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Saturday, March 4th, 2006
2:23 pm
persuasive essay
In English recently we had to write a persuasive essay and my teacher made the mistake of telling us that it could be about anything we wanted. Now, I didn't go as low as one of my class-mates (who wrote an essay about how he should be President...it was surprisingly good, actually) but I did write an essay that is kind of off the wall.

It's called
and I understand that it takes kind of a...."strong" stand on the subject, but I had to pick a side and stick to it no matter what. I had to convince you. I figured I'd post it on here because of its subject matter. Tell me what you think!

Also: I'm reading Thud!, the newest Terry Pratchett book. It's quite good, I'm enjoying it immensly. Along with The Crucible in English class.

Current Mood: stressed
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
12:18 pm
Manage your home library
I'm getting old and out-of-touch. I just discovered LibraryThing , an online cataloging tool/catalog/blog.

(cross-posted everywhere)

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, February 24th, 2006
2:28 pm
Just to inform anyone who had an interest at any point, the Sherlock Holmes diary has moved to the Fluffy Like Razors forums for the forseeable future.

http://www.fluffylikerazors.co.uk/ and select the 'forums and chat'

You should then find the Sherlock Holmes Board with relative ease.

Some people here may or not like the animated series which is the main content of the site, the adventures of Richard Beeminster, greatest detective in Spineville, you may need a slightly off-beat sense of humour to really get those mind ;)


Thursday, February 9th, 2006
10:25 am
I need help!
Does anyone know any great suspence books that will keep you reading them through? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank You All
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
8:32 pm
Review: Brave Dames and Wimpettes
Brave Dames and Wimpettes
by Susan Isaacs
Copyright 1999
ISBN: 0-345-42281-3

In this look at the way female characters are portrayed on screen and in books Isaacs points out how just because a woman appears to be in a position of power does not automatically make her a powerful woman.

She explores the differences between characters who live by the Brave Dame Philosophy and those who live by the Wimpette Philosophy.

After the author explains the differences between her two categories of women she goes on to give examples of characters in different roles of life and points out where on the spectrum they fall. She has chapters on women characters as wives, mothers, workers and friends.

Overall this was an interesting book that made some important points about the way that women are still portrayed in the entertainment industry. I would have liked it more, I think, if it had been longer. At 145 pages of text, Isaacs didn't really have enough room to go into the sort of detail I would have liked.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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Wimpette PhilosophyCollapse )

And, I updated my To Read List.

Cross-posted to my own journal and several book related comms. Sorry if you see it more than once.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
11:05 pm
Book #1

Book Title: Jarhead
Author: Anthony Swofford
Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir
# of pages: 360
Pages read this year: 360/15000 (2.4%)
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B+
Short description/summary of the book: When the U.S. Marines--or "jarheads"--were sent to Saudi Arabia in 1990 for the first Gulf War, Anthony Swofford was there. He lived in sand for six months, he was punished by boredom and fear, he considered suicide, pulled a gun on a fellow marine, and was targeted by both enemy and friendly fire. And as engagement with the Iraqis drew near, he was forced to consider what in means to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man.
My thoughts: Before reading Jarhead, I had never read a military book. I want to read more! I was intrigued by his honesty and bravery for fighting in the Gulf War. (I was so young when it happened the first time, that I really didn't understand a whole lot of what went on over there). I am glad to have gotten a good picture, and Swofford does a GREAT job by painting a picture of the situation going on with him and his fellow comrades in the war. I also LOVED the flash-backs and flash-forwards that Swofford did when he mentions his family, his friends, and himself growing up. The only complaint I had was that I got a little bit bored with the military jargon and explanations of the weapons. I know that is to give us a better understand of what they're doing, and what each weapon is, but it got to be too much description. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, and cannot wait to see Jake Gyllenhaal's portrayal of Swofford when the movie comes out on DVD.
Currently Reading: I have no idea what book I want to start now, but I am sure I will be posting about it in my own personal journal once I start it! ;P
**x-posted to my book community book_it_2006**
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
12:23 pm
used book community
hi. So, I thought that I might run an idea past ya'll. I was thinking of starting a used books community, but not one where you sell the books over LJ. Instead, whenever you buy a book (used or new) and write comments in the margin, you post in the community the rating of your book and the book store you sold it to. On the front page you write your name/username, and other members could look for the book, and respond to the comments you wrote in the margin. Below is the reason I have for thinking about this community:

I buy and sell all of my books to half-price books. Recently, I have found a few books at the store from the same seller. I wrote back comments in the margins, and sold the books I read from this person back to the same store. When lookin through the books, I found that same book again with addition comments made by a third reader. I thought that this was really cool, and would like some way for people in similar situations to make additional connections.

