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Old 03-26-2013, 09:18 AM
 
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I finished Kingsolver's Animal Dreams this morning. What a lovely book. The characters are fleshed out so completely that the reader seems to know each of them. It's painted with the colors of the American Southwest with pale pinks, light blues, yellows, sands and whites. It's like my living room. I was so happy and serene with the book ending.

Sherman Alexie is a hoot with a talent for conveying heartbreak. I totally agree with you, Marlow.

You write such good reviews--even your snippets are good! All I can ever come up with is "I really liked it."

Finished the Alexie book last night. Not sure what I'll start tonight. I got a copy of East of Eden to re-read after everyone reminded me how good it was, but I also have several books on the way from Better World Books so I may wait a couple of days and see if they get here.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:20 AM
 
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My dad send me a book named ,,Murther & Walking Spirit''by Robertson Davies.It is about a man catching his wife with his one-time colleague, Gil Gilmartin murdered by the latter and lingers on as a ghost who must spend his afterlife sitting next to his killer at an otherworldly film festival.
Sounds very interesting. Please report back!
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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My dad send me a book named ,,Murther & Walking Spirit''by Robertson Davies.It is about a man catching his wife with his one-time colleague, Gil Gilmartin murdered by the latter and lingers on as a ghost who must spend his afterlife sitting next to his killer at an otherworldly film festival.
Robertson Davies is in my inner circle of favorite authors, and I have not heard of this one. I am just a few hours away from finishing my commute time listening of "The Rebel Angles" -- Book 1 of the Cornish Trilogy, of which I've already read 2, and 3. I read them so long ago that now I want to listen to them, again.

I love the way Davies can turn phrases that just say so much, at so many layers, and keep me wanting more with no use of sensationalism or suspense. If I could sit down with only one author and talk for as long as I like, I think I might sit with him for days. (Don't tell DH. )
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Kanada ....ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ....
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Robertson Davies is in my inner circle of favorite authors, and I have not heard of this one. I am just a few hours away from finishing my commute time listening of "The Rebel Angles" -- Book 1 of the Cornish Trilogy, of which I've already read 2, and 3. I read them so long ago that now I want to listen to them, again.

I love the way Davies can turn phrases that just say so much, at so many layers, and keep me wanting more with no use of sensationalism or suspense. If I could sit down with only one author and talk for as long as I like, I think I might sit with him for days. (Don't tell DH. )
Yes he writes witty at times, informative deeply felt .This book was written in 1991 and I did not realize til a while ago that he is Canadian.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Finished Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. It really made me want to get some chickens! A nice mix of a memoir with a bit of how to advice thrown in. After that was The Joy of Less by Francine Jay. Quick read, nice tips, but nothing I didn't already know.

Next, I finished Model, Incorporated by Carol Alt since I found out that it was a sequel to This Year's Model. I actually didn't like it as much as the first, but I'll still pick up the 3rd book if she ever writes it.

Just started Bared to You by Sylvia Day. I'm hoping to stay in the 'quick read' vein, but am also hoping for better writing than 50 Shades. The bar was set pretty low, so I hope I'm not disappointed.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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Almost finished with In The Blink Of An Eye,Dale,Daytona,and the day that changed everything by Michael Waltrip. Reading Unbeliever Nation next.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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I just finished reading Replay by Ken Grimwood. It was published back in 1987, and now there is finally talk of making a movie. I hope they do. I enjoyed the book. It's not a super-great novel, but reasonably entertaining.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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Reading The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I'll keep reading it because I like the new take on the old story (it's written in the first person from Mary Boleyn's point of view). But the writing is very simplistic. Like the author tried to make the story too "accessible." Maybe I'm a snob, but I'd rather have it a little less accessible . The characters talk too much like present day average people, not 16th century English aristocrats. Give me some phrases or references that I might have to look up, for Chrissakes. These characters talk like they're in Bridget Jones' Diary.

After Hilary Mantel's Tudor fiction (Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies), this one is a little disappointing. I'm about 1/4 of the way into it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You write such good reviews--even your snippets are good! All I can ever come up with is "I really liked it."

Finished the Alexie book last night. Not sure what I'll start tonight. I got a copy of East of Eden to re-read after everyone reminded me how good it was, but I also have several books on the way from Better World Books so I may wait a couple of days and see if they get here.

Thank you for the very nice compliment, Marlow. Luv ya'.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I'm reading the Marcos Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave. Corruption/True crimes in every page, sometimes every paragraph!

To read this book you'll need to keep some pain meds nearby, anti-depressants, and keep your seatbelt fastened!

On Imelda's Int'l shopping trips, she'd have a 747 jumbo jet follow her plane, just to take all the goodies back to Manila! She blew $100,000 a day, back in the 60's, just shopping in the U.S.! And order $1,000 worth of flowers sent to her Hotel Suite every day!

It's beyond comprehension, that after the Marcos's exile in Hawaii, this criminal extraordinaire returned to the Philippines and is now serving a 2nd term as a congresswoman at 83 years old (it's where the $$ is, as Ferdinand made his first million as a congressman!) and she's trying hard to get a big mansion returned to her while she was in exile!

There was one assasination attempt on her, back in the 70's, a man rushed at her with a 12-inch Bolo knife, slashed her up good, 75 stitches!
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