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I just read this one yesterday:

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Really exciting, a modern day Count Monte Cristo.
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Posted: Mar 5 2008, 03:29 PM
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Plans for revenge spin out of control in this sharp-edged, sizzling novel by bestselling Dickey (Liar's Game; Between Lovers). The unnamed narrator has it all-a loving husband, a beautiful home and a lucrative career as a television producer in Los Angeles. Although she works long hours, she knows that she and her husband, Charles, a middle-school teacher, depend on her earnings to live the good life. Upon receiving strange messages at work from a mysterious man named David Lawrence, she assumes that he is a media-hungry stalker. But when David finally reaches her, he tells her that her husband has been having an affair with his wife, Jessica. The reporter in her takes over, and she immediately confronts Charles, who admits that he had an affair with Jessica, but says it is over. Confused, angry and in complete shock, she demands that Charles give her the intimate details of the affair; he refuses. "And I'm supposed to accept that?... My marriage is supposed to be my place of solace, not a place of fucking grief, and my husband is supposed to my friend, not my fucking enemy. Choose which one you wanna be." Unwilling to go on without answers to her many questions, she soon finds herself commiserating with David Lawrence. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, her world falls apart and she finds herself desperate for revenge. But will revenge heal her tattered soul or destroy her completely? Dickey offers plenty of straight-on sex and violence, but also probes questions of contemporary morals and the psychology of betrayal, writing compellingly and believably from his heroine's point of view. This will be another crowd pleaser.
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Posted: Mar 10 2008, 08:57 AM
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Christopher Boone, the autistic 15-year-old narrator of this revelatory novel, relaxes by groaning and doing math problems in his head, eats red-but not yellow or brown-foods and screams when he is touched. Strange as he may seem, other people are far more of a conundrum to him, for he lacks the intuitive "theory of mind" by which most of us sense what's going on in other people's heads. When his neighbor's poodle is killed and Christopher is falsely accused of the crime, he decides that he will take a page from Sherlock Holmes (one of his favorite characters) and track down the killer. As the mystery leads him to the secrets of his parents' broken marriage and then into an odyssey to find his place in the world, he must fall back on deductive logic to navigate the emotional complexities of a social world that remains a closed book to him. In the hands of first-time novelist Haddon, Christopher is a fascinating case study and, above all, a sympathetic boy: not closed off, as the stereotype would have it, but too open-overwhelmed by sensations, bereft of the filters through which normal people screen their surroundings. Christopher can only make sense of the chaos of stimuli by imposing arbitrary patterns ("4 yellow cars in a row made it a Black Day, which is a day when I don't speak to anyone and sit on my own reading books and don't eat my lunch and Take No Risks"). His literal-minded observations make for a kind of poetic sensibility and a poignant evocation of character. Though Christopher insists, "This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them," the novel brims with touching, ironic humor. The result is an eye-opening work in a unique and compelling literary voice.
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Posted: Mar 13 2008, 09:34 AM
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A book of short stories from Richard Matheson, the writer of the original story of "I Am Legend." He also wrote a ton of the stories for "The Twilight zone"

Other stories in this book besides "The Incredible Shrinking Man"....

Nightmare at 20,000
The Test
The Holiday Man
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The Distributor
By Appointment Only
Button Button
Duel
Shoofly

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous--until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.
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Posted: Mar 19 2008, 03:12 PM
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Selling $10 bottles of cocaine to drive-by customers, clockers are at the low end of the drug-dealing chain. One step up is Strike Dunham, an ulcer-ridden, black 19-year-old who oversees his part of the operation from a bench in the housing projects of a New Jersey city called Dempsy--the bleak and confined world that screenwriter and novelist Price ( Sea of Love and The Wanderers, respectively) explores with consistent authority. The murder of another dealer in Strike's drug organization brings in middle-aged, almost burned-out homicide detective Rocco Klein, who doesn't believe it when Strike's brother Victor, a young man with a family, two jobs and a clean record, confesses to the crime. The shooter's identity and motive are the questions on which Price turns this thoroughgoing exploration of Dempsy's dark and gritty underside, a place marked by unceasing, often random, motion and by the steady closing in of horizons. At the same time, Price plumbs the remarkably parallel interior worlds of Rocco and Strike. Although neither the hard-drinking Rocco, with a wife and infant daughter, nor the solitary Strike, who downs bottle after bottle of vanilla Yoo-Hoo to soothe his stomach pain, has a drug habit, each is as addicted--Strike to power and status, Rocco to the unpredictability and risk of his job--as are the junkies both pursue. The vividly depicted Dempsy seems a Dantean hell, at once a place and a condition from which escape may be impossible.


