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DUgosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-11 11:11 PM
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What are you reading the week of October 2, 2011?
Started Early Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson - Jackson Brodie # 4

I am going to find this first three in this series, I haven't been able to put this one down. Ms. Atkinson draws her characters well. Right now I'm rooting for a kidnapper??? How is that even possible?
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PETRUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-11 11:17 PM
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1. you read BOOKS? Weirdo.
Edited on Sat Oct-01-11 11:18 PM by PETRUS
j/k

Recently finished "Water for Elephants" and "The End of Loser Liberalism." (both good!) Now so caught up in occupywallstreet my borrowed copy of "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" is collecting dust.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-11 11:26 PM
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2. Still on BLOOD SACRIFICE by Gary Alexander




Book 74




R'd, of course...
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footinmouth Donating Member (630 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-11 11:47 PM
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3. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
The Kindle edition is 99 cents at Amazon. I'm about halfway through it and so far it's great.
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tgearfanatic234 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 12:25 AM
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4. the great gatsby
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 01:08 AM
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5. welcome
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mvccd1000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 03:22 AM
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6. "The Righteous" by Michael Wallace
Not only the name of the first book in the series, but also the name of the series, which (so far) consists of 3 full-length books and a novella set between the 2nd and 3rd.

The main protagonist is a young doctor who was raised in a polygamous cult (fundamentalist Mormons in Utah), along with his sister, both of whom are somewhat skeptical of not only polygamy, but perhaps religion in general. They are faced with different factions of the community who are either 1) trying to bring about the end of the world, 2) trying to get them both married off quickly, or 3) trying to kill them.

All three books were real page-turners that kept me up at night to finish them, which is why I'm listing them all together here; I think it only took me 2-3 days this week to wrap up the series.

I'm not sure of the author's background, but he sure seems to give an insider's view of life in a polygamous compound. Very interesting reading.

Next book I'll start is a WWII novel by the same author.

(Not sure if these are available in paperpack; they showed up in my kindle recommendations as $0.99 - $2.99 books, and I'm learning that a lot of those are only available in electronic format.)
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 07:22 AM
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7. "The Company - a Novel of the CIA" by Robert Littell
Just started it. It was a bargain audiobook from Audible. It's huge and I tend to like long books. We'll see how it goes.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 09:36 PM
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32. I'm loving this book
I just saw that it was made into a tv miniseries a few years ago.
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TexasProgresive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 08:15 AM
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8. Fool that I am-A Dance with Dragons
Who knows when or if ever George R.R. Martin will finish this series.
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AngryOldDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 05:49 PM
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11. Halfway through A Game of Thrones
Maybe when I finish A Dance With Dragons the next installment will be out.

This kind of genre typically isn't my thing, but I'm enjoying it. My teenage son loves these books and he's been a handy reference if I lose track of a character or subplot. The nuance and detail of Martin's writing is amazing.

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TexasProgresive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 06:26 AM
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14. This series is really good-It's just that so many years passed with out the next
book. Mr. Martin is not young and neither am I.
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Sisaruus Donating Member (703 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 01:18 PM
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9. Netherland
I read Salt Water by Charles Simmons this morning and started Netherland by Joseph O'Neill (both picked up at my library's recent book sale). However, I'm taking a 3 hour break to watch the In Depth interview with Michael Moore on BookTV - and, if I get off the laptop, I WILL clean the room as I'm watching so I can return to the book post-interview.
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Wheezy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 04:37 PM
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10. WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley
I've happened upon a string of luck with books lately. This one was another major winner. Great for teens and adults.
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Louisiana1976 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 08:57 PM
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12. The Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 11:23 PM
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13. I'm now on "Honor Among Enemies", by David Weber
These Honor Harrington books are really, really good. And Honor herself is, as an officer in an enemy navy in the series believes, "the kind of officer any navy would kill to enlist".

Fantastic. Really, a very good series of speculative political/military books that takes place in a convincing science fiction universe.

