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    i've got a few books going now...

    2012: return of quetzalcoatal -- daniel pinchbeck (only a few pages in on this...i loved his previous book, breaking open the head)
    diary -- chuck palahniuk (he's always such an easy read...like crack to me)
    snow crash -- neil stephenson (i LOVE the way he writes...like my friends & i talk. kinda smartass & witty)
    the main corpse -- diane mott davidson (her food mysteries are my guilty pleasure. total cheesy junk, but i love cheesy junk mysteries. )

    i also read 101 kids books a week now, it seems. we even picked out my baby his first two library books the other day; so sweet!
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.


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    right now i'm reading 'jeff in venice, death in varanasi' by geoff dyer. just started it so don't yet really have an opinion but i picked it for a book club i'm in with some friends because i was intrigued by the premise and according to reviews it's quite good. will post more after i finish.

    from the nytimes review:

    “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi” could as easily be called “Samsara and Nirvana” and stripped of its “novel” label (if you forget that Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul and W. G. Sebald, among distinguished others, have all made fiction out of slightly displaced counterlives and protagonists who sound like themselves). Jeff, in other words, feels a lot like Geoff: an all-purpose writer for the high-end British papers and a determined idler whose love of freeloading can never quite conceal his hunger for something deeper and more transcendent. In the first half of the novel, he goes to Venice to cover the Biennale art exhibition on a journalist’s boondoggle that quickly turns into a quest to score as much sex, drugs and other low-end fun as possible. Along the way, in a style that’s reminiscent of Colson Whitehead’s “John Henry Days,” the narrative has fun with the meta-ness of contemporary pseudo-events: everybody is planning a dinner for the artist Ed *Ruscha, and hustlers selling fake handbags on the street turn out to be an “installation.”
    Venice, in this scheme of things, is the last word in worldliness, allowing Jeff to stumble from extended sex scenes with a beautiful American (of course) stranger to cocaine revels on a yacht to a shared joint with a laid-back Englishwoman of an earlier generation. Like every Dyer alter ego, Jeff lets us in on his neuroses and fecklessness with a tricky candor that never quite disguises his alertness to the sense that “even the fake holy men” in a certain kind of place “were genuine.” One kind of reader will happily follow the scenes of getting wasted to their inevitable dead end, while another will notice the sly delicacy with which Jeff — dyeing his hair before he sets out; wondering if he’s too old, at 45, to be ogling teenagers; and standing transported before Tintoretto’s painting of the Crucifixion — is paying quiet homage to the Mann story that marks a small climax, perhaps an elegy, to a certain type of 20th-century culture.
    Then, out of nowhere, the scene changes to a mirror-city of dilapidation and drifting Charons, where people go to die, Varanasi; and Jeff, in another incarnation, is being sent by a London paper to write a travel piece on the ancient anarchy where breakdown and breakthrough are hard to tell apart. As he falls into the Lonely Planet rhythm of bhang lassis, trance-y concerts and visions of computer games called “Varanasi Death Trip,” Jeff as we know him begins to give out altogether. One reader will notice how, in place of Mann’s beautiful boy, Dyer gives us a dreadlocked and nose-studded guesthouse druggie. Another will register that the real death being described here is, exhilaratingly, the death of craving, of intention, even of self. In unmaking his ego, Atman earns his name.
    As it happens, I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently in both cities of Dyer’s title, and it’s common in Varanasi to hear travelers compare its labyrinths of narrow alleyways, its fading facades along the water, its ferryboats and its air of having been crumbling forever to Venice. (In Venice, alas, hardly anybody talks of Varanasi.) If you read the cult figures of the Ganges, like the English poet Lewis Thompson or the obsessive photographer-*essayist Richard Lannoy, you’ll see that the dissolution of self is almost the standard fear (or hope) of Varanasi, and sinking into the mud is, as Lannoy puts it, “an indispensable rite de passage.” But in this rough guide to transformation, Dyer marks all the distance between decaying and mere decadence. Besides, his originality has always lain less in his perceptions than in the quirky, homemade forms he finds for them, and the grown-up eye and sympathy he brings to the youthful urge for something better.
    Six years ago, Dyer took the first step toward his latest book with “Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It,” in which he seasoned antic accounts of travels in Libya and Detroit with a surreptitiously visionary essay about his pilgrimages to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. Here, he has taken that sensual and allusive mix and turned it into art, by giving it a single flowing narrative, a deep and uncensored sense of engagement and a complex structure that replays the stories of Somerset Maugham and Henry James among today’s global nomads without trying to make too big a deal of it. Until “Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi” — or “Burning Man on the Ganges,” as it could also have been called — I never dreamed that a kind of Dantean comedy could be made out of fights in A.T.M. lines and monkeys filching sunglasses. But it can. In the weeks since I devoured “Jeff in Venice,” I don’t think a day has passed without my thinking back to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellini View Post
    I just finished that. At first I didn't really like the vampires because they were more like zombie sci-fi monsters than the vampires I'm used to. As they dealt more with the master and his story, it became a lot more interesting. Are you going to read all three books?

