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What Are You Reading Part 31 (Jan 05)

Old 01-01-05, 02:39 PM
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I just finished this book yesterday and it is one of the best books I read this year. If you enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha or Bonesetters Daughter you should read this book.


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From a master of the historical novel, Empress Orchid sweeps readers into the splendid heart of the Forbidden City to tell the fascinating story of a young Chinese concubine who becomes China’s last empress. Min introduces the beautiful Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, and weaves an epic of a country girl who seizes power through seduction, murder, and endless intrigue. When China is threatened by enemies, she alone seems capable of holding the country together.
A novel of high drama and lyricism and lavish historical detail, Empress Orchid provides an extraordinary look inside the Forbidden City in its last days of imperial glory and breathes life into one of the most important women in history. In “an absorbing companion piece to her novel Becoming Madame Mao” (New York Times), readers and reading groups will once again be transported by Min’s vivid prose as she creates a portrait of a flawed yet utterly compelling woman who survived, and ultimately dominated, a male world.
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What Are You Reading Part 31 (Jan 05)

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I just started on one of my presents: Chris Priest's The Separation.

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Chris Priest's most recent novel is available in paperback from Gollancz. The Separation is a re-examination of the early years of World War II through the story of two young men, identical twins, drawn into the conflict. Complex personal and moral issues separate them. Both men are destined to become victims of the war, one a pacifist, his brother a warrior. The reader is drawn steadily into the maze, betrayed both by history and memory.
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Currently finishing The Golden Compass and heading into The Subtle Knife...both by Philip Pullman.
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Just finished Matthew Lewis' THE MONK.
I really want to read more gothic stuff, but I really need to read some history stuff. Plus, I have to read To Kill a Mockingbird for school. Grr.
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Old 01-02-05, 08:24 PM
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I just finished London Bridges by James Paterson.

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I am almost finished reading the Orion Protocol by Gary Tigerman. It is the best book I have read this year.... it is also the worst.
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Old 01-03-05, 12:35 AM
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I've been on a helluva reading spree as of late.

I've read Nobody True, by, James Herbert. Great premise. You are having an Out Of Body Experience.When you go back to your body you find that you have been murdered. Loved it.

Also read Hark!, by, Ed McBain. An 87th Precinct novel. The Deaf Man is back!What more can I say? Awesome.

Then, I started reading A Cabinet Of Curiosities, by, DOUGLAS PRESTON and LINCOLN CHILD. First I have read of Preston/Child. Will be reading more.

Then Havana : An Earl Swagger Novel, by, Stephen Hunter. Suspense, action,and, Castro! Can't go wrong with a Swagger book.

Next was Playing With Fire, by, Peter Robinson. A superb British Mystery novel. Inspector Banks is a great character. Excellent.

Now reading Death's Jest Book, by, Reginald Hill, a Dalziel & Pascoe Mystery.Hill's writing sure is fun to read. He makes me laugh out loud.One of the few that do that. Excellent so far.

Next up, maybe The Godfather Returns...maybe.
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Bought the book after listening to the Broadway musical cd. I need to take a trip to NYC to see it live.
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To The Last Man - Jeff Shaara..excellent reading so far
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Then, I started reading A Cabinet Of Curiosities, by, DOUGLAS PRESTON and LINCOLN CHILD. First I have read of Preston/Child. Will be reading more.
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I'm reading "At The Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America" - very compelling (and sobering) reading.
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I'm working my way through The Witching Hour by Anne Rice at the moment. I'll follow it up with the next 2 in the series and all the Vampire books I haven't read (everything after Memnoch).
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just finished 'stranger than fiction' by chuck palahniuk.
i'm about 1/4 of the way through 'the stranger beside me' by ann rule.
starting 'lullaby' by chuck palahniuk.

my 12 yr. old son just finished 'abarat' (book one) by clive barker and the first three lemony snicket books.
he's starting the second abarat book now and will probably start 'the hunt for red october' next.
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I finished Death's Jest Book, by, Reginald Hill. Superb.Absolutely superb.

Now reading The Ring , by, Koji Suzuki. Pretty good so far.

I keep putting The Godfather Returns off. Maybe because it's called The Godfather Returns.
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I started this book tonight. I should finish it tomorrow.
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I'm in the middle of Clive Cussler's Treasure. It's pretty typical for a Dirk Pitt novel. Which means, to me, enjoyable.
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I'm currently reading The Return of the King by Tolkien. I got the 50'th Anniversary for Christmas and am enjoying the hell out of it.

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