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About me24 years old, gay, post-evangelical Christian humanist. Former English major. Currently in search of a career.

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Thanks Nathan! Our son is due in less than three weeks... can't wait! You should have seen my baby shower; they did a book theme and everyone gave books instead of cards. His library is already well stocked :D

Hope all is well with you!
I admit, I love the IDEA of the book - two authors writing letters as characters - but now I feel discouraged about the actual quality of the book! Oh well. I will read it anyway so I can discuss it with the coworker who gave it to me. So far, neither of us has really liked the books the other has recommended to the other even though we read the same genre. Ha! I did like Wrede's Dealing With Dragons, though.
I have just started Sorcery & Cecilia because a coworker asked me to read it. I'm not far enough in to make any sort of judgement, but now I'm worried based on your review!

I thought Wrede's first book in her Dragons series (Dealing with Dragons) was pretty funny, so I was hopeful that this one would share the same good humor.

Off the bat, the attempt at sounding like Austen and not is driving me crazy!
That's an outstanding review of King Lear. I still gravitate to Macbeth, though.
It suddenly felt like too long since we talked. How are you? I see you're currently reading Anna K - what's the verdict? I hope you're not reading the P&V edition, I think that's what ruined it for me when I read it. (not to put you off or anything lol)

I'm alternating between Doctor Zhivago and Robertson Davies' Deptford trilogy at the moment. The latter is way more fun, but the former is a Russian I can appreciate. (NOT the P&V translation!) Also revisiting Georgette Heyer after a good long time of not reading her. Old friends, those are.
Glad I'm not the only one who fails to appreciate Phantastes. Lewis liking it so much makes me feel insecure about disliking it, lol.

I never read MacDonald as a child, so I missed even that period of possible enjoyment. I wonder if he is the sort of author you outgrow?
Hmm, okay, I have been defining dystopian as set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Ye-es, but it's Richard Armitage...
Oh, I thought of you the other day with something. You'll understand my pain here. I requested an audiobook copy of Heyer's Sylvester from one of my swap sites. It arrived and — bonus! — it's narrated by none other than Richard Armitage. Whoop! BUT...
But... It's abridged.

WHYOHWHY

I'm so glad you enjoyed Z For Zachariah so much! It sounds like the audiobook is worth seeking out. Dystopian done right.

Wait, wait, wait... you've never read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH? Oh man! Enjoy!
Hey, I have been meaning to mention this sooner; you should reread your As You Like It review. I read it rather quickly but I remember there being some words missing here and there.
You read Daughter of the Forest! And liked it! It's one of my favorites and I have reread it a couple times. I think it's Marillier at her best. She's gone downhill from here. The next two, Son of the Shadows and Child of the Prophecy, are fairly good, but not quite as good as the first. Her later series (and additions to this "trilogy") almost seem caricature-ish. She falls into all her stereotypes and clichés that weren't stereotypes and clichés when she first did them. Ah well.

Loved the Shakespeare reviews. Good old Wishbone!
I'm really glad I took the class--I got to take it with some great friends and the professor really cares about his students, so that was nice. He just has very high expectations and it might have beennice if he had considered dropping a novel from the syllabus. Also, Eliot>Dickens.
Yay for new reviews! I need to reread Kidnapped; I remember enjoying it immensely. One thing, in your Kidnapped review:

By my calculations, David himself ought to be roughly the same age as Treasure Island

You mean "the same age as Jim in Treasure Island," don't you?
I am indeed a fan of plots. Gilead was a very unusual book for me to like because it has little to no plot and I wasn't even very interested in the plot that the book centered on. I just liked Ames and his musings and his relationship with his son. I tried Robinson's 'Housekeeping' and didn't like it, so I think Gilead just hit me at the right time. I am amazed, however, at how Robinson writes very spiritual novels without getting shoved to 'Christian Fiction.' Instead, she wins pulitzers!

