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Steaming is set in the 'Turkish Room' of a run-down Public Baths in the East End of London, where five women regularly meet, to bathe, relax and share their troubles.

I guess I would've liked this play more if I'd seen it instead of reading it. Now I felt that I didn't get to know the characters very well. So much can be conveyed with gestures or tone of voice.
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Bartender by day, actor by night, Johnny Downs cheerfully floats through life, living alone with his jukebox and his cat. Blindsided when his dazzling girlfriend dumps him, Johnny is wounded, stunned, and, most of all, clueless.
"You're like most men - oblivious," says his friend Darlene. Her diagnosis: Johnny is doomed to be rejected by every woman he desires as long as he clings to his outmoded bachelor ways. Darlene puts him on a rigorous crash course to fashion himself into "husband material." But does Darlene really have his best interests at heart? And who are all these catsitters that keep coming into his life?

I don't usually read chick lit books, but I decided to give this one a go anyway. It took me over a week to read The Catsitters, because the story didn't interest me very much. It was a good thing I had this book as my bedtime reading - at least I didn't stay up all night because I couldn't put the book down. ;-) The main character Johnny was likeable enough, but I was more interested in the parts about his acting career than the main plot about his girlfriend problems.
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On loan from a friend.
Back cover:
Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father's gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz's blood runs the magic Skill - and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

I decided it is time to re-read the Farseer trilogy, because it has been ages since I read it for the first time. I remembered liking Assassin's Apprentice on the first reading, and yes, it was still good and I liked it, but it was a sadder story than I remembered.
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Permanent collection.
Except for Sookie Stackhouse, folks in Bon Temps, Louisiana, knew little about vamps - and nothing about Weres. Until now. The Weres and shifters have finally revealed their existence to the ordinary world, and the backlash may have claimed the life of someone Sookie knew. But her determination to find out who is responsible for the murder is put aside in the face of a far greater danger. A race of unhuman beings - older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves - is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too-human pawn in their battle...

Okay, I'm starting to get tired of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Just more of the same... Meh.


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