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Old 04-09-2012, 11:14 PM   #2301
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Has anybody read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami?

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“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

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I'm on the public library reserve list and hoping to read it soon. Our library purchased almost 80 copies so it must very popular. It looks like I'll have to wait about 2 months to read it. (I'm about #230 for 80 copies at three weeks until you have to return it. Maybe sooner if everybody reads them quickly then returns them so others can have at them.)
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:36 AM   #2302
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I finished the Patrick Lee trilogy. Excellent sci-fi reading, I was sorry it ended; it was hard to put down.

I'm starting Greg Iles Footprints of God.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #2303
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I've read and enjoyed several books by Greg Iles, particularly one of his first books: Black Cross, which was extremely suspenseful.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:13 PM   #2304
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So I decided to start back at the beginning and Just started rereading Game of Thrones.
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So I decided to start back at the beginning and Just started rereading Game of Thrones.
It's funny, that's my "next up," currently sitting on the hold shelf at my public library waiting my pick-up. I'll get is as soon as I finish my current read.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:48 AM   #2306
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I just finished In God's Footsteps by Greg Iles. I also ordered and received a couple more by him: The Quiet Game and True Evil.

But first, I'm reading Titan by John Varley. I received both Titan and Wizard. Demon has been shipped and should arrive today. I'm going to enjoy this series. Thanks, SharonT!
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:09 PM   #2307
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I am just finishing up A Cape Cod Journal by Erma J. Fisk.

Erma was an interesting person. She wrote a couple of books about her life and her work tracking various kinds of birds in Arizona and Costa Rica. The Journal talks about the last few years of her life on Cape Cod.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:20 PM   #2308
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Just finished Poison Flower by Thomas Perry. A good wrap up to the Jane Whitefield books.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:39 PM   #2309
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Just starting up The Return by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes. It is Science Fiction, but with Mr. Aldrin's knowledge of space should be a good read.
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I just finished In God's Footsteps by Greg Iles. I also ordered and received a couple more by him: The Quiet Game and True Evil.

But first, I'm reading Titan by John Varley. I received both Titan and Wizard. Demon has been shipped and should arrive today. I'm going to enjoy this series. Thanks, SharonT!
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Next science fiction up for me has to be "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline. My daughter read that and asks me every day if I've started it yet. She says it's amazing.
I have one Greg Iles book on my shelves that I need to pick up again - I couldn't get into first time: "The Devil's Punchbowl" Anybody read that?
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