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Subject: What to read next...HELP
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 9:02 AM ET
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So I am still recovering from my post Outlander hangover.  I just started the series in the fall and finished Echo last week.  I followed that up with "Rhett Butler's People"...but it wasn't very well written and although it interested me because I am a GWTW fan...it wasn't enough to pull me out of the fog!   Trying to decide what to pick up next.  I have the first two books in the "Into the Wilderness": series by Sara Donati....I also have the Virgin Earth books by Gregory...or I have some other randoms: Midwives (which was an Oprah pick), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Daughters of Fortune, The Master Butchers Singing Club and Respectable Trade ( another Gregory).  Any suggestions??  I need a suck me in get me over my Gabaldonn hangover book!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 9:57 AM ET
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I'd go with the Sara Donati. That way you can read others in the series if you get hooked and want more. ;-)

Louise Erdrich is always good, and MBSC is one of her bests, or at least it is in my NSVHO.

I hated Memory Keeper's Daughter. I couldn't stand any of the characters. I think the book would have been awesome if they'd all been hit by a bus and put out of their misery.

 

 

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 12:03 PM ET
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Courtenaye, 

I had to laugh,  I read all the Gabaldons over about a 9 month period, the last 4 months I was waiting for "Echo's" release,  I can relate.  But I can't be of any help I've not read any of the books your talking of but, I will be reading the Donti series sometime this year, and have heard good things about it.  The 'hero' is supposed to give Jamie a run for his money on the fantasy scale.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 1:42 PM ET
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I loved Midwives, and was so annoyed when Oprah picked it, because well, she annoys me.  I am a birth junkie, though, but this book was fantastic and explored mother-daughter relationships in addition to being about midwifery. Very good.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 1:43 PM ET
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Was The Memory Keeper's Daughter the one about the doctor who shuttles off his newborn daughter who has Down Syndrome?  If so, I hated that one too.  I normally don't read current books like that, but since this one was about a child with DS (and I have a daughter with DS) and because my mother-in-law said it was awesome (hah!), I gave it a try. I thought it was terrible.  I didn't like the characters or the way the storyline went or the writing or anything.  It seemed like it was some sort of "Rain Man" rip off in a "respectable parent sweeps embarassing disabled child under the rug" sort of way.  Blech. 

I don't know about any of the other ones, so I can't help you.  LOL!  Just had to rage about TMKD!  LOL! 



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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 3:13 PM ET
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I haven't read any of the books, either, so I can't give you an opinion.  But I when I get a hangover like that, I go for something "opposite".  A stand-alone, fairly short (like, 300 pages) set in a completely different century and location.  Maybe even a different genre.  And if nothing on my TBR grabs me, I fall back to a favorite comfort book ... for the forty-'leventh time. :)



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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 3:26 PM ET
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Count me as one who also hated Memory Keeper's Daughter.  I also couldn't finish Lovely Bones (not that any one is asking).  I'd go with the Sara Donati serieis.



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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 3:53 PM ET
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I second Donati's Wilderness series - they are all on my "keeper" shelf. 

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 4:01 PM ET
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I hated Memory Keeper's Daughter. I couldn't stand any of the characters. I think the book would have been awesome if they'd all been hit by a bus and put out of their misery.  - LOL!  I thought that I was the only one in the world who felt this way.   Everyone else seems to LOOOOVE this book.

And add me as another vote for the Donati series.    I started it recently myself, and being a fan of both American historical fiction and the Outlander books, it was natural fit and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was also a big fan of The Master Butcher's SInging Club.  It wasn't perfect, but it was pretty darn good.    Of course, it probably helped that I am of German heritage and live in Minnesota.

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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 4:48 PM ET
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I loved Into the Wilderness it is one of my top books of 2009 that I read.  Runs with Wolves is no Jamie but he is still good. There is evan a mention of Claire Fraiser in the book.

I have the next two but haven't been to get to them trying to read done some of my challenges and swap books.

Alice

Subject: Well I think Memory Keeper's Daughter is out!
Date Posted: 1/15/2010 5:18 PM ET
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LOL...Well I currently have no desire to pick up Memory Keeper's daughter. I think I might go with the Donati series.  I need something that will make me stop thinking of the OUtlander characters...otherwise it is going to be A VERY LONG 3 years!!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 7:30 PM ET
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You could re-read Jamie and Claire.

*ducks*

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 8:24 PM ET
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I hated Memory Keeper's Daughter. I couldn't stand any of the characters. I think the book would have been awesome if they'd all been hit by a bus and put out of their misery.

Best description I've heard of this book.  Blech!  (But I did like Lovely Bones).  I wonder why so many HF fans hated MKD?  Maybe because we are used to strong characters who pick up the pieces when bad things happen and move on...not sweep it under the rug, burrow themselves under rug with it, roll  up  the rug and wallow in it the rest of their lives.



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Date Posted: 1/15/2010 9:09 PM ET
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sweep it under the rug, burrow themselves under rug with it, roll  up  the rug and wallow in it the rest of their lives.

And that's the best description of it I have heard. It is exactly what they did. I couldn't stand it. It is one of the few books that I truly loathed with a passion.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 11:23 PM ET
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sweep it under the rug, burrow themselves under rug with it, roll  up  the rug and wallow in it the rest of their lives.

And that's the best description of it I have heard. It is exactly what they did. 

I agree - fantastic description - the premise was good, but the execution was not. Our book club universally didn't like it. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 9:54 AM ET
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Soooo.....I'm guessing that none of you want my copy of TMKD....

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 5:59 PM ET
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LOL, Deb. I think you and Courtenaye may both have to pay someone to take this one off your hands. Or, just trash it and save someone else the pain of reading it, lol.

Usually, when books are this bad, I quit reading because I don't believe in forcing myself to read bad books, but this one was trainwreck style; can't tear your eyes away, even though they are being scalded. ;-)

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 6:54 PM ET
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Don't give up hope, Deb.  Someone may request it.  My copy was requested and I couldn't accept fast enough.  There was over 1,000 copies when I posted it.

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 8:54 PM ET
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For some unexplainable reason, it is STILL on the PBS Top 50 most requested list....42 requests in the last 7 days.  I guess people just don't know.

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 1:23 AM ET
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Shhh! Don't tell them.

Subject: I let my MIL borrow it..LOL
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 7:39 PM ET
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Well, I let my mother in law borrow TMKD when she was here this weekend..lol.  I  decided to read one more that wasn't a series before I dive into th Donati series so I went with Midwives and I am just finishing that up and the will dive into Donati in a day or two.  Thanks for all the great advice.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 8:26 PM ET
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Courtenaye, there are about a million jokes we could make about you giving your MIL a book we all hate.  That is tooooo funny!

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 1:02 PM ET
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Christa, I like how you think. >;-)

Subject: Shhhhhhhh!!
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 1:35 PM ET
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Don't tell my MIL!!  And for the record...I did tell her I had heard "mixed" reviews...LOL.  We have very different taste in books...so who knows, she  might love it! 

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 6:47 AM ET
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Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay series abouit the Quinn brothers was a very good modern day series.  Also I have just finished Joan Johnston's Hawks' Way series, and it was very good as well.  I am currently reading Joan Johnston's Bitter Creek series and the ones that I have read so far have been very good.  I have read Shattered, Stranger's Game, The Cowboy, and the Price.  I can recommend any of those for great reading.

Sheila

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