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Apple



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:13 am    Post subject: What are you reading in 2009?...  Reply with quote

I thought I'd start a new thread with a familiar theme for the new year, I am planning to read the Chronicles of Narnia (not all at once obviously) I got a lovely box set for christmas - I did have them as a child but I lent them to someone and never ever got them back, so I am looking forward to getting re acquainted with them.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slightly off topic, Apple, but I enjoyed watching Narnia over Christmas and thought they'd stuck reasonable well to the story. These things work so much better now we have computer enhanced images. I saw a preview of Prince Caspian in a shop and thought it looked quite fun too. I have very happy memories of reading and rereading the stories as a child and I still have the books.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just started Bill Bryson's Shakespeare and now feel the need to check out the three 'portraits' of SS that the others are derived from.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Not_Smart_Just_Lucky



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that the film producers have pulled the plug on the Narnia series, just before Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It's a shame, because that would have been a good novel to film, great images in it to bring to life.



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Caro



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have started Bill Bryson's Shaekspeare and, despite Greywolf's strictures, am enjoying it and learning lots.  Not necessarily about SS himself, but about the times and the history, which suits me fine.  I loved the sentence, for instance, where he says, "It's a surprise that there was so much demand [for dispensations to the Lenten rule of not eating meat] for in fact most varieties of light meat, including veal, chicken and all other poutry, were helpfully categorized as fish."  

And I like the fact that this book won't take me long to read!

Cheers, Caro.


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lunababymoonchild



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am now reading Agincourt by Juliet Barker and enjoying it so far.

Luna


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am up to page 55 of Garrison Keillor's new Lake Wobegone novel "Liberty". Am enjoying it enormously and often laughing out loud.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know he was still writing about Lake Wobegon, Mike - I love those books!  And of course hearing him read them is wonderful too.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And if you have heard Keillor reading his own stuff in that idiosyncratic manner, you can imagine his voice in your head while reading.  
Have you seen " A Prairie Home Companion"? Robert Altman's last beautiful film? In it Keillor more or less plays himself as the presenter of a country and western radio show.  A haunting film.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reminder about the film - I haven't seen it, but did want to when it came out - must add it to my DVD rental list forthwith.  

Yes, it really helps to have heard Keillor reading his books, and then hearing him in your head as you are reading.  Will look out for Liberty.



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