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The Book Corner / Re: ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:36:59 pm »
I never took Atlas Shrugged as preachy, but Hank's last speech lasted about 20 pages. An important speech, but long.

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The Book Corner / Re: ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:56:45 pm »
The good ones both can channel an idea and be entertaining. You shouldn't have to struggle through it just because it has a message. But what I meant was that rather that having an idea and folding it into a creative project, it is like she wrote the story just as a vehicle for her idea. I haven't heard as many complaints about some of the other great books with strong ideas like 1984.

I have heard just as many complaints, and as equally ventilated about 1984, and Animal Farm as another example. Both of which got me thinking, but none of which, including Rand, did I find "entertaining".
I, personally, don't believe that because a book doesn't "entertain" it isn't a worthy read.
I read to be entertained sometimes, I call them my "one off" reads. Books I will only read once. Because once they have entertained they have served their purpose. Then there are books I read for other reasons. I read Atlas Shrugged. Parts I liked, other parts not so much. Some of the characters speeches made me feel the same way I did when I read Moby Dick and the pages and pages of describing knots...

Everyone has different reasons they read. And authors have different reasons they write.

I don't agree, at all, with your statement "a good author can channel an idea and entertain". Although I respect your opinion as yours. My opinion is that a good author is able to communicate their ideas in a way that is purposeful, intentional, and with consistency in the writing elements within the story and have characters that are honest ( meaning acting in ways that are true to the character, not morally honest).  Whether or not an author's given work "entertains" is one of the choices they have. An alternate choice, IMO, doesn't in itself make them less than a good writer.


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The Book Corner / Re: Books Set in/About Ireland?
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:56:13 am »
 The Princes of Ireland and Rebals of Ireland and good historical fiction. But they are written by Rutherfurd, so they are long  ;D


They are also at PFL to check out

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The Book Corner / Re: ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:47:22 am »
.... and this book seems to be just a vehicle for sharing them.


Aren't all books a "vehicle" to share ideas?

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The Book Corner / Re: ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:42:22 am »
Ayn Rand was a very political thinker. She was born and raised in Russia and her family lost everything in the revolution. She later went to college and majored in Philosophy and History. And it shows in her writing. She thought American was a society that showed what free men could be.

Rand's books are theme and character driven. Not plot driven, which is not to a lot of people's liking. I, personally, will read what is put in front of me. Anything from Proust, with effort(!),  to a cereal box- usually when in need of coffee.

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Book Klubs / Re: July 2013 Group Book Count
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:58:18 am »
In Progress

Completed
Harry Potter 5
Harry Potter 6
Harry Potter 7
The Astronaut's Wife's Club
Room With A Clue , prime lend
SPQR IX
The Accursed
SPQR X
Pennyfoot hotel mystery, second book
The White Princess
SPQR XI
The Night Circus

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The Book Corner / Re: ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:48:19 am »
I don't regret reading the book because of all the references on sees/hears to it.  But really . . . otherwise I found it to be a complete and utter waste of time.  I found absolutely nothing to like about it.  No characters I felt any connection to, the stereotyping was so exaggerated that it was downright laughable, the droning on and on that served no point.  

I don't think she wanted many of the people to be likable. Kind of like Lolita. The two books seem to bring out the same polarizing responses from readers. Both authors were getting into the heads of characters who were not supposed to be liked by the readers. The droning on was also part of  point. Not bad writing.  She was wanting, and I think succeeded, in getting into the minds of the thinkers/creators in society, and into the minds of the people who wanted to use them and tried to control them.

Also, we are reading the book long after she wrote it. Some of those "stereotypes" are stereotypes because she wrote them. Others are because she was pointing out what society does, and has done, to inventors and creators. Stereotypes society created.

The title has a lot of symbolism related to her themes.

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The Book Corner / Re: ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:21:30 am »
I have not seen anywhere in Atlas Shrugged that Ayn Rand wrote anything about religion.

I have a book called The Journals of Ayn Rand. It covers the years from 1927 until her death. She writes about her ideas for future writing, her political thinking and religious/philosophical thinking. It is an interesting resource to go to when thinking of others views of her writing.

According to her journals her themes for Atlas Shrugged are more man against the world, not man/self. Atlas Shrugged is "what would happen if the mind (thinkers and creators in society) went on strike?"  Actually The Strike was her original title.

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:43:51 am »
I'm reading A Tale of Two Cities, by Dickens. Just got started this morning. Haven't read it before.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New Paperwhite update 5.3.6
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:03:37 am »
I have the update, but aside from the change in the number to 5.3.6 I can't see any difference. I looked at my samples and the options to buy seem to be the same. Maybe I have to get new samples to see a change?

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:13:38 pm »
Just finished Paris, A Novel
Now reading SPQR VII



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Book Klubs / Re: June 2013 Group Book Count
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:04:52 pm »
IN PROGRESS
Immortal-Abandoned
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities

Completed
SPQR VII
Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets
SPQR VIII
Harry Potter 3
Harry Potter 4

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The Book Corner / Re: Do you ever go back and read classics?
« on: May 18, 2013, 08:03:35 am »
Rebecca is going to be released on kindle in USA in August  ;D

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:19:20 am »
Just finished Anna Karenina, now reading SPQR IV.

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The Book Corner / Re: Kindle Daily Deal (US Store)
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:15:21 am »
Suzy, did you write those Hugo books?  I teach 1st grade and my kids love those books! I have them on classroom kindle and read off smart board. They always ask to take a reading counts quiz on them but they aren't available to test.

*edited for typo

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Book Klubs / Re: May 2013 Group Book Count
« on: May 01, 2013, 03:30:06 am »


Completed

SPQR IV
Anna Karenia
SPQR V
SPQR VI
Paris, A Novel

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The Book Corner / Re: Do you ever go back and read classics?
« on: April 20, 2013, 09:13:33 am »
I have never heard of Don Quoxite before but that sounds like a good book. I guess I should start reading this now. 
This is the best translation I've read. It is reader friendly and all the endnotes/footnotes link. Which is important to me as it makes reading and understanding easier for me with translated works.

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The Book Corner / Re: Do you ever go back and read classics?
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:09:00 am »
I've read Don Quixote, The Divine Comedy, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Les Miserables several times each. I have also read A  Tree Grows in Brooklyn so many times I've lost track. I was 12 the first time  read it, and many a decade has past since then.   ;)

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:17:20 am »
I finished The Sunne in Splendour, which i really enjoyed. Now I am reading Anna Karenina.

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2013 edition)
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:30:58 am »
I'm reading The Sunne in Splendour .  I'm almost done and it is a good historical fiction read.

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Book Klubs / Re: April 2013 Group Book Count
« on: April 06, 2013, 07:05:10 am »
In Progress
Anna Karenina

Completed
The Sunne in Splendour, kindle

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The Book Corner / Re: Books on sale at B&N
« on: April 06, 2013, 06:47:17 am »
I found a couple I like that I can read on my NOOK app on my iPad mini.

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Is it as good as Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters? ;)

I've not read thar one. Do you recommend it?

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: A poor Kindle translation
« on: March 11, 2013, 04:13:40 am »
There used to be a link on the page of the kindle book description that asked if there was quality issues or format issues(?), I dont remember the exact wording. I haven't looked lately but you could report it there so Amazon can notify the publisher.

**Edited to add: I just went to Amazon and looked on the page of a book I just finished, it had typos, and I scrolled all the way to the bottom and there is a link to report format issues.

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I liked the book. It is a different adaption of Shakespeare's Weird Sisters characters.

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