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Unread 08-10-2004, 05:04 AM
Talking - The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde Classification? Do I look like Melville Dewey?

Fran --

Well, I'm on the last pages of Eyre Affair, and I'd classify his books as Wonderful!
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Unread 08-11-2004, 04:38 PM
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

The books are wonderful. I love to find a new author.
I think it is interesting that so many of us have similar tastes in reading material. Wish we could could form our own reading circle.
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Unread 09-20-2004, 07:26 AM
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

I picked up _Lost in a Good Book_ this a.m., the bookstore called last night to tell me it's arrived. Wheeeee!

A gal in Acqusitions dropped _Angels and Demons_ (Dan Brown) on my desk. Now if I could only finish, or force myself to give up on, this book about a bunch of Richardians in a country house with someone "almost" murdering them one by one. It's so dreadful, a very early Elizabeth Peters, but with a librarian heroine, not the archeologist.

But I have this thing about reading books 'til the end, and this one is hard going!
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Unread 09-20-2004, 11:43 PM
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What do you think of Dan Brown?

I've read 3 of his now... Angels and Demons, Deception Point and of course.. DaVinci Code......

I've found them to be whirlwind chase scenes that start on page 1 and never stop..... the pace of his work is fast, and he writes well, but to me the characters always seem to be less clever than one would think they should be. and the endless running around wears a bit thin after a while...... he says all the gadgetry exists... but I have felt he goes overboard with it.

I was really irritated with his heroine in the Da Vinci code-- I mean she was supposed to be a code breaker and she couldn't figure out any of the clues????? and given who she was I expected her to have a much broader cultural base....(she didn't know her name could be spelled 2 different ways???? puh leeeeese)

To me he is the opposite of someone like Dorothy L. Sayers... she always assumed her readers would know more than the average person (she writes in Greek sometimes and doesn't give translations!!!) -- and Dan Brown assumes his readers know less.

that's my though anyway....
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Unread 09-21-2004, 12:25 AM
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Originally posted by CAS29
What do you think of Dan Brown?


To me he is the opposite of someone like Dorothy L. Sayers... she always assumed her readers would know more than the average person (she writes in Greek sometimes and doesn't give translations!!!) -- and Dan Brown assumes his readers know less.

that's my though anyway....


He's fun, in a masculine sort of way, but you're right on the gadgetry -- I started Angels and Demons last night, and oh, that plane! And I did think Sophie was a bit of a wimp, too, but that goes with the kind of male lead he's working with.

Haven't read Sayers in years, a woman ahead of her time. She wrote a good essay which I lent to someone who never returned it, "Are Women Human?"

For someone who wrote detective fiction in order to be able to retire and write abut Dante and religion, she sure took her job seriously!
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Unread 09-21-2004, 12:30 AM
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When I had to replace my copy of the Inferno (because I loaned it and never got it back!! (what is with some people????) I made a point of getting her translation.

She apparently wanted to "get rid" of Lord Peter (gasp!!!) but her readers wouldn't let her... A bit like Agatha Christie and Hercule
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