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4spinningjennie Primer missatge
* Moe's (Of course)
* Other Change of Hobbitt (Sci-fi and mystery)
* Walden Pond
What is everyone reading?
I'm between physical books right now (a lot of my "reading" is now audio, because knitting eats a lot of hand and eye time), but I just finished The life of the world to come, by Kage Baker and the next on my list is *probably* Tim Powers's Declare.
However, the vast majority of what I listen to is podcasts -- the Marc Maron Show (until it was cancelled), several knitting podcasts, some Mac and tech-related ones, etc. I really like the diverse, democratic world of podcasting.
I'm pretty sure that Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is the book most often tagged "unread" on LT, so congratulations. :)
Ah well.... we will form our own memories, I guess. But places like that - they just aren't opening up anymore.
I've lived in the East Bay all my life, except for four years in Marin as a teenager.
Losing Cody's is definitely a blow, though the 4th Street store is still there, and very close to where I work.
Favorite stores - Moe's, Black Oak Books, Pegasus, Other Change of Hobbit, Dark Carnival, Borders.
For books stores, I'm kinda disillusioned, finding that most stores have poor selections that are even more poorly organized. It's easier to find what I want online and I get it at a better price too. Still.... I do go into book stores anyway, if only to look around.
15angelique_eeek Primer missatge
Hi Cygnoir! I've met you a few times, I'm friends with Char...
I don't know of any decent bookstores in the Santa Clara/San Jose area where I'm located. Any suggestions? Like djmook, I primarily use Amazon to purcahse books.
I only joined LT last night, and have thus far only added a small handful of my philosophy books. I hope to stick around for a bit.
20frailgesture Primer missatge
I prefer to go to used book sales and look for books through ISBN.NU. ISBN.NU connects you to all the main booksellers online including ABE which are really the small booksellers anyway.
22blacknwhitesalright Primer missatge
My recent reads have been Anne Rice's Tale of The Body Thief, which really sucked me in with its sensuous prose and shameless (yet artful!) depression and ennui; Dude, Where's My Country? by the hilariously tactless Michael Moore; and now something a bit heavier but very engaging, Crypto by Steven Levy.
Crypto recounts the trials, pains and ultimately world-changing success of the cryptography pioneers who brought crypto out of its governmental intel closet and made it possible for people to engage in secure and fingerprinted transactions over Telnet and the Internet. Dense subject matter, to be sure, but it's well-written, gripping and dramatic.
Oh, and i'm living in Mill Valley for the moment, though i was in The City and will be again soon. :)
My recent reads have been Bambi vs. Godzilla by David Mamet, Twelve Years by Joel Agee and The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Twelve Years is fantastic. It's the memoir of James Agee's son, Joel, who was raised in East Germany by his American mother and his East German stepfather, a prominent writer and member of the Party Intelligentsia.
Very funny, poigniant, and well written.
Both our bookstore and Library/Reading room have local, regional, national and international 'foot traffic' to introduce books on the teachings of Soto Zen and other Buddhist traditions on a daily basis.
Our library has just reopened after a remolding project and insertion of Library Thing/Tiny Cat as a inventory/lending tool.
Our patrons enjoy the 'new' library and we are thrilled to be open and looking forward to the future.