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Posted on Jan 4, 2013 1:02:00 PM PST
lesley9 says:
Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl - am almost done with this childhood memoir story set on a Iowa farm in the 1950s and 1960s. Author is working on a historical fiction book that I can't wait until it is published. Carol Bodensteiner is a wonderful author - check this page out for some more infor -
http://jplanewrites.blogspot.com/2012/03/sixties.html
She also has a FB page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 6:01:15 PM PST
I too have read the Deadwood Mystery Series and enjoyed them as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 7:09:36 PM PST
Angel's Mum says:
I finished it last night...5 stars from me too!
I started The End of Your Life Book Club during my lunch break today.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 10:37:53 PM PST
I read Merry's Christmas: a love story today. It's a short, sweet Christmas novel. But I have to say that Merry is just way too good to be believable. :-D

This evening I started re-reading The World of Henry Orient, a book that I've always enjoyed a great deal. I read it the first time about 30 years ago after seeing the movie based on it at a revival theatre. Unfortunately the Kindle edition is no longer available so I'm glad I bought a couple of years ago. :-)

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 8:51:35 AM PST
Brenda says:
I finished The Mongoliad: Book Two (The Foreworld Saga) and would start in on book 3, but it's not available till February. This story is pretty awesome to me and I think I'd be disappointed jumping into something else serious right away, so I'm reading a fun Christmas present: Spock's World. Somehow going from 13th century alternate history to Vulcan prehistory appeals to my geekiness.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 9:11:13 AM PST
I finished Keeping Faith which I liked very much. I started Waging Heavy Peace so want to finish that next.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 12:41:41 PM PST
deannah says:
I truly loved The End of Your Life Book Club Wonderful book and excellent author! Best read of 2012.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 12:45:18 PM PST
deannah says:
An excellent book I just finished today is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. States for YA, but I am old and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep the kleenex handy. Truly loved Mr. Green's writing style.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 2:21:42 PM PST
Finished Consequences last night and loved it! I was reluctant to read it, but my sister begged. Can't wait to start the second book of the trilogy Truth (Consequences)tonight!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 2:35:07 PM PST
Karin says:
For $0.99 I'm all in.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 3:10:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2013 3:12:08 PM PST
Charlene,.......or any other Robert McCammon fan

I read Boy's Life in Nov and really loved it. I know you to be a big fan of Robert McCammon... of the following 3 how would you rate them and what should I read next from this author??

1. Swan Song
2. Gone South
3. The Wolf's Hour

Thanks for your input.

Respectfully,

Claude Williams

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 4:49:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 5, 2013 4:53:11 PM PST
Coach D says:
I finished my January KOLL this afternoon: Nightstalkers (Area 51 series) by Bob Mayer. I have read 6 Bob Mayer thrillers over the past year or so (Eyes of the Hammer (The Green Beret Series) and Synbat (The Green Beret) are two great examples) and enjoyed them all. But I would say Night Stalkers is a tad different. I would rate all the other books by Mayer (that I have read) as "R" rated. With tons of action and plenty of adult style fighting.

But Night Stalkers actually comes across as more like Men In Black (with aliens) than say, D-Boys (hi-tech special force type action) by Michael Stephen Fuchs. The aliens (Fireflies) can take over objects and animals (but so far not people). But some of the objects they took over left me wondering what was going on: a rabbit, a horseshoe, a pool, a cactus, and a curling iron. Yes, there was plenty of special force type action with the Night Stalkers, but it is hard to take the story seriously when the (highly trained) special ops soldiers are shooting at a rabbit or a killer curling iron. Was the book suppose to written this way? A comedy action thriller?

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I have several other books lined up but I think I will go with two short stories next:

Prisoner 3-57: Most Wanted by Simon Smith-Wilson and The Recruit: A Jack Noble Short Story by L.T. Ryan.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 5:04:46 PM PST
Claude - I'd go with Gone South. I read Swan Song years and years ago and loved it. Then I read it again right after The Stand and it just didn't compare. Another one of McCammon's books that I loved was The Five. I thought it was amazing. You might also try McCammon's Matthew Corbett historical novels. The first one, Speaks the Nightbird, isn't available on Kindle, but you won't miss much if you skip it and start with book 2 The Queen of Bedlam. I think this is a terrific series.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 5:24:19 PM PST
Josue says:
I have been reading three books. Dynasty 2: The Dark Rose: The Dark Rose (The Morland Dynasty), Streets Of Laredo and The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, Book One): with Bonus Content. As much I have been enjoying all three I found myself being drawn to another book. I have hesitated but at the same time finding myself to want to rush with the current ones just to start the other. I finally gave in and decided to add a fourth to my reading list. I must say North and South (North and South Trilogy) is shaping up to be a good book. I am still in the prologue of it but very good so far. So now I'm up to four books and enjoying them all.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 5:24:41 PM PST
Stayed up to the wee hours & finished The World of Henry Orient. Had fun re-reading it!

