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Subject: I hit a pothole
Date Posted: 7/14/2014 8:06 PM ET
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Maybe it's my mood.  Maybe I've overdone and burned out on audiobooks.  I don't think I can finish Swan's Song.  It's SO much misery, suffering, horror, hopelessness, etc.  I don't read to be depressed and upset.  I enjoy clever, intriguing, imagination, a little humor, a superior vocabulary, and a zippy PLOT.   I dreaded moving to the 2nd MP3 disc of Swan's Song.  Reading should not be like that.

I don't mind some sex, vamps, weres, witches, other-worldly, almost any sup.  I do not like stories based on true events at all.  I am about to finished Sookie, and I wondered if anyone could suggest a similar series.  Not post-apocalyptic.

Thank you.  I have access to BARD which is a pretty good national library for the blind.

Judye / maysied

 

Date Posted: 7/15/2014 4:49 AM ET
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why did you start the book?

Date Posted: 7/15/2014 6:32 PM ET
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Charles,

Because it was recommended to me.  As it turned out, it was not my cup of tea.

I have found a series by Lynsay Sands on BART and downloaded the first five

to my flash drive.  I'm moving on.

 

Judye/maysied

Date Posted: 7/15/2014 7:48 PM ET
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if you would like to try something else by Robert McCammon, Boy's Life gets good reviews.

Date Posted: 7/16/2014 12:59 PM ET
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I have read that one - years ago.  I remember it with good feelings, but not the exact plot.  Maybe that's one reason I went ahead with Swan's Song.

 

Judye / maysied

Date Posted: 7/20/2014 11:16 AM ET
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I know exactly what you mean about Swan Song!   I did finish it and the ending is better in the good news dept. but the book is definitely heavy going.   

I would like to recommend The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill.   It will be a real departure from most of what you have read but the books keep getting better and better and better.   They are great characters and funny and wise and the setting of 1970's Laos is totally interesting and understandable.   I really love the series.  There is supernatural stuff and real stuff and touches of romance;  the whole enchilada.

Date Posted: 7/20/2014 11:23 AM ET
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I also read The Five by Robert McCammon.    I gave it a 4 star rating.  A much better story is Gone South.   I would also recommend Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel by Victor Gischler.   Don't be put off by the title.  Really good little novel.

Date Posted: 7/21/2014 8:45 PM ET
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Whew.  I was afraid you would be upset with me for not liking Swan's Song.  I said no more doomsday books, but on my flash drive, up comes Armageddon's Children.  Terry Brooks.  He writes in a much lighter vein.  The point is made, but not poked in your eye.  I did not like Magic Kingdom all that much, but I made it to the end.  

I put your book in my notebook which I keep to research books for possible download to flash drive. Not all of them are on my blind library, but it's worth a look.   I only read fantasy.  However, I found Defending Jacob at HPB for $3, so I bought it based on other people's good comments.  Please don't tell me it's about a child who dies of cancer.

Thanks.

 

Judye / maysied

Date Posted: 7/22/2014 2:36 PM ET
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You mentioned you were reading Sookie; have you ready anything by Molly Harper?  Her Jane Jameson (Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, etc) series is really funny and the Naked Werewolf series is pretty good.  I listened to them thru Audible and the narrator is my favorite.  There's another series by E.J. Cooperman that has the same narrator.  It looks good.



Last Edited on: 7/22/14 2:37 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 1:56 PM ET
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Thank you, Donna, I'll put them in my notebook.  They sound good.

 

Judye / maysied

Date Posted: 7/23/2014 6:40 PM ET
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Oh, my gosh, if you want funny, but really really good, listen to the Zippy books.  I read them first, and loved them so much I got the audios, which were even better.  Haven Kimmel reads both.  Oddly, I just got and tried two of her fiction books and couldn't finish them.

A Girl Named Zippy

She Got up off the Couch

Even my husband enjoyed them.

I did enjoy Swan Song, and seem to have waited forever for the Go-Go's.