One of the writers from "The Wire" did this book. maryluvs_thumbup.gif
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Posted: Mar 22 2008, 11:56 AM
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Damn Rodney, your ass be tearing through some books. I'm still reading Stolen Lives from last month. maryluvs_ph34r.gif


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Posted: Mar 27 2008, 09:34 PM
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Speaking of Oprah's Book Club...

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This is my 1st read of this book btw.

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Posted: Mar 31 2008, 12:02 PM
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In the star-studded publishing cosmos of gossipy fiction, Collins orbits securely between the likes of Dominick Dunne and Danielle Steel. Overlooking the pulpy prose, cardboard characters and soap opera melodrama, her legions of eager faithful will not be disappointed with this newest trendy fable detailing the sleazy sex habits of Hollywood's nouveau riche and infamous. Riding the crest of fame, ageless Hollywood superstar Lissa Roman is fed up with her fourth husband's cheating and has decided to throw him out. Still up for at least one more romance, Lissa gets the hots for the studly PI she hires to evict her slimy spouse. Meanwhile, her gorgeous 19-year-old daughter, Nicci Stone (whose Spanish gigolo father was Lissa's second hubby) is engaged to Evan Richter, the serious-minded half of a team of upstart film writer-producer twin brothers. But like mother, like daughter: why settle for the first guy? Nicci develops a libidinous yen for her fianc's twin. Lost in the mists of lust and expensive living, Nicci fails to notice a suspicious car tracking her every move. Her stalker is murderous ex-con Eric Vernon, who sets in motion his plan to kidnap and ransom Nicci the same night Lissa is scheduled to appear at the opening of a glitzy new Vegas hotel and casino for a record $3 million. All this is set against assorted minor subplots featuring Lissa and Nicci's glamorous inner circles their friends' catty chatter serves as chorus to the central dramedy. With fashions provided by Rodeo Drive and catering by Mister Chow's, this is Collins at her ultra-celeb, super-accessorized, bestselling best. Agent, Morton Janklow. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.


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Posted: Apr 25 2008, 01:31 PM
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QUOTE (Princess Charming @ Mar 22 2008, 11:56 AM)
Damn Rodney, your ass be tearing through some books. I'm still reading Stolen Lives from last month. maryluvs_ph34r.gif

maryluvs_laughing.gif Well the last few books I read were pretty good. Once I find a good book I'm on a roll and usually won't stop until I hit a snoozer. I can average about 1 book per week.

"Clockers" kinda stalled me. It wasn't really a snoozer, it was just one of those books that are filled with too many details about every character. It me almost a month to finish.
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Posted: Apr 25 2008, 01:44 PM
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Just finished this one. The original "I Am Legend" story. This is highly recommended for anybody who did or didn't like the movie. The books is totally different from the wack Will Smith movie.

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One of the most influential vampire novels of the 20th century, I Am Legend regularly appears on the "10 Best" lists of numerous critical studies of the horror genre. As Richard Matheson's third novel, it was first marketed as science fiction (for although written in 1954, the story takes place in a future 1976). A terrible plague has decimated the world, and those who were unfortunate enough to survive have been transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Except, that is, for Robert Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be destroyed because he is different from everyone else. Employing a stark, almost documentary style, Richard Matheson was one of the first writers to convince us that the undead can lurk in a local supermarket freezer as well as a remote Gothic castle. His influence on a generation of bestselling authors--including Stephen King and Dean Koontz--who first read him in their youth is, well, legendary.
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Now reading this one. Another one by the Richard Matheson, autheor of "I Am Legend"

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Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.

Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.
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Lady Sings the Blues is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith albums), to her emergence on Harlem’s club scene, to sold-out performances with the Count Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is notable for its trenchant observations on the racism that darkened Billie’s life and the heroin addiction that ended it too soon. We are with her during the mesmerizing debut of “Strange Fruit”; with her as she rubs shoulders with the biggest movie stars and musicians of the day (Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Benny Goodman, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and more); and with her through the scrapes with Jim Crow, spats with Sarah Vaughan, ignominious jailings, and tragic decline. All of this is told in Holiday’s tart, streetwise style and hip patois that makes it read as if it were written yesterday.


