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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 22 Aug 2017, 15:36

Old or new isn't the important thing, as many have said. I do think that with older books, they are more often "good" as they have already stood the test of time. New books are published all the time and haven't yet had the chance to rise to the top or fall off.
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Post by Donnavila Marie01 » 25 Aug 2017, 06:10

Lest92 wrote:I prefer older books but I've started to read books set more recently.
I find old books more emotional and more passionate. They have magic in them.

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Post by jenjayfromSA » 28 Aug 2017, 05:45

When a writer had to use a quill pen they had to put in time, effort and thought. I find the classics heavy going at times, but then styles, tastes and language have changed. A recent book, especially one that spins new plots from today's connected world, can be a riot if it's well written. All too often they are not. Perhaps it's simply too easy to write these days.

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Post by Reuben 92 » 28 Aug 2017, 06:41

I like both! Though my favourite era for reading is 19th C, I also really enjoy reading contemporary fiction. I need a bit of both old and new for a good balance.
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Post by Subarna » 28 Aug 2017, 08:52

I like to read both recently published books and old classic novels. It depends on the genre though. I don't usually read books from genres that I don't like, whether it be old or new.

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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 29 Aug 2017, 01:11

Ana Njeri wrote:Both recently published books and old.
Yes Both have their own flavour
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Post by jenjayfromSA » 29 Aug 2017, 02:31

Has anyone read Maurice Walsh. He wrote gripping books set in Ireland and Scotland after the Second World War with a real understanding of the countryside and culture. I went to Scotland because of him and found much that he described. Amazon has one or two, otherwise my copies were inherited from parents or picked up at sales.

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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 29 Aug 2017, 03:27

jenjayfromSA wrote:Has anyone read Maurice Walsh. He wrote gripping books set in Ireland and Scotland after the Second World War with a real understanding of the countryside and culture. I went to Scotland because of him and found much that he described. Amazon has one or two, otherwise my copies were inherited from parents or picked up at sales.
Wow that's great you went there because of book . By the way I haven't read
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Post by KlareAllison » 29 Aug 2017, 03:51

I like good books, who doesn't anyway? The classification of old or recent has no place of influence in my choice of books. When I want to pace the streets of medieval England, I visit writers of that period like Geoffrey Chaucer and when I want to feel the tempers of the Victorian times I look towards Charles Dickens, for instance. For recent books, generally, I focus on themes that interest me at that particular time of reading. So, the answer is both!
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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 29 Aug 2017, 04:12

KlareAllison wrote:I like good books, who doesn't anyway? The classification of old or recent has no place of influence in my choice of books. When I want to pace the streets of medieval England, I visit writers of that period like Geoffrey Chaucer and when I want to feel the tempers of the Victorian times I look towards Charles Dickens, for instance. For recent books, generally, I focus on themes that interest me at that particular time of reading. So, the answer is both!
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Post by ReadingRebecca » 29 Aug 2017, 18:08

I must say I enjoyed reading most when I was a teen. Some of those books I no longer read. So in a sense, I don't enjoy old or new books. But to pick an answer, I enjoy any book that is well-written, gets my attention, and tells a good story. So I have to contradict the answer I just gave and say I enjoy both old and new books.
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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 29 Aug 2017, 18:12

Yes Rebecca ! Old or new won't matter. What book has in it matters
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Post by jenjayfromSA » 30 Aug 2017, 02:28

Has anyone ever encountered a children's book called Two of Red and Two of Blue by Marjorie Phillips. I adored it and constantly took it from the library. Published 1955. I would love to find a copy, but it is listed as rare. It was about a page in a medieval kind of world who had to take an urgent message to those who were trying to restore the right king, only to discover in the end he was that king. It was written in such a fun, boyish style.

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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 30 Aug 2017, 05:41

No sorry I haven't read it
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Post by Donnavila Marie01 » 30 Aug 2017, 09:04

I practiced reading novels using the old books of my mother and I was happy that those old books trained me to understand the old English language.

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