Cheli's European Adventures - 1 BOOK AT A TIME

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Cheli's European Adventures - 1 BOOK AT A TIME

1cyderry
Editado: Jan 16, 2021, 3:09 pm

If I'm traveling through the US, why not take a fast trip to a foreign country in between states? I'll probably never make it to Europe any other way, so I'll just have to see it through the eyes of the characters in a book. I'm in for the Challenge!

I've read several that are set in European countries this year but will only claim two past reads and will start the challenge new! Being of Italian descent, I want to start in Italy, so I will claim my April read of Death at La Fenice to start.

This challenge could be really tough for me but I'm going to take the time to do it. I'm sure I won't finish soon, but it will be fun!



2cyderry
Editado: Ago 3, 2013, 12:14 pm

Western Europe and the Western Isles

England............................A Royal Pain 9/13/09
Ireland, Republic of...........Mr Cavendish, I Presume 9/1/09
Northern Ireland...............An Irish Country Doctor 7/9/12
Scotland ..........................Outlander 3/21/11
Wales.................................Time and Chance 4/27/13
Iceland..............................Jar City 7/30/12

Andorra
Belgium
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Portugal ...........................Over the Edge of the World
Liechtenstein
Switzerland

3cyderry
Editado: Jul 31, 2014, 3:57 pm

Scandinavia

Norway________________The Snowman 7/30/14
Sweden______________Benny and Shrimp 10/20/09
Finland
Denmark
Estonia
Latvia
Lituania

4cyderry
Editado: Ago 10, 2014, 11:41 am

Mediterranean

France.................................The Three Musketeers 4/17/10
Italy....................................Death at La Fenice 4/16/09
San Marino....................................Freak of Freedom 8/9/14
Serbia
Spain...................................Don Quixote 5/23/09
The Vatican...........................Angels and Demons 8/2/05
Albania
Greece.................................The Lost Throne 1/8/10
Bosnia/Hercegovina
Croatia
Cyprus
Malta
Monaco
Montenegro
Gibraltar

5cyderry
Editado: Ago 3, 2013, 12:16 pm

Central and Eastern Europe

Austria_____________________Death in Vienna 1/1/12
Belaurs
Bulgaria ..........................................Balkan Escape 6/12/12
Czech Republic
Germany.......................The Amber Room 4/5/11
Hungary
Macedonia
Moldavia
Poland........................................The Storyteller 7/29/13
Romania....................................Dracula 10/25/12
Russia.....................................Winter Palace 8/14/12
Slovakia
Slovenia
Ukraine

6GingerbreadMan
Ago 17, 2009, 4:04 pm

Yay! I have a group with members! Warmest welcome aboard.

"1 book at a time" is likely a very fitting motto. Even sitting in the middle (or well, at the north end of) of the European literary landscape, I don't have the first clue what do with places like Azerbajdzjan or Montenegro. I'll use this as a place to log "new places" as I find them, rather than going on a determined hunt.

At least until I have less than half of the countries left. Then the completist in me will very likely kick in and start pestering friends, libraries and the internet for a book set in Luxemburg...

7cyderry
Ago 17, 2009, 9:31 pm

................................ITALY

#1 Death at La Fenice
Author: Donna Leon
Category: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 278


When a world famous conductor is discovered dead between acts at the La Fenice in Venice, Police Comissario (Chief Inspector) Guido Brunetti is called in to investigate. Discovering that the victim was poisoned by cyanide, Brunetti has several suspects. His interrogations take him throughout the city navigating not only through the canals and picturesque sights of Venice but also the dark side of his victim's past.
Guido Brunetti is a well-developed character with considerable aptitude in his profession shown by wry observations and discerning opinions. His family life should be mundane, but appears delightful and fulfilling as well as humorous (while playing Monopoly the Commissario's wife is shown as a compulsive thief).
This charming Italian Policeman unemotionally separates the complex tangles entwined in this squalid tale by using his abilities to read body language, long silences along with other psychological tools, and carefully devises an amazing and fulfilling solution.

8cyderry
Ago 17, 2009, 9:56 pm

I liked Alison's idea, and have re-organized my messages. I also have decided that I'm going old school and any of those that are not wholly on the European continent, I'm not counting. That knocks out Greenland, Iceland, Russia, etc.

9GingerbreadMan
Ago 18, 2009, 3:05 am

Great groupings! For this policy, also exclude Georgia as it's mostly in Asia. And bring Iceland back, it's undisputedly European (and has some great writers too!)!

10RidgewayGirl
Ago 18, 2009, 11:53 am

Yes, and since they're discussing joining the European Union...

