New Book Thread because somebody' has got to do it

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  1. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    Were you people just going to go on and on and on and on? Sort of like serials that should have ended 6 books back?
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  3. zaphyre14

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    Thanks for the new thread, rfisher. :) It's a dirty job...... I just assumed it would be Prancer who did it. :)

    I now have the audio of Elizabeth Peters' "Borrower of the Night" going in my car. Even though it was written in 1973 - and somewhat reflects the "Battle of the Sexes" attitudes of the times, I still find it hilarious. Vicky Bliss is probably my favorite character in popular literature. I've read the entire series several times and enjoy it every time.
  4. Buzz

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    I don't usually recommend political memoirs but this one sounds like a must read. "This Boy: A Memoir of a Childhood" by Alan Johnson. Johnson is a former British Home Secretary one of the few politicians who never completed high school. He was orphaned at 13 (or 12) and raised by his older sister.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/02/this-boy-alan-johnson-review
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    Just finishing up Vanity Fair on Kindle for Android (so I'm reading it on my phone!). Loved the movie version (w/Reese Witherspoon as Becky) so decided to read the book. Found the free version on Amazon, which is how I wound up with the Kindle app to begin with, plus about a dozen of so other free books downloaded onto my phone.
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    Kind of OT, but our current finance minister never finished high school, either, and I'm not sure he know what he's doing.

    My most recent read was Diana Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner, one of the few Outlander books/stories I had not yet read. It's not truly a standalone novel, IMO, but it's a nice addition to the series.
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    I really like the Outlander series,I am anxiously awaiting the next book due out this Fall.
  8. dbell1

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    So glad we have a new thread, but yep, I was waiting on one of those all powerful admins to close the old one. :lol:

    Still have "Ordinary Grace" to read. Have downloaded a bunch of books, another 10 on the wait list at the library, but I'm sort of in a reading rut at the moment. Must get back to reading again this weekend...
  9. IceAlisa

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    I am going to start the new Kate Atkinson Life After Life but reading about Lyme Regis and the Cobb in Persuasion got me hankering to re-read The French Lieutenant's Woman. With all due respect to Meryl Streep, she was horribly miscast in that movie, btw.
  10. Prancer

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    I've been busy! Everything always happens all at once.

    My all-time favorite Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters book is Be Buried in the Rain, but I really enjoy Vicky Bliss, too, even more than the Amelia Peabody series. I loved Crocodile on the Sandbank, but gradually lost interest after that.

    I'm re-organizing all my books and have been thinking about getting rid of a lot of them. I have an awful lot of Michaels/Peters books. I can't quite bring myself to put them in the Goodwill box.
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    I finished Ordinary Grace a couple of weeks ago. I liked it a lot, although parts of it were heartbreaking. I tend to favor novels with an adolescent narrator or an adolescent's point of view because I find the language much more honest and believable. I also like books set in this time period, early 60's.
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  12. cygnus

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    Just starting a new book by an author who is new to me- recommended to me by a Finnish cousin who was visiting me last month. "Purge" by Sofia Oksanen. It's set in 1990's Estonia, and so far it's really drawing me in. Finding a new author is always a good thing.:)
  13. zaphyre14

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    I have a wall of Can't Part With Books. MPM takes up a couple shelves. I think that when I die, I will have someone put a copy of "Street of the Five Moons" in the casket with me so I'll have something to read. :) I loved the first doesn or so of the Amelia book but once Ramses grew up and took over, I thought they went downhill. It's the archaeology I like not the spy stuff and WWI

    Anybody want a copy of Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy"? I've given up on it. Life is too short to read depressing books.
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    I am in the worse reading rut. I have one book that I am currently slugging through called The First Muslims. It's interesting. Definitely an academic book but it doesn't feel too dense. When I started, I was completely into it but it's been three weeks and I still have about 50 pages to go. I have books from the library sitting on my coffee table waiting to be read as well. They include Ghana Must Go, Wedding Night and The Golem and Jinni. All fiction and I assume lighter than what I have been reading.
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    Just checked my library wait list. I'm first in queue for 6 books and 2nd for 3 others. :yikes:
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    I read that a couple of years ago. It was intense. I'll be interested to know what you think of the ending.

    ETA I'll be going from Gothic into noir - this afternoon I bought The Big Sleep and Jim Thompson's A Hell of a Woman and A Swell-Looking Babe. I turned Roommate onto Thompson with The Grifters, so we'll both enjoy them.
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  18. Matryeshka

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    The Casual Vacancy is a book of Dursleys. I eye-rolled at all the negative reviews it received at first, especially since most of them were comparing an adult contemporary fiction to YA fantasy, and said it's only because they're mad because it's not Harry Potter! :mitchell: And I maintain it's not fair to compare it to Harry Potter, because Harry Potter is good. This was bad on all levels--hackneyed plot, cliched, cynicism without wisdom, black without the humor. I'm sometimes in the mood for a depressing book. I'm never in the mood for a bad book. If she had written this first, it would never have been published.

