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Book a million [Mar. 27th, 2004|04:39 pm]

Title: Shop girl
Author: Steve Martin
Genre: Slightly Romantic fiction
Rating: 10/10

Synopsis: Mirabelle sells gloves at Neiman Marcus, would rather be selling her art at a gallery and tries to avoid the slowly ensuing romantic advances of Jermey the next door neighbor. In between she falls in love with Ray Porter and both begin to find out what true love is.

My take: I like this because it is a novella. 129 pages that can be finished in a day, within a sitting. The writing style is very different than what I've seen before and because I had to stop and go a lot with the reading it was easy to get back to where I was. I really suggest this book as it is funny and realistic.
Steve Martin's other book is "The Pleasure of my company" another novella that I'm planning on reading. This is also the movie star Steve Martin, not the mystery writer.
Title: What every American needs to know about the rest of the world.
Author: M.L. Rossi
Genre: Nonfiction/reference
Copyright: 2003
Rating: 9/10

Basically most of the countries in the world and why America is dealing with them. Gives good stats about the countries. Makes you paranoid if you're an American. If you're not American, laugh some at them by reading this book.

I'm sure I read some other books this weekend, but I can't remember what. I've done nothing but read.
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(no subject) [Mar. 20th, 2004|01:39 am]

Title: Observatory Mansions
Author: Edward Carey
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 11/10
Of the: British nature

Synopsis: Francis Orme has lived in Observatory Mansions all his life. 7 other people (Francis Orme included) live in Observatory Mansions. Flat 18 is left empty until one day a note is found: Flat 18 To be Occupied One week
That is when the 7 people of Observatory Mansions find that their lives are about to be changed forever.

Comments: This book is so magical, so whimsy, so full of love, you'll want to read it in one sitting. All the characters are just slightly off, and the story itself is told from Francis' perspective. I recommend this book to everyone. It's fresh, witty and should be a classic. It's like a children's story for adults.
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Read with Me??? [Mar. 13th, 2004|02:46 pm]

So... i read about 4-5 books a month. And when i'm done... i like to have someone to talk about them with (who also just read the same book)!
I already belong to one online book club, but they read only 2 books a month...

So, i made a new book community. We'll just read/discuss 1 book a month. Everyone has time to read/post about 1 book!
So all, my friends should join (if you like to read)... and we'll discuss 1 book a month. It'll be fun, and i'll feel like a less lonely reader.
Join me: a_book_a_month.
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(no subject) [Mar. 12th, 2004|01:28 pm]

Title: Junky
Author: William Burroughs
Rating: 5/10

Born in St. Louis in 1914, graduated from Harvard in 1936 and addicted to drugs in 1944.
This is a largely semi-autobiographical sketch of Burroughs. The book is interesting as it is about the drug realms of New York, New Orleans, Lexington and other spots around the US. But it also takes place during the 30's and 40's.

I give it a five out of 10 because other than the history, it's mostly a book that lags in interesting characters that stay for more than a page. As a friend put it, "This book is like a train wreck, you want to look away but you can't." It's a short book however (about 150 pages if you skip the Intro, prologue and glossary) and if you're a quick reader, should only take you a Saturday to get through. I'd read it if you're interested about drugs or drug addiction in the 40's. Or if you want some new slang to throw around.
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"The Perfect Planet, & Other Stories" [Mar. 4th, 2004|10:39 am]
[Current Mood |gratefulgrateful]
[Current Music |"My Wife With Champagne Shoulders," by Mark Isham]

Title: "The Perfect Planet, & Other Stories"
Author: James Kochalka
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Like a lucid dream, James Kochalka's "Magic Boy" lives in his own manufactured reality, having a conscious interplay with his surroundings. Only, the unfortunate elf seems not to understand the basic workings thereof, and struggles to grow faster than his mentality will allow. Through each of his interactions, between people, nature, and early childhood memories, the Perfect Planet becomes something not entirely unlike the flawed one in which the readers inhabit.

The title story is teeming with introspection and self-conscious observations, and yet manages to encompass the reader, casting off all pretense. The "other stories," likewise, provide some insight into the surreal mind of James Kochalka without the necessity of a moral, or some form of direct social commentary. Therein lies the intrinsic beauty of a Kochalka graphic novel - the reader is aware of the dangers within their own world, but as with Magic Boy, the phobias come from the least expected places - a flake of newly-fallen snow; a spectral puff of breath on a frosty day; the hidden agenda of a poisonous toadstool; even, dare I say, ourselves?

