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Caro



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject: On holiday with books  Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.).



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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you had an enjoyable holiday as well!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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).



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.



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