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Old 07-27-2012, 12:48 PM   #2541
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I'm reading the last of 4 volumes of the Shadowmarch fantasy series, by Tad Williams.

I've enjoyed it and it's well worth reading but I enjoyed the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin more. Alas, Martin has yet to finish the last two volumes of the 7 volume series, probably won't happen for 3-5 years. At least the Shadowmarch series is complete and I'll soon get to see how it ends.

Thanks to Kylie who recommended Shadowmarch in this topic! :)
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:05 AM   #2542
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Still working on The White Company, A. C. Doyle, written in the 1890's, set in England, and taking place during the 1300's Hundred Years' War. This on page 220 in describing a nobleman's castle:

"The days had gone by when a nobleman's hall was but a barnlike, rush-strewn enclosure........The Crusaders had brought back with them experiences of domestic luxuries, of Damascus carpets and rugs of Aleppo....."

How sad that my frame of reference for Damascus and Aleppo is the current bitter conflict.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:07 PM   #2543
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I seem to have a love/hate relationship with Pixel of Ink! I have so many books in my kindle waiting to be read! I'm currently reading "The Volunteer" which is very good. A man on death row gives up all his appeals yet his family continues to try to save him from the execution. About 1/3 of the way through and looking forward to how it ends. There's a lot of "reminiscing" in flashbacks so you know how he ended up there and how it has affected his family.
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The Italian Newspapers: The National & The Regional

Good for improving vocab and keeping up with what is going on inside the the country.

Ciao, Buonasera.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:43 PM   #2545
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I am reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Isn't that about genetic research or something like that? They've kept cells from this woman going for a long time I think. Let me know how you like it Frank. It sounded interesting but I don't always like books that get too technical.
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Miss Peregreines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Just started getting into reading it, my 13 year old daughter recomended it.
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Isn't that about genetic research or something like that? They've kept cells from this woman going for a long time I think. Let me know how you like it Frank. It sounded interesting but I don't always like books that get too technical.
Yes, it is about the HeLa strain.

It is well written and not very technical.
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Yes, it is about the HeLa strain.

It is well written and not very technical.
Sounds like my kind of book...I saw it at Costco.
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[QUOTE=tinlizzie;1168265]Still working on The White Company, A. C. Doyle, written in the 1890's, set in England, and taking place during the 1300's Hundred Years' War. QUOTE]

Describing a dinner at the Abbey of St. Andrews at Bordeaux:

"Roasted peacocks, with the feathers all carefully replaced, so that the bird lay upon the dish even as it had strutted in life, boars' heads with the tusks gilded and the mouth lined with silver foil, jellies in the shape of the Twelve Apostles, and a great pasty which formed an exact model of the king's new castle at Windsor..."
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