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Discussion in 'Media & Entertainment' started by Rosie, Jun 2, 2012.

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  1. Katrina

    Katrina Deity

    Location:
    Canada
    I just finished reading "A Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. I love the TV series, so I decided to check out the source material. I like the series better. The book leaves too many unanswered questions.

    Now there are a couple of books on hold at the library: "The Man Who Japed" by Philip K Dick and "Children of Men." I'll have to wait a while due to the holiday hours. Booo!
     
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  2. Mischief

    Mischief Stranger in a strange land

    I recently read My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite. The author is Nigerian, and the book is set in Nigeria.

    It's described as "darkly funny", but I didn't find it funny. I see it as an exploration of how shared childhood trauma can tie people together more strongly than almost anything else.
     
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  3. Mischief

    Mischief Stranger in a strange land

    Other books I have read recently:

    The Chalk Man, by C.J. Tudor. This is the author's first book, and it's a well done psychological thriller/mystery.

    The Punch
    , by Noah Hawley. Not as good as some of his books, but a fairly entertaining read.

    Under the Harrow, by Flynn Berry. Nominally, it's a murder mystery, but really it's about loss and grief. This was this author's first book, and she's written another one (which I read first). Another very promising writer.

    Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler. Anne Tyler has been writing about families for a long time, and she does it beautifully. This is not one of her best, but it's still better than Hawley's The Punch. She's the writer Hawley aspires to be.

    Severance, by Ling Ma. This is one of those self consciously clever books that fails to be either clever or entertaining because it is so very self conscious.

    Robiceaux, by James Lee Burke. I've been reading Robiceaux mysteries for 30 years or so, ever since I picked up In the Electric Mists with Confederate Dead at a used book fair. This book has been out for almost a year, and I didn't realize it. The good news is, the next one will be out in a month.

    March Violets, by Phillip Kerr. In the style of American detective noir, but with a German detective, set in Hitler's Germany, which makes it very noir indeed.
     
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  4. Peter

    Peter Famous Member

    Location:
    UK or Spain
    I haven't read that book yet, Jamie, but the title seems very appealing. Parenting should always be unconditional imho.
     
  5. Tom

    Tom Addicted Poster

    I'll have to read some of his works. I know the Harrison Ford movie "Blade Runner" is based on Dick's novel: "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" I've been familiar with his name, but somehow never got around to reading anything by him. So long as it's not too depressing/dark, and not about some sort of space war, I think I'll enjoy his work.
     
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  6. Tom

    Tom Addicted Poster

    ^^^ I read some short stories by Philip K. Dick over the weekend. They were mostly pretty dystopian, but with a lot of insight, and not too depressing (considering what they were usually about). One story touched on animal rights and welfare, and had an interesting twist: "Beyond Lies The Wub".

    I also read a novelization of a "Dr Who" episode starring David Tennant and Freema Agyeman (sp?), also touching on animal-treatment issues: "The Last Dodo". I had a problem with it: Martha (Freema Agyeman's character) is a physician, and obviously intelligent/cerebral, but she's written sort of ditzy in this. The Doctor can be quite goofy too, but I didn't think Martha's treatment in this novelization did her justice. I've seen a few episodes including her, and she's one of the Doctor's strongest companions.
     
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  7. PTree15

    PTree15 Beach bum

    Location:
    Connecticut
    I am reading Slow Horses, by Mick Herron, the first in a series of British intelligence spy thrillers. So far, so good, though the cadence of the writing takes some getting used to.
     
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  8. Jamie in Chile

    Jamie in Chile Veteran Member

    I think I have this

    Not sure if we have the exact same volume

    Volume One: The Collected Short Stories of Philip K Dick : Beyond the Wub
    ISBN 1 85798 879 5
    Published 1999
    First story is Stability then Roog
    I thought this was excellent. Better perhaps than reading one of his novels.
     
  9. Jamie in Chile

    Jamie in Chile Veteran Member

    I am reading Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
    He says that rational logic reasoning evolved as a way to justify ourselves in social groups, and this explains why people start with intuitive judgements, and then look for evidence to support their already biased judgement, rather than starting with an open mind and reasoning, with a judgement later.
     
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  10. Mikkel

    Mikkel Addicted Poster

    Location:
    Norway
    Ready Player One.

    It's awsome!!
     
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  11. Brian

    Brian Mad Bard

    Location:
    Gothenburg
    My wife gave me a fantastic modern retelling of Norse Mythology by the modern dark fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. Well worth a read!
    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
     
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  12. Val

    Val Extraterrestrial

    You have a fantastic wife...:up: ;)
     
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  13. Jamie in Chile

    Jamie in Chile Veteran Member

    I just finished Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, which I mentioned above.

    The book may also be quite useful for liberals who struggle to understand libertarians or conservatives and think they are all nuts. It will help you to understand other viewpoints, even though it doesn't really argue for any particular viewpoint above others. But it explains the psychology of liberals vs conservatives.
     
  14. Mikkel

    Mikkel Addicted Poster

    Location:
    Norway
    Jaws.

    It serious sucks... The movie is WAY better. In the movie it's a shark there. It's very little present in the book... It doesn't even help to hum the "du du du du" in the head to make it more exciting.

    One houer of the book was mostly about Ellen Brody's rape fantacies, having sex with Hooper and such things. I WANT SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  15. Mikkel

    Mikkel Addicted Poster

    Location:
    Norway
    Between Ready Player One and Jaws, I red Mengele Zoo. It's Norwegian but they work to translate it to English. About enviroment and the fight to save it. On a quite bloody way...
     
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  16. Katrina

    Katrina Deity

    Location:
    Canada
    I'm making my way through Octavia E. Butler's "Patternist" series. I finished "Wildseed," "Mind of my Mind," and "Clay's Ark." Now I'm on "Patternmaster." As with most of her works, these books involve lots of breeding and weird offspring. I find it repulsive yet fascinating at the same time.
     
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  17. Katrina

    Katrina Deity

    Location:
    Canada
    I just found out that a book I own, "Survivor" by Octavia Butler, never made it past the first edition. It's rare!!

    I looked it up on Amazon, and there are three copies each selling for about $200!
     
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  18. Val

    Val Extraterrestrial

    Lucky!:up: :hh:
     
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  19. Katrina

    Katrina Deity

    Location:
    Canada
    ^^ I know, right? I had bought this copy used for only $5!
    The books in really good condition are selling for as much as $600. I'm not sure what condition my book is in. I mean, nothing is really wrong with it, but I don't know how an expert would value it.
     
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  20. Katrina

    Katrina Deity

    Location:
    Canada
    I still remember reading that for a book club, and this one guy hated it with a passion. I personally loved the book, so I found it funny that he hated it so much. Now that the book has been turned into a movie, I can't help but imagine how outraged he must be. lol.
     
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