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The Third M?n
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PostPosted: 09.29.2003 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds interesting. Might give them a go after all the books I have in my to read list (Catcher in the Rye, Cath 22, Survivor, etc)
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PostPosted: 09.29.2003 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just started From a Buick 8 by Stephen King for my fiction reading and Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker for my nonfic. (I put down Haunted America. You can only read so many ghost stories before they start to feel the same.)
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PostPosted: 10.10.2003 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished Great Expectations a week ago. Then I went to my school library and picked up a book called Radio, Radio. Read it in less than a day, but didn't like it much overall. I also picked up Robert Bloch's Psycho and am reading it at the moment... it's definitely great, and did you know that Marion (Mary in the book) gets decapitated in the shower? Cool
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PostPosted: 10.11.2003 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it's done with typical Blochian word-play:

Mary started to scream, and then the curtains parted further and a hand appeared, holding a butcher's knife. It was the knife that, a moments later, cut off her scream.

And her head.


I'm a big fan of Bloch's short stories, but I didn't care for Psycho. I thought the writing was rather pedestrian overall, and I felt the characters were particularly underdeveloped. Definitely one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book.
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PostPosted: 10.13.2003 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished Psycho yesterday and have just begun to read Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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PostPosted: 10.13.2003 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may actually be reading something for pleasure again: Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels.
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PostPosted: 10.13.2003 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up a volume of mystery stories that includes The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man.

Joy...
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PostPosted: 10.13.2003 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa, nice buys, mate. Enjoy them both (I really should read them some day)...
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PostPosted: 10.13.2003 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was estatic when I found it -- in a used book store for $5. Cool
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PostPosted: 01.10.2004 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Books I read last year [2003]:

In English [alphabetical order]:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers

1984

Ain?t it Cool?

Animal Farm

Bag of Bones

Brave New World

Catch 22

The Complete Hitchcock

Fight Club [2nd]

Frankenstein

Girl With A Pearl Earring

The Grapes of Wrath

Great Expectations

Hamlet

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I am Jackie Chan ? My Life in Action

The Invisible Man

To Kill a Mockingbird

Life of Pi

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [3rd]

The Man Who was Thursday

Of Mice and Men

The Old Man and the Sea

The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond

The Pearl

Psycho

Radio, Radio

The Romans

Slaughterhouse 5

Solaris

Tortilla Flat

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

In Spanish [alphabetical order]

2001: La Odisea del Cine

El Camino

Charles Chaplin, El Genio del Cine

El Cine

Peggy Sue Contra los Invisibles

Picasso

El Principe Destronado
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PostPosted: 01.10.2004 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the holidays I read Old School, a novel by Tobias Wolff (who is probably best-known for This Boy's Life). It has nothing to do with Will Ferrell's exposed genitals. Set at a private prep school in the Sixties, the unnamed narrator desires to win at least one of the school's three literary competitions: After reading a batch of submissions, a celebrated American writer will visit the school and submit to an hour-long chat with the winning student. The first part of the book is structured around these visits--first Frost, then Rand, then Hemingway--and Wolff hilariously captures the character of those famous personalities. What begins as an ode to the pleasure and pain of literature, however, eventually gives way to a fascinating account of intertwined ethics and memory. I thought it was terrific.

Good to hear from you, Mr. Lime. Where've ya been?

Eric
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PostPosted: 01.10.2004 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered where he was, too. Checked in on his website awhile ago and saw he was still updating, so I was more puzzled than ever. Why would anyone want to leave us? It makes it so damn sad. Laughing
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PostPosted: 01.10.2004 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been nowhere, but it just seems that somehow, for some reason, an abyss of uncertainty was created in my mind, and it prevented me from going to this site. Ah well.

Nice to hear that you, my dear Danny, have been visiting my website. I thought I was just doing it for myself.
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PostPosted: 01.10.2004 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, and I'm reading Tolstoy's War and Peace now, by the way.
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PostPosted: 01.10.2004 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Third M?n wrote:
Somehow, for some reason, an abyss of uncertainty was created in my mind, and it prevented me from going to this site.


Say what?

Anyway, glad to have you back!

Eric
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