I am an avid book reader with strong interest in history, military, children's lit, fantasy and of course, classics.
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- member since July 17, 2007
Choccy’s last login was Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Through some diabolical glitch at Shelfari I ended up with TWO accounts and could only sign in to the newly created one. So I've had to transfer all of my books and, more or less, start from scratch. In the process I've also lost all of my "friends" and "followers". I've tried to get Shelfari to correct the situation to no avail. They keep referring me to Amazon and the Amazon "help" people claim never to have heard of Shelfari. Hope you'll continue to "follow" me at my new location. Gunter
Hi - just wanted to explain that our nominations were already held and closed. We started voting on the nominations several days ago so I deleted the choice you added. My laziness...I edited the nominations thread instead of marking it closed and starting a new voting thread. I won't make that mistake again but please nominate your book next time. I think I have the same book by Alison Weir and would like to read some Tudor history in this group. Jan
Hi, Silvana--I never took ballet classes but loved this book. She does a great job of showing how ballet came into being and tracing the contributions that major choreographers, composers and dancers made to the art. Her section on Balanchine is really fine. Some nonfiction writers have a "plodding" style; she doesn't. Hope you like it, too! Leslie
aaagh... many apologies for not checking on my notes here for... 5 months!!!! Oh, I am so awful!!!!
Anyway--you asked about the latest Temeraire book...
Yes, I did finally read it. Some people weren't too happy with it. I could see what they meant in that the race across the outback was a bit odd (uneventful, painful, not fun). Reviewers were saying they didn't think Lawrence was changing much, but I think he was definitely changing in this book. Temeraire wasn't changing... but that's OK, since he's just cool as he is. So... the plot wasn't quite so involving, but I did like the character development and the interaction.
What did you think?
Sorry again for not responding for ages and ages!
The History Non-Fiction Group is voting for the Oct-Dec Quarterly Group read. We've had several interesting books nominated. Please take a look and vote if you'd like to join in.
Hello choccy. Wow they're fairly historical reads it seems that you are currently on. I bet you know a lot more than me about the Russian revolution. I think it's essential, to be able to understand Dr Zhivago, which I am struggling with. Loved the film though. Take care and happy reading my friend.
I just finished "Matterhorn" by Karl Marlantes. This is one I think you really might like--I thought it was terrific. It's about a Marine lieutenant in Vietnam, pretty much a fictionalized account of the author's own experience there. Really powerful, compelling. Confusing at times, because you're seeing almost all of it from his perspective. Gave me more of a sense of young kids in war than almost anything I've read. If you read it, I'd love to hear what you think. Take care, Leslie
Hi Choccy. Just thought you'd like to know that, in addition to the paperback and hardcover versions, my book "Weeds Like Us" is now available on KINDLE at www.amazon.com. It's also available on SONY READER. Other e-versions are coming soon! Best wishes, Gunter
Hi, Choccy--I'm fine, sort of. How are things with you? When I was in college, I took a course in Dostoyevsky and read quite a few of his works, including The Brothers K. I love his writing--a real favorite is "The Possessed." It's been quite a while ago, though, and I want to read Karamazov again.
It's funny that you are more interested in the works of western writers. Here in Canada, we have many fine writers, but I almost never gravitate towards them. Ironically, I prefer to read about life in more eastern regions! I love stories of India, China, Southeast Asia, Russia, Afghanistan, Japan and so on. Perhaps we are more intrigued but what we know less about.
I'm liking the story of The Count of Monte Cristo, but the writing is a little tedious. I have the abridged version, as well. I'm not terribly motivated to read it, but I hate to leave a book, especially a classic, unfinished. I see you're in Indonesia. Who are your national writers?