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New Augusten Burroughs! [Mar. 31st, 2008|08:28 pm]
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I was just reading over his website and his new book entitled A Wolf at the Table will be released April 29th! The author of "Running with Scissors" delves into new territory with his most personal and unexpected memoir yet. "A Wolf at the Table" is the story of Burroughs' relationship with his father, his stunning psychological cruelty, and the redemptive power of hope. This should be some good reading. Looking forward to its release!

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New reads? [Jan. 16th, 2008|12:32 pm]
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Did anyone get any new good reads over the holidays? 

I'm finally getting around to "The Kite Runner" - I know, way to be about 2 years behind the curve, right?

I also got "Farewell Summer" by Ray Bradbury.  It's a sequel to "Dandelion Wine" published 50 years later.  Both books are not typically what you'd expect from Bradbury.  Kind of old-timey and sentimental.  I really like them.  It's a nice little slice of nostalgia.

Also got "Shultz and Peanuts:  A Biography" by David Michaelis.  Haven't sunk my teeth into that one yet, but seemed like it would be interesting. 

What are all of you reading? 
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welcome, sci fi recommendations, Shelfari [Nov. 7th, 2007|02:39 pm]
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Hi guys, new to the group and I was hoping I could cadge some recommendations from yawl.

I'm a sci fi fan but since I'm a grad student I don't have a lot of time to read for pleasure.  Can anyone recommend some good sci fi? 

I don't really care for fantasy, or anything that's too SCA / magic-missile-ey.  I dig broad-scope visionary stuff.  Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is a touchstone, as is the mind-as-labyrinth stuff by Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, and stuff that seems like it came from Borges (even though I've never read any Borges, I feel like I have.)

Specifically, I've been eager to read something about the Singularity.

If any of that resonates with you, I heartily recommend "Turing's Delirium", by Bolivian author Edmundo Paz Soldan.

Also, I've got a profile on book-focused social networking site Shelfari.  Is anyone else who's on here on there?  I gave up on filling out profile after profile (Facebook, I was serious about that restraining order), but a way to meet people based on what you've read was irresistible.
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The year of geek reads [Nov. 6th, 2007|07:50 pm]
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I  just finished a pretty large reading project.  Back in January I started a lengthy reading project.  I had decided to reread, in the overarching plot's chronological order, the entire Dune series as written by Frank Herbert and his son Brian Herbert and co-author Kevin Anderson.  Fourteen books in all.  I won't take up all that space to list them all.  If you're interested, they are listed here.

Overall it was an entertaining project.  I'm not the greatest literature critic, so I can't really provide an intense critical analysis of the books.  I can see that there is a pretty noticeable difference in the writing of Frank versus Brian and Kevin.  Frank had to tell a story AND build a universe, delving into politics, religion, drugs, culture, and much more.  Brian and Kevin really don't present much in the way of new ideas or deep thoughts.  They just had to fill in a back story and fill in some gaps and finally wrap things up where Frank didn't get a chance to. 

All in all, I was entertained, but not overwhelmed.  If you're a hardcore fan of Frank's original stuff, you might be disappointed by Brian and Kevin's style.  Or you might just enjoy it as a way to wrap up everything with a nice little literary bow. 
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Hi guys! [Aug. 13th, 2007|06:42 pm]
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Stumbled across this group while browsing one day, so thought I'd say hi. Hoping I'm not too low-brow for the rest of you guys...lol

I've always been an avid reader and collector of books - my house is groaning under the weight of books I've never touched but will do one day. My longtime favourite genre has been horror fiction, particularly the pulp style of the 60's and 70's, but I'll happily lose myself in classic old tales by the likes of Ambrose Bierce, E.F. Benson, Algernon Blackwood etc... Of the moderns I'd go for Graham Masterton, and almost inevitably, Stephen King (though the oldies are still the goodies, in my opinion)...

Also have a (more or less) complete collection of Agatha Christie novels, in the 1970's UK Fontana imprint. (Excellent covers by Tom Adams).

One of my current interests is the writer Sax Rohmer, particularly his fiendish Fu-Manchu novels - ripping yarns. Very un PC these days but still fun entertainment.

Looking at some of the posts on here I'm probably way out on a limb but what the hell. Feel free to prove me wrong :o)
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2 awesome books! [Jul. 1st, 2007|02:33 pm]
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I just read two great books by Khaled Hoosani. They are "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns". He is an Afghan writer who uses his experience in his own "diaspora" of sorts to give us examples of what his culture is like and the history of his people.

The Kite runner is about two young boys who grow up in Kabul before the Soviet invasion. And also about the interaction between a strong willed, uber-butch, overpowering father and his son who wants to be be a writer. It is very visceral and gut wrenching.

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a book about the lives of two Afghan women who are a generation apart but end up married to the same man. It highlights the difficulty that women face in Afghanistan's tribal cultures.
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Michael Tolliver Lives! [May. 4th, 2007|11:53 am]
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I am very excited and looking forward to Armistead Maupin's new release sometime in June. Are there other Armistead readers out there?

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Hi! New Bear Guy [Feb. 9th, 2007|02:51 pm]
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in Michigan) lonely, but not shy! I fly for free, so if friendships here get interesting.. well i could fly to meet you. I'm 40. 5'9" / 185/ haved head/ beard/ hairy chest-belly-legs / tatts. Want to make online and off line friends with or with out benefits. Feel free to email me too. for a little bear fun watch:
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Gay Poets Society [Jan. 8th, 2007|08:34 pm]
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I just wanted to let everyone in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community know about a fabulous new project that I hope everyone will take part in.

A friend of mine, Autumn Rose, wants to start a book of poetry made up of poems done by the people in the G.L.B.T community...about gay issues, life issues, girlfriend/boyfriend issues... life in general about being gay.

Its kinda like a post secret kind of concept and will HOPEFULLY be in full production in about 6 months. She will hopefully sell it to further the insight to the gay community, and possibly even give it to a publisher for actual STORE purchase. (if anyone has any tips for gay-friendly publishing companies, she's also new at that..)

Of course full credit for the works will be given to the author, and if the author chooses, each poem written will of course be followed by the author's name or alias, age (if wished) and location/state/country of the author.

I think its a really great opportunity to get our views out there, and perhaps even just... find someone that can relate to any situation we're all going through.

Vulgarity/ swearing definitely at a minimum, but not completely banned. I myself have a poem that says "ass"...

Other than that- the world is your oyster!

Her e-mail for it is : GayPoetsSociety@yahoo.com.

TELL EVERYONE! Let's get this project rolling!! Thanks guys :-D
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The Christmas Pig [Dec. 27th, 2006|11:57 pm]
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It's not often one thinks of Kinky Friedman as heartwarming (well, he warms the cockles of mine - it's the furriness, the cigars, the Daddyness and possibly even the Jewishness...given my predilection for 'oys'...), but his little fable THE CHRISTMAS PIG is (there's something a little odd about a Jewish man writing a story about Christmas AND pork, but there you have it...). Perhaps a tad (over)reminiscent of THE HAPPY PRINCE by Oscar Wilde towards the end, but still sweet.
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