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So, I am about done with my reading list for the last quarter 2003 (which may run a wee spot into 2004, which is fine). However, I need to compile some further reading for the upcoming year. My personal list is already ~ 20 strong, but I average ~ 100 books a year, so I figure, why not lean a little on you folks?

Please reply to this post with one Fiction (F) and one nonfiction (NF) book you think I would enjoy - author names are apprecaited, amazon links are even better.

If I have read already, I will respond and let you know, otherwise, by EOW, I will repost the list in place of the call-for-books.

Thank you for your cooperation.

I will start with two from my list:

(F) Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King
(NF) Narrative Threads : Accounting and Recounting in Andean Khipu


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Dec. 29th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC)
I've never read "A Wild Sheep Chase," but '"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character' was very enjoyable.
Dec. 29th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
I haven't found any just fantastic fiction lately, the last good novel I read was Lamb.

This book was cute: On The Manner of Negotiating with Princes.

Dec. 29th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
book suggestion
i'm not sure if you've already read this because it is so popular, or perhaps you are avoiding it for that very reason, but what about "the da vinci code" by dan brown? i just finished it last night, and it had a really surprising twist at the end. of course, maybe it was an obvious twist and i am an idiot who just didn't see it coming. its not normally the type of book i would read (ie murder mystery) but it was the latest assignment for my book club, and i'm glad i did.

Dec. 29th, 2003 11:09 am (UTC)
Re: book suggestion
chellez is currently involved - i will prolly knock it out as soon as she is done.
i have read synopsis, as well as conversed at length whith some of the elements it deals with, and i have a feeling i am either going to like it, or totally hate it. This is why i have avoided it. i have a tough time talking lit with people who love a book i hate without indirectly insulting them when the topic is brought up (i am a mental snob it seems).
Dec. 29th, 2003 11:07 am (UTC)
I haven't read this non-fiction book, but my son is reading it now and seems to like it.

Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power by Niall Ferguson (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0465023282/qid=1072724770/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-9120248-2072010?v=glance&s=books)

I've read a couple stories from this fiction (short stories actually) book. They're very good. My husband has read many of his other books as well.

A Saucer of Loneliness: Volume VII, The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1556434243/qid=1072724249/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_6/002-9120248-2072010?v=glance&s=books)
Dec. 29th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC)
recs recs recs
(f) the alienist by caleb carr
(nf) the private life of chairman mao by li something something.
bc i like you, i'm not recommending any scandinavian sagas or histories--which makes up a lot of my reading material. [you're welcome] i just got 'the last of the great medieval legendaries' so as soon as i'm done with a book on medieval iceland [which needs to be returned to its rightful owner] i'm hitting that up.
i also didn't recommend pierson v. post, bc case studies are only funny to those who are really weird. if you want my copy, you can have it. =]
Dec. 29th, 2003 11:53 am (UTC)
i have read all carr's stuff already, and i did love it
i have read Private Life (it is by Li Zhi-Sui, but I had to look it up)

i have read Njals Saga, love East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and am a big fan of norse myth. I was an OE/ME major back when i was a schoolin, so anything
from pre-celt right up to chaucer is up my alley.

not a big fan of reading case studies (as per my sting into Con law) but i loved Oliver Sachs "The Man Who Mistook his Wifefor a Hat" which is a book about clinical experinces with patients having soome odd mental disorders.
Dec. 29th, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)
skarp-hethin is my perfect man
i wrote my intro to psych paper [got an A in that class, too] on sachs' study of encephalitis.

i have to add more book recs after i get home. i don't ever remember my books when they're not staring me in the face.
Dec. 29th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
that is a bummer - i look forward to some late addiotns then.
Dec. 29th, 2003 09:19 pm (UTC)
alternate recs
davita's harp by chaim potok [f]
engendering the chinese revolution by christina kelley gilmartin [nf]
and, if you want, you can hear my thoughts on why gilmartin's book is completely *wrong* and yet still very interesting. this book is what made me write the thesis that i wrote [which, i am proud to say, i got honors bc of].

also: volsunga saga, the niebelungenlied [which is volsunga saga from the germanic perspective instead of the scandinavian--try to catch both, the differences are really really interesting], chanson de roland, gregory of tours "the history of the franks", and "sainted women of the dark ages" by jo ann mcnamara. also ed has a book on irish religion [title escapes me] which is very interesting, which also belongs to me; if you can get it from him, you can borrow it. there are others, but... there are only 365 days in a year.
Jan. 2nd, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)
some gooders
i have read roland, and the volsunga saga, but not the niebelungenlied. others are on the list, and i will prolly get both the niebelungenlied and the volsunga for a more strict comparative read.

it was great to see you at the party, thank you so much for your help towards the end when i made that hasty trip.

what is this i hear about you potentially not going on the ski jaunt?
Jan. 2nd, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: some gooders
while i'm loathe to miss your cooking, i've been thinking about it, and the cons are weighing more heavily than the pros--but i still have yet to make a final decision. i'll probably post my decision closer to time. in any event, we'll see one another again--my birthday's on the 13th, and i might ask you all to drag yourselves down to the city for some celebrating.
Jan. 2nd, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)
well, you do what is bedt yor ya - and we will def make a solid attempt for bday bidness
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