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Initial post: Mar 1, 2012 9:51:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2012 6:38:18 PM PST
We are reading

In the Blood (A Genealogical Crime Mystery)

We have talked about dividing the book into sections for purposes of the discussion, to avoid spoilers. Read the book at your own pace, but please don't discuss beyond the following schedule:

3/1 - 3/7: through chapter 18 (24%, location 1733)
3/8 - 3/14: through chapter 35 (50%, location 3573)
3/15 - 3/21: through chapter 53 (76%, location 5353)
3/23 - 3/31: to the end

So, if you don't keep up with the schedule, no complaining about spoilers in the discussion. :)

Let the games begin!

ETA: I probably should've mentioned this when I opened the thread.

Important Stuff:

1. This is a directed discussion thread of a specific book, and is not the place for self-promotion. Please do not self-promote on this thread.

2. We will be reading a book in the fantasy genre next month. I have (just now) started a separate thread to discuss our plans for April.

3. There is a goodreads group set up that is called KBR Irregulars, where some of us hang out and talk books from time to time. You can search for any of the "Irregulars" over on goodreads. I have a secret name over there -- it's so secret I'm posting it here. You'll find me under Christine Landers. If you friend me, you'll be able to find the group!

4. This is our first month doing a group read, so we might have some bugs to work out. Bear with us!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 11:16:16 AM PST
AmeliaAT says:
Thanks for starting us off, Christine! I'm going to download it today and start reading it this evening. I haven't decided whether to buy it or KOLL it. I think I'll read the sample first & decide.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 4:57:21 PM PST
Chrissy says:
Hi everyone (thanks Christine to start the post)

This is a good book, (sorry when reading a good book I can't just read a section), but what bugs me is the movement between time periods which is not very clear near the begining of the book(the section we are reviewing at the movement).

I have a question do you think JT (the protagonist) being adopted and not knowing his birth parents adds or subtracts from the story or is it just a fact in the back story?

Personally I think it is just a fact in the back story.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 5:18:25 PM PST
~nospin says:
Son of a gun AmeliaAt, I missed that it was available as a KOLL.
I bought it

Thanks Christine for starting us off and dividing the discussion. Most of the time on the mystery forum the review dies by about the 12th because too much gets discussed by the 4th day. This method will hopefully ensure a good discussion.

OT for this post but I have been hearing a couple good things about the author of this fantasy - Magic Makes You Strange (The Brontosaurus Pluto Society). I plan on reading it sometime but would like to recommend it for contention for Fantasy month. It is free today but the two people who recommended it had bought his books.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 5:24:54 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
I still haven't picked it up. Haven't had any reading time yet.

Do we want to start a suggestions thread for the April book? I know we're not always into keeping threads on track, but I think it would be easier to follow both conversations (and not miss nominations) if we had a separate thread for it. It seems a bit early, but since we know what the theme will be, maybe we could start the suggestions now, and then do nominations starting at a specific date like we did for this month.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 5:37:32 PM PST
~nospin says:
Sounds good AmeliaAT.
I just wanted to mention it I am nominating it and since it is free today people can one click if they want. Of course, I'll be anxious to check out everyone else's picks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 5:46:44 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
'Tis free today, you say? I'll go check it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 5:51:15 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 6:12:53 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
You are not in the right place. Self-promotion in the customer discussion forums isn't allowed under Amazon's rules.

For more about where you may promote your book, see this thread:

http://www.amazon.com/forum/kindle%20book/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx3RFWX8IMGF85E&cdThread=Tx328AK7M43NL0Z

BTW, if you don't delete or edit your post to eliminate the self-promotion, it will likely be deleted by Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 6:17:49 PM PST
Chris Ryan says:
My apologies, and thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I am kind of diving in and am bound to make mistakes. What is proper procedure now? Should I remove my post?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 6:18:19 PM PST
Chris Ryan says:
On it. Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 6:19:31 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
I see you figured it out!

