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ABOUT BOOKS AND READING > What are U reading these days? (Part Five) (begun 3/12/09)

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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments This discussion topic (entitled "What are U reading these days?") seems to be our most popular one. Please feel free to post at whichever "Part" you prefer.

The reason I occasionally start the same topic as a different "Part" is because some newcomers may be daunted by topics which already have so many replies. They may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of posts and may be deterred from jumping in.

So this new "Part" gives them a clean slate, so to speak.

As I say, please feel free to post in whatever "Part" you enjoy.

Joy H., Moderator


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Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments As much as I was enjoying the Part Four thread, this is something new so it should go here. I was just notified that I won a book giveaway here at goodreads. The Gnostic Mystery
I've been a member of goodreads since October or November of 08 and this is my second book giveaway win! I was here about a week when I won the first time, The Heretic's Daughter. When I won that, they also sent me 9 other books! Some I still have and some I gave away because they weren't to my taste.
I'm wondering if anyone else enters the book giveaways and if they've won?


message 3: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Congratulations, Jackie!
Where do you find the Goodreads Giveaways?
What do you have to do to enter the Giveaway contest?


message 4: by Jim (last edited Mar 13, 2009 03:36AM) (new)

Jim (JimMacLachlan) | 6090 comments Joy, the free giveaways are here:
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway

I've gotten a couple of books through it as well. It's pretty cool. I just won Birth of an Empire, a book about Genghis Khan.


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Cookiesue9x (Cookiesue) I just received my first book THE GNOSTIC MYSTERY(in the book giveaway), the book (by chance?) dovetails perfectly with some of this seeker's current religious questions.Iam on page 6o and liking the book a great deal.


message 6: by Jackie (last edited Mar 13, 2009 07:20AM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I just got my notification yesterday, I wonder how long it will take for me to receive it. I think I will like it, I only enter for books I'd really like to read and this one looks good!

Joy,
You can also scroll to the top of this page, where it says Explore, in there click onto Books. When you get to that page, the first thing is Popular Lists, the next thing down is giveaways. The chances of winning are pretty good if you ask me.



message 7: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 13, 2009 03:35PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jim & Jackie, thanks for the telling me how to get to the "Goodreads Giveaway" section. I just now went there and entered to win the following book:
The Ten Golden Rules Ancient Wisdom from the Greek Philosophers on Living the Good Life

The book description says:
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"All chapters begin with a quote from one of the great Greek philosophers who inspired the rule, followed by a story or explanation of the rule and its importance in life, and end with teaching points on which to meditate and reflect."
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Since quotes are my hobby, I figured I couldn't go wrong.

I hope they don't sell our names and addresses. I don't need anymore junk mail. :)


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Cookiesue9x wrote: " I just received my first book THE GNOSTIC MYSTERY(in the book giveaway), the book (by chance?) dovetails perfectly with some of this seeker's current religious questions.Iam on page 6o and liki..."

Hi Cookiesue9x. Welcome to the group. Nice to see you here.

Is this the book you won in the giveaway? ====>
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The Gnostic Mystery

The Goodread review says:
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"The Gnostic Mystery is packed with historical facts about the Christian religion. The thrilling mystery makes a compelling case that the origins of Christianity are far different than we believed . . . until now."
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Sounds as though it's similar to the bestseller, _The Da Vinci Code. It should be interesting.

Hope to see more of you here at the group. May I call you Cookie?


message 9: by Jackie (last edited Mar 13, 2009 10:23PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments Joy,
I've never received any junk mail on the email account that I use here, so I'm sure that goodreads doesn't sell our addresses.

I've read the Gnostic Gospels in The Nag Hammadi Library in English and in The Nag Hammadi Library so I'd be interested to see what this author does and if he uses the actual Gospels or will instead take poetic license. Most modern day Christians don't realize that there were numerous factions of early Christianity, dependent upon which Gospel they followed. It was a source of contention between early Christians until Emperor Constantine held the Nicean Conference and put together one Christian Bible under one religion. The Gnostic Gospels are those that didn't make it into the Bible and they are no less valid than the other Gospels IMO.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "Joy,
I've never received any junk mail on the email account that I use here, so I'm sure that goodreads doesn't sell our addresses."


