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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:38:05 PM PST
I really liked Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, especially the first half. It was fun to go to Savannah after reading the book to see the house where the murder took place and other highlighted locations in the book.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:44:58 PM PST
I am so sad! I just finished Boy's Life and I am afraid the next book I read will pale in comparison. I don't think there was one boring sentence in the entire book.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:46:52 PM PST
Boy's Life is only $3.79!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:48:23 PM PST
bothellbuyer says:
You are RIGHT (BIG BLUSH)....I meant the Blackberry Island series which started with Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island). The second book just came out and I haven't gotten to it yet. The 'blackberry' got me and I was too lazy to cross-check before posting. So much for THIS memory (sigh)....

I DO recommend Barefoot Season which might have too much 'romance' for some but it was interesting enough from a psychological perspective to keep ME interested and wanting to read more about this character.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:58:54 PM PST
Oh, I am SO glad that you enjoyed it, Karen! Do you see now why it's one of my all time favorites? Is it one of yours too?

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 1:15:53 PM PST
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Coach D says:
I love these episode novellas, short and to the point, I finished off: Yesterdays Gone: Episode 10 (THE POST-APOCALYPTIC SERIAL THRILLER) (Yesterday's Gone). Once again very well done. I have NOT read a Yesterday's Gone episode since late August of last year. But I see I need to read at least one a month. This one (as so many others) ended very well, leaving me feeling like I cannot wait to see "What Happens Next". I was not too fond of their Hunger Games rip-off Kindle Serial series: Z 2134, but I for sure LOVE this series!
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Then I read a really short story (236 locations) called: Sawkill Stories: First Flight Out by Matt Fitzgerald. Zombies once again. Loved the story, but it was very short. So short in fact, that I would suggest combining the two Sawkill short stories (Sawkill Stories: The Silver Tower) into one book and sell that collection for $0.99. I picked up this title for free, because even for a buck I felt it was too short. But combining the two short stories together, they might get more readers to take a chance.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:37:45 PM PST
dmars says:
Yellow Crocus: A NovelI just read this past weekend. I really enjoyed itfrom both of the primary characters' perspectives. It was certainly a unique story telling of historical theme.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 1:50:06 PM PST
J says:
I am reading Thinner This Year: A Younger Next Year Book which I bought because I love to read about food and it turns out that this one has a great section on nutrition. I am now past the nutrition section and am trying to slog through the exercise section. Slow going for me as I work out very grudgingly and don't want to be thinking about it if I don't have to. I read his Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy—Until You're 80 and Beyondwhich I thought was an excellent kick in the butt motivator for getting off the couch and the junk food.

I think that next up will be Shadow Street because it includes a story by Frank Tuttle that I haven't read.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 2:15:12 PM PST
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PeggyZ says:
Just finished Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2 (sorry but the link is to DTB). I read it on Kindle as an e-loan from the library. A 3 1/2 star read for me, better then #1 in the series. Most of the story takes place at Windsor Castle during WW2. Thought the Prologue was very interesting, as it starts in Portugal with The Duke of Windsor and his wife, Wallis Simpson. I knew that he had abdicated the throne to marry Simpson, but I didn't know that she had German ties and was a Nazi sympathizer. A quick, fun easy read. Book #3 is suppose to be out in May.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 2:43:40 PM PST
Holly says:
@brothllbuyer-

No problem :) It happens to all of us sometimes!

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 3:03:10 PM PST
Susan Solin says:
Finished Escaping Yellowstone. The characters and situations we definitely cookie cutter but it was a fast read. I'd give it 2.5 stars. Now onto Brave New World, I haven't read it for about 30 years but a friend just read it and asked me to re-read it so we could discuss it. Plus it fills the 'b' spot of the mystery/thriller 2013 challenge!

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 4:19:00 PM PST
Ann Mac says:
Just finished The Black Box. Another solid Harry Bosch story. Connelly continues to write well. Have tried to get into Gone Girl but am really struggling with it. Maybe it's just that she's so unlikeable.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 4:25:17 PM PST
Patsy says:
@Dog Lover
Just started The Sunday Philosophy Club, only a couple of chapters in, so at the moment I have no opinion on the story itself, but I do love the writing style. Are you going to read Friends, Lovers, Chocolate: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (2) the next in the series?

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 4:45:27 PM PST
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Laurie says:
I just finished Jill Kismet: The Complete Series. I love, love, love Lillith Saintcrow. These books are gritty urban fantasy at its best.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 5:07:55 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
Haven't decided yet. I have about 20 books that are on my immediate plan to read. Of course, I frequently ditch such plans all the time!

He does use the language beautifully, doesn't he?

DL

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:26:22 PM PST
ginger krz says:
I haven't posted here for quite some time but I read this thread faithfully. I read Boy's Life last month and really enjoyed it. I had never heard of this book or author so thank you to all of you here who have raved about it. A really nice blend of nostalgia and fantasy!

