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What Are You Reading? November 2012

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rebecca
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Post by rebecca » Sun December 2nd, 2012, 12:37 am

I am now half way through Wicked: "The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West." By Gregory Maguire....I nearly set it aside but persevered and now am enjoying it.

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Post by Susan » Sun December 2nd, 2012, 1:25 am

[quote=""rebecca""]I am now half way through Wicked: "The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West." By Gregory Maguire....I nearly set it aside but persevered and now am enjoying it.

Bec :) [/quote]

The book is MUCH better than the show. I saw the show on Broadway several years ago and found it very disappointing although people rave about it. Too many changes from the book for me.
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Post by rebecca » Mon December 3rd, 2012, 2:56 am

[quote=""Susan""]The book is MUCH better than the show. I saw the show on Broadway several years ago and found it very disappointing although people rave about it. Too many changes from the book for me.[/quote]

I like the characters and the different slant that the author places on the traditional views...But I do struggle with the 'scientific' aspect..But then again I find imagining things difficult. It is very different and once you get past the oddities it gets better....I have never watched 'The Wizard of OZ' or seen the musical. I don't know if that's a plus :p .

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Post by Ash » Mon December 3rd, 2012, 3:20 am

[quote=""Susan""]The book is MUCH better than the show. I saw the show on Broadway several years ago and found it very disappointing although people rave about it. Too many changes from the book for me.[/quote]

Way too many, especially the ending. Plus it focuses on the romance, and little about the politics and satire that was so important in the book.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon December 3rd, 2012, 4:02 am

[quote=""rebecca""]I am now half way through Wicked: "The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West." By Gregory Maguire....I nearly set it aside but persevered and now am enjoying it.

Bec :) [/quote]

I tried to read this a few years ago and I could NOT get into it, oh well.

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Post by Vanessa » Mon December 3rd, 2012, 10:09 am

I loved Wicked and would love to see the show.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Thu December 13th, 2012, 4:15 am

Sorry for late posting:
November 2012 20
"Post Mortem: Solving History's Great Medical Mysteries" by Philip A. Mackowiak, MD (343pgs, 2007) (11/3)*
"Elizabeth I in Film and Television: A Study of the Major Portrayals" by Bethany Latham (677pgs, 2011) (11/5)* (K)
"Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky (450pgs, 2002) (11/7)*
"Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages" by Phyllis Rose (275pgs, 1984) (11/14)
"Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and The New Eroticism" by Deborah Lutz (281pgs, 2011) (11/14)*
"The Tigress of Forlì: Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous & Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza de' Medici" by Elizabeth Lev (292pgs, 2011) (11/16) - Fascinating woman, where's the historical fiction on her?!
"Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code" ed by Dan Burstein (381pgs, 2004) (11/17)*
"Casanova's Women: The Great Seducer and the Women He Loved" by Judith Summers (359pgs, 2006) (11/18)*
"Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists" by Anthony M. Amore & Tom Mashberg (227pgs, 2011) (11/19)
"Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self" by Claire Tomalin (416pgs, 2002) (11/21)*
"Relish: The Extraordinary Life of Alexis Soyer, Victorian Celebrity Chef" by Ruth Cowen (342pgs, 2007) (11/24)*
"Villages of Britain: The Five Hundred Villages That Made the Countryside" by Clive Aslet (678pgs, 2010) (11/24)*
"Sugar: A Bittersweet History" by Elizabeth Abbott (408pgs, 2010) (11/24)
"Terrors of the Table: The Curious History of Nutrition" by Walter Gratzer (262pgs, 2006) (11/26)* - Incredible depressing to read about the horrors the poor slaves went through to harvest the surgar, almost made me not want to eat it.
"Dead Bolt: A Haunted Renovation Mystery #2" by Juliet Blackwell (278pgs, 2011) (11/26)* (K)
"Anything Goes" by John Barrowman with Carole E. Barrowman (239pgs, 2009)* (11/27)* (K)
"Henry VII (Yale English Monarchs)" by S.B. Chrimes (365pgs, 1972) (11/27)*
"Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between The World's Greatest Chocolate Makers" by Deborah Cadbury (344pgs, 2011) (11/29)
"Wait for Me! Memoirs" by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire (360pgs, 2010) (11/29)
"The Complete Murders of the Black Museum 1835-1985" by Gordon Honeycombe (381pgs, 1992) (11/30)*
Pages: 7378 (-1043) - 368pgs aver (6 BF, 14 Own (3 Kindle))

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