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Subject: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 08:41 AM

It's World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. The theme this year is " get caught reading" .... so .... who caught you ? For what ? and Why ?


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From: Wotcha
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 09:21 AM

"Cochrane: the Life and exploits of a Fighting Captain." The basis for Patrick O'Brian's Captain Aubrey -- just more incredible ...
"The Voyage," Philip Caputo.
"The Privacy Law Sourcebook," EPIC.
Cheers,
Brian


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From: wdyat12
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 11:14 AM

Sarah the Flute,

A coworker and I were reading a humorous valentine last night on the Welding Repair Shop's computer when suddenly, the night plant supervisor walked in and caught us laughing out loud. He asked us to play it again. He began laughing too and then walked away. He must have been impressed with our dedication to our jobs.

wdyat12


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From: Morticia
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 11:37 AM

I am continually caught reading, when I should be doing something else, chores,sleeping almost anything really. I noticed it is also World Book Year, that is, books translated from a foreign language or about another country. Any nominations for a good read in that category?


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: John Hindsill
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 12:33 PM

I am currently reading "Paul and Palestinian Judaism". This is difficult reading for a non-Christian unfamiliar with Christian terminology. But someday I will know why and how he made a left turn (or a right turn if you prefer) lo those many years ago.

I am also reading a series under the umbrella title, "My Peoples Prayer Book", which analyzes, Talmud style, the Hebrew prayers. As I have no current temple affiliation, this serves as my spiritual inspiration.

And lastly, I am reading Colerdge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" for perhaps the 25th time. I read it aloud when alone, as poetry, like song, should be heard...even with my poor voice. - John


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From: Hollowfox
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 12:56 PM

Mudcat. (Sorry, it was too good a straight line.)
My current choice is the surprisingly readable and entertaining Heroes, Rogues and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior by James and Mary Dabbs (McGraw-Hill, 2000). It was recommended to me by a girlfriend who happens to be the sister of one of the authors. Always try out a book that a friend recommends.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Amergin
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 12:58 PM

I've been reading Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising books....and The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes....


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From: wdyat12
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 01:03 PM

Amergin,

I have been thinking of reading The Fatal Shore. That's about the colonization of Austriala isn't it? How do you like it so far as you've read?

wdyat12


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Dave Wynn
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 01:05 PM

I was caught reading Microsoft Windows 98 messages and codes.....just couln't put it down..biggest work of fiction I have ever read....

Spot


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From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 01:06 PM

Mudcat.
Worse yet. I answered the company phone with "Good Afternoon, Mudcat". Giant OOOOPS.

Currently reading "Hannibal" (the Cannibal)and a "History Of Spanish Prisons".


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Amergin
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 01:20 PM

wdyat12,

I find it very interesting and well written...The man really did his research...and yes it is about the colonisation of Australia...


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 02:18 PM

Amergin, are you reading the Cooper books for the first time? If so, I envy you. I read them as they were being published, waited eagerly for each new one to come out and felt such a let-down as I closed the last book for the first time, knowing there would be no more new ones. Cooper's subsequent books are charming, especially her newest one (King of Shadows) but I'll never forget my first delight in the Dark is Rising series. And my two children now love them and re-read them- that's fun!
I'm slogging through Kathleen Norris' Amazing Grace, waiting for something else better to come along.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 02:24 PM

Animaterra, have you read Susan Cooper's Seaward? It's not part of a series, but it's good. And try Pat O'Shea's Hounds of the Morrigan. Of course, neither of these is identical to the Dark is Rising series, but then, what is?


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From: wildlone
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 02:41 PM

Have just finished "The Real Frank Zappa Book" by Frank himself, It explodes or explains many of the myths surounding this extraordinary man.
Also I have a great love of history and hate to throw out, [sell or give away] any of the books I have got about 60 feet of books in the flat.
dave


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 02:46 PM

Not to worry, Dave, you'll catch up with the rest of us bookaholics soon enough. *BG*


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Gern
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 03:11 PM

Zappa book and Paul and Palestinian Judaism both sound fascinating, and would counteract each other nicely if read in succession. I just finished Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963. Gosh, I thought I knew this story. A black student of mine caught me reading it and said, "I thought only black people cared about the Civil Rights movement." A reasonable conclusion, but I assured her that caring whites marched along with King and company. Not enough of them, perhaps...


