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DUgosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 09:20 PM
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What are you reading the week of September 4, 2011?
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths - Ruth Galloway #2
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 09:22 PM
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1. "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"
Lovely little book to finish out my summer reading.
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Zoigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:55 PM
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21. I really enjoyed it, too...z
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 09:26 PM
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2. "1491".
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 09:58 PM
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3. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
I can't believe it took me this long to get to this book.
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Kceres Donating Member (839 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 11:16 PM
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8. That is a wonderful read.
It's been years since I read it and I still think about it from time to time.
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Kceres Donating Member (839 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 11:16 PM
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9. "Hitch-22". nt
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 09:59 PM
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4. Robert K.Tannenbaum
Latest in the Karp series. Just finished Cowboys and Aliens
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 10:53 PM
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5. The first 17 books of the Tanenbaum series...
are among the best books I've read...weird, exciting and lots of very interesting characters.

How did you like the one you just finished?
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 11:03 PM
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6. What is the title of the latest Tanenbaum that you read?
I thought Outrage was the latest...I read that one..

Cowboys and Aliens I thought was a movie...but just found out it's a book too. Who wrote the one that you read? I see two different authors for it - Vinge and Lente..
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 11:26 PM
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10. Cowboys and aliens
Joan D. Venge... Book was pretty good...I usually don't do the movies so glad to see them in book form.
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Old Codger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 11:29 PM
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11. Tannenbaum
Betrayed is the latest in the series in paperback form.... Have read all of them and love them, good reads....
Actually just re-read Outrage last week when I ran out of new stuff, I do that quite a lot really, I keep the good ones around for that purpose.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:20 AM
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14. I remember a few so vividly...
where Marlene's dog took the pants off the guy who was trying to rape her and had him running out of the hotel room...and after the party when one of the cops was drunk - they wheeled him into the coronor's lab done up like a corpse..and the guys in the tunnels...the street characters..

Yes, I think I'll read him again. Maybe even see about collecting the whole set..
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-12 10:42 AM
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45. Just got COWBOYS & ALIENS ......
Did you like it? Joan D. Vinge wrote the one I have....
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 11:07 PM
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7. SEVENTY-CLOCKS by Christopher Fowler
I really like this author. This is my third in the Bryant-May series - detectives in England working in the Peculiar Crimes Unit...


Book 64




Appreciation of DUgosh's dependability - R
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:22 AM
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15. Oops, should have said SEVENTY-SEVEN CLOCKS... nt
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:54 AM
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12. Battle Cry of Freedom -- John McPherson
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TexasProgresive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 06:19 AM
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13. Herding Cats by John McCabe
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:04 PM
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16. Still reading "The Grass Crown" by Colleen McCullough. Cicero and Pompey have entered the story.
Both are in their late teens at this stage, assisting Pompey's dad Pompeius Strabo during the war between Rome and her Italian satellite states. The aging Gaius Marius has had a massive left-hemisphere stroke that took him out of the war just after he and Sulla slaughtered the main rebel force in central Italy. Julius Caesar's uncle Sextus Caesar has died from his asthma and a relative, Lucius Caesar, pushed through a bill giving citizenship to Italians who did not take up arms against Rome.
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 12:25 PM
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17. The Origional Hitchhiker radio scripts
by Douglas Adams. This book is more fun than you can legally have :woohoo:
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 10:32 AM
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42. I have had the "Hitchhiker" Book for ages
and for some reason I never read it. Will have to dust it off and give it a reading - It was bought brand new as a gift for me.

Funny about books. Seems we have to find them ourselves to enjoy them. Recommends sometimes hit the mark, but most often, not.


(What really makes me feel bad is when I recommend a book to someone and they don't like it and are too worried about hurting my feelings that they can't say they don't like it. The heck with my feelings. If you don't like an author, say so, no hard feelings - I think this may have happened in our group and it bothers me.)
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Zoigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:44 PM
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18. "The Help"....z
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Wheezy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 05:47 PM
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19. Still reading...
...Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. It's excellent, but I've been too busy to read except in small amounts. Hoping to finish it this weekend on a plane.
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WCIL Donating Member (265 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 10:03 AM
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22. I am on the holds list for this at the library
I'm really looking forward to it.
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Louisiana1976 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:18 PM
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20. Phantom Evil by Heather Graham
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WCIL Donating Member (265 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 10:20 AM
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23. Still reading Ready Player One
A great read so far. My husband read it first, and he really enjoyed it. It is now 2044 and world is 30+ years into the Great Recession. The main character, Parzifal, spends most of his time in the virtual reality world OASIS. The inventor of OASIS died and willed it whoever can solve the quest he hid in the OASIS. The clues are all from the inventor's love of '80's games, TV shows and movies.