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Editor Lewis is a noted author of several books, e.g., When Harlem Was in Vogue ( LJ 3/15/81) and, most recently, W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 ( LJ 8/93). This hefty tome features many significant essays, poems, and stories not readily available to all scholars that are drawn from African American journals of the period, including Opportunity, Crisis, and Fire! In his introduction, Lewis carefully explores tension within this arts and letters movement. The collected excerpts of writers like Cullen, Hurston, Hughes, McKay, DuBois, and Wright represent a balance between those Renaissance supporters and writers who "saw the small cracks in the wall of racism that could, they anticipated, be widened through the production of exemplary racial images" and those who "saw art not as politics by other means--civil rights between covers or from a stage or an easel." This anthology will balance and enhance any modern American literature collection.
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Posted: Apr 28 2008, 10:16 AM
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QUOTE (Jefferson St. Joe @ Apr 25 2008, 12:57 PM)
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Now reading this one. Another one by the Richard Matheson, autheor of "I Am Legend"

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Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.

Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.

This sounds good. Lemme know if this is a MUST read! maryluvs_excited.gif


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Posted: May 5 2008, 04:09 PM
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I just finished this one. It's amazing wub.gif


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QUOTE (amerykahn promise @ May 5 2008, 11:09 PM)
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I just finished this one. It's amazing wub.gif

Is it about the Armenian genocide?? maryluvs_huhh.gif
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Is it about the Armenian genocide?? maryluvs_huhh.gif

Well, in a way. But it is really a beautifully written novel. wub.gif


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QUOTE (Josh @ Mar 4 2008, 04:08 PM)
I just read this one yesterday:

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Really exciting, a modern day Count Monte Cristo.

Stephen Fry is amazing!! The guy is a wonder


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THE FAMILY brings the lawless world of 15th-century Rome to vivid life, revealing the secrets of the Vatican just as Mario Puzo once laid bare the mysteries of the Mafia. This extraordinary epic revolves around Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, a larger than life hero propelled by a myriad of passions-power, faith, luxury, women, and an all-powerful love of family. While his blessings are sought by kings and peasants alike, enemies from within and abroad plot his demise. As Alexander strives to restore glory to the Catholic Church and unify the city-states of Italy, he also seeks to direct the lives of his beloved children. But for all Alexander's love and might, he cannot reverse the legacy of sin that is revisited upon his children.

Alexander's son, the passionate Cesare, is torn between his father's wish that he serve the Church, and his own desire to be a warrior. The story of Cesare's rise and fall is a cautionary tale of obsession and arrogance, a story at once mythic and viscerally suspenseful. He and his sister, Alexander's beautiful and sensitive daughter Lucrezia, are jointly cursed by an unthinkable secret, served unto them by their father. And the violent fate of Alexander's heartless son Juan is eventually echoed by the deadly vengeance of the Pope's neglected son Jofre. Torn between familial love and their own irresistible motivations, the Borgias are by turns each other's most steadfast saviors-and each other's greatest threat.

At the time of his death in 1999, though he had reached the end of the story-including writing the epilogue-Puzo had left several chapters unfinished. Working directly from his detailed notes and outline, his longtime companion, novelist Carol Gino, completed the work soon thereafter. "Mario was fascinated with Renaissance Italy, and especially with the Borgia family," Gino writes in her Afterword to the book. "He swore that they were the original crime family, and that their adventures were much more treacherous than any of the stories he told about the Mafia. He believed the Popes were the first Dons-Pope Alexander the greatest Don of all."

An unforgettable saga of grand scope and dark intrigue, THE FAMILY is the crowning achievement of one of the most gifted storytellers of our time.




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Now reading this one.  Another one by the Richard Matheson, autheor of "I Am Legend"

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Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.

Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.

This sounds good. Lemme know if this is a MUST read! maryluvs_excited.gif

It was an quick OK read. Not sure if it would be something that you would get into. You don't really seem like a "Horror" type of girl. Although there was a lot of sexual stuff in it LOL.

I watched the movie of this last night and it was maryluvs_thumbdown.gif That will be the last time I read a book and then turn around and watch the movie. They can never seem to get it right.
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