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What Are You Reading? February 2011

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Post by emr » Wed February 9th, 2011, 10:45 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Oh you have no idea. The first 200 pages have been like a repeat of the last book, one summer later. Tons of repetition. Ayla and Jondalar and perfect perfect perfect. I hear the last third of the book brings the payola, but is it worth 500 other pages to get there?[/quote]

I loved the first book. Then books 2 and 3 were k but sounded to me like more of the same, not so fresh. So I gave up and never bothered with the rest of the series.
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Post by Misfit » Wed February 9th, 2011, 11:20 pm

[quote=""emr""]I loved the first book. Then books 2 and 3 were k but sounded to me like more of the same, not so fresh. So I gave up and never bothered with the rest of the series.[/quote]

Wise move. I did read them all but it has been a while. Perhaps it's me who has changed.
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Post by cw gortner » Thu February 10th, 2011, 12:01 am

[quote=""Perdita""]I got inspired by the 'Victorian Ghost Stories' thread so now I'm reading The Seance by John Harwood.[/quote]

I love Harwood's novels. Very unsettling.
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Post by Vanessa » Thu February 10th, 2011, 8:46 am

[quote=""Perdita""]I got inspired by the 'Victorian Ghost Stories' thread so now I'm reading The Seance by John Harwood.[/quote]



I liked that one - hope you enjoy it, too.
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Post by Madeleine » Thu February 10th, 2011, 1:45 pm

I've enjoyed both John Harwood's books, I think he's a good writer and is excellent at creating atmosphere - they're creepy! - but I found the endings a bit disappointing, so I'll be interested to know what you think.
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Post by fljustice » Thu February 10th, 2011, 5:24 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Oh you have no idea. The first 200 pages have been like a repeat of the last book, one summer later. Tons of repetition. Ayla and Jondalar and perfect perfect perfect. I hear the last third of the book brings the payola, but is it worth 500 other pages to get there?[/quote]

I found the last two books to be a real slog. There are only so many times you can read about flint napping, leather scraping, and herb picking before it gets boring. I've been debating getting the most recent book, but I've read all the others...
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Post by Leyland » Thu February 10th, 2011, 6:54 pm

The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell. Love the series!
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Post by Misfit » Thu February 10th, 2011, 7:26 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]I found the last two books to be a real slog. There are only so many times you can read about flint napping, leather scraping, and herb picking before it gets boring. I've been debating getting the most recent book, but I've read all the others...[/quote]

I agree. I'm doing frequent updates at Goodreads if you are over there come and find me. Really, it isn't bad, but it just isn't coming up to what I got in the other books especially the first 2 or 3.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu February 10th, 2011, 7:53 pm

I got the first 3 or 4 down, but then it just got to be too much that Ayla practically invented civilization as we know it...

Have they got chariot wheels yet? By the end of this book, somebody will be smelting iron :rolleyes:

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Post by Misfit » Thu February 10th, 2011, 8:42 pm

[quote=""MLE""]I got the first 3 or 4 down, but then it just got to be too much that Ayla practically invented civilization as we know it...

Have they got chariot wheels yet? By the end of this book, somebody will be smelting iron :rolleyes: [/quote]

Not yet. Do we have a thread on her yet? If not, I'll start one later. Must get back to work at the moment. ;)
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