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Friday, January 25th, 2008
1:17 pm

Hi! Do you keep a Reading or Book Live Journal? Would you like to meet other people who do, in order to make new LJ Friends, and discuss literature, or share common interests? Check out addmy_readinglj in order to do so! (:

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Thursday, December 20th, 2007
10:44 pm

Please recommend your favourite inspirational and/or motivational books to me. Any genre. Fiction or non-fiction.

I'm very keen. Thanks. (:

current mood: curious

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Monday, September 10th, 2007
12:25 pm

Finished reading Hunter's Gold by and Disgrace by J M Coetze yesterday.

Discovered that a 13 part tv series was made from Hunter's Gold. Several people in nz_literature remembered watching it. Must see if it's available sometime.

Enjoyed Disgrace, which is the story of a former university professor who seeks sanctuary on his lesbian daughter's farm slash boarding kennel in the country after having an affair with one of his students, which is discovered and made public knowledge. Life on the farm brings new insights, fresh challenges and ultimately a devastating blow to both of their lives after they are assaulted and robbed by a trio of men. The dogs become metaphors for oppression and also track the changing attitudes of the ex-professor. His attitudes towards women, lesbianism and life in general also change considerably during the course of the novel.

Started reading Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami yesterday. Not far into it yet, but I'm enjoying the lighter tone of the tale. Be interesting to see how it develops.

I've started making notes about the books I'm reading as I progress. Plot, characters, key points, relevant quotes, attitudes towards women/men/homosexuality etc. Themes. Metaphors. Basically second guessing the reviewers and critics, to see how accurate my interpretation of the novels are. A lot of the time, I find that I'm fairly on to it.

Crossposted in book_marked, 1000_1books and various other LJ reading communities.

current mood: content

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Saturday, September 8th, 2007
5:12 pm

Just finished Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. It struck me that several of the characters had the same dream; a piece of land they could call home. The cessation of money worries. In much the same way that many people dream of owning their own home and being financially independent today. Prejudice also seemed to be a common theme in this novel, against black people, women and handicapped people. Loneliness too, stood out as a predominant theme. Curley's wife craved company, as did Crooks. Both seemed somewhat misunderstood. Crooks because he was proud, Curley's wife because she was too friendly with the hired men and acquired a reputation as being a troublemaker as a result. Friendship too, and loyalty. Both George and Lennie are sympathetic characters, for different reasons.

I haven't read any critiques of this book, because I want to read the classics and form my own ideas and impressions of them, before analyzing them further.

I enjoyed this book and wonder what would have become of Lennie in this day and age. Would he be better off? I guess it would depend on the circumstances.

Am halfway through Hunter's Gold by Roger Simpson. A young adult illustrated novel about a a boy's journey from Dunedin (New Zealand) to Arrowtown (New Zealand) to search for his missing father in the goldfields of Central Otago. Set in the 1900s, it is an adventure story full of quirky characters and near misses. An interesting read.

PS: I enjoyed these books even more because I was able to read them outdoors, in the Spring gardens around town. Beautiful! A great excuse for a walk. (:

Crossposted in book_marked (my personal reading journal), nz_literature and several other LJ reading communities.

Check out gerald_durrell if you're a fan of his work.

current mood: content

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Thursday, September 6th, 2007
10:32 pm

Started with My Sister's Keeper by Jodie Picoult. A touching, insightful, gripping drama about a girl's struggle for medical emancipation from her family. Held my interest until the end. Full of twists and turns.

Next came Youth by J M Coetze. The story of a young South African man who moves to London in the hope that by doing so he will change his life, become a writer and succeed in the world, only to have his dreams quashed through a mixture of bad luck and passivity upon his own part. A tad depressing, but an interesting read.

Then Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Full of evocative imagery, intriguing characters, colourful scenes and thought-provoking reflections on life. I have put Geishas of Gion on my must-read list after hearing of the controversy this novel stirred up. Great movie, also! (:

Slaughterhouse Five was next. The story of yet another aimless wanderer, picking his way precariously through a war. The rapidly changing scenes and time travel in this book, plus the random appearances of the author were quite disconcerting at first, but I found it quite entertaining overall.

Just finished Nectar by Lily Prior. The story of a nymphomaniac albino. Sensual. Improbable. Entertaining.

I'm also in the midst of reading Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Steinberg, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Gerald Durrell: The Authorized Biography by Douglas Botting, Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide by Gillian Butler and Tony Hope, King Lear by William Shakespeare, Time to Write to Yourself: A Guide to Journaling for Emotional Health and Self-Development by Dianne Sandland and The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucious and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong.

Crossposted in book_marked (my personal reading journal) and various LJ reading communities.

