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Old 06-11-2010, 06:19 PM   #501
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I just discovered this RSS feed that will update you on free Kindle books as they become available.

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It works great with igoogle.com.
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I am currently reading Micheal Lewis's The Big Short.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:23 PM   #503
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I am currently reading Micheal Lewis's The Big Short.
Let us know if you like it. I'm only #17 now on the library list .
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:36 PM   #504
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Just finished La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It turned out to be an amazingly well-written book. It's hard to pin down Ruiz's style, J.K. Rowling meets Michael Connelly perhaps.
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Let us know if you like it. I'm only #17 now on the library list .
Another reason to get an eReader!
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:28 AM   #506
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Prompted by a friend, I started reading A Tale of Two Cities, and was surprised to find that I am really enjoying it. I had it in my head that Dickens was gloomy and stuffy, but I had never actually read anything of his. Nope, not even in high school. (rural Texas, no surprise there).

Downloaded the Gutenberg project version for free from the iBook store. Whoopee!

Even better, I found the Discovering Dickens website
Discovering Dickens - A Community Reading Project

In addition to maps, pictures, and reproductions of the original serialization, it explains all of the allusions and stuff that a modern reader might miss. Really, really great.

We live in a golden age of information.
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Prompted by a friend, I started reading A Tale of Two Cities, and was surprised to find that I am really enjoying it. I had it in my head that Dickens was gloomy and stuffy, but I had never actually read anything of his.
Funny how our preconceived notions can close us off from things, eh? I remember a scheduling conflict forcing me into an English Lit class once - in which half the semester would be spent on Chaucer. The class started with me dreading the reading, but the instructor started with The Canterbury Tales and my attitude was transformed. Reading the stories made me laugh until I cried. It changed my mind about literature.
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Funny how our preconceived notions can close us off from things, eh? I remember a scheduling conflict forcing me into an English Lit class once - in which half the semester would be spent on Chaucer. The class started with me dreading the reading, but the instructor started with The Canterbury Tales and my attitude was transformed. Reading the stories made me laugh until I cried. It changed my mind about literature.
The "Wife of Bath" was my Hero(ine).
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I just finished book I got from the library, "A Charmed Live: Growing up in MacBeth's Castle." It is an autobiography written by a daughter of the 25th Thane. The title is misleading...her life was anything but charmed in my humble opinion.
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I'm in the middle of "Homebrewing for Dummies", "Trees of Illinois" and ebook "The Silent Sea" by Clive Cussler. "The Silent Sea" is my 1st ebook - on my netbook.
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"The Silent Sea" by Clive Cussler. "The Silent Sea" is my 1st ebook - on my netbook.
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Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment on audiodisc. Slow in spots, but gets good again just in time to keep you listening.
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Bought Rain Gods by James Lee Burke at the Seattle airport last week when my flight was delayed. It's a "murder in the SW" story in which some really twisted villains are chased by (and chase) a couple of ex-military guys who are partially damaged goods. Kind of formulaic, but with gratifyingly vivid descriptions of the splendor and squalor to be found in the West Texas desert.
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I'm just getting started, and its good so far. This is only my second "oregon files" Juan Cabrillo adventure. I'm a huge Dirk Pitt fan. Hopefully this will not disappoint.
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I am finishing up The Good Earth, by Pearl S Buck. Wow... I have enjoyed it thoroughly, both the storyline and the characters, and even how it is written. The prose is unusual, and it lends itself to the story well. I'm not sure how I missed this book in college, but I'm glad to have found it now so many years later. Highly recommended to someone looking for a more serious read.

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The Good Earth is one of my all time favorite novels. I still have my mother's book club edition that I first read in my teens and re-read several times later in life.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:04 PM   #517
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Today I read James Patterson's "Swimsuit " . It was a can not put down book . I literally started it at 2PM and finished at 6PM . I had to know the ending . If you are a Patterson fan do not miss this one .
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:38 PM   #518
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I just started reading Lisa Scottoline's "My third husband will be a dog ". This book is a must read for women . It contains columns she wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer and it is a funny commentary on middle age women and there problems including spanx,going bra less and ex husbands . If you need a good laugh this is it .
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Thanks for the recommendation Moemg. I will have to read it. It sounds good.
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While moving some notes from my old Palm database to the iPod, I noticed this reading list from years ago. It has the author, title, rating (1-10), and notes. DNF=Did not finish.

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Crichton, Michael,A Case of Need,8,
Francis, Dick,Bonecrack,9,

Freedman, J. F.,House of Smoke,9,

Kellerman,Over the Edge,7,Better at the beginning.

Hoover, Thomas,Project Daedalus,1,Bad. Stopped at about page 30.

Thomas, Ross,Protocol for a Kidnapping,4.00,Clever, interesting dialog. Hard to follow plot.

Francis, Dick,Reflex,9,Typical Francis

Mason, David,Shadow over Babylon,3,Boring and tedious

Sandford, John,Shadow Prey,7,

,The Alienist,3,Too slow. Stopped reading at about page 200

Sheldon, Sidney,The Doomsday Conspiracy,2,Really stupid stuff. Stopped reading

Hailey, Arthur,The Evening News,8,

Puzo, Mario,The Fourth K,7,Very good until 2/3 through

Dunlap, Susan,The Last Annual Slugfest,3,Didn't finish. Interesting at start, but seemed to turn into standard murder mystery.
Puzo, Mario,The Last Don,10,

Forsyth, Frederick,The Negotiator,8,Middle section is best

Grisham, John,The Runaway Jury,10,

Simmel, Johannes,The Secret Protocol,3,DNF

Brown, Sandra,The Witness,7,

?,Trial,7,

Martini, Steve,Undue Influence,4,Well-written, stopped reading it after 48 pages, since plot seemed obvious, tedious.

Taylor, Charles,War Ship,3,DNF

Sandford, John,Winter Prey,8,
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