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Old 05-05-2007, 09:11 PM
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What Are You Reading?

Right now I am reading "Sarum" by Edward Rutherfurd. It is an historical novel of England, specifically Salisbury Plain from the Stone Age through present times. Really good.

I read another of his novels "London" last year, and it follows the same format, following the history of London from pre-Roman times until present.

What's on your reading list? No textbooks! Only leisure!
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Old 05-05-2007, 09:55 PM
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Memoirs of a Geisha, for the 5th or 6th time

Tge Diary of A Crush Trilogy (How High School )

The Bible
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:07 PM
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Memoirs of a Geisha, for the 5th or 6th time

Tge Diary of A Crush Trilogy (How High School )

The Bible

I LOVE "Memoirs of a Geisha"! I read it about 3 times now. But the movie was SOOOOOO disappointing to me. Did you see it?

"crush " trilogy probably a little young for my geezerly behind...

And I love my Bible.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:14 PM
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I LOVE "Memoirs of a Geisha"! I read it about 3 times now. But the movie was SOOOOOO disappointing to me. Did you see it?

"crush " trilogy probably a little young for my geezerly behind...

And I love my Bible.
You should read Geisha, A Life. It's the real biographical story of the woman who spoke to the author of memoirs. She was promised anonymity but he revealed who she was, so she decided to set the story straight. She was basically shunned because she talked to this guy, and he changed things around.

For example, as a geiko (the Kyoto district word for geisha) her virginity was not sold, it was more of a coming out event. Prostitutes had their viriginity sold, but not geisha. They use the same word (mitsuage i think) which means something like "catch," like what a fisherman brings in, but it is not the same thing.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:19 PM
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I LOVE "Memoirs of a Geisha"! I read it about 3 times now. But the movie was SOOOOOO disappointing to me. Did you see it?

"crush " trilogy probably a little young for my geezerly behind...

And I love my Bible.

Yeah, the movie definetly fell short in my book. I expected more scenes, more eloquent kimonos. They barely skimmed the sections of her life. I know the movie was two hours as it was but I wouldn't have been upset if it was three or three and a half.

"Crush" most definetly. Not sure how old you are but its for the 14-24 ish type crowd.

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You should read Geisha, A Life. It's the real biographical story of the woman who spoke to the author of memoirs. She was promised anonymity but he revealed who she was, so she decided to set the story straight. She was basically shunned because she talked to this guy, and he changed things around.

For example, as a geiko (the Kyoto district word for geisha) her virginity was not sold, it was more of a coming out event. Prostitutes had their viriginity sold, but not geisha. They use the same word (mitsuage i think) which means something like "catch," like what a fisherman brings in, but it is not the same thing.
Really? I will definetly have to look into that!
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:29 PM
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Never heard of those. Are they historical fiction? ( it sounds as though they are) I am such a sucker for that genre!
Ha, some are yes.
The Last Amazon is by Stephen Pressfield, I got hooked on him after reading Gates of Fire (based on Thermopolye) after watching 300
People of the Wolf is written by a paleontologist/archaeologist and is about, so far, the precursors to the Inuit being pressured to move south.
The Virgin's Lover is by Phillipa Gregory and she writes a lot of Tudor historical fiction. I've read a bunch by her including The Other Boleyn Girl (Mary Boleyn), and The Constant Princess (Catherine of Aragon). This one's about Queen Elizabeth I.
Fairest, fantasy fiction
And World War Z is written as if it were true, by Max Brooks (Mel Brooks' son) and is awesome. I'm still a little freaked out admittedly. He also wrote The Zombie Survival Guide which I need to read once I'm not spooked by moaning noises. I'll just say this, there are zombies in the ocean too. And they're still roaming around down there to occasionally surface and/or grab the occasional diver. And that's just a tiny bit.

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Really? I will definetly have to look into that!
Yes, I was really pissed at the Memoirs guy after reading that book, and the real one was way better.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:23 PM
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You should read Geisha, A Life. It's the real biographical story of the woman who spoke to the author of memoirs. She was promised anonymity but he revealed who she was, so she decided to set the story straight. She was basically shunned because she talked to this guy, and he changed things around.

