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  • Kate DiCamillo: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    Kate DiCamillo: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
    This children's book is so much more than a child's story; from the moment when grandmother Pellegrina fixes her sharp black eyes at the rabbit and says, "I'm very disappointed in you, Edward", the story demands an examination of the reader's motives along with the scouring of Edward's selfish and vain behavior. I finished the book and sat back with a beautiful ache, knowing I had read something that was meant to be savoured, and would resonate far longer than perhaps I am comfortable with. Is that not the mark of a true story?

  • Charles Frazier: Thirteen Moons: A Novel

    Charles Frazier: Thirteen Moons: A Novel
    I had a really hard time getting into this one, but the writing was very well done. I did not find the characters sympathetic, but perhaps that's because I've read a lot of harsh stuff recently and was not moved by the plight of the idiots here. Kind of frustrating for me, I must say.

  • David Baldacci: The Camel Club

    David Baldacci: The Camel Club
    On a recommendation from a coworker, I'm trying out David Baldacci. This book falls squarely into the political thriller/mystery genre, but I really enjoyed the Bourne Identity, so I think I will be happy with this too. The writing is not bad, and the characters are already memorable - these are not just your token CIA agents and a few political advisors.

  • Jeannette Walls: The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    Jeannette Walls: The Glass Castle: A Memoir
    I've only begun reading this, but it comes highly recommended. The story centers on the family of an alcoholic father and neglectful mother, as the author attempts to describe her childhood in all its glory and pain. I recognize some of the wild creativity and exploration.

  • Diane Ackerman: The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    Diane Ackerman: The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
    Riveting story about the Resistance in Poland, told through the life of Antonina, the wife of the zookeeper in Warsaw. Both the third-person discussions and the first-person narratives were informative and creatively done - I walked away realizing I had known very little about the Polish role in fighting Nazi Germany, and I now feel compelled to learn more. A very good read.

  • Sara Gruen: Water for Elephants: A Novel

    Sara Gruen: Water for Elephants: A Novel
    Way too much fun, with a twist at the end that will throw you completely off guard. It was lovely, but too graphic for kids.

  • Chris Crutcher: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

    Chris Crutcher: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

  • David McCullough: John Adams

    David McCullough: John Adams

  • Jeremy Byman: Madame Secretary: The Story of Madeleine Albright (Notable Americans)

    Jeremy Byman: Madame Secretary: The Story of Madeleine Albright (Notable Americans)

  • Thomas Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain
    Loves France. Interesting spiritual metaphors, a bit heavy-handed metaphysically. Not sure what I'll think about it when I finish.

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TF6S

Add me to the list of people that desire more. Your writing is supurb and compelling writer, and you shouldn't be wasting it on comments in my dumb blog.

Or you can just post pictures of Mt Rainier...that would be cool too.

TF6S

Could I possibly write a worse sentence than the one I wrote above?

Egads! I think you knew what I meant to say...;-)

The Colossus

Thanks for the links!

The Colossus

Saw your William Gibson mini-review on the left. I'm a big Gibson fan; I wish I could write as well as he does. His first novel, Neuromancer, is an absolute classic. One of the five finest sci-fi works I've ever read.

Jayne

Ever since I read Idoru, I've been hearing about Neuromancer - I'm going to have to read it. In fact, I think I'll pick it up this afternoon to take with me on the plane tomorrow. Thanks for the idea! :-)

The Colossus

Idoru is also a pretty good one of his -- the San Francisco novels (Virtual Light, All Tomorrow's Parties are good, but not as innovative as Neuromancer.)

The other one of his I liked a lot was the Victorian novel he wrote with Bruce Sterling -- The Difference Engine. Extremely clever alternative history.

Speaking of Sterling -- his "Schismatrix" is also superb.

I like Neal Stephenson -- Cryptonomicon especially -- but man, he needed some tough love from an editor over over The Baroque Cycle. Big, sprawling, and crazy undisciplined. Jack Shaftoe is one of my all time favorite heroes, though.

Jayne

I agree - I haven't bothered picking up The Baroque Cycle 'cause everything I heard was similar to what you've noted. I did read Snow Crash, and enjoyed it.

I've just gotten Neuromancer - I wish I'd bought The Difference Engine too...but I guess I can find it when I get back. :-)

Neal

Snow Crash was pretty good, the Cryptonomicon much better (IMHO). I struggled with the Baroque cycle, and finally abandoned it. I just don't have enough spare time to read fiction that doesn't grab me and hold me from the outset.

The photo you link is to a little feral cat that has adopted us. He seems to believe that if he crouches down in the grass, he becomes invisible.............

Jayne

Yep. Cryptonomicon was colossal in scale, Snow Crash a good story but not the same type of work at all.

Cats: "if I can't see you, you can't see me!"

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