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Post by kath on Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:06 pm

The Pillars of the Earth

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A radical departure from Follett's novels of international suspense and intrigue, this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud and Stephen are fighting for the crown of England after the death of Henry I. The plot is less tightly controlled than those in Follett's contemporary works, and despite the wealth of historical detail, especially concerning architecture and construction, much of the language as well as the psychology of the characters and their relationships remains firmly rooted in the 20th century. This will appeal more to lovers of exciting adventure stories than true devotees of historical fiction. Literary Guild dual main selection.

This was highly thought of at LibraryThing... with good reason! I am enjoying it....
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Post by Rhonda67 on Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:27 pm

It's soccer month, I can't concentrate long enough to read so I have some road food books for the month: sandwiches and I can't remember the other because I left it in the van.
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Post by Lori on Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:38 am

Kath, I've had Pillars of the Earth on my Wish List at Amazon.com just waiting for the right time to buy it. Actually, since I've joined MyPoints I've found myself turning into quite a pointswhore, and one day I chose 5 or 6 books and was all set to join the paberback of the month club. LOL Changed my mind at the last minute, but I'm still considering. Anyhow, I brought that up because Pillars of the Earth was one of them I had chosen as one of my dollar books.

Right now I'm working on Fool Moon, the second of the Dresden Files series. I'm 2 issues behind on reading Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, too. I have a short trip to Colorado coming up and I'll have to set aside a couple of good books for plane reading (or maybe just bring the Ellery Queen's!)

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Post by Guest on Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:07 pm

I just started reading, "America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines" by Gail Collins.

I thought it might be an interesting read as it starts with colonial times and moves through American history. I'll let you know what I think as I read.

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Well researched and well written, America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines is a powerful and important book. Starting with Pocahontas and Eleanor Dare (the first female colonist), this lively and fascinating history records the changes in American women's lives and the transformations in American society from the 1580s through the 2000s.
A history of the oft-marginalized sex must often draw from diaries and journals, which were disproportionally written by whites; as a result, African-American and Native American women are not as well represented as white in the earlier chapters of America's Women. However, Gail Collins writes about women of many races and ethnicities, and in fact provides more information about Native Americans, African-Americans, and Chinese, Jewish, and Italian immigrants than some general U.S. history books. She writes about rich and poor, young and old, urban and rural, slave and slave-owner, athlete and aviatrix, president's wife and presidential candidate--and, of course, men and women. And some of these women--from the justly famous, like Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, to the undeservedly obscure, like Elizabeth Eckford and Senator Margaret Chase Smith--will not only make any woman proud to be a woman, they will make any American proud to be American.

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Post by idatater46 on Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:11 pm

For me, summer calls for very light reading- something I can read and put back down in a heartbeat, just too many things going on to get into a meaty novel. More mystereies for summer- I don't have to concentrate on them- just read and enjoy.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Post by kath on Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:07 am

Thanks Lori!

That sounds really good Nichelle!

Ida...I love light reading too.. any reading!
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Post by Starrlyte on Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:27 am

Kath-I read Pillars of the Earth! I really enjoyed it after about the first 150 pages. I found those a bit difficult. I did read the sequel too. Loved that even more! (Not so much back story!)

Right now I'm reading one of the books you recommended "The Sparrow". I'm loving it! Thanks for the recommendation!
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Post by Guest on Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:20 am

Ida, I am right there with you on the whole mystery reading. I love mysteries!!! I have been reading alot of mysteries lately, though, and wanted something different. That is why I went for the historical book. I read a little bit at a time without worrying about losing the flow of the book.

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Post by kath on Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:20 pm

The Sparrow is on my short list of absolute favorite books.. along with Mists of Avalon and a few others.

I am also reading Don't Call Them Ghosts since it distracted me while I was dusting... I don't usually do two books at once..

This is hands down the most poorly written book I have ever read. Terrible.
The subject matter is good.. but the writing may scare me off before I finish

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Re: What are you reading now?

Post by mollysmomma on Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:51 pm

I'm reading the Other Boleyn Girl(sp?) i am enjoying it very much!

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Post by KaeLynn on Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:03 pm

Twilight....All of them.....Everyone here who mentioned it got me hooked!!
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Post by Scar on Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:37 pm

mollysmomma wrote:I'm reading the Other Boleyn Girl(sp?) i am enjoying it very much!

That book is great.
After reading The Other Boleyn Girl I fell in love with Philippa Gregory. I've read almost everything she has written.
If you like Boleyn book you may also like:

Wideacre trilogy
1. Wideacre (1987)
2. The Favored Child (1989)
3. Meridon (1990)
The Tudor series
1. The Other Boleyn Girl (2001)
2. The Queen's Fool (2003)
3. The Virgin's Lover (2004)
4. The Constant Princess (2005)
5. The Boleyn Inheritance (2006)
6. The Other Queen (2008)
Earthly Joys
1. Earthly Joys (1998)
2. Virgin Earth (1999)
Other works (Including UK Books)
A Respectable Trade (1992)
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Re: What are you reading now?

Post by mollysmomma on Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:21 pm

thanks i am already planning on looking for more of her books!!

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Re: What are you reading now?

Post by kath on Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:18 am

Where Are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark

Ghosts Among Us by James Van Praagh

and began

The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman


my excuse for all the reading is that the house is clean, the laundry done and it was hot as hades. I will finish The Foretelling in an hour or so... not sure where I will go next...
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Post by BeachyBum on Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:31 am

Just finished the Debutant Divorce' ..... was really good light summer reading.

I stated some other book, it's awful, so I can't even remember the name of it. lol
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Post by Missy on Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:51 pm

I just got done with Airhead by Meg Cabot and am so happy to know that there will be a sequel. I read her book "Queen of Babble" a few months ago and was shocked to hear that she is the author to the Princess Diaries series (I think the movies are cute). So, I have been picking up anything new that she has put out. This is more aimed towards teenage girls, but I think almost any female would enjoy this book.
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Post by Starrlyte on Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:05 pm

Has anyone read "Here Be Dragons" or any other book by Sharon Kay Pennman? Great Books!
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Re: What are you reading now?

Post by kath on Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:17 am

Yesterday I read The 6th Lamentation and it was a very good read.
Not sure what I will pick up for today...
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Post by kath on Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:19 am

Here be Dragons looks good... my great grandfather was from Wales..
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Post by Starrlyte on Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:45 am

I think there is a book previous to it, but they are all good! Smile
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Post by Muggins on Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:36 pm

I'm reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and finding it very interesting and rather enlightening!
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Post by idatater46 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:38 pm

With last nights Bee "crap"- I think I need a good read. Will be off soon to the local book store. I have to lose myself someway- reading seems a better alternative to seething in anger.
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Re: What are you reading now?

Post by kath on Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:52 am

Ida what did you buy? Curious reading minds want to know..

I needed some fluff.. so I am reading The Guardian.

Its fluff alright.. and a good story so far...
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Post by kath on Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:03 am

Final Target is what I read yesterday, and today it will be On The Run both by Iris Johansen

She is realy talented, and I sort of stumlbed on her through Amazon suggestions..
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Post by Missy on Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:36 pm

I have just picked up "The Almost Moon" by Alice Sebold (author of the Lovely Bones). So far, so good, but I yet to make it past the 2nd chapter. Hope to get some reading time in this week.
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