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    Just finished Coelho's Devil and Miss Primm. Up next is Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die.

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    Just read the One Minute Manager. Really good book to read even if you are not a manager. Easy/quick to read too.

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    This week I finished So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane and Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Each are very good books, the former a fun fantasy adventure and the latter a well-written tale of the Antebellum South told by a modern-day time traveler.

    Now I'm reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I haven't read much Russian literature, so this is something different.
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    I am reading a technical manual on how to rebuild the chevy LT1, LS, and newer style chevrolet v8 engines. I know it is boring but it is necessary in my line of work.

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    The Marriage Plot by Eugenides. Very meh. Not sure why I did it.

    Currently re-reading The Recognitons, as I'm at an all-time low motivation-wise, and need some inspiration. Taking it slow and savoring any sentences that make me feel like my life isn't totally worthless crap. Thankfully Gaddis has a bunch of those. . .
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    This week I finished So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane and Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Each are very good books, the former a fun fantasy adventure and the latter a well-written tale of the Antebellum South told by a modern-day time traveler.

    Now I'm reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I haven't read much Russian literature, so this is something different.
    How do you go about choosing a new book. I love reading and used to read more, but I guess I've been having a hard time choosing new books.

    Do you buy all your books? What if you buy a book and turn out not liking it?
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    Decided to jump on the bandwagon and read "The Hunger Games" before too many people start telling you "you have to read this book!" which immediately makes me not want to read the book, whether it's good or not.

    I had never heard of it till someone decided this needed to be a movie and twitter blew up just gushing about these books.So I decided to see what all the fuss was about. So far it has lived up to it's hype haven't been able to put it down i'll probaby end up finishing the trilogy by next week sometime.

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    Just finished the Timothy Zahn Star Wars books. Also just finished the Ian Esslemont Malazan books.

    Currently slogging my way through numerous titles, "The Greatest Show on Earth" - R. Dawkins, "The Demon-Haunted World" - Carl Sagan, "The Aspect-Emperor" - Scott Bakker, The Black Company omnibus #2 - Glen Cook

    Waiting in line next to the bed is a stack of Robert Ludlum books my dad gave me to read.

    So many good books to read, life's too short.
    I enjoyed the Dawkins and Sagan books you've listed. I learned a lot from "The Greatest Show on Earth," in particular last year.

    I just finished up "The Drunkards Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives," - nice little book about probability and statistical thinking. Right now I'm reading back issues of "Analog," and am halfway through re-reading "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." Soon I'll start a history book of some sort.
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    It's been a busy reading year. So far in 2011, I've finished 88 books; they've kept me sane these long months. I love books.
    You lucky duck! Five plus years ago I tore through books at that kind of rate. Now there just isn't the time. If I could increase my lifespan significantly I would undoubtedly spend much of it reading.

    Speaking of Octavia Butler (in a later post) - have you read the Xenogenesis series (aka Lilith's Brook)? It's her finest work, in my opinion - particularly the first book.
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    You lucky duck! Five plus years ago I tore through books at that kind of rate. Now there just isn't the time. If I could increase my lifespan significantly I would undoubtedly spend much of it reading.

    Speaking of Octavia Butler (in a later post) - have you read the Xenogenesis series (aka Lilith's Brook)? It's her finest work, in my opinion - particularly the first book.
    I was job hunting for three months in there, so that gave me more time than most to read. I ended up with 115 read for the year. Now that I'm gainfully employed again, my reading has dropped off considerably.

    I haven't read the Xenogenesis books, but I will put it on the 'to-read' list. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    egyptian book of the dead

    read the gilgamesh epic earlier today, and boy was that way more weird and more "arty" than I ever expected. I was left actually wishing there was more to it. Found myself reading the translator's notes because I was just that taken up with it.

