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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:18 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

One of my Christmas presents was "The Haunted Hotel and other stories" by Wilkie Collins.

It was a extra special Christmas treat to sit late at night in front of a real log fire at my mother's house in Dorset, sip a vintage wine and enjoy reading a spooky tale.  It made up for no M.R. James on TV this Christmas.

I'm half way through the title story, which is a novella.  It's part mystery, part detective story, but a title like that I assume all is not what it seems.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am loving Phil Rickman's The Remains of an Altar - the ghost of Elgar cycling through the Malvern Hills and causing traffic accidents (so it is believed!), irresistible!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had three books by Patrick Leigh Fermor under the tree! My wife had ordered them through Amazon, bless her, so I am now launched on the sequel to A Time Of Gifts, called Between the Woods and the Water. It starts on a bridge across the Danube, as he continues his walk from Rotterdam to Constantinople in 1934.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still haven't finished Time of Gifts, but was loving it...started something else and have never gone back to it...I am so disorganised!

I need to spend today reading the Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art...not what I would choose to be reading, but I have been asked to revise it for OUP, so need to start doing some work...Phil Rickman is much more appealing, though!


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Melony



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what you mean - I need to be reading How Adults Learn and Math and the Mona Lisa....but chose to read Saramago's Death with Interruptions.    What an intersting novel.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, my time spent with the Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art was instructive - in the sense that I have decided to turn down the offer of revising it!  I don't think I am up to the task, deeply flattered though I am to have been asked.

So I spent the rest of the day with Phil Rickman and some TV adaptations of Agatha Christie, and revelled in the realisation that I am a lightweight after all!   Cool


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS - I have a Saramago on my TBR shelf, Melony - Blindness, I think - am looking forward to reading it.


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Freyda



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While moving some rooms and furniture around, including books, I have come across a volume of Edith Wharton's 'Ghost Stories'. I didn't even know I had this. It's very tempting, despite the fact I'm still in the middle of two other books.



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