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IFBC: speak to me of scifi/fantasy that does not make me stabbity.

(guidelines: i've already read almost everything Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Verne, and Card have written. I'm not such a fan of Phillip K Dick, Gibson, Tolkien, or any of the Herberts. There is not enough spiked kool-aid in the world to make me start on Robert Jordan. I love short story collections.)

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Have any of you read anything by Carson McCullers? What in paricular would you recommend if you recommend her at all? I don't know why it is that I haven't checked her out yet.

Also, if you've read Black Boy by Richard Wright, what did you think of it?

[Janelle Monae] Bowtie

If I may...

Not quite sure if this fits into the guidelines of promoting good books, so if the mods want to take this down and scold me, I'll accept that.  But I'd like to pimp a new comm dedicated to the greatness that is Michael Chabon, funnily enough called michael_chabon

To refresh your memories, in case you need it, Michael Chabon wrote the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, as well as Wonder Boys, Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and the Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Final Solution.  He is also a major dork.  ::points to icon::  (also, there is a free surprise gift after you join, in the second post chronologically)

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

wikipedia says: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific is a 2004 travelogue by author J. Maarten Troost describing the two years he and his girlfriend spent living on the Tarawa atoll in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. In the book Troost describes how he came to discover that the tiny sliver of land in the South Pacific, barely known to the outside world, was not the tropical paradise he thought it would be. Nevertheless, he and his girlfriend Sylvia build a home for themselves in Kiribati, alongside a host of colorful local characters, all the while having new encounters with the bizarre and unfamiliar.

this book had me laughing nonstop during the first few chapters. the middle can be a little slow, but overall it's a really interesting read. ch-ch-check it out.

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I strongly advise against Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway," unless you have the mind to find your way out of intense mazes. I attempted to read this book and got 50 or so pages in before realizing that I had absolutely no idea as to what was going on. It's primarily stream-of-consciousness, so, again, I advise against reading it without the aid of hallucinogenic drugs.

Jane Eyre

Has anyone seen the new Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Eyre? I thought they did a decent job but they made Rochester way too cute. I usually like their adaptations of things.