Being in a re-reading mood I am starting Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series #1) this evening. It's been a good long while since I read it so I want to get up to speed again before I read the sequel. :-)

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 6:33:18 PM PST
Beverly says:
I'm loving The End of Your Life Book Club and really taking my time reading it just because I read some parts of it over. Someone I loved dearly went through what the mom is going through in this book. She was a lover of books, as I am, and so the story is really striking home for me. I'm glad, though, that l bought the actual book instead of having it on my kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 7:26:34 AM PST
I haven't read Gone South since I was a teenager Claude. I read Swan Song twice and I loved it. It is similar to The Stand, but IMO, different enough to make it unique. However, The Wolf's Hour ROCKS. If you like WWII stories, spies and werewolves, The Wolf's Hour would be the one for you. Plus, if you like it, there is a book that came out last year, featuring the star from The Wolf's Hour, Michael Gallatin and that one is excellent as well. Happy Reading, Claude!

OT-I started and finished an old classic yesterday-Fahrenheit 451. I enjoyed the heck out of it and gave it 5 stars. I feel that despite the fact that we don't really have book censorship, a lot of other things addressed in the story are happening now. I think it's almost a little spooky how prescient it was.
I read a short from DC Bourone called Injured Reserves (Kindle Single). This was by the same author I was raving about the other day regarding his short story Wet or Dry, Chapter 1: The Listening Room. This story was just as well written as W o D, but much more violent and poignant. Another 5 stars from me.
Our horror group is starting City Under the Moon, which looks to be a werewolf story.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 8:17:34 AM PST
Coach D says:
The Recruit: A Jack Noble Short Story by L.T. Ryan was indeed a very short story. It got me interested in reading the other Jack Noble books/episodes. I picked two free last year and moved Noble Intentions: Episode 1 up into my Currently Readling collection.

Then I started reading an old favorite The Eighth Trumpet (Jared Kimberlain) by Jon Land. I first read this book back in the Fall of 1990 during Operation Desert Shield and got hooked on Jon Land thrillers from that point on. Several Jon Land books recently came on sale last month and I picked up about 8 or 9 of them for only $2.02 each (normal price ~ $9.99 or so). Like visiting an old friend again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 8:32:44 AM PST
thank you both MB and Charlene !! excellent input...I guess I will just have to read several of McCammon's books.

so many good books,....so little time.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 9:19:50 AM PST
Denise says:
Currently working on too many for my taste. I just finished Gulliver's Travels and I must say I wearied of it long before the end. Way too preachy for my taste, although I know it was intended to speak to the politics of the day.

Currently I'm reading A Covert Affair (which has finally picked up), listening to the audio of Washington: A Life (though I will switch off with the kindle version, The Scarlet Pimpernel - Literature Classics, Complete Edition (Annotated), and Solo. I hope to pare that down to two books in the next couple of days.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 12:07:29 PM PST
Just finished episode 1 of GAMELAND Omnibus: Season One (Episodes 1-8) (S. W. Tanpepper's GAMELAND). So far, it's good. I imagine I'll continue on with epsiode 2 this afternoon.

Other than that, about 20% into the audio version of The Twelve. Enjoying it.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 2:53:30 PM PST
Have you ever revisited a book only to find yourself wondering why you liked it so much the first time around? I tried to re-read Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series #1) and it happened to me. I wanted to read the rest of the series but it had been almost a year since this one came out & I wanted to get back up to speed. Boring. Boring. Boring. Couldn't wait to put it down. I don't know, maybe it's just a case of not being in the mood or something, but at this point I will not be reading the rest of the series. :-(

So now I will be trying the first book in a new mystery series, The Beekeeper (The First Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mystery).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013 5:41:28 PM PST
Kellie says:
Susan,

I read The Beekeeper (The First Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mystery). It is really good.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 6:02:33 PM PST
deb217 says:
I am almost finished reading Reliquary (Relic). Loving it! So I have started looking for the next book to read.
My local library notified me that Riptide and Thunderhead (both by Preston/Child) have become available. Both of them look good and got good reviews. So I think I will choose Riptide. I have seen a documentary about the pit and the treasure it contains. The pit has a very interesting set of traps to guard the treasure (if there is one) and this could be the basis for a very good story.
I bought The Dovekeepers a couple of weeks ago. I think I'm going to put it in my TBR collection for now. It doesn't sound as interesting today as the day I bought it. I will, at some point read it though.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 6:52:15 PM PST
Susan Solin says:
@deb217 - Riptide and Thunderhead are both good, neither are Pendergast titles. Thunderhead has a character (or maybe characters, I haven't read it for a while) that appear in later Pendergast books (the authors do this which I think is a lot of fun) if I remember right. Let us know what you think of Riptide

I finished Amazonia which was good. I had read it before but had basically forgotten everything. Today I started The Infection but it seemed kind of choppy and not what I was in the mood for so I stopped. Then I started Children of the Fog which is sucking me right in.

I also wanted to let everyone know that someone in the mystery forum started a mystery/thriller challenge that looks like fun. Basically you read a book (thriller or mystery preferably) that starts with each letter of the alphabet throughout the year. 26 mystery/thrillers for 2013. You edit your post as you read.
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