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Book Shopping Today (2011 edition)

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Sat August 20th, 2011, 11:13 pm

[quote=""LoobyG""]Just after typing the titles up on here I searched it on Google and got your blog Misfit - some of those sex scenes :eek: I'm seeing it in an entirely different light lol. Ahh I only paid 50p, it might be worth it for entertainment value when I get round to it.[/quote]

Lol. There is some squicky male fantasy sex in that one. Not as bad as Follett, but very close :eek:

ETA, you can see another review here. Michele is the one who so graciously passed the book along to me.
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Post by Michy » Sat August 20th, 2011, 11:31 pm

[quote=""LoobyG""]About a quarter of the way through 'The Zookeeper's War' by Steven Conte, a fictional book about the keeper of Berlin Zoo and his Australian wife during WWII. I've found the beginning incredibly sad already, when bombs hit the Zoo and many of the animals died :( [/quote] That sounds remarkably like a NF book I read last year -- The Zookkeeper's Wife. True story about how the manager of the Warsaw Zoo and his wife used the zoo (after the Nazis emptied it out and pretty much closed it down) as a stopover place for Jews fleeing during the war. It was a little on the dry side and a bit hard to follow (I listened to an audio version, and so all the unfamiliar Polish and Jewish names became difficult to keep track of) but it was all in all a good read and I learned some things about WWII I never knew. And it ended well -- they were never caught and, as far as is known, all of the Jews they hid made it to safety.

[quote=""LoobyG""]'Holocaust' by Gerald Green.[/quote] That was one of the very first books I ever read about WWII -- waaaaaay back when I was about 14. I remember that it was a very powerful book, but that may have just been because I was so young. I should maybe give it a re-read.....

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Post by Madeleine » Sun August 21st, 2011, 6:46 pm

yayy the wait is over! Got EC's To Defy a King today.

Just ordered from Book Dep:

The Assassin's Prayer by Ariana Franklin
Murder to Music by Lesley Cookman
Fallen Angel by David Hewson
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Post by LoobyG » Sun August 21st, 2011, 8:44 pm

[quote=""Michy""]That sounds remarkably like a NF book I read last year -- The Zookkeeper's Wife. True story about how the manager of the Warsaw Zoo and his wife used the zoo (after the Nazis emptied it out and pretty much closed it down) as a stopover place for Jews fleeing during the war. It was a little on the dry side and a bit hard to follow (I listened to an audio version, and so all the unfamiliar Polish and Jewish names became difficult to keep track of) but it was all in all a good read and I learned some things about WWII I never knew. And it ended well -- they were never caught and, as far as is known, all of the Jews they hid made it to safety.

That was one of the very first books I ever read about WWII -- waaaaaay back when I was about 14. I remember that it was a very powerful book, but that may have just been because I was so young. I should maybe give it a re-read.....[/quote]

It does sound very similar doesn't it - I wonder if there was some inspiration there for Steven Conte? :p I found 'The Zookeeper's War' quite dry and slow too, I persevered but I wasn't overly struck, I don't think I'll pick up anything by this author again. With the Gerald Green book, there was a tv series called 'Holocaust' based on it I think, in the 70s/80s which I remember watching as a child, so the characters seem familiar. I look forward to spotting the differences between the book and the series :)

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Post by Nefret » Tue August 23rd, 2011, 10:39 pm

The Scarlet Contessa by Jeanne Kalogridis
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Post by Vanessa » Fri August 26th, 2011, 11:40 am

13, rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro
The School of Night by Louis Bayard
A Woman of Consequence by a Lady, Miss Anna Dean


I took part in a survey about Great British Memories and was asked to select three free books for my troubles:

Rome, The Emperor's Spy by M C Scott
Daughts in Law by Joanna Trollope
The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by Elysium » Fri August 26th, 2011, 6:19 pm

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
Changeless by Gail Carriger

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat August 27th, 2011, 2:36 am

I went on a cheap out-of-print buying spree the other day. Only one of my purchases has arrived: The Tudor Sisters by Aileen Armitage.
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Post by nona » Sat August 27th, 2011, 6:12 pm

so I've been gone for awhile but while away I played and shopped, recently picked up alot of good ones, some historical romances, some fiction, some non fiction. picked up In the Pursuit of the Green Lion, Cold Mountain, Two Daughters of Rome today though and can't wait to bury my nose in them.


I went to a Renassiance Fair recently as well, bought a time period dress and boots, medieval of course though not as fancy as all the others there but it is my first of many! also became a volunteer there and the Christmas feast with HenryVIII and his wives! I wonder what chaos it will be having all six alive in the same room!? Anyways great to be back among old friends and new!

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Post by Misfit » Sat August 27th, 2011, 6:15 pm

Glad to see you back Nona.
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