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Old 09-16-2008, 09:43 AM   #1246
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:59 AM   #1247
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Just finished The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chadon
It's set in a world where Jews were temporarily resettled in Alaska before (and therefore mostly avoiding) the Holocaust. The book is set just before Reversion, where the State returns to American rule. The everyday language is Yiddish, although of course the book is written in English, just using certain words and phrases.

I thoroughly recommend it. The anti-hero is wonderfully noir, the education (for me) in Yiddish phrases and Jewish customs is fascinating and it just has a wonderful twist added by it being set in an alternative version of history. It's also fast-paced, funny and has some gorgeous characters and descriptions.
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:54 AM   #1248
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Currently listening to Neil Gaiman's recently released The Graveyard Book.

Mr. Gaiman is on tour, promoting his new book, and reading one chapter of the book at each stop. Videos of the readings are being posted at mousecircus.com. Chapters 1-3 are up so far, with the others soon to follow.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:27 AM   #1249
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Robert Graves The White Goddess, really fascinating stuff.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:01 AM   #1250
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One of the best reads I have had is a long while:

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa, by Peter Godwin

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserve...ciety.politics

http://www.amazon.com/When-Crocodile.../dp/0316158941

http://nymag.com/arts/books/features/30625/

http://nymag.com/arts/books/features/30625/
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:22 PM   #1251
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:37 PM   #1252
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Rocker, you may have inspired me to try to find my PKD books in the bookpile!

October so far ...

American Indian Food - Linda Murray Berzok
Hunter of the Light - Risa Aratyr
A Witch's Halloween - Gerina Dunwitch
Weather Shamanism - Nan Moss with David Corbin
The Center Cannot Hold - Elyn R. Saks
Nephilim Stargates - Thomas R. Horn

Current book is 100 Wicked Little Witch Stories (seasonally appropriate short story collection that tester-san found for me)
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:08 PM   #1253
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Blood Moon - M.R. Sellars
Latest in a series of Wiccan Detective novels. I've been enjoying them a lot.

The Spirit that Kills - Ronald Levitsky
Mystery novel set in the Black Hills, involves Injuns, but not in the same way as the Hillerman mystery novels

Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
This is a cool book. Really it's more like two books in one ... one about the Columbian Exposition, and a second about some other things going on in the City of Chicago at the same time. Interestingly written. And there was a moment, early on in the book, that grabbed my attention. In talking about one of the character's background story, it mentioned that he had worked very briefly at "The Norristown Asylum." Gets all of three lines, but how often do you open a book about somewhere you used to live, and find something about where you work?

Twlight - Stephenie Meyer
I'm not getting it. One of my cow orkers insisted that I read this because it was so fantastic. Magical. Awesome. Thrilling. With "beautiful use of language," "The New Harry Potter." She was so enthusiastic that against my better judgment, I read the first one. I'm not getting it. It's a plodding, predictable, teen romance novel. meh
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:15 PM   #1254
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I didnt much like Twilight either, wolf. Couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it's like there was something missing from it.

Att he moment, I am reading My BookyWook, by Russell Brand. I am loving it. He's a very good writer.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:23 PM   #1255
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Anybody had a chance to read Anathem by Neal Stephenson? Came out two months ago. I'm wondering if it's worth reading at 900+ pages. Online reviews are mixed, but I've enjoyed his other work.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:51 PM   #1256
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Oooh. I didn't know he had a new one out. It's on my Christmas wishlist now.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:12 PM   #1257
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I didnt much like Twilight either, wolf. Couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it's like there was something missing from it.

Att he moment, I am reading My BookyWook, by Russell Brand. I am loving it. He's a very good writer.
Hebe started with the fouth book, Breaking Dawn, and loved it. Then she started Twilight and didn't like it.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:16 PM   #1258
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I'm currently reading "the City of Ember" so I can discuss it with my 4th grade daughter. It's actually pretty good so far. Intriguing.
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:29 PM   #1259
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:14 PM   #1260
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Ayn and Kafka again, and an oddity, Marion Bradley-Priestess of Avalon, Treas got me all curious about a different book from the same "saga".
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