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    Quote Originally Posted by slicekw View Post
    Was it originally in English?
    No, it wasn't. It did take me a few chapters to adjust to the phrases and thought patterns, but in the end, that was one of the things I like best about it. I felt like I had taken a trip somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Johnston View Post
    I read Mistress of the Art of Death last fall and enjoyed it a lot. I had no idea there were sequels!
    This series was a VERY nice surprise! I had little to no expectations going into it and Adelia charmed the pants off of me! She's a great character and the historical detail is done very well!

    LOVE how Mistress of the Art of Death began with Adelia sticking a catheter in a man of the cloth, it was brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergus View Post
    In the middle of now: Wolf Hall by Mantel. Not bad. Not great so far, but not bad either.

    Non-fic: The Sisters Who Would Be Queen by DeLisle, about the Grey sisters. Not bad, especially 'cause her previous one After Elizabeth sorta stunk.
    I have that one on deck - do report when you've finished. I'm less interested in Jane and more interested in her two sisters.

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    I finally finished Dr Zhivago! Now I'm reading something totally light and brainless. Sex and Sensibility: The adventures of a Jane Austen addict.

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    I finished "The Gathering Storm" by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan.

    **Newsflash**

    Stuff happens in the book! Lots of stuff! We get answers instead of 243 more questions and characters. It made slogging though books 8-11 worthwhile, but now I'll actually have to wait for the two concluding books to be published. eta- The book actually bumped Dan Brown to #2 and entered the best seller list at number one.

    And now it's time for something completely different- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It's a fascinating (and frightening) memoir so far.
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    Can I just skip ahead from book 2 where I ended to book 12?
    Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    Can I just skip ahead from book 2 where I ended to book 12?
    Nah- just read the Wiki in two years to see how it all ends. You'd be lost trying to figure out the several hundred major characters that were introduced in 3-11.

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    If I were going to recommend a SF or Fantasy series to someone, Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series would be my top pick, followed by The Foundation Trilogy by Asimov, the Ender books by Orson Scott Card, and Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson.

    The Wheel of Time is a great epic story, with wonderful surprising twists, but it makes Lord of the Rings seem like a short story, and is really difficult to keep from skimming, because the prose is bloated and repetitive at times.
    ‎"You emerge victorious from the maze you've been travelling in." Oct 21,2012- Best Fortune Cookie Ever!

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    Yesterday I read How Starbucks Saved My Life. The man that wrote it has had an interesting life. I really enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjblue View Post
    And now it's time for something completely different- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It's a fascinating (and frightening) memoir so far.
    I thought that was a great book--but so, so sad. And interesting how everyone in the family ended up.

    Quote Originally Posted by shells View Post
    Yesterday I read How Starbucks Saved My Life. The man that wrote it has had an interesting life. I really enjoyed it.
    I really enjoyed that book, too; it made me want to work at Starbucks, although I have to say that I have cleaned a lot of toilets in my time and never gotten nearly as much out of experience as the author did.

    I have been stockpiling books for December, when I will have time to read, and looking at the pile is making me itch to get on with it. No time, no time! But I think I have about 30 books stacked up and my husband is starting to give me slit-eyed looks when he sees one of those green bags come in to the house. He doesn't seem to understand that I have to be prepared. What if it snows or something?
    "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."-- Albert Einstein.

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    That's it! I'm not obsessed. I'm planning ahead for emergencies. What if there's a disaster and I'm stuck in the house. It's the same as having emergency food and water, or stuff in your car in case you get stuck in the snow.

    He he. That 30% off coupon at Borders is a necessity, not an unnecessary expenditure. Off to the bookstore today.
    Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.

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    I got stuck reading "The Age of Innocence." As in the film version, I still don't understand why Archer and Ellen make their respective sacrifices. So I left them writhing about in their moral anguish and went on to read "Ford County" by John Grisham. I've really enhoyed the stories I've read. Some of them had me laughing aloud. So far I've enjoyed "Blood Drive" and "Casino" the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Haven't read a book in a while now. Nothing seems to be able to "catch my eye" as it were. Any recommendations for someone ( who shall remain anonymous ) who loves spy novels, books on WW2, or sci-fis so long as it is about the secret of Atlantis ? (and VERY light on the romance) Luvs me a good detective novel too.
    Ken Follett, heLLLLO!

