What book are you currently reading?

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby louiseh87 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:27 am

Nearly finished Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams. The style is very different to what I'd usually read but I'm finding the story intriguing.
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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby booklover » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:06 pm

:D A Moveable Feast by Don George, seems to be a good book, so far. :mrgreen:

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby LMGilbert » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:46 pm

I thought "A Moveable Feast" was a Hemingway title?

I'm reading a collection of short stories called "Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm" and am totally hooked on Stella Gibbons.

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby LMGilbert » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:53 am

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, as they say; I'm now reading "Mockingjay" from the library, of course, because I don't want to contribute any more to the author's wealth. It's one of those guilty pleasures.

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby LMGilbert » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:00 am

Well, it (Mockingjay) was a pleasure for a few chapters. Then, less and less so. By now I have absolutely no interest in what happens to any of these people. None. It will probably go back to the library half-finished. I will probably console myself by re-reading a REAL trilogy, Robertson Davies' "The Deptford Trilogy" consisting of The Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders.

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby LMGilbert » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:44 pm

Made myself finish "Mockingjay".... ok, fine, whatever. Let's just say there were no surprises. Now reading a collection of Shirley Jackson work, which includes a lot of short stories as well as "Haunting of Hill House" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," which I haven't read since high school, and am REALLY looking forward to, esp after having done with the best-selling trilogy that shall not be named.

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby wdarcy » Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:12 pm

LMGilbert wrote:Made myself finish "Mockingjay".... ok, fine, whatever. Let's just say there were no surprises. Now reading a collection of Shirley Jackson work, which includes a lot of short stories as well as "Haunting of Hill House" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," which I haven't read since high school, and am REALLY looking forward to, esp after having done with the best-selling trilogy that shall not be named.


I am a dyed in the wool horror fan, and I must say "Haunting of Hill House" is one of the most terrifying novels ever written. Some claim the film based upon it, "The Haunting," is the scariest movie ever made, but imho it pales compared to the novel. So read it at night, just before bed, with the lights dimmed. :-)

Decades ago I started reading "The Bird's Nest" by SJ, about a woman with multiple personality disorder, and I found it so disturbing I had to stop reading. Very uncharacteristic of me! A couple years ago I read it all the way through, and it gave me ideas for my second novel, about a young pianist with MPD whose different personalities manifest themselves in her playing.

I also recall loving "The Sundial." And of course there is always her infamous short story "The Lottery."

Shirley Jackson is terrific, so enjoy!

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby LMGilbert » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:09 pm

I'm a major Shirley Jackson fan, she had an unearthly talent. I've read a little biographical info about her, and she sounds like a very troubled, perhaps "disturbed" person herself. I would love to be able to make one of my stories do what hers do.

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby tinachris » Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:07 pm

The SISTERS BROTHERS – guns, gold, whores and, yes, there’s violence but it’s the Wild West of the l800s. The narrator tells his story in journal form and I found I cared for the two brothers, especially tubby Eli the story-teller. The characters were believable and the story was unique. However at times I wondered how an uneducated gunslinger would write in an educated, sophisticated way using such phrases as: “aesthetic silence”, “fortuitous energy”, “she is a dynamo”, “verbatim report”, “bonafide heat” ….. Perhaps the story should have been “told to the writer by Eli Sister” for it to be more believable. Should I advise the author before the movie comes out? In spite of the bloodshed, I found this different type of Western hard to put down.

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Re: What book are you currently reading?

Postby jlwood00 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:55 pm

I am currently reading two books by a new ebook author I picked up thru my Nook. JD Nixon's Heller and Blood Sport. I picked them up as the first book in two seperate series set in Australia. They are well written and well worth looking into if you enjoy modern day fiction. Ms. Nixon's style isn't mystery, romance or suspense but a well formulated mix of each. Heller the title character is a modern day Viking in a business suit with tons of sex appeal.

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