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Old 04-22-2012, 12:17 AM   #12976
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Tales of Ethshar by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
A splendid collection of fantasy short stories set in the Ethshar universe.

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:24 AM   #12977
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Today was a continuation of yard work, so I plugged in to audiobooks. I loved it so much the first time I just had to listen again while mowing and pulling weeds - The Importance of Being Earnest Performance.

Then another freebie from Audible that was announced in our Deals forum - Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries by Victoria Lane - I'm 2/3 the way through and found it was perfect to listen to while mindlessly pulling weeds and cleaning the pond.
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In Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit, Abby Cooper lives a life that's kind of like vanilla ice cream - good enough, but a little bland. Her work as a P.I. - Psychic Intuitive - can be rewarding, but she feels like she's missing out on something. Now she's getting what she wished for - when a client winds up dead and the clues start pointing in Abby's direction. Turns out she knows too much about the murder for her own good ... and the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met.


Then, while waiting for the pond to fill up, I read Witch Way (Part One) (The Mystic Series) by Heidi Hall - a cute fluff read. This was also a freebie, but I may not have started it, if I had paid attention that it left you hanging. Part 2 continues the story.
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Mayhem has been Roxy Devereaux's constant companion, but she never imagined gun-wielding mummies would invade a company Halloween party and send her running for her life. Adrift and afraid, the sleepy town of Mystic, Oregon calls to her. Yet, in this secluded coastal community, nothing is as it appears.

Somehow, the locals know her. They expected her arrival. They believe she has powers that are beyond belief. As her past is revealed, Roxy must make a decision - stay and accept her birthright, or leave the haven of Mystic behind.


Now back to The Buried Pyramid by Jane Lindskold - again a freebie from Tor posted in our Deals forum (I think it is still free) - I haven't read very much, so I'm hoping it gets better.
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Set in the Victorian age, The Buried Pyramid is, at the start, an archaeological suspense novel. Jenny Benet, a recently orphaned American who was raised in the Wild West before being “finished” in Boston, goes to Egypt with her uncle, Neville Hawthorne, a prominent British archaeologist. They’re searching for the legendary Buried Pyramid, the tomb of the pharaoh Neferankhotep—who may also have been Moses the Lawgiver.

Discovering the tomb is not the end of their journey but only the beginning. In The Buried Pyramid, Jane Lindskold sends us on a marvelous ride through Ancient Egyptian myth, legend, and religion and leaves us enlightened and amazed.

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:40 AM   #12978
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To calm down, I'll read a nice psychopathic murder mystery Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker.
This one was OK. It turned out to be a cozy mystery with romance. Very slow start. Some elements were not too credible. However, the ending was unexpected because of a late discovery. Not sure whether the discovery was real or fictional but it was a surprise. I'm not familiar with French history during the Vichy Regime which made it all the more shocking to me, if true. Gave it a C- [3 stars] for the ending and novel length.

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Did the Vichy govt really murder, rape and pillage Resistance villages?


Continuing on the French theme (sort of), I'll start His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik next.

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Old 04-22-2012, 04:17 AM   #12979
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Continuing on the French theme (sort of), I'll start His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novak next.
I read that 18 months ago. I really liked it, and the others in the series have been on my wish list since then, waiting for a good offer. Hmm... I see the second in the series is £2.99 now. If my TBR pile wasn't so long, I think I'd go for that. Perhaps in 2013 if I make my target for 2012.

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Old 04-22-2012, 04:30 AM   #12980
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I read that 18 months ago. I really liked it, and the others in the series have been on my wish list since then, waiting for a good offer. Hmm... I see the second in the series is £2.99 now. If my TBR pile wasn't so long, I think I'd go for that. Perhaps in 2013 if I make my target for 2012.
They are available through Overdrive if your library offers it.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #12981
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I'm reading Colours in the Steel—the first book in K. J. Parker's THE FENCER TRILOGY. It hooked me early and hard... just as every Parker book has so far.

