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Old 02-10-2012, 02:16 PM   #2121
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The Night Circus

I'm currently listening to The Night Circus Audio Book | Erin Morgenstern | Download The Night Circus
It's read by Jim Dale, who recorded the Harry Potter tales to such great effect.
It's captured me so far. Fits into that "modern fantasy" category sort of.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:19 PM   #2122
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There's a feisty little chihuahua named Kinky in The Fall Girl by Kaye C. Hill. It's a light-weight mystery that's a nice trade-off from heavier stuff. Not that it's heavier - it's not; but still dipping into The Salmon of Doubt.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:11 PM   #2123
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Sangre Nuestra Tierra Ajena - Ventura Rocha Criollas

Sangre Nuestra Tierra Ajena and its English Translation: Immigrant Named America by Ventura Rocha Criollas, is a beautiful historical saga of his forebearers set against their experiences fleeing and immigrating from Spain to Mexico, and from Mexico to San Antonio, Texas.

Ventura who was a former USA Air Force Engineer, stationed in Torrejón De Ardóz, Madrid had been the first person to open a Mexican Taquería in continental Europe and Spain in 1960.

Thus, today, Ventura is the owner of Todo a Mejico in Madrid.

His historical saga is absolutely fascinating. Cannot put the book down.

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Old 02-11-2012, 03:46 PM   #2124
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:42 AM   #2125
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I just started Tom Clancy's newest book, Against All Enemies. It's over 700 pages, so this is gonna take a while.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:00 PM   #2126
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I have a new book from Amazon arriving this week, The Way To Cook by Julia Child. I was all set to get Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vols 1&2, but decided TWTC was a better entré into her world.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:17 PM   #2127
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I have a new book from Amazon arriving this week, The Way To Cook by Julia Child. I was all set to get Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vols 1&2, but decided TWTC was a better entré into her world.
Yep. TWTC is another winner! I have it too. If you like her enough to get the other book you mentioned then consider the Julia & Jacques cookbook too.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:20 PM   #2128
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I'm still working on The Land of the Painted Caves. There is a lot of repetition, not just background from previous books. I'm finding myself doing a lot of skipping. I'm also not a fan of the "soft porn" details 3 or 4 pages at a time. TMI.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #2129
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Zhizara you reminded me of my criticisms of Land of the Painted Caves. I too don't appreciate "soft porn" details in any novel, not because I'm any sort of prude but because I just don't want to read that stuff, it doesn't entertain me. I prefer the "implied sex" sort where a few words set up what's going to happen and then they cut to a new scene "much later." I appreciate being spared the details and I skip over that stuff too.

I had to skip over the endless descriptions of cave paintings too, which I'm sure were the product of the author's actually visiting those caves. I've seen that stuff in documentary films. I'm not ever going to visit those caves in person. The details went on too long for me.

Also had to skim the song verses. There is some sort of plot relevance to one specific song but skimming suited me just fine.

And I'm glad to not be totally negative, the novel picked up in the last 150-200 pages and made up for some of the dragging earlier. I suspect you'll agree with me, the author is done with the series, I'm done with the series, I'm glad I read it because I just couldn't resist reading the conclusion. I think we're all done!
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:11 PM   #2130
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One more word about the Earth's Children series... I listened to the Audible versions of all but the last... By the time of the 5th one, Shelters of Stone, there was nothing new happening. Ayla and J... ? traveled about and shared with everyone their adventures from the first four books. Insult to injury... the reader began to give Ayla the strangest (Russian?) accent. Sounded like Natasha on Bullwinkle. I really enjoyed listening to the first three, though.
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