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Posted on Feb 8, 2013 11:48:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2013 11:45:28 AM PST
Coach D says:
I am almost finished reading Arisen, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs. Yes, a zombie novella series. But zombies and special forces (American & British) in a fight to the end (of mankind?). I love this series, James and Fuchs have written two novellas together and Fuchs wrote a prequel: Arisen : Genesis to the Arisen series. These are great action packed zombie thrillers. I love the characters and the authors are doing a great job of describing the world wide threat of the zombies. They are everywhere!

Charlene: I am going to go ahead and order the Tim Curran short story you mentioned yesterday: Fear Me (Delirium Novella Series). Just today I ordered Blaze of Glory by Weston Ochse (pronounced "Oaks"). A reviewer decribed it as "Tremors" on steroids! Ochse has books out and they look like I would enjoy reading them. He has a new book out: SEAL Team 666: A Novel that really looks good, but I do not want to spend $12 on an unknown author. Thus I will check out his $2.99 Blaze of Glory. There is a $0.99 short story out featuring SEAL Team 666 and I might pick that one up if I enjoy Blaze.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2013 3:43:22 PM PST
Susan Solin says:
Charlene and Carol - this is the first time I've read Haunting of Hill House and I'm really enjoying it. I'm reading the DTB version, my library still doesn't have kindle books to lend :(

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2013 5:28:23 PM PST
PeggyZ says:
@PeggyZ
Should the Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries be read in order?

Patsy; Yes I would read them in order; it helps to understand the characters and their relationships with each other. I've read them all through my library as he writes so many books in each of his series! :D

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2013 5:33:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2013 5:34:29 PM PST
PeggyZ says:
@PeggyZ
I love Alexander McCall Smith, especially the #1 Ladies Detective and the Corduroy Mansions series. As you say, it's all about the character interaction, and he has such a great sense of humor.

Mary McManus, the #1 Ladies Detective series was my first introduction to Alexander McCall Smith and I fell in love with his writing! I had read about him on Michael Palin's travel website (he was in the British comedy group, Monty Python). Have been thinking of starting the Corduroy Mansions series also, although my TBR list is SO long! :D

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 7:36:02 PM PST
I am reading Kind of KinKind of Kin. I am enjoying it very much and will probably stay up way to late reading it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2013 8:03:35 PM PST
Patsy says:
@PeggyZ
Thanks, I will read them in order, my library actually has all nine in Kindle format, so I will be starting off with The Sunday Philosophy Club as soon as I get the notice it's available. I think I'm third in line... Really excited to start a new series - thanks so much for mentioning it! Until then, I'll be reading Rules of Civility.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 8:10:32 PM PST
We are having a lollapalooza of a snowstorm here! I am reading Smilla's Sense of Snow - I've read it before but it is superb.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013 5:51:44 AM PST
Mary McManus says:
@PeggyZ: I understand completely about the TBR list. If you also have an Audible subscription, I HIGHLY recommend Alexander McCall Smith's Corduroy Mansion series that way as well. Simon Prebble reads them and they are a real treat!

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 5:55:52 AM PST
T. Ramsey says:
I read reviews that Hell House was better than The Haunting of Hill House so I bought the R. Matheson book with my Christmas GC & it's in my next to read pile. I'm sure both are good.

On topic: reading The Immaculata, a Mystery.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 6:46:10 AM PST
AnnaMcD says:
I read Plain Truth. I kept thinking I'd already read this but maybe it was a tv movie. It seemed very familiar.
I started Bombay Assassins Greatest Hits Box Set.These books are light and silly,perfect to read while babysitting my grandbabies.
My KOLL The Rag Tree: A Novel of Ireland is slow going. I hope to finish this weekend.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 8:22:47 AM PST
I finished reading Dastardly Bastard. It was pretty good. It had a great premise and very fast pacing, but something was wrong and I can't put my finger on it. At no point did I feel the need to get back to the book RIGHT NOW, like I usually do if a book is good. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3. I will write a review when my thoughts are more ordered.
Among Prey by Alan Ryker is next up. I absolutely LOVE this author and I love the Darkfuse Kindle Book Club. They sent this book as a free bonus, which they do regularly.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 8:31:30 AM PST
Shirley says:
Bloody Mary - A Thriller (Jack Daniels Mysteries) that is free today. Excellent book and excellent series. I have read all of them and probably will reread them.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 9:58:32 AM PST
The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today, very interesting to say the least, so happy i snagged it when it was announced on the price drop thread

