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Old 09-07-2012, 10:22 PM   #46
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I love a good chosen hero will save the universe story! That's what 95% of all fiction is, isn't it?
Yes, except for Romance characters, they tend to set their sights a bit lower.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:01 AM   #47
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What books couldn't they pay you to read?

Here are two of mine:

"Celebrate," Pippa Middleton's party-planning guide. I never cared for celebs using their names to promote pap.

And...

"The Secret Race"
by Tyler Hamilton, former teammate and pal of Lance Armstrong, who now spills the juice about the Tour de France champ's use of performance enhancers. Sleazy.



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Just received "The secret race". Can't wait to start it. For decades cycling fans have been hoping the code of silence would be broken on doping and finally it is being. To call it sleazy would be like calling a mafia whistle blower sleazy. The person might be but the act is needed.

Books I won't read are the expose's on the killing of Bin Laden. I regard that as sleazy I am afraid.
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Books I won't read are the expose's on the killing of Bin Laden. I regard that as sleazy I am afraid.
Nor would you like to read the sequel to it, The Effect of killing Bin Laden. The Norwegian soldiers and UN is about to pull out, and Al Qaida is preparing to come up from their holes in the ground
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:22 PM   #49
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What books couldn't they pay you to read?

Here are two of mine:

"Celebrate," Pippa Middleton's party-planning guide. I never cared for celebs using their names to promote pap.

And...

"The Secret Race"
by Tyler Hamilton, former teammate and pal of Lance Armstrong, who now spills the juice about the Tour de France champ's use of performance enhancers. Sleazy.



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There is plenty I would not, but your choices are pretty good ones.
By the way, who the heck is Pippa Middleton? "Pippa", if nothing else, is sure a funny first name.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:14 PM   #50
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There is plenty I would not, but your choices are pretty good ones.
By the way, who the heck is Pippa Middleton? "Pippa", if nothing else, is sure a funny first name.
Philippa "Pippa" Middleton is the sister of Kate Middleton, who is currently the Duchess of Cambridge following her wedding to Prince William of England.

Edited to add pertinent information: the Middleton's parents run a party supply business so presumably Pippa Middleton's book on party planning stems from that.

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Old 09-14-2012, 10:13 AM   #51
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I read "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski, and it's first rate. New details of 1998 and 1999 retirement of Sandusky, which make it clear Joe was moving him out before the 1998 non-charges. But, Joe offers no explanation for his failure to follow up after telling McQueary to report what he saw -- whatever it was, because the story changed -- to the A.D. Wish there could have been more.

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:25 PM   #52
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"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" and "Maus"

I do not need that level of depressing reading.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #53
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I can be bought. Suggest something for me to read and and appropriate amount of money to...

For a minimal extra charge I can give you a glowing or not so glowing review.
Ditto sans review as I suck at writing them, glowing or otherwise.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #54
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the Harlequin cheap romances or the books of Barbara Cartland and all the likes.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:41 PM   #55
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Dickens' Great Expectations. I don't know why - I've read some of his other books. I just could never get into that one. Tried to watch an old movie of it that was on TV last year - couldn't take that either.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #56
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I don't know, I'm pretty sure I could be bought enough to at least read a chapter or two. Sometimes, profundity pops up in the strangest places. (Though I have serious doubts about 24 hour Cable News).
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:51 AM   #57
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Anything young adult, they are just creepy when read by a 40 something female, it is like being at best some creepy weirdo trying to live in their childhood again, and at worse some kind of pervert pedo. When I see women my age drooling over twilight I back away very very fast.

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:29 AM   #58
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Finnegans Wake

Although calling that a 'book' is giving it too much credit.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:28 PM   #59
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I feel the same way about Harry Potter!

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Anything young adult, they are just creepy when read by a 40 something female, it is like being at best some creepy weirdo trying to live in their childhood again, and at worse some kind of pervert pedo. When I see women my age drooling over twilight I back away very very fast.

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Why do grownups want to read the same 500 words over and over? don't get me wrong, I'm amazed at those writers who can tell a good story with the incredible limitations they saddle themselves with. But even so, why would I want to inflict that story on myself?
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Taking the question literally, I would read most things for enough money no matter how boring.

What they couldn't pay me to read would be things that are too disturbing.

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Anything young adult, they are just creepy when read by a 40 something female, it is like being at best some creepy weirdo trying to live in their childhood again, and at worse some kind of pervert pedo. When I see women my age drooling over twilight I back away very very fast.

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I think that's very judgemental and narrow-minded. I like Young Adult books and think people should be able to read what they like without shame.
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