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Green Jay



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: West Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Halfway through Doors Open by Ian Rankin. Not a Rebus (post Rebus) but set in Edinborough, the pretty unbelievable story of an arts heist by three well-off and cultured men. Why did I pick this up after the sublime E H Young? Because I wanted something quick and gripping at a busy and distracting time of year (lots of journeys, mine and loved ones', lots of snow). But it has all the usual flaws of a Rankin novel, and has only gripped me once the heist has inevitably gone wrong. I know why authors become best sellers but do wonder why they become mega mega best sellers... Confused when they're just not that good.


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Caro



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the first Rebus book and didn't get far.  I found Rebus neither attractive nor interesting - I suppose I should try such a popular writer again, but he didn't seem to appeal much.  I suppose I prefer my crime rather softer or something.  Certainly expect police to be incorruptible (not that I remember whether Rebus was corrupt or not).

Cheers, Caro.


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Ann



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: Worcestershire

PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading The Other by David Guterson. He is best know for Snow Falling Among Cedars which I enjoyed very much. This is certainly a book fairly thin on plot but it is a very good read. It is about two boys who make friends in Seattle although they do come from rather different sides of the tracks. They both enjoy going for hikes and living in the outdoors and one of them takes this to extreme and becomes a sort of hermit.
I am very impressed and enjoying it immensly as it is written with such an engaging style and a fine use of language and a strong feeling of empathy.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am putting Thomas Hardy's "A Laodicean" to one side - I'm about half way through - so that I can indulge in my Christmas treat of ghost/horror stories.  My book this year is by Marjorie Bowen and has the unfestive title of "The Bishop From Hell."


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Evie
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Joined: 24 Oct 2008
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a great title, Sandra!

I got a ghost story out of the library - a novella by Susan Hill, am sorry to say I can't remember the title and the book is upstairs!  But plan to read that tomorrow - not usually a reader of ghost stories, but this board has finally inspired me to indulge.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Susan Hill ghost story is called The Man in the Portrait.


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iwishiwas



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: NE England

PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ann I loved Cedars and East of the Mountains so will look out for The Other.



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Gul Darr



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: King's Lynn

PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved Snow Falling on Cedars too, but not very keen on East of the Mountains. Maybe I'll give The Other a try. Have either of you read Our Lady of the Forest?


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KlaraZ



Joined: 29 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently reading 'Life Class',  the selected memoirs of Diana Athill, a woman who worked as a publisher and who is now in her nineties . She's  published several volumes of memoirs over the years and this is a collection of some of the best. It's a fascinating book, and I'm amazed by her powers of recall---so detailed and evocative, although at times she is almost too frank! I'm currently reading the second section, 'Instead of a Letter' which describes her life in her early twenties and an unhappy love affair. If you enjoy memoirs, I can recommend these (just out in paperback.)


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Mikeharvey



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometime during  the period between today and New Year Diana Athill is going to be Guest Editor on Radio4 Today programme.



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