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December 2014- What are you reading?

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Post by Misfit » Sat December 13th, 2014, 3:57 pm

[quote=""Miss Moppet""]Yes, and to be fair it was standard for that era, typical 1950s romance. I really want to enjoy her but I've never managed to finish one of her books. Tried Touch Not The Cat and something else, I want to say Madam Will You Talk? Determined to finish one![/quote]

You either love her or hate her. We've had a lot of fun buddy reading her books at the Mary Stewart group at Goodreads. Counting the cigarettes and the nylon nighties is an added bonus ;) :)
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Post by emr » Sat December 13th, 2014, 6:46 pm

Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd
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Post by fljustice » Sun December 14th, 2014, 7:07 pm

Close to finishing The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams and just stated another NF--1492 on the Nook.
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Post by Nefret » Sun December 14th, 2014, 9:35 pm

Ancient Lives- Daily Life in Egypt of the Pharaohs by John Romer
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon December 15th, 2014, 2:52 am

[quote=""Miss Moppet""]Yes, and to be fair it was standard for that era, typical 1950s romance. I really want to enjoy her but I've never managed to finish one of her books. Tried Touch Not The Cat and something else, I want to say Madam Will You Talk? Determined to finish one![/quote]
If you only read ONE Mary Stewart book, read the Crystal Cave. It's not he usual female-heroine in a modern pickle kind of work. It's a masterpiece of early post-Roman Britain.

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Post by Madeleine » Mon December 15th, 2014, 9:27 am

I'm gradually working my way through MS's books - have read 4 of the romance/thrillers so far and enjoyed them, they do seem a bit dated but that's inevitable. My favourite so far is Wildfire at Midnight, and I did notice the phenomenal amount of smoking that took place.

I've just started "Something Borrowed, Someone Dead", an Agatha Raisin mystery by M C Beaton, something light for the run-up to Xmas.
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Post by Miss Moppet » Mon December 15th, 2014, 9:44 am

[quote=""MLE (Emily Cotton)""]If you only read ONE Mary Stewart book, read the Crystal Cave. It's not he usual female-heroine in a modern pickle kind of work. It's a masterpiece of early post-Roman Britain.[/quote]

Yes, that's on my list too. :)

[quote=""Madeleine""]I'm gradually working my way through MS's books - have read 4 of the romance/thrillers so far and enjoyed them, they do seem a bit dated but that's inevitable. My favourite so far is Wildfire at Midnight, and I did notice the phenomenal amount of smoking that took place. [/quote]

The taxi reeks of Gauloises but the heroine hasn't smoked any yet. :)

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Post by Misfit » Mon December 15th, 2014, 1:41 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I'm gradually working my way through MS's books - have read 4 of the romance/thrillers so far and enjoyed them, they do seem a bit dated but that's inevitable. My favourite so far is Wildfire at Midnight, and I did notice the phenomenal amount of smoking that took place.

I've just started "Something Borrowed, Someone Dead", and Agatha Raisin mystery by M C Beaton, something light for the run-up to Xmas.[/quote]

I think it was Airs Above the Ground that had the h on an airplane. Stewardess came around with the cigarette cart. :eek:
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Post by Madeleine » Mon December 15th, 2014, 2:09 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I think it was Airs Above the Ground that had the h on an airplane. Stewardess came around with the cigarette cart. :eek: [/quote]

I remember smoking on planes but not the cigarette cart :eek:

Crystal Cave is high on my tbr list.
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Post by Miss Moppet » Mon December 15th, 2014, 6:13 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]I remember smoking on planes but not the cigarette cart :eek:
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Yes, I remember smoking on planes. They had non-smoking sections but if you were sitting right next to the smoking section, it didn't make any difference. I was once seated right next to the smoking section with my mother, who was ill with cancer which had spread to her lung. There was a man behind us who was chain smoking all through the 3 hour flight. We had to be moved to the jumpseats at the back of the plane because my mother was about to pass out from the smoke and they had to have a wheelchair waiting for her when we got to our destination.

I remember too, at my first job no smoking was allowed in the office during the day but they all lit up after hours (which was also when the air conditioning shut off, oh joy). Don't think that would be allowed now. Oh, and they smoked in the meeting rooms too. It was only the 90s but it seems like Mad Men, looking back!

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