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Post Posted:: April 5th, 2017, 6:00 pm 
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I think the thread only seems lonely because many people just update the list in their own posts. Check out the very first page here to see what I mean ;-)

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Post Posted:: April 5th, 2017, 6:23 pm 

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Availle wrote:
I think the thread only seems lonely because many people just update the list in their own posts. Check out the very first page here to see what I mean ;-)


Oh yeah. I see what you mean. My preference is obviously to do a new post each month. I was beginning to feel this forum was like the one where I was one of three members of an online book club - until one of the members dropped out. :D

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Post Posted:: April 12th, 2017, 3:53 am 

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I prefer to have all my books in one post (which I tend to update once a month)... but I always read the thread when people post something :mrgreen:

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Post Posted:: April 24th, 2017, 4:41 am 

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Roger Zelazny's visual guide to Castle Amber - Roger Zelazny, Neil Randall. Hardback, fiction.

I read Roger Zelazny's Amber stories some time ago (and loved his two Dilvish books). I only found a mention of this book recently.

Floor plan with descriptions, of the castle, with some description of the surroundings. There are short descriptions of the major trumps plus monochrome pictures (that definitely don't fit my expectations from reading the books - the faces seem very oddly proportioned, too). The book continues with a few essays on other aspects of Amber. I'm glad to have read it, but probably won't read it again. It's given me the urge to reread the series and, perhaps, get all of Betancourt's extensions to the Amber series.

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Post Posted:: May 1st, 2017, 12:56 am 

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I've just read The Way of Wyrd, by Brian Bates. The academic author studied Anglo-Saxon magical manuscripts and extended his researches into shamanism, ancient and modern ... then brought his researches together in this novel. An interesting story describing the arrival of a Christian monk in a pagan part of southern England, and his apprenticeship and initiation into the world of the shaman. Not emotionally involving (probably because the author doesn't seem to be experienced in writing fiction), but a very appealing look into the meditations, visions and rituals of a shaman. I just wish this training was available and legitimate. I'll probably not read the book again, but may follow up with some of the books in the bibiography.

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Post Posted:: May 2nd, 2017, 10:35 am 

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Here is my list of books completed in April. All in all, a good reading month.

Mrs. Beneker” by Violet Weingarten. Book from library sale. Fictional book taking place in the 1960’s, early 1970’s. Contemporary portrait of an upper middle class woman. Easy reading, very nicely done and enjoyable. Interesting to go back to that era.

"A House to Let" by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell & Adelaide Anne Procter. LibriVox download. Interesting concept of having several well known 19th century writers contribute to a story. Not a complete success, but a nice effort. Story was read by Ruth Golding (RuthieG) who does a superb job, as always.

The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. Library overdrive e-book. Excellent story. Long book had some great characters and excellent descriptions. (Especially of “Popchik” the dog.)

Notes of a Camp Follower on the Western Front” by E. M. Hornung. LibriVox download. Excellent journal of everyday life near the Front in WWI. After the writer lost his son in the War, he worked as a volunteer at a Y.M.C.A. canteen near the Front. The journal is beautifully read by Clive Catterall.

A Flower of April” from Country Neighbors by Alice Brown. Gutenberg download. This was my “April” titled story for the month. I also read a “March” titled short story by Ms. Brown in March.

The March” by E. L. Doctorow. Book from library sale. This was Doctorow’s novel about Sherman’s March during the end of the Civil War. I liked this book a lot. Doctorow often has an interesting blend of fact and fiction. Lots going on and several interesting characters in this one.

