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I just finished "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.  The basic concept is Bryson, an overweight free-lance journalist, decides to hike the Appalachian Trail.  He gets his friend to hike with him and then he writes about their experiences.

Should you read it?  Yes. It was funny and entertaining and a great feel for what the trail is like for your Average Joe hiker, not some super crunchy granola hiker who lives in the woods already.  I thought it was great!
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Apr. 3rd, 2006 01:38 pm
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I just finished "Wicked" by Gergory Maguire. It's supposed to be the "REAL" story behind the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz." It's also been made into a musical, which is supposed to be really good.

I thought it was a really good book and I really liked it for the most part. The one thing that is still driving me nuts, though, is that it brings up questions and then doesn't answer them for you. (Like, for instance, why the water made the witch melt. Or why she was green. Or who the Wizard really was.) I HATE it when books do that!! (Movies too!) The one thing this book really made me want to do is watch "The Wizard of Oz" again. My friend David lent it to me, so I might bring the movie one day when we have lunch plans and we'll get food to go and come back and watch it. I think that would be a great day of work!! =)
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Book Review: State of Fear by Michael Crichton

Plot: It's a fiction book about Global Warming, but all of the fiction is backed up with footnotes of real studies, so what they are saying is legit. This rich guy is funding an Environmental Organization and begins to get sketched out by what they are doing. Some people die and then the rich guy dies so his young lawyer and hot assistant take over and get mixed up in all the drama. They meet up with this other dude and go from Antarctica to LA to New Mexico to tropical islands and almost die a bunch of times.

What I thought: It rocked. Although I am doubting how many times someone can almost die (like being struck by lightning twice, getting dropped off an ice shelf in Antarctica, and then almost going over a waterfall in an SUV) and not have anything more than a couple of bruises. There is one cannibalism scene, which I think would really appeal to Cohoon and others, but totall skeeved me out. I didn't like the guy who got eaten, though, so that was all good. Also, it is fun to learn things that you never knew in the context of a fictional book. It made me rethink many things I have been told in the past.

Should You Read It? Yes. He's a great author, it's an entertaining yet educational book, and there is cannibalism and Ferarris. It don't get much better than that! ;)
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While we were in Vegas, I finished "Watership Down" that I had borrowed from Chris. When I first picked up the book, I thought to myself "A book about bunnies? What the heck kind of book is this? It probably won't be very good, but I don't have any books right now, so I guess I'll take it."

Well. This book proved me wrong.

I LOVED IT. I think it's one of the best books I've ever read. And the only part that made me cry was the very last sentence. (I think that might be because I read the preface and I knew a father told this story to his daughter's, so I had some idea of how things would work out in the end.) There were parts of the action that were pounding, I guess I would say, that I literally skipped ahead until I got to the resolution of the matter.

I would STRONGLY reccommend this book to everyone.


Jul. 19th, 2005 10:12 am
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Oh. My. LORD.

I finished Harry Potter last night--at 2 am, let me tell you how tired I am today--and it was....I have no words for what it was.

OH. MY. That's about all I can come up with to describe it.


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