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 Forum: GIVEAWAYS   Topic: BOOKS: Giveaway - Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:39 pm 

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I have to say that I love whenever John Grey appears, but my favorite scene is from Lord John and the Haunted Soldier in the collection of stories in The Hand of Devils. It hinges on the point when Lord John's body finally ejects a piece of shrapnel from his body; the process of recovery transforms ...

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: BOTM April 2017: West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:29 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 557


I was a bit confused when I got the book from the library, as its sticker said "biography" but it read as a self portrait. I guess the library deems it as written by someone else, unless biographies and autobiographies are lumped in the same group? Yes, Biographies and autobiographies/mem...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: CLASSIC READ: 100 Years of Solitude - Chapter 11

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:16 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 246


With all those ghosts coming out of rooms or appearing in unwanted rooms, no wonder the ghosts of Melquiades and Prudencio wouldn't go away. I love Gabo's statement. "I write with absolute freedom." Indeed, he does. Great quote. One can tell that he was in love with words. He doesn't follo...

 Forum: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD Chapter Discussions   Topic: MOBY: Chapter 132: Will-O'-The-Wisp

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:05 pm 

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Thanks Vala for a great summary and including the explanation of the title's meaning. I would agree that Amaranthus would be a representative of the title's meaning. She seems quite elusive. Now you see her, now you don's, mostly we don't and haven't, but have some idea that she may exist, exist in ...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: CLASSIC READ: 100 Years of Solitude - Chapter 11

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:28 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 246


I'm listening to a great interview in which García Márquez tells about how he lived in a house full of women with only his grandfather among them. The interview is in Spanish for anyone who wants to listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FW4K2Npjlg called "La vida según..." Life accordin...

 Forum: BOOK of the MONTH   Topic: BOTM April 2017: West With the Night by Beryl Markham

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:56 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 557


They must have payed her high enough to lower her standards, and that really bothered me. If she could hunt an animal as intelligent as a human, would she hunt a human? I agree about the elephants being hunted. One could argue, as you do, that the greed of procuring the tusks outweighed the respect...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: One Hundred Days of Ineptitude

Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:15 am 

Replies: 5
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But, of course, the answer is both, for this tale is full of same-named evil men.
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 Forum: PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE: Group Chapter Discussions   Topic: DUNNETT: PiF: Spoiler - Foreshadow Thread

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:59 pm 

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All the connections can certainly make one's head spin. [quote="kiwijo":1ix7d75v]let's be generous and say the Crawfords were flexible and fraught![/quote:1ix7d75v]This comment is a gem. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laugh Out Loud" /><!-- s:lol: --> . In t...

 Forum: PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE: Group Chapter Discussions   Topic: DUNNETT: PiF: Ch. 28: Constantinople and Thrace

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:28 pm 

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Pagali, great summary. <!-- s:bow: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/notworthy.gif" alt=":bow:" title="Not Worthy" /><!-- s:bow: --> <!-- s:bow: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/notworthy.gif" alt=":bow:" title="Not Worthy" /><!-- s:bow: --> <!-- s:bow: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/notworthy.gif" alt=":bow:" ti...

 Forum: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD Chapter Discussions   Topic: MOBY: Chapter 131: A Born Gambler

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:45 pm 

Replies: 6
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Thanks for the great summary, Vala. Richardson: don't trust him. I think he is working for Richardson, no one else. He is biding his time and trying to figure out which side will win. At least that's what it looks like to me. I too am concerned about Richardson "knowing" about John. I'm no...

 Forum: PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE: Group Chapter Discussions   Topic: DUNNETT:PIF:CH 27:CONSTANTINOPLE:THE FRENCH EMBASSY

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:54 pm 

Replies: 48
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Lymond is more self-possessed now (certainly while he is awake), but his death wish is reasserting itself, which explains the promise Philippa exacts. This is at least the second time we have seen FC suicidal or close to it. Very disturbing to me that he would believe self-slaughter to be an accept...

 Forum: CLASSIC READ: One Hundred Years of Solitude   Topic: CLASSIC READ: 100 Years of Solitude - Chapter 11

Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:10 pm 

Replies: 23
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Thank you DLT for a wonderful and thorough summary. All the comments have been great. This chapter had some interesting highlights. Don't they all? I thought Aureliano's comment on becoming a family of quality was too funny. The conservatives are even too liberal. If it hadn't been for the Jubilee, ...

 Forum: PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE: Group Chapter Discussions   Topic: DUNNETT:PIF:CH 27:CONSTANTINOPLE:THE FRENCH EMBASSY

Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:16 pm 

Replies: 48
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Thank you Kiwijo on the frankincense explanation. I needed it to be spelled out. Like Philippa. :lol: I wasn't sure what to make of this either. "...the Somervilles were mad to a man." p. 459 I loved "I dream of Jeannie." I take it to mean that the Somervilles where quite unortho...

 Forum: PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE: Group Chapter Discussions   Topic: DUNNETT:PIF:CH 27:CONSTANTINOPLE:THE FRENCH EMBASSY

Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:21 pm 

Replies: 48
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Also, any information/elaboration on the following lines would be appreciated: Lymond said, 'Those who gather frankincese are dedicated unto divine honours, and use no carnal company with any woman. p. 457 This followed by how Philippa lies in blameless slumber. Then later when Jerott asks what he w...

 Forum: PAWN IN FRANKINCENSE: Group Chapter Discussions   Topic: DUNNETT:PIF:CH 27:CONSTANTINOPLE:THE FRENCH EMBASSY

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:11 pm 

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And anyway.... What does "wriggle up the bed" mean and what do feet have to do with it? Is it something like climb into bed in a sensual way? Is my question embarrasing? [emoji23][emoji23] Thanks for the question. I had no clue about that wriggling bit. Thank you again, Heather for anothe...
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