The first is called "On Basilisk Station" if you're interested. I wasn't sure when I started listening to them at work, but I've become very much hooked.
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elfin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 08:45 AM
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15. Really liked that book - and all of hers eom
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elfin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 08:47 AM
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16. Finishing "The Devil's Star" - Nesbro
Hooked on this author.
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DisgustipatedinCA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 01:18 PM
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17. Just finishing Grisham's The Confession
It's about what you'd expect from John Grisham...nothing earthshattering, but it passes the time. I am hoping to start a more engaging book next, and I'll post it here once I've selected one.
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DisgustipatedinCA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 04:53 PM
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28. And now I've started a nonfiction book called Manhunt
James Swanson wrote Manhunt, an account of Lincoln's assassination and John Wilkes Booth's flight and attempted escape. It's written in the style of Devil in the White City et al--fiction, but narrated a little like a novel. I'm really enjoying it so far, and I'm about 1/3 through it.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 01:59 PM
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18. The Affair by Lincoln Child.
I just love the Jack Reacher books, and this is the newest one, just came out. I'll finish it later on today.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 02:33 PM
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19. I'm only up to "Without Fail"; I'm reading them in order
Hope you enjoy it.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 10:52 PM
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21. I love them all. For me, there's not a bad one
in the bunch.

And yes, I finished it, will get it back to the library tomorrow, since some 47 or so people have holds on it. I put in the hold request as soon as I knew the book was going to come out, so I was like the third person to request it, and they've bought 7 copies for the three branches in this city.
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BookSavoury Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 03:10 PM
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20. I start reading too many books at one time!
Just finished Generation Loss, a modern crime-sort-of novel about a post-punk photographer.

Now going back to A Harlot High and Low by Balzac.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-04-11 02:46 AM
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22. THE VICTORIA VANISHES by Christopher Fowler
Fowler is now one of my favorite authors.

This is 6th of the Bryant-May Peculiar Crimes Series, and the books get better with each one. I recommend you read them all, in any order. They may be hard to find; I had to read Seventy-Seven Clocks from the MI e-Library and the only copy available in the state was a yellowed beat-up pocketbook. I struggled thru it because I love the characters and the brilliant funny dialog.

There are only a few sets of (used) series I intend to own - already have one - the whole set by James Doss (Charlie Moon Series); need Christopher Fowler (Peculiar Crimes Series), Louise Penny (Armand Gamache Series); Stieg Larsson (Millennium Series) and a couple I'm debating with myself about - Bradley's Flavia Series for one.

Please try at least one Fowler book.

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/F_Authors/Fowler_Chri...


Book 75
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-11 02:04 PM
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26. A typical example of Fowler's writing...
(I will never know the history, background, or streets of London, but still enjoy reading about it without understanding it)..

Chapter 26, The Victoria Vanishes..

If the notorious gangster-twin Kray brothers had taken to bare-knuckle sparring with each other in East End boxing clubs until they were melded into a single flat-nosed, cauliflower-eared entity, they would have looked like Oliver Golifer, the ridiculously monickered owner of the Newman Sweet Picture Library.

Golifer's terrifying demeanour was greatly at odds with his delicate, somewhat theatrical personality. He was a contradictory hulk, heavy of tread but light on his feet, with an erudite intelligence that hid behnd the appearance of a particularly gruesome monkey..

His books are full of this kind of crap, and I am getting so fond of it...



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PoiBoy Donating Member (842 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-04-11 05:05 PM
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23. Just finished "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"...
..my daughter strongly suggested that I take it along to occupy myself on the long plane ride... As it turned out, I wasn't able to crack it open until we were on the plane ride home.... but WOW... just WOW.!!! ..a very enjoyable read..

..live streamed the movie on Netflix... subtitles and all... great acting and mostly kept true to the book.. looking forward to the U.S. version coming in December...


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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-11 12:49 AM
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24. The Complete Short Novels of Anton Chekhov,
The Everyman's library edition. I am trying to read the classics; some for the first time.I have always loved Chekhov, he writes with such Russian passion!
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-11 08:44 AM
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25. "A Visit from the Goon Squad," Jennifer Egan
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-11 03:27 PM
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27. Now I'm reading The End of Everything by Megan Abbot.
It's not very long, and I'll probably finish it later on today.

Pretty interesting. It's told by a 13 year old whose best friend is suddenly abducted. Very strong observations about families and how people behave, as well as the way a person that age will ultimately think and behave around adults.
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matt819 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 06:25 PM
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29. This book is a hoot
I've read all the Jackson Brodie books; this is by far the best of the lot. You know how in police shows the cops all talk about how they don't believe in coincidences? Kate Atkinson's book prove the opposite. Have fun.
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matt819 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 06:28 PM
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30. Listening to The Keeper of Lost Causes
Continuing to feed my erstwhile addiction to Scandinavian police procedurals/mysteries. These people are bleak. The assistant to the main character is a Syrian who's a riot.


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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 06:52 PM
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31. "The Iron Heel" by Jack London
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