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  1. You do resist corrupting others' wishes....because you're in a coma. I wish I didn't have to walk home from work today.
  2. well, if we did you've got my vote for first to be kicked off. So we love books so much we can't choose. Belittling it is not a friendly way to introduce yourself.
  3. 1. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore 2. Diaries of Adam & Eve, by Mark Twain (FAIR OAKS PRESS version ONLY) 3. Dry, by Augusten Burroughs 4. A Gracious Plenty, by Sheri Reynolds 5. Einstein's Dreams, by Alan Lightman 6. Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl 7. Something More, by Sarah ban Breathnach 8. Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins *thinking*
  4. not a stupid question at all! Yes, you PM the person, tell them you have a book you want to send, and ask for their address.
  5. NONE of my wild releases have been journaled----but they've all been picked up! Something that makes up for that is the delight fellow BXers have gotten from surprise RABCKs from me (Random Acts of BookCrossing Kindness). They do journal the books, usually, and I know positively that the books have gone to a happy home.
  6. I just got Maroon5's Songs about Jane. *beaming* I LOVE this CD. My current favorite song is She Will Be Loved
  7. *laughing helplessly* thank God I wasn't drinking anything when I read this! I'm giggling over Ed's comment about stopping the gizzard names---hehehe were you eating your soup at the pc, then?
  8. Grammath--- I read one story from Pastoralia last year that was very interesting--- I think it was the first one--about the guy and his wife who were on show as part of a re-enactment thing? rats I've forgotten most of it. an interesting story, though, I remember. What did you think of it?
  9. my fiance just read this and LOVED it. This author also wrote Wonder Boys which was made into a movie starring Michael Douglas and Toby--um--whatshisface. Sorry. here (from Amazon.com) Editorial Reviews Amazon.com Like the comic books that animate and inspire it, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is both larger than life and of it too. Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses and even hand-to-hand Antarctic battle, it pursues the most important questions of love and war, dreams and art, across pages brimming with longing and hope. Samuel Klayman--self-described little man, city boy, and Jew--first meets Josef Kavalier when his mother shoves him aside in his own bed, telling him to make room for their cousin, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Prague. It's the beginning, however unlikely, of a beautiful friendship. In short order, Sam's talent for pulp plotting meets Joe's faultless, academy-trained line, and a comic-book superhero is born. A sort of lantern-jawed equalizer clad in dark blue long underwear, the Escapist "roams the globe, performing amazing feats and coming to the aid of those who languish in tyranny's chains!" Before they know it, Kavalier and Clay (as Sam Klayman has come to be known) find themselves at the epicenter of comics' golden age. But Joe Kavalier is driven by motives far more complex than your average hack. In fact, his first act as a comic-book artist is to deal Hitler a very literal blow. (The cover of the first issue shows the Escapist delivering "an immortal haymaker" onto the F├╝hrer's realistically bloody jaw.) In subsequent years, the Escapist and his superhero allies take on the evil Iron Chain and their leader Attila Haxoff--their battles drawn with an intensity that grows more disturbing as Joe's efforts to rescue his family fail. He's fighting their war with brush and ink, Joe thinks, and the idea sustains him long enough to meet the beautiful Rosa Saks, a surrealist artist and surprisingly retrograde muse. But when even that fiction fails him, Joe performs an escape of his own, leaving Rosa and Sammy to pick up the pieces in some increasingly wrong-headed ways. More amazing adventures follow--but reader, why spoil the fun? Suffice to say, Michael Chabon writes novels like the Escapist busts locks. Previous books such as The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys have prose of equal shimmer and wit, and yet here he seems to have finally found a canvas big enough for his gifts. The whole enterprise seems animated by love: for his alternately deluded, damaged, and painfully sincere characters; for the quirks and curious innocence of tough-talking wartime New York; and, above all, for comics themselves, "the inspirations and lucubrations of five hundred aging boys dreaming as hard as they could." Far from negating such pleasures, the Holocaust's presence in the novel only makes them more pressing. Art, if not capable of actually fighting evil, can at least offer a gesture of defiance and hope--a way out, in other words, of a world gone completely mad. Comic-book critics, Joe notices, dwell on "the pernicious effect, on young minds, of satisfying the desire to escape. As if there could be any more noble or necessary service in life." Indeed. --Mary Park--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
  10. ok I get the 3 category thing. We alternate, right? so we're not reading the same genre all the time.... I AM confused about ---ok Is this a different book club meeting thing than the one where the group's reading the Plot Against America?
