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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:59 am

Simon wrote:Good to see that there are people out there that also suffered from those reading depressions if you can call this. This also happens to me to films by the way...
second hand books can really inspire you... and if you come across some notes in the margins from the previous owners, you can also follow his/her thoughts... that's amazing (hence S. is so gripping ;) )

yea. I go into spurts of reading, I think I'm up to 12 or 13 books read so far this year. I'm still awake now, because I can't get my current read out my head(at page 156 now)
I'm not a big movie buff. Wally Lamb asked recently on FB which of his books his fans would like to see made into a film.
I've been lucky with my second hand books, I still cant get over what good/great condition most of mine are in. I have found a couple with underlined/highlighted areas, which is cool.
There are so many books I'd like to read, not to mention all the books I own that I've yet to read. So much so, I think this year I may have to buy an e reader. I'd still want paper :lol:
You know what is really great. My nephew and niece are starting to read too in the past couple of weeks :D
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Simon » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:26 am

How old are they and what are they reading? My niece and nephew are currently obsessed with their electronic gadgets... tablet and smartphones... playing some games I don't understand :- :nervous:
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:54 pm

Nearly 3 and four years. They are Little Golden Books. I still have 100's, so I'm passing those books down to them.
I can't say they read perfectly, but from the looks of it, they are off to a good start.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Simon » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:45 pm

Those poor bastards... think of all the good books that WE will not be able to read because there are too many of them... in 15 to 20 years when they can intellecutally enjoy the more advanced narratives, so many more books will have been published.
I really like the idea that one day i will be able to share first impressions of a book with them. But somehow I doubt that will happen. Their father is not a reader and their mother, though she loves reading hardly has time to enjoy books as she is raising them on her own... no role model really.
Anyway, a short update on Fraction of the whole: Finished the first part today. 230 pages and it could have been a novel in itself. The structure of the novel, as far as I can see now is a bit complex: On the first pages, the first-person narrator Jasper is bullied at school. He finds out that a famous dead criminal in his town was actually his uncle. He forces his dad to tell him the story. Reluctant at first, the father then decides to tell the story... the whole story. From the beginning of his birth to the death of his brother (Jasper's uncle). And that happens from the perspective of his father, over 200 pages. It's an incredible story, told with humour and sadness. You have everything in there: Envy, love, violence, a bit of sex, unrequited love and lots of humour. Had a sneak peek into the next part and it's about Jasper's mother... Hopefully, the overall quality will not deteriorate. Dare I say it? the novel is on its way to my overall top ten books... but alas, there are still 500 pages to go. However, knowing that it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize I am quite sure it will probably even get better.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:00 pm

Simon wrote:Those poor bastards... think of all the good books that WE will not be able to read because there are too many of them... in 15 to 20 years when they can intellecutally enjoy the more advanced narratives, so many more books will have been published.
I really like the idea that one day i will be able to share first impressions of a book with them. But somehow I doubt that will happen. Their father is not a reader and their mother, though she loves reading hardly has time to enjoy books as she is raising them on her own... no role model really.
Anyway, a short update on Fraction of the whole: Finished the first part today. 230 pages and it could have been a novel in itself. The structure of the novel, as far as I can see now is a bit complex: On the first pages, the first-person narrator Jasper is bullied at school. He finds out that a famous dead criminal in his town was actually his uncle. He forces his dad to tell him the story. Reluctant at first, the father then decides to tell the story... the whole story. From the beginning of his birth to the death of his brother (Jasper's uncle). And that happens from the perspective of his father, over 200 pages. It's an incredible story, told with humour and sadness. You have everything in there: Envy, love, violence, a bit of sex, unrequited love and lots of humour. Had a sneak peek into the next part and it's about Jasper's mother... Hopefully, the overall quality will not deteriorate. Dare I say it? the novel is on its way to my overall top ten books... but alas, there are still 500 pages to go. However, knowing that it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize I am quite sure it will probably even get better.

I'm glad I'm passing down my love of reading to the kids. They both can look at pics and come up with their own stories which is also great.
That's it, yet another one from you will be added to my wish list, or will be as soon as I'm finished this post. It sounds like something I'd like very much. Thanks!
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:08 pm

I finished Before I Wake over the weekend. It had many twists, and I was saddened by the ending. I think the 2nd most powerful book I've read in the past year.
I looked it up. I purchased Before I Wake the same day at the same place I purchased Room.
No books purchased it the last few days :-( sad, although I have many to read.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Thu May 08, 2014 9:21 pm

This is one that has me intrigued and wary at the same time, it will be my next read. Every so often, I'm lucky enough to buy an Oprah's Book Club selection(and yes they are great reads), and this was my latest buy...
Back Roads by Tawni O' Dell.
Spoiler! :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_Roads_(novel)
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Thu May 29, 2014 10:38 pm

icy wrote:This is one that has me intrigued and wary at the same time, it will be my next read. Every so often, I'm lucky enough to buy an Oprah's Book Club selection(and yes they are great reads), and this was my latest buy...
Back Roads by Tawni O' Dell.
Spoiler! :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_Roads_(novel)

It was a mystifying book. Hated the ending, so much left hanging.
Re reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter now.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Kat » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:24 am

Stephen King:

The Dark Half
Needful Things
IT
Tommyknockers
 
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:31 am

Kat wrote:Stephen King:

The Dark Half
Needful Things
IT
Tommyknockers

His books bring me back. The only one I've ever read by him and didn't like was Pet Sematary, it scared the heck out of me, even before I saw the movie.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Lino » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:03 pm

June 12th will be the 85th birth anniversary of Anne Frank. Quite a time to think about all stupidity and learn with her words.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:47 am

Earlier tonight I started reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The longest book I've picked out in ages.
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:16 pm

^ Heck of a book too, I can hardly put it down. Yep, so much for the ones who think I still can't read eh.
(I know I've posted about Goodreads before, but if anyone would like to join the site go for it. There are always giveaways there, and I've won 4 books in the last year and a half.)
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby Tarkus » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:10 pm

I'm quite a long way into Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind. I likes me a bit of sword-and-sorcery fantasy, but so precious few authors actually write stuff that's refreshing to read- most of them just try to re-write Tolkien. Raymond E. Feist is good in places, but now that he's allowed other writers to write stuff in his Riftworld setting, the quality is starting to drop; and since David Eddings wrote The Rivan Codex, which detailed how he wrote his fantasy novels, all the joy was taken out of any future books, because you could see all his tropes before they happened. Goodkind has actually written something that I enjoy reading, has a detailed and self-consistent setting rich with its' own history, has engaging characters, challenges my perceptions of heroes and villains, and keeps me turning those pages. I'm enjoying it so much that I'm going to read all 11 sequels in the series.
 
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Re: The good book and author thread

Postby icy » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:41 am

Eight book purchases today. :D
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