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Awesome! :D [Thursday
December 31st, 2009]

[ mood | relaxed ]

A comm for book-nerds! Yay! :D

Name: Kate
Age: 16

Top 20 Books: (Oh gosh, this is gonna be hard...)
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriela Garcia Marquez
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
It - Stephen King
Eleven Minutes - Paulo Coelho
Wicked - Gregory Maguire
Mirror, Mirror - Gregory Maguire
Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
Hannibal Rising - Thomas Harris
Mary, Mary - James Patterson
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

Favorite authors: Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. LeGuin, Cornelia Funke, Philip Pullman, Paulo Coelho

Quote that describes you: "I told you I would tell you my names. This is what they call me. I'm called Glad-of-War, Grim, Raider, and Third. I am One-Eyed. I am called Highest, and True-Guesser, I am Grimnir, and I am the Hooded One. I am All-Father, and I am Gondlir Wand-Bearer. I have as many names as there are winds, as many titles as there are ways to die." -Mr. Wednesday, American Gods

"Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us." -Tristran and Yvaine, Stardust

I'm a huge fan of Paulo Coelho and Neil Gaiman. xD Any other fans whom I may share my fangirlyness with? :D


Willy Vlautin [Monday
July 14th, 2008]

One should never meet an artist whose work one admires; the artist is always so much less than the work.

Friday evening at WORD, a splendid little bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Deb and I attended a reading by Willy Vlautin, whose first two novels, The Motel Life and Northline, are two of the best books I've read in years. In a blurb advertising the event, Time Out New York called Northline a "bleak novel... about a pregnant woman who, in moments of deep trauma, speaks with her idol, Paul Newman." Reducing the book to these two plot points is as wrongheaded as describing John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath as a "road movie about a family that can't get work."

In between playing a couple of songs on his guitar (he's also the lead singer of Richmond Fontaine, a fine band that's been around since '94 and have ten or so CDs to their name), Vlautin read a passage from Northline, introducing it as a "story about weakness, about the bad things you do when you're feeling weak, the sideways moves you do. You get out of one bad situation and you feel good that you've made a brave step. But then you're so worn out that you end up making the same exact mistake."

Both of Vlautin's books are in the literary tradition of Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski. His spartan prose perfectly reflects the people about whom he writes: spare on the surface but ultimately strong enough to bear up under the lives they have made for themselves. Readers, like Vlautin's own characters, may be surprised to discover just how strong.

After the reading, we had an opportunity to meet Vlautin and have him sign our copies of his books. He and I both spent a chunk of our lives working in trucking out West (we were employed by competing companies), and we spent a few minutes talking about Reno and Portland and Salt Lake, about the Nugget Casino, and a legendary hamburger called the "Awful Awful." Deb and I left the bookstore with the feeling that—Toulouse-Lautrec be damned—Vlautin in person appeared to be as genuine and wryly funny as Vlautin the writer. It was a good night.

Willy Vlautin reads from Northline.

May 20th, 2008]

Name: Katie, though just call me Kates or Kami.
Age: A mere 16
Top 20 books: Favorite Author(s):  As shown on the list, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Quote that describes you: "Any prowling maniac would have had more than his work cut out if he had accosted Anathema Device. She was a witch, after all. And precisely because she was a witch, and therefore sensible, she put little faith in protective amulets and spells; she saved it all for a foot-long bread knife which she kept in her belt."   -From Good Omens
Photo of you (if you'd like): Maybe later.  ;]

wow- a group for me! [Wednesday
September 1st, 2004]

hi everyone- i'm louise, i'm 16 and i love reading and really want to be a writer. i'm a geek with edge!
anyway, here are my top books....

Ian McEwan- Atonement- i take pride in being someone who read it before any whisper of a film being made!
Audrey Niffenger- The Time Traveller's Wife- AMAZING book!
Jodi Picoult- My Sister's Keeper- i highly recommend
J.D Salinger- Catcher in the Rye
Alice Sebold- The lovely Bones
Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice- no justification is needed as to why this is on this list!
J.K Rowling- The Harry Potter Series- You couldn't not include it
William Shajespeare- Romeo and Juliet
Neil Gaiman- Coraline- very weird book, but good!

curently wading through.....

Jack Kerouac- On The Road
Ian McEwan- On Chesil Beach
"            "      - Saturday
J.M Barrie- Peter Pan (i had a sudden urge to revist childhood)
Russell Brand- My Booky Wook (i love the guy!)
Neil Gaiman- Stardust
Phillip Pullman- Noprthern Lights

i have a terrib;e habit of reading loads of books at once!

