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    Starting to get into Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang by Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok. These two physicists put forth an alternative modifying the Big Bang theory, that of an endless cyclic universe, that is very compelling and creating a lot of talk. A summation is here- The Endless Universe: Introduction to the Cyclic Universe (ActionBioscience)

    Other scientists who have played with the idea that I've read about seem to come to the conclusion that entropy increasing makes it impossible, but these two seem to have found the way around it; in their model, entropy does not build up.

    I've always been kind of fascinated by some cultures' cyclic models of existence, Nietzsche's Eternal Return/Recurrence, ect., so this is pretty interesting for me. Though, an endlessly repeating cycle might not necessitate the Eternal Return (I saw a mathematical model which seemed to show that a finite number of particles in an infinite cycle would not necessarily have to repeat in placement). Still, it is an interesting concept to think about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;2831003;
    Your niece might still enjoy it. I read books below my reading level all the time. Ask her.
    Thanks for the encouragement! She just surprised me with an excited yes! She is almost done with the Uglies Series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, & Extra's) and said that she was just wondering what she would go to next. Thanks!

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    I finished A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon yesterday. I'd have to agree with the comments given about the book in this thread before I read it -- it was not as enchanting as A Curious Incident ... but was enjoyable. I found myself enjoying the chapters written from the perspective of the two kids more than those of the father, who was the main focus. Towards the end, I thought that Mark Haddon did a brillant job of overlapping the scenes from different points of view (the chapters bounce from the perspective of 4 main characters - a mother, father, and their two grown children) of the same incident. I wish he'd done more of that throughout the book. I really enjoyed it, I'm glad I read it, but i didn't fall so in love with it that I was sad when I finished that i didn't get to spend anymore time with the characters. Next up - some Tawny O'Dell.

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    I recenty read The Sorrows of an American, Siri Hustvedt's latest novel, and all I can say is WOW. I'm such a fan girl when it comes to the Hustvedt/Auster family it's ridiculous, but trust me: you don't want to miss this. Luminous prose, fascinating subject matter, aaaand multiple references to previous Hustvedt/Auster novels. I love anything remotely metafictional, so needless to say, I devoured this.

    Since then, I've read the latest (I think) Ruth Rendell stand-alone, The Water's Lovely. Fans of Ms Rendell will love this taut and excellently paced psychological thriller. It made me want to revisit Ruth Rendell land, so next in line is her arguably best (certainly the most quoted and discussed) novel A Judgement in Stone. Also, I want to explore the novels she's written under her alias Barbara Vine. Any ideas where I should start?

    As for what I'm reading right now, it's Divisidaro by Michael Ondaatje. I'm only thirty odd pages in, but I'm already smitten. Nobody writes like Ondaatje; his command on the English language is just astounding.

    I don't know about the rest of you, but for me, 2008 has been an AMAZING year in terms of books so far. Lots of great, great reads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsFroggy;2827523;
    I just read "Bergdorf Blondes" by Plum Sykes.
    Ooooh, I read this horrible thing. The only reason I do recall reading it is because of the author's silly name, not anything in the book itself. What I do happen to remember, though, is that this book, the Shopaholic series and Le Affair and/or Le Divorce (can't remember which bit of tripe I attempted) are the books that completely and utterly turned me off of chick lit.
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    I read Bergdorf Blondes and Ms Froggy, your review is right on!


    I just finished reading Being Dead is No Excuse or Every Southern Woman's guide to throwing a great funeral.
    And I can't remember the authors' names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geek the girl;2833068;
    Since then, I've read the latest (I think) Ruth Rendell stand-alone, The Water's Lovely. Fans of Ms Rendell will love this taut and excellently paced psychological thriller. It made me want to revisit Ruth Rendell land, so next in line is her arguably best (certainly the most quoted and discussed) novel A Judgement in Stone. Also, I want to explore the novels she's written under her alias Barbara Vine. Any ideas where I should start?
    I would recommend starting with A Dark Adapted Eye. It's my favorite of hers. I read The Minotaur a few months ago, and I thought it was really good, too. There is also Gallowglass, A Fatal Inversion, Asta's Book, and The Chimney Sweeper's Boy. I'm so envious that you'll be reading these books for the first time.

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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by brunette trixie;2833383;
    I would recommend starting with A Dark Adapted Eye. It's my favorite of hers. I read The Minotaur a few months ago, and I thought it was really good, too. There is also Gallowglass, A Fatal Inversion, Asta's Book, and The Chimney Sweeper's Boy. I'm so envious that you'll be reading these books for the first time.
    Thank you, brunette trixie! I do think I've read The Chimney Sweeper's Boy, but that's it. Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine is so perceptive; I love how she manages to create this menacing, creeping atmosphere without anything actually happening.

    I'll make sure to report back once I've embarked upon my Barbara Vine adventure.
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    Interesting, I have a copy of "The Water's Lovely" in my pile to read - have never read any Rendell books before - maybe I should move it towards the top of the pile. Had no idea she wrote under the name Barbara Vine. I read "The Minotaur" about a year ago and loved it. My mother is a fan, I should see what else she has in her stock. Thanks for mentioning this!

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    I just finished Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich, it's one of the Stephanie Plum "in between" books. It was hilarious! I was reading it while waitingat the dealership, and had to keep my giggles to a low roar so I wouldn't embarrass myself too much.

    If you always wondered what would happen if Lulu had to create a "diversion" in a casino, this is the book for you.

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