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Bob Lee Swagger

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  1. But what was the question???????????????????????????????????? #### no, we can't.
  2. Thank you for including 17 question marks at the end of your query. I now know exactly how urgently I should respond to you.
  3. Naming your kid Emerson would probably be both stupid AND gay. Maybe he'd be a stupid, gay kid, though. In that case,
  4. What about Emerson? I think that's a legit first name.
  5. I had a $10 credit for game download only, so used it for this to get it for $30, then also get a $15 credit for any game purchase. I am a sucker for feudal Japan. I read Clavell's Shogun in the 5th grade. I'm gonna have to buy this now. I wonder if I can combine the $15 from this game with the $20 from Portal 2 to pre-order Skyrim...
  6. Just finished The Blind Assassin, which I'd had on my bookshelf for a long while and started reading because of its inclusion in this draft. Holy crap. I don't know if I've read a better book in the last 5 years.
  7. Not sure if something like this has already been covered in here, but I'm looking for some t-shirts in the vein of these. Anyone know any good places?
  8. Time to bring this thing into the 21st century.
  9. House of Leaves and Musashi just arrived yesterday. I had no idea these two would amount to nearly 2,000 pages
  10. I thought this was probably the one you meant. I have the first 3 volumes but have yet to start them. Really looking forward to it I will also throw out Good Omens, a Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration that is awesome.
  11. Requested to join the Good Reads thing--username: Bob Lee Swagger.
  12. I read "The Villa" by Nora Roberts because my sister had a decent education about wine making after reading it... and and... she just left it laying around when I was feeding her dog for a few days... so I read it... and I liked it... which scared me... so I never went near another. The worst book I've ever read was Nora Roberts' first-ever novel, Irish Thoroughbred. Some of the worst writing I've ever seen. Can't believe it was published. Travis Grant (the "hero"/rapist) has super powers. He's as stealthy as a ninja, as strong as Paul Bunyan, and he can birth baby horses by jamming his arm up a mare's ######. That said, I have found many a romance novel quite enjoyable.
  13. Does a bodice get ripped, swashes get buckled and bosoms heave as hearts entertwine?A glance at the cover might be helpful.That's totally not what the Duke looks like. Mainly because he is the victim of a massive stroke. I read the one with this much less awesome cover. I heard recently that sales of romance books have skyrocketed since the introduction of the Kindle and other e-readers. Women wo were too embarassed to read a romance novel on a subway because of the covers can now do it more discreetly by downloading them to their Kindle/iPad etc.I wouldn't doubt it. I was pretty embarrassed to read these on the train. They're already the highest-selling books in the country, though.
  14. Does a bodice get ripped, swashes get buckled and bosoms heave as hearts entertwine?A glance at the cover might be helpful.That's totally not what the Duke looks like. Mainly because he is the victim of a massive stroke. I read the one with this much less awesome cover.
  15. Does a bodice get ripped, swashes get buckled and bosoms heave as hearts entertwine?Several bodices are ripped, I believe. I can't reliably speak to any swashing of buckles from memory, though several math problems are solved collaboratively. The bosom heaving is disappointingly scant.
