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I did a lot of reading over the last few weeks, and now is the reckoning.
I Started off with this book:  Chuck Palahniuk can't be happy to save his life.

Diary: A Novel
Chuck Palahniuk

That being said, this was a gripping book. Written as a diary of a woman who's husband is in a coma after an attempted suicide, it is written to tell him of her life now that he's brain dead.  Palahniuk does his homework.  Not only does he make you believe the story, he throws in all the details that make it visceral.  The muscles of the face and how they work, Misty's sagging breasts, the odd and unique costume jewelry.  The sardonic weather forcasts were also an especially nice touch.  However the book does divert a bit from the diary format and it drove me nuts.  Also Palahniuk's penchant for repeating sentences.  It was really annoying.  This books twist, and the end of Misty May were really interesting, and I found it fascinating. I was also on the south side of depressed when I was done.  I needed something more enjoyable.

That is when I attempted this book:

It was singularly Useless!  I'm a pop culture person.  I giggle when people use "frack" in conversation.  I give Joss Whedon a mental high five everytime someone says "jealous much?".  I am the pop culture guru of all my friends.  But even I found this self agrandizing book too much.  Really, listening to the author go on for almost an hour on 'the Real World', the MTV 'reality' show, was way too much for me.  I resolved to give it more time, and one day I rode back and forth to work while Klosterman went on and on on the relative merits of Billy Joel.  It wasn't even funny, or sardonic.  It was just a man who thinks his opinions are the wittiest and most insightful ever.  He just likes to see his words in print.  He could have used a better editor, and, truthfully, someone to tell him that he's really just a pompous windbag who should try and accomplish something real in his life.  Therefore I decided that even the abridged version that I had on CD was too much  of a waste of my time.  So I took it back to the library.

I decided that I'm going to read this book to make up for Klosterman's nonsense:


I haven't started it yet, beyond the first page.  It is already brilliant.  This is the inscription.

"The author would like to thank the French government for introducing the thrity-five-hour week and giving him time to do more interesting things on a Friday afternoon than work. Merci"

The book is by a British Ex-pat who is working for a French company in Paris for a year.  It looks very fascinating.  I'm very much looking forward to this read. It should purge the uslessness of pop culture ruminations that Klosterman came up with.

I have also read Prepared for Rage, the latest book by Dana Stabenow.  I have been a long time fan of Stabenow.  I enjoy her Kate Shugak books, and the Liam Campbell series, and her stand alones also keep my attention.  This is second in a series of loosely connected books that invlove terroism and the Coast Guard.  I appreciate that the Coast Guard is getting it's day in the sun.  They face a lot of the issues that are at the forefront of all the so called 'war on terror'. This book involves a plot to shoot down the Space Shuttle. Stabenow does a great job weaving a story, and creating characters. She is an excellent researcher, and storyteller, but this isn't her best work.  While it is still good, the books she writes best are the ones set in Alaska, and I long for her to go home again and write from there.  The high seas, and terrorism are intersting, but I miss the lyricism of the previous books. 
I also read the first in the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire mysteries: True Blood.

I had accidentally read the second in the series first, so I went back, now that season 1 of the HBO show based on it was done.   I enjoyed the book a lot, but prefered book two better.  This book had a lot more focus on sexuality, and less on the mystery, and I didn't like it as much.  It felt too kinky, which is odd since I love the TV show which has it all over the book in the kinky department. 
I did actually, like the book though, and probably will continue the series as it is a good diversion.  I think the books have a much lighter nature than the book, and I enjoy Sookies voice that come through.  I'll follow her and Vampire Bill Compton for a while.

I also read the latest Alexander McCall Smith story

"The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday."I enjoyed very much the latest installment of Isabel Dolhousie and her antics as a philosopher, mother, lover, and amature sleuth.  Again Mccall Smith has done an outstanding job of creating characters and exploring the situations they find themselves in.  He was excellent at keeping characters true, rather than altering them to fit the story line.  I'm enjoying seing Isable and Jamie's relationship progress, and how she and Cat are trying to keep going. In the midst of it all she tries to get to the bottom of Marcus McCrief's shame. I enjoy these books much, but know they are not for everyone, as there is a lot of philosophical ramblings.  Everything becomes a moral, ethical, or philosophical question.  It was enjoyable, and a welcome diversion.  It made me want to go back and Visit Edinborough.
The last book that I'm reading is Writing in the Dust. 

A very interesting theological response to September 11 by Rowan Williams, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, who was near the Twin Towers on that Fateful day in September.  He really explores the question of God in the midst of all of this horror and pain.  He talks about suddenly realizing that God is not the deity of easy platitudes who fits our agenda's.  He talks about the reality of forgivness and the messiness of facing into this place of pain, and try to understand why.  He ask where we go from here?  How do we make a way from devisation that is not panic or dangerously retalitory. An excellent, thoughtful, gracious book.  A quick read, but with a lot to absorb.

So that is the list.  It was diverse and interesting (mostly). It puts me over my 50 in 365 quite handily.  I'm also re-reading the twilight series for the group I lead, and Persepolis for book club.

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Book: What book would you like to see made into a movie? 
Submitted by Felipe Anuel.

There are a number of series I'd like BBC or PBS take on.  Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Emerson's series, Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series, Laurie R Kings's….well any of her series, and someone who does a very good version of the Wrinkle in Time series.  But stand alone? either of these.

Life of Pi
Yann Martel

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