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Subject: What's everybody reading this August?
Date Posted: 8/1/2014 1:53 PM ET
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I decided to try a new HM titled The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley. Only just finished the second chapter but it has promise....

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Date Posted: 8/1/2014 4:04 PM ET
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I am reading a historical mystery cozy Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause (Miss Dimple, Bk 2) :: Mignon F. Ballard. It is set in 1943. Reminds me of stories from my mother and aunts

Date Posted: 8/1/2014 5:39 PM ET
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I'm reading a not-fabulous contemporary fiction, set in Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown called The Wishing Thread

Date Posted: 8/1/2014 8:41 PM ET
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Reading a non-HF book -- a fascinating memoir, Free Spirit, by Joshua Safran, an attorney and writer, whose upbringing was unconventional, to say the least. If you're a fan of books such as Angela's Ashes, Glass Castle, and All Over But the Shoutin', you should pick up this book.

And still listening to the never-ending Fiery Cross -- if I weren't in love with Jamie, I would have given up on this book long ago. But I did buy a subscription to Starz and have already programmed my TIVO to record Outlander!

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Date Posted: 8/1/2014 9:33 PM ET
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Can't wait for Outlander to start

Date Posted: 8/2/2014 9:26 AM ET
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Completed The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishma, which I tried to obtain for months.  Finally, pbs came through.  The book won a Japanese literary prize and is regarded in that country as "one of the world's greatest love stories," according to the book's back description.  I liked it very much.  In addition, I read a G.K. Chesterton, finished the science fiction Ubik by Philip Dick, a crime book about cold cases, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (quite interesting) and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a first read that is so very good.  It's a story about a famous diamond that a German officer wants to locate to cure his cancer.  The legend around the diamond states that whoever owns it will live forever but will lose those his friends, family and loves, one by one.  A young German boy whose fascination with mechanical devices and his sister, a blind girl, her father and uncle and others are involved in the story.  Who will end up with the diamond?  You have to read the story to know.  This one enfolds you and holds your heart until the very end.  Guess I'm on a historical fiction binge!  Finished Heresy and The Chaperone, too, both of which I have had on my pile for a few months.   Read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson which was ok but I knew the story so well that it was hard to stay with it.  And, I've read a Locus Award winner titled Beauty by Shari Tepper which I liked a lot as well as Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris.  It was quite good but not as good as Heresy in my opinion.  Other reads include Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews, the final book in an urban fantasy series I have enjoyed, Reality Boy by A.S. King, which is a tale about a teenager who has problems without end, and The Young Caesar by Rex Warner, a novel told by Caesar that explores the intrigues and political moves by power hungry Romans of upper classes.  Not an easy read but it's an interesting approach and makes the reader glad he/she did not live in Rome during that period.   Another Sherlock Holmes mystery was great fun (The Disappance of Sherlock Holmes by Larry Millett).   A truly interesting read was Hedy's Folly by Richard Rhodes.  Besides acting, this unusual woman loved to invent and together with an American composer, George Antheil, they invented a process they called frequency hopping upon which today's broad spectrum technology is based.  It's the basis of much that we enjoy including cell phones!  Now off to read about Charlemagne and tackle another fantasy novel.



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Date Posted: 8/2/2014 2:32 PM ET
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NF right now... A History of the World in 6 Glasses :: Tom Standage.



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Date Posted: 8/2/2014 8:39 PM ET
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I watched the free offering of the first Outlander episode, today only free if I have it right. Go to the Starz website to view it. Loved it, except the sex was a bit TMI for my tastes.

I'm reading A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber, the latest in her Lady Darby mysteries. Not HF, but finished the new Gregg Olsen book about the Susan Powell disappearance. So sad, and I so want to hit  wall, or the Utah detectives handling the investigation. As heavily as this was covered by the Seattle media, there's quite a lot they didn't or couldn't talk about.


 

Date Posted: 8/2/2014 10:42 PM ET
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Watched Outlander, Episode 1 - very well done, I thought. 

 

Date Posted: 8/3/2014 11:32 PM ET
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I tried watching the Outlander episode on Starz.com, but I absolutely hate watching stuff on the Internet. My computer doesn't like to do it...it skips and bobbles and the mouths don't match the words. I got so frustrated that I gave up after ten minutes. I'll wait until the first season comes out on DVD and get it that way.

Sucks to be me.

Date Posted: 8/5/2014 9:24 AM ET
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Reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Boyne, a Holocaust "fable" about the friendship between a German boy and a Jewish boy. Just started so no opinion as yet.

Still listening to The Fiery Cross -- finally something happened -- 25 discs down and 22 to go!

Date Posted: 8/5/2014 10:02 AM ET
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I've started The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas.

Date Posted: 8/6/2014 1:01 AM ET
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For you, Deb...

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You will most likely need these.



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Date Posted: 8/6/2014 1:12 AM ET
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Thanks, Lauri -- I'm assuming I need those for The Pajama Boy...and not for the never-ending Fiery Cross which just keeps going and going and going....

Date Posted: 8/6/2014 11:31 AM ET
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Just finished watching the first episode of Outlander...weel it was verra good!

Date Posted: 8/7/2014 4:10 AM ET
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You're correct, Deb - Pajama Boy was definitely a Kleenex special.

They made a very good movie of it as well, starring Vera Farmiga.

Edited because my computer is cutting off my words tonight...



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Date Posted: 8/7/2014 3:27 PM ET
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It looks wrenching, but good. 

I am working on August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - which only seemed appropriate to read in August 2014.

Date Posted: 8/7/2014 4:54 PM ET
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Good idea, Mimi.  I just ordered it up from my library.

Date Posted: 8/7/2014 5:30 PM ET
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:)

 

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Date Posted: 8/10/2014 7:36 AM ET
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One of my favorite Historical mystery authors is Jacqueline Winspear. She has a new HF standalone novel set during WWI. This book is not part of the Maisie Dobbs' series. I just started reading it , very good so far. The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel :: Jacqueline Winspear, Jacqueline Winspear

Date Posted: 8/11/2014 10:55 AM ET
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Just started the previously very HTF Watch the Wall, My Darling by Jane Aiken Hodge. Now in the Overdrive catalog. Whoot.

Date Posted: 8/11/2014 11:24 AM ET
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Reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks - starting out in pre-WWI France.

Date Posted: 8/11/2014 1:10 PM ET
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Finished The Boy With the Striped Pajamas, which was good, and then watched the movie, which was even better. (Thanks for the tissues, Lauri -- I needed them.) Also read (for my Book Selection Committee)The Betrayers by Bezmozgis, a well-done short novel that explores the morality of the choices one makes. 

Now off to Ireland with The Goldfinch by Tartt in hand (or rather, on my iPad) for my book club. I wish I were more excited about reading this -- I have heard such mixed reviews -- but I did love her first book, so maybe I'll be one of the ones who loves this work.

Date Posted: 8/11/2014 1:29 PM ET
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Not a book, but have started watching Apocalypse WWI on the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel), which was produced to commemorate the 100 year anniversary. It's really pretty good so far, and interesting to look at because they've colorized some of the old WWI film.

Date Posted: 8/12/2014 2:48 PM ET
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Deb - The Goldfinch is my September Book Club book, so I'll be beginning soon as well.  Sadly, not on my way to Ireland :) Enjoy!

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