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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2012 9:10:10 PM PDT
I'm ordering Bow to Heaven now. We can discuss it when I'm finished.
Thanks. Don't forget to try War Trash. I know you'll like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2012 8:48:47 AM PDT
@ Barbara - An entire country led by a psychopath....look no further than Nazi Germany! I understand your lack of comprehension about how this could happen, I still feel this way when a read books about the Holocaust.

Mary Beth

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 9:51:18 AM PDT
Beth. I think the difference is that those in the concentration camps were aware of their situation. the North Koreans believe their Dear Leader is providing them with the best possible world, and think of him as a father/god. All they see, hear and know is the propaganda. They are told that the US requires their citizens to work in order to eat which s appalling to them. So although they live on millet, they consider themselves more fortunate than those people who do not have a Dear Father to look after them. To me, North Korea is Jonestown, writ large.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 2:17:11 PM PDT
S. Farritor says:
I just completed Victor Davis Hansen's novel, THE END OF SPARTA. I have always been a fan of his nonfiction work and wanted to see how he did with HF. The man is a talented classical historian and his knowledge of ancient Greece is staggering. The book was a difficult read however and I consider myself a educated fellow. He seemed to write in the fashion of The Iliad and The Odyssey, full of poetic soliloquies and noble dialog, and for a book written in modern English - I am not sure it worked. Still it was very worthwhile and I appreciate a writer that does not follow the herd. The story is amazing about Epanminondas and what make have been the first war to liberate others - the destruction of Sparta and the freeing of the Helots. It has some tremendous parallels to modern conflicts. A must for readers who are looking for a different style of writing and those interested in Greece immediately prior to the invasion of the Macedonians and rise of Alexander the Great.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2012 3:40:11 PM PDT
Selene says:
I wondered about this - it's the first time Hansen has written a novel, isn't it? A lot of academic historians have a go at writing novels set in their periods of interest with variable results. An extensive knowledge of a historical period doesn't automatically endow an author with the "sense of story" necessary for writing fiction.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 4:05:46 PM PDT
T. K. Paul says:
Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker continues to be a favorite of mine.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 4:42:49 PM PDT
Nemesis, the second-latest Falco by Lindsey Davis.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2012 5:25:51 AM PDT
I enjoyed it very much. It doesn't look like the start of a series, unless she plans to do one on various Emperors. I'd just a soon she go back to doing Falco novels. (I had an ARC--Advance Reader's Copy--so that's how I got to read it before the publish date. If you like this sort of thing, you might want to try the James Maddox Roberts novels. Joethereader

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 12:12:05 PM PDT
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Happyone says:
Just finished Gingrich and Fortschen's "Battle of the Crater" - definately one of the better Civil War historical novels, although not quite as good as "Killer Angels", which I feel is the best Civil War Novel written in that last 50 yrs. Some of the battle descriptions are really riviting and heart rending.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 3:22:58 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 29, 2012 4:38:51 PM PDT
I am reading one right now that I'm loving, and and as a result, have become friends with its author, so I'm happy to throw him a shout as it's well-deserved.

The Losing Role The premise is probably of the most unique for a World War II book I've ever seen, and Steve Anderson (the author) says that was his intent: he wanted as much of a female audience as male. His central character is a Broadway actor who gets drafted and shipped off to the front lines. How COOL is THAT?? Right now I'm to the part where he's injured and they're shipping him to some other hospital, but I'm loving it so far.

And the author couldn't be a sweeter person. He lived in Germany for a time (I'm German and Cherokee Indian) and answers each of his blog posts and Goodreads mail.


Posted on Mar 29, 2012 8:42:56 PM PDT
city girl says:
CTNY says
You've got to read May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by a new novelist, Peter Troy. Unlike anything I've read before. It grabs you and carries you through the 19th c. experience of Ireland and America. You won't be disappointed in this one. Hope there will be more by this author!

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 5:19:49 AM PDT
Looks like this thread is getting spammed now too

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 5:29:10 AM PDT
@ Happyone, C. Moore and City girl - This is a friendly reminder that promoting your own book is against Amazon's rules and is considered spamming. Please re-post it in the Meet Our Authors forum.

When people give themselves permission to spam, it disrupts the conversation and others quickly notice it. Please stop, it is against Amazon's forum rules and rude to other readers.

Thank you,
Mary Beth

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2012 7:30:29 AM PDT
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Wow, Mary E., is must be SO nice to be so omniscient that you absolutely know everything, everywhere at any given time. And I feel sorry for you that your reading comprehension is so poor that you clearly couldn't understand the phrase: "and and as a result, have become friends with its author, so I'm happy to throw him a shout as it's well-deserved."

Now. Which part of that in ANY way, shape or form gave you the idea that *I* am a man who used to live in Germany and writes novels about WWII?? I did a search to see if I'd mentioned the book previously before posting, and I hadn't, so unless you same three who yammer on here all the time have some unknown clique to the rest of us, you owe me an apology.

