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Deadly Chakram
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*bows to Labby's superior reading speed*

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More re-reads
21. Lady Whistledown Strikes Back - Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Mia Ryan, and Karen Hawkins
22. Further Observations of Lady Whistledown - Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Mia Ryan, and Karen Hawkins


Both are Regency romances set in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton universe.

23. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Jude Blume - I had a revelation about Peter's turtle, so I had to read it. It's been many many years since the last time I read it!

23.5. Santa Baby - Jennifer Crusie, Lori Foster and Carly Phillips - I didn't finish this one. Jennifer Crusie's story was fast paced (took place in about 12 hours or so) and it didn't lend itself to any sort of character growth that I've seen in other short stories, such as the ones above. Her writing definitely works better in a longer format. Lori Foster's story was pure smut. Not what I was looking for, even in a romance novel, and definitely not something I felt comfortable reading in the middle of the restaurant where I was having lunch. I didn't even bother reading Carly Phillips' story, as the premise sounded equally as bad. Good thing this was a library book and not something I bought.

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quote:
*bows to Labby's superior reading speed*
[Embarrassed] Sorry. I can't help it. [Goofy] I'm just having way too much fun to stop. [Wink]

#83 Poison: A Novel of the Renaissance - Sara Poole

I absolutely adored this look at the Borgias and Fifteenth Century Rome seen through the eyes of the fictional Francesca - official poisoner to Rodrigo Borgia.

Ms. Poole clearly believes that the Borgias were victims of malicious propaganda as here they are the good guys. Ruthless and ambitious, certainly, but no more so for the times they live in than anyone else around them and also honorable and even kind.

The fictional characters that interact with them are engaging and richly drawn and her writing style is easy to read. This one kept me on the edge of my seat until the small hours of the morning and I've already put book two on my wish list. Can't wait to see what happens to my new friends next!

LabRat [Smile]

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#17 Thin,Rich, Pretty by Beth Harbison
Light but entertaining.

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#84 The Alexander Cipher – Will Adams
#85 The Exodus Quest – Will Adams
#86 The Lost Labyrinth – Will Adams


I was all set to dash off a few paragraphs about how much I was enjoying this series of archaeological adventures – but I’m still upset over the shocking ending to the third, in which one of the main characters was unexpectedly and brutally bumped off in the conclusion. [Eek!]

I sat up to the small hours, enthralled, and this is how you repay me, Will Adams? /me shakes her fist and curses. [Razz]

LabRat [Smile] (who's also pretty ticked about poor Argo, too...)

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Since my Kindle broke, and I've had to re-organize everything in my collections, I figured I should now add the books I've finished since the last time I posted--so I don't forget again.

4. Deathworld by Harry Harrison (paperback)
5. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
6. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch and Lee Chadeayne
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland
8. The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland
9. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland

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Deadly Chakram
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#6 - Nerfertiti - Michelle Moran

I really liked this one. It's the story of the rise and fall of Nefertiti, the Pharaoh Akhenaten, and the city of Armana. It tracks the political discord as the Pharaoh turns from the "old" gods to the worship of Aten, the sun. Told from the point of view of Nefertiti's younger sister. It was a fun, interesting look into what life might have been like in ancient Egypt. The characters are well-painted and compelling. A fun read. I'll probably read the sequel, The Heretic Queen.

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Many thanks to Sue for providing me with a new pile of Tess Gerritson books, just when I was in the mood to enjoy them. [Sloppy]

#87 The Keepsake
#88 Whistleblower.
#89 Ice Cold
#90 Harvest
#91 Bloodstream
#92 The Sinner
#93 Body Double
#94 The Mephisto Club


And thanks, DC, for the headsup on Michelle Moran. Sounds very interesting and turns out I have three of hers among my Kindle collection. I'm looking forward to checking those out. I'm a sucker for books about ancient cultures.

LabRat [Smile]

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quote:
And thanks, DC, for the headsup on Michelle Moran. Sounds very interesting and turns out I have three of hers among my Kindle collection. I'm looking forward to checking those out. I'm a sucker for books about ancient cultures.
Anytime Labby! I haven't started on her other ones yet. Working on a different book right now. [Smile]

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#18 Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
Not quite what I thought it would be, but entertaining. Housewife solves murder mystery.


#19 Suffer the Children by Marilyn Wedge
Interesting book about the over use of medications for children with ADHD and such.

