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September 2010: What Are You Reading?

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chuck
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Location: Ciinaminson NJ

Postby chuck » Tue September 7th, 2010, 5:05 am

"Wallander"......totally agree with you....Watched the series...waiting patiently for series II to be released on Netflix.....Southern Sweden/Baltic Sea is beautiful and the series is so compelling....It's like watching Branagh as a Ingmar Bergman character....So much passive/aggressive behavior going on.....Anyway huge.... Branagh fan

annis
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Postby annis » Tue September 7th, 2010, 7:04 am

Posted by Chuck
So much passive/aggressive behavior going on.


That's what impressed me - it was all so subtly done - just a look here, a small gesture there - minimal yet so intense.

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JoshuaKaitlyn
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Location: Manchester UK

Postby JoshuaKaitlyn » Tue September 7th, 2010, 12:24 pm

Finished McCullough's 'Masters of Rome' series at long last, have to say the last one, 'Antony & Cleopatra' wasn't as good as the others. The best in the series I thought was 'The Grass Crown', absolutely loved Sulla, got a little tired of Caesar being portrayed as perfect and didn't much cared for Octavian. I loved the earlier senate debates and the politics but thought that the battles were a little 'one slash of the sword' and that was it!
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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Postby Susan » Tue September 7th, 2010, 11:01 pm

The King's Favorite: A Novel of Nell Gwyn and King Charles II by Susan Holloway Scott
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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Postby Susan » Tue September 7th, 2010, 11:05 pm

"JoshuaKaitlyn" wrote:Finished McCullough's 'Masters of Rome' series at long last, have to say the last one, 'Antony & Cleopatra' wasn't as good as the others. The best in the series I thought was 'The Grass Crown', absolutely loved Sulla, got a little tired of Caesar being portrayed as perfect and didn't much cared for Octavian. I loved the earlier senate debates and the politics but thought that the battles were a little 'one slash of the sword' and that was it!


I never finished this series...don't know why. I liked the earlier books better than the later ones. I agree with you about Sulla and Caesar and maybe that's why I stopped reading the series. I learned so much about Rome from these books. McCullough's glossaries were wonderful!
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SonjaMarie
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Location: Vashon, WA
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Postby SonjaMarie » Wed September 8th, 2010, 5:38 pm

I've finished "The Worm In the Bud: The World of Victorian Sexuality" by Ronald Pearsall (638pgs, 1983ed, 1969 orig)*.

It's taken me a few months to get through this book, for a few reasons, 1) size, 2) I only devoted a certain amount of time to it a day, 3) it wasn't an easy read, some parts moved faster then others, and the writing was a bit odd in places, and 4) it didn't help that I kept having injuries at the end of August, which curtailed my reading time.

While a very interesting book for the most part, some parts didn't add to the over all flow of the book. It also helped that I already had a bit of a grounding in Victorian life and knew about a lot of the people talked about, but others were completely unknown to me, as they would be to most people in our time period.

I do recommend it if you're into Victorian studies but for the novice I suggest you read a lot of other Victorian history books before tackling this one!

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LoobyG
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Location: Derbyshire, UK

Postby LoobyG » Wed September 8th, 2010, 9:12 pm

About to begin Anya Seton's 'Dragonwyck' :)

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Miss Moppet
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Location: North London
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Postby Miss Moppet » Wed September 8th, 2010, 9:29 pm

"LoobyG" wrote:About to begin Anya Seton's 'Dragonwyck' :)


Looby, isn't that a coincidence - I just read a recommendation for it the other day. Let me know what you think.

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Michy
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Location: California

Postby Michy » Wed September 8th, 2010, 9:55 pm

I really enjoyed that one. A "classic" Gothic set in upper-state New York along the Hudson River. It's a bit cliched and predictable, but it is well-written enough that I wanted to keep reading, even though I knew what was going to happen.

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Kasthu
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Location: Radnor, PA
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Postby Kasthu » Wed September 8th, 2010, 10:42 pm

I'm reading the 17th book in the Morland Dynasty series, The Poison Tree. I think i started this a while ago...


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