    I'm reading Where'd You Go Bernadette. It's very clever and snarky and bitchy. I feel like I'm in a Bravo show. So far, it's borderline fabulous, but I don't know if I'll like a whole book of it.
  19. made_in_canada

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    I bought Jim Gaffigan's book Dad is Fat for my brother and it came in the mail today. He's out of town so I'm going to read it first :D
  20. Buzz

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    I found an article on the BBC website that reads like a cheap supermarket detective novel but unfortunately it is all true. A young girl is horribly murdered and the local PD is either too incompetent or corrupt to solve the case. But a middle aged local woman, unemployed, unskilled and newly devorced decided to solve the case herself. To do so she seeks help and advice from a veteran BBC journalist. Together they do what the police could not.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19558804
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    That article was an amazing read, Buzz, thank you so much!
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    Agreed! Also, thanks for starting the new thread, rfisher!

    I've been reading The Book Thief but it's slow going, maybe because the subject matter is so serious.
  23. michiruwater

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    I adored The Book Thief. I could barely put it down.
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    Loved it too! Started it and could not put it down. I appreciate a well written book that doesn't toss red herring murderers at you. And the interactions between Frank and Jack were so well written. Only quibble - I wish it was longer! I didn't want it to end.
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    Buzz, this is the world that my mother left, so many years ago.
    She "escaped" to New York City, where she met my father.
    I can't imagine the life she would have had if she had remained in small-town Kentucky!
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  26. made_in_canada

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    Me too. That is an amazing book.
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    Fascinating read, Buzz. I remember hearing just a little bit about that case on the news here. I'm in Central Kentucky, but Mayfield is in the extreme western end of the state. I'm almost positive I was in Mayfield once when I was in college in the mid 1990's, I remember thinking it was a pretty little town.

    Of course as someone raised in small town Kentucky, I know small towns can hide A LOT of corruption.
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    I loved that one. The author wrote for Arrested Development.

    I may pick up the Book Thief again, I suppose. Tried to read it once and couldn't get into it, so I guess I shall try again.
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  29. my little pony

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    im reading the autobiography of elsa schiaparelli "shocking life" in part because she was a very interesting woman and in part because the cover is fuchsia and i thought it would look amazing on my coffee table. anyway, it's interesting, particularly the wartime years, but not exactly a deep soul searching autobiography.
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    Fuchsia or the color famously known as 'Schiaparelli Pink'?
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    It's one of the few books on which Spinner and I agree. :)
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    It took me a while to get into it too, but once I did, I thought it was quite good. I didn't love it quite as much as some others in the thread did, but still a worthwhile read IMO.

    I'm currently reading Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette, as the movie with Kirsten Dunst was on tv a little while ago and combined with a recent trip that included both France and Austria, it piqued my interest enough to get the book. So far it is fairly dry, but I'm hoping it picks up once she goes to France.
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    The Book Thief is my favorite book of all time!
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    Finished The Book Thief at 6am. Perhaps was bawling. This is why I resisted it so long, methinks. Didn't want to feel.
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    It had that effect on me too, TygerLily.
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    Currently reading Kate Ross' last Julian Kestrel mystery "The Devil in Music" - it's set in Austrian Italy amid the political upheaval left after Napolean's defeat and the collapse of the Kingdome of Italy. There are a few too many characters for me to skeep straight and some of the "clues" are glaringly obvious but I am enjoying the insight into Kestrel's background and character.

    I picked up a mixed bag of audio cassettes at a yard sale on Saturday (nine titles for $3) so I'll have some odd listening ahead this summer. I guess I'll have to keep my poor old car running for a while longer. :)
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    Since the 7 books at the library that I'm first in line for are still not in :wall: I've turned back to the kindle. And am thrilled - the daily deal a few weeks ago was the Muirwood trilogy. Fantasy books about people with the power to control the earth's elements. It's like Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games. Loving the books - have finished 2 and am on the 3rd now.
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    I have concluded that authors should not read their own works for audio books. I started John LeCarre' "The Constant Gardener" yesterday and could not make it through the first 15 minutes. He speaks too fast for one thing and he reads as if he's just reading with no inflection and no pace changes. I could not tell who was speaking during conversations and there were too many words I either couldn't hear or couldn't understand so I gave up.

    Now I have Kate White's "A Body To Die For" going and the reader, Kate Walsh, while a little too perky and chirpy in places is much better. All the slang and trendy-speak sounds a little dated now but the plot seems decent. I'm getting chucles about the descriptions of the setting - a five-star spa located in Warren, Massachusetts (which in reality isn't anything like the descriptions in the book, which makes me wonder if the author had done more than drive-by research on the place).
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    I'm currently reading Flaubert's Parrot.

    At one point the narrator facetiously makes a list of subjects for novels that he'd like to see banned for good or 10 or 20 years. Reminds me of the discussions of music bans in skating.
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