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Nomad
12-27-2010, 01:29 AM
...I'm thinking of rereading Their Eyes Were Watching God after I finish Death Comes for the Archbishop

I loved Their Eyes Were Watching God. Jonah's Gourd Vine and her memoir, Dust Tracks on a Road, are also excellent.

Allen
12-27-2010, 01:41 AM
I loved Their Eyes Were Watching God. Jonah's Gourd Vine and her memoir, Dust Tracks on a Road, are also excellent.

I love Jonah's Gourd Vine, maybe I'll do Dust Tracks on a Road next, I have it lying around somewhere.

Theatregirl1122
12-27-2010, 03:45 AM
Yes, we did. I was recommended Ethan Frome and Summer. Any others?

I read summer in 9th grade English and we were all traumatized by the ending. :lol: Although I did find Wharton very readable.

nubka
12-27-2010, 04:27 AM
:lol: It works just like the old reading thread, just with a new name.

Oh. I never read the old thread, so I didn't have a clue... :duh:

PDilemma
12-27-2010, 04:39 AM
A few recent reads:

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See--Excellent. Set in 19th Century China. A lot of it is about the friendships between women. I really liked it. And it got me very curious about the practice of foot binding.

Unfinished Desires by Gail Godwin--Pretty good book about girls in a Catholic girls school in the 1950s and their teachers (nuns). Very interesting take on the subject.

Rococo by Adriana Trigiani--Trigiani is an up and down author for me. I have really loved some of her novels (Lucia Lucia is wonderful), but some, not so much. This is the worst one I have read. It's like she has the makings of a great story, but she doesn't quite tell it.

Prancer
12-27-2010, 05:27 AM
Oh. I never read the old thread, so I didn't have a clue... :duh:

Doh! Sorry. For some reason, I thought you were a semi-regular in that one.

Jojo
12-27-2010, 05:43 AM
I got a Kindle for my birthday, and I've been merrily reading away since then. My most recent reads: Memoir of a Geisha and, right now, Dracula. Next I'm tackling A Tale of Two Cities.

Matryeshka
12-27-2010, 05:45 AM
From the last thread, Allen:


I got a Laurel K. Hamilton book from the Anita Blake series. Any thoughts on the Blake series? I've read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series, but for some reason never got around to reading any of Hamilton's book.


This is not just my opinion, but the combined concensus of a lot of readers of this series both here and on other boards: if you like vampire/urban fantasy lit, the first 6 books are fantastic. The plots, characterization, mythology of the world are well-done, and the sex is :grope: But by book ten, the entire series kind of falls apart. It devolves into soft porn, and not even good soft porn. Anita Blake kind of becomes a repository of the author's own fantasies, and her abilities become just too unbelievable. Then she starts whining. The greatest sin of all, however, is that she starts copying ENTIRE conversations from previous books, word for word. I mean, not just the same idea, but verbatim.

Then the whole Anita Blake universe just sort of falls apart by book twelve. You have to suspend a lot of disbelief in urban fantasy anyway, but to me, it works if the author is consistent and consistently follows believable laws/rules of physics/magic/supernaturals within the universe created, and your central character has to be somewhat grounded in a reality the reader can at least empathize with and somewhat relate to. Laurell K. Hamilton does not do this, and I would say that's the main difference between her and Charlaine Harris. I don't like Harris' later works as well as her earlier ones, but at least the world Harris has created hasn't spun out of control and Sookie is still recognizable as Sookie. Sam is still Sam, Jason is still Jason, etc, whereas the core of Laurell K. Hamilton's main characters become completely twisted as the series progresses, so there's nothing to ground the unbelievableness of the plots.

That was probably more of a review than you wanted :shuffle: Long story short, imo, you should stop after Blue Moon, or book 8.

Reading The Magicians right now. So far, I'm pleasently surprised.

