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 Posted: Tue Aug 2nd, 2011 03:18 pm

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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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 Posted: Wed Aug 3rd, 2011 04:32 am

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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.

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... 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.

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... 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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 Posted: Sat Oct 15th, 2011 10:31 pm

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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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I read Uzumaki the other day.
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'm half way through Stephen King's new novel "11/22/63". Great historical fiction the the usual (unusual) Stephen King twists.



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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'm almost finished with the first book in the 'Hunger Games' series. Even though they're considered to be kids books, they're pretty good.



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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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