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    A Question

    Libra - Just trying to turn a stupid thread into an object for discussion! As for the offended bit I wasn't offended but could clearly see how people would be... bisexuals in general have a hard time getting people to take them seriously, and they can get quite upset about it.
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    Looking for a really good novel in the 3rd person!

    "The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James is a substantial read and a great example of a close 3rd person style (free indirect, so the sort of 3rd person that remains outside the characters while allowing the narrator unlimited access to each character's psyche and thoughts. More, indeed, then...
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    best soundtracks

    I have a very disturbing addiction to the soundtrack for Bowie's Labyrinth. And The Lord of the Rings. And several musicals. Why am I saying this to the world...
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    A Question

    Hmm, interesting actually... sexual preference DOES make up a large part of a persons identity, whatever that preference is. Of course, "sexual preference must be more complicated than the straight/bi/gay divisions... so it certainly doesn't follow that gay people write about other gay people or...
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    Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are

    I'll be sure never to invite you back to my house :P So really what your asking is people's literary prejudices? Hey, we all have them I suppose. I'd go for your opposite, and see "classics" as a sign of at least some attempt to be serious minded, while only fantasy to show little to talk...
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    Which writer would you choose as a pal?

    PipPirrip, have you read his Pendle Witches book? I've been looking for a good one for a while. Thought I'd read up on local history, it's rather shocking how little I know after 18 years living here...
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    Which writer would you choose as a pal?

    They're all dead :( Though thats to be expected really, with the proportion of dead to alive writers... But anyway, JM Barrie! I'd love to meet him, or at least to get to know him. He is the sort of writer whose personality seems to shine through every bit of his writings, making it all very...
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    A Question

    Just be careful how you joke is all, if thats the case. :)
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    A Question

    Can I just point out that saying Bisexual means either really really horney or confused or greedy or anything of the sort is like saying Gay means can't get a girlfriend...
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    college students

    How about The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath? More about the difficulties a person faces surrounding the college age, but also has some bits directly relating to college experience. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel is along the same lines though only partly relevant...
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    Best book you've read so far in 2008

    Definatly Sentimental Tommy by JM Barrie. Such a lost, unappreciated book and author, beyond Peter Pan. It's sad when such a wonderful man and such a success of his own time are now so out of fashion that my university library stocks only his letters to Thomas Hardy, and nothing else...
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    Renting books-paperspine.com

    Hmm, I quite like the idea. Additional costs for libraries, unless you have a car, are bus fees. It costs me £3 to get to and from my local library, and £5 to the nearest city library, which I really can't afford every two weeks on top of everything else. It doesn't sound like a great deal of...
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    Recommendations for fiance?

    Probably a fairly useless suggestion, but he sounds very much like my boyfriend (hardly ever reads, musician, same bands etc) and the only books he has ever really seemed to enjoy are The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice and Dracula, Bram Stoker. Alternativly, how about something by Neil Gaiman...
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    The poetry of Robert Frost

    I always mean to read sme of Frost's poetry for myself. But I always find it interesting that of all "good" poetry I've used to try to get kids (ages 9-11) engaged, it is Frost that they always, without fail, respond the most enthusiastically to. Perhaps something to do with his simple frankness...
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    Anne Rice

    You know now you mention it I think the same incident may be included in The Vampire Lestat, so you may have been right :). Personally I think Anne Rice is actually worth reading, at least the original three...as trashy as she can be, those first three actually are a pretty good introduction...
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    Anne Rice

    Hmm, I didn't think they were THAT bad... switching bodies would definatly be The Body Thief yeah. Egyptian paintings, could you be thinking of The Queen of the Damned, where the Egyptian statues of Akasha and Enkil, parents of all vampires, are kept by Marius but are then woken by Lestat?
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    classic horror

    would you describe The Picture of Dorian Gray as a horror story? I'm not sure I would.. How about some of the original gothic stories? Ann Radcliffe for one, fantastic horror writer. And The Monk by Matthew Lewis! Thats more the very early predecessor to gory horror films of today :). With a...
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    Is Gatsby still relevant?

    Personally I don't see the question to be as useless as GERBAM seems to think it. Perhaps in the individual case of Gatsby, especially to American's, being close in time and place to that which produced the novel, the question seems less than useful. But for people separated from a novel by...
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    Dark/Deep Romance?

    Might seem like a strange recommendation, but if you have time and patience Pamela by Samuel Richardson could well repay a reading. It's a sentimental novel, 18th century, written in the letters/journal of a young maid who, on the death of her mistress, is kidnapped by the late lady's son. It...