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Tortainglese
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - 2:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I dutifully went to the bookstore looking for Crimson. When I saw the heft and size of it I backed away. Not being able to read a book on the subway is a big negative in my part of the world. This thing is the size of a damn dictionary! Instead I got The Book of the Courtesans:A Catalogue of their Virtues by Susan Griffin, in paperback, I may add.

I am waiting for Crimson to appear in paperback.
My mother is reading Bel Canto and likes it. She will pass it along to me next.
Melgib
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 10:24 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Marc, I picked up Crimson Petal at your recommendation, read the first few pages and could hardly stand to put it down! But I must finish Bel Canto for my Thursday book club discussion first.

I read on the Borders site that Michel Faber spent 20 years writing it. I'm a sucker for obsession. I'll come back when I've read more.
Marc
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 11:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

So, I guess no one is reading the Crimson Petal.
Melgib
Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2002 - 8:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

The Beauty series is not even good enough to be called porn. What the hell was she thinking?
Mogan_David
Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2002 - 6:40 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Porn is required reading?

Sign me up!
Tortainglese
Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - 11:06 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks Marc, sounds right up my alley too. I will look for it. As for IWTV, I loved it and have re-read it. However, it is the only Anne Rice book I like, and I have tried several. I recently dragged myself throught the Beauty's Release series because it was required reading for a program I am doing. It is a real remedy for insomnia.
Admin
Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - 1:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

btw - thanks Marc!

I'm picking it up afterwork. Looks YUMMM.
Mogan_David
Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - 9:42 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

BJ

I know what you mean about Anne Rice's prose. I read the entire vampire series. Reading AR at times feels like slogging through a swamp. Her pose gets so long winded and bogged down in detail that you forget the main point of the story. Still the stories are interesting and at the time that I read Vampire the perspective was fresh and new.

I find books on tape nice for authors like AR. There are some authors whom I enjoy reading so much that I would never want to experience the book via tape, AR isn't one of those authors. I tried "Violin" on tape. It was so extremely bad that I could only manage half of the tapes before I sent them back.

Of course you can take what I say about literature with a grain of salt since the best books I've read recently were the Harry Potter series.

MD
Chevalier
Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - 8:51 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0929654374/bookcrossingc-20/002-3585507-0025644

Read this book instead. It's the real thing, a whole lifetime of it, written between the 1840s and the 1870s.
Marc
Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 1:03 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I loved INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. Its the only book by Anne Rice that I have read. I read it when it was first published in hardcover (mid-70s).
Barsnake
Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 11:30 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

to whet your appetite
http://www.januarymagazine.com/fiction/crimsonpetalandwhite.html
_Blackjack
Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 11:02 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

IWTV gave me a rush too: it made my lunch rush out of my stomach. The prose was PAINFUL. I've seen Anne Rice fan-fics which are better written than the real thing...
Marc
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2002 - 11:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

kallisti,

trust me on this. THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE will blow your mind. Its a novel, written by Michel Faber, that takes place in late 19th century London and tells the tale of a prostitute
named Sugar. Its the best thing I've read in years. It delivers the same rush I felt when I read INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. Get your hands on this book. Steal it if you must.

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