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November 2010: What Are You Reading?

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Alisha Marie Klapheke
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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Mon November 29th, 2010, 3:53 am

[quote=""Lauryn""]Just finished Russian Winter, by Daphne Kalotay. Her first, from the promotional copy on the cover. A "now-vs-then" novel, "now" being the preparation for the auction of a famous ballerina's fabulous-sounding jewelry collection (I actually wished it was a picture-book at times), and "then" being the early years of that ballerina's career in Soviet Russia. I absolutely loved it, it was a well-written window into ballet life and Soviet life. I also really had to respect the author's handling of the ending. Very sophisticated, for a debut novel.[/quote]

I almost bought that book last week. So glad to hear it's good. I'll pick it up next time. Thanks! BTW I am rereading Diana Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber. Her blend of fiction and fact, myth and science--it's all so fun.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon November 29th, 2010, 4:10 am

[quote=""Alisha Marie Klapheke""]I almost bought that book last week. So glad to hear it's good. I'll pick it up next time. Thanks! BTW I am rereading Diana Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber. Her blend of fiction and fact, myth and science--it's all so fun.[/quote]

Welcome to the forum, Alisha!

I started The Courtiers by Lucy Worsley (NF) over Thanksgiving.
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Post by Misfit » Mon November 29th, 2010, 1:19 pm

[quote=""Alisha Marie Klapheke""]I almost bought that book last week. So glad to hear it's good. I'll pick it up next time. Thanks! BTW I am rereading Diana Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber. Her blend of fiction and fact, myth and science--it's all so fun.[/quote]

I liked Russian Winter as well. Almot done with Outback Station and then cracking open North and South by John Jakes for a buddy read at Goodreads. This should be fun with all those thoughts of Patrick Swayze buzzing 'round our heads ;) :p

And welcome aboard Alisha, glad to have you here.
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Post by Madeleine » Mon November 29th, 2010, 1:37 pm

I have now started "The Outlander" by Gil Adamson, as a themed winter read for my other online bookgroup.
Currently reading: "Bone China" by Laura Purcell

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Post by Ludmilla » Mon November 29th, 2010, 1:43 pm

I'm splitting my time between Phantom of the Opera during my commute (this is actually a re-read, but it's been over 20 years since I last read it) and Juliet Marillier's Wolfskin at home.

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Post by LoobyG » Mon November 29th, 2010, 2:06 pm

Started off my holiday with 'The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane' by Katherine Howe, a book written by a descendant of two accused Salem women and promising a different twist on the witch trials. Sadly, I gave up after page 60, I found the main character terribly dry and it took ages to get going - a shame really as I'd been looking forward to this one. Now on 'Angelique and the Sultan' by Sergeanne Golon, and Angelique is beginning her search for her lost love, the Comte de Peyrac :D

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Post by Miss Moppet » Mon November 29th, 2010, 2:27 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I liked Russian Winter as well. Almot done with Outback Station and then cracking open North and South by John Jakes for a buddy read at Goodreads. [/quote]

I've never read North and South but I certainly do recall the TV series. Wish I could join you but I've got too much on my plate at the moment.

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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Mon November 29th, 2010, 2:29 pm

[quote=""LoobyG""]Started off my holiday with 'The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane' by Katherine Howe, a book written by a descendant of two accused Salem women and promising a different twist on the witch trials. Sadly, I gave up after page 60, I found the main character terribly dry and it took ages to get going - a shame really as I'd been looking forward to this one. Now on 'Angelique and the Sultan' by Sergeanne Golon, and Angelique is beginning her search for her lost love, the Comte de Peyrac :D [/quote]

I enjoyed The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane in spite of its dull protagonist and slow start--I do agree with your comments. But when authors combine history and paranormal elements in their story, I cannot resist the mismash.

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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Mon November 29th, 2010, 2:30 pm

And thank you for the kind welcomes!

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Post by Misfit » Mon November 29th, 2010, 3:41 pm

[quote=""Miss Moppet""]I've never read North and South but I certainly do recall the TV series. Wish I could join you but I've got too much on my plate at the moment.[/quote]

For the life of me I can't recall if I read it or just watched the series.
And thank you for the kind welcomes!
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