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    Mike'sgirl, I read Tenth Circle and really liked it. However, I loved, loved, loved Water for Elephants.

    I remember enjoying Vanishing Acts as well. Let us know what you think of it.
    Thanks elk! I very much enjoyed Vanishing Acts and Second Chance (also) by Jodi Picoult.
    Water For Elephants was one of my best reads over the past year. I was so happy for him at the end of the book.

    Just finished "Devils Cub" by Georgette Heyer (historical romance) which I found to be the second best of all of her novels. I think "These Old Shades" which actually precedes Devil's Cub to be her finest.

    My niece recommends "Extras", by Scott Westerfield which I will begin next.

    Thanks for the encouragement elk, I might have passed on Picoult's other books and missed out on a good author!

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    After reading all the raves about Water for Elephants, I really must read it. I know it's somewhere among the stacks of books in my living room (still don't have all the books unpacked ).

    After about a week of struggling with Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, I finally got over the "wall" with it, so to speak. I plowed through over 100 pages yesterday (after maybe doing 20 per day previously) and am probably going to do the same today. I had such a mental block with Dickens and really wanted to get over it with this one, not only because I have to facilitate the discussion for book club and I feel like a big, fat fraud doing it when I haven't read the book! I really felt like I needed to give Dickens a good effort, since my previous attempts with Great Expectations weren't very successful.

    Sedaris is always a good idea, IMHO. There are essays of his that I've read countless times and they still make me laugh so hard I cry. I know what's coming as I read and I start laughing in anticipation.
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    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Critical;2774105;
    After reading all the raves about Water for Elephants, I really must read it. I know it's somewhere among the stacks of books in my living room (still don't have all the books unpacked ).

    I really felt like I needed to give Dickens a good effort, since my previous attempts with Great Expectations weren't very successful.
    Great Expectations was a challenge for me as well, so your not alone there - heck even the movie was hard to sit through for me.

    My sister had said that I would find Water for Elephants funny, which I did not feel was the case. It did amuse and touch my heart in a very sweet way and I was very fond of the central character. Made me want to wrap my arms around him at the end and never let go. Hope you enjoy it!

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    I finished The Old Curiosity Shop last night - more than a week early! I thought sure I wouldn't finish, so I'm really happy about it. Now I speak with authority and I don't have to b.s. to lead the discussion.

    I started Craig Ferguson's Between the Bridge and the River and am loving it. I'm a huge fan of Craig and I knew the book would be great. He's got such a gift with language. I really wanted to call in sick today so I could read it....but I didn't.
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    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Critical;2777628;
    I finished The Old Curiosity Shop last night - more than a week early! I thought sure I wouldn't finish, so I'm really happy about it. Now I speak with authority and I don't have to b.s. to lead the discussion.
    Congrats Critical - that is an accomplishment! Have fun with the discussion group!

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    After mentioning Richard Brautigan here, I realized I've never done an Amazon search for his out of print books. I found several including a book that was released after his death which came today. So I hold in my hands one of the last books of his I've never read. I don't know whether to gulp it down, sip it like a fine wine, or save it in my book cellar for just the right moment. Ah... delicious anticipation.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Oh, oh, oh! Just picked up Duma Key by Stephen King from my library yesterday. I am really enjoying this so far, but there is something really weird about it...

    I know I have read the first few chapters before somewhere. I particularly remember the part about
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    Edgar stabbing his wife with the plastic knife and the accident with the dog.
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    Does anyone know if parts of this novel have been published anywhere else before the book came out? I have a really vivid recollection of it. Thanks to anyone who can solve this mystery for me. I feel like it should be posted in the Lost thread.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Elk, I found this on Amazon.com

    Duma Key: Where It All Began
    A Note from Chuck Verrill, the Longtime Editor of Stephen King

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    In the spring of 2006 Stephen King told me he was working on a Florida story that was beginning to grow on him. "I'm thinking of calling it Duma Key," he offered. I liked the sound of that--the title was like a drumbeat of dread. "You know how Lisey's Story is a story about marriage?" he said. "Sure," I answered. The novel hadn't yet been published, but I knew its story well: Lisey and Scott Landon--what a marriage that was. Then he dropped the other shoe: "I think Duma Key might be my story of divorce."

    Pretty soon I received a slim package from a familiar address in Maine. Inside was a short story titled "Memory"--a story of divorce, all right, but set in Minnesota. By the end of the summer, when Tin House published "Memory," Stephen had completed a draft of Duma Key, and it became clear to me how "Memory" and its narrator, Edgar Freemantle, had moved from Minnesota to Florida, and how a story of divorce had turned into something more complex, more strange, and much more terrifying.

    If you read the following two texts side by side--"Memory" as it was published by Tin House and the opening chapter of Duma Key in final form--you'll see a writer at work, and how stories can both contract and expand. Whether Duma Key is an expansion of "Memory" or "Memory" a contraction of Duma Key, I can't really say. Can you?

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    Not high-brow at all, but I'm reading the Joe Pitt Casefiles series by Charlie Huston. They are a noir-ish vampire kind-of detective series. I have a weakness for both noir and vampires that don't involve (1) an abundance of soft-porn scenes that don't move the plot *Laurell K. Hamilton* or (2) over-wrought talk of religion *later Anne Rice*. Huston does noir well, so I think I'll move on to his other books next.

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    Re: What are you reading?

    I finished Between the Bridge and the River tonight and loved it! It was funny and odd and full of phrases that I kept wanting to write down. I can't wait to see what he'll do next.

    I'm now delving into Henry James for the first time with Washington Square. It's a short one - about 150 pages - so I thought that, even if it's a slow read, it shouldn't take too long. Really though, I'm loving the language and blowing through it pretty quickly. I also bought Portrait of a Lady and The Ambassadors (yay for Dover Thrift Editions!), so it just might be a very James February!
    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov

    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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