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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:06 pm

I'm sure it gets better.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Barber » Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:31 pm

FrankChurch wrote:I'm sure it gets better.


Lemme know.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:41 am

You ok?

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:58 pm

I wasn't optimistic when I left but I did get some reading done over my Thanksgiving holiday.

THE HAWKLINE MONSTER: A Gothic Western by Richard Brautigan

Brautigan was a kind of hippie Kurt Vonnegut, famous in the 60s and 70s counterculture, whose reputation has lapsed into obscurity. I read this one ages ago and found a used copy so it seemed time for a reread. It's about a couple of hired guns in 1902 Oregon in the middle of a range war who get hired to kill a monster in a haunted house. I was interested to find out that at one point Tim Burton had this work optioned. Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood were reportedly involved. Damn, one that got away.


LETTERS OF NOTE complied by Shaun Usher

Just what it says, a compendium of letters, many of them reproduced in facsimile, to and from correspondents famous and not so famous, powerful human expressions all. My favorites include a hilarious letter from Groucho Marx to Woody Allen, an outraged and eloquent Charles Dickens to a newspaper after he had witnessed a public hanging, Raymond Chandler to an editor who criticized his grammar, and most moving of all, a letter written by a medieval Japanese Lady to her soldier husband the night before a battle against overwhelming odds in which he would more than likely be killed (he was) describing her love for him and the life they had together. A beautiful book.

There is a website associated with the publication of the book that has many more letters that were left out because if they put them in the book it would have been four feet thick.

http://www.lettersofnote.com/
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Re: Whatcha reading?

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:03 pm

Rereading The Great Gatsby. What writing truly is.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:04 pm

Nothing at the moment. My attention span is shot. I don't know if it'll ever come back. . .

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:00 pm

You either pick up another book or we mock you pal. :lol:

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Mark Tiedemann » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:17 pm

Right now (well, not RIGHT now, not now this very minute, obviously) I'm reading Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword, the sequel to her multi-award-winning Ancillary Justice. Ann has some seriously good chops and as much as I enjoyed the first book, this one is even better.

BUT.

It doesn't seem better, because it's very differently structured and concerned with different issues. Same story, different aspect, good stuff.


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