Summer Reading list.....

pride and prejudice again
the kite runner
the book theif
and some other classics
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Favorite books? [Tuesday
March 25th, 2008]

Gone With the Wind
Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
Alice in Wonderland
The Little Prince (in the original French)

. . . Pants on Fire [Sunday
March 9th, 2008]

Last week yet another memorist was outed (this time by her sister no less!) as nothing more than a lowly fiction writer; once again begging the question: why didn't they just publish their works as fiction in the first place?

Ego and greed, probably.

Not discounting these writers' duplicity in dealing with their publishers, what's truly troubling when these contretemps raise their ugly little heads is the press's haughty shock and awe that any half-truths (or quarter- or third-truths) should have wormed their way into the sanctity of somebody's memoir. Literary and social critics alike thump their thesauri and behave as if, pre-James Frey coming along and embarrassing Oprah with his million little lies, every memoir published was letter-perfect when it came to factual matters--that no details were added or enhanced (or omitted), that no dialog was fabricated, that nothing was tweaked to make the piece better (or at least readable).

By its selective nature, a memoir is not journalism; it is subject to the tricks our memories play on us; how and why events took place are filtered, consciously or unconsciously, by our prejudices, belief systems, etc. Plus, let's face it, folks: life, by and large, is boring. Even fascinating people have plenty of downtime where nothing of much interest happens. Knowing what to emphasize and what to ignore, where a chapter--let alone the real story--begins and ends (in reality, most people's lives have very few--and very long--chapters), is the writer's job.

And while we're talking about it, the very journalists looking down their collective nose at these memorists are prone to the same refractions they're pillorying; they shouldn't be, but they are. The truth is never more malleable than in the hands of a writer.


Books read in Feb [Saturday
March 1st, 2008]

Hello here's the books that I have I finished in this month. Wasn't a great reading month but the books that I finished where great reads.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (190 pages)
All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland (279 pages)
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland (249 pages)

For a grand total of the year
Books: 8
Pages read: 1,706

Currently reading:The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson.
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January Books [Saturday
February 2nd, 2008]

1. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (192 pages)
2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (200 pages)
3. Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams (199 pages)
4. So Long, And Thanks For All the Fish by Douglas Adams (167 pages)
5. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (230 pages)

January 25th, 2008]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Hi! Do you keep a Reading or Book Live Journal? Would you like to meet other people who do, in order to make new LJ Friends, and discuss literature, or share common interests? Check out addmy_readinglj in order to do so! (:


WOO! Finally a place for me [Tuesday
January 22nd, 2008]

AWESOME! A place for bookworms/nerds.

Top 20 books: I've got 300 or so; naming just 20 will take awhile.
Favorite Author(s): Oh jeez...I'll have to come back once I open Access 2007. It's got about 50 authors that I like.
Quote that describes you: Live in chaos; thrive on chaos

story time [Thursday
January 3rd, 2008]

Hi everyone (: I have started writing the first of a few books, the E. Lyon chronicles. I have not done much yet, because  have spent about the last 3 weeks trying to find names for all of my characters, each with meanings that match with who they are.. and what their personalities are like. My main character is of course, Miss E. Lyon..Which stands for Evanna Lyon. You might think, oh my goodnes that's practically Evanna Lynch, which yes I have realised also. But I wanted my main character to be powerful and brave, therefore I thought of Evanna-young warrior, and Lyon, which is like a lion-brave. This is only a tiny bit of my first story, and more characters will be introduced, but if yo wouldnt mind, please read through what I ave written so far, and perhaps tell me what you think. Id rather not spend months writing a book, that turns out to be rubbish. thanks :)
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December 29th, 2007]

[ mood | blah ]

Name: Kiran

Age: 18

Top 20 books:
Harry Potter series(proud obsessor)
Gone with the Wind
A Great and Terrible Beauty series
The Book Thief
Twilight series
The Messenger
The Kite Runner
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Scribbler of Dreams
Diary of a Young Girl
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Jane Eyre
The Wanderer
Old Magic
The Giver
The Good Earth
To Kill a Mockingbird
Chronicles of Narnia
Lemony Snicket
The Velveteen Rabbit
(I think that's more than 20)

Favorite Author(s): those who write in a sarcastic, creative and beautiful manner. Ones that can take me away to an amazing place.

Quote that describes you:

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
-Deathly Hallows

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Reading Slump [Wednesday
November 28th, 2007]

I've been in a reading slump lately. I've had no real desire to read which is not like me at all. I have plenty of books to read but nothing is grabbing me, but all these books I can't wait to read at the same time. What do you guys do to get yourself out of the reading slump?

