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#106 Aeolienne

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 16:30

The Robert Webb autobio was for my feminist book club, but I didn't attend that particular session as I'd only got as far as the second chapter. This despite (or maybe because!) the club stating that everyone is welcome even if you haven't read the book. :rolleyes:


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 16:56

The Robert Webb autobio was for my feminist book club, but I didn't attend that particular session as I'd only got as far as the second chapter. This despite (or maybe because!) the club stating that everyone is welcome even if you haven't read the book. :rolleyes:


Anyone can be a 'woman' now -you only have to say that you are. (Grrr)
It would be helpful to have read the book, though!
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 17:47

... a bit off-topic, but you book-readers might have an opinion. Have you noticed font-spread? I've found that in our local lending library, mostly in the children's section, a strong similarity between the fonts used on the covers of minor/recent authors and those on major/long-lasting authors with names starting with the same or adjacent letters. Patches of font creep out from the major author. It's especially noticeable where the authors write in the same genre.

I'm guessing this encourages people who've gone looking for well-known Jones to pick up new-author Johnson and give him/her a go. All a bit devious, I think.


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 18:49

Nearly finished the Chopin book I mentioned earlier. Quite the best 'composer' biography I have read.

 

Will have to study The Merchant of Venice now as we are studying it and reading through in my weekly literature class. Starting tomorrow. I will probably be Shylock


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 21:51

... a bit off-topic, but you book-readers might have an opinion. Have you noticed font-spread? I've found that in our local lending library, mostly in the children's section, a strong similarity between the fonts used on the covers of minor/recent authors and those on major/long-lasting authors with names starting with the same or adjacent letters. Patches of font creep out from the major author. It's especially noticeable where the authors write in the same genre.
I'm guessing this encourages people who've gone looking for well-known Jones to pick up new-author Johnson and give him/her a go. All a bit devious, I think.

Not sure if it is quite the same thing, but I do notice similarities of theme and design in book titles. For example there were Fifty Shades of all manner of things, (even Fifty Sheds...) variations on aga sagas, copy-cat novels about shopping, or The (something-or-other's) Wife. There have been a few knock-offs of that sort of title.
I've not been in the market for children's books in recent years but there seems to be a lot of similarity in the wizardy covers so I expect publishers are still riding the wave of Harry Potter and his imitators.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 23:53

Not in Your Genes: The real reasons children are like their parents by Oliver James


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