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Old 10-03-2020, 05:14 PM   #31
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It’s been years (i.e. decades) since I’ve read a James Bond, so I’ll second Casino Royale and Charlie can save his last nomination.
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Re: Casino Royale, I meant to warn everyone that apparently there is a scene early in the book where Bond is tortured. It’s important to the book as background to Bond’s feelings and attitudes.

My understanding from reviews is that there is only one scene, so skippable. Otherwise, I wouldn’t nominate it. But if anyone has read the book and doesn’t think that’s an option, please let us know.
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It’s been years (i.e. decades) since I’ve read a James Bond, so I’ll second Casino Royale and Charlie can save his last nomination.
Sorry issybird, I cross-posted with you, so you didn’t have a chance to read the warning before seconding.
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:46 PM   #34
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Sorry issybird, I cross-posted with you, so you didn’t have a chance to read the warning before seconding.
I’m still good. Caveat secundus.

ETA: Anyone reading Bond and expecting a sensitive New Age Guy is barking up the wrong tree!
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:47 PM   #35
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I've read Casino Royale and I did not find the torture a problem.
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:06 PM   #36
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In another thread on MR I noted the torture scene was memorable. Having read the book when I was quite young, that scene was about the only thing I remembered when we watched the Daniel Craig version of the movie. (The scene in the movie was not included in all jurisdictions apparently.) Whether it was that memorable because I was young when I read it, or whether it will was really that memorable ... well, I guess a re-read might tell.
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Old 10-04-2020, 02:14 PM   #37
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I nominate Dragonwyck by Anya Seton (1944, 419 pp.).



Available in all relevant countries; available as e-book and audiobook; can be borrowed through Overdrive, Freading, Hoopla, and Scribd.

Amazon U.S., $2.99
I will second this book. It’s been on my TBR a while.
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Old 10-04-2020, 02:19 PM   #38
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How about something that has some tie in to a book (well a manuscript)..

I'll nominate A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.


594 pages

Thriller, magic, vampires, romance, nice and long... what more could you want!
I will second this book. I’ve already read the series and enjoyed it. I highly recommend the television series. It has some great actors in it. I’m super excited they decided to continue on with additional seasons for Books 2 and 3.
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I nominate The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. £0.99 (UK), $8.99 (US), $7.99 (CDN), $11.99 (AU). 2015, 369 pages.

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When Smith was a boy, he and his family went on an Easter pilgrimage with their local parish to the Loney, a bleak stretch of the English coastline, to visit an ancient shrine, in search of healing for Smith’s disabled brother. But the locals were none too pleased to welcome them, and the two brothers soon became entangled in a troubling morass of dangerous rituals. For years after, Smith carries the burden of what happened that spring. And when he hears that the body of a young child has been found during a storm at the Loney, he’s forced to reckon with his darkest secrets, no matter the cost. “The masterpiece by which Hurley will enter the Guild of the Gothic” (Guardian), The Loney marks the arrival of a remarkable new talent.
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I will second this book. I’ve already read the series and enjoyed it. I highly recommend the television series. It has some great actors in it. I’m super excited they decided to continue on with additional seasons for Books 2 and 3.
I did red this and I did see the TV series. The second season is due in January 2021.
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I second The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.
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I nominate Dragonwyck by Anya Seton (1944, 419 pp.).



Available in all relevant countries; available as e-book and audiobook; can be borrowed through Overdrive, Freading, Hoopla, and Scribd.

Amazon U.S., $2.99

Curious about the definition of "relevant countries", I checked the 2 Kobo stores I can access and found that the median price available to me is ~$10US. Making it not relevant to me
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Curious about the definition of "relevant countries", I checked the 2 Kobo stores I can access and found that the median price available to me is ~$10US. Making it not relevant to me
I assume "relevant countries" was probably based on the most regular participants, so US, CA, UK, AU (at one stage it included NZ too). We don't have hard price limits in the nominations, but obviously this will play a role with whether a nomination gets seconded and receives votes. Given the price that Catlady posted, my guess is that it was on special at that time but that is no longer the case; the outlets change prices pretty quickly sometimes and are not always clear about whether listed prices are specials. As such, it's generally good manners to refrain from criticism, it could be you that gets caught out next time.
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As such, it's generally good manners to refrain from criticism, it could be you that gets caught out next time.
I made no criticism, except perhaps implicitly of Kobo's pricing structure, charging so much for a book that is so much cheaper elsewhere.
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