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Old 06-21-12, 08:20 AM
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One of the least interesting autobiographies I have ever read - written in a flat clinical style. Lifelong tragedies pass by in a paragraph whilst there are endless sections on fairly minor characters in the author's life. A very strange piece indeed.
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Re: What are you reading? (June 2012)

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Finished The Little Sister. It wasn't as fun as the previous novels. I've been depressed, and don't need to read about a depressed character. On to The Long Goodbye.
The Long Goodbye was awesome. Playback not so much.

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I liked it.
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Yet more Urban Fantasy for me!

Just started and getting a very good first impression of Kevin Hearne's "Hounded".
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Forgot to mention, last week I checked out Stephen Mitchell's English translation of Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching. Some of it resonated strongly with me and much of it already felt familiar. I was roundly disappointed, though, and I attribute that to Mitchell's very liberal translation manner. For instance, in one chapter, he writes of societies with "factories stockpil[ing] warheads." I am certain that was not part of Lao-tzu's original text and it took me completely out of the reading and made me suspicious of everything I read from that point onward. I came to feel I was being deceived by someone with his own agenda. It really ruined the experience for me. I'll look for a more faithful translation in the future, but I know my relationship with the Tao is already tainted by this first introduction. I could not feel more cheated (which, of course, is contrary to the philosophy of the Tao).
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The Rebellion Continues...
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Finished Eragon, started Book 2 in the Inheritance Cycle, Eldest:







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Saw Billy Elliot: The Musical last night with tickets a friend couldn't use, came home for (most) of the encore airing of Dallas and was still awake so I decided to begin a new book. I selected David Gilmour's memoir, The Film Club. It's about when he let his 16 year old sophomore drop out of school on the condition they watch three movies together each week. I made it through the first three chapters (ending on page 74) last night.



So far, I can give Gilmour credit for his writing. It has been a breeze to follow, so conversational has his manner been. However, his laissez-faire permissiveness is wholly incompatible with my personal values and every other page has made me just want to slap him, his son, his son's mother and his son's girlfriends. I'm undecided so far whether to slap his wife (his son's stepmother).

It's particularly striking to me to know this was published in 2008, just as the house of cards that was our economy came tumbling down. Admittedly, I've still got 2/3+ to go, but I already have the feeling someone should be citing this as exhibit H in the case against the One Percenters for just how reckless and destructive their worldview was/is/can be.

It's not just about allowing his son to dropout, either. The TV show he worked on died, he's not even making his son take a job so he's footing all those expenses, too...and when he finally has an agreement in place to work on an hour long documentary on Viagra he celebrates immediately by taking his son and his son's mother on a vacation to Cuba. Hasn't even been paid for the Viagra documentary, which hasn't even started!

There better be an astounding payoff to all this...!
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Been circling this one for awhile. How was it?
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I got this when it was free on Amazon a week or two ago. It's a very short story, hardboiled and futuristic. I enjoyed it and wouldn't mind seeing it expanded into a longer work.
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Finished:
Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-of-the-Century Chicago by Harold Schechter



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Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

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It's amazing how much of the books they got on screen.
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Just finished (and HIGHLY recommended for fans of the apocalypse genre):


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