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What Are You Reading? May 2013

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Post by fljustice » Wed May 15th, 2013, 8:35 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Song of Achilles[/quote]

Read that a couple of weeks ago and liked it a lot. How's it going?

Finished The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony, which I had mixed reactions to. Loved the craft, but not so much the story. Started non-HF Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver for the commuting book and NF Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris for the house book. This is the third in his trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt and I loved the earlier two.
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Post by annis » Wed May 15th, 2013, 10:54 pm

Revisiting a couple of earlier Falco novels (among other things) and wondering where the old Lindsey Davis has gone. Her later Falco mysteries have been a bit variable, but her most recent novels- Master & God and Ides of April, are just plain awful. Is age catching up with her?

I had mixed feelings about Song of Achilles. It's beautifully written, but I can't quite reconcile it with my understanding of the Iliad.
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Post by rebecca » Thu May 16th, 2013, 1:09 am

[quote=""Misfit""]I have a copy that I picked up on a previous freebie sale.

Still working on The Light Heart by Elswyth Thane. Very good, but I keep getting distracted reading up on the internet kerfuffle over Amy's Baking Company and Kitchen Nightmares. Oh my... :eek: :eek: :eek: [/quote]

I should read that one!!! Why is it everything I try and bake turns into a ....well a nightmare!!! One time I made some sort of chicken bake which came out looking like a bowl of vomit!! :eek: ...My meatloaf was a disaster!!!

My quiche kind of exploded in the oven what a mess!!!! :eek: :rolleyes: The bread I tried to bake came out and I had to use a chainsaw to slice it!!!(The chainsaw broke :eek: :p )Last week I tried to make cupcakes, they came out so heavy I need a forklift to hold them! :rolleyes: And yesterday I tried to make baked rice pudding which kind of went all gluggy, the bottom was burnt, and it all kind of looked mushy, cluggy and just plain YUCKY!!! :eek: :rolleyes: I swear my oven is POSSESSED! :eek: :mad: :p

I should write a book...'Recipes from a Toxic Cook' :eek: :p

Bec :)

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Post by Amanda » Thu May 16th, 2013, 2:13 am

[quote=""rebecca""]I should read that one!!! Why is it everything I try and bake turns into a ....well a nightmare!!! One time I made some sort of chicken bake which came out looking like a bowl of vomit!! :eek: ...My meatloaf was a disaster!!!

My quiche kind of exploded in the oven what a mess!!!! :eek: :rolleyes: The bread I tried to bake came out and I had to use a chainsaw to slice it!!!(The chainsaw broke :eek: :p )Last week I tried to make cupcakes, they came out so heavy I need a forklift to hold them! :rolleyes: And yesterday I tried to make baked rice pudding which kind of went all gluggy, the bottom was burnt, and it all kind of looked mushy, cluggy and just plain YUCKY!!! :eek: :rolleyes: I swear my oven is POSSESSED! :eek: :mad: :p

I should write a book...'Recipes from a Toxic Cook' :eek: :p

Bec :) [/quote]

:)

Maybe you need an internal oven thermometer to check the real temp of your oven in different parts. Ovens are not very accurate. Someone told me they only have to be +/- 30C from the temperature to be ok. Mine is generally about 20C below the setting, there I was cooking things longer to get them cooked properly. Now I mostly go by the internal thermometer.

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Post by Brenna » Thu May 16th, 2013, 2:39 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]Read that a couple of weeks ago and liked it a lot. How's it going?

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I am enjoying it thus far. I am halfway through!

[quote=""annis""]
I had mixed feelings about Song of Achilles. It's beautifully written, but I can't quite reconcile it with my understanding of the Iliad.[/quote]

I haven't had any issues with the relation to the Iliad as I don't remember much of that-it's back on my TBR pile though...
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Post by Vanessa » Thu May 16th, 2013, 5:49 pm

[quote=""emr""]Please don't tell me it ends in a cliffhanger... :confused: :( [/quote]

I'm saying nothing! :p :D
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Post by njslater » Fri May 17th, 2013, 8:46 am

Struggling to the bitter end of Birth of a Nation by Julian Rathbone

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Post by Vanessa » Fri May 17th, 2013, 9:20 am

I've just started The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.
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Post by Brenna » Fri May 17th, 2013, 3:31 pm

Finished Song of Achillies. The ending wasn't exactly what I had in my mind...hmmm still deciding how I feel about it.
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Post by emr » Sat May 18th, 2013, 7:58 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I'm saying nothing! :p :D [/quote]

booo :D

K I finished it and I liked it a lot more than The Discovery of Witches. The author is very careful with details, like the ex-soldier eating the core of the apple for instance, and I like that.

Now reading something light (I hope): The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly
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