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RE: Great Reads - smoker guy - 07-26-2012 10:31 PM
(07-26-2012 09:44 PM)CanyonDancer Wrote: Fahrenheit 451 was a great book...it really makes you wonder just how far society can go if left unchecked...a la' Hitler...definitely scary.
It kind of seems the direction we are heading in, doesn't it?
RE: Great Reads - NWoBHM - 07-27-2012 02:23 AM
Have you heard some of the rhetoric coming out of Draghi`s mouth yesterday and over the weekend? The bloke sounds like Hitler in the Fuhrer Bunker in 1945. "The Projekt (I do strongly resent, even although the UK is not in the Euro Zone, to have the people of Europe regarded as a "Projekt" (sic), like we are some lab rats) is irreversible, there is nothing we will not nor cannot do to support the euro, there is too much Politikal will for it not too fail"......
Buckle up folks, here we go again.
RE: Great Reads - Scythe Matters - 07-27-2012 02:39 AM
(07-27-2012 02:23 AM)NWoBHM Wrote: Have you heard some of the rhetoric coming out of Draghi`s mouth yesterday and over the weekend? The bloke sounds like Hitler in the Fuhrer Bunker in 1945. The Projekt is irriversible, there is nothing we will not nor cannot do to support the euro, there is too much Politikal will for it not too fail......
Ezra Klein explained this today in under 2 minutes!
Ezra Klein Challenge
sorry about the advert *sigh*
Sorry, this should be in another thread.
RE: Great Reads - NWoBHM - 07-27-2012 03:22 AM
Sorry for dragging people off topic -
When I did O Level English Literature I studied a book called, (I think) The Storm Horse - a story, and I remember the opening line pretty clearly, about a man "walking along pleasantly remembered lanes, he had last used 20 years ago". When I read that I would have been 15, so the thought of pleasantly remembered lanes of 20 years ago, was difficult to imagine, but I could see that one day, I probably would be like that bloke in the story - and indeed have been.
The story takes a strange turn as the bloke, because the weather has turned nasty, decides on a short cut across a field, and ends up covered in mud, (already now slipping from his pleasantly remembered thoughts, into this has become a pain in the backside) - I too have detoured on a walk and got myself deeper into mud, thorns, impassable bits, and the need to give up and retrace steps, and as happened to the bloke, he eventually arrives at a field where the horse in it takes a dislike to him and starts to harrass and attack him (been there too, but with Cows, or worse still Bulls), and the story falls into this bloke trying to get away - almost a horror type approach, but of course, he does not end up dead, just in a mess and spooked.
Anyway - that was a "set book" for English Literature when I was a kid..
RE: Great Reads - nettiesaur - 07-27-2012 06:52 AM
(07-26-2012 10:31 PM)smoker guy Wrote:(07-26-2012 09:44 PM)CanyonDancer Wrote: Fahrenheit 451 was a great book...it really makes you wonder just how far society can go if left unchecked...a la' Hitler...definitely scary.
It's quite scary that a number of things in that book have come to pass: electronic reading devices, wall sized televisions, media manipulation of events. I hadn't read it as a teenager, and just got around to the book last year. It's amazing how accurate Bradbury was about the future.
RE: Great Reads - BrianW - 07-30-2012 03:23 PM
Continuing with doom and gloom, I just finished Peter Heller's forthcoming book, The Dog Stars. End of the world, Colorado setting, two loners band together to survive: one gun-nut, one poet.
RE: Great Reads - Scooter Britches - 07-30-2012 03:36 PM
Somebody read some Dr. Seuss, quick! We need something happy!
RE: Great Reads - pnwborderite - 07-30-2012 05:50 PM
(07-30-2012 03:36 PM)CanyonDancer Wrote: Somebody read some Dr. Seuss, quick! We need something happy!If you want a good read that is fun: I recommend "Cosmic Banditos " by A.C Weisbecker- I found it fun and interesting. I am midstream G. R. and went through Masked Rider and Roadshow so fast I am going to have to go back and read them so I can savor them more. Still have Travelling Music untouched on my nightstand waiting for me.
RE: Great Reads - knitterbookbinder - 07-30-2012 06:03 PM
In response to the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon, my friend JoAnn McCaig, who owns Shelf Life Books, an independent book shop here, was invited by the local CBC afternoon show to compile a list of Canadian books that illustrate that "erotica doesn’t have to be formulaic or badly written."
Her choices include....
Bear by Marian Engel
First published 35 years ago, a Canadian classic in which Lou escapes a bad love affair and finds solitude and work on an island in Northern Ontario. There, she also meets – and has a romance with – a bear. New edition with an intro by Aritha van Herk.
Wretched Beast by Shelley Leedahl
The cover alone is extremely suggestive, and what could be more sensual – engaging all of the senses – than poetry?
Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger
This is a down and dirty account of a teenager’s sexual awakening at the hands of a cruel and manipulative man. Myra is on holiday at Key West with her disintegrating family – she’s ripe for the picking. This novel is not for the faint of heart, but the young Canadian author is very alert to nuances of sex, race, class and violence.
JoAnn also offered up some post romantic selections
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
A modern day Sense and Sensibility set in New York and Connecticut. A wronged older woman and her two adult daughters cope with lack of love and money.
At a Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlen
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. This bitter, acid-tongued post romantic novel is a guilty pleasure. The narrator gives an account of love gone wrong and comes out with guns blazing.
The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
An American (woman) writer based in England. Author of the Orange Prize winning We Need to Talk About Kevin, recently a film.
This earlier novel is a dual narrative: In Chapter One, Irina meets Ramsay, a snooker player. She is sort of attracted to him, but in Chapter two, she decides to stay with her boyfriend, Lawrence. Or, in alternate Chapter Two, she gets together with Ramsay. And the whole novel proceeds on these dual tracks, something like the Gwyneth Paltrow film Sliding Doors.
RE: Great Reads - nettiesaur - 07-30-2012 11:50 PM
(07-30-2012 05:50 PM)pnwborderite Wrote:
Traveling Music: ah, the one that took me 2 tries to get through. I tried to read it right after I finished my thesis(the year it was published), and couldn't get into it. 5 years later I picked up again and enjoyed it. I hope you like it too! It's a bit different from the rest of Neil's books though.