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Thursday, December 9th, 2004

Posted by:elegygray.
Time:11:03 pm.
hi everyone, I just joined. I tend to go for books of a more political nature, and was wondering if anyone had a good list of these books. So far, of the selection of literature that i've read, my favorites were 1)anything by Orwell 2)All Quite on the Wester Front and 3) Lord of the Flies. I also really like a lot of the fantansy books, HP and co. but we won't into that because then i'll just start talking nonsense.
michelle :)
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Monday, June 28th, 2004

Posted by:puccadoll.
Time:2:18 pm.
This is an experimental page for an ongoing communal narrative (or anti-narrative) which can include any narrative (or non-narrative) form such as prose, poetry, lists, scripts, tables, images and surveys, etc. It is intended for anyone willing and interested in contributing to an ongoing piece of art (with periodic digressions). There are no restrictions but that contributions be a part of the ongoing story. It is hoped to develop a fusion of widely varied voices and styles and media within a somewhat coherent framework. The ridiculous is highly welcome. Please edit your contributions.

The idea is that the story is not planned, it evolves. So, if one writer or artist introduces a character or theme the next writer or artist can develop it, or not, as she or he chooses, as long as there is some kind of coherent link that makes it 'readable' (in the broadest sense of a readable 'text').

The idea partly came from a party scene in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, where characters' personalities are developed, and contemporary reading habits explored, through a joint storytelling game. I was thinking along the lines of Pynchon or Rabelais or Perec or something anti-novelistic when I thought of doing this, but perhaps an avante-garde soap opera could also be an apt description. I am reminded of a drawing game I learned in primary school where each child draws a section of a body, folds it over to conceal it, and passes the page onto another child who contributes the next section, and so on, until the page ends and an inconsistent creature is revealed which doesn't conform to any kind mould other than that the pieces fit together. Also think: serial, like Dickens or Conan-Doyle, where each contribution to a larger story is written periodically (The Pickwick Papers), or each short story contributes to a larger reality (the myth of Sherlock Holmes), but with different authors (as in a television series) and, of course, with different media.

Illustrators, digital artists, graphic novelists, photographers, cartoonists, poets, writers of any genre, scriptwriters, non-fiction writers, copywriters, painters, embroiderers, sculptors, artists of any description are welcome
and encouraged to participate.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2004

Posted by:dragonsxist.
Time:12:14 am.
anyone ever read white noise by don delillo? i'm nearing the end, but really not seeing how its gonna end, because the only problems its presented don't seem like that huge of a deal (to me anyway). not exactly your mystery "who's the killer" kind of book.
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Monday, October 6th, 2003

Posted by:llgoddess.
Time:5:34 pm.
Mood: awake.
I’ve been in this community for awhile, but I don’t think I’ve actually posted anything. Silly me.

I'm in a bit of a rush, but I wanted to say something. I was thinking that maybe we could all have discussions every once about authors. Make a list of authors you’d like to have a discussion about (their books, poems, plays, etc) and when this community seems to be moving to slow, post something. Either write a little blurb about an author or give a link to a site that has a summary.
Here’s a starter:

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials series.
The Golden Compass, introduces a world that is similar to our own, but different in some significant ways. For example, every human has a personal dæmon, an animal alter ego that holds the person’s soul. Neither the human nor his dæmon can exist apart from the other. This is a world which is controlled by the Church, and the Church governs all scientific inquiry. Young Lyra Belacqua embarks on a qauest that takes her from her childhood home in Oxford through the fens of East Anglia to an arctic wasteland in search of children who have been kidnapped and hidden in a secret arctic research facility and subjected to cruel experimentation. Lyra discovers that her mother, Mrs. Coulter, has taken control of this research facility in order to sever the connection between human children and their dæmons so that she can explore the power of Dust, a mysterious invisible substance that surrounds all people after they reach puberty. Lyra is appalled to learn of this severing of human and dæmon, since the cutting of the bond between the two results in a psychic death. Lyra is assisted in her quest to free these children by “gyptians” (gypsies), a mercenary bear, witches, and a special instrument called an alethiometer, or truth teller (the golden compass of the title). Lyra frees the captured children, and continues her journey in order to find her father, Lord Asriel, who has harnessed the power of Dust and crossed a bridge into another universe.

