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Jan. 10th, 2005 @ 10:21 am Book 8 of 50
Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel was a great read for laughs. Looking for comics? She's the person to look into! Lots of PC discussion, argument, worry and neuroses. Just plain fun and an interesting look at a different perspective. Well drawn and at times just plain funny.
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Jan. 8th, 2005 @ 11:33 pm (no subject)
I've been reading like mad recently. Have quite a few finished but havent been up to updating. I guess for now my own list is sufficient, seeing as I never run out of books to read. It seems that everyone else seems to find them also. We'll see what happens in the coming months.
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Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 10:29 pm (no subject)
I've recently finished The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. It started out really good and then I think it got beyond me because I didn't really understand or like how it all ended. It took me a while to get through but I'm glad that I'm done.
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Oct. 22nd, 2004 @ 09:36 pm Book 7 of 50
Recently finished off Depending on the Light by Thea Hillman. Found her via Zoe Trope, and found that she has quite a knack for writing. Good poetry, good prose. Better than I've read in poetry in a while, it inspired me to begin writing creatively again. Good read for all, but espectially romantics and activists.

Amazon synopsis:

In this edgy collection of short fiction, smart, sophisticated 'sudden' experience erupts from a core of urban observations. Thea Hillman's wondrous stories brim with radiance and gritty compassion, love and lust, anger and empathy. In States of Undress two young lesbians take off across America, Thelma & Louise style only to discover everything they're running from is locked in their hearts. Beverly Hills Picnic is a coming of age story about a disconcerted young girl who finds retreat from the deadening glamour of Los Angeles in Ellie, a runaway freak, and wannabe actress.
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Oct. 22nd, 2004 @ 09:31 pm Book 6 of 50
Another recent finish was How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me by Merrill Markoe. (Do I have a humorous how-to guide trend here recently?) I've meant to read it for a few years after I flipped through it once in the library and read the section entitled "Dominatrix 101". She's an awesome writer, and may as well be the female version of Dave Berry. She definitely added to my twist of humor. I'd recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh, and always wondered where all of that Girl Scout money was going to, anyway.

From Library Journal:

Markoe (What The Dogs Have Taught Me, LJ 4/15/92), has absolutely no qualifications as a mental health expert, but that doesn't stop her from adding her own tome to the already oversaturated self-help market. She promises that her 33 "happiness hints," arranged like a day-by-day calendar, will help depressed readers become happier without leaving "the comfort and security of [their] own private hell." For Happiness Hint #1 ("Take the time to improve your knowledge of another period of history"), Markoe suggests an evening at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Restaurant, complete with beverage wenches and manservant waiters. Happiness Hint #33 ("Extend a social invitation to someone you've always been afraid to approach") means a romantic date with Fabio. While funny in snippets, Markoe's book, read all at once, begins to wear thin like a TV sketch that has gone on too long.
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Oct. 22nd, 2004 @ 09:27 pm Book 5 of 50
Recently, I finished So You Want to Be a Lesbian? by Liz Tracey & Sydney Pokorny. It's quite hilarious, playing off of the stereotypes attributed to lesbians and their second dates (Uhaual's) and getting a toaster for every straight woman you turn gay. Very humorous. I'd recommend it for a good laugh to anyone who wants to have a funny insight on the subculture.

Amazon synopsis:
So you've heard that lesbians are chic, hot, and the "next big thing" but you still wonder what is all the fuss about a Middle Eastern country? Well, So You Want to Be a Lesbian? is here to rescue America from its confusion. It is the essential travel guide to the Sapphic landscape, illustrating key terms, "coming out" (how to do it without having your aunt collapse in the strudel), and much more. A mix of history, culture, little-known facts about the lesbian nation (hint: don't look for it in an atlas), and dating tips for the confirmed, the soon-to-be-out, and just plain-curious, So You Want to Be a Lesbian? answers the essential questions, pokes fun at lesbian tradition, and provides a road map of where lesbians a road map of where lesbians are heading for the millennium (we've got news for you: it's not Kansas).

-Where the girls are-tips for cruising
-Sports, vehicles, and places to live
-The essentials for a dyke lifestyle
-Lesbian studies-the crib notes
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Oct. 4th, 2004 @ 09:23 am Book 4 of 50
I just finished reading Please Don't Kill The Freshman, a memoir by Zoe Trope. It was a fun and interesting read of her diaries (with good writing for a 14-year-old... and definitely not a normal 14-year-old's brain). I enjoyed it, but if you're easily offended, don't read it. The fun thing is, she now goes to Oberlin, which is about 40 minutes away from me.