I feel like I know Eliot very well now, but I can't say I'm her number one fan. I think I kind of changed my are of interest from exclusively Romantic and Victorian Brit Lit to a love of Regional American fiction. So she was quite a switch for me. It was too much reading. It's hard to enjoy 4 hours a night. I like Eliot's characters and her romances. When she hit Middlemarch, her writing suddenly got more sprightly, lively, and humorous. Unfortunately, by that time I was already burned out, had senioritis, and writing a senior project on Felix Holt/Janet's Repentance, so I didn't read much of it. Some day I'll finish it.
You added Gilead! I really enjoyed it, but perhaps just because my father is a pastor. No one else in the class liked it...
The Hallowed Hunt, while taking place on the same world, is set some distance and some time away. Chalion and its environs have a Spanish heritage feel to them, while THH takes place in a society with more Germanic qualities. So the first two are connected by place, time and characters, whereas the third is not.
I can hold off for a bit--it's not like I don't have a lot of others to read. Let me know when you are ready, and I love Paladin of Souls too--in fact, it's very hard for me NOT to read it immediately following The Curse of Chalion!
Let me know when you are going to read The Curse of Chalion. I'm getting antsy for a re-read and would love to read along with you!
Thanks, as always! "Contradiction" has been corrected.

I went back and read your Hunger Games and Catching Fire reviews. My opinion is pretty much ditto. I need to write my Mockingjay review before I look up yours — don't want to be unduly influenced. But I have a feeling our perspective is similar.

Oh, and I was in the Gale camp too for the most part, likeable as Peeta was.
That is indeed a very interesting idea. Dinah is that character in Adam Bede. I finished the novel today and I have mixed feelings about it. It could have been so much shorter. Dinah and Adam are good characters and the plot is interesting and brings up a lot of moral dilemmas and character analysis, but it took over half the book to get to the real action. I think I'm starting to see what kind of writer Eliot will be though.
Yes, she does an excellent job. Are there many more members of the clergy in Eliot's future books? I'm looking ahead to writing my senior project in connection with this class, and I'm interested in possibly doing something about ministry or the poor in her books.
Haha, sorry, forgot to delete the first paragraph of your last response. I wanted to reference it more easily.
Yes, I'm a Spanish minor too. What would I like to do? Not sure. Well, of course I would like to write novels and short stories for a living if I could, but that's unlikely, especially starting out. I've considered going into academia, becoming a professor, but one of my profs last semester gave me a long talk about how there weren't enough tenured jobs in the world and some of them still didn't pay enough. I'd love to do editing of some sort with a publishing house, but all of them are going under—or about to. My family may be going to Europe for my dad's job next year, and since they'd pay my way, I may just go over there with them and take some time off to write before coming back to the states and pursuing a job or graduate school.

Well, I never got the idea that my professors were making bank, but you could still do it! Even if it's hard. But Europe! That sounds wonderful. I would recommend that for sure.

"Janet's Repentance" totally took me by surprise. It started out so dull, but what an incredible story of redemption! It was complex, sympathetic, layered, transforming, and compelling. What fun to read it at a secular university too. It was especially fun to see Tryan work in "incarnational urban ministry" of the kind I got to experience living in the inner city last summer. :) I was very surprised.
Ah, so we are both studying the same things: English and Spanish. I have a minor in Spanish. Do you know what you want to do after?

It's good to have a nice healthy break from all the authors I read in class. I often take breaks from the "scholarly" sort of books altogether.

Amos Barton is definitely the better of the two. The tea passage is indeed memorable and the "ordinary man" passage is a wonderful articulation of the theme. Unfortunately, "Amos Barton" seems to labor under the idea that ordinary people must necessarily be boring (something Mr. Gilfil seems to actually try to refute) and therefore the story is pretty dull.
That does sound pretty lame. If you're going to quote Lewis, at least know the title you're quoting! Crabb belongs to the school of Christian counselors who subscribe to a psychologized view of man. That is, he embraces many tenets of secular humanistic psychology, but mixes Jesus' name in there to make it sound Christian. He has good motives, I'm sure, but mixing worldly wisdom with godly wisdom is just going to confuse people and trap them further in their sinful patterns. Mysticism is anything but biblical.

Anyhow — ! I just posted my review of Hamlet. What a play. I feel I've been inducted and can now join the ranks of the Shakespeare appreciators. Would you mind combining the audiobook I listened to with the main entry? I've tried doing this various times with other works and somehow it never goes through for me. Thanks awfully! :)
I am borrowing Tess from the library. I started it last night and Thorne is pretty good so far. I've been putting this book off (Hardy can be pretty grim), but we have the adaptation starring the beautiful Justine Waddell and I wanted to read the book before we watched the movie. And I do enjoy Hardy; his characters are so well written. But he doesn't do much in the happy ending department.

