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03/23/2009 03:08:25 PM · #76
Swan Peak, James Lee Burke. 9/10 I'd give high marks to any of Burke's stories.

I'm saving my 10 for something really special. Really WOW! :)
03/23/2009 03:28:39 PM · #77
Louise Penny, The Murder Stone. A mystery set in Quebec, but in the fashion of Agatha Christie. Plan to look for more of her books. 8/10

All of Malcolm Gladwell's books - Outliers, The Tipping Point and Blink. All are eye- and mind- opening. 9/10

Oh yes, Cormac McCarthy's No Country For Old Men. Saw the movie first, you can see just how well the Coen brothers managed to capture the novel - in fact I recall them saying that the book itself is written like a screenplay. And it is! Very worthwhile. 9/10

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03/23/2009 03:44:52 PM · #78
Jitterbug Perfume... by Tom Robbins

Easily one of the best books I've read in a long time.. Tom Robbins' style is hillarious, witty and intelligent.. The plot revolves around the life of an eccentric king who has found the secret to eternal youth and learned to survive and evolve throughout the centuries.. The novel is filled with increadible charecters and fantastic ideas... I couldn't put it down.. Highly recomended.
03/23/2009 04:45:08 PM · #79
Books of the South By Glen Cook.
Picked the first set up while in the US over Christmas and became hooked. These is the second collection of novels & is equally compelling reading. I give them a 10/10

Im going book shopping tomorrow and am thinking of looking for "Jitterbug Perfume... by Tom Robbins" as Haze your description sounds like my kind of book : )
03/23/2009 05:09:59 PM · #80
I'm really enjoying having a daughter who works in a bookstore. She gets boxes at a time of free 'advance reader's" copies plus great discounts on anything she buys so she keeps my 2-3-book-a-week habit well fed :)

Some of my recent recommendations would be the "Odd Thomas" series by Dean Koontz, "Both Sides Now -one man's journey through womanhood" by Dhillon Khosla, "Book of Negros" by Lawrence Hill and "The Lace Makers of Glenmara" by Heather Barbieri. They're all totally different genres and all engrossing.
03/23/2009 05:54:29 PM · #81
The Associate by John Grisham (8/10)
Divine Justice by David Baldacci (9/10)

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown for about the
3rd or 4th time now. (10/10)

Yep, gotta love fiction to get away from it all these days! :)
03/23/2009 09:13:42 PM · #82
Has anyone read any good intersting books(that aren't too dull) on WWI? Ive discovered that i really really enjoy that area of history and have been hunting down all the books and videos i can find. if anyone has any sugegstions that would be awesome
03/23/2009 09:21:33 PM · #83
Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Has anyone read any good intersting books(that aren't too dull) on WWI? Ive discovered that i really really enjoy that area of history and have been hunting down all the books and videos i can find. if anyone has any sugegstions that would be awesome


I don't know about WWI, Katherine, but an aunt of mine was a somewhat famous writer. She basically invented an entire genre, the hospital romance, cause she was a nurse during WWII; Ian McEwan generously *ahem* 'borrowed' from her autobiography, No Time For Romance, for a little book of his called Atonement, which was made into a movie. May find it in large print or on audiobook.

My aunt was Lucilla Andrews, though her married name was Lucilla Crichton. She also wrote mysteries under Joanna Marcus.

I also recently read a terrific book called Spymistress, all about a woman who sent female spies behind enemy lines to rescue soldiers! Howzat for a turnaround!
03/23/2009 09:31:39 PM · #84
Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Has anyone read any good intersting books(that aren't too dull) on WWI? Ive discovered that i really really enjoy that area of history and have been hunting down all the books and videos i can find. if anyone has any sugegstions that would be awesome


You might be able to get a second hand copy of "1915" by Roger McDonald, a novel about the Gallipoli campaign.
03/23/2009 09:52:43 PM · #85
Originally posted by zxaar:

THE FAST FOURIER TRANSFORM
- E. Oran Brigham

Finished reading it yesterday. Throughly enjoyed it. Fantastic book. Will recommend it for reading.


Okay, I'll bite. Is this a textbook? What are some of its applications?
03/23/2009 10:05:49 PM · #86
Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Has anyone read any good intersting books(that aren't too dull) on WWI? Ive discovered that i really really enjoy that area of history and have been hunting down all the books and videos i can find. if anyone has any sugegstions that would be awesome


OMG yes. "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boynton An incredible novel with layer upon layer of story, showing firsthand not only the experiences of WWI but of the history of the attitudes and treatment of natives both sides of the turn of the century. I'm sure you would LOVE it!
03/23/2009 10:10:07 PM · #87
Originally posted by BeeCee:

Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Has anyone read any good intersting books(that aren't too dull) on WWI? Ive discovered that i really really enjoy that area of history and have been hunting down all the books and videos i can find. if anyone has any sugegstions that would be awesome


OMG yes. "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boynton An incredible novel with layer upon layer of story, showing firsthand not only the experiences of WWI but of the history of the attitudes and treatment of natives both sides of the turn of the century. I'm sure you would LOVE it!


thanks! im gonna go check it out right now!

is it from the Canadian perspective?

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03/23/2009 10:13:17 PM · #88
Originally posted by BeeCee:

Some of my recent recommendations would be the "Odd Thomas" series by Dean Koontz,

Koontz is a Pennsylvania boy, and I've been hooked on his work for years.

