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post #91 of 130
I agree completely! Well, the Harry-Potter bashing gives the redneck religious-right types something to do on all those radio and television stations they own. Of course, the video-game capitalists aren't too thrilled about Harry Potter either; so they're happy to give behind-the-scenes support to Harry-Potter bashing.

Apparently, there are people who really believe things like dancing and magic are evil. Oh, well. As long as they keep their fixations to themselves, fine. But when they try to subvert literature, they make my "enemies" list.

post #92 of 130
I have heard that the series is banned in some schools, due to parental objections. Is this really the 21st century? But these kids can access any type of lowlife on tv 24/7.

Farenheit 451, anybody?
post #93 of 130
Here in Oregon The Lorax by Dr. Seuss was banned in some school districts (Hee Haw County types) because the timber industry thought the book was too critical of logging practices.

post #94 of 130
You must already be aware that Huck Finn and The Seven Chinese Brothers are standards on the banned list.
post #95 of 130
Huck Finn and some of Maya Angelou's work, and I believe To Kill a Mockingbird as well.

If these people are such great parents, shouldn't their kids be able to read anything and maintain their morals. Unless they are afraid that they are wrong. . .

I could never understand the desire to stamp out anything that makes you think. Probably why I believe in God but am reluctant to go to church. I always feel like I am supposed to believe without question, and that is not me at all.
post #96 of 130
Banned Books Week is September 22-29 this year. Go check out the American Library Association's banned-books web site at URL http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ for more information about the whole banned-books megilla.

post #97 of 130

That's not you on the far right in the white shirt, is it? Or is this the same crowd that wanted my picture avatar back?

On a book note, has anyone read Lost Moon by Jim Lovell? It's the book on which the movie Apollo 13 was based. I have been wanting to read it, and was wondering if it was any good.
post #98 of 130
Mr. Cat, I read banned books too! In fact, some of my all time favorites are on the top 100 list. And a few that I didn't like, but at least I had the opportunity to decide for myself.

It is ridiculous that we allow children to watch WWF and have fits when they choose to read a so-called questionable book. We wonder why our society is so screwed up, we don't encourage any sort of intellectual pursuits as worthy. And then the public schools get the blame.

The question is, what can we do to change this situation? Smart kids are teased in school and called geeks We hold up athletes as our new heroes. I love to watch sports, but where do we draw the line?
post #99 of 130

Is Dreamcatcher good. I just read Stephen King's The Green Mile. It was fantastic. I do find though that some of his stuff a little too weird for me and he does tend to drag on somewhat. I was trying to get into one of his older books Bag of Bones but couldnt get into it. I am reading some of Dean Koonz right now. I like him better.
post #100 of 130

it took me awhile to get into bag of bones as well, but then I LOVED it. it may be worth it to try again
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post #102 of 130
Elinor, Dreamcatcher was good, but I am a Stephen King fan. It got a little weird, as expected. There is a great message on treating everyone with kindness throughout the entire book. Not as good as The Green Mile or The Stand, but worth reading.
post #103 of 130
I agree with Colby on Bag Of Bones...took a bit to get into it...but then I loved it! I can't wait to read Dreamcatcher!
post #104 of 130
I just began reading Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell.

It is the book that the movie Apollo 13 is based upon.

So far I find it to be fascinating. There are a lot of facts, not only about 13, but also the fire in Apollo 1 and Lovell's voyage in Apollo 8.

I compare the book to The Perfect Storm. If you lived through this historical event or are at all interested in the space program, I highly recommend this book, unless you're one of those people who believe our moon missions were made up by NASA and the government.
post #105 of 130
Just now I'm reading The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912 by Captain Roald E. G. Amundsen (J. Murray; London, England; 1913). It's a wonderful read! Amundsen, as you may know, was hammered mercilessly by the British establishment for having dared best them in the "race" for the South Pole; but thankfully in recent years the fatal incompetence of Captain Robert F. Scott, which caused the deaths of himself and his comrades, has been made public by experts in the field of polar exploration.

Amundsen is generous in his praise of Scott and all other polar explorers, a kindness not returned by the British (even to this day). The matter of Scott's ego and Britain's chauvanism aside (as those topics are not discussed in Amundsen's book), one can't help but marvel at these various polar endeavors: the sixth continent was not set foot upon until 1895, so the early part of the 20th Century saw efforts great and small to field expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. Amundsen is that era's exemplar and greatest witness; and his book is accurate and fair, as well as exciting.