Check out
1000_1books and nz_literature if you're interested in New Zealand literature or in recording your progress through 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

current mood: content

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
11:39 pm - Blues 4 Kali- chuck 'em if they can't shake a yoke!


What will Winter Solstice bring in 2012? ...an instant of Karma? ...an ethereal spiral dance of the collective soul? ... cosmic judgment leveled against civilization's expanse? ...destruction of the world as we know it? ...a chance for a new start? ...the rise and the revenge of the Goddess? or simply another day in the life of paranoia? These are the false prophesies that your pastor warned you about!
Reality Exchange Program
"Makes DMT seem like a whip-it."

Crazy Bear said there'd be days like this. As usual, no one believed him. Now, all I want to know is: where IS that lifeboat, and how DO I ditch this ship of fools, without any of these bliss ninnies noticing that I'm already gone?
Captain, my ass. We are equal in this sea of madness.
That iceberg is looking awfully big.

Amana Mission is on a quest to save the world, and the only problem is, she can't remember why she got involved with such an obvious scam in the first place. Jesus saves. Christ. What a loser.
Kali kills first, and recycles later.
Hitchhikers, load up for a ride to the Other Side. You may wish you had gone Greyhound.
"What the...?"
*A cranky band of prankster peace warriors who absolutely cannot resist messing with each other's minds, no matter the cost.
*Cocky alchemy-dabbling quantum surfers, navigating the Ethersphere with hand-held computers, switching timelines to find a better party vibe and swap tips about the best temporary toilets for use as interdimensional portals.
*A burnt-out visionary hippie millionaire on a mission from Gaia to build a better "communitopia" by underwriting a convoy carrying telepathic priestesses.
*A wheelchair-bound mindpilot propelling a crystal-powered Seed Bank toward the post-Apocalyptic Garden, with psychic precision...and a predilection for high-velocity extreme driving.
*Hermaphrodite time-jumper fleeing a fate worse than death.
*Anarchist ghettoes where anything goes-except escape.
*Ancient Principals vying like sweatsoaked carpetbaggers for our loyalty as the Final Vote is tallied.
*Long-haired security patrols collecting a cannabis tribute tax from all pilgrims to the Valley of Fun.
*And an underground meat mafia bringing a black magic revival to a bloodless dreamworld gone bland.
All brought together by a secret psychedelic superdrug that tunes users in to reality through the eyes of another archetypal avatar inhabiting a different state of space and time. Mahayana made easy. Budding Buddha natures are running amuck on a virtual superhighway where all roads lead to the Bo tree and singularity.
Twenty-first century Tantra is about more than sex, drugs, and rock and roll.Confronting the Karma of every wasted breath is only the first step.
Welcome to the End Times. Kali awaits. She already knows who you are.
Do you?
The 21st century counterculture is even weirder than it appears on the surface. This is not your mommy’s MTV Road Rules.
Ride along on this mesmerizing, metaphor-packed bus trip toward ecstasy and enlightenment, as three real-time guides-Amana, Sissy, and Deva, let you in on what they learned when they asked what It was really all about, after all.
Become them for a multilevel metafictional tour of infinity and awaken yourself to the miracle-a-minute magic of mighty Mother Kali!

Read Online Novel Blues 4 Kali at www.blues4kali.com
2012 Prophecies

current mood: quixotic

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Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
11:23 am


From Publishers Weekly
In this clever first book of a trilogy that blends alternative SF and hard-boiled mystery from British author Grimwood (Lucifer's Dragon, etc.), ZeeZee, who has spent his youth largely in boarding schools and in trouble, is also Ashraf al-Mansur, though that identity is unknown to him. Whisked away from a Seattle prison, ZeeZee is transported to El Iskandryia, an exotic, exquisitely detailed North African city. Whether Ashraf or ZeeZee, he's adaptable but not compliant. The world of wealth and privilege he's expected to accept without question comes with strings he's not to question either, like marriage to the willful Zara. Misunderstanding and mishandling his precarious situation, Ashraf becomes prime suspect in a murder, on the lam with only a vague understanding of where he is and who he is supposed to be. He's not only responsible for his own fate but also, surprisingly, the sole protector of a young girl. Grimwood artfully unveils the changed world that has developed in the many decades since WWI ended differently. Ashraf, a lifelong underdog and pawn, emerges as a resourceful and deadly foe, adapting quickly to survive in a game where the rules and the playing field shift repeatedly. 
so far (a hundred+ pages in)  i love it. here's a link to the first chapter http://www.sfsite.com/04b/pash126.htm

i just finished gallipoli, by alan moorhead. really an incredible book. i've read a few of his others, and they're all worth reading at least twice.