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 03:24 PM

Funny thread right now. I tend to read history, biography,non-fiction. Karen reads the novels. Every so often though she hooks me into someone that I might like and then we read all the available books by the author. some writers just hook me....not that they're great or anything......I just like their stuff. I've read everything Dick Francis has written and I'm going to miss not having a new one every year. For some reason though, his are real re-readable because I forget the details after awhile. Its an odd thing because I get really into the story as I read it.......

A few weeks ago, Karen tried to get me to read a new one she liked and now I'm hooked and blasting through all the books by Nelson DeMille, probably best known for "The General's Daughter." Again, I have no idea why I like this guy........maybe that most of his main characters are smart-asses......but I'm enjoying a "fiction break."

Spaw


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From: jeepman (inactive)
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 05:13 PM

I thought reading Peanut Butter labels was heavy stuff. Jman


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Rollo
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 05:13 PM

The "Nibelungenlied" caught me once more recently. Instead of mastering some medieval verses I was overwhelmed by them and had to read them whole night. In the morning I lurched to the bathroom feeling sick. Books are a strange kind of vampire, I assure you.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: pict
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 09:55 PM

I read mainly reference books(orchestration&arranging,recording techniques)history books and poetry and more time than I like trying to figure out musical equipment manuals.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: cowboypoet
Date: 24 Feb 01 - 11:38 PM

I'm one of those weird people who read multiple books at once -- well, not at once, more like in rotation. Just now I'm reading Will James' "Cowboys North and South" for the umpteenth time, JK Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire", CS Forester's "Ship Of the Line" (my favorite of the Hornblower books), David McCullough's "Truman", and "The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life" by Thomas Moore. Any one of them beats hell out of the newspaper.


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From: DonMeixner
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 12:26 AM

Gee, all I've been reading was a Louis Lamour western and Skiffs and SChooners by R.D Culler. Thinkin about building a small sailer.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Spud Murphy
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 02:06 AM

From the time I was ten on, it was forty miles from our ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to my violin teacher's house in Sacramento. It was at a time during the Depression that the SP Railroad had put most of the workers back to work, and my Dad was putting in a full five day week as a machinist at the SP shops. (By then he had given up the notion of trying to make a living in the world of entertainment.) My music lesson was every Friday at four-thirty, so on Fridays my Mom would put me up a lunch and I would go to Sacramento with him, and from 7:30am when he started work until 4:00pm when his shift was over I was on my own. I wondered the river front where the Delta King and Queen were often tied up along the docks and the red light district (another story) that lay between the river and the down town part of the city. But mostly I spent my idle hours at the Sacramento City Library which was located at the fringe between the respectable part of town and the red light district. Cowboy, I read eeverything that Will James and C.S.Forester ever wrote, and many, many other books of adventure and the early west. I devoured books, and the librarian lady would point me in the direction of books she thought I might like after she, like the red light ladies and the cops that walked their beats had all satisfied themselves that I was neither orphan or runaway or truant.

At noon I would meet my dad and eat my lunch with him and then when he went back to work, I either went back to the library or if he had fifteen cents to give me i took in the matinee (generally a cowboy movie) at the Roxie Theater. For three years I never went to school on Friday's. I don't read much anymore, mostly because I've slowed down so much i don't seem to have time. The last books I've read are Cormack McCarthy's Border Trilogy. (Forthe second time) If you haven't read it, I recommend it highly.

Spud


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: john c
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 02:25 AM

True to form, I´ve got 3 books on the go at the minute! Alan Watts "The Watercourse Way", "Monarchs of the Nile" (a history of the pharaohs) and "Friends in High Places" by Donna Leon - whose books are an absolute MUST for anyone who has ever been to (and fallen in love with)Venice! (The wet one in Italy, I mean - not the sunny one in California!!)
J.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Katcina
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 02:48 AM

Most recently Michael Jordan's " Encyclopedia Of Gods". By the way Amergin, I haven't found you listed anywhere in there. I guess you must be one of the lesser Gods.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: SeanM
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 03:00 AM

Been on a non-fiction kick lately after a short sci-fi binge... Just finished "Of Whales and Whalemen" (Robertson), a book written by a doctor about his experiences on a 1950's whaling factory ship... moving on into "American Indian Myths and Legends". Eyeballing a couple "History of China" type books for later...

Whee! Books!