That's good to hear, Jackie.
About the Bible, when I was a kid, I decided to start reading the Bible, on my own, from the beginning! I never got past the "Begats". LOL

Jackie also wrote: "I've read the Gnostic Gospels in The Nag Hammadi Library in English and in The Nag Hammadi Library..."

Jackie, I followed your links and found:
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"The Nag Hammadi Library was discovered in 1945 buried in a large stone jar in the desert outside the modern Egyptian city of Nag Hammadi. It is a collection of religious and philosophic texts gathered and translated into Coptic by fourth-century Gnostic Christians and translated into English by dozens of highly reputable experts."
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Jackie, that sounds like heavy reading. Was it?


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Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I could only read it in small doses, it took a long time to read. They were my secondary books, reading only 20 or so pages a day while I could just keep on reading whatever novel I was involved at in the time. And parts of the script were missing so they had to leave those areas blank. They were interesting because they were about the life of Jesus, unknown parts of his life. I never got through the Old Testament either. Now that I think about it, I didn't read the New Testament either. I went to Catholic school, so I got plenty of it, just not on my own.


message 12: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 14, 2009 08:33AM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "I could only read it in small doses, it took a long time to read. They were my secondary books, reading only 20 or so pages a day while I could just keep on reading whatever novel I was involved a..."

As a catholic, I learned the Bible through hearing the Gospels each Sunday. Years ago, we never studied the Bible, per se, but learned it through certain Gospels. I get the impression that the Protestants learn the Bible in a different way, but I'm not sure how.

BTW, I call books which I read a bit at a time while reading other books, "Backburner Books". They're always on the backburner, waiting for me to pick them up. Sometimes they grow cold back there. :)


message 13: by Jackie (last edited Mar 14, 2009 08:35AM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I learned it the same way as you Joy. I haven't gone to church since I was in elemantary school, and a couple of years ago I had to attend a funeral in a catholic church, and I remembered everything, word for word. Nothing like repetition to get a subject seared into the brain, LOL


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "I learned it the same way as you Joy. I haven't gone to church since I was in elemantary school, and a couple of years ago I had to attend a funeral in a catholic church, and I remembered everythin..."

Yep, repetition is part of the teaching method. After they changed the "Credo", I never could recite it again with the congregation without tripping. They never should have changed the wording, IMO.


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Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I agree, once taught by repetition it's difficult to re-learn the new changes.
Repetition is a useful way to get hard to learn things in our brains. You just pick it up without even realizing it.


message 16: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 14, 2009 03:34PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "... Repetition is a useful way to get hard to learn things in our brains. You just pick it up without even realizing it."

Jackie, you just gave me an idea for a new topic. Thanks! :)

I'll include it in the topic called "Topics Other Than Bks-Pics-TV".

See: ====> http://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_...
The topic is dated 3/14/2009.


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Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments WooHoo! I finally found someone who has all 4 of the Twilight series! Eric's GF Brittny's brother Andrew. He lent me Twilight & Eclipse. A friend of his has #2 and #4. Hopefully by the time I'm done reading Twilight, he'll have New Moon back.
I'm almost done with my Asimov book and about a third of the way into my Simak book. I'll start Twilight this week and let you know how I like it.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "I'm almost done with my Asimov book and about a third of the way into my Simak book."

Whew! You're goin' great guns, Jackie!

I'm still trying to finish up _The Master_ and a few other books.

I'm plodding through _The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao_. As I've said before, I'm waiting for the wondrous part. It's not compelling at all. I read two pages and I'm bored. And yet, there are rave reviews.

As I've said before, the book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2008) and the National Book Critics Circle Award (2008).

I don't understand it. I know I've said it before, but I can't understand why this book is so highly acclaimed.

I'm only on page 65, but you'd think by that time, I'd get an inkling...

I'm staying with it because it's the library's group selection for the March discussion.


message 19: by Jackie (last edited Mar 15, 2009 04:05PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I've read a few books where I don't know what it's about and I have to say I don't like it. I don't need to know everything instantly but I'd like a glimpse of where it's going.

It's supposed to be in the 50s today. My plan is to sit on the porch in my rocking chair and read all day long.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote:
"I've read a few books where I don't know what it's about and I have to say I don't like it. I don't need to everything instantly but I'd like a glimpse of where it's going."


My sentiments exactly!!!

Jackie also wrote: "It's supposed to be in the 50s today. My plan is to sit on the porch in my rocking chair and read all day long."

That sounds grand, Jackie!

