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  1. I liked the link of "cumulus of exhalations" with "a poem-cloud" - thought that humorous in a sort of self-deprecating way. I get a feeling of looking down on a beech tree that is giving off oxygen and on a person sitting under a overhanging roof giving off a poem.
  2. Dont cry for me Argentina - various (only cos I can't remember her name - Elaine?)
  3. You are in hawaii but you are still wearing your sheepskin, cashmere jumper, corduroy trousers and skiboots! I wish I could write a best seller and become famous
  4. They last for a month and you put on one stone in weight, become an alcoholic, break the TV, DVD and CD players and quarrel with all your friends and family. I write a bestseller and become famous
  5. I'm the opposite, I love sci-fi but am not keen on fantasy. Although having said that I like the Lord of the Rings (apart from the ballads). To me sci-fi could be true, there could be a sci-fi land somewhere, things could happen in the future or in some alternative world but fantasy is too make-believe, like fairy tales and that turns me off.
  6. Hard water by Jean Sprackland (this is a book of poems. is it allowed?)
  7. Theres a hole in my bucket - Harry Belafonte (God I do show my age!)
  8. I haven't read this one by King but I've read The Tommyknockers and Pet Semetary and they've both stayed with me because apart from the horror, King has a good theme. In Tommyknockers is was about the use of technology - we use it but we don't know how it works so we don't know what harm we may be doing. In Pet Semetary it was "even if we could, should we bring the dead back to life?" What was The Shining about? I hate horror, it frightens me and I can't shake it off.
  9. I bought the trilogy in an Oxfam shop but try as I might I just can't get into them. I just don't relate to the little girl. I keep trying but I find them boring.
  10. It was reviewed in today "Times" - not very encouraging.
  11. Walking Back to Happiness - Helen Shapiro
  12. You'll get one for Xmas - it will come from Hamley's the toy shop. I wish I could meet a nice friendly helpful alien from outer space.
  13. I too love Pratchett's humour. My introduction was "Weird Sisters". I love the beginning - a take on the opening scene of Macbeth. Cue: Thunder, lightning, witches round a cauldron, "When shall we three meet again?". "Well I can do next Tuesday" comes the reply. So, I like the Witch books. However, I find the humour pushes you back a bit from getting too involved. I feel a bit detached, so I cant read one after the other, I have to have a rest in between.
  14. I discovered Billy Collins, he was the Poet Laureat for 2001-02 and shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize last year.
  15. Charming. Easy, different - Radio 4 serialised it one week too. Once I went through an African period and read lots of books by African writers, the style is very similar in its simplicity.
  16. I'm reading Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore - I'm into Russia under Communism at the moment having read Anne Appelbaum's Gulag which I really enjoyed (if "enjoying" is the right word? Perhaps illuminating is better). I've always got a few books on the go, so Im also reading philosophy John Macmurray's The Form of the Personal Vol II. He's not so much "I think therefore I am" but "I do therefore I am", he says thinking is an action ie as in "what are you doing?", oh just thinking! I'm beginning Snow Water by poet Michael Longley, I'm just getting my head round the first poem! Ploughing my way through "the skeptical environmentalist" by Bjorn Lomborg - which apart from the environmental aspect is brilliant for me as it makes me aware of how to question statistics. I try to finish a book a week.
  17. thanks I've gone for 1 free 21day trial. I'll see how I get on.
  18. What are we calling "over Xmas" - I wont be able to participate til early January!! But I can catch up if you go ahead with a seperate thread.
  19. Its so nice to get an original treatment - Im not sure its a children's book. it may be written from a child's point of view but it certainly brought home the way adults try to control each other. I enjoyed it.
  20. Well, you learn something every day. It never occured to me you could do it on computer. Can you recommend a programme or do I just search?
  21. It had a good write up somewhere - I'm happy to buy it and might get round to reading it over Xmas. With regard to Michael Longley's Snow Leopard and it being shortlisted for the T S Eliot prize 2004, the poetry book society are doing a reading of the books on 16th Jan 2-5pm at UCL Bloomsbury. Last year I went to a group reading run by the PBS and found it very interesting, you can always pick up insights from other people. I shall probably go to this reading too.
  22. I re-read Jane Austen but I re-read The Godfather and saw it in a completely different light. Is the Mafia system of justice worse than a corrupt Western one, I ask myself?
  23. No I never really bonded with James Patterson either. Thanks for the list, I shall try your choices out. I like Kathy Reichs, although her last one "blow fly" or something like had a ridiculous ending. I like P D James - she's of the old school like Agatha Christie. Someone introduced me to Deaver and he is gripping but I found the Bone Collector had a far fetched ending, his Maidens Grave was good though.
  24. I've got his Keys to Success - just as well I don't have high expectations! It's a good read for procrastinators, we feel we're doing something.
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