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Date Posted: 1/26/2015 10:46 AM ET
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I have started Daughter of the Red Deer, by Joan Wolf and I can tell it's going to be a good one! Time period is roughly 14,000 years ago, (Upper Paleolithic period). It is a story of the Magdalenian People - a culture which flourished in western Europe.

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours yesterday reading about these historic pictures, studying maps and looking at pictures. Updates to follow.




Date Posted: 1/26/2015 11:18 AM ET
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Colleen, I have hesitated to add Orphanmaster to our WL, having read several reviews that mentioned how very gruesome the novel was.  Did you find this to be true?


Date Posted: 1/26/2015 4:36 PM ET
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I have The Orphanmaster at home, so glad to hear some good reviews!

I am reading I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. It's one of my 2015 reading goals to branch out of my usual fare so I decided to dabble in the Horror genre. But it is taking me so long to read it because I keep getting too creeped out. I want to just put it in my freezer and forget it exists. Pretty sure this will be the one and only scary book I read this year.....

Date Posted: 1/26/2015 7:34 PM ET
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That's funny, Kate! 

Date Posted: 1/26/2015 8:34 PM ET
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Kate--I Am Legend is one of my absolute favorites!  I love the fact that, while it was originally published in the '50's, it didn't feel dated at all. I have to admit I'm not a big horror fan, but I do like the occasional creeps. surprise

Date Posted: 1/27/2015 1:03 PM ET
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Finished Lily Cigar by Tom Murphy.  It's a good read and well worth reading.  I put it on my TBR when a number of your were raving about it/  Thanks to those of you who discussed it!

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Date Posted: 1/27/2015 1:07 PM ET
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Kate -- you have my admiration. I likely would have put it in deep freeze mode. I don't mind some blood, guts, and gore, but I do not like creepy!

I finished Victoria Thompson's Murder in Murray Hill last night. It was okay -- but I think I am done with this series after 16 books. I'm not finding them that enjoyable or engaging anymore. The writing is flat, the dialogue too stilted, and the characters' actions often contrived -- and there is too much telling rather than showing the limitations of women's roles and the differences between rich and poor in the late 1800s. But I wish Frank and Sarah every happiness!

Would love to proceed immediately to the next Abel Jones book, not only to finish up the HF Mystery Challenge but because I've grown quite fond of the little Welsh man. However, I have two book clubs coming up, so feel obligated to read Body and Soul by Frank Conroy and The Princess Bride by William Goldman.


Date Posted: 1/27/2015 2:52 PM ET
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@Kelly P--gruesome? I didn't think so, but there is a small bit about cannibalism in it, so maybe that is offputting for some. Otherwise, just the normal blood, guts and gore of life in earlier centuries.

Date Posted: 1/30/2015 10:28 AM ET
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I've started The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, very good so far.

Date Posted: 1/30/2015 10:38 AM ET
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I started The Curse of the House of Foskett by MRC Kasasian. This is the second in the series starting with Mangle Street Murders.  March Middleton is the ward of the "personal" detective Sidney Grice who is an irrascible curmudgeon - one that I love to hate! His reputation is currently in tatters since an innocent man went to the gallows based on his deductions. Now, he has been contacted by a man who wants to hire him on another "case" but oddly enough that potential client dies while in Grice's study and during the initial interview! March is acting as a sort of "understudy" to Grice  and he is terrible to her. She, however, seems to have the patience of a saint. I laugh out loud at parts of this book - so many snarky, sarcastic comments. This read is definitely a completely different experience in historical mysteries - at least it is for me- and I can't help but to keep reading these!!!