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Inga Muscio 
02:09am 10/11/2005
  So I purchased Inga Muscio's new book, Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil...and I love it.

I don't think I can say enough to describe how the two works of Inga Muscio have positively affected me. Reading her book Cunt changed the way I looked at many things as well.

I like how she's really serious but she cusses a lot. Her writing style reminds me of many people that I have known.

Any other opinions?
The Tao of Oprah 
10:47pm 27/10/2005
mood: aggravated
Oprah has struck again, although I suppose she's done worse than drive Yahoo! searches for Taoism.

Oprah's book club selections always have readers rushing to the bookshelves and their computers. Her latest choice is no exception. Turning away from the classics, Oprah is now highlighting works by contemporary, living writers. Her first choice on this path, James Frey's (+33%) memoir A Million Little Pieces, has shot up the Buzz charts 157% since September.

Personally, we're still frolicking in Oprah's Summer of Faulkner, but we can't wait to read Frey's book -- a gripping memoir about his drug and alcohol addiction and subsequent recovery. In it, Frey recounts how his brother gave him a copy of Lao-Tzu's Tao Te Ching when he entered a 12-step recovery program. Frey drew inspiration from the classic Chinese text during the program. Both his memoir and Oprah's book club site are peppered with quotes from the sage piece.

Nothing against Lao-Tzu, of course, but pop-psychology memoirs are another matter entirely.
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10:49pm 01/10/2005
  In honor of the release of Son of a Witch, I am posting my Gregory Maguire book icons:


COME SEE THE REST!! (and look around my new community *wink*)
04:36pm 22/04/2005
  Novelists beg Oprah: Help us, please!"  
12:15pm 15/11/2004
mood: determined
with the holidays coming up, i figured we should start a thread for...

Books that make good presents:
I just read A Series of Unfortunate Events (just the first one). While it was interesting, it was a bit below my reading level, but would be an AWESOME book for someone in their teens. An alternative to Harry Potter.

Secret Life of Bees is always a good choice.

Middlesex. Everyone should read this book...

DaCapo Best Music Writing. I read 2003, and boy was it tasty. I'm sure there will be a 2004, and its perfect for a music lover.

Books I want for the holidays...
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs : A Low Culture Manifesto. But then again, I like me some sociology/non-fiction.

The Basic Eight - heard it was good.

I dunno what else i want, the rest of the stuff on my list is dorky advertising/soc stuff.

Suggestions? :)
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winnie moprah 
06:32pm 24/09/2004
  Has anyone read Daniel Handler's Basic Eight. He hates oprah. with a passion. if anyone else is his fan or absolutely loves the unfortunate stories series post away, lets hate winnie moprah together and love lemmony snicket! by the way, any comments on the upcoming movie?  
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02:51pm 24/09/2004
  Has anyone read Please Don't Kill the Freshman by Zoe Trope? I'm trying to like it (probably because Dave Eggers does, and whenever I'm presented with evidence that he is less than perfect, I cover my ears and hum loudly), but am finding it vaguely annoying.

Also, come on, post here.
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new Will Christoper Baer novel out soon! Pass the word! 
03:11am 12/07/2004
  I know there are at least a couple of Will Christoper Baer fans who subscribe to this community, so I figured it wouldn't be too out of place to point out that his third novel, Hell's Half Acre, has finally found a publisher and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

No official release date yet, but Amazon is saying preorders should be shipped sometime around September 11th.

If you are a fan, and know other fans, be sure to pass the word along, since a decent amount of preorders might help distribution to regular bookstores.
summer reading list 
06:49am 26/05/2004
mood: awake
does anyone hear have a Summer Reading List put together? school is out in two weeks and I can read what I want for awhile.

I ordered my first book from the library: Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk and have sent away for a copy of Poppy Z Brite's Liquor.
06:59pm 26/04/2004
  I just joined. I cannot stand Oprah's bookclub and I frequently disagree w/those "greatest books" lists. I'm hoping to find new and wonderful books to read.  
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You know, for the kids. 
10:30pm 02/04/2004
  fuckyoucrew, you should apply.

Worst case scenario you get yourself a few laughs, and banned.
09:45pm 25/03/2004
  Am on the last legs of American Psycho, and it's wonderful. It's the most disgustingly well-written book I've read in a while, and also very succinct (i hope that's spelled right).

It scares the crap out of me, however. 'Guts' was nothing in comparison.

Last week I read Less Than Zero and Geek Love. I'm in the middle of House of Leaves.

