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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:43 pm 
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I'm reading Shadows by Ilsa Bick, the second in the Ashes trilogy.

Do you like that series? I've read mixed things. Also, did you end up enjoying Code Name Verity?


I loved Code Name Verity, although I thought it took a bit to get into. I am so used to my YA fiction being based around teen romance that I wasn't sure it was going to work for me at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

I liked the first Ilsa Bicks book but not the second, so much. I've read a lot of reviews that say it suffers from middle-book-of-trilogy syndrome, where the writer is trying to bring together a lot of different things, which I guess is true. But I also felt like she veered away from the single person perspective that made the first book work for me, so I'm not sure I like where the series is going in general.


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I'm blaming this on Footface. After reading The Riverman, I was curious about Ann Rule's book on Bundy. So creepy! She knew him really well before any of the murders became big news. She knew him during the investigation when she was a fledgling crime writer and got a contract to write a book on the investigation. Such a serious of coincidences--if it were a moving, I'd be rolling my eyes at the implausibility of it all.


Now you have to watch The Deliberate Stranger starring Mark Harmon. It's not very good, but it's really "fun." You know what I mean.


Sadly, it isn't on Netflix.

Oddly though, I remember seeing bits as a kid.

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I've got two on the go. Midnight's Children, which is great as expected, and Room, which I'm not really loving despite all the hype around it. Admittedly, I'm not very far into it (about 120 pages or so), but I kind of feel like the subject matter could have been tackled more sensitively than it has been. It this point it almost feels like all the accolades just came on the back of it being topical and capitalising on people's feelings about the cases that influenced it.

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Cold Days chapter 2 is up! :D

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Finished Ape House by Sara Gruen. It was OK. Same author as Water For Elephants. Strange commentary on 'eco-feminist vegans.' Not necessarily negative, but mostly negative. I'm sorry that doesn't make much sense. I did like the seen where one kid throws someone's food on the floor and says, "Meat is murder." Just because it's something that would be ridiculous to see.

The book overall was entertaining, but not a literary masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. I've moved on to Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union, mostly because I've owned it for a while and haven't read it. Any Chabon fans?

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The new Leonard Cohen biography. I'm iffy on biographies, but this one seems better than most, and Cohen is fascinating.


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I've moved on to Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union, mostly because I've owned it for a while and haven't read it. Any Chabon fans?

That's the only Chabon I've read so far actually. It was a few years ago, but it was OK? I didn't love it but I did find it interesting. Good, but not excellent.

I'm taking a break reading Black Butler Volume Three. Why is there no Swedish translation for this series? I've ran out of manga to recommend at work and the kids won't read English. Same goes for a lot of good fiction, actually.


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I've moved on to Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union, mostly because I've owned it for a while and haven't read it. Any Chabon fans?

That's the only Chabon I've read so far actually. It was a few years ago, but it was OK? I didn't love it but I did find it interesting. Good, but not excellent.


I've felt pretty wishy washy about all of Chabon's books except Wonder Boys and Kavalier and Clay. I just tried to read the new one (Telegraph Avenue) and realized, "hmm, I don't think I actually like this guy as an author. I just happened to have liked a couple of books he wrote a long time ago." I came to the same realization a few years ago about John Irving & A Prayer for Owen Meany.

I'm just starting Blood Red Road by Moira Young.


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That's kind of why I asked, molly. I LOVED Kavalier and Clay, but haven't been able to get in to any of his other work. I heard a poor review of Telegraph Avenue from someone who considers Chabon her favorite author, so I thought that was telling.

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I am embarrassed to admit that I am reading Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. Sometimes you need some junk food for your brain

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I'm excited about the new Michael Connelly Harry Bosch book.

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 Post subject: Re: And what are we reading now?
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LW - Ooh, good to hear! I haven't read any crime fic in months

Now reading Reached by Ally Condie - looking forward to seeing how this series ends.

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I'm reading Shadows by Ilsa Bick, the second in the Ashes trilogy.

Do you like that series? I've read mixed things. Also, did you end up enjoying Code Name Verity?


I loved Code Name Verity, although I thought it took a bit to get into. I am so used to my YA fiction being based around teen romance that I wasn't sure it was going to work for me at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

I liked the first Ilsa Bicks book but not the second, so much. I've read a lot of reviews that say it suffers from middle-book-of-trilogy syndrome, where the writer is trying to bring together a lot of different things, which I guess is true. But I also felt like she veered away from the single person perspective that made the first book work for me, so I'm not sure I like where the series is going in general.


Re. Code Name Verity - awesome! It's my fave book of 2012. Whenever I rec it, I tell people to keep going, even if the beginning is slow and confusing. KISS ME, HARDY!!!

Re. Shadows - cool, I might give it a go. These days sooo many sequels seem to be just a filler book, although I can think of 2 this year that have been just as good or better than the first book in the series.

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I'm just starting Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

I've heard good things, hoping to read it this year... or next. I have too many books to read right now.

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I am embarrassed to admit that I am reading Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. Sometimes you need some junk food for your brain

Don't be embarrassed, you're reading and reading is good :)

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I am reading Open City by Teju Cole


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I am embarrassed to admit that I am reading Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. Sometimes you need some junk food for your brain

Nothing to be embarrassed about - you're in good company.

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I love Charlaine Harris' books. I'm sad that the series is winding to a close. I think she said one more book? But, the characters are getting a little stale.

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I borrowed The Time Traveler's Wife from the liberry just this morning as folks seem to like this book and I don't read a lot of today's fiction so I need to see what's out there from time to time.

Also, I have borrowed Live From New York: An Uncensored History of SNL which looks like it could be good and gossipy.

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I am embarrassed to admit that I am reading Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. Sometimes you need some junk food for your brain

Nothing to be embarrassed about - you're in good company.

Absolutely!

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I love Charlaine Harris' books. I'm sad that the series is winding to a close. I think she said one more book? But, the characters are getting a little stale.

Yep, the one coming out next year (I assume) is the last for Sookie et al. I probably said this in the thread, but the last one felt like she was phoning it in, so I'm happy for her to finish this up and move on to something new. Or go back to Aurora Teagarden.

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I've just finished The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst. It was the sort of book that makes me want to run out and force everyone I know to read it immediately. Best novel I've read all year.

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Adding it to my goodreads list!

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I am reading Open City by Teju Cole

How is it? I've got it from the library right now, but I've got several books ahead of it.

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I finished The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean a week ago and loved it. It's all about the sordid past of the elements on the periodic table. I have always enjoyed science but never really studied it in school. This was fascinating and made me interested in physics and chemistry, which I never thought possible. Now I'm reading his second book The Violinist's Thumb which is about the history and stories surrounding DNA.

Our library is closing for a month to relocate while they refurbish the building so I've started compiling a list of books to go get today before they close up shop. So I presume I'll be reading a lot in the next month.

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I am embarrassed to admit that I am reading Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. Sometimes you need some junk food for your brain


I've read a couple of books in the series and loved them. When I checked them out the librarian was like, "Are these for YOU?" Apparently dudes aren't supposed to read them.

I just finished Fugitive Days by Bill Ayers, which chronicles his time in the Weather Underground. His writing sucks, but his story is fascinating. Reading it makes you wish there were people running around bombing the Pentagon today. I think having extremists like that is a sign of the health of the left.


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