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Newbie here [Monday|08.08.05|3:23pm]

raven_up_here
[ mood | excited ]

So excited about joining this community. I love to read and I love knowing about new books. Can't wait to read about the books you like, and letting you know about books I like!

Will post soon about what I'm reading now!

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[Tuesday|05.10.05|11:46pm]

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Wow. So BPRS4E hasn't been used in a while. I'll just update a bit. Currently, I'm reading V books:

  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • Woody Allen: A Life In Film, (a shameless biography) by Richard Shickel
  • Franny and Zooey, two short stories by J.D. Salinger
  • Seymour: An Introduction, a long short story also by J.D. Salinger
  • True & False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor, a book in which author David Mamet is so wrong.

    I hope to finish these soon and update. It should be noted that I have read Brave New World previously, but I was, like, ten.

    Peace out!


    xo
    Tyler.
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    Big Decision [Saturday|03.26.05|5:15pm]

    fender_qt
    Not sure if this is allowed, if it is not please feel free to delete.

    I just picked up 3 Nicholas Sparks books from the library; Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and A Bend in the Road.

    I've heard all three of these are good reads, but I always have a hard time deciding which one to start first. If any of you have read any of those three, please suggest which one I should start. Thanks!!

    -Samantha
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    The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club : True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life; [Saturday|01.29.05|12:31pm]

    emergencyponcho
    The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club : True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life
    by LAURIE NOTARO



    This collection of columns, originally written for the Arizona Republic, details Notaro's daring exploits and comical mishaps as she matures from wild teenager to disheveled adult. Her vignettes are humorous if unoriginal. "The Useless Black Bra and the Stinkin'-drunk Twelve-step Program" is a classic drinking story, complete with the lost friend who is eventually found in a neighbor's front yard wearing only a bra. This hard-drinking, chain-smoking approach to partying inevitably leads to some punishing hangovers; in one extreme case, Notaro is mistaken for a homeless person while en route to jury duty in "Going Courtin'." Not surprisingly, disregard for her appearance diminishes her chances of fulfilling her mother's dream and bringing home from the trial a "balding, sexually repressed twenty-seven-year-old attorney strangled in a Perry Ellis necktie." Notaro's QVC-addicted mother is predictably in opposition to and embarrassed by her daughter's bad-girl antics. In "Waking Angela Up," Notaro compares herself to Janeane Garofalo, and there indeed are clear similarities in the blunt self-deprecation that fuels both women's humor. Notaro, however, lacks the biting originality of her more famous counterpart. In "This Is a Public Service Announcement," Notaro rails against public restroom users, including "the hoverer" and "the talker." Her existing fans will agree with these sentiments, while new readers might simply shrug, thinking, "Who doesn't hate those characters?"

    7 out of 10. <3
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    Bad Haircut : Stories of the Seventies; [Saturday|01.29.05|12:27pm]

    emergencyponcho
    Bad Haircut : Stories of the Seventies
    by Tom Perotta "My mother was a den mother, but she wasn't fanatical about it..."

    From Publishers Weekly-
    Amid the current glut of '70s nostalgia, Perrotta has fashioned a moving cycle of stories that looks past the era's celebrated kitsch to still relevant social and cultural issues and the timeless mysteries of growing up. In 10 tales covering a period from the fall of 1969 to the summer of 1980, he follows the revelations of his narrator, Buddy, from his days as an eight-year-old Cub Scout through his return home from the first year of college. Set in the small New Jersey town of Darwin, these seamless, understated narratives find--in boyhood activities as ordinary as playing sports, riding a bike, taking driver's ed or going to the prom--insights into loneliness, societal violence, sexual identity, racism, mortality and much more. Perrotta eschews sentimentality and overt philosophizing, crafting in Buddy's voice a sensitivity to pregnant moments that remain unexplained and a knack for delicate, unobtrusive metaphor. Forgoing the easy irony of disco and vintage TV, he delivers a convincing portrait of a time of life, illuminating all the profound cruelty and tenderness of adolescence.


