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It was the best of times; it was the worst of times; it was the weekly "what've you been reading?" thread!

a.s.
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May 28 2008, 10:55am


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So I was explaining yesterday to a young acquaintance that Tolkien fans, on the whole, are also people who read other books for pleasure and who read more books than the average non-Tolkien fan. Do you think that's a sustainable argument?



It could just be my impression from reading weekly book reports for the last several years from fellow Torn members, but we just never seem to run out of good books to recommend to other readers (plus an occasional stinker!). I also belong to a bricks-and-mortar book club which has become a really fun and interesting group, because no matter what our assigned book is we always somehow get off the subject and onto other books as well. And boy, does that hour go by fast!

But I like our little weekly book reports, too, as I get lots of ideas for "my next book".

So, this week I devoured The Silver Swan, a new mystery by Benjamin Black, which is a pseudonym for John Banville. Many critics seem to feel this is inferior to his first "noir" crime novel featuring a pathologist in 1950s Ireland ("Christine Falls") but I liked it somewhat better. Well, I read it all in one long day, and when I can't do anything but read a book which I carry around all day in one hand while simultaneously trying to do stuff (like cook or load the dishwasher) with the other hand, I figure I really liked it! A tad too much dependence on coincidence, but not enough to spoil my read. I give this a grade A.

Other than that, it's been a slow reading week for me because of the weekend holiday and family gatherings (I do get my nose out of a book now and again!) I'm now about halfway through Barchester Towers and loving it. I still like the intrusive narrator, too. In fact, I love how modern the writing feels, and sometimes come on a passage I have a hard time thinking was written 130 years ago...which just goes to show I need to read more stuff from 130 years ago, I think!

That's it for me. What about you all? What have you been reading this week?

a.s.

"an seileachan"



"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive.

But the Skin Horse only smiled.


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It was the best of times; it was the worst of times; it was the weekly "what've you been reading?" thread! a.s. Send a private message to a.s. May 28 2008, 10:55am
    Hi, new here Artanis Send a private message to Artanis May 28 2008, 11:31am
        Welcome! RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass May 28 2008, 2:01pm
            RosieLass Artanis Send a private message to Artanis May 28 2008, 2:24pm
        Sense and Sensibility AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande May 29 2008, 4:34pm
            Yes Artanis Send a private message to Artanis May 30 2008, 8:11am
    'The Diamond Age' by Neal Stephenson deej Send a private message to deej May 28 2008, 1:14pm
        Stephenson acheron Send a private message to acheron May 28 2008, 3:03pm
            I haven't read any of his other books. deej Send a private message to deej May 28 2008, 8:18pm
    Donna Leon RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass May 28 2008, 2:06pm
    A Night of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy and others Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth May 28 2008, 3:00pm
    "Black Sheep" by Georgette Heyer Annael Send a private message to Annael May 28 2008, 3:06pm
    I've been listening to books of CD of Harry Potter (spoilers CoS & HBP) grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 28 2008, 4:40pm
        interesting! Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb May 28 2008, 5:45pm
            Yeah... I smiled at that grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg May 28 2008, 7:30pm
    "A Second Chance' by our own Kimi! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins May 28 2008, 5:20pm
        *Tries to look guilty* Kimi Send a private message to Kimi May 29 2008, 12:58am
    A False Mirror by Charles Todd, Prince Caspian and French Lesson by Mayle Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb May 28 2008, 5:29pm
        I'm listening to the "French Lessons" audiobook. RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass May 28 2008, 8:22pm
    Just finished Tied Up in Tinsel, and Inspector Alleyn mystery, BBC's LotR Patty Send a private message to Patty May 28 2008, 6:15pm
    Picked "The Children of Hurin" up again . . . One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer May 28 2008, 7:14pm
    In reply to your question, I got a kick a while back Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins May 28 2008, 7:15pm
        wonderfully bendable, thanks for asking!! a.s. Send a private message to a.s. May 28 2008, 8:59pm
            LOL!! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins May 28 2008, 9:16pm
            After my little toe healed from a break Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua May 29 2008, 12:10am
                have you ever Annael Send a private message to Annael May 29 2008, 1:21am
    Rebecca by Du Maurier Revie Send a private message to Revie May 29 2008, 12:45am
        Revie, I just finished My Cousin Rachel, by Du Maurier... Patty Send a private message to Patty May 29 2008, 8:26am
            Thanks for the recommendation Revie Send a private message to Revie May 29 2008, 10:28am
                You've never seen "Rebecca?" Patty Send a private message to Patty May 29 2008, 5:33pm
                    I don't think I've seen it either. sherlock Send a private message to sherlock May 29 2008, 6:06pm
                    I agree about the movie. Radhruin Send a private message to Radhruin May 29 2008, 7:56pm
    The Audacity of Hope and Notes from a Small Island Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo May 29 2008, 2:51am
        i love bill bryson acheron Send a private message to acheron May 29 2008, 6:32pm
            Yes Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo May 30 2008, 4:40am
                bryson acheron Send a private message to acheron May 30 2008, 2:31pm
                    That was my favourite too.// Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth May 30 2008, 3:20pm
                        Decent Reading Bladorthin Send a private message to Bladorthin May 31 2008, 7:04pm
        Working on Dreams from my Father entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden May 29 2008, 11:11pm
    The Road Radhruin Send a private message to Radhruin May 29 2008, 3:30am
    The Lovely Bones Ainu Laire Send a private message to Ainu Laire May 29 2008, 5:42pm
    MY COUSIN'S BOOK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED!!!!!!!!!! entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden May 29 2008, 11:19pm
        it sounds wonderful Annael Send a private message to Annael May 30 2008, 3:35am
        Excellent! Kimi Send a private message to Kimi May 30 2008, 3:56am

 
 
 

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