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 Post subject: What Are You Reading
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:03 am 
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Hi All

So I thought I would start a thread where we could chat about what books we are currently reading.
This is not meant to be about wildlife books etc as in the Bookshelf section.
But more like what novels, light (or not so light) reading for entertainment.

Ok, I will go first.

Am in the Middle of "Life of Pi"
Saw the movie on dvd a few weeks, and then downloaded it onto my Kindle.
So far (about 60% - really wish they would have continued with pages :hmz: ) the book is very similar to the movie


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:21 am 
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Yoda - that 60% or 37% can be very confusing so would also have preferred Kindle to have continued with page numbers like "Page 234 of 687". But then, on the other hand, what a pleasure to take only one "book" into the wild knowing that it's loaded with 6 or 7 books!
P is currently working through a John le Carre book whist I'm catching up on unread Wilbur Smith novels.

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
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I have just finished The Life of a Game Ranger by Graham Roots, afraid it is wildlife related as that is what I am mostly enjoying these days. 8)
now starting the Carte Blanche book on the 25 years of broadcasting the show, most fascinating. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Reading
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I have just loaded 6 Wilbur Smith books to my Kindle for our forthcoming trip.
I thought I had read them all, but when I checked, I had missed some, so very excited. :dance:

My love affair with Africa started nearly 40 years ago, when I visited South Africa to visit a nursing friend, and at round about that time I also read my first Wilbur Smith book.

Have also loaded a few Kathy Reichs (Bones TV programme) books.

Have never read Bruce Bryden's famous book :redface: :redface: , so must get a copy sometime soon!!! :thumbs_up:

I also don't like the % thing on Kindle!!! :wall: :wall:


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Crested Val wrote:
IHave never read Bruce Bryden's famous book :redface: :redface: , so must get a copy sometime soon!!! :thumbs_up:
I have that wonderful book so you are welcome to borrow it when you come out here Val! :thumbs_up:

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Elsa wrote:
Crested Val wrote:
IHave never read Bruce Bryden's famous book :redface: :redface: , so must get a copy sometime soon!!! :thumbs_up:
I have that wonderful book so you are welcome to borrow it when you come out here Val! :thumbs_up:


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I am reading Roses at the Cape of Good Hope by Gwen Fagan she is a remarkable South African lady who amongt others had restored historical rose gardens in the Western Cape in between I study the Kruger map for our visit next year in May.

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Just finished ... ROD the autobiography .. By Rod Stewart .. :redface: :redface: :redface:
Not very intellectual . But I enjoyed it :whistle: :whistle:


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At the moment I am reading our Kruger map BUT as soon as we get into the Kruger I will be reading a book by my favourite author Peter Robinson

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Don't even get me started on books. :lol: I've been a voracious reader my entire life.

Currently reading The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith AKA JK Rowling.

Yoda, The life of Pi is an amazing book. We loved the movie as well. 8)

I'm always in trouble when we visit South Africa because I have too many books stacked in somewhere. :lol: So ordered an E-reader for Christmas. Hopefully that will settle who carries the backpack, me or DuQues. :P


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PNF, CV - Don't know why they can't do pages. really annoying. When you start a book it's nice to konw if it is long or short. But with % you have no clue!

GP - the SO is the same. Every time we went away, half the suitcase was filled with books. I got her an kindle for her bday and she loves it. And no more lugging books around.
So far, the book of Pi and the movie seems quite similar.


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The life o Pi is one of my favorite books.... ever.

I always read lots of books at the same time.

My prime origins books on Kruger are always close by.

Other books I am/have read lately and are on my bedside table:

Proof of heaven by Eben Alexander. It is a neurosurgeon's near death experience while brain dead for a week. I was fascinated and it certainly got me thinking. It is seldom that I read a book repeatedly, but I have read this book four times in two months.

The art of living and dying by Kerry Walters. This is short biographies of people who lived lives of courage. It includes people like Jonathan Daniels of ''To kill a Mockingbird"' fame.

When in Rome by Robert Hutchinson. A well written, humorous and interesting historical travelogue of Rome.

Robert Burns a very peculiar biography by Fiona MacDonald. I have always loved the bard. His poetry is difficult to read, but anyone who can write so beautifully about ''a wee timrous mouse'', is tops in my books.

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I love crime novels. I don't know what that says about my need for ...... :wink:

My favorite crime authors are, PD James, Ruth Rendal, Kathy Reichs and topping my list is Anne Rule. Anne Rule takes real crimes and explores them in a most fascinating manner. I used to enjoy Patricia Cornwall, but she started to write too much of the same.

Kathy Reichs has also got a bit too lost in the personal/romantic. I like crime to be crime.. not to wander around other genres.

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I have just finished (before I started Pi) a book called Dance With Dragons by George Martin

Don't know if you have a medieval/fantasy mini-series called Game of Thrones in SA?
It is based on a series of books which are absolutely fantastic. Dance is the last one, and I can't wait for the next one to be released.


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I am presntly busy with 'To everything its season, Mala Mala, the story of a Game Reserve' by Gillian Rattray. It is about the history of the reserve and it starts with events that took place before the Dutch arrived at the Cape.

Lots of drawings and copies of paintings including the one made by Cornwallis Harris, the first westerner to describe the sable. Incidentally, the sable was first known as the Harris buck. There are also lots of pictures of famous men and woman that visited the reserve, including Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Gina Lollabrigida and Sir Laurens van der Post also features in the book.

What is interesting is that the first owner of Mala Mala was one John McNab. It was sold to him for 1 Pound.10 :mrgreen:

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