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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:06 am    Post subject: What are you reading? (2013)  Reply with quote

A new thread for a new year.  Happy New Reading Year, everyone!


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Evie.  I am reading two books at the moment: Jo Nesbo's first book The Bat, very good, set in Sydney, perhaps there is a little much preaching about Australia's, especially aboriginal history, but it is fair and balanced.  There is some of the detective's past which I suppose will come up in later books (none of which I have read).

I am interspersing this with The First Colonist, about Samuel Deighton, supposedly the first settler to get out of the ship at Wellington.  It is written by a descendant.  I was a little uncertain beginning this, as it sounded as if it might be rather anti-Maori, but it has proved a quite fair account, if seen from the settlers' points of views.  There has so far been far more general history than the specifics of Samuel's life.  They are scattered in, rather than forming the mainstay of the book.  Very interesting and it is cementing a bit of Wellington's history in my mind.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading The Water Rat of Wanchai, by Ian Hamilton, which I borrowed from the library after reading good things about Hamilton's Ava Lee novels in the paper the other day. It follows the adventures of Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant Lee, as she attempts to recover her clients' missing money, jetting around the world, staying in five-star hotels and solving problems at a breathless pace.

So far, I'm sorry to say it just doesn't measure up. I believe I will finish it and not read another.

Iwill soon return to George RR Martin's A Dance With Dragons, which is very much better in every way.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have put aside the two books I'm currently reading and taken up volume one of The Hunger Games. Very gripping, and easy to read. I'm sure I would have loved this as a child or early teen reader. Not quite as bleak (yet?) as I had imagined.

I have so many partly-read books beside my bed - never so many as this before, what a bad habit to fall into! Some going back to the summer when i took a couple away and then thought 'These are not holiday reading', plus A Fine Balance which I will finish someday. And Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which I am enjoying in short doses.  And some others I won;t even go into naming, with a fine coating of dust on, and bookmarks sticking out.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have finished A Good Plain Cook by Bethan Roberts today. It started with lots of promise but fizzled out towards the end. That said I found it very atmospheric but one or two of the characters were not developed as much as I would have liked. Tonight I will start The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson which I read about somewhere but don't recall where!



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Evie
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's so hard to start a new book when you have been completely wrapped up in the previous one - I finished Dracula on New Year's Eve, and nothing else seemed to be able to follow it!

But I gave it a day, and then started a lovely book, The Year of the Hare by Aarto Paasilinna, a Finnish novelist.  I think it was written in the 70s.  It is about a man who stops his car to investigate an injury to a hare that his car has hit - he finds the hare, a leveret, with its leg broken, and spends so much time calming it down, splinting its leg, etc, that the man's colleague in the car gets fed up of waiting and drives off without him.  The man decides not to hitch a lift back to the city, but takes the hare with him and sets off on a new life - abandoning job, wife, city life.  And that's it really - we then go on his journey with him, meet the people he meets, and it's all told with that wonderful wry, deadpan humour that Nordic writers seem so good at.  Could hardly be more of a contrast with Dracula, but that's all to the good in terms of getting into a new book!

Here is a link to the amazon entry for the book:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Hare...TF8&qid=1357249665&sr=8-1


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verityktw



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 2013 reading has started with some of last year's booker shortlist. I'm now reading Alison Moor The Lighthouse, which I hope I might finish tomorrow. Is there some discussion of it elsewhere on the board I could contribute to when done?


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Evie
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, there is supposed to be, but I never quite got round to posting anything...as was my usual habit in 2012!  Hector made some comments about it, possibly on the monthly reads thread, so may be hard to find - but do post something when you have finished, and I will contribute too - your reviews are much better than mine!!


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Hector



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I did a mini review in the September Satisfactions thread (this link may or may not work: http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/sutra31096.php&highlight=#31096 )

It's not particularly in depth as I didn't really want to ruin it for anyone who had read it yet. Would be nice to know your thoughts when you do finish as it is a novel which has stayed in the memory well!


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verityktw



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely. I finished it this evening and will attempt to put my thoughts together this weekend. Not feeling very coherent tonight - was sleepy anyway and a couple of glasses of merlot didn't help!



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