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Old 05-05-2012, 10:27 PM   #13126
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The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold is on hold right now. I've listened to a couple of freebie books and have just started The Curse of Senmut by Vickie Britton, another freebie from our Deals forum and a just joined MR author. This one is holding my attention, although I'm not far enough in to really know how good it will be.
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Outside a small village near the Valley of the Kings, archaeologist Ardis Cole arrives in Egypt to help excavate a tomb recently discovered by her mentor, Jane Darvin. When Jane is murdered, Ardis must assume responsibility for the project.

With the help of mysterious Blake Lydon, she must unravel the tomb’s mystery—an ancient secret concerning two miniature obelisks of gold hidden by Queen Hatshepsut’s love, Senmut, over 2000 years ago.

As Ardis uncovers the ancient mystery, she finds herself drawn into a modern action tale of hatred, murder, and revenge.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:59 AM   #13127
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"Colour Scheme" by Ngaio Marsh

Just finished "Colour Scheme", the 12th book in the Inspector Alleyn series. Published in 1943, this book is set in New Zealand (Marsh's native country) and features secret agents, 5th columnists, and everything else one might expect in a story set (and written) in the middle of WWII. It's unusual in that Alleyn doesn't feature very heavily in it - or does he? You'll see what I mean when you read it.

I really enjoyed this one. Well up with Marsh's best, and with very interesting descriptions of Maori life and culture in it, too. Well worth a read.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:30 AM   #13128
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A back-issue of F&SF, September 2005 by Spilogale authors.
Well, that was a really good issue. Mostly, perhaps, because of two really nice short stories by David Gerrold. But the other stories were nearly all above average too.

Next: Flandry's Legacy by Poul Anderson.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:55 PM   #13129
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:01 PM   #13130
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I am currently reading "Cradle of Solitude" in the Rogue Angel Series. Just finished the third book in the Storm of Prophecy Series by Michael von Werner.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #13131
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I'm finishing Executive Power by Vince Flynn.

On an unrelated topic, can you see what people have edited in their posts now?
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:28 PM   #13132
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Not sure why a link is showing up instead of the picture but....the book is

The System of the World by Neal Stephenson.


If words are preferred instead of pictures, I will go that route from now on.....i like to see book covers especially since I don't see them on a Kindle!
It is OK to put a cover image. But also please put the title/author as well.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:01 PM   #13133
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Cool Kate Shugak Series by Dana Stabenow and Night Passage by Robert B Parker

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I finished reading The God of Lost Things and really had fun doing so. I'm definitely a G. Norman Lippert fan. Now, what with all the Robert B Parker discussion here I just began reading the first Jesse Stone novel, Night Passage. I'm convinced that this'll be good as I thoroughly enjoyed the TV movie (and the other Jesse Stone TV movies as well).
Finished my first Robert B Parker book, Night Passage and it certainly didn't disappoint! In fact I added the TV movie to the top of my Netflix queue so I can see it again.

Now I'm going back to Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series to read Breakup, $4.99.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:36 PM   #13134
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Finished my first Robert B Parker book, Night Passage and it certainly didn't disappoint! In fact I added the TV movie to the top of my Netflix queue so I can see it again.

Now I'm going back to Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series to read Breakup, $4.99.
I enjoy the Stone books (and TV movies), but honestly don't think they're as strong as his Spenser books. Possibly because I've been reading the Spenser books since the beginning, and I see things in the Stone books that are just one more rehash of the same old thing. (His protagonists have significant problems with relationships, and even though Spenser has a long-standing relationship with Susan, it's very much non-typical and rather uneven. And also fairly unbelievable.)

Breakup is possibly my favourite Stabenow book. It's funny, totally tongue in cheek, and she clearly was trying to see just how far she could go.

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:03 PM   #13135
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Finished my first Robert B Parker book, Night Passage and it certainly didn't disappoint! In fact I added the TV movie to the top of my Netflix queue so I can see it again.

Now I'm going back to Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series to read Breakup, $4.99.
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I enjoy the Stone books (and TV movies), but honestly don't think they're as strong as his Spenser books. Possibly because I've been reading the Spenser books since the beginning, and I see things in the Stone books that are just one more rehash of the same old thing. (His protagonists have significant problems with relationships, and even though Spenser has a long-standing relationship with Susan, it's very much non-typical and rather uneven. And also fairly unbelievable.)

Breakup is possibly my favourite Stabenow book. It's funny, totally tongue in cheek, and she clearly was trying to see just how far she could go.

Charlie.
I remember a TV series back in the '80s called Spenser for Hire. But I never saw even part of an episode, and have never read any of the books, so I know absolutely nothing about the character. Conversely, I believe I've seen all the Jesse Stone TV movies and have liked them all. Just never read any of the books before.

Wow! I just read the first 3 chapters of Breakup!! Are the remaining fifteen chapters as crazy as these were? Love it so far!
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:10 AM   #13136
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The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold is on hold right now.
I got this as a Tor freebie a long time ago. It starts out well, but I thought it devolved into an utter mess toward the very end.
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Because of other reading I was doing and other issues, it took me longer than usual, but I just finished The Case of the Substitute Face by Erle Stanley Gardner. First published in 1938, this was one of the early Perry Mason books, and one of the best. He and Della really took some bold risks in those early books. Paul did, too, but reluctantly, and only because not only was Perry his most lucrative client, but also a friend. Playing by the rules wasn't nearly as important in those early books (picture Jack Black* as Perry Mason) as it would be to the Perry Mason of the 50s and 60s (think Raymond Burr).


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Wow! I just read the first 3 chapters of Breakup!! Are the remaining fifteen chapters as crazy as these were? Love it so far!
Yup. My memory is that it never stops. And yeah, I loved it.

Meanwhile, if you like Jesse Stone, by all means read Parker's Spenser series.
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That one sounds interesting, Jon. Let us know what you think of it after you finish, and how well it ties in with TOS.
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