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- IL, USA
- member since January 29, 2008
Hey! Just a quick note to introduce myself as the author of Kyle vs Leila - Battle for the Cyberdomes. Hopefully my YouTube reading will convince you it's worth checking out :-) There's a free sample on smashwords linked below if you're intrigued ...
How goes it?
Just started school this week and the body is exhausted but the mind is racing – overall it feels terrific to be back in the classroom.
This summer my latest book was released – “Roam Italy: A Teacher and His Students Take the Ultimate Class Trip.” The book’s website is www.theclassroombook.com if you wanted to check things out.
Possible tornado warnings in NJ this weekend so I best head for cover…
Hey sorry, its been pretty busy. I actually really liked Fledgling. I thought Butler didn't explain/develop this new society she introduces as well as she usually did (Dawn) but I still really liked it. Good plot/character development and great writing, as usual. What else is new with you? I've just started a new study at work with my students so I've been spending as much time collecting all my research and background info before we get started. Haven't had a chance to read too much lately...but I did finish Thousand Splendid Suns as well, it was amazing.
Hey! Haven't talked to you in...apparently 3 months. I just finished the Handmaid's Tale and I strongly recommend it. Its your type of book, dystopian style. Let me know if you get a chance to read it. Also finished The Road, strange but interesting. How about you? Whats new?
Haha well there are a few movies I thought did well...the Lord of the Rings, while really different and taking one chapter and turning it into half a movie (Helm's Deep!), I thought they really captured the world that Tolkien created. I also have to applaud Pride and Prejudice A&E style, it was the book word for word. I also just saw the Kiterunner, and liked it better than the book in some ways! But I read the first two of this trilogy by Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels. Its geared towards young adults, but I really liked it. It was just fun and supernatural. I read my Sister's Keeper and I am still way to angry to talk about it. Haha, but I'll try to write a review sometime, people are going to hate me! I just started the Glass Castle, it looks interesting so will keep you updated. Anyway, anything else new? I'll stay away from the Dark is Rising movie!
I've never heard of Homeless Bird, but it looks interesting. I'm surprised I've never come across it, but I think my parents were careful when we were kids, and avoided books that portrayed India in such a hard way, especially when its nothing like our experiences there. I'll try to pick it up from the library though, cause these things do happen in rural areas still. And I think you should definitely go to India! My best summers were spent there, and I'm totally homesick for it! And I'll try to get the rest of the Dark is Rising books, I totally forgot you were a huge fan of them. Did you like the movie? I haven't seen it yet but it got decent reviews I think...
Hey...yeah things have been crazy at work! So I finished this book called "A Child Called It", really tough stuff. Its supposed to be one of the worst cases of child abuse ever on record! I also finished another Ayn Rand, We the Living. Which was basically a really simplified version of The Fountainhead, so I thought it was really good. Ah Satanic Verses, its still on my nightstand untouched! I tried starting over, because I kept putting it down for weeks at a time, and now I'm stuck on page 10! I need like a whole day to sit down and read it, so hopefully will have that day coming up soon, haha. I will try to get back to Dune, that is next on my list. What about you? Anything interesting?
Rory Gilmore Book Club News:
I've begun some discussion topics for Part One of The Fountainhead. I found some really great questions that should get us going on good discussion threads. I hope you'll be joining in.
Also, if you do not have the introduction by Ayn Rand in your copy of the book, please send me an Admin message. Unless everyone has it, it is definitely worth it for me to type out the whole thing and get it up on the board!
I will def. let you know when I'm done with the Alchemist. The Fountainhead can be really intimidating, but its well worth it. You might want to read The Anthem before it, its 100 pages, a really fast read and it helps with the Fountainhead.
Right now I'm pushing my way through the Satanic Verses, its just so complicated that even a break of a day or two causes me to forget half of what I've read! I'm also having trouble with Dune, which is so weird cause I usually eat up series. I think there's just too much, I had the same problem the first time I read the Lord of the Rings, its this whole new world with a completely different history, so I guess it'll take time to absorb it. :) I know its one of your faves, and I'm sure it'll become one of mine. Ok I think I've written enough!
I totally understand how moving a well-written novel can be. I didn't see the God of Small Things on your shelf but I recommend it. Its so beautifully written, and even though the plot is kind of vague I was so moved by the power of the author's words and expressions. The author is Arundhati Roy, maybe you can add it to your long list! Mine just hit the 200s!