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Old 06-19-2014, 01:22 PM   #20011
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I struck a reading lull a few weeks ago and now have five books going, but none that hold my attention. Some of these failures are beautifully written books. Based upon your posts, CRussel, I tried Midnight Riot, the first Peter Grant, and it is defeating this current reading paralysis. Very entertaining. Thanks!
So glad you're enjoying it! It's one of those odd books that if you simply read the description you'd likely give it a pass. But somehow, it works. Even though I'm mostly avoiding "urban fantasy" or anything like it these days.

I just broke down and bought #4 in the series (Broken Homes), which gives me incentive to finish off this current Safehold monstrosity so I can get back to Peter Grant and the other characters in these Rivers of London books.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:18 PM   #20012
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If it were me, I would read something else first but it's only because I need some "fresh air" to keep enjoying a story.

I hope the issue with #2 at Kobo will be over soon. It doesn't cast a good light on Kobo, Jodi Taylor nor Accent Press
Yes, I feel the same, though occasionally do go straight to the next in a series (I'm currently doing that with the Repairman Jack series, only on audiobook rather than reading). Anyway, I have started Doughnut by Tom Holt, which is looking like it's going to be the usual blend of humour and fantasy - good fun.
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:43 PM   #20013
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...only on audiobook rather than reading). Anyway, I have started Doughnut by Tom Holt....
Is there any truth to the rumor that the abridged audio-recording of Doughnut is called Don't?
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:41 AM   #20014
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Now for The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, which I bought all the way back in October 2013!
Which was OK, but seemed to be more setting things up for the next book than actually having a point in itself.

Next up: Ghosts of Time by Steve White. A continuation of his interesting series about time travel. A recent Baen book release bought from Kobo with a good coupon.
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:53 AM   #20015
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:35 AM   #20016
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Just a couple months ago I read Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Great read. And it's always nice to discover an author who has been around for a while because then you've got a catalog of work to read! So I just picked up Straight Man, which is about 15 years old. I'm about half way through and it's another great read. Having his way with the world of academia and doing it brilliantly.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:14 AM   #20017
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:07 AM   #20018
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:02 PM   #20019
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I finished reading Artful yesterday and it was the dark, funny, and action-packed story as stated in the above.

I've always thought that Jim Butcher, with his four different vampire courts had a really fresh take on vampires but it seems he's not alone in fresh takes. Peter David has some new twists applied to vampires as well! Check it out, it's free from Amazon Kindle First to Amazon Prime members all month.

Next up Killing Orders (V.I. Warshawski #3) by Sara Paretsky
Killing Orders was, quite enjoyable, as I'd expected it to be. So while I'm in the detective frame of mind I'll read a detective novel taking place in the present, The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling).

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Old 06-20-2014, 03:29 PM   #20020
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So while I'm in the detective frame of mind I'll read a detective novel taking place in the present, The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling).
I'm excited for this one too. It seems like it was released early, the original release date was June 24. I have to read this month's book club selection, Hyperion, first though.

I finished Written in my Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon this week. It didn't disappoint, this is still my favourite series. The only disappointment is that the next one won't be out for another three years.
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:32 PM   #20021
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Next up: Ghosts of Time by Steve White. A continuation of his interesting series about time travel. A recent Baen book release bought from Kobo with a good coupon.
An enjoyable book, although not one where I become deeply attached to the characters.

Now: The Nicholas Feast by Pat McIntosh. The second of the Gil Cunningham Mediaeval Glasgow murder mysteries I picked up earlier this year.
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:19 PM   #20022
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I struck a reading lull a few weeks ago and now have five books going, but none that hold my attention.
I do the same. And lately, if the interest doesn't come back, I simply abandon the book. I do record that I started the book, how far I read, and why I've decided not to finish it.

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I finished Written in my Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon this week. It didn't disappoint, this is still my favourite series. The only disappointment is that the next one won't be out for another three years.
Well, I've got a few to read before I'm ready for Written in My Own Heart's Blood and I've been reading the Lord John series as well. Looks like I need to move this series higher on my TBR list.

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Just a couple months ago I read Empire Falls by Richard Russo. Great read. And it's always nice to discover an author who has been around for a while because then you've got a catalog of work to read! So I just picked up Straight Man, which is about 15 years old. I'm about half way through and it's another great read. Having his way with the world of academia and doing it brilliantly.
Hmmmm. I had a paperback copy of Empire Falls around for a while and for whatever reason, I just didn't start to read it, so I gave the book to a fellow reader. Maybe I need to revisit this one soon.
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:38 PM   #20023
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Just finished The Confessor by Daniel Silva and it was a smashing read with a very wild ending!
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I haven't kept up with this thread but recently read books are:

* Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou, which I liked but not as much as other books by her.

* These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf, which I disliked. I don't know why I finished it, as I abandon books I don't like regularly, but this one got worse and worse as it went and then ended with a silly and completely unbeleivable fit of melodrama, so the move to 1-star status was very late.

* The Vanshing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell, which I loved, although I was a bit disappointed by the ending.

* Eleanor and Park by Ranbow Rowell, a YA book I really liked that had a believable abusive family relationship and was set in the 80s when I was a teenager so I guess there was some nostaligia value.
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Loved it. I'm not quite sure what it is about these books that really works so well for me, but I think it's the Peter Grant character as much as anything. He is so not like the typical police detective of most British mysteries - at least a DI, and all too often from a better background than pretty much any real British DI. Plus the backdrop of modern London definitely adds to the story.

Next up, A Mighty Fortress, book #4 in the Safehold series from David Weber. I'm doing a combined audio/eBook read of this.
Finished. Another 3.5 star. Not bad, just not as good as it could be. I enjoy Weber's books, but I sincerely wish he could write "tighter"! Next up is How Firm a Foundation, which also has a change in reader for the Audible version. (Really annoying, 4 different readers for this series!)


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So glad you're enjoying it! It's one of those odd books that if you simply read the description you'd likely give it a pass. But somehow, it works. Even though I'm mostly avoiding "urban fantasy" or anything like it these days.

I just broke down and bought #4 in the series (Broken Homes), which gives me incentive to finish off this current Safehold monstrosity so I can get back to Peter Grant and the other characters in these Rivers of London books.
I'll start this one once I finish reading The Martian, downloaded from the BC Library.

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I am a big fan of British urban fantasy and Steampunk. I enjoyed all of the Abrahams books. Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris introduced me to Steampunk. Very good IMO. I am a big fan of British mysteries of almost any type.

Two Canadian mystery authors I have been enjoying recently are Jack Batten - Crang and Howard Engel - Benny Cooperman. Not Urban Fantasy, sort of medium boiled detective. I think you would like them.

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Hmm. No sign of the first one in the BC Library system, but a bunch of Howard Engle books. Unfortunately, the first one available is #5, A City Called July. Is this the sort of series that really needs to be read from the beginning? Or can I jump in at #5?
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