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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 8:54 am 
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Was looking for a topic of this sort, and found this old one:

http://www.ultimatedisney.com/forum/vie ... php?t=4106

However, given the length of the thread, though it best to refresh rather that renew.

So, what is everyone currently reading? What have you just read?
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I just finished reading Candy, a novel by Luke Davies. This Australian novel is about a heroin addicted guy, and Candy, the beautiful woman that he was addicted to just as much as the smack. Has been made into a film with Heath Ledger, and is due to be released here this month. |Luke Davies - writer|Candy - film (2006)|

Just cracked open Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. It's a mammoth task, but am enjoying so far. It's a western that one the Pulitzer Prize back in 1986.
|Larry McMurtry| Lonesome Dove (novel)| Lonesome Dove (TV mini series)|

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I am currently reading: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I think it's a whole lot better than the movie, because the movie has left out a lot of things, including characters, and subplots.

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Loomis wrote:
I just finished reading Candy, a novel by Luke Davies. This Australian novel is about a heroin addicted guy, and Candy, the beautiful woman that he was addicted to just as much as the smack. Has been made into a film with Heath Ledger, and is due to be released here this month. |Luke Davies - writer|Candy - film (2006)


:D

How was the book? I am planning on reading it soon enough, as I like to read before I see - granted, I love everything with Heath.

I recently finished The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, in preparation for the movie being released in a few weeks and I found it thrilling.

For class, I'm reading Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki & James D. Houston.

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TheLittleMerman wrote:
Loomis wrote:
I just finished reading Candy, a novel by Luke Davies. This Australian novel is about a heroin addicted guy, and Candy, the beautiful woman that he was addicted to just as much as the smack. Has been made into a film with Heath Ledger, and is due to be released here this month. |Luke Davies - writer|Candy - film (2006)


:D

How was the book? I am planning on reading it soon enough, as I like to read before I see - granted, I love everything with Heath.

I recently finished The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, in preparation for the movie being released in a few weeks and I found it thrilling.

For class, I'm reading Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki & James D. Houston, and I am going to start The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks after.

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For our Honors 8 Grade English class, at my school, the students were required to read Farewell to Manzanar. I haven't read it since I'm in regular 8 Grade English, but the book sounded good. Is it good LittleMerman?

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TheLittleMerman wrote:
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I just finished reading Candy, a novel by Luke Davies. This Australian novel is about a heroin addicted guy, and Candy, the beautiful woman that he was addicted to just as much as the smack. Has been made into a film with Heath Ledger, and is due to be released here this month. |Luke Davies - writer|Candy - film (2006)


:D

How was the book? I am planning on reading it soon enough, as I like to read before I see - granted, I love everything with Heath.


The book - and I daresay the film - won't be for all tastes. It deals with lengthy descriptions of heroin and other drug use, sex scenes and other stuff that "people may find offensive". :p Seriously though, it is a bit gratuitous at times - well, most of the time - but is pretty well-written for a first novel. Probably worth a look before the film, as I understand a number of changes have been made.

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Hey, Loomis, I have one question. Does Mangas/Comic books count? :?

If it is, then I've just done reading the 3rd volume of Comic Party. If it not, then I'm done reading John Steinbeck's The Pearl. Both books were very enjoyable to read.

Last month, I've just done reading The Last Juror by John Grisham and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Coming up next, John Steinbeck's The Red Pony. :)

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RyougaLolakie wrote:
Hey, Loomis, I have one question. Does Mangas/Comic books count? :?


It absolutely does. I plan to update this regularly with my comic purchases. :)

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I've just finished reading "The Little Monk" by Harry Farra. It's a nice and simple story. It brings some good and important messages. It has gentle lessons for life. It gives us widsom for everyday decisions. And the stories are perfect for spiritual reflection.

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I'm reading the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series from beginning to the current eBook. Right now, I'm on #27 of 63.

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I've been reading all of Erica Spindler's books. Before that I went old school and was reading some Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine for fun.


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TheSequelofDisney wrote:
For our Honors 8 Grade English class, at my school, the students were required to read Farewell to Manzanar. I haven't read it since I'm in regular 8 Grade English, but the book sounded good. Is it good LittleMerman?