    Eye of the Needle--spies and WWII
    The Key to Rebecca--spies and WWII
    The Man from St Petersburg--spies (and WWI)
    Jackdaws--spies and WWII
    Hornet Flight--spies and WWII

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    One of my favorite books is Donna Tartt's The Secret History. As for Atwood, I liked The Robber Bride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    One of my favorite books is Donna Tartt's The Secret History. As for Atwood, I liked The Robber Bride.
    Finally someone who's read Donna Tartt!!! I also loved her "Secret History"! Two years ago I also read her "The little friend" which I also liked a lot. Are there more novels by her?

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    I also read The Secret History some years ago - fascinating, creepy, couldn't put it down.

    Ken Follett fans might like to try two of his early books that are less focused on war and other epic subject matter, and are quite funny: Paper Money, and The Modigliani Scandal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    I really enjoyed that book, too; it made me want to work at Starbucks, although I have to say that I have cleaned a lot of toilets in my time and never gotten nearly as much out of experience as the author did.
    The actual Starbucks stuff interested me less than the stuff about his childhood. Meeting Frank Sinatra in a bar, or going off to Spain to meet Hemmingway. I know name dropping is considered gauche, but I was just amazed at the life he led before it all went so bad. I also really loved that his grown up kids were so forgiving, and that he was able to build great relationships with people who were approximately 40 years younger than him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    One of my favorite books is Donna Tartt's The Secret History. As for Atwood, I liked The Robber Bride.
    I LOVE The Robber Bride. I actually teach that novel in one of my literature classes. I am, however, a die hard Atwood fan. I love most of her books. In particular, I like her early works, Surfacing and The Edible Bride. My students really respond well to The Edible Bride when discussing feminist literary theory.

    I just finished reading the 2009 Best American Non-Required Reading which is edited by Dave Eggers. I am a fan of this series in general and have every edition so far. In some ways, this may be my favorite edition of this series because it has several very interesting comics.

    I also recently re-read Kelly Link's collections Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners for an article I am in the process of writing. I am huge fan of Link and in particular of the stories "The Girl Detective," "Cat Skin," and "Stone Animals."

    I am now moving on Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals, which I hear really good things about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shells View Post
    The actual Starbucks stuff interested me less than the stuff about his childhood. Meeting Frank Sinatra in a bar, or going off to Spain to meet Hemmingway. I know name dropping is considered gauche, but I was just amazed at the life he led before it all went so bad. I also really loved that his grown up kids were so forgiving, and that he was able to build great relationships with people who were approximately 40 years younger than him.
    Oh, ITA. I even thought the parts about his advertising career were interesting; I loved his descriptions of some of their pitches to clients.

    I thought it was really interesting, too, that when things did go bad, he spent a little time feeling sorry for himself and then accepted, even embraced, that he was going to have to start all over again from the very bottom, even after all the things he had done and experienced. And then he did it. At one time, I wouldn't have been quite so impressed by that (So he got a job. What else was he supposed to do?), but now that I know people his age who have been through some of those things, I am totally impressed. Most people I know start drinking heavily--but they aren't drinking coffee.

    The Starbucks parts could have been really ; he talks about the place the way some people talk about answering an altar call and being saved. But he somehow makes it all really charming.

    I got a flu shot at work this morning and since I assumed that there would be long lines, I broke into my books and took Bill Bryson's Shakespeare with me. Alas, everything was run with military precision and it took me all of three minutes to walk in and get the shot. They told me to wait for about 15 minutes before I left to see if I had a reaction to the shot, so I got to read. For pleasure. Bliss! And in just that time, I learned at least 50 new things, laughed out loud twice, and got so hooked that I am compelled--COMPELLED--to put aside these papers and read some more. I do lurves me some Bill Bryson.
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    Is that new Bryson book? I've read all of his others (except the one about Australia), so I need to check this out.

    Off to print off Border's coupon now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstars View Post
    Funny you should say that...

    Although I think that it's a sequel, not written into P&P.
    Yep, it's one of many sequels.


    I just found out yesterday publishing houses on twitter are giving away free books. Getting addicted to it.

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