This is random, but when, oh when are you going to finish that Larry Crabb book? I'm not a fan of his, so every time I see it on your page it annoys me. That is an excellent reason for removing it, if you ask me.

:P
Well, that's excellent! Is that one semester over or under?

It is a lot. I don't think I have ever been asked to read so much for a class before. The maximum has usually been about 6 novels for 10 weeks. This professor is one of the most demanding in the department, but his classes are very rewarding. We shall see I suppose. I'll probably read Deronda some day, but not for a long while, I assume.

"Scenes of Clerical Life" is indeed very rough. "Amos Barton" seems to be an exercise in narration and "Mr. Gilfil" in characterization and she has middling success with each in both. This was my second go through "Mr. Gilfil" which made it all the more agonizing since I didn't even have the mystery of what would happen to keep me going. The class is almost entirely participation based, with short weekly response papers, and a single term paper at the end. I'm doing my senior project based out of this class, so my term paper will be on steroids. Fortunately, my other classes are lighter (one of them is the opposite: an entire 10 weeks to read one novel-Don Quixote)

Are you currently taking anything fun?
Sorry, forgot the book list: we're halfway through "Scenes of Clerical Life," and then we'll move to "Adam Bede," "The Mill on the Floss," "Silas Marner," "Felix Holt," "Brother Jacob" & "the Lifted Veil," and finally, "Middlemarch." Basically everything except "Daniel Deronda," even though that's our professor's favorite. I guess there just wasn't time to teach both that and "Middlemarch." As it is, I don't expect to do much besides reading for the next 10 weeks.

Any thoughts?
I think it was on purpose because I feel certain he would be familiar with that reference (being a believer and a brit lit prof) and also because I believe that the lion on his desktop of his computer is Aslan.

Finals were pretty brutal, but they are over! Thanks for asking. Now for one more quarter. Are you graduating any time soon? I ended up watching the new "True Grit" because it was on Netflix instaplay and shiny and new. I wasn't a huge fan, so I should have taken your recommendation. It was pretty funny though.
So, I think your advice to take the Eliot class was a good one. Yesterday was the first day and the professor asked us if we had read Silas Marner in High School. When we all said we hadn't, he looked surprised and answered "What do they teach in schools these days?" :)
Hi Nathan, I have a question for you. I'm in the throes of finals and one of my assignments is to interact with a non-textual piece of Western/Californian "art." I know you mentioned that you have enjoyed some Western films and I was wondering if you had any recommendations. I'm completely unfamiliar with the genre. :) Thanks!
hi Nathan,
no I wasn't familiar with it, but I'm not at all surprised.

Thanks for the thumb and the link!
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No, I haven't read anything else by Coetzee. I had heard of Foe though, since I recently read Robinson Crusoe and it was mentioned in a review and sounded interesting. Waiting for the Barbarians is pretty brutal and bleak--and has some disturbing material, but I did like his style.

I wasn't aware of the 2004 Hamlet production. I'll have to look it up since you say it's available on YouTube. I did look up before reviewing what Hamlets were available online--and the only one I found was with David Tenant and Patrick Stewart! I found Tenant's performance a bit too....manic? I didn't persist beyond Act I.

As for Ulysses, I'm in the midst of it, and no, it's not quite as bad as I feared. I don't think it's true, for instance, that it's unreadable random gibberish--and every once in a while there are striking passages and I admit I did enjoy the Shakespeare conversation in the last chapter I hit. But I'm also hitting lots and lots of hair-pulling, head-shaking moments and I very much doubt I'm destined to rate this highly. Theoretically stream of consciousness should work well in, say, presenting a deranged mind! And I did think it used well in Portrait to show a just-forming mind. But just about every time I've encountered it in modern literature I've absolutely detested it.
Thanks for the feedback!

The Faulkner class wasn't even that bad. It was just a LOT of Faulkner. But I have hopes that the Eliot class will be good. Thanks again!
Nathan! I seek your advice. :) My favorite professor is teaching a George Eliot class. After taking an entire class on Faulkner I decided that I would never take a class in one author ever again, but I think this could be a really good class. Would 10 weeks of Eliot be delightful or devilish? I've only read Silas Marner and one of the "Scenes of Clerical Life" novelas.
I agree with you on that. I liked "Catching Fire" well enough, but it didn't have that much power or emotion as the first book had.

