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What Books Did You Get For Christmas....

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Sun December 26th, 2010, 4:12 am

"Divia" wrote:Wow. I'd expect you guys to get more books.
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Well it's tight in my house, but if it makes you feel better, my book originally cost $75! :)

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Susan
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Postby Susan » Sun December 26th, 2010, 4:15 am

Besides my son's joke gift, my daughter did give me a Kindle gift card and a book which I hope will be useful called Outwitting Squirrels.
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Postby annis » Sun December 26th, 2010, 5:38 am

I got a hardcover version of Terry Pratchett's Discworld fable, The Last Hero. Full of the sort of anarchic humour of Pratchett's earlier novels, it's quite a short story featuring Cohen the Barbarian (five foot tall in his surgically enhanced sandals), but magnificently illustrated by Paul Kidby. I wish I could show you - the pictures of the various assorted decrepit but still dangerous (if only to themselves) members of the Barbarian Silver Horde (oldies but baddies) are just priceless. And Kidby has created a wonderful take-off of the Bayeux tapestry :) I love it!

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Postby Margaret » Sun December 26th, 2010, 7:03 am

My son took a book he had given me a few years ago that was in my to be read pile and re-gifted it as a joke!


Now that's just rude - and very, very funny! :D
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Postby Ash » Sun December 26th, 2010, 9:00 am

"annis" wrote:I got a hardcover version of Terry Pratchett's Discworld fable, The Last Hero. ...magnificently illustrated by Paul Kidby. I wish I could show you - the pictures of the various assorted decrepit but still dangerous (if only to themselves) members of the Barbarian Silver Horde (oldies but baddies) are just priceless. And Kidby has created a wonderful take-off of the Bayeux tapestry :) I love it!


One of my favorite books by Pratchett - those illustrations added so much to his world. Kidby also did many of the original UK covers which I always thought were much more interesting than the ones they have out now. Not all of the illustrations were over the top - some of the individual characters were downright beautiful esp the Discworld turtle. But my favorite was Death petting a very cute little kitten (wish I could find a link to it - its just perfect!)

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Postby Gabriele Campbell » Sun December 26th, 2010, 4:15 pm

"ejays17" wrote:And in other Historically-related stuff
A pewter chess set of Romans vs Ancient Britons. I collect chess sets (it's a very expensive hobby & I don't indulge very often :D ), and we'd seen this one at the market when we were on holidays in October so SLOC boight it for me - on the understanding that it was combined Christmas / birthday prsent this year.


Any chance you could put up a photo or two of that?

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Postby LoveHistory » Sun December 26th, 2010, 4:27 pm

I didn't get any books. :( Hubby gave me War & Peace on VHS though. The one with Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Mel Ferrer. If I ever get a chance to watch it I'll be that much more inspired to read the book.

And my oldest made an empty book for me to fill presumably with my fashion designs. It's about 2 1/2 inches square which works because my designs look best small.

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Postby Gabriele Campbell » Sun December 26th, 2010, 4:30 pm

Christmas presents are a very unsentimental business in our family. My father gives me some money and I go on a shopping spree at Amazon. :) *

So I got me:

Shippey, The Road to Middle Earth
ditto, Tolkien - Author of the Century
Tolkien's Letters
Carpenter's Tolkien biography
Tolkien, Unfinished Tales

Tim Clarkson, The Men of the North
Die Deutschen Herrscher des Mittelalters (a collection of essays by various historians)

Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself / Before They are Hanged / Last Argument of Kings
Douglas Jackson, Hero of Rome

Donizetti, Anna Bolena (DVD)


* I buy something for him, but it's easier because I know his taste in books and music while I read a lot of books in foreign languages, plus he doesn't know much about Fantasy (though I got him to read Lord of the Rings, finally).

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Postby annis » Sun December 26th, 2010, 5:22 pm

Posted by Ash
But my favorite was Death petting a very cute little kitten



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Postby Tanzanite » Sun December 26th, 2010, 5:30 pm

I didn't get any books, but my husband made me a very nice bookcase:
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