So, anyone interested? Anyone want to help me create the community?
Friday, December 30th, 2005
4:24 pm
Phantom-ish Books
Hi! I'm looking for books similar to "Phantom of the Opera."
I've already read "Phantom" by Susan Kay, "Phantom of Manhattan" by Frederick Forsyth, and "Night Magic" by Charlotte Vale Allen.

Can anyone suggest any other books like these?

Thanks so much! Happy New Year all!

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, December 28th, 2005
2:58 am
i got "the drifters" for christmas and i heard it was really good. has anyone ever read it?

Current Mood: bored
Monday, December 26th, 2005
7:49 pm
A Million Little Pieces
Book Title: A Million Little Pieces
Author: James Frey
Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307276902/qid=1135643972/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-2618400-6627050?n=507846&s=books&v=glance
Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A++++++++
Short description/summary of the book: This is the author's life story about his bouts with drug addiction and abuse. After falling down a flight of stairs, knocking four teeth out, and getting a hole punched through his cheek, James makes a conscious decision to check into a Minnesota Clinic. This book is about his time spent in there, and the many friendships that he makes while in the center.
My thoughts: This is one of the most amazing books that I have ever read in my ENTIRE life! It has changed me and given me a new way to look at things. It, by far, is the most memorable book that I have read this year, if not, this DECADE! I have never felt so many different emotions in one book before. I also felt VERY attached to the people, especially James. His feelings were real and valid. I am planning on recommending this book to as many people as I can and FAST! I hope that if any of you have not read it, you will go out and buy this book NOW!!!
Currently Reading: I have no idea what book I want to start now..I don't know what could possibly top this one!!!
Sunday, December 18th, 2005
8:31 am
Friday, December 16th, 2005
11:44 pm
Since the year is ending, I was curious to find out what books you read this year that left an impression in your mind and why? (They could have: related to you, touched you, disturbed you, made you explore other books like it, etc.)

The books for me were: Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman, which is about a boy with CP. It seemed very real and touched me in a way on other books has EVER done so. It makes you think about how precious life is, no matter what the situation is. A Painted House by John Grisham, because it was told through a young boy's eyes and yet, it was so vivid and so real. Plus, I LOVE reading about books around the 1950s! Lastly, Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. I really LOVE the way he writes (I didn't get into the book American Psycho, but now I want to try to read it again!) Less Than Zero is about the most pathetic characters one could EVER meet, but it is told so well that you cannot help but keep reading! Ellis is so raw and real and I want to read all of his works!

Now it's your turn! :D
Sunday, December 11th, 2005
8:44 pm
Hello, I'm Jane. My glasses aren't broken yet, but it's an accident waiting to happen. :) To give you an idea of how much I love reading, here's my list of books that I have read so far this year.
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Has anybody heard of Geroge Sand? I've been wanting to read some of her books but I haven't found them at any libraries and nobody has heard of her so I don't know if it would be worth my while to read her or not.
Friday, December 9th, 2005
11:40 pm
newest reads
Well, I really haven't read any new novels lately since Half-Blood Prince because I've been doing non-stop plays at school. ((The Importance of Being Earnest, West Side Story, It's A Wonderful Life, Much Ado About Nothing: I'm being bombarded with literary and cultural brilliance without even reading anything! ^_^))

"Half-Blood Prince" was...oddly short. I got through it much too quickly for how wonderful it was. Although I've only been able to get through it once (I can't bring myself to see him waste away again) I thought it was spectacular. Over all, it was a comedic, dramatic, romantic, well rounded, brilliantly written book. The only thing that I regret is the fact that I almost don't want to read the 7th book because I know that nothing truly good can come of it. More will die, and I just know it will be the people that I don't want to see go. And I know that neither of them will come back. They're too brave, too whole, too pure to come back. And although the war will inevitably be over, it will come at a great, great cost. I don't want to see that.