M


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Katcina
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 03:09 AM

SeanM, "American Indian Myths And Legends" is a really good book. You will enjoy it. It's one of the best in my collection of Native American history.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: John P
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 09:17 AM

I'm currently reading "A Deepness in the Sky" by Vernor Vinge. It's pretty good, but not as good as his "A Fire Upon the Deep" that I read a few years ago. I tend to read fiction -- mostly science fiction, fantasy, mystery, historical, and sometimes mainstream.

As for what I get caught reading, as in what the wife makes fun of me for reading, I have a tendency to read the books I really like over and over. I think I've read "The Lord of the Rings" about 50 times now. I've probably been through "Dune" by Frank Herbert almost that often. "The Dark is Rising" (Cooper), "The King Must Die" etc. (Renault), "The Crystal Cave" etc. (Stewart), "The Earthsea Trilogy" ( Le Guin) are other books/series that I've read more than 15 times each.

But what other people find the strangest is when they catch me reading the dictionary.

John Peekstok


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From: Morticia
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 09:34 AM

I'm a multiple book reader too....Gomez thinks it's wierd.Lemme see, at the moment I'm reading Midnights Children by Salman Rushdie,Cats Eye by Margaret Atwood ( she's one of my current favourite writers), Jakes Thing by Kingsley Amis,and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I'd happily recommend any and all of them.


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From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 26 Feb 01 - 05:15 PM

I think I'll go out on 1 March and treat myself to another bookshelf ... With the cat on one side and the books on the other, I'm glad to be allowed into the flat at all! Anyway, just now the Mudcat is stopping me from finishing Oliver Sacks' 'An Anthropologist on Mars'. I'm fascinated by his descriptions of what human nature is capable of, both in terms of deformity and in terms of fighting back against it!
Anyone want the list of the other 574 ones waiting to be read? (Not to mention the ones waiting to be re-read?) I think the next one will be either a Margery Allingham or a John Dickson Carr (aka Carter Dickson). Good night!


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From: Jim the Bart
Date: 26 Feb 01 - 06:46 PM

Just finished "The Hiram Key" which is about Freemasonry and "Orbiting the Giant Hairball" about life in the corporation.

Just started rereading "The Templar Revelations" which is about heresy.

Occasionally read bits from "The Tanakh" or from "Notes to Myself" by Hugh Prather - just for a little inspiration.

Read lots of magazines - "Acoustic Guitar", "Sing Out", "The Smithsonian", "American Heritage", "The Utne Reader", "Training"

Lots of WEB stuff, too - Mudcat (some of the best stuff), The Nation, The Realist, Twangzine

I have two rules: 1. Take whatever side trips and 2. Read everything that you can.

You never know when you'll pass up the one thing that you really, really need later on.


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From: mousethief
Date: 26 Feb 01 - 06:55 PM

Just finished "Guns, Germs, and Steel." Next is "Men on Divorce" and then "The Explosive Child" or possibly "Ender's Shadow."

Alex


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From: Morticia
Date: 26 Feb 01 - 07:07 PM

Is "Enders Shadow" Orson Scott Card?


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From: Troll
Date: 26 Feb 01 - 09:03 PM

I have just finished Harry Potter 1 through 3, a pair of books on the Roma -Bury Me Standing Up and The Gypsies-, Discworld Science, several Dilbert collections, guidebooks on Moscow, St.Petersburg and Beijing, a book on Hassadic music called Chabad Melodies and a collection of tales of the celtic harp called A Harp Of Fishbones.
Tomorrow I'm going to the library to find a good history of Ivan the Terrible. He was a neat guy.
At least, that's what Freddie says.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Peg
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 12:48 AM

gee; I thought this was gonna be a thread on getting caught reaidng dirty books as teenagers (or in my case even younger; I was a precocious reader).

I have reached that point in my life where, to paraphrase someone who wrote a column on this in the Boston Phoenix, I buy books instead of reading them.

I have a vast collection of books, most of them from used bookstores. I have lots of books on the occult, Celtic mythology, film, herbs, aromatherapy, cooking (including anear-complete set of those old Time-Life cookbooks of the world series), plenty of fiction, plays, poetry, and art.

recent purchases which I hope to get around to reading soon: Angels and Insects by A. S. Byatt; Writing for Antiquity; New Australian Cinema; The Oxford Book of English Folklore; Echoes Down the Corridor by Arthur Miller.


