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Old 01-18-2013, 01:04 PM   #15331
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The Wailing Wind was another great Tony Hillerman Navajo Tribal Police yarn featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. I guess that I'm on a Native American kick because I decided to next read the 16th of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak mysteries, Whisper to the Blood.
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Whoops! With apologies to Dana Stabenow I've put a short hold on Whisper to the Blood while I insert 2 Christopher Buecheler books, Amun Sa and the Girl from the Desert a spoiler-free excerpt from The Children of the Sun and The Children of the Sun itself, which is the final novel in The II AM Trilogy. I did this because I received in my email this morning a Christopher Buecheler Newsletter reminding me of these 2 ebooks.
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Well I quickly finished reading Amun Sa and the Girl from the Desert and I believe that it does serve as an effective teaser (it's free from several sources) for The Children of the Sun which I have just started reading. It's the third and final novel of The II AM Trilogy.
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I'm reading Eleutherios between chapters of The Children of the Sun.
I finished reading The Children of the Sun last evening and liked it a lot. The II AM Trilogy turned out to be a quite enjoyable indie. Now back to Dana Stabenow's, Whisper to the Blood.

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Old 01-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #15332
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Finished China Mieville's Kraken, good story spoiled by bad writing. Not a keeper.

Now onto Greg Bear's Forge of God. MUCH better!
Thanks, will be interested in your take on Forge of God, particular following Mieville.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #15333
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Finished Dark Currents, the second book in the Emperor's Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. Hmmmm - not as good as the first. The TV series feel continues with the 'episode' only loosely contributing to the series overall arc with quite a bit of "getting to know you" for the characters.

There were a few action scenes that felt a bit camp and a few crises that actually resolved "off screen" which was a bit disappointing.

The witty banter continued from the first and the sexual tension between main characters grew and that was all fun, but while as a TV series I would probably just keep watching just because of that, I'm not sure if I'll rush to read the third book in the series.

Next up is Persuasion by Jane Austen. January book club read and my first Austen, so we'll see how I go.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:44 PM   #15334
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Next, I'll try Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
Shocking! I can not believe how shocked I was reading this. Electrocuting babies, hypnopaedia, soma, "orgyporgy," sex drive surrogate, "Fordship," death conditioning and decanting. I wonder what the book's reception was in 1932. The conditioning jingles were brilliant creations. Some interesting science such as the wireless hat, "feelies," genetic manipulations, taxicopters, sound boxes using paper disks, scenting, "cartridge belts." And the proper names were a hoot.

Overall, many interesting ideas. And how Huxley works them through the various characters is amazing. Rated B [4 stars].

It still shocks.


Next will be a new author for me The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #15335
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Next will be a new author for me The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver.
If you've seen the movie, forget all of it. The book is so much better. The movie is a pale imitation.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:24 AM   #15336
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Next will be a new author for me The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver.
Don't make friends with an elephant trainer unless you have space in your living room for an elephant.

You may find it necessary to read ALL the Jeffery Deaver novels before next Wednesday...

I wish I hadn't read them, just so I could read them again without know all the twists and turns. As it is, I've re-read them all AT LEAST twice...


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Old 01-19-2013, 05:54 AM   #15337
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Don't make friends with an elephant trainer unless you have space in your living room for an elephant.

You may find it necessary to read ALL the Jeffery Deaver novels before next Wednesday...

I wish I hadn't read them, just so I could read them again without know all the twists and turns. As it is, I've re-read them all AT LEAST twice...


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Agreed. You are in for a ride, Fbone.

Now reading the first of the non-Parker Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch novels, "Ironhorse", a sequel to "Brimstone", "Resolution", and "Appaloosa". It's not bad, but it's not Robert B. by a long chalk.

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:49 AM   #15338
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Just finished "Hand in Glove", the 22nd book in Ngaio Marsh's "Inspector Alleyn" series. Not a very taxing story: a man is found dead in a ditch after a treasure hunt at a party, and Alleyn must find the murderer. Marsh's usual interesting cast of characters make it a worthwhile read. Enjoyable, but nothing special.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:21 AM   #15339
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Just finished Gone Girl at the strong recommendation of others. I was terribly disappointed. If I wanted to read all the ways two married people can hate one another and how they can destroy one another I'd read something Victorian.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:23 AM   #15340
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Keeper of the King by P. N. Elrod
A slightly dated but still fun look at vampires in the modern world. One of Baen's re-issues of pre-webscriptions books, from 1997. At one point our hero has to find a payphone to make a call. What a difference 16 years makes!

I find I have read The Ship Who Searched before (I thought I had, but it's nice to have an ebook copy, and the forward was interesting). So discarding that from my TBR pile, I move on to Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein.

Which I might have read before - I'll find out!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:26 PM   #15341
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A slightly dated but still fun look at vampires in the modern world. One of Baen's re-issues of pre-webscriptions books, from 1997. At one point our hero has to find a payphone to make a call. What a difference 16 years makes!

I find I have read The Ship Who Searched before (I thought I had, but it's nice to have an ebook copy, and the forward was interesting). So discarding that from my TBR pile, I move on to Sixth Column by Robert A. Heinlein.

Which I might have read before - I'll find out!
Does The Day After Tomorrow ring a bell as it was also published with that title?

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Old 01-19-2013, 12:35 PM   #15342
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Wow, interesting. I completely missed this movie (but hey, I'm not a movie person) but it stars Jennifer Lawrence....



The book and movie are now on my list.

and HA! The movie is free on Amazon Prime! Woo-Hoo!
It's on Netflix as well, just watched it myself last weekend, great performance by Ms. Lawrence.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:52 PM   #15344
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Ah. Yes, that does ring bells. I'll read a few pages and see how well I remember it!
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It's on Netflix as well, just watched it myself last weekend, great performance by Ms. Lawrence.
And it's only $7.99 for the ebook at Amazon!

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