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1Kell_Smurthwaite
Redigerat: nov 25, 2007, 6:14pm

I've just finished A Room with a View by E. M. Forster, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and Love and Freindship (sic) by Jane Austen.

I'm currently reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and am also about to start listening to an audio book of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Anyone else reading anything interesting and would care to share?

2Eruntane
nov 26, 2007, 8:43am

I'm ploughing my way through War and Peace. Have been for some time, and probably will continue so for some time more! I'm enjoying it, though - the peace parts more than the war.

I might take a break and read 44 Scotland Street before I go home for Christmas, as my dad will probably want to discuss it.

3messpots
dec 4, 2007, 11:49am

-I can't say I was crazy about the related McCall Smith book The Sunday Philosophy Club, but otherwise I'm a fan.

-I've been promised the new War and Peace for Christmas. I enjoyed the Garnett and Briggs translations.

-I read my first Wilkie Collins recently, The Moonstone, which was terrific.

4Eruntane
dec 5, 2007, 10:18am

We were recommended to read The Moonstone at school, but like so many other books I should read, I haven't yet got round to it. Maybe I'll give it a go. I currently have a reading list as long as my arm, so I guess one more title won't make much difference!

5Kell_Smurthwaite
dec 7, 2007, 4:32pm

Today I started listening to an audio book of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and also started reading Boy A by Jonathan Trigell (which I got from Library Thing Early Reviewers). I'm not very far into either of them yet, but so far they're both pretty good. :)

I quite enjoyed The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, but I felt like it took a lot of reading, however, I LOVED Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs and am now determined to get hold of the sequel at some point to continue the story...

6Eruntane
dec 10, 2007, 9:12am

Well, I read 44 Scotland Street over the weekend. By which I mean on Saturday... So Alexander McCall Smith's books aren't terribly challenging to read, but boy do I love them! He writes such vivid but believable characters, and their outlook on life gives endless food for thought without being heavy.

I was amused, though, when one of his characters speculates on how you don't tend to see girls in too-short skirts staggering around Union Street on a Saturday night because it's just too cold. Obviously it's been a while since he was last in Aberdeen!

7Kell_Smurthwaite
dec 11, 2007, 4:48pm

Started listening to an audio book of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy today. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but so far, so good.

8Kell_Smurthwaite
dec 27, 2007, 12:07pm

Now reading The Truth About Fairy Tales by K T Casha, which I'll be reviewing for TCM.

9Eruntane
jan 3, 2008, 6:37am

I got Making History for Christmas, and had finished it by Boxing Day. It was a really good read - not quite what I would have expected from Stephen Fry, but very gripping.

Still plugging through War and Peace, but I got a lot of reading done over the holiday, so the end is in sight! Not that I'm not enjoying it, just that it's so long.

10Kell_Smurthwaite
jan 5, 2008, 10:00am

Now started reading Out by Natsuo Kirino:

In the Tokyo suburbs four women work the draining graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory. Burdened with chores and heavy debts and isolated from husbands and children, they all secretly dream of a way out of their dead-end lives. A young mother among them finally cracks and strangles her philandering, gambling husband then confesses her crime to Masako, the closest of her colleagues. For reasons of her own, Masako agrees to assist her friend and seeks the help of the other co-workers to dismember and dispose of the body. The body parts are discovered, the police start asking questions, but the women have far more dangerous enemies -a yakuza connected loan shark who discovers their secret and has a business proposition, and a ruthless nightclub owner the police are convinced is guilty of the murder. He has lost everything as a result of their crime and he is out for revenge. Out is a psychologically taut and unflinching foray into the darkest recesses of the human soul, an unsettling reminder that the desperate desire for freedom can make the most ordinary person do the unimaginable.

11Eruntane
jan 7, 2008, 7:56am

Sounds interesting. Is it any good?

12Kell_Smurthwaite
jan 7, 2008, 12:59pm

So far it's not at all bad, but I'm not really connecting with the characters much. Also, I think I must read too much gory crime fiction, as I was told this one was particularly graphic and gory, but so far (about 1/2-way through it now), I don't find it that way. in fact, in comparison to many other books I've read, this one's pretty tame! LOL!

13Inver
jan 7, 2008, 6:45pm

Hello....I'm reading 'Toppling Miss April' and 'Playing with the Moon' (which is really good so far) both bookrings from Bookcrossing. Trying hard to catch up with my reading. Books arriving at the same time as Christmas....lol.

