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November 16th, 2005


mambomambo
09:32 pm
Hm... Paulie we should start doing this agian.

Clara
One of two biggest geeks ever.

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April 12th, 2005


mambomambo
08:59 pm
We really need to start updating this.


I am reading "Light Years" by Tammar Stein. Its really good, really depressing. I would like to go to Israel though, it sounds interesting. Um. Thats all.


LAME. Paula, where are your entertaining library stories?

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March 23rd, 2005


shirleyt
09:32 am - Oh the day a librarian must have..


 Both Clara and I use the Milwaukee Public Library website to our advantage www.mpl.org   Our neighborhood library is a great resource but really it doesn't have much of a YA section.  With that said Clara and I  look up book titles and request that they be sent to Washington Park Library only several blocks from our houses. (Beautiful new library)  Because of the amount of books we request we spend a significant amount of time in the library itself picking up our books and today I will share with you my most recent unpleasent experience at the Washington Park Library.

As I walked into the first set of double doors in the library I was hit with cigarette smoke and sure enough I see a guy smoking in the hallway leading into the library, at this I shrugged ( he wasn't really disturbing anyone yet.).  And then all of a sudden he was disturbing me. "Hey guuuurl" at this I turned toward him while rolling my eyes. "Hi" I turned back around and hand my hand on the door. " Hey gurl, you got a cigarette"  again I turn this time with a smile and say "You are smoking one already."  the guy looks down "Oh yeah, well...I was asking if YOU had one cuz if you don't I can give you one and you can smoke with me."  I could do nothing else but laugh and reply "Maybe next time."  I turn to walk into the library " Hey gurl how about you just come talk to me anyway." now I was getting irriated "I really have to get my books" He smiles and says "well, you do that and then we will go somewhere." This was my breaking point, he obviously drunk and pretty much just bothering me so I reply "Well, okay I will go get my books and then me and you can go somewhere and then after that you can go to jail because I am pretty much underage." With that it took him a minute before he replied "Danm gurl, you ain't 18?" Finally I walked into the library, and I was completly disapointed because Opal wasn't working so I had to get my books from the "new" girl who after looking for my books for a long time was like "Well, its says you have five holds but I can only find four." So that was disapointing and then right when I was checking out my good friend Larry (the drunk guy) walks in but not so much walks as staggers he is still smoking in the library!  So I glare at him as he comes to the front desk SO LOUDLY "I need a book!"  The librarian says well we can help you with that what kind and the drunk guy answers loudly "Any kind I just need to get smart and read some stuff." At this I left with my FOUR books and with a feeling of complete disgust as the drunk will probably end up peeing on some books or something.

 

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March 22nd, 2005


mambomambo
05:52 pm - First Review!

I am the Messanger by Mark Zusak



 


Ok. So this book... I dont really know how to explain it. If I tried summarizing, it would be really confusing.


Basically. Ed lives in Australia (he kept saying talking about people wearing shorts and I was confused, I thought they said it was Christmas time? Also, spring? In October? WOW. I had to sit and think about that for a while.) in the suburban slums outside a big city. He's a cab driver, hes young and poor and he has as dog that smells worse than anything. He's in love with his best firend Audrey, something that torments him quite alot. He's well read for being white trash. (One more funny thing about the Australian aspect of this book. He kept talking about mothers "chain-smoking and wearing Ugg boots outside the house." I guess that Ugg boots are like... house shoes down under. Thought that was funny, seeing as they are [or where] the hot commodity last season)


Anyway, the point of the story is that Ed is deadended by life, he's never going to make anything of himself even though he is a very sweet person (I thought atleast). The book starts with Ed stopping a bank robbery. This is very unlike Ed, because he is quiet and un-confrontational. Thats when he starts getting the Aces (as in playing cards) in the mail. The first one has adresses on it, and he realizes that he is suposed to go to the houses and fix what is wrong. At the first, he stops a man who comes home and rapes his wife every night. At the other, he helps an old woman cope with her husbands death 50 years ago and at the third lets a girl do what she thinks needs to be done. The assignments gradually get harder, the clues denser, all the while Ed is wondering who is sending him the cards in the mail.


The book was very exciting and well writen. It was also pretty funny. Here's a quote that was on the 6th page that I enjoyed:


My full name's Ed Kennedy. I'm nineteen. I'm an underage cabdriver. I'm typical of many of the young men you see in this suburban outpost of the city - not a whole lot of prospects or possiblity. That aside, I read more books than I should, and I'm decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes. Nice to meet you.


The book is pretty much written in this type of language, almost like he is saying it straight to you instead of just writing it out.


The only thing I disliked was the ending. It seemed rushed almost too well thought out. Maybe I should read that part agian, because when I did I was in Geography, and that class is very distracting when I read instead of pay attention.


All in all, Good book, weird ending, I give it an A-.


 


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March 19th, 2005


mambomambo
10:01 pm - Welcome!
This community is dedicated to the obsession of books that Clara and Paula possess. Here we will offer enlightening and entertaining reviews of the books that we read. For many months, we have considered starting a bookclub, but because of scheduling conflicts, this just happens to be easier. As this is our first post, things may be a bit rocky in the beginnging, reviews will be posted as soon as possible, or as soon as Paula and Clara remember which books they have read recently.

For a sneak preview Paula and Clara will be reviewing, here are recent titles sitting on their bedside tables:

1. Lucus by Kevin Brooks (With Joesph Reimer on the cover)
2. Pass it On: An Insiders Novel by J. Minter
3. I Cant Tell You by Hilary Frank
4. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
5. Damage by A. M. Jenkins
6. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld


If you have time on your hands (like we obviously do) return for some good old fashioned book reviews!

We'll come up with a catch phrase later,
Paula and Clara
Biggest Geeks Ever.

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