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Ryan_G
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

Pepper, Thank you.  I will have to remember that when I decided to give it a go.  I still need to read The Mysteries of Udolpho too.

 

 

Peppermill wrote:

Ryan -- The Woman in White is sort of a read it even if bored book, though.  I have encountered enough references to it since I "read" it that I almost wish I'd been more careful.  At least I have a better sense about what people are referring to.  I think perhaps it is boring in part because it uses a plot formula that is familiar or predictable, but not much used in modern books for exactly those reasons?  Also, because it doesn't seem particularly plausible?  Still, it is rather like reading The Mysteries of Udolpho to better understand the Gothic genres -- not the most enthralling endeavor, but insightful. So, maybe one of those projects that is 50 pages a month until through the thing?

 

 

Ryan_G wrote:

See and I was scared someone would say that about The Woman in White.  That is the book of his I really wanted to read, but I'm afraid I would find it as boring as The Moonstone was.  Maybe I just need to be in the right frame of mind. 

Peppermill wrote:

 

Ryan_G wrote (excerpts, emphasis added):

I'm sad over it but I had to give up on The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.  I find it to be beautifully written but it's so boring.  I find myself wishing Agatha Christie had wrote it instead.  It's going back on my shelf though, I may try it again in a year or two.

 

 

The Moonstone (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan -- LOL at your review of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.  As I recall, that's the way I felt about his

The Woman in White, although it was a book club selection, so I did read it, at least in the off-hand sort of way I sometimes do for books to which I react without enthusiasm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peppermill
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

Ryan -- I said The Woman in White seemed not quite plausible to me, but one site says: "This dramatic tale, inspired by an actual criminal case...."  Maybe truth is stranger than fiction, or maybe it was just my reaction to the adaptation.

 

Here is a Wikipedia comment:  

 

"The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859–1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of 'sensation novels'.

 

"The story is considered an early example of detective fiction ..."

 

 

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JanetD00
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

I am reading Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn.  I was introduced to this author and character via an audiobook later in the series.  Since I am a serial reader, I *had* to go back and start with book #1.   

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AuntJoanie
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

Right now, I am reading Shutter Island.

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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

 

AuntJoanie wrote:

Right now, I am reading Shutter Island.

 

I just finished that on Saturday!

 

- JJ

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Ryan_G
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

I just finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and I loved it.  I'm currently reading The Lover, the Lunatic, and the Poet and loving that even more.

 

Jon, can we have this thread floated to the top like last years was?

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet 

 

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pjpick
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant  Needed a short book to zip through and this one looked interesting. Saw the author discussing it on CSPAN last year and it piqued my interest.

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babzilla41
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

I just finished reading The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom - her debut novel.  Excellent read - the characters stay with you long after the last page is read. 

 

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Rav_Bunneh
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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

I'm a few pages from finishing reading on my nook...

 

 

 

Glinda of Oz 

 

 

Now I'm about to start reading on my nook...

 

 

Columbine

 

 

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Re: 2010- What Are You Reading?

A Captain's Duty  This book just came out on Monday.  I saw Phillip's interview on Dateline this past Sunday evening and knew i wanted to read the book. This week marks a year ago that Capt Phillips was held captive by Somale Pirates.  I just started reading it late this evening and am on Chapter 3.  I wish I could stay up to read the whole thing.

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