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Introduction [20 Jun 2007|12:20am]

[ mood | apathetic ]

Apologizes for the late introduction my name is Mohamed and I am a 2nd year Biochemistry student.
Enjoy reading especially satires and black comedies favourite books include anything by Joseph Heller e.g. Catch-22 and closing time, as well as Aldous Huxley

p.s. the late introduction is due to a certain black comedy t.v. show called Black Books it usually takes priority over everything I'm doing when it's on.

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the other europe [30 Apr 2007|04:57pm]

Dear Fictionistas,

So. I've been on a spate of Russian/Eastern European reading-- Tadeusz Borowski's This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, Leonid Tsypkin's Summer in Baden-Baden, etc.-- and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for continuing this line of reading? I've read quite a lot of Czech and Russian writers, but was wondering specifically if anyone could suggest some Polish, Hungary, or Baltic writers available in English?

Your voraciously literate friend,

Tumbling Bells

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[14 Jun 2006|02:16am]


there's a new community in which you share the first paragraph of a book you enjoy.  it's called paragraphone and it was founded by my boyfriend, waltercrane

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[12 May 2006|08:04pm]

This is being cross posted in one other place, but..
I just read Demian by Herman Hesse today. I... don't know what to think of Hesse. I'm not majorly excited over the themes in the book, but I did like the sentiments of a lot of lines and passages. So bits and pieces I know I like, but as a whole I'm unsure.
I know this is one of his earlier works, and to make up my mind about Hesse, I'd like to read another novel by him.
Any suggestions? What in your opinion is his best?
Or does he not get better?

I'm really interested to know others' opinions!

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[01 May 2006|05:37pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

hi i'm chelsea. i suck at introductions, but i do like to read. anais nin may very well be my favorite but its tough to say. i'm looking forward to reading and submitting some posts and umm.. thats all i got!

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[21 Jan 2006|03:34pm]

[ mood | blah ]

So yeah,

does anyone want to talk about what they're currently reading or have read or are about to read?

This week I read The Kite Runner and Howl's Moving Castle (because it was adorable). The Kite Runner reminded me in theme of A Seperate Peace. Of course, it was not set in a New England boarding school, but rather in Kabul and San Francisco. So it did have some really interesting cultural elements to it. It almost had too many bad things going on. The trouble between the two characters of Hassan and Amir, with the surprise issues that popped up later in the book, set against the changing-for-the-worse scenery of Afghanistan through the decades would have been enough, I think? With out the sexual abuse that's an element. But yeah. It was a fast read and interesting enough too.

Howl's Moving castle was just fun. :)

I'm reading Madeleine Is Sleeping right now, with is a fast read too because of the arrangement of the text and chapters, but it tries to hard. It got annoying really fast.

So concludes this long needed prompt.

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[21 Jan 2006|12:09pm]

Even though this place seems to have died, I've give a little introduction anyway!

My name is Laura and I obviously like to read, as do all of you, I can safely assume.

Some of the authors I have been reading lately include; Milan Kundera, Truman Capote (Unfortunately, I had not heard of him until after the movie, which I never saw), Augusten Burroughs, John Fante, David Sedaris, etc. etc. I also recently bought "Everything Is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer because after reading the first page on amazon, it looked interesting, has anyone read it?

I spend way too much time on the internet looking up new authors and musicians and I like to make suggestions because I also like to get them.

I hope this community gets back on the up and up!

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Greetings from New Zealand [25 Sep 2005|02:46pm]

Just another newbie, just another book-lover.

Hi everyone, I'm Tash, 24, and for another month or so, an MA student in Creative writing.  I love words and writing, poetry, plays, novels, bookcrossing, book buying, and I'm sure this community will be a great place to find new titles and authors to add to my "must read" list.

At the moment, I’m participating in a Bookcrossing challenge to read the books on the Booker Prize Longlist.  Has anyone else read any of these?