I've also read the first three in the Nicholas Flamel series, which I like, but I wouldn't rush out to buy the remaining ones in hard back. I get what some said in the previous thread about an incestuous thread, but I don't think I would have thought that myself had I not read the spoiler line. I agree they don't read like brother/sister. I like that the author is not going to write some kind of romantic storyline to bog down the plot, but I wonder if the author has any siblings close in age. While it doesn't come off as incestuous, the vibe between them reads to me more best friend than twins. The biggest problem I have is that the villains are much more interesting than the main characters, and I'm tired of the Nicholas-is-not-all-he-seems line because it's not IMO particularly well done. Also, what is this obsession with John Dee lately? This is a somewhat minor character in history, not even mentioned in a lot of history books even ones just surveying English history (besides maybe one or two lines) and this is the third series I've read in the past year where he's been mentioned as a magician of some sort. Flamel I get. I also find the introduction of Joan of Arc kind of meh, like the author decided he needed another girl immortal and just added her. There are much more interesting figures he could have chosen--Theodora, Cleopatra, Lady Godiva, Lucrecia de Borgia, Annie Oakley, etc.

John 3 17
12-27-2010, 05:47 AM
I would rather gnaw my arm off rather than ever pick up another Edith Wharton novel. But that's just me. :P

This. I read Ethan Frome and it turned me off anything else by Wharton. I hate when books give me a stomach-ache, lol!

Still enjoying Bleak House; I'm half-way through now (Wyliefan, looks like you won :P). Haven't had as much time for it since my washing machine broke and I spent quite a few days moving things in the basement and then moving things back again (the nerve of the washer interrupting my reading time! LOL).

-Bridget

John 3 17
12-27-2010, 05:48 AM
I got a Kindle for my birthday, and I've been merrily reading away since then. My most recent reads: Memoir of a Geisha and, right now, Dracula. Next I'm tackling A Tale of Two Cities.

Ooh! I adore ToTC!!

-Bridget :)

Allen
12-27-2010, 11:16 AM
That was probably more of a review than you wanted :shuffle: Long story short, imo, you should stop after Blue Moon, or book 8.
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No, I really appreciate that you took the time to write that, Matryeshka. The cousin who bought the book for me, told me the same basic thing, that I should stop after book 8. She and I have very different reading tastes and her definition of porn is very different from mine, so I wasn't sure if she was just being her semi-prudish self or not.

I started reading through Guilty Pleasures last night and Oliver started Death Comes for the Archbishop. We're going to switch at some point today. So far, I like Guilty Pleasures, but I'm not sure I'm wanting to invest my time in a book series that completely jumps the shark after a few books. I agree about Harris, the early books (particularly 4) were better, but I still like the world and characters she has created. I do, however, hope the new book is better than the last two.

Oliver has decided to read all of my old Janet Evanovich books, I'm interested to see his reaction.

Wyliefan
12-27-2010, 01:42 PM
Still enjoying Bleak House; I'm half-way through now (Wyliefan, looks like you won :P). Haven't had as much time for it since my washing machine broke and I spent quite a few days moving things in the basement and then moving things back again (the nerve of the washer interrupting my reading time! LOL).

-Bridget

Well, I didn't have a broken washing machine to deal with, so I won't do too much of a victory dance! :)


Ooh! I adore ToTC!!

-Bridget :)

It's my very favorite.

vesperholly
12-27-2010, 03:10 PM
I got a Kindle for my birthday, and I've been merrily reading away since then. My most recent reads: Memoir of a Geisha and, right now, Dracula. Next I'm tackling A Tale of Two Cities.

I loved Memoirs of a Geisha. It's one of the few books that I didn't spoil myself on by skipping ahead, and it ended up being very suspenseful at the end.

I've been reading Captain Corelli's Mandolin (my book, which has a film version cover, leaves off the Captain in the title :confused:). It's a little scattered - it jumps back and forth between several different narrators, and it's hard to keep track.

After that is The Orchid Thief, not on my list of 1,000 books to read before you die but I'll just cross off one I can't find as a replacement. :lol:

Aceon6
12-27-2010, 03:42 PM
One of my Christmas gifts was Jay-Z's Decoded. I'm deep into it and am really impressed with the quality of the writing. It includes footnoted rap lyrics with full explanations of the meanings. If anyone's curious about rap culture or the connections between crack and rap, this older than dirt, middle class, white broad gives it two thumbs up.

Buzz
12-27-2010, 03:47 PM
Took me a while to figure out that this was the new reading thread. :slinkaway

Not sure what to read next. Maybe I would give something totally new a try and read "Gone With The WInd".