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Christopher
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25 posted 04-06-2008 07:30 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Duma Key is probably one of King's better-written works. The story isn't truly unique or exciting, though it's not drab either. His writing skills have certainly grown, however, and I found a huge trove of literary gems intertwined throughout.

And, as always, his depiction of people is dead-on believable.

Kari - *shrug*. I don't know how much age has to do with it, but I hope you enjoy it.
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26 posted 04-06-2008 07:50 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

C? I have much "catch-up" reading to do, and I probably would have let Duma Key slip by my priority list if not for your outstanding poem.

And Ed Grimm--you have excellent taste, btw.

Be sure to pick up Ginsberg's biography too--I'd tell you which one I found helpful when I can find it. But the extent Ginsberg goes to when he delves into his own subconscious is, whew...I wouldn't call it admirable, but it is certainly something?

(brain fog--it still happens! )
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27 posted 04-06-2008 09:56 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

The Russians have piqued my interest as of late, especially Fyodor Dosteovsky

Recently I've read "Crime and Punishment"

and have just started "Notes from the Underground"

Basically I'm started to get hooked on  the stream of conscious (sorta) existentialist genre as a whole. And I must say it is pretty damn fascinating.

Oh, and of course you can't forget the new Harry Potter series, aka: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse. What can I say it's addictive.

~Jill
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28 posted 04-06-2008 10:04 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

"Crime and Punishment" was required reading, but it was one of those deals where I just skimmed it to take the test. (Um, I passed.) I think I need to start a "re-read" list though.)

And yanno? All this fuss about Harry Potter?

Well, you'd think what with me being me I'd have read 'em, but nope. People keep telling me that I should read the entire series just to appreciate the craft.

I really am going to have to get my head into this century! (I don't think the Michael Baigent counts.) Sheesh.
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29 posted 04-06-2008 10:15 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

I should too but my AP English class has stuck me in this 19th-20th century limbo. By the way I understand your issues with Crime and Punishment because I had to read "The Light in August"-Ughhh I hate William Faulkner's writing style sometimes-actually a lot. It's just like with "The Heart of Darkness".

And I sorta, kinda get your scpeel with Harry Potter, all things considered-it gets old sometimes. But I was referring to Stephanie Meyer and the Twilight series-You know, the vampire boyfriend and the werewolves,etc.

I really should join the literature of the 20th-21st century too, but I'll have to wait until May (after my dreaded AP exams)-ughh...
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30 posted 04-06-2008 10:36 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I just finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and A Thousand Splendid suns by Khaled hosseini.  They were both terrific...I've just started Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert...it's not as as good as I hoped, but I'm still reading.
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31 posted 04-06-2008 10:36 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Well hey--congrats on the AP thing--that's awesome! And I just popped back in to say that the William Faulkner might be something you'd enjoy later on.

When I have trouble with a book, I'll put it aside and try again later. I really didn't appreciate Faulkner until I tried writing. (I'm very partial to first-person narrative, and I thought he handled that beautifully in As I Lay Dying.)

It also helps if you think you may be dying while you read it. heh?

You'd fit right in around here! (My kids are doing the AP thing too--and my daughter is on her way to state finals in the Literary Field.)

I like to read with them so we can talk about stuff--it really helps with the studying...

much luck to you! Sounds like you're doing the hard work part on your own, so with that good head on your shoulders and a little luck, you're gonna go far. tsk..you could probably teach me already!
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32 posted 04-06-2008 10:39 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

and I just missed you mah sweet Marite!

(You guys are gonna have me googling all night--and I was watching Raging Bull, but I've seen it a million times. I think I just watch it for that Joe Pesci scene now.)

I haven't read any of those either.

I am starting to feel really...dumb.

Love ya lady!
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33 posted 04-07-2008 01:47 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

It rained all day here, so I read "Twilight", by William Gay never thinking I will now quite possibly be awake all night to avoid nightmares    

Strangely, I watched a movie yesterday called, "No Country For Old Men," and it's amazing how many things I found were similar in this book to that movie, and both left me freaked out!   That is a very good thing by the way, usually only Stephen King can do that so it was a great book!
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34 posted 04-07-2008 06:25 AM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Karen...Call me a Red Neck or whatever, but I am reading the latest issues of Popular Mechanics and Buck Masters. Lets hear it for the Red Necks....Hell Yah...Paul  

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
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35 posted 04-07-2008 09:05 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Timshel, Christopherson. Timshel.



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36 posted 04-07-2008 01:51 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

cracking up @ Paullie

I just love ya!
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37 posted 04-07-2008 05:55 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled hosseini also The Kite Runner, both excellent Marti. Now reading The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad I am 3/4 of the way through.I guess I sort of stick to a theme when I read so I could better retain the all of it.
I went to the library the other day to listen to a group read Poe. The very last reading was a male and female reading Bells with such fevor that I later stopped the man and suggested they go on tour. I would have paid to see and hear just them had I know they were reading anywhere. While there, I stopped in the book sales room and for a quarter  each I bought two books. Groans,sounded from the  bedroom and den floors and cries of pity; "Please Enough"

One of particular interest was Spandau The Secret Diaries by Albert Speer. Notes and letters he wrote during his twenty years in jail. Starting with the Nuremberg trials. I am sure I will really enjoy this book as I like to read diariess and journals and this will be enlightening to me. What I have read so far is excellent. Happy reading,"late"
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38 posted 04-12-2008 01:31 AM       View Profile for NeonKnight   Email NeonKnight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NeonKnight

I'm currently reading Blood & Gold by Anne Rice, she would have to be a favorite, she is a very engaging author.
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39 posted 04-14-2008 11:16 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Letter Perfect, by David Sacks.
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41 posted 04-14-2008 06:05 PM       View Profile for Jaki H   Email Jaki H   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jaki H

"Discovering Tarot" and "Reflections In The Nile"
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...while multitasking with an old Grisham book, "The Testament".


 
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