First one I read was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru.  I thought that was was just fantastic.  It dealt with cloning and organ donation, but it wasn’t preachy about it… and rather than worrying about the science fiction elements, I was just absorbed in the story and the characters.   Wish I could write a novel like that!  The next one I started was Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black.  There's an interesting premise to this one - the story of 'normal life' for a medium and her sidekick.  But I didn’t care about any of the characters.  Nothing seemed to be happening.   And I got to thinking, what’s the point?  So I've put that one down for a while (I'll finish it eventually, because I hate not finishing books), and started reading A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry.  I'm only a chapter or so into it, but so far it's just beautiful. 

Anyway, that's probably enough from me for now.  It's good to be here, and I look forward to reading other posts on this community.

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hello [18 Aug 2005|02:47am]

Just joined and thought I'd say hi. I'm here because I like what I know of the authors listed in the interests and this community seems nice and modest. I just want to learn more about various books and authors because i don't think i pay enough attention. I adore contemporary literature from anywhere in the world but I tend to just pick up whatever takes my fancy. If the title's interesting or the cover's nice (i know they say don't judge a book by it's cover but i do!) so I really don't know much about anything. Of course I will post when I've read something wonderful in case someone here hasn't because it's always worth letting people know.

I've just started The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon bought for me by a friend with better booksmart than me. I like it so far although i've barely started it.

Has anyone got any recommendations, books that it would be simply criminal not to read? I'd love to know.

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Harold's End by JT LeRoy. [05 Aug 2005|03:48pm]

Very recently I read JT LeRoy's novella Harold's End. It took me all of 10 minutes to read, but i found it sweet in a sad sort of way. Your sort of left shaking your head at the end out of a mild despair for the characters. It's about a young heroin addict and his pet snail, Harold. Enemas (sp?) are involved.

The book itself is very, very attractive one. It's a neat little black cloth bound one with some beautiful illustrations of the characters by Australian artist Cherry Hood. It makes the book so worth buying, even if you don't like the story (but I'm an illustration, so I might feel a little strongly about the aspect). I must have spent three times as long looking at them as I spent reading the novella.

If you need any more push, Dave Eggers gives does the introduction (Harold's End was originally published in McSweeny's). If you like him, you might want to pick it up. I liked the story to the point where I've been looking for more of LeRoy's work.

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pop-culture accounts for something, i suppose [01 Jul 2005|04:35pm]

this may not really count that much since its comics, but last week i reread all 66 issues of PREACHER by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. if you're unfamiliar with it, its this really fantastic story of Jesse Custer, a Texas-native minister whose father fought in Vietnam and whose mother fought to save them both from her unspeakably evil family. when Jesse discovers that God has abandoned His creation, the Preacher decides to hunt him down and make him accept his responsibility to his people. along the way, Jesse makes amends with the woman he left to become a preacher, befriends an irish vampire, takes on the world's greatest conspiracy, revisits his evil redneck past, and does battle with a meatophile, an unstoppable bandit, the ku klux klan, angels, God, and plenty of drunken hicks. besides all of the fighting and religious questioning, there's a great deal of discussion about what makes america such a uniquely fantastic place to live, and there's a couple of special issues focusing on Jesse's father in Vietnam that are really spectacular.
its a Vertigo book, so be warned that there's plenty of profanity, sex, twisted violence, and other questionable content before you look it up. if you can bear all of that, though, it really is a great story with a handful of really beautiful moments.

this week, i'm rereading David Rusikoff's FRAUD, but that's a book of essay, non-fiction, so it doesn't really apply much to this community, does it?

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Maugham [30 Jun 2005|06:02pm]

I so happy with the activity that's picked up here after it being so quite. I'll post what I'm reading now.

I'm about a third into Maugham's Of Human Bondage. It's a bildungsroman about a boy with a club foot. Thus far, I quite like it. Maugham's characters are always some of the best. He's very clever and subtle in his descriptions. It's around 600 pages long. I've only read one other novel by him, and it was relatively a short one. The pace of the book has been rather quick and I'm interested to see where he takes it. Anyone have any thoughts on it, if they've read it?

