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Posted: 04-Feb-2004, 09:42 PM
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Right now I'm reading Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte D'Arthur". I've read dozens of Arthurian novels over the past few years but somehow only now have delved into 'the source'. It's slow going, like reading the King James Bible because of the language structure.

I agree with Roisin when she said "I too love books that weave a love story into historical events." My favorite in that regard is Joan Wolf's "Road to Avalon" - guaranteed for a tissue grab at the end.

I love hearing about all the different books people are reading. My Amazon list will get bigger and bigger!

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Posted: 04-Feb-2004, 11:41 PM
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Well now I am reading three books at the same time! biggrin.gif I just got a new Scottish historical book in the mail.........finally.........called Culloden by John Prebble. The only way I can do this is read one chapter a night! All three books are too good to put down!


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Posted: 05-Feb-2004, 06:49 AM
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I'm still ploughing my way through a book by Tom Devine...

But for light relief I am reading the latest Quentin Jardine novel. He is a Scottish author who writes detective novels about a senior police officer in Edinburgh called Skinner.

I read a lot of detective and mystery type novels as light relief from the heavy going non-fiction stuff!

I'm not keen on romantic novels (wherever/whenever they are set!!!) - I like a mystery and like to try to work out 'whodunnit'. biggrin.gif
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Posted: 06-Feb-2004, 11:22 AM
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I'm reading "Last report about miracles at Little No Horse" by Louise Erdrich.
The style is brilliant. I loved the beguinning of the book but 200 pages after, I'm a bit disappointed. sad.gif


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Posted: 07-Feb-2004, 12:28 PM
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I finished Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald and found it to be, after the first couple of chapters, a fascinating book.

I didn?t make it to the library to pick up something more in the fast read line, so I started As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. I am crippled by the fact I am horrible at remembering names and Mr. Faulkner has introduced what seems like a small city to me in a few pages in a very off handed way.



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bought & finished the elder gods yesterday... and discovered to my dismay it's the start of a series..


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I've normally got about three books on the go at one time - a couple of fiction and one heavier book!

Just finished The Murder Room by P D James (I love her writing style), and Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson.

Just about to start Quintin Jardine's latest in paperback.... Fallen Gods...
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I've just finished SNOW CRASH by Neil Stevenson and am starting STIFF by Mary Roach thumbs_up.gif


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Posted: 08-Feb-2004, 06:29 PM
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I just finished reading The Silmarillion, which was nice. I finally sat down and just read it, after postponing it for so many years. It was refreshing, too. I really enjoyed it. Before that, I read A Tale of Two Cities, also one I've always wanted to read. And also a good book. I like the way Dickens uses description (but sometimes, I admit, I skimmed over some of that).

Now, I'm so excited, my friend is letting me borrow The DaVinci Code, and man o man, it's going to be so good! Has anyone read it yet?

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Posted: 09-Feb-2004, 09:42 AM
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I just got done with "Ice Station" by Matt Reilly. Talk about non-stop action!!! I wasn't able to put it down. Found out there's 2 more books after it. I can't wait to get to the library and check 'em out. biggrin.gif thumbs_up.gif


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Posted: 09-Feb-2004, 11:27 AM
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I am reading my National Geodraphic. After that, who knows? I need something new. Maybe I will go read One Hundred Years of Solitude


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Posted: 11-Feb-2004, 10:50 AM
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Last night I finished reading Peter Brimelow's Alien Nation, common sense about America's immigration disaster. A very interesting read this is the book the diverted the heat from The Bell Curve in 95. Brimelow is an English immigrant and his thoughts on the needed changes in American immigration policy are quite contriversial to the typical American, but he does back up his words with hard facts. There has been only one proven error in the first edition of this book and this was actually not very significant error in my opinion. His ideas on immigration include removing the 1965 immigration law that has been abused and also proposes a clarification of the 14th ammendment (stating that all that are born in the US are natural citizens, this ammendment was written in order to support the idea that the freed slaves are in fact citizens) His book actually just attempts to push America to adjust their immigration laws to ones that are more similar to the rest of the world. For instance giving a limit on low/no skill workers and a priority to high skill workers. Low/no skill workers bring down the net value of the US and significantly higher rates end up in prision or on welfare again lowering the efforts of others. Another policy is the family reunification immigration policy, if they want to reunite let them do that in their native lands. His writing style is self-described as a sledghammer but it does make you think, and isn't that the purpose of books.


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Posted: 11-Feb-2004, 01:10 PM
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thru with Kushiels Avatar (in one evening yesterday.. just couldn't stop), thru with the Tarma & Kethry short stories, thru with the owl-trilogy of mercedes lackey, thru with the Kings Dragon by .. eh.. forgot her name, thru with the Elder Gods and currently reading A trust betrayed, a medieval murder mystery.

Told you I'm a bookworm! tongue.gif
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Posted: 11-Feb-2004, 02:55 PM
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Read in another thread about the following books and gave them a try - I'm hooked on them.
Finished "Kushiel's Dart" and now I'm in the middle of Kushiel's Chosen". I've already ordered" Kushiel's Avatar" which isn't out yet but coming soon.
Thank you for recommending them, Aon - they are brilliant! smile.gif


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  Posted: 11-Feb-2004, 05:02 PM
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I finished The Tommyknockers by Stephen King the other night. Now, I'm rereading Lies & The Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken.


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