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post Oct 11 2006, 03:55 PM
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QUOTE (widowspider @ Oct 11 2006, 02:26 PM)
As I'd never read it and Stells compared the blubberiness in it to that of The Time Traveller's Wife, I'm reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. So far, so interesting.
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Secret History ain't blubberifying. It's pretty good, though.
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post Oct 11 2006, 03:57 PM
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QUOTE (widowspider @ Oct 11 2006, 02:26 PM)
As I'd never read it and Stells compared the blubberiness in it to that of The Time Traveller's Wife, I'm reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt. So far, so interesting.
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Ah no, not quite. The Secret History isn't very much like TTTW in the blubbering stakes, but in the quality and style of writing and the atmosphere the author creates. I suppose they seem similar to me because the characters in both books inhabit both a rarefied world of privilege and a more dangerous one at the same time.

Soz to mislead you but I'm v. glad you're reading one of my favourite books of all time.
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post Oct 16 2006, 05:33 PM
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During my ten day stay in hospital I read the last four books of the Hitchhikers Guide saga, not bad, but I resent the way Arthur's love is despatched in the last book,

I finished 'The Truth With Jokes' by Al Franken, interesting but damn depressing because you know the bad guys won.

And, 'The Big Over Easy' by Jasper Fforde, which I loved to bits so I purchased the four Thursday Next books of which I read the first two ('The Eyre Affair' & 'Lost In A Good Book') and am half way through the third ('The Well Of Lost Plots'). I have a new favourite author and I want a pet dodo.
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post Oct 16 2006, 05:46 PM
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QUOTE (gulfcoast_highwayman @ Oct 16 2006, 06:33 PM)
And, 'The Big Over Easy' by Jasper Fforde, which I loved to bits so I purchased the four Thursday Next books of which I read the first two ('The Eyre Affair' & 'Lost In A Good Book') and am half way through the third ('The Well Of Lost Plots'). I have a new favourite author and I want a pet dodo.
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He's amazing, isn't he? I was trying to read other books but I couldn't resist cracking open Something Rotten the other day to see what else happens to Thursday. It's all really great stuff so far, just like the previous three books.

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post Oct 16 2006, 05:49 PM
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I can't beleive he slipped under my radar.

It was thanks to someone on this site who last year gave out some codes for discounts on Play.com that made me purchase The Big Over Easy. It took me ages to get round to readinbg it but I'm so glad I did.
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post Oct 16 2006, 05:52 PM
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QUOTE (gulfcoast_highwayman @ Oct 16 2006, 06:49 PM)
I can't beleive he slipped under my radar.

It was thanks to someone on this site who last year gave out some codes for discounts on Play.com that made me purchase The Big Over Easy. It took me ages to get round to readinbg it but I'm so glad I did.
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The sequel, The Fourth Bear, was published earlier this year as well if you want to check it out after you're through with Thursday's adventures. Though the next instalment in her series is due for release early next year and is currently called The War Of The Words. Sounds H.G.-tastic!

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post Oct 18 2006, 09:32 PM
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Until I Find You by John Irving

A four year old boy travels Europe with his tattooist mum in search for his estranged father. Later he grows up in Canada surrounded by women, and then becomes a famous (occaisionally cross-dressing) Hollywood star. Nearly, but not quite Irving's best, A Prayer For Owen Meany, and like all his books, very funny, very moving and compulsive. If you haven't read John Irving, do it. Probably America's greatest living author.
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post Oct 18 2006, 09:59 PM
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Took down the first 25 pages of World War Z last night.

*rubs hands together fiendishly*
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post Oct 19 2006, 04:13 AM
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QUOTE (thirtyhelens @ Oct 18 2006, 05:59 PM)
Took down the first 25 pages of World War Z last night.

*rubs hands together fiendishly*
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post Oct 19 2006, 09:00 AM
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QUOTE (Stella MM @ Oct 7 2006, 07:59 AM)
I'm probably the last person in the country to do so, but I've literally just finished reading The Time Traveller's Wife.
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Fear not, I have just started this week. Very good so far, if I am already preparing myself for the bittersweet trauma I just know is coming.
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post Oct 19 2006, 09:06 AM
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I'm almost done with it. About 50 pages left. No tears yet...
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post Oct 19 2006, 12:03 PM
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I just told my roommate I'm going to stop reading where I am as every seems quite happy and they've already indicated what's to come and I want none of it.

Of course, I'll keep reading, but still, it'd be nice if a good story like that ended when everyone was happy, eh?

Bastards.
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post Oct 19 2006, 01:19 PM
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QUOTE (Julie @ Oct 19 2006, 01:03 PM)
I just told my roommate I'm going to stop reading where I am as every seems quite happy and they've already indicated what's to come and I want none of it.

Of course, I'll keep reading, but still, it'd be nice if a good story like that ended when everyone was happy, eh?

Bastards.
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One of my friends does that with books all the time. I had to coerce her into finishing Catch-22 and, as far as I know, she hasn't finished The Order Of The Phoenix because, in her own words ''If I don't read it, Sirius won't die''.

Spoilered for anyone who doesn't know how it ends.

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post Oct 19 2006, 01:22 PM
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At some ungodly hour last night on the train home I finished The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Beautifully written with a lot of homage to the epic poets and the Greek tragedies in its structure and style.
I've got a great little book what Craig sent me called 'The Buddha and The Terrorist' to read, but I managed to find a copy of Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde at the library, so I'm going to whip through that before I start it.
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post Oct 20 2006, 11:30 AM
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QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Oct 19 2006, 10:06 AM)
I'm almost done with it. About 50 pages left. No tears yet...
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Finished last night, and I must admit the letter made me do a little tear.

This morning, I started reading A Series of Unfortunate Events which someone has leant me. You get funny looks reading a non-Harry Potter kids' book on the tube in rush hour.
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