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09:05pm 24/08/2006
  To properly appreciate Mysterious Island, should I first read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

(I have vague images from a Disney Sunday night special in my childhood, but that's about it.)

x-posted to bookgeeks, thereadingroom and personal journal.

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03:18pm 14/12/2005
  Hello everyone. I really hate spammers, and think that this post is on topic, so _do_ flame me if you think otherwise.

With everyone being a book lover on here, I figured I'd share with you a place that allows you to keep track of your entire book collection. You can tag your books, sort, search, filter, share, review, wishlist, etc. Best of all it's free!

BiblioPhil - http://www.bibliophil.org

I bet some of you even know about it already. It seems that bibliophil went through some hard times, and looks like all the bugs are fixed now.

All in all, I think that bibliophil would only compliment this LJ Community. So I'm hoping that this post is helping, rather than spamming.

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New Science Fiction Shorts Every Day 
07:30pm 03/08/2005

365 tomorrows
this is your future

365 Tomorrows is a new website featuring one piece of short speculative fiction every day for one year. If you're looking for something new to read, this is the place to be. Five different writers bring five different flavors of creativity to the site, and a new story every day means that you'll never get bored. Soon to come are interactive forums for story discussion and debate.

365 Tomorrows has been featured on warrenellis.com and is available for syndication via Atom using this url: http://www.365tomorrows.com/feeds/atom or the alternate http://feeds.feedburner.com/365tomorrows. This link can be put into Gmail or your favorite Atom/RSS feed reader. The site can also be read on LiveJournal via 365tomorrowsrss (all content) or 365storiesrss (stories only).

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04:24pm 01/04/2005
  For those of you who have read the YA book, The Chronicles of Faerie by O. R. Melling, and especially The Hunter’s Moon then I have a little something for you.

On pages four and twenty-eight, there is a very small quotation of a poem by Ella Young which was taken from a book called The Weird of Fionavar. I’ve been searching for this book for years with barely anything but a reference to it. I finally came across the book while I was in the New York Public Library this week (just a vacation, I actually live in Western Canada – just so you don’t think I’m a moron and have lived in New York and never checked their library) and copied the entire thing down, which I have put into my journal. If you’d like to see it, here’s the link.


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The Sally Lockhart Adventures 
04:15pm 22/03/2005
  As a followup to my post last week about the first book in this series by Phillip Pullman, I actually read all four books in a fell swoop over the weekend.

Here's a link to a longer entry about them in my personal journal, if anyone's interested.

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Has anyone read Phillip Pullman's Sally Lockheart series
03:30pm 16/03/2005
  I loved the His Dark Materials trilogy, and I've just eaten my way through The Ruby in the Smoke, the first in the series.

The Sally Lockhart books were published before the Dark Materials trilogy, I think and been reissued as a result of the latter's popularity.

So far, I'm enthralled. There's the same page turning adventure that I enjoyed in The Golden Compass and the rest, but more along the lines of a Victorian mystery. Shades of Sherlock Holmes, Wilkie Collins and the Penny Dreadfuls. I was briefly jarred by the use of the word "bitch" several times in what purports to be a) victorian in style and b) for children, but the force of the plot carried me through any such doubts and I read it straight through.

I plan on reading the rest as soon as I can get my hands on them, but I haven't heard other responses to these novels. Has anyone else read them? What did you think? Have you read any of the other work besides?


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06:53pm 16/02/2005
  I'm trying to find the name of a book made in the 1970s or 80s. All i can remember is that it's about a family who goes to live in a bomb shelter after a nuclear bomb hits. When one of them dies, he/she has to be cut up and flushed down the toilet because they can't venture outside the shelter.

I thought it was Slaughterhouse-Five, but later found out it was not.


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04:28pm 16/02/2005
  Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

A review I wrote about said book.

x-posted to just about everywhere. :p

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Simon Winchester 
01:00pm 16/02/2005
  I've just finished reading The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester. It was a quick and (once I was in) engaging read, but it really just served to pique my curiosity about the OED. Is there a more comprehensive book about the subject that anyone could recommend?

Also, I'm wondering whether anyone has read anything else by Simon Winchester. He's got a new book out on Krakatoa that looks fascinating. Any recommendations there?

X-posted to several book communities and my personal journal.

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04:41am 28/01/2005
mood: fiesty

So it's been bookfest 2005 for me as of late

I have Catch 22 and Slaugterhouse Five that i'll read by Sunday
Plus I finally got my hands on Dress your family in corduroy and denim to take on vacation with me next week

I'm currently in the middle of Girl with a pearl earring
i'm enjoying it thus far but everytime the name "Maria Thins" is mentioned, it makes me want some whet thins! :ox

Oh. And it seems I have possibly the most boring summer EVER in store so what are some good book recommendations?
Lay it on me!


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12:43pm 16/09/2004

I've just started a community specifically about Canadian literature. I'm hoping to talk about Canadian books and what's happening in the various literary scenes across Canada.

I'm also hoping that the topic is broad enough to make it a really active community, but first I need members.

I'm hoping that this community might be a good place to find likeminded individuals because I've been a member for a while and I've enjoyed past discussions.

So if you like Canadian Literature at all and/or like literature and are Canadian, come and check canlit out.

