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    Quote Originally Posted by nubka View Post
    Oh. I never read the old thread, so I didn't have a clue...
    Doh! Sorry. For some reason, I thought you were a semi-regular in that one.
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    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.
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    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 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 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    I would rather gnaw my arm off rather than ever pick up another Edith Wharton novel. But that's just me.
    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 ). 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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jojo View Post
    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!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matryeshka View Post
    That was probably more of a review than you wanted 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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John 3 17 View Post
    Still enjoying Bleak House; I'm half-way through now (Wyliefan, looks like you won ). 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).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by John 3 17 View Post
    Ooh! I adore ToTC!!

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    It's my very favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jojo View Post
    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 ). 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.

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    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.
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    Took me a while to figure out that this was the new reading thread.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by John 3 17 View Post
    This. I read Ethan Frome and it turned me off anything else by Wharton. I hate when books give me a stomach-ache, lol!


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    Blasphemy! I adore Wharton and Ethan Frome is my absolute favorite. I don't get the hate; I think that book is brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    I've been reading Captain Corelli's Mandolin (my book, which has a film version cover, leaves off the Captain in the title ). It's a little scattered - it jumps back and forth between several different narrators, and it's hard to keep track.
    Stick with it, it gets much easier to follow. I felt the same way when I started that book but by the end I couldn't put it down.
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    I remember liking Ethan Frome in high school but not enough to want to read more Wharton.

    Wyliefan, you'll be happy to know that I started reading Little Dorrit (The Victorians! group on Goodreads is reading it for January/February). I'm not far into it but surprisingly I like it. I never thought I'd say that about Dickens.

    I just finished reading Generation Debt by Anya Kamenetz. It started off well and I think what she has to say about the changing job market (more permatemp jobs, jobs without benefits, etc.), mounting student loan debt, lack of healthcare, etc. and they're uneven effect on young people is important to discuss but by the end, I felt she was becoming repetitive and the last three chapters felt unnecessary. Also, her chapter on "solutions" to these problems could've been left out. "Don't get into credit card debt if you don't have to." "Try to not to get into a lot of debt for college." Gee, ya think Anya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by modern_muslimah View Post
    Wyliefan, you'll be happy to know that I started reading Little Dorrit (The Victorians! group on Goodreads is reading it for January/February). I'm not far into it but surprisingly I like it. I never thought I'd say that about Dickens.
    Resistance is futile! So glad you're enjoying it. It's my second-favorite Dickens.
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    I somehow managed to avoid Dickens until a graduate seminar on Victorian Lit. We had to read Bleak House and I just absolutely despised it. Last year, my partner talked me into reading Little Dorrit, which I surprisingly liked very much. I ended up also reading Great Expectations.

    Oliver and I have decided to start reading works from each other's respective time period of research. He's pulling together some Medieval readings for me and I'm getting some postmodern works together for him. I'm interested to see how that is going to pan out.
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    I just finished Greg and Penny King's latest book "The Resurrection of the Romanovs". It's a very well researched, fascinating read about Anna Anderson- the Anastasia claimant. It doesn't argue her case- the DNA evidence has proved that she wasn't who she claimed to be. The book goes into the evidence and her claims and her supporters and discusses how she pulled it off and managed to fool so many people for so long. Interesting reading, and probably the last word on the topic.
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    Yes, and the recent exhumation of the bodies of the royal family and DNA analysis confirmed that the Romanovs were all accounted for in that grave, including Anastasia.
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    I always heard there were two missing bodies but that a few years ago, two bodies, believed to Anastasia and Alexei, were found in a grave several miles away or something like that.

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    In the end, the whole family was accounted for. No body is missing when all is said and done.
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    I second the recommendation for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Great book, sad book, lovely story, heart-wrenching story.

    Got a Kindle for Christmas so I'll have to start plowing through all their free stuff first. . . aka Stuff Written by Dead Guys (and Gals) in English. But for $7 I'm enjoying In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith. I just love the phrase "traditionally built."

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