What Are You Reading? Part Deux

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Wayoftheredpanda

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Well I've read a bunch since my last post. Frank Zappa autobiography, it was great! Peter Straub selected short stories 'Interior Darkness'...he mentioned Bango Skank a few times. Greek Myths...forget the exact title and author but it was chock full of specifics for all my generalities. A Joe Hill book of short stories (forget the title). It was okay but a far cry from the old man. The original Grimm Brothers stories, the first English translation by some lady (whose name I forget). I loved it! Probably more but I don't keep track.
Some people prefer cupcakes, I, for one, care less for them
 

Spideyman

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I read all of the Dexter books in record time and that was about two weeks ago. I still miss Dexter and Cody and I really miss Brian.
I read a great tale by Alex North (alias) called The Whisper Man and that was a good ONE.
Now I'm reading The Institute by some guy name Stephen King . . . any of you heard of this dude? Good writing!
He appears to have a degree of talent, doesn't he!
 

MadamMack

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Read The Expedition by Bea Uusma. She is swedish of, i think, latvian heritage. The book is about Engineer Andrees attempt to reach the northpole in 1897. He was not, like others that tried at about this time like Scott, Amundsen and Nansen, an experienced polar explorer. He got this idea into his brain that they had tried the wrong approach to reach the pole. His idea was to get as far north as possible which in his case was Spetsbergen, an island north of norways northernmost spot, wait for the right wind and then take a balloon. They had a lot of food, medicine and other supplies with them so if anything went wrong there would be no danger according to plans. And in the summer of 1897, they had waited the whole of the summer of -96 without getting the right wind, they got the right wind and they were off. For 33 years it was a mystery what happened to them but in 1930 by pure coincidence a ship found the remains. But another mystery arose from that find. What did they die of? They had plenty of food. Warm clothes and shelter. So starvation and freezing to death is out. Andree had a diary that he wrote in practically every day but suddenly he stops writing. One of them died in his sleepingbag, warm and cozy. The book goes through different possibilities (the author is a doctor in medicine) examines the remains of the bones and the clothes in detail. Interesting book. A lot I didn't know about their expedition. It is a famous failure in sweden.
Kurb - this sounds very much like a documentary I watched recently. I can't remember the site though. Very unusual - I don't think they really know for sure how or why even now (amiright?)
I remember watching a documentary about some kind of expedition like that, but I'm not sure if it was about this one. However, the one I watched concluded that the crew died of food poisoning due to the can goods.
 
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HollyGolightly

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I remember watching a documentary about some kind of expedition like that, but I'm not sure if was about this one. However, the one I watch concluded that the crew died of food poisoning due to the can goods.
I remember watching a documentary about some kind of expedition like that, but I'm not sure if was about this one. However, the one I watch concluded that the crew died of food poisoning due to the can goods.
Hey girl! I'm so happy to see you. I think food poisoning MIGHT be preferable to starvation but I'm not sure.
 

recitador

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read the 2nd and 3rd novellas of Strange Weather today and man, he didn't pull any punches on the 2nd one. addresses a couple of issues in modern America, and i didn't expect it to be a rosy ending, but it went darker than i thought it would. he's not afraid to take risks telling his stories. that one is gonna stick for awhile. partly because there's nothing supernatural about it, it's just humanity's ugly side showcased. 3rd one went back to supernatural and was pretty fascinating. i'll probably finish the 4th one today too, as it turns out that's the one i thought sounded most interesting and the descriptions on the jacket were out of order.
 

Hill lover35

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I am reading It. I am reading the hardcover first edition, and really wish i had the paperback copy, but i am to cheep to pay full price for it as i know soon the thrift stores will be swimming in the paper back copy, but i may have to break down and get one, so i can read it on the bus.. I am only on page like 200 something. I am enjoying it. it is woven together tightley. I have not gotten to the part were king has got his claws into me yet but then again i am only on page 200 out of 1500.00
 

doowopgirl

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read the 2nd and 3rd novellas of Strange Weather today and man, he didn't pull any punches on the 2nd one. addresses a couple of issues in modern America, and i didn't expect it to be a rosy ending, but it went darker than i thought it would. he's not afraid to take risks telling his stories. that one is gonna stick for awhile. partly because there's nothing supernatural about it, it's just humanity's ugly side showcased. 3rd one went back to supernatural and was pretty fascinating. i'll probably finish the 4th one today too, as it turns out that's the one i thought sounded most interesting and the descriptions on the jacket were out of order.
Loved Strange Weather. All of it works while being soooo weird. I love his comments on humanitys ugly side. Showcased perfectly.
 
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