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13 August 2011 @ 05:38 pm
What are your favorite books?  
So now that the whole "going out of business/liquidation" thing is nearly over with, maybe we should just use this community to talk about books.

What are everyone's favorite books and why?
ohoyochata on August 13th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
I just finished Heartless by Gail Carriger, the 4th book in her Parasol Protectorate series. It's a fun read.
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
These boojs are a lot of fun! Silly plots, but it's just to give the charcters something to do, cause their interactions are the fun part!
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
what i'm reading
recently finished Dance with Dragons, Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb and am now reading Steve Wick's The Long Night, William L Shirer and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Re: what i'm reading
I'm curious to know your opinion of Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. I have that on a list of books to read.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Recent Read
'Strangers at the Feast'. Good story. And 'Hundred-Foot Journey'. Beautifully written.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Final Exit
Final Exit by Mike Edwards.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
This entire experience has soured me to books, and not getting the 33% +10% discount hasn't helped either.
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
Buy your books on Amazon or at the Half Price Bookstore. Problem solved.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 09:16 am (UTC)
John Kotter's "Leading Change"...Ron Marshall's favorite book!

Hey Ron! You did it....you led change! Good job! Come by any Borders and see what change you hath wraught! You're a business GENIUS!

(As a GM, I read this book when it was sent to us by RM. I read it and then watched RM distort every piece of advice in it with his "leadership"....so glad I left in 2009 just after he decided to darken our doors....it is a saving grace to have been 100% right about the direction of the change he was leading).
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
"Leading Change"
I remember that book. It was advised that we read it before going to a district GM meeting. We discussed the info in the book at the meeting but near the end of the discussion our DM "warned" that things were different and there was the threat that people would be written up and could lose their positions. That was the sea change for the company. The threats and intimidation began. Before that I always thought that the stores would be able to make intelligent decisions for their unique community. That was also around the time where we started getting 200+ page weekly planners. On the book, I remember one theme that was to always apply pressure and always have pressure on people so that it would increase results etc. I felt that it was just bad business. It burnt out good people and created an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion.
(Anonymous) on August 16th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Re: "Leading Change"
The worst GM I worked for had a copy of "One Minute Manager" on the shelf in her office. She was useless. If a problem couldn't be solved in a minute while sitting on her ass, then I was the one with the problem.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
My absolute favorite series is His Dark Materials. I reread those annually. It's a shame that the Golden Compass movie was a flop, though.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
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(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Looking for Book Experts
Due to the dumbing down of America, the days of book experts are just about over, my friend. What a shame.

(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Looking for Book Experts
I think saying there's a "dumbing down of America" going on is such a cynical outlook on things, and it's only partially true. People, ESPECIALLY in America, have more access to information and knowledge now than in any time in history, with the advent of the internet, inter-library networks, educational periodicals, continuing ed courses, and free academic lectures and journals. I think a measurable increase in selfishness and laziness due to total saturation by video games, tablets and smart phones IS an uphill battle, no matter the demographic, but the technology isn't going to go away.

Our minds and our culture have co-evolved, and this goes for books too. Maybe the art of bookselling is in danger in a professional sense, but between regular joes, book recommendations can and will always be made, as long as narratives like stories, novels, poems, and drama exist. Don't despair. Everything changes.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Looking for Book Experts
I hope you are right.
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
The Liquidator: a play in one act
"Honey, I'm home!"
"Hi, dear. How was work today?"
"It was treeeemendous! I sat on my rotund ass and made a killing off the blood, sweat, and tears of a bunch of raw-nerved underemployed peons today who also have families to support."
"That's nice, dear. I'm so proud of you. So you brought home plenty of bacon?"
"That I did, my love!"
"Speaking of which, go and put your bib on! It's bacon for dinner!"
"Oh boy, shovel it in, ARGHHH ARGHHH ARGHHH..."

After eating, LIQUIDATOR gets up, moves to his easy boy chair, and collapses in it, while his son TOMMY, who'd been watching Bonanza on TV, turns and instead watches him curiously. TOMMY gets up and goes to his dad...

"Um, mommy?"
"Yes, Tommy?"
"I think Daddy's heart stopped."
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Return of The Liquidator: The Sequel
Opening scene:
The Liquidator rises slowly and methodically from the chair.

Cut to: Mother and Tommy

Tommy: "Um, Mommy? How is Daddy doing that?"
Mother: "What do you mean, Tommy?" (deadpan voice, no expression)
Tommy: "Well, how is he getting up? Didn't his heart stop?"
Mother: "Don't be silly, Tommy. You know Daddy doesn't have a heart."

Carnage ensues . .l . Beware THE LIQUIDATOR
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
does anyone have any news on how Mary Dillon is doing? Did she fly the coop or is the colossal cunt still slave-driving in new york?
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
I hear she is still making people miserable.
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Off-topic. For anyone who has left since liquidation started. Was your final check paid on time? Has your PTO been paid as promised?
(Anonymous) on August 15th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I was considered part-time, so I didn't have paid time off. But my final direct deposit came through on time, and my GM mailed my leftover pay stubs to my house.
(Anonymous) on August 17th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
A book called "Comfort and Joy" by Jim Grimsley. I reread it every year. A reminder that even broken people with broken little lives can be happy.
(Anonymous) on August 17th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
If you're into fantasy, I read THE NAME OF THE WIND and A WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss.
For 10 days, I did nothing else. Just devoured them.
(Anonymous) on August 19th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Supergods-Grant Morrison
All around eccentric writer reconstructs a new view on modern day mythology.
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Mein Kampf