Read a good book lately?

jovialmo

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Just put “Devil’s Food” by Kerry Greenwood (author of the Phryne Fisher mystery novels) on hold at the local library.

As well as the Phryne Fisher series Greenwood wrote a series about Corinne who lives above her bakery Earthly Delights used to be an accountant and is a bit of a sleith as well as a baker. No crap about her being better than the Police force and its resources etc. The accounts are lively and interesting with some nice plot twists and turns and told from the first person. Oh, and there are recipes at the end of the book for the unusual breads featured in the story—you don’t see that in a mystery novel too often!

Are they great literature etc? No, but they are enjoyable and you will want to read them more than once—what else can we ask of a book?

I have been a naughty boy over the nearly two weeks this middle ear problem kept me bed bound. As well as buying two pieces of fat lava art pottery and a Bloor Derby (early 1800s) porcelain tea cup and saucer I bought two Wodehouse books (Jeeves and Wooster) and “To Kill a Mockingbird” of which I saw and loved the film. Three brand new books $28 incl postage from the UK. (I should have kept the money to go towards my house. Ah well, being bedbound I couldn’t spend so still OK :roll :bgrin (bed bound—can’t fall when lying in bed! Walk to ’loo or bathroom meant finding handholds, walking outside meant using Mum’s walker or a walking stick and walking was exhausting!
 

SethBullock

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I'm almost done with this book.

The title is a little misleading. It is not primarily about Special Forces raids, weapons, accounts of battles ... that sort of thing.

This book is about a small, exclusive intelligence group that uses high tech methods and very low tech (old fashioned, dangerous,) methods of intelligence collection that are used in advance of a Special Forces operation. The author tracks the history of this unit from its inception to the publish date of 2011.

It is fascinating reading.

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Lols

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Aah..... can’t resist.... I just had to go and buy another cook book today didn’t I :headscratcher3
Well these book stalls that are in centre lanes at shopping centres, only $7 each!
Beautiful book with traditional Italian deserts.
 

johnsmith

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I recently re-read a book called 'The Glass Castle'. Autobiography about a girl and her siblings growing up in a dirt poor, nomadic (at least for part of their lives) lifestyle with an alcoholic father and eccentric mother.
It's actually pretty inspiring to know that they got to where they ended up in life after having started with what they had.

I didn't realise until a few minutes ago that it had been made into a movie. I'll have to try and find it to watch tonight although I'm always disappointed with movies if I've read the book first.
 

pinkeye

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Yes me too.

Just read a book, set in London in the 1470's . An excellent historical mystery, the significant characters are mostly royals or nobles, with the central character the Countess Margaret Beaufort of Richmond. These are real historical figures set in fictitious circumstance. She was the Mother of Henry Tudor, later to become Henry VII. The Countess was a formidable but apparently weak opponent, whose loyal retainers were deployed brilliantly.. they all loved her, and her Welsh connections , all swore their fealty to her House.

She isn't the actual major figure in the books, more the source. Her henchmen and their actions are the major focus and various assorted religious and soldiers and villains show us a truly awful reality.

The books are well-written and the prose can be compelling.. but it is the the sense of sheer chaos that strikes ME the most.
My goodness me....

It has apparently been said, by historians interested in high treason, royal machinations murders and mayhem, that one of her two most trusted supporters actually began a system of information gathering that later became what we now know as spying.

Fascinating.... London in the 1470's was an ugly place to put it mildly..
The House of York were in power, with King Edward the IV holding supreme power, having seen off the Lancastrians.

The book itself is the second in what I suspect will be an extremely interesting series.

Author Paul Doherty...

It is called
Dark Queen Waiting
A Margaret Beaufort Tudor mystery.


So fascinating, and it follows the first of the series ...
Dark Queen Rising.

This author knows his stuff. !!
 
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johnsmith

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I didn't realise until a few minutes ago that it had been made into a movie. I'll have to try and find it to watch tonight although I'm always disappointed with movies if I've read the book first.

Found the movie and watched it. Stars Woody Harrelson, who does the part justice. Surprisingly, the movie was pretty true to the book. A rare accordance these days.
 

Lols

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I was in Harbourtown today (finally got a sunny day since being up here in Qld after all that rain!)
Went to get a boost juice, and saw a book store, packed with people, everything $3......
Couldn’t help myself !
One nifty package I bought, was reflexology, with socks included, with designs of all the various body parts related to that part of the feet.
Honestly how do they make money with overhead upkeep with so many different books of all shapes and sizes all being $3?
Don’t think I’ve ever seen that type of cheap specials before.
I had to resist the cookery section! It was difficult though :smirk even though I lingered for ages in that section!
So I did the next best thing... went next door to a kitchen shop and bought stuff. :victory
 

HBS Guy

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Reflexology is great! I do not believe for a second the theory of it but our feet carry us everywhere, give them a massage and you really feel great all over!
 

HBS Guy

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Been buying kitchen stuff myself, including two Le Creuset cast iron + enamel pans usually over $500, these are under $300 and NOT made in China! Also a 11L ScanPan stockpot and a couple Global knives: a paring knife and a cleaver. Contemplating a pressure canner and a sauerkraut/kimchee fermenter.
 

HBS Guy

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To get back on topic, looking for a nice introductory book or two on landscape design.
 

Lols

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My workday ends at harbourtown. We should have caught up for a coffee.
That sounds like a plan!
Will do that next we are back up here:victory

We are leaving in morning to go back to Melbourne, and I just don’t want to go!
Even though it thundered and rained last night and today!
Looked at some houses on canals with boat ramps and pontoons.
Since last year, real estate here in Gold Coast have risen a lot! And rentals too!
After being so sluggish for quite some time, and even after the commonwealth games it didn’t take off.
In Melbourne too it’s gone crazy!
We will talk the talk about this area we know when we catch up John.
Cheers.
 

Lols

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So today, we went to that Crystal place near pacific fair shopping centre.... did the salt room therapy ....I think it helped with clearing my stuffy sinus a bit!
When I do some looking around their store afterwards, I see these books...cooking on salt blocks. Himalayan salt blocks.
How weird is that!
Anyone tried it?
 

HBS Guy

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Towards the end of WWII Dad and his fellow forced laborers were told the factory was transferring to somewhere near Magdeburg in a salt mine. Machines were moved there and since there were no further orders to the men they just tipped the machines over the edge to fall to the bottom of the mine. :)
 

johnsmith

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That sounds like a plan!
Will do that next we are back up here:victory

We are leaving in morning to go back to Melbourne, and I just don’t want to go!
Even though it thundered and rained last night and today!
Looked at some houses on canals with boat ramps and pontoons.
Since last year, real estate here in Gold Coast have risen a lot! And rentals too!
After being so sluggish for quite some time, and even after the commonwealth games it didn’t take off.
In Melbourne too it’s gone crazy!
We will talk the talk about this area we know when we catch up John.
Cheers.
Real estate has gone absolutely nuts nuts. For the last 6 months, any property in my area has sold within the first week. Agents can't keep up with demand.
 
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