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What are you reading August 2011?

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Post by boswellbaxter » Tue August 2nd, 2011, 3:19 am

[quote=""Divia""]I just bought this and someone else is reading it too. I'm sure I saw it on facebook. hmmm, Maybe it was you. Anyway, I suggest a book buddies discussion.


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Sounds good! I'm enjoying it so far.
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Post by Madeleine » Tue August 2nd, 2011, 8:43 am

Started "Incubus" yesterday, good so far. Very derivative of every Gothic novel you can think of, but she acknowledges that, and also name-checks both Anne Rice and "Dark Shadows" in the first few pages. Nicely atmospheric and I would love to study fairytales and folklore!
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Post by emr » Tue August 2nd, 2011, 9:30 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]Started "Incubus" yesterday, good so far. Very derivative of every Gothic novel you can think of, but she acknowledges that, and also name-checks both Anne Rice and "Dark Shadows" in the first few pages. Nicely atmospheric and I would love to study fairytales and folklore![/quote]

I started the first pages last night and couldnt put it down :)
Old Perikles lost (I was reading Death by Amphora) Mr Sexy Incubus won :D
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Post by Madeleine » Tue August 2nd, 2011, 11:46 am

[quote=""emr""]I started the first pages last night and couldnt put it down :)
Old Perikles lost (I was reading Death by Amphora) Mr Sexy Incubus won :D [/quote]

Great, we can do a buddy read :)
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Post by emr » Tue August 2nd, 2011, 2:41 pm

[quote=""Madeleine""]Great, we can do a buddy read :) [/quote]

Sure I'll start one :)
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Post by Vanessa » Tue August 2nd, 2011, 4:48 pm

I'm reading Pale as the Dead by Fiona Mountain. I was going to start Queen by Right, August's book, but PatD is a library book and is due back next week. I think I've had it long enough.
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Post by The Czar » Tue August 2nd, 2011, 11:48 pm

I am on a classical kick right now. I just finished Byzantium, by Michael Ennis, and Pride of Carthage, by Durham. I am now reading Count Belisarius, by Graves, and have his I, Claudius and Creation by Gore Vidal in the queue next.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 2:06 am

I've finished 3 books in the last 2 days:
"Here We Go Again: My Life in Television 1949 - 1995" by Betty White (298pgs, 1995orig, 2010ed). This women's career has been amazing. She updated it with what she's been up to since and she's 89 years old now!

"The Art of the Steal: Inside of Sotheby's - Christie's Auction House Scandal" by Christopher Mason (390pgs, 2004)*. The people involved in the fix pricing were incredibly stupid, and there was no one to feel sorry for except the people who weren't involved.

"Jurassic Park" by Michael Crichton (404pgs, 1990, reread). It's amazing how much I forgot since I last read it almost 20 years ago, but still a very good book.

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Post by Margaret » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 5:33 am

Divia and Bos - I just finished reading Cleopatra's Moon, too, and enjoyed it. The plot construction was much more effective, I thought, than in the recent adult novel Lily of the Nile, also about Cleopatra Selene, which had long stretches in which not much was happening. Ironically, the YA Cleopatra's Moon felt like a more sophisticated story to me than the adult novel Lily of the Nile, although CM did feel like a YA. (I haven't read Michele Moran's novel about Cleopatra Selene.) My review of CM is scheduled for Aug. 4, with an interview with the author to follow the next day.
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Post by Tanzanite » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 7:01 pm

Should finish up To Die For by Sandra Byrd later today.

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