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review 2017-08-23 20:01
What a Story !
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

I'm not a fan of his, never followed his career or listened to his music. So why did I listen to over 18 hours of him recount his life ? Well it was highly recommended by a reading friend. I was worried I wouldn't last 18 hours of hearing the same voice ramble on but I never was bored, or ready to shut him up. I am a fan of the man but still not of the music, sorry Bruce. He was brutally honest digging deep into his and his, his bands and his families troubles. I was entranced by his words and the emotional kick he put into his audio retelling. If you love a good story, give it a listen

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text 2017-08-17 16:43
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

I never liked his music but i am loving his memoir.- This man has lived many lives

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text 2013-12-08 16:19
The reading list of a melancholy teenage music lover
The Doors Of Perception: Heaven and Hell (thINKing Classics) - Aldous Huxley,Robbie McCallum
Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience - William Blake,Philip Smith
City of Night - John Rechy
A Spy in the House of Love - Anaïs Nin
Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me - Richard Fariña,Thomas Pynchon


I'm reminded by local media that Jim Morrison would be 70 today -  were he less unhappy with his life. That's really strange, the way he'd acquired the cult status here many years after his death (during his lifetime there'd been iron curtain and only a few crazy music fans would have had the information). In comparison, nobody's heard of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix except for a small niche audience.

In what now seems almost another life - my late teens and early twenties - old Jim was a major influence on my reading habits. Heck, I read "Ulysses" while still in high school though it took me the longest time ever, half a year I think. I did enjoy it, actually - probably wouldn't have if I read it now. As it is, I remember it every time I start my period :)


Other books from the Morrison list:

Aldous Huxley "The Doors of Perception"

William Blake "Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience"


and lesser known, from which the enterprising Morrison also filched titles and bits:


John Rechy "City of Night"

all you wanted and didn't want to know about the gay (and trans etc) underground (I would even say underbelly) of the US in the fifties - an engaging book that sometimes reads as a picaresque but ultimately depressing


Anais Nin "A Spy in the House of Love"

I was bored and couldn't understand why a seemingly intelligent woman always had sex on her mind when there were so many other interesting topics to think of, the meaning of life and everything the lack of it for example. I was a cerebral young thing.


Richard Farina "Been Down So Long"


This book is like a blur in my mind but I think it captures well the general feeling of sub-depression that is nothing like a clinical depression but more of a constant hum, background bleakness so aptly described by the title "been down so long it looks like up to me". All the better for fact that the hero isn't moping and languishing, he's too busy messing up his life but it doesn't give his life meaning, he's too intelligent to get really distracted.


And there were more of these books I probably would never go back to, but enough for my little tribute.


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review 2013-07-12 00:00
Talania — A Trip Down Memory Lane - Crystal Spears I love the story... I love that this is the 2nd book I've read of Crystal Spears and I can see the signature on her books and didn't disappoint... It was sweet.. sad... amazing even... It goes fast... Could have been longer but the idea is there. I wonder if there is more to this story but otherwise, I still liked how it ended.
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review 2013-03-31 00:00
Talania — A Trip Down Memory Lane - Crystal Spears FAV line so far:“I will not survive without her again. My heart was shattered when she was gone. My soul was caged. She is back and I amMY RECC AT AMMY:He's like Kellan and Travis iro neediness, protective/territorial/caring for her. Crying hero. Its a nice story. I cried because of the situation they find themselves in. The blurb gives the background of the story and if I add anything else it'll be considered spoilers.Needs editing. I liked the premise of the story but I didn't find it to be a fulfilling read and didn't connect with the characters. But I'm mentioning it here cos the hero is Travis-like and we all take away different things from diff books. It was like someone was reading a heartfelt story to me. A situation I could deeply empathize with yet I felt removed from their situation. It felt rushed and the timeline seemed out to me. The bottom line of the story is great and I wished I could get into it, especially considering the gravity of the topic. The author did that part very well, I think. Kudos to her. The "idea" of her characters are wonderful but something is missing for me. I'm frustrated with myself for that, cos I really needed to love this one.Its not a bad book. Just not for me.I wanted....more. I kept at it. HOPING and hoping and hoping that it would come. Yes, I know its a short read, I get that, but I've read short gripping fulfilling reads, so I know it can be done. I also know that I can't expect a whammer of a book every time I read one but this book has a fantastic plot that fell short. I almost felt cheated which is ridiculous on my part cos, after all this author didn't write this especially for me, you know? I just felt it could've been so much more. Im thinking, if say M Leighton (Fragile) or Colleen Hoover got hold of a premise like this, that book will be a NYT bestseller. They'd probably do the grave subject matter justice.I didn't dislike it, I just felt irritated and resentful that I wasn't getting a meatier read. Sigh. So hard to please. Maybe if this was the first book I ever read, it would have made an impact on me, but I have too much to compare it with, I suppose.I feel a right cow for not being able to give it 5/5 stars. I gave it a 3 in GR cos like I say, it might not be a book for me but there ARE good things about the book.
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