Skip to comments.Free Republic Book Club, Week of 2/26/05
Posted on 02/26/2005 5:14:03 PM PST by Tanniker Smith
This is the place to discuss any book under the sun.
First of all, my apologies for not getting to this thread until Saturday evening.
Second, as has been suggested by several people on the previous threads, we're only going to make one thread per week, starting on Saturdays. We'll see how that works out.
Third, let's try to pick a topic for the week. Granted, "off-topic" posts are to be expected (and practically mandatory, if reading other threads is any indication).
Fourth, I pulled a lot of names from the previous threads to add to a ping list. As a result, I have a very lengthy ping list. So at this point, I'll add people who ask to be added (and remove those who ask to be removed). My apologies if you don't get added right away.
And, finally, here are the links to the previous two threads. Please! Do NOT add new messages to the older threads! Move on to this one (and the ones to follow in the weeks to come). Thank you.
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Here's my vote:
1. Humor (Fiction or Non-Fiction)
2. Religious Fiction
3. Political and Current Affairs
My 8 year olds have found Snicket's books not an easy read, but enjoy hearing me read it to them.
It has been fun, but I look forward to reading for myself again.
I loved that little George! Always had himself in a mess!!
I have not read any of the Quest Books. Which, in particular, is your favorite or do you recommend the entire series?
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Please add me to your list. Thanks!
I am very interested in hearing more about them, though, so anyone out there know about these "Quest" novels?
2. Science Fiction/Paranormal.
3. political - fiction and non-fiction.
I detest bios. Enjoy fiction with a mystery. Just today finished up a Cait London paperback entitled "Hidden Secrets". Will be starting "French Quarter" by Stella Cameron. Have also Lisa Jackson's "The Night Before".
Some good biographies I have on the shelf:
Patton: A Genius for War, by Carlo D'Este
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, by Edward Rice
A Battle from the Start (Gen. Bedford Forrest), by Brian Steel Wills
Alexander of Macedon, by Peter Green
Wisdom and Innocence (G.K. Chesterton), by Joseph Pierce
The Reckoning (Christopher Marlowe), by Charles Nicholl
Life of Patrick Henry, by William Wirt
We were discussing these on the other thread, and someone called Cormac McCarthy's "Border Trilogy" a quest novel, but it's really not. It's Literature, big L. Try it, you'll never be the same.
All the Pretty Horses
City of the Plain = trilogy.
"Quest" here is a category, not a series. Any fiction or nonfiction with a hero(es) on a journey of discovery. "Huckleberry Finn" is an example; Jim is in search of freedom, and Huck is in search of adulthood (in effect.)
I have also been reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., PhD.
I thought sandalwood was referring to the series authored by Barbara Hambly.
No problem. Barbara Hambly is writing one of my favorite historical mystery series, about a free black doctor in 1830's New Orleans.
The last two bios I read were last spring and summer, and both were on Reagan. One was "When Character Was King", I think, by Peggy Newnan. The other was by Mike Deavers..? Both were good.
I like John Grisham -- but I read his all in one sitting, so it gets expensive to buy them.
The most recent book I've read was by Cassandra King (Pat Conroy's wife) -- "The Same Sweet Girls." It was just okay.
Tanniker, thank you so much for taking this on. Looks like there is a very enthusiastic response, kudos to you!
I am okay with biographies on this thread --- which is this week's thread.
Next week, I would like the "Quest" genre. That means people could discuss LOR, and any other quest boos.
My third choice of genre is 'relationship'novels; that would include anything from Jane Austin to White Oleander.
Each time my wife and I go to Australia, we bring back Aussie historical novels; two of the best I have read are by Evan Green, Kalinda and Adam's Empire, a two book series.
I had to buy Kalinda from used book section on Amazon, prices all the way up to $107US per copy.
No, 'quest books' as in a genre, which would include everything from the Odessy to Lord of the Rings. --- heroes on a quest. Or anti-heroes or heroines on a quest.
But it is still a 'quest' type novel. Young hero on a search for something, self or treasure or whatever, strikes out into unknown lands,etc.
Pretty Horses is a masterpiece.
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