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Apple



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:46 am    Post subject: So.... any good christmas pressies this year???  Reply with quote

Hi all - hope you all had an excellent day yesterday, did anyone get any particularly good reads for a pressie this year?

I didn't get any books for christmas this year but I got a number of Waterstones gift vouchers and an Amazon gift voucher (which I have to say I had never seen before!) so I have plenty of spending money when it comes to restocking my shelves after my new year purge which will be coming up shortly!  Very Happy



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Friends and relations never buy me books anymore knowing that I already have a house full of them.  Many unread.  But I did receive a Waterstone's Literary Diary.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never get books either, sadly.  I have an extensive wishlist on Amazon, but no one takes any notice!  I don't even get book or amazon vouchers - I have clearly not trained my family well enough!

Enjoy spending them, Apple!  I have found Amazon vouchers a great standby in recent years, especially for birthdays for people who don't live locally.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got two books for Christmas, but one is a historical overview of the newspaper which turned 150 this year.  it had something about various stories but concentrated more on changes of personnel and some of the reporters and photographers.  

The other one was from my sister - it was Kathryn Stockett's The Help, which had been top of our book club list last year but we didn't get it since I had randomised the relection by mistake.  (We enjoyed a randomised choice though.)  I shall read this in the near future and then maybe pass it on to other members.  AND I can take a proper note of who I have lent it to, since my son gave me a personal library kit with a date stamp pad, a return date card and cards to say the title, author, date of loan and who to!

I gave my husband Florence: a delicate case by David Leavitt, since he wants us to go back to Florence the next time we are in Europe.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Between birthday and Christmas (only a week separates them) I've done very well for books. "Jar City" and "Silence of the Grave" by Icelandic crime maestro Arnaldur Indridason, Graham Greene's "Heart of the Matter", Tanya Byrne's "Heart Shaped Bruise" (YA), Leon Garfield's "Smith" (children's/historical) and Jo Nesbo's "The Redbreast" (more Scandinavian crime).



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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just started The Bat by Jo Nesbo, Mike, and was surprised that it had only in late 2012 been translated into English.  I haven't read anything else by him, so far so good, but it is set in Sydney which is moderately familiar to me.  I find it a bit less stark than some of those Scandinavian ones - not sure I was all that keen on the Indridason one I read.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, "The Bat" was the first he wrote, but has only just been published in English.

I've just finished Indridason's "Jar City", which is the first of his Reykjavik mysteries. Absolutely superb - though, as you say, pretty bleak. Far more intelligent than most crime fic, though, and with engaging, plausible characters.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looked interesting so I bought A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz as part of my husband's Christmas gifts, of course it is now on my TBR list.
For me he bought The Secret Self 1 - Short Stories by Women, published by Everyman and a copy of Henry James' The Ambassadors. The latter I last read more than thirty years ago so I'm looking forward to a reread.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw the film of Jar City which was very bleak. I have read one about a missing small boy which covered racism and one about the Cold War. The immigration one was better.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're making an American version of Jar City, set in the US. Not sure how well it will translate. Would like to see the Icelandic film though.




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