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post #61 of 130
I can't wait for the H.P. movie, too. me and a big group of my friends are all going to go see it together. I really can't wait for the next book either. and if they keep getting bigger like they have been, I'm gonna need a crane to lift #7!
~oh, and I just remembered the book I recently read I wanted to tell yall about. for my independant novel in English class, I read The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. It was pretty heavy, but it was good. have you read it?
post #62 of 130
I've got to read The Color Purple for my book-discussion group at the library. Hurry up and read it, then let me know what you think! (I'm just glad it has nothing to do with The Artist Formerly Known As Oily and that awful film The Color Purple.)

post #63 of 130
Wasn't that awful film called Purple Rain?
I vaguely remember it...had to love the 80's!

post #64 of 130
Cleo, thank you very much! Yeah, I believe you're correct. Oh, well; I knew it had something to do with "purple." Sorry, Michelle, for that bogus information! When one gets old, one's mind is the second thing to go.


post #65 of 130
The Color Purple is a wonderful book and the movie was excellent as well. It IS really heavy and will tear your heart to shreds, but it is well worth the read!

If you liked the Harry Potter books, you absolutely must read the Golden Compass series. Animal lovers will especially love the book, because the people all have animals that are a part of them (like a cat or dog that must always be with them) and if the animal is taken away , the person will slowly die. These books are written for young folks, but I liked them even better than the Harry Potter books (and I'm a grown-up).

P.S. Just to brag....those of you who like Marion Zimmer Bradly....my husband had one of his short stories published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's collection of her favorite short stories!
post #66 of 130
Please give us a citation for that book, so we can find it via our libraries and read your husband's story!

post #67 of 130
I just love reading all these posts!!! And even though I have a small library near me...I doubt they have all the books I want...it is easier to go to Des Moines and buy them at the bookstores!!
And guys....I actually liked the movie Purple Rain... :laughing:
post #68 of 130
lotsocats- yes, please tell us which one!

I don't understand how I forgot to mention Untinen-Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear and stuff... I love those books and have read them over and over. Actually, I think the second one is the best.

Heather- I know what you mean about Heinlein and sex. Never bothered me, as in being too graphic or anything, just got tired of the obsession (but have to give it to him, considering his date of birth and everything, he really tried to be open-minded). Well, actually he had a few obsessions, and it seemed like the main characters were always alike in all his books. But I still liked them.

I haven't read many new scifi books, as I mostly read what my dad has in his "library" or gets me for xmas (I get at least 10 books each xmas), and he mainly gets the oldies. For last xmas I got David Brin's Uplift novels, and I *loved* those! Definitely worth it if you haven't read them (they were written in the 80s I think).

Btw, everyone, my friend is doing her Bachelor's paper on Harry Potter books.
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post #70 of 130

If you didn't like the movie The Color Purple, good luck with the book. I found it tough to get through because it was written in the dialect, as I remember.
post #71 of 130
Who said there weren't enough Harry Potter fans here???
And while I'm still at it: any Paul Auster fans here???
post #72 of 130
So many books, so little time. . . I am in my 30's and I loved Harry Potter, too. I also recommend C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia to all HP fans.
Any mystery fans out there? I just finished the newest Anne Perry, which kind of bums me out, cause now I have to wait for the next one. She is an incredible writer, who delves into Victorian England as much as the murders.
I wonder if any of the sci-fi fans have read Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I am finished with book 4, I really can't wait to get started with the next book, the books are very compelling.
Fans of The Mists of Avalon--don't forget to watch the miniseries next weekend. I know movies are usually inferior to the books they are based on, but I am always hopeful.:rainbow:
post #73 of 130
I just finished Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King. If you like weird stories, this one is for you.

post #74 of 130
My mom brought me home the first of the Golden Compass books a couple nights ago, and I ended up in tears over it. It was so good! I can't wait to get into town to get the next one! Is the second and third as good as the first?
And I also have every one of the Narnia books; I got them in a set back in grade school and I love tham all! I haven't read them in awhile, I think I'll pull them out again. (though, for me, awhile is about 3 months!)
post #75 of 130
Michelle, the second Golden Compass book was even better than the first. I've heard that #3 is out...I have to go looking for it.

I just gave up on A Man in Full by Thomas Wolfe (I think that's the correct name). It didn't grab me and I'd rather spend my time reading something that clicks rather than forcing myself through a novel. I'll grab the next book off my "to read" shelf when I get home tonight.
post #76 of 130
Regarding the Mists of Avalon. I watched the movie last weekend and thought it was really good. I didn't realize it was a book! Does anyone know the author?

post #77 of 130
Mists of Avalon is by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I have the book around here somewhere, I keep meaning to read it.
post #78 of 130
The Mists of Avalon was one of my favorite books, I really enjoyed the movie as well. Marion Z Bradley also wrote several other books about Avalon and the priestesses. One is called The Forest House, the other is Lady of Avalon. All of them are great reads.