Recently I have discovered clips of "The Phantom of the Opera" movie on YouTube and I really liked what I saw. Afterwards I looked up the book on LibraryThing and I've found mixed reviews for it, but I saw that you gave it five stars. Why did you like it? I am really looking forward to getting it at the book store, but I wanted to hear another opinion before I buy it.

I'm very sorry to get back to you so late, and I hope I'm not being bothersome with me pestering you for your opinions!
Review of Silas Marner! Plus I did a reading thread after all (I found I just can't write a review without advertising it, lol).
http://www.librarything.com/topic/131620
Of Nancy Springer's books, I adore her "Enola Holmes Mysteries", which are about the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. Those books could have gone horrifically wrong, like a lot of Holmes fan-lit does, but she handled both Sherlock and the new character of Enola admirably. I've also read "I am Morgan Le Fay" by Springer as well, but this was a while ago and I would have to pull it out again to refresh my memory.

A quick question - what were the problems with "Catching Fire" that you saw? I'm not trying to provoke an argument or anything - I liked the book, as it wasn't as depressing or hollow as "Mockingjay," but it certainly wasn't as good as the first one.
Point taken. I guess certain characters rub us the wrong way each of us. Normally I'd agree with you, but I do think of St. John's abusive nature as a window to his soul. To be fair, I take literature a tad TOO seriously, in that I am very passionate in my likes or dislikes of characters. They're not real, but one wouldn't know that given what I write. ;))

Thanks for the feedback. This has been fun. It's nice to discuss literature. :) God bless ya.
I can see your point on Eliza, though I disagree still, but we'll agree to disagree there. I just think that her claim is at least as good as St. Johns. I'm interested in your opinion of St. John. I don't think that any amount of good works can excuse his abusive attitude. And even if you say that he did service to God, I would question how useful that was given the fact that he was willing for Jane to do something that would lead to her death, since she wasn't physically strong at all, and he again, told her that not joining him would lead her to Hell. If that's his idea of theology, then I'd question how well he's witnessing to the natives. If I met someone in real life like him, I'd probably call to his face a heretic and an abusive, selfish jackass. He's all sacrificial towards HIS vision. No one else's vision can match. I can't stomach the character.

If we are to debate Eliza, then we must discuss Jane as well. She is willing to marry Rochester before she sees him as truly redeemed and repentant, because he is in need of her now, and the insane wife is dead. She'd ignore the sinful attitude "for love". That's not exactly a paragon of virtue, if you think of it.

I guess that's my thing. I can't find any good in St. John. He's cruel, arrogant, and an abuser.
Yes, SM has been staring at me from its shelf for so long that I finally gave in to it, despite supposedly reading both the other books on my profile (both of which are group reads in the salon). It isn't grabbing me in quite the same way as Eliot's other two books that I've read, but I like it a lot in its own way. And I'm not far in yet, poor Marner has only just had his money stolen.

I'm enjoying Titus Groan a lot too - I used to have it on my LT wishlist with your name and Amy's in the tags, so obviously you recommended it to me once! It's a great book.

Moby is still a bit heavy going for me :(

You couldn't be annoying! Drop in any time! I haven't started a thread yet, but haven't fully ruled out the idea of doing so. I guess I can start one any time...
Ncgraham,

I'm very sorry to bother you, but I just wanted to thank you for your review of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It expressed my feelings about the book exactly - why I love it, the thoughts I associate with it, and my wonder at how good an author C.S. Lewis is. Your other reviews are equally good, as well, such as for Mockingjay and Wuthering Heights, and so I thank you for writing those too!

Keep writing your reviews and good luck with your reading!

Sincerely,
Eris
Wow, as a Westerner, I'm sorry that was your representative of the West. The book got torn to shreds in my class, though a few tried to defend some of its merits. I think most of the cowboy shoot 'em up literature is not really worth reading, though I haven't done much research. The rest of the set literature for the class ranges from Twain to Steinbeck to Momaday, so I doubt we're actually reading much more cowboy lit.
About Helen Burns. I don't think that I was clear. I should have fleshed out my thoughts on her some more, so that is my fault it was not understood. I think that she is NOT a negative character, but one that takes piety to an extreme. Understandable in her case, as she's dying. She seems to have resigned herself to not caring much for the temporal world because she'll be in it for so short a time. She almost seems to be a more contented version of Job, just waiting eagerly and desiring death. I understand and find her the least objectionable character with an "extreme" position, but it is there nonetheless.

