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April 29th, 2003


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07:22 pm - BOOK UPDATE:
Here's what I've devoured in the past few weeks:


Darkness, Take my Hand - Dennis Lehane (I'll read anythign with Patrick and Angela in it!

Next Victim - Michael Prescott (Very fast paced, I burned thru this one quickly.)

The Hiking Engine - Stuard Plotkin (If you don't do a lot of hiking, this will probably not interest you)

Complicity - Iain Banks - Very good. I need to read more from European writers

Philip K. Dick - Ubik - I just discovered PKD. Lots of people recommended him, but I just got around to him after I noticed he wrote the book Minority Report that the movie was based on.

John Katzenbach - The Analyst - This was good. I have issues with Unconditionally-Doomed-Protagonist novels (I think its an unfair writing style) but this was very interesting.

Stuard Woods - The Short Forever - Good stuff! Woods comes through again! Stone Barrington is getting older, but he makes a great hero.

Jules Verne - 20,000 Leagues under the Sea - You'd think somebody who reads as much as I do would have gotten to this ages ago. You'd think wrong. Excellent book tho. Which leads me to...

Jules Verne - The Mysterious Island - I actually liked this better than 20k Leagues. It appeals to my inner apoloclyptic survivalist.

Jeff Alt - A Walk for Sunshine - I'll read just about any book about the AT, and pretty much have read all of them, but this one was well written and entertaining.

William Gibson - Idoru - Gibson is a Sci-Fi Ghod, in my opine. This measured up to his previous standards and more.

Christopher Moore - Lamb - This was hilarious. Even if you're not religious, read the religious disclaimer up front.

Wilbur Smith - Warlock - I LOVE EGYPTION FICTION! W.S. is on my must-read list now.

Wilbur Smith - River God - Followup to Warlock, massive time shift, STILL comes out excellent.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - I'm working my way thru the classics, bear with me.

Joseph Kanon - The Good German - A period Piece from WW2, journalist perspective.

Michael Middleton - COP - Very interesting novel from the perspective of a cop in blues in some of the roughest neighborhoods of LA.

Robert Baer - See No Evil - An old-school CIA agent, from back when they actually did useful things, journals the change of the CIA from an intelligenc gathering agency to a bunch of satellite watchers. He practically predicts 9/11.

George Orwell - 1984 - Another one of the classics. BIG BROTHER!

Jeffrey Deaver - Speaking in Tongues - Deaver is on my must-read list, and didn't let me down here

Paullina Simons - The Bronze Horseman - From the perspective of a Soviet Citizen, a young girl, before and through the end of WW2. It is a fairly thick book, but I found it very worthwhile.

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut - More Classics! MUST!

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - I've got to read more of him. I like this style.

Neil Gaiman - American Gods - I heard about this author on /. of all places. The novel is excellent, and the plot of the book is superb and very unique.

F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby - This was not bad, and I know it is supposed to be a classic, but it just didn't do much for me.

Lawrence Block - Hope to Die - Block has long been on my must-read list. HTD was great!

Herman Hesse - Siddhartha - Wait 'til you have a zen-buddhist-spiritual mood come over you. You'll enjoy it better then.

Nick Hornby - About A Boy - Read it before you see the movie. Super Novel. MORE EURO AUTHORS PLZ K THX.

Alex Haley - The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Some say the issues may be dated, but I disagree. Read this novel again after 9/11 for a fresh perspective.

Randall Kennedy - Nigger - You wouldn't think you could write a whole book about a word, and most words you couldn't, but this one has captivated so many people, Kennedy does an excellent job of dissecting why.

Jeffry Deaver - The Stone Monkey - More Deaver, in top form!

Jeff Long - Year Zero - Apocolyptic Fiction combined with Biological threats! Whee!

John Lescroart - The Oath - I will read anything with Glitsky and Hardy in it.

Stephen Hunter - Pale Horse Coming - I got addicted to his books with Snipers as a Protangonist, and this one, although different, is just as excellent.

Ken Kesey - One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest - Nicholson immortalized it, but this is still a great read.

I skipped a bunch of the ones that weren't too impressive, but this is most of em.


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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:April 29th, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC)

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Zen is a type of Buddhism, one of many. Siddhartha (the book) is closest to the Mahayana Buddhism of China, though it's pretty heavily influenced by a Jungian Westerner's viewpoint.
If you are interested in the details, belief.net does a pretty good job of explaining the differences.
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From:jon3
Date:April 29th, 2003 06:18 pm (UTC)
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buddhist_on_a_stick? :)
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From:girl_on_a_stick
Date:April 29th, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC)

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Haha, something like that :)

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