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what have you been reading?


Jan 16 2013, 5:41am

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what have you been reading? Can't Post

sorry to be a bit late, but it's still Tuesday here - barely!

I've been indulging in a little Trollope - Framley Parsonage. After the recent election it's kind of fun to read about the political shenanigans of an earlier time in another country, and how those who belonged to one party were convinced that those in the other parties were spawns of the Devil and would ruin the country if allowed power. Plus ca change, plus c'est le meme chose!

How about you?

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Jan 16 2013, 6:26am

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"The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, her name really is Eowyn!

An exquisite book, set in 1920s Alaska. Gorgeous descriptions of an unfamiliar (to me) place, sympathetic characterisations, and the mysterious snow child of the title. Wistful, touching, intriguing and thought-provoking. I did guess about two-thirds through how it would end, but somehow that made it even more satisfying.

A wonderful book to read during a hot summer. :)

The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Jan 16 2013, 7:28am

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Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics [In reply to] Can't Post

I love Gideon Defoe's books. Nothing makes sense whatsoever, and the Pirate Captain is cute yet sexy. Blush


Jan 16 2013, 8:15am

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The Warriors series [In reply to] Can't Post

I have just finished reading a book from the Warriors series by Erin Hunter.

It's called The Fourth Apprentice and is about cats.

Four clans of cats inhabiting the wooded and open spaced region surrounding a large lake on which their livelihood depends. Until a drought hits and the water in the lake has drastically diminished that the cat clans decide at a "gathering" to forget their differences and seek out the reason why the lake is running dry.

Its beautifully written, it took me a while to get use to the names like Jayfeather, Lionblaze, Bramblepaw.



Jan 16 2013, 12:29pm

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Sounds interesting! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been reading Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. It's the third book in the Ender series. I love the philosophy in it. Brilliant writing.

s ofereode, isses swa mg - that has passed, so may this.

Alassa Eruvande

Jan 16 2013, 2:20pm

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Little Eruvande loves The Warriors series! [In reply to] Can't Post

He has read most of them, if not all, for his AR assignments at school. (I think "AR" stands for "advanced reading", but I'm not completely sure.) Anyway, he's a big cat lover, and these were right up his alley.

I am SMAUG! I kill when I wish! I am strong, strong, STRONG!
My armor is like tenfold shields! My teeth like swords! My claws, spears!
The shock of my tail, a thunderbolt! My wings, a hurricane! And my breath, death!


Jan 16 2013, 5:32pm

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Just finished Max Allan Collins' "Bye Bye, Baby" [In reply to] Can't Post

The Nate Heller mystery revolves around the final days of Marilyn Monroe. While I'm waiting for my wife to finish the new Heller short-story colleciton, I'll get started on The Annotated Hobbit.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring

Advising Elf

Jan 16 2013, 8:09pm

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You're not late! I am. [In reply to] Can't Post

Over the Christmas holiday (my daughters were home from college for three+ weeks) I read "Watership Down" outloud to the family (I guess it would have been boring if I had read it 'silently' to the family).

It was the first time for Mrs. AE and Little AE. They both loved it.

Mrs. AE loved the main theme of 'leadership' that permeates the story (she is a born leader).

Little AE loved it, too, but on a different level. He paid attention closely after the "bless my bottom" story of El-ahrairah.

Link to Youtube video about my daughter's book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCo-bF0u8xI


Jan 17 2013, 3:24am

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Cinder by M. Meyers [In reply to] Can't Post

A pretty good sci fi retelling of Cinderella.


Jan 17 2013, 6:56pm

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1000 endless pages [In reply to] Can't Post

Winter of the World by Ken Follet.
Honestly I do not understand what people find about this book. I'm having a really hard time with this one. It's just soooo lengthy. The prequel was about okay-ish, a bit shallow in the history department I found (but then I'm a WWI-freak) and a little too many funny coincidences but rather easy and fast to read. This one on the other hand I find extremely shallow in terms of character development, there is absolutely nothing about history in the story you haven't heard at least a million times before and the funny coincidences start to get downright ridiculous. There's still some 300odd pages to go and I'm kind of done with this book Shocked


Jan 18 2013, 11:12pm

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Finally started... [In reply to] Can't Post

...reading Wool by Hugh Howey. Its cool so far.

"Welcome to Novogard Where lands have been shattered from racial division. Where a powerful government has begun its encroachment onto unwilling societies. Where the magical and the technological collide." - Eric Elmoor and The Gauntlet of Godric

Lily Fairbairn

Jan 20 2013, 4:23pm

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Thank you for filling in for me, Annael [In reply to] Can't Post

Now let's see if I remember to post the thread this coming Tuesday! I lost track of what day it was back around Christmas and just about the time I got back on track, we went off for a week's holiday. Ah well, I'll figure it out. Smile


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