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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:45 pm    Post subject: What Did You Get For Christmas?  Reply with quote

My Christmas gift reads are "Longbourn" by Jo Baker, which is described in the front cover blurb as "A reimagining of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants", and "Wars of the Roses - Stormbird" by Conn Iggulden.

Both cover topics which interest me although they are not books I would have bought myself.  However, I look forward to reading them and I'll report back.




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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good haul of books this year, which was most pleasing. Grayson Perry's memoir, Lists of Note, The Five of Us by Quentin Blake, Richard Ayoade's new book (which might be tiresome but must be worth a try), a David Sedaris I haven't read, Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. And a WH Smith voucher from my Grandpa which has enabled me to purchase the book about Robert Enke's suicide, Richard Holloway's Leaving Alexandria, the first of Karl Ove Knausgaard's depressing autobiographical novels, and Andrew Solomon's Far from the Tree, recently recommended by Mike A. Hooray!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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and Andrew Solomon's Far from the Tree, recently recommended by Mike A. Hooray!

*Feels the burden of responsibility descend* Wink

I am currently reading the section about child prodigies; it may interest you that so far it seems to dwell exclusively on musical prodigies.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unburden yourself, Mike. Sounds just my kind of thing.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not as good for me as in some past years. Two biographies (one musician and one hockey player) and a fat Rice Burroughs collection, of all things. I was not expecting that.
So expect to be hearing from me on how good old Tarzan of the Apes stands up after all these years. I liked him at 15.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People don't any longer give me books as gifts. They see this house crammed with books from top to bottom, and decide I wouldn't welcome any more. And they also are afraid that any book they give me I might already possess. Probably true.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No books, but an Amazon voucher, so I can choose my own. Very Happy  Oh, and a tablet, which was a complete surprise.  Unfortunately this site does not display correctly on it.  But I still have my trusty PC, which is much better suited to typing, anyway.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jen, I think you should get an option to view this site normally ("Desktop"), or with "mobile browsing". At least, that's what happens on our iPad. It works much better viewed normally than with the (default) mobile browsing option.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeAlx wrote:
Hi Jen, I think you should get an option to view this site normally ("Desktop"), or with "mobile browsing". At least, that's what happens on our iPad. It works much better viewed normally than with the (default) mobile browsing option.


Thanks, Mike - I clicked the "turn mobile browsing off" button and the site looks as it should.  That's made my evening!



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't get anything in the way of books for Christmas though my husband gave me a genealogy magazine and a British one called "Lady" which I liked.  For my birthday he gave me an art book called Real Art Show - the Book, which is based on a travelling art show that goes to schools and has artwork from some of NZ's most prominent artists.  It was on special at a very low price for those visiting the show and we bought it then for my birthday, which I long forgotten about.

One book I got and valued, not specifically for Christmas, was one that my nmother, who died in 1954, gave to her best friend.  That friend's daughter-in-law returned it to me when we were near her place this Christmas.  It is an anthology of NZ poetry and was written in 1934.  Interesting to see some of the poets are still well-known today and others have been lost to time.  Poetry sometimes to the depressing, though, doesn't it?  Perhaps that's why I quite like some of the more chatty modern poetry.



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