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Topic: The Birth of Venus (Sarah Dunant)

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L. G. (L)
Subject: The Birth of Venus (Sarah Dunant)
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 3:30 PM ET
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Is this a good read?  I was able to pick it up in HC (excellent condition)  for a dime today! :D

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 5:14 PM ET
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I read it for Book Club, I liked it, didn't love it.  

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 7:24 PM ET
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I really enjoyed it.  Florence is my favorite place that I've ever visited, so I enjoyed the setting.  It is one of the top 3 or 4 books that I read last year.


Date Posted: 3/18/2008 8:56 PM ET
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I thought it was just okay too, actually I read it in skim mode because it was kind of boring me.  IMHO there's lots better historical fiction out there.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 9:49 PM ET
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Haven't read it yet but DANG where do you get hc for a dime?

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 10:25 PM ET
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I thought it was okay.  I didn't fall in love with it though.  The main character got on my nerves.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 5:04 AM ET
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Thanks for the input.  Our FOL has some great discounts sometimes. :)

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 12:56 PM ET
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I listened to it on CD while on a long car trip.  I was unimpressed.  I dind't hate it, but it's not something I would be in a hurry to tell all my friends about.

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Date Posted: 3/19/2008 4:05 PM ET
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I loved it, myself and was totally sucked into the story from the first sentence onward. I much preferred Birth of Venus to her more recent  book, In the Company of the Courtesan. I've got the HC of Venus on my keeper shelf...but I paid a lot more than a dime for mine! LOL


Date Posted: 3/25/2008 7:12 PM ET
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It was a pretty quick read for me.  Good beach book I think.