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#61 mel2

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 07:35

Yesterday, with much relief I finished The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter.
Beautiful prose and lots of layers to it. I can see why she is so well regarded (and the cover was lovely, too.)

But what a grim tale!
Picking it up to read each time reminded me of duty, time-warped visits to still-alive ancestors; not without fascination and in some ways comforting, but still a thing to be dreaded ahead of the event.
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Posted 20 September 2018 - 15:59

I'm currently reading Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado and Work, Rest & Play: A report on how virtual reality will impact everyday lives by Marc Ambasna-Jones.


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Posted 20 September 2018 - 16:13

Reading Billy Budd, a short story by Herman Melville, later set as an opera by Benjamin Britten


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Posted 21 September 2018 - 10:26

Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim - a book about Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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Posted 21 September 2018 - 14:00

The Aspie Girl's Guide to Being Safe with Men: The unwritten safety rules no-one is telling you by Debi Brown


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Posted 24 September 2018 - 14:18

Biography of John Ogden by Charles Beauclerk. It's really very interesting!


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Posted 24 September 2018 - 15:00

Indeed, a good read.  I read it about a year ago. Never knew he went through all those problems.


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Posted 24 September 2018 - 15:52

I quite fancy a good biography at the moment - preferably about someone musical. Any suggestions, please?

 

Edit: I might have read the John Ogden if it had been available in Kindle format to feed my nocturnal reading habit. wacko.png


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Posted 24 September 2018 - 17:54

... Misterioso, you suddenly reminded me of a book I read as a teenager; albeit autobiography rather than biography, and focussed on the author's adventures rather than his whole life. "Baroque Tricks" by Ralph Downes. It would probably read as very dated nowadays, but I remember it as a refreshing book, a new adventure in how its author looked at music past and present, in the context of organ design and building. Unfortunately it's now £246.20 on Amazon for a used copy(*)

 

(* I'd stretch to £246 if it were in good conditions, but it's the final 20p that does it for me. Too expensive).

 

Beed reading Eva Ibbotson, "Magic Flutes", which she conceived as an adult book, but which has been successfully marketed as teenage-girl-fiction. It's atmospheric, with touching insights into personalities in a world none of us can experience. She is a writer of the first order.


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Posted 24 September 2018 - 18:03

(* I'd stretch to £246 if it were in good conditions, but it's the final 20p that does it for me. Too expensive).

 

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I wonder if it might just be available from a second-hand bookshop - or is that covered by Amazon? Actually, I'm trying to boycott Amazon as much as possible.

 

Magic Flutes sounds quite intriguing, though....


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Posted 27 September 2018 - 08:40



 



(* I'd stretch to £246 if it were in good conditions, but it's the final 20p that does it for me. Too expensive).

 

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I wonder if it might just be available from a second-hand bookshop - or is that covered by Amazon? 

 

It's available on Abe Books. For buying new, Hive and Wordery are the best alternatives to Amazon. :)


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Posted 27 September 2018 - 09:01

AbeBooks is owned by Amazon, just so as you know...


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Posted 27 September 2018 - 20:24

AbeBooks is owned by Amazon, just so as you know...

 

Thank you Maisie, good to know, I had no idea .....


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Posted 27 September 2018 - 22:24

Just finished The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker. Rather gory, but it was a good read.


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Posted 27 September 2018 - 23:10

Just finished The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker. Rather gory, but it was a good read.


On my wish-list.

Currently enjoying The Bees by Lallina Paull. (Or something like that). It seems at this early stage to be describing some sort of N. Korea-type totalitarian state.
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