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rfisher
01-01-2010, 01:54 PM
I thought the translation of the 3rd one was released this fall? That's what the book said anyway.

ETA: saw that shells said the same thing you did. I guess they're behind schedule then? :P

It was delayed for some reason, I don't remember why.

Prancer, I just started A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny. It's wonderful. It's like reading a game of Clue. There's an old building, an arranged meeting of a rich but dysfunctional family, a dark stormy night, and Inspector Gamache is an accidental guest. You know someone is going to be murdered (I haven't got far enough to know whom) and all the potential killers. All have motives. It should be clichéd, but it isn't. It's really enjoyable seeing how she lays out the story and all the underlying elements.

I'm ordering the rest of the series from Amazon today.

pollyanna
01-02-2010, 12:19 AM
I got The Girl Who Played With Fire only because you all raved about it. Hope it's that good!

I just placed a request for it from my library and I am 103 in line. :lol:

Prancer
01-02-2010, 04:13 AM
Prancer, I just started A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny. It's wonderful.

Have you read Still Life yet? I know you said earlier than you have it.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to read a mystery with an actual puzzle.

Someone recommended Murder... Suicide... Whatever... (http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Suicide-Whatever-Gwen-Freeman/dp/0977627616/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262405427&sr=1-1) to me as a humorous but good locked room mystery. I haven't been able to find it locally, but I read Crazy Fool Kills Five, the next one in the series and it was okay--rather Stephanie Plum-ish, but smarter. But not enough to make me order the first one unless it's really good.

Has anyone read the YA novel Feed (http://www.amazon.com/Feed-M-T-Anderson/dp/0763622591/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262405384&sr=1-1)? I got it for my son for Christmas, but he's reading something else and I'm thinking of snagging it when he isn't looking. It looks really interesting. Otherwise, I am torn between A Charmed Life (http://www.amazon.com/Charmed-Life-Growing-Macbeths-Castle/dp/0312384963/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262405476&sr=1-1) and NurtureShock (http://www.amazon.com/NurtureShock-New-Thinking-About-Children/dp/0446504122/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262405507&sr=1-1). Or maybe something else. Hmmm.

PrincessLeppard
01-02-2010, 04:16 AM
"Feed" is totally bizarre. Kind of like Clockwork Orange, with the slang you have to figure out. I liked it, though, and recommend it to my students.

rfisher
01-02-2010, 11:40 AM
Have you read Still Life yet? I know you said earlier than you have it.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to read a mystery with an actual puzzle.
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Yes, I did. There are at least 3 between it and the one I'm reading (because that's what Borders had in stock). Penny keeps the characters from Three Pines in the other books in various ways. I'm ordering the inbetween books from Amazon.

laurenjm
01-02-2010, 04:30 PM
:lol:Then you should check at your local library and have a laugh or two.

Since I am still in retail I will pass, but thanks! After I heard the story from one of my co-workers of the girl who relieved herself in the store and the bio hazard team had to come to clean it up. I really don't want to read anything about retail at all!

immoimeme
01-03-2010, 02:37 AM
I have not put down The Girl Who Played With Fire all day. I'm on page 239 and do not plan to stop reading til I come to the end. Or pass out, whichever comes first :)

Matryeshka
01-04-2010, 12:36 AM
I'm starting The Hunger Games tonight.

I would not recommend the new Jayne Ann Krentz. Neither the story nor the romance were particularly great or well-written.

PrincessLeppard
01-04-2010, 02:11 AM
Um, I hope you are planning to stay up all night. :D I couldn't put Hunger Games down and then had to teach the next day on two hours sleep. :coffee:

slicekw
01-04-2010, 02:13 AM
I'm working my way back through the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card.

Best autograph on one of them:
Dear Sharon, We should keep meeting like this.
(Title of book is First Meetings)

zaphyre14
01-04-2010, 02:20 AM
After rereading Gabaldon's "An Echo in the Bone" during a recent bout of insonia, I finally opened my Amazon box and am revelling in options. First up is Barbara Hamilton's "The Nineth Daughter." It's decent so far, blurbed as the first in a series of mysteries set in Revolutionary War Boston with Abigail Adams investigating the disappearance of a friend and the murder of a a British officer's mistress. Many historical figures are involved and I'm chuckling at the portrayal of the countryside outside of Boston as being "wilderness" - an attitude still in vogue among my city-dwelling friends.

After this one, I have Tash Alexander's "Tears of Pearl" on deck.

Evilynn
01-04-2010, 09:57 AM
Prancer - has your husbad read the Otherland books by Tad Williams?

I read them some years back. The first 200 pages of book one was sloooooow, then it picked up and was really very good, until the last 15 pages of the last book, where it really jumped the shark and pissed me off enough that I didn't only give the books away, I've refused to read anything Tad Williams have written since. :lol:

I finally finished Kate Elliot's "Traitors' Gate" and have moved on to Donna Tartt's "The Little Friend" and Ian R. MacLeod's "The Light Ages (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/831624.The_Light_Ages)". One more book and I'm down to just one shelf of unread books in my home.

kwanette
01-04-2010, 12:06 PM
Just started "Henry's Sisters" by Cathy Lamb. I have jury duty for two days and drs appts, so I'll have lots of reading time..My friend raved about it.

laurenjm
01-04-2010, 02:04 PM
I finally finished Kate Elliot's "Traitors' Gate" and have moved on to Donna Tartt's "The Little Friend" and Ian R. MacLeod's "The Light Ages (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/831624.The_Light_Ages)". One more book and I'm down to just one shelf of unread books in my home.

I really enjoyed Kate Elliott's Traitors' Gate, have you read Crown of Stars series? I am on book 4 of 7 and they are massive well over 800+ pages. But well worth the time.

immoimeme
01-04-2010, 08:15 PM
I finished The Girl Who Played With Fire and am off to the library to get The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I enjoyed "being" in Sweden where apparently all anyone does is not cook and drink coffee, coffee, and more coffee ;)