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What Are You Reading? February 2011

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Post by fljustice » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 4:30 pm

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. My first ever graphic novel![/quote]

Isn't she wonderful? They did a great animated movie based on her book, as well.

Just finished Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende...not as happy with it as Daughter of Fortune, it's prequel. Also finished 3rd Degree by James Patterson (my commuting mass-market book) a thriller about home-grown terrorists in San Francisco. Fine for its genre, had some nice twists.

Just starting Cleopatra: A Life by Schiff and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 5:42 pm

I finished last night "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman (354pgs, 2007). An interesting book about what humans have done to the earth and how the earth might be able to recover if humans just disappeared one day. Depressing at times, but hopeful as well.

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Post by kauldron26 » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 7:02 pm

Still reading The Covenant by James Michener. God this novel is heartbreaking. Michener really was a citizen of the world. I swear as a black man who loves historical fiction, I always avoid reading about my own history (for obvious reasons) but damn I love Michener and this novel is full of truth. Sad. But truth still. Everytime I watch the news i'm always flabbergasted by people that say "the good old days" wtf good old days are they talking about??? when sexism and racism were common place and acceptable? seriously? thats the good old days??

I stumble on this board once in a while and I implore all of you to read Michener's Hawaii, The Source and The Covenant. Some authors transcend genre and entertainment and simply settle in the profound.

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Post by Misfit » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 7:04 pm

[quote=""kauldron26""]Still reading The Covenant by James Michener. God this novel is heartbreaking. Michener really was a citizen of the world. I swear as a black man who loves historical fiction, I always avoid reading about my own history (for obvious reasons) but damn I love Michener and this novel is full of truth. Sad. But truth still. Everytime I watch the news i'm always flabbergasted by people that say "the good old days" wtf good old days are they talking about??? when sexism and racism were common place and acceptable? seriously? thats the good old days??

I stumble on this board once in a while and I implore all of you to read Michener's Hawaii, The Source and The Covenant.[/quote]

I know I've read the Source, but it's been years and years. I have Hawaii, Caravans and Texas floating around.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 7:33 pm

[quote=""kauldron26""]I stumble on this board once in a while and I implore all of you to read Michener's Hawaii, The Source and The Covenant. Some authors transcend genre and entertainment and simply settle in the profound.[/quote]

Amen to that! I agree with you these works by Michener are stunning and, for me, essential readings, as are others of his.

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Post by Margaret » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 8:34 pm

Everytime I watch the news i'm always flabbergasted by people that say "the good old days" wtf good old days are they talking about???
Yeah, this is weird. Some people just don't like change and refuse to adapt to it, and these same people can be incredibly good at not seeing what they don't want to see.
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Post by annis » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 8:35 pm

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I was much more interested in this before learning of the whole possible plagiarism.

Are you sure about this? I can't find anything about it on the web. It would be rather ironic, as Poe himself was accused of plagiarism.
And didn't Poe himself accuse Longfellow of plagiarizing his work? How appropriate that the author of Raven's Bride is called Lenore!

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Post by LCW » Tue February 22nd, 2011, 10:11 pm

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michele Moran. I really enjoyed Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen so am looking forward to this one.
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Post by Margaret » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 1:08 am

And didn't Poe himself accuse Longfellow of plagiarizing his work? How appropriate that the author of Raven's Bride is called Lenore!
Apparently, Poe really had it in for Longfellow, though I don't offhand recall that he accused him of plagiarism (he might have). Lenore Hart, the author of The Raven's Bride, was named by her father after one of Poe's heroines, so it's not coincidence that she ended up writing a novel featuring Poe.
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Post by Nefret » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 4:33 am

[quote=""LCW""]Cleopatra's Daughter by Michele Moran. I really enjoyed Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen so am looking forward to this one.[/quote]

It was really good. I wish she'd write about Hatshepsut.
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We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
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