board77

The Last Homely Site on the Web
It is currently Tue 25 Sep , 2018 9:54 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 88 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed 22 Feb , 2017 11:33 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17269
Location: Canada
Does anyone know crime writer Donna Leon? I just came across her in this video where she discusses Rossini's Semiramde:



All of a sudden I want to read her books. Should I?

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2017 8:51 am 
A green apple painted red
User avatar

Joined: Thu 17 Mar , 2005 9:11 pm
Posts: 3369
Location: Out on the banks
I don't know her, but if you like her talk you'll probably like her writing.

_________________
GNU Terry Pratchett


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 23 Feb , 2017 2:14 pm 

Joined: Fri 10 Aug , 2012 4:42 pm
Posts: 1415
I'm pretty sure I read one of her books - a somewhat gritty, police procedural mystery set in Italy. It was well done, but not really my taste and I never read another.

_________________
It is this we learn after so many failures,
The building of castles in sand, of queens in snow,
That we cannot make any corner in life or in life's beauty,
That no river is a river which does not flow.

- Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar , 2017 6:24 pm 

Joined: Fri 10 Aug , 2012 4:42 pm
Posts: 1415
For anyone else who loved Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I just finished his novel The Graveyard Book and it has a similar feel. I thought it was excellent, well deserving of the awards it's received.

_________________
It is this we learn after so many failures,
The building of castles in sand, of queens in snow,
That we cannot make any corner in life or in life's beauty,
That no river is a river which does not flow.

- Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar , 2017 8:29 pm 
A green apple painted red
User avatar

Joined: Thu 17 Mar , 2005 9:11 pm
Posts: 3369
Location: Out on the banks
I loved The Graveyard Book. YouTube has videos of Gaiman reading it that are very good. He has such a rich voice.

_________________
GNU Terry Pratchett


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 15 Mar , 2017 11:15 pm 
of Vinyamar
User avatar

Joined: Mon 28 Feb , 2005 4:39 pm
Posts: 7855
Location: Ireland
Adding to my list

_________________
Image
These are my friends, see how they glisten...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 14 Dec , 2017 6:42 pm 

Joined: Fri 10 Aug , 2012 4:42 pm
Posts: 1415
Ursula LeGuin has a new nonfiction book out, No Time to Spare. I'm saving it for a post-Christmas treat, though I'm having a hard time not dipping into chapters like "Doggerel for My Cat" or "A Modest Proposal: Vegempathy," just out of curiosity to see what they're about.

One of her quotes On the absurdity of denying your age:
"If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub."

_________________
It is this we learn after so many failures,
The building of castles in sand, of queens in snow,
That we cannot make any corner in life or in life's beauty,
That no river is a river which does not flow.

- Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 03 Jan , 2018 3:26 pm 

Joined: Fri 10 Aug , 2012 4:42 pm
Posts: 1415
Update: I'm enjoying the LeGuin book, but apparently the little essays have been taken from her website blog. So it seems that you could get the same thing online.

I don't necessarily agree with her on everything, but her viewpoints are often interesting and sometimes novel. It's like having a casual talk with a refreshingly opinionated friend.

_________________
It is this we learn after so many failures,
The building of castles in sand, of queens in snow,
That we cannot make any corner in life or in life's beauty,
That no river is a river which does not flow.

- Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 05 Jan , 2018 1:44 am 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17269
Location: Canada
I just finished "Otherworld" by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I thought it might last me a week, but in the end, I couldn't put it down and finished it in a couple of days. It's actually the first of a trilogy - I hadn't realized that until I was most of the way through.

A lot of it takes place inside of a video game. Alatar, I think you might like this one a lot.

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 05 Jan , 2018 11:10 am 
of Vinyamar
User avatar

Joined: Mon 28 Feb , 2005 4:39 pm
Posts: 7855
Location: Ireland
Will check it out. I presume you've heard of "Ready Player One"?

_________________
Image
These are my friends, see how they glisten...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 05 Jan , 2018 12:14 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17269
Location: Canada
No, I've never heard of it. Is it good?

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 05 Jan , 2018 1:35 pm 
of Vinyamar
User avatar

Joined: Mon 28 Feb , 2005 4:39 pm
Posts: 7855
Location: Ireland
I actually haven't read it yet, but the Spielberg movie is out this year:


_________________
Image
These are my friends, see how they glisten...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 05 Jan , 2018 2:24 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Thu 03 Feb , 2005 2:39 pm
Posts: 7817
Location: MO
I've read it several times. It's great! And the trailer looks good, too. I might just go see that one on big screen. :love:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 10 Jan , 2018 3:55 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17269
Location: Canada
Former top judge Beverley McLachlin to become published novelist in May

Quote:
Simon & Schuster Canada says the debut novel, entitled Full Disclosure, is about a defence attorney who tries to unravel a web of secrets around the murder of a wealthy man's wife.


This is of particular interest to me because I used to be her piano teacher. I'll definitely be picking up a copy of this book when it comes out.

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat 20 Jan , 2018 11:09 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17269
Location: Canada
Just discovered Scottish author Val McDermid through her "A Place of Execution". If you like crime novels, this one is a real page-turner.

I went on to reserve a whole bunch of her books from my local library. I just hope they don't all come in at once...

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon 22 Jan , 2018 2:22 am 
The Grey Amaretto as Supermega-awesome Proud Heretic Girl
User avatar

Joined: Thu 24 Feb , 2005 3:46 pm
Posts: 19874
#booknerdproblems

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 24 Jan , 2018 8:25 pm 

Joined: Fri 10 Aug , 2012 4:42 pm
Posts: 1415
Chronological Index of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Blog. I don't know how much longer this will be up.
http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Blog-Index.html
None of the book contents are there, but there's a lot of other wonderful stuff, about her cat, and whether Prospero should have been changed to Prospera in a 2010 version of The Tempest (with Helen Mirren, and very much worth seeing, btw), and Donald Trump as a golem, and why Amazon has changed book publishing for the worse... and a lot more.

_________________
It is this we learn after so many failures,
The building of castles in sand, of queens in snow,
That we cannot make any corner in life or in life's beauty,
That no river is a river which does not flow.

- Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon 29 Jan , 2018 11:03 am 
Try to stay perky
User avatar

Joined: Wed 29 Dec , 2004 10:54 am
Posts: 2589
I've bookmarked it to work my way through. Thanks for the link!

Sent from a tiny phone keyboard via Tapatalk - typos inevitable.

_________________
Image

"Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not;
and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad." ~Robert C. Savage


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 23 Mar , 2018 12:32 pm 
Aspiring to heresy
User avatar

Joined: Wed 23 Feb , 2005 6:54 pm
Posts: 17269
Location: Canada
Any fans of Henry Treece here? Supposedly he was a well-regarded author of historical fiction, but the book I just finished doesn't really want me to check him out further.

Unless we have any die-hard fans here who think I should give him another try...

_________________
Image

Melkor and Ungoliant in need of some relationship counselling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 20 Apr , 2018 5:52 pm 
A green apple painted red
User avatar

Joined: Thu 17 Mar , 2005 9:11 pm
Posts: 3369
Location: Out on the banks
Saw this, and I think I'll read it.

Quote:
I'm saying this because I'm 1/3 of the way into @aliettedb's Tea Master and the Detective and she has absolutely *nailed* Holmes and Watson as Asian women in a distant future where one of them is a spaceship.


https://twitter.com/thebrainofchris/sta ... 4157004800

_________________
GNU Terry Pratchett


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 88 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group