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« Reply #345 on: January 01, 2008, 02:33:25 PM »
In the past few days I read:

The Stranger by Albert Camus. What a fantastuc little book. I really liked the sparse prose style. It makes the moments when the language picks up a fast pace more effective.

A Far Rockaway of the Heart by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This is a sequel to his earlier work, A Coney Island of the Mind. The poem sequence in this book is easily his best work to date. That I read it in 2 sittings (all 120 poems or so) is quite telling.

Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire. This was my first introduction to his poetry, and it was very good. I can see how much Rimbaud was inspired by him.
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« Reply #346 on: January 01, 2008, 06:27:34 PM »
My Dad got me Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Disaster by Pablo Neruda for Christmas. It has the original Spanish version and then the translation. I'm never too sure when reading translated poetry, it often feels a little soulless. I do like this book though.

I also finally read Peter Pan, and as I expected it was rather good. The sheer natural creativity of the entire thing is truly astounding. I thought the narrator interfered a tad too much toward the end, but that's a minor complaint.
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« Reply #347 on: January 01, 2008, 10:59:10 PM »
I just finished Secret Window Secret Garden. I haven't read that one in years.  Next up is a book called When Rabbit Howls.  A friend loaned it to me for some reason. She assures me it's good so....we'll see. Pretty sure it's about Schizophrenia.
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« Reply #348 on: January 01, 2008, 11:46:03 PM »
I finished New Brunswick New Jersey: Goodbye by Ronen Kauffman.  Awesome book.  I'm loaning it to a friend now.
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« Reply #349 on: January 02, 2008, 12:06:24 AM »
I'm reading the Changeling: The Lost RPG game book because, you know...nerd.

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« Reply #350 on: January 02, 2008, 01:48:05 PM »
Finished Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve. I wish he'd write some normal books that don't have either zombie terminators, cross-dressing children or... gangster spiders.

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« Reply #351 on: January 03, 2008, 01:42:41 AM »
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My Dad got me Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Disaster by Pablo Neruda for Christmas. It has the original Spanish version and then the translation. I'm never too sure when reading translated poetry, it often feels a little soulless. I do like this book though.

I also finally read Peter Pan, and as I expected it was rather good. The sheer natural creativity of the entire thing is truly astounding. I thought the narrator interfered a tad too much toward the end, but that's a minor complaint.


Translations are always a little risky. Have you tried any of the French poetry translated by the people at New Directions? If not, give their Rimbaud and Baudelaire a try, you won't be disappointed. Specifically try the Drunken Boat by Rimbaud. You could probably even find it online.
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« Reply #352 on: January 03, 2008, 12:35:09 PM »
I just finished Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell - it was pretty good stuff.  Sort of historical fiction/fantasy.

Then, I read I Am Legend.  I can see why they've made three movies of that story - it's good stuff.
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« Reply #353 on: January 04, 2008, 07:11:52 AM »
I had to read Anthem by Ayn Rand for English class. One of the worst books I've ever read.

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« Reply #354 on: January 04, 2008, 06:51:29 PM »
I've just started "Cell" by Stephen King.  Pretty good apocalyptic story so far. Has a 28 days later kinda vibe going on...sort of.
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« Reply #355 on: January 07, 2008, 03:34:27 PM »
Finished Across the Nightingale Floor, and A Game Of Thrones (yay). Now I'm going to read some random shit before moving onto A Clash of Kings. Time to read at least 5 books in one week...

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« Reply #356 on: January 07, 2008, 10:59:18 PM »
Well, I checked the the library today for Mario Puzo books, they had 2 The Last Don and The Sicilian, so I looked up some reviews, and I think im gonna check out The Last Don tomorrow. I still havent read the godfather book yet, but from what I was reading its alot better than the last don, I am sure the library probably has Godfather, but I'm gonna go ahead and check out last don first anyway. I wanna read godfather before The Sicilian though, seeing as Micheal Corleone is a character in The Sicilian, and I want to read the original material before going onto something else.

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« Reply #357 on: January 08, 2008, 07:56:00 AM »
I just finished I Am Legend.  Been wanting to read it for years, and got it as a Christmas present.  Good stuff.  Now I'm reading Peter and the Starcatchers, which I've also wanted to read for years because I love Dave Barry's stuff.
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« Reply #358 on: January 14, 2008, 08:29:38 PM »
I bought the His Dark Materials trilogy after Christmas, and I just finished The Amber Spyglass today. Such a great trilogy!

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« Reply #359 on: January 14, 2008, 10:01:35 PM »
Picked up AHistory on the weekend.

It's a Doctor Who reference book(!) that attempts to slot all the TV, book, audio and comic stories into one consistent history.

Interesting read.
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