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BrokenAnkle
10-12-2009, 02:30 AM
I just finished the Lightning Thief series. I had promosed my son I would read it and I enjoyed it quite well. It might not be great literature, but I see a lot of boys who don't like reading really getting excited about this one.

I also read the Julie Powell book. After all the negative comments about her after the movie, I was prepared to hate it, but I liked it a lot - maybe I just had low expectations though.

shells
10-12-2009, 02:51 AM
I just finished the Lightning Thief series. I had promosed my son I would read it and I enjoyed it quite well. It might not be great literature, but I see a lot of boys who don't like reading really getting excited about this one.

I read the Lightning Thief and loved it but never got through the second book. Boys love them though, they are a really popular series. And I personally know at least one boy who hated reading till these books came along. He'd read them over and over again until the next book in the series came out. I'm looking forward to the movie.

Erica Lee
10-12-2009, 05:42 AM
I just finished reading The Time Traveler's Wife - enjoyed it though found it anticlimactic (I usually find books that way, though).

Just bought 5 new books, too... all non-fiction, mostly psychology related. No idea when I'll find time to read them but two of them are full of short stories from case files of psychiatrists - "The Boy Raised as a Dog" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife as a Hat"... so at least I can pick those up for a short little read here and there. Though it's a big of a double edged sword because the short snippets leave me wanting more!

IceAlisa
10-12-2009, 05:57 AM
I loved The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat!

Bev Johnston
10-14-2009, 03:39 PM
OK, I've started reading "Outlander" and I'm almost halfway through....low on plot but lots of very finely described friggin' in the heather. I mean, what's not to like about a strapping 22 year old redheaded Highlander in a kilt? And my eyes bugged totally out of my head over the chapter at the end promoting the next book....beautifully written soft porn in my opinion. Had to read it 4 or 5 times. :lol:


I read the first three books in the Outlander series, but then I got a little tired of Jamie and Claire and had to give it a rest. You are right about the "soft porn", though. My daughter asked me if she could read the first book when I finished it, and I said, "Ummm... no..." I will have to pick up the series again at some point because I am curious as to how certain things work out.

Has anyone read anything by Judith Merkle Riley? I just finished "The Oracle Glass" and I loved it!! I stumbled on her books by accident in the library, and I just checked out "Serpent Garden" last night. We'll see if it's as good!

ETA a little bit more about "The Oracle Glass". It's about a 16 year old fortune teller masquerading as a 150 year old woman in Paris during the reign of the Sun King. There is plenty of court drama entangled with the supernatural. I didn't know much about French court, so this was all new to me.

zaphyre14
10-14-2009, 05:40 PM
I'm just about finished with the third Ruth Downie Medicus tale - "Persona Non Grata" and recommend it to the historical mystery fans here. Ruso's in Gaul dealing with a broken foot, his bankrupt family, gladiators, and dishonest bankers and politicians. Some things never change. :)

I have one of the Inspector Linley mysteries going in the car. It's read by Derek Jacoby who is excellent at it but I'm having trouble keeping all the characters straight. Also for some odd reason the producvtion company has inserted snippets of music apparently at random and in some places the music drowns out the reading. Also there's no indication of when you come to the end of the side, just a long silence. I've gotten spoiled I guess, with Brilliance Audio's helpful announcement. I'm also irked with people who don't fast-forward the cassettes to the end of the tape when they finish the side so the next person (me!) gets to start in the middle and then fumble around with the rewind button while driving.

star_gazer11
10-14-2009, 11:44 PM
Has anyone read anything by Judith Merkle Riley? I just finished "The Oracle Glass" and I loved it!! I stumbled on her books by accident in the library, and I just checked out "Serpent Garden" last night. We'll see if it's as good!

I've read the first two books in her Margaret of Ashbury trilogy, (first is A Vision of Light) - I thought it was humorous and a bit offbeat, compared to most other historical fiction I've read.