    book rating: 6 out of 10.
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    Middlesex [Friday|12.03.04|2:48pm]

    _hipbones
    Middlesex
    by Jeffrey Eugenides



    "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." And so begins Middlesex, the mesmerizing saga of a near-mythic Greek American family and the "roller-coaster ride of a single gene through time." The odd but utterly believable story of Cal Stephanides, and how this 41-year-old hermaphrodite was raised as Calliope, is at the tender heart of this long-awaited second novel from Jeffrey Eugenides, whose elegant and haunting 1993 debut, The Virgin Suicides, remains one of the finest first novels of recent memory.
    Eugenides weaves together a kaleidoscopic narrative spanning 80 years of a stained family history, from a fateful incestuous union in a small town in early 1920s Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit; from the early days of Ford Motors to the heated 1967 race riots; from the tony suburbs of Grosse Pointe and a confusing, aching adolescent love story to modern-day Berlin. Eugenides's command of the narrative is astonishing. He balances Cal/Callie's shifting voices convincingly, spinning this strange and often unsettling story with intelligence, insight, and generous amounts of humor:


    Emotions, in my experience aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." … I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." ... I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever.
    When you get to the end of this splendorous book, when you suddenly realize that after hundreds of pages you have only a few more left to turn over, you'll experience a quick pang of regret knowing that your time with Cal is coming to a close, and you may even resist finishing it--putting it aside for an hour or two, or maybe overnight--just so that this wondrous, magical novel might never end. --Brad Thomas Parsons

    Product Description:


    "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license...records my first name simply as Cal."

    So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.


    8 out of 10.
    :]
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    Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce [Tuesday|11.30.04|6:51pm]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | happy ]

    Description : the 4 books in this series are, in order, First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight. its about a girl who insists on becoming a knight, even with almost everyone standing behind her saying she shouldn't. its about her struggles and fights. theyre really good books.

    Likes + a girl kicking boys asses

    Dislikes - it gets kind of slow in some parts

    Rating = 9

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    Portrait of a killer Jack the Ripper case closed by Patricia Cornwell [Thursday|11.11.04|4:57pm]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | accomplished ]

    Description : partricia cornwell finds evidence that link painter Walter Richard Sickert to the jack the ripper crimes. the clues are interesting, and it keeps you reading.

    Likes + how she precents the clues and findings.

    Dislikes - i can't think of anything i didn't like about this book

    Rating = 10

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    small town punk by john l. sheppard [Wednesday|11.03.04|11:54am]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | blah ]

    description : you follow buzz through his life, watch him win and lose, and watch him change. its a pretty good book.

    likes : it was really touching

    dislikes : them making fun of fat girls

    rating : 8

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    Snow White, Blood Red edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling [Saturday|10.30.04|9:26pm]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | sore ]

    Likes + the original twists added to the stories

    Dislikes - sometimes not enough originality

    Discription : classic fairy tales with an adult fantasy/horror twist

    Rating = 4

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    Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning [Tuesday|10.26.04|5:03pm]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | hungry ]

    Description = 17 year old Molly decides to start a band, and realises fame isn't really what she wants.

    Likes + the end took a good turn, better than i expected

    Dislikes - the beginning was slow and not that interesting

    Rating : 8

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    Gothic! edited by Deborah Noyes [Saturday|10.23.04|6:23pm]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | restless ]

    Description : its a collection of 10 short horror stories.

    Likes + not many really. a couple of the stories were average.

    Dislikes - pretty much the whole thing. the stories didn't have a lot to them.

    Rating - 4

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    Tick Tock by Dean Koontz [Thursday|10.21.04|8:01pm]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | cranky ]

    Likes +  I really liked the fact that it kept you guessing. It was really weird and unique, unlike anything I've read in a long time.

    Dislikes - Even though I liked the fact it was weird, it made some parts hard to believe at the same time.

    Discription : Tommy Phan finds a rag doll on his doorstep and brings it into his house. It tries to kill him, and on the run he meets a woman thats willing to help him. He has to survive until dawn. Its really interesting, and I'd recommend it to everyone.

