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Old 24.02.2011, 09:42
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David Sedaris is one of my favorite writers. Me Talk Pretty One Day always makes me laugh out loud... There are some brilliant stories about his life in France, which are even funnier if you are an expat anywhere who doesn't speak the local language.
I agree, i think about the scenes describing the language learning process, and having to order plural amounts of everything to avoid utilizing the genders of words. He is really really great, i'm waiting for his new short story collection to arrive, i think its called "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk" and after reading the description i just couldnt wait to get it, it sounds like something i'll love.

I just read the two "Tropics" books by Henry Miller (-of cancer, -of capricorn), another author i really like, and have "Black Spring" ready to begin but wanted to wait and read something in between the other two. He's really a poet when you get down to it and as much as i like him and his literary style there are long periods of abstraction in his works that are easy to lose interest in if you have the slightest distraction.

I have a copy of "Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov, it's one of just a few of his that i havent read yet. Some of his books are some of my favorites, so im eager to read this one, the problem is that i bought it from the BOOKS BOOK BOOKS english bookstore here in lausanne (nice place, nice employees) and i thinks its a penguin edition? Point is, the physical book itself is terrible, the pages are greyish, the words are small and blotted looking...i'd have to find a nicer edition to be able to ever read it.

Earlier in the thread people mentioned the english section of the library in Zurich... Can someone tell me about the library situation for english-language books in Lausanne?
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Old 24.02.2011, 11:04
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Can someone tell me about the library situation for english-language books in Lausanne?
The public library at Chaudron has an English section. It's not fabulous, but you should be able to find a few of the classics there. It's on open stacks, so it's good for browsing. All you need is some ID and you can get yourself a free library card.
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Old 24.02.2011, 11:09
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroutt, which received the Pulitzer for Fiction in 2009. It is the story of a small Maine town and the deep inner lives of its inhabitants. Sounds a bit gloomy, and it is at times, but I'm hooked. The writing is very fine. Olive, the central character, weaves in and out of other people's lives, so she is portrayed from many different perspectives. Highly recommended.
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Old 24.02.2011, 15:21
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My wife bought me part 1 and part 2 of Wheel of Time for Christmas. I'm on page 400 of the first book. I don't know, it seems a lot like Lord of the Rings for right now at least. With 12 books in total, that makes something like 13,000 pages!

I'll give it this much, it does create a neat fantasy world to be explored, even if I do feel like I've sort of been here before.
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Old 25.02.2011, 09:02
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I`ve just finished reading `UNBROKEN` by Laura Hillenbrand and as my flat mate would testify - I can only rave about this book.
It`s a true story that is so incredible that I felt completely humbled after reading it.
The story concerns a young American - bit of a reprobate at school but gets a final chance to go back on the straight and narrow after sinking into petty crime. His chance is through school athletics and he goes on to break every US record for his age group, qualifies sensationally for the US 1936 Olympic team, is personally introduced to Hitler after the final.
At the outset of war, despite being afraid of flying, he joins the US air force and then in the early days of the war, gets sent on a search and rescue mission - in a plane that has been scavanged for spare parts. During the search their plane ditches - only 3 survive miraculously, from the 8 man crew.
They drift at sea, hunted continuously by sharks and enemy aircraft - breaking all records of survival.
Eventually they are `rescued` - all but dead.
What follows the `rescue`. . . . is NOTHING compared to what came before. It`s just such an incedible and heart-rending story.
So . . . I guess you could say I would recommend it
I'm going to order it - thanks (can't seem to do thks at the mo??)
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Old 25.02.2011, 15:35
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Re: What are you currently reading?

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.
Its still good (considering its the 7th in the series) but now the plot is becoming frankly unbelievable.

Hoping to pick-up the new Patrick Rothfuss, A Wise Man's Fear, in London when it comes out in March
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Old 25.02.2011, 15:37
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The Innocent Man by John Grisham
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Old 25.02.2011, 18:59
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Well, again I'm embarrassed ... have to admit that I've just finished reading Around the World in 80 Days for the first time. Great book. Confirmed my strong suspicions that the people doing the recent movie version seriously changed the main characters and their interactions.

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My wife bought me part 1 and part 2 of Wheel of Time for Christmas. I'm on page 400 of the first book. I don't know, it seems a lot like Lord of the Rings for right now at least. With 12 books in total, that makes something like 13,000 pages!