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#95 Sovereign - C J Sansom

First I’ve read by this author - in the genre of historical murder mysteries - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Full of the – often distasteful and disturbing – details of medieval life and with an engaging set of characters. Added enjoyment came from it being set to the backdrop of Henry VIII’s Great Northern Progress, so I had fun with the fresh perspective on all the familiar characters I knew from watching The Tudors. Rather sad I only have the one book as I’d have loved to have read more in Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series.

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#7 - Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

This is suppossedly a companion to "The Giver" but it falls FAR short of the amazing story that "The Giver" was. In this book, Kira, a girl with a twisted leg, is taken by the village council to become the one who works on the robe that the village Singer wears once a year to recount the story of the world. She must learn how to dye the threads that she will use to repair and create new places on the robe - but no one knows how to make the color blue. I was honestly extremely disappointed with this book. I felt like the story ended just when it started to get a little interesting. If you are going to read a Lois Lowry book, just stick to "The Giver" (one of my favorites) and call it a day.

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#9 - The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton

I promised myself that this year I would read classics. Started with The Great Gatsby (which I loved mostly due to its fast pace, and the way the characters linked to each other) and just finished The Age of Innocence.

For a book that won the Pulitzer I wasn't expecting such lukewarmness. All the way through it seemed like nothing essential was happening, even though the relationships between the characters were shifting - but still it was too platonical for my taste. And the ways of old New York's upperclass families were too superficial to empathise with them. I didn't dislike the book but I kept expecting that something happened untill the last page and that moment never really came.

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#96 Nefertiti
#97 The Heretic Queen
#98 Cleopatra's Daughter


All by Michelle Moran, of course. Ancient Egypt and Rome brought vividly to life. I think CD was my favourite, but I enjoyed them all and I'll definitely by adding this author to my watch list in the future.

#99 Takeover – Lisa Black
#100 Evidence of Murder– Lisa Black
#101 The Road – Cormac MacCarthy
#102 The Gateway Trilogy 1: Night Gate – Isabelle Carmody
#103 The Gateway Trilogy 2: Winter Door – Isabelle Carmody



LabRat [Smile]

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#20 Faith by Jennifer Haigh

This writer does an interesting job of creating characters from different eras.

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quote:
#96 Nefertiti
#97 The Heretic Queen
#98 Cleopatra's Daughter

All by Michelle Moran, of course. Ancient Egypt and Rome brought vividly to life. I think CD was my favourite, but I enjoyed them all and I'll definitely by adding this author to my watch list in the future.

Glad you liked them Labby! I'm only about 100 pages into HQ right now.

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#36 - "Deception Point" by Dan Brown

#37 - "Angelology" by Danielle Trussoni (okay plot but very abrupt ending)

#38 - "Lover Unleashed" by J.R. Ward (latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series)

#39 - "Dark Lover" by J.R. Ward (first in the Black Dagger series - decided to start over)

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The Survivor’s Club – Lisa Gardner
The Other Daughter – Lisa Gardner
The Perfect Husband – Lisa Gardner
The Stone Child – Dan Poblocki

I Am Not A Serial Killer – Dan Wells


The title of this one put me off a little – I had no clue what it was about, actually thought it might be a true crime book, and I had my doubts when I opened it up, but I’m so glad I did. It could very well have been titled “Dexter: The Teen Years” instead and it has many – thoroughly enjoyable – parallels with the Dexter novels.

15 YO John Cleaver knows he’s a sociopath and has developed a set of personal rules to avoid the destiny he believes fate is pushing him towards – to become a serial killer. But now a real, honest-to-goodness serial killer is stalking his small community and a choice has to be made….

Told in the first person, it has the same wry, dark humour, the matter-of-fact attitude to murder and the honest, almost child-like bewilderment when dealing with people and the world that Dexter exhibits. I LOL’d quite a lot during this, when I wasn’t being squicked out. [Goofy] And to my delight it’s the first in a series – which I am definitely going to have to read more of. If you enjoy Dexter, you might want to give these a try.

Anne, what did you make of Deception Point? I'm not a huge DB fan, but I thought that one was the best I'd read and actually better than TDC or AAD.

LabRat [Smile]

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quote:
I Am Not A Serial Killer – Dan Wells

The title of this one put me off a little – I had no clue what it was about, actually thought it might be a true crime book, and I had my doubts when I opened it up, but I’m so glad I did. It could very well have been titled “Dexter: The Teen Years” instead and it has many – thoroughly enjoyable – parallels with the Dexter novels.

