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    ^ I vaguely recall a couple of moments of sexual attraction with another guy in the 3rd book, but not anything I'd classify as even remotely love triangle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrincessLeppard View Post
    Well, I did read it really fast. And awhile ago. I thought there were two guys she was interested in? No? Or maybe that it was being set up for a love triangle in the second book (which I haven't read)?

    I dunno. Maybe that was me trying to inject some character development.
    There's plenty of injecting in the second and third books.

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    I must in the minority; I didn't hate The Casual Vacancy. Definitely didn't love it though, and I was kind of that it was J.K Rowling. It was an interesting if bizarre storyline that probably could have been executed better. I'm looking forward to reading more from her though...but more than anything I just want her to cave in and write about the Marauders.

    Reading the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini right now, and while I'm enjoying it, it feels very slow to me right now. I'm not quite as into it, "Oh my gosh I have to keep reading" as I thought I'd be. Will it pull me in more soon?

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    I've been ~100 pages into The Kite Runner for a while, too. It hasn't pulled me in yet. Everyone I know loves this book, and it's an adequate novel I guess, but I'm not sure if I will continue it at this point.

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    Oh...you've made it a little farther than I have. I'm on page 58. I just can't seem to concentrate on it, which is odd because I couldn't put A Thousand Splendid Suns down.

    I'll keep reading, though.

    After I finish, next on my list is East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I'm a sucker for mythology/fairy tales.

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    I couldn't get through A Thousand Splendid Suns, but I liked The Kite Runner. I don't think it's an easy book to read, but there's a payoff, imho.

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    The Kite Runner definitely wasn't an easy book to read. I got about halfway through and then got to a point that I couldn't put it down.
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    I thought The Kite Runner was interesting to read because it was set in Afghanistan and that was new, but I thought the story itself was rather....let's just say that I, for one, didn't love it. And I had no trouble getting into the story in the beginning; it was the last part of the book that I considered really .
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    As a change of pace and genre, I picked up Wen Spencer's "Elfhome" the third in her Tinker SF/Fantasy trilogy. I'd read the first two years and years ago, but don't remember theem all that clearly. So far the first chapter has been pretty confusing with lots of references to stuff from the first two books that I don't remember at all and some even more confusing references to all the interconnecting relationships and caste structures of the characters (think there are just too many people in the opening scene for me to keep them all straight). But I'm going to plunge onward for a bit longer to see if things get sorted out. If not I have a plethora of option on my TBR shelf that might work better.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Among other books, I've read several by Georgette Heyer since the first of the year and have just finished laughing my way through The Corinthian.

    I have no idea why I've never run across this author until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    Among other books, I've read several by Georgette Heyer since the first of the year and have just finished laughing my way through The Corinthian.

    I have no idea why I've never run across this author until now.
    Have you read "The Masqueraders" yet? That and "These Old Shades" are my favorite Heyers. Mer mysteries, however, can be skipped.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    Have you read "The Masqueraders" yet? That and "These Old Shades" are my favorite Heyers. Mer mysteries, however, can be skipped.
    I have not read The Masqueraders yet, but I did read These Old Shades and the follow-up Devil's Cub. I also have both Venitia and The Convenient Marriage as audiobooks read by Richard Armitage waiting for me at home. I can't wait to find a quiet time for those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    I have not read The Masqueraders yet, but I did read These Old Shades and the follow-up Devil's Cub. I also have both Venitia and The Convenient Marriage as audiobooks read by Richard Armitage waiting for me at home. I can't wait to find a quiet time for those.
    Venetia is wonderful, so is the Masqueraders (It would make such a great movie) I envy you your first readings and discovering Heyer. Read all the romances. The mysteries are so-so. http://www.georgette-heyer.com/general.html

    I always wished a movie had been made of at least one of her books. I have an idea that she wouldn't allow it during her lifetime. I wonder if it could happen now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    Have you read "The Masqueraders" yet? That and "These Old Shades" are my favorite Heyers. Mer mysteries, however, can be skipped.
    I like her mysteries, though they can be a bit formulaic. They always seem to have the same cast of characters under different names -- the wisecracking smartaleck, the plucky ingenue, etc., etc. But she has some good whodunits, and she can do description and dialogue, which is more than Agatha Christie ever could.
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    I gave up on the Wen Spencer because Dianne Day's "Beacon Street Mourning" came in the mail from the swap site and looked much more appealing. It's the last in her Fremont Jones series and I'm familiar with the characters and their backgrounds so it's less of a struggle to get into. Plus it works for my Historical Mystery Challenge and I've fallen behind in that lately.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    I have finished Phineas Finn by Trollope. Must there always be a sister who relentlessly and obnoxiously pushes her BFF to marry her good-for-nothing brother? So far, the answer is yes. Why are Trollope's women, with some exceptions, so clueless as to what they want? I know it's Victorian times and all but still, they keep getting married or trying to get married Dorothea Brooke-style of Middlemarch fame. And then they wonder the the eff went wrong. Was marriage for the sake of duty, whatever it may be, common? Especially when there were many eligible and more attractive men around? This feature annoyed me, even though I do understand how different things were for women.