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From: Kim C
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 10:16 AM

I too am a book juggler. I just started The Flying Cloud, about a female ship's navigator in the 1850s. I have Ivanhoe hanging around somewhere, Moby Dick, a great history book called 20,000 Years of Women's Work, and probably a Louis L'Amour novel or two. No shortage of books in our house.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Gervase
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 10:31 AM

Morty,
For a translated book (from German to English) I can recommend Patrick Suskind's Perfume - a cracking read. Thomas Mann is wonderful too; for some reason German writers seem to translate better into English than those working in the romance languages.


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From: MartinRyan
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 10:33 AM

Going back to the beginning of this thread:

Wotcha

If you're a Patrick O'Brian fan, you might enjoy THIS SITE if you haven't already seen it.

Regards


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 10:34 AM

Wow - I share the same taste in books as many others here. Not that it surprises me - nothing about Mudcat surprises me anymore - and I'll read anything anyway. But I love Susan Cooper, Ursula LeGuin, Mary Stewart, the "Hounds of the Morrigan", and I've read "Guns, Germs and Steel". I've just finished a couple of crime novels (Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich) and I've read all the novels I bought on Sunday. I'm off to France for a couple of days (working, not holiday) on Thursday and had intended to take those books with me. Now I'll have to buy more. I'm reading my French dictionary as well.
I'm also re-reading (for the nth time) Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson. It is possibly one of the funniest, cleverest, moving books ever. It's set in Belfast and is about how f*cked up, amazing and wonderful it is. Anyone who knows Belfast should buy it, read it, and fall in love with the place all over again.
I'm also reading a paper entitled "The Visible Difference Predictor: applications to global illumination problems". It's not in any way interesting, so I've been reading it for the past 3 months, and it's only 12 pages long. If anyone has read this paper and would like to give me a synopsis of the main facts, I'll pay big money.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Peg
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 11:11 AM

yes!!! Perfume is an absoilutely amazing novel!!! I recently bought several more Suskind novels (have not read them yet) as geting back inside this man's head is something I must do...

Possession is also an amazing read for those who have not (A. S. Byatt)

I missed the "must read" books thread so some of my other choices for what they are worth (modern novels):

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
In the Land of Winter by Richard Grant
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin
Children of Light by Robert Stone
The Season of the Witch by James Leo Herlihy

also love the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Bowen and many modern horror writers...

peg


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From: LR Mole
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 01:10 PM

Fib M: if you haven't grabbed the newest Sarah Paretsky, "Hard Time" (first in a while), it denied me rest last Friday night (not grisly--just good plot, good characters) .Dave Barry's "Bad Trouble" made me laugh, with a great, recurrent, non-song. Dennis LeHane (sp?), from "A Drink Before the War" on are good, and non-glam Boston. And I love those Hornblowers, but can't take those O'Brians--the dialogue is offputting to me.The Ramage series, by Dudley Pope, is good of this type. Hard to find, though. And good old "Scaramouche" by Sabatini.


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From: mousethief
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 01:27 PM

Yes, "Ender's Shadow" is OSC. It's Bean's story.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 05:55 PM

I'm into the Lord of the Rings again, for the first time for several years, but only because I wanted to find the source of a quote (descriptive thread concerning state of moon - thin as a nail paring - it is LOTR as I thought) and it was driving me batty until I'd found it. First time I read it it took me 2 months, the next time a week. Am into the 2nd week of it now, on the tube mainly, for 2 hrs a day. Yum.

I always read Susan Cooper, 'The Dark is rising' sequence between Dec 19th and New Year - all 5 books - if I can manage it. Done so for the past 8 years.....

Probably going back to Silence of the Lambs next week.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: GUEST,Wavestar
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 07:06 PM

I was caught reading once too often by my mother as a child - don't get me wrong, she encouraged reading all the time, but when I read and ignored her... so she banned me from reading anything for a whole weekend. It was the worst punishment of my life.

At the moment I'm reading - just for pleasure, mind, this isn't counting whatever my classes are currently requiring - The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje (rereading this beautiful book), Longitude, by Dava Sorbel, A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin, Outlander, by Diana Galbaldon (loaned by a friend who insists I read it), Umberto Eco's Kant and the Platypus, although that's challenging me seriously, and The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman. I'm finding all fo them interesting, though I have so little time to read for pleasure that I haven't had time to get into Clash of Kings or Outlander enough.

Rollo - I've been meaning to read the Nibelungenlied, with intentions that are halfway between personal curiousity and scholarly interest. I'm currently working my way through the Welsh Mabinagion, and the the Finnish Kalevala comes after that...

Did I mention I live for books?

