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Evie
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:16 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I am reading Solar by Ian McEwan.  Must say that 50 pages in, I am finding it a bit boring...but hopefully it will pick up!  Some funny parts, from an author not known for his sense of humour.


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iwishiwas



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Location: NE England

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gul, sorry for the late reply, I have Our Lady of the Forest waiting on the shelf, do you recommend it?



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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I am reading Flashman at the Charge by George McDonald Fraser.  Entertaining and readable and also full of historical information.  I am only 60 pages in.  I am interested that this book is still in our library.  It is quite an old book, being out in 1973.  it has been recovered and looks reasonable on the outside, but is a bit grubby round the edges.  I don't know how often it goes out, but must be often enough for them not to discard it.  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah...good old Flashman.........I mean bad old Flashman! I can't stand the guy! But I sure liked the books.

I'm reading Life, by Keith Richards, which I found under the tree Christmas morning. Lots of rock 'n roll attitude, but surprisingly rich and, I think, quite well written. I get the impression of an artist painting an interesting picture before my eyes. It definitely makes me want to drop everything and visit Dartford, which - given his rather bleak description - says something to me.

Why am I surprised? The usual preconceptions about drugged-out rock stars, I suppose.


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Castorboy



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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A writer new to me is David Roberts who has continued the Dorothy L Sayers detective tradition of having murder mysteries investigated by an aristocratic lord and a female commoner, in this case, a communist journalist. Dangerous Sea is the Atlantic and the two are on the Queen Mary enroute to New York. Roberts features topical issues from the thirties for the plot here the financial crisis in Britain is to be discussed with Roosevelt by an economist who seems based on Keynes while fellow passengers include a Paul Robeson-lookalike and a rabid racist Senator who proposes to set up an Un-American Committee to hound anyone who doesn't agree with his views. If I judged a book by its cover this would be great; the colurful Art Deco jacket intriqued me. Sadly I would have to call this an LCR - a light comfort read.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Light comfort reads have the one advantage of upping your reading quota - you might reach those six books in a month with them.  I read a similarly disappointing crime novel set in the 30s over Christmas - only a week later I can't seem to remember a single thing about it!  Ah yes, lovely detective lady Marjorie barging in on her policeman fiance's case and then disappearing in the sunset with another man.  

Only recommended for its speed of reading.  (Oh, and I really rather like a bit of romance.)

Cheers, Caro.



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