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update--what are you reading now? November 13, 2007 12:00 PM

I'm nearing the end of this great book entitled "The Sins of Scripture," written by a former bishop of a diocese in my state. Amazing read for anyone but in particular for those dissatisfied with right wing religiosity and churches that misinterpret who the Creative Force is and represents. I think after I've completed it I'll be taking up "Lies My Teacher Told Me" again.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
I'm reading November 14, 2007 6:03 AM

my geography text book, mostly. But I've found this to tide me over till I can read "real" books again:  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Currently? November 14, 2007 7:12 AM

Loads and loads of scientific journal articles about biosecurity, measures to control disease spread and of those measures, which works. Good thing I find this stuff interesting... What I wish I could be reading... The Olive Readers by an author I can't remember. I started it months ago and then got sucked into studying and research writing and had to ignore it. *sigh* someday... BTW - I LOVE that website. Try to get there when I can.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
I'm half way through November 20, 2007 4:16 AM

Delirium by Laura Restrepo. It took me a while to get into it, but I'm loving it now. Kate. This post was modified from its original form on 20 Nov, 4:18  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 17, 2007 5:37 PM

I've been able to put aside the sciency stuff for the moment and I started The Book of Dave which I found one day browsing through Borders. It's by Will Self. It's hilarious so far!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Dubois January 10, 2008 12:02 AM

I am reading "Final Winter" by Brendon Dubois. I find him a good writer with plenty twists and turns in his stories. I generally endeavour, when I find an author I like, to read all of his/her books where available. I am particularly fond of Henning Mankell's stories with the central character of Kurt Wallender, a swedish detective.These stories are quite ho-hum in the beginning and you can feel all the frustrations in Wallender's life. The plot is revealed quite early but so many red herrings are strewn along the way one has to continually change one's mind as to how the story will end. Things that seemed so obvious earlier suddenly lose their clarity and things are not always what they seem. I finished "Kennedy's Brain" a couple of weeks ago, not a Wallender subject but a gnarled story all the same. I recommend all should read this author.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Oooops January 10, 2008 12:04 AM

Sorry, Wallender should be Wallander  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 17, 2008 10:24 PM

I would like to share with you all an unforgettable book I read just before Christmas. It is titled "The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer. It is the true story of a young Alsatian (person) who gets caught up with all the pro-German thinking in the early years of the Second World War, who then enlists in that Army. The book begins with his arrival at the Chemnitz barracks in 1942 and goes on in detail his training and exploits in the various campaigns on the Russian Front. For me there is no other book I have read on this which explains the horrors and privations of this theatre, and also ably draws the reader into the utter despair and hopelessness of the major retreats in the Central and Northern regions. A top read and a must for any student of the human condition in wartime.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 30, 2008 1:49 AM

I'm currently reading a rather confusing book by Nobel-prize winning Elias Canetti. The usual English title is 'Auto-da-fé' while the German original is called "Die Blendung". So far, the German title seems to be fitting better ... I'm half way through with Canetti's only fiction work and I'm not quite sure what to think of it. It's not boring, just a bit weird which is probably why in the cover text Canetti is compared to Kafka, Musil, and even James Joyce.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 February 13, 2008 10:10 AM

just finished Camus' The Stranger (never had the opp to read it during h.s.) and Michael Moore's "Stupid White Men...And Other Sorry Excuses for the STate of the Nation." Now I'm back to Sachs' "The End of Poverty."  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Arto Paasilinna - Collective Suicide February 27, 2008 12:49 AM

Well, it appears to me that the books hasn't yet been translated from Finnish into English - I read it in German: "Der wunderbare Massenselbstmord". The book is less morbid than the title makes believe - actually it's funny! It starts with two Finns meeting in a shed the morning after midsummer - one is about to hang himself and the other walks into the shed to shoot himself. The two of them start to talk and eventually they put an ad into the paper searching for other Finns tired of life. They hold a seminar in a tavern in Helsinki and then the hard core (about 30 people) of those who had answered to the ad (about 600) decides to commit a collective suicide and starts travelling through Europe to that end. They plan on running the bus over the cliffs of the North Cape, of the Swiss mountains, and then of Cabo Sao Vicente in Portugal ... but things take a different turn than expected. It's really fun to read the novel! Paasilinna's humour is a bit sarcastic, maybe weird, but I like it! This post was modified from its original form on 27 Feb, 0:51  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 February 28, 2008 1:33 AM

I am currently reading The Secret Circle:The Power by L.J. Smith. Then next I am planning on reading The Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson because they are about vampires but with a sense of humour.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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