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Old 08-01-2011, 05:57 PM   #1631
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I got my order from Abe Used Books, and am reading another Lisa Gardner, Alone. It is previous to another book of hers I've read so I'm really enjoying it.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:07 AM   #1632
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stockten's the help is a fine debut novel, though i think she had some struggles bringing it to a close. the movie? i shudder to think....next on my reading list is carl hiassen. dawg "loves" him, and he is compared to voltaire and george carlin--plus, it's a 7.99 kindle book (stormy weather - early hiaasen) - win, win, win!! :)
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:23 AM   #1633
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Re Hiaasen -- years ago my late husband and I were driving to S FL and had the recorded version of Native Tongue playing all the way down the peninsula. Had us in tears, laughing so hard.

Hiaasen is pretty hard on Disneyana. Not necessarily a bad thing. A memory I have from taking the kids to Disney in the 70's -- we were all sitting under some fake birds listening to them sing fake bird songs. It struck me between the eyes that I should be almost anywhere else, listening to real birds. And if I never hear Small World again, it will be too soon. Oh dear. Have I said too much?
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:45 PM   #1634
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:33 PM   #1635
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reading hiaasen brings to mind the memorable writings of kurt vonnegut from the 1960s and 70s--slaughterhouse five, god bless you mr. rosewater, cat's cradle, etc., etc.--they say, great minds think alike. if so, then vonnegut and hiassen are kindred souls, indeed....
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There's a slim volume of Vonnegut "interviews with the dead," a compilation of what was originally radio pieces, aired on a NYC station. Doesn't take long to read; occupies the mind for quite a while. Can't come up with the exact title at the moment.
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:48 PM   #1637
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A book I just received yesterday from my aunt for my birthday:

Charles Stanley's new book, "Turning the Tide."
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:46 PM   #1638
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reading hiaasen brings to mind the memorable writings of kurt vonnegut from the 1960s and 70s--slaughterhouse five, god bless you mr. rosewater, cat's cradle, etc., etc.--they say, great minds think alike. if so, then vonnegut and hiassen are kindred souls, indeed....
Vit, check out some Elmore Leonard. He wrote "Get Shorty" plus many others. Geez, the guy was born in 1925! I had no idea. Highly entertaining. I remember reading "Maximum Bob" and laughing my head off. Great beach reads!
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I love Elmore Leonard and Hiassen. We loved the TV series (that didn't last long, I guess you have to have a certain sense of humor) as well. Lately my library seems to have gotten on a kick of Scandinavian murder mysteries, so just finished The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (sorry, don't know how to get that last o correctly). Right now I'm reading one of those cupcake mysteries. This time of year I want reading, light!
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I am still looking for the book "Michael Vey" written by Richard Paul Evans.
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