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Old 01-09-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander. It's fiction but the author has done his homework and the book is chock full of interesting tidbits about Nicholas and Alexandra and the last days of the Romanovs. The author spent nearly 30 years traveling to Russia and attending college there.

The book is 227 pages and it is a fast read. I started it today and I may finish it tonight.

It's actually an exciting read even though the reader already knows how it will end.
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I'm reading The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander. It's fiction but the author has done his homework and the book is chock full of interesting tidbits about Nicholas and Alexandra and the last days of the Romanovs. The author spent nearly 30 years traveling to Russia and attending college there.

The book is 227 pages and it is a fast read. I started it today and I may finish it tonight.

It's actually an exciting read even though the reader already knows how it will end.
I have read this one it is good and yes I am now reading the romanovs , the final chapter and it is awesome as well . take care
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have read this one it is good and yes I am now reading the romanovs , the final chapter and it is awesome as well . take care
Robert Massie wrote Nicholas and Alexandra which I read years ago. I like his style. He's easy to read and very thorough.

I would expect The Romanovs, The Final Chapter to be extremely interesting. I'll tackle that one after I read 97 Orchard and Half Broke Horses.

It's so comfy having several to-be-read books right here next to me.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Just read Rescue by Anita Shreve. When I finished I thought to myself "so what?"
If you normally read her books, I'd skip this one.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm reading Up From Orchard Street.

I don't know if it's because I keep putting it down, only reading a bit at a time because I've got other things going on, but it doesn't seem like a cohesive, gelled story.

That's OK, though, because I'm enjoying the Yiddish phrases. It feels like my grandmother is sitting next to me.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:13 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Just read Rescue by Anita Shreve. When I finished I thought to myself "so what?"
If you normally read her books, I'd skip this one.
well you are not alone there cause I did not like that one either but I did like her book light on snow which I read years ago .
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading Up From Orchard Street.

I don't know if it's because I keep putting it down, only reading a bit at a time because I've got other things going on, but it doesn't seem like a cohesive, gelled story.

That's OK, though, because I'm enjoying the Yiddish phrases. It feels like my grandmother is sitting next to me.
I really enjoyed that book. I felt like I knew the characters.

I kept expecting something really horrible to happen, like it was just around the corner. But, the human spirit can be amazing and it sure was in this book.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I really enjoyed that book. I felt like I knew the characters.

I kept expecting something really horrible to happen, like it was just around the corner. But, the human spirit can be amazing and it sure was in this book.
Yeah, it's a totally up my alley type of book, so I'm thinking that it's because I haven't had any serious blocks of time -- not even an uninterrupted hour -- to delve in.

I'm only on page 73. I hope that I can sit -- and not get up -- and just READ for a bit, for at least a solid hour. I'm guessing that I'll get more into it then, because I *do* like the characters.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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Just read Rescue by Anita Shreve. When I finished I thought to myself "so what?"
If you normally read her books, I'd skip this one.
This is about what I said after I read her book, "The Pilot's Wife". One of the worst books I've ever read. After that, I can't bring myself to read another one of her books.
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I just finished Patrick Taylor's "An Irish Country Doctor".
Very funny and throughly enjoyable.
It reminds me of James Herriot's stories but with people as the sick ones instead of animals.
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