And before you toss around any further unfounded judgements, make sure you get all your facts straight first. I mistakenly thought this was a thread to discuss what we are currently reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2012 8:51:00 AM PDT
JW says:
MEB gave a courteous and friendly reminder. You could have made the point about the error in such a manner as well but chose a pre-pubescent rant instead. This rant speaks more about you than it does about MEB's message. Where is the respect?

Seriously folks, it would be nice to have at least one forum where people could come together as a community and share information with courtesy and respect. There is far too little civility these days. Let us, as book readers, make a reputation for ourselves as a crowd that thinks before reacting, is respectful of others and shares our joy of reading with each other. I believe it is actually possible to do this even when reporting on a book we did not care for or countering another's experience with a book.

As always MEB: Thank you for being a role model for grace.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 2:10:02 PM PDT

I'm just going to have to agree to disagree with your take on things. There was NOTHING in my post that even remotely smacked of self-promotion, save one: my ebullience for a book from a nice man who was quickly turning into an even nicer acquaintance. It was a completely unfair and unfounded assessment. In the past, Amazon has been quite famous for this sort of "profiling" of its posters and then before you know it, several author friends of mine had their accounts completely suspended with no explanation or proof being allowed to be given in their own defence. BANDED FOR LIFE.

You speak of respect. Here's something: instead of yelling at me for being human and "god-forbid" allowing some of my anger to show, why not suggest to MEB that she not make such judgements to begin with until all the facts have been verified? That was extremely disrespectful to me, and has now killed whatever joy I had in sharing Steve's wonderful and unique book. I don't need a "reminder" because I don't have books to promote. So you'll have to excuse me that my excitement over a different kind of book other than most of the schlock out there apparently offended some.

And to be fair to MEB, it was traceybookstar that introduced the idea that we were spamming to being with. Again, I did NOTHING wrong.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 2:55:34 PM PDT
@ C. Moore - I am so sorry that you feel disrespected by my reminder. It is a terrible feeling and I do most sincerely apologize to you. I do not know you and I would hate to think that I have judged you personally in some way - such is not the case. This forum is just starting to crawl back to some semblance of the richness that it once enjoyed and I, and a few others, have been trying to discourage self promotion which was its original downfall. I should have been more careful in making a judgement and again I do apologize to you for offending you. Especially, I feel badly to have perhaps taken away some of the joy you felt at reading a wonderful book - that should not happen to anyone.

Mary Beth

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 3:01:43 PM PDT
I finished The Bow of Heaven: Book I: The Other Alexander last week and really enjoyed it. The narrator is so interesting (a Greek slave to Crassus just before he forms the first Triumvirate) and the setting is very well rendered. Just started Persia Woolley's Child of the Northern Spring: Book One of the Guinevere Trilogy and am enjoying it. Her descriptions of the landscape are absolutely lovely, and I'm a sucker for that :)

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 2:48:26 PM PDT
Misfit says:
I just finished Roanoke Hundred: A Novel by Inglis Fletcher. It's the first of a rather lengthy series about - you guessed it - Colonial America. Very good, although a bit dry and over detailed at times. I don't always do well with battles at sea and what not. A good part of the first 1/3 is set in England with preparations for the voyage and the voyage itself (with derring do at sea). The middle third is on Roanoke island and the difficulties they faced with the land, the indians and an incompetent governor in charge of them. The last third sees some of the Spanish Armada and more derring do at sea.

Now back to True Sisters by Sandra Dallas. The story is based on the Mormon handcard companies (google that for more info), a bit of history I'd not heard of before.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 4:58:27 PM PDT
@ Misfit - oh my goodness, after the googling I am not certain that I could handle that story - it sounds like pure tragedy. Let me know what you think about it!

Mary Beth

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2012 5:40:22 PM PDT
Misfit says:
@Mary Beth. Will do. I haven't read that far about this particular expedition just so I won't spoil myself. I have to say that anyone participating in a book club that is looking for lively discussions might want to consider this one. I find myself getting seriously angry at what is happening with some of this, and all in the name of the big guy upstairs.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 1:24:46 PM PDT
I remember the first time I heard the story of The Roanoke Settlement in elementary school; it both creeped me out and made me dig in the library trying to figure out what the heck happened to the settlers. I was reading something not to long ago about a tribe of Native American's discovered in the area decades later who had members with blue eyes. Very interesting indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 8:06:57 AM PDT
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Happyone says:
uhh, I'm not an author :) - I just liked "Battle of the Crater" Sorry if it sounded like I was shilling my own book

Also I just started Jack Whyte's new book on WIlliam Wallace "The Forest Laird"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 8:20:47 AM PDT
Elise says:
@ Happyone, I have The Forest Laird on my TBR list. Please share you thoughts about it when you have a chance.
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