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Old 02-15-2013, 11:09 PM   #15661
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I'm now a goodly portion through A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute. I'm very glad this book was chosen by the book club for February. Although the writing itself doesn't inspire me much, it's very easy to get swept away in the story.
OK - just finished. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing felt a little simplistic at times, but the story itself is wonderful. It certainly feels like that sweeping Australian drama/romance that lends itself to the movie and mini-series that was made. I actually haven't watched either of them, but I may now that I've read this book. I found myself quite often carried away in the story.

Now I'm reading an indie work, Untimed by Andy Gavin. I don't know if any of you are or were gamers, but this is the guy that created the games Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Dakster. He's obviously decided to start writing novels and he has two published so far. This one is a young adult, clockpunk offering.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:11 PM   #15662
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The Good House by Ann Leary - I don't read all that many novels, but I like this one so much I'm thinking of getting a copy as a gift for my mom (mine is a library book).
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:45 PM   #15663
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OK - just finished. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The writing felt a little simplistic at times, but the story itself is wonderful. It certainly feels like that sweeping Australian drama/romance that lends itself to the movie and mini-series that was made. I actually haven't watched either of them, but I may now that I've read this book. I found myself quite often carried away in the story.
I just finished A Town Like Alice. I agree that it was enjoyable.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:19 AM   #15664
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I finished A Town Like Alice this morning, too. Shute does some strange things but he can really tell a story. (I consider myself an expert now I've read two of his books. )

I wasn't sure I was in the mood to read it when I picked it up, but I thought I'd give it a try and abandon it if it didn't grab me. No problems there.

Next is probably going to be The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Yet another second-hand pbook. For some reason I seem to be reverting to low-tech this year.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:13 AM   #15665
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Next is probably going to be The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Yet another second-hand pbook. For some reason I seem to be reverting to low-tech this year.
Interested in what you think of it. I bought the ebook a couple of years ago and still haven't read it.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:23 AM   #15666
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Just finished "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore" by Robin Sloan and loved it. Next up: "The perks of being a wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:54 AM   #15667
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #15668
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I am currently reading Jaws. I've seen the movie - and sequels - many times but never read the book. It's very different!
True. In the movie...

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The sheriff's wife didn't have an affair with Hooper.

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Old 02-16-2013, 12:48 PM   #15669
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Just finished "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore" by Robin Sloan and loved it. Next up: "The perks of being a wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky.
I think Hermione is in that book.

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Old 02-16-2013, 12:58 PM   #15670
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A Wild Sheep Chase, by Murakami
Wonderfully surreal!
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #15671
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I haven't read that one in a while, I might be due for a reread!
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:53 PM   #15672
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I started reading Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:56 PM   #15673
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Finished both The Secret of Red Gate Farm and Blood of the Demon. Enjoyed them both a lot. Now I'm going to read The 7th of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, The Clue in the Diary and the 16th of Tony Hillerman's Navajo Mysteries, The Sinister Pig.
Well now The Sinister Pig was a real treat and a little different than the preceding 15 novels in the series. Too bad the next novel is the last one in the series. Also I highly enjoyed reading The Clue in the Diary.

I promised my 12 year old grandson (a 7th grader) that I'd read a book he'd previously enjoyed and share my opinion of it with him, so I've just began reading Ridley Pearson's 1st YA novel in The Kingdom Keepers series, Disney After Dark. Along with that I'll also read the 8th of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy's Mysterious Letter. A pair of YA's!!


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Old 02-16-2013, 11:45 PM   #15674
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Finished Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden. Some good, some bad. I think the book would have been more effective if it left out some of the South Korean information nearer the end. I think it lost a lot of weight with it.

Now I'm off to Finnie Walsh by Steven Galloway. You haven't let me down in two stories yet Steven. Here's hoping the first is also a winner.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:26 AM   #15675
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Linda Prather's The Gifts - great paranormal mystery.

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