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Subject: Geraldine Brooks
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 4:18 PM ET
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I justdiscovered her and am looking forward to her newest book. Which was your favorite ofhers?

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:11 PM ET
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Oh, I just loved A Year of Wonders. 

March was very good, too, but then, we're real Civil War enthusiasts.  (Oh, that sounds awful.  But how else should I say it?  Civil War fans?)  And I love Louisa May Alcott and that time is so interesting...

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 8:22 PM ET
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I've only read two:  Year of Wonders  and Nine Parts of Desire .   Both were awesome.

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 11:50 AM ET
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Year of Wonders-FANTASTIC!  Wonderful!  Could not put down!

March-IMO started out kinda slow, but then got much better-enjoyed it very much.

I think she has a new one out too besides Nine Parts...?  Looking forward to what she does next!

Did I mention Year of Wonders?  :o)

Date Posted: 1/22/2008 2:00 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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Bonnie, you are so funny.  And have you noticed that over the years, we tend to frequently post we like or dislike the same books?  Hmmm.  As for March, I kind of agree on slow at the start, there was a niggling of I should just go on to something else, and then, minutes later, I was hooked.

Now, what is this about Nine Parts???  I am going to do a search right now.

ETA:  Could this be what you were wondering about?  It was from 2005.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781417953387-Romances+of+Colonial+Days



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Date Posted: 1/22/2008 10:02 PM ET
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I've read March and Year of Wonders and both are excellent reads. I have Nine Parts.. on my WL

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 6:23 PM ET
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I read all of "Year of Wonders" and loved it (except the ending was a bit of a stretch).  Tried reading "March", but never could get into it and didn't finish the story.  I must have stopped right before it would have hooked me.  Hadn't heard of Nine Parts...but I have her new hardback on my WL.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:31 PM ET
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I've only read "March" but it was good (as others said, a bit slow to start)

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 1/24/2008 4:29 AM ET
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A Year if Wonders had me hooked from the beginning, but I am a plague freak. (Gee Bonnie, being a Civil War enthusiast doesn't sound so bad now, does it. ;)  I am just starting March, but it may get upsurped by a new book I just received...

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 10:52 AM ET
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No, L!  Enthusiast doesn't sound all that bad after reading your post.  But, we aren't only plague freaks, I've noted.  There are the other tragedies, such as The Children's Blizzard, just to name one...  Actually, I became "interested" in the plague since that old romance novel (before they were even called that, I think), Forever Amber! 

 

Subject: Geraldine Brooks
Date Posted: 1/29/2008 10:53 PM ET
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A Year of Wonder...what a wonderful read.!  Very atmospheric ! Thanks , all ,for the discussion  of Nine Parts of Desire...hadn't heard of that one...must rush away to add it to my wish list!

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 7:55 PM ET
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I just got her new book "People of the Book" this afternoon at my library. (I can't tell you how much fun it is to buy books with other people's money!  I LOVE my job!!) 

Year of Wonders was fantastic; March was good. 

Have you plague enthusiasts read "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis?  It's one of my all time favorite novels!

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 8:27 AM ET
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LOVED Year of Wonders, was my first exposure to her, then tried March and just....could.....not......do.......it.  Bored me to death...when books don't have much conversation between people, I get bored quickly,   And I can't remember the title of her new one, but have read the cover twice and it just doesn't sound interesting.  It sucks because I liked Year of Wonders so much!

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 8:33 AM ET
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Vicky, I will look into Doomsday right now.  Thanks for yet another recommendation.  I've been enjoying it when you pop into threads.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 9:32 AM ET
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Brandy~That's what I find so interesting about Brooks--the fact that all her books seem so different.  On the other hand, it doesn't mean they will all be equally likable. 

Bonnie~Thanks for the warm welcome!  We seem to have some similar tastes, which is always nice.  And to be able to talk about books?  Well....that's another reason why I love my job, and why I lurk around here! ;)  Let me know if you try Doomsday.  She is my favorite author.  I know she's not everyone's cup of tea..but that makes life interesting!

Vicky

 



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 2:31 AM ET
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Vicky, I have read Doomsday Book - loved it!!  I love anything having to do with plagues - dunno why, but they fascinate me.  I will have to check out your booklist! (I don't list books any longer - I buy credits.  Don't really have time to shop and mail any more).

Bonnie, I haven't read "Forever Amber" and you are right about the interest in mass tragedies.  Plus, I simply have to like you because you like Pulp Fiction as much as I do. ;) "I don't be ticklin or nothin!" (Just watched it again for the umteenth time, by the way - still seeing new stuff!

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 8:15 AM ET
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L,  I loved Doomsday, and I love Connie Willis.  So you obviously won't find her on my bookshelf! In fact, my bookshelf is a mish-mash of stuff: romances are my daughter's, and some things that were just hanging around.  Most of the books I add are wishlisted and disappear immediately!  If I ever get a chance to read some this month...I'm going to have a bunch to add.

I enjoy plagues, myself, never having experienced one. And Bonnie...Owen Parry!!  I just got his entire Abel Jones series (here, of course) and they are on the top of my TBR pile!  I read his collection of Civil War Christmas stories and fell in love.  I live about two miles from one of Robert E. Lee's campgrounds near Cheat Mountain. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 4:30 PM ET
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Both Year of Wonders and March were very good, but I preferred Year of Wonders.  My book group just read March and we all liked it.  We also all felt like slapping Mr. March.

Bonnie, if you're a Civil War enthusiast (junkie? nerd?), you're probably aware of Confederates in the Attic, by Ms. Brooks's husband Tony Horwitz.  I own it but haven't read it yet.  It's a humorous look at how the Civil War really isn't over for some Southerners.  I read an interview with Brooks where she was chuckling about getting dragged around to all these CW battlefields by her hubby.