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September 2010: What Are You Reading?

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rockygirl
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Post by rockygirl » Mon September 27th, 2010, 11:53 pm

Nemesis

Been looking forward to this one for a while!

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Post by EC2 » Tue September 28th, 2010, 12:15 am

[quote=""rockygirl""]Nemesis

Been looking forward to this one for a while![/quote]

My DH is reading that one too! He's recovering from an op and I bought it for him as a treat he could begin as soon as he was back to concentrating. He tells me he's really enjoying it so far.
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by Michy » Tue September 28th, 2010, 12:22 am

Isn't that an Agatha Christie? Or am I totally confused? :eek: I seem to recall reading it a long, long time ago......

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Post by Misfit » Tue September 28th, 2010, 1:00 am

Seventrees by Janice Young Brooks. Kansas, 1800's three generational saga.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue September 28th, 2010, 1:41 am

I've finished "Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mystery #4" by Charlaine Harris (413pgs large print, 2009)*. Another good book in the series, and it might be the last one, I hope not, but that's what I heard.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Tue September 28th, 2010, 2:43 am

[quote=""Michy""]Isn't that an Agatha Christie? Or am I totally confused? :eek: I seem to recall reading it a long, long time ago......[/quote]

I was looking at recommendations over at Amazon UK and came across "Nemesis" by Philip Roth which is fairly new, so I'm thinking it's that one.

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Post by javagirl » Tue September 28th, 2010, 3:12 am

C.W. - Thanks for sharing about The Astronomer. I've been pondering whether to get that one. Also, will be interested to hear what you think of The Eight. Had it in my hands to get from the library a while back and a good friend of mine whose reading opinions I usually share told me not to bother and I put it back. But I've wondered about it several times since then.

I finally finished Sarum. Good for what it is, although, I think I was more in the mood for greater depth on characters that I could "stick with" for a while which doesn't happen in this kind of 10000 year saga, so I struggled to finish it. But I did enjoy many parts and learned a good bit.

Now treating myself to the 3rd in the "Into the Wilderness" series, Lake in the Clouds.

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Post by Michy » Tue September 28th, 2010, 4:32 am

[quote=""javagirl""]

I finally finished Sarum. Good for what it is, although, I think I was more in the mood for greater depth on characters that I could "stick with" for a while which doesn't happen in this kind of 10000 year saga, so I struggled to finish it. But I did enjoy many parts and learned a good bit.
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I really liked that one. I read it many years ago but the parts about it that still stand out to me are 1) just how l-o-n-g it took to build those massive old cathedrals. I knew that from history, but Rutherfurd put it into terms that made it very real to me. There were people whose entire lifetimes were spent working on the cathedral, who never saw the beginning nor the ending of the project, but just the endless work-in-progress. Hard to imagine nowadays when things are built so rapidly by comparison. 2) Just what an impact the Black Death had on society and on the lives and fortunes of many individuals and families. I believe it was in Sarum -- but perhaps it was in London -- where one of the characters who was quite unsavory and unlikable had the great good luck to be one of the few people who survived the plague. He was therefore able to step into the vacuum left by the death of so many of his neighbors, and as a result his fortunes turned around and he became quite wealthy. Although this was fictional, I am certain things like that actually did happen. John of Gaunt, for instance, became the wealthiest and arguably the most powerful man in England largely as a result of the plague.

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Post by Ludmilla » Tue September 28th, 2010, 12:55 pm

Started Quo Vadis this morning... have seen the film several times, though not recently. My challenge is getting Robert Taylor's wooden acting out of my head while reading this!

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Post by Madeleine » Tue September 28th, 2010, 1:06 pm

Lindsey Davis's latest Falco book is called Nemesis too.
Currently reading "Date with Malice" by Julia Chapman & "Water Proof" by Chris Crowther

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