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Subject: Acquisitions 2014
Date Posted: 1/2/2014 5:07 PM ET
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Okay, here's the place to share all the wonderful books you acquire (in any way) in 2014.

I haven't started off the year on a bender like I did last year (most of which books still have not been read), but I did recently eat up a buncyh of Audible credits.  I got -

The Son, by Philipp Meyer

Doc, by Maria Doria Russell

The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye

Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein

Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd (I love listening to Rutherfurd's books!)

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows and Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (must read the hard copies of books 2 and 3 first)

I also pre-ordered the new Uhtred installment, The Pagan Lord, by Bernard Cornwell.  Yea!!!


 

Date Posted: 1/2/2014 7:17 PM ET
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Nice. I've heard a lot of good things about Son.

Date Posted: 1/3/2014 6:50 AM ET
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Oh, I wanna hear about Son. *bounces* *waves* Do tell. smiley

Date Posted: 1/3/2014 9:18 AM ET
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Will report back on The Son.  I only got a couple of chapters into it yesterday.

Date Posted: 1/3/2014 9:32 AM ET
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I picked up a few cheapies on Kindle yesterday -

The Bloodletter's Daughter, Linda Lafferty

The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo Moyes

The Rebellion of Ms. Lucy Ann Lobdell, William Klaber

Date Posted: 1/3/2014 10:33 PM ET
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I tried Son (audible) version and did NOT like it.  In fact, I returned it. Audible has a great return policy.  I had seen it compared to Lonesome Dove, which I loved. Not even close. It was boring and didn't like any of the characters. I was so disappointed.

Date Posted: 1/4/2014 2:59 AM ET
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Oh dear...just picked up my copy of "The Son" on audio on loan from my local libarary! It was going to be my next treadmill companion. I'll give it a shot anyway, but now I am a little leery of it. I hope it does the job for me. I'll also throw my two cents in when I'm done. (Or when I give up, if I agree with Donna...)

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Date Posted: 1/4/2014 12:49 PM ET
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Lauri I'm really curious to hear what you, and others, think of Son. I'll probably be in the minority. I'm used to it; I hated Outlander,

Date Posted: 1/8/2014 9:42 AM ET
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Lauri, will be interested to hear what you think of The Son.  The main complaint I've read is that it's hard to follow since it jumps from character to character and time period to time period.  I think listening instead of reading is going to compound the problem. I bought the Kindle edition so that I would have access to the family tree there, and also so that I could flip around and get my bearings if need be.  Since my pre-order of The Pagan Lord came the other day, I'm going to temporarily shelve The Son, and start that today.  I may end up just reading The Son later and not listening to it, although from what I did listen to already, I like the narrators, and I think they bring a lot of life to the story.

In acquisitions news, my pre-order of The Kept by James Scott came out yesterday.  This one sounds intriguing!

Date Posted: 1/8/2014 10:34 AM ET
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Thanks to a couple of very generous members on this forum, I have acquired two great sounding books that were on my WL:

One Glorious Ambition: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix :: Jane Kirkpatrick
ISBN-13: 9781400074310 - ISBN-10: 1400074312

The Regency Detective (Jack Swann, Bk 1) :: David LassmanTerence James
ISBN-13: 9780752486109 - ISBN-10: 0752486101

Thank you so much - you know who you are! lol!

 

Date Posted: 1/8/2014 1:33 PM ET
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I posted this in the January reads thread as well - but am repeating it here in case people aren't jumping between the two!

The Son.  It's a little tough to follow because it jumps around from character to character and time period to time period.  In the Amazon reviews, someone mentioned that the book includes a family tree which is a great reference for keeping track of things. 

Thanks for mentioning that, Shelley! I've been listening to the audio on the treadmill and have been a little frustrated by the jumping and trying to figure out where it is in the timeline and which character is related to who...I thought it was me. I've been persistent, though. I haven't given up yet. I've just begun disc three, so hopefully I'm getting more anchored in who is who is who. I'm interested in the main story of Eli and even though I've said..."Ugh, gross!" a few times, I'm pulled in with his narrative.