14Kell_Smurthwaite
jan 12, 2008, 6:55pm

Finished Out and Far from the Madding Crowd, both of which were enjoyable, but also finished my first 10/10 for the year with The Book Club Bible, which is an excellent guide - I highly recommend it to anyone who goes to a book group. Or, indeed, anyone who is on any kind of book discussion forum!

Now listening to an audio book of The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, which I downloaded from Librivox, and reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.

15Eruntane
Redigerat: jan 14, 2008, 8:17am

I finished War and Peace at the weekend and also read The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris. It was very good, but it didn't have the same spark that some of her other books have had, so as a sequel to Chocolat it was a bit of a disappointment.

Now I plan on reading Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney which I was given for Christmas. No idea what to expect but my uncle tells me I'll enjoy it.

16Inver
jan 14, 2008, 3:48pm

Just finished 'Playing with the Moon' which I really enjoyed. Would recommend it, but gave up on 'Toppling Miss April' the characters were irritating me and just couldn't get interested in it at all.

Am starting 'Animal Dreams' by Barbara Kingsolver...not quite sure what to make of it yet.

17Kell_Smurthwaite
jan 16, 2008, 4:00pm

Currently listening to an audio book of The Island of Dr Moreau by H. G. Wells and reading The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney.

18Kell_Smurthwaite
jan 25, 2008, 3:18am

Finished both of those. Now almost finished listening to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (which I'm findling very blah), and I'll be starting to listen to Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne today. Also reading 500 Ways to Change the World by Global Ideas Bank, and Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth.

19Eruntane
jan 25, 2008, 7:37am

Who's reading Heart of Darkness or is it dramatised? I love that book, and read properly by the right voice I think it could be absolutely mesmerising.

Hope you like Journey to the Centre of the Earth - I read that last summer and enjoyed it.

20Kell_Smurthwaite
jan 27, 2008, 6:07am

#19 - It was a free audio book from Librivox, but it was read by particularly good readers who were very expressive. I think it was the text itself I had problems with - I just didn't get the point of the story at all.

21Eruntane
jan 28, 2008, 7:12am

I think that is the point - Conrad is demonstrating the inability of language to express what we want to communicate. In that way the jungle is a metaphor for human consciousness. The only person who has attained an understanding of it has had to become a monster in order to do so, and even he is incapable of communicating what he has found in the heart of darkness.

Sorry. I'll go back to forgetting now that I was ever an English student!...

22Eruntane
feb 5, 2008, 8:22am

And while I was at it I forgot to say what I'm reading at the moment. I thought Ireland: a novel was good but not great, and then I moved onto Therapy by David Lodge which was good fun and laugh out loud funny in places. Then I read Forest of the Pygmies which is the third in a children's trilogy by Isabel Allende. I read it for completeness sake, but I wasn't terribly impressed.

I've put fiction aside for the moment, and I'm reading Our Greatest Writers by John Carrington. Not only is this a great overview of British literature, but John Carrington was one of my English teachers at school, and I have a huge respect for him as a teacher, a scholar and a person. So I thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting a refresher on English Lit from Chaucer to Seamus Heaney.

23Eruntane
mar 17, 2008, 9:19am

Finally finished Our Greatest Writers which did exactly what it said on the tin, and decided to go for something less intellectual next. So I'm now reading Rainbow Six on the basis that it's long enough to last me my whole trip home for Easter. So far it's got off to a good start, but the later Clancy novels often involve a lot of boredom before you get to the good bit, so I'll reserve judgement until I'm further into it...

24HeathersLaw
apr 14, 2008, 5:14am

The Book Thief and Without Fail~Lee Child

25Eruntane
apr 15, 2008, 8:45am

Rainbow Six was good, I can recommend it for those who like that kind of thing.

Now reading Magician by Raymond E Feist.

26HeathersLaw
apr 28, 2008, 6:05pm

I have rainbow six but stiull have to read it at the moment I am nearly finished the book theif and have just started in the woods by Tana French.

27Eruntane
apr 29, 2008, 8:20am

I finished Magician which was quite good. I didn't think it was as amazing as a lot of its proponents say, but it was an enjoyable read, and the slight clumsiness of it can be put down to it being Feist's first novel. Fantasy is very hard to write well.

Now reading The House at Riverton which is good fun although not terribly challenging.