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Subject: Hello October! Whatcha reading?
Date Posted: 10/1/2012 11:12 AM ET
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I can't believe I'm first this month to start the thread off!  I'm still reading Empire of Silver by Conn Iggulden.



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Date Posted: 10/1/2012 11:56 AM ET
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I am determined to finish the two books I started before vacation. A Feast for Crows and Daughter of the Forest. I have a lot of books on deck that I am really anxious to read, so I am trying to re-introduce reading into my schedule again.

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 12:55 PM ET
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Oh, Kelly -- I'm sure you'll have lots of time to read once the baby arrives. We all know how babies sleep most of the day and night. wink

Still working on The Child From the Sea -- it's been slow-going, not because I don't like it -- in fact, I like it a lot -- but I keep stopping to look up events and characters in Wikipedia -- am learning lots that I didn't know about the reign of Charles I -- which means that I haven't even gotten to the Cromwells and Charles II yet.

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 3:36 PM ET
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I am just about to finish Guildenford by Valerie Anand. I have really enjoyed it ... I read Warriors of the Dragon Gold by Ray Bryant earlier this year, so I was already familiar with a lot of the characters and main storyline events. Having that background was helpful and Anand's handling of the story was enough different to be fresh and non-repetitive. 

A good experience all around - with both books!

Kelly

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 4:09 PM ET
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I was going to start The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony but then I went to the library and ended up grabbing The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman and A Good American by Alex George.  I'm about 220 pgs into Street Sweeper and liking it so far.

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 4:58 PM ET
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Kelly - How are you liking A Feast for Crows?  I started it in April, got halfway through and haven;t picked it up since.  It's so slow!  If you've passed the halfway point, please tell if it gets better lol

As for me, I'm reading Revelation by CJ Sansom.  It's the 4th book in the Matthew Shardlake series.  I started it 2 days ago, so I'm hoping I can still add it on to the September Series Challenge cheeky

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 6:07 PM ET
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I read the first three of the "Game of Thrones" books, loved the first one, slogged on the second, rebounded and really liked the third one. I'm kind of nervous to read "A Feast for Crows" as I worry that the even books are hard reads :)
 

I finished "Csardas" this weekend, it was good and painted an interesting picture of Hungary from 1919 to the early 1950s. 

I am about 50 pages into the second Maisie Dobbs book.

 

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 8:02 PM ET
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Hi!  I didn't realize that it had been so long since I'd popped in until I tried to sign up for the series challenge.  i just want to curl up and hide. lol

I'm currently reading Cake on a Hot Tin Roof by Jenn McKinley and still have Murder on London Bridge by Susanna Gregory, started, but not completed.

I did listen to an HF book on CD while I worked on a lapghan, but I can't remember what it was.

 

I'm sorry to ask this question in this post, but have we started discussing the possibilities of Secret Santa yet or no?  Thanks

Date Posted: 10/1/2012 9:13 PM ET
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Finished Light Between Oceans and oh, what a read it was! Normally I try to avoid books that make me cry - but not this time! I'm not saying anything about the plot but I will say that I will watch for this author and what she may put out there in the future. This book will have me thinking about it for a long time......5 stars.



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Date Posted: 10/2/2012 12:05 AM ET
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Deb - Hahaha...sigh. wink

Carolyn - It does pick up, but I'm definitely not liking the exclusion of a lot of the main characters this time around. I was told by a few friends that have read the first 5 that Martin makes up for it in book 5, so I'm carrying on.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 7:53 AM ET
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I started The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro over the weekend and I am really enjoying it! Learning lots about the caretakers of the shroud of Turin with a good mystery included. It does seem that the suspense ratchets up when I have to get off the bus and go to work though. Debbie

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 9:11 AM ET
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I am reading All Things New by Lynn Austin, my favorite CF author. It's post Civil War about a southern family trying to rebuild their lives. Looks like there may be a Yankee/Rebel romance shaping up too.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 9:27 AM ET
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I'm about 3/4 finished with The Ringed Castle.  I'm just astounded by this author.  I've never, ever had a book be this slow and dense a read, and hold me riveted.  And talk about a series getting better and better as it goes.  I was lost for most of book 1, but it finished so spectacularly that there was no question about going on.  Two didn't grab me quite as much, but three was so very good.  Then 4 blew the lid off and 5 has been one wild ride.  I have no idea what 6 will be, and how she willl wrap up all the plot threads that have been left behind in the series ... some of which I've probably forgotten by now, engrossed in others.  I'm mad that I have to go to work!  I want to take the rest of the week off and finish this series.  And then take off all next week off, too, and re-read the series, start to finish.  This is a series that I will re-read every few years.  All 3,000 pages. I don't think it will get old, only richer.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 11:08 AM ET
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Lori - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Yep-Know/topic/270129/

Sharla -- Yep, when I finished the Lymond series, I felt as if I'd just emerged from a thrilling, exhilarating, and exhausting roller coaster ride -- and was determined to ride it again. The problem is that it's a very, very long ride...and there are so many other good rides...but I'm making my way back sooner or later.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 11:39 AM ET
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Sharla:  You sound so much like me after I finished my first couple of books by Ms. Dunnett.  She is without doubt my favorite h/f author.  No one else provides quite that depth of character and plot that she did/does.   I also try to re-read both series every few years to remind myself what treasures those books are!  The world was a poorer place once she left it.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 1:18 PM ET
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I hadn't thought that I would read the Niccolo series.  I'm not nearly as interested in his sphere of influence and geography.  But that's irrelevant at this point, except that I might have to do a little research first and througout to "get" some of the context. I have enough context knowledge for most of Lymond, but nowhere near enough for Niccolo. 