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013 11:04:21 AM PST
Coach D says:
Charlene, good point about "the need to get back to the book RIGHT now" when you are reading a good book. You know that at times I get involved in 2 books at the same time. But usually, sooner or later, one of the two wil take over my interest and then I will stay with that one to the end........

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 2:33:39 PM PST
I finished Heart-Shaped Box yesterday. I really enjoyed it. Not sure why, but I didn't expect much from it - maybe because I wasn't a big fan of 20th Century Ghosts, but I was pleasantly surprised. Tempted to jump right into Horns, but throught I'd mix things up.

Started The Girl Next Door today, but I'm only 5% into at this point. Not sure if I'm in the mood for it, but I've been putting off starting it, so I thought I'd give it a try.

In audio books, I'm 25% through A Canticle for Leibowitz - one of those books I think I tried to read as a teenager, but couldn't get into. So far it's good, if a little...understated, maybe. I can see why I would have had a hard time getting into it when I was young.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 2:54:09 PM PST
F J McGill says:
I am in the process of moving to a much smaller apartment and as such am "down sizing" my collection of books many of which will hopefully be resold to the local book store. Anyway, I came across a book that I really enjoyed and thought I would pass along the link here
The Death and Life of Bobby Z author: Don Winslow.
A small time thug assumes the identity of a big time drug dealer- fast paces action, funny, and in the end leaves the reader with a lot of questions.-( IMHO in a good way)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013 5:06:52 PM PST
Lonnie says:
Once again, you do not disappoint. Not only do you recommend good horror books, but your hook up to the Darkfuse Kindle Book Club is a site for anyone who gets into the horror/dark fiction genre.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 6:58:17 PM PST
Williebee says:
I'm reading Stuart Woods "Holly Barker" series, just finished book five, they all have the word orchid in the title like: Orchid Beach, Orchid Blues, Blood Orchid, Iron Orchid and Hot House Orchid. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 8:06:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2013 8:13:35 PM PST
Coach D says:
I read a short novella by Carolyn McCray: Binary: An Encrypted to Cipher bridge short story (Robin Hood Hacker Techno-Thriller Series). Pretty short, so they cut the romance down. I liked this one, had enough action and plenty of cool hi-tech gee-whiz gadgets that would put Batman to shame. Just wondering how long McCray can keep up the relationship between Zach (FBI) and Ronnie (Robin Hood Hacker). Zach is the so-called expert on tracking her but he always comes up JUST a little short in actually catching her (on purpose now). How long will the FBI put up with this? The FBI should just make a deal with Ronnie and set her and Zach up with their own secret Hacker unit to track hi-level terrorists and such. Even Doctor Kimble finally caught up with one-arm man (referring to the old TV series from the sixes. Last a couple of seasons).

Next up? I think I will try Blaze of Glory and then squeeze in another short novella by McCray: Ambush: A 30 Pieces of Silver Prequel (Betrayed Series). I have this novella in two McCray collection: Got Thrills? A Boxed Set (A McCray Collection) (paid a whole $0.99) and The Betrayed Series: Ultimate Omnibus Collection with EXCLUSIVE post-Shiva short story (The Complete Betrayed Series) (this collection was selling for $10, I picked it up Free, and now it is only $0.99, for 7 stories. Short or not, it is still 7 stories (3 novels).

