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My copy says there are five parts, with named chapters. I am going to finish my current read quicker than I expected. I can either start this tomorrow and jump ahead or start a shorter book and be a bit behind.

When is Jill going to be ready?


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Whatever works best for you all...I'll probably end up a tad behind you all since I'm only 1/2 way thru The Rose of Sebastopol and I wanted to read (or at least laugh over) Vixen, too.


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Carey (thetometraveller) | 109 comments I won't be able to start before Saturday...I'm away til late friday night and driving home with all the intoxicated party goers friday night. Yikes. :)

And the book is at home, of course.

AAAAGHH...haven't read Sebastopol myself, should have read it with you! How is it Michele?


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Carey wrote: "I won't be able to start before Saturday...I'm away til late friday night and driving home with all the intoxicated party goers friday night. Yikes. :)

And the book is at home, of course.

A..."


Oh gosh, Carey, it is FABULOUS. Helps to have a good knowledge of the Crimean War first, so imperative to read Drummond before this one!


message 5: by Jill (new)

Jill Misfit wrote: "My copy says there are five parts, with named chapters. I am going to finish my current read quicker than I expected. I can either start this tomorrow and jump ahead or start a shorter book and be ..."

Yikes, I only just saw your post Misfit. I can start tomorrow morning. It's nearly 11.30pm and I'm ready for sleep. With all the Christmas holidays I forgot when we were starting.

How far into it are you?
Anyone else started?


message 6: by Misfit (new)

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Michele, I will have to read that one. Agree about Drummond, she gives a back solid back ground for it.

Jill, I have just a few pages to finish up with the current read and then I'll dig in. It's now about 5AM Pacific time Friday. Not much going on today outside of a jaunt to the gym assuming the icy conditions improve. Everything cleared up so well until I got to Kent. None of the ice melted off the shady areas and it's still slicker than snot in places, including the parking lots that I prefer not to fall in and break something.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.


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I'll start it tonight.


message 8: by Jill (new)

Jill Misfit wrote: "Michele, I will have to read that one. Agree about Drummond, she gives a back solid back ground for it.

Jill, I have just a few pages to finish up with the current read and then I'll dig in. It'..."


Michele wrote: "I'll start it tonight."

Happy New Year! It's already 1 January here, so I hope you guys enjoy your New Years Eve.

Will be starting SC later today.


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I gave a brief start, but the North and South DVD showed up at the library. I'm getting distracted oggling Patrick Swayze at the moment.

Happy new year to all of you.


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Happy New Year everyone!


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Haven't gotten beyond p. 25 but only because the reference to "New Holland" sidetracked myself and husband-unit. Off we went to google and have been looking at maps with the exploration routes....fascinating.

Also wondering if perhaps Jill could smuggle me a real Tasmanian Devil when she visits......pleeeeeaaaase?

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Michele wrote: "Haven't gotten beyond p. 25 but only because the reference to "New Holland" sidetracked myself and husband-unit. Off we went to google and have been looking at maps with the exploration routes......."

Aaah, he's a cutie. I should make some progress this afternoon.

Happy new year to you all as well. Looks like everyone is staying home today. I can't recall seeing Federal Way so barren of cars and people.


message 13: by Jill (new)

Jill Michele wrote: "Haven't gotten beyond p. 25 but only because the reference to "New Holland" sidetracked myself and husband-unit. Off we went to google and have been looking at maps with the exploration routes......."

Hi Michele
The Tasmanian Devil is very cute especially the babies.
In the last 5-10 years the Devils' population has been decimated by a disease. I can't remember exactly what percentage have died (maybe up to 50% or more?). There are now great efforts going into discovering the causes of and hopefully cure for, this truly awful disease that sees tumours growing on the faces of the Devils. We actually had a family of them living under our back deck at one stage years ago.
So you may have to consider another animal. Perhaps a wallaby? Our property has way too many.

Okay, back to Southern Cross. I'm only up to ch 5 (p 46 my copy). I've found it very well-written and interesting so far. Chock full of history, but presented so it's not dull.

How's everyone else doing?


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ok, I'll settle for a wallaby....I've always wanted one. Your post reminded me that I have indeed heard about the disease of the Devils....an article or something I read. But this was a while ago and it seems a shame they haven't found the answer yet.

I'm past page 100 and the only word that comes to mind to describe it is "serene." Interesting stuff.


message 15: by Misfit (new)

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OK, you two are encouraging me. It still hasn't grabbed me, but I do admit to distractions from the Dark Shadows DVD's I've just started.


message 16: by Jill (new)

Jill Misfit wrote: "OK, you two are encouraging me. It still hasn't grabbed me, but I do admit to distractions from the Dark Shadows DVD's I've just started."

