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Old 11-23-13, 02:07 AM   #801
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Finished listening to Coward's Kiss by Lawrence Block, one of my favorite authors. OK but not nearly as good as any of his Mathew Scudder series novels.

Started listening to Stephen King's novel, 11-22-63.
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Old 12-03-13, 01:11 AM   #802
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Half way through listening to Stephen King's 11-22-63. Time travel back to that fateful time. It is a long one as are most of King's novels, clocking in at 30.5 hours.

Listened to Ira Levin's first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, while driving back and forth to Thanksgiving Day festivities. Levin was only 23 when he wrote the book in the early 50's and was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Mystery. Super crime thriller.
Levin later wrote Rosemary's Baby, Boys From Brazil and Stepford Wives.
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how music works by david byrne. highly recommended for any serious fan of music-whatever the discipline.
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Finished Luka & the Fire of Life - it was an embarrassingly inferior follow up to Haroun. Definitely not up to Rushdie's usual standards.

Now reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
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Old 12-11-13, 11:25 PM   #807
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Finished istening to Stephen King's novel, 11-22-63. Very good time travel/butterfly effect novel.

Tomorrow I will start listening to Noir: Three Novels of Suspense by Richard Matheson.
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Old 12-12-13, 10:44 PM   #808
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I finished two more by Nabokov: Pnin and Pale Fire. Damn, that Russki wrote well! Pnin, especially, is one of the better books I've read in a couple of years. I'm also a few chapters into Mink River by Brian Doyle. It's maybe a little more magically realist than usual for me, but I'm suspending my raised eyebrow 'til the ending.
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Old 12-27-13, 12:32 AM   #810
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Finished listening to Noir: Three Novels of Suspense by Richard Matheson.
Finished listening to LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay by Warren Kozak. Excellent book.
Finished reading Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine by Richard O'Kane.

Started reading Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster.
Started listening to Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage by Philip Taubman.
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Finished The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. If you are a Harry potter fan, you will either like it of loath it. I liked it. As one of the very few who follows local politics, there is a lot in here that rings true. Not that there is a lot of similarity between my hometown and the fictional towns of Pagford and Yarvil in the "West Country" of England. One central theme, and the one that strikes home for me, is the concept that we in America call "gentrification".

Pagford, an upper class suburb of the industrial town of Yarvil has one faction that wants to divest itself of the one blighted section of "council housing" ( British for low income housing projects). The sudden death of a charismatic and popular town councilman who grew up in the projects, and is a champion of that estates youth, starts a brutal and acrimonious contest to fill "the casual vacancy" left by his death.

I live in one of the few coastal towns in California with a strong working class history, owing to it's proximity to a large military base. My wife and I grew up in "Pagford", the children of a plumber and a career Marine. We now live in "Yarvil", since being priced out of the other. Now there are warring factions in Oceanside, one of which are offended that working class people are taking up such valuable coastal land. Some homes have been in family's for generations.

There is also the subject of dysfunctional families, and the whole process winds up being monkey wrenched by the adolescent children of the principles. There are many sinners and few saints in this story. Some of the more sympathetic characters have inner demons at war with their "saints".

Harry Potter fans who like a good children's fairy tale might be offended by the language, drug use and violence, as there are cases of bullying depicted that would make Draco Malfoy cringe. The book, by the authors own assessment, is a dark comedy, though I found little humor in it until near the end, just before a dismal series of events turns tragic. Cyber bullying, racist taunts against the towns Pakistani population, teenage rebellion, **** and revenge bring the story to a convoluted climax. In the end there are no clear winners and losers, and the reader must take resolution in a shift of consciousness of the towns population. It is hinted that increased compassion may be the closest thing to redemption the townsfolk get from the episode.

Those who understood and appreciated the subtext concerning the dysfunction in the Ministry of Magic might be more open to it.

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I finished Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore a while ago. It was quite enjoyable but also a bit anti-climatic.

Now almost half way through Carl Sagan's Contact.
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It's been twenty years since I read that. If you saw the movie you will have a pleasant surprise at the very end with a twist that did not make it to the film.
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It's been twenty years since I read that. If you saw the movie you will have a pleasant surprise at the very end with a twist that did not make it to the film.
cool. looking forward to it.
i've always loved the movie because i love space, i love seti, i love aliens, i love this kind of stuff and i have a man crush on carl sagan.
we just rewatched the movie the other day because i had just started the book and couldn't resist. i'm enjoying the differences so far.
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I just started Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat.
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Ghost Trails: Journeys Through a Lifetime by Jill Homer (a great read,my second read of one of her awesome book sof her cycling/life journeys )
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I'm halfway through Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad. It's pretty good and I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow.
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After reading about it forever, I finally read Lolita. It's my new favorite monster story. Definitely more Poe than pron.

Now I'm reading Marina and Lee. So far, Oswald comes across as more of a creep than Monster, but I'm only a third through.
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"I looked and looked at her, and I knew, as clearly as I know that I will die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth. She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago - but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man's child. She could fade and wither - I didn't care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face.”
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Mango: You should read Pale Fire by VN.

Possibly the most impossible novel to cinamatize. When you figure it out it's funny (laugh out loud), sad (lay it down and want to end it all), and totally mind boggling.
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I just finished The Lathe of Heaven and wow was it awesome. Definitely a 'makes you think' kinda book.

i'm now reading the 4th game of thrones book A Feast For Crows.
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Just finished the Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. Was looking at what book to read next and my first two choices were both pre-orders for books that come out in March and June.... ugh. Probably go with Neil Gaiman's new book.
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I just finished The Lathe of Heaven and wow was it awesome. Definitely a 'makes you think' kinda book.

i'm now reading the 4th game of thrones book A Feast For Crows.
Definitely a mind blower. Another good one by her was "The Word for World is Forrest", one of several sources James Cameron ripped off for Avatar.

Increased workload has me reading nothing fun lately.
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