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    I had Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane, Mystic River) dog-eared at chapter 2 or 3 when I set it aside and forgot about it, but I picked it back up yesterday and finished it in one fell swoop. What an ending. I confess to being completely blindsided!
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    Just bought three new books last night:

    Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire (currently reading)
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (will read next)
    ...and a "non-plot" book, Do Elephants Jump by David Feldman. (also currently reading)
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    After reading the last 10 or so posts, I am (almost) embarassed to admit to reading this, but what the heck...it's hilarious. Reading "The Sweet Potato Queen's Field Guide to Men". I'm sure some of ya'll have already read it....

    After that one I'm gonna read Tom Wolf's "I Am Charlotte Simmons".

    I save my heavy, thoughtful reading for periods of having absolutely nothing else to do. (aka almost never )
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    I guess I did have more time than I thought 'cause I finished Lincoln's Dreams - two thumbs up!

    I'm about 2/3rds of the way through The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. If you like historical fiction then you must read this book. I read a lot of historical fiction and I'd place this in the top 2 or 3 I've ever read. It's 400 pages and I wish it was 800! I bought it a few months ago at Borders and, since then, I've seen rave reviews about it everywhere. The writing is SO good that I feel like I'm in Renaissance Florence, but it feels contemporary as well. I should be reading slower so I can make it last a little longer, but I have to find out what happens!
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    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy
    ..... and Stephen King's story "The Long Walk."
    Oh my God! You just gave me chills, Lucy! I read "The Long Walk" years and years ago in my "The Bachman Books" collection, and I'd never had a story bring me to sobs before until that. It was so disturbing and touching. (Considering the source ... I was only about 19 or so, and mostly read Laura Ingalls and Judy Blume books )

    It was nice to see that book mentioned. Brought back old memories. Always thought it would make a great movie ....
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    I too always thought The Long Walk would make a good movie. They made Running Man into one, and this story is even better. Basically, all you would need is a road, and some guys to walk on it. Lots of crowds, the guys with the guns--all in all shouldn't be too big a budget.

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    I wouldn't exactly say I enjoyed "The Long Walk", as that's not really the right word for such a disturbing story, but it really stuck with me. I think it might be hard to sell as a movie though, given that only one character survives.

    I just finished "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell". Loved it, although it took me about a month to get through. (and although I'd hoped for a tidier ending -- I wanted more explanations! ) I got a kick out of the matter-of-fact, reference-book-style footnotes about magical history and lore. I just thought the whole Jane Austen style was a very interesting way to present a work of fantasy.
    Now I'm on "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire, and am really enjoying it so far.
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    I was kind of wary of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norelle at first. Probably because the whole "Oh, it's the Harry Potter for Grown-ups" tag made it seem like a fill-in until the next Potter rolled around. But I borrowed my sister's copy & really enjoyed it. I quite liked the ending.
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    I just finished The Birth of Venus - two thumbs way up! Then I blew through two by Peri O'Shaunessy (sp?) - can't remember the titles... not that it matters since they're all pretty similar.

    I just started The Namesake by Jhunta Lahiri and am really enjoying it. Her previous book won the Pulitzer so my expectations were pretty high. So far, so good.
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    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    I'm almost done with "Newton's Wake - a space opera" by Ken Macleod. It's good hard science fiction. Macleod frequently layers on his anti-american pro-socialist views pretty thick, but this time he seems to take a even, light hand with the politics. A good sci-fi read.
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