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Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
3:37 pm


ok. great books i've read recently...

i really really liked 

, by isabel allende. an excellent version of the legend.

seven types of ambiguity, by elliot perlman. this book made me want to join a cult for perlman. note: don't read if you're depressed or busy. it's a lot of book, and you might not be able to put it down. unless you get so depressed that you go to bed and don't get back out.

blue afternoon, by william boyd. kind of a who-done-it, kind of a romance, kind of a war story... i don't know. i just really really liked it. very intelligent read, and very enjoyable.

any place i hang my hat, susan isaacs. your basic susan isaacs book. smart, funny, good ending.  there have only been two of her books that i didn't like: almost paradise and lily white. the first was depressing and not ... worth it, and the second just hasn't ever appealed to me. i've tried to read it a few times.  my favorites of hers are still comprimising positions and shining through (the worst movie, but great book).

ok. now your turn. this group has been on my list for a loooong time w/out getting updated, so i thought i'd give it a try.

i read a lot, and there's a pile to take back to the library every month. i'll try to update regularly.

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Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
5:28 pm

would anybody have a spare Crown of Swords, Winter's Heart, or Dragon Reborn? (all 3 by Robert Jordan) I lent them out and they came back in unreadable condition, they were so mistreated. The used bookstore never has them, I go in there all the time looking. So if someone would be so kind as to spare one, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! e-mail me at yankla@gmail.com

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Friday, April 1st, 2005
2:27 pm - Book Release Benefit on April 15, 2005

My name is R. M. Rhodes and my new novel, Stephanie Doesn't Answer the Phone Anymore is coming out in April. The book release party will be a benefit for HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive), a Washington, DC non-profit organization. Details about the book release are behind the cut, along with a short synopsis.

Book Release Benefit on April 15, 2005Collapse )

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Friday, December 10th, 2004
1:39 pm

I know that most readers are also writers. So...

youcantwrite is a community dedicated to weeding out the junk.

Do you fancy yourself a writer? Do you think that your journal is interesting?

Put your journal to the test. Come get some at youcantwrite

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Friday, October 22nd, 2004
9:05 pm - Book Nerd Survey

Hardback or paperback? Paperback usually. Extra special books in hardback.

Highlight or underline? Neither, unless it's a textbook - then I highlight.

Lewis or Tolkien? I loved Lewis's Chronicles as a kid.

E.B.White or A.A. Milne? I'll have to say EB White

T.S. Eliot or e.e. cummings? ee cummings is fun :)

Stephen King or Dean Koontz? Overall, Koontz wins.

Barnes & Nobles or Borders? Barnes & Nobles usually has a better scifi/fantasy selection around here.

Waldenbooks or B Dalton? Erm. This is redundant, since Walden works with Borders, and BDalton with B&N.

Fantasy or science fiction? I love 'em both, but I've read more fantasy.

Horror or suspense? Suspense, since ANY genre can build up that anticipation.

Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark

Hemingway or Faulkner? Ugh. Neither.

Fitzgerald or Steinbeck? Fitzgerald.

Homer or Plato? I've never read anything in depth by either.

Chaucer or Edmund Spenser? Spenser. He wrote Faerie Queen!

Pen or pencil? Lately, pen.

Looseleaf or notepad? Notepad, as of late.

Alphabetize by author or title? Author. Sorta. I'm not very organized.

Dustjackets on or off? On, when on the shelf. Off when reading.

Novella or epic? Epics. More words make my brain happy.

John Grisham or Scott Turow? Neither.

J.K. Rowling or Lemony Snicket? Snicket's wonderfully sarcastic, but Rowling is more engrossing.

Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction, hands down.

Historical biography or historical romance? I've wanted to read a historical romance once day...

A few pages per sitting or at least a chapter? As much as possible. :)

Short story or creative non-fiction essay? Short story.

"It was a dark & stormy night" or "Once upon a time"? Once upon a time!

Buy or borrow? Borrow. Buy used. Buy new. In that order of preference. I can't afford to buy everything I've read!

Book reviews or word of mouth? A friend's recommendation is usually a better way to judge a book.

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Tuesday, July 20th, 2004
12:53 pm

I finished reading Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney last night, and I must say that it is the best book I've read in a long time. Whether you are interested in the military or not, I enthusiastically recommend it to you. I love his style, and the pages are filled with interesting facts, amusing stories and wonderful dialogue. The book seems to fly by, and I was rather upset when it ended: I want more!

