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What are you reading? 2018

Discussion in 'Members Hobbies' started by Dips, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Gail_68

    Gail_68 Beauty blooms in the garden as well as the heart.

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    @ARMANDII Multi tasker that's all I can say [​IMG] plus no comment on the books :dunno:
     
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      Never tried @Sheal and not about to :)
       
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        All books are down to personal choice, Sheal. But could you be afraid that what Bilbo said.......

        “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”

        might be true??:dunno::heehee:

        It's actually 3 books in one, Sheal, which divides the story into separate readable, but long, parts.
        There's humour, magic, evil, heroics, villains and worse, honour, and a lot of truth in the book. It, unfortunately, started off a trend in more books about Wizards, Magic, Dragons, etc, of greatly lesser quality and readability, by less Authors.:doh:
        But for me Lord of the Rings stands apart in it's writing quality, and the things it stands for. There's other books that J R R Tolkien wrote that tie into the whole story, some depicting the times before the tale of the Lord of the Rings, Bilbo's adventures with the Dwarves, the "road" just goes on and on, Sheal:snorky:
         
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          So, a case of............

          “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!"

          :dunno::whistle::heehee:
           
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            @ARMANDII [​IMG]:rasp:
             
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              That's something that annoys me with some books. I find more references are out of context than bad spellings nowadays. Although the book I read the other week that was quite interesting had a few glaring errors.

              It's a crime novel called The Yard and is about murders in London and the start of what is now known as the Murder Squad. It has a lot of detail about London in the 1880s and most of the language and slang is good.

              The first repetitive annoyance is the spelling of words ending in 'ise' where they always use 'ize'. This got me to the stage where I looked up the nationality of the author and, of course, he's American. So, obviously, the book was published in America but that doesn't provide an acceptable excuse for using American spellings for a book set in Victorian England.

              Then there's the use of words that were not used in England in those days. There were quite a few of them and a couple that I remember are 'morgue' (an American word of French origin whereas the English word was/is 'mortuary' - which started being used in the mid 19th Century as a replacement term for 'the dead house') and the word 'patsy' which only came into use in this country in the 20th Century. They should have used a British proof reader to help make it more authentic.

              A friend of mine, when he retired many years ago, found it difficult living on a state pension and looked around for some part time work. He wasn't up to much physical work and was definitely not a sociable person (suffered personality change after a brain injury when he was knocked down by a car) and becoming a proof reader was ideal for him. He got to read books (which he loved) and didn't have to meet people but still got paid. He used to tell me about some of the horrendous mistakes that were made although the text had first been put through spelling and grammar software.
               
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                One of my bug bears too!

                @Gail_68 I toddled into Waterstones today and the chap that served me there was very helpful. I've come away with 'The Last Highlander' (Simon Fraser - Lord Lovat) written by Sarah Fraser. I suspect that the author is a descendant but I'll find out in due course. I seem to remember reading the reviews of this book on Amazon and one quoted that parts weren't historically correct. That said I'll start reading and make up my own mind. The text is tiny, think I'll need a magnifying glass! :)
                 
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                  I've remembered another couple of Americanisms in the book The Yard set in Victorian London.

                  It mentioned a few times about people being on the 'first floor' when it was the ground floor :rolleyespink: and a few of the heroes were carrying Colt pistols when the police force in London was issued with Webley pistols. Minor points but lazy editing.
                   
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                  • Gail_68

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                    @Sheal Yes I saw it on Amazon to buy and I think she would be historically correct, as I was looking in to her earlier today, she married in to the family twice..first hubby Kit Fraser and 2nd Hubby she married in 2010 Kim Fraser (Uncle of current Lord Lovat)...she studied the history of the family, also learnt Gaelic and who better for the history of the family her hubbies and she's also a Royal Subject plus she has children by them...you'll find these links interesting, if you haven't already seen them :)

                    Writer Sarah Fraser's royal subject

                    Interview: Sarah Fraser, author of The Last Highlander

                    I forgot to mention I've read highlander romance books with the frasers involved, don't ask me which ones as my collection goes over a 1000 :whistle:
                     
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                      As members will probably realise when I posted the title of the last thing that I wrote, I'm not really into reading novels.

                      At present, I'm reading a book called "Painting with Light" by John Alton. Some of the content is directly applicable to the garden lighting project I'm planning, mentioned elsewhere on here.
                       
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                      • Gail_68

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                        @Sandy Ground I really hope it goes well for you..reading on the best way for lighting and the planning...come summer add a few pic's mate if you don't mind :)
                         
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                        The Last Highlander sounds interesting. I refer to my earlier comment about books written by descendants.its likeLy to be biased. Even so it is a fascinating era of history and I,m sure it’s a good read.

                        I read a book about the highland clearances. That was a good read. Also a book about Donald Cameron aka The Gentle Lochiel. A short book but equally interesting.

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                          @Jack Sparrow It seems that you seem to like these books a lot more mate :dbgrtmb:
                           
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                          @Gail_68 These book are all non fiction about a period of history I’m interested in. I use to drive a coach to Scotland and I was able to present what I learned. Now I no longer have that outlet, the knowledge is of no use to me. I still have all my reference books, all my notes and all my props in boxes in the shed.

                          I tried to read Waverley by Sir Walter Scott. I found that instead of telling the story, Scott tries too hard to tell you how clever a writer he is. Needless to say. I didn’t get very far.

                          I did sometimes use books as props. If I could I would quote directly from a book.

                          Waverley Rail Station in Edinburgh is named after the book. The eponymous character is completely fictitious.

                          :snorky:

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                            @Jack Sparrow You must miss what you used to do but at least you have some knowledge of the history :thumbsup:...I know my books are fiction but the authors still have to do detail of the places history and people and I love the history in with the story also :)
                             
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