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    I've been reading a lot of "heavy" books in recent months, so I'm going through a "light" spell - a couple books about Bruce Springsteen, then ones about the year 1969, the New York Times, and George Carlin.

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    I am now deep into 1Q84, the latest novel by Haruki Murakami, one of my absolute favorite writers. This is a huge 925-page novel, but the narrative moves quickly (at least it does for me), and I am thoroughly enmeshed in this world.

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    Just finished reading "The Help" by Katherine Sackett. it was very good but also very uncomfortable reading at times. Getting ready to start "War of The Worlds" by H.G. Wells.
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    Just finished The Hunger Games, now working on The People of the Deer while I wait in the library Q for the sequel to THG.
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    Finishing off The Desperate People, a sequel to The People of the Deer. Also, just picked up Catching Fire and Mockingjay, sequels to The Hunger Games.
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    I am reading the novels of Ian Fleming.
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    and the film dealing with diamonds in Vegas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salmoned View Post
    just picked up Catching Fire and Mockingjay, sequels to The Hunger Games.


    Just finished the Hunger Games Trilogy last week. My wife convinced me to try them out after seeing the movie trailer. And since they were quick reads I figured I'd give 'em a shot.

    SPOILER [highlight to read]: The first 2 books were great! Definite page-turners that keep you riveted the whole time. But while I'd give books one and two A's...I have to give a D to the last one. Felt like Collins just ran out of ideas there at the end and it all just kinda fizzled and fell apart. A shame because it was such a great series and story. Seems like it lost the luster once the "Games" were over. The last 30 pages just felt so glossed over. All that build-up only to have most of the final resolution and payoff take place off screen (or off-page as it were).

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    My praise wouldn't reach quite that level, but it was a fun series with an easy-to-predict (and a bit of a let-down) finish.
    [Can't compete with the Ender books tho]

    It resonates with the 'income inequality' message that is currently in vogue, too.
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    Recently picked up The Brothers Karamozov. It's a slow, dry slog through a huge tome but there are some very interesting thoughts. For example,"Sometimes it is very pleasant to feel offended". Uh-huh.
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    I loved Brothers Karamazov and didn't find it at all a slog. Of course, I read it a long time ago, when I had a lot more time on my hands and fewer distractions.

    My current read is John Crowley's Little, Big--which seems to be one of those books people love or hate. So far, I love it. Sneaky and subtle fantasy? A gorgeous and charming narrator's voice?--although maybe a little too florid, but hey, I can handle. I can see why some people get bored with this book, waiting for the plot to trundle ahead. But if you let yourself get lost in the words and the (seemly) side stories and the big extended family living in the strange multi-faced country house that's not on any map...It casts its spell.

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    I recently finished Ghostwritten by David Mitchell, an impressive first novel. I am now into Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, a wild and enjoyable ride so far.

    BTW, The Brothers Karamozov is my favorite Dostoevsky novel.

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    Going to start the year by re-reading my favorite book, "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. Don't know what will come after that yet.

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    I need some help, guys. I really would like to read some fiction based in Hawaii (preferably on Oahu, but I'll take whatever is out there) but I can't find any. I know about Murder on Molokai by Chip Hughes, but it is not available here in any bookstore- new or old. It's on Amazon, but is $13 new or used, plus shipping. Is it worth it? And can anyone give me tips on other books? Please help...I miss Hawaii desperately and with my husband in negotiation about a job in Australia, I seem to be moving farther away...SOS!!

    PS- Just finished Islam for Dummies. I'm Catholic, but am interested in other religions. Never knew much about Islam before, but it's actually pretty interesting. Not that I'm looking to convert or anything, but I like putting new wrinkles in my brain. Some famous person said every time you learn something new, you put a new wrinkle in your brain. I hope mine is nice and wrinkly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surlygirly View Post
    I need some help, guys. I really would like to read some fiction based in Hawaii (preferably on Oahu, but I'll take whatever is out there) but I can't find any.
    I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I would recommend The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings. It should be widely available, since the movie version is up for an Oscar Best Picture award. Other works that might be available would be Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport, and two novels by Alan Brennert--Moloka‘i and Honolulu, both of which are historical fiction.

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    As for what I've been reading, I just finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a real page-turner. It’s a quick read and thoroughly enjoyable. The movie version is coming out next month, and seems sure to be a hit.

    Having finished that, I’ve shifted gears and have just started The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco, definitely not a page-turner, but if it’s as good as The Name of the Rose or Foucoult’s Pendulum, then it will be well worth the effort.

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    I am currently re-reading George Crile's book Charlie wilsons war.


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    Matthew Algeo's tale of how President Grover Cleveland kept his oral-cancer surgery a secret from the American public, including a campaign to discredit the reporter who revealed the story - "The President Is A Sick Man" (link is to NPR story from last summer)

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    With a brief break to sail through Sarah Vowell's disappointing book on Hawaiian history, "Unfamiliar Fishes," I'm re-reading all of British humorist Stephen Fry's novels: "The Liar," "The Hippopotamus," "Making History," "The Stars' Tennis Balls" and the short-piece collection, "Paperweight." All very funny stuff.

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    Leo - just curious why you say Vowell's book is "disappointing"?

    I've just downloaded Steven King's "11/22/63" and also plan to read all of the "Hunger Games" books which are up next on my download list. Also, Bill O'Reilly's book about John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln assasination has been recommended to me. Sorry, don't know the name of the book - have to look it up. These are all Kindle downloads.

    (O'Reilly's book is called "Killing Lincoln" and it has a co-writer)
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    Quote Originally Posted by anapuni808 View Post
    Leo - just curious why you say Vowell's book is "disappointing"?
    I found her writing style ... uncomfortable to read. I recognize that it is reflective of her radio speaking, but it reads awkwardly in several places (misplaced modifiers and run-on sentences, primarily). She has a tendency also to story-tell in convoluted circles, sometimes getting back to an earlier historical point or personality many pages later, sometimes not at all, and often with a flippant tone.

    She likes to fact-toss, which is why so many reviewers have used the word "accurate" to describe the book - but just recycling facts and names does not a good story tell. I know that Vowell is more (snarky) essayist than historian, but she reminds me of so many people who take the knowledge they have gleaned about Hawaiian history and spew it out with themselves now inserted into the story - not to help educate, but rather to assuage their personal guilt about ancestral behavior.

    Based on the number of my friends from Hawai`i who encouraged me to read it, I was expecting better. It's not a recommendation I would attach my name to.

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    Thanks Leo. I've not read her book and don't really anticipate reading it. I know many in the Hawaiian community who have met her and spoken to her about her book and these are folks who opinions I respect. She has been invited here several times to speak with different Hawaiian groups. I got the impression that they appreciated her effort to tell the story but that it was really more about the missionaries than about the Hawaiians and that that was ok with them. and yes, they also called her flippant at times.
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    I figure after 20 years... I'm running out of ideas. HaHa!
    A fun light read and even a little informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    . . . but rather to assuage their personal guilt about ancestral behavior.
    Does personal guilt accrue from ancestral behavior? If so, there are no innocents, eh?

    I believe you have called upon an imaginary condition that bears no light upon truth, though it may brighten the realms of psychosis.
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