Jim Puskas

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I look to establish Goodreads friends who share my reading interests, but only those who provide written reviews on the books they read. As a writer, I feel that providing only a numerical rating of a book without any commentary offers no useful feedback to the author; and as a reader, it offers me no insight into why I might (or might not) wish to read the book. A lively exchange of ideas is what makes Goodreads so valuable for me.

Since retiring from gainful employment in 2007, I have focused my energies upon not-for-profit organizations whose purpose is to improve my community and the world at large. I seek ways to apply some of my varied knowledge and skills for the betterment of society. To that end, I am an active Kiwanian; having
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Jim Puskas I think I would like to travel to Constantiople, to the court of Justinian I, the last great emperor of what had been the Roman Empire, about 335 AD,…moreI think I would like to travel to Constantiople, to the court of Justinian I, the last great emperor of what had been the Roman Empire, about 335 AD, before the bubonic plague struck and changed everything. I realize that was a real time and place but it has also been the setting for numerous fictionalized accounts of events. Even supposedly scholarly histories of the era are somewhat speculative. Just to be a "fly on the wall" to see first hand the astonishing workings of Byzantium.(less)
Jim Puskas I like to mix it up, so I plan to start off with Far from the Madding Crowd by Hardy and Setting Free the Kites by Alex George. Also on my list are…moreI like to mix it up, so I plan to start off with Far from the Madding Crowd by Hardy and Setting Free the Kites by Alex George. Also on my list are Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Riuz Zafron. I also want to re-read Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo. But expect some of my Goodreads friends will get me sidetracked onto some other books they've discovered.(less)
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So here I am at draft #7 of "Body and Soul". Am I getting close to completion? Who knows? All I know for sure is that this book has been a challenge and there are still several things that I need to fix. It's a good thing I don't depend on this to make a living ....
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" I fully agree; in fact, after struggling through 2 of his books I consider Backman simply a bad writer. "
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" Loved your review, even though I felt this was Powers' weakest novel. Being a music lover myself didn't even help; too many other problems with this ...more "
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Last year I read The Overstory. I was majorly impressed. I had not read Richard Powers before but the minute I finished that novel I wanted to read everything he wrote. Rather than go back to his first novel and read forward, as I usually do with..." Read more of this review »
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
" The novel is astonishingly timely, considering that it was written 60 years ago! Every event in it could easily happen in the US today. "
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Wendell Berry
“You have been given questions to which you cannot be given answers. You will have to live them out - perhaps a little at a time.'
And how long is that going to take?'
I don't know. As long as you live, perhaps.'
That could be a long time.'
I will tell you a further mystery,' he said. 'It may take longer.”
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“The bird and the fish may fall in love but where will they build their nest?”
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“But I’m going to need you to love me on the bus, dude. And first thing in the morning. Also, when I’m drunk and refuse to shut up about getting McNuggets from the drive-thru. When I fall asleep in the middle of that movie you paid extra to see in IMAX. When I wear the flowered robe I got at Walmart and the sweatpants I made into sweatshorts to bed. When I am blasting “More and More” by Blood Sweat & Tears at seven on a Sunday morning while cleaning the kitchen and fucking up your mom’s frittata recipe. When I bring a half dozen gross, mangled kittens home to foster for a few nights and they shit everywhere and pee on your side of the bed. When I go “grocery shopping” and come back with only a bag of Fritos and five pounds of pork tenderloin. When I’m sick and stumbling around the crib with half a roll of toilet paper shoved in each nostril. When I beg you fourteen times to read something I’ve written, then get mad when you tell me what you don’t like about it and I call you an uneducated idiot piece of shit. Lovebird city.”
Samantha Irby, We are Never Meeting in Real Life.

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message 4: by Jim

Jim Puskas I would be interested to see your comments on The Shadow of the Wind by Zafon. Also: A tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki if you decide to read it.


message 3: by David

David Dennington Thank you for being a friend, Jim.
Best,
David


message 2: by Jim

Jim Puskas I heartily agree with your message to writers and editors to keep it to less than 400 pages, omit irrelevant characters and don't ramble. Surely part of an editor's job is to impose some discipline upon the writing process (e.g. ref. my reviews of The Philosopher's Pupil and Minister Without Portfolio). My message to a writer is: "I'm your customer. Making my reading experience annoying is disrespectful and bad for your business"


Debbie Thanks for your friend request! And glad you found my review of A Tale for the Time Being interesting. It was an intense read for me--some things very good but other aspects bothersome. Look forward to book chats with you.


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