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Feb 2009 - What are you reading?

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri February 6th, 2009, 6:00 pm

I've finished "The Complete Pompeii" by Joanne Berry, nonfiction.

This was a good book, a fascinating look at what was found of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But it left me wanting to see more! I was a little surprised that for all the hoopla made over the casts of the victims of the eruption it only showed images of a few and one was a dog.

It also surprised me that after almost 250+ years after it was officially discovered that there are huge swatches of area that haven't been excavated and you just wonder what they could be hiding and what more you could learn from what is found. Frustrating!

Those Pompeians sure loved their erotica and phallus'. There was a picture of the God Priapus who had a member that would've made a porn director jump for joy and the female actress wishing she had chosen another profession!

One thing that cracked me up is that the copper coins from the Roman time period were called an "as" and so more then one was "asses" *smirk*. I bet any teacher trying to teach Roman history must get giggles over that!

This was not a cheap book, but if you're interested in Pompeii, you won't be too disappointed, though I would've loved to have seen more images of what had been found, but I guess that would've made it even more bigger and more expensive.

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Post by annis » Fri February 6th, 2009, 6:02 pm

"The World According to Garp" is still my favorite John Irving :)

Ploughing my way through "Cathedral of the Sea", and learning a lot about Catalonian history as I go. The women in this story seem to have a very grim time of it, I have to say!

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Post by Misfit » Fri February 6th, 2009, 6:19 pm

[quote=""Ludmilla""]I've been on a D du M binge myself. Just finished The Glass-Blowers, which is a very intersting depiction of how the French Revolution and its aftermath affected a generation of people. The perspective is interesting because we see it from the PoV of the tradesmen and Bourgeoisie rather than the usual stories that revolve around aristocrats and peasants.

I've got The House on the Strand queued up to read next. Also just received Jamaica Inn, and have ordered Frenchman's Creek (a new Virago reissue coming out in March).[/quote]

Ludmilla, you are messing up my reading apple-cart :)

There's another one for the pile now. I do like her books and the library has a goodly supply to keep me busy. I had a four in one volume book out but it was due back and others were waiting so I didn't get to Frenchman's Creek yet. I did like Jamaica Inn, that was nice and properly spooky. Warning - stay off the reviews of that on Amazon - some little airhead spilled the beans on the big twist at the end.

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Post by diamondlil » Fri February 6th, 2009, 9:01 pm

I started The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee last night.

I am debating about not finishing the other book I was reading, but still contemplating that one. It's a big thing for me to have a DNF - it happens so rarely.
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Post by EC2 » Fri February 6th, 2009, 9:09 pm

[quote=""diamondlil""]I started The Mysteries of Glass by Sue Gee last night.

I am debating about not finishing the other book I was reading, but still contemplating that one. It's a big thing for me to have a DNF - it happens so rarely.[/quote]

I think DNF's become more common as you get older. They certainly have for me. Partly I think it's down to issues of time - it's running out, LOL! Partly I know what I like now and while in some areas I've grown more tolerant, in others I've grown assertive. If you start eating a meal and don't like it, then why carry on with it unless you're obliged by courtesy? Scrape it in the bin and head for the chocolate - :D ;)
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Post by TLee » Fri February 6th, 2009, 9:38 pm

Just started Secrets of the Tudor Court : Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson. Seems like a weird title for this book. So far, I am enjoying it.

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Post by Amanda » Sat February 7th, 2009, 1:07 am

I have just started Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Interestingly, I have just finished Suite Francaise, and Irene Nerimovsky died on 17th July 1942, and I started Sarah's Key, and the Vel d'Hiv roundup depicted....16th July 1942. The date sure did jump out at me!

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Post by Divia » Sat February 7th, 2009, 4:48 am

[quote=""TLee""]Just started Secrets of the Tudor Court : Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson. Seems like a weird title for this book. So far, I am enjoying it.[/quote]

Is this book fiction or nonfic?
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat February 7th, 2009, 4:48 am

[quote=""Divia""]Is this book fiction or nonfic?[/quote]

Fiction.

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Post by Telynor » Sat February 7th, 2009, 6:08 am

Lessee -- after an attempt to start Martin Cruz Smith's Havana Bay (I'll come back to it later when I'm not feeling so depressed), I've picked up Pox, an interesting look at syphilis (the America's gift to the white man) through time, and how it has affected history. After that it's going to be Mansfield Park, then an EC, either Shields of Pride or The Conquest.

I did finish Seer of Egypt and it's a cracking good read about one of the more obscure periods of Egyptian history.

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