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Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:16 pm Post

Finished reading:

Final Truth, Mariah Stewart

The Memory Collector, Meg Gardiner

Shoot to Thrill, P. J. Tracy

Reading now:

Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, Steven E. Runge

The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 1 The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600), Jaroslav Pelikan

Document Preparation for Classical Languages, David J. Perry

The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis, Nancy Guthrie, yet to be published. I am writing a review for the cover jacket.

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Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:34 pm Post

Wolf Totem, by Jiang Rong
The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin
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Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:21 pm Post

KB wrote:I used to love Franny and Zooey (I read it numerous times when I was in my twenties) but sadly couldn't get into it as much when I went to re-read it a year or so ago. Hopefully it was a one-off and the next time I'll love it again...


I guess it would be strange if one's experience of a book would be always the same (truism alarm!).

This time I loved it in a slightly different way than when I read it - like you - a couple of times in my twenties (I am 31 now); I definitely laughed a lot more this time! -- I also hope you will love it again next time ;)

My partner gave me Books v. Cigarettes, a little collection of essays by George Orwell, today (i.e. Saturday) as a St George's Day gift, and I will start that now!

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Sun May 08, 2011 5:09 pm Post

I've now moved to Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar - it's his second novel, and I can heartily recommend the first one, the Booker shortlisted In the Country of Men.

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Tue May 10, 2011 1:32 pm Post

Just finished this week:

Undone and [Brookline] by Karin Slaughter

Currently reading:

Kingdom Come by Jim Hougan

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Tue May 10, 2011 3:08 pm Post

A couple of weeks ago, I finished Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. An excellent debut fantasy novel, and a monster of one at that; it was the largest "first" novel of any author I've read, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I've recently picked up Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock again after first reading it about 10 or 15 years ago. Still an excellent story of a haunted wood. I've got the next book in the cycle, Lavondyss, on my to-read list.

Once I'm done there, I'll probably go back to Jack Whyte's excellent historical fiction series The Camulod Chronicles, which is an historically plausible origin story of the King Arthur legend, with it's roots in the fall of the Roman empire. I highly recommend picking up The Skystone, which is the first book in the series.
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Tue May 10, 2011 8:45 pm Post

The Three Hostages by John Buchan.
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that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
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Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

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Tue May 10, 2011 9:12 pm Post

Hugh wrote:The Three Hostages by John Buchan.
Bejeezuz!! Y,ve just taken me back 50 years :D
I read:
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)
Greenmantle (1916)
Mr Standfast (1919)
The Three Hostages (
1924)

But never got around to:
The Island of Sheep (1936)

But I will now! :D I've just ordered the Omnibus Edition, all five of 'em in one book :wink:
I'm in your debt Sir.

Just finished Bill Bryson's Notes From A Big Country, and I'm halfway through Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full
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Wed May 11, 2011 8:56 am Post

Glad to be of assistance, Sir!

By the way, if you like the Hannay books, have you read Erskine Childers' The Riddle of the Sands? Very much in the same tradition, in fact possibly the "first modern thriller". And Erskine Childers' own life story -- a conversion from Empire Loyalist to militant Irish nationalist -- is interesting too.
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

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Wed May 11, 2011 2:59 pm Post

I'm reading Silk Parachute, the latest collection of nonfiction stories from John McPhee and something like his 28th book. Among nonfiction writers he is a recognized master, winner of a Pulitzer and many other honors, and he has a fan page on FaceBook. Now cresting 80, he remains highly readable and interesting on almost any subject.

These pieces are often quite personal; the title story is perhaps the best writing I've ever read on the venerable topic of mothers. His passion for geology shows in a piece on the chalk region of Britain, where one may grow champagne-quality grapes. Others are on sports, outdoor life, food; all topics McPhee has often tackled and always memorably. For accuracy, wit, and purity of style, he is well worth a look.

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Wed May 11, 2011 4:39 pm Post

Just finished (re)reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, and for a 180-degree phase shift Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Both of which I highly recommend, if you want to come at Jane Eyre from two different directions, brilliant prequel and broad parody (with some healthy sprinkles of Wuthering Heights and Persuasion).

And because my wife says I ought to maybe sometime or other read a novel written in the present century that I haven't already read, I've just started, under her direction, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout to be followed The Corrections by that guy who didn't like Oprah before he did like Oprah.

The time just flies.

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Wed May 11, 2011 4:49 pm Post

Just started Paradise Lost this morning. This is my first time through it. Page one was easier then Beowulf but not what I would call "easy breakfast reading".
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Wed May 11, 2011 6:16 pm Post

druid wrote:His passion for geology shows in a piece on the chalk region of Britain, where one may grow champagne-quality grapes.


Just down the road from where I'm writing, I believe. Thanks for the recommendation. I haven't read any of his books; I have heard that he's a great teacher.
'Listen, some quiet night, when you've shirked your work that day. Do you hear
that distant, almost inaudible clicking sound? That's one of your
competitors, working away in the night in
Paris or London or Erie, PA.'

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Thu May 12, 2011 1:04 am Post

Jaysen wrote:Just started Paradise Lost this morning. This is my first time through it. Page one was easier then Beowulf but not what I would call "easy breakfast reading".


Stay with it. Satan soon has one hell of a fall.

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Thu May 12, 2011 3:43 am Post

druid wrote:Stay with it. Satan soon has one hell of a fall.

:lol: :lol:

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