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Subject: September is here - what is everyone reading?
Date Posted: 9/1/2013 7:38 AM ET
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I'm halfway through Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.  Interesting and very different.  I'm wondering how she'll wrap this up.



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Date Posted: 9/1/2013 7:57 AM ET
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I just finished The Sisters Brothers :: Patrick DeWitt for my September book group. Odd little book set in Oregan, California in the later 1800's. It had a fair amount of humor to it.

Alice

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 9:37 AM ET
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Donna-I just stopped reading that one.  I got almost 100 pages in and I was bored.  I think its one of those books you have to be in a certain mood for so maybe I'll give it a try at some other point. 

I am reading World War Z by Max Brooks.

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 9:58 AM ET
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First, let me just say it can't be September!  Not yet!!  

I somehow got sucked into the Rizzoli and Isles series by Tess Gerritsen; I read The Surgeon, The Apprentice and The Sinner back to back.  I have Body Double, book #4 up next.  So, it isn't historical fiction, but life has been so hectic, and apparently I find murder relaxing.  wink

I went to my daughter's yesterday, and listened to The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry on my little MP3 player.  I downloaded Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, but my little player refused to play it through my speakers in my car; it only wanted to play Cater Street...and then it skipped chapters 9-12.  Sheesh.  I need to work with this thing!  I did like Cater; I read it years ago, but long enough so that it wasn't completely familiar.  

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 10:34 AM ET
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I know Vicky - time is really flying (sob)! I also know the feeling of having to get into some different genres now and then. More power to you for reading/listening to Anne Perry. I won't buy her books due to her background - it's just a "thing" with me, I guess. Right now I'm mulling over whether I want to spend the money for Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt or wait and see if it comes down in price - sounds like a hoot!

I'm currently reading The Dead Shall Not Rest by Tessa Harris - a sequel to The Anatomists Apprentice. So far, not quite as good as the first.....

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 10:52 AM ET
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I'm reading Face down in the Marrow Bone Pie by Kathy Lynn Emerson...meh.  I probably won't read another one in this series.  There are so many more interesting h/f mysteries in my opinion.  This story and the main character just aren't grabbing me for whatever reason.

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 11:12 AM ET
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Ah, Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy has been on my shelf so long but I just read it.  Good, good read.  My interest in historical fiction has prompted me to turn occasionally to historical and I found myself enjoying The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick.  Just love the little details he includes to make his historicals fascinating.  For example, Custer and his wife, Libbie, were much of the same mind in advancing his career.  He often chose his own way rather than listening to his commanding officer.   And, the photo we see so often of his long curls is not the entire story.  As he aged he began to lose his hair and had cut if off and very short before the last campaign.  When I read The Sisters Brothers I laughed and laughed.  I had watched many westerns as a child with my parents so I enjoyed the humorous read very much.  Finally, I finished The Champion by Elizabeth Chadwick.  This was my fourth try and I was determined to get through it this time.  It was a nice little quick romantic read.  Of course, I put it on hold to read a vintage mystery for the HF challenge, The Case of the Lame Canary by Erle Stanley and I read Go Down Together, The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn, a historical, that I thought was outstanding.  So well done.  Really, really enjoyed this one!  And, I was enchanted with Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.  Yes, it's long but it's so very interesting.  Great read for me.  And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was the third book I've read by the author but I didn't like it nearly as much as The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Working on my YA challenge with Cinder by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer, very good; The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause which I also liked; and My Life Next Door by Huntley Firtzpatrick which was an OK read but since I'm not much of a romance reader it's not my choice.  Liked Cinder so much that I ordered and went through Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, the second in the series.  It, too, was so much fun to read and while I gave the first five stars I rated this one only 4.5 stars.  The Dirt Eaters by Dennis Foon is a tale about our world gone mad and what is happening after bombing and killing one another.  The first of a series, It features Roan who has powers he doesn't understand but allow him to communicate with others through dreams.   Read The Ballroom on Magnolica Street by Sharon Owens, the only pink book I have on my shelf for a gr challenge.  It was rather interesting, reminded me of the British soap operas.  Fun.  The Callender Papers by Cynthia Voigt was a pretty good read as well. 



