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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:56 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Ann wrote:
I'm borrowing The Hare with the Amber Eyes over Christmas and very much looking forward to reading it


I gave this as a present, hoping the recipient who hasn't come across it at all will enjoy it,  but haven't read it yet myself - or got a copy!  Sad


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apart from Proust and Fiennes I am reading a 1936 James Barke novel Major Operation which examines the industrial system in Glasgow from a worker's and a businessman's point of view.
Barke edited the works of Robert Burns – I would think one of many such editors - and was responsible, with Sydney Goodsirsmith, for the definitive edition of The Merry Muses of Caledonia according to his website.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not been reading much fiction, as I am currently engrossed in Andrew Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon" - an engaging account of the Apollo programme. Fascinating not only from a technological point of view, but also in its exploration of the different personalities, attitudes and backgrounds of the astronauts.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read Marghanita Laski's short novel The Victorian Chaise-longue on Boxing Day - a sort of ghost story, have written a bit about it on the December reads thread.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless I am given more books for Christmas I will settle for the two I am currently reading, a memoir by the 2nd Lord Tweedsmuir and the short stories of Eduardo Halfon, plus English Hours by Henry James which is a compilation of travel writing, a Peter Robinson which although it features a murder is not an Inspector Banks novel. I wasn’t planning on reading Before the Poison but the OH said it was different from his crime ones in that it was more a family narrative one with more characters and mystery than usual and a house that may be haunted – ideal for this season!
My final choice is a re-borrowing from the library of the Eric Karpeles art book on the paintings in Proust so I can now catch up with those mentioned in both The Guermantes Way and Cities of the Plain. This should prompt me  to finish the last three novels in the sequence in the New Year.


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Vita



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you have some good reads lined up there but nevertheless I hope you find some more under the Christmas tree. For me a good book has been the ultimate reward for putting on the Christmas dinner over the years - along with the peace and quiet to enjoy it while all the washing up goes on! I shall be checking out what is on my Kindle as I know I have stocked up over the last year, due in part to a generous voucher last Christmas. I really must sort out all the sample reads from the books and have a general tidy up!



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Jay wrote:
Ann wrote:
I'm borrowing The Hare with the Amber Eyes over Christmas and very much looking forward to reading it


I gave this as a present, hoping the recipient who hasn't come across it at all will enjoy it,  but haven't read it yet myself - or got a copy!  Sad


Oh, dear - this present was not a great success. Found it in relative's spare room with the gift bookmark a few pages in and the whole thing looking very pristine. I think I will "de-gift" it (my version of re-gifting since it's not actually mine) and sneak it back with me next time I visit. Judging by the layer of dust it will not be missed!

As for my Christmas reading, not sure. I'm very slow reading at the mo, too busy and as we are about to move I have been sloughing off books like nobody's business, havign thought I could never do so. Oddly enough, it's the non-fiction and reference books I'm keeping. I can always get fiction from library if i want to read them again. Always supposing the  local library is not axed. I know I have a couple of books under the tree (not that the tree is bought yet! That's how slow I'm being) but in theory. Hope for an art book or two as well. But nothing obvious curl-up-and-read so I will look to the TBR which has not been dismantled.

My idea of heaven is Boxing Day with no engagements, go for a walk, do nothing else, lie on sofa and read a book and eat chocs. In past years it has been a beautiful "picture book" like a gardening book, or a good wintry novel.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the Christmas period I'll be sticking to short stories. Currently I'm reading 'Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales'. Not by Angela Carter though, she's the editor.
There is always Dickens of course and I've also got some collections of ghost stories.




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just finished The Snow Child by Eowin Ivey. A good fireside read! And with less than a week to go it is high time I took down The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems - a remnant of my teacher's library - and dipped into that for some old and new favourites.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd sort of promised myself I'd use the Christmas break (I've actually got 10 clear days this year, first time in about 15 years!) to finish reading Crime & Punishment. However, I have a crop of lovely books from my birthday, so may get distracted! These are: Heart Shaped Bruise (Tanya Byrne), Jar City & Silence of the Grave (Arnaldur Indridasun), and The Yellow Birds (Kevin Powers).




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