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Old 07-27-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I am currently reading Oprah by Kitty Kelley. Quite fascinating!
Just recently finished that....good read
makes me look at Oprah in a whole different light..not that I was a big Oprah fan..
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I took Dan Chaon's "Await Your Reply" back the library, half finished. Very unsatisfying. Highly repetitive but shallow character development, about people I don't care about, who say "Hmm" a lot in the dialog, leading somewhere, I guess, but I don't care where.

Started "The Red Queen" by Margaret Drabble, and not really very happy with that, either. Why am I so jaded?
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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I decided to read Son of Hamas first out of all the books I got. So far so good a very fast read actually.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I took Dan Chaon's "Await Your Reply" back the library, half finished. Very unsatisfying. Highly repetitive but shallow character development, about people I don't care about, who say "Hmm" a lot in the dialog, leading somewhere, I guess, but I don't care where.

Started "The Red Queen" by Margaret Drabble, and not really very happy with that, either. Why am I so jaded?
You should check ratings for a book before diving in. I use Goodreads.com - on there, The Red Queen gets a 2.84 out of 5 from 393 ratings. Of course, occasionally my feelings differ from the popular opinion but for the most part, if a book is rated lower than 3 and there a lot of ratings, it's pretty bad.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Utah
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Just finished 1000 White Women.

I like the premise...apparently an Indian chief really did propose the US government to give white women to Indians in order to bridge cultures & have both sides invested in the other.

However, even though I KNEW it was fiction, I still would have liked to "believe" it COULD be true. Uh, no. Although the book moved along & pulled me in, I couldn't get lost in it because I just couldn't believe it.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Utah
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Finished The Twentieth Wife this afternoon. I was so tired of waiting for Mehrunnisa to be with Prince Salim, until I almost gave up. This first book in the trilogy sets everything up, I suppose, for her 15 year reign as the Empress of India. She is 34 when she marries the Emperor, and wields much of the power following her marriage to him.

While it is a fascinating book about life in India, and this reign of the Moghul Empire, I found parts of the novel tedious. Not so tedious to keep me from wanting to read the second book, Feast of Roses, which covers Nor Jarhan's reign. (Mehrunnisa is her given name; Nor Jarhan, the royal name.) It is Mehrunnisa's niece who is married to the subsequent Indian Emperor who later builds the Taj Mahal to his beloved wife's memory.

Ah, but the makings of wonderful romance tales, no?
Have you read A Suitable Boy? It is huge, but I thought it was so good & several people have read & enjoyed it on my recommendation. Set in post-independant India (mid 50's??) a young woman decides who she should marry. The arranged marriage her parents hope for? The one she fell in love with? Another that would provide a good life for her. Anyway, it is well beyond a romance, it is very picturesque leaving the reader with an impression & feel of life in India.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:16 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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I just started "Dying of the light" by George R.R. Martin. I enjoyed his Fire and Ice books but this is my first sci-fi book ever and I'm having a hard time getting into it. I do hope it'll get better (and I'm only on page 7!!!).
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Just finished 1000 White Women.

I like the premise...apparently an Indian chief really did propose the US government to give white women to Indians in order to bridge cultures & have both sides invested in the other.

However, even though I KNEW it was fiction, I still would have liked to "believe" it COULD be true. Uh, no. Although the book moved along & pulled me in, I couldn't get lost in it because I just couldn't believe it.
Oh my gosh this is on my favorite books of all times list . I loved the way jim fergus describes the charecters so vividly . especially the women . I loved it . May I reccomend a book to you called the reliable wife by robert goolick I think you will like it .
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Shadowville
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I know that they are other forums for this but I like the people on this forum. The people on the other forums are so annoying and boring. Then the sites with the people that aren't so boring are more immature then I am! Anyway, I'm currently reading "The Kite Runner" and it's great so far. Below is my list of books I've read recently and yes, I liked them all.
1. Time Traveler's wife (chicklit)
2. Forever by Pete Hamill
3. The Red Tent (chicklit)
4. All of the Harry Potter Books (Loads of fun)
5. Middlesex
6. A Million Little Pieces
7. The 5 People You meet in Heaven
8. Yes, yes - The DaVinci Code
9. Memoirs of a Geisha

My all time Favorite book is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I can go on and on. But the the book I keep going back to over and over again is 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12. I love my kids but they drive me crazy
Hello, Isabella!

I'm currently reading Buck Owens: The Biography by my friend Eileen Sisk. A great read, revealing a Buck Owens most of us never knew existed:

Welcome to Facebook
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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Reading Patriots a novel of survival.Good so far.
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