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Old 08-26-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Gosh, I forgot all about Trevanian. The Eiger Sanction was such a good book. I'll put his other books on my TBR list.
Yeah, about Trevanian... hmmm. I don't like to judge a new (to me) author harshly based on one work -- or the readers that gave this book an average of 4+ stars (of 5). I hope all of this author's works are not so racially and sexually slurring, but after listening to all that I could stomach of this one I put it aside.

Moving on to "Asta's Book," by Barbara Vine.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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I just finished a historical fiction about the lost Roanoke called White Seed, very interesting.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I just finished a historical fiction about the lost Roanoke called White Seed, very interesting.
That sounds good. I checked the reviews and also found this one:
Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad
Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad: Judith Redline Coopey: 9780978924744: Amazon.com: Books


You may have started a new kind of reading for me. Thanks.




I finished Fahrenheit 451 last night. It was not my kind of book. Oh well...then I started The Book Thief which I think I will enjoy.

This morning I checked Goodreads and my niece just started Divergent and since I got that yesterday from the library I will read it with her. It looks very good:
Divergent: Veronica Roth: 9780062024039: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:10 AM
 
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... You may have started a new kind of reading for me. Thanks.

I finished Fahrenheit 451 last night. It was not my kind of book. Oh well...then I started The Book Thief which I think I will enjoy.

This morning I checked Goodreads and my niece just started Divergent and since I got that yesterday from the library I will read it with her. It looks very good:
Divergent: Veronica Roth: 9780062024039: Amazon.com: Books
I've always admired your sense of spirited adventure, Lisa -- and not least of all in your reading. Open minds are the door to life.

I was not a fan of Bradbury as a younger reader, and sci fi is not a usual genre either, but I remain open to future possibilities. Now days, our lives feel like sci fi!

I am becoming more interested in "Sister Queens" as I read deeper. Last night I finished Part I, and today begin on their lives as new brides to their princes. As I read I am reflecting on the fables we little girls grew up with about being a princess. What a joke.

I am really beginning to despise the illusions we create in bringing up our little girls. I know it didn't do me any favors, and I can see many disillusioned women that have had to make huge adjustments to the realities of their lives -- still good lives, even great lives, but not the fairy tales we were taught to look forward to living.

Sorry, I digress. The original point was that the princesses of reality were more chattel... bargaining chips for diplomacy between states. Still true today in many worlds for many women.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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This morning I checked Goodreads and my niece just started Divergent and since I got that yesterday from the library I will read it with her. It looks very good:
Divergent: Veronica Roth: 9780062024039: Amazon.com: Books
Sounds interesting. Might have to put a hold on it. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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I am becoming more interested in "Sister Queens" as I read deeper. Last night I finished Part I, and today begin on their lives as new brides to their princes. As I read I am reflecting on the fables we little girls grew up with about being a princess. What a joke.

I am really beginning to despise the illusions we create in bringing up our little girls. I know it didn't do me any favors, and I can see many disillusioned women that have had to make huge adjustments to the realities of their lives -- still good lives, even great lives, but not the fairy tales we were taught to look forward to living.

Sorry, I digress. The original point was that the princesses of reality were more chattel... bargaining chips for diplomacy between states. Still true today in many worlds for many women.
Now I am wondering what exactly I say to my daughters. I'll try be more mindful of this as I know what you mean. I don't think I disillusion them as both DH and I try to raise our kids to understand what life is really like.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:14 AM
 
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Yesterday, I posted that I had finished Ian McEwan's "Atonement", but I had not yet read the 20-page Epilog. I wept when I read that, needing to set the book down and wipe my eyes and blow my nose, temporarily disabled, and again just as I write this.

I don't often do that, I think the last time was in "The Reader". Maybe that says more about me than about the book, I always cry at the wrong times in the wrong movies, and even country music, embarrassing myself and my companions, who are probably laughing instead.

Don't think you can just read the Epilog, you need to read the whole book.

So, now, back to the library.

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Old 08-27-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: State of Grace
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G'morning!

Darlin' and I recently finished The Hunger Games trilogy (well, he read and I listened - I'm legally blind) for the second time. It may not be Dickens or Shakespeare, but it's 'A back door approach to a front door message,' and while the sentence structure may be a tad odd - it's a great story!

Am presently waiting for two books to come - Look Homeward Angel, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Cheers,

Mahrie.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:56 PM
 
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Now I am wondering what exactly I say to my daughters. I'll try be more mindful of this as I know what you mean. I don't think I disillusion them as both DH and I try to raise our kids to understand what life is really like.
Sorry for my rant, fromupthere. I am certain you and most parents bring your girls up just fine.

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Yesterday, I posted that I had finished Ian McEwan's "Atonement", but I had not yet read the 20-page Epilog. I wept when I read that, needing to set the book down and wipe my eyes and blow my nose, temporarily disabled, and again just as I write this.... Don't think you can just read the Epilog, you need to read the whole book.
Oh geez, just when I was thinking I could put the unfinished audiobook behind me... now you've done it!

I started the audiobook "Asta's Book," by Barbara Vine and read by Ruth Rendell this afternoon. I tried listening to it a few weeks ago and just couldn't get into it. I am glad I came back to it. It's a bit slow in the take off, and the transition from Asta at the start to her granddaughter further along is a bit too seamless, but I definitely want to know where it's leading.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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Sorry for my rant, fromupthere. I am certain you and most parents bring your girls up just fine.
Well hopefully I am. But I'm pretty sure there are a lot of them (including some I know) who aren't doing a really horrible job, but aren't helping them by not teaching them self-respect, respect for others, responsibility, common sense, etc.

Went to the library this evening with the family. Got 3 books. Haven't decided quite yet what will be first, but they are Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry (whom I am finding I enjoy reading very much, even if they are considered juvenile/young adult, and Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deanne Gist. I also am #1 on the hold list on I believe 3 ebooks. Of course they will all be mine in the next day or 2 since I actually found some more stuff to read since people aren't reading fast enough for my liking.
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