It's pretty sparse as yet, but I'm hoping that we'll be able to get into some good discussions.

variations x-posted, with apologies to all the book communities on my list: bookgeeks, booksnob, earlymodern, thereadingroom, owtoad, lit_promo



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Anthony Burgess 
03:33pm 08/09/2004
  I've just finished reading Any Old Iron by Anthony Burgess, which I found difficult to sink into.

I have liked other Burgess I've read, notably The Piano Players and A Clockwork Orange. His use of language is always gorgeous, even in Any Old Iron, it's just that I felt the plot lacked cohesion.

Thoughts? Arguments? Recommendations of books of his I might like better?

(crossposted to several reading communities, with apologies)

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Tiger hunt 
07:24pm 18/08/2004
  does anyone know where I can get a clear, decently sized [as big as an icon should be good] picture of the tiger illustration that is inside the book life of Pi?

Thanks in advance!



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Seen this? 
12:14pm 11/08/2004
  For those who are into mysteries and hard-boiled detective novels: Not sure if this is real or not, but it certainly is entertaining...and addictive: privatedick.blogspot.com

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new here 
01:40am 08/08/2004
mood: tired
Hey. I'm Andrew. I live in dc and I love sci-fi. Lately though, I haven't found many good sci-fi books. Any recomendations. Anything. Novels, short stories, whatever. Thanks.

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Life of Pi 
03:20pm 30/07/2004
mood: full
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I'm almost finished with the book. I really enjoyed it thus far. Very moving. I even got teary a bit because I too, am vegetarian. [thos who have read, know of which i am speaking]

And I'm curious, was this based on a true story or is it complete ficiton?
Also, to those who have read: how do you think M. Night Shamalan will do turning this into a film?


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I've sort of moved on from my obsession with John Wyndham. 
01:37pm 22/06/2004
  I'd read The Chrysalids for school, but didn't discover the rest until this year. Over the winter, I read just about everything he'd ever written, but petered out amidst the early science fiction stories. My favourites were Chocky and Day of the Triffids and I'd recommend them to just about anyone.

Now I'm obsessed with Cynthia Voight, an author who writes a lot of young adult books.

I've got 5 out of the 7 Tillerman novels and I've loved them. I read Homecoming and Dicey's Song when I was a young adult and liked them, but didn't know that there were any other books. They're stories about the resourcefulness of this particular family of kids, whose mother deserts them and they have to figure out how to survive. I loved them as a kid, because I liked anything that was survivalist. Homecoming reminds me of I Am David, by Anne Holm (a book about a boy who escapes from a concentration camp). I always identified with the characters and felt like Voigt did a good job in making these characters and their circumstances real.

Homecoming is the first book to read, then probably Dicey's Song.
The other books in the cycle tell stories that overlap Homecoming and Dicey's Song, but from the perspective of other characters. Come a Stranger is Dicey's friend Mina's story. Solitary Blue is about her (boy)friend Jeff and Sons from Afar is from the perspectives of her two younger brothers James and Sammy.

I'm having a hard time finding a copy of 17 Against the Dealer or The Runner, the last books in the series, but I like the characters so much I might order the books over net.

Has anyone else read these books? What did you think?

I've also read The Callender Papers, which was good as a fluffy y.a. gothic novel, but didn't have the depth of feeling that the Tillerman series did. I've been looking at her new book Orfe, a rewriting of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Has anyone read that?

If I'm thinking of reading other books by Cynthia Voigt, what would you recommend?

(X-posted to several literary communities, with apologies)

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04:44pm 14/06/2004
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I wandered over here in search of a bookish community to join. This seems like a good spot. I'm a 24-year-old, married, graduated English major who is working a job that is not at all to her liking...but hey, it pays the bills. Reading is my escape from the humdrum of life. I read a little bit of everything, though I am sorely out of touch when it comes to recently published fiction. I think The Life of Pi is the newest piece of literature that I've read. Hemingway and Faulkner, Lewis and Chesterton are my favorite authors, though Orson Scott Card and Terry Pratchett rank almost as highly as the serious folks.

A few days ago I finished reading Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy and realized that I know very little about the history of Florence. I did not know that Florence had so much trouble with the Popes and Spain; nor did I know that Michelangelo had such a difficult time doing what he loved the most--carving marble. But if Pope Julius II had not been so stubborn about what he thought Michelangelo could do, we would never have received the magnificent Sistine Chapel.

The book reads a bit slowly, and some may find Stone's style a bit ponderous. However, the descriptions of Michelangelo's life are well worth the time...and you can always check out the movie starring Charlton Heston, which is pretty good. It follows most of the book but focuses mainly on the painting of the Sistine Chapel.

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New Favorite 
03:58am 12/06/2004
  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time: Mark Haddon

It's an amazing book. I thought it was going to be complicated, but its wonderful in its simplicity. I'm not sure how available it will be in the US because I picked it up in Ireland, but look for it!

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Zadie Smith Community 
04:52am 29/05/2004
  Sorry for the promotion, but I think there are probably some LJ users in this community and others like these who would be interested in this community I've just created dedicated to the WHITE TEETH & THE AUTOGRAPH MAN (and others) writer, Zadie Smith. All fans of Smith and otherwise are welcomed.



Thank you all so much for your time and I hope I didn't break any rules by doing this.

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