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October 15, 2004



Snicker. War on drugs, my Aunt Fanny. Anything by Deborah Crombie. Verry literate mystery. Also try Julia Spencer-Fleming, In the Bleak Midwinter is the first one.


I second the motion on Deborah Crombie. And I want the new Susan Howatch (it's called "Heartbreaker") for Christmas; I heartily recommend her entire "Church of England" series. That would take you a while to work through.... I recently finished Sena Jeter Naslund's "Ahab's Wife," which was a big seller a year or two back. Well written, but veeery strange -- and I didn't find the details of early 19th century life in Kentucky and New England entirely convincing. Oh, and there's a new Thursday Next, called "Something Rotten" -- as you might guess, Hamlet is involved. I heard Jasper Fforde on NPR reading a bit with Hamlet at Starbucks, trying to decide what kind of coffee to have -- hilarious. Have you looked at the Thursday Next Web site?


Right now, I'm reading "When Red Is Black" by Xiaolong Qiu (an interesting Chinese murder-mystery set post-Mao). I've been making up for lost time for one of my favorite hobbies, so I've read a lot especially mystery and biography. Among the things I've read that I highly recommend have been Arthur Golden's "Diary of a Geisha", Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's "The legend of fire horse woman", Anna Quindlen's books (all but the latest which I've not read), Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" taken with a handful of grains of salt of course, and Queen Noor's "Leap of Faith" (difficult but worthwhile). A confusing but different book I read recently was "The Time-Traveller's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. I'd be interested if anyone else reads it to know what you think. It's the author's first novel and a bit easy to get lost in but quite unique. I also like J.D. Robb novels which are easy reads and kind of fun (on the order of James Bond for women but with a female homicide detective instead of a spy) and good for de-stressing.


P.S. Anne got me started on J.D. Robb, much to John's dismay. I use my book light quite a lot for them...

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