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Subject: Reading something now that is really good?
Date Posted: 12/11/2011 2:15 PM ET
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I'm reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and I'm really getting drawn in to the story.  Good writing, well paced.   I don't know how it will end but I was thinking it would be a good title to mention to others.

I'm also listening to The Terror by Dan Simmons.  I check audio books out of the library about 3 at a time.  I only finish about 1of 3 since I'm very particular about a reader.  Most I quit after one disk.  This is a winner.

John Lee has a very rich voice and he gives the characters distinct vocal qualities (accents, lisps, dialects) that really bring Simmons already engaging writing alive.  The Terror (real name of one of the lost ships) is based on a true story of a lost Artic Expedition.  A big part of Canadian history.  Kinda like our Donner Party.  Simmons gives adds macabre twist of Terror.



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Date Posted: 12/11/2011 4:54 PM ET
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I just started The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin and it is totally absorbing. I have made myself put it down because it is one of those books that you just want to keep reading until you finish it and I need an absorbing book for tomorrow's wait at a hospital while my husband has an out-patient procedure.

Date Posted: 12/11/2011 6:24 PM ET
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I loved The Terror, Kerry!  It's one of my favorite books ever.  If you like that one you should read Simmons' book Carrion Comfort.

I just finished A Game of Thrones, it's one of the best books I've read all year!  I'm also currently rereading Devil in the White City (my all time favorite book).

Date Posted: 12/12/2011 9:01 PM ET
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7spiders,

I am about 1/2 thru The Terror.  The 110 survivors just abandoned the second ship.  Saw your profile, we read many of the same sort of books.  

A Game of Thrones is excellent, too bad the series really lags after the 2nd book.   King's Dark Tower has the same problem, the authors drag their epic series out for so many years, they lose their muse (or their editor).

Isn't DitWC being made into a movie?  I really like the history of Chicago.

Date Posted: 12/18/2011 4:17 PM ET
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Finished The Terror.  Very entertaining.  I hadn't ever heard about the Franklin Expedition before reading Simmons book.  

I did have a funny coincidence.  I received the album Sean-Nos Nua by Sinead O'Connor from the CD swapping site in November (my only "new" album since May) and have been playing the songs in the car.  

Song 3 is called "Lord Franklin," a song about the Franklin Expedition.  I had been listening to this song over and over and had no idea it was the about this expedition.  A history site had a summary of the expedition and mentioned Sinead sang about it in a song.  On the album I ordered.

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 2:00 PM ET
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Oh, yay!  The Terror is on my to be read shelf - now, I am jazzed about it!!!!

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 2:08 PM ET
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I finished Game of Thrones in December on audio and really enjoyed it.

Right now I'm reading The Secret History of Dreaming by Robert Moss, which is a wonderful book about dreaming in various cultures, religions, and even in the lives of famous and not-so-famous people.

I'm also listening to Forest Mage by Robin Hobb, which is really hard to get through in a good way.  The main character is going through so much turmoil and tragedy that I have a hard time listening to it, but I want to know so badly what's going to happen.

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 11:20 AM ET
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I'm reading Doc by Mary Doria Russell, about Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Dodge City, etc, and I'm amazed at how much I'm enjoying it. It was in one of those "best book of 2011" lists and I was able to find it at my library. Western topics aren't usually my favorite thing, but this is excellent.

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 5:25 PM ET
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Reading "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness and it is just fascinating and well written. Vampires, witches and demons are not my usual fare at all but this is just fabulous!

Date Posted: 1/10/2012 8:09 AM ET
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Some of these are on my wl so glad to hear they are actually good.  I am now reading The Paperback Christmas and will pass this off to my DD before swapping it out.

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Date Posted: 1/11/2012 9:22 AM ET
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I just finished reading Yours Until Dawn and it was absolutely wonderful. LOVED it! It was my first book by her, and I will be looking for more.

heartTonya

 

"Mean what you say and say what you mean, those that matter won't mind and those that mind don't matter."

Date Posted: 1/13/2012 9:42 PM ET
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I'm reading Becoming Marie Antoinette---(link in my siggy)----even though it is fiction I can tell the author did a lot of research.  Did you know they had braces even back then?

Date Posted: 1/15/2012 11:38 PM ET
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Just finished "The Gargoyle" a very engrossing, fascinating book (IF you can get past the gruesomeness of the detailed description of the main character's horrific car crash and wounds/burns).  Highly recommend! The Terror and The Night Circus sound interesting; will have to check them out!

 

Date Posted: 4/27/2012 4:45 PM ET
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Just finished The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell.  This is a really good King Arthur story.  Cornwell tries to keep it as close to the historical record as possible.  Arthur is not a king but a warlord for the Britons.  He gets his sword from Merlin but it is not Excaliber until later.  Merlin is a Druid with robes and a staff but performs no magic.  The Winter King is Mordred, Arthur's half brother.  Many of the people are still very Roman in dress and habits.  The time of Arthur is soon after the fall of Rome when the Romans abandon England so they can defend their shrinking empire on the continent.  Many Romans flee to Brittany, now in modern day France.



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Date Posted: 4/27/2012 7:49 PM ET
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I'm reading BEGUILED by Alice Borchardt (sister to Anne Rice)  A "magnetic, lush historical fiction,"  Loving it!

Date Posted: 4/28/2012 12:17 AM ET
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I find the pages are flying by.

Date Posted: 4/28/2012 1:03 PM ET
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Loved "The Terror" and "Doc" is on my Wishlist............currently reading  "the Beach" by Alex Garland and it is really drawing me in.

Date Posted: 4/30/2012 9:29 PM ET
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I am reading The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman and it is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in years. 

Date Posted: 5/9/2012 6:21 PM ET
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One Good Dog
Author: Susan Wilson
 
One Good Dog is a wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story about two fighters—one a man, one a dog— hoping to leave the fight behind, who ultimately find their salvation in each other. Susan Wilson?s clear and unflinching style is perfectly suited for her story that strips away the trappings a...  more »New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain  Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.? He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam?s sister has been missing for decades. That she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind. And that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation in favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose.

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Date Posted: 5/9/2012 6:25 PM ET
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Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? — Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise...  more »

 

Date Posted: 5/10/2012 12:01 PM ET
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I am finishing The Kitchen House, it is really good.

Date Posted: 5/10/2012 10:36 PM ET
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I just finished a 'can't put it down' novel by the same author that wrote Still Alice, Lisa Genova.   The book is Left Neglected.  Can't stop thinking about the plot and how this novelist got into the mind of a woman with brain damage.  Really interesting;  and makes you thankful for everyting you've got.

Date Posted: 5/12/2012 12:22 AM ET
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I agree about The Gargoyle! One of the better books I read last year. A very good story of love and loss.

I'm reading the first book in the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier and completely hooked so far. I'm also reading the Game of Thrones series and just started book 4. I have heard that this book is the weakest in the series, but I have high hopes anyway. I was so ticked off in the last book (Red Wedding) that I almost gave the series up, but a friend urged me on. I need to know what happens next! :)



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Date Posted: 5/12/2012 12:47 PM ET
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Just finished Left Neglected too. I would recommend it. Now I want to go back and read Still Alice, though the idea of reading about early onset Alzheimer's scares me. I also recently read Faith by Jennifer Haigh. a good read.

Date Posted: 5/22/2012 9:22 AM ET
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Kitty, I too have had Still Alice for a long time but am afraid to start it!

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