I'll give it this much, it does create a neat fantasy world to be explored, even if I do feel like I've sort of been here before.
Try 14 books ... and some are longer than the first!

It's a great series, some serious development of the characters ... some people I know needed to create a spreadsheet to keep track of who was who, as people do move around a lot. I love the series, waiting for the 13th to come out in paperback.
As you may not have discovered yet, Robert Jordan was unfortunately unable to complete the series before he dropped off the twig. Still, the new guy they found to continue (from book 12) is a decent writer; some small differences in style, but a similar feel to the book as the previous 11.

Definitely worth reading.

If you like that series, also look at David Drake's Lord of the Isles once you're done. Amazing: afaik his first foray into Fantasy (generally writes & co-writes military sci-fi), over a thousand pages for the first. High quality, great characters, and a plot that, while predictable in the major story arc, has a lot of sub-plots and complexity that makes it enjoyable to read.
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Old 25.02.2011, 22:43
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I am just finishing L C Tyler's very Persistent Illusion. It is very good - some unexpectedly touching parts.
I also read my tax return form (thereby causing resumption of self harm)
And the news report of the injunction that James Hook be unselfish against italy tomorrow (if anyone wants me, I'll be floating face down in the Zurichsee)
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Old 25.02.2011, 23:55
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Can someone tell me about the library situation for english-language books in Lausanne?
The EF Library is open!

You do know about the EF Library, don't you?
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Old 26.02.2011, 15:54
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Just picking up for the Nth time, "Fifth Business" by Robertson Davies. I have read his Salterton, Cornish and Deptford trilogies several times and he is amazing.

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I just finished reading "The Island" by Victoria Hislop. Breathtaking!
I totally recommend it!

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Old 27.02.2011, 01:46
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done with: "god is not great"

im taking a litle blreak from books to read the "losers" comic book by Andy Diggle
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Old 27.02.2011, 07:40
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Re: What are you currently reading?

After having majored in literature I was so fed up with the canon that I resorted to reading all kinds of crappy sci-fi novels (mainly Star Wars stuff, read all of Timothy Zahn's "works") once I had graduated from Uni. Recently, I started reading books that are more commonly accepted as "literature". I've been reading a lot of Bill Bryson (reading "At Home" at the moment) who seems to be on a direct route into the canon.

I also read A. J. Jacobs' "The Year of living biblically", "my Life as an Experiment" and the "Know-It-All" - all very witty and entertaining.
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Old 27.02.2011, 09:17
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After having majored in literature I was so fed up with the canon that I resorted to reading all kinds of crappy sci-fi novels ..
I think people do that whether or not they graduate from lit

I am finishing Never let me go, just wish there wasn't all that noise around this story, lately. And communication theories for school, ugh. I wonder when we will actually communicate the way the authors of communication theories expect us to.
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Old 27.02.2011, 18:25
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I just started reading "a course in weight loss" from Marianne Williamson . its all about the connectiion between spirituality and weight loss. it adresses the true causual root of weight loss and why it - mostly - doesnt work.
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Old 27.02.2011, 22:37
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Re: What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft on my Kindle. This choice of mine was inspired because I've realized that I've read or heard about examples of "Lovecraftian horror" but I've never read the original itself. That is about to change!

Another book which I recently finished was John Dies At The End by David Wong. It's a comic horror novel, but don't kid yourself---not only is the horror genuinely scary, it's actually INTENSIFIED by the humour. One page you'll be laughing your butt off and the next page your bones will be chilled. I recommend it highly, and if you can't find a copy in the English section of your local bookstore or library (Wong is a good writer, but his name isn't "Stephen King" or "John Grisham") you might want to actually buy the book. My apologies, but it hasn't been translated into D/F/I nor is it available for Kindle in Europe.
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Old 27.02.2011, 22:44
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Re: What are you currently reading?

The Second Baby Survival Guide: How to stay calm and enjoy life with a new baby and a toddler.

Good tips to how to cope with a second child and how to make your life easier. Also great tips on how to prepare and handle the first child's jealousy, demands and needs.

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Old 28.02.2011, 08:27
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Just read "Lucky Jim" by Kingsley Amis - made me laugh out loud, an old book but a real classic.
Now re-reading the "English Passengers", also pretty good.
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