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#807762 - 05/14/08 03:50 PM Whatcha Readin'?
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I put aside "The Periodic Table" by Primo Levi (a little heavy for summer reading) to pick up "The Northern Lights" by Lucy Jago. It's the story of Kristian Birkeland, a physicist who studied the lights at the turn of the century and it's really good. Very readable for the layman - reads like an adventure tale.
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#807764 - 05/14/08 03:53 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: past tense]
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May 2008 Maxim with an excellent article on Elisha Cuthbert
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#807771 - 05/14/08 03:59 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: Z Genius Lusifer]
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I Will Fear No Evil Robert Heinlein

The title is taken from Psalm 23:4. Ancient billionaire Johann Sebastian Bach Smith is dying, and wants to have his brain transplanted into a new body.


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Smith advertises an offer of a million dollars for the donation of a body from a brain-dead patient. Coincidentally, his beautiful young female secretary, Eunice Branca, is murdered, so her body is used, since Smith never thought to place any restriction on the sex of the donor. He is rechristened Joan Eunice Smith.

For reasons never made clear, Eunice's personality continues to co-inhabit the body. (Whether Eunice's personality is real or a figment of Johann's imagination is addressed but never fully resolved in the novel.) Joan and Eunice agree never to reveal her continued existence, fearing that they would be judged insane and locked up. The two of them speculate that it may have something to do with the supposed ability of animals to remember things using RNA rather than the nervous system. (At the time the book was published, biologist J.V. McConnell had done a series of experiments in which he taught a behavior to flatworms, ground them up, and fed them to other flatworms, which supposedly exhibited the same behavior. McConnell's experiments were later discredited, but they were used in science fiction by several authors, including Heinlein, Larry Niven, and Dean Koontz.) However, Joan and Eunice decide that this possible explanation is irrelevant, and near the end of the book, a third personality, that of Joan's new husband, joins them by means that can only be explained via religion or mysticism, not science.


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#807775 - 05/14/08 04:08 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: past tense]
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Sounds like a good read, I'll check it out.

The last good book I read was Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Good book and very different from the Broadway version. It is not the Oz from childhood \:\)
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#807777 - 05/14/08 04:11 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: AnneSmile]
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I liked Wicked, although it took me until about halfway through to really get invested. I've never read any of his other stuff but I have a few friends who love them.

Next: "Into the Wild".
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#807785 - 05/14/08 04:25 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: past tense]
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I read Son of a Witch, you can skip that one. I kept waiting for it to get going and it never did. I have Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister but haven't started it yet.

Isn't that the movie made by Sean Penn? Books are always so much better then the movies.
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#807793 - 05/14/08 04:35 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: AnneSmile]
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Yes, it's the book the movie was based on. I haven't seen the movie in its entirety. I always try to read the book first.

I think Sean Penn screened that movie in Fairbanks - but I think it was before I moved there.
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#807939 - 05/14/08 07:34 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: past tense]
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Sadly nothing lately.

I want to get back to "For Whom the Bell Tolls" & "As I Lay Dying" among others.
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#807940 - 05/14/08 07:36 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: Z Genius Lusifer]
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Originally Posted By: Z Genius Lusifer
May 2008 Maxim with an excellent article on Elisha Cuthbert


I thought Penthouse was much more informative myself
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#807954 - 05/14/08 07:56 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: Eomer]
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Originally Posted By: Eomer
Originally Posted By: Z Genius Lusifer
May 2008 Maxim with an excellent article on Elisha Cuthbert


I thought Penthouse was much more informative myself



The Island by Richard Laymon. I love his books. We have at least 25 of them . He's makes Stephen King and Dean Koontz look like Mothergoose...LOL.
He's amazing. I'd love to see some of his books made into a movie.
Sadly he passed away in 2001.
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#808015 - 05/14/08 08:28 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: stargatersg1]
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James Patterson rarely disappoints. When in a girly mood, Nicholas Sparks pens great "mushy" novels.
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#808140 - 05/15/08 03:26 AM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: nymmamma]
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I'm a big Patterson fan. Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels are my favorite "airplane reading".
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#808162 - 05/15/08 05:33 AM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: past tense]
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I'm in a dry spell, book wise. I sure could use something to get me jumpstarted again!
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#808166 - 05/15/08 05:48 AM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: past tense]
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Thanks PT for starting this thread! I've decided for this summer to read all the works of Charles Dickens. I just registered online at Barnes & Noble the other day. I made up a wish list and started ordering from it in amounts of $25.00 to take advantage of their free shipping. Needless to say I've put the crochet hook down for awhile. At least until my son and daughter-in-law find out the gender of the bun in the oven ;\)
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#808267 - 05/15/08 08:56 AM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: ~Ellie~]
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I just finished The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair (It's publication lead to the creation of the FDA) and Voices from the Harlem Renaissance (Political writings from the 1920's).
(In addition to about 12 different plays, some Shakespeare, and some Native American novels). I love being an English major. LOL
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#808282 - 05/15/08 09:47 AM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: goingcrazyinny]
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I just went to the library yesterday as a matter of fact and i got

The Wednesday Letters by Jason Wright,

and

Sisters by Danielle Steel

and

I've got Stori Telling by Tori Spelling on hold

I'm a sucker for celebrity books

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#808335 - 05/15/08 11:33 AM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: countrygirl]
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I just finished, last nite in fact, a book by Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night. Remember them? It's called Three Dog Nighmare and that is what it is. He was so rich and had it all and blew it all on herion. He ended up losing it all and sleeping in the streets. Well, I won't tell you any more in case you want to read it. I also go the library and I got another one by Stephen King, his newest called Duma Key. I will probably start that one today later.
Thanks for starting this thread PT, I love to read too.

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#808411 - 05/15/08 02:25 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: Tiger Lily]
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Two of our first stops in Anchorage were the Muni and the UAA libraries. It's a must-read summer! I've pledged to stop buying so many books, especially until we're done moving. Most of my summer reading will start veering toward Alaska Native history when my internship starts but I'm hoping to knock out a few other books I've had lying around but haven't had time to read.

Ellie - I love that you're doing Dickens! A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite books ever. I like to pick up the classics myself - it's important to read them I think. I did Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde last Christmas. I'll have to pick another to add to my summer list. Plenty of daylight to read by now!
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#808416 - 05/15/08 02:38 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: past tense]
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"Collapse; How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed". Jared Diamond.

"America Observed; The Newspaper Years". Alistair Cooke.

"Days With Frog and Toad". Arnold Lobel.
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#808457 - 05/15/08 04:41 PM Re: Whatcha Readin'? [Re: Bing Bong]
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Readiing
Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals about Abraham Lincoln

Just finished
James Patterson's Cross and Double Cross
and
Cormac McCarthy's The Road

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