I also read and LOVED Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley.

A few days ago I finished The Host. I had heard from quite a few people that it was really good but it just didn't seem like something I would like so I kept putting it off. I was really surprised how much I liked it.

I'm now reading and really enjoying Of Blood and Honey.
I'm now reading and enjoying

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 7:14:07 PM PST
TexasMom says:
Finished The Tawny Man Trilogy (1) ¿ Fool¿s Errand, an ebook borrow from my library, then read something completely different. I like reading books about different cultures, so read King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village, in hard copy from my library. (Sorry, I know this is a Kindle forum but I really liked this book and hope others read it. Amazing the difference one woman my age made in a village in Ghana.) Now I am halfway through The Golden Fool (The Tawny Man Trilogy, Book 2). I'll be sad when I finish this trilogy. Also listening to Jane Eyre--it's been years since I read this and I'm not remembering much.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 4:08:09 AM PST
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Yes and Yes!!! I do see why Boy's Life is one of your all time favs and it is now one of mine, too!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 6:03:35 AM PST
mebe says:
Finishing up The Black Bullet (Sean O'Brien mystery/thriller) I always enjoy books by Tom Lowe

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 9:29:43 AM PST
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Coach D says:
I started an action novella last night: Echelon: Ascendancy by Mitchell Schofield. I do not have high hopes. Reads like a PRIMAL Vengeance (by Jack Silkstone) wannabe story. The writing is so simple, awkward, and bland......thank goodness it is less than 1,000 locations. Sorry, but I have been spoiled by good action writers like Silkstone and Michael Stephen Fuchs (Counter-Assault (D-Boys #2)) among others, that I have a hard time reading bland boring action thrillers. Right now I would say 2 stars.
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Update: I finished the story and nothing changed. Pretty simple writing, if the author was in high school I would say not bad, but if he is an adult then I would say it was terrible. Almost painful to read, he told the story, did not describe it. Like Joe Friday from Dragnet said: Just the facts. Two stars is being generous. Almost as bad as the only 1-star review I have ever given: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning). I do not have an axe to grind with this guy but bad writing is bad writing. Take a lesson from Jack Silkstone or Bob Mayer (Dragon Sim-13 (The Green Beret Series)). Just wrote my 2-star review. I was the 2nd reviewer, first guy gave it 5-stars! Within a couple of hours two people already rated my 2-star review as unhelpful. Ha! Could you guys/gals help me out here?
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Back to one of my favorite authors (since I got my Kindle Keyboard in 2010) Stephen Knight: The Rising Horde, Volume One (Sequel to "The Gathering Dead"), already 19% into it in just a few minutes. Feels good to be home in zombieland again.........

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 10:26:16 AM PST
Bkworm Bren says:
Gave up on Blood Sport about 30% in. Decided it was too gory for my taste and jumped around too much between FBI agents, serial killers, serial killer fans who were also killers, etc. Life is too short to read books that are creepy in a bad way, imo. Not sure what's next, but at least my kindle is lighter by one book!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:27:44 AM PST
I really enjoyed Children of the Fog It was free when I got it. I couldn't put it down.
here's a synopsis of the stortline.

YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION: Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. Choose!

Sadie O'Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn't just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It's the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can't tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in "little bloody pieces".

When Sadie's unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie's descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son--a man known only as...The Fog.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 3:53:46 PM PST
Finished my PLL book of the month, Whiskey Sour - A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries). I'd always heard this was a good series, and was glad to find out it is in the PLL. It won't make it on to my favorite reads shelf, but I did enjoy it and will read more in the series.

I'm about 40% in to The Sisters Montclair by Cathy Holton and it's really good so far. It was free a couple of days ago ($2.99 now but worth it IMHO). I knew when I one-clicked it that the author's name was familiar so I looked up her other books. I read her Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes: A Novel years ago and remember it being laugh out loud funny. I discovered there was a sequel I didn't know about The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes: A Novel so will be watching for a price drop on that one! The Sisters Montclair is a lot different than the Kudzu books, it's a story about a university student who gets employed as an aide for a 94 year old woman and the relationship that develops between them with some intrigue about the old woman's past weaved in.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 7:47:32 PM PST
B. Hart says:
Reading The Girl in the Blue Beret: A Novel by Bobbie Mason for book club...having a hard time staying with it...24% in.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:38:16 PM PST
Finished The Head Case (DCI Tom Caton Manchester Crime Novels), the second in this series. I generally enjoyed this book, though the experience was marred a bit by several editing errors. I don't recall the first book in the series having this problem, so I hope this is a one-off, as I plan to get the third book in the series with my next month's purchases. :-}

I'm halfway through Faust, but it's slow going--I much preferred Christopher Marlowe's version!!!

For a change of pace, I'm starting an Avi book that I'd never read, The Secret School. I generally like his work, but this is aimed at a younger group than his usual YA stuff. Still, Avi... :-)
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