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« Reply #3105 on: May 03, 2012, 1:20:51 PM »

Just stared Alison Bechdel's new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?

I can't wait to read this!
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« Reply #3106 on: May 03, 2012, 1:48:40 PM »

Just stared Alison Bechdel's new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?

I can't wait to read this!

I can't either! I loved Fun Home.

I'm not reading much these days - my attention span is shortening, I think, because of the personal life stuff. It feels weird to delve into a book. I do like one of the ones I'm working on, though: Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones.
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« Reply #3107 on: May 03, 2012, 2:03:22 PM »

I finished Are You My Mother? It was thought-provoking, and I think Bechdel is a genius in the way she composes her panels. There's a perfectly constructed, two-page Dr. Seuss spread in one of the chapters, for instance. But it didn't resonate with me in quite the same way that Fun Home (or Dykes to Watch Out For, for that matter) did. It's very, very heavy on psychoanalytic theory.
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« Reply #3108 on: May 06, 2012, 1:19:28 PM »

I had the honor of appearing in two of Bechdel's cartoon panels, looking like Tintin.  She didn't model from me, of course.  And-- I have speaking parts in each.  Blush.

I've just started the second in the Hunger Games series. 
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« Reply #3109 on: May 06, 2012, 7:50:44 PM »

I devoured The Song of Achilles in less than two days.  Love love love.
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« Reply #3110 on: May 08, 2012, 7:05:49 PM »

I'm about halfway through Benjamin Hale's The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. It's quite good, but...wow. Holy monkey sex, Batman.
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« Reply #3111 on: May 08, 2012, 7:50:49 PM »

I had the honor of appearing in two of Bechdel's cartoon panels, looking like Tintin.  She didn't model from me, of course.  And-- I have speaking parts in each.  Blush.

I've just started the second in the Hunger Games series. 

I think book 2 was my favorite
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« Reply #3112 on: May 10, 2012, 12:25:05 AM »

Reading Alan Garner's  The Owl Service after a conversation in March with my author friend. I have a love of literary owls ( particularly Olga in the Russian Night Watch/Day Watch books) and he got so animated and excited that I HAD to read this book. It was a childhood favourite of his, and it pleases me to see him gush in that manner.

The last time I saw him do that gushing was over Jane Eyre. We have a long standing disagreement over whether St. John is, in fact, a douche. I land firmly on the pro-douche side, while he does not.

Queued up after? Jules Verne.
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« Reply #3113 on: May 10, 2012, 10:21:56 PM »

Alan Garner's got a collection of good books, not just The Owl Service.  I seem to remember I enjoyed The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. 

I posted before I added that I'm partway through with Gardner's classic Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener and with Alistair Reynolds's Terminal World.
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« Reply #3114 on: May 15, 2012, 6:59:54 PM »

I'm reading Irving's In One Person.  It's really quite good.  It's my first Irving.
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« Reply #3115 on: May 15, 2012, 7:20:42 PM »

Jan Wong's Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption, And, Yes, Happiness.  Entirely honest and unsparing of herself and her former employer, Canada's national newspaper - and full, even in the darkest bits, of her dry wit and mordant humour.
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« Reply #3116 on: May 15, 2012, 8:39:02 PM »

I am reading Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye. I am not very far into it, but so far it seems to be typical of Tyler's other books. So if you like her, you'll like this one. (I do.) And if you don't like her....
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« Reply #3117 on: May 15, 2012, 8:44:02 PM »

I'm reading Irving's In One Person.  It's really quite good.  It's my first Irving.

Really? How is that possible?

I used to love Irving (Cider House; Garp; Owen Meany) but too many of his books (Hotel NH, Widow for 1 year) seemed to be reaching too hard. Plus, what is up with his incest obsession?

A departure for Irving that I loved was Son of the Circus. Very atypical for him, but quite good.

I'm reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for book club. Never read any before, and I'm really enjoying it. Just perfect for the end of the semester.
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« Reply #3118 on: May 15, 2012, 9:56:36 PM »

I had the honor of appearing in two of Bechdel's cartoon panels, looking like Tintin.  She didn't model from me, of course.  And-- I have speaking parts in each.  Blush.

I've just started the second in the Hunger Games series. 

I think book 2 was my favorite

I agree -- especially now that I have read Book Three.

But thanks, others here who finally got me to get into Hunger Games, a "good read" -- and just the way to use the first three months of my super-discounted Prime borrowing privileges for my Kindle.  Now I have to start planning for month four's book, hmmmmmmm.
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« Reply #3119 on: May 15, 2012, 9:59:04 PM »

I'm reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time.

How are you liking it?

(Full disclosure: I can't remember the first time of the gazillion times I've read it, and I've seen the musical - no lie - 27 times.  When you live in PEI, all your visitors want to see it.)

Oh, I pine to see Prince Edward Island.  I'm descended from some PE islanders, and that made my many readings of the Green Gables series, my many viewings of the movie with my daughter, etc., even more special. 

The family lore to this day still is of how lovely is your isle.  And the music!
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