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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2008, 12:18:03 PM »

In the evening, I'm working my way (again) through Trollope's Barchester novels, probably much more slowly than aandsdean.  Currently reading The Small House at Allington.  This is my least favorite of the six, actually, so a 4.

Daytime reading is Silence at Boalt Hall. This is at least a 4, but I have a lot left to read.


I just ordered Dr. Thorne from Paperback Book Swap.  I had to order HKHWR for D#1, who must read it after seeing the PBS DVD of it.  What's after Dr. Thorne in the series?
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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2008, 12:30:36 PM »

I just finished "The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture", by Philip Lawler, and Ehrenreich's latest 'This Land is Their Land', as well as Harry Turtledove's latest new AH novel, 'The Man with the Iron Heart".
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« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2008, 1:21:16 PM »

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.  Main character is a VAP in English.  Lots of flashbacks to my own life in the book, but very thought-provoking.
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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2008, 3:15:44 PM »

OK, let's see.

Finished this last week:

Tomorrow's Promise, by Radclyffe (rating: sappy romance, but sex scenes passable)
I Dare You, by Larkin Rose (really awful.  It's her first novel, but still.)
Cooper's Deale, by KI Thompson (not too terrible.  Not a total waste of time)

In progress:

Pandora's Star, by Peter F. Hamilton (it's fun so far, but I'm only 100 pages into its 900 pages)
My Antonia, by Willa Cather (our whole state is reading it.  Who am I to rebel?)
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (I keep meaning to finish it, really I do)
Vol. I of Byzantium, by John Julius Norwich (always fun, always relaxing, always informative)

Those are the current bedside table squatters.  Soon I'll have Mercedes Lackey's new Valdemar novel and I'll start on Demian and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2008, 3:44:45 PM »

Demian is a good one.  I'll be curious to hear your take on it.
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« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2008, 4:20:31 PM »

I just finished World War Z.  Gives one perspective on our current issues.

Now for something completely different:  Next book up is The Diary of a Country Priest.
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« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2008, 9:17:58 PM »

I'm currently enjoying The Last Queen - a novel of Juana la Loca of Castile.
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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2008, 9:37:59 PM »

In the last month or so, besides academic books, I've read

* the first 4 of Jan Karon's Mitford series.  I usually read mysteries, thrillers, and trashy romance.  These are a nice change of pace.

* Snoop, about what a person's space tells you about his/her personality.  Interesting, though I mostly skimmed it.

* the first half of Eat, Pray, Love.  I wanted to like it, but I mostly skimmed it and probably won't finish. 

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« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2008, 12:05:53 PM »

In the evening, I'm working my way (again) through Trollope's Barchester novels, probably much more slowly than aandsdean.  Currently reading The Small House at Allington.  This is my least favorite of the six, actually, so a 4.

Daytime reading is Silence at Boalt Hall. This is at least a 4, but I have a lot left to read.


I just ordered Dr. Thorne from Paperback Book Swap.  I had to order HKHWR for D#1, who must read it after seeing the PBS DVD of it.  What's after Dr. Thorne in the series?

Here they are in order:

    * The Warden (1855)
    * Barchester Towers (1857)
    * Doctor Thorne (1858)
    * Framley Parsonage (1861)
    * The Small House at Allington (1864)
    * The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867)
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« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2008, 2:34:52 PM »

I'm currently enjoying The Last Queen - a novel of Juana la Loca of Castile.
I'd like to read that one!  Our only copy in the library is out.
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« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2008, 4:01:15 PM »

I'm currently enjoying The Last Queen - a novel of Juana la Loca of Castile.
I'd like to read that one!  Our only copy in the library is out.

It's delicious.  Well worth the wait.  (Not sure I agree with the history, but it is a novel, after all.)  I love the way Queen Isabel is drawn.
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2008, 3:54:04 PM »

Most recently, I've finished World War Z, Ondaatje's In the Skin of the Lion, and A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews.  Crew's book is unpleasant, to say the least, but I was drawn in.

I'm working through The Diary of a Country Priest, which is good but slow going, so I've been reading The Blood Countess, too.  Talk about interesting juxtipositions.
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2008, 5:58:28 PM »

I'm goofing off and reading Zits treasuries.
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« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2008, 6:52:35 PM »

I hope you will allow unabridged audiobooks as "reading."

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles -- fun but a bit self-indulgent.
When You are Engulfed in Flames  by David Sedaris -- his best for a while.
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk -- just starting it, and it's not as easy to get into as Snow, but it is still astounding.
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« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2008, 7:33:48 PM »

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk -- just starting it, and it's not as easy to get into as Snow, but it is still astounding.

I love the first 10-20 chapters of that book. So much so that several times I've read them, been overwhelmed by their brilliance and beauty, and put the book away for a few months, and each time I pick it up I have to begin at the beginning again. I'm not sure I'll ever finish that book, but I won't hold that against Pamuk. 

V. Nabokov, too, huh? What excellent taste!


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