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I recently finished reading Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, having wanted to read it for quite a while now. I enjoyed the book and the concept was great, but for some reason I think it could've been better. Much like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close it doesn't really feel finished, although I'm pretty sure that's the writer's ambition. I had a good laugh quite a few times though, Alex's English is hilarious.

Before that I finished The Lost Road and Other Writings by Christopher Tolkien. That's pretty much a book that studies the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien's works (it's actually the fifth part of a whole series of twelve books), not really a book for people with just a mild interest in Tolkien's world. I'm a pretty big fan of his works though, and I enjoyed the most part of it. The Lost Road especially could've been a very interesting story if it were finished.

And right now I'm reading The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. I have tried to read Shalimar the Clown by him before, but had to abandon it halfway through, cause of his writing style, which I'm not fond of. I hope I'll get through this one.

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And right now I'm reading The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. I have tried to read Shalimar the Clown by him before, but had to abandon it halfway through, cause of his writing style, which I'm not fond of. I hope I'll get through this one.


You should enjoy "The Satanic Verses" a bit more than "Shalimar"...I did.


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I aintgunna read for a while kuss i'm moving all weekend :|

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I finished reading the Satanic Verses a few beeks back. I did enjoy it, but I felt I was missing the point somewhat. I'm still not entirely sure what the book actually is about, though I have some vague ideas, maybe I should read some background information about it.

After finishing that I started reading Vladimir Nabokov's "Pale Fire", which is actually not a very thick book, but it is taking me a lot of time to finish it. It's a pretty strange book, in terms of composition, and very vague about the subject matter, though I'm actually somewhat starting to understand it. But yeah, university is taking a lot of my free time right now, so I can't read as much as I'd like to. Next in line will probably be "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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About the 1979 Iran hostage taking at the US Embassy in Tehran.


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Checked this out from the library. Really good read so far..


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I found this book in a bin my chiropractor has in his office. It's called Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz. I have been looking for a good book for at least a year. I enjoyed the plot, characters, modivation, and family ties. It took about a week to finish, only due to my schedule. :angel: It begins with the Tock and Beezo characters at the local hospital were both mothers in difficult labors starts a story about five terrible days...

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I beleive that book must tell alot of the truth about religion.
seeing as how i don't beleive in it, but at the same time, i do. (hard to explain)
religion's man-made that's for sure

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Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything

Nice book, if your interested in physics, chemistry, astronomy and the existance of our planet and the universe and pretty much all the people who began what we all know now...

I recommend this book...

only a third of the way through it right now

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if you like that, read this article:

http://www.philosophynow.org/issue44/44radke.htm

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Just finished this one... great book


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this would be a thread to ask this question in..... my fellow book readers, i read alot of "how to" sort of stuff , history, fact, mythology, self improvement. so there is no question as to what my goal is in reading..... but what i often wonder about is .... fictional books???? i have read some in my younger ages but i find that the informational parts of it are limited. so i ask, to those who may read a great deal of fictional books,, what are some books that may have a fictional storyline but many true informational facts, and if you do not know of any, then what besides passing time, what do you feel like you acomplish from completing a fictional book ?


thanks in advance!

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Currently reading "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

"Those who know nothing of victory are at least spared the knowledge of defeat."

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Currently reading "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

"Those who know nothing of victory are at least spared the knowledge of defeat."

Great book! The ending is fantastic.

I just finished La Peste (The Plague) by Albert Camus which was nice, though quite different from the other stuff I've read by him. Right now I'm reading Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk (nobel prize 2006), which is looking very good. The book has these beautiful pictures of Istanbul from the '50s and '60s (Pamuk's youth), which is great for really giving you that feeling of a long lost time. Makes me want to go to Istanbul too...

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this would be a thread to ask this question in..... my fellow book readers, i read alot of "how to" sort of stuff , history, fact, mythology, self improvement. so there is no question as to what my goal is in reading..... but what i often wonder about is .... fictional books???? i have read some in my younger ages but i find that the informational parts of it are limited. so i ask, to those who may read a great deal of fictional books,, what are some books that may have a fictional storyline but many true informational facts, and if you do not know of any, then what besides passing time, what do you feel like you acomplish from completing a fictional book ?


thanks in advance!



If you're into history I'd reccommend "The Plot Against America" by Phillip Roth. It's a sort of what-if history book. Pretty interesting. Or any historical fiction books you can find. Also, I read "The Rule Of Four" by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason, it's kind of like "The Da Vinci Code" but for more intelligent readers. I'll get back to you when I think of more, if those help.


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