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Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Jul 2012, 16:26
Replies: 45
Views: 5,360
Posted By Oryx
Re: 2012 Palimplist Conversations

Beth, just noticed Hotel World in your facebook pic book stack. Loved it! I'll have to re-read, immediately, and try to post a review here. It's the first book I've read in ages that compels me to...
Forum: Film Reviews 7th Mar 2012, 2:07
Replies: 10
Views: 2,639
Posted By Oryx
Re: The Tree of Life

Saw this on the weekend and was gobsmacked! I will have to read and re-read Col's review but I think this is probably mind changing for me! Fantastic movie!
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Feb 2012, 19:52
Replies: 7
Views: 2,254
Posted By Oryx
Re: A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin

My son and I became OBSESSED with the series, both novels and television, last year. But we both agreed that as it goes on, we've red all five books, it loses direction and the plot start to become...
Forum: Film Reviews 20th Jan 2012, 16:31
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By Oryx
Re: The Girl... The Millennium Trilogy

it decided at the end to go MENTAL. Much like the novel. I saw this at the theatre and enjoyed it, mostly. The audience actually cheered when Salander got even with her guardian.

I saw all...
Forum: Book Reviews 20th Jan 2012, 1:44
Replies: 23
Views: 22,294
Posted By Oryx
Re: Palimplists 2012

1. The Sense Of An Ending, Julian Barnes ****0
2. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal, Jeanette Winterson, ****0
3. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray, ****01/2
4. The Sisters Brothers, Patrick...
Forum: General Chat 17th Jan 2012, 17:07
Replies: 195
Views: 16,993
Posted By Oryx
Re: Recent Purchases 2012

Second book from the top is The Secret History, Donna Tartt.
Forum: General Chat 17th Jan 2012, 17:05
Replies: 195
Views: 16,993
Posted By Oryx
Re: Recent Purchases 2012

https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=08954bfece&view=att&th=134ec67f21a20147&attid=0.1&disp=inline&zw

Sorry, blurry, taken with my phone.
Forum: General Chat 17th Jan 2012, 16:56
Replies: 195
Views: 16,993
Posted By Oryx
Re: Recent Purchases 2012

Wavid

Two of your purchases made my top ...seven. And I have read three others: Hollinghurst, Winterson and Eugenides. All of which were enjoyable, esp. the Eugenides. Happy reading for 2012
Forum: Top Tens 4th Jan 2012, 20:50
Replies: 19
Views: 3,591
Posted By Oryx
Re: Top 10 Books of 2011

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

How did that go? I've heard its the American equivalent of Ulysses.
Forum: Top Tens 3rd Jan 2012, 3:13
Replies: 19
Views: 3,591
Posted By Oryx
Re: Top 10 Books of 2011

In no particular order...

Galore, Michael Crummey
A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggars
A Visit From The Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
July's...
Forum: General Chat 1st Jan 2012, 21:18
Replies: 14
Views: 2,712
Posted By Oryx
Re: Highlights of 2011

New Book of the Year

A Visit From THe Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

Old Book of the Year

Galore, Michael Crummey

Worst Book of the Year
Forum: Book Reviews 10th Sep 2011, 0:06
Replies: 96
Views: 19,539
Posted By Oryx
Re: Booker Prize 2011

I must say that this year's Booker long list was most dull. I will read at least part of the short list as two of the authors are on the Giller Prize long list, which in my view, is more interesting...
Forum: Politics & Society 19th Apr 2011, 3:23
Replies: 9
Views: 4,608
Posted By Oryx
Re: Funny "political" comments on social networks

:-D

As they say, you can pick your friends but...
Forum: Politics & Society 9th Apr 2011, 4:44
Replies: 54
Views: 11,084
Posted By Oryx
Re: Are the Tories doomed?

Yes, and without the "special spices" :)
Forum: Politics & Society 8th Apr 2011, 17:11
Replies: 54
Views: 11,084
Posted By Oryx
Re: Are the Tories doomed?

You would thinks so, wouldn't you? The one thing that I can say is that even our Conservative party is considerably left of the US Democratic Party. And I think that if anyone tried to scrap our...
Forum: Politics & Society 8th Apr 2011, 16:48
Replies: 9
Views: 4,608
Posted By Oryx
Re: Funny "political" comments on social networks

This is laughable and stupid on so many levels. I too would like to know what "he" said that would warrant such harsh punishment as been banished to Canada! Also, sweetheart, don't worry about the...
Forum: Features 2nd Apr 2011, 1:08
Replies: 5
Views: 4,097
Posted By Oryx
Re: Lambs - Short story

This is hilarious! It's a beautifully self contained short story (or whatever) on it's own, but I am desperate for chapter two!
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Apr 2011, 0:45
Replies: 96
Views: 19,539
Posted By Oryx
Re: Booker Prize 2011

I don't know about the rest of you but this prize doesn't interest me in the least. Perhaps because being able to try to guess the winner would require reading the equivalent of the English canon...
Forum: Politics & Society 2nd Apr 2011, 0:38
Replies: 54
Views: 11,084
Posted By Oryx
Re: Are the Tories doomed?

In Canada, unfortunately not. The election writ was dropped a week ago and early days show the deplorable Conservative will win a majority. Right now they are in a minority government.
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Apr 2011, 0:34
Replies: 48
Views: 9,709
Posted By Oryx
Re: Lionel Shriver: We Need To Talk About Kevin

The other thing Shriver had Corlis do was to use British pronunciations, such as controversy instead of controvery, garage instead of garage, the usual tomahto versus tomayto. It was sooo contrived....
Forum: Book Reviews 2nd Apr 2011, 0:16
Replies: 48
Views: 9,709
Posted By Oryx
Re: Lionel Shriver: We Need To Talk About Kevin

Argy bargy means a great deal of fuss or nonsense (so yes, online dating:)). I knew most of these slangy terms because my dad and my husband are English, although they both have the good grace to...
Forum: Book Reviews 29th Mar 2011, 6:14
Replies: 48
Views: 9,709
Posted By Oryx
Re: Lionel Shriver: We Need To Talk About Kevin

This post is not about We Need To Talk About Kevin but about one of Lionel Shriver's earlier novels, A Perfectly Good Family.

This book was published in 1996, well before her Kevin fame. It's a...
Forum: The Book Group Discussions 25th Feb 2011, 16:34
Replies: 37
Views: 13,778
Posted By Oryx
Re: Book 59: EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck

Maybe I read this too literally, but the three men to me are the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. Everyone here is on the side of good-even Cathy-because of Timshel- Thou Mayest. Steinbeck is...
Forum: Politics & Society 1st Feb 2011, 7:50
Replies: 62
Views: 11,713
Posted By Oryx
Re: Wikileaks

This is a well written piece. However, it does reek of butt-covering and self-justification. Can't say I blame the New York Times. If the U.S drag out ancient legislation to prosecute Assange,...
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Jan 2011, 2:29
Replies: 0
Views: 828
Posted By Oryx
Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant’s Day After Night was my reading group’s pick for this coming February. One of my half-hearted resolutions for 2011 was to review the group’s selections on Palimpsest- at least...
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