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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series are excellent.
    I'm a compulsive Discworld fan. I'm particularly keen on Nanny Ogg.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post

    Just to comment something more modern, let's say from the 1990s onwards, I like a lot Connie Willis. Particularly "Doomsday Book", "Passage" (my favorite) and the recent "Blackout".
    Just finished "Passage. I enjoyed it, thanks.
    Natalie

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    Great.

    I was really engaged by the Joanna's character, and the way she handled herself with her friends and patients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I'm a compulsive Discworld fan. I'm particularly keen on Nanny Ogg.
    I rather like Perdita X Dream myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    I rather like Perdita X Dream myself.

    "Inside every fat girl is a thin girl and a lot of chocolate."


    I can relate to that.
    Natalie

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    Pratchett writes with such beauty.
    And when you read his characters, especially Ogg and Vimes, you get the sense that Pratchett's personality and convictions are speaking to you through those characters.
    And he always has these beautiful, frozen moments in time in books that leave you a little awestruck. Like in Feet of Clay or Reaper Man or Carpe Jugulum.
    And I personally think his Tiffany Aching series are head and shoulders over the Harry Potter series.
    Harry Potter is good, mind you. Well written, well plotted, solid characters. But Pratchett really uses his books as vehicles to really examine reality, to question establishments, to view the world from a different lens.
    There might not be another like Pratchett for a while. He's truly one in a million.

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    I'm a compulsive Discworld fan. I'm particularly keen on Nanny Ogg.

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    I've just read this, and since I love historical books I loved this one! It's about Vivaldi and two sisters growing up in Venice. One is a singer and the other one is a violinist whose teacher was Vivaldi. It's about living in Venice then, about music, love and making Vivaldi's master-piece...=) http://www.amazon.com/The-Four-Seaso.../dp/1401309267

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    Quote Originally Posted by Operabug View Post
    I've just read this, and since I love historical books I loved this one! It's about Vivaldi and two sisters growing up in Venice. One is a singer and the other one is a violinist whose teacher was Vivaldi. It's about living in Venice then, about music, love and making Vivaldi's master-piece...=) http://www.amazon.com/The-Four-Seaso.../dp/1401309267
    Lovely. Just ordered it from the library.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    If you are a middle-aged SF fan, it's difficult you won't love this one:

    This was priceless. Not only am I a middle-aged SF fan, but like the narrator I found myself in the 70s,aged 15, going to an English boarding school (from Switzerland, not Wales) and being very much an outsider, and taking refuge in the local bookshop.
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    I'm currently reading John Templeton's "Discovering Laws of Life". It's not fantasy, but I like it very much... And from fantasy books the last one I read was "The love is stronger than a sword", by Andrey Legostaev.

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    I am now reading "Freddy and Fredericka" by Mark Helprin.

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    I've just finished source of Verdi's Luisa Miller today, Schiller's play: Kabale und Liebe. Interesting to see how librettist changed stuff. He much ennobled Luisa's father who in the play is more of decent simpleton than "I was a soldier... tremble..." kind of man we get in the opera. Then there is no Lady Milford, instead we get simplified enforced bride, Frederica and dare I say, sir librettist, by cutting Lady Milford off the picture you deprived Verdi of material for perhaps the best scene in his opera, that could be the real thing instead of this O LA LA LA WE USED TO PLAY TOGETHER AS KIDS BUT I LOVE OTHER HEN SO SORRY MA'AM duettino we get.

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    The Sorrows of Young Werther. Amazingly, this is the first time I have read it. I am finding the main character far more interesting than he is on stage, while Lotte is much livelier in the book. I think the librettist must have taken her vivacity and transferred it to Sophie. And many scenes in the book that one would think are a natural for stage representation, the librettist did not use at all. I am enjoying it very much.

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    I'm not a big fan of 20th century history, but this book was a really good reading:


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    I have been reading Gay Talese's Honor Thy Father, which is a book about New York Bonanno crime family in the 1960s.
    It's pretty good.

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