    I just finished "Eden". Such a good zombie apocalypse story! I woke up in the middle of the night needing to find out what happened. I hope they make a movie out of it. It was very good.
    I want to read them all, but I HATE waiting. My husband says I'm the Queen of Instant Gratification (like that's a BAD thing).

    Who's the author of Eden? It sounds interesting!

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    Who's the author of Eden? It sounds interesting!
    Tony Monchinski.

    Description:

    Seemingly overnight the world transforms into a barren wasteland ravaged by plague and overrun by hordes of flesh-eating zombies. A small band of desperate men and women stand their ground in a fortified compound in what had been Queens, New York. They've named their sanctuary Eden.
    Love a good zombie book or flick.


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    Thanks for the info!

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    Finished up The Lonely Polygamist, which had a fantastic ending. Trying to start Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which has started rather slowly for me. Maybe it's been hyped too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arie_skop View Post
    At the moment, I am trying to read Eat Pray and Love.

    Not sure if I will end up finishing this book, I am finding the main character annoying.
    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Crappy chick lit loaned by my chick-lit-loving friend. She eats it up with a spoon and turns it over to me, but I can't get into most of it. Right now it's Faking It by Jennifer Crusie. I have to suspend reality way too much to enjoy it.
    I did not read it but I heard what it was about. Just letting you know that I saw the trailer with Julia interviewed while it was running. Can't really tell how the movie will be - James Franco and Javier Bardem were only smiling. But Julia Roberts - egads. Her face is a gaunt horror show with bigrubberlipz. I can't figure out why Oprah went batshit crazy over that book.

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    Finished Capote's bio by Gerald Clarke. What a nasty, insecure little man surrounded by nasty, insecure little people.
    Good luck getting a cat to do anything let alone join in on your sexcapades. - Air Quotes

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    The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics by Robert Aitken.

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    I'm about to keep on feeding my vampire porn addiction and start reading one of the Night Huntress spinoffs that has just been released - Eternal Kiss of Darkness. Its only been out a few days but I'm already hearing good stuff about it from other Jeaniene Frost fans.

    One day I'll come on here and be able to say that I'm reading something deep and worthy but for now I'm sticking with my blood and smut books
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    I'm on book 6 of the Morganville vampire books (3 for £5 @ the works!), cheap, fun, fast read and the lead character isn't wimpy bella.
    Free Charmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post
    I did not read it but I heard what it was about. Just letting you know that I saw the trailer with Julia interviewed while it was running. Can't really tell how the movie will be - James Franco and Javier Bardem were only smiling. But Julia Roberts - egads. Her face is a gaunt horror show with bigrubberlipz. I can't figure out why Oprah went batshit crazy over that book.
    I am assuming Oprah went crazy over this book because it apparently promotes spiritual enlightenment and how the writer travelled for a year to find this. Not sure about that though, I think the writer/Elizabeth Gilbert whines too much.

    Maybe I'll wait for the movie. I also saw the trailer, Julia doesn't look that good anymore. Too thin. All you see is her lips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    I'm on book 6 of the Morganville vampire books (3 for £5 @ the works!), cheap, fun, fast read and the lead character isn't wimpy bella.

    Cool! Who's the author and can you give me a bit of an outline of them? And try the Jeaniene Frost books if you like a quick, fangy, smutty read. They can be a bit of a bugger to get hold of (believe me, I spent ages visiting the local bookshops trying to find somewhere that had copies without success) but there are ways and means to get them *cough* pdf copies *cough*
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    Please feel free to pm me Kitty...

    Morganville: author Rachel Caine
    Outline: advanced kid (16) goes to college in Morganville, gets bullied so looks for somewhere to live instead of in halls. Finds a room in a house with 3 other peeps. Turns out the town is full of vampires & the adventures surround annoying them, surviving, revolution, etc
    It's obviously aimed at teenagers but apparently it's popular with adults too. It's not a hard read but they're quite sweet. I've been off sick this week & they've kept me interested to the extent that I'm on book 6 and I'm still enjoying them (with Sookie I was a bit bored by now).
    It's not war & peace or Austen or anything but reasonable.


    After this it's Gena Showwalter's Lords of the Underworld series (also for The Works @ 3for£5)
    Free Charmed.

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    Just finished Venus in Furs. Of course I had to think of our Venus . Just wrapped up Les Bonnes (The Maids)as well. Next on my list is Life is a Dream by Calderon.
    I don't want to perish like a fading horse - best lyric ever

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