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Old 07-25-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Finally down to the last 50-100 pages of this tome, and while I have enjoyed it very much, I am just ready for this cathedral to get built, the lovers to get married or be together forever, the town to prosper, and the bad guy to get his.

Enough already.

The Pillars of the Earth covers the time period from 1135 - 1174 in 973 pages, and just here, towards the end, it feels as if it is taking me close to 40 years to get through this. Up until now, I had been thoroughly enjoying the work, and I still am, but feel like how many times can a town get sacked? or the bad guy continue to succeed? problems seem insurmountable? My only other issue is with some of Follett's language -- I stumble upon words and expressions that I am not sure are actually 'medieval,' mostly in dialogue -- but that is more than likely the English teacher in me.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:49 AM
 
Location: wrong planet
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I am reading "Love Medicine", which is the next book in our book club discussions .
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I just finished Sunday at Tiffanys by James Patterson. I loved it!

Right now, I'm reading Blue Water by A. Manettt Ansay. It's good so far.
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:17 PM
 
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I'm about to start reading Stuart Woods Two Dollar Bill.

That book sounds interesting, delusianne.
It is! And it's extremely well written! I'm so relieved, not only to not be disappointed but to actually admire it He catches the tone of 1889 London (I was once a big fan of London 1890-1913 and this takes me happily back); Oscar is completely Oscar, nuanced perfectly, not a a wrong note about him; the murder-mystery is moving briskly along as believable yet - more and more possibilities and twists, you know. All in a clear, relaxed, confident style. It's great fun, Im just so pleased. Thanks for asking pocono

(If anyone cares the book is Oscar Wilde And A Death of No Importance, by Gyles Brandreth.)
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Old 07-25-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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If anyone likes biographies, I can highly recommend "James Tiptree, Jr. - the Secret Life of Alice B. Sheldon", by Julie Phillips. It is meticulously researched and extremely well-written, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

During the 1960's and 1970's, James Tiptree Jr was one of the most popular and prolific science fiction writers then writing. Tiptree's works were "hard" science fiction, the sort that was thought to be solely the province of male writers. Women were not welcome in the field, and were thought to be uninterested in SF.

In 1977, it was learned that James Tiptree Jr was a 62-year-old woman named Alice B. Sheldon. Sheldon's first attempts at getting published under her own name in the 1950's were rebuffed, so she began submitting fiction under the pseudonum James Tiptree Jr, and was enormously successful.

I had the opportunity to meet Julie Phillips a couple of years ago (at a feminist science fiction convention, of course - where else?!) and found her to be articulate and passionate about her subject. The conversation I had with her convinced me to read the book, and I enjoyed it immensely. I'd recommend it as an excellent and highly readable bio.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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I'm about to start reading Stuart Woods Two Dollar Bill.

That book sounds interesting, delusianne.
Two Dollar Bill was pretty good, not usually the genre I read, but I like the Stone Barrington character.
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Old 07-27-2008, 02:07 PM
 
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I'm reading Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts. I read all of her books. I love her characters.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Mesquite, TX
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Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World.

The tome is only slightly longer than it's name.
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy - just starting it this week. I have high hopes for it after The Road!
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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"The Sunday Wife" by Cassandra King - she is the wife of the author Pat Conroy
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