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Date Posted: 9/1/2013 11:29 AM ET
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Jeanne --- Tell me about Anne Perry's background ---- I know nothing of her really.

I am reading a "Matthew Bartholomew" right now, something to do with a "Master".  Thought it was my last book to read for our Historical Mystery Challenge, but now find it is not even on t he list (crying).  I have only one book left and it is an Owen Parry then I will have completed every category on the Challenge.  It has certainly taken me long enough!!!!



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Date Posted: 9/1/2013 11:43 AM ET
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The Demon Lover by Victoria Holt. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 11:59 AM ET
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Becky - Anne Perry changed her name from Juliet Hulme. When she was 15, she and her best friend murdered the friend's mother - bashed her head in with a brick about 20 times. This happened in New Zealand. They were convicted and each did about 5 years - this happened in the 50's. I think it's interesting that they were considered too young for the death penalty but only served 5 years! I also think it's ironic that one of her  books is titled Thou Shalt Not Kill!

I found out about her when watching a documentary type show on ID channel, I think it was. This was a few years ago. I know you can get more info on Google.

BTW - I love those Matthew Bartholomew books. I've gotten further into Gregory's Chaloner series but I think the Bartholomew books are better!



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Date Posted: 9/1/2013 12:35 PM ET
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RE: Anne Perry

They also made a movie about the incident, Heavenly Creatures.  Jeanne, I know exactly what you mean.  I have very mixed feelings about her, and haven't purchased any of her books since I found out her history.  I find it incredibly creepy.  The book was on the MP3 player from about 5 years ago, and since I was trapped in the car, I listened to it.  I did enjoy the story, but knowing her personal background colors everything now!  I don't know if I will do any more...

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 I find it incredibly creepy. Me too, Vicky. When I'm browsing through books on AZN, for instance, I just whip right by hers.....sad

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 1:29 PM ET
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If Anne Perry was only 15 and it was the 1950s, I would say that would be the exact reason a juvenile did not get the death penalty.  Do not know if New Zealand has the death penalty, did not look into it, but that might have been a factor as well.  Thanks for the scoop, but I do not know if that will keep me away from Charlotte and Thomas!!!!  Suppose I need to know why they killed the mother, that might make a difference as well.  Was she an abuser, or were they simply wicked???

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 2:35 PM ET
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Becky - Perry's family was moving and her friend wanted to go with her. Her mother said "no". The girls were so close that they hatched the plan to kill the mother. I never heard any hint of abuse of the friend's mother toward her daughter. Of course the death penalty was off the table because of her age but at age 15 she obviously was aware of what she was doing and her friend as well. Very sad.....

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 2:56 PM ET
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WOW --- That makes it seem as though they were just wicked teenagers doesn't it???  One assumes that subsequent to her imprisonment she has mended her ways, but that is indeed an horrific tale.

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 3:13 PM ET
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Becky - they were obsessed with each other - couldn't bear to be apart! I believe that they were definitely separated while they were in prison, though....

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 7:54 PM ET
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I finished "A Man on a Donkey" last night, it was very good, one of the few books I've read that discussed the dissolution of the monasteries and the religious changes brought on by Henry VIII on the English people.

I will start "The Illusion of Separateness" today, which is my September Book Club book.

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 8:15 PM ET
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Becky - they were obsessed with each other - couldn't bear to be apart! I believe that they were definitely separated while they were in prison, though....

I had read that as part of her sentencing, Hulme/Perry wasnt allowed to have contact with the other girl. Shortly after her release, Perry moved to England.