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    [Wednesday|10.20.04|9:46pm]

    originalformula


    A Clockwork Orange
    by Anthony Burgess


    "I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done [in A Clockwork Orange]."

    William S. Burroughs


    Told by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. Anthony Burgess' 1963 classic stands alongside Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World as a classic of twentieth century post-industrial alienation, often shocking us into a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of free will and the conflict between good and evil.*

    Burgess, a renowned liguist, infused A Clockwork Orange with an original twist: he invented Nadsat, a Russo-American hybrid language that the characters who inhabit the novel speak. Used as a cover for the grphic nature of Alex's crimes, it also serves to weed out readers who may not look deep enough to notice the underlying themes. Ingenius.

    xo
    Tyler.

    *(Amazon.com book description.)
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    Heat by Nancy Holder [Monday|10.18.04|6:03pm]

    scotts_kitty
    [ mood | amused ]

    i finished reading Heat by Nancy Holder. its a Buffy the Vampire Slayer book. in this one an anciet chinese lord tires to take over the world by sending out terra-cotta warriors to museums, including sunnydale and los angeles, and they try to take everything and everyone. buffy and angel have to work together to save the world. again.

    likes: pretty much everything

    dislikes: the sentences were kinda choppy.

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    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult [Monday|08.16.04|6:51pm]

    lil_fighter_26
    [ mood | mellow ]

    Conceived in vitro, 13-year-old Anna Fitzgerald has decided to sue her parents to stop them from using her as "spare parts" for her older sister, Kate, who suffers from leukemia. After years of having her bone marrow and blood used to keep Kate alive, Anna now refuses to donate a kidney and strives for her own personal freedom. She hires lawyer Campbell Alexander to represent her, even as her own mother, a former civil defense attorney, fights her in court.

    Like: you could relate to both characters.
    Dislike: I can't think of anything

    I give this book an 8, but only because I've read better books. It's a good book...worth the read.

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    Ordinary People [Friday|07.30.04|2:58pm]

    sunshine2006
    [ mood | mellow ]

    Ordinary People by Judith Guest was on our required reading list for school. I finished it in like 3 days. I could not put it down. It was soo good. I could relate to it on so many different levels.

    It's about a suburban family and all the trials and tribulations it's put through. It's a wonderful book.

    There's also a movie based on it but I like the book version better. It's more real to me. This book easily gets a 10!!

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    The Virgin Sucides; [Tuesday|07.27.04|5:22pm]

    emergencyponcho


    I re read The Virgin Suicides. My favorite book is The Virgin Suicides, because Jeffery Eugenides makes everything beautiful, whether it is in real life or not. In that book, everything is beauty. Dying trees, slit wrists, moldy sandwiches sitting on stair-cases. All total gorgeous-ness. It takes my fucking breath away. I dig on the movie, too, but it didn't make my top ten because it can't even hold a candle to the book. It really just makes me extremly happy.

    You really need no explination for this book, just go read it.

    10 !!!
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    youth in revolt [Sunday|07.11.04|10:41am]

    matdrum316


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    i would give this book a 10. Melanie lent it to me and while ago and it is really good.

    i love you melanie, like woah.
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    [Wednesday|07.07.04|11:12am]

    _younglust
    [ mood | wonderful ]



    When you were a baby I sat very still to hold you. I could see the veins through your skin like a map to inside you. I stopped breathing so you wouldn't ... You were just a boy on a bed in a room, like a kaleidoscope is a tube full of bits of broken glass. But the way I saw you was pieces refracting the light, shifting into an infinite universe of flowers and rainbows and insects and planets, magical dividing cells, pictures no one else knew ... Your whole life you can be told something is wrong and so you believe it.



    Francesca Lia Block is an amazing writer, and I found the subject of this book, incest, to be something original and not often thought about. Though, I think the book's ending really weakened the whole story. It was probably thrown in there to give a Dramatic Irony but it feels unnecessary.

    I give this book a 9.
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