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Old 05-10-2012, 01:23 PM   #13171
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Started C. J. Cherryh's Betrayer (#12 in the Foreigner series) and realized it had been too long since I read #11 (Deceiver) so I decided to drop back and re-read that, since it's available at a reasonable price ($7.99).

For those who don't know the series, it's an alien/human interaction on a distant and isolated planet. Very well done, and highly recommended. Unfortunately, some of the early books are not available in eBook formats, however.
Well, no wonder I couldn't remember where things were -- apparently, I'd missed #11 entirely! Well, good, I have two Foreigner books to read then, and that's definitely a good thing. I'm about 1/3rd of the way through Deceiver, and really enjoying it. This is Cherryh at her best.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:33 PM   #13172
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...My wife and I have decided to read Frankenstein together in preparation to go see the Danny Boyle adaptation....
That looks really fascinating. A monster who quotes Milton. Less like Karloff and more like Mary Shelly's book. It's going to be a very limited engagement, I'm sure. I hope it plays here.

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Old 05-10-2012, 02:27 PM   #13173
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Thanks for the video clip. We are big fans of Benedict Cumberbatch in this family, since his Sherlock Holmes TV series, and didn't realise he was in Frankenstein.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:13 PM   #13174
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I am currently reading a nonfiction, Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl. I am reading it on the library's Overdrive app. It is quite the eye-opener.

The last book I finished was The Not Yet by Moira Crone. I am from New Orleans and I have always been into Dystopia, so this was pretty much up my alley. It didn't quite meet my high expectations but I did enjoy it and do reccomend it. It is, sadly, not available as an eBook, so you'd have to read it as a physical book.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:46 PM   #13175
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Well, no wonder I couldn't remember where things were -- apparently, I'd missed #11 entirely! Well, good, I have two Foreigner books to read then, and that's definitely a good thing. I'm about 1/3rd of the way through Deceiver, and really enjoying it. This is Cherryh at her best.
I have no idea where I am in that series either. I think I've read up to and including #10.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:01 PM   #13176
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...Frankenstein ... the Danny Boyle adaptation....
For those of us in the U.S., it will be a very limited engagement indeed—two days, June 6 & 7. A list of the theaters showing the play can be found here.

Thanks for turning me on to that, tecweston!
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:03 PM   #13177
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Thanks for the video clip. We are big fans of Benedict Cumberbatch in this family, since his Sherlock Holmes TV series, and didn't realise he was in Frankenstein.
Is that the series in which Holmes abandons his magnifying glass for a laptop? I saw that for the first time last week and it was excellent!

But back to the books: I just started a re-read of Jefferson's The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (English only).
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #13178
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The cool thing about the Danny Boyle Frankenstein is that there are two filmed versions, and you get to decide which version you want to see. The stars are Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock Holmes) and Johnny Lee Miller (who Dexter fans will remember as Jordan Chase from a couple seasons ago, and who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the new Elementary American series). Two Sherlock Holmeses for the price of one!

They both play the Doctor and the Monster, but trade off roles in the two different versions.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:19 PM   #13179
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Is that the series in which Holmes abandons his magnifying glass for a laptop? I saw that for the first time last week and it was excellent!
Yes! With text and emails thrown randomly up on screen from time-to-time. Sherlock brought up to date. Both series have been excellent, and we await with bated breath the third.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:45 AM   #13180
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I"m 2/3 through Mohawk, by Richard Russo, one of my favorite literary writers.


NEWS FLASH: (I accidentally wrote "news flesh," - hahahaha):

John Irving has a new book out and that will be my next read. The title is In One Person.



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Old 05-11-2012, 09:21 AM   #13181
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I'm reading Daniel Arenson right now: Gods of Dream. It's YA, but a pleasant story so far. He has a unique idea in this fantasy novel about dreams being a whole different populated world
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I"m 2/3 through Mohawk, by Richard Russo, one of my favorite literary writers.


NEWS FLASH: (I accidentally wrote "news flesh," - hahahaha):

John Irving has a new book out and that will be my next read. The title is In One Person.

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Do you have a recommendation of a book to start with? I've had him on my list of authors I haven't read anything by that I need to. If it hadn't been for the book club here I probably would have read something by him by now for my challenges this year.

In other news, I just finished How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. It may not be science fiction, but it was geeky and entertaining and had enough human condition and social consciousness to hit everything I might look for in a book. A great read.
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I rustled up the TV movie of The Questor Tapes on Youtube and watched it first (after I'd read chapter 1), then finished the book (an old paperback from a used book bazaar quite a few years ago). It was a fun read and improved on the TV movie in quite a few instances and in different ways. Even though I had just watched Robert Foxworth play Questor the android I kept picturing Brent Spiner's Data instead, as I read the book. This book was the prototype of Data.

Now I' finally starting to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (before the movie gets released on DVD).
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:11 PM   #13184
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Do you have a recommendation of a book to start with? I've had him on my list of authors I haven't read anything by that I need to. If it hadn't been for the book club here I probably would have read something by him by now for my challenges this year.

In other news, I just finished How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. It may not be science fiction, but it was geeky and entertaining and had enough human condition and social consciousness to hit everything I might look for in a book. A great read.


"A Prayer for Owen Meany" is an excellent book, as is the famous "The World According to Garp."

Irving doesn't really write 'small' books (except mostly for his earliest writings, which don't have that Dickensian depth that I so much enjoy).

Also, if you are an older person who lived through those times novelized in "Garp," then you may find that it resonates with your own life in certain areas.

Perhaps some other fans of Irving can also share opinions about which title(s) to recommend for a first-time read.


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A Prayer for Owen Meany is a good choice. My favourite is The Cider House Rules and it's the one I recommend to people because the humour makes it a bit more accessible, although the orphan/abortion theme might offend some.
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