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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby salamanda » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:43 pm

I finished a Single Swallow and am now reading " The Hare with Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal which is a memoir spanning about two hundred years of de Waal's family as he follows the movement of a vitrine filled with 264 Japanese netsuke from one family member to another; doing so in the historical context of the relevant time.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:07 am

Am reading another of Bernard Cornwell's historical epics, Harlequin

This is the first of the Grail Quest series. Not knowing this, I had read 1356, which is the last in the series :slap:

So I have gone back to the beginning and will read them in order

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:52 am

I've just finished Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson. Its a a sort of Bill Bryson type guide to Canada - entertaining, observant and full of interesting historical snippets. Ferguson, on various expeditions, crossed Canada from Victoria on the West Coast to L'Anse aux Meadows on the outer tip of the great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. His visit to a Spa in Moose Jaw is basically what gave the book its title and is wonderfully described from the point of view of a Man-who-doesn't-Spa.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:56 am

Finished Harlequin on the weekend

And decided to start the next one in the series - Vagabond

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Unread postby lemonbalm » Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:39 pm

Reading Unraveling the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins - its sort of 'homework' from my supervisor, but we tend to swop books we have enjoyed with each other. :)
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:37 pm

Richard Dawkins is brilliant, unless he steps out of his comfort zone. :hmz:

Then he gets..umm :hmz: . closed.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby lemonbalm » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:38 pm

Yes - I agree with you there MM!
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." ~ E. B. White

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:53 am

About half way into The Man With the Black Dog by Mario Cesare

Got to be honest, I am a bit dissapointed.
Can't quite put my finger on why, but this book seems to be a bit lacking in something.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby salamanda » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:45 pm

Have just finished Daughters-in-Law by Joanna Trollop. I do enjoy her clean, elegant prose and the way she builds up a fascinating story of relationships on a simple base, in this case, the marriage of a central character's youngest son. This is her newest book and I've read all the others, so now I must wait for the next treat!

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby yoda » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:59 am

yoda wrote:About half way into The Man With the Black Dog by Mario Cesare

Got to be honest, I am a bit dissapointed.
Can't quite put my finger on why, but this book seems to be a bit lacking in something.


Finished this on the weekend.
Got to be honest, it wasn't great. IMO it was lacking. Bits and pieces for me.

Anyhows.
I am now reading reading a book on the 1976 F1 season and the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda (the exact name escapes me for the mean time).
Sort of a book version of the movie "Rush"

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby salamanda » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:16 am

Am just about to start Are Trout South African? by Duncan Brown, a published local author, fly-fisherman, and Professor of English at UWA, which explores the question of what South Africanness really is, by applying it to trout which are actually an introduced species in South African waters. It had a good write-up and I heard him speaking about his book at a literary festival so I'm really looking forward to it.

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Hawk » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:18 pm

I've just started "The Fall, The evidence for a Golden Age, 6000 years of insanity and the dawning of a new era" by Steve Taylor.

Next on the non-fiction list will be:
"Back to Sanity, healing the madness of our minds" also by Steve Taylor.
"From Science to God" by Peter Russell

Recent non-fiction:
"Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet, which I thouroughly enjoyed.
"Fall of Giants" also by Ken Follet. A great and well researched novel.
I've enjoyed all the other Ken Follet titles I've read as well

Current fiction:
"Feast for Crows", the fifth book in George RR Martins series "Game of Thrones"
A bit wayout and too much violence at times, but I'm hooked.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:31 am

Nice list Hawk.

Yoda, I have made it a principle to put down books I don't enjoy. There are too many good books to pick up instead.

I have just finished reading "The IQ book of the dead again" by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson. It is a book of lives, some known, some less known. Witty, well written and thought provoking.
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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Tony Park » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:31 am

Just starting Blood Rose by Cape Town crime author Margie Orford, who is brilliant. (Oh, and also reading the edits for my next novel)

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Re: What Are You Reading

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:47 am

Just reading "The Prey" by Tony Park. :thumbs_up:
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