Beat the Reaper - That ending definitely had me wincing. :eek:

An Echo in the Bone - mixed feelings. I thought this was quite slow going in some parts (battlefield), although I enjoyed learning more about Willie. Wasn't expecting so much Lord John and therefore Percy (I have read the Lord John books, but don't remember the plots). I liked the glimpses at Bree and Roger and kids, but damn the cliffhangers, especially that one with Jem.

nerdycool
10-15-2009, 12:40 AM
An Echo in the Bone - mixed feelings. I thought this was quite slow going in some parts (battlefield), although I enjoyed learning more about Willie. Wasn't expecting so much Lord John and therefore Percy (I have read the Lord John books, but don't remember the plots). I liked the glimpses at Bree and Roger and kids, but damn the cliffhangers, especially that one with Jem.It was an okay book for me, too. It was just sooo slow moving until the last 3/4 of the book, that it killed any better review I could have given it, although it's all very well-written. And the cliffhangers were so good, that it actually made me angry because I knew that it'd be another 2+ years until the next book came out. That'll teach me to pick up series before they're over!

star_gazer11
10-16-2009, 12:26 AM
And the cliffhangers were so good, that it actually made me angry because I knew that it'd be another 2+ years until the next book came out. That'll teach me to pick up series before they're over!

I know, I'm kinda wishing I waited until the paperback of Echo came out before reading it because it's gonna be a long wait.

Anyone here read Katia's book My Sergei? Picked it up at the library sale.

nerdycool
10-16-2009, 12:49 AM
Anyone here read Katia's book My Sergei? Picked it up at the library sale.I've read it a handful of times. I found it charming and very interesting, as it gives some good glimpses of what life was like for Soviet skaters. Definitely a worthwhile read, IMHO.

Prancer
10-16-2009, 02:38 AM
That looks amusing. I have a Border's coupon to spend.

It starts off being amusing and rather charming, but it gets really :rolleyes:.

If you haven't used your coupon yet, use it on something else.

rfisher
10-16-2009, 03:22 AM
It starts off being amusing and rather charming, but it gets really :rolleyes:.

If you haven't used your coupon yet, use it on something else.

I used it on Dracula the Undead by Dacre Stoker. He's Bram's great-greatnephew. I haven't started it yet but the reviews were pretty good. The original was one of the scariest books I ever read. This was co-authored by Ian Holt who is some sort of Dracula expert. They apparently used notes left by Bram to continue the story. Sequels are usually not nearly as good as the original (GWTW is a perfect example) but it was worth a shot.

I'm reading Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden. She was an editor for St. Martin's Press for over 40 years. This won an Agatha for best non-fiction a couple of years ago. I hope it's going to give me a perfect query letter. :lol:

Jodi
10-16-2009, 03:45 AM
I used it on Dracula the Undead by Dacre Stoker. He's Bram's great-greatnephew. I haven't started it yet but the reviews were pretty good.
I told my boyfriend about this when you posted about it before. He'd ordered it on Amazon within about two minutes :lol: His verdict was that it's an enjoyable enough read as a vampire novel on its own, but doesn't hold up as a sequel.

rfisher
10-16-2009, 11:12 AM
I told my boyfriend about this when you posted about it before. He'd ordered it on Amazon within about two minutes :lol: His verdict was that it's an enjoyable enough read as a vampire novel on its own, but doesn't hold up as a sequel.

They seldom do. But, since he liked the book as a stand alone, it was a worthwhile purchase and use of my coupon. :) It's like JRR Toliken's sons using his old notes to put out a new book or any of the Dune incarnations. They just don't have the same voice.

pollyanna
10-19-2009, 07:53 PM
rfisher introduced me to Ariana Franklin, for which I shall be forever grateful. I love the character of Adelia, I love her friends, and I especially love that Franklin brings Henry II to life.

I just finished Grave Goods, which I loved more than The Serpent's Tale and almost as much as Mistress of the Art of Death. Clever and horrifying and well-researched as usual, Henry II wants Adelia to investigate whether or not King Arthur is really dead - are those his bones in the grave at Glastonbury?