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I’m currently reading “Dreaming of the Bones” by Deborah Crombie. I like her books it’s the fourth book of hers I’m reading but after those four 2 books by Ruth Rendell and 3 by Val McDermid I’m getting a bit tired of detective fiction. I think I’ll return to Steven Erikson’s Malazan series next. I stopped after Deadhouse Gates but I’m starting to wonder more and more lately what’ll happen next. The books aren’t as gripping and immersive as George RR Martin A Song of Ice and Fire sries but they’re good reads imo. It’s a shame there isn’t all that much fantasy like Malazan or ASOIAF. Most of it just isn’t dark enough for my taste.

     
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Never even heard of those 50 shade of grey books and googled it. What? Women are seriously going nuts over some Twilight fan fiction with porn? Oh god… Personally I love romantic books but there’s a limit for everything Wink.

     

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millenia - 08 July 2012 10:04 AM

Never even heard of those 50 shade of grey books and googled it. What? Women are seriously going nuts over some Twilight fan fiction with porn? Oh god… Personally I love romantic books but there’s a limit for everything Wink.

I don’t get it either, but it is the fastest selling book ever in the UK and has sold about 20 million copies worldwide.

Who knew women secretly wanted to be submissive and punished by a rich man.

     

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millenia - 08 July 2012 10:04 AM

Never even heard of those 50 shade of grey books and googled it. What? Women are seriously going nuts over some Twilight fan fiction with porn? Oh god… Personally I love romantic books but there’s a limit for everything Wink.

I did the same not having heard about ‘the 50 shades of grey books’. It doesn’t seem like my idea of a good book. *shrugs*
It seems a lot of writers put a bit of porn into the novels these days. I personally didn’t think the pornographic elements of 1Q84 (so far I’ve read the first and second book) by Haruki Murakami were justified. The story doesn’t benefit from them imo so I question why he put it there. Perhaps the third book will tie everything together so ‘the porn’ makes sense. Who knows.

EDT: I’m not even sure ‘porn’ is the correct description of the mentioned sections of 1Q84. They are very precise and matter-of-fact descriptions of sexual thoughts and activities. Reall weird actually.

     

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In my daily newspaper the daily cartoon makes a parody of those books: Fifty Shades of Black. Written by the protagonist, Dr. Sigmund, the psychiatrist. He writes a soft pornographic novel. Very funny but hard to explain…

     
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tsa - 08 July 2012 11:08 AM

In my daily newspaper the daily cartoon makes a parody of those books: Fifty Shades of Black. Written by the protagonist, Dr. Sigmund, the psychiatrist. He writes a soft pornographic novel. Very funny but hard to explain…

I think you have to be Dutch to understand Sigmund

     
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gray pierce - 08 July 2012 12:46 PM
tsa - 08 July 2012 11:08 AM

In my daily newspaper the daily cartoon makes a parody of those books: Fifty Shades of Black. Written by the protagonist, Dr. Sigmund, the psychiatrist. He writes a soft pornographic novel. Very funny but hard to explain…

I think you have to be Dutch to understand Sigmund

Probably, yes. I like him.

     
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Me too. Smile

     

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I’m currently re-reading the “Xanth” novels by Piers Anthony.  They’re humorous fantasy novels that occasionally border on silly, but they’re quite enjoyable nonetheless.  They do, however, contain a fair number of puns that might not make sense to someone whose native language isn’t English.

Once I finish the “Xanth” novels (or lose interest for a while; there are 20+ books in the series), I’ll start on Robert Asprin’s “Myth” series, which are also a humorous take on the fantasy genre.

     

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Sage,
I recently started reading the Xanth novels, and they are a hoot.  He’s up to 35 already (The Well-Tempered Clavicle) and has another one coming out soon.  I read two of his later ones first, then started with the series from the beginning.  I love all the wordplay.

Jelena,
I read Eco’s The Prague Cemetery earlier this year.  At first I was disturbed by what I was reading until I understood where he was going with his main character.  I was not knowledgeable about some of the history he was discussing, so I had to do some investigating to understand the times a bit better.  However, I did find it much easier going than Focault’s Pendulum.  That one was really a slog for me.

