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1  Books / Fiction / Re: Fiction on: June 24, 2008, 01:22:45 PM
Hi, peeps - sorry I didn't notice the responses to my Cormac McCarthy post.

I have to admit that I'm neurotic when it comes to plot - if I don't understand it, I am determined to make sense of it as though it is reality.

When I watched the movie, I couldn't make heads nor tails of what actually happened with the drug dealers massacre.  It didn't make much sense to me that anyone would kill all the drug dealers and the guy with the money and then leave it all behind to be taken by just anyone who happened along.  Surely Chigurh didn't do that, so who killed everyone, why was all the valuable stuff left behind, and how did Chigurh know what was going on. 

The rich guy who hires a hit man to go after Chigurh ends up getting his money back from Chigurh in the end, but why did he assume Chigurh had the money to begin with?

I feel really stupid because the book really didn't help me at all.

Now, having said all that, I did enjoy the book and I really regretted having watched the movie first because I think it ruined it in a way for me.  The cold-blooded nature of the man and the pathetic end of Carla Jean were very poignant, much more so than in the film.

Current fiction project - The Poisonwood Bible.  I only wish I had read this years ago - what a great novel.  It's very complex and Kingsolver manages to achieve several different voices, which is incredibly difficult.
2  Books / History / Re: World History on: June 24, 2008, 10:51:59 AM
Thanks for the link, nytemps.

Bob -

You doing okay this week?
3  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: June 24, 2008, 10:50:28 AM
Thank goodness we are back in service.  I keep thinking about the benevolence of liquidsilver for keeping these boards up.
4  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 20, 2008, 01:21:32 PM
stepped up to the plate bedecked in a bright purple dress with a black, tubuler leather belt under her boobs that served to alert the entire planet that money doesn't buy taste.  Michelle, however, thought she looked stunning as she gazed at herself in the mirror, eyebrows arched in a sharp point a mere two inches below her hairline.

"I'm gonna go out there and show whitey that I am a true patriot with no agenda, even though this is a mean country and I'm proud of it for the first time in my life!"

"Now, honey," cooed Barak.  "Be careful what you say - these small-town bigots clinging to their guns and religion may get upset if you say the wrong thing, you know."

5  Books / Creative Writing / Re: Creative Writing on: June 20, 2008, 11:16:15 AM
OH HELL NO, KIT! LOLOLOL!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
6  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: June 20, 2008, 11:14:34 AM
That business with the feet washing ashore is so grisly.  I'll be so glad when they figure out what's going on so I won't have to see that in the headlines every day.  I'm so sick of reading headlines about people beating babies to a bloody pulp in public and stuff like that. 
7  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: June 19, 2008, 09:33:16 AM
LOL, furphy.  I haven't had a vacation since my sojourn to London and Paris four years ago.  I can return to certain key areas in my mind, though. 

Kit and Eva, you both have me wanting to read Midnight's Children now, after I finish The Poisonwood Bible, which is really an excellent read.  Southern Baptist missionaries in the Belgian Congo around the time of the Congolese's fight for independence.  Amazing book.  It is a brilliant commentary on several levels as well - the complete stupidity of believing African natives will buy into Christianity and the way that women were reduced to household slaves and baby producers back in the late fifties and early sixties.
8  Arts / Movies / Re: Film Trivia on: June 18, 2008, 11:23:39 AM
Harrie wins the prize for Camelot.  All those close-ups!  Yargh!
9  Home and Garden / Pets / Re: Pets on: June 18, 2008, 10:08:49 AM
Really!   Shocked
10  Books / History / Re: World History on: June 18, 2008, 10:05:28 AM
Bob -

Wow - sorry to hear you've had surgery again.  Take it easy - I'd make you a cup of jasmine tea if I could.   Embarrassed
11  Home and Garden / Pets / Re: Pets on: June 17, 2008, 03:42:07 PM
Well you're patience and good intentions with this poor dog are very admirable, and I wish you luck rehabilitating him. 

Reminds me of the last time I rescued a dog, which will probably be THE last time, because it went so badly.  My daughter was spending the night with a friend, and the neighbors had a Rottweiler puppy tied to a tree in their front yard, I'd guess he was 4 months old.  The girls were petting him and my daughter learned that he was always tied up like that, and the people told her she was more than welcome to take him.  She called me begging to take in this dog, and he seemed okay, although I was very leary about taking in an aggressive breed that had been tied up all his life.

What a disaster.  He grew into a HUGE animal that we absolutely could NOT control no matter what we did.  Eventually he attacked and or bit one adult and two children over a period of about a year.   I finally had no choice but to have him put down, aterrible decision to make when you're looking at a young dog that is so full of life. 
12  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: June 17, 2008, 02:32:13 PM
Thanks, harrie.  I had heard about that a few weeks back, but I couldn't remember who was buying whom.
13  Home and Garden / Pets / Re: Pets on: June 17, 2008, 02:29:58 PM
So did she know he had been abused and caged like that without being told?
14  Home and Garden / Pets / Re: Pets on: June 17, 2008, 12:22:23 PM
LOL, barton!

Harrie, why don't you tell us some of the details about the pet psychic?  What did he or she say?  Was it like you see on television - "He says he feels uncomfortable, and he wants you to do thus and such."
15  Books / Meander Where You May / Re: Meander Where You May on: June 17, 2008, 12:16:41 PM
I actually have the book right here in my hot little hand, kit!  It was in a small public library where I work, so I borrowed it after trying out a Sue Grafton novel, which I hated.

I haven't read Rushdie at all. 

For those of you who are ordering with BarnesandNoble, Borders is MUCH cheaper now.  They give out free membership cards at their stores (Waldenbooks including, which is apparently owned by Borders now) that you can use online for significant discounts. 
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