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11:11 am - props of the moment

anyone read House of Leaves? this book's CRAZY. i love it.

also, i've joined audible.com recently.. and i think it's a great deal. two audiobooks a month for 19.95. they seem to have a pretty good selection. i didn't know if i'd like audiobooks, but it turns out long car rides and insomnia make them very useful. oh yeah, and the files are pretty small.

current mood: <3

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Saturday, July 10th, 2004
3:26 pm - not an orange, but still full of pulp

just got back from my favourite used book store. . .went with the list i posted of hugo and nebula award winning books and got a bunch of the ones i did not have.
spent about $57 and left with 23 books.
ended up getting. . .
a time of changes - robert silverberg
dreamsnake - vonda n. mcintyre
the healer's war - elizabeth ann scarborough
the falling woman - pat murphy
stations of the tide - michael swanwick
the einstein intersection - samuel r. delany
lord of light - roger zelazny
no enemy but time - michael bishop
rendezvous with rama - arthur c. clark
moving mars - greg bear
rite of passage - alexei panshin
flowers for algernon - daniel keyes
babel-17 - samuel r. delany
timescape - gregory benford
way station - clifford d. simak
to your scattered bodies go - philip jose farmer
stand on zanzibar - john brunner
the moon and the sun - vonda n. mcintyre
the wanderer - fritz leiber

and two that were not hugo or nebula winning -
maze of death - philip k. dick
now wait for last year - philip k. dick

and two non fiction since i rarely read any non fiction

the western world and japan - g. b. sansom
strangers from a different shore - ronald takaki

i love new book day.

so. . .what are the rest of you reading currently? or recently purchased?

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
9:16 pm

i am currently reading:
lords and ladies by terry pratchett (and yes i am reading the discworld series in order)
no-no boy by john okada
shogun by james clavell (though i can not remember where i put the book [some 400 pages into it] so it is on hold for a bit)

found this community through shadedmelody's info, and then without noticing how seldomly it was updated, saw wyldkyss's post about 100 classic SF novels.

one of my reading goals is to read all of the hugo and nebula award winning novels. . .

so i compiled the lists of each. bolded are the ones i have read. . .in italics are the ones i currently own and are on the vast waiting-to-be-read shelf.

Hugo award winning novels 2003 and backwards

Hominids by Robert J. Sawyers
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernon Vinge
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (tie)
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
The Uplift War by David Brin
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Startide Rising by David Brin
Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov

Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
Ringworld by Larry Niven
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
... And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny and Dune by Frank Herbert (tie)
The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
A Case of Conscience by James Blish
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
They'd Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein 1951 awarded 2001
The Mule by Isaac Asimov 1946 awarded 1996

Nebula Award winning novels 2003 and backwards

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro,
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
Forever Peace, by Joe Haldeman
The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre
Slow River, by Nicola Griffith
The Terminal Experiment, by Robert J. Sawyer
Moving Mars, by Greg Bear
Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Falling Free, by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game , by Orson Scott Card
Neuromancer by William Gibson

Startide Rising, by David Brin
No Enemy but Time, by Michael Bishop
The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
Timescape by Gregory Benford
The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre

Gateway, by Frederik Pohl
Man Plus, by Frederik Pohl
THE FOREVER WAR, by Joe Haldeman
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

The Gods Themselves, by Isaac Asimov
A Time of Changes, by Robert Silverberg
Ringworld, by Larry Niven
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Rite of Passage, by Alexei Panshin
The Einstein Intersection, by Samuel R. Delany
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes - Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany (tie)

Dune by Frank Herbert

i would feel bad about posting something this long without an lj-cut. . .but since no one seems to update this community, maybe it will spur some people into posting more.

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6:24 pm - Top 100 Fantasy?

Ok, we we have varying lists of top SciFi books to read. They're great too, because the sci-fi side of my reading is a tad thin.

But does anyone have a similar style list for Fantasy books? Maybe based off personal opinion, or a list of awards, or even an internet poll?

Gimmie the good stuff, baby!

current mood: anxious

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Monday, April 26th, 2004
6:33 pm

so im reading Ray Bradbury's Illustrated Man again, and I tell ya, some of those stories make it hard to sleep at night. ;o) I love it!

go read it. now. ;o)

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4:44 pm - Greetings ...

One of my goals is to read more classic novels/literature
(currently, I am 100 pages into Night and Day by Virginia Woolf, and I've also recently read Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy), but I am wondering how I can get more out of this experience, by learning more about the themes, symbolism, background, authors, etc ...

What would your suggestions on this matter be? How did you go about getting the most out of your reading material?

I'd love to hear back from you.

Bye for now, Taniwha (-:

current mood: curious

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004
11:06 pm

has anyone here read the His Dark Materials series by Pullman? if so, what did you think of it?

my thoughts...Collapse )

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