    At the same time, there are terrific female characters, Violet Effingham and Mrs. Max Goesler. These are women liberated by their big and social position, and are therefore free to be themselves and not to give a damn. The simpering, "soft", "feminine," Mary is very dishwater, OTOH.

    Trollope got the politics all wrong apparently, according to the intro, crediting the Liberals, instead of the Conservatives for ultimately passing the act that enabled working class men to vote. And he definitely reeks of good old-fashioned anti-semitism, be it toward a wealthy banker or the PM Benjamin Disraeli. Le sigh. If I am to read 19th century English lit, I have to live with that.

    I am looking forward to continuing the series with The Eustace Diamonds. Bling! Wheeeeeeeeee!

    In other news, Mini's class read Little House in the Woods this year, which I loathed with all my heart and voila, next year they are reading Little House on the Prairie. I suppose it's more of the same, the manual of how to smoke pork and make maple sugar for pages and pages. It makes me want to scream. Why is this necessary and how is it supposed to teach the kids to love reading? I love to read and this is the most boring book series ever. I want to burn them.

    They are also reading Polyanna. What's that about?
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    I've read all of Georgette Heyer's books over the years & have copies of about 24. She's been dead for quite awhile but at one time she was considered the leading authority on Regency English history. I seem to remember reading that her first book was published when she was 17 or so. Very prolific writer. Currently, I am half way through Homer Hickam's "The Dinosaur Hunter" & I highly recommend it. Part mystery, part ranching, part paleontology. Interesting characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    In other news, Mini's class read Little House in the Woods this year, which I loathed with all my heart and voila, next year they are reading Little House on the Prairie. I suppose it's more of the same, the manual of how to smoke pork and make maple sugar for pages and pages. It makes me want to scream. Why is this necessary and how is it supposed to teach the kids to love reading? I love to read and this is the most boring book series ever. I want to burn them.
    I enjoyed that series as a kid. I'd put it in a similar category to the Anne of Green Gables series, and The Great Brain series. Isn't it a good thing that children learn history and how people lived in the past? Plus all those books seem to contain tons of positive lessons. Did Mini not enjoy the first book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    In other news, Mini's class read Little House in the Woods this year, which I loathed with all my heart and voila, next year they are reading Little House on the Prairie. I suppose it's more of the same, the manual of how to smoke pork and make maple sugar for pages and pages. It makes me want to scream. Why is this necessary and how is it supposed to teach the kids to love reading? I love to read and this is the most boring book series ever. I want to burn them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    I enjoyed that series as a kid. I'd put it in a similar category to the Anne of Green Gables series, and The Great Brain series. Isn't it a good thing that children learn history and how people lived in the past? Plus all those books seem to contain tons of positive lessons. Did Mini not enjoy the first book?
    I love the Little House books even as an adult (same goes for Anne of Green Gables). I feel like they get better and better as Laura grows older and the themes become more mature. And I totally agree on the positive lessons, some of which I still use to this day ("Least said, soonest mended" and "Make hay while the sun shines" being two of my favorites). I can see Mini not enjoying the books (since IIRC, Mini is a boy and I can see the books not being as popular with boys), but I'm more surprised IceAlisa doesn't like them since we often share other literary tastes. I do think Little House in the Big Woods is one of the weaker books in the series, but I don't see going from hating that to loving the other books.

    Jenny, I never read The Great Brain series but you've included it in some pretty impressive company, so I might have to check that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erin View Post
    I love the Little House books even as an adult (same goes for Anne of Green Gables). I feel like they get better and better as Laura grows older and the themes become more mature. And I totally agree on the positive lessons, some of which I still use to this day ("Least said, soonest mended" and "Make hay while the sun shines" being two of my favorites). I can see Mini not enjoying the books (since IIRC, Mini is a boy and I can see the books not being as popular with boys), but I'm more surprised IceAlisa doesn't like them since we often share other literary tastes. I do think Little House in the Big Woods is one of the weaker books in the series, but I don't see going from hating that to loving the other books.

    Jenny, I never read The Great Brain series but you've included it in some pretty impressive company, so I might have to check that out.
    I love the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, but definitely love the later books the most--pretty much all of them after they go to DeSmet. I especially like the last two that have a lot of activity in the town--I am always so disappointed when I finish those books because I enjoy them so much. I am not a huge fan of the first 2 books, and find them a bit slower, but I like them as a part of the series as it tells about their lives in those locations, and is an important part of their history/history of the earlier pioneers. I am reading the series to my 5 year old son, and he is really liking it. He especially liked Farmer Boy, of course, but is also interested in the Ingalls family.

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