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Lasairfiona



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll send a picture book for you next time.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, no thanks, it'd be like looking at a Where's Waldo puzzle only with cocks instead of slightly misleadingly dressed foreground distractions.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought he was Wally over there?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A linguistic concession.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lasairfiona wrote:
Oh fuck me, even my very christian friends are asking me if I have read 50 Shades of Grey. *Sigh* I don't want to read it.


Speaking as a pretty heavy-duty BDSM fetishist (I'm also a Christian but that isn't directly relevant here), I have heard nothing but bad things about this book. The prose alone is pretty awful from the tiny excerpts I've encountered.

You may, instead, wish to check out Anne Rice's Beauty series, which seems to be considered very good, though I have not read that.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChastMastr wrote:
Lasairfiona wrote:
Oh fuck me, even my very christian friends are asking me if I have read 50 Shades of Grey. *Sigh* I don't want to read it.


Speaking as a pretty heavy-duty BDSM fetishist (I'm also a Christian but that isn't directly relevant here), I have heard nothing but bad things about this book. The prose alone is pretty awful from the tiny excerpts I've encountered.


Then you haven't talked to many middle aged ladies.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Halen wrote:
Then you haven't talked to many middle aged ladies.


Well, most of the ones I know are also pretty heavily into BDSM...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it's part of the BDSM play. That's why they love it! They do pony-play and have to hold them up while listening to them read the book aloud.

Or they whip them and read it aloud and see whether the whip or the book makes them use the safety word first.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kilgore wrote:
mouse wrote:
let me kinow what you think of it, and particularly of his writing - seems he's also written something about goldwater. i feel i should get educated about that.


I'm nearly 200 pages in, so I can give you an opinion. It's worth reading. The writing itself is not going to win any literary awards, but it is workmanlike and easy to read, and his narrative is pretty well put together. He alternates between focusing on Nixon himself and a more general account of cultural events and the way they played out politically in the 50's and 60's (the story goes into the 70's, but I'm not there yet). Thus far it has been extremely informative. I have an inkling that the author's politics are a little one-sided, but I don't know enough about the era to be able to say for certain that he's saying anything unfair. I'll need to read more after this.


thanks! workmanlike and well-put-together is what i like in nonfiction. i'll check it out.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let us not forget the dramatic readings by Gottfried and Nukem.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Fig Eater by Jody Shields.

It takes place in Vienna in 1910. A young woman is murdered and her autopsy reveals she had eaten a fresh fig shortly before death. A fig out of season. The inspector investigating the case dismisses the fig to pursue other leads. His superstitious wife secretly reads his notes and investigates the connection to the fig herself with the help of a female friend named Wally. The inspector's wife is an artist and expert in superstition and folklore. She is suppose to be quite superstitious according to the dustcover, but the book portrays her as coolly rational and methodical in her own way as her husband.

Although the inspector seems a bit too modern for his time, the book has some scattered interesting tidbits of history, culture and superstition. I learned about gebackene mause - which is a kind of powdered doughnut according to google and 'werewolf nests'
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChastMastr - I've read the first of the Beauty series. You must have missed the outrage at the newest printing of that series...

Anyway if you like to read and you like fantasy, the Kushiel Series by Jacqueline Carey is excellent BMSD AND PLOT.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! Thank you. I am hoping to afford some reprints of some Gengoroh Tagame stuff when I can.

(So NSFW it's not even funny, LOL)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still on Nixonland, about 3/4 of the way through. If you are an American and under the age of 40, you should read this book, or at least the first couple-hundred pages. It'll give you some perspective every time you think the world seems crazy and uncertain.

This message brought to you by The 60's, holy fuck was that a mess.

EDIT: Also, upon reading this book it makes more sense to me why my parents (i.e: my dad) freaked out when I started growing long sideburns in highschool. Props to them for letting me do my thing.
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Oneponytoruleall



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading Lee Goldberg's Mr. Monk the obsessive compulsive detective series.

Out of chronological order.

Not in alphabetical order either.

In both paperback and hardback.

Because I'm a rebel.
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