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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:01 AM
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What are you reading the week of November 6, 2011?
DUgosh is in Houston for some girl fun and an international quilt show - she will be back next week...

My book today is Death of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton (1985). On the cover: "A Murder Mystery Introducing Police Constable Hamish Macbeth."

Takes place in Scotland...

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/B_Authors/Beaton_M-C....
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:21 AM
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1. I have heard that this is a good series.
Maybe I will pick up some of the books.

I am reading "The Ballad of Tom Dooley," by Sharyn McCrumb. For those who have not heard of her, she lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge. It has been said of her that in an earlier life, she must have been an Appalachian balladeer.

She has written many other books set in her native area. Many of them retell legends and historical events that took place in her area. Some of them move back and forth in time. I never miss them.

McCrumb did some new research before retelling this story. She comes up with a new twist on the story of Tom Dula. She retells it like a mountain version of "Wuthering Heights." This is a good book!

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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 07:27 PM
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9. Looked it up
I'm going to try the first of the Spencer Arrowood series If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O. I like "sheriff" stories...they usually have some humor and interesting characters.

Have you read them all in this series?



http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/M_Authors/McCrumb_Sha...

shows three series . . .have you read the other two?
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 12:31 AM
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12. I was not aware of any but the ballad series.
I have read all those. I will have to look for the others.

Thanks for the tip.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 09:50 PM
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21. I had the hardest time trying to figure out where I found out about
Sharyn McCrumb - It was YOU....


Thanks for the rec. I like her a lot.. I'm into her Spencer Arrowood series.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:22 AM
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2. "Boomerang" by Michael Lewis. So far it is about the financial bubble in Iceland. Really frightening
stuff.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:34 AM
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3. A book from my father's library.
S. G. F. Brandon: His most celebrated position is the controversial one, that a political Jesus was a revolutionary figure, influenced in that by the Zealots; this he argued in the 1967 book Jesus and the Zealots: A Study of the Political Factor in Primitive Christianity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._G._F._Brandon

Fascinating book.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 12:46 AM
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4. Try another controversial one...
Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Barbara Theiring. She's a university professor in Australia (unless she's retired by now).
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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 02:03 AM
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5. still reading orations + my 1891 encyclopedia britannica,
but i have been reading french history in the EB and boy the 1st revolution had me thinking of today. many many parallels. the military wasn't on the side of the people at 1s too. it wasn't Louis XVI's fault(tho maria antoinette was a brat), it was Louis XIV's fault, was a bit like georgee. lots of wars, bad investments, a major crash in the monetary system. FAMINE. but soon, france was hankering for a 'king' and i am just at napoleon taking over.
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Mac1949 Donating Member (168 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 03:35 AM
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6. "Given Up For Dead" by Bill Sloan. The story of the 1941 last stand
of the Marines (with a few army), Navy, and civilian contractors on Wake Island. Enthralling.
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 09:45 AM
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7. "The Enemy" by Lee Child
My favorite Jack Reacher novel yet.
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 06:01 PM
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8. re re re reading 1984
it has been several years since I last read it and since I just finishes Brave New World I figured it was time since in my mind the two books belong together

interesting fact--Huxley died the day JFK was assassinated , which was also my 23rd birthday
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Louisiana1976 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 08:43 PM
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10. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
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Moe Shinola Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 09:56 PM
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11. What are you reading the week of November 6, 2011?
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 09:56 AM
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14. Your posts....
Are what I'm reading. Welcome newbie...

Saw your contribution to the Fiction Series List and will look up the author. I wish everyone would put their author there - especially the ones they really like.

Just finished Beaton's Death of a Gossip and haven't started another book yet.
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Moe Shinola Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 06:36 PM
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15. I totally don't see a body to my original post...
So what I meant to post was that I'm now reading O Pioneers by Willa Cather and Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
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Onceuponalife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 01:22 AM
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13. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Loved Stephenson's Cryptonomicon then read his Quicksilver and wasn't as enamored. Hoping Anathem will be more like the former although so far it looks like it may be a bit of a slog.

Also just started an SF anthology called Live Without a Net.
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:37 AM
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16. 1Q84
Very strange.
Very gripping.

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didact Donating Member (150 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 12:28 PM
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17. Zor: Philosophy, Spirituality, and Science
nfm
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 05:05 PM
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18. The Dory Book, by John Gardner
Everything you need to know to build your own dory.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 10:49 PM
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19. IF EVER I RETURN, PRETTY PEGGY-O by Sharyn McCrumb
First book in the series featuring Spencer Arrowood...

so far, so good...am only on page 50.

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/M_Authors/McCrumb_Sha...




Book 83



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ForeverFlashy Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 11:11 PM
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20. Not reading but more like re-reading
I was reading the Ranger's Apprentice series. AGAIN. Lol. I'm on my third book and hoping to finish the whole series before the month ends.
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