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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:30 am 
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I'm really enjoying it.

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Finished Four and Twenty Blackbirds. It was overall good and it was Cherie Priest's first book so I'll let it slide, but I felt there was a lot of loose ends, plot holes and I'm kinda sick of using Voodoo to create bad villains and avoiding explaining their motives, you know? Oh, he murdered his family. Why? Voodoo.

Almost done Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler and will just read on to Imago, AR didn't depress me as much as Dawn did.

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I'm just getting to the end of Seraphina and I absolutely love it. If you like YA, fantasy, strong female protagonists, or dragons, I would recommend it highly. Actually, I recommend it highly regardless. I mean, I might come back after I've finished it having been disappointed with the ending, but up to about 30-40 pages from the end, it's totally worth it.

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I'm reading The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates. So far I'm not that into it.

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Elizabeth Hardwick's Sleepless Nights ... she was married to the poet Robert Lowell for many years.

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I'm reading this really weird book, The Broken World by Tim Etchells. It's written like a walkthrough [blog] for a vastly complex video game [world], but then the narrator / blogger's real life starts intruding in the form of asides. You really get to sympathise with him - and you wait for explanations for short allusions, and you start to hope that he won't get lost in the game (and writing about it) and alienate his friends and loved ones. It's an awesome read!


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I'm still reading The Other Boleyn Girl, and I'm loving it. I will probably stick to my plan of picking up Bring Up the Bodies next depending on library availability.

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I'm just getting to the end of Seraphina and I absolutely love it. If you like YA, fantasy, strong female protagonists, or dragons, I would recommend it highly. Actually, I recommend it highly regardless. I mean, I might come back after I've finished it having been disappointed with the ending, but up to about 30-40 pages from the end, it's totally worth it.

Finished. Loved it. Can't wait for the sequel.

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I finished Becoming Madame Mao, and I give it a 'meh.' I didn't like the shift in narration between an unknown and Madame Mao. I also didn't like the overall tone of the book. It seemed a little flip considering what it dealt with.

I'm not reading The Other Boleyn Girl, and it's terrible/I love it. Since Wolf Hall I've been on a Tudors kick. I started watching The Tudors on Netflix, but my home internet has stopped working, so The Other Boleyn Girl it is. I think I'm going to do Bring up the Bodies next though. I miss Thomas Cromwell.
If you're really interested in 16th C England, I could recommend some stuff, depending on what you're looking for! Neither The Tudors nor anything by Philippa Gregory et al will give you anything like a remotely accurate picture of Tudor England. I mean, they not only switch around/eliminate major characters and historical events, but frankly just make shiitake up. (One of my favorite bits is how, by conflating Henry VIII's two sisters into one character, The Tudors' writing team prevented the Stuart dynasty from ever coming into existence; it's anyone's guess who would have succeeded Elizabeth I in this parallel universe!) Obviously Mantel has to make up dialogue to put into her character's mouths, but at least she A. has done her research and B. knows how to write.

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I loved Wolf Hall! Still haven't read the follow up.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:56 am 
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I finished Becoming Madame Mao, and I give it a 'meh.' I didn't like the shift in narration between an unknown and Madame Mao. I also didn't like the overall tone of the book. It seemed a little flip considering what it dealt with.

I'm not reading The Other Boleyn Girl, and it's terrible/I love it. Since Wolf Hall I've been on a Tudors kick. I started watching The Tudors on Netflix, but my home internet has stopped working, so The Other Boleyn Girl it is. I think I'm going to do Bring up the Bodies next though. I miss Thomas Cromwell.
If you're really interested in 16th C England, I could recommend some stuff, depending on what you're looking for! Neither The Tudors nor anything by Philippa Gregory et al will give you anything like a remotely accurate picture of Tudor England. I mean, they not only switch around/eliminate major characters and historical events, but frankly just make shiitake up. (One of my favorite bits is how, by conflating Henry VIII's two sisters into one character, The Tudors' writing team prevented the Stuart dynasty from ever coming into existence; it's anyone's guess who would have succeeded Elizabeth I in this parallel universe!) Obviously Mantel has to make up dialogue to put into her character's mouths, but at least she A. has done her research and B. knows how to write.


