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Feb 26, 2009 09:12AM

8565 Have you read Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Jamie?
Feb 12, 2009 09:58AM

8565 The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Three stars.

This novel is about Henry, whose existence is not fixed in time, and Claire, who is. They meet when she is six, and he is thirty-six, but marry when she is 23 and he is 31. I suspect opinions on this one will have something to do with how one feels about fatalism; Henry is seriously fatalistic.
Feb 04, 2009 10:33AM

8565 Sir Apropos of Nothing, by Peter David. 1 star.

Frankly, I couldn't finish it - the writing was so mediocre, the author was so fond of bad puns, and the anti-hero was so disgusting. And I can like a good anti-hero, but Apropos is not one in my book.
Feb 02, 2009 07:39AM

8565 The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury. 5 stars.

The classic volume of short stories about the human colonization of Mars.
Jan 29, 2009 11:55AM

8565 I don't recall ever having "reader's block," but sometimes I get "read out" in a particular genre.

Right now I've had about enough mystery fiction for a while, so I'm reading other things. I'll get back to wanting to read mysteries again.
Jan 29, 2009 10:22AM

8565 That's odd, Betty - I don't have a cellphone either, but it gave me a result.
Jan 23, 2009 12:01PM

8565 I think my mother makes it easily through 200-300 books a year, but 500 might be pushing it even for her! (She is easily the fastest reader I've ever seen.)

You might like the seasonal challenges over at The Next Best Book Club here on LJ - their current challenge is The Winter Challenge.
8565 The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis. 4 Stars.

My favorite in the Narnia series. A boy, Shasta, escapes from his "father" when he hears the man bartering with a visiting tarkaan (great lord) over the price to buy him. He escapes with the tarkaan's war horse, in the direction of "Narnia and the North."
8565 Ouch, Natasha!
Jan 05, 2009 08:35PM

8565 I certainly enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I just finished, and was lovely. Don't believe I've read any of the others.
8565 Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, by Alison Weir. 3 stars.

This is a biography of the great medieval queen, the wife of first Louis VII of France and then Henry II of England, and the mother of Richard I "The Lionheart" and John (possessor of many nicknames, none of them terribly flattering). In part it is a history of her times in what is now France and England - but since she did much to make her times what they were, that didn't bother me. If we had half-stars, I'd give it 3.5 stars.
8565 The Knitting Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask, by Margaret Radcliffe. 4 stars.

This is a question-and-answer style encyclopedia for knitters, answering questions from "What's the easiest cast on?" to "What is duplicate stitch and how do I do it?", with many answers in between. Complete with drawings (of hand movements for different stitches, etc.) and charts.
Dec 15, 2008 04:10PM

8565 Best of luck, Fiona!
8565 I was "eh" on Twilight. I liked it OK, I guess, but wouldn't go hunting for the sequels, though I'd probably read them if they were in the house. I think I gave it three stars.
8565 Interesting question about the permanency - but I think it's a fair representation if the demographics are what I think they are.
2008 Highlights! (20 new)
Dec 05, 2008 11:34AM

8565 I've read over 70 books so far this year. I think the best ones I've read are

The Great Bridge, by David McCullough
and
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.
8565 Virgin Earth: A Novel, by Philippa Gregory. 4 stars.

As the English Civil War is brewing, John Tradescant, the Royal Gardener, is conflicted both in his politics (he serves the king, but finds him weak and foolish), and in his personal life. His adored wife is dead. His beloved children are in England, while his dreams are in Virginia.
Nov 28, 2008 10:45AM

8565 That Round the World Passage Challenge is sort of like a literary Amazing Race, Karen. Neat idea.
8565 The Holy Thief: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, by Ellis Peters. 3 stars.

In the nineteenth installment in the Brother Cadfael series, the abbey is entertaining two parties of travelers: a pair of monks from their sister monastery at Ramsey, and a troubladour from Provence, with his footman and singing slave-girl. They are also expecting a flood, and are preparing to evacuate the relics of the abbey, especially the prized reliquary with the bones of St. Winifred, to higher ground. Theft and murder ensue, and Brother Cadfael does some investigating.
8565 Belladonna At Belstone, by Michael Jecks. 3 Stars.

In this historical mystery, it is 1321, and at St. Mary's Priory at Belstone, on Dartmoor, the Prioress, Lady Elizabeth, is accused of incompetence (and worse), and one of her novices has died under suspicious circumstances. The Bishop of Exeter is off to the convent to investigate, accompanied by Sir Baldwin Furnshill, the local Keeper of the King's Peace, and Simon Puttock, the local Bailiff. Meanwhile, England at large verges ever nearer to civil war - the king, Edward II, is incompetent and not very popular.


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