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serenity blaze
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0 posted 04-03-2008 07:10 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

A funny thing happened when my modem fried last weekend. I actually picked up a couple of books and I read them.

If you liked "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire, I think you'll enjoy "Mirror, Mirror" as well. I loved it, but I suggest that you look up Lucrezia Borgia before reading. (My internet was down and I was...confused?)

But Maguire is clever indeed, using that choice to put a very cool spin on the Snow White fairy tale.

I just love what this guy does.

This is a must-read-twice book for me, because I felt like someone told me a joke all night long and I smiled and thought "cute" and then--THEN I got the joke when I looked up Lucrezia. *smacks head*

A fascinating spin on an old favorite, lots groovy details to get lost in too.

Now. Your turn.

Whatcha readin'?
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1 posted 04-03-2008 07:39 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

East of Eden...finally!!!

Prior to that I finished The Alchemist and Ken Follard's "Pillars of the Earth"...both gifts from my stepdaughter over Christmas. Wonderful books, the both of them.

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Ooooooooooh...

Pillar of The Earth is in my stack, too!

and ahhhhhhhh...Glenn Miller is playing now, as the sun is setting.

Niceeeeeeeeeeee

This has been fun.
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3 posted 04-03-2008 07:46 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

At the risk of seeming quad-polar, I have ran around the house gathering all the books I am currently reading...

"Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life" by James Hollis

"Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain

"Dreams, Evolution, and Value Fulfillment" (Vol One) by Jane Roberts (A Seth Book)

A hard back that contains 4 complete books by Edgar Cayce.

and last but not least, "Heart of the Sea" the third in a trilogy by Nora Roberts.



Blame Karen (not the Nora Roberts book though)....I do, and I love her for it!

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

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4 posted 04-03-2008 07:48 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

Oh...forgot one!

"The Spiral Dance," by Starhawk....yes, I am STILL reading it...it's to be savored.

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

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5 posted 04-03-2008 07:56 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

grins...

I don't remember talking about James Hollis.

(I love James Hollis, but I don't remember going there.)

um...well, y'know what I mean.



I have a confession to make too.

I just can't leave that Michael Baigent stuff alone.

I'm halfway through The Jesus Papers.
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6 posted 04-03-2008 08:14 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

*groan*

now I have to check that out too...I am in fear of confusing one book for another....

"why isn't Darcy centering better?"

(oh and yes the Hollis stuff was your idea as well...*smile*)

geezzzz.....

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~
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7 posted 04-03-2008 08:52 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

East of Eden, Kari?

Me? I"m hitting Vonnegut again. I felt the need to loosen hold of "the box" a bit and he's always good for that.
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8 posted 04-03-2008 10:23 PM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

ok I can join in again now... had a lot of work this morning to do in my ever so tidy office! no sign of Bob yet either Karen!!

I'm reading...."Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull... I actually think she is writing about me... you know Australian chick who loves Paris with a passion and finds a tall good looking Frenchman to fall in love with.... ooh wait, I'm married and he's not French! oh well...maybe I'll find him anyway in September when I return...   

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

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9 posted 04-04-2008 12:09 AM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

When I have a couple of minutes to not think about anything else (which is about an hour a day before I head to bed), I wade through one of three books:
"Ron and Nancy", about the Reagans.
"Worth The Fighting For", by John McCain.
"Bootstrapping Your Business" (I'm trying to improve things a llittle).
and
"The Murderers" by W.E.B. Griffin (again)for something to "forget" the world to.
Theya re all in various locations (the car, the nightstand, my desk, and beside the couch) and are read according to where I am.

What would you attempt to do...if you knew you could not fail?.
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10 posted 04-04-2008 12:22 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

From another member of the quad-polar club  

- The Appeal by John Grisham
- You Staying Young - Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (it's funny and great advice too!)
- The New Earth - Eckhart Tolle, and doing online class every Monday.  I do whatever Oprah tells me to do.  
- Dreams From My Father - Barack Obama


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Yes, Christopherson...East of Eden. What's wrong with it? It was one of those books I always wanted to get to, life got in the way, and until a friend gave me her copy, I hadn't had the opportunity. What about it don't you care for?

Maybe I'm liking it simply because I'm a native Californian...  

Susan, like you, I normally have a book in the kitchen, in the bedroom, bathrooms, and car. I've tried to "clean up my act" and not read more than two books at one time. [But when I did have all of those books laying around, it drove my husband nuts...hmmmmmm]



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12 posted 04-04-2008 12:36 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

For one, I've enver been a Steinbeck fan, though I have read a couple of his novels (East of Eden being one of them).

I think his writing is stodgy, self-indulgent, and over-analytical. I can't help but feel the pulse of preaching behind most of the character interaction.

But that's just me.

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13 posted 04-04-2008 01:07 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Oh I forgot my absolute favorite Serenity

Now this is my idea of a book!