I would love recommendations! I'm not into anything too academic though. But yeah. Even with my little experience and only seeing one season of the Tudors, I'm like, wha? In the show, both Henry Fitzroy and William Breteron died of the sweat. I'm on a wait list for Bring Up The Bodies, but was thinking of picking up Portrait of an Unknown Woman. For some reason the library doesn't seem to have The Autobiography of Henry VIII. One of my quirks is that I'm trying to read in chronological order though, so it looks like that would be toward the end.

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In addition to Embassytown (which I am LOVING), I am listening to Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me). It's really interesting. I wish I had local friends who read, I want to talk to someone about these books!

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I just remembered that I checked out Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea the same time I checked out The Other Boleyn Girl, so I'm reading that next. I hope I can get through it before it's due back.

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ndpittman wrote:
I just remembered that I checked out Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea the same time I checked out The Other Boleyn Girl, so I'm reading that next. I hope I can get through it before it's due back.


Nothing to Envy is amazing. I didn't know anything at all about North Korea when I started reading it, and I learned so much. It's enlightening, and also very emotionally involving.


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I just remembered that I checked out Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea the same time I checked out The Other Boleyn Girl, so I'm reading that next. I hope I can get through it before it's due back.


Nothing to Envy is amazing. I didn't know anything at all about North Korea when I started reading it, and I learned so much. It's enlightening, and also very emotionally involving.


It was wonderful. I definitely recommend it. I made my dad read it too.

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Yeah, there aren't many nonfiction books where I can't put it down and tell everyone I know it will change them, but that was one. My latest is "The New Jim Crow." SO thought-provoking.


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I'm just about to start 'Before I Go To Sleep' by S.J.Watson. The sleeve describes it as 'Memento' on crystal meth, which is quite the quote!


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In addition to Embassytown (which I am LOVING), I am listening to Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me). It's really interesting. I wish I had local friends who read, I want to talk to someone about these books!

Are you on Goodreads? I know it doesn't compare to chatting irl with people, but it's good for talking about books :)

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You know, I am. Sort of. I input all my books 5 years ago and haven't used it since. I'll have to go check it out.

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Nothing to Envy is absolutely brilliant. I have to take it back tomorrow, so I'm hoping to finish it tonight. I am so thankful for this thread and the suggestions I've found here!

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Just finished In the Pleasure Groove. I have to say, I'm a bit less sympathetic to John Taylor's story than I was to Adam Ant's, and I think it's mainly because he was middle class and had a good childhood with a loving, supportive family. It just wasn't as compelling as a post-war shithole and an abusive father. I'm still trying to decide if I want to go to his event at the book festival.

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Salt, Sugar, Fat. Very interesting. And horrifying.

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I finally started The Diviners by Libba Bray. So far, I love it! I love 1920s New York and I love how creepy it is so far.

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Does anybody read Laurell K. Hamilton? I loved her up through Obsidian Butterfly, then got increasingly bored as all the books because basically porn (boring porn, at that). Has she gone back to writing actual plots? I've got the itch to pick her up again, but unless she has regained her old awesomeness, I'll just get annoyed and stop at OB again.

I'm having trouble concentrating on any one book lately so I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for. I just finally finished a new Laura Griffin CSI/romantic suspense. She is usually reliably good fluff, but this one didn't work for me. I don't know it it was me or if the book was actually boring, but it limped along for me and it took me over a week to read (normally something like that would be a 3 hr read for me).

Any good new vampire fluff? Light, not horror or anything; silly is A OK. Maybe like Lyndsay Sands, Sherrilyn Kenyon, or even JR Ward (I've read everything by those authors though).

What about JK Rowling's mystery? Hmm. Actually, I'll go check to see if the new Michael Connelly is out--he might well shake me out of this, though I'm not so sure I want/need to be paying new release price right now.

I'm rambling. Sorry! I just hate it when I keep starting and stopping a dozen books and can't settle on one. Reading something good will help me feel better.

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