Post by WilsonFreak on Feb 4, 2005 19:57:30 GMT -5
Well, there are a few books written about the "new" Star Wars, but I haven't read them either. Well, I did read Episode One, because I was SO excited!
But all the books I'm talking about are about the Original series. Definitely I would say start with Shadows of the Empire. You could start with Splinter of the Mind's Eye, by Alan Dean Foster, but you can really read it as a fill-in any time and Shadows of the Empire was SO cool! It is the START of the after ROTJ series. Any library can look it up for you by title without an author, and I can't remember who wrote it. Steven something, I think. I'll google it and get back to you. They are wonderful books to read and it's unbelievable what happens through all the years after ROTJ!!
Hi Again! Okay, Shadows of the Empire is between Empire strikes Back and ROTJ and is written by Steven Perry. Then the next book is Truce at Bakura, which takes place starting 1 day after Return of the Jedi, then the Courtship of Princess Leia (outstanding) and then you get into two more little trilogies: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command. then the next little trilogy: Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice and Champions of the Force.
Here is a link to the timeline, with all the little extra books that aren't really about Luke, Han an Leia interspersed. I can make up a list of the main character title books if anyone is interested!
WilsonFreak, I love sci-fi and space stories but tend to prefer the movies over reading them. There was one particular space adventure I read in college that I just loved, but I can't for the life of me remember the title & author! I know someone who would remember, and I'll ask him. I'm sure the book is out of print though.
Peak, I understand your criticism of Da Vinci Code. Or Dan Brown. I only read Da Vinci Code because everyone seemed to like it (still on the best-seller list), and it launched so many discussions which also perked my interest. Because of all the talk, I already pretty much knew the plot. I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail when it was first published 20+ yrs ago, and I have a copy of it. It is a nonfiction book written by three authors, all men associated with BBC. As you know, that's the book Dan Brown mined for his idea for Da Vinci Code. I see very well what you mean about using their idea to write a novel. You make a valid point.
Way off topic: The book I'm reading right now is for my Confirmation For Adults class. The title is: The Art of Public Prayer: Not For Clergy Only by Lawrence A. Hoffman, and published by SkyLight Paths Publishing, Woodstock, VT. I should also add that it's not for Jews only either! I recommend this book to anyone interested in prayer, ritual, and symbols.
WilsonFreak, my condolences on the loss of your mother. If I'm not being too nosy, I'd like to learn more about the miracles you've experienced if you'd care to share them with us.
I'd be honored to share my miracle stories with you! I'll start a thread this weekend unless someone else does first. Either on this board or the other one, someone has a sig by Einstein (I think) that says something like..........
There are two ways to live your life. One is to believe that nothing is a miracle. The other is to believe that everything is a miracle.
While I Was Sleeping... Spending the week horizontal, I needed something to pass the time and a co-worker from work brought some red cover romances over to the house.
Imagine having to choose from my Oprah selection- Map of The World by Jane Hamilton or titles like: Hers To Take Mine to Entice Yours to Seduce Absolute Pleasure and the sentimental favorite Girls Gone Wild HurlT (The only reason I'm still breathing is because red is such a irresistable color)
I just spoke with my buddy in Virginia. He says the book we read in college that we liked so much was titled The Star Kings. The author is Edmund Hamilton. There was a sequel to it called Return To The Stars. I don't think I ever read the sequel, but I loved the first book. I'm sure it's out of print though, but it might be available via A Libris or Amazon.
I highly recommend it if you like space adventure.
BP - Thomas Hardy!!! I love Tess, can't wait to study it. Which of his books do you like? Jude the Obscure is supposed to be fantastic, though I haven't read it.
