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Subject: Susan Howatch
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 10:40 AM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2005
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I know I'm not alone in having read, and thoroughly enjoyed Penmarric, Cashelmara, and especially Wheel of Fortune.  Well, this past weekend at a nifty little used book store, Kelly and I picked up Five Complete Novels by Susan Howatch.  It appears that the novels are relatively short (an average of less than 200 pages each) gothic stories.  Does anyone know anything about The Shrouded Walls, The Dark Shore, The Waiting Sands, April's Grave, or The Devil on Lammas Night?  At only $2 for this hardback in nice condition, we figured we had nothing to lose.  Comment, anyone??

Linda

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 12:21 PM ET
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Linda, I know she's written some romantic suspense/gothic novels and I've been intending to get them from the library and give them a whirl one of these days. I still have to get through Mary Stewart's back list.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:54 PM ET
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Misfit,

While at this nifty little bookstore with Linda last Saturday, and looking for some specific Daphne du Maurier titles, I came across several of Mary Stewart's old, wonderful novels that I read as a teen-ager. Nine Coaches Waiting, My Brother Michael, Madam, Will You Talk?, The Moonspinners ... oh boy ... I enjoyed these novels better than I did her Arthurian trilogy.

I was sorely tempted to add them to our growing stack of books ... if only my TBR wasn't so mountainous and already filled with wonderful books all to be read for the first time.

Kelly

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:15 PM ET
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Linda, those are some awfully good books although I'm saving Madam for last. Comfort reads. Don't ever get the Moonspinners movie out and watch it though. What a screwed up mess of a damn good book.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:30 PM ET
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Linda,  Please let us know what you think, I am reading Penmerric, and have the other two on my TBR.  I would love to read something gothic this year.