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ex_midwinte
Jan. 4th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
I love Gaudy Night, have I expressed my love of it to you?

Just the fact that it was written in 1920 or something! The exploration of a woman's mind and sexuality is amazing! And in a mystery novel!
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
I know!! Sayers is awesome.
bearly525
Jan. 4th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, give Song for Arbonne another chance!!

Have you read others of his books? S4A is the weakest, but still it's worth getting through.

Little, Big is priceless... :D
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Song for Arbonne is not getting a second chance, and neither are his irritating lead characters, or any of his other books, I'm afraid to say. I can't remember what tweaked me about this one but I ha-ted it. I have read the trilogy and enjoyed that a great deal, but everything else I've read of his makes me grrrrmad.
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eeedge
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
What do you think of Judith Tarr? She tends to write very strong women in historic fantasy settings.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
I've never read her stuff. (No one's ever recommended it, though.) I'm so very picky about fantasy, I hardly ever read any anymore... that's why Crowley was such a relief...
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peregrin8
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
ok, I loved Little, Big so much that yours is the recommendation of The Life of Pi that I'm finally going to take.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
jack liked life of pi too. i have the book on cd loaned out to someone or i'd offer it!
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jsciv
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
I should do something like that. I read a lot of books, and it'd be nice to have a specific "this is what I read this year" list. Of course, right now I'm burning through the Snicket books, so that's an easy way to pump up the numbers of finished books. :)

I'm curious about Sean Astin's book, but since it seems a bit like he's latching onto the LotR bandwagon I'm less interested.
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
I had to read all my posts from last year to amass the list. I hope there aren't books I didn't post about!

I can't say I recommend Astin's book, although it was neat to hear stuff about his dad. It was quick, at least. But frustratingly self-aggrandizing. And not in a cool Wil Wheaton way.
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keryx
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
I will counter snidegrrl's anti-recommendation of Astin's book. ;) His flawed, sometimes stupid, ordinary guyness appealed to me. The subject matter (autobio of an actor) isn't exactly fascinating, but I still enjoyed it.
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keryx
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, I can hardly even conceive of starting a list like this. Even of just the significant books I read. I'm impressed, and tempted to try my own hand at it. :)
snidegrrl
Jan. 4th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
I for one would love to see it! I have always wanted to keep track. Thankyou livejournal...
schpahky
Jan. 4th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
I love love love Pema Chodron. Start Where You Are was the first book I ever read on Tibetan Buddhism and it blew me away. I've reread it several times - she is like that. The Wisdom of No Escape is also excellent. Well, SHE is excellent.

The other book I read back at the start was Cheri Huber's The Key, and the Name of the Key is Willingness. It's more about Zen but it's short and in a handwritten font and you can really open it up everywhere. In fact many of her books are good especially if (like me) you are someone prone to obsessive thinking. That Which You Are Seeking is Causing You to Seek and The Depression Book and The Fear Book are all just great. Sometimes I find Buddhist writing a little opaque or virtual sounding, and both she and Pema make it sound more useful and doable and everyday.

Mmm, Buddhism.
rubinpdf
Jan. 5th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
The World According to Garp
Wow, I read Garp years ago... I don't think I could have been more than 14 at the time. It was a bit (lot) more mature than I probably should have been reading at the time. I remember I enjoyed the book, but was a bit disappointed with the movie.

I am somewhat surprised it's not a book you'd throw across the room, since I take it you're bit of Ellen Jamesian these days 8-)


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