The Dark Shadows? What's that about Misfit?


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Well I never said I'd been "grabbed," lol. If my television hadn't been hijacked by the Rose Bowl, I've got some dvd's that would be calling out to me. As it is, I've got a library copy of Dennis Lehane's "Sacred" sitting here calling out to me. Thus far, I've been strong, but I can't guarantee how long that will last.


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Michele wrote: "Well I never said I'd been "grabbed," lol. If my television hadn't been hijacked by the Rose Bowl, I've got some dvd's that would be calling out to me. As it is, I've got a library copy of Dennis..."

I Am the Chosen King and the CW Gortner books have been beckoning.

Jill, Dark Shadows was a soap opera that ran in the late 60's and early 70's in the US and has been in repeats off and on on the Sci-Fi Channel. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, paralell times, and one of the most delightfully evil villanesses ever, Angelique the witch. Campy as hell, but still good after all these years.

Tim Burton is making a Dark Shadows movie this year.

Here's one of many sites to give you more info. You can also go to Youtube and watch to your heart's content.
http://www.collinwood.net/features/mi...


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Misfit wrote: "Michele wrote: "Well I never said I'd been "grabbed," lol. If my television hadn't been hijacked by the Rose Bowl, I've got some dvd's that would be calling out to me. As it is, I've got a librar..."

Yes, Chosen King and the new Gortner are sitting here, too. Don't you dare pick one of those up without telling me first....I'll join in when you do.


message 20: by Jill (new)

Jill It sounds like both you girls have the day off at home - New year's Day. When are you due back at work? A lot of businesses close down from Christmas Eve till Tuesday 4 January here. Is it the same there in the States?

Never heard of/seen Dark Shadows. But love Tim Burton and will keep an eye out for the movie. Many years ago we use to get shows from the U.S. years after it began there. Then maybe 5-10 years ago there was only a year or so lag. Now we virtually get programmes here the same time as you guys do. The last season of 'Lost' was, I think, only delayed by a day. Technology, isn't it wonderful?


message 21: by Misfit (new)

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Well I've snuck a few pages of both but I can withstand it. I have read Harold after all.

Jill, New Year's day is a holiday, although a lot more businesses are open than on say Christmas or Thanksgiving. I was grumbling because Trader Joes was closed and I was in the neighborhood after all and needed a few groceries. Grumble.

I think Johnny Depp is supposed to play the lead, Barnabas the vampire. I'm not sure where in the several years the show ran they'll pick up the story.

The clothes and hair from this old show are hysterical. One of the main female leads, Carolyn, has this blonde blonde do with major flip out action at the ends. She went wild for a few episodes and hooked up with Buzz the bad-biker dude. ROFL, I was howling.


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I'm home sick, so I have plenty of reading time. Of course, being sick coincided with my 8 days off, so I feel like I've squandered a perfectly good set of time off. Oh well.

Of course, my time off had nothing to do with New Years, since airlines have this bad habit of flying every day of the year. boo.


message 23: by Jill (new)

Jill Michele wrote: "I'm home sick, so I have plenty of reading time. Of course, being sick coincided with my 8 days off, so I feel like I've squandered a perfectly good set of time off. Oh well.

Of course, my time ..."


Hope you feel better soon Michele. Just in time to go back to work, no doubt! Was it from over-indulgence with the Christmas tucker? Or a virus?


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Jill wrote: "Michele wrote: "I'm home sick, so I have plenty of reading time. Of course, being sick coincided with my 8 days off, so I feel like I've squandered a perfectly good set of time off. Oh well.

Of ..."


oh just one of some bacterial bug one of my kidlets brought home....special present just for me. I'm good....bundled up with hot coffee, codeine for the cough and enough books to last a week! Almost makes it worth it!


message 25: by Misfit (new)

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At least you have books...

Although be careful. If you're cooped up long enough even the ones you want to read can start flying.


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Misfit wrote: "At least you have books...

Although be careful. If you're cooped up long enough even the ones you want to read can start flying."


If I make it to Part II before everyone else, I reward myself with a peek at the Lehane novel. :P


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If it hadn't been for ogling Patrick Swayze yesterday I'd be way past that. Or my floors would be cleaner :p


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an astrolabe (p. 140).....





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Carey (thetometraveller) | 109 comments Just on page five and already looking up stuff! Who knew a corvette was a ship before it was a car (not me!)? Wish I knew what a frangipanni smelled like...here's what one looks like...




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Carey wrote: "Just on page five and already looking up stuff! Who knew a corvette was a ship before it was a car (not me!)? Wish I knew what a frangipanni smelled like...here's what one looks like...