  16. 29.11 - Mort by Terry Pratchett - Fantasy My favorite book by one of my top three favorite authors. I think I've probably read everything he's ever written, certainly all 38 of the Discworld novels. I was first introduced to him by my high school Latin teacher, who I think is the fat, American, insane version of Pratchett. Mr. Joyce would never stop talking about Discworld, and his favorite book was Mort, so I picked it up one day and read it in one sitting in a hotel room in Cincinatti at a baseball tournament. It is now my favorite Discworld novel as well, because I just love Death so GD much. I can't find the right words to express the reasons why I love these books, so I'll just put in some of my favorite quotes (not necessarily from Mort): "There should be a word for that brief period just after waking when the mind is full of warm pink nothing. You lie there entirely empty of thought, except for a growing suspicion that heading towards you, like a sockful of damp sand in a nocturnal alleyway, are all the recollections you'd really rather do without, and which amount to the fact that the only mitigating factor in your horrible future is the certainty that it will be quite short." "There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer? And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman's eye." "It's no wonder most religions are born in the desert, because when men lay beneath that boundless night sky and look up at the infinite expanse of creation they have an uncontrollable urge to put something in the way." "He'd noticed that sex bore some resemblance to cookery: it fascinated people, they sometimes bought books full of complicated recipes and interesting pictures, and sometimes when they were really hungry they created vast banquets in their imagination - but at the end of the day they'd settle quite happily for egg and chips if it was well done and maybe had a slice of tomato." 30.10 - Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale - Love Story Yes, this is a romance novel. No, it's probably not the best or most critically-acclaimed romance novel out there, but it was the first one I read and enjoyed (Nora Roberts = , fyi). I could not put it down for the life of me. This falls into the Regency romance subgenre, my most favorite of romance subgenres. It's the classic tale of rakish math genius Duke suffering a stroke and falling in love with prude peasant Quaker girl who receives a mandate from God to nurse the Duke back to health. The writing is actually really good. I really think all you guys should go out and at least try it. Just remember that certain things have to happen for this to be a romance novel (in the same way that things have to happen in sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, etc.). It provides some pretty cool insight into Quaker life and the nature of (true?) love as the shattering of love, and, perhaps more importantly, it's just a well-written story with compelling characters and a page-turning plot. I can't find any quotes online but I'll update this post with a few choice ones when I get home tonight.
  17. Just like the Schochets I don't know why that made me laugh.
  18. I tried really hard to like this but just couldn't get through it Maybe I need to pick it up again someday.
  19. This is next on my list to read. Mitchell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
  20. Okay, I owe 6 here today :makeitrain: 23.11 - Ironweed by William Kennedy - 1981-1990 This is a lesser-appreciated book that's really, really outstanding. 24.10 - The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford - 1900-1945I first started reading Ford Madox Ford because of what a ##### he sounded like in A Moveable Feast. It is set just before World War I and chronicles the tragedy of Edward Ashburnham, the soldier to whom the title refers, and his own seemingly perfect marriage and that of two American friends. The novel is told using a series of flashbacks in non-chronological order, a literary technique that formed part of Ford's pioneering view of literary impressionism. Ford employs the device of the unreliable narrator,[1] to great effect as the main character gradually reveals a version of events that is quite different from what the introduction leads you to believe. The novel was loosely based on two incidents of adultery and on Ford's messy personal life. 25.11 - The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens - British before 1899I couldn't come away with no Dickens, and this is my favorite of what's left. It's his first novel, and it's hilarious and charming. The novel's main character, Mr Samuel Pickwick, Esquire, is a kind and wealthy old gentleman, and the founder and perpetual president of the Pickwick Club. To extend his researches into the quaint and curious phenomena of life, he suggests that he and three other "Pickwickians" (Mr Nathaniel Winkle, Mr Augustus Snodgrass, and Mr Tracy Tupman) should make journeys to remote places from London and report on their findings to the members of the club. Their travels throughout the English countryside by coach provide the chief theme of the novel. A distinctive and valuable feature of the work is the generally accurate descriptions of the old coaching inns of England. 26.10 - The Dying Animal by Philip Roth - Novella I had some trouble with novella, so I'm going with the best one I can remember reading. Certainly not very pleasant, but great. 27.11 - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson -HorrorLike I said earlier, I don't think I've ever read any "traditional" horror novels. This is the kind of thing that really creeps me out anyways: the ####ed-up psychological kind of stuff. 28.10 - The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton - ThrillerReally have no idea what I'm doing with this genre When a military satellite returns to Earth, a recovery team is dispatched to retrieve it; during a live radio communication with their base, the team members suddenly die. Aerial surveillance reveals that everyone in Piedmont, Arizona, the town closest to where the satellite landed, is apparently dead. The base commander suspects the satellite returned with an extraterrestrial organism and recommends activating Wildfire, the government-sponsored team that counters extraterrestrial biological infestation.
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