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  •  I watched you troll around the comments (3+ / 0-)
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    terrybuck, nancyjones, Ahianne

    and so I'm not surprised in the least that you decided to drop some insults on me.

    I read Atlas Shrugged a few decades ago, it sucked.  

    I've probably read around 10000 books in my life, and still own around 4000, many of which I've reread dozens of times.  But again, having seen your interactions with others, I'm not the least surprised that you would be 'in the habit of presuming' that other people are projecting when you make up your own fantasies about them.

    •  Alrighty then (0+ / 0-)

      if monitoring the comments on my own diary is trolling, then I confess to such.  Thanks for sharing that insight on your reading habits... you must have a big space to keep your 4000 books.  I remember when I had a lot of books, but I've since downsized and donated most of them to the library so that other people could read them, too.

      •  Most of the core of my original library came from (2+ / 0-)
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        donations to the town library - they had pretty strict standards for how 'new' and pristine books had to be for them to bother to keep and shelve them.  If it wasn't quite up to snuff, it was off to the book sale, where you could sometimes get a grocery bag full of books for a buck by the end of the sale.  I must have picked up close to a thousand books that way, over the years.  And back when I was making decent money, a lot of 'disposable' income went to used bookstores, and sometimes new ones, if I just couldn't wait for the paperbacks to show up in the used, heh.

        (And I'll take back 'trolling', but I do think you replied rather grumpily to a number of comments, given that you obviously knew when you wrote the diary that those were the sorts of comments you might expect.)

    •  Am wondering, too... (0+ / 0-)

      what's your favorite book?  Mine is "A Wrinkle in Time".

      •  That's a pretty good one. (1+ / 0-)
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        nancyjones

        And, as with so many, I think it stands up better than some of the sequels.

        Favorite is a tough call, since I reread so many, and for different reasons.  For sheer entertainment, I'm thinking maybe 'The Brentford Triangle' by Robert Rankin (the British one, not the American author) or 'Hogfather' by Terry Pratchett.  Rankin and Pratchett are my go-to authors for quirky modern comedy.

        Growing up, I was much more fond of Andre (Mary) Norton and Anne McCaffrey, both of whom wrote for teens to young adults, and were pretty even-handed about giving depth and intelligence to all of their characters.  Marion Zimmer Bradley was good too, but I found her writing a little more stilted.  I noticed the same problems you did in most of the male SF writers of the time - if they weren't outright misogynistic, they didn't really care about their female characters, and made them more one-dimensional, even in the few instances where they were supposedly the protagonist.

        Thinking back, I think Norton would have to have been my favorite then, and they're still worth a read.  Since they're aimed at young adults, they tend to address themes of growth and change, self-doubt and finding purpose.  One of the more fun ones (and the title eludes me atm) featured both male and female protagonists, with the point of view of the story flipping back and forth between them from chapter to chapter, so that sometimes you saw the things that each of them saw alone, and other times you saw the same events from both perspectives.

        •  Have you read (0+ / 0-)

          "Looking for Alaska"?

          My daughter turned me on to it (not the only book she's turned me on to, just so the minions don't choose to attack my daughter)

          That one gave me some insight, too.

          Thanks for your thoughtful response, I appreciate it.

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