    Kinda into reading all these really old epics or religous texts. I'll probably try the koran after book of the dead.
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    Just started John Grishams "the Litigators"

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    I haven't started reading it yet but my mom recommended that I read a book called "The Shack". She is mailing me a copy. She said it would change the way I look on life and religon. I myself am a spiritual person but not very religious. She is even sending one to a dear friend of mine that is incarcerated hoping it will turn her around. Has anyone on PD already read this book?

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    How do you go about choosing a new book. I love reading and used to read more, but I guess I've been having a hard time choosing new books.

    Do you buy all your books? What if you buy a book and turn out not liking it?
    I still use the public library. I just got a kindle fire and I just finished my first book that I checked out electronically from the library.

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    I haven't started reading it yet but my mom recommended that I read a book called "The Shack". She is mailing me a copy. She said it would change the way I look on life and religon. I myself am a spiritual person but not very religious. She is even sending one to a dear friend of mine that is incarcerated hoping it will turn her around. Has anyone on PD already read this book?
    I've read it, got it on my shelf with what I hope to start being a much larger library of books I have read. It was a good read and it is a very uplifting book. I think it took me 2 days to read that book in its entirety could not put it down. It pretty much runs the gauntlet on emotions. If you have any specific questions you can ask me in a pm, I could probably elaborate more but don't really want to ruin it for you or anyone else who might want to read it.
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    Kinda into reading all these really old epics .
    If you're into that sort of thing I'd suggest also reading Dante's Inferno. I've read that 6 times and still find something new and interesting about it each time i've read it. Maybe that says something about my lack of comprehension or maybe that it was originally in Italian and then later put into English prose . I guess I should get around to reading purgatorio and paradisio but never really been motivated to read those other than to complete the divine comedy. Also Paradise Lost by Milton is worth a read and lots of good dialogue/quotes from that book imo.

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    Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro

    It is a biography of Lyndon Johnson's time as a Senator in the late 40's and through the 1950's. It is about 1200 pages, but a real page turner. As someone who works in government, while we all seem to cry for civility now, it seems by reading this that things weren't much different than they were now 50-60 years ago.

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    If you're into that sort of thing I'd suggest also reading Dante's Inferno. I've read that 6 times and still find something new and interesting about it each time i've read it. Maybe that says something about my lack of comprehension or maybe that it was originally in Italian and then later put into English prose . I guess I should get around to reading purgatorio and paradisio but never really been motivated to read those other than to complete the divine comedy. Also Paradise Lost by Milton is worth a read and lots of good dialogue/quotes from that book imo.
    I still haven't read Dante, although I had a roomie once who was obssessed the comedy, had a shelf of like all the different translations, was doing a big project on it.

    Paradise Lost is maybe the coolest thing in the world. Went through a period where I kept reading that and Emerson's essays over and over and over. Satan is my homie.
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    I still use the public library. I just got a kindle fire and I just finished my first book that I checked out electronically from the library.
    How does this work? Is this common among libraries today? If so, I may need to update my membership.
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    I still haven't read Dante, although I had a roomie once who was obssessed the comedy, had a shelf of like all the different translations, was doing a big project on it.

    Paradise Lost is maybe the coolest thing in the world. Went through a period where I kept reading that and Emerson's essays over and over and over. Satan is my homie.
    That is awesome about about your roomie. As far as satan being your homie, I actually did an inventory of all the books I read and a lot of them had to do with hell or satan and wasn't really bothered with it myself but others from the outside looking in might think I have some unhealthy obsession with the two . I've never heard of Emerson's essays but I'll look into it. I've also wanted to read the screwtape letters by C.S. Lewis but have yet to get around to it, I've looked for it in bookstores without much luck. I could probably find a copy through amazon but I still have a stigma about buying things online but might have to resort to that.

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    How does this work? Is this common among libraries today? If so, I may need to update my membership.
    The Indianapolis Public Library has a good selection of audio books and e-books, although there can be a long wait for the more popular books. It's worth checking to see if you local library has them available.

    Here's a link to the Indy library e-books, to give you an idea:
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    How does "checking out" work with e-books from the public library? I'm a little confused as to how the whole borrowing process works. How do you return a downloaded file?

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