I find it ... interesting. I'm in an English I Honors class (or, for Freshman) and some people find it the best little piece of literature they've ever laid their eyes on, yet others such as myself find it mediocre. Many parts are interesting, but nothing so far is earth-shattering. Currently I'm at the home stretch -- so to speak -- of the book, and I'm not incredibly impressed.

Disappointing is the fact that that Jeanne's story is so interesting - yet, the way she writes it down is not. I suppose it is all in the reader's opinion, however.

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TheLittleMerman wrote:
TheSequelofDisney wrote:
For our Honors 8 Grade English class, at my school, the students were required to read Farewell to Manzanar. I haven't read it since I'm in regular 8 Grade English, but the book sounded good. Is it good LittleMerman?


I find it ... interesting. I'm in an English I Honors class (or, for Freshman) and some people find it the best little piece of literature they've ever laid their eyes on, yet others such as myself find it mediocre. Many parts are interesting, but nothing so far is earth-shattering. Currently I'm at the home stretch -- so to speak -- of the book, and I'm not incredibly impressed.

Disappointing is the fact that that Jeanne's story is so interesting - yet, the way she writes it down is not. I suppose it is all in the reader's opinion, however.

*tlm


The thing about Farewell To Manzanar is that it's practically the only high profile novel (i.e. that's taught on the national level) that deals with the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, so there's not much else to choose from. However, a book that is slowly taking its place, at least at the university level, is When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka, published in 2002. I reviewed it for my high school paper (good times) and it's a wonderful little book. The major difference is that this was published under the adult fiction moniker, while Farewell To Manzanar is usually published as children's literature, even though both feature young girls in similar situations. Anyway, I recommend the Otsuka text for anyone who doesn't like the former book. Otsuka's novel is very brief, but also very quiet and slow, and requires lots of meditation. :)

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Just been reading In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason for school

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I’m reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Of course this book is excellent, although some passages are a little too erotic for my innocent mind to read without cringing a little. That Claude Frollo is in urgent need of a medieval Dr. Phil; he has issues.

Another little thing I found fault with was the inclusion of 3 or 4 chapters, inserted parenthetically throughout the story, which discourse on such topics as the structure of the Notre Dame cathedral, the geography of Paris, and the history of the printing press. It seems the author was trying to force the readers to learn something amid all the sensationalism, but these chapters were so unintelligible to me, and extraneous to the story, that I always closed the book completely unenlightened. A whole 14 pages dedicated to the evolution of the printed word, and I’m still clueless as to how “the book will kill the edifice.”

But Notre Dame de Paris is one of the most acclaimed novels of all time, and I guess I have no business criticizing it.

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I'm currently reading 1984, the George Orwell "classic". Afterwards I plan on reading A Wizard from Earthsea.

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I've been reading Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life by Alan Schom. I've had it for several years because of my habitual Star Wars book reading.


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Just to take a brain candy break from Lonesome Dove, I've read the 7th and final issue of DC's Infinite Crisis. Talk about an ending! The next 52 weeks of reading at DC are going to be sweet...

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Well since exams are coming up and AP exams killed me I haven't got a chance to read outside books from school.

Well we just finished Julius Caesar by Shakespeare.
Right now we're about to finish Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew

Both are excellent by the way! But I love taming of the shrew better.

Once summer starts I hope I can finish The Phantom of the Opera which I started along time back but never got a chance to read far into.

Our syllabus (English II Pre-Ap) for the whole year was:
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (A-)
A Seperate Peace by John Knowles (D-)
Oedepus Rex, Oedepus at Colonus, and Antigone by Sophocles (A)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A+)
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (B+/A-)
And of course Taming of the Shrew.

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For our Honors 8 Grade English class, at my school, the students were required to read Farewell to Manzanar. I haven't read it since I'm in regular 8 Grade English, but the book sounded good. Is it good LittleMerman?


I read it in my Pre-Ap 8th grade class. One of the worst books I have ever read in my life. All the character did was whine and complain. Our class's hate towards that book prolly had to do something with the Holocaust which we had thoroughly engorged ourselves in prior and we found the character a brat considering the terribleness of the Holocaust compared.


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