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 5:00:42 AM PST
J says:
Finished Dead in D Minor (The Albert Mysteries). I really loved both of the Albert mysteries. I hope that David Crossman writes a few more. Now I am reading The Wretched of Muirwood. I don't read too many fantasy type books anymore but I am enjoying this one and I also liked Kate Gallagher and the Bexus Prophecy. Maybe I am enjoying the strong female characters and most of the fantasies that I read before had mostly male characters?

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 6:11:38 AM PST
R. Allen says:
This Bonhoeffer biography is one of the best I've read, ever. In reading this I have discovered other enjoyable titles, scattered among the various books discussed in this fascinating story of Bonhoeffer's life.
D. Allen

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 6:21:56 AM PST
Patsy says:
Another jewel found because of this discussion group! Thanks for recommending.
Finished Rules of Civility last night and loved it. This book had everything I want in a novel: It was long, descriptive of a by-gone era, just enough characters, good story and was wrapped up pretty well at the end. If you liked books like The Chaperone, you will enjoy this one as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2013 7:45:25 AM PST
David Peterson, The Girl Next Door was a tough one for me. I hope you enjoy it, though maybe enjoy isn't the right word.
I've been wanting to read Canticle for quite a while now. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

I just read a short from William Meikle called King Crab versus Giant Scorpion (William Meikle Short Story Collection).
It was a good creature feature short. I also finished a short story collection by Lee Thompson, called As I Embrace My Jagged Edges (and Other Thorns). It was excellent!

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 9:03:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2013 11:13:04 AM PST
Joo says:
Ooo, I've just come across this thread and think it's great. Most of my kindle buys nowadays are either author's I've discovered, or recommendations on forums. I don't have to choose anything "new" any more hahahaha.
My February books so far have been "finishing off" books.
First it was Empire of Ruins: The Hunchback Assignments 3 by Arthur Slade, a YA steampunk story, the third (but I think there's another). I really enjoy these books, the first was quite extraordinary.
Then after taking the best part of 2 years to work through it, I finally finished The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. For each of the stories I seemed to be picturing a different Holmes and Watson as there are 3 recent pairs to imagine, let alone the older ones.
Conversations in the Abyss (The Third Path) by Michael Brookes is a novella about good and evil with the apocalypse coming.
I've just now finished No More Tears (The Dead Trilogy) by Andrew Barrett. This is the third in his trilogy of British crime novels. Each of the books is well chunky - the shortest is 330 pages, the longest over 500 and they are just 99c each at the moment, so that's a lot of crime for your buck. If you want to read some British forensics, these are the ones for you. The author himself is a Scenes of Crimes Officer and that's what the books are about. I think the American version is CSI?

The book I've just started is our book club choice for this month The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I'm not sure why it's so expensive here as it is just 20p in UK. It's good so far.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 9:28:56 AM PST
Coach D says:
Ambush: A 30 Pieces of Silver Prequel (Betrayed Series) Carolyn McCray was indeed a short story, took me almost no time to read. But, it is my favorite McCray thriller, right after MoonRush: An Action-Packed Adventure (From the author of 30 Pieces of Silver and Encrypted) (but I consider MoonRush as more a light-hearted action/adventure thriller in line with the movie The A-Team (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]). This short story is more my cup of tea: a team of 4 covert agents drop into Mexico to rescue some CIA agents. Plenty of action on the run and we get introduced to characters that will be playing bigger roles in the whole "Betrayed" series.

I picked up this short story twice actually in the recent weeks: once in the Got Thrills? A Boxed Set (A McCray Collection) collection (where I actually read the story) and again in the The Betrayed Series: Ultimate Omnibus Collection with EXCLUSIVE post-Shiva short story (The Complete Betrayed Series) collection.

I will read a few other stories (Blaze of Glory) and then move on to: 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller (Book 1 in the Betrayed Series).
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