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Old 12-08-2011, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I just downloaded this onto my Kindle. I happened across it and got fixated on it, for some reason.

Amazon.com: Mozart's Wife (9781461109617): Juliet Waldron: Books
I can't say how many pages of Mozart's Wife I've read -- it's on the Kindle at 9% completed -- and I have to say that it's one of the WORST books that I've ever read (or tried to read). I'm sure the story itself is wonderful, but the writing is atrocious!

I won't be continuing.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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One of my chores is to collect and deliver books for a small circle of readers who can't go to the libraries themselves. I would normally not read this book, but I am glad that I did.

Cat Confidential: The Book Your Cat Would Want You To Read: Amazon.co.uk: Vicky Halls: Books
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:24 AM
 
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Martin Amis' Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million.

It's a political/historical analysis of sorts, where Amis basically gives his views on Stalin and his rule of terror, and how our culture has responded to it all since it happened.

It's somewhat disappointing so far because it feels like a lazy book, not too well sourced and the tone of which is mostly emotional, in my opinion. I don't really trust emotional books when it comes to dealing with history and fact: to me they reek of demagogy and they end up missing the point.

And, in this case, it's particularly unnecessary because we all know who Stalin was.

Okay, this is not completely fair because I can enjoy biographies which are full of the author's opinions, provided that they are well written. I read them like I would read any book of fiction. But Martin Amis isn't doing this either because his intentions are, I believe, more grandiose. This is not merely fiction or gossiping about a historical figure.

I guess I should be reading this like it's a purely personal view written by an angry author. But my expectations when I bought the book were much higher.

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Old 12-09-2011, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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"The Rainmaker" by John Grisham.
I needed something new after reading several disappointing "suspense/horror" type books that were not what they claimed to be. My next horror novel better be scary!
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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This: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159...pf_rd_i=507846

I thought it sounded good and, as a diary, an easy read.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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This: Amazon.com: A Young Girl's Diary (9781595478351): Sigmund Freud: Books

I thought it sounded good and, as a diary, an easy read.
I agree. I'm going to add that to my wish list.

I just have to tell you, Dawn, that I found Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. I haven't read it yet as I am in a funk. Haven't read since October. Since I can't get into reading, I've been crafting - cross stitch and crocheting.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I agree. I'm going to add that to my wish list.

I just have to tell you, Dawn, that I found Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. I haven't read it yet as I am in a funk. Haven't read since October. Since I can't get into reading, I've been crafting - cross stitch and crocheting.
Awwww, I'm sorry about your reading funk. I know how that is. I've been there many (too many!) times. You think that you'll never be able to read again. But you will. And you have other stuff to keep you busy in the meantime -- so that's good!

Well, I started reading the diary. Eh. I'm not too sure about it. I've come to the realization that I don't love a diary format. I'll keep at it for a while, but I don't have great hopes. In fact, I've tossed aside the last 4 or 5 books that I've tried, so maybe I'm in a bit of a funk too.

Anyway, if you have a Kindle, it's FREE on Amazon! So, there ya go!
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere on the Moon.
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Roman Empire by Nigel Rodgers
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:00 PM
 
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Awwww, I'm sorry about your reading funk. I know how that is. I've been there many (too many!) times. You think that you'll never be able to read again. But you will. And you have other stuff to keep you busy in the meantime -- so that's good!

Well, I started reading the diary. Eh. I'm not too sure about it. I've come to the realization that I don't love a diary format. I'll keep at it for a while, but I don't have great hopes. In fact, I've tossed aside the last 4 or 5 books that I've tried, so maybe I'm in a bit of a funk too.

Anyway, if you have a Kindle, it's FREE on Amazon! So, there ya go!
thank you! It sure does seem like it'll never end.

I kind of like the diary format. A couple of my favorite books are "These Is My Words" and "The Diary of Mattie Spencer" which are both diary type books. Maybe I end up liking it. I've got the Kindle app on the iPad so I'm going to go looking for it now.
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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Finally got around to reading 'A stolen Life' by Jaycee Dugard. It was hard to read. I admire the strength this young woman had.
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