Link: http://www.delanet.com/~ftise/pullman.html

Well, if you’ve read the series (if you haven’t, go do so), what do you think? Likes, dislikes, no opinion?
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Monday, September 29th, 2003

Subject:Samuel Beckett
Posted by:fictionandprose.
Time:3:16 pm.
I read Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett recently and loved it (full review rave in my journal). Have any of you read other works by Beckett? I was thinking of picking up one of his novels but I'd like an opinion or two before I spend the money :-).
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2003

Posted by:gavinahand.
Time:3:27 pm.

There is a new community called Book Swaps. http://www.livejournal.com/users/book_swaps/
check it out. email gavinahand@hotmail.com for questions.
If I'm not allowed to post this here, I apologize and I'll delete it.
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Saturday, August 30th, 2003

Subject:Historical Fiction Community
Posted by:fictionandprose.
Time:6:47 pm.
historylit is a brand-new community dedicated to the discussion of historical fiction and history in non-fiction. Please join and post away!

I'm also thinking of creating communities dedicated to world literature and classic literature as soon as I can obtain codes. What do you all think? Would you join either? (EDIT: worldliterature and theclassics are now realities! Join away ;))

(X-posted to many communities. Apologies to those seeing multiple posts)
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Subject:Anne Rice
Posted by:fictionandprose.
Time:9:38 am.
I've just started Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice. Have any of you read it and the other books in the Vampire Chronicles? It's quite different from anything I usually read but it's okay I suppose. The writing leaves something to be desired at places but it's not enough to make me put the book down without finding out what happens to Louis, Claudia, and Lestat.
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Monday, August 25th, 2003

Posted by:kaluptein.
Time:3:28 pm.
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Sunday, August 24th, 2003

Posted by:fictionandprose.
Time:11:15 am.
I've just created a new lit community: dailylit. It's a sort of "Read of the Day" thing where you can get daily reading suggestions. More information can be found on the userinfo page.

Everyone please take a look!

x-posted to many places
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Saturday, August 23rd, 2003

Subject:Literature Survey
Posted by:laurus_nobilis.
Time:5:42 pm.
Mood: thoughtful.
It was really hard to choose my favourites for this... I guess I should let you know that most of these are constantly changing!

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Subject:weee book survey! :D
Posted by:dreamingenigma.
Time:2:09 pm.
Mood: chipper.
I am so glad someone created one of these! ;)

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That was... long! LOL. Forgive me for naming the same books over and over - I've read a ton, but those are the ones that stick with me. Sorry if any book abbreviations confused anyone! :)
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Thursday, August 21st, 2003

Subject:Read on, Macduff.
Posted by:opopanax.
Time:5:17 pm.
Hi everyone. I recently joined and thought I ought to pop in and make a quick mention of myself.

I'll be relativly inactive, but I'll pop in the comments pages quite a bit.

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Subject:A very quick introduction
Posted by:incitata.
Time:9:19 pm.
Mood: pleased.
I joined a few days ago and I wish to introduce myself.

I am Cat, aged 29, and an avid reader. I do not expect to be a particularly active member of the community (I tend to remain in the background unless I feel an opinion is warranted), but I guarantee that I will be reading.

That said, I hope to contribute some interesting recs, and through your recommendations, find my way to some wonderful books I have not yet opened.
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Subject:Literature Survey
Posted by:fictionandprose.
Time:12:25 pm.
I was bored so I created a lit survey. Hope everyone has fun with it :-).

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2003

Subject:Hallo :)
Posted by:dreamingenigma.
Time:10:02 pm.
I just joined the community today. My name is Amanda, and I'm guessing you all know I *love* to read!

