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14 Feb 2012, 05:52 #101

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Glad to hear you are enjoying the Alcatraz book thus far (& the TV show!) I had not heard of anyone who had watched it. I'm still on the fence on where the show is heading, but it has me so far...we shall see!

Joltin (& Star),

I really devoured Running With Scissors by A. Burroughs when it first came out! I really get entrenched in biography/autobiography "adversity stuff" like A Child Called It, etc.. It's been so long, I don't recall whether he did write it as non-fiction? I DID believe all of what he wrote at the time, but about a year (or more?) after, I "think" I recall him being called out for embellishing some of the book.Not quite sure if it was a "he said/she said" thing? 
It was a disappointment to hear that (IF I remember correctly), but what the heck? I DID like it at the time. Uncomfortable subject matter for many people I might think? It  certainly didn't stop him from continuing to write...
There are some truths to it, but there are things that are questioned by those that were "there" & that's the disappointing part (or not?) After reading it, I think it's pretty easy to see where the cracks (as in "pots" - EVERY character in the book) were? It may be on the "net" somewhere on what exactly is/is not true. I will try to look it up another time.

I would still give it a plug! I'm not sure to what extent it would be comparable as complete BS to A Million Little Pieces as there wasn't as much press about it? Maybe because it wasn't on Oprah's Book Club/Show, so she didn't get embarrassed and stir up the pot? IDK as I don't read books because of her name (contrary usually) nor did I watch her show.

Gad, my memory sucks! Sorry, especially if I have it all wrong.

Joltin,

Will you see the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games? Looks good if you are a movie person!
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14 Feb 2012, 23:41 #102

Mother I can't wait!! Looks true to the books from what I can see.
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16 Feb 2012, 22:50 #103

Joltin,
Even though I have not read the books, I have read a sample of The Hunger Games. I kept avoiding it because it was a teen book, but it kept drawing me back & has had such great reviews from both teens & adults alike!

I then look at all the great "children/teen series" that I have loved (or some of us have - I was not huge on Harry Potter, but liked the movies) while reading to, or buying for, my kids & think how silly that thought process is! Chronicles or Narnia, Harry Potter series, The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings (although not truly a tween/teen book), Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger & Inheritance from the Inheritance Cycle and so many more! Foolish of moi!

The sample captured me right away & when I saw the preview of the film it immediately MADE me want to read the trilogy. The whole fam wants to read them all. Think the movie may be seen by some before the books get read though!  Oh well, would not be the first time that happened

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Hey, I'm a decent Jodi Picoult fan & loved 19 Minutes and others. Her subject matter is always disturbing in a sad way (to me), yet still captivating. Was thinking of reading The Pact: A Love Story, but with a bit of trepidation. Anyone read it? It's available today on my Nook for about $2.

Speaking of Jodi Picoult, I'm a bit disappointed (I think) that she may have fallen victim to the "trend of the moment" vampire/wolf BS  with her upcoming release at the end of the month.

It's called Lone Wolf. Anyone read up on it?

I'm not a Stehpanie Meyer Twighlight vampire series fan in case you can't tell - no offense to those that are! 
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17 Feb 2012, 00:09 #104

Another tween book to look into is City of Ember. I loved it. There are more in the series but I only read that one.
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17 Feb 2012, 00:21 #105

I am reading the 2011 "The Best American Short Stories". 2011's editor is Geraldine Brooks.  Past editors have included John Updike, Amy Tan, Stephen King.   So far, the stories I've read have been very thought provoking.  It's great for a story or two before bed.
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17 Feb 2012, 00:24 #106

I've met several of the women from here. and all I can say is... I simply MUST recommend this book!
Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us and now we're discovering we work for Fox.

-Right-wing blowhard David Frum, admitting what any intelligent person always knew about Fox Noise...
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17 Feb 2012, 00:26 #107

Joltin,

Thanks for the tip!

We seem to be regressing backward, but another decent teen (I think of as "teen") read is Orsen Scott Card's Ender's Game. Don't care for his other books, but THAT was a good read.

Then, there is also the James Patterson tween/teen Maximum Ride series. If you like him (based from When the Wind Blows & Lake House sort of), you would probably like the series. (Fugitive books: The Angel Experiment; School's Out - Forever; Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports...then the Protectors books: The Final Warning, Max, Fang, Angel, & ? done or not? IDK?) 
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17 Feb 2012, 00:28 #108

Lefty,

Awwww, I love you so much!!!!
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17 Feb 2012, 00:29 #109

LOL, Lefty!  Is that like the book version of "What not to Wear" ?  I've met four women from here and they all dressed just fine.  It might just be the women I've met, though!
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17 Feb 2012, 00:40 #110

Oops!  I mean 5...and still all fine!
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17 Feb 2012, 01:02 #111

One of the best books I've ever read: http://www.amazon.com/Thi...id=1329440513&sr=1-1

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17 Feb 2012, 01:10 #112

That book really sounds great, Martin...thanks. 
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17 Feb 2012, 02:54 #113

It's not an easy book to read, but it's quite rewarding.
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17 Feb 2012, 17:18 #114

One of the best books I've ever read: http://www.amazon.com/Thi...id=1329440513&sr=1-1


It's not an easy book to read, but it's quite rewarding. ~ Martin

Martin,

Thanks for the "thumbs up"on this one!

