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haven't posted in this in a long while, but some good books lately. Just finished the last henning Mankell Kurt Wallender novel. if you've liked any of the previous ones, you'll love this one. great book. also finished the newest robert crais. total waste of time. it probably would have been more interesting as a comic book. am almost done with a book called "the room and the chair" by lorraine adams. fascinating so far, and as a career journalist, her portrait of life inside a big city newsroom (in this case, a thinly disguised washington post) is spot-on.
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I'm currently reading Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel.
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Such a great series of books (I think it's up to 5 books plus assorted short stories). Compared to LeGuin's work, Harry Potter is drivel.

I just finished the first book, A Wizard of Earthsea, and I have to say I was not that impressed. The writing was not bad, but it was sometimes difficult for me to get through as her particular style is reminiscent of an earlier era. The story was not that captivating. The first 20 percent of the book, where Ged discovers his powers, meets Ogion, and goes to Roke was the most interesting part of the novel. After that, it was rather boring. I don't think I'll end up reading further in the series.

LeGuin may be a better writer than Rowling (you could argue either way), but I enjoyed HP more than I did the first Earthsea novel.
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Just finished Freedom. All Franzen hating/fetishization aside, it was ok. I mostly enjoyed it, although I found it far less rich than The Corrections, which I thought was excellent. Moreover, Freedom suffers from a major structural flaw, inasmuch as Franzen introduces the framing device of a potentially unreliable first-person narrative, never does much with it, and at times appears to have completely forgotten about it and meandered into omniscient third-person narrator mode. Then he'll suddenly go "oh, shit!" and insert some distractingly obtrusive reminder that the Patty is, in fact, supposedly the narrator. It's as though he had this concept of the book he wanted to write, realized it wasn't working out, and just decided, "screw it, I've sunk all this work into it I might as well just try to finish it somehow."
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An excellent book. Along similar lines I recommend the Raj Quartet by Paul Scott.
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Didn't like Passage to India at all.

Currently reading Collected Fictions by Borges
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An excellent book. Along similar lines I recommend the Raj Quartet by Paul Scott.

I generally love East Indians and dislike the British, so....I figured this would be a good read for me.
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I generally love East Indians and dislike the British, so....I figured this would be a good read for me.

Do you love them enough to stop calling them East Indians?
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Absolutely not
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Got a bunch of fashion-related books recently and I'm going through them. 'Fashion at the edge' is particularly interesting.
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About to tackle these two: Looking forward very much to both
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Hav by Jan Morris
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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
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