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No one here has posted since 07...it's 2010 where is everyone?
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x-posted (sorry for the length of it!)

List of books I've read in 2006:
1. "The Old Curiosity Shop" by Charles Dickens
2. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
3. "The Little Girl Who Was too Fond of Matches" by Gaetan Soucy
4. "Before the End" by Ernesto Sabato
5. "Pity for Women" by Henry de Montherlant
6. "A Fine and Private Place" by Peter Beagle
7. "The Green Face" by Gustav Meyrink
8. "Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice
9. "Ion" by Liviu Rebreanu
10. "Exile Letters" by Publius Ovidius Naso
11. "The Last Night of Love, the First Night of War" by Camil Petrescu
12. "The Scorpion God" by William Golding
13. "In a Village: a Story" by Marin Preda
14. "Ben Hur" by Lew Wallace
15. "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
16. "The Queen of the Damned" by Anne Rice
17. "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins
18. "Leonardo Da Vinci" by Ovidiu Drimba
19. "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden
20. "Atlantis - Authopsy of a Myth" by Pierre Carnac
21. "Witches Abroad" by Terry Pratchett
22. "Expecting Someone Taller" by Tom Holt
23. "The Vampire of the Mists" by Christie Golden
24. "The Amulet of Samarkand" by Jonathan Stroud
25. "Dracula" by Bram Stoker
26. "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova
27. "The Railway Children" by Edith Nesbit
28. "Five Children and It" by Edith Nesbit
29. "The Phoenix and the Carpet" by Edith Nesbit
30. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
31. "Nineteen Eighty-Four" by George Orwell
32. "Short Stories from the 19th Century"
33. "Best Ghost Stories" by Charles Dickens
34. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
35. "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
36. "Of Mice and Men. Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck
37. "Sarinagara" by Philippe Forest
38. "Sweet Thursday" by John Steinbeck
39. "Fanchon the Cricket" by George Sand
40. "The Dog Hunters of Lojang" by Laszlo Darvasi
41. "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco
42. "The Tale of the Body Thief" by Anne Rice
43. "Memnoch the Devil" by Anne Rice
44. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare
45. "The Enchanter" by Vladimir Nabokov
46. "The Other Sinbad" by Craig Shaw Gardner
47. "The Iliad" by Homer
48. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
49. "Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth" by Naguib Mahfouz
50. "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles
51. "Antigone" by Sophocles
52. "Doré's Bible" by Torgny Lindgren
53. "Tiganiada" by Ion Budai-Deleanu
54. "The Bath of Archimedes" by Sven Ortoli and Nicolas Witkowski
55. "The Swedish Cavalier" by Leo Perutz
56. "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge" by Rainer Maria Rilke
57. "The Epic of Gilgamesh"
58. "Down There" by J.-K. Huysmans
59. "Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing" by Stephen A. Hoeller
60. "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" by William Blake
61. "The Prestige" by Cristopher Priest
62. "My Children Sirs" by Daniel Pennac
63. "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov

You can check out my reviews for the books I read in January-June 2006 (#1-#24) here. And you can read my reviews for the books of July-December 2006 (#25-#63) below. xD

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I think it would be a great idea to share any e-books or on-line books we happen to know of. There are several on-line libraries no one knows about, and it would be a pity not to share their addresses. So, I'll begin! ^^

The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft
The Divine Pymander
Aureus (Golden Tractate)
Kore Kosmou (The Virgin of Cosmos)
The Internet Sacred Texts Archive
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
"1984" by George Orwell
Library of Greek Texts
Works of E.A. Poe
The Latin Library

Some E. Nesbit books:
Harding's Luck
The House of Arden
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
The New Treasure Seekers
The Seven Dragons and Other Stories
The Story of the Amulet
The Wouldbegoods
Wet Magic

Hope this helps, my fellow bookaholics! ^^ Feel free to share your own links! ^^

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I feel the need to announce everyone that as of today, 23rd September, the Banned Books Week has started, and it will last until 30th September! It is a week to protest, each in our own way, to the banning of books from political, sexual, religious, racial or other immature reasons!!!