Some have seen my shoe collection
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Well, I'm not getting the "preachy" part, but have enjoyed the substance of the characters, their edges, their softness, even their duplicity. Of course, given our own ages, my Christopherson, it could be that we're looking at the same book with fairly differing viewpoints. Which is a good thing.

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i typically read five to six books a week.
reading "the god delusion" by richard dawkins, "mount dragon" by preston and child, the terror by dan simmons (again), "double cross" by james patterson, and "jumper" by i forget who.
usually, whatever room i am in is the book i am reading.
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16 posted 04-04-2008 06:43 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Heyyyyyyyy....Sharon? Those glasses look suspiciously familiar. (even without my glasses!)

And C? I'm embarrassed. I had to google Vonnegut to see if I'd read him. (whew..I forgot. I have.) But I'm gonna need more shelves...grin.

And c.fuller? You also reminded me of one that I might have some where...in here. Dawkins is fascinating, and somewhere in philosophy there's a thread that inspired me to look further into his ideas. The thread was based on his essay "viruses of the mind."

I brake for books.

(I would if I drove, anyhow.)

YAY BOOKWORMS!!!
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17 posted 04-05-2008 02:27 AM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

Letter Perfect by David Sacks.

I enjoy David Sacks' insightfulness into the Alphabet.  He shows how it is traced back to Egypt, where Phoenicians used some hieroglyphics as an Alphabet.  The Greeks copied the alphabet from the Phoenicians, then the Etruscans copied the alphabet from the Greeks, the Romans copied it from the Etruscans and then English speakers copied it from the Romans.  All of these people had very different languages, but the alphabet was able to be flexible enough to work for them all.  

He also gives a "biography" for each letter, with some cultural lore as well.  Some interesting points are how the letter A originally meant "ox" and was shaped as an ox-head.  If you look at the letter A up-side-down it still shows a likeness to an ox's head.  Letter B meant "house".  The name of the letter B in Hebrew is Beth and shows this meaning in the word Bethlehem meaning "house of bread".  You will also see how the third letter was originally a G-sound, until the Etruscans turned into a C-sound, for they did not have a G-sound in their language.  When the Romans copied the Alphabet, they kept the third letter as a c-sound, but needed a G for their language.  They then improvized and changed the seventh letter (the letter Z, corresponding with zeta in Greek) into a G.  Afterward they also wished to have the Z itself and then added it to the very end of the alphabet.  

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18 posted 04-05-2008 02:43 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Yanno Ess, this is the kind of thing that I can obsess over a while. And I can get a used copy for under ten bucks?

Hmmm. Niceeeeeeeeee...

I think that one is a must-have! Thanks.

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Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano. No it's not a mystery but a novel about poets!

The Good Guy by Dean Koontz

Duma Key by Stephen King
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20 posted 04-05-2008 03:46 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

ah...tch! Duma Key is another on my wish list! I've been wanting that one since I read Christopher's poem--loved the quotes he used.

and hey--

It's good to see you too--even if we're both sleepless this morning.

Love you lady.
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Pindar:  The Odes, translated by C.m.Bowra

The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry

The Analects: Confucius, translated by David Hinton

     Ringo's reminded me of the fun in some of the old W.E.B. Griffin novels.  I may go back and look at some of the old "Corps" series, which were special favorites of mine.

     Piranesi by Giovanni Battista

     The Lucifer Effect:  Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo

      Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks

     I'm always finishing one up and tossing two more on the pile, so I go back and forth a couple of times a day between different threads of information and fascination.
They all seem to fuel each other, and they all seem to organize themselves around whatever seem to be my obsessional concerns de decade.  The most recent poetry is Dog Star Delicatessen by Mekeel McBride, who is wonderful, delicate, sad and funny all at once.

     Nice thread.
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22 posted 04-05-2008 05:43 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

OW.

Now that list made my head throb a bit.

Very impressive, but I was happy to see one that I have on the wish list:

     The Lucifer Effect:  Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo


But, alas, I told me that I am punished from purchasing until I actually read at least half the stack on my headboard over there.

And yep--half the stack, because I'm a comapnion reader too. And a lot of what I leave out is reference.

tsk...I should go finish "The Jesus Papers".

The storms made me edgy tonight though, and I'm finding the distraction of little conversation comforting--and this explains how Karen's modem gets fried. *chuckling*

So...thanks!
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The Letter Perfect also has a companion book that looks very interesting. Seems that Amazon is going to get some of my $$$ today.

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24 posted 04-06-2008 06:02 PM       View Profile for Edward Grim   Email Edward Grim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Edward Grim's Home Page   View IP for Edward Grim

What am I reading? Well, I've had the Karma Sutra on my coffee table for a couple of months but I'm afraid to look at it. Hahaha...
  
But seriously,

I've been re-reading a lot of Ginsberg lately. He's my happy food. But as far as novels go, I just picked up The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson. Another little toothsome delight.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert E.

 
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