 

Date Posted: 9/3/2013 1:17 PM ET
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I saw the "Heavenly Creatures" movie on cable a few years ago...Kate Winslet played Juliet, AKA Anne Perry. I enjoyed the movie, although I did find it creepy and thought the girls were more than slightly disturbed and verging on mentally unbalanced. Yes, they were 15, but my niece is 15 and doesn't act like that...thank goodness.

I haven't read any of Anne Perry's books, and really never had an urge to do so. I can't say it is because of her background - I've picked up a couple on occasion and read the summaries and was just not sucked in. I do read historical mysteries here and there, if they look amazing. For example, I do love the Shardlakes. I'm not a hardcore mystery reader, so most of the historicals I read aren't that genre.

Right now I'm reading Blue Asylum, by Kathy Hepinstall. So far, so good. I started it on the airplane ride home last night, and got a littler further than I thought I would. It's a fast read.

ETA: I have The Sisters Brothers on Mt. TBR. I'll have to move it up a few notches based on the reviews. It's an upostable - I picked it up at my favorite UBS even though I knew I wouldn't be able to trade it because it looked like it would be fun. I rarely do that, so I hope it meets expectations!

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REK -- glad to hear you liked The Sisters Brothers -- I didn't find it particularly funny or engaging,  but as my children tell me, I have no sense of humor....

Re: Anne Perry -- I read at least 15 of her books years ago (before easy access to Internet) before I learned of her background. By then, I was hooked on both Charlotte/Thomas Pitt and William Monk. But, rest easy, I have never paid money for her books -- oh, how I love libraries!!

Finished Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson -- the most recent installment in her Gaslight Mystery series. I hadn't realized that she (Thompson) had announced that Frank and Sarah would finally get together in this book -- I guess she realized that she needed to appease her readers (including yours truly) who were getting increasingly frustrated with their stalled relationship. This book was fine...but I miss the banter from the first few books.

Picked up the new Jack Reacher at the library yesterday -- yet another series that I can't give up despite my frustration with improbable plot twists, one-dimensional characters, and clunky writing. But it beats Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country which I am plodding through for my book club   -- while I don't think that characters need to be likeable to enjoy a book, they do need to be interesting and thus far, I am totally uninterested in these characters...or the setting...or the plot. But who knows? I'm only 50 pages in...maybe it will turn out to be a winner (she says optimistically)!

Date Posted: 9/4/2013 10:41 AM ET
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Hadn't heard of Anne Perry or any of her books - gosh, the things I learn here!

The Sisters Brothers is definitely dark comedy; not without it's redeeming qualities.  I love an author who is a bit out of the box.  Speaking of...

I finished Life After Life in a whirlwind of reading.  A+ for creativity. Not exactly dark comedy but Atkinson puts witty conversations and laconic domestic scenes next to random violence and the graphic horrors of WWII London air raids.  A bit too long with an ending that is open for interpretation.  Lots of food for thought, but alas, I'm on to the next book.

Decided to do a nonfiction that has been on my TBR for ages:  Reading Lolita in Tehran.



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REK - Sometimes I believe things like illnesses and surgeries are harder for the loved ones than the person going throught them.  My thoughts and well wishes will be with you and your hubby throughout the next few days.  Let us know how it goes. 

Date Posted: 9/4/2013 2:24 PM ET
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Oh REK, I had the date for DH's surgery as Sept 6th - did I get it wrong or did they move it up? You will both be in my prayers and I'm sure all will go well!

Date Posted: 9/4/2013 2:46 PM ET
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Finished Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson -- the most recent installment in her Gaslight Mystery series. I hadn't realized that she (Thompson) had announced that Frank and Sarah would finally get together in this book -- I guess she realized that she needed to appease her readers (including yours truly) who were getting increasingly frustrated with their stalled relationship. This book was fine...but I miss the banter from the first few books.


Yay! Finally!  I am a couple of these behind, but I'm glad there's a light at the end of the tunnel for them!

I am working on a contemporary fiction, "Love Bomb" by Lisa Somebody.

Didn't we do an Anne Perry as a read-along a couple of years ago?

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