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Marita



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:32 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I have another week to decide what holiday reads to take with me. Not that I’ll need much. We’ll be out all day and I’ll be too tired to read much in the evening. But for the way there and back I need something to read in the bus – we’ll spend the whole day travelling.

I bought something light and fluffy for this in the sales: The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance (yes, Romantic Short Stories, it can’t get much fluffier unless I go for rabbits). I read one of the stories to sample what I’d bought and came to this line:

…and everything within her dissolved into molten liquid.

Well, I didn’t expect exquisite writing, but ‘molten liquid’ is just too much. It says the story is ‘original to this anthology’. They all are and if this reflects the care with which the stories were chosen, I fear this book might end up being flung in one of the lakes of Austria. I now have to find an alternative (or two), just in case. Not too many; we’re restricted in how much we can take. Pity e-readers are so expensive.

Marita


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took too many books on holiday, too - just two - plus my Kindle.   The paperbacks were Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres, a book of short stories which i had nearly finished, and something called Entertaining Angels, which was the tattiest second hand paperback that I had, and which I thought I would read if I had to read in the rain.  I didn't read either book, just the Kindle, and only one book on the Kindle - That Summer in Ischia, by Penny Feeny, which I have described in the monthly reads section as an ideal holiday read.

I didn't have much time for reading as we were busy doing things, but I couldn't go away without some choice of reading material.



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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro, you didn't say where you were driving to so I thought I would make a guess where you were headed for based on the books taken as some Big Readers like a book about the place they're going to. On that basis maybe Christchurch (Ngaio Marsh) or Wellington (Barbara Anderson) is the destination!  If you had included Janet Frame or Owen Marshall in your luggage I would have said Dunedin or Oamaru and Brian Turner's poetry would mean Central Otago.

Aside from all that the weather seems promising so enjoy your holiday and any reading that appeals Smile


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm overseas I often like to read a book set on the places we are going to (though I probably like them more after we have been somewhere.  But I didn't mean to this time - however we did go near Christchurch.  To Rakaia - Mount Hutt lodge.  It's a timeshare and we have a week each year to use up somewhere (usually Wanaka or Rakaia).  

Anyway naturally I didn't get half the books read that I took, but still more than at home.  I read Amsterdam and Alex. McCall Smith's The Dog who came in from the cold, some of the Father Brown stories, and I have just four pages to go in Anna Karenina.  I thought I would finish it this morning, but the radio behind me was distracting, so I am going to have to read it in silence sometime.  Will write more about the books sometime.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro wrote:
.....I thought I would finish it this morning, but the radio behind me was distracting, so I am going to have to read it in silence sometime. Cheers, Caro.

If by any chance you happened to be listening to the Kim Hill interview with John Waters, who directed the film Hairspray and is famous for 'bad taste', I'm not surprised. That was one of the most entertaining interviews she has ever done.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but like the rest of the world, it was the shoplifting comment that interested us.  Neither of us could exactly remember shoplifting, except that I once took a cherry from a shop and my husband says he used the threepence for the church collection to buy lollies.  But it may be a matter of interpretation - someone mentioned their mother-in-law taking the stalks of the mushrooms before selecting them - and since I did that just this week, maybe that means I would be capable of shoplifting.  I called this 'ensuring I get my money's worth'.

Cheers, Caro.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you not eat mushroom stalks...?


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flat mushrooms or button ones?
I always use the stalks anyway but it is probably a minor sin in either case. Wink


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We peel and eat ALL the mushroom including the stalk – my wife believes that only washing the mushroom makes it taste rubbery. Having said that, we in Middle Earth are still searching for the source of the 'magic' mushrooms. Will give you a 'ring' when we find it!



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