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July 14th, 2007


autumnslight
09:00 am - The Stolen Child
I haven't done a book review in eons!

"The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue is excellent. My favorite types of books are those that are wholly believable with elements of the fantastic woven in. (I don't like fantasy or sci-fi b/c it's too hard to continually suspend disbelief.)

This book is masterful. It was presented to publishers as a "bedtime story for adults," if that tells you anything!

The story revolves around a fae (or goblin) who changes places with a human. Yeah, I know changelings sound a bit off the deep end, but I swear it's on the cusp. Honest! Would I lie to you?

I find the whole myth intriguing. The theory is that it was born out of the fear of parents' who were incapable of caring for children with a failure to thrive. Fascinating, aye?

In any event, you follow both the life of the changeling and the parallel life of the boy who becomes a goblin. Really wonderful, heart-wrenching, non-hokey stuff. Excellent story-telling on the author's part. I highly recommend it!

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October 19th, 2005


a_co_grrl
12:07 pm - Reading Poll
Take my poll?

x-posted

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May 26th, 2005


a_co_grrl
06:18 pm - Wake up all!!!

1. Total number of books owned: 

In the hundreds (like a goldfish grows to the size of it's bowl, if I had more room, I'd have more books...they are directly proportional to the space available to keep them.)


2. The last book I bought: 

The Other Boleyn Girl ~Phillippa Gregory although, almost picked up Middlesex the other day....


3. The last book I read: 

Reread The Perks of Being a Wallflower, am currently reading The Other Boleyn Girl and Ishmael by Daniel Quinn


4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:
    

1)  The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chobsky  (It's like an old friend that always comforts me)

2)  Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kid  (I read it to my mom while she was in the ICU at IU)

3)  Bastard Out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison  (It's like she looked into my soul and wrote my story)

4)  What Dreams May Come - Richard Mattheson  (It's one of the ultimate love stories)

5)  Rubyfruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown  (The first queer book I read, it made me feel not so alone)

 

Thanks for playing our game.

 

ganked from kcmedc


Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Baby Girl - Sugarland

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April 13th, 2005


a_co_grrl
11:29 am
hey kids,
sorry i haven't been around. i've really not been reading that much lately, concentration problems. i have re-read Perks of Being a Wallflower and if you haven't read it, PLEASE DO!! it is so good, no matter what your age. i also had a strange experience, i was walking through the stacks at school, looking for some random book to reference in a paper i was writing...and in the middle of one of the aisles was a book laid down, like someone put it out for me. i stopped, being the naturally anal person i am, and picked it up to return it to it's proper place. i read the title, and ended up checking it out. now, being the big 'ol lesbian that i am, how could i not check it out? it was a mark twain compilation, How Nancy Jackson Married Kate Wilson and Other Tales of Rebellious Girls & Daring Young Women. see why i was so intrigued? yes, let me just say, there are some EXCELLENT stories. remember, these were written in the early 1900's. let's just say, these are terrific stories that would, in this day, cause some ruffling of some straight, conservative feathers. if anyone takes me up on this challenge, please let me know what you think. i'm not sure which is my favorite, but Wapping Alice is up there, as is the title story.
Current Mood: blankblank
Current Music: "Just a Little Hole" - Beth Hart

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February 27th, 2005


autumnslight
01:11 am - Suggestion :)
Just finished "The Facts of Life" by Graham Joyce. He's amazing. Truly. I delayed gratification, putting off reading the end because it's so final. It's like leaving dear friends behind. That man has such a mastery of language.

Years from now I'll be reminded of something, and I'll be unsure whether it was a movie or a dream, the image and voice will be so vivid ... and then the aha! moment when I realize it was something from this novel. It happens all the time, scenes perfectly laid out from his other novels. I completely forget they're fiction, the story weaving and character generation are that perfect. He's such a genius.

I just had to share :)

If you like out-of-the-ordinary fiction, try him. Maybe not this last one, as it's perhaps calmer than his others. But he's an incredibly talented British author. His books cover topics like religion, philosophy, lucid dreaming ... and all woven meticulously into a fictionalized story. Flawless. Brilliant!
Current Mood: dorkysad it's over
Current Music: "The End" - The Doors

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January 7th, 2005


inselberg
04:24 pm
I began reading Lolita approximately two weeks ago and am still struggling through it. Should I give up or is it worth it in the end? I feel like I am losing out on valuable reading time due to the love/hate relationship developing over this book. UGH!

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December 4th, 2004


chinaxtea
09:46 pm - oprah's book club?
i was thumbing through the racks of the books at a thrist store when i came across a little book, like 100 pages or so, with a little stamp that said "Oprah's Book Club". I remember thinking that some magazines have more pages than this book but it was one of my favorite kinds of books (books about women written by a woman) so i bought it for a steep 25 cents. Anyway it's called Ellen Foster, and it was superb, it only took an hour or so to read but I read it several times and loaned it to a few friends since i purchased it. Everyone i loaned it to thought it was amazing. I recommend it to everyone.
Current Mood: pensivewhatever
Current Music: cranberries-zombie

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December 1st, 2004


a_co_grrl
11:05 pm
i re-read The Secret Life of Bees and The Five People You Meet in Heaven to my mother (she's in the ICU, unconscious) and it was powerful and sad and a ton of other emotions. that aside, i just finished Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and am starting Reading Lolita in Tehran and will write more about them soon.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Freakshow - Ani

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September 23rd, 2004


a_co_grrl
09:55 pm - All Families are Psychotic
finished All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland. it was a fantastic book. it took me a bit to get into it, as i read three of four books at a time, but it truly captivated me. in a messed up kind of way, it reminded me of my family...how anything that could go wrong, does. has anyone else read this? and if so, what'd you think????
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: E.R. in the background

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August 29th, 2004


daisygrey
09:55 pm - Girl, Interrupted
I read Girl, Interrupted. As I expected, the book frightened me. It's like watching the Discovery channel discuss the function of the brain. When they start going into the curious mental quirks of lunatics, everyone else watching turns and looks at me. Let's just say that a lot of Susanna Kaysen's symptoms sounded a little too familiar for comfort.
The writing was good, though! Really good. It was an interesting form of autobiography...extremely focused on one particular part of her life. Her other books sounded interesting, also, and I encourage all of you to check them out.

General statement: Oscar Wilde is the best writer ever.
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
Current Music: Eiffel 65 - I'm Blue

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