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Old 05-15-2024, 02:57 AM   #31831
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I'm reading two books at the moment.

My 'main focus' is Shōgun by James Clavell. It's been on my to-read backlog for well over a decade — now that the show's come out, my fiancé has told me that I have to hurry up and finish the book, or I can't complain about spoilers.

It's massive, especially since I'm still getting back into the swing of reading after an extended hiatus. I'm 56% of the way through and taking a break with the much shorter and faster-paced Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates. So far it's disgusting and absolutely gripping — I'll probably finish it right after posting this.
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Old 05-18-2024, 02:30 AM   #31832
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And now I'm reading The Loving Cup by Winston Graham. The tenth novel in his Cornish Saga about the Poldark family.
And it was enjoyable in a soap-opera kind of way.

Next up: Disobedient by Elizabeth Freemantle. A novelisation of the life of Artemesia Gentileschi (early 17th century painter). So far, I'd like more footnotes. I hope there's a good afterword that clarifies what's actually known.
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Old 05-21-2024, 05:37 AM   #31833
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I finished The Women by Hannah. It was very good, but I didn’t think it was as good as the Four Winds or Nightingale. Looking for my next read. Need something a bit lighter after those two.
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Old 05-21-2024, 07:10 AM   #31834
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Currently reading The Bad Girl, a literary novel by Emma Tennant.

Great novel of doubling and incipient insanity, which calls to mind Hogg's novel [The Confessions of a Justified Sinner], and Stevenson's short novel [Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - the doubling aspect].

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Old 05-22-2024, 03:34 AM   #31835
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After the gut wrenching stories of Hannah, I’ve decided to return to the Shannara series. I’ve only got 3 trilogies to finish it off for good. (One may be a quadrilogy) I started it yesterday.
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Old 05-27-2024, 06:30 AM   #31836
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Just finished "The Bad Girls", by Emma Tennant - A twisted, wacky, scary, wonky, wonderful..and difficult novel. If you wish to get inside a diseased mind, this is one literary novel that will satisfy that goal.

Just now started "Only About Love", by Debbi Voisey. A wonderful writer. This is one of her Novella-in-Flash works. Don't let the title scare you: This is about life, loss, and living.

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Old 05-29-2024, 07:44 PM   #31837
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Just now finished "Only About Love", by Debbi Voisey.

If you're at all curious about how a Novella-in-Flash works, then this is a really fine example of that form. I really admire her writing. (This is the second of her Novella-in-Flash pieces I've purchased and read.)

She's such a wise writer and gets to the heart (it would seem to me), about the enduring and challenging conflicts of how we love, and the many obstacles and weaknesses we place in front of that concept, and how we so often screw it up.

I have such a high respect for her work.

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I'm now reading Camel's Bastard Son, by Corey Mesler. I've know him for close to 40 years. He is also the co-owner (along with his wife), of Burke's Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee.

This is a wonderful, sexy novel - big with sex and big with outrageous characters. The dialogue is wonderful, and the characters are loopy and endearing.

WARNING: If sex bothers you (along with the act of making love), then you should stay away from Corey's novel.
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Old 05-30-2024, 04:12 AM   #31838
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I finished The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time #12) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson last night.

I read book 11 in hardback around the time it came out, which was late 2005, and then Robert Jordan died, the series was eventually finished by some nobody named Brandon Sanderson, and although I bought the remaining 3 books, I never quite got around to reading them.

Now, 18 or 19 years later, I decided to continue. I didn't bother re-reading anything, or even a summary of book 11, so the beginnning was a little confusing, but it mostly came back to me as I went along. There were a few things I didn't think had happened yet, which made me wonder if I'd accidentally skipped to book 13, but I guess I'd just forgotten. (I did read Knife of Dreams, right?)

Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot, and look forward to finishing the series in 40 years or so.
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Old 06-02-2024, 06:15 PM   #31839
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Since my last post, I have started Hand and Talon by Melonie Purcell, a self-published book I picked up somewhere. Abandoned after 54 pages. There were several things that made it tedious and unenjoyable for me.

Then I read Spy School at Sea by Stuart Gibbs. Not as much fun as earlier books but it still cleansed the palette. The overall side stories are developing into something. I can feel it in my gut. Rated C+ [3 stars].

Now I'm reading Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold by Jack L. Chalker. His second in The Four Lords series.
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Old 06-03-2024, 07:57 AM   #31840
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Currently I'm reading The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham. The 11th in his Poldark series.
Which was the expected historical soap opera. Good fun.

Next up is The Great Deceiver by Ellie Griffiths. The seventh in her Brighton Mysteries, which I picked up when it went on offer recently.
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Old 06-03-2024, 06:42 PM   #31841
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When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning. A very good book for anyone who likes books. I got a lot out of this book.

I also finished Brother Cadfaels Penance. That was the last of the Brother Cadfaels series for me, I have enjoyed them all.

I have been working my way slowly through the Commissario Brunetti books by Donna Leon. These have been on sale often enough so now have all but one book. Doctored Evidence is the book I just finished.
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Old 06-03-2024, 07:05 PM   #31842
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Currently reading the Robot Series based on Isaac Asimov's works. There are 6 novels written by 5 different authors, which I only discovered a couple of months ago while searching for something else.
https://www.goodreads.com/series/407...v-s-robot-city

Currently reading Book 5. Each book is approx 55,000 words, so they are nice easy reads, with enjoyable storylines and characters.
Even though 5 authors were involved, the storylines held together and each subsequent author picked up where the previous book left off quite well.

Before that I read Carpathians by Paul Dixon which I thoroughly enjoyed...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...25-carpathians

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I'm reading "Life and Fate", Vasily Grossman's second volume which follows on "Stalingrad".
It's all about the siege of Stalingrad in WWII and centers around a family.
The writing is good but the Russian names drive me up a wall.
The two volumes add up to 2000 pages.
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I finished Rachel Maddow's Prequel last week. Now I am reading Travels with Charley (John Steinbeck).
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Next up is The Great Deceiver by Ellie Griffiths. The seventh in her Brighton Mysteries, which I picked up when it went on offer recently.
And it was great fun, although, as with many series, it's becoming more about the characters than the mysteries.

Next up: Divine Might by Natalie Haynes. Her take on the Greek Goddesses.
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