Chuck, Neil, Bret = YAYYYY

And as I just joined this place a few minutes ago.. HI!
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10:35am 25/02/2004
  I have noticed not many people post here. Is there a more poplur community I am not aware of, or are people just not reading anymore?
I have just been introduced to Terry Pratchett (co-wrote Good Omens with Neil Gaiman). Not a classical writer, by any means, but I am truely enjoying the Disk World series. When first described to me, I thought they would be some sort of silly fantasy stories. But they are not. They are more parodys of humans, their tendencies, their histories. Small Gods is a great take on world religions, the power of churches, and definatly a take on the Catholic Churches flaws, using a fiction religion to give broad, outside perspective on it all. And its fucking funny. The Wyrd Sisters is a hillarious retelling of Macbeath with some jabs at fairytails. It focuses on three characters that pop-up minorly in other stories, the three witches, Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherspoon, and Margaret, I believe their names are.
Death is a fabulous reappearing character.
I haven't really liked a book in awhile, let alone a series and I just am really enjoying them, and I wanted to share.
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10:47am 01/02/2004
mood: pleased
right now im reading Middlesex and i have to tell you all that it really is an amazing book. You know how a REALLY good story just put you, almost, at peace? The feeling you get when you are soooo absorbed in a book, that what you were doing and what you have to do just melts away... I hope this book just doesn't end!! Anyways, just curious is any of ya'll out there are reading it or have read it.. .and please! go get it and read it! its really an incredible story.. nothing like i expected at all...
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recently joined.... 
12:41am 23/01/2004
  Can anyone recommend some books for me to read? Theres always this point I come to when I just don't know what to read anymore. I'm a HUGE Bret Easton Ellis fan and I love books about self-destruction and drugs. But at the same time I'm open to suggestions of all kinds. I seem to always get to a point when I just don't know what to read. I wonder around bookstores for a ridiculous amount of time and always seem to leave with nothing. So really, any recommendation will help me. Thanks

Sorry if I seem corny. I can't help it.
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10:01pm 28/10/2003
  Three things.

1. I absolutely positively CANNOT get through Everything Is Illuminated. I have been trying for months. Is this because I am not Jewish?

2. Being in college now, I have neither time nor attention span to really read novels. Accordingly, it would be fantastic if someone could recommend me short stories, and even more fantastic if these stories were available online (again, I'm in college; I'm poor).

3. Uh...I'm in this community in which we rate you by your wit, sophistication, and style. We have been getting far too many dumb applicants. Intelligent members would be appreciated. barbedcocktail if you're interested.
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01:36pm 28/09/2003
  Hi there everyone.

Has anyone read The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera? It's an awesome book, Kundera is probably one of the best writers of this century, though horribly underrated in this country. I just read it and loved it! And as I'm somewhat of a book elitist, when I say I love a book; it's worth the read (eep! I'm not as snobby as this makes me sound).

Anyway, Oprah would certainly not recommend this book, as it's too intellectual for her and her fellow cult members.

I'd love feedback from anyone who's read the book! The philosophical questions that Kundera raise regarding life, philosophy, and sex are worth discussing.
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BOOKS-O-RAMA - Confession of a book addict 
04:08pm 25/09/2003
mood: enthralled
Earlier this month was my birthday. Has my first birthday celebration in many years.
Everyone knowing what a book-whore I am, it was quite a birthday.
I got a book on Freaks, a book on crime scene photography called "Shots in the Dark", Chuck Palahniuks new book "Lullaby" witht the backwards cover, and a couple of compilations of David Macks "Kabuki" (I know a lot of people do not consider 'graphic novels' to be books, but unless you need to read Kabuki to realize its more of a story told in poetry and art than a normal 'graphic novel') to begin with.
omegashade took me to the Fort Mason Friends of the Public Library book sale where we found amazingly beautiful old books. Books from the 1800-1920s. I have a 19th century copy of "Evangeline", which I have wanted for a long time. I now also have old copies of Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Don Quixote, Alexander Dumas Vol 3 - the Three Musketeers, a small E.A. Poe book, and I do believe the whole Red Leatherette Mini Books collection, about 30 of them.
From my b-day, I went home with a large box of books. I have just started to read "Snow Crash", and at night before I go to sleep I read a story from "The Books of Blood".
I am feeling extrememly ADD. I haven't even mentioned a bunch of the other random books. From "Arise and Walk" by Barry Gifford (the man who did Wild at Heart) to "The Last Unicorn" with philosophy and fantasy books thrown in the middle. I pick up one, I read a little. I pick up another, I read some of that.
I do not know if I am in book heaven, or book hell. All I know, is the more I collect, the more difficult it will be to move when the time comes again. I already have several boxes of books stored away.
04:29pm 25/09/2003
  hi again,

douglas coupland used to be my number one favourite writer (undiscovered by television) ... now he's got a new book out, hey nostradame or something (think of some lame excuse of why i can't write the name well, something to do with the fact that i'm dutch). did anyone read it yet?

aka tell me what you think.

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Hello everyone 
11:29am 06/08/2003
mood: awake
I'm new to LJ, and I was wondering what all of you have been reading lately. Currently, I'm halfway through "Immortality" by Milan Kundera, which is a nifty, experimental, and heavily philosophical novel. About a month ago, I finished reading "Infinite Jest". By no means a bad book, but was I the only person who found that novel anticlimactic, especially for something that is 1100 pages (if you count the footnotes of course.)