  11. this is the another book I consider indispensable. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop Chris Vogler led, and it gave me a deeper understanding of why stories are so important. The Writer's Journey closely follows the path of the hero himself. I strongly recommend this book. here's what Amazon says: Amazon.com At the beginning of The Writer's Journey, Christopher Vogler asserts that "all stories consist of a few common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies." Some may be hard-pressed to accept this idea (and will wonder how storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare to Robert Altman might respond to the proposition). Others may imagine that since Vogler uses movies like the Star Wars trilogy and The Lion King to defend his mythological philosophy, he is, unwittingly, listing the reasons why Hollywood films of the last 20 years have been so unimaginative. But there's no doubt that Vogler's notion, based on psychological writings by Carl Jung and the mythmaking philosophy of Joseph Campbell, has been profoundly influential. Many screenwriters have used Vogler's volume to understand why certain scenarios sell, and to discover a blueprint for creating mythic stories of their own. Now in its second edition, The Writer's Journey sets forth archetypes common in what Vogler calls "the hero's journey," the mythic structure that he claims all stories follow. In the book's first section, he lists the different kinds of typological characters who appear in stories. In the second, he discusses the stages of the journey through which the hero generally passes. The final, supplementary portion of the book explains in detail how films like Titanic and The Full Monty follow the patterns he has outlined. --Raphael Shargel Product Description: In 1993, The Writer's Journey became one of the most popular books on writing of the last 50 years. Now, the 2nd Edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler's pioneering work in mythic structure for writers.
  12. This is one of two books that I consider indispensable. Here's what Amazon.com says: Editorial Reviews From Book News, Inc. Ideas, facts, and possibilities for characters and development, storytelling and plotting, language, locations, research, and specific genres/themes including horror and the occult, the love story, marriage and the family, comedy, sports, medicine, crime, espionage, the military, vehicles, the old West, and religion. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. and a 5-star review: Necessary resource for writers, December 8, 2001 Reviewer: Scott W Need character names? Occupation ideas? A list of possible protagonist's motivations? More importantly, need to find this and more quickly and with ease, maybe a dash of description about what's important about their use in your work? Then this is the book for you. It's a great writer's block-buster and square-one resource for people teaching writing courses. Put it on the shelf closest to your writing desk.
  13. Were I to teach an English class, I'd require my students to acquire this book. Much of the confusion for people who are learning English as a second language lies in conjugating the verbs. (I think the reverse is true, too)
  14. Excellent book! here's what it says at Amazon.com Editorial Reviews Language Notes Text: English, Spanish Product Description: With more than 1 million copies in print, the new, updated edition of this all-time best selling language book of Spanish verbs is now printed in two colors for increased ease of reference. The most important and most commonly used Spanish verbs are presented alphabetically in chart form, one verb per page, and conjugated in all persons and tenses, both active and passive. This thorough guide to the use of verbs features many additional references and tips, including a bilingual list of more than 1,250 additional Spanish verbs, helpful expressions and idioms for travelers, and verb drills and tests with answers explained at the back of the book. I think this book should be a required text for every Spanish class offered. Too many people don't know what it means to conjugate verbs, not even in their own language!
  15. If it's been televised since January 2000, I probably haven't seen it. When I politely asked my ex-husband to leave, he took the tv, among other things. I was happy with this since I rarely watched it anyway. I've seen an episode here and there at friends' houses--less than ten, I'd guess. I didn't even know what Survivor was the first year it was out! 5 years later without television (except for movies--I'm a movie pig)--I do not miss it at all.
  16. argh I just started a post myself, and I think it's the second one--- I keep forgetting how to spell it. *sigh* I loved this book.
  17. okay. so how exactly do we persuade you to reveal which book inspired you? AGW?
  18. books I read in 2004: Liar's Club, by Mary Karr Color of Water, by James McBride This Boy's Life, by Tobias Wolff Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl Dry, by Augusten Burroughs Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain The Deadhouse, by Linda Fairstein Eleni, by Nicholas Gage Angela's Ashes, by McCourt The Kiss, by K. Harrison Gravelight, by Marion Zimmer Bradley Desire of the Everlasting Hills, by Cahill DaVinci Code, by Brown Vanished Man, by Deaver The Normals, by David Gilbert Magical Thinking, by Augusten Burroughs Running with Scissors, by Burroughs The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore Strip Tease, by Carl Hiassen Touching Evil, by Kay Hooper Dead Famous, by Carol O'Connell By the Light of the Moon, by Dean Koontz The Stand, Uncut version, by Stephen King Skull Session, by Daniel Hecht Kiss of the Shadow Man, by Maggie Shayne The Negotiator, by Dee Henderson Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching, transl by Ursula Leguin Face the Fire, by Nora Roberts Paul Harvey's And That's the Rest of the Story, by Paul Aurandt Every Breath She Takes, by Suzanne Forster The Disappeared, by K. Rusch The Charm School, by Nelson DeMille Dogs of Babel Time-Traveller's Wife Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd the perks of being a wallflower, by Chbosky Due Diligence, by Michael Kahn Darwin's Blade, by Dan Simmons Dead Aim, by Iris Johansen Books in 2005: Nathan's Run, by John Gilstrap At All Costs, by John Gilstrap Big, Bad Wolf, by James Patterson best reads are in purple; over-all favorite are bold purple.
  19. omg this thread cracked me up! it was like being in BX hehehe hi, y'all hey! did you guys get your new names? rats. I forgot where it is. anything but books, mebbe.
  20. actually I modified the choices. so it's MY warped humor you're accessing, not Dave Pilkey's.
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