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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories

This fellow at work, Ben, who I'd been trying to get to join my book club for months, raved about these stories. With the movie based on the last story about to open, I decided I should heed his advice and read this collection.

I really liked the first two stories, thought they were fantastic. Then there were a couple of ordinary ones followed by a couple of decent ones, though none as good as the first two. Then it really started to sag, and I found I was no longer looking forward to reading this as much. But things picked up again with the last story. These stories have been described as a cross between Flannery O'Connor and someone else I'd never heard of. They are decent stories, but the three best stories fall a notch short of the O'Connor I've read. I would, though, heartily recommend "The Half-Skinned Steer," "The Mud Below," and "Brokeback Mountain."

So, now that I've read it, anybody want to go see Brokeback Mountain with me tonight?


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Jan. 21st, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
After The Shipping News, I would need a very trustworthy rec to read any more of her stuff. I do not understand the workings of the Pulitzer-awarding minds.

So what'd you think of the first Dark is Rising?

I've got one left in Narnia and am *very* glad I stuck with the original order.
Jan. 21st, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Beckie and I are thinking of going this afternoon. I'll give you a ring and see if you're up for it once we decide on a showtime.
Jan. 21st, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
(For the record, I did mean read specifically -- I've heard enough good about the new movie that I'd certainly see that, though I suspect given the lack of phone call that this was directed at Derek.)
Jan. 22nd, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
Whoops--yes, it was directed at Derek. I hadn't yet seen your comment when we went.
Jan. 21st, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
So what'd you think of the first Dark is Rising?

It was enjoyable.
Jan. 21st, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I tried to go see it last night with joyeous and it was sold out! Beware, its Golden Globe win has brought back the crowds.
Jan. 21st, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Back in 3rd grade, I read the Narnia series and the Prydain series. Not sure which I like best; each has its memorable characters and plots. I suppose I yearned to be wise as Dalben/Aslan and as athletic as Gwydion/Peter.
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