The other book that I read recently and I loved was "Fight Club". That was such a good book! The movie had been on my list for years, but it was always one of those things that I viewed as an over-rated cult classic that would never really live up to the hype. Boy was I wrong! I didn't let myself see the movie until after I read the book, but I loved both mediums equally. The book was philosophical and cynical and witty and passionate and frightening and completely amazing. The movie was shocking and artistic and scary and gruesome. I liked the book's ending better if only because it's a lot more...unexpected and truly, truly fear-enducing.

An absolute must-read for those over that certain age when inane sex-refrences and almost unnecesary language can be forgiven for a truly spectacular read.

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, November 19th, 2005
5:11 pm
Kind of OT, but...
I found an interesting community. This is adapted from their info page.

Do you ever have that eureka moment where you're reading a book and all of a sudden you think "If they ever made a movie out of this, So-and-so would be perfect for that character!"?

casting_novels is a place where you can talk about those ideas with other readers.

Check it out, and even if it's not your thing pass it on to anyone that you think might be interested.

cross-posted lots of places, feel free to re-post or delete as seems appropriate.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
6:02 pm
heaven forbid
I was at an exhibit at the local art museum where they were featuring "The Book Arts" which was really pretty neat except for a quote from some woman, I forget who, an uber-feminist or something, but it said something about how she could see the day coming when books are no longer important, and not read or treasured, and maybe that day is already here. I wish I could summarize it more eloquently but that was the gist of it. Imagine my horror.


Not as long as I'm alive!!

Current Mood: distressed
Monday, October 10th, 2005
1:24 pm
Stuck in Neutral
Book Title: Stuck in Neutral
Author: Terry Trueman
Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0064472132/002-9934186-2233617?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance
Genre: Fiction
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+++

Short description/summary of the book: This book was on the list of "Most Challenged Books" and remains on there currently. From the beginning Shawn knew life would be hard. Shawn is a young man with celebral palsy. He shows us (the reader) how it is being a teenager with this obstacle. His parents are now divorced, and Shawn says it was because of him. His father couldn't deal with watching his youngest child suffer. His wanted to "end his pain." Shawn struggles with this throughout the book because he does not want to die, but he is very understanding of why his dad does this. He loves and respects his father, which shows that Shawn really is like everyone else, but to the outside world, they cannot see it.

My thoughts: This book is INCREDIBLE! I couldn't stop reading it! This book (because the author has a son with C.P., made me try to understand what these people with this condition. I loved Shawn in this book. I kept wishing that someone could really understand him. It is even more real because Trueman's son has C.P. as well.

Also, if anyone has read any of other Trueman's works, let me know what you thought of them!

Currently Reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and I'm about to start Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
10:31 am
An interesting read!!!
Book Title: Less Than Zero
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0679781498/qid=1128435757/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-6616174-2068139?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
Genre: Fiction
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A-

Short description/summary of the book: Clay is a young man, just now coming home from college for the first time since he started. It is Christmas break and Clay decides he is going to spend the time with his "friends". He is a withdrawn guy who spends his time doing cocaine and laying by the pool. He is a rich guy, with nothing but time on his hands. During the course of his four week stay at home in L.A., he finds out that his friend, Julian is really not who he thought he was....

My thoughts: I really liked this read, even though, honestly, nothing really happens throughout the course of the book. I did not like the book American Psycho, but this book is a much better and quicker read.
Currently Reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and I'm about to start Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Thursday, August 11th, 2005
6:45 pm
Have any of you read Airborn by Kenneth Oppel? If so, what did you think?

I personally read it right when it came out (being on my public library board, I get privileges like that). I absolutely loved it and promptly bought it. I can't believe that I'd never heard of Oppel before this; I love his writing style!!
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
7:32 pm
New Science Fiction Shorts Every Day

365 tomorrows
this is your future

365 Tomorrows is a new website featuring one piece of short speculative fiction every day for one year. If you're looking for something new to read, this is the place to be. Five different writers bring five different flavors of creativity to the site, and a new story every day means that you'll never get bored. Soon to come are interactive forums for story discussion and debate.

365 Tomorrows has been featured on warrenellis.com and is available for syndication via Atom using this url: http://www.365tomorrows.com/feeds/atom or the alternate http://feeds.feedburner.com/365tomorrows. This link can be put into Gmail or your favorite Atom/RSS feed reader. The site can also be read on LiveJournal via 365tomorrowsrss (all content) or 365storiesrss (stories only).

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