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Book #35
Book Title: The Master & Margarita
Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 446
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A+ [best]: A

Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com) 'Surely no stranger work exists in the annals of protest literature than The Master and Margarita. Written during the Soviet crackdown of the 1930s, when Mikhail Bulgakov's works were effectively banned, it wraps its anti-Stalinist message in a complex allegory of good and evil. Or would that be the other way around? The book's chief character is Satan, who appears in the guise of a foreigner and self-proclaimed black magician named Woland. Accompanied by a talking black tomcat and a "translator" wearing a jockey's cap and cracked pince-nez, Woland wreaks havoc throughout literary Moscow. Woland and his minions transport one bureaucrat to Yalta, make another one disappear entirely except for his suit, and frighten several others so badly that they end up in a psychiatric hospital. In fact, it seems half of Moscow shows up in the bin, demanding to be placed in a locked cell for protection.
Meanwhile, a few doors down in the hospital lives the true object of Woland's visit: the author of an unpublished novel about Pontius Pilate...in a novel that reads like a set of infinitely nested Russian dolls: inside one narrative there is another, and then another, and yet another. His devil is not only entertaining, he is necessary: "What would your good be doing if there were no evil, and what would the earth look like if shadows disappeared from it?"' (abridged for length & spoilers... which I am thoroughly against, esp in reviews of all things.)

My thoughts: Bulgakov's masterpiece of scandalously brilliant and scathing observation of the Stalin regime set in a more modern setting, with a twist of course. This novel is a novel within a novel, which adds an ambiguous tone to the mystery of the author (or "master"), the issue of infallibilty and the course of humanity. I found "The Master & Margarita" to be an enthralling, engrossing & incredibly luminous saga of literary work. The characters shift and undulate in transient forms as the story within grips and propels the reader towards its ever-changing purpose. It is hilariously comic and witty in the forms of Woland (the devil) and his accomplices as well as a poignant love epic between the Master & his devoted Margarita. But more than that, it is a cryptic epic questioning what history regards as important, and the truth as we perceive in it through our imperfections and misguided interpretations.

Currently Reading: "Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission" ~ ed. by Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding & Linda Spalding
Current Mood:
hot hot
Current Music:
garbage ~ version 2.0
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Time has come for me to post what I've read in the first 6 months of the year 2006 and what I think about them! :D Everything is neatly set under the cut, so go on, book freaks! ;)

Reading comes first. Feeding and sleeping can always wait.Collapse )

I know, just 24 full books in 6 months is a shame... :( But keep in mind that school was hard and harrassing! *sobs*

If you read any of the books above, we may discuss. ^^

x-posted at my journal and at bookish
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Since this is an entire community of book lovers, I think it would be only fitting to ask you all what your favorite books or who your favorite authors are?
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Hi there! I'm brand new to the group. I read back through (and commented on) about 6 months worth of posts and decided to post a quick introduction. I am DEFINITELY a bookaholic so when i found this group by clicking on someone's journal after seeing them comment in another group, I had to join. I'm an editor for a reference series about authors. Yes, it IS the most perfect job EVER for someone such as myself. I recently had the honor of telling Norton Juster just how much The Phantom Tollbooth meant to me. It was sheer bliss -- I almost cried when he called to tell me he was going to keep my nice letter. :)

Anyway, I tend to read anything and everything I can get my hands on.

Currently attempting to read Don Quixote. It's not going well, alas. I'm also reading a series called The Malloreon, by David Eddings. Typical quest-style fantasy series -- sort of like an RPG come to life, but with wonderful characterization. It's a followup series to Eddings's Belgariad series, which I decided to re-read after 10 or so years. This time, though, I decided to continue on with the series. I also recently read the two books as yet released by Jeffrey Euginides -- Virgin Suicides and Middlesex. Both great books. He immediately went onto my list of favorite authors. Oh! and I'm in the middle of Self, by Yann Martel (who also wrote Life of Pi -- one of my favorite books ever, because Martel, much like Euginides, has the ability to create a very engaging story AND a beautiful arrangement of words. Both men could probably write a grocery list that would keep me enthralled, yet both men have the gift of creativity and storytelling as well).

I think that's enough rambling for the moment :)
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Well, since this is a readers' community, I hope no one will actually kill me for doing this, because, you see, I'm a bit desperate. Some time ago I opened a forum which is entirely for the lovers of art, including literature, of course. I DO need members (as active as possible) to keep it running! So please, check it out and join! The rules you have to respect are few and logical. You can do lots of stuff on the forum (talk, reccomend, post books!), if only you join and help a miserable soul feel better! Thank you. ^^
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Full Title - The Joy Luck Club
Author - Amy Tan
Number of pages - 332
Personal rating - ****
Genre - Fiction
Quick Summary - Vignettes about four chinese women and four of their daughters, touching on the differences between Chinese and Chinese-American life.

I am a few chapters into The Joy Luck Club...anyone else read it? I know I'm kind of behind, because the book came out a while ago, but I've just now gotten a chance to read it. I love it so far. I am impressed with the 8-person perspective--it's a bold choice, but Tan makes it work. Anyone have thoughts they'd like to share?

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