It is much better than my description, I promise!
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Abin Sur Donating Member (647 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 07:35 PM
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24. Nightworld by F Paul Wilson
Apocalyptic horror is fun!
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 07:09 AM
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25. Just finished "Kill Me if You Can" by James Patterson; now reading another Lee Child
"Echo Burning" - my next-in-line Reacher book.
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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 03:36 AM
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29. I think that was the first one I happened across - got me hooked!
Hope you enjoy. :)
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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 03:38 AM
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30. oops
Edited on Wed Sep-07-11 03:39 AM by mvccd1000
double-clicked
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 07:19 AM
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37. I like it. Not as much as the previous one, "Running Blind"
That's been my favorite so far.
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 02:42 PM
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26. Carrie by Stephen King
I haven't read any of his books before. It's not bad.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 03:30 PM
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27. Just finished re-reading Dandelion Wine. Boy, I needed that.
Ray Bradbury is a national treasure.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 04:59 PM
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28. Age hasn't slowed him down not one bit..
The only thing I ever heard of by Bradbury is The Martian Chronicles...looked him up at: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/ray-bradbury /

Great bio of him there and complete list of works. He turned 81 last month.

I see where Dandelion Wine is the first of a series of three:
"Greentown"
Dandelion Wine (1957)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)
Farewell Summer (2006)


Never heard of a series with so many years inbetween. Have you read them all?

I will definitely be trying something of his. He also has some mysteries, my favorite. Which if any do you recommend?

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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 12:40 PM
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33. Pick up whichever title grabs your attention.
Dandelion Wine has some central themes and characters but takes the wide lens in viewing several characters. The stories are a delight, even those with painful themes.

I personally love his novella "I Sing The Body Electric", which is an ocean of prose and meaning.

His writing is food.
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Onceuponalife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 04:19 PM
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44. I love that book!
Definitely my favorite Bradbury book. I was a boy when I first read it and really identified with it. When the kid has to say goodbye to his friend, man, I know what that's like! Bradbury nailed it.
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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 03:40 AM
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31. "The Pull of Gravity" by Brett Battles
Not a Cleaner book, this is a totally different genre with all new characters. The great writing remains, though - perhaps even better than the Quinn books. I really enjoyed this story.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 06:53 AM
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32. Looked up title and my sources say this isn't written by Battles
Maybe it's just too early in the morning, not usually up this early on the computer, but I'm seeing Gae Polisner as having written The Pull of Gravity.

http://www.amazon.com/Gae-Polisner/e/B004GBJ8RU/ref=sr_...

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/p/gae-polisner /

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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 10:57 PM
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35. Maybe there's more than one?
Amazon has this one as written by Brett Battles.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Pull-of-Gravity-ebook/dp/B005...

It's also a perfect follow-on novel to a short story he wrote with the same theme and the same type of characters. (Perfect Gentleman: http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Gentleman-ebook/dp/B004TG... )

Both were great stories.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-11 11:07 PM
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36. Oh m, how could I doubt you??
Shame on me.

My trouble is there is no other format for the book other than "e" and I don't have an "e" machine. I looked under "Books."

Nice that we cleared it up for the others. It's worth noting here that it got 5 *****'s from Amazon readers.
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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 09:23 AM
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38. I'd say you made a compelling argument. :)
You could download the free kindle application that lets you read kindle books on your pc. (Warning: that's what got me hooked and made me buy a real kindle.) Most of the classics are free, and many popular authors have started "self-publishing" their books, which leaves the prices down around $0.99 to $2.99.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/pc/download

I think I paid $2.99 for that Brett Battles book, and I have several other $0.99 books I'm reading. (There are no libraries over here, so I was paying $0.01 + $3.99 shipping for the used paperbacks I was buying from Amazon... so far many of the kindle books I've read are cheaper than the "real" books I was buying!)
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-07-11 08:26 PM
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34. Seeking whom he may devour, by Fred Vargas
...Vargas herself. She is a distinguished archaeologist who has written important works on medieval social structures and on the epidemiology of the plague. She is also a vociferous and persistent critic of the French political and judicial systems as a prominent supporter of the fugitive Italian writer Cesare Battisti, exiled from France and currently in custody in Brazil, who is accused of committing terrorist offences in Italy in the 1970s. But Vargas is now best known as a crime writer.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/feb/16/featuresrev...

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/v/fred-vargas /

Just finished The Faceless Killers, by Mankell
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 07:55 PM
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39. MISSING JOSEPH by Elizabeth George
Just started it, and George writes so well she gets me interested in something in which I'm not really interested.

Like for instance, murder because of marital problems. Somebody's husband loves somebody else, and that somebody else loves somebody who loves somebody else, etc.

Give me a good old-fashioned murder out of greed, power, war, insanity, or a combination of these things, but not unfulfilled love. But the book's just starting. Am on page 60 or so, and hopefully, some other foul motive will be revealed...

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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:33 AM
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40. Quit at pp l04. Soap opera nt
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:35 AM
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41. MOONLIGHT MILE by Dennis Lehane












book 66
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 09:04 PM
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43. "Embassytown" by China Meiville. Terrific!
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