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dorothymonkey @ 10:40 am: I like books, too
First off, I am not currently reading anything involving the templar knights. ;)

I have, actually, been reading mostly fluffy books, lately.

I just finished The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists: A Novel over the weekend. It was a lot of fun; good if you've got an afternoon free, or are in bed with a cold. Really, as you would guess from the title, it's a funny little book about pirates who, mistakenly, plunder the S.S. Beagle and go on an adventure with Charles Darwin. Absolutely, 100% historically inaccurate in every imaginable way, but I hope you would have guessed that from the title, as well.

After I finished that, I started Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood, who is my stand-by for quick reads that are actually captivating. She is my Danielle Steel. I picked this one up a year or so ago at half-price books and just never got around to reading it until now. If you've read any Atwood, you know what it's like: clever, original, but not challenging at all.

I'm still reading American Nomad, by Steve Erickson, too. It's a, surprisingly astute, look at the 1996 Republican primaries which he was covering for Rolling Stone at the time. It's made me laugh out loud, more than once, and has me shaking my poor head every few pages. It's especially interesting to read keeping today's political climate and Republican party in mind; it's amazing how much and how little has changed in 8 years.

I've already read Fast Food Nation, so I'm ahead on that one. My favorite part of that book is the flavor industry; I found it particularly interesting. Maybe I will take this chance to go back and re-read some of the book.

Also, in my "to read" queue is Sock, by Penn Jillette, which is a detective novel told from the point of view of a sock monkey. Sometime I think people write books just for me.

Anyway, I warned you it was mostly fluff.


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Date:January 6th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
</i>margaret atwood! have you read the robber bride? i read it over the summer, and it was one i could NOT put down!</i>

I know, that's the thing with her books, they're nearly impossible to put down. I really liked The Robber Bride, too. Another good one is The Blind Assassin. I think of that book every time I read graffiti in a bathroom (the main character, who in much of the book is getting on in years, stays in touch with "the youth" by reading the bathroom graffiti at a local coffee house (?)).

wtf? that is the wackiest thing i've ever heard! are you sure you didn't write that yourself?

I know, I hear an interview with Penn Jillette on npr a few weeks ago and thought, "wow, he wrote that book just for me!"
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