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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Tue October 28th, 2008, 9:56 am

"EC2" wrote:Actually my post should read 'Went library trawling today.'
Came back with:

Mistress of the Art of Death - Arianna Franklin. 12thC murder mystery

The Nautical Chart - Arturo Perez-Revert - 'Lost treasure, love and betrayal on the High seas. Modern I think but with historical detail as it's about a Jesuit shipwreck.

State of the Union by Douglas Kennedy - starts in America in the 1960's and goes up to post 9/11 to judge from the blurb.

The Coffee Trader by David Liss - Amsterdam 1659

Gatty's Tale - Kevin Crossley Holland. YA. Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1203

Daughters of Fire. - Barbara Erskine. Roman/modern Timeslip caper

Contemporary stuff for the dh = PD James The Lighthouse and Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke.



Good haul!

I have heard good things about The Lace Reader. I have it here to read shortly.

I went to the library tonight and picked up:

The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman
The Cavalier Case by Antonia Fraser - I didn't know she wrote fiction until just a few days ago so I am giving this one a go.
Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn
It by Stephen King - I have been challenged to read it. I have never read any Stephen King before.
Knitting by Anne Bartlett - on Pat's rec
His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley
The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville - her newest HF novel.
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Alaric
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Postby Alaric » Tue October 28th, 2008, 10:47 am

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has never read Stephen King before!

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Tue October 28th, 2008, 1:39 pm

"Alaric" wrote:I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has never read Stephen King before!


I used to read him about 25+ years ago. Tried to read The Stand a couple of years ago (I'd read it before and loved it). Gave up around page 10.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Tue October 28th, 2008, 5:10 pm

The only King I've read was "The Body" (the short story "Stand By Me" was based on) and that was only because it was for a high school class assignment.

After reading "IT" Marg, you probably will never look at clowns quite the same way again, if I remember the ads for the movie correctly!

Personally I think clowns are creepy anyway!

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Amanda
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Postby Amanda » Tue October 28th, 2008, 9:02 pm

"diamondlil" wrote:Good haul!


The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville - her newest HF novel.


I'm looking forward to this one!

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JMJacobsen
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Location: Gig Harbor, Washington

Postby JMJacobsen » Wed October 29th, 2008, 1:18 am

Wow - "It" is pretty industrious for a first-time King read...I'm impressed. His early, early stuff was my favorite. I remember "Carrie," "Christine," and "Pet Cemetary" scaring the bejesus out of me when I was a teenager. :)

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red805
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Location: Southern California

Postby red805 » Wed October 29th, 2008, 2:10 am

I had a gift certificate for Borders, so I picked up Katherine by Anya Seton & a non-fiction book on tape - A World Lit Only By Fire, by William Manchester & read by Barrett Whitener. I read Katherine awhile back, but my dog ate the cover & the ends of some pages so I tossed it. I've been wanting to reread it. The book on tape is for my daily 1+ hour commute, so as soon as I finish listening to For Whom the Bell Tolls, I'll have another lined up & ready to roll. :)

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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Wed October 29th, 2008, 7:46 am

"JMJacobsen" wrote:Wow - "It" is pretty industrious for a first-time King read...I'm impressed. His early, early stuff was my favorite. I remember "Carrie," "Christine," and "Pet Cemetary" scaring the bejesus out of me when I was a teenager. :)


I haven't read it yet. We'll have to wait to see how it goes.
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EC2
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Postby EC2 » Wed October 29th, 2008, 9:30 am

"JMJacobsen" wrote:Wow - "It" is pretty industrious for a first-time King read...I'm impressed. His early, early stuff was my favorite. I remember "Carrie," "Christine," and "Pet Cemetary" scaring the bejesus out of me when I was a teenager. :)


I think Stephen King is a classic in the making and is one of the most important writers of the 20thC. I think he's sometimes been overlooked by the literati because he writes horror, but he is a superb writes IMO and one worthy of literary recognition as well as just acknowledgement for his abilities in the genre. He did go off the boil for a time due to drugs etc, but then got himself clean and out of it.
My friend when she used to teach English to the 16-18 brigade at school, had Carrie on the syllabus. I loved all of those early novels - apart from The Stand which was too long and some of the descriptions of body fluids weren't for me. My favourite has to be The Shining. It take a lot to make me almost too scared to turn the pages!
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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Wed October 29th, 2008, 10:48 am

I am not sure I want to be scared, but I am pushing my boundaries by agreeing to read this, so might as well pick a scary one!
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