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S2000magician
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Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, by Jane Leavy.

Anything by PG Wodehouse; my favorites are the stories about Jeeves and Wooster.
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The non-magic related book I'm reading at the moment is Confederacy of Dunces. Its pretty funny, (and it won a pullitzer)
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'The Commanding Self' and 'The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin' by Idries Shah.

The scariest book I read last year was 'Stupid white men' by Michael Moore. If you want ENGLISH horror, check out the ghost stories of M.R. James. Saki's (Hector Munro) collected short stories make viciously sophisticated reading too.

I second the Wodehouse recommendation. Aside from being incredibly funny, Wodehouse creates the most charming unreality. He was also one of the finest USERS of language period.

I'll have to read 'Carter beats the devil' after all the good reviews. Always had a soft spot for the poster that adorns the cover.

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Must third (or fourth...or fifth...I lost count) the recommendation for Carter; I loved it.

Other than that, I'm planning on re-reading Clive Barker's Imajica along with The Great and Secret Show and Everville (two books of a trilogy that won't be completed for another few years...::sigh::) They are dark fantasy, dealing a lot with magic (the "real" kind..lol). It would be interested to re-read them from my current point of view...maybe I can pick up some bizarrist plots...
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Right now, I'm reading Another roadside attraction by Tom Robbins. Along the same lines, are Dreaming Jewels, can't remember the author, Something wiicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury and Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. All are stories about carnival sideshows (another passion of mine.)
If you're into the day after the end of the world type of thing, then read Swan Song by Robert R Mccammon (spelling?) Great book on how various characters dealt with life after the bomb dropped.
Well, that's just my opinion.


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Just to let the HP fans know, a release date has been announced in the Harry Potter septet series for the newest book: June 21st.
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I can't wait for the new HP. It's supposed to be huge. I forgot the exact numbers of the chapters,words, etc. but it sounds like a very thick book.
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According to CNN, it's a third larger than the last book. It has 38 chapters and approx. 255,000 words. A real wristbreaker. I'd suggest preordering it as stores are going to be mobbed on June 21st.
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You can find the article from CNN here: http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/books/01......dex.html
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Hi IceRAven02

See the link in post "Hooray" Jan 15 in this forum by Missing Link

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I'll third P.G. Woodhouse, an all time favourite of mine.

I'm more into nonfiction really (I know, I write fiction, but I read nonfiction), but as of late I've reread the Tolkein novels, my favourite being "The Silmarilion", and the Herbert novels, my favourite being book IV "God Emperor of Dune".

A lot of Lovecraft and Bradbury thrown in of course, and I'm a great fan (only recently) of Jorges Lois Borges. If you have never read him, check him out.

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I'll second the vote on the Houdini Girl, though I didn't really like where it ended up. It was interesting how it got there (though the narrator is a bit full of himself, go figure).

If anyone is into 19th C, early 20th C, I'd suggest the very short Cranford (by Elizabeth Gaskell), which features a magician who causes a "Great Panic" in the small town, and the slightly longer Zuleika Dobson (by Max Beerbohm), which features a beautiful, yet only somewhat talented female magician that convinces an entire Oxbridge college to kill themselves because they can't attain her. Both are fun reads and pretty fast.
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If you are interested in Hypnosis and NLP and how they work, try reading Monsters and Magic Sticks (theres no such thing as hypnosis) by Steven Heller.
a good insight into how we all are using "hypnosis" in our everyday life in one form or another.

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I am presently enjoying Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy. I thing any of his books are worth to read.
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Ive slipped back into the classics. Im focusing on German plays now, Brecht and Goethe to be specific. I recently read the first part of Goethe's Faust and think I will read the second part soon. I like Brecht's plays, quick interesting reads, just finished Galileo and am going to pick up Good Woman of Setchuan next
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Carter Beats the Devil was the best book I've read in ages. Hands down.

But if anyone's looking for something funny, I'm reading one right now called 'A Walk in the Woods' by Bill Bryson. These two, couch potato, guys decide it's time to get into shape. So they decide to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. All the way from northern Georgia to the middle of Maine. Around 2,100 miles.

I've had to close the book several times while reading on the subway because I couldn't control my laughing.

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If want to laugh your butt off...but do not mind the "f" word in every other sentence...then check out "napalm and silly puddy". I don't remember the author. Great book.
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Michael Crichton's latest book, "Prey" is pretty good and potentially frightening.
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I'm not much on fiction, so here is a really great non-fiction read:

The Measure of Reality (Quantification and Western Society) by Alfred W. Crosby. It's a fascinating look at how the measurement of things (time, distance, etc), led to the rise of Western civization. Sounds dry, I know, but it is extremely interesting, and reads like a novel. As recently as just a few hundred years ago, people really didn't think in terms of time, draw with perspective, etc. Smile
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