PiD, Jude the ObscureIS fantastic! It is...you know...so good...I LIKE THAT KIND OF STORY!!! Hardy is so...you know...he gets to me. I love the movie adaptation of this novel too. But I must admit it is the only one I have read of Hardy. I want to read Tess. I have been wanting to read it for something like 10 years and I haven't yet. Now you are studying it I might read it at last...;D
Some of the books I'm studying at the moment include:
Henrik Ibsen "A Doll's House" (one of my favourites) Anton Chekhov "The Cherry Orchard" Thomas Hardy "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (another favourite) Loung Ung "First They Killed My Father"
Other books I've read recently for enjoyment:
Joseph Pearce "The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde" Patrick O'Brian "The Mauritius Command" (I *love* O'Brian! Naval stories ) Hugh Laurie "The Gun Seller" Stephen Fry "The Liar" T.S. Eliot "Four Quartets" Jane Austen "Sense and Sensibility" Bertrand Russell "A History of Western Philosophy" (still going on that one - fascinating!)
I'm on a quest for Oscar Wilde's "Teleny".
...okay, I'm hoping someone will have something in common from that list. ;D
Austen is a personal obsession of mine; my favorite is Persuasion. But of course there is always Mr. Darcy!
I've read a good bit of Wilde, but not the two titles you've mentioned. I have never gotten all the way through a Hardy novel -- it's so down.
I have been trying to read my most recent purchase -- The Russlander by Sandra Birdsell. It is also titled Kitya. It's about a young immigrant to Canada. Her family was massacred in Russia. I can't seem to get past the first chapter that describes her family's demise. I keep rereading it.
I am about to read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged; I read Fountainhead years ago and loved it!
One of my favorite writers is James Thurber. I love his unique & ecentric sense of humor. I read "my life and a hard time" first, then I gotta have everything he wrote. "The Thurber Carnival"contains several series (including the one I mentioned above) and his funny drawings. I love his grandpa (he somewhat reminded me of The Royal T. movie. He's very droll) I also love the dog who bit everyone in the family, chased the mailman and the milk guy, and attempted to bite the mother but missed. LOL. I wish he is still alive and I could go see him! I never felt the need to go see a dog before. I adore his mother who always has an excuse for the dog's behavior.
My other favorite satirist is Kurt Vonnegut. He has black humor. ;D I have a whole bunch of his book on my bookshelf.
Gretchen, I used to have The Thurber Carnival and have lost it! It is one of my favorite collections of short stories - the stories are hilarious. I love The Night The Bed Fell, The Catbird Seat, The Day The Dam Broke, Barney Haller...etc. etc. Also the one where he was kept awake all night trying to think of the name Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He nearly drove himself - and his family - insane!
Shifting gears, any Taylor Caldwell fans here?
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I love The Night The Bed Fell, The Catbird Seat, The Day The Dam Broke, Barney Haller...etc. etc. Also the one where he was kept awake all night trying to think of the name Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He nearly drove himself - and his family - insane!
I laughed so hard reading those stories. I was in tear reading that someone was on the skateboard behind an old man and that old man thought the dam broke and things were flewing toward him, and the grandpa shoot the life out of the police thinking they were secret spies or commanders from the war!
Post by tequilaroses on Feb 16, 2005 20:29:19 GMT -5
I just started reading "Be Cool" by Elmore Leonard - I want to complete it before the movie comes out on March 4th.
On a sidenote: My book club order arrived today, and instead of received "White Hot" by Sandra Brown like I had ordered (and like is stated on my invoice) - I received a book entitled "365 Days of Sensational Sex".
At first I was kind of ticked-off at the mistake - but now I'm sort of amused by it. Anyway, now I have to exchange it - which means going to the UPS store and having them box it up for me - it's easier if they do it. Fortunately, I don't embarrass easily at all.
"Do you want to try the position on page 37?" ~~~ Roy O'Bannon
"I thought you were walking a little funny. I wasn't sure if that was just my imagination." ~~~ Jack Ryan
Post by Jennifer Richards on Mar 14, 2005 17:46:06 GMT -5
Trying to resurrect the book thread!
Was just having a chat with Fergie on the Day to Day Chat thread and got to mentioning the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
I have to say this is my all time favorite book EVER!! I have three copies of it and have read it so many times I've lost track of how many.
My 2nd favorite book is House on the Strand by Dauphne Du Maurier. (Another one I've read so many times I've lost track). A semi-period piece about a guy taking an experimental drug which is supposed to enduce mind travel to the past. Needless to say he falls in love with someone in the past and becomes addicted to the drug. Brilliant book.
Anyway if anyone else wants to share their favs too, please feel free!!