I finished 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz a couple of days ago.  At first it had the feel of King’s The Shining, but it veered from the occult into something stranger and in some ways more frightening.  I’m now reading Lee’s (Lee Edward McIlmoyle) huge novel, Terminal Monday.  He’s an excellent writer, and the first 100 pages went down very smoothly.  I care for his somewhat off-center but very likable and creative main character and am anxious to see where his journey takes him.

     

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Lady Kestrel - 09 July 2012 01:26 AM

Jelena,
I read Eco’s The Prague Cemetery earlier this year.  At first I was disturbed by what I was reading until I understood where he was going with his main character.

Yes, I get what you mean. It seems he thoroughly ‘sets the stage’ during the first half of the book. I’m now in the second half and I’m not that confused anymore. The where is this taking place? and who are the important charcters and events? have been sorted out. Pretty much. Wink

     

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They haven’t even shipped my books yet Frown
Though I guess I have 20 or more unread books from the library piled up on every surface here.

     

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I’m currently re-reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, one of my favourite books of all time.
Since I’m not really in a reading spell at the moment, I’m not making much progress. Reading is a bit on the backburner (and has been for about three years now). Knowing myself, there’s bound to be a sudden resurgence at some point in the future, where I’ll suddenly read about 20 books in just two-three months time, only to end as abruptly as I started (three years ago it ended in the middle of Prentice Alvin, the third book in the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card - still haven’t finished that one either).
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TimovieMan,
I have a t-shirt that says, “I need my reading time.”  I just can’t not read.

     

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Lady Kestrel - 09 July 2012 03:19 PM

TimovieMan,
I have a t-shirt that says, “I need my reading time.”  I just can’t not read.

Once a relatively rare disorder, Literature Abuse (or “readaholism”) has risen to crisis levels due to the accessibility of higher education and increased college enrollment since the end of the Second World War. The number of literature abusers is currently at record levels.

Causes of Problem Reading:

Excessive reading during pregnancy is the major cause of prenatal LA among the children of heavy readers. Known as Fetal Fiction Syndrome, it leaves its tiny victims prone to a lifetime of nearsightedness, daydreaming and emotional instability.

Most abusers have at least one parent who abused literature, often beginning at an early age and progressing into adulthood. Siblings of abusers are also likely to become literature abusers. Spouses of an abuser may themselves become problem readers.

Other predisposing factors: parents who are English teachers, professors, or heavy fiction readers; parents who do not encourage children to play games, participate in healthy sports, or watch television.

Social costs of Literary Abuse:

Abusers become withdrawn and uninterested in society or normal relationships. They fantasize, daydreaming about “castles in the air,” while neglecting work, friends and family. In severe cases “problem readers” develop bad posture from reading in awkward positions, or from carrying heavy book bags.

Self-test for Literature Abuse

How many of these apply to you?

  I have read fiction when I was depressed, or to cheer myself up.
  I have gone on reading “binges.”
  I read rapidly, often “gulping” chapters.
  I sometimes read early in the morning, or before work.
  Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read novels.
  I often read alone.
  I have pretended to watch television while secretly reading.
  I keep books or magazines in the bathroom for a “quick nip.”
  I have denied or “laughed off” criticism of my reading habit.
  Heavy reading has caused conflicts with my family or spouse.
  I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book nearby.
  I seldom leave my house without a book or magazine.
  When travelling, I pack a large bag full of books.
  At a party, I will often slip off unnoticed to read.
  Reading has made me seek haunts and companions which I would otherwise avoid.
  I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I finished a novel.
  I become nervous, disoriented or fearful when I must spend more than 15 minutes   without reading matter.
  I have spent money meant for necessities on books instead.
  I have sold books to support my reading “habit.”
  I have daydreamed about becoming a rich & famous writer, or “word-pusher.”
  I have attempted to check out more library books than is permitted.
  Most of my friends are heavy fiction readers.
  I have sometimes woken groggy or “hung-over” after a night of heavy reading.
  I have wept, become angry or irrational because of something I read.
  I have sometimes wished I did not read so much.
  Sometimes I think my fiction reading is out of control.

If you answered ‘yes’ to five or more of these questions, you may be a literature abuser. Affirmative responses to ten or more indicates a serious reading problem—seek help now!. Fifteen or more ‘yes’ responses indicates a severe or chronic “readaholic” personality; intervention is seldom effective at this stage.

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