Thank you for being very courteous! :)

Good luck with your book!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 6:32:04 PM PST
Feel free to buy our bookclub book & join us for the discussion!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 6:34:14 PM PST
This is a good idea. I'll go ahead and start a separate thread to generally talk about plans for April & what's coming up. Anything that doesn't relate to In The Blood.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 6:37:26 PM PST
Chris Ryan says:
Thanks for being so patient. I think I running on more adrenaline than common sense. Okay, I bought the book and will do my best to participate.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 7:09:12 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
Great! I think it will be fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 3:41:24 AM PST
Brenda says:
Hi Everyone!

@ Chris, I'm kind of liking the movement between time periods. I confess I'm a bit of a sucker for parallels between the two journeys across the water at the beginning.

That's as far as I've gotten in the reading, so I haven't really seen whether his being adopted is just background.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 6:40:53 PM PST
Chrissy says:
I do like the passage between the time period too, but I didn't like the abrupt change between the time periods, where there would be a few sentences and then the time period or the name in which you would know is in the present or the past. Later in the book the author does change it to have the past as "in 18....". For me that made a better transtition then having the date in the second paragraph after a break(when it was a new chapter it was cool).

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 12:19:49 AM PST
Kribu says:
I started the book last night - only about 16% in, but so far I'm enjoying it more than I expected.

The transition between the different time periods (and between different characters in the current period, such as Amy mourning for Gabriel, and the mysterious person stealing some stuff) was a little confusing at first, but I have a feeling that once I've got used to it, it should work quite well. And I am guessing that the different characters in the current timeline will eventually be shown to be all tied together somehow.

It's quite possibly the best-written self-published book I've read so far, anyway (although occasionally a little too wordy for my taste).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 5:59:46 AM PST
G. says:
It started off a bit rough for me (time swaps) but ended up really smoothing out. I think it is also probably one of the best self-pubbed books I have read to date.

My one big criticism (you can see it in the first 1/4 of the book) is that the author seems to try too hard to Americanize his character and at times this slips and it seems a bit awkward. Did that make sense?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 8:17:49 AM PST
Kribu says:
"My one big criticism (you can see it in the first 1/4 of the book) is that the author seems to try too hard to Americanize his character and at times this slips and it seems a bit awkward. Did that make sense?"

Hmm. I get your point, but as I'm neither American nor British, this sort of thing is really hard for me to notice!

The time swaps have definitely got better by now, yes, although I think it just plain helps that once you get used to them, they don't catch you by surprise any more.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 8:22:50 AM PST
Meadow B. says:
Ok, I am only 6% in but I find that I am not liking the time switches without any sort of warning. Its rather abrupt, but everyone says it gets better so I am hoping.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 8:40:00 AM PST
Kribu says:
It does get better. I was pretty confused at first but I got used to them, and after a while, you learn to expect them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 8:57:58 AM PST
G. says:
You are right, it may just be the exposure to the switches that made me more used to them. I really

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 9:12:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 3, 2012 9:14:17 AM PST
I just read up to the stopping point, & I'm laughing a little bit, because I did manage to blindly pick an interesting place to quit.

It took me a few chapters to get interested in the book. I agree that the time switches are disconcerting. This type of book is one of my favorites -- I absolutely love the split narrative where the author goes between a historical time period and the present, especially where some sort of mystery needs to be solved. The author could have done a better job cueing the reader that a switch is occurring. A lot of authors will do a chapter heading that provides a cue and clarity. The Time Traveler's Wife leaps to mind -- the author was very careful to mark not just perspective changes, but also the date of the book section. It was helpful.

However, I am getting accustomed to the time switches, and, at 25% it isn't so confusing anymore. It seems like the author has been introducing his time switches, even mid-chapter, with some sort of date to cue me.

Other stuff I am liking. Robinson has a good feel for language and for his setting, now that we have made it to Cornwall. I googled Rosemullion Head, which is a real place on the Cornwall coast. I've never been to Cornwall, but I've read enough books set in the area and read enough English history, that glaring errors would probably be noticeable. I'm enjoying some of his descriptive phrasing -- there was one section where he likens a palm tree to a bursting firework that I thought was very nice.

So, I've been pretty well sucked in, I'm interested in the main character, although more interested in the historical stuff (which is usually the case with me) and looking forward to finding out more.
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