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0 posted 06-07-2004 05:43 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Anyone read any good books lately?

I am in the process of finishing "Odd Thomas" by Dean Koontz. Here are the liner notes from the cover...

"'The dead don't talk. I don't know why.' But they do try to comunicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd's otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.

A myterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd's deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calender for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares -- and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humour, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere."


I highly recommend this book!

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Koontz rocks! Im reading his novel "Shock" now, will have to check out Odd next.....KIng, Koontz, Cook, Rice, and Aul(Earth Children series, starts with Clan of the Cave Bear)............my favorite selection of authors  

Michelle

I wish all could find the true happiness I have found,,in the eyes of Mike

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Haven't read much lately but here's a list of some favourites I've read and re-read in the last year

The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien edited by Christopher Tolkien: A peek into the history of Middle Earth and histories hinted at within the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Not an easy read but still rivetting that all this came from the mind of one man.(F)

Bringing Up The Dead by Joe Conelly: Highly recommend this look at the life of an EMS worker in Hell's Kitchen. Could be one of my favourites of all time, refused to watch the movie version when i saw the casting.(F)


The Elixir and The Stone by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh:an historical look at the influence of Hermetics throughout history.(NF)

NO Logo by Naomi Klein: a look at the power, influence and horrors of advertising (NF)

M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker: The book that spawned the movie and great TV show(at least until Trapper left)(F)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson: What's there to say? Thompson's writing is utter brilliance. His 'Gonzo' style is, at times, sheer poetry. You'll laugh, cry, be horrified and thoroughly entertained. (F?)

1984 by George Orwell: Incredibly poignant with the unfolding of current events.(F)

That's it for now
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The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

White Oleander - Janet Fitch
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When Nietze Wept. Fredrich meets Freud. Imagine that.
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I read 'Odd Thomas'..it was very good. Koontz has a new one out "The Taking"..it was odd..strange. Not my favorite of his.

Now I'm on to Tami Hoag!
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I am reading Raymond E. Feist right now.  He has a series of fantasy books called The Riftwar Saga.  I just got down with the first book "Magician: Apprentice" and have started the second one "Magician: Master".  I am liking them so far


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my bad,,,Im reading Robin Cooks new one, shocked, lol

I wish all could find the true happiness I have found,,in the eyes of Mike

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As a matter of fact yes--
I was just sitting on the beach at the lake reading one the other day ...
Reflections on the Web

maybe youve heard of it?
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I'm reading all the Robert Heinlein books I can get my hands on, my favourites "The Day After Tommorow" (nothing to do with the film) and "Friday".
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The scary part is I've read all but a few of the titles listed here (Raph's taste is much different than mine, it seems, sharing only two authors), yea, even including everything ever written by Heinlein (I think the first RAH novel I read was Glory Road, around 1965?).

I really need to get a life, I guess.  
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You have a life Ron...
it's taking care of the rest of us!
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I kind of wondered what "Grok" was until I read "Stranger in a Strange Land" now at least I know where it comes from.
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"The god of small things" by Arundhati Roy (she won the booker prize for this, probably about 7 years back) is one of the better ones that I have read of late...

Currently reading 'Metamorphosis and other stories' by Kafka...



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well Ron we may have similar tastes somewhere down the line. the books above aren't neccessarily favourites, just the last few I've read, i have very eclectic tastes from classical to modern and everything in between
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I just finished "Odd Thomas" and I must say, this is one of Koontz's best EVER ... it is rare that I find a book that can literally bring me to tears, but this one did. The final chapter was truly heartbreaking!

A few other books I have read in the past 6 months or so...

Dean Koontz "By The Light of the Moon"

Stephen King "The Dark Tower V - Wolves of the Calla" actually I'm gonna re-read this one, there's a lot to take in in this series LOL

John Grisham "The King of Torts"

Dan Brown "The DaVinci Code" very good book btw

Patricia Cornwell "Portrait of a Killer - Jack the Ripper Case Closed" She is very convincing in her arguments in this book

There are many others that I can't think of right now. I read alot. I try to read at least one book per week, of course, I don't always have time to do so, but that is what I aim for anyway LOL

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I just finished reading, Michael Savage's books, "The Enemy Within" and "The Savage Nation".

Arthur C Clarke, "Rendezvous with Rama"  then the next two "Rama II" & "Garden of Rama" with Gentry Lee. Then "Rama Revealed" by Arthur C Clarke.  I enjoyed the "Rama" books more than anything that I've read in the last few years.
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yay! Books!

"What Evolution Is" by Ernst Mayr - This book is totally awesome, although educational to the most major degree. I loved it.

"Dr. Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe -
This is not like Goethe's Faust, as some people would think. Great, wonderful book. Recommended, highly.

"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse - This book, as with all of Hesse's works (Including the most popular, "Steppenwolf") can positively change your life.

and lastly..

"The Flowers of Evil" by Charles Baudelaire - French poetry at it's finest, if you can find a version of the book that has both the French and English, it's great.


That's all I've read in the past couple months and whatnot. Sorry!
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I've been reading The Celestine Prophecy, but I keep finding myself interrupted and having to start the whole thing over. :-(

I'd like to the series of Clan Of The Bear Claw? I think that's what it is called, but it seems really interesting. The last thing I read before that was probably, The Antichrist by Nietzche, The Art of War by Sun Tzu and some Zen Buddhist scrolls, I can't remember who wrote them at the moment though.
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Madame Bovary... a huge critique on those of us who like to think and live romantically. It's the story of one woman who just takes it too far.. very good.

Also the Bible... it has a bit of everything for your summer reading tastes

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee

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I had a gret find today at the Swap Meet. I found "For Us, The Living" by Robert A. Heinlein; paid 50 cents for it BTW.

I would never have even considered reading any of his books if it had not been for this little thread I started.
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ah Megs your list..swoooons
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I must also recommend Les fleurs du mal/the flowers of evil, its brilliant.

At the moment (exams call)
i'm reading:

goodbye to all that - robert graves
birdsong-sebastian faulks
memoirs of an infantry officer-siegfried sassoon
boal's exercises for actors and non actors
the empty space- peter brook

poetry of:
graves, wilfred owen, herbert, sassoon, rosenberg, thomas, sorley etc etc

so mainly plunged in ww1 stuff...
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The last two I read were Anne Rice books. I am way behind. I got infatuated with her books when I read The Witching Hour.  I went on to read the rest of the Mayfair witch books and wished there were more...anyways...

Blackwood Farm (Anne Rice)

Merrick (Anne Rice)

I am currently not reading (because I don't write much during the times I have a book to read), but I do have David Copperfield and Dean Koontz "The Face" to choose from next.

All of my impurities are right here on my sleeve. This is Me"---Faith Hill

 
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