15 YO John Cleaver knows he’s a sociopath and has developed a set of personal rules to avoid the destiny he believes fate is pushing him towards – to become a serial killer. But now a real, honest-to-goodness serial killer is stalking his small community and a choice has to be made….

Told in the first person, it has the same wry, dark humour, the matter-of-fact attitude to murder and the honest, almost child-like bewilderment when dealing with people and the world that Dexter exhibits. I LOL’d quite a lot during this, when I wasn’t being squicked out. And to my delight it’s the first in a series – which I am definitely going to have to read more of. If you enjoy Dexter, you might want to give these a try.

Um, that sounds AWESOME! I love Dexter! I might have to check these out! [Big Grin]

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#8 - The Heretic Queen - Michelle Moran

I really enjoyed this one. I love the Egypt that the author paints for her readers. I have Cleopatra's Daughter on hold at the library and I am hoping it comes in soon.

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24. Manhunting - Jennifer Crusie
25. A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin
26. A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin


My husband got me these books after we started watching the series. I found out that the series is extremely faithful to the first book. I pretty much devoured the second wanting to know what happened to the characters, and who would die next. As I'd heard from a coworker and my boss, do not get attached to any character. I can't wait to get the third book, though it's nice to have a bit of a break before diving into that world again.

27. The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes - Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart

This isn't a book of short stories, but rather a multi-authored book. An enjoyable read, and I found it difficult to figure out who wrote which part.

28. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Oh yes, it's that time again! One last re-read before the last movie comes out.

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Slayer – DL Snow.

No Buffy in sight, just a fairly enjoyable fairy tale about princesses and dragons. I had fun, but the characterisations didn’t go far enough beyond caricature and the plot didn’t have enough depth to it to make this a keeper. Ended somewhat rushed, too.

Shadow’s Son – Jon Sprunk

A bit of a BSF (Bog Standard Fantasy). Again, enjoyable enough for what it was, but nothing special.

Sword of Shadows 1: A Cavern of Black Ice – J V Jones.

Definitely a keeper. The pace was a little slow in the middle section, but the characters were fascinating enough to overcome that and I’m looking forward to reading the others in this fantasy series.

Rogue Angel #1: Destiny – “Alex Archer”

I wasn’t expecting much from this one. Given what I’d read of this large series on Wiki:

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Rogue Angel is a paper back series of novels published bi-monthly since July 2006 by Harlequin Publishing's Gold Eagle division and written under the house name of Alex Archer. Actual authors are credited with small notes inside the books, but not on the front covers or spines. The main character is Annja Creed. Each novel offers an adventure based on history or mythology, with a heavy fantasy slant. Annja Creed is a world-travelling archaeologist with a penchant for adventure, lost cities, mysterious codes and puzzles, and shadowy history that was never recorded. Heir to Joan of Arc's mystic sword, Annja finds herself drawn into the webs of darkest villainy with lives on the line.
I was expecting no more than a lightweight, fast-paced romp, full of lightweight, 2-dimensional characters. A Lara Croft-lite clone. But to my surprise this one had a lot more depth and much more rounded characters than I was expecting and that comparison does it a great disservice. I’ve several more logged onto my Kindle, so I’ll be reading more. Rather enjoyable.

Rogue Angel #2: Solomon’s Jar – “Alex Archer”

This second book in the series suffered from what I assume to be the problem with varying authors writing the books. I got tired of our heroine being attacked by gangs of angry, machete-wielding locals practically every two pages, only to be rescued by an unlikely ally at the last minute. Essentially, it was the same scene repeated endlessly. In between, there seemed to be an awful lot of dialogue about things that didn’t interest me. So too much repetition in the plot and way too much boring exposition. A bit of a disappointment. Roll on book three!


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Rogue Angel #3: The Spider Stone
Rogue Angel #4: The Chosen
Rogue Angel #5: Forbidden City
Rogue Angel #6: The Lost Scrolls
Rogue Angel #7: God of Thunder


Okay, now that I've read through a few of these, a pattern emerges.

The odd-numbered novels (so far. I believe later novels are written by other authors) are written by Mel Odom and are fast-paced adventures with an interesting array of secondary characters and some witty dialogue.

The even-numbered novels are written by Victor Milan and are turgid, boring examples of how not to write an adventure. Full of pages and pages of uninspiringly presented exposition interspersed with scenes of our heroine being attacked by gangs of men whom she dispatches with ease. (This happens with monotonous regularity at the rate of almost one a chapter.)

