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Red805's 2009 books

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Post by red805 » Mon September 7th, 2009, 11:10 pm

The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis - 4/5. I'm tired of England, so I've been in France & Italy most recently. I enjoyed this story of Sancha of Aragon from Naples who married into the infamous Borgia family. I'd be interested in reading more about this period of the late? Renaissance.

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Post by red805 » Mon September 7th, 2009, 11:15 pm

Mistress of the Game by Tilly Bagshawe - definitely not historical fiction, in fact the story goes into the future, although not in any kind of outlandish way. Based on Sidney Sheldon's Master of the Game, which I have not read, I believe this sequel is the first authorized by his estate to follow up on his previous novels. It was definitely a page-turner, & I interrupted another book to finish this. Fun beach reading for the end of summer.

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Post by red805 » Wed September 9th, 2009, 11:05 pm

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown - 4.5/5 stars for me. I was up until 5 am finishing it! Just prepping for his new one & thought I'd rip through this, which I did. This one was a bit more down to earth than DaVinci or, especially, Angels & Demons. No albino self-flagellating Opus Dei villians; well maybe a distant cousin ;) Anyway, typical Brown fast-paced non-stop action which was lots of fun.

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Post by red805 » Sat September 19th, 2009, 8:45 pm

Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon - 2/5 stars - Had to go back & read the original after reading the sequel authorized by his estate. Beach read, but seems less memorable than his other book I've read long ago - The Other Side of Midnight.

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Post by red805 » Sat September 19th, 2009, 8:48 pm

Finished the audio book Playing for Pizza by John Grisham - 2/5 stars for me. The main character was so dull that it detracted from his good descriptions of the football action & preparations. Got a bit of a tour guide to Italy, but it just seemed flat.

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Post by Telynor » Sun September 20th, 2009, 11:07 pm

[quote=""red805""]Finished the audio book Playing for Pizza by John Grisham - 2/5 stars for me. The main character was so dull that it detracted from his good descriptions of the football action & preparations. Got a bit of a tour guide to Italy, but it just seemed flat.[/quote]

I found this to be a terrible disappointment of a book too. I kept wanting something more to happen or something, anything, to give the story some momentum.

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Post by red805 » Tue September 22nd, 2009, 2:13 am

[quote=""Telynor""]I found this to be a terrible disappointment of a book too. I kept wanting something more to happen or something, anything, to give the story some momentum.[/quote]

You know Telynor, I haven't read a Grisham in years, but I certainly expected more too. And if the main character ever spoke more than two or three monosyllabic words in a row I don't remember :confused:

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Post by Telynor » Tue September 22nd, 2009, 4:42 am

[quote=""red805""]You know Telynor, I haven't read a Grisham in years, but I certainly expected more too. And if the main character ever spoke more than two or three monosyllabic words in a row I don't remember :confused: [/quote]

And isn't that sad? It was just such a disappointment of a read, as we never really did learn anything about the main character, except that he was a has-been footballer, who manages to find he likes Italy and Italian food, but doesn't really grow in any other way.

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Post by red805 » Sat October 24th, 2009, 7:59 pm

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran - Such an interesting subject & time, and with characters that I already knew a little bit about (some of them). I wished that this book was directed more at an adult audience, with less romance & more politics, but I enjoyed it, & would like to know more about the people surrounding Augustus.

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Post by red805 » Mon November 16th, 2009, 8:10 pm

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown - Usual rollarcoaster of fun mix of cottoncandy & philosophy from Mr. Brown. There's something so easy about a book with one-page-long chapters. I think I liked this better than The DaVinci Code. It was the perfect book to take my mind off some stressful issues that were keeping me up at night. But, come on - isn't Robert Langdon ever going to get a girlfriend?

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