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oooh, glad you posted that pic!


message 31: by Carey (new)

Carey (thetometraveller) | 109 comments I like the astrolabe too, I've never seen one!


message 32: by Jill (new)

Jill Carey wrote: "Just on page five and already looking up stuff! Who knew a corvette was a ship before it was a car (not me!)? Wish I knew what a frangipanni smelled like...here's what one looks like...

"


Carey
The frangipani is a simple flower, yet it has a very strong almost overwhelming fragrance. I personally think it smells sickly sweet. Although I know there are also different varieties with, I'm guessing, differing levels of fragrance.

And thanks for the pictures. One of these days I'm going to learn how to do that.


message 33: by Misfit (new)

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Carey wrote: "Just on page five and already looking up stuff! Who knew a corvette was a ship before it was a car (not me!)? Wish I knew what a frangipanni smelled like...here's what one looks like...

"


Me too on the Corvette.


message 34: by Misfit (new)

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Still going slowly, on page 67 but I'm hoping it will pick up now. BTW, the author is a male, I have the hardcover and there's a large photo of him on the back.


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Misfit wrote: "Still going slowly, on page 67 but I'm hoping it will pick up now. BTW, the author is a male, I have the hardcover and there's a large photo of him on the back."

It does pick up a bit, imo. Author being male explains more to me, tho.


message 36: by Misfit (last edited Jan 02, 2011 10:28AM) (new)

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Sure explains the one sex scene I just went through. Ick. What it is about male authors and their sex scenes that doesn't usually appeal to us female readers?

ETA, I did find a brief bio on my jacket and put it on Coleman's author page. It appears he's written several NF, including two on Admiral Nelson.


message 37: by Misfit (last edited Jan 02, 2011 12:58PM) (new)

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Pawpaw


message 38: by Jill (new)

Jill Misfit wrote: "Sure explains the one sex scene I just went through. Ick. What it is about male authors and their sex scenes that doesn't usually appeal to us female readers?

ETA, I did find a brief bio on my j..."


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Good question Misfit. I have never read a male author that imo got it right.

Btw do you have pawpaws in the States?


message 39: by Misfit (new)

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Jill, good question about pawpaws. If they are I would assume in the deep south and I've never been there.


message 40: by Jill (new)

Jill Misfit wrote: "Jill, good question about pawpaws. If they are I would assume in the deep south and I've never been there."

Pawpaws are a tropical fruit so it wold make sense that they would grow in a warm and usually humid climate like in the deep south. At least that's what I'm guessing the deep south is like. I've never been there either!


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Karla Pawpaws are fruit? They're not only cartoon characters? :P



message 42: by Jill (new)

Jill Karla wrote: "Pawpaws are fruit? They're not only cartoon characters? :P
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Cute, Karla. I've never heard of THOSE pawpaws.
Has anyone ever eaten pawpaw?


message 43: by Misfit (new)

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Those must be from the newer generation cartoons, I don't believe I've seen them before.


message 44: by Karla (new)

Karla I think they were on in the 80s. From what I recall, it wouldn't fly today in PC World since they're Indian teddy bears.


message 45: by Misfit (new)

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I'll take Bugs and Daffy any day.


message 46: by Karla (new)

Karla Same here, except they don't put Bugs Bunny on TV anymore. :( I haven't watched cartoons since Tiny Toons & Animaniacs anyway.


message 47: by Misfit (new)

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Karla wrote: "Same here, except they don't put Bugs Bunny on TV anymore. :( I haven't watched cartoons since Tiny Toons & Animaniacs anyway."

You do not want to know how long it has been for me. Just as well, TV cuts into reading time :)


message 48: by Karla (new)

Karla Which is why I don't subscribe to a big satellite package. I'm content with the monthly freeviews and it's a rare month when there's a channel that's actually interesting. This month...the Encore stations! Lots of Westerns, yay! So I won't be getting as much read in the next few weeks because I'll be too busy watching Gunsmoke, Lawman, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train and The Virginian. Somehow I'll survive. ;-)


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The damndest thing for me is that even though the enhanced cable comes with the condo, Comcast's new deal a year or so ago required this new box or you couldn't see those extra channels. I never got around to it (too busy reading) and you know what?

I. Don't. Miss. Them.


message 50: by Karla (new)

Karla Yup, it's amazing how used you can get to not having something. I'm content with the freeviews, otherwise I take the channels for granted when I had them all the time.

Back to this book....how's the "guy tone" so far? I'm really thinking that "Melissa Masters" who wrote the book I'm reading now is a guy. It has that "guy" feel. The sex isn't porny, but it's almost cartoonish and the heroine is pretty badly-drawn. Well, all the characters are. So maybe it's a matter of crappy writing. :P


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