For example, as a geiko (the Kyoto district word for geisha) her virginity was not sold, it was more of a coming out event. Prostitutes had their viriginity sold, but not geisha. They use the same word (mitsuage i think) which means something like "catch," like what a fisherman brings in, but it is not the same thing.

Right, Misuage was more like the purchasing of a geisha's sole companionship. Although I do believe it entailed the rights to her virginity as well. Of course my knowledge comes from "Memoirs of a Geisha" so I will read the book you recommended. It sounds eye-opening! Thanks.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:07 PM
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Reading Now:

The Last Amazon
People of the Wolf
Eric (Audiobook) by Terry Pratchett

Just Finished:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Fairest (Set in the same world as Ella Enchanted)
The Virgin's Lover
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:19 PM
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Reading Now:

The Last Amazon
People of the Wolf
Eric (Audiobook) by Terry Pratchett

Just Finished:
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Fairest (Set in the same world as Ella Enchanted)
The Virgin's Lover

Never heard of those. Are they historical fiction? ( it sounds as though they are) I am such a sucker for that genre!
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:22 PM
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I read the Cupcake Brown book a couple of months ago. Very interesting to say the least....

The Pact by Jodi Picault, The Namesake byJuhumpa Lahiri, She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb and an old favorite, Outer Banks by Anne River Siddons were what I brought to the beach this summer.

If any of y'all like Acceptance by Susan Coll, you may also enjoy Admissions by Nancy Lieberman or The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn. Both are novels about the admissions process of the best of the Manhatten private schools.

Non-fiction? I've been way too lazy....
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Old 09-15-2007, 06:39 PM
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I thought there was another thread about this....but this is the first I came across...so i'll bump it

I just finished book 1 of Percy and the Olympians, which is the Lightning Thief. It is a book more for a younger reader (my 11 year old cousin loves the series lol) but I still enjoyed it! I love Greek Mythology so this was just a fun read. I ended up ordering the rest of the series (up to book 5) on Amazon.

Now i'm starting Alice in Wonderland again. It was one of myfavorites when I was younger (through the looking glass included) so i'm just hoping I'll still love it
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:37 PM
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Now i'm starting Alice in Wonderland again. It was one of myfavorites when I was younger (through the looking glass included) so i'm just hoping I'll still love it
I don't want to show my nerd too much, but I do a little bit of pen/paper/dice gaming. Recently our group ran a game loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. I read the story as a child but I would love to pick it up again and read both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Right now, I'm reading Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler. In the book, which is part of a series, there is a rare mineral needed to complete the US's super secret ultimate weapon hidden in the Titanic, 2 miles under the Atlantic. The Russians are catching on to the US's plans and I'm sure there's all kinds of crazy plot twists. I'm only half way through.

The copy I'm reading was loaned to me by s/o. I don't quite understand his fascination with old books; this copy was printed in 1980 but the first printing was almost 5 years prior.


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Old 02-03-2010, 09:25 PM
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Right now, I'm reading Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler. In the book, which is part of a series, there is a rare mineral needed to complete the US's super secret ultimate weapon hidden in the Titanic, 2 miles under the Atlantic. The Russians are catching on to the US's plans and I'm sure there's all kinds of crazy plot twists. I'm only half way through.
My dad loves the Clive Cussler books, he's read all of them. When Sahara came out he was so excited, although i'm not sure if it lived up to his expectations.


ETA: Alice has a lot more "sophisticated" language than I remember it to have....but I guess that will happen when you haven't read it in like 12 or so years lol. I should have splurged on the new Alice in Wonderland book I saw at B&N cause at least it has better pictures. Maybe I can find it for cheap on Amazon (i <3 that place if you can't tell) lol

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! Although I've stopped about 250 pages in because of school now. I think my bf might kill me if I don't finish soon
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