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New Books

I checked in at the Musing Mondays blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:

Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

Matt 171

Recent purchases on a whim when I browse at Barnes and Noble while waiting for the dog to be groomed. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary sounds interesting and it’s a debut. Velvet Rage is required reading for all gay men. Death Comes to Pemberley is yet another Jane Austen fan-fiction/spinoff that my book club has chosen. I would not have picked it up and I am right. The “mystery” is set in 1803, six years after the wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy, with ample space given to catching us up on the recent doings of the Bennet family. On the mystery side, there’s plenty of action, from the discovery of Captain Denny’s body, through a trial, assorted deceptions and mix-ups, and love affairs. It’s a weak cup of tea. So far I feel the book lacks wit and suspense. It’s another book club selection that disappoints. I gave them benefit of the doubt for the recent Dreams of Joy since its predecessor, Shanghai Girls was just brilliant. But two not so good books on a roll make me second-thought about quitting the club. The social company is what tethers me right now.

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9 Responses

  1. I really enjoyed Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, and it’s sequel. Now I just need to get my hands on the third book.

  2. The first three are the ones I’ve read reviews on. Particularly like the DA spin off book.

  3. Hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Children of Men” wrote “Death Comes to Pemberley”, isn’t it?

  4. I need (!) to read Velvet Rage…

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