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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Ghost of Christmas Future Perfect Passive

Many, many thanks to The Thin Man for his contribution:

 
On another note, I need some fresh book suggestions, something along the lines of The Sisters Brothers or Peace Like a River, both of which, by the way, you should read IMMEDIATELY if you haven't read them yet. The Sisters Brothers is a fantastic western, a sort of Cormac McCarthy meets Zane Grey meets... Zorro? Anyway, it's great. And Peace Like a River has a western soul, but comes under... umm, a To Kill a Mockingbird guise, complete with a Scout-like little girl. So yeah, I guess I'm looking for a good western. And I don't mean Louis L'Amour. He's great for what he is, but a little substance would be good. Any ideas?

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  1. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Funny and light not heavy. Also anything by Jasper Fforde also light!

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  2. Hey Ellen, if you loved Peace Like a River (one of my all time favorites) his second book, So Brave, Young, and Handsome is also incredible. very different story with the same flavor of heartland america but with a "wild west" element even more prominent than before. while i did love his first book more (mainly because i fell for the asthmatic hero) this one has so many great characters to love and hate and love to hate :)

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    1. Yes, I have read So Brave, Young and Handsome. Will you be terribly dissapointed if I tell you that I didn't think it was as good as Peace Like a River? It seemed to me that it was missing the spunk and energy that Lief Enger's first book had.

      "To love and hate and love to hate" - nice :)

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  3. Have you read, Straight Man, by Richard Russo? All about higher education and, because it is a truthful description, it is hilarious. Also, Tom Clancy. He's great! The good guys always win and the bad guys always get what's coming to them. The perfect formula.

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    1. "The good ended happily and the bad ended unhappily. That is what fiction is!" (from The Importance of Being Earnest)

      I haven't read Straight Man. Next time I go to Barnes and Noble, I will find it. I like laughing at higher education. It's really, really easy somehow. This set of books is great for that, too: http://www.amazon.com/Portuguese-Irregular-Verbs-Professor-Entertainment/dp/1400077087

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