I resent having to read the VM adventures in case I miss anything significant in our heroine's character development, before I can get to OM's rousing romps and back to the enjoyment.

I'll be interested to see what the other authors I haven't got to yet do with the characters, but at the moment I'd kind of wishing MO had written all of them so far!

LabRat [Smile]

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Rogue Angel #8 : The Secret of the Slaves

A Victor Milan outing, so pretty boring – and rather bizarre. Anyway, things are getting to be pretty samey, so I think a break is in order while I go read other things. I’ll probably return to more in the series later, though.

Don’t Stop Me Now – Jeremy Clarkson

If you know Jezza, then you know what to expect. If you don’t – suffice it to say the man has opinions. Hoo boy, does he. I don’t always agree with them, but he always make me laugh whether I do or don’t.

Desert Places – Blake Crouch

Rather good example of a psychological thriller – I’ll need to check out more by this author. Not least the sequel to this one.

LabRat [Smile]

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#9 - The Green Mile by Stephen King

This is the only Stephen King novel that I've read so far that I like (granted, I've only read a handful of them). But I loved the movie, so I gave the book a chance. I think that, while a powerful book, the movie hit the emotional nerve much better. But all around, this was a great book.

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The Tide Lords 1: The Immortal Prince
The Tide Lords 2: The Gods of Amyrantha
The Tide Lords 3: The Palace of Impossible Dreams
The Tide Lords 4: The Chaos Crystal


By Jennifer Fallon. Despite all the odds, I really loved this fantasy quartet. Enough that each book kept me up into the small hours, desperate to know what happened next. Of course, it's flawed and no George Martin. The plot is often contrived and too often depends heavily on the characters being dumb as two short planks. I was especially irritated by the fact that Arkady seemed mostly there just to get captured and in need of rescue at the most inconvenient moments.

Which is why I'm surprised I enjoyed it so much. Despite the obvious irksome moments though, I was immediately taken with the characters, so that I spent my time cursing out the bad guys and wishing horrid deaths on them and chewing my nails that things would turn out right for our heroes. And I'd definitely read more from JF in the future.

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#10 - I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells


I liked the overall premise of this book. John Wayne Cleaver knows that he has sociopathic tendencies but refuses to cave to them. It did feel kind of like a young Dexter (although young Dexter embraced his tendencies to kill only bad people). I hated the sci-fi aspect of who the Clayton County Killer really was though. I wanted it to be a real human being, like on Dexter.

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'48
Domain
Once


All by James Herbert. Always been a middle of the range author for me; his early work was a bit too pulp horror for my tastes and I've only enjoyed the odd one or two of what he's written since. And so it was with these. The only one I really liked was '48. And absolutely hated Once.

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While I was waiting for the new MaryJanice Davidson book to come out, I reread all the previous Betsy Vampire Queen books and discovered that I didn't remember all that much from them... But still it was a fun experience and now I'm all refreshed on the story. Also, I'm liking where the author is going with the current arc. I can't wait for the next one in 2012.

#10 Undead and Unwed

#11 Undead and Unemployed

#12 Undead and Unappreciated

#13 Undead and Unreturnable

#14 Undead and Unpopular

#15 Undead and Uneasy

#16 Undead and Unworthy

#17 Undead and Unwelcome

#18 Undead and Unfinished

# 19 Undead and Undermined

Meanwhile I also finished a book I've been reading on and off for over a year.

# 20 Notes on Nursing: what it is and what it is not - Florence
Nightingale


It's a late 19th century guide about the care of the sick, as the title and author imply. Still, it's interesting because in it can be seen the basis for current nursing care and it's extremely informative. For example, the statistics at the end are shocking when you realize that the youngest nurses were children's nurses and had about 5 years of age.

Also, it's an ebook available for free at The Internet Archive

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#21 The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

a re-read but still an engaging and disturbing plot.

#22 Night Road by Kristin Hannah and #23 BeachCombers by Nancy Thayer

Nice, light summer reads

#24 The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison While I agree in theory with this author's quest for a simpler life and appreciation of the small details, some of this book drove me nuts.

#25 The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The second in a post-apocolytic series, I'm not sure if we're going to get all the answers promised in a third volume.

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quote:
The second in a post-apocolytic series,
Oooh. I'm a sucker for this theme and looks like I have book one on my Kindle. Adding to my reading list. Thanks!