More members post what they're reading!

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Current reading [30 Jun 2005|02:26pm]

Since friday_friday posted what they were using, I thought I would as well. At the moment I'm reading MONA LISA OVERDRIVE by William Gibson. I picked it up in the airport on my way to Oregon. I'm a bit more than half-way through and must say that I am enjoying it. This is the first book of his that I've read. Next I'm probably going to read THE GREEN HOUSE by Mario Vargas Llosa. I started it a long time ago, but lost it. I recently found it again.

What is everyone else reading?

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Months and months in a year [28 May 2005|09:40pm]

Well over a month since the last post here, sorry for that.

Anyway, does anyone read or know of any good national literary magazines/journals. Outside of McSweeney's and Believer? (If you can deem both as such) If so, what are the contents usually like?

One of my favorite poets is Rimbaud, so I'm taking the easy way out and leaving a nice prose-ish poem by the boy. Who ever thought teenagers could actually produce good poetry?


When a child, certain skies sharpened my vision : all their characters were reflected in my face. The Phenomena were roused. - At present, the eternal inflection of moments and the infinity of mathematics drives me through this world where I meet with every civil honor, respected by strange children and prodigious affections. - I dream of a War of right and of might, of unlooked-for logic.

It is as simple as a musical phrase.

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[12 Apr 2005|05:36pm]

[ mood | blank ]

Once again, I've been horrible to this community. Sorry about that. I'm really happy to see that things have picked up again.

I just finished Dave Egger's How We Are Hungry, it's a collection of short stories. It was quite excellent. The short snippets between most of the longer stories were usually very good. My favorite one I can think of, out of all, was "Climbing Up the Window, Pretending to Dance" (I think this was the title, I don't have the book with me at the moment.
Not to mention the book itself is slick looking.

Has anyone ever read a piece of literature in another language?

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[11 Apr 2005|09:58pm]

Wow, "Fictionistas" is a great community name! My name is Jess, and I'm a third-year creative writing university student. Currently I'm reading "Tender Is the Night" for a Paris in the 20s seminar; is anyone familiar with this work?

Looking forward to hearing from all the fictionistas out there. Be well!

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Hi! [10 Apr 2005|03:42pm]

[ mood | calm ]

I'm new here, and just thought I'd do a brief hello. I've been signing onto a ton of book communities lately because I love to read and need more recos!! And I like to talk about the stuff I'm reading. Can't wait to share.

Anyway, some of my fave authors include: Milan Kundera, Jose Saramago, Amy Tan, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jeanette Winterson, Shakespere, Poe, CS Lewis and other fun fantasy books that I devoured as a child and still can't stop reading. I probably have other favorites, but these are the authors whose works I can't seem to get enough of.

I'm currently reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Interesting so far, but it is too soon to tell.

Anyway, I look forward to meeting everyone and sharing some book-love!

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the unbearable lightness of being [18 Mar 2005|11:26am]

one of my all time favorite books. i love almost anything by kundera...suppose i'm supposed to say why. first the book is mapped out like a symphony and reads like one as well. the dog is named karenin (after anna karenina, another favorite). and well it is just beautiful - politics, love, philosophy - what more do you want in a book? i've read it 3 or 4 times and just thoroughly enjoy it.

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[14 Mar 2005|10:37pm]

[ mood | positively bored ]

I think I might have master the fine art of neglecting my community by this point. Sorry about that.

Anyway, perhaps a discussion to get something started?

Post your favorite book and give us any old reason why it's so effing great

Take 'favorite' as you will.


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newbie [08 Mar 2005|07:20am]

i'm not very good at introductions. i'm an MA literature & publishing student in Ireland (originally from New York). obviously, i love reading & discussing literature, so i'm looking forward to lots of heated debates ;)

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