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message 1: by Ice, Pilgrim (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 756 comments The History of Rome marches on from the first punic war.

The Medieval Murderers book number 3 is nearing conclusion.

And discussion has been had over acquiring some Wallender books.

Perhaps in the Spaceship some Sci Fi should rise up the rankings.


message 2: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2337 comments Finally I am into my sci book that had me get over some conceptual issues before I could relax and enjoy the writing.

Surprised at how much I am enjoying Surprised by Joy
C.S. Lewis is not at all the od curmudgeon I imagined.

The Stuff of thought is a lot of verbiage, with the odd comprehensible insight it's definately a slogger, but interesting.


message 3: by Jim (new)

Jim I'm almost finished with A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments. Very funny and a great read. I'm reading it as a warm-up for Infinite Jest which I will be reading later this year.


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Ellie (elliearcher) | 1245 comments Magdelanye wrote: "Finally I am into my sci book that had me get over some conceptual issues before I could relax and enjoy the writing.

Surprised at how much I am enjoying Surprised by Joy
C.S. Lewis is not at all..."


I liked Surprised by Joy more than I expected to as well. And never made it through The Stuff of Thought, although I found lots of interest & will probably continue with it at some point.


message 5: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2337 comments Stuff of Thought is tolerable in small doses. I think we (Pinker and I) are not on the same page. I am more inclined to Whorfian interpretations and dont enjoy the way he belittles even the whisper of such tendencies.

Sister Alice is still demanding a lot as the relentless pace does not slacken.Just when I think I get it I am asked to jetison more of my assumptions of the possible.

After these two, I pick up Lewis with relief


message 6: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (last edited Mar 08, 2012 01:53AM) (new)

Magdelanye | 2337 comments after posting the above, I read a bit more of the Lewis before sleeping. That was the last I saw of the book until I changed my sheets just now, and there it was (I had been looking all over for it with rising frustration)

speaking of frustration, I spent an hour framing a review for sister alice, and the next day found it did not get posted. It was such a complicated book and the review was so difficult to write.

Almost finished Salmon Fishing In The Yemen by Paul Torday It is a delightful read, just what I needed


message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim Magdelanye wrote: "speaking of frustration, I spent an hour framing a review for sister alice, and the next day found it did not get posted..."

That sux!

Given the spotty performance of GR, what I've been doing is for anything longer than 2 or 3 sentences - like a review for example - I type it up in Word first, then copy and paste into GR. This way, I don't have to be angry at the overworked GR servers - or at poor little Alice sitting in her chair...

Started Omensetter's Luck this week. A very interesting mix of Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce, in a strange pseudo-"Our Town" kind of setting, but without the schmaltz...


message 8: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2337 comments Thanks Jim for the empathy.
Sometimes I will write out some notes for a review, in this case I was struggling to articulate my confusion over a strange work.

Just looked up william gass, who turns up now and then in the bookstore, but I have never read. Looks like an interesting ouevre, especially the Rilke. Tho I am not a fan of Faulkner, Anderson, or Joyce, its an interesting amalgamation.


message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim Magdelanye wrote: "Thanks Jim for the empathy.
Sometimes I will write out some notes for a review, in this case I was struggling to articulate my confusion over a strange work.

Just looked up william gass, who turns..."


I forgot to add, Omensetter's Luck is "A very interesting mix of Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce" - On mushrooms...


message 10: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2337 comments on mushrooms!that should add some flavour LOL

Recommending Salmon Fishing In The Yemen Salmon Fishing In The Yemen by Paul Torday
as a hilarious romp with wickedly satiirical insight and some serious questions about the requirements of belief.

It seems like a good moment to finally readThe Salmon of Doubt The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams Douglas Adams


message 11: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2337 comments just started sarah canary,finally, only at least 6 months after, I believe it was HRO who recommended,and after wasting some precious time looking for that elusive travelling book, surprised by joy which keeps popping in and out of reach.


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