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September 24th, 2003

Any Good Books Lately?

Last week, I needed to get my car’s front brakes fixed. That left me with a lot of time to sit around and either do nothing, watch a fuzzy TV, or read a book. So, I chose to read.

I am not a big reader, I must admit, when it comes to books. I read many more magazines and online thingies than actual books. But I was able to get sucked in quite easily. The book? Word Freak, by Stefan Fatsis. I’ve had it sitting around for a while, and didn’t get into it the last time I tried to read it. But now that I’m mostly done with the book, I’ve found it to be highly entertaining.

Without turning this into the Ping Book Club (which is coming once we ink an exclusive deal with Dr. Phil and Ellen), have you read anything good lately?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Monica
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 10:36:26 am
Italio Calvino's the Watcher and other short stories. He's awesome.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 11:06:12 am
I'm currently reading Bill Bryson's very interesting A Short History of Nearly Everything. A few other books are sitting nearby in the "partially read" pile. I'm also reading Vegetarian Walt Disney World and Greater Orlando not because I'm going to Walt Disney World but because I need to write a review.

FROM: Jacquie
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 11:27:03 am
I am currently reading Nicholas Sparks' book "The Wedding" It is a modern romance from a male perspective. I have read all of his books and have enjoyed each and every one. (even the ones that were turned into cheezy movies. Because everyone knows the book is always better than the movie)

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 11:28:01 am
Started reading Richard Grant's Tex and Molly in the Afterlife when I had to take my Saturn in for recall repair. Haven't made it too far since I'm a slow reader and I've been busy since then, but it's a good read.

FROM: Christina
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 1:13:00 pm
Oh! I LOVED Short History of Nearly Everything. Now, I'm reading Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 1:43:54 pm
My book reviews are at

I'm currently re-reading the Foundation Triligy by Assimov. Moneyball was excellent if you are a baseball fan.

FROM: dave
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 4:54:36 pm
I just read All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland, possibly my favorite author.

For nonfiction, try Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Opinions of this book, I am sure, vary wildly. :)

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 4:59:58 pm
I am reading "Where'd You Get Those?" by Bobbito Garcia and also "Loose Balls", which is a book about the history of the ABA.

A good book I read recently was '"Devotional Classics."

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday September 24, 2003 -- 7:30:00 pm
Nearly a week of nothing but candlelight has brought me very near finishing The Executioner's Song, Norman Mailer's 1000+ page account of the last months of murderer and all-around lost cause Gary Gilmore.

FROM: Talley [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 25, 2003 -- 8:22:18 am

Here is a great place to find classical reading.

I'm a newcomer to your site. Looking forward to seeing more!

FROM: aharris
DATE: Friday September 26, 2003 -- 1:25:58 am
Chris what is UP?! ;) The Foundation books: nice.

Semester before last I had to read The Foundation for my "Genres in Sci-Fi and Fantasy" class and now I guess I see what all the fuss is about when it comes to those books.

Considering when it was written...Asimov had a pretty insightful interpretation of the future. Even if he wasn't quite right about nuclear energy (it was a good guess tho) :) I did, however, write a paper about sexism/racism in Science Fiction novels and I specifically used that book as an example. But it was a long time ago, what are you gonna do? :)

Good books that I've read semi-recently are: "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen and "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan.

A classic that you can't go wrong with is: "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. Probably my favorite book of all time.

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Saturday September 27, 2003 -- 2:10:41 am
"Mother comes of age" (aka "La civilisation, ma mre") by Driss Chraibi.

And Ferdinand Oyono's "Houseboy" (aka "Une vie de boy").

And "The Dark Child" (L'enfant noir) by Camera Laye - a Guinean!

All short but interesting.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday September 27, 2003 -- 10:38:30 am
Now I'm gettin' my pulp on with Dr. Bloodmoney by Phillip K. Dick.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Tuesday September 30, 2003 -- 2:16:22 pm
Hey Elizabeth,

I own "Houseboy" and I thought it was pretty good too. But you're right, it is really short. Almost short-story-ish.

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 1:27:36 pm

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Sunday October 5, 2003 -- 3:06:19 pm

You are now teh roxors. In my book, anyways.

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Monday October 6, 2003 -- 2:04:22 pm
I thought of another one, especially for Paul. "The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency". It's fiction, about the first female detective in Botswana. She is a BBW but that isn't really part of the plot. She does kick ass though.

We listened to the book on CD while we were moving to Colorado. It's really interesting, lots of African culture and a little bit of the history of Botswana and South Africa.. how people used to go work in the S African diamond mines and how dangerous they were.

highly recommended.

DATE: Saturday October 18, 2003 -- 9:23:15 pm
I realize this is a semi-old ping, but I must say that The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger is the best book ever written.

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