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Caro

On holiday with books

Tomorrow at 7am we leave for a week away at a timeshare about 6 hours drive from here.  There seems to be things to do - as long as you like skiing, golf, fishing, tramping or jet skiing.  These are not my favoured activities, so I will be reading and eating at restaurants.  To this end I have packed far too many books.  They include David Copperfield, put on hold for a while, With The Jocks, ditto, written by an English officer in charge of a Scottish platoon or company or something and fighting on the German/Belgium border in 1944.  Also the book I am reading at the moment Requiem for a Wren (Nevil Shute), Testament of Youth, a Ngaio Marsh, a NZ light book by Sarah-Kate Lynch, Eric Newby's Love and War in the Appenines.  Should I put in the Andrew Grieg (Electric Brae) that I started?  

And also some long threads from the BBC history board about medieval history.

Cheers, Caro.
chris-l

Have a super holiday, Caro. As well as the Dickens, which I am sure you will find yourself enjoying now that you have the time to indulge in it, 'Love and War in the Appenines' is a superb book. It got me into reading other Eric Newby books, which led me on to other travel writers, then to Lawrence Durrell and from there to 'The Avignon Quintet' and 'The
Alexandria Quartet'. So much pleasure from such a simple beginning!
MikeAlx

Hi Caro, just got back from a week in Devon. I took three books with me, but only completed one - 'In Zodiac Light' by Robert Edric. I will put up a review at some point. I was going to take 'Great Expectations', but realised we don't have a copy; it was my Dad's bookshelves I'd seen it on (I'll have to borrow it off him at some point). So I made some progress with 'Far from the Madding Crowd' instead (quite appropriate as some of our time was spent over in Dorset. I recommend Lyme Regis for beach lazing, by the way - the imported sand is great.).
Caro

I'm afraid Dickens and the Newby book didn't advance at all!  But I did finish With The Jocks, a long, detailed and very good non-fiction book.  Also finished Requiem for a Wren, the Sarah-Kate Lynch book and Henning Mankell's One Step Behind.  So didn't really get on with any classics, including Testament of Youth which I also took.  

But that's more books than I usually read in a month and some that have been staring at me for a while.  I like Nevil Shute and this had a very odd beginning for a lightish book with the main character being found dead by suicide in the first pages.

Cheers, Caro.
Apple

I hope you had an enjoyable holiday as well!
spidernick

MikeAlx wrote:
Hi Caro, just got back from a week in Devon. I took three books with me, but only completed one - 'In Zodiac Light' by Robert Edric. I will put up a review at some point. I was going to take 'Great Expectations', but realised we don't have a copy; it was my Dad's bookshelves I'd seen it on (I'll have to borrow it off him at some point). So I made some progress with 'Far from the Madding Crowd' instead (quite appropriate as some of our time was spent over in Dorset. I recommend Lyme Regis for beach lazing, by the way - the imported sand is great.).


For Lyme Regis (one of my favourite places - it has a unique charm) The French Lieutenant's Woman (one of my favourite books) is a must.

We are off to Cornwall on Saturday.  My reading will depend on whether the kids let me (!) or whether they fight and/or demand my attention all the time.  Anyway, I've decided to delve into Asimov for the first time.  He's a writer where one never quite knows where to start, as books written later in his career are set earlier in a story already visited.  However, I've decided to read a hardback collection that was bought for me over 25 years ago and which I never got around to reading.  It includes the Foundation trilogy and I, Robot.  I hope they live up to what I expect given Asimov's stature as on the the 'Big 3' of SF writing.
MikeAlx

The Big 3 is an idea that intrigues me - would that be Clarke, Asimov and Heinlein? I think Philip K Dick has probably challenged their dominance in recent years, helped by various film adaptations. I'd put Ray Bradbury in the same league, but I suppose he's primarily a short story writer. I've read surprisingly little of the "Golden Age" writers - Heinlein I don't get on with at all (loathe his politics!) and Asimov has so far made little impression (from my admittedly limited investigations).
miranda

I find Asimov difficult.  I enjoyed I, Robot but his fantasy series really didn't interest me.
spidernick

MikeAlx wrote:
The Big 3 is an idea that intrigues me - would that be Clarke, Asimov and Heinlein? I think Philip K Dick has probably challenged their dominance in recent years, helped by various film adaptations. I'd put Ray Bradbury in the same league, but I suppose he's primarily a short story writer. I've read surprisingly little of the "Golden Age" writers - Heinlein I don't get on with at all (loathe his politics!) and Asimov has so far made little impression (from my admittedly limited investigations).


Mike,

Yes, those are the three (nicked from wikipedia I have to admit and now need to clarify that it states 'in his lifetime'):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov

I have also read shamefully little of these major writers, bar Clarke.
Caro

I am off again for the best part of a week and again have taken far more books than I will read and still am not sure I have taken the right ones.  The one I am reading now - a Jojo Moyer light thing called Ship of Brides which she said she had done tons of research for.  Also Testament of Youth, a third of the way through, a Caroline Graham Midsomer Murder book, the books of favourite poems I am loving, Laurie Lee's As I walked out one Midsummer Morning.  Actually that's it - quite frugal really.  Perhaps I should grab another couple.  

Cheers, Caro.
spidernick

THe kids aren't letting me get much reading done, but I am reading, and enjoying, Foundation.
chris-l

I'll be off on my holidays in just a few days (3 more sleeps!), when we will be heading off to Lake Garda. I'm not sure how much I shall get the opportunity to post over the next few days, what with packing, trying to leave the house in some sort of order, and, of course, choosing my books.

So far on my pile I have Doris Lessing's 'The Golden Notebook', 'The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories', a collection of short stories by Ruth Rendell, called 'Piranha to Scurfy',  Annie Proulx's 'The Shipping News' and 'The Rings of Saturn' by W.G. Sebald. Before I go, I need to add a bit of non-fiction and maybe a classic or two, then I should have a nice balance and a bit of insurance against one or two of my choices turning out to be complete duds!
iwishiwas

Chris, I have only read The Shipping News from your choices and I'm sure you won't find it a dud. One of the few books I would consider re-reading. Enjoy your trip and report back upon your return!
Castorboy

We are only away for four days to the sunny Northland where the only danger is slips on the roads caused by the tail end of the cyclone which hit Australia last week. We have been to the same hotel for the last few years - typical of English born immigrants who can't break the habits of 'holidays by the seaside'. I am taking the Peter Sallis autobiography while the better half has another novel by an author new to her, Catriona McPherson with the 1920's sleuth Dandy Gilver.
Caro

Enjoy the break, Castorboy.  We didn't find much sun when we were up there - pouring rain every day but it was a different time of year.


Yesterday we went out to somethig called the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - acres of grounds with sculptures in them.  The others were going walking on it, so I took three small books - to be on the safe side.  The medieval history one I am nearly finished, Under the Greenwood Tree, a history of Sheffield - and a puzzle book.

As it happens `i did a bit of wandering round the park and then sat and read the booklet of the history of Bretton Wood and then they were all back.  Didn't actually need to take any of the books!  But we did meander home through some little byways, past lovely little villages and then some moorland, and I read a bit then.

Cheers, Caro.

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