11cyderry
Ago 21, 2009, 3:49 pm

Cindy, thanks for reminding me that I read this in 2009.

#2 DON QUIXOTE
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Read : April 2 - May 23
Category : Classics
Pages : 1072


I have to admit that I had heard tremendous things about Don Quixote. I understood the idea of the book before I opened it and maybe that was part of my problem. My expectations may have been too high and this book, IMHO, fell short whe it comes to entertainment. I have to admit that I enjoyed the first part but when I got to Part II, that's where he lost me. Cervantes just seems to go on and on adding story after story that has nothing really to do with Quixote's quest. He really could have used a good editor. If I had stopped after Part I, I would have been fine with this book, but as it is it was just toooooooo longgggggg. Another disappointing classic. DARN!

12cyderry
Set 13, 2009, 4:25 pm


A ROYAL PAIN
Author: Rhys Bowen
Read: Sept 12 -13
Category: Follower
Pages: 462


Georgie, Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, returns in the second installment of this series still needing to work as a specialty domestic because of her lack of funds. The Queen, not knowing her dire circumstances, asks her to play hostess to the Princess of Bavaria that she wants to catch the eye of the Prince of Wales and get him out of the clutches of Mrs. Simpson.

Georgie has to have "staff" at Rannoch House so she enlists her Grandfather and his next door neighbor to play butler and cook. The princess arrives with her maid, Irmagardt, and chaperone, Baroness Rottenmeister and proceeds to wreak havoc wherever she goes being on site of three apparently unconnected deaths.

Georgie eventually discovers that there is a plot in the works by Communists but figuring out the details gets her into a few scrapes and threatening situations.

This book was just as enjoyable and entertaining as the first and I'll be sure to stop at the library for the next installment.

13cyderry
Editado: Out 22, 2009, 4:09 pm


BENNY AND SHRIMP
Author: Katarina Mazetti
Read: Oct 18 - Oct 20
Source: FSB Associates /Caitlin Price - ARC review requested
Country - Sweden
Pages: 209


This is a tale of two lonely people who meet at a cemetery and "fall in love" but are completely incompatible as to their lifestyle and desires of what life has for them.
Fortunately, for me, it was short book. I w ready to give up on it about 100 pages in, but decided to brave it for the duration. It wasn't my style of romance, it was very depressing because neither of the characters appeared to be happy with what was happening. I didn't care for the writing style - it was just too choppy.

I'm not sure that the book really shows Sweden in a great light or if it just shows farming in a bad light.

14RidgewayGirl
Editado: Out 22, 2009, 1:47 pm

I don't think I've ever read a happy-go-lucky story by a Swedish author, outside of Astrid Lindgren's children's books. I guess they don't translate the Swedish cozies and historical romances.

edited to correct for misspelling an author's name.

15GingerbreadMan
Out 23, 2009, 6:59 am

I went "Benny and WHO?" utterly perplexed, until I saw that Katarina Mazetti was the writer. The book is called something else entirely in Swedish (translates as "The guy in the next grave"). Haven't read it, but it was made into a very successful film some eight-ten years ago, considered to fall into the "fell-good" category. Could be us Swedes just have another set of standards for what is considered cozy, maybe? When you only get a couple of hours of sunlight in the winter, you might be prepared to settle for less ;)

16RidgewayGirl
Out 23, 2009, 8:52 am

See, my theory is that since Sweden enjoys one of the highest living standards in the world, is not at war with anyone, is not at war with itself in an extremely contentious way that causes each side to doubt the other side's morals and patriotism and has a functional social safety net, it may just not need a large amount of escapist literature.

On the other hand, you do have to learn how to politely decline a nice slice of lutefisk, which may balance things out somewhat.

17GingerbreadMan
Out 25, 2009, 6:10 pm

That's a lot of war and misery to balance a single little slice of lutfisk. Had you said suströmming, I might have bought it :)

18cyderry
Jan 9, 2010, 10:28 am


THE LOST THRONE
Author: Chris Kuzneski
Read: Jan 1 - Jan 8
Format: Unedited Proof Book, 495 pages
Source: publisher for review
Setting: St Petersburg, Russia; Greece
Subject: murder, smuggling, antiquities
Category: ER/ LT Recommendations

Genre: mystery-police procedural
Challenges: 101020, Thriller Suspense, TBR, 75 Book, Endless Europe, Chunkster

DJ Jones and Jonathan Payne are disturbed while on vacation and enlisted to rescue a damsel in distress (Allison) who has witnessed the murder of her employer in St. Petersburg, Russia. Determining that the reason for the murder by a hit man has something to do with what Allison's boss was looking for, the three set out on a treasure hunt.

