"MotherGoose, that's funny. It was like you were writing a book review and then everything became much clearer when I read the last sentence! :)"|
Well, I wanted to explain who the author was since I don't think many people would have heard of him. I also thought the book would be of interest to FunTrivia members since his books are so full of interesting trivia.
Reply #801. Jan 02 11, 8:58 PM
I am re-reading "Boys and Girls Together" by William Goldman.|
Reply #802. Jan 03 11, 2:49 PM
Just starting The Conquest of Plassans by Emile Zola.|
Reply #803. Jan 07 11, 8:44 AM
I find myself in the same boat as Wyambezi, plenty of books in the inbox but some in the outbox deserve another read. |
I just finished to non-fiction works this past week. 'The First Ladies Of Rome' by Annelise Freisenbruch and 'Three Famines' by Thomas Keneally.
As the title suggests, the first concerns the lives of the women connected to the Roman emperors (wives, mothers, sisters, daughters) and the influence they had on them, their decisions, and the Roman populace. As I have read numerous books on Rome already, there were no startling revelations to be found here for me. There was one omission from the list of Roman women written about that did stand out to me though, that of Theodora, wife of emperor Justinian.
'Three Famines' on the other hand dealt with an issue that we've probably all seen on the news but not bothered to learn more about. Covering the famines of Ireland in the 1800's, Bengal in the 1940's and Ethiopia in the 1970's & 80's this was written with a great deal of compassion and humanity without the melodrama. Keneally records the causes of these famines and the effect they had on the people as well as the actions (or in many cases, inaction) of the governments in dealing with these disasters. Denial of an actual famine seemed to be most popular and continuing a war against an enemy more important than feeding the starving. I have read many of Keneally's novels, some hits, some misses. This is definitely a hit.
I am going to start on ' Blood's a Rover ' by James Ellroy today. Something a little lighter after the last two.
Reply #804. Jan 07 11, 2:16 PM
Just to clarify something in my previous post:|
'Three Famines' is the first non-fiction work by Keneally I have read and I consider it a hit. My wording before made it sound like a novel.
Reply #805. Jan 07 11, 2:50 PM
I am just about to start The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.|
I recomend the other books in the series
The Da Vinci Code,and Angels & Demons.
Good luck on reading The Stand that was a great book.
Reply #806. Jan 07 11, 3:45 PM
Full dark no stars|
Reply #807. Jan 10 11, 2:37 PM
I have just started Les Miserables - It's one of those books that I have planned on "getting around to" for years, but never did. Anyway, it is actually free to download to the Kindle, and I wanted something to keep me going for a while since I read such a lot, so I got it and started yesterday. I am surprised that it is actually very readable. I often find that books written so long ago are quite hard to read, and require concentration - War and Peace has defeated me within the first few pages a few times now, and even my beloved HG Wells takes a certain effort, but this is easy reading. Jean Valjean has just made his first appearance, and I am hooked so far :-D|
Reply #808. Jan 10 11, 3:14 PM
Rowena, H.G. Wells has been one of my favourites too since my teenage years. I have twice begun reading 'The Shape Of Things To Come' but failed to finish because I didn't have the time to devote my full and undivided attention to it. I must find a few days of solitary confinement and give it another go because it is something that I really want to finish. |
Reply #809. Jan 10 11, 3:47 PM
Reply #810. Jan 10 11, 3:55 PM
Misericordia by Benito Perez Galdos|
Reply #811. Jan 10 11, 9:43 PM
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. It's an English translation, but I want to read the German - I'll have to check if my library has it as I'm sure it did :)|
Reply #812. Jan 11 11, 8:49 AM
"All the News Unfit to Print," by Eric Burns. A very interesting book about how journalists distort the news to their own ends.|
Reply #813. Jan 11 11, 12:34 PM
"Earth" by John Stewart. It's very funny so far.|
Reply #814. Jan 13 11, 3:06 PM
Beatrix by Honore de Balzac. One of the characters is modeled on George Sand.|
Reply #815. Jan 20 11, 7:00 AM
Re-reading the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde in anticipation of the newest Thursday Next book (One of Our Thursdays Is Missing...hitting the US in March). Just started the Eyre Affair today. I always forget how brilliant Jasper Fforde is. |
Reply #816. Jan 21 11, 1:22 PM
Just started reading "Andrew Jackson: His life and times". So far it's quite interesting. |
Reply #817. Jan 21 11, 1:52 PM
Just finished All By My Selves by Jeff Dunham, great book! Next in line is Thrive don't simply Survive by Karol Ladd. And that is the way it is capitalized on the book. :O)|
Reply #818. Jan 28 11, 10:47 PM
I'm really enjoying Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" right now- I wanted to see what the fuss about "The Satanic Verses" was about but this was the only one of his novels I could find. He's got a similar style to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, another of my favorite authors.|
Reply #819. Feb 04 11, 7:58 PM
Perfume Guide A -Z by Luca Turin. Very funny.|
Reply #820. Feb 11 11, 7:26 PM
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