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 2:19 PM ET
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Jeanne, I loved The Light Between Oceans. I thought the plot worked well - not your everyday Moses story.

I'm currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm 1/3 the way thru and I think I like it, but I'm not sure because the 2 main characters are totally annoying. One's a liar and the other's a whiner - 2 of my very unfavorite things.

Also reading Spinning Out by David Stahler, which is an unexpected and pleasant surprise. It's a YA story about a friendship and coming of age where one of the characters develops a mental illness. Halfway through it and I think it's going to be a great read.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 3:45 PM ET
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Wow!  It's that time again.   Finished Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy with Assassin's Quest, the final novel in the series.   SOO GOOD!   Also read Shalador's Lady by Anne  Bishop, which was more of a romance but it was a good read as I do like Anne Bishop's work so much.  Completed Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, which is an entertaining book from the Harry Potter series.  However, it's quite a change form Hobb or Bishop!  Yay for another Agatha Christie mystery - Dead Man's Folly - very good.  Couldn't figure out the murderer!  Just completed Graceling by Kristin Cashore, too.  Good YA fantasy.  Now for historical fiction reads:  The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig and A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick which I liked.  This is a story about a woman who lost her parents very young, grows up making her way and supporting her sister through sexual favors.  When she falls in love with a young man who wants his father killed she responds by promising to do so.  She marries his father and begins to poison him with arsenic.  What happens next is surprising.  Most interesting read.  Back on track to read challenge books with The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin which is a very good read and A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss, good also.  Both were excellent mysteries with complex plots and lots of intrigue. 

Finished the sequel to Peeps, The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld and Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews which I really enjoyed, much more than the second in the series.  The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr came through from the library.  Also reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, as I am trying to read the series this year.  Can't locate my copy of this book so I picked up Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke which I finished today.  When I finish these two my YA challenge will be done.



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Date Posted: 10/3/2012 9:18 PM ET
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Sharla, the Lymond books are a wild ride, but as much as I loved them I have no desire (yet) to read the Nicollo books, the period/subject matter being of little interest. I finished Palm Springs by I forget what her name was, an older 1990 pot boiler. It had some good moments, especially on the early days of the once tiny town, but it did get a bit too pot boilerish half way through (think Dynasty/Dallas/Knots Landing). Too many mentions of orgasms and sex, but no real sexual tension or romance. Back to Ride With Me by Thomas Costain.

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 9:38 PM ET
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Well Cathy --- it is unlikely you will run into orgasms with Thomas Costain (hee hee)!!  I have enjoyed many of his books.

I tried the Nicolo books quite a few years back on the recommendation of a friend and I simply could not do it.  It was back before "book trading" so I bought I think three of them new!!!  Sadness, did not read any of them but the beginning of the first book about 3 times!!!

Date Posted: 10/3/2012 10:00 PM ET
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Well Cathy --- it is unlikely you will run into orgasms with Thomas Costain (hee hee)!!

cheeky Darn tootin' I won't. BTW, for those not familiar with the Napoleonic wars, specifically the Russian campaign, the Costain book is not the place to start if you're a newb.

Date Posted: 10/4/2012 8:02 AM ET
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I've been a slacker lately....but I did finish Ender's Game , a sci fi cult classic, for my IRL book group. I had been dreading reading it but found that I really really enjoyed the book--turned out to be more of a human social dynamics study story than sci fi---the sci fi was almost incidental. This is why I joined my book group---we all have different default genres and I am pushed to read way outside my comfort zone.

Date Posted: 10/4/2012 8:36 AM ET
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I decided to reread To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It's been so many years since I first read it that I thought it was time to do it again - and I hardly ever do rereads!

Date Posted: 10/4/2012 8:40 AM ET
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Am interested in how you like Gone Girl! I read an ARC copy and reviewed it for Amazon.

Ruth, I can't find your review on AZN. Whadya say? Whadya say?! I'm now halfway through the book and both characters are liars and whiney. I'm having a lot of difficulty sympathizing with either one of them. I might just kill them myself!

All the published (traditional) reviews are raving about this book. What am I missing?

Date Posted: 10/4/2012 9:29 AM ET
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Genie - did you see this review at AZN?

In reading Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, I was struck by several things. This book began clearly, as a whodunit, and ended as a descent into madness, for virtually all of the characters. It was uneven for this reason and didn't appear to ever get into a smooth rhythm. It was also a book of pure hate, not the least of which is a long series of characters (not all of them men) who are both obvious and subtle misogynists.
The two main characters, Nick and Amy, married five years, are about to celebrate their fifth anniversary when Amy disappears. It seems, for this first part of the book, that Nick may have had something to do with it.
However, at about 1/3 of the way through, we begin to see who Amy really is, and who Nick really is as well. These two are the most self-aggrandizing, vitriolic, hate-spewing people on the planet. Amy is ridiculous. Nobody, including her child-psychologist parents, seems to have any idea that she displays clear signs of sociopathy. People seem to "hurt themselves" around her all the time, but they just want to be her or be loved by her, or so Amy says, and her parents buy it every time. They are the few characters who aren't painted as hating women, but they certainly seem to care less for their child than the books they write about her life and make a living from.
Aside from this, both Amy and Nick seem to think all women are either smart, but nasty bitches or just flat-out dumb. There was some clear indication that the author, a Midwesterner, seems to find the stereotype about New Yorkers thinking Midwesterners are dumb rubes to be true.
I didn't care much for this story. It was too frustrating to read about innocent characters getting framed or hurt over and over, and the ending was absurd.
I did think the concept was interesting, but the execution was unpleasant and not at all fun to read. I would not recommend this book.

I have this book but I have no intentions of reading it - using it for the swaps.......wink

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