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April 8th, 2023 at 12:49:57 AM permalink
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very ingenious and enjoyable book by Jonathan Lethem imo - "Motherless Brooklyn"

the main character - a Detective - suffers from Tourette syndrome

he's impulsive and irrational and he's on a mission to bring justice to whoever killed his boss - a low level hood

the best thing about it is the way he butchers the English language - hilarious

for example - while investigating the goings on at a high rise building - he calls the Doorman_________ "dickweed"_______________(-:\


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April 30th, 2023 at 11:17:03 AM permalink
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April 30th, 2023 at 11:43:56 AM permalink
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Ewwww...P.U., that book STINKS.

The author is just so full of hot air.
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June 24th, 2023 at 5:34:47 AM permalink
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I just finished "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane and it was quite good

it was my first reading of anything by him and I knew he was considered good but I didn't think it would be that good

going to try another one by him - "Gone Baby Gone"

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June 24th, 2023 at 12:22:41 PM permalink
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am planning to re-read Updike's "Rabbit Run" - the first of the Rabbit novels and one of the greatest American novels of all time imho

Harry Angstrom (Rabbit) is 26 and his middle class lifestyle is suffocating him
to make a living he sells a kitchen gadget called a Magipeeler
he has an affair and plots an escape
he runs away
there is no light in Harry's life - he walks around in the dark hoping something will improve his life
he was a h.s. hoops star who set records and reminisces with his newspaper clippings
the young players on the playground courts that he encounters have not forgotten him - they've never heard of him

Updike himself married while he was still in college - and had a family of 3 children by age 28 - and became divorced

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June 24th, 2023 at 2:06:34 PM permalink
Just picked these up at the bookstore.



Came in a box. About to be a Netflix series

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June 24th, 2023 at 2:43:09 PM permalink
I am reading Stuxnet: The revenge of malware.

I am on chapter five and about ready to give it up. Terrible book
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June 25th, 2023 at 11:32:40 AM permalink
I had no idea so many interesting things happened in 1927 it's really quite incredible. Anything by this author is always worth the read.

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July 7th, 2023 at 10:04:15 AM permalink
I've already read it, I'm reading War Crimes now.
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July 7th, 2023 at 10:28:19 AM permalink
I'm in a season where I am reading murder mysteries and my current obsession is P.D. James. She is the most literate writer of detective mysteries I have ever read, her novels are populated by very real well-rounded characters. After her first book the NY Times called her a first rate novelist; others have said that you need to approach her murder mysteries in the spirit that you would approach Zola, Balzac, Dickens and Thackeray.

My current book:



If you want to tackle her, start with her first novel; it does start out a bit slow, but it will eventually astonish you.

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July 7th, 2023 at 11:10:18 AM permalink
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I'm in a season where I am reading murder mysteries and my current obsession is P.D. James. She is the most literate writer of detective mysteries I have ever read, her novels are populated by very real well-rounded characters. After her first book the NY Times called her a first rate novelist; others have said that you need to approach her murder mysteries in the spirit that you would approach Zola, Balzac, Dickens and Thackeray.

My current book:



If you want to tackle her, start with her first novel; it does start out a bit slow, but it will eventually astonish you.


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I wish I had time to read fiction but my reading time is very limited so I'm very picky and I only read nonfiction now. This book on 1927 is so good that if I had actually used my history degree to teach American history I would recommend it to my students because they're going to learn a ton of stuff in an entertaining way.
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July 7th, 2023 at 11:18:59 AM permalink
I have been reading about the Revolutionary War. I am learning a lot but I really didn't know a lot about it to begin with, I am up to 1777 and only six more years to go.
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July 7th, 2023 at 2:28:19 PM permalink
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July 8th, 2023 at 2:12:33 AM permalink
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I have been reading about the Revolutionary War. I am learning a lot but I really didn't know a lot about it to begin with, I am up to 1777 and only six more years to go.
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It's amazing how long that struggle took and how few battles there were. I read about life on Long Island during the revolution a year or two ago. I'd never read how many German mercenaries deserted from the English side. It turned out that the town next to where my Mom lived was given to the Hessians that switched sides. I'd always assumed New Cassell was just a funky way of spelling Newcastle,but it turned out the Hessians came from a province called Cassell. We learned in school about Nathan Hale being hung as a spy, but only in recent years has the extent of the Long Island spy ring he was a part of gotten the recognition they deserved.
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July 11th, 2023 at 4:49:47 AM permalink
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It was a very cool book, I really enjoyed reading about the history of the WoW universe, and it motivated me to read the whole series. Although I may buy the audiobook to listen to while playing the game, or look for paper versions to wait for everything to be done for me here.
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August 5th, 2023 at 12:46:27 PM permalink
My cousin suggested that I reread on old book, really a short play, called The Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand. It's been decades since I read it.
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August 5th, 2023 at 1:00:10 PM permalink
I ordered the Billy Walters biography today but it won't be released until August 21. It will be an anxious two weeks waiting for it. If all goes as expected I should be finished with it by August 22.
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