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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge - BEAM ME UP SCOTTY! #9
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:38 AM ET
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 BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! Read a mystery that has some fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal element to it. (For example, takes place in the future, has a werewolf or ghosts in it.)

All discussion of books or authors for tihs challenge will be discussed in this topic.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 9:43 AM ET
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I got to thinking that the Harry Potter books are actually mysteries. Harry and friends are trying to find out which person is Voldemort's henchman in each book, and determining what the objective is. Just a suggestion for folks who are wondering about that SF/F book.

Also, anybody read The Magicians and Mrs. Quent? by Galen Beckett? It's listed as fantasy, but the description reads like a mystery. Anybody know if this book would qualify as a mystery?

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 5:22 PM ET
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Really just about any paranormal book would qualify I think. I know the paranormals I read are more mystery than romance--(if they WERE romance I wouldn't keep reading them. LOL) Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson, etc.

Another one that would work is Glen Cook's series with the metals in the titles--it's about a private investigator, but is set in a fantasy world. I think Sweet Silver Blues is the first.

I guess I've never thought of Harry Potter as a mystery series...but if anyone is truly desperate and can't think of something else I guess it would work. I'm not familiar with Galen Beckett at all, so can't help you there.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 12/10/2009 9:11 AM ET
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I chose Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I loved the movie and thought I would try the book. From the movie, I thought it would qualify as a mystery.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 9:41 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions! I was re-reading Harry Potter to my daughter and realized it was all about who wanted the Sorcerer's Stone, and preventing its theft. Seemed like a mystery to me (even if it was a little rudimentary, LOL!).

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 1:33 PM ET
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I think J.K. was making noise at some point about writing mystery novels.  That would be really exciting but I have no idea how reality based the idea is.

I think I may try a Carrie Vaughn.  I've read at least one or two of her short stories and liked them.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 7:33 PM ET
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I was hoping Harry Potter would qualify. I have one but have never read it. I'd like to, just to find out what all the hoopla was about, but it keeps getting pushed to the back burner (and almost off the stove) by other books. If I could put it on my list, I'd make sure I got to it!

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:45 PM ET
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Ahh...would one of the Koontz Brother Odd books qualify for this? I have the last 2 in my TBR pile (hoarding...I liked these books and was 100% surprised that I did, primarily because of the what I think is paranormal) and if they qualify I'm set, and Harry Potter can hang out longer towards the bottom.

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Subject: BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 9:35 PM ET
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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 7:34 AM ET
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Lots of the paranormal writers are really paranormal mysteries. Here is a list of a few to look into:

Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Shirley Damsgaard, Victoria Laurie, Alice Kimberly, Madelyn Alt, Yasmine Galeron, Carrie Vaugn. Lots more out there these are just the ones that come to mind quickly.

If the book you have by Dean Koontz has a mystery in it, most likely will qualify. I have never read his works.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 2:39 PM ET
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I used the 8th Southern Vampire book for this (my first challenge book completed!  Yay!).  I started off the year with a really fun bout of stomach flu, so the last few Sookie books were really perfect.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:14 PM ET
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If there's anyone who loves the British Golden Age mystery writers and is quailing at this category, I would strongly endorse reading Jo Walton's novel Farthing. The SF element is that the setting is an alternate 1949 where in 1941 England made peace with Hitler and is now slowly sliding into fascism. For the first two-thirds of the novel, however, it is a classic British country house mystery, with the alternate history bits relegated to the background; it's only in the last third that they come to the fore and then they're handled like a punch to the gut. Farthing is one of the best books I read all last year, and I'm planning on reading the third book in the series to fill this challenge for myself. All the books are wishlisted here on PBS currently, but there aren't a ton of wishers (less than ten) and there seems to be moderately quick movement up the list. They're also not terribly hard to find at libraries, at least in my experience. :)

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Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Also, if you havent read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel by Sussana Clark I recommend it. It is about a society of wizards in England during the time of Napoleon.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 10:51 AM ET
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If you are still looking for a book for this category, you might try the "Ghost Duster" series by Wendy Roberts.  The main character is a woman who cleans up unattended death sites (some fairly gut-turning descriptons!) but she also can see and talk to "ghosts" or the spirits of some of the deceased.  When I read the first book, I was completely expecting to dislike the books (I typically don't read much fantasy/SciFi/paranormal) but was shocked when I enjoyed it as much as I did.  This is not high literature at all but Wendy Roberts really fleshes out her characters and there was a twist in "Remains of the Dead" that gave me whiplash.


I am about  an hour away from finishing "Dead and Kicking", the third in this series for this category.  I'm getting a bit fed up with the relationship part of the series but I will forgive Ms Roberts because the rest of the book is so interesting.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:18 PM ET
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Also, if you havent read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel by Sussana Clark I recommend it. It is about a society of wizards in England during the time of Napoleon.

I absolutely love this book, but I don't know that I'd categorize it as a mystery. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 8:59 PM ET
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How about Wendy Roberts?  She is a crime scene cleaner who see's and talks to the dead .  Her books are "The Remains of the Dead" and "Devil May Ride".  

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 10:15 PM ET
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I'm going to read Plutonium Blonde for this category. If anyone is interested in this, I'll bump it up on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:25 PM ET
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I'm reading The Girl on Legare Street for this category.  I will finish it by this weekend and then will be offering it up to someone on here.

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Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:01 AM ET
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I just finished The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion by Alice Kimberely for this category. My favorite of this series so far.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 7:41 PM ET
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I picked up A Hex of a Wedding by Yasmine Galeron yesterday at Goodwill (bah - expensive), but lucked out as I can use it for this challenge and it's WL too. I'm about halfway through and although I likely won't be jumping on the paranormal bandwagon :-) it is pretty good..  

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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 5:03 PM ET
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Jane, I read The Plutonium Blonde last year and enjoyed it...it's pretty funny, though the next couple of books in the series get almost too ridiculous for me with the slapstick and corny humor.  For the fourth, John Zakour is writing without his cousin/co-author Larry Ganem, and I think it gets a little better.

I read The Third Lynx by Timothy Zahn for this category.  It's purely science fiction, but is definitely a mystery as well.  It's the second in a series, though, so you need to read Night Train to Rigel first (which could also qualify as mystery).

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:44 PM ET
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Matt, glad to hear another recommendation for Plutonium Blonde! A sci-fi fan at the office suggested it to me when I said I enjoy mysteries. I think I'll dig into this one after the "Comfy Old Shoe" which I'm working on now!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/30/2010 7:29 AM ET
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I am ready Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard for this challenge.  It is the 4th book in her series. I haven't read them in a couple of years but it is easy to pick them up. Pretty light with witch craft so if you are not a big paranormal fan this is an easy series to read. I will report back when I finish.

Alice

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Date Posted: 1/31/2010 1:06 PM ET
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I read Ghost a la Mode, which fits the challenge, since I wanted to try Jafferian's new series. I didn't enjoy the new series as much as her first one, which is much funnier. I didn't expect to since I'm not fond of helpful ghosts - I don't like how the paranormal clues help solve the mystery so easily.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:00 AM ET
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I finished Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard. It was okay. I think her other 3 books in the series were better. I have the next two so I will read those before I decide to buy anymore.

Alice

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