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    Almost halfway through The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. I'm liking it thus far.

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter’s abilities.

    But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra’s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola’s reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra’s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art.

    The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain’s most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InigoMontoya View Post


    He's great, but John D. MacDonald is my fave author ever and he's even in the FL hall of fame. Hiaasen wrote the intro to his books when they were reprinted a few years ago, the Trav series. I am not kidding you, I was in Ft. Lauderdale a week or so ago visiting a friend, and she took me by Bahia Mar marina. We had lunch and gave a toast to Travis McGee.
    I practically grew up at Bahia Mar, I was there most weekends at the beach.
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    Game of Thrones

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    Game of Thrones? Never heard of it.......


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    A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik. It's about a Liberian refugee dealing with her trauma while wandering homeless in Greece.

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    Great Expectations

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    The Golem and the Jinni. Not a difficult read but a fun story so far.

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    I've been downloading free books like crazy since eReader IQ Daily and Amazon worked out their differences. Some clunkers, but also some gems to be found, and it's great that eReader offers the ability to tailor the daily newsletter of bargain and free reads to a reader's genre preferences.

    eReaderIQ | The Easier, Faster, Smarter Way to Kindle!
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    Finished reading the mortal instruments ... Fucking kill me. I am going to hurt my cousin a lot since she recommended them to me. I don't think I will carry on with the 4th one. The books just got progressively worse.

    I think Game of Thrones may be next for me in terms of what to read next. Or re-read of Hunger Games/Harry Potter. Not sure yet.

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    gods without men, by hari kunzru.
    i'm about 2/3 or the way through and can't put it down. great novel so far, intertwining stories centred around one place, beautifully written. i've read a couple of his books before and already liked him a lot but this one is really blowing me away so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blah_blah_blah View Post
    Finished reading the mortal instruments ... Fucking kill me. I am going to hurt my cousin a lot since she recommended them to me. I don't think I will carry on with the 4th one. The books just got progressively worse.

    I think Game of Thrones may be next for me in terms of what to read next. Or re-read of Hunger Games/Harry Potter. Not sure yet.
    I liked the couple from the Mortal Instruments series that I read, but had to take a break from the series so haven't gotten to book 5 yet.

    Cannot recommend GoT enough! As a friend who recommended them told me, "Don't get attached to any one character." I found GRRM to be really verbose in places so would skip chunks and then flip back if a plot development occured and I'd skipped the back story. I think it was book 3 that was my least fave, and the one I skipped a lot of -- lots of lateral movement rather than plot advancements -- seemed more of a set up for books 4 and 5.

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    But I love Aria, just freakin love her. Maybe that's why I've been reluctant to start the books. They've been on my Amazon wish list a very long time.
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    Oh man that series is regurgitating the same old shit. And its a rip off of other books and it was partially based on her Harry Potter fiction - I can't stand Cassandra Clare because of the shitstorm during her fanfic days especially with the plagiarism and bullying that went on. But I cant help love the fact her movie is flopping hard big time.

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    Well I wiki'd the 4th book and 5th, I don't know how many I read the plot for and I'm glad I'm not going to continue. My cousin told me to stick with it but the supposed incest really turned me off. And they didn't even find out til the end of the 3rd book they're not related, which really irritated me. But the plot just seems to get more stupid as the series goes on and I love reading and I'm not wasting on garbage which irritates me.

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    If fictional incest bothers you, you should avoid: Middlesex, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The God of Small Things, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Mists of Avalon, The Pillars of the Earth, The Secret History, The Bible, et al..............
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