I loved Mists because it gave a new perspective of the Arthur legend. I also understood more about King Arthur after I read it.
post #79 of 130
has anybody read 'The blue nowhere' by Jeffrey Deaver? I just ordered it & will be getting it shortly.
post #80 of 130
NO ONE has read this? (see above post)

I know we have some Jeffrey Deaver fans out there.

where are you guys.... *looks under a bush*

post #81 of 130
Nope, haven't read it. Sorry Airprincess!
post #82 of 130
Has anyone checked out www.bibliofind.com. You can find used books for as cheap as $1.00. I haven't ordered anything yet but I'm going to check out some of the titles I've read about here.

This site might work for you Debbie, since the book stores are so far from you.

I found a book that I had read in the 70's called 'Triumph" by Philip Wylie. It was excellent and I want to re-read it. It is another doomday book and was written in the 50's or 60's about these people who survive nuclear war in an elaborate bomb shelter...really good if you like the type.

Another children's series I really enjoyed is the Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

My favorite in the Jean Auel earth children books was also the second, 'Valley of the Horses".

Reading is the most wonderful entertainment there is!
post #83 of 130
I'm reading The Bomber by Liza Marklund (Pocket Books; New York, New York, United States of America; 2000). It's a great mystery/thriller tale, a genre I seldom explore; but this book is, true to the cliché, hard to put down.

It's about the crime-desk editor of a daily newspaper who's covering the bombing of an Olympic-Games venue. All manner of things happen to her, most of which can be expected given her line of work (it used to be my line of work as well); but there are some major surprises which cause one to keep reading. You'll have to excuse me, as I need to get back to The Bomber.

post #84 of 130
I just picked up a book called My Cat Saved My Life by Philip Schreibman. It is a very touching look at how pets can influence their people.

The Dog Who Rescues Cats is another great book. The dog in question is quite amazing, although some of the stories about the cats are tragic.
post #85 of 130
Hey Airprincess, Jeffrey Deaver wrote The Bone Collector, right? That was a great story, but I do love a good murder! (As long as it's fictional )
post #86 of 130

he did write Bone Collector, which IMO is one of his weaker books.

I'm really enjoying 'The Blue Nowhere' and I really liked 'The empty Chair'

I highly recommend them
post #87 of 130
Colby.....I loved The Bone Collector...I will have to keep my eyes open for the other two you mentioned!

Bren.1........I am so jealous that you have The Mists of Avalon on tape!!!! I have the book, I really wanted to see the movie on TNT, but missed it. I also LOVE the Chronicals of Narnia....and have read them all.....it is an allegory, you know.
I hope you know what I mean.....if not.......an allegory is a story that actually stands for and explains something else....(that's my interpretation of an allegory anyway...lol )

The author of these books...C.S. Lewis........was a Christian.....
He wrote these books for his grandchildren, to help explain the love of Christ to them......and wow......everyone loved the story, and after ahile they even did a tv movie of the first book....The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
The allegory part of it, is the lion, Aslan.(Jesus) Even though one of the three children betrayed him, and went with the white witch, who had so many treats.....(satan)....the lion still hunted them down and offered to give his life for the return of the child who wanted nothing to do with him.....so the white witch nailed his paws to the table, and shaved his beautiful mane, and hurt him badly. She then thought he was dead....and rejoiced.....BUT...........
He was NOT dead!!! He arose!!!! Whole and healthy and much to her chagrine!!!!!!

Okay.....I will stop rambling on now....But I LOVE C.S. Lewis books!!!!!
post #88 of 130
Debby, I agree with you on what an allegory is. . .I read quite a lot, and I've always loved to study literature.

I really didn't read that much into the Narnia books, although I know that CS Lewis was a Christian writer. They are quite wonderful. I think in his dedication to his grandchildren, he said that they might need to wait until they are old enough to appreciate such stories again.

It's interesting that books like this, dealing with magic, might not be as appreciated today. Some people are very upset with the Harry Potter series due to the magic. They seem harmless to me, and if it gets a kid to read, more power to it.
post #89 of 130
I agree with you!! If it gets the child to actually sit down and read, then who cares if there is a bit of magic in it????? The real magic is that the child is reading and enjoying the book!!!
post #90 of 130
The whole "politically correct" issue of bashing Harry Potter because of the magic is nothing short of ridiculous to me.

Do these same people bash Cinderella and Snow White?

The Harry Potter series performs a service for children that has been ignored for some time; giving them some type of exercise for their imaginations. Too many kids have every image in their minds force-fed to them through tv, video, and electronic games. I wish these people would get a life.

Their kids can't read Harry Potter, but they can rip an opponent's heart out of his chest in some video game or watch the daily beatings oon the WWF. A guy gets hit over the head with a 2x4, and gets right up. If that isn't magic, somebody please tell me what is.
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