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Old 08-03-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I am reading Cordelia Underwood or The Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid. It is a Victorian Mystery set in Portland Maine and points north in the mid 1800's. I live near Portland....and the house in which the heroine of the novel lives is an actual home...part of the Portland Museum of Art. The author is true to neighborhoods, locales etc. The story involves a sea chest and its contents, A very proper Victorian young lady receives a deed to some land and a clue to a family mystery and the adventure begins. The novel is written in the style of Thomas Hardy or Dickens.....I am enjoying it emensely.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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I just finished the revised and expanded version of Tucker Max's I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. My next book is going to be Tom Clancy's Op Center: War of Eagles. I started that one like, a year ago, but just quit reading it for some reason.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I just finished the revised and expanded version of Tucker Max's I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. My next book is going to be Tom Clancy's Op Center: War of Eagles. I started that one like, a year ago, but just quit reading it for some reason.
That happens to me a lot.....to start a book and then to put it down for no apparent reason.....There is a book by Annie Dillard....called Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek; that I bought and started a good 5 years ago.....but couldnt get into. (It is a bit philisophical and not a light read.) I started it several times and was fascinated by the subject and really impressed with her writing.....but never got very far with the book.

I took it with me this year on a month long trip to Japan.....I knew while there I would have lots of time to read.....and that I wouldnt be able to read even a newspaper or the back of supermarket carton....as I dont read Japanese. I figured that this might provide the incentive to finally read that book.

My plan worked.....I did read it....and loved it.....and went back and re-read parts of it. I am not necessarily recommending it....its not easy reading.....but it is an amazing book.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Testimony by Anita Shreve

I think More Than Friends by Barbara Delinsky is next on the list.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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That happens to me a lot.....to start a book and then to put it down for no apparent reason.....There is a book by Annie Dillard....called Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek; that I bought and started a good 5 years ago.....but couldnt get into. (It is a bit philisophical and not a light read.) I started it several times and was fascinated by the subject and really impressed with her writing.....but never got very far with the book.

I took it with me this year on a month long trip to Japan.....I knew while there I would have lots of time to read.....and that I wouldnt be able to read even a newspaper or the back of supermarket carton....as I dont read Japanese. I figured that this might provide the incentive to finally read that book.

My plan worked.....I did read it....and loved it.....and went back and re-read parts of it. I am not necessarily recommending it....its not easy reading.....but it is an amazing book.
See that's what is so odd. I really liked the book I was reading, I just stopped all the sudden.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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An old book - Boredom - a.k.a. The Empty Canvas by the Italian writer Alberto Moravia.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I have just finished "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery which I have enjoyed tremendously , extremely well written, deeply philosophical, yet easy to read, funny and poignant all at once.


And I just started "Night Train to Lisbon" by Pascal Mercier which is so far quite intriguing . It looks truly excellent.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I have just finished "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery which I have enjoyed tremendously , extremely well written, deeply philosophical, yet easy to read, funny and poignant all at once.


And I just started "Night Train to Lisbon" by Pascal Mercier which is so far quite intriguing . It looks truly excellent.
Thanks for the suggestions Moosketeer.....The E. of the Hedgehog...sounds like it might be up my alley for my next "serious" read....now that the "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" is finished.

By the way, I am concerned that I may have made that book sound like a chore...and it isnt....it is a rivetting read.....with the drama of Shakespeare, the hominess of Twain, the natural scientific observation of Thoreau and the magesty and awe of the Old Testement. He view of life, the creation and all that is.....is amazing.

While I was in Japan I also read Three Cups of Tea, a very good read about the region of Pakistan/Afganistan that is so much in the news. This is a very inspirational work by an American who is making a difference and winning hearts and minds in direct competition with the Taliban. I recommend the book; this is a page turner. The people I was staying with in Japan were looking for a translated version....I was so deeply entralled with it.

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Old 08-05-2009, 04:46 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Default Timing and circumstance.

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See that's what is so odd. I really liked the book I was reading, I just stopped all the sudden.
I think it can be timing and circumstance that causes that....perhaps if you go back to it at another time. (By the way that anonymous message was mine.....the computer wouldnt let me write anything in the comment box....just froze.) Time and circumstance again.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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Julie and Julia, interesting book, don't think I will see the movie.....
I wont be seeing the movie either. They are counting on Meryl Streep to make this movie. The book was not interesting to me at all.
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