-J


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Smok
Date: 27 Feb 01 - 07:58 PM

johnc Can you get Donna Leon's book in the states. I'm addicted but have not been able to get that one. I was told it would not come out in the States. I have been following her since my first trip to Venice, the wet one.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 28 Feb 01 - 11:37 AM

Oh Wavestar, I agree, the English Patient is a wonderful book. Heartbreaking. And the Katharine in it spells her name the same way as I do. I'm an Umberto Eco fan as well - Foucault's Pendulum being my favourite.
LR Mole - I do like Sara Paretsky - I'll keep my eye out for that one. I used to like Patricia Cornwall, but now the characters really annoy me and the have become totally irritating and unlikeable, and I keep hoping the misogynistic (as they tend to be) killers bump off Kay Scarpetta and do us all a favour.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: GUEST,Patrish
Date: 28 Feb 01 - 11:57 AM

I was caught reading under the bedclothes with a torch. It was an Enid Blyton Famous Five.
I was seven and I had the measles and was not supposed to look at bright lights or read. I got a terrible telling off and when I got better I had to start wearing glasses!
Patrish


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 28 Feb 01 - 12:20 PM

I haven't read anything in well over a year. Except books on typography and fonts.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Feb 01 - 12:23 PM

Also re-reading Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. Might go on to a Captain Blood kick next. Every once in a while my Sabatini addiction, which I've had since I was fourteen, reasserts itself. Some people are put off by his somewhat ornate, Victorian writing style, but I like it. His historical research is impeccable, he writes a whacking good adventure story with plenty of unanticipated twists, and his descriptions of swordplay indicate that he knows the intricacies of fencing. After that, I think I'll move from the past to the future by re-reading Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow. I seem to be doing a lot of re-reading these days.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 28 Feb 01 - 12:52 PM

Wavestar, you might like to try Battles and Enchantments: retold from early Gaelic Literature by Norreys Jephson O'Conor. It's a beautiful and clear rendition of the Book of Invasions, about as early as you can get in Irish history/mythology. And I bet you'd like Standish O'Grady's trilogy of the Cucuhlain cycle as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: mousethief
Date: 28 Feb 01 - 01:14 PM

Currently reading "Why Sex is Fun" by Jared Diamond -- an evolutionary explanation of why humans are so different from all the other mammals in the sex department.

Alex


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 03:27 AM

IT'S WORLD BOOK DAY - GET CAUGHT READING MUDCATTERS !!!


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 03:43 AM

Well, today's the day! I just finished Stephen Leather's "The birthday girl" last night about 11.30. Before that, Terry Pratchett's "The fifth elephant" (out of sequence; I've read the lot now). Today I'm back to Alexander Fullerton, "Love for an enemy". Things are a bit slack at present: I'm down to just one book now; at peak times I can be on three or four at a time. My wife says it's bad for my health if I read while she's talking to me.

Ever been in that awful situation where you've read everything in the house, and the library isn't open for hours, ans the papers are late? You start reading everything with words on: the back of the cornflakes packet, the label on the sauce bottle ("Cette sauce de haute qualité set une mélange des fruits et épices orinetaux. Elle est déliciuese avec ..." -- learned by rote from the fiftes onward!). Some days I've een been forced to talk to people!

If only I could read music as well as I read words ...

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: LR Mole
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 09:42 AM

A clear vision: lots of us scattered around a large room, big table, wrought-iron railing around the second story shelving, reading, picking, tootling, squeezing, singing.Catting and chatting. Can't see out the windows but it's day and the sea's out there somewhere.Here/there, in/out, travelling/resting--the differences are so arbitrary, and mean so little... --- Mole,in a sentimental mood


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: GUEST,Matt_R
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 09:53 AM

I though that Lady Gregory's Gods and Fighting Men was one of the best books I've ever read. I really want to read it again cuz I love it so much.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson at work
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 10:33 AM

Current nonfiction reading: the Bill Monroe biography "Can't you hear me calling". Wow, what a man!
Current fiction: re-reading Lois McMaster Bujold's Mirror Dance; recommended to EVERYBODY.
Reading and music have been the major part of my non-work life all these years; I know characters such as Miles Vorkosigan, Maureen Johnson Smith, Horatio Hornblower better than I know most of my friends. . . don't know if this is bad or good, but it's true.


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Subject: RE: BS: What have you been caught reading ?
From: bluebird
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 09:47 PM

Try "Stones from the river" by Ursula Hegi.


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