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Subject: October --- What are you reading???
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 11:47 AM ET
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Yikes, how can I be the first today???



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Date Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00 PM ET
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I do love October here in Pennsylvania!  I just finished "The Looming Tower:  Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" - a nonfiction that won a Pulitzer a while back.  A very chilling book about the rise of the Islamic militant groups throughout the Middle East over the past 50+ years and culminating in the 9/11 attacks.  Excellent book!

And I just started "The Garden of the Evening MIsts" -  hf set in WWII era Japan and Malaya. 



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Date Posted: 10/1/2013 1:05 PM ET
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Even though it is now October, I'm still trying to finish The Secret Keeper for the RAL. I'm a little more than halfway through. So far, it's okay but not especially compelling. I hope to finish it in the next couple of days and move on to some other goodies.

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 1:15 PM ET
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Lauri,   Well now that you are over half way through The Secret Keeper, don't give up!   The best part of the book is in the second half.

I finished Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (a man, BTW) yesterday.  Even though I thought I knew the story well from the mini-series and the movie, I still gained numerous insights by reading the book and so am glad that I did it.      Now I'm on to a mystery -. Gone Girl - definitely not historical.

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 2:26 PM ET
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I'm reading Guardian of the Horizon by Elizabeth Peters

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 5:24 PM ET
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I'm reading Uneasy Lies the Crown by N. Gemini Sasson.  It's a very good book about Owain Glyndwr of Wales.

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 7:31 PM ET
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Finished Deanna Raybourne's A Spear of Summer Grass -- an entertaining and enjoyable romance set in colonial Kenya in the early 1920s. Now reading David Morrell's Murder As a Fine Art, a historical thriller set in 1854 London -- very good so far.

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 10:10 AM ET
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Deb - I thought Morell's Murder As a Fine Art was very good too!

I just started Within the Fetterlock but am making slow progress as I'm also crocheting. It's tough to read and crochet at the same time (unless I'm LISTENING to a book on audio) - lol!

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 1:33 PM ET
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I finally finished The Shadow Lamp, #4 in the Bright Empires series. I think this one was my favorite so far. The final one isn't coming out til next fall. Oh, so long to wait, and there was a big cliffhanger at the end of this one. I'm really enjoying this series, but I really have to pay attention to what's going on. There are so many different characters in so many different places in time, it can get really confusing. Thankfully, there is a character list in the front and a really good summary of what has happened so far to help me keep everything straight. 

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 2:28 PM ET
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I've been traveling for work a ton, and so my reading has picked up--silver lining!  I just finished the Kindle version of The Moghul by Thomas Hoover, which I loved. I've started By the Pricking of My Thumbs, an old Agatha Christie, for my IRL book group--one of the members chose it as her discussion choice, so I'm re-reading that. It's interesting because I read it as a young girl and I'm finding I have a very different perspective on the old age home setting, etc. that it has---guess I'm an old fogey now :). I used to love mysteries, but now I find they, with rare exceptions, don't hold my interest and feel superficial--like it's just a story, without any real details of stuff that actually happened, so there's no point in reading it.  Very odd--I think it might be a disease.angry

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 2:39 PM ET
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I just realized I have The Moghul on my Kindle.  Looks like I'll have to move it up on the list!

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 2:43 PM ET
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Jill, I've really enjoyed Bright Empire series, too.  And now, dagnabit, you've gone and enticed me to pay full new-release price for the e-book of Shadow Lamp!  (I HATE the new release e-book prices -- HATE THEM! .. Grumble grumble on my way to the B&N site.)

Colleen -- I know what you mean.  That's why I've had very little interest in contemporary fiction, of any genre, with the one exception of the military/spy/political thriller (Drury and Clancy, primarily.)

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 2:57 PM ET
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I'm working on a contemporary fiction about an Orthodox Jewish community in Memphis, TN called "The Ladies Auxiliary"

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 6:44 PM ET
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Be strong Sharla!!!