I found a great quote about spring. See it below:
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"It portrays the emotions of one for whom spring is not so much a season of riot and exuberance, fresh hopes and renewed vitality, as a vision of such sweet and tender loveliness that the heart stands still in contemplation ... and the old unrest of the soul is put to sleep."
-William Warlock: Commentary on Delius's On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
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Nina | 5863 comments ETC. I love the spring quote..It is in the sixties here today and up to eighty degrees to celebrate St. Pat's day. In our part of the world it could easily be in the twenties.It reallly is true to Mark Twain's words, "IF you don't like the weather wait a day." I think it was Mark Twain or could have been Will Rodgers...As to the Bible. I agree that in Catholic school my Bible learning were from my book that we studied, Bible History." and if I remember correctly it was mostly about he New Testament..I got a lot out of the book about real Bible History, "The Red Tent," by Anita Diamont. It was fiction but when I looked up her story in the Bible I was astounded by how true her facts were. I do recommend it..nina


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Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments A friend of mine came over for a couple of hours, so the sunny porch with book didn't happen. That's OK, a day like today reminds me that warm weather will be here to stay soon, and that's good enough for me.

I read The Red Tent and it was an excellent read. I couldn't put it down.

I finished Asimov, put Simak on the side and started Twilight.


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Nina | 5863 comments Jackie wrote: "A friend of mine came over for a couple of hours, so the sunny porch with book didn't happen. That's OK, a day like today reminds me that warm weather will be here to stay soon, and that's good en..." I think I have bought about four paperback books of THE RED TENT to give as gifts. And as I said I couldn't believe how authentically it was written..Glad someone out there agreed with me that it was terrific..nina




message 24: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 15, 2009 06:19PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments I read Anita Diamant's _The Red Tent_ and her _Good Harbor_ as well.

_Good Harbor_ was too "house-wifey" for me, more like a soap box opera. I didn't enjoy it at all. I've talked to others who have felt the same way. It was rather dull.

As for _The Red Tent_, I wasn't thrilled with it. I found most of it boring. I guess I just wasn't interested... or perhaps it was the writing style which didn't appeal to me. I remember that it had a certain vagueness or ambiguity to it. I just know that I did not enjoy that book and wonder what people saw in it. Perhaps I'm not interested in the Bible enough.


message 25: by Nina (new)

Nina | 5863 comments I think it's the mood of what you are into at the time you read a book. I did really like THe Red Tent but I could read it today and not be as thrilled. It was interesting to me that our Asst. Priest read it. He had mixed feelings about it. He wants me to read, "Out of Darkness," by Ann Rice as it is sort of dedicated to him. I am number thirty four on the list at the library..The librarian said it seems to be getting popular. After I read it I will write a review. nina


message 26: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Nina, I've never read anything by Ann Rice.
I was never drawn to stories about vampires.

Are you referring to _Called Out of Darkness A Spiritual Confession_ by Anne Rice?

The Goodreads description says:
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"Now, in a powerful and haunting memoir—her first work of nonfiction—she writes about her own life as a Catholic."
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Sounds interesting.


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Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments Anne Rice used to be a good author; she holds no interest for me now. Especially after her publicized return to Catholicism. She turned her back on her religion for her entire adult life, until her husband Stan died a few years ago, then she went back. A book about her life as a Catholic? Now that's funny.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "Anne Rice used to be a good author; she holds no interest for me now. Especially after her publicized return to Catholicism. She turned her back on her religion for her entire adult life, until her husband Stan died a few years ago, then she went back. A book about her life as a Catholic? Now that's funny. "

Jackie, it does seem strange. I wonder what made Anne Rice change back to being a believer "after thirty-eight years as an atheist", as the book description says.


message 29: by Nina (last edited Mar 16, 2009 05:11PM) (new)

Nina | 5863 comments Yes, that is the book I am referring to by Anne Rice. I am like you; I am not into vampires and thought I probably wouldn't like her books. My priest friend called on the phone and suggested I read this book. He said he was at the same seminary as her father and she dedicated this book to her father and all the boys at the Redemptorist seminary near St. Louis, MO. I think it was Kirkwood. He was one of the "boys." I am on the list at the library..It did sound interesting. nina


message 30: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Nina wrote: "...I am on the list at the library..."

