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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.
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.
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 11:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

So, I guess no one is reading the Crimson Petal.
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?
Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2002 - 6:40 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Porn is required reading?

Sign me up!
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.
Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2002 - 1:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

btw - thanks Marc!

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


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.

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

Read this book instead. It's the real thing, a whole lifetime of it, written between the 1840s and the 1870s.
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).
Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 11:30 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

to whet your appetite
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...
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2002 - 11:58 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


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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