I have been look at this and perusing it since it came out. It's long. It's written by an academic (ewww, those rotten academia types !) However, seeing as I fit the/his "FAST" thinking type he describes it might stand to reason that I would, personally, have some GAIN in reading this!

Then again, I often times tend to like just the way that I am (when not ticked off!)

Would you consider yourself in the described "SLOW" thinking? That is how I "read" you, perhaps incorrectly. I'm astonished sometimes at how you just calmly state facts (repeatedly if necessary) in order to get your reply/point across. Take that as a compliment - it's meant that way!

Am I missing the concept of the book? Do tell, because the book looks daunting for ME - yet interesting. (I'd rather read the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy & The Hobbit 3X over than subject myself to something that may be to hard-wired to fix!)

Appreciate more feedback if you would? Thanks guy!
  
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21 Feb 2012, 17:40 #115

APRIL 1ST!!!!!!




They're backkkkkkkk! 

        
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21 Feb 2012, 18:35 #116

I can't wait Mo'Ship. It's going to be awesome...

Also, what book are you on in the series?
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21 Feb 2012, 18:48 #117

Mothership wrote: However, seeing as I fit the/his "FAST" thinking type he describes it might stand to reason that I would, personally, have some GAIN in reading this!

Would you consider yourself in the described "SLOW" thinking? 

Am I missing the concept of the book?
Yes, you are.

The idea is that every brain works in two distinct ways:  fast (what the author calls "System 1") and slow (what the author calls "System 2").


System 1 is automatic, subconscious, and sneaky in that it often answers a different question than asked.


System 2 is lazy, and only kicks in when it absolutely has to.


Everybody's brain has both systems, and everybody's brain is susceptible to the faults of both.


The best you can hope for is to develop your ability to identify when each system is letting you down.  For example, the halo effect; if you like somebody, or have positive thoughts about somebody, then you automatically and subconsciously think that they are smarter, more competent, and better-looking than they really are.  If you are interviewing this person for a job, then you need to identify when this is happening; else you will end up hiring a mediocre employee because of your subconscious bias.


Fascinating book!
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21 Feb 2012, 22:54 #118

Martin,

Thanks for the insight on the book! Boy, was I way off on that! It still sounds great regardless of difficulty to read. Challenges are always good, eh? It's on the bucket list. Appreciate the feedback! Thanks so much again!
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Sig,

It is so close, yet so FAR away! OMG! Literally, I cannot wait either! Guess I/we have to, huh?

I am betting you have read the entire series, no? What book are you on, bud? Hush now on any/all outcomes!  

I stopped reading ahead because I don't want to know about who will be gone beyond this season alone! I cannot stand it! I read other books in my quest NOT to IMPLODE!

I know I'm not supposed to get "attached" to anyone throughout the entire series as it only gets worse, but I DO and I prefer the suspense as much as I despise it - if that makes sense?

"I can't handle the truth" with this EPIC GAME OF THRONES SERIES (book or HBO series)! WHO KNEW HOW MUCH FUN "THIS SERIES" WOULD BE? Oh my!


  
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26 Feb 2012, 02:52 #119

One of the best books I've ever read: http://www.amazon.com/Thi...id=1329440513&sr=1-1


It's not an easy book to read, but it's quite rewarding. ~ Martin

Martin,

Downloaded the sample on my e-reader. (BTW - I immediately deduced the guy described as a FARMER not a LIBRARIAN in the Introduction! I feel like a failure - not with the "in" crowd appartently! LOL) I'm definitely sticking with it. Good read.
Thanks again for the plug!
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26 Feb 2012, 03:50 #120

Hey, has anyone taken a look at  either of these two new (pre-order?) titles from James Patterson (& other authors)?

Private Games - The Olympic games in Britain take a deadly turn.....

Guilty Wives - Four best friends head over to St. Tropez for a "girls vacation" (I wish!) and end up being charged/convicted of a horrible murder. They don't remember anything from the night.

The e-samples I read look good. Not sure though? Anyone?

Take note of the addict in me here...jeez, I'm a fiend!
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