I hope that makes my thoughts clearer. I'm sorry for being so vague. God bless. :)
I would argue that the text can not support that supposition Nathan. All that the text says is that Jane is going by Georgiana, whose honor is a tad tarnished by her less than honorable behavior, is critical of Eliza. Nowhere does Jane assert that Eliza does not love God or the text assert that. The criticism of Jane for her seems to be that she is "too ordered" and given over too much to religion, and can not find a proper balance, as Jane herself does.

Also, I stick by my earlier statement that Jane is doing one of do things. Either a) showing us her judgement was wrong, via the contrast with St. John, or that she b) still was biased by familial devotion. For all of her faults, Eliza does seem (to me, at least) to have sincerity. St. John comes dangerously close to setting himself up as a god himself, and outright acts the part of God's personal oracle and mouthpiece to Man.

St. John announces that if Jane doesn't go and do what St. John wants her to do, she is defying God, as God's will and his are the same, and he knows God's will better than Jane's. In fact, Jane's heart is irrelevant, as St. Jane outright suggests that if she doesn't do what he wants her to do, she is shunning God and will burn in Hell for eternity. That's on top of a cruelty that is very physically abusive and designed to emotionally wear her down. I see far worse and far less adherence to Biblical creeds in St. John than Eliza. After all, again, we (and Jane) have only Georgiana's word to go on, which is suspect, at best.
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Look at you, rocking the HR list!
Ah, I wondered if my memory was playing tricks on me! I thought I remembered you saying something about how fantastically real Lindgren's characters were at some point.

I will try to stop by sometime, thanks!
You read Ronia! You enjoyed it! I can die happy now :D
Terrific, Nathan. I'll look forward to seeing you there!
Nathan, I assume you've yet to start a Club Read thread? Or am I just missing it?
Was Stephen's and Bloom's meeting there at the beginning inside the Martello Tower? If so, I completely agree. Best part of the book for my money -- a quasi continuation of The Portrait ... After page 30, it's hit and miss, like you say. FW, unless you're drunk and reading it out loud (or so I've been told from trustworthy sources), or into gnosticism, isn't worth the time or trouble as far as I'm concerned.
No, Nathan, I'm white. Caucasian. Thanks for noticing! ;-)

What's shakin'?

Two stars for Ulysses? Did you read the entire atrocity/work of art?
Nathan — I'm not ignoring you, I promise! I will try to get to your thread soon. Life has just been crazy. I'm doing some freelance copywriting and it's great, but it does soak up a lot of time that used to belong to me.

So Michael Page's female voices in GE aren't quite up to par? Simon Vance's were okay but not brilliant; I seem to recall his Estella sounding faintly like Jonathan Cecil's rendering of the female characters in Wodehouse books (very jarring). The best male narrator doing female voices that I've heard is David Case. His voice for the Duchess in Whose Body? was absolutely perfect. It sounded like a completely different person! I suppose it helped that she has a snooty British accent and is an older woman... but still, wow.

You've never read Mixed-Up Files?! *moment of silence* Consider it assigned reading.

Mmm... The romance... I wasn't a huge fan of it either. It felt more like it was there because the plot demanded it than because the characters were attracted to one another to me. I'm curious whether this is something that got cut out or whether it was originally just this not-present until the end. (And thank you, that question did kick-start a muddled attempt at voicing my thoughts! ^-^)

And the twist with Jonah... I feel the same way. I wouldn't be surprised if that's the reaction she was aiming for with that, though. A book doesn't need surprising twists to be an enjoyable book. I only find it an issue when the twist is clearly supposed to be a surprise (and the important element) and you've figured it out pages ago. That, to me at least, wasn't the case in this book, so the predictability didn't bother me. (Now the twist with Kelda... That got revealed in a way that really jarred me.)