To become immersed in "The Perfect Planet," it is necessary to suspend all disbelief. We must check our convictions at the front cover, and delve into what's contained therein. And, once the final page is turned, the reader can breath easily once again, regaining that sense of what is real and what isn't. With its large, minimalistic panels, this is a book which can be breezed through with ease. Yet, the ideas contained therein cling to the stems of consciousness, and well into the days that follow.

In this book, James Kochalka is not trying to express a viewpoint or explain some generally accepted idiom. Instead, in an attempt to make sense his world, the information is compiled into a literal new "planet."

And, truth be known, it manages to make as much sense as the world each reader deals with on a regular basis.
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(no subject) [Mar. 2nd, 2004|12:42 pm]

Title: Brothel
Author: Alexa Albert
Genre: Non fiction
Rating: 9/10

Synopsis: This book focuses on the Mustang Ranch, one of the legal brothels in Nevada. It is about the women who lived there and about legal brothels in Nevada. It takes into account health concerns, political concerns and cultural viewpoint. It allows the reader to look into a brothel and see what goes on in there. It makes a strong case to have legalized brothels throughout all of the U.S. states.

My opinion: It was a great book. You got to know a lot of the prostitutes and see the softer side of brothels. They're actually much safer than street walking. Nevada is also the only place in the U.S. where brothels are real. I highly suggest reading this book if you're interested in the history of brothels and where they are today. This book is copyright 2001 so it is fairly recent. 9/10 because a couple of the chapters bored me because of uninterest.
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A Pretty Good Book [Mar. 2nd, 2004|11:30 am]
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]
[Current Music |"I Won't Back Down," by Johnny Cash]

Title: The Pretty Good Jim's Journal Treasury
Author: Scott Dikkers
Genre: Humor
Rating: 9/10

Who is Jim? For ten years, readers of selected daily newspapers wondered that same thing. Even more, though, they wondered, "Why is Jim?"

"Jim's Journal" was a ten-year-running comic strip which revolved around some average guy living an average life. He had average friends, worked average jobs, and did pretty much less than you or I do on your slowest day. Only, Jim kept a journal, where he would write all about what he did.

"I made some brownies today," he would write. "They were pretty good."

"Mr. Peterson [Jim's cat] ran into the other room," would be another typical entry.

"Today, I took a nap. I woke up at 6 o'clock and wondered whether it was day or night."

And those were the punchlines. There were no jokes to speak of. Only snippets of a boring day. However, there was something redeemable about Jim... He was the pinnacle of Anti-Humor! He wasn't funny, he did nothing remarkable from day to day (although he did get married, in a three-strip special entry)... and yet, this collected edition of all the published "Jim's Journal" cartoons is tremendously difficult to find without paying a premium price, even though it is less than 10 years old!

Seek out Jim. You'll fall in love with the guy, despite him.
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(no subject) [Mar. 1st, 2004|03:18 pm]

Title: Bloody Jack
Author: L.A. Meyers
Rating: 8/10

Synopsis: Orphaned girl turns boy, turns sailor. Falls in love with a fellow sailor...don't wanna spoil.

What I thought: I was pouty at the ending because the story seems somewhat cliched, however the ending is historically accurate. Still, being a romantic at heart, I would've preferred my cliched ending as well. It depends on what you want. Historical accuracy or cliche. Either way, the entire book was well written and kept me engage. It got a little iffy towards the end but meh.
It's a Young Adult book here in the U.S. and very much so. There is some sexual content discussed although not explicit. Thought I'd give a warning nonetheless.

Overall pretty good book.
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(no subject) [Feb. 24th, 2004|09:21 pm]


That place is brilliant!
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(no subject) [Feb. 23rd, 2004|12:26 pm]

Title: Unmarried to each other.
Website: www.unmarried.org
Genre: Non fiction
Rating: 10/10

A good book for people who aren't ready to get married yet, aren't planning to get married yet or can't get married. Explains how to get legal stuff/problems out of the way, how to be unmarried with children, what to call your significant other, commitment ceremonies and many other things. A really well written and very informative book.

(I do read things other than non fiction, just give me a few more weeks. ^_^)
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