As of late, I have not had time to read anything not assigned to me in school. My AP English teacher gave us a first semester reading list (although my class is next semester); currently I am reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Haven't gotten very far in it yet, but I really love it - a lot of room for analysis and discussion. I love books that I can talk about ;)

Anyone know any nice book surveys floating around? There are always surveys, but never book ones *sighs* What a shame, it would be a nice way for everyone to share their favourites and not-so-much! books ;)
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Subject:Intro and Recs Request
Posted by:fictionandprose.
Time:6:38 pm.
Hello! My name is Angela and I've just joined this community, having found it through a listing of LJ book communities :). Like many others here, my favorite genre is historical fiction. I'm also a fan of the Shakespearean comedies. Lists of my favorite books, plays, and poets can be found in my LJ profile.

This journal I am posting from is one I've just created for the sole purpose of being a personal reading log (I do not currently have a normal journal). Do any keep reading logs? Or lists of what you've read?

I'm currently looking for a number of recommendations of the following themes/genres:

  • Historical fiction (Ancient or Medieval)

  • Religious/spirtual fiction

  • Dystopian or utopian future novels (have already read Brave New World and The Giver)

  • Unorthodox fantasy (I'm sick of generic and cliched fantasy stories)

  • Funny books of any type

  • Adventure novels

  • World fiction (stories taking place in countries other than the States, Britain, or Canada)

Thanks for any recs you guys can give!
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Monday, August 18th, 2003

Posted by:lilypiper.
Time:10:16 pm.
Mood: pleased.
Hi everyone. For those who don't know me, I'm a 15-year-old high school student - you can call me Lily - and I love to read. My favorite genre is probably Historical Fiction, as I am a huge history dork (unite!), but I also like fantasy/sci-fi (as long as it's good), nonfiction, and - well, pretty much anything except for romance.

Some historical fiction I would recommend (links to Amazon):

Queen's Owl Fool, by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris - this is a story of Mary Queen of Scots, told through the eyes of her female jester, Le Jardiniere (Nicola Ambruzzi in the story), who is an actual historical figure that little is known about. It absolutely captivated me.

Paradise Alley, by Kevin Baker - this started a little slow at first, but once I got into it I enjoyed it. It takes place over the course of a few days, during the oft-overlooked draft riots of New York City that took place during the Civil War. It's told from many different perspectives, but in the end all ties together in a brilliant way. It jumps from current events to back in time to provide the back story to the characters, and Kevin Baker does a great job of creating a variety of interesting people. Give it a try! (Note - it does contain some very graphic descriptions of violence and horrible racial slurs, but it's telling the story of the riots.)
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Posted by:kaluptein.
Time:9:14 pm.
Mood: pleased.
Cross-posted to booktards and books

Just bough six books from Half-Price Books (they were having a sale, I was ecstatic. Am such a geek).

If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

The Three Musketeers by Akexandre Dumas

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A House Named Brazil by Audrey Schulman

Out of those I've only read Brave New World and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Opinions on the rest? Good buys?

Oh, and I'm still looking for any recs to add to my reading list :). Will read nearly everything though I'm wary of sci-fi/fantasy and romance.
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Subject:The usual introductory post
Posted by:laurus_nobilis.
Time:12:43 pm.
Mood: happy.
Hi everyone! I'm Laurus Nobilis, a 19-year-old girl from Argentina. I'm studying Biology at the university and, obviously, I love books. I don't even have a favourite genre; I read almost anything that I can get my hands on...

As for historical fiction recommendations, Dumas is the first that comes to mind. Victor Hugo's Les Misérables dwells a lot on history too.

A book that's not too famous outside Argentina, but I'm almost certain that you can get it translated to English through Amazon, is Manuel Mujica Lainez's Bomarzo. It's about the life of Pier Francesco Orsini, an Italian Duke who lived in the XVIth century, and his quest for immortality. If you're interested in the Renaissance, that's the book for you- not for the easily squickable, though. The historical setting is full of sex and murders, after all...
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