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8/1/10 4:30 P

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LOTUS: I love those existentialists, too! Naguib Mahfouz is amazing, if you like Camus!

Also, check out Camus's partner (and radical feminist for her time) Simone de Bouviour. She wrote philosophy, but she also wrote some fascinating novels (try *She Came to Stay*)

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8/1/10 2:41 P

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I haven't been much of literature person really - more into biographies and text books (I am into history and film history). However, whilst doing my History degree I studied Camus, Duras and Pavese - 1950s/60s Italian/French novelists. I have also enjoyed some Christopher Isherwood - all very history based - very 20th Century.

I also like poetry - all kinds - from John Keats to Wilfred Owen, Edward Lear to Tony Harrison, Shakespeare to Dr Suess.

Hmmm all very male dominated! I think I shall look out some female writers of the same era/genre other than Marguerite Duras.



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7/27/10 9:02 P

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I like all genres, hard to pick only one, but I do love biographies and some science fiction, and novels with good stories.
I also loved Nancy Drew books as a kid. Seems to be a common thread. I'd read a Nancy Drew a day when I was young. I like a lot of the English mystery writers. Have read Agatha, P.D. James, Josephine Tey.
Summertime is perfect for reading mysteries.

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7/26/10 11:52 A

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At like detective fiction from the source: Arthur Conan Doyle!

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7/25/10 5:39 P

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Ooooo! I like mysteries too. Read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy boys as a kid.(the old ones) Haven't read much of Nora Roberts but the few I have read I have liked. My husband says I should have been a detective. I think that is partly sarcasm but I do like to figure things out too.

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7/25/10 12:27 P

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My number one favorite genre.... emoticon ....wow, it's really close between science fiction and mysteries, but if I go by sheer quantity, I'd have to give the prize to mystery.

It started with Nancy Drew when I was 8 or 9. I also love Tony Hillerman, Mary Higgins Clark, JD Robb/Nora Roberts, Laurie R. King, and I discovered, quite by accident at a school book fair, Mary Downing Hahn who write excellent paranormal mysteries for tweens/teens.

I think I've always been an "investigator" and wanted to know why...and am always intrigued when something seems "not quite right" and I need to know why that is! If the story has an irresistible main character - someone I feel like I could hang out with - I'll be with it start to finish.

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7/25/10 10:26 A

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NAMO07 I am like you and have several books at once that I am reading and it's what I feel in the moment that chooses my subject.

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7/24/10 2:37 P

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I'm not sure I could pick just one genre. It always depends on my mood and I usually have 2 or 3 books going at once.

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7/23/10 8:14 P

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How fun to hear everyone's faves! I love YA literature, which I teach and write. Also some romance . . . just did a course starting with Jane Austen and ending with Nora Roberts. I love those Vctorian gothics, too, Jenn. And medieval lit, yes! It's been a long time but I read a ton of Arthurian lit in grad school.

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7/23/10 12:03 P

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Hey, I also love the medieval lit, especially (besides Chaucer) works written by WOMEN. Has anyone read Christine de Pizan? Radegund of Poitiers?

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7/23/10 11:40 A

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I also have a passion for Medieval lit.

But my true love is the Victorian Gothic. I love those long, hulking novels that take up topics of the dark kind. emoticon

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7/23/10 4:25 A

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Is literary fiction a genre? To me, it's more about the excellent prose than the genre it's written in. My favorite author is Bill Bryson, although that's non-fiction. In what genre would you place Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins? Middlesex by Eugenides? These are just a few that are coming to mind here at 1:30 in the morning, heh.

I also have a weakness for Medieval English lit.

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7/22/10 9:10 P

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Actually I'm a YA book blogger. My favorite genres are women's lit, multicultural literature and Young Adult fiction.

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7/22/10 8:47 P

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Oh gosh, this is so hard. I read novels constantly, but really well-crafted short stories just knock me out, and I've been reading and writing poems all my life. I guess I must choose not to choose.

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7/22/10 2:08 P

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So many genres of literature out there!

What is your NUMBER ONE favorite genre? Why?

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