Watchers and Lightning were of his best in the early years, but his Odd Thomas series is fantastic.
03/23/2009 10:23:42 PM · #89
I've read a lot lately...in the past couple of months I've read:

Abram's Daughters series (5 books) by Beverly Lewis - Christian historical fiction set in post WWII Amish country
Singing River series (4 books) by Gilbert Morris - Christian historical fiction set in Depression-era Arkansas
John's Story by Tim Lahaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
The Shack by William P. Young

I was probably the last one in the free world to do so, but I finally read Twilight on Saturday in about 12 hours. I thought I'd hate it but it was quite enjoyable. I saw the movie first, then decided to read it. Now I think I'm hooked.
03/23/2009 10:25:34 PM · #90
I'm currently reading "The Life of Pi", and I have absolutely no idea why this book got such rave reviews.

I don't know that I'll even finish it.
03/23/2009 10:26:26 PM · #91
Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Originally posted by BeeCee:

Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Has anyone read any good intersting books(that aren't too dull) on WWI? Ive discovered that i really really enjoy that area of history and have been hunting down all the books and videos i can find. if anyone has any sugegstions that would be awesome


OMG yes. "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boynton An incredible novel with layer upon layer of story, showing firsthand not only the experiences of WWI but of the history of the attitudes and treatment of natives both sides of the turn of the century. I'm sure you would LOVE it!


thanks! im gonna go check it out right now!

is it from the Canadian perspective?


Yes, but I don't think it really makes a lot of difference in the context. I really can't describe it or how it's touched me but it's one book I'll never forget.
03/23/2009 10:27:04 PM · #92
Originally posted by L1:

I was probably the last one in the free world to do so, but I finally read Twilight on Saturday in about 12 hours. I thought I'd hate it but it was quite enjoyable. I saw the movie first, then decided to read it. Now I think I'm hooked.

My daughter and I went through the whole series in about three days.

Loved 'em!
03/23/2009 10:27:36 PM · #93
Originally posted by K10DGuy:

I'm currently reading "The Life of Pi", and I have absolutely no idea why this book got such rave reviews.

I don't know that I'll even finish it.


I enjoyed it, for the most part, though I certainly wouldn't give it rave reviews.
03/23/2009 10:32:41 PM · #94
Originally posted by L1:


I was probably the last one in the free world to do so, but I finally read Twilight on Saturday in about 12 hours. I thought I'd hate it but it was quite enjoyable. I saw the movie first, then decided to read it. Now I think I'm hooked.


Nope, we haven't read it yet either. It's not high on my wannaread list, which grows faster than I can read.

Some wannareads are Michael Fox's new book, Lee Thomas' "Turning White; a memoir of change" and "Any Known Blood" by Lawrence Hill, author of "The Book of Negros".
Has anyone read any of these yet?
03/23/2009 10:44:58 PM · #95
Originally posted by BeeCee:

Originally posted by K10DGuy:

I'm currently reading "The Life of Pi", and I have absolutely no idea why this book got such rave reviews.

I don't know that I'll even finish it.


I enjoyed it, for the most part, though I certainly wouldn't give it rave reviews.


i had to restart reading it like 3 times, but when i finally read it it was pretty good. seemed pretty long winded for the story content though
03/23/2009 10:45:52 PM · #96
Originally posted by BeeCee:

Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Originally posted by BeeCee:

Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Has anyone read any good intersting books(that aren't too dull) on WWI? Ive discovered that i really really enjoy that area of history and have been hunting down all the books and videos i can find. if anyone has any sugegstions that would be awesome


OMG yes. "Three Day Road" by Joseph Boynton An incredible novel with layer upon layer of story, showing firsthand not only the experiences of WWI but of the history of the attitudes and treatment of natives both sides of the turn of the century. I'm sure you would LOVE it!


thanks! im gonna go check it out right now!

is it from the Canadian perspective?


Yes, but I don't think it really makes a lot of difference in the context. I really can't describe it or how it's touched me but it's one book I'll never forget.


i was just curious since we are looking at WWI from the canadian perspective next week. thanks for suggesting it, its waiting for me at the library:)
03/23/2009 10:49:59 PM · #97
Originally posted by JDubsgirl:



i was just curious since we are looking at WWI from the canadian perspective next week. thanks for suggesting it, its waiting for me at the library:)


Let me know what you think when you're done, kay? :)
03/23/2009 11:04:40 PM · #98
Pretty much anything by Philippa Gregory gets a 10/10 for me.
Dracula by Bram Stoker was pretty good, 7/10
The Devil on Horseback by Victoria Holt was a 9/10
Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard is an amazing feel-good book. I think everyone should read it.
03/23/2009 11:23:40 PM · #99
Just read Christopher Hitchens' The Portable Atheist; less a book in its own right than an annotated collection of essays from some of history's most well known philosophers, scholars, and writers in the Atheist tradition. Includes writings from across a long time line, including contemporary work from Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, etc...

I would have to give it a 9/10 because it is a combination of works from so many smart people like Einstein, Twain, Orwell, Rushdie, & Carl Sagan. If you are a religious person and consider yourself open-minded then I think this book would be a great text to read and sort of mentally battle against these great minds as you go through what they have to say on the topic of religion. Otherwise, this book would only be for those who are interested in what I would say is rigorous philosophical discourse on the topic of religion - not sure how many of you are out there!
03/24/2009 11:51:53 AM · #100
Originally posted by JDubsgirl:

Originally posted by BeeCee:

Originally posted by K10DGuy:

I'm currently reading "The Life of Pi", and I have absolutely no idea why this book got such rave reviews.

I don't know that I'll even finish it.


I enjoyed it, for the most part, though I certainly wouldn't give it rave reviews.


i had to restart reading it like 3 times, but when i finally read it it was pretty good. seemed pretty long winded for the story content though


I completely agree with you!!! I'm an avid reader, and I just couldn't get into this one.
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