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Post Posted:: May 5th, 2017, 2:08 pm 

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I can't remember what the Goldfinch was about, but I distinctly remember disliking it a lot. :wink: I left very little info for my future self on goodreads - apparently I found it an utter drag... it seems this book is a "you either love it or you hate it" kinda book. :D

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Post Posted:: May 15th, 2017, 1:23 pm 
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My reading so far this year... :)
Kass Morgan: The 100: Homecoming. (2015) Recommended by my voracious reader-niece. :) Apocalytic YA fiction. Compelling enough, but not my favourite of the genre.
JRR Tolkien: The Hobbit. Family read-aloud. Just as enjoyable as I remembered from the first time I read it, 15 years ago or so.
Elin Hilderbrand: The Castaways. (2009). I sort of enjoyed this one, till I got to the end, which felt a bit facile. Easy read, but there is nothing wrong with that!
Roy Jacobsen: De Usynlige. (2013). Beautifully written, sparse. A candidate to re-read.
William Boyd: Reestless. (2006). Spy novel. I enjoyed it, mostly, though this is not my favorite genre.
Louis Lowry: The Giver. (1993). Family read-aloud.
Sherman Alexie. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. (2007) Funny, sad, honest, and not hard to read. It is easy to understand why it is on lots of reading lists!
Watt Key: Dirt Road Home. YA fiction, but it didn't make much of an impression on me, because I have forgotten what it was about or whether I liked it.
William Gibson: Neuromancer. (1984) Stunning and confusing! Great read :thumbs:
James Joyce: Ulysses. (1922 or so). I love this book -- this time I speed-read it in the process of writing a paper. It was a bit intense to speed-read, but still amazing.
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice. Listened to Karen Savage's recording while doing chores and giving my brain a break from grad studies.
Stephenie Meyer: Twilight. (2005) I have mixed feelings about this book.
T.V. Reed: Digitized Lives: Culture, Power and Social Change in the Internet Era. (2014) Good, non-academic but thoughtful introduction to thinking about how we affect technology and how technology affects us.
Sven Birkerts: The Gutenberg Elegies. (1994) "Elegy" is definitely the right word!
William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew. Feels like it is about parenting as much as about love and relationships. All of these plays I read for a class.
William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Funny-weird.
William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet. I know it is a tragedy, but it is also actually funny, the first few acts.
William Shakespeare: As You Like it. Nope, didn't like it.
William Shakespeare: Richard II. A surprisingly satisfying read.
William Shakespeare: Part 1, Henry IV. Interesting on power, parenting, friendships.
William Shakespeare: Part 2, Henry IV.
William Shakespeare: Henry V. He did shape up as a king, after all.
William Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice. Ah, it is a wonderful play.
William Shakespeare: Othello. How can we ever prove anything?
William Shakespeare: Macbeth. Hmm. I just read it, really quick.
William Shakespeare: Measure for Measure. Such an interestingly balanced play, not really a comedy or a tragedy.
William Shakespeare: King Lear. All those references to "nature" -- what is the nature of man, anyway.
William Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale. Interestingly topical and fairy tale-like at the same time.
William Shakespeare: The Tempest.
Russ McDonald: The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents (2001). My bedtime reading the last few months. Does a good job of providing context to the bard and the culture, politics, religion of his day.

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Post Posted:: May 15th, 2017, 6:09 pm 

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At the end of the school year I should have a few. :thumbs:


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Post Posted:: May 22nd, 2017, 6:40 am 

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I've just finished reading "Annihilation" by Jeff Vandermeer. An s-f novel about an exploration of the mysterious Zone X, a place which came about as a result of an unspecified event. If you liked The Roadside Picnic by the Strugacky brothers, you may see some similarities. At least that was the thought that I had.
The library close to where I live should have volume 2 in stock, so I'm going to check it out soon :)

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Post Posted:: May 23rd, 2017, 9:27 am 

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Update:

March:
Why Not You, Why Not Now, by Brig Hart (non-f) :hmm:
101 Secrets for Your Twenties, by Paul Angone (non-f) :D
Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell :)
The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz (non-f) :shock:

April:
Simply Tuesday, by Emily P. Freeman (non-f) :9:
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, by J. R. R. Tolkien :help:

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Post Posted:: May 23rd, 2017, 3:51 pm 

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Like the reviews! :clap:

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