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Anna Elliott
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Postby Anna Elliott » Fri June 26th, 2009, 2:11 am

"ellenjane" wrote:I generally listen to the audiobooks - I find Barbara Roseblat's Amelia particularly helpful in motivating me to do housework and other things I'd rather not. :D

I was using up my two monthly credits at Audible, and saw the description for "Falcon at the Portal," and thought that it looked like a lot happened, so I should probably read that one in hard copy. So I checked it out from the library and got the audio download of "He Shall Thunder in the Sky." Well, I finished "Falcon" and wanted to know what happened next so badly that I ran out and bought myself the paperback (library was closed). I just couldn't wait to listen to the audiobook. Whew! I'm glad I did - I don't think I would have followed everything as well if I'd listened to it. I think I can return to normal now that all has been revealed and resolved, though!


He Shall Thunder in the Sky is my absolute, utter favorite Elizabeth Peters! Now that you've read it and are no longer in dire suspense, I definitely recommend listening to the audio book anyway--I've checked it out of our library so many times I practically know ever inflection by heart. But it's so, so good!
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The New Amelia Peabody!

Postby Sheramy » Mon September 7th, 2009, 10:02 pm

River in the Sky is already on Amazon and will be released 6 April 2010. Oh Boy! :)
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For it is truly the discovery of a new hemisphere in a person's life when he falls seriously in love. -Vincent van Gogh

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Anna Elliott
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Postby Anna Elliott » Tue September 8th, 2009, 3:00 pm

Ooooh, how exciting! I thought she'd ended the series!
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Postby Leena » Sat October 10th, 2009, 3:16 pm

I don't know which of her books is my favorite. Every time I read Elizabeth Peters, I feel like I'm coming home. That sounds a little mushy, I guess, but I kind of think of the Emersons as my family. I've been reading her books for so long! I also enjoy her Egyptology texts. They're well done but not stuffy, and they've been in print for years. I think she's one of the few authors who has actually written a text on the every day life of the ancient Egyptians. It's called Red Land; Black Land.
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. " (Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey)

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Postby Sheramy » Sat October 10th, 2009, 8:21 pm

I think Red Land, Black Land was recently published in a revised, updated edition. I really need to read it.

She has a PhD in Egyptology from the Univ of Chicago, which is still one of the premier places to study in that field.
Sunflowers: A Novel of Vincent van Gogh, forthcoming from Avon-A, 13 October 2009

My blog: http://vangoghschair.blogspot.com

My website: http://www.sheramybundrick.com

For it is truly the discovery of a new hemisphere in a person's life when he falls seriously in love. -Vincent van Gogh

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Anna Elliott
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Postby Anna Elliott » Sun October 11th, 2009, 12:33 am

Red Land, Black Land and her other book on Egyptology, Tombs, Temples, and Pyramids, were both recently re-released as new and updated versions. They're both excellent--fascinating and scholarly but very readable and even very humorous. She's just an amazingly gifted writer in all genres!
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Postby Leena » Sun October 11th, 2009, 2:34 pm

Very true, Sheramy and Anna.

It's sometimes hard to find books that give you information on every day life. I've researched other people from the ancient world and too often have found mostly archaeology but not much that gives an idea how the people were living in their ordinary existence. One can get good general ideas about the culture at large from archaeology. So with Red Land, Black Land, at least one can extrapolate a little on how life was managed in the ancient world, being careful to keep the cultural differences in mind. From that standpoint, Dr. Mertz's book is a treasure.

I'll take a look at your websites. Best of luck on your novels. :)
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"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. " (Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey)


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