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#26 The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald

a different spin on identity theft

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Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers)
Prey Series (Lucas Davenport):

Silent Prey
Winter Prey
Night Prey
Mind Prey
Sudden Prey
Secret Prey


All by John Sandford. Another hit and miss author for me. I couldn't get through the two books I tried in his Kidd series. I thought the Flowers book was okay. But I really love the Prey series. Hard to believe they're by the same author, really.

Davenport and his colleagues are engaging and fun characters, the banter is often laugh out loud funny and the villains always intriguing and out of the ordinary.

Thankfully, I still have a fair few of the series to get through, as I'm currently at the point where every time I get to the end of one book, I'm desperate for more. So I'm trawling through the series a bit of a happy bunny right now, having a whale of a time.

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Gah! I wish I'd found this list sooner! I don't remember all of the books I've read this year (and on a side note: [Eek!] Labby! How? So many books... ) I read a lot of classics *coughcoughNERDcough*, in particular four different Shakespeare plays ("Hamlet", "Richard the Third", "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Taming of the Shrew") of which I loved them all. I also read multiple Agatha Christie mysteries, a couple of Monk books, Alice in Wonderland (that counts as classic, doesn't it?), and once again, because I'm a nerd and I read this series over again every year, all nine of the Legacy of the Force Star Wars novels. I've started the next Star Wars series, and I'm trying to finish the Alex Rider books leftover from childhood. Oh, and "the complete tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe". Which should count as numerous books because it's so long, but I don't want to go through and count all the stories in there.

Maybe when I actually get done reading something else I'll post it, otherwise I might just wait and start fresh next year. [Cool]

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quote:
(and on a side note: [Eek!] Labby! How? So many books... )
LOL. The funny thing is that I never considered myself to be an especially fast reader. But I guess to judge from the reactions of people on this thread, I must be! I certainly don't try to read fast and I'm not aware that I'm doing so while reading - but I guess it must be pretty speedy all the same. [Big Grin]

What can I say - I just love reading. Grab my book every spare minute I can get, never happier when curled up on the sofa, reading, and it's not unknown for me to sit up half the night into the small hours of the morning if I get engrossed in a plot or a book I simply can't put down. (Which is what happened last night and why I'm almost through the next Prey book already. <G>)

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#27 Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
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#11 - Cleopatra's Daughter - Michelle Moran

For some reason, I found this one the hardest of the three to get into. I don't really know why that was. But I did enjoy it. It was interesting seeing the infusion of Rome to the story. But I felt like it moved the slowest of her books.

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#28 Vanished by Carlton Smith

Okay true crime book.

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More of John Sandford's Prey series:

Certain Prey
Easy Prey
Chosen Prey
Mortal Prey


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#29 What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Engaging story about a woman who suffers a head injury and forgets ten years of her life.

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And more John Sandford:

Naked Prey
Hidden Prey
Broken Prey
Invisible Prey


Almost had a serious disaster yesterday when my Kindle froze during a recharge. Ended up with some glitches, but fortunately the main one - bookmarks no longer working and a book not remembering what page I was on if I closed it down - seems to have affected just the book I was in the middle of yesterday. The new one I opened up today is holding its last page, so hopefully all future books will too. Phew! [Thud]

I still have a glitch where it's putting the current collection at the end of my collections list instead of at the top, but I can live with that!

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#30 Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
#31 Shattered by Kathryn Casey

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#21 Nelson Mandela - Albrecht Hegemann

An updated biography.

#22 Strictly Business - Francesca Clementis

#23 Girl Meets Ape - Chris Manby

Summer chick lit

#24 The Secret of Shambala - James Redfield

Spiritual voyage meets science fiction

#25 The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

After years of waiting, I've finally read the first Discworld novel. Hurray!!!

# 26 A Casa Quieta - Rodrigo Guedes de Carvalho

A novel about loss and life by one of the best portuguese contemporary writers.

# 27 A Streetcar named Desire & other plays - Tenessee Williams

A compilation of four plays: Cat on a hot tin roof, Suddenly Last Summer, Summer and Smoke, A Streetcar named Desire. Wonderful.

It's beeing a busy summer. Seems like I might actually reach the 50 book mark [Smile]

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#12 - Lois and Clark: Heatwave

#13 - Lois and Clark: Exile

#14 - Lois and Clark: Dangerous Games


A bit of very light reading. They aren't great by any means, but they *were* fun. I think I liked Exile the best. Heatwave was fun with the premise of Lois and Clark going undercover on a film shoot. But then again, I love anything to do with film. [Smile] Dangerous Games was my least favorite because it felt like Clark got a lobotomy in that one. He really *was* a lunkhead in it. However, I did like all of the Lois kicking butt and taking names parts of all three.