My favourite character... *low whistle* Good question. I'm going to say Beatrice purely because she seemed like someone I'd get along with. Yours?
If I can get them written down... McKillips's writing, though gorgeous, always leaves me utterly confused or bewildered. If you have anything in particular you'd like to hear my thoughts on, please do mention it. ^-^ It might be the opening I was looking for in saying something about it. I'd really like to, but I don't know where to start yet. *pokes it*

I see you apparently liked it too, and I hope to see your thoughts on it sometime too! ^-^
Thanks Nathan, C S Lewis writes really well when he puts his mind to it. I loved his science fiction stuff when I was younger
It's about time you headed the Hot Reviews list again :D
Wonderful Jane Eyre review; I wish I had written it.
You reviewed JE! Yes! I would give you two thumbs if I could :D. Don't you love when the reviewing mood just strikes?

One thing: in the sentence "...whereas Eliza relies on a set of rules to guide her days, but she bother about the possible spiritual basis for those rules." I think there is a word missing. Should be it "she doesn't bother"?
So sorry it took you only twenty minutes to ascertain the identity!

"Which am I to believe?"

Neither and both. I've a love-hate relationship with that book. It's complicated.
No guilt, I understand. You have plenty on your plate. What's your schedule like this fall? So you're doing the JJ class?

It really does take a significant investment of time to write a review of every book we read. Eventually I probably won't be able to keep it up... we'll see. If I ever have to choose between reading a book or reviewing a book I've read, I'll probably go with reading.
Thanks, I appreciate that! I really did try to do it on my own but apparently there is a disconnect between my theoretical knowledge and practical application :D

My review queue is down to two books! It hasn't been that short in months!

*notices Nathan's review queue and slinks away...*
You most definitely should make a McKillip guide. Thanks for the recommendations. :)
Hey Nathan! Regarding my Tale of Two Cities audiobook, I just clicked on what came up when I entered the ISBN. I have tried to combine it, but when I got the combining page to actually load, it said it was already combined with the main work. Which makes no sense, because it obviously isn't, but I'm not LT-savvy enough to figure out what's wrong. Any ideas? And thanks.

I didn't even know there was a JE musical! That sounds a bit... surreal. Though why I should balk at JE being adapted to a musical and haven't a qualm about Les Mis, I don't know. So there are some good songs? *saves message for future reference*
I like and thoroughly approve of your Literary Interpretation & Analysis prof! Sounds like you're in for an excellent semester! Awesome. :)
I have a favor to ask. I was looking to read a McKillip and randomly grabbed Solstice Wood. I was surprised by the first few pages and then checked your review and saw that you weren't really a fan either. Could you recommend a McKillip for me? I've read Sealey Head, Alphabet of Thorn, and Riddlemaster.
Actually, more than lovely - awesome!! ♥
Nathan! How nice to hear from you! Thanks for the link, it looks good. Lovely. Thanks. How are you these days?
You could also try the faulty but much improved search function. :) Although, I don't want to discourage any posting in the books thread.
Ah yes, after I wrote that I realized you'd filed it under "to-read." I think I remember seeing that movie around. The title is what a set of characters are called, so that makes sense. I'll have to check it out.

No, it was Villette. I've never met a more insufferable main character. Hopefully you'll be safe with The Professor. I think it's supposed to be semi-autobiographical.
You read Decline and Fall? I just read Vile Bodies so I'm very curious what you thought. After Brideshead, I found Vile Bodies very disappointing. Just kind of inconsequential.
Thanks so much for the corrections, Nathan, as always! I love when I get in a reviewing groove. We'll see if I can catch up even more today. I have found that if I don't at least jot down my initial impressions after I finish a book, my reviews written two or three weeks afterward are weak and vague.

I see you have recently added Brontë's fragment titled Emma. I read it (and its continuation) awhile back and wasn't overly impressed. But it's so unfair to judge authors on unfinished works they never intended the public to see.
Hullo! love your library. Looks like we've got a lot of hte same reading tastes!
Oh, I forgot we never finished! That's right, I need to read Ginger Pye, and... I forget the other one. What others did I assign you?
I'm going to read book four, but I'm dropping the series after that. I heard about all the polygamous relationships and decided I just wouldn't enjoy it anymore. Plus I'm not sure about the length of the thing... it's just too much of a monster!

Okay, so if you assign me Summer of the Monkeys this summer, can I assign you something? :D And that's cool about the location!
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