What was your last good read?

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    Mar 15, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    hi RJs,

    since starting grad school, i've found it much more difficult to read books for leisure. however, i just completed my quals and have a little more time on my hands.

    my last two leisure reads (read over xmas break) were the lost symbol (d. brown) and how to win friends and influence people (d. carnegie). looking for some good books to add to my list. i'm in a biomed program so i already read a lot of scientific literature, but if you have an awesome scientific read, i can always consider it. i like both fiction and non-fiction; thriller-mystery and historical. would love some good suggestions on books that include positive gay characters.

    thanks guys.
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    Mar 15, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    thx, Brandon! i read this one a few years back, and it was a great read.
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    Mar 15, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    I also loved Poisonwood Bible.

    This year, so far, I have read Portrait of Artist as a Young Man by Joyce, The Plague by Camus, Power and the Glory by Greene, Silence by Endo, and As I Lay Dying by Faulkner.

    I am reading 100 Years of Solitude. I've only read about 70 or so pages.

    They were all really good, except I liked Joyce's novel least. I couldn't choose among them. Silence disturbed me the most.

    None of them are scientific or include gay people. But they are all very haunting reads, particularly The Plague and Silence and Power and the Glory.
  • swimmer29

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    Mar 15, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    Scott Brown's "Against All Odds". No matter part of the political landscape you identify with, it is a powerful story.

    Patti LuPone's memoir. It is just a fun, no holds barred, trip down memory lane from a very talented performer.

    Bill Clegg's "Diary of an Addict as a Young Man". Depressing, yet powerful. This one will stay with you for a while....
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    Mar 15, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Skinny Dip - Carl Hiassen

    It was hilarious. If you like dark humor then his stuff is good.
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    Mar 15, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood

    (Tip: read Oryx and Crake first! Not required but fun to get the context)
  • chameleon

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    Mar 15, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
    highly recommend it!
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    Mar 15, 2011 10:17 PM GMT
    Something that makes me look immenselyintelligent, yet, somehow, smoulderingly sexy.
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    Mar 16, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    carminea saidI also loved Poisonwood Bible.

    This year, so far, I have read Portrait of Artist as a Young Man by Joyce, The Plague by Camus, Power and the Glory by Greene, Silence by Endo, and As I Lay Dying by Faulkner.

    I am reading 100 Years of Solitude. I've only read about 70 or so pages.

    They were all really good, except I liked Joyce's novel least. I couldn't choose among them. Silence disturbed me the most.

    None of them are scientific or include gay people. But they are all very haunting reads, particularly The Plague and Silence and Power and the Glory.


    thx for reminding me to read 100 yrs of solitude. i've been to read this one for a while.

    thx for the suggestions guys.
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    Mar 16, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    The Kite Runner and Eye of the Needle. Both are amazing.
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    Mar 16, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    Although they would probably bore most to death, I found them riveting:

    Francis Parkman's "The Discovery of the Great West: La Salle"

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    William C. Foster's "The La Salle Expedition to Texas: The Journal of Henri Joutel, 1684-1687"

    Parkman's biography is interesting to read but very dated, while Foster's translation rocked!! La Salle was a fanatic with an apparent desire for the young pretty men (he forced his 'young and handsome' valets to sleep with him, at least). Violence, murder, cannibalism.... what else could you ask for?
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    Mar 16, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    asnextdoor saidThe Kite Runner and Eye of the Needle. Both are amazing.


    kite runner is a great story, really pulls you into the scenes. will have to check out eye of the needle, thx!
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    Mar 16, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    nerdjock said
    sean_zuri saidthx, Brandon! i read this one a few years back, and it was a great read.


    How about Life of Pi? Another good one that I had to read twice because I liked it so much.


    read this one too. loved it though. you must have been going through my bookcase. ;)
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    Mar 16, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    Was daunting task to even pick up because it's so big, but Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett pulled me in once I started.
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    Mar 16, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    I highly recommend 'Keeping Promise Rock' by Amy Lane.

    It is a very emotional hitting gay erotica that is just so very real and engaging!

    You can get it on paperback, eBook or audio book - I listened to it on audio book and the narration by Sean Crisden just made it.
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    Mar 16, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    Sandstorm by James Rollins
    Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
    Journey of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
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    Mar 16, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    torontobud saidWas daunting task to even pick up because it's so big, but Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett pulled me in once I started.


    Was assigned that book in 11th grade and was very worried then finished it in no time, World Without End came out and was sooo excited, now I have read most of Follett's books and can't wait to get started on the Century trilogy!
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    Mar 16, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    I last read The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Very intense and captivating read - especially if you are into novels with multiple narrators as seen in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. Definitely not as long as Kingsolver's work, however.

    I am about to start Isabel Allende's latest novel Island Beneath the Sea. Clearly I'm into the intense stuff haha.
  • creature

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    Mar 16, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    I just finished "Ethan Frome." I enjoyed it.
  • ajlclimber

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    Mar 16, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    For a gay thriller/murder mystery try the Mark Manning novels by Michael Craft. He has a couple and I liked them... haven't been able to get my hands on one for a while tho..
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    Mar 16, 2011 3:41 PM GMT
    The Year of Living Biblically - A.J. Jacobs

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    Mar 16, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    I reread The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky (ok, I'm only half way through right now, but I've read it so many times the cover is falling apart).
    One of my favorite books of all time.

    A fun read with positive gay characters is Tales of the City (if you haven't already read it). I reread it recently for my book club.

    If you like One Hundred Years of Solitude, then check out Love in the Time of Cholera also by Marquez and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami. They're classics of magical realism.
  • RD11

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    Mar 16, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    City Boy by Edmund White

    Great memoir about his a life as a gay man in New York during the 60's and 70"s
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    Mar 16, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    Druids - Morgan Llywelyn

    Avartar theme, shows a different perspective on the Romans and Caesar.
  • TAG06

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    Mar 16, 2011 6:36 PM GMT
    FREDOM by Jonathan Franzen