From School Library Journal
The 44-page nucleus of this book was originally published by a small press when the author was 14. Her precociously perceptive and preternaturally poisonous pen then drew the attention of HarperCollins, which offered her a six-figure book deal to keep the caustic coming-of-age diary ranting and raving through the increasingly irrelevant remainder of her high school career. Zoe's entries chronicle her tortured search for truth in love and art, her faltering faith in the value of activism in the face of universal apathy, and her bottomless disdain for just about every figure and fixture in her high school life. The language is undeniably raw-a hip mixture of bald statement, cyberesque shorthand, and stream-of-consciousness prose. Her frank accounts of her transgender search for the perfect kiss and her first girlfriend who becomes her first boyfriend will surely shock certain audiences. Still, like Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (MTV, 1999), this is an important offering for exceptional, alienated readers-the talented and the tortured misfits who need to know that they are not alone. The fact that a dorky teen can actually pursue personal success completely on her own terms; make lots of people read, wince, laugh, and think; and score a major wad of cash in the bargain will actually give them something to cheer about.
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Sep. 30th, 2004 @ 04:54 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Orbital - Middle of Nowhere
Hi!

I am a keen UK reader of the science fiction & fantasy genres,read a little horror/thriller and not so much else! I am currently reading Stone by (Adam Roberts) and the last books I read were the Babylon 5:Techno-Mage Trilogy (Jeanne Cavelos). Books I'm about to read whatever else I do are Dark Tower 7 (S.King), Going Postal (T.Pratchett) and The Runes Of Earth (S. Donaldson).

I am challenging myself to read 50 books in the next year with the following rules:

1/ 12 books from within the speculative fiction genre by an author that I usually avoid.

2/ At least 10 books that have been (general fiction) best sellers within the last five years.

3/ 10 non-fiction science-related documentary/biography books.

4/ All books to be single, stand-alone books with no sequels/companion books or similar at present.

5/ Books from rules 1, 2 & 3 that are suggested by others (including here) that I have not read (or would not normally read anyway), up to each specific limit, must be included on my list on a first suggested, first listed basis.

6/ All books suggested should be easily available and should not ordinarily cost more than about £20.00 (or US$30).

7/ All are books I have not read before.

So If you have an idea for a book please let me know.

Leave comments here or email: bamcrunch@yahoo.com

I'll post a link to a list of all the books once they've been picked.

Thanks,

Dave
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Sep. 12th, 2004 @ 07:20 pm Book 3 of 50
So when I requested a bunch of Melissa Etheridge's ceedees from the library, I accidently requested her autobiography, The Truth Is... as well. I started reading it at midnight and finished it off today, and it was quite a nice read. It mainly did focus on her life through love and music, though, which is part of the subtitle. It was interesting to see her persective as a gay music star mom, and made me think a little about my own life and such. It's a good read, even if you've never heard her music. Insightful, even.
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Sep. 10th, 2004 @ 05:33 pm Book 2 (of 50??)
I don't quite remember how many I said I'd read, haha.

Anyway, I read She Drove Without Stopping by Jaimy Gordon and once again I don't think I could really tell you what it was SUPPOSED to be about. I actually think that in the end, it was her life story instead of about her family problems. She began as "the happiest of babies" in her family and had a beautiful childhood (full of self-exploration in the sexual sense) but her parents were somewhat strange. Her mother often visited a psychiatrist who could not help her problems for 15 years, and her father was a lawyer who happened to walk around the house without regrard to his penis flapping out of his boxers in the mornings. Needless to say, the author was not modest in her descriptions, which may be the reason I like her style of writing. She doesn't care what society deems as "proper" to put in a novel. Other than that, Jane (main character) goes off to a prestigious hippie college in southern Ohio (I'm from Ohio and I've never heard of this college or this town... Does it exist? Unless it is really Antioch in disguise, but Antioch is not an all-girl school..) She drives herself insane with dorm life and graduates early to live life on the edge and without a penny to her name.
The books is pretty well-written but it's hard to follow it's purpose. I would recommend it just for the style, and the few intellectual bits on life you can find embedded in it.
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