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« Reply #360 on: October 28, 2007, 06:35:21 PM »

This must be the reason why the search feature doesn't work for me.

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« Reply #361 on: October 28, 2007, 06:37:18 PM »

I wasn't aware that you had to be an Amazon customer for the feature to work. But then, I guess I wasn't aware there was anyone left on Earth who WASN'T an Amazon customer! ;)
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« Reply #362 on: November 01, 2007, 06:18:34 PM »

You'll have fun, Christopher! Dickens is a whole world unto himself.
Indeed, it has been fun. I finished Great Expectations last weekend. Now all there's left to do is a 12 page paper due in two weeks. :o :D

Just finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone yesterday. It's so imaginative, I quite enjoyed it.
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« Reply #363 on: November 07, 2007, 05:39:11 AM »



"Kublai Khan" by John Man

  A while back I read a book the author did on Genghis Khan, so I wanted to check this one out.
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« Reply #364 on: November 07, 2007, 07:30:08 AM »

Did he in Xanadu a stately pleasure dome decree? ???
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« Reply #365 on: November 12, 2007, 04:08:03 PM »

I read another Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child.



These books are not exactly masterpieces but good fun and entertaining enough.

Now I`m starting The Autobiography of Aerosmith by Aerosmith & Davis, Stephen



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« Reply #366 on: November 12, 2007, 06:49:34 PM »

Did he in Xanadu a stately pleasure dome decree? ???

  He decreed it his summer home/capital, and would take breaks there after his campaigns in what is now China.

  And I decree that your reference went flying over my head, as I had to look it up  :-\  The poem is in the book...Methinks that my comprehension was reserved for the sections on military strategy.
 
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« Reply #367 on: November 12, 2007, 08:08:54 PM »

And here I thought most people only knew Kubla Khan from the Coleridge poem!

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Kubla Khan

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
  A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
  Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills
Where blossom'd many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
 
But O, that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced;
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reach'd the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
 
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
  Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
  From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
 
A damsel with a dulcimer
  In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
  And on her dulcimer she play'd,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me,
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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« Reply #368 on: November 12, 2007, 11:14:58 PM »

Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner is my favorite of Coleridge. It sends chills down my spine.
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« Reply #369 on: November 16, 2007, 03:19:00 PM »

Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner is my favorite of Coleridge. It sends chills down my spine.
Not a bad song by Maiden either. lol
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« Reply #370 on: November 16, 2007, 07:31:05 PM »

Not a bad song by Maiden either. lol
That song got me into Coleridge.
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« Reply #371 on: November 17, 2007, 11:38:10 AM »

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« Reply #372 on: November 17, 2007, 07:27:16 PM »

And here I thought most people only knew Kubla Khan from the Coleridge poem!

It's also a 58 foot (18m) column in one of our nearby caves.

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« Reply #373 on: November 18, 2007, 03:34:48 AM »

It's also a 58 foot (18m) column in one of our nearby caves.

Kubla Kahn

That site is very interesting CvW thank you for posting it.


I have just finished reading Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca for about the 6th time.
As soon as I read the opening words "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.", I am hooked.    I have just started Frenchman's Creek, also by Du Murier.
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« Reply #374 on: November 19, 2007, 10:33:13 AM »



  "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" is the best humor non-fiction book that I have ever read.  Its not for everyone...like politically correct types or anyone who gets easily offended  >:D
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« Reply #375 on: November 19, 2007, 07:00:33 PM »


Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Steve Martin

This is a memoir from Steve about his early life and stand-up career, a subject he hasn't talked about much in the past twenty-five years or so. By the end of the 1970s, Steve Martin's act was bonafide Rock-and-Roll, selling out huge arenas like The Hollywood Bowl. But it all started with an interest in magic tricks and Vaudeville-style joke telling, both of which he learned at Disneyland and then Knott's Berry Farm in the 1950s. Later he tried stand-up and even television writing, working on the award-winning sketch show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour". After that it was still a long haul before the phenomenon that made him a super star of comedy, memorable "Saturday Night Live" guest appearances and gave him the opportunity for a film career. Martin covers it all. A must-read for fans. It officially hits the shelves tomorrow, but I read it this past weekend.

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« Reply #376 on: November 30, 2007, 08:02:03 PM »

Recently read Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes the second time. I love it! O0 Bradbury's style is different from a lot of what I usually read, but he pulls it off wonderfully, and is becoming one of my favorite authors. I've read a little about his story collection called The October Country that I'd really like to read, but for the next couple weeks, I'll be steeped knee-high in criticism about him and Something Wicked. If anybody has anything to say about the themes of the book and their connection to the carnival, let me know (I'm kidding! ;) ;D).
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« Reply #377 on: December 01, 2007, 01:10:50 AM »

- Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television
- Reading CSI: Crime TV Under the Microscope
- Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell
- Aftermath, Inc.: Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home by Gil Reavill



I haven't finished Reading CSI, Aftermath and the Cornwell one just yet. I'm almost done.
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« Reply #378 on: December 02, 2007, 03:44:22 AM »

Recently read Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes the second time. I love it! O0 Bradbury's style is different from a lot of what I usually read, but he pulls it off wonderfully, and is becoming one of my favorite authors. I've read a little about his story collection called The October Country that I'd really like to read, but for the next couple weeks, I'll be steeped knee-high in criticism about him and Something Wicked. If anybody has anything to say about the themes of the book and their connection to the carnival, let me know (I'm kidding! ;) ;D).
If you get a chance to read any of Ray's short story work's , do so.  He is a true master of the short story genre.
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« Reply #379 on: December 03, 2007, 04:47:17 AM »



I finally got around to "A Confederacy of Dunces"  O0




"Hacksaw" is about a guy who escaped 14 times from various prisons throughout the United States.  He was the only non-violent criminal ever to top the FBI's most wanted list.
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