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Old 01-18-2018, 06:10 AM   #26806
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:52 AM   #26808
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Finished Chanur's Homecoming by C. J. Cherryh.
Just finished Cyteen. Precious book.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:55 PM   #26809
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Just finished Cyteen. Precious book.
Just found my copies, I may find time to read them again soon.

Meanwhile, I have begun listening to Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides. Great writing style, though his subject matter is not to everyone's taste.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:59 AM   #26810
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...I have begun listening to Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides. Great writing style, though his subject matter is not to everyone's taste.
I enjoyed it a lot.

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Old 01-19-2018, 02:00 PM   #26811
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Next up was the February selection for the New Leaf Book Club, Passing, by Nella Larson. I listened to this as an Audible book, narrated by Robin Miles. Not the world's best narrator, but better for this than she was for Hidden Figures. Finished, and we'll be discussing this starting February 15th here. Come join us -- the book is short (226 pages), inexpensive ($0.99) and quite interesting.

Next for an audio book, I'm listening to the David Case narration of Galsworth's The Man of Property. Wonderful, simply wonderful. I tried to read this as an eBook and it wasn't working for me, but with David Case narrating, it's really enjoyable. The perfect book for a long trip!
Wonderful. David Case brings this classic alive. Highly recommended.
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Finished. Three stars, mostly because I'm feeling generous. Next up, something better, I hope -- The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith. This was nominated for the New Leaf Book Club February Rainbow theme, but even though it didn't get selected, it sounded interesting enough that I decided to go ahead and read it.
Finished. An excellent nomination from astrangerhere, and I kind of wish we'd chosen it for New Leaf Book Club. This is a book about love, first and foremost, but also about just how difficult it was for a lesbian in the early 50's, especially if children were at issue (as they so often were.) If you'd asked me, I'd have said I understood. I now know I really don't, though I think I am closer to understanding. A really important book for its time, and one that is well worth reading now! Karma to astrangerhere, and highly recommended.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:03 AM   #26812
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Finished. An excellent nomination from astrangerhere, and I kind of wish we'd chosen it for New Leaf Book Club. This is a book about love, first and foremost, but also about just how difficult it was for a lesbian in the early 50's, especially if children were at issue (as they so often were.) If you'd asked me, I'd have said I understood. I now know I really don't, though I think I am closer to understanding. A really important book for its time, and one that is well worth reading now! Karma to astrangerhere, and highly recommended.
It was made into a movie called Carol a couple of years ago with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It earned several Oscar nominations.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:30 AM   #26813
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It was made into a movie called Carol a couple of years ago with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It earned several Oscar nominations.
Yes. I never saw the movie, but I might be more interested now.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:26 AM   #26814
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Started reading a Fantasy called The Demon King. Sort of LotR-ish but keeping my attention so far.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:16 AM   #26815
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Great! Let me know what you think.
I enjoyed The Wanted, though I'm not sure quite as much as some of the other's in the series. I thought Joe Pike felt like a bit of a cypher - if this had been the first time we had met the character, there would have been little to engage with. Only knowing his backstory saved it for me. Still, I gave it 4 stars as any book by Robert Crais is still above average for the genre.
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:31 AM   #26816
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I enjoyed The Wanted, though I'm not sure quite as much as some of the other's in the series. I thought Joe Pike felt like a bit of a cypher - if this had been the first time we had met the character, there would have been little to engage with. Only knowing his backstory saved it for me. Still, I gave it 4 stars as any book by Robert Crais is still above average for the genre.
Glad you liked it. And I agree with the four stars
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Old 01-20-2018, 11:00 AM   #26817
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Finished. An excellent nomination from astrangerhere, and I kind of wish we'd chosen it for New Leaf Book Club. This is a book about love, first and foremost, but also about just how difficult it was for a lesbian in the early 50's, especially if children were at issue (as they so often were.) If you'd asked me, I'd have said I understood. I now know I really don't, though I think I am closer to understanding. A really important book for its time, and one that is well worth reading now! Karma to astrangerhere, and highly recommended.
I am glad you liked it! The book is not the best prose or even the best plot in LGBT fiction, but it is one of the most impactful. I am not sure how that translates to a straight audience, but a copy will always be on my shelf.

As to the film, there were some unnecessary and unusual changes made by the screenwriter (who was friends with Highsmith), but it was still a great work on its own.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:02 PM   #26818
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I am not sure how that translates to a straight audience, but a copy will always be on my shelf.
Well, it translated well to me, and I'm as depressingly straight as can be. And now a copy is on my eBook shelf. Thanks!
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If you're still in an LGBT mood, I would recommend the fantasy novella Passing Strange by Ellen Klages. It takes place in 1940 San Francisco during the World's Fair. The main character is an artist based on Margaret Brundage who created many of the lurid covers for Weird Tales magazine. For me the historical fiction and the magic didn't mesh seamlessly but I liked it a lot anyway.
It also had one of my favorite covers from last year.

http://locusmag.com/2017/01/gary-k-w...-ellen-klages/
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Actually, I just started the 2nd Dave Brandstetter mystery from Joseph Hansen. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that the first one had held up well.
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