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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:58 am

I'm really looking forward to reading them. Anything that can make Reading sound like Marlowe's LA must be good.

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:24 am

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After Mina's mention I'm now reading 'Hit List' by Lawrence Block. Good so far!

And I'm reading Grifter's Game, on your recommendation. : )
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:55 am

I'm reading Agatha Cristie-Evil Under the Sun and Erle Stanley Gardner-The case of the phantom fortune.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:30 am

Looks like I'll be reading lots of issue of New Old House and 30s house & garden magazines, too. *fingers crossed*

Oh, and Trojan Gold by Elizabeth Peters (the new Vicky Bliss is due out next month).
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:29 pm

I'm reading The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Again! Hurrah!

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:42 am

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. One of my charity shop finds.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:18 pm

Well I finished 'Hit List' which was very good and highly recommended.

I then went straight for 'The Big Over Easy' which was very funny and I shall be reading the others in the series.

I think I'll be starting on 'White Mischief' which is about a murder amongst the colonialists in Kenya in 1941. I was given the book as a prize last night.

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:32 am

Miss Roulette wrote:


I think I'll be starting on 'White Mischief' which is about a murder amongst the colonialists in Kenya in 1941. I was given the book as a prize last night.

I saw the movie. It was good.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:47 am

Can I ask what the prize was for, Miss R?

Mr Soul, is "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" much of a read? I always had the impression that it was the socialist equivalent of '"Atlas Shrugged" - ie a book that's tended to be read more for the politics than the content. But I'm prepared to stand corrected.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:03 pm

It is indeed a thoroughly good read; for the story as well as the politics. Our hero, Owen, is the quiet but articulate red amongst a group of apathetic housepainters who ridicule his flawless arguments and patient explanations of capitalist machinations at every opportunity.

It'll make you angry; it'll make you cry.

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:57 pm

Ideology is one thing, practicality quite another.

Currently reading 'Clinker boatbuilding' by John leather. With all this talk of global warming and rising sea levels, could come in handy!
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:28 pm

The bubbler wrote:
Ideology is one thing, practicality quite another.

Couldn't agree more.

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:17 am

Dolly Dimple wrote:
Can I ask what the prize was for, Miss R?


The prize was for 'the woman dressed most like a femme fatal' at the Sheridan Club summer party. The theme was mad dogs and English men and I went for the Shanghai opium den look dressed in a rather risque cheong-sam.

I would also recommend "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" as a good read. As well as the political aspect, you get a good sense of what it was like to live in the early 20th century, of family life and the struggle to survive. It's not written as a polemic but as a story where the central character is a socialist.

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:12 am

I'm reading a collection of Golden Age detective stories.

All kinds of stuff I've always meant to get around to, in one book.

At the moment I'm reading about Mr. Harley Quin. I met Dr. Thorndyke and Father Brown in the previous stories.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:54 am

lindydiva wrote:
Looks like I'll be reading lots of issue of New Old House and 30s house & garden magazines, too. *fingers crossed*

Oh, and Trojan Gold by Elizabeth Peters (the new Vicky Bliss is due out next month).

She's finally written something new other than Amelia Peabody!!??!!! Squeeeee!! Can you tell I love Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels? Very Happy I can't wait!
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:24 am

Apparently, the publishers wouldn't take anything but Amelia, but she's finished that series.

I don't suppose she'll write any more Jacqueline Kirby books, but I'd love to read more about her, too.

Vicky, though, is my favorite!

It's due out around mid-August, I think. You can pre-order it now.

Oh, and right now I'm reading the Corinna Chapman books, by Kerry Greenwood. She also write the Phryne Fisher series, which is one of the best out there these days.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:17 am

I'm reading a couple of Daphne du Maurier novels at the mo. Just finished "Mary Anne", have "Rebecca" ready to go next. That is if I can get through E.M. Forester. I can't believe I'm saying this, but the film adaptation of "Room With A View" was great. I'm finding the book a bit of a slog.

And hubby bought me a copy of Susan Waggoner's "Under The Tree". All about toys that were popular for Christmas from 1920 to the 70s.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:59 am

I love A Room With A View, and Howard's End; I think they're brilliant. But I have trouble with A Passage To India and also Maurice (but, to be fair, Forster never finished editing Maurice for publication).

I gave the Waggoner book to my husband for Christmas last year. He loves it.

I think the Merchant Ivory films of E.M. Forster are fantastic. I'm less fond of the new version of A Room With A View; I don't care for the bodice ripper ending the adaptor tacked on! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:00 am

I just finished Confessions of A Jane Austen Addict. Entertaining, but uneven, especially the ending.

Right now I am reading a bio of J.R.R. Tolkien. It was written in the 70s, but was issued in paperbook only recently.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:39 am

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis

More than just Charlie Brown and Snoopy, this book offers great descriptions of the Depression, WWII, the emerging comic strip art form of the early 1900s, and how a very introverted St. Paul, MN (USA) kid became the world's most popular comic artist. If you're familiar with the Twin Cities, or the Needles or Santa Rosa areas of California, you'll like this book even more. If you grew up with Peanuts (that name was forced on him; not his choice), you'll enjoy reading about the probable inspiration and influences of the cast of characters, including Linus, Violet, Lucy, Sherman, and Schroeder.

Note that this book was not accepted well by the Schulz family, most likely because it attempts to dive deep into Schulz's personality and reveal some darker moments. Of course, all of us have these, but still, you will not find the book mentioned or available at the Charles Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa.
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:37 am

I am reading the fourth title in the Captain Alatriste series by Arture Perez-Reverte and have a juicy bio on Profiro Rubirosa waiting in the wings!
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:39 am

That Charles Shultz bio sounds interesting!

I came across this while at the library last week and so far, its a great read; Having the Builders In by Reay Tannahill.

To quote the front cover "a delicious novel of medieval rivalry, chivalry and masonry" Cool
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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:58 pm

I'm slowly but surely buying every vintage 'how-to' manual and textbook from Abe.
Today I received the Speedball Textbook for Brush and Pen Lettering (18th edition, 1960) which is far more interesting than most stuffy old typography books.

Now I just need some speedball pens.

Other recent buys include Interior Decoration for Today and Tomorrow by Walter Murray (1946) and a book entirely devoted to Marcel Waves called This Waving by P. Hague (1947) which is of little interest to me but you never know when someone will require such info.

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:57 am

Just finished reading Die a Little by Megan Abbott which has just come out in paperback in the UK.

It's a really good noir thriller, set in LA in the 50s, capturing the feeling of an original thriller. If you like reading about seedy LA and Hollywood then do read the book.

I've just read online that it's to be made into a film so it will be interesting to see how that turns out.

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PostSubject: Re: What's everybody reading?   Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:04 am

I've just read a John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath". I remember reading another of his books ages ago, "The Pearl". Great read. Tragic ending.
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