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So...

Read any good books lately?

Seriously. I'm going to Border's later.

[note, I have already read everything Neil Gaiman had anything to do with]

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If you haven't read it yet, "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen was good.

I just picked up "Florida" by Christine Schutt, which was a National Book Award finalist last year, but I haven't started it yet. (It's short, about 148 pages or so.) The reviews looked pretty good.

I'm just about to order The Miracle of St Anthony because it's one of those improbable, inspiring stories like Stand and Deliver

But there's a Duke connection (It's about Bobby Hurley's father), so you might not be intersted.

"Running with Scissors" by Burroughs
"Me Talk Pretty One Day" by Sedaris.

Those books? Laughter and tears, baby. Laughter and tears.

The Kite Runner. The Fortress of Solitude. I second Ed on The Corrections.

Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Wickedly funny.

Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Read it three times :)

I'm reading "In the Heart of the Sea, The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex" right now. It's the true story that was the inspiration for Moby Dick. If you've read "The Perfect Storm" it's like that, but on steroids.

An oldie but a goodie:

Christopher Moore's "Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal"

"Kiss Me Like a Stranger" by Gene Wilder. Not your typical bullshit celebrity autobiography. Also not a tell-all. Short but fascinating.

Did you know that Gene Wilder is 71 years old? He was born in 1933. Yikes!

Malcolm Gladwell's two non-fiction books are amazing reads. I read the "Tipping Point" a few years back, and just finished "Blink" which was just as amazing.

Anything by Bill Bryson. I'm reading "A Walk in the Woods" right now and it's really very good. I loved "In a Sunburned Country".

Travel essays. Who knew they could be good?

Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series. Begins with A Kiss of Shadows, I think. Lotta sex, lotta magic.

Buzz:

If you like travel reads, you might want to look at "Round Ireland With a Fridge" by Tony Hawks.

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When I woke in the morning, in a physical condition which served as a reminder as to what had taken place the night before, I found a note by my bed:

"I hereby bet Tony Hawks the sum of One Hundred Pounds that he cannot hitch-hike round the circumference of Ireland, with a fridge, within one calendar month."

And there was Kevin's signature, and below it, an illegible squiggle which I took to be mine.

And so, the bet was made.
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Currently reading The Medici Effect (book on jump starting innovation).

Still slogging my way through The Future and Its Enemies.

Try anything by sedaris.
if you haven't read "fear and loathing in las vegas" it's awesome.
hw about "the mating season" by P.G. Wodehouse.

Snowcrash, or A Diamond Age both by Neal Stephenson. (If you haven't already)

I read Snowcrash, which was...eh...

Have you read Gaiman's first book? http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1840237422/qid=1113488123/sr=8-2/ref=pd_csp_2/104-8470060-8826363?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

A generous reader sent me that book last year.

If you are looking for non-ficction, I thought Gladwell's Blink and the Tipping Point were worth the jacket-price-less-Border's-club-discount.

Just finished P.J. O'Rourke's "Parliament of Whores" and was laughing all the way through.

Hi Michele,

"A Fire Upon The Deep" and "A Deepness In The Sky" by Vernor Vinge. Some of the best speculative fiction in a long while.

Or how about James Morrow, The "Towing Jehovah" series? Or his stand-alone, "Only Begotten Daughter"? Great writer, that Morrow, and blasphemous as all get-out, which kind of makes the books extra-special for this little heathen.

Not knowing for sure what you like to read, two that I've had to replace several times from the guest bedroom's bookshelf --

Ultimate Voyage by William Gilkerson. Five brothers build a ship and sail off to adventure in unknown seas and an unknown land, where they go seperate ways and reunite, learning that what they've learned wasn't always true but could become so. One of those rare books that I really didn't want to end.

Review -- http://www.canlit.ca/reviews/archive/170_171/3615_Gooch.html

A Unit of Time, A Unit of Water by Douglas Whynott. Supposedly biography of Joel White, a boat designer and builder, his family, friends, and some of his boats. Really about a life well lived.

Review -- http://www.maineharbors.com/maybk99.htm

"The Last Light of the Sun" or "The Lions of al-Rassan" by Guy Gavriel Kay

Can't help you. I rarely have time to read the stuff I need to keep up with, have even less time to read the stuff I want to read, and no time for any such 'reading for pleasure'.

Usually I nod off in the first 15 pages or so...

Didn't I respond to this thread somewhere else already?

