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Old 01-23-2021, 04:47 PM   #29641
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Alan Lee is a new ePub only Author, so you wont find these books in your public library... If you liked the character development in Robert Parker's Spenser series you will enjoy getting to know Mackenzie August and his side kick Manny, as well as Ronnie, Timothy August and the rest of the characters in Alan Lee's Mackenzie August Mystery series. Plus the second series A Sinatra thriller that feature Manny as the main character. Very entertaining and easy to read.

Available on Kindle only, check him out at: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/en...SelectorHeader
Thanks for this, I've read the first and almost finished the second...always nice to find a new author! For anyone interested, these are available through kindle unlimited, so if you're working through a trial subscription like me they're free to try.
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Old 01-25-2021, 11:25 AM   #29642
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Another one I keep hearing is good and want to read, but I don't have a copy yet so it's easy to put off until a good sale comes.

I really need to stop buying books, but I have to get the next one in Guy Donovan's Dragon Treasure series!
Buying books is addicting, we all understand your last sentence. I was very into the Stand, then got sucked into a paranormal 5-book series that I just finished yesterday (which kept going downhill, yet I couldn't stop myself from reading)... but I need to get back to the Stand now and other genres/ mysteries. Need a break, been reading too much Urban Fantasy this month.
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Old 01-25-2021, 12:33 PM   #29643
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Another one I keep hearing is good and want to read, but I don't have a copy yet so it's easy to put off until a good sale comes.
The Stand is a must read, I think. It's my favorite book by Stephen King.
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Old 01-26-2021, 12:17 AM   #29644
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Death Set to Music, first in the Inspector Pel series by Mark Hebden (set in 1960s France). So far, I quite like it!
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Old 01-26-2021, 01:56 AM   #29645
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I started reading Gotham: a History of New York City to 1898 by Edmund G. Burrows and Mike Wallace. I'm reading on kindle, but I have the hardcover. It was sent to me by a member of the former New York Times History Books forum. I got out the hardcover yesterday, and it's intimidating. I doubt that I will read this straight through, at 1200+ pages.

Recently I read Updike's Witches of Eastwick and Penelope Fitgerald's The Bookshop. Didn't care much for either of them.
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:21 AM   #29646
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My 2 star review of Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon, #8) by Daniel Silva:-

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Hardly nutritive, Moscow Rules was chosen to be read because of its title. Daniel Silva shines most when there is no super villain at hand. That was the factor that decided whether I'd be bored enough to ditch the book or complete it.

Having done the latter, the thriller delivered its promise by being a low brow one. I'm tempted to pick out a second book in this series, because I don't mind much being dosed with schlocky literature. I prefer shlock to literary books, you see.

Finally I've composed a haiku during reading, and without delay, here it is... Gabriel Allon, And me cannot get along, Wintry waste of time.
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:25 AM   #29647
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I finished Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeline Albright yesterday and it was excellent. Part memoir and part history of Czechoslovakia during its existence during WWII and the post-war years, it was excellently told.

ETA: I finished Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Stairs over my morning coffee today. This was part of one of my goals to read books that my wife recommended to me (or things from "her" TBR pile) so we could discuss.

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Old 01-26-2021, 11:52 AM   #29648
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The Stand is a must read, I think. It's my favorite book by Stephen King.
I noticed his writing style is simpler than some of his other novels. It's great for this type of story, though. I'm really enjoying rediscovering it so far. It's almost like a first time read since I've forgotten it all.
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Old 01-26-2021, 11:53 AM   #29649
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I started reading Gotham: a History of New York City to 1898 by Edmund G. Burrows and Mike Wallace. I'm reading on kindle, but I have the hardcover. It was sent to me by a member of the former New York Times History Books forum. I got out the hardcover yesterday, and it's intimidating. I doubt that I will read this straight through, at 1200+ pages.

Recently I read Updike's Witches of Eastwick and Penelope Fitgerald's The Bookshop. Didn't care much for either of them.
Oh, I didn't like the Bookshop either and didn't get the appeal at all. It's one of my most liked negative reviews on Goodreads, which is a little funny. I had to edit out spoilers in it since I accidentally gave too much away with my frustrations.

I loved the movie Witches of Eastwick, but have not read the book. Are they similar?
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Old 01-26-2021, 04:41 PM   #29650
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Next up: All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriott. The third in the omnibuses of his stories. I suspect it'll be good, but not as good as the first two omnibuses.
But actually, it was very good. A framing story of his time in the RAF, with reminiscences back to various times in his Veterinary life up until then.

Next up: The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu. A freebie of just this story, not the collection of stories of the same title.
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Oh, I didn't like the Bookshop either and didn't get the appeal at all. It's one of my most liked negative reviews on Goodreads, which is a little funny. I had to edit out spoilers in it since I accidentally gave too much away with my frustrations.

I loved the movie Witches of Eastwick, but have not read the book. Are they similar?
I haven't seen the movie Witches of Eastwick, but on Goodreads I saw some book reviews where they'd seen the movie and liked it but didn't like the book. I would watch the movie if it were included with Amazon Prime or Netflix, but it isn't.

I forgot to mention that in my kindle edition of Witches, the page numbering ended at 187 and from then on every page was 187. When I was at around 100-120, I checked the length of the book and thought, it's only 187 pages, so I will finish, but it's about 300 pages. I stopped for a while after I reached 187 but went back after a few days. The book had too many very unpleasant things happening for me at this time we are going through -- one curse made a woman have thumbtacks and other things appear in her mouth and there was a murder suicide (not part of a curse). Some other things too.

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Next up: The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu. A freebie of just this story, not the collection of stories of the same title.
It turns out I had the whole collection as a freebie too, so I've started on that. The Wandering Earth is the first story in the collection, so that's worked out well.
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