All in all, I've read much better fanfics from our talented pool of writers here on the boards and the archive.

Starting A Game Of Thrones now...

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Have to agree, DC. I thought these three were a lot of fun when I read them, years back, so long as you didn't take them too seriously. But fanfic beats them by a mile - cheaper, too. [Big Grin]

Hope you enjoy GoT!

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quote:
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Have to agree, DC. I thought these three were a lot of fun when I read them, years back, so long as you didn't take them too seriously. But fanfic beats them by a mile - cheaper, too. [Big Grin]

Hope you enjoy GoT!

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Thanks Labby! I used my Amazon gift card to pick up the LnC books - can't beat free (and they were all 1 penny each before the shipping).

GoT is going well - about 50 pages in at the moment. So far, so good. [Big Grin]

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My reading time was curtailed in the last week and a half. Mostly due to the glitches on the Kindle becoming impossible, so I had to make the tough decision to reset to factory settings. And then spend four days putting 934 books back on the Kindle and sorting them back into Collections again. Oy! [Thud] But the upside is that it did solve the problem and the Kindle is now working just fine. Whew. [Jump]

Last of the Prey series:

Phantom Prey
Wicked Prey
Storm Prey
Buried Prey
Rules of Prey
Shadow Prey


Having spent so long on one thriller series, although I greatly enjoyed them and they've become big favourites, I'm looking forward to changing direction. I'm in the mood for some SFantasy now and, as it happens, I've just discovered that Jim Butcher has written one that looks very intriguing. So off to get started on that.

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#32 The Physcik Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Interesting spin on the Salem Witch trials

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The Codex Alera Series - Jim Butcher.

Furies of Calderon.
Academ's Fury
Cursor's Fury
Captain's Fury
Princep's Fury
First Lord's Fury


I absolutely loved this fantasy series. Full of engaging characters (Tavi and Kitai in particular are just adorable), humour, action, drama, romance... Some of its power is diluted by the author's refusal to kill of any of his major characters so that by the time you get to beyond book one you can't really feel much for the peril they get into. But, you know, sometimes that's no bad thing. [Big Grin] It didn't hurt Eddings and in some ways The Belgariad is what this series reminds me of. Although the number of times each character almost dies and is brought back by magic healing does get a little irksome after a while. Still, each book kept me up to the small hours, unable to go to bed until I read 'just one more chapter' and found out what happened next. Which is surely the sign of a successful series. Hugely enjoyable.

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Hope it's alright to join your 50 book challenge
iam not as quick at reading as lab rat who seems to have a super power in this area
So off I go

No,1 Agatha christie- the mysterious mr quin
Not as well know as her other two certions miss maple or hercule poirot but mr quin is very diffant he appears from nowhere he comes and goes no one knows who is
But with his help mr satterthwaite a looker on life that see things others do not and plays a real part in life at last togather they unravel strange mysteries from love to murder in 12 short stories that offer something for everyone


No,2 Walter Scott - Ivanhoe
Can't beat a classic Story of days gone bye that has everything in it
idea for a long train trip to work

No,3 Agatha christie - curtain :poirot's last case
The great belgium detective last case very sad but one of his best with arthur hastings back to give assistance to be his eye and ears in this case with poirot's legs gone but with the little grey cells still working there is many mysteries to be found at there 2nd vist to styles court that now is a guest house
This was one of her best story's so many twists and turns that ever when your have found out what happen it's still a stock
Just great


No,4 bernard cornwell- the pale horseman
Set in 871-899 of king Alfred reign
The main hero is uhtred who is Saxon cheated of his inheritance,adrift in a world of fire and treachery he has to make a choice :whether to fight for the Vikings who raised him or for king Alfred who dislikes him
Uhtred finds himself on Alfred side in a uneasy alliance that's leads them to the last remaining Saxon army and will fight for the very existence of England

No,5 Harry sidebottom- part 1 fire in the east
Set in the roman empire of 256ad the hero is ballista who is a barbarian in the roman army lots of battles and superior fiction a good read

No ,6 harry sidebottom - part 2 warrior of Rome
Ballista has returned to an imperial court obsessed with intrigue and religious fanaticism . Then he discovers men who would rather see him dead than alive

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