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Unread 12-26-2006, 04:58 PM
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Consuming Passions by Judith Flanders. This is by a social historian with an interest in Victorian Britain. She wrote a very popular book on the Victorian house a couple of years ago and in this book, she turns her attention to the Victorians' shopping and leisure habits. It's full of fascinating stuff, much of which we already know, but from a different angle, so that we get a fresh perspective. For example, newspapers were very expensive, because they were taxed, but far more people read them than bought their own. They were available through coffee houses and gentlemen's clubs, and a single copy sent to a district could make its way through dozens of hands before it was cut up into squares and hung up in the 'convenience.'

The book itself was only published this year, so it's in hardback and is solid and heavy. Those who have scars and stitches on their mid-sections might find it a bit heavy; I'm pre-op and having quite a lot of nausea, so I don't read it unless I'm in my armchair, with a good, strong chair arm to balance it on. It's out in a more manageable paperback in June.

My other book is Carnevale, by Michelle Lovric. It's set in Venice in the 18th century and is about a young artist and her passionate encounters with Casanova and Lord Byron. Michelle Lovric is a writer who is in love with language and imagery - she piles it on till it's almost too rich to digest. Those who like their prose economical and pared-down probably won't enjoy it, but if you want to be taken right out of your own head with loads of colour, drama and emotion, it's ideal. Her other novels, The Remedy and The Floating Book (probably my favourite to date) are also available and make gorgeous reading and they are all in paperback.
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Unread 12-27-2006, 07:28 AM
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I love reading too and always have a book going ( or 2 ).
Right now I'm reading "A Salty Piece of Land " by Jimmy Buffet. Very entertaining
After that I'm diving into the 7 Alexander McCall Smith books that Santa brought to me. They're from his "#1 Ladies' Detective Agency " series.
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Unread 12-27-2006, 08:10 AM
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I always have at least two books on the go at any one time; reading is almost like breathing or eating for me, something I just have to do. When I'm ill, I tend to scale my literary ambitions back a bit and concentrate on crime fiction rather than George Eliot, but I don't stop reading. Give me a good book, a cup of tea and a couple of ginger biscuits and I'm exactly where I want to be.
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Unread 12-27-2006, 02:37 PM
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ah, I've found my niche! I too am a "2 at a time or more" reader, right now, in my work bag is AnnMargret's autobiography, and at home, the DaVinci Code, also looking forward to the 13th Lemony Snicket and Hannibal Rising, which "Santa" brought me! Am I the only one who's looking forward to time off work to read? I know I'm strange! Although with 3 kids (16, 11 and 22 mo.), a husband and big house, and a 5 unit college class, it won't really be that much time off! What books did everyone get for xmas?
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Unread 12-31-2006, 03:12 PM
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I did... well, I got a gift card to Books-A-Million which I used to buy the new John Grisham book 'The Innocent Man', and two Mitch Albom books 'for one more day' and 'the five people you meet in heaven'. My brother got me one of those sweet, inspirational books called '50 things that really matter'.
I've already finished 'for one more day'. It was a quick, fun read.
DM picked up 'Marley and Me' and is sending back down to me read when shes finished. It's supposed to be really funny.
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Unread 12-31-2006, 06:46 PM
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I just put "the 5 people you meet in heaven" on my Netflix queue! I'm a movie buff too. I'm in the middle of reading the last Lemony Snicket, can barely put it down! Those books are so cute, if any of you got them for your kids, look 'em over, they're hilarious!
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Unread 12-31-2006, 07:13 PM
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Have any of you ladies read The Book of Lost Things By John Connolly? I just started it and cannot put it down. It's a little eerie, but it's looking to be a great read so far! By the way, I'm a two (or more) at a time reader also!
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Unread 12-31-2006, 07:52 PM
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Have any of you ladies read The Book of Lost Things By John Connolly? I just started it and cannot put it down. It's a little eerie, but it's looking to be a great read so far! By the way, I'm a two (or more) at a time reader also!
I read this and loved it and passed it onto my DH, who also enjoyed it. It's very similar to some of Angela Carter's output; creepy, fantastical, derivative in all the right ways, with some original things going on in it as well. It also put me in mind of Neil Gaiman's book, Coraline - another one to be avoided if you are nervous, but also loads of fun.
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Unread 01-02-2007, 12:02 AM
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I read this and loved it and passed it onto my DH, who also enjoyed it. It's very similar to some of Angela Carter's output; creepy, fantastical, derivative in all the right ways, with some original things going on in it as well. It also put me in mind of Neil Gaiman's book, Coraline - another one to be avoided if you are nervous, but also loads of fun.

I love Angela Carter!! 'Specially _Circus Nights_ and _Wise Children_ -- that one cracks me up every time!
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Unread 01-02-2007, 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Marian Paroo
I love Angela Carter!! 'Specially _Circus Nights_ and _Wise Children_ -- that one cracks me up every time!
I think those are her best two as well, although The Magic Toyshop is also very good and I love her short story about Puss in Boots. I love cats and he's a particularly naughty Puss.
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