Friday, March 4, 2011

20. The Far Pavillions

By:  M. M. Kaye
Rated 5 Stars
From:  Library
Still Reading

I love this book and just wanted to visit with it again so I decided to do a leisurly re-read.  The product Description is gushy but justified but it doesn't say anything about the book.  So I am inserting a link to a wonderful customer review on amazon.

Review on amazon

Product Description

When The Far Pavilions was first published nineteen years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind."

From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M.M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

The Far Pavilions is itself a Himalayan achievement, a book we hate to see come to an end. it is a passionate, triumphant story that excites us, fills us with joy, move us to tears, satisfies us deeply, and helps us remember just what it is we want most from a novel.

18. The Marvelous Land of Oz

By:  L. Frank Baum
Rated 5 Stars
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This was just a quick, delightful re-read of a book I read so long ago that it was the same as a first read.  After All Clear I needed something totally different.  This was certainly totally different.  I loved all the Oz books when I was young.

Publisher's Summary

The Marvelous Land of Oz is the second Oz book.
In this sequel to the original book, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman are back with a boy named Tip as well as a host of new characters, including Mr. H. M. Woggle-Bug, Princess Ozma of Oz, Dr. Nikidik, and Old Mombi. When the Scarecrow, now the ruler of the Emerald City, is driven out by General Jinjur and her all-girl army, his friends--the Tin Woodman, a boy named Tip, and Jack Pumpkinhead--try to restore peace. Dorothy isn't in this story, though she is mentioned frequently by her friends.

17. All Clear - Redux

By: Connie Willis
Rated 4.5 stars

There were still some odds and ends that I hadn't really gotten a clear picture of in my first read.  This was an extremely convoluted story line.  I think I have finally gotten a handle on why Colin and Eileen understood at the end of the book how they had met before in time.  Anyway I'm done with this book for a while.  Maybe I will do another re-read in 5 years or so.  If I'm still able to follow such a complicated story when I'm 81.

Here is my original journal entry after I read it last November.

All Clear November 2010