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#1122267 - Sun Jan 10 2016 02:44 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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I have finally started Go Set a Watchman and liking it so far. Very sad that one character I was expecting won't be in it frown at least not 'live'
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#1122875 - Fri Jan 15 2016 11:52 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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We watched the movie "A Walk in the Woods" yesterday so (for the first time in a long time) I picked up a book and started reading A Walk in the Woods. smile

I tend to listen to audio books these days ... not long finished Bill Bryson's latest one "The Road to little Dribbling". Funny funny man. laugh

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#1123129 - Mon Jan 18 2016 12:59 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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I think that Antonia Fraser's early stuff is better - I remember reading Cromwell, Our Chief of Men and Mary Queen of Scots and being unable to put either of them down. But her semi-autobiographical/modern stuff isn't all that wonderful.
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#1130765 - Tue Mar 22 2016 10:29 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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"Dear Maeve" a collection of newspaper columns from Maeve Binchy.

I'm having quite a bit of fun with this.

I've always liked Maeve Binchy, even though her novels, never all that substantial, got positively feather-light toward the end of her life. The stories were predictable and silly, but her voice was always fun and entertaining.

And here, all we've got is her voice, blethering on about one thing and another. Sometimes I agree with what she had to say, sometimes I disagree, but I like the way she said it.

One section is made up of columns about internal Irish things, and is not very interesting to the rest of us, though a piece from the mid 90s about how the Queen Mother should take over the monarchy, and then let the whole thing go with a bang on her death, is fun.

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#1131523 - Thu Mar 31 2016 04:25 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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I read Mary Queen of Scots back in college. While the subject matter was not to my taste, I thought Antonia Fraser's writing was quite good.

I'm almost done with another anthology, this one a collection of short stories about horse racing selected by Dick Francis. Mostly forgettable, but entertaining nonetheless.

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#1131866 - Mon Apr 04 2016 07:49 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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The only two "Discworld" novels by the late Terry Pratchett that I have not hitherto read, "I Shall Wear Midnight" and "The Shepherd's Crown". The latter being his final book.

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#1134276 - Sat Apr 30 2016 05:25 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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I am really quite enjoying, and never expected to: Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling. A nice clever whodunnit.
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#1134629 - Tue May 03 2016 10:25 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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Re-reading Jane Eyre, another of my favourite childhood classics, and loving every page!
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#1134952 - Fri May 06 2016 12:14 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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If you like police procedurals aka crime fiction with a lot of painstaking detective work and not a lot of whizzbang car chases, you might like a series by Graham Hurley. The books are set in Portsmouth, an historical naval port on the south coast of England. Pompey (as many Brits call it) has always had a dark side and that's very much reflected in the books, which barely mention the Navy but concern themselves with an underbelly of civilian crime - drugs, protection rackets, violence, and policemen who aren't all perfect all of the time.

Detective Inspector Joe Faraday is the main protagonist, ably (but not always honorably) assisted (and sometimes impeded) by Det Constable Winter. The first novel, Turnstone, starts slowly and takes several chapters to get to the action but later books in the series are a bit faster - probably because they assume you know the grimy background already so it is worth reading them in order.
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#1134973 - Fri May 06 2016 01:13 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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Sounds just me. Thanks
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#1135500 - Thu May 12 2016 06:25 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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I did like the Robert Galbraith, clever and tense, so I got the next one from the library. looks just as good.(Called The Silkworm)
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#1136689 - Thu May 26 2016 09:22 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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That did not disappoint either. Clever, original, I did guess the "perp" in this one but there were times when I thought I was wrong. What is so great is that the lady can write so well in her original genre and now is my hero again in crime. I am about to start the third one in the Strike series. It looks like quite a gruesome beginning....
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#1137686 - Thu Jun 09 2016 08:15 PM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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Just thought I'd mention this here, because some of you might be interested.....

Just went to see the movie "Love and Friendship", which is based on Jane Austen's "Lady Susan". It's been ages since I read that, so don't know how well it follows the plot, but it's the first Austen movie I've seen in some time that focuses more on the wit and satire, and less on the romance. I've always felt that the movies that have us falling in love with Mr Darcy kinda miss the point, a bit.

So, definitely worth a look if you are an Austen fan - it's very funny.

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#1137712 - Fri Jun 10 2016 01:22 AM Re: What are you Reading mark2 [Re: ren33]
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OOoh great , I will!
I agree Really Mr Darcy is a nasty piece of work. I love the characters she portrays that are funny and witty .
Love Mr Bennet and Mr Collins best.
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