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Subject: The Proud Breed by Celeste DeBlasis - Got it!
Date Posted: 3/31/2010 4:52 PM ET
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I have a copy requested now! :-D

What happened to our "looking for" thread? Didn't we have one? Well, I can't find it, so...

I want to request a copy of "The Proud Breed" by Celeste DeBlasis, any edition. This isn't a wishlisted title, so I thought one of you might have it. If you have a copy and want to earn a credit, just let me know and I'll order it from your shelf.

I really want to try a DeBlasis book and decided to go with this one instead of the 1st book in the Wild Swan trilogy. I thought the Gold Rush setting of "The Proud Breed" sounded most interesting, but I think "Wild Swans" is more popular. 

I wonder which of the two books is best....  Has anyone read both books?



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Date Posted: 3/31/2010 5:15 PM ET
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Valli, I loved loved loved this book. I have a copy but I am not parting with it, sorry.  I have read this, along with the Wild Swan books and The Tiger's Woman (San Fran and old Seattle).

Does your library participate in ILL? I don't know if you can get a copy of this via ILL but you should be able to get the WS books that way. Give it a try.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 5:45 PM ET
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Good, I'm glad to hear you loved this one! There's plenty of copies available here at PBS so I'll just get it from here. My library does do ILL's, but I hate to ask them to get books that I can easily get here because I know exactly how broke our little library is. They are happy to do the ILL's for me, but I like to save them for things that are really hard to get.

I think I'll stick with getting "Proud Breed" first, then if I love it, I'll get the Swan trilogy.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 5:47 PM ET
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Valli, I know what you mean, I try not to ILL a book I can get via swap or buy for a penny. Set in Colorado, but take a look at Paint the Wind by Cathy Cash Spellman. A bit romancy at times but jolly good fun.

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I actually read "Paint the Wind" last year. Jolly good fun describes it perfectly! I enjoy books set in that time period - while towns in the West were really starting to grow and thrive.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 7:15 PM ET
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Groan...  I really need to stop coming here.  I was looking for Wild Swans because of this thread and while I was searching, this caught my eye:

Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China
Author: Jung Chang

So I ordered that too!!!!!

Just thought I would say hi for once.  The kiddies keep me busy so I don't get to post too much.  =)

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 7:38 PM ET
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Shannon, feel free to come out of hiding anytime you're tired of lurking. We are bad influences aren't we?

Valli, Karla's spotted a few interesting ones I have on my to find/mooch list. I love this period as well. I've taken a couple of trips to Cali and visited the Gold Country and love it to bits. All that history. Colorado's mining towns aren't too shabby either - at least the ones that haven't been reworked into cutesy casinovilles.

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Date Posted: 3/31/2010 7:39 PM ET
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Hi Shannon! Waves

Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China
Author: Jung Chang

I read that for Book Club several years ago, and it is non-fiction and fascinating.  A truly great read. 

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 8:42 PM ET
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Hi everyone!  Can I ask something?  How do you remember books that you have read in the past?  There are so many books with similar titles and subject matter. 

Yes, Cathy, you are bad influences in the best possible way.  This website (and especially this forum) should come with warning labels.  I'm starting to feel sorry for our mail carrier.  Almost 100 books in 2.5 months since I joined.  The kids (2 & 5 years old) wrap their books all the time and they start yelling "OUR BOOKS!!!!" whenever we pass by a mail truck.  =)  I'm very happy to meet you all though because, otherwise, I wouldn't have these great recommendations!  =)

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 9:16 PM ET
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Shannon, lol. Books in my recent reading past - no problem. Paint the Wind and The Proud Breed although older books I only discovered in the last year or two that's why. I really enjoy finding these long lost gems and I have to often times they are better written then stuff currently being published - but not always. Be warned though, if you think it's bad here stay away from Goodreads and HFO. It only gets worse

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 9:18 PM ET
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Oh no....there's a discussion forum on Goodreads?....

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 9:55 PM ET
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Shannon, it's worse than that. You start making friends and their acitivity shows up on your "feeds" when you open your main GR page you see what everyone else is doing. It's deadly - evil - beyond bad. Oh, and there are groups there as well. Come and join us.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 10:27 PM ET
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Shannon !!! Your every wish is our command ... we do come with a warning label !!!

One of our dearest HF friends (well, friends after we had sucked her in and she realized the futility of resisting) wrote this all-too-true post trying to warn others from our evil ways. Enjoy!

 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=186454

 

Kelly

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 9:27 AM ET
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These are all in the TBR, so I can't vouch for quality, but they all piqued my interest. They're all thick chunksters.

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Date Posted: 4/1/2010 10:45 AM ET
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Argh! Karla stop that already. I must have the days book now.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 1:08 PM ET
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Willo Davis Roberts also wrote YA historicals in the Sunfire series, and she also did an adult romance set in the Northwest timberlands. Haven't read her adult stuff yet, but the YA she did was a cut way above some of the others in the series.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 11:54 PM ET
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Kelly, I read the warning and I'm already down to the 3rd and 4th paragraph!  And not only that, I'm already sneaking books upstairs before my husband gets home.  Oh no!

Cathy, I visited Goodreads last night instead of sleeping.  Ended up entering lots of my books.  Oh no!

Here's the last "oh no" for tonight - I ordered Wild Swan.  I was shopping at the Book Bazaar for my husband (no, really!) and I spotted Wild Swan on one of the bookshelves.  It was a 4 for 1 deal and none of the books were for hubby!!!!!

OK.  Maybe I'll go sit in front of the TV....  that's safer.  Have a great night everyone.  =)

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 7:18 AM ET
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Shannon, goodreads is fun and some of us are members there. If you can't find us post your profile here and we'll befriend you. That's half the fun is all the feeds that start showing up.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 7:43 PM ET
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Thanks Cathy, I'm forever913 on Goodreads too.  =)  

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 7:23 PM ET
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Hi Shannon -- didn't get a chance to welcome you because I was away for several days (and actually got lots of reading done because I had no computer access and couldn't obsessively check out the HF forum). Looks like Kelly (who indeed was one of those responsible for sucking me into this forum) already pointed you to my post -- so you are now duly warned. (Why are you still here???? Alas, does no one heed my warning?)

Anyway, I agree with Mimi. Wild Swans by Jung Chang is excellent.

And thanks a lot, Valli and Misfit -- now I have a copy of The Proud Breed coming to me courtesy of PBS -- yet another book/author that I was blissfully unaware of before reading this thread.

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 8:22 PM ET
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Deb, no thanks necessary I am always happy to corrupt.

BTW, I'm almost done with High Empire set in old Colorado that Karla found. It's a 3.5'r but still good and I'd recommend it for anyone interested in this era and mining history.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 1:05 AM ET
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Hi Deb!  I read your warning, but it was already too late!  I think a person becomes a lost cause when they qualify for at least 2 paragraphs of your warning.  Maybe you could make it a chart or question format?  If you answer "yes" to more than 2 questions, please enter your Goodreads and Library Thing user name in section 2.

Perhaps it would be a good thing for my computer to stop working for a few days.  At this point, I'm spending more time reading your forum posts than reading books.  Scanning short forum posts are easier than reading books because our computer is right next to our washer & dryer and I happen to be loitering near the dirty laundry a lot these days.  =)  Man, my husband's socks smell!!!

Darn it!  It's 10 p.m. and I just ran out of packing tape.  =(



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