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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    If you haven't already read it, try his "A Thousand Splendid Suns." I liked it more than Kite Runner.
    Such a great story, although it was often times heartbreaking and quite difficult to read. It gives you a lot of background/history on the people of Afghanistan and particularly looks @ the lives of women. Tragically beautiful.

    I also loved The Art of Racing in The Rain, the story of a family as told by the dog. It's very simply, plainly written (which makes sense, since it's from the dog's POV ), but I really enjoyed it.

    Next on my list is The Woman Who Died A Lot, the latest installment of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, which is SO quirky, fun, and chock-full of literary references--any literature-lover's dream.



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    Quote Originally Posted by vineyridge View Post

    The Sotweed Factor by John Barth. Very layered and difficult book. It's worth the work and also needs re-reading several times.
    I started this one and could not finish it, despite trying several times. I just couldn't get into it. Currently, it's sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust. I was disappointed because I LOVED The Floating Opera and was hungry for more of that style.



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    I'm re-reading The Art of Racing in the Rain.

    It made me cry at work last time. Awesome book though.
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    I recently finished Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World

    and The Places in Between

    The latter lagged a bit in places but overall was a very interesting look at parts of Afghanistan we don't usually get to see. Probably because most people aren't crazy enough to try and walk across it by themselves.
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    Book reminds me of the fellow who used to be on the Ed Sullivan Show spinning plates. There is so much going on at one time; and like Chimera, Change is a (if not THE) theme; or perhaps not Change, but perception and reality vel non. Nothing is ever as it seems. The Olde English style makes things much harder for the reader. If you stick with it, about 2/3 of the way through it all starts to come together.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frizzle View Post
    I started this one and could not finish it, despite trying several times. I just couldn't get into it. Currently, it's sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust. I was disappointed because I LOVED The Floating Opera and was hungry for more of that style.
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    Just finished "Turn Right at Manchu Picchu" Mark Adams. Excellent look at the now and the past. Rights some misconceptions.

    Currently reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed" The author makes a quest to hike much of the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon. She was ill prepared and how she got through the first few days is beyond me. A page turner.
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