Date Posted: 1/8/2014 5:41 PM ET
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Part of the reason I was so disappointed in The Son was that it has 2 of my favorite narrators - Will Patton & Kate Mulgrew.

Date Posted: 1/8/2014 7:48 PM ET
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Oh, Donna, I agree. A good narrator can make a good book better and visa versa.

i bought some kindle books with my gift card. They're mostly epic fantasy::

  • Lionheart by SK Penman
  • Outlander (which I've a million times)
  • Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
  • the Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • the Red Knight by Mile Cameron
  • room by Emma Donoghue
Date Posted: 1/8/2014 7:48 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/16/2014 3:05 PM ET
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A King's Ransom by Sharon Penman just showed up on today's Vine newsletter. I should have it next week sometime. Whoot!

Date Posted: 1/16/2014 4:24 PM ET
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Cathy -- I hate you (and I mean that in the nicest way possible)!

Date Posted: 1/16/2014 5:05 PM ET
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cheeky

 

Date Posted: 1/16/2014 8:56 PM ET
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Received Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb and Dollface: a Novel of the Roaring Twenties by Renee Rosen from PBS.  Won A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner from Goodreads and bought The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley from B&N.

Date Posted: 1/17/2014 12:38 AM ET
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I finished "The Son" on the treadmill this evening, and I have to say that the more I listened, the more it grew on me. I did get absorbed into the other stories along with Eli's, and once I figured out the relationships, not a lot of extra characters of major importance showed up. By the middle of the book I was hooked. I wouldn't call it a 5 star masterpiece, but it definitely kept me walking!

smiley

I'll be moving on to a contemporary fiction audio next - Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Date Posted: 1/18/2014 11:12 AM ET
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Not sure what to say here.  Some my WLs have been filled lately and I've been trying to use the library as much as I can.  Did snare from PBS a copy of Sarum by Rutherford and His Majesty's Hope, Bk. 3, by Susan Elia MacNealThe Sandcastle Girls (Vintage Contemporaries) by Chris BohjalianDisgrace by J.M. Coetzee; The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson (on my WL for over a year); and some books for my kindle (The Lilac Tree by Nicolette Maleckar and The Purpose (The Au Pair, the Rabbi and the Grenade) By Stephen Abraham) and others from the games I play which I don't tabulate by date.  Found Doc in our library's digital collection so that's on my list, too.  Now if I just read them all and move them out I'll be in good shape.



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Date Posted: 1/18/2014 11:36 AM ET
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Wrong thread. Never mind.



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Date Posted: 2/3/2014 1:27 AM ET
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Taking my mom to the airport on Friday afternoon. Yes, the airport. We all know what that means!

yes  smiley  wink

The famous UBS is 10 minutes from the airport...LOL!

Date Posted: 2/3/2014 10:23 AM ET
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THE AIRPORT (SCREAM)!!!!!!

Date Posted: 2/7/2014 10:03 PM ET
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Ah yes...the airport run has been completed, along with a two hour sojourn in the UBS.

<insert sigh of contentment here>

New HF goodies:

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson - Jerome Charyn

Blood & Beauty - Sarah Dunant

The Malice of Fortune - Michael Ennis

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells - Andrew Sean Green

Before Versailles - Karleen Koen (to replace the one I lost somewhere, half-read. Where did I put that thing? I don't know...beats me. Now I have another and can finally finish it...)

The Obituary Writer - Ann Hood

The Movement of Stars - Amy Brill

The Light in the Ruins - Chris Bohjalian

The Queen's Lover - Francine DuPlessix Gray

White Truffles in Winter - N.M. Kelby

The Countess - Rebecca Johns

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis (to trade in the WL box...I already listened to it on audio. I know some people over there are wishing for it, so I couldn't resist...)

The River of No Return - Bee Ridgeway

And as usual, a handful of non-fiction and some contemporary to mix things up a bit. I love airport runs.

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Date Posted: 2/8/2014 6:05 AM ET
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Wow, that's awesome.  A very nice haul!

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