Just one example of the analogous/allegorical penchant that makes me love K. J. Parker's writing.

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... Curious, the way a hot flame and lukewarm water can turn a soft, malleable piece of steel into a hard cutting edge. Not for the first time, he wondered why it worked.

They had known the answer back home. Steel is like the human heart, they said. To make a man hard enough to be useful, first you must heat him up with the fires of anger and cool him immediately in the quenching bath of fear and the awareness of his own weakness; for metal quench in brine, for men, in tears. This is only the first stage; this makes a man hard but also brittle, and as such no use as a tool, or a weapon. Now he must be heated again in the slow, careful fire of deliberate hatred, and quenched a second time in salt water; it’s the second process that makes him useful, able to cut and inflict wounds but unlikely to shatter. Only men of a good temper are useful to the gods of the clan.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:34 PM   #12982
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Just finished Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer and it was extraordinarily interesting. It's the account of Chris McCandless's attempt to live in the Alaskan wilderness. Very insightful and thought provoking.

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Old 04-22-2012, 08:20 PM   #12983
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Pouring rain all day - so I read Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon - the first book of the Guido Brunetti series - FINALLY available as an ebook! Not too hard to figure out who done it, but the Venetian setting & history are delightful. Will give this series a try! Brunetti is the kind of detective I call "kind, compassionate, decent man in the midst of corruption/temptation" - like Maigret, Alleyn, Gamache.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:13 PM   #12984
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Just finished Uncle Tom's Cabin and Journey to the West (more widely known as "Monkey: a folk-tale of China"). Now I'm reading The Grapes of Wrath (still) and just began Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:42 AM   #12985
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The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
It was pretty good. I'm a little unconvinced by the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes interactions. I won't be buying the rest unless they're on very special offer.

Next: The Dark Place by Aaron Elkins

One of the books I bought in the recent 60% off Fictionwise sale.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:36 AM   #12986
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Currently reading an Edgar Wallace - The Man Who Knew, and rather wishing PG hadn't used the US version; it just seems very discordant to have someone walking down a London street wearing a 'mustache' or writing 'checks' in a London bank. Bizarrely, the previous book I read - 'The Princess of the School' - was also an US version, full of jolly hockey sticks English schoolgirls also talking about 'mustaches'.
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:53 AM   #12987
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... and just began Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.
I really enjoyed that one, I hope that you do too. I think my next read will be Guy Gavriel Kay.

I'm reading "The Prince of Mist" by Zafon. I'm about a third of the way through it - it's great. Creepy as all heck to read before bedtime, though - but then again, I'm a bit of a wuss!
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The Dark Place by Aaron Elkins
Well, that was a fun, quick read. Some plausible-sounding analysis of bones, and a fascinating situation. Straight on to number 3:

Murder in the Queen's Armes by Aaron Elkins
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:46 AM   #12989
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I finished A Dance with Dragons 1: Dreams and Dust by George R. R. Martin - the first half of the split UK paperback edition of ADwD, and I've started Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov as a change of pace before the second part.

I read Foundation back in January, and I need to read the whole original trilogy before I'm ready for Foundation's Edge, which won a Hugo. The latter half of Foundation and Empire also won a Retro Hugo. Including those two, I have fifteen Hugo winners left to read. Until they give away the next one, in August/September.
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After years of purposefully avoiding the series, I've started and finished all 7 of the Harry Potter books in about 6 weeks. My kid got a box set for Christmas and convinced me to finally take the plunge when he was home for Spring Break. I read the first 3 in pbook format and then the last 4 on my iPhone 4 as downloads from my local library.

Reading them as quickly as I did gave me an appreciation for the continuity and attention to detail that Rowling put into the series. I'm partial to epic "Good vs Evil" tales (King's "The Stand" is a Top 5 favorite), so HP scratched that itch.

While I am not ready to go buy a Hogwarts cloak or a copy of Harry's wand, I do have an appreciation now of why my kids and their friends would be at B&N at midnight for each new book.
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