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I love Tracy Chevalier and I have been meaning to read Remarkable Creatures!


I always think I'd like to participate in a Slaves discussion, but I find I cannot commit to any reading in advance. I do have a copy of Angel, so if it ends up being the one, and the stars align in my reading life, I may join in.


I do hope we get more votes and participants for the Slaves reading. Thanks for the reminder about Muriel Spark week! Shockingly, I've never read The Prime of Miss JB so this might be a good time.

I thought Remarkable Creatures was pretty lame ("flat" and "stilted," I believe, were among the words I chose when I reviewed it).


I'm so excited that Helen Macinnes' books will be reissued. Fantastic!


If you need help with the Muriel Spark - I know for sure you would love The Girls of Slender Means. I liked it far better than Miss Brodie even.
I haven't started Tracy Chevalier but Rmm has and feels like Rohan. ... Oh je... We will see.
I'll have to have a look at the Slaves' list. There are often such intriguing titles and many on my piles.
Tony has already read Coventry and will do abackground post for the readalong (he is from Coventry, not sure you knew). He was not blown away but liked it well enough. That's not bad coming from him.
Btw. I browsed a few Thomas Hardy's yesterday and got stuck on The Trumpet Major. It has such a wonderful beginning.


Oh my goodness Rmm was meant to be "Emma". Why do I NEVER read before pressing "post". I'm so sorry.


When the Slaves did Spark and decided to read an extra one in addition I read Far Cry from Kensington. I liked it quite a lot if that helps you decide which one to choose :) I know all about how being on the computer warps time. I hope you got to have a pleasant evening reading!


I really enjoyed Coventry so if you like it as much as I did then don't hesitate to read The Lost Garden. As for the Spark read-along, A Far Cry From Kensington is wonderful...I'm about halfway.


I loved Remarkable Creatures & hope you'll like it, too!

Chekhov really is THE master of short story writing! This one is one of my favorites: (My knowledge of "horsey" names in English being somewhat limited, I cannot say anything of the hilarity of the English translation. The Finnish version was very, very funny :))

Andrew Blackman

Hi Danielle
Found your blog through Caroline's mention of you in her 7x7 post, and am glad I did. Lost of good stuff here. You are certainly busy with the reading and the challenges! If you want to read more short stories this year, I would highly recommend Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida, edited by Robert Chandler. It has a good Chekhov story, plus a lot more, from Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Turgenev, Solzhenitsyn, Bulgakov, etc etc. I loved it so much I reviewed each story individually -- have linked to it below in case you're interested.


Stephanie--I've read a number of her books and was reading each as it was released, but the last few I've missed. I'd like to catch up on all her books and will start here. :)

Teresa--You are always welcome to join whenever the mood strikes--and no need to plan ahead. Maybe it will work out that you're reading the same things as the slaves at about the same time!

Rohan--It has been quiet lately online I've noticed. I think spring is a hard time for people as there is so much going on, but hopefully there will still be plenty of people interested in reading. To bad about the Chevalier--I've not read any of her books in a while, so I'll be curious to see what I make of it. I've been looking forward to reading it since it came out. And I have yet to choose which Muriel Spark to read--we read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for the slaves as a matter of fact! :)

Bibliolathas--I was excited to hear that as well! :)

Caroline--I'm going to pull out both The Girls of Slender Means and a Far Cry From Kensington this weekend--will try and read them both as I think they are fairly short. they both sound so good I hate to choose one over the other! I plan on starting the Chevalier this weekend--I tend to be a pretty forgiving reader so I think I will like it, but we'll see how it goes! I'd love to hear what Tony has to say about Coventry since he lived there--I'll have to look for photos of the cathedral. Those reading dates are all creeping up, aren't they?! I've not heard of Hardy's The Trumpet Major--is that a full length novel? I may have to put Far from the Madding Crowd on the back burner this well while I work on the books I mentioned here in this post! Busy, busy!

Stefanie--Good to hear that--I am going to read Far Cry, and it does indeed sound good. Now I can't wait to start. Here I am working away late tonight in the hope that I can keep away from the computer tomorrow! :)

Darlene--I'll have to go and search for your post now--I'll be starting it very soon. I've got another book or two by her on my reading pile as a matter of fact. And maybe I'll start with A Far Cry and then move on to The Girls of Slender Means. So many good books to read!

Tiina--I have heard mostly good things about the Chevalier--it sounds like something I'd like very much. I'm sure I'll post here when I read it. And thanks for the link. I loved The Duel and have his book of early short stories to read. I know he has been called the master of the short story, so it will be a treat to read him. And funny is always good.

Andrew Blackman--Thanks very much for dropping by. I am certainly never at a loss for something good to read. There are too many good books out there and it's always fun to read along with a friend or two and be able to discuss the book. I am always in the mood for more short stories. Thanks for the suggestion--I'm going to add it to my wishlist (and see if my library has it). I'll have to go and take a peek at your series of posts, too. It sounds like a good collection of stories.


The Trumpet Major is Hardy's only historical novel. It's about a young woman caught between three men, two are soldier in the army, it's the time of the Napoleonic Wars. I think it is Guy's favourite.


Caroline--I had no idea. I will have to look the book up as I like historical novels and I like the sound of this story. I bet it's on Project Gutenberg, so I'll look there first. Thanks for the heads up. (Not that I can read it anytime soon, but it's good to have it on my radar for later).


Thanks for the info about the Macinnes reissues. I've never read her but I've been intrigued by your mentions of her books. I'll look forward to giving her a go.


Danielle, yesterday I downloaded the complete works of Thomas Hardy including the plays, poems and critical works about him by D.H. Lawrence and others plus many illustrations for 2$. That should be available for you as well, no? I love the idea that I can now read the beginning of all of his books and then decide which one to read.


Lyn--I was excited to see that the MacInnes books are being reissued. My library has quite a few of her books, but not all of them, and I think I'd like to own them as they are enjoyable reads! I think you'd like her, too!

Caroline--I'll have to look. Sometimes books offered for Kindle are not the same as for Nook. Do you know who the publisher was? I'll have too look at B&N, though I think I can get a lot of Hardy's works for free on project gutenberg--they would just be individual downloads. It is nice to get them in one group! I will have to wait on continuing with Far from the Madding Crowd as this week I need to concentrate on Coventry and the other books I mention in my post! Once again this month as gone by too quickly!


I had a look, it's Delphi Classics I donwloaded. They have a huge choice of classic authors and all of their work in one download.


Caroline--Thanks--I'll look for Delphi Classics. Maybe they can be loaded into Nooks, too. I know there are collections on B&N as I have seen full collections by people like Agatha Christie. And you can't beat the price of classics either!

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