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 9:15 PM ET
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Ohh I like Murder as a Fine Art too.  I stumbled accross this about Thomas De Quincy on you-tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qNkpw7YFII very interesting.

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 10:47 AM ET
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I caved, and I'm reading it now.  It really is a fascinating universe and theory. And he's a decent writer/storyteller.  Not a great one, but a solid one across the board.  He's solid to good in every aspect--realistic, relatable characters that develop; good settings; good plot development and pacing, solid writing and no real weaknesses.  And this particular universe and theory are hum-dingers to set it all in.  Really, really liking it.  I've been reading all of his history-related stuff (Robin Hood, Arthur, etc) but I'll probably eventually read all of it, even the pure fantasy.  He's good enough to follow into  genres that aren't at all history-related, and that's quite a lot for me.



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Date Posted: 10/3/2013 10:55 AM ET
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I agree, Sharla. This series has some of my favorite characters. I really love Whilhemena and Etzel. I would love to visit their coffe shop. I usually get hungry during their storyline.smiley

I am reading Stardust by Carla Stewart. It's basically women's fiction, but it's set in the 50's in a small Texas town. A young widow inherits a hotel, and ends up with an odd assortment of boarders. It's cute and funny so far, and I enjoy this authors writing style.



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Date Posted: 10/3/2013 11:20 AM ET
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For my October book group I am reading Fever :: Mary B. Keane. It is about Typhoid Mary. Interesting read. Definately wouldn't want her to cook for me.

alice

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 1:36 PM ET
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For whatever reason I have read a lot of h/f about the country of Wales this year:  The last of the Welsh trilogy, The Reckoning,  by SKP; The Heaven Tree Trilogy by Edith Pargeter; and this last, Uneasy Lies the Crown by N. Gemini Sasson; a novel about Owain Glendwr, the last true Prince of Wales.  What a sad and tragic history this little country has had and yet it was filled with such remarkable men and women!  I recommend any or all of these to anyone who hasn't read them yet. 

On another note....time for some murder, mayhem. violence and gore!!!  Ah there's nothing like a good old Angus Donald book.  King's Man is up next on the kindle.  I have also started Island of Bones by Imogen Robertson.

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 5:31 PM ET
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lol Cheryl - no better way to put it!

time for some murder, mayhem. violence and gore!!!  Ah there's nothing like a good old Angus Donald book. 

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 7:16 PM ET
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Well...for those looking for "murder, mayhem, violence, and gore," just click on the link that Jerelyn so thoughtfully provided above!

(ETA: To help you out, here's the link: A Very British Murder.)



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Date Posted: 10/4/2013 2:54 PM ET
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Started the Outlander series again in anticipation of the next book.  It has been so long since I read them all.  I feel guilty that I am leaving all the books I have never read and re-reading this series!

Date Posted: 10/6/2013 9:23 AM ET
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I'm about two-thirds through The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. It's good and I'm enjoying it, but not as much as some of her other books (as in Sophia's Secret aka The Winter Sea!). That may be because I've been a little distracted with other things lately so the book hasn't had a chance to really take hold on my attention, but I find I just don't care overly much about either of the storylines.

Kelly

 

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Date Posted: 10/6/2013 10:01 AM ET
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I am reading The Serpent and the Pearl (Borgias, Bk 1) :: Kate Quinn. This book is set right befor Rodrigo Borgia becomes Pope. It told from the perspective of a cook and his mistress. Nice period piece although the TV show better.

Alice

Date Posted: 10/6/2013 10:30 PM ET
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I finished The Shadow Lamp.  DANG I hate having to wait a year for the conclusion.  This series just keeps getting better, and I'm DYING to know where this is going!  Maybe I'd have a better idea/guess if I knew anything about physics and the current theories about time/space and expanding universe and all that.  Kinda like you'll have a pretty good idea where a HF author is going with a theory, if you know the basic outlines of the "real" history.

Kelly, hang in there.  I think Firebird is as good as Winter Sea, or so close it makes no difference.  But it really is the wrap-up that makes it so, IMO.  All the pieces weave together beautifully.

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