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Old 04-29-2011, 03:43 PM   #61
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Last Night on Twisted River - John Irving
I'm working on this now. It's hard work. To keep my eyes open. Usually I like what you like but I'm on page 194 wondering what could possible fill another 300 pages?

Maybe it just that it's a time, place and people I'm already familiar with.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:35 PM   #62
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You won't be disappointed. I enjoyed it from the very start.
that is what i keep hearing .. .err reading. going to jump into it this weekend, i can't get away from john locke's donovan creed novels.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:53 PM   #63
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The most recent 5 star I've read is an older book: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlien. I really enjoyed it!
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:49 PM   #64
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The Hunger Games is by far one of the best books I've read in years. Just absolutely relentless. Am reading the sequel now and enjoying it, but not sure how it could match up to the original.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:14 PM   #65
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As for the single quotes for dialog, I didn't even notice after the first few pages.
I should probably give it another go and push past the first few pages until I don't notice the quotes anymore! It's just when i first saw them I had to go and figure out what was going on! I had no idea that it was considered the correct puncutation for Australia/New Zealand. But by the time I finished reading up on it I sort of never picked up the story again.

I do agree her ebook formatting was lovely.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:27 PM   #66
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The most recent 5 star I've read is an older book: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlien. I really enjoyed it!
Agreed! 5 stars for sure!
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:00 AM   #67
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I've read some of the ebooks from Jacob Drake too. I'm sure it's the same author, since the titles match. I haven't read all the vampire books yet, but I have read Superion and Forever Undead and Parallels and BABES & STUDS. Great books. Five stars.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:20 PM   #68
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The books I've read recently that I gave five-stars to were:
The Lock Artist by Stephen Hamilton
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

All excellent.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:23 PM   #69
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Banana Yoshimoto's Kitchen was phenomenal for me. I have been reading alot of Japanese literature lately, and that one really struck a chord with me.
She has a new book that will be published on the 2nd or 3rd of May, in English. Kitchen was a five-star read for me, too. I've read it several times over.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:50 PM   #70
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I don't keep track of stars, so I'm not sure. I read popular books, so I'm sure I must have read some.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:46 AM   #72
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:57 AM   #73
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I see lots of titles in this thread that I have read and enjoyed. The Blind Assassin, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Radium Halos and The Brief History of the Dead were all excellent.

I have Ender's Game, Last Night on Twisted River and the Rothfuss novel on my to-read list.
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:13 PM   #74
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I see lots of titles in this thread that I have read and enjoyed. The Blind Assassin, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Radium Halos and The Brief History of the Dead were all excellent.
You mentioned Radium Halos (A novel about the Radium Dial Painters), by Shelley Stout, so I thought I'd post this link for anyone interested in the book: "Using Historical Fiction in the Classroom".

The beginning of the author's blog post:

What initially began as an offer to donate copies of my novel to area high schools, has now become an opportunity to share my story with thousands and potentially millions of young people across the country.

I'm so happy that the author has this incredible opportunity to share the book with such a wide audience. It's a story that needed to be told, the book is an enjoyable read, and students will find the subject interesting and relevant.
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You mentioned Radium Halos (A novel about the Radium Dial Painters), by Shelley Stout, so I thought I'd post this link for anyone interested in the book: "Using Historical Fiction in the Classroom".

The beginning of the author's blog post:

What initially began as an offer to donate copies of my novel to area high schools, has now become an opportunity to share my story with thousands and potentially millions of young people across the country.

I'm so happy that the author has this incredible opportunity to share the book with such a wide audience. It's a story that needed to be told, the book is an enjoyable read, and students will find the subject interesting and relevant.
It is interesting you mention that. I had a history prof. who assigned The Devil in Velvet by John Dickson Carr in his Stuart England class and The Daughter of Time by Joesphine Tey in his Tudor class. Incidentally, I would give both books 5 stars , though I haven't read them in years and lost my copy of Devil in Velvet.
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