Deb, it sounds like we're more or less on the same page with our present books! I've always loved the space program, in spite of its fall from grace with the Congress of the United States during the 1970s and '80s. The introduction to Amundsen's book (it's a recent introduction) compares the polar exploration which took part in the early 1900s with the space program of that century's latter half, insofar as both space and the poles were basically unknown entities and uninfected by the human species.

post #106 of 130
I just read Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan. I loved it. I recommend it highly.
post #107 of 130
I am absolutely in love with the space program. If there is any way I can get my own tush up in one of those things before I breathe my final breath, I will be there. I have passed this passion on to my son, who wants to be an astronaut or at least work for NASA.

For me, the Challenger disaster is my "JFK in Dallas" moment. I remember vividly exactly where I was and what I was doing when it occurred. As a matter of fact, living in Florida, I saw the "Y-shaped" smoke trails in the sky as I walked my class to lunch that day.

Challenger was a tragedy, not only for its loss of life, but also because it nipped the whole "Teacher in Space" concept in the bud.
post #108 of 130
I just don't understand why we are at a standstill in the space department. I understand it is expensive for the government - but why hasn't the private industries entered into the fray? I know of very few people who wouldn't go up in a second! My husband and I would go in a heartbeat! Just haven't figured out how to get the cats litterboxes to work in space yet, but just give us a bit and we'll think of something!


Oh and back to the orig. subject - just finished Shadow Dawn by Chris Clairmont and George Lucas (Yes, THE George Lucas!). It's set in the world of Willow. Enjoyed it!
post #109 of 130
Deb25, That is a good analogy for the Challenger disaster, I also remember where I was when I first heard. I was a freshman in college, and I dropped by the TV lounge to watch something mindless. . . Needless to say I was shocked and saddened. The only space book I've read was Space by James Michener, long but fascinating.

I've just started reading a hilarious mystery called The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman, about an overtired mother and her search for her missing babysitter. I don't have children, but I still laugh at her descriptions of motherly frustration. I am a teacher, so I guess I can relate on some level. . .
post #110 of 130
I just started reading the first Harry Potter book. I can't remember the title of it right now. Have any of you guys heard of Harry Potter? The book is really good so far. It's suppose be a kids book but I really like it. Alot of adults read them to.
post #111 of 130
All of the Harry Potter books are great. You will definitely like the other 3 if you are enjoying the first. I don't think there are too many people who haven't heard of HP yet. The upcoming movie will certainly help.
post #112 of 130
AP I did try reading Bag of Bones after all and it was fantastic.

bren 1 I still cant get Dreamcatcher in the library but The Stand is there and maybe I will try reading that. I have to finish my Dean Koonz book first.

This is great.There are so many neat suggestions here. It makes it easier trying to pick out a book at the library when you have some suggestions.
post #113 of 130

I'm so glad you gave bag of bones another shot! once you really get into it, all of SKs usual elements come into play. In my opinion it's one of his best works. Not only is it scary and intense, but it's beautiful and sad. I always cry when I read it.

I love Dean Koontz as well. What are you currently reading by him?
post #114 of 130
AP I have just started to read Fear Nothing by Dean Koonz. Its about guy who has a condition where he cant be in any kind of bright light. It is a real condition but rare. I havent read far as my hubby got a hold of it and is reading it too. It is good so far. I should just get another copy at the library as they have about five copies.
post #115 of 130

fear nothing is a great book! the follow up is really good as well. I think it's called 'Sieze the night'. I really enjoyed both of them and have actually been thinking of rereading them.

Right now I'm reading a Jeffrey Deaver book called 'the blue nowhere' and then next on my list is 'dreamcatcher'.

Elinor, I strongly recommend www.half.com for books. I bought Dreamcatcher for $7.99 and that included shipping and handling.
post #116 of 130
AP That site looks good but those prices must be in the states. It would be a lot more in Canadian dollars I think. Right now I am not working so I just borrow from the library. But thanks I will keep it in my favorites.
post #117 of 130

that is in US dollars. I didn't even realize you were from Canada! I'm not that observant
post #118 of 130

Hi Elinor :angel2:

I think you're going to love that book, it was a great read for me. I've always liked Dean Koontz myself. He's been one of my favorite authors, but then again...there's so many great writers.

Happy Reading
post #119 of 130
Just a quick afterthought, if you like Koontz...have you ever read Seize the Night...Wow! He's a true master of suspense!
post #120 of 130
It's been a while since I have been able to sit down and read for pleasure (college had required to much reading as it was) but I did manage to read one book for pleasure - Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. For all you Judy Blume fans from elementary school, a couple of years ago she started wrighting adult books (I thinked they are geared towards female readers though). Summer Sisters was really good! It's about these two girls who spend every summer together at a beach house and how their relationship changes over the years as the grow older. She has one other book out but I can't remember the name.
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