At the same time Nick Dial, the head of Interpol's Homicide division is investigating the brutal mass slaying of an entire community of monks in Greece.
The stories are fast paced and intricately interwoven throughout until they converge at a thrilling climax.

I received this book for review from the publisher, and to be honest, I had delayed reading it, now I wished I hadn't. I found out that this was the third in a series with these characters and I will definitely be looking for the first two books. What a great way to start 2010!

19GingerbreadMan
Jan 10, 2010, 4:28 pm

Doesn't quite sound like my cuppa, but congratulations on your perfect start of 2010! Few things beat reading the right book at the right time!

20AnnieMod
Jan 10, 2010, 4:54 pm

And now I have one more series to read... :)

21cyderry
Abr 3, 2010, 2:35 pm

I just realized that I read a book set in Ireland after I started this challenge, so I've added to the list.

22cyderry
Abr 17, 2010, 4:06 pm

#7 The Three Musketeers

Author: Alexandre Dumas
Read: Feb 17 - Apr 17
Format: Hardback, 628 pages
Source: Owned
Setting: France, England
Category: Surprise - Books I find and want to read /group reads
Challenges: 101020, 75 Book, Endless Europe, BOSC, Chunkster
Stars: 3½


The full review is Here.

23cyderry
Nov 13, 2010, 10:42 pm

Over the edge of the world:Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe

Author: Laurence Bergreen
Read: November 1 - November 13
Format: Audio 14 CDs - equivalent 480 pages
Source: Public library
Subject: exploration and discovery
Category: Overflow
Genre: History
Challenges: 101020, 75 Book, SYLL, TIOLI, RTT,Endless Europe (portugal)
Stars: 3


It's hard to believe that Magellan who was as important as he was to history, doesn't even get a first page hit in Google - if it's not a GPS, Magellan is nothing. Magellan was the first person who set out and proved that by sailing west you can get to the east.

At the time of Magellan's expedition that was a great rivalry between Spain and Portugal. When Magellan was denied support from his own country (Portugal) he turned to King Charles of Spain.

the story was filled with tales of mutiny, cannibalism, disease, orgies, superstitions, and religious zeal. I found it fascinating.

24cyderry
Editado: Mar 22, 2011, 9:41 am

Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon
Read: March 1 - March 21
Format: Audio 28 discs - 32 hrs equivalent and Nook book 784 pages
Challenges: Endless Europe -SCOTLAND
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Stars: ★★★★


Clare Randall is on vacation with her husband Frank who is researching his ancestors in Scotland. While there magically Clare is transported back in time and her adventure begins. She is accepted as a healer and to protect her from investigation of her political leanings, is "forced" into a marriage with a Scottish Laird. The story evolves as the love develops between the two main characters.

I truly enjoyed the story and was surprised that the length didn't bother me because of the quality of the writing and character development. I usually don't go in for time travel and such but this was so cleverly woven into the tale that I didn't mind it at all. I was very much surprised when I realized that the story continues in another book. I'm not sure that I am ready for another chunkster immediately, but will definitely follow-up on this tale.

25cyderry
Editado: Abr 5, 2011, 3:42 pm

THE Amber Room

Author: Steve Berry
Read: March 29 - April 5
Format: Overdrive download equivalent 304 pages
Setting: Germany
Subject: Nazi art confiscations, treasure hunters
Challenges: 11 in 11, 75 Book, SYLL, Endless Europe, Audio
Category: Honeymoon - foreign settings/thrillers
Genre: Thriller
Stars: ★★★½


Wikipedia says
The Amber Room in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg is a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
Before it was lost, the original Amber Room represented a joint effort of German and Russian craftsmen. Construction of the Amber Room began in 1701 to 1709 in Prussia. The room was designed by German baroque sculptor Andreas Schlüter and constructed by the Danish amber craftsman Gottfried Wolfram and remained at Charlottenburg Palace until 1716 when it was given by Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I to his then ally, Tsar Peter the Great of the Russian Empire. In Russia it was expanded and after several renovations, it covered more than 55 square meters and contained over six tons of amber. The Amber Room was looted during World War II by Nazi Germany and brought toKönigsberg. Knowledge of its whereabouts was lost in the chaos at the end of the war.
In 1979 efforts began to rebuild the Amber room at Tsarskoye Selo. In 2003, after decades of work by Russian craftsmen, the reconstructed Amber Room was inaugurated in the Catherine Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.



