Time Snake and Superclown by Vincent King. This is the most batshit insane thing I've ever read. Ever.

Ever.

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Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany.

Well........so..........anybody else mind reading this right quick so we can disagree vehemently as to precisely what in the hell it's supposed to be about?

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I finished the first book of 'The fifty Year Mission' by Edward Gross & Mark Altman. I never realized that we have Lucille Ball to thank for making sure the original 'Star Trek' ran for more than 1 season. I can't wait until the 2nd book comes out.



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