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Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by Stephen, Jan 5, 2003.
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Pleasant read so far.
I read Bram Stoker's Dracula a couple of years ago, it was okay in the first third of the book because it seemed as though it would get really exciting. But it never did. I will not burn any Anne Rice (person nor book), Jay, but I will perhaps check out this I Am Legend book you are speaking of. If I remember it, which is not very likely, though.
I liked War of the Worlds. Was a good book. I really liked the language used and sentence structure. Those Victorians really new how to throw a sentence together.
I do really want to get around to I am Legend as I have heard NOTHING but good regarding the novel. One day I shall get around to it! So many books! So few breaths before the candle light bent over the pages
Anne Rice... Will let you know It's been a long time wanting to read her after also hearing many a good thing... time will tell!
Hmmm the Dracula novel just seems so dry to me. The choice of words are not very evocative and the book just is not even creepy. Maybe my mind has been poisoned by too many movies!
7 types of ambiguity - elliot perlman
All these comments on _Dracula_ are not so much the book’s fault but more the instilling of scenes and images that Hollywood has left on us through the years.
The same, you would find, with _Frankenstein_.
Undoubtedly, even with crap like Harry Potter, there will always be the “it’s not as good as the movie” crowd.
BY the by, some of Stoker’s short stories have a bit more ‘umph’ than the novel.
Hmmm, the person. Well, I didn’t mean that (it wouldn’t keep you that warm), but it’s an interesting thought. Think of all the trees you’d save and the potential good books people would read in the aftermath.
Oh well, I guess we’ll have to leave it at Rice metaphorically “burning” herself every time she opens her mouth or touches a keyboard…
They have this nifty set of inventions -get this- called Pen and Paper. One can actually write things down to reflect upon later. They are portable and can even be left by the computer for times like these. It’s nifty.
So do you only read books that are hammered into your head a million times like propaganda?
Ok, I’m being snippy…tip for an espresso…
Oh, generally I don’t talk about what I am ‘currently reading’, as it seems silly to merely list things without an opinion, but as to not be totally a thread annihilator: I’m only 15% into _We Need To Talk About Kevin_ (2003) by Lionel Shriver, but if it keeps this pace of interesting story and out-right kick ass writing, this will easily rank as the best novel written in the last few years. She is really turning a phrase nicely and consistently on ever page.
Border Crossing by Pat Barker
The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete.
I am reading master of the sixth magic by lyndon Hardy
Right now i read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I'm halfway through it already and so far i think it's a great book and on the best way of becoming my favorite Hesse novel.
I'm reading The Wrong Boy by Willy Russell, author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. It's really good, and I'll write a review for the library here when I'm finished reading it.
Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman
I've just started Brave New World by Auldous Huxley. It's really good but there's something nagging me at the back of my mind. Towards the end of chapter 1 the DHC mentions the foetuses still having gills and later goes on about their tails. Are they crossbreeding fish with humans or is there something i don't know about unborn children? I don't think it's important but if someone could clarify it for me i'd be really grateful.
In an early stage the human embryo has gill arches and a tail.
I found a graphic (not a picture) which shows different embryos in different stages. There you can clearly see the tail and the gill arches.
By The Light Of The Moon by Dean Koontz
Long time since i read a Dean Koontz book
Right now I have a few going, Little Big by John Crowley, Rosslyn By Tim Wallace-Murphy & Marilyn Hopkins, 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Freeks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson.
From A Buick 8 - Stephen King
I started reading The Martian Chronicles but I can't get into it.
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I'm well into it and loving it.
I am currently reading 1st To Die by James Patterson. I love it!!! That's the first book by him that I ever read. I will for sure read the rest in the series and then try out his other books too.
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand.
Haven't seen film yet, book is very good so far.
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