Nina, what list is that?


message 31: by Nina (last edited Mar 16, 2009 07:29PM) (new)

Nina | 5863 comments Joy H. (of Glens Falls) wrote: "Nina wrote: "...I am on the list at the library..."

Nina, what list is that?"
Hi,It is just the list of would be borrowers and I am number 34 waiting for the book. I was brought up to believe that once you are Baptized a Catholic you are one for life no matter what happens. So, in theory Anne Rice was a Catholic for 38 years. Anyway, like the good thief maybe she will end up in Paradise..I am not her judge. I think I will read her book as I am curious.nina




message 32: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Nina wrote: "Hi,It is just the list of would be borrowers and I am number 34 waiting for the book...."
I was brought up to believe that once you are Baptized a Catholic you are one for life no matter what happens."


Oh, now I remember about the waiting list at the library. Is Anne Rice's _Called Out of Darkness A Spiritual Confession_ on any Best Seller list yet?

About your saying that once you're a catholic, you're always a Catholic, it reminds me of an old joke: "Once a knight, always a knight, but once a knight/night is enough." :)


message 33: by Jackie (last edited Mar 16, 2009 09:26PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments The first 3 vampire books were good because there was an element of redemption in them. She wrote well about New Orleans, her descriptions of the era and the area made me feel like I was there. I like that, when the author pulls me into the book and I can see it all in my mind.
But then the rest of the vampire books dragged out, I haven't been able to read them all, nor do I have any desire to. It just lost it's appeal to me. They started to all feel the same.
The Witching Hour was good but entirely too long. It held my interest because there was a mystery and I wanted to know what it was. And again, the feel of old New Orleans was palpable, tangible.

Joy, to answer your question about why she went back to her religion, I read an interview with her after Stan died and it seemed to me, from what she said, that she needed to believe Stan's spirit went on, that it all didn't just end. I think it's not unusual to feel that way, and for the death of a loved one to have that effect. If it gives her comfort, I think it's a good thing for her. The reason I don't want to read her now is I did buy Christ the Lord which was misrepresented. It wasn't what I expected, nor the type of thing I would want to read. If the advertisements were honest, I wouldn't have bought it. She was preachy. I already have enough family to fill that position for me; the job's been filled. I like to read for knowledge or entertainment and that book didn't give me either.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie, that was a very interesting post. I like the way you write.
I gather you're referring to the following books by Rice:

_Christ the Lord Out of Egypt A Novel_
"a novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship."

_Christ the Lord The Road to Cana_
"a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship."


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Catamorandi (wwwgoodreadscomprofilerandi) I am beginning The Thirteenth Tale.


message 36: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 16, 2009 09:59PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Perpendicularandi wrote: "I am beginning The Thirteenth Tale."

Hope you enjoy _The Thirteenth Tale A Novel_, Randi.
I looked back as saw that Cindy said:
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"I read 'The Thirteenth Tale' by Diane Setterfield and really enjoyed it! It was a little (or a lot) weird in places but I think the girl who just loves books and gets to write the autobiography of a famous author certainly kept me hooked."
ABOVE FROM: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...
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It does sound like a new twist on a plot. Enjoy.


message 37: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments Yes, Joy, the first one. Except that's not the way it was presented at my book club.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "Yes, Joy, the first one. Except that's not the way it was presented at my book club."

I remember you said the book was "preachy". I don't like preachiness either.


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Margaret | 75 comments Jackie wrote: "The first 3 vampire books were good because there was an element of redemption in them. She wrote well about New Orleans, her descriptions of the era and the area made me feel like I was there. I..."

Hi Jackie - Rice's vivid evocations of New Orleans were also for me the strongest element of her vampire novels (I also gave up on her after The Witching Hour). You really felt as if you could smell the air and feel the humidity on your skin. I'm wondering if you've read her early non-vampire book The Feast of All Saints? It's about the community of Free People of Colour in 19th century New Orleans, which I didn't know a thing about when I read it, and that sense of time and place that's always been Rice's strong suit serves her particularly well. They made a pretty terrible television film out of it, I vaguely remember, but the book was quite good and very interesting.


message 40: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 17, 2009 06:03PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments _The Feast of All Saints_ by Anne Rice is on my To-Read shelf.
It will be my first Anne Rice book.


message 41: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I have it on my bookshelf. Now that I've heard something positive about it, I'll probably get to it the much quicker.



message 42: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments I'm almost finished reading _The Master_ by Colm Toibin. It's been on my back-burner and I've been reading and enjoying small bits at a time since December. If you want to get a feel for the personality and life of Henry James without struggling (g), try this book.

