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Old 09-12-05, 07:33 PM
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Dick_grayson: How's Despair? I just finished Bend Sinister and wanted to know if the rest of Nabokov will ever live upto Lolita.

Halfway through Hamlet right now. Kiss of the Spiderwoman next.
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Old 09-12-05, 08:59 PM
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Dick_grayson: How's Despair? I just finished Bend Sinister and wanted to know if the rest of Nabokov will ever live upto Lolita.

Halfway through Hamlet right now. Kiss of the Spiderwoman next.

It's pretty good, but be careful not to read the back of the book, as there's a major spoiler. I prefer Pale Fire and Ada to this one, but I could read anything Nabakov or Fitzgerald have written.
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Dick_grayson: cool, will have to add pale fire next after the other 2 then. Thanks.
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Old 09-14-05, 10:25 AM
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The Yom Kippur War : The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East by Abraham Rabinovich

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Finished The Pirate Coast by Richard Zacks.

Just started Rain Storm by Barry Eisler

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Just finished all of the Robin Hobb books- golden Fool, Fool's Errand, Fool's fate, the previous ones, etc. Really good stuff. One of the better fantasy series I've read.

Reading "Crossing California" now. Jewish coming of age book in Northern Chicago set in the late 70's. Never been jewish, but I did live in Chicago. Book was very well reviewed, and so far I'm inclined to agree.
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Just finished Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and The Prometheus Deception by Robert Ludlum. Ender's Game wasn't too shabby, The Prometheus Deception was excellent. Definitely recommended. And just picked up State of Fear by Michael Crichton.
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Old 09-18-05, 05:15 PM
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Just got Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke in paperback (using a 25% off Borders coupon). Will get Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman sometime this week.

But when I'll get around to reading them is another question. What I'm actually currently reading are Philosophical Foundations of Education (7th Edition), Winning Strategies for Classroom Management and Marva Collins' Way: Returning Excellence to Education- plus various education articles.
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Chronicles of Narnia followed by Eragorn and Eldest.
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Online reviews of "Declare" are pretty strong. I loved Powers' older books ("Anubis Gates", "On Stranger Tides"), but the last couple bogged down for me under the weight of their own complex mythology.
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From that cover, City of the Dead looks like a book about business men trapped in a manhole.
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Contempt: How the Right Wing is Wronging American Justice: By Catherine Crier

America’s federal courts have an enormous impact on the daily lives of Americans. They also make up the last relatively independent branch of government. But, there is a committed and well-organized confederation of ultra-conservative politicians, reactionary interest groups, and fundamentalist religious sects working to change that once and for all. And they are succeeding.

Gods Politics: How the Right Gets it wrong and the Left doesnt get it: By Jim Wallis

Secular liberals and religious conservatives will find things to both comfort and alarm them in Jim Wallis's God's Politics. That combination is actually reason enough to recommend the book in a time when the national political and theological discourse is dominated by blanket descriptions and shortsightedness


Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib: By Seymour Hersh

Hersh details how serious decisions were made in secret by a small handful of people, often based on selective information. Part of the problem was, and remains, a lack of human intelligence in critical parts of the Middle East, but it also has much to do with the considerable infighting within the administration by those trying to make intelligence fit preconceived conclusions. A prime example of this is the story about the files that surfaced allegedly detailing how Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger in order to build nuclear weapons. Though the files were soon proven to be forgeries, the Bush administration still used them as evidence against Saddam Hussein and therefore part of the reason for invading Iraq.

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Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley: By Peter Guralnick

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The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon: By Anthony Summers
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Zorro: A Novel by Isabel Allende

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Now I'm reading "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene. I love his writing. Makes me feel much smarter than I am.
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