[LMB] OT: Books and technology

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 00:53:50 BST 2013

re: Harry Potter Books.
       I was living in Charleston South Carolina when Harry Potter became
controversial and a small town of small minded people had a book burning,
just North of where I lived. So of course, I had to read the books and glad
I did.
     I can't help wonder if the bible thumper controversy had influenced
the way J.K. Rollings wrote the rest of series.

On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM, Elizabeth Holden <azurite at rogers.com>wrote:

> Sylvia asks:
> > Is '50 Shades of Grey' worse than '101 Uses for a Dead Cat'?
> > Having read neither, I can't say, but as titles go.....
> I'm sure sure what your question implies - that they are goofy titles?  Or
> that they are bad books? I don't think "50 Shades of Grey" really implies
> much about the content of the book (it could be the adventures of a B&W
> photographer on safari) and, as titles go, is nondescript rather than bad.
> '101 Used for a Dead Cat' at least caught the attention, and the book was
> rather funny, though not particularly memorable.
> I wonder what it implies about me that I have read both.  Eclecticism, I
> like to think. Or, rather... I'm not sure this is a personality flaw or
> just a trait.. I feel compelled to look at, or read, any book that gets any
> fame or notoriety just so I'll know what people are talking about when they
> talk about it. I don't care about TV shows or movies or anything else that
> way, but books?  I often read things because they are famous. I'm pretty
> sure I wouldn't have read all the Harry Potter books had they not been so
> famous, for example.  Sometimes I am favourably surprised. Sometimes it
> gives me something to rant about.
> I am always looking for recommendations.  Sometimes I hate the books or
> authors my friends recommend - not surprising, we all have different tastes
> - but it's always fun to check and see what I think.
> After all, I'd never have read Bujold novels were it not for the Hugo
> publicity.
> namaste,
> Elizabeth
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