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HiHii:) [Monday
October 1st, 2007]


I'm new to this community, looks good though :)
Obv, Im a reading fanatic.
here's a list of my top books:
1)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-J.K.R
2)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix-J.K.R
3)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire-J.K.R
4)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-J.K.R
5)Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince-J.K.R
6)Harry Potter and the Philisophers Stone-J.K.R
7)Harry Potter  and the Prisoner of Azkaban-J.K.R
8)Eragon(first book)-Christopher Paolini
9)A Midsummer Nights Dream-Shakespeare
10)All Narnia Books-C.S Lewis

I'm a massive Harry Potter fan.
Did anyone else cry at the thought that the last book has actually been released
Any other HP fans here?

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Update [Monday
October 1st, 2007]

30. September by Rosemonde Pilcher

It was nice to meet this world. The characters are so very human. It's a page turner that you can't wait to know what happens but you wish that it didn't end.

31. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I loved the book it started off really great. Towards the middle it kind of dragged a bit but still a great read. And a definite must read for anyone who has any interest in Dracula.

Books 31/50
Pages 10,169/15,000
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Gone with the Wind [Friday
August 24th, 2007]

Promise not to hurt me, but I wrote a GWTW fanfic. pleas be kind.
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The New Strand [Thursday
August 16th, 2007]

I just started a new Yahoo! group for Sherlock Holmes fan fiction and would love for some of you to join. Here is the link: http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_New_Strand/

Please excuse my spamming.

Warm regards,

hi [Tuesday
July 10th, 2007]

[ mood | amused ]

Hello everyone! My name is Mae, 20 years old. Here are my favorite books as of right now!

1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
2. The Black Dahlia Files by Donald Wolfe
3. By Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall
4. Bag of Bones by Stephen King
5. The Shining by Stephen King
6. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
7. The Collector by John Fowles
8. The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower
9. My Dark Places by James Ellroy
10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
11. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
12. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
13. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
14. Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark
15. The Last Victim by Jason Moss
16. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
17. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg
18.Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
19.The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
20.And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Pynchon. [Saturday
June 23rd, 2007]

[ mood | content ]

Who here has read V. by Thomas Pynchon? Who loved it? Who hated it? Why would you hate it? (I mean, really?)

I read it a while ago, but I absolutely loved it. I love the ever-mystifying V. and her want to become inanimate. I love Benny Profane and his phobia of the inanimate. (I named my cat Benny...and he hates inanimate objects.) But now I'm tackling Gravity's Rainbow slowly.

Comments? Speak!


Reading Mr. Mamet [Tuesday
May 29th, 2007]

David Mamet's latest collection of essays, Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose and Practice of the Movie Business, zeroes in on the subject of moviemaking — Hollywood moviemaking, in particular — and, as is his way, manages to make the reader feel a) pretty damn smart for understanding what's being set at our feet, b) dimwitted for sometimes not knowing what the hell he's talking about, or c) both a) and b) at the same time.

Reading Mr. Mamet is not unlike drinking a dose of cherry-flavored cough syrup: you don't necessarily enjoy it at the time you're downing it, you wonder where they picked these particular cherries, but afterwards, if its desired effect is successful, you're glad you took the measures.
(I speak here of Mamet's prose writing, not his playwriting. In that respect, I have nothing bad to say about the man who wrote Glengarry Glen Ross, nor, with few reservations, about the man who wrote the screenplays for The Verdict and the Untouchables, and who wrote and directed House of Games and State and Main. This hereby ends the world's longest mea culpa.)

That being said, the sections of the book devoted to "The Screenplay" and "Technique" prove invaluable reading for any writer. "Storytelling: Some Technical Advice" begins: "Storytelling is like sex. We all do it naturally. Some of us are better at it than others." Mamet goes on to say that all successful stories utilize the same form: "Once upon a time, and then one day, and just when everything was going so well, when just at the last minute, and they all lived happily ever after. Period."

He misses the boat, however, with the book's appendix, which consists of over 30 pages listing the films referenced throughout the book. Rather than enticing us with descriptions of the movies that are salient and incisive, after providing the year the film was made, the principal actors, the director and writer, he boils the plot lines down to their bare bones (sans any marrow whatsoever) and presents capsule reviews that make Leonard Maltin sound like Shakespeare. (For example, his entry for Taxi Driver: "Isolated in New York City, a Vietnam vet takes it upon himself to violently liberate an adolescent prostitute from her pimp.")

If his goal was to demonstrate how the plots of even classic films can be reduced to a single sentence, he succeeds. But in doing so he also shows why so much of what comes out of pitch-happy Hollywood these days is devoid of mystery, poetry, character, or any trace of art.


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