Teaser Tuesdays – December 16, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

My book this week was the inspiration for the opera La Bohème. Publisher’s blurb:

Murger’s work is largely based on his own personal experiences as poor writer living at the time in a Parisian attic and his interactions with other friends who were as well poor and struggling artists including a musician, poet, sculptor, painter and philosopher. The group of friends share in common their need for food and shelter while struggling to become successful artists.

Bohemians of the Latin Quarter
(Scènes de la vie de bohème)
by Henry Murger

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What little money he picked up by his profession was spent in buying books. . . What he did with these books, so numerous that no man’s lifetime would have been long enough to read them, nobody knew, least of all, himself.

I am finding it quite a charming read once I struggled through the overly long Introduction. Perhaps the lengthy explanation of the term was necessary for readers at the time of publication in 1851, but the first two paragraphs should suffice for today’s readers. An English translation is available free in numerous formats from Project Gutenberg in addition to the original French.

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Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

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Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen on December 12, 1821. I’ve read several of his books including the one which is probably the best known, Madame Bovary. A number of years ago the French Literature group held an informal poll in which we listed our twenty favorite works by French authors. Madame Bovary was the only book which was included on everyone’s list. The English translation by Eleanor Marx-Aveling is available free in a choice of formats at Project Gutenberg or in audio from LibriVox.

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Teaser Tuesdays – December 9, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

White Fire
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
(Pendergast #13)

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“Perhaps she didn’t know that Holmes was a fictional detective, we only deal in non-fiction here. . . . . But there was a copy in there of Doyle’s diary–just a photocopy, unfortunately–and it made entertaining reading for an old man stuck in a thankless job in a dusty archive.”

Dust jacket blurb:

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who–with brutal precision–begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. . . . .

Drawn deeper into the investigation, Pendergast uncovers a mysterious connection between the dead miners and a fabled, long-lost Sherlock Holmes story–one that might just offer the key to the modern day killings as well.

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What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

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Teaser Tuesdays – December 2, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

The Lincoln Lawyer
by Michael Connelly

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I decided I would need to watch my back with Dobbs. I would keep him close but not that close.

The Lincoln Lawyer is the first book in Connelly’s Mickey Haller series. There are a lot of crossover characters in Connelly’s books. The second and third books of the Mickey Haller series are also part of the Harry Bosch series. I really enjoy it when various characters work together – or in opposition.

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Have you read any of Michael Connelly’s books? I’m not up to date but have read over a dozen among the various series.

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us? Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Friday Finds – November 28, 2014

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Friday Finds is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading to showcase books you recently found and added to your TBR (to be read) list. It doesn’t matter whether you found them free online, borrowed them from a library or purchased them. Anything and everything works.

My Friday Finds this time are the books I purchased during November.

This was one of the first mystery series I started reading back in the 80s. A couple of moves and being busy in general caused a lapse. These are the next two up for me:
Dead Midnight (2002) by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #21)
The Dangerous Hour (2004) by Marcia Muller (Sharon McCone #22)

One of the few mystery series with which I’m up to date:
Death of a Policeman (2014) by M. C. Beaton (Hamish Macbeth #30)

This is a new mystery series for me!
The Vanishing Thief (2013) by Kate Parker (Victorian Bookshop Mystery #1)

That’s the mystery series, now the others:
If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino (translated by William Weaver)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Share your Friday Finds with us! Please leave a comment with the link to your own Friday Finds post on MizB’s blog or here. If you don’t have a blog, you may share your Finds as a comment here anyway. We’d love to know what you found this week or this month.

Book Blog Name Tag

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Originating at the alwaysopinionatedgirl blog, I spotted it at Stefani’s Caught Read Handed blog and it looked like such fun, I just had to participate. All you have to do is list a character from a book for each letter in the name of your blog.

V – Vincent D’Agosta (Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
A – Agatha Raisin (series by M.C. Beaton)
U – Ursule Mirouet (Ursule Mirouet by Honoré de Balzac)
Q – Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo)
U – Uriah Heep (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens)
E – Evan Evans (series by Rhys Bowen)
R – Richard Hannay (The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan)

B – Benjamin January (series by Barbara Hambly)
O – Orabona (The Horror in the Museum by H.P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald)
A – Anna Pigeon (series by Nevada Barr)
R – Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown)
D – Dagny Taggart (Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand)
I – Ilse Freemantle (Duma Key by Stephen King)
N – Nathaniel Peaslee (The Shadow out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft)
G – Gervaise Coupeau (L’Assommoir by Émile Zola)

H – Hamish Macbeth (series by M.C. Beaton)
O – Owen Orient (series by Frank Lauria)
U – Ursule Macquart (The Fortune of the Rougons by Émile Zola)
S – Stephanie Plum (series by Janet Evanovich)
E – Etienne Lantier (Germinal by Émile Zola)

I’m not tagging anyone, but play along if you have time!

The Illustrated Omar Khayyam-Quatrain #38 The Last Dream To Plumb

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Another treat from Benny’s The Illustrated Omar Khayyam. I love most of Benny’s illustrations, but some grab my attention more than others. I found this one especially striking. Details about Benny’s new translation.

Originally posted on Bennythomas's Weblog:

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I repent the dream I lost in Time’s womb;

Perchance Life hides from me a dream to plumb:

Not satiated with the dream to come

Nor what on my skull in cipher writ: Tomb.

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Teaser Tuesdays – November 18, 2014

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

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Mine this week is from a Stephen King book. I saw many good mentions of Duma Key on various blogs and at Goodreads. The one that decided me to read it now was this one on Emma’s blog, BluChickenNinja.

Duma Key by Stephen King

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I was supposed to lose my life, but didn’t. I was supposed to be mentally impaired thanks to the contracoup thing, and at first I was, but it passed.

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