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December 2010: What are you reading?

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed December 8th, 2010, 10:52 am

Just started Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian history of the American West (NF) by Dee Brown. A book group read. Not my choice. So far, it seems more worthy than thrilling.

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Post by Michy » Wed December 8th, 2010, 3:14 pm

[quote=""emr""]Started The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett a couple days ago and almost gave it up after 50 pages of latin-french-not-quite-english gibberish but I'm glad I persevered (and the gibberish improved) Accepting that Lymond talks like that, I find hard to believe that everybody else has the cultural level to understand him. Anyway I've got to like his quest for justice always destined to fail...

I think I'll need something brainless next :D [/quote] I started that one myself a few days ago (my first foray into Dorothy Dunnett) and set it aside after about 50 or 60 pages. My reaction was pretty much as you describe above. However, given all the comments from others on the Dorothy Dunnett thread I'm not giving up on this one entirely -- I'll give it another go one of these days.

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Post by emr » Wed December 8th, 2010, 8:40 pm

[quote=""Michy""]I started that one myself a few days ago (my first foray into Dorothy Dunnett) and set it aside after about 50 or 60 pages. My reaction was pretty much as you describe above. However, given all the comments from others on the Dorothy Dunnett thread I'm not giving up on this one entirely -- I'll give it another go one of these days.[/quote]

It improves. Slowly at first. By the end of the book they have too many serious problems to go around quoting every dead roman ever. :rolleyes: I'm definitely getting next book in the series. :)

*me is almost at the end and hooked... 3 hurrahs for Lymond's mom! :D :D :D
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Post by Michy » Wed December 8th, 2010, 9:05 pm

Yes, everyone mentions getting "hooked" on Dorothy Dunnett -- that, frankly, is the only thing that makes me willing to give her another try. Otherwise, the book would have hit the wall. As you say, the characters constantly spout highfalutin lingo that is over my head! :p And someone else mentioned that Dunnett purposely makes her prose "murky" -- apparently she gradually peels back the layers and reveals things to the reader. That appeals to the puzzle-lover in me. So I will give her another go one of these days.....

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Post by Elysium » Wed December 8th, 2010, 10:36 pm

I'm reading The Rose Without A Thorn by Jean Plaidy. It's been good but I've read better ones from her.

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Post by Telynor » Wed December 8th, 2010, 11:36 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I started Bloody Mary by Hilda Lewis after giving up in disgust on two recent HF novels. One was a whinefest, the other was a genealogical table with dialogue.[/quote]

Which ones were the not so good ones? "Genealogical table with dialogue." That's good... You do come up with snazzy one liners.

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Post by Telynor » Wed December 8th, 2010, 11:39 pm

[quote=""Michy""]Yes, everyone mentions getting "hooked" on Dorothy Dunnett -- that, frankly, is the only thing that makes me willing to give her another try. Otherwise, the book would have hit the wall. As you say, the characters constantly spout highfalutin lingo that is over my head! :p And someone else mentioned that Dunnett purposely makes her prose "murky" -- apparently she gradually peels back the layers and reveals things to the reader. That appeals to the puzzle-lover in me. So I will give her another go one of these days.....[/quote]

Get your hands on the Dorothy Dunnett companion books -- they untangle all of those quotes and people and really help to make it through that first book -- took me three tries before I got it. Then it was onto Queen's Play, and there I was trapped, well and truly.

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Post by Misfit » Wed December 8th, 2010, 11:44 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]Get your hands on the Dorothy Dunnett companion books -- they untangle all of those quotes and people and really help to make it through that first book -- took me three tries before I got it. Then it was onto Queen's Play, and there I was trapped, well and truly.[/quote]

Oh man, that steeple chase race was something. Wow.
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Post by Telynor » Wed December 8th, 2010, 11:51 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Oh man, that steeple chase race was something. Wow.[/quote]

It was one of the most intense bits of writing that I have ever come across. And then, later on, there is that chess game -- I was completely undone by the end of it. Just a wreck.

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Post by Misfit » Thu December 9th, 2010, 12:06 am

[quote=""Telynor""]It was one of the most intense bits of writing that I have ever come across. And then, later on, there is that chess game -- I was completely undone by the end of it. Just a wreck.[/quote]

Oh yes, let alone that wild chase through the city (Paris, was it?) in the last book.
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