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cigalechanta



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished my friend's latest book, "Murder in the Latin Quarter,"
Cara Black. She will be doing a reading from it with another Australian mystery writer named Gary Disher. Does anyone know his works, or him.? I'll say hi for you Smile
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Debbie



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone else noticed the decided fashion of stories being set in Venice and involving courtesans lately???

Very frustrating as most of them are insipid.

If you like thrillers/murder mysteries, try Anne Cleeves. A friend brought over a few of her books for me to read and they were quite good. Most set on the islands of Shetland.

Sarape, I agree that people should not go overboard on patriotism until they know their countries history and what they are so zealous about. Good on you for taking the plunge and filling the gaps in your knowledge!

I have a huge tome on Charlemagne sitting on my table awaiting a spare few moments. As it is in french I want to be able to sit and concetrate on it and absorb it.
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David



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am delighting in a friend of mine's first novel "Shuck" by Daniel Allen Cox, a novel of New York, based somwhat on Daniel's life as a reformed Jehovah's Witness turned porn actor while a struggling writer! Not everyone's cuppa but tons of wit and human insight! And i like New York novels.
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Griffin



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have just finished Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro, a lovely novel about loss, love and dreams.

I am reading the Renaissance section of a History of Italy and then I have Mrs Lirriper by Dickens.

At the moment, I am struggling to write, so I am letting go of it and reading instead.
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Erin



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't shoot me, but I am reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. My mother had an absolute cow when she heard. Normally, I would not read something like this, but what can I say, I saw the book at Powells and knew I had to have it. It is amusing so far, very tongue and cheek, but the author slips into modern vernacular a little too often and it sort of ruins the illusion. For the most part it is like P&P meets Shaun of the Dead. Read it when you are in serious need a mental vacation.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin, as a fan of Jasper Fforde novels, I for one promise not to shoot you. Wink (If you've not read any of his books, I can recommend The Eyre Affair and The Fourth Bear...)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin, having seen it on your site... I am thinking of getting it myself!

Would quite like to read Sam Spade meets Dracula too!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, my mother acted as if I had committed a felony. I think she takes herself a bit too seriously.

Rachel, I love The Eyre Affair! My friend Kim gave my a copy a few years ago and I just fell in love.

Griffin, Sam Spade Meets Dracula? I am definitely going to have to look this up!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen and heard so much about this book and did not know whether to try it. If it is as funny as the Jasper Fforde's I shall definately go for it.

A good escape is needed from time to time. We can't always read serious books or we would lose our imagination.

Speaking of imagination. Griffin, read a book you will love the other day. It will be in the post to you next week some time (depending on weather and ability to hobble to post office). It reminded me of your writing so much that I just knew I had to pass it to you.
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CarlaH



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're in need of some gentle food related reading try "the School of Essential Ingredients" by Erica Bauermeister. For more serious reading there's "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada about one couple's resistance to the Nazis. I just finished both and enjoyed them thoroughly - one offsets the other. Have just started reading another Hans Fallada entitled "Little Man what Now?" it's the story of a young couple trying to eke out a decent life just before the start of WW2. Can anyone recommend any books about the American Civil War?
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Erin



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Debbie, It is definitely not as funny as Fforde's.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But is it as quirky? Do you think it would be worth a look at?

I read almost anything, and can honestly say that I have only left 2 books unfinished in my whole life. Whether I enjoy the books, or think they were horrid, there is generally some aspect that I can enjoy (story line or writing style etc).

Shall await your response before delving into the shelves of the bookstore.
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cigalechanta



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

two of my favorite fiction books about food are
Cooking with Fernet Branca,
The Debt of Pleasure.
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Griffin



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin,

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Griffin, Sam Spade Meets Dracula? I am definitely going to have to look this up!


I didn't mean there is a book of that title, just that I'd love to read one! Yeah, if only, huh?!

Debbie,

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Griffin, read a book you will love the other day. It will be in the post to you next week some time (depending on weather and ability to hobble to post office). It reminded me of your writing so much that I just knew I had to pass it to you


Thank you and any time at all will do as I am doing a lot of reading through stuff at the moment! I have just bought five books:

Mrs Lirriper by Dickens and others
Curious Case of Benjamin Button and other stories by F Scott Fitzgerald
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas .... and
Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Thief by Maurice Leblanc

As well as the book on Renaissance Italian history, I also have a biography of Ludovico the Magnificent to read as well. Hopefully these will give me back my writing fire.

Cigalechanta,
I'd quite like to read The Debt of Pleasure... sooner or later at this rate!! I am something of an addict with books. I bought the catalogue for the Baroque exhibition at the V&A last week along with two books on costume making. I am determined to teach myself... somehow!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Debbie, Here is a link to an NPR interview with the "author": http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102485068

I really think Fforde's book and this are in totally different catagories.

Griffin, heehhe! I figured that out when I typed in into Amazon!
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