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Apr 11, 2011 04:25PM

721 I just got From These Ashes: The Complete Short SF of Fredric Brown in the mail - it'd been on my wishlist for years and finally someone (on matched my price. I really don't know why his work is out of print - it's so fun. I can even enjoy his mysteries, though I really don't like mystery/ thrillers at all.
Apr 11, 2011 11:47AM

721 Ok, I've finished The Princess Bride and so am now done with my challenge - yay!
Apr 11, 2011 11:37AM

721 Ok, tx for clarifying! :)
Apr 08, 2011 02:01PM

721 Question for those of you who don't let go of books - and please don't think I'm being rude or stupid or facetious. What about books you bought and were disappointed by? Or ones you were given and didn't like? I mean, some of you have said "I keep them all" and I sincerely wander if you really mean that...
Apr 08, 2011 01:48PM

721 Thanks Monya. The thing is, the costumes in that cover indicate a time well before 1896 (when the novel was supposed to have taken place, and when the author wrote it) or so, don't they?
Apr 06, 2011 04:54PM

721 So, I read My Brilliant Career My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin. Have any of you? I don't understand this cover.
721 Did not finish A Room of One's Own - seems to be of historical interest only, to me. Instead I plucked The Princess and the Goblin off Mt. TBR and enjoyed it at least as much as I did the many times I read it as a child. Now I'm reading the sequel, The Princess and Curdie.
Apr 02, 2011 01:05PM

721 The most difficult ones for me are the complete series. I find so many loose series' titles in secondhand stores and it's frustrating. Once I've done the work of collecting all the books that go together, I'd like some assurance they'll stay together. I have a complete set of the Animorphs, all 60 or so books, and nobody special to give them to. Katherine Applegate
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Apr 01, 2011 12:48PM

721 Tx Carmel - it's now on my to-read shelf!
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Mar 30, 2011 02:37PM

721 Just to piggyback on Laura's question of Matthew, here's my 2 cents. I assumed (and hope) that Jessica's questions are not about her starting point.

I would imagine that a writer like Jessica has a story or a thought to share, and wants to get ideas on the best way to do so. Matthew's point about making sure the story fits the form is good here - I can't tell you how often I've read a short story expanded to fit a whole book - bleh.

Then, it seems to me, she looks at our answers to her questions, and makes sure that her rough draft has at least some of the elements that we readers want it to have.

For example, if she really wants to write about vampires, and has a draft of a story involving them, now she goes and looks at our suggestions and is reminded that derivative fiction needs special care... so she adds something, or slants in a new direction, or changes something so that her novel is not just derivative but has some more memorable and creative ideas to make the reader feel like s/he is glad s/he picked up the book.

At least, that's my take. As well as I can explain it given I'm sitting here waiting and waiting for the gas man to call so I can let him turn on the gas in the apartment so we can get along on this move!
Mar 30, 2011 02:17PM

721 I'm used to moving, so I don't have *too* much trouble letting go of books. I love libraries, so anything I'm confident is likely to stay in their collections is especially easy to let go of. I do have about one banker's box of books that are hard-to-find and worth a re-read.

I register my books at and then they have tracking numbers. Then I release them so other people can pick them up and enjoy them. Sometimes those people even go online and use that BCID tracking number to let me know they've found the book.

The most trouble I had letting go of books was when I realized my 14-son was never going to get around to reading all the juveniles I had set aside for him. For example I had a copy of almost everything by Katherine Paterson, who is really interesting and is popular among teachers, and one of my favorites... and my son didn't read *any* of them. Argh.
721 ((hugs)) to you, Mandy, and to your Mum.
Mar 28, 2011 12:16PM

721 Sometimes I wonder if there's something genetic that makes the Irish more susceptible to alcohol. My first husband was Irish (3rd generation to US) and alcoholism was a big problem for lots of his family. Anyway, Lesley, I'd have no interest in that book either - thanks for the warning. The Binchy collection I read was easy and fun, w/ moments of poignancy.
721 Lesley, others, I don't want to steal you from this group, but if you want to join a cozy group that discusses travel memoirs, and badly needs someone like you who has read more than I have, please consider us at Fans of Maps.
Mar 28, 2011 08:11AM

721 Laura, Jessica, as I move now I'm finding too many books that I bought meaning to read and have now decided not too, as my tastes have changed or they're not quite worth the backache they'd cause lugging them to the new place.

I don't have advice or anything, I'm just saying it's hard for me to part with something I thought I wanted. And this despite the fact that I'm an avid user of and so I know a good way to share the books I'm letting go.
Mar 28, 2011 08:06AM

721 Maggie wrote: "@Cheryl in CC NV "...Mandy, you're a nurse, right? I mean, I feel a little creeped out to learn that you're a fan of bloodsuckers...."

Cheryl, I'm a nurse too. We sure are blood suckers where I ..."

Ok Maggie, excellent point! You're right, I'm a fan of bloodsuckers too as I am so thankful for nurses of all stripes... :)
721 I'm excited - we're off to sign the contract on our new apartment tonight! It's a smaller place, no yard, but cheaper and better located. Since two housemates are moving on, it's good that the three of us left can have a fresh start.

The irony is that we stayed in that same small complex years ago when my now 14 yo was a tiny one.

Moving might keep me busy - I've done a lot of prep work but I might not check in here quite as often for awhile, until May 31 when we have to be all out of this current house.
Mar 24, 2011 02:14PM

721 Ok I finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so, come on, April! :)
I need help! (39 new)
Mar 24, 2011 01:35PM

721 -What do books need to have to capture your attention?

Something that hasn't been done to death. No wizards or vampires or anorexia or WWII please!

-Is there anything that turns you off?

1) Bad editing. 2) Characters that I don't care about - they can sometimes be 'bad' but at least make them have what they think is a good reason for what they do. 3) Yucky stuff like child abuse or descriptions of gore. 4) Pointlessness - make me feel like I didn't waste my time reading it. 5) Characters or situations that are stupid or unbelievable. I mean, 'suspension of disbelief' is good for sci-fi or fantasy, but it can still be 'believable. However, when I mutter 'yeah right, like that'd happen' at a book I usually stop reading.

-How do you like your characters? Unusual, relatable, your age... etc

Not stupid. Sincere. I want to know them, care about them, believe in them and in their motivations, and I want them to grow & learn & become better people.

-Anything else you think I should know :)

No matter what you write, some people will love it, others will not. Some people seek out the kind of gory books I can't stand, for example. Write about something that makes you feel passionate, and that sincerity should come through for your readers and make (many of us) feel more engaged in your story.

Cheryl, Nevada, USA
721 Thanks for clarifying about Guernsey..., Jessica. It's terrific to share ideas & recommendations with teachers, but of course they're likely to have a different perspective so the fit isn't always perfect! :)

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