Pick up either the Moonworlds Duo (Voyage of the Shadowmoon; Glass Dragons) or the Greatwinter Trilogy (Souls in the Great Machine; The Miocene Arrow; Eyes of the Calculor) by Sean McMullen. They are teh_awesome!!!111one

Anyway. They're really very good.

'Game of Thrones' by George R. R. Martin is a great fantasy novel (the 1st of three, so far- fourth is forth-coming)

"Old Man's War" by John Scalzi. A terrific read.

OK, these might not be quite up your alley, but I found them to be fascinating reading.

"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" and
"What Do You Care What Other People Think"

They're non-fiction books about (and at least partially written by) Richard Feynman. The first book is rather funny, with lots of reasonably short anecdotes from his life. The second struck me as more serious, with longer passages. A large part of the book discusses Feynman's role in the investigation into the Challenger explosion.

I second these nominations: anything by P.J. O'Rourke (with the exception of The CEO Of The Couch - disappointing) and Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

Dave Barry's Book of Guys

My wife and I read it out loud together- frickin' hysterical- especially the chapter on why men don't go to the doctor. I swear there were times my wife couldn't breathe she was laughing so hard.

Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith.

Best. Read. Ever. Trust me. (says some commenter on her blog whom she has never heard of).

RS

If you've already read everything Neil Gaiman had anything to do with, everything Terry Pratchett had anything to do with is a good next step. The Discworld series is completely awesome.

"Hogfather" seems to be a good one for getting people hooked...

I'm reading Cloud Atlas right now by David Mitchell and am really loving it, but I don't know if you'd like his stuff at all.

I second the recommendations for anything by Bill Bryson or David Sedaris. Both are magnificent.

Amen to Good Omens and Game of Thrones and the Feynman books.

The book I just finished was The Great Influenza by John Barry. Great book, but definitely some scary stuff, particularly considering that flu virus that got sent around in those test kits earlier this week. I wonder sometimes how this species is still around...

Great Scott!

I second "Only Forward" by Michael Marshall Smith. Excellent book!

I've recently finished "Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer, very good fun.

Ummm... I had only read what was required out of Dante's Divine Comedy. Just finished Inferno on a business trip and just picked up the other two parts today on the way home from the airport. I'm beyond hooked.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clark.

First heard about from Instapundit (Reynolds liked it a lot). Saw it in the store, picked it up (this was the first edition) and saw that the big blurb on the back cover was from . . .

Neil Gaiman.

Read it, thoroughly enjoyed it, hope Ms. Clark continues the tale.

[FYI, the book has a website at www.jonathanstrange.com, and, as you probably knew, Gaiman has a blog at www.neilgaiman.com]

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clark.

Tried it a while ago, just couldn't get into the style of writing. I may pick it up again this summer.

Rich, if you liked "Artemis Fowl", might I suggest reading the other two books in the trilogy, "The Arctic Incident" and "The Eternity Code". Also, Colfer just came out with "The Supernaturalists" recently (excellent, btw, just read it) and I'm sure there is a follow up coming for it.

May I suggest:
"Eragon" by Christopher Paolini

Recently read Orson Scott Card's "Shadow" series ... don't know where I was when it came out but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Also recently read Dan Brown's "Deception Point" and "Digital Fortress", both of which were better than that all too vanilla "The DaVinci Code" ... his "Angels and Demons" was excellent, too.

Just began Stephen R. Donaldson's "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" series.

Next, I'll be rereading all 5 books in the "Hitchhiker's Trilogy" ... am so stoked about the movie but trying not to get my hopes up too much.


Admittedly, I've been reading my textbook the most of late but I doubt you would like that. "The Systematic Design of Instruction". Not exactly gripping reading.

That's what you get when you let a librarian comment ... HA!

Am finishing up Schopenhauer's Telescope as well as Dry. Prior to that, enjoyed Blameless in Abaddon. Next up is The Girl Next Door, Bible Stories for Adults, and one other one the name of which I forget.

Diamond Age is much better than Snowcrash.

"Out" by Natsuo Kirino.

A Japanese suspense thriller that is well written, has incredibe & unforgetable characters and, above all else, has twists and is twisted. NIGHTMARE WARNING

So Michele, what did you end up buying?

RS

"The Poet", by Michael Connelly, isn't spectacular but is worth killing time...as is much of his work.

I'm currently working my way thru the first 3 "Mike Hammer" books by Mikey O'Rourke. Classic.

Richard, I held off my trip until this weekend, but I think I'm going to start with Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.

China Mieville is great if you like weird sci-fi: Perdido Street Station, The Scar, The Iron Council.