In this book Rachel Cutler, an Atlanta judge, discovers after her father's death that he had been a treasure hunter after WWII. He had searched and possibly found, the Amber Room, a massive set of intricately carved panels crafted from the precious substance and looted by Nazis during WWII from Russia's Catherine Palace. Intrigued, Rachel decides to try to find it herself. What she and her ex-husband find are danger and see deaths that they are unable to prevent.

Rachel and Paul find a secret club who's members collect great art and are willing to do anything to hold on to their treasures.

This book had a wonderful premise but left something to be desired. It was a bit too long and at times too violent. The fascinating details surrounding the Amber Room, however, did make it an interesting read.

This book took place mainly in and around Munich Germany.

26cyderry
Jun 14, 2012, 2:44 pm



Title: Balkan Escape ★★★
Author: Steve Berry
Setting: Bulgaria
Main Characters: Cassiopeia Vitt
Dates Read: June 12


This was just a short story but it was entirely set in Bulgaria. I never realized it was so mountainous.

27AnnieMod
Jun 15, 2012, 12:30 am

>I never realized it was so mountainous.

:) Quite a bit :)

28cyderry
Jul 11, 2012, 5:34 pm

Challenge Book for Northern Ireland

Title: An Irish Country Doctor ★★★½
Author: Patrick Taylor
Genre: Fiction
Subject: Small Irish village and new doctor
Setting: Ballybucklebo
Main Characters: Barry Laverty, Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Kinky Kincaid
Series: yes, #1
Dates Read: July 2 - July 9
Number of pages: 448
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: yes, audio stockpile
Category for 12 in 12 challenge: Geography Class


Dr. Barry Laverty has finished medical school and searching for a location to hang out his shingle, answers an advertisement and heads to a small village in Ulster called Ballybucklebo. There Dr. Laverty is confronted with the town doctor who is looking for an assistant. Dr. O'Reilly is a larger than life character who proceeds to teach the younger man the nuances of treating the village residents.
The amusing tales highlight the gentleness of the area - reverberating with the simple setting and the lack of the urban rush of most of our everyday lives. The characters and situations make you smile and often laugh - just a wonderful summer read. Highly recommended.

29cyderry
Ago 3, 2013, 12:19 pm

I haven't visited this thread in a while even though I've "visited" a few new countries. So now I think I'm up-to-date.
I added Time and Chance for Wales and The Storyteller for Poland.

30thornton37814
Ago 3, 2013, 9:44 pm

Cheli> I see you are still plugging along here! I hung around after I completed the challenge to see what everyone else is reading. It's pretty quiet over here nowadays.

31VivienneR
Ago 3, 2013, 10:39 pm

>29 cyderry:, 30: Even though we have completed the challenge some of us are still lurking and looking out for more good reads.

Cheli, it looks like there are lots for the wish list from your journey.

32cyderry
Ago 4, 2013, 11:50 am

Yes, once I finish my 75 book challenge (5 more to go) and my category challenge (4-5 more here) then I want to concentrate on a few more for my travels, ROOT and the USPC challenges as well as my series catchup for the rest of the year. I'd like to get a few done for my 50 state challenge done since I've done a few for Europe.

33cyderry
Editado: Ago 11, 2014, 10:19 am

Challenge Book#61

TITLE: Freak of Freedom ★★★½
AUTHOR: J. Theodore Bent
GENRE: History
SUBJECT: Republic of San Marino
Setting: San Marino
CHARACTERS:
DATE READ: August 1 - August 9
NO. OF PAGES: 125
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, Euro
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile


PLOT:....................................................................2.00
CHARACTERIZATION:.......................................2.50
TOPICS: ...............................................................2.00
STYLE:..................................................................2.00
ORIGINALITY:.......................................................1.50
ADDICTIVENESS:..............................................2.00
OWNERSHIP:......................................................2.00
Threshold Quality.................................................2.00
Average..............................................................................................2.00


This 1870 history of the small Republic of San Marino was extremely dry and mainly centered around the relationship of this small area surrounded by Italy and its relationships with other areas and the Catholic Church.

34GingerbreadMan
Ago 11, 2014, 2:30 pm

Not a great read, it seems. Still, San Marino down - not bad at all!

I've actually devoted a category in my 2014 Challenge to the Europe Endless, so I'm actually making some progress this year. At least, I'm more than halfway there...

35cyderry
Ago 11, 2014, 9:06 pm

I've done San Marino and Norway so far this year. I have a feeling that I will never finish Europe, but hopefully I'll have fun trying!