A review by Goodreads member "Philipp" said:
"Great view into the mind and life of Henry James as well as being stylistically brilliant."
That's as good a summary as any.

_The Master_ was discussed by our Crandall Library book group in December '08.

About Henry James:
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"His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.
"His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century."
ABOVE FROM: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...
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Toibin, author of _The Master_, imitates Henry James' style as he tells this fictionalized biography of part of Henry James' life.

I found it thrilling to feel so close to Henry James who has always seemed so distant as a writer.


message 43: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments PS:
Another friend of mine lent me New Moon by Stephenie Meyer #2 in the Twilight series Monday night. Then Tuesday morning she calls me and said she needs it back, one of her kids finished Twilight. I asked to hold on to it for a few days, and I'll give it back before the weekend is over. So I stayed up til 5 am to finish Twilight.
I didn't need to savor the book because it was very much like the movie and there wasn't any surprises for me. The only reason I even read it is on the chance the movie may have left something out and I planned on reading the rest of the series. Besides, who could read #2 without #1? I sure can't.
I really wish I wasn't being rushed, I read fast but I wanted the time to savor this novel. But since my mad rush to finish Twilight last night, it gives me a bit more time to enjoy New Moon.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "So I stayed up til 5 am to finish Twilight."

I'm glad I saw the movie, "Twilight" with you, Jackie.
At least I have an idea what the story is about.


message 45: by Jackie (last edited Mar 18, 2009 03:39PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I was surprisingly very much like the book.
That was a lot of fun, Joy. Every time I'm reading the book, I think of you. And I'll be buying the movie when it comes out Saturday, so I'll think of you every time I watch it.
That's pretty cool.
I hope something good comes out that we both want to see again so we can do it again.


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Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie wrote: "That was a lot of fun, Joy. Every time I'm reading the book, I think of you. ... I hope something good comes out that we both want to see again so we can do it again."

Yes, Jackie, with the warmer weather coming I like getting out of the house. Let's keep our eye on the local movie listing. It's at:
http://www.fandango.com/regalaviation...


message 47: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I noticed Slumdog Millionaire is in the theater and it's coming to DVD on March 31.
Nothing I want to see, at least not at the theater.
Eric saw Taken and said it was very good, lots of action.


message 48: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Now that I have Netflix, there's very little I would need to see at the theater. But you never know... there might be an occasion for going.


message 49: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I prefer to watch at home too. There's nothing I really want to see on the big screen until May 1st when the X-Men movie comes out. I'm an X-Men fanatic so I can't wait the 3 or 4 months it'll take to get to DVD. And big action like Origins promises should be seen on the big screen.


message 50: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 18, 2009 10:49PM) (new)

Joy H. (JoyofGlensFalls) | 16615 comments Jackie, not knowing what the X-Men are all about, I went to IMDb for some answers.
I see there are many different X-Men stories.

Below are some excerpts of what I found in the plot summaries for "X-Men" (2000) :
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"Big screen adaptation of the classic comic book about a band of unique power-possessing mutants who live in a world where their kind is hated and persecuted by humans. Under the guidance of their leader, Professor Charles Xavier, the X-Men strive for a world where humans and mutants can peacefully co-exist. The superheroes must also combat those radical mutants with intentions of exterminating human the race."

"Across the world, children are born with an extra twist to their chromosomes that allow them to exhibit superhuman abilities: fire a beam of force from their eyes, sprout wings that allow flight, or read men's minds. These 'children of the atom' are often feared and despised by the world, forcing these mutants to resort to desperate actions. However, one group of mutants have banded together to show the world that it need not fear their kind. Apart, they are simply scientific curiosities, freaks and monsters - but together, united by their shared belief, they are more. They are the uncanny X-Men."

ABOVE FROM: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120903/p...
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Well, now I know what the X-Men are. I watched a couple of clips from the following web page: http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=...

The page lists some of the main characters. I recognized the following:

-Professor Charles Xavier ("X-Men" (1992), Cedric Smith)
aka "Charles Xavier of the X-Men"

-Wolverine (X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Hugh Jackman)
aka "Logan of the X-Men"

Jackie, do I understand correctly that the X-Men are the "good guys"?


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