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zaphyre14
07-13-2012, 04:42 PM
If you're near one, go to a Barnes & Noble and play with all the different Nooks. Heck, even buy one. Many books have a neat "read in store" option that allows you to read as much of a book as you want for 1 hour while in the store. Give it a good go and see what you think. I like mine. If you really do prefer a kindle, you can return it within 14 days no questions asked. Good luck!

I checked out the Nooks. None of them will do Audio books, Kindle's Fire Tablet will, supposedly.

Spinner
07-14-2012, 05:53 AM
I checked out the Nooks. None of them will do Audio books, Kindle's Fire Tablet will, supposedly.

Actually, the color Nook devices (NookColor and both Nook Tablets) will do audio books. See here: http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-Color-Support/Can-you-download-audio-books-to-Nook-Color/td-p/1130614

Nomad
07-14-2012, 02:56 PM
I just started The Love Child by Edith Olivier, an odd little fantasy about a lonely spinster whose imaginary childhood friend materializes one day. At first she appears only to only Agatha, but gradually other people can see and hear her as well. Reading it I can't help wondering if Olivier was inspired by Sylvia Townsend-Warner's Lolly Willowes, which was published the year before The Love Child came out. It's a nice, light, quirky read, though.

Wyliefan
07-15-2012, 12:44 AM
Bringing up the often-revisited and controversial topic of Lewis Carroll, Gaynor Arnold has a new novel (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/after-such-kindness-by-gaynor-arnold-7944220.html) about him. Her last book, Girl in a Blue Dress (another fictionalized account of a famous author, Charles Dickens), was fantastic; I thought I was going to hate it but ended up really liking it. So this might be worth checking out, whatever one thinks of Carroll.

rfisher
07-15-2012, 03:29 AM
I just finished a marathon read of The Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. This is the 2nd book of a trilogy (The Discovery of Witches was 1st). I guess I liked it since I read the whole thing in two days (it's almost 600 pages). I could tell she'd read Diana Galbadon in parts. I always feel a weird sense of disconnect when I totally immerse myself in a book for that long. Feels weird to be back to reality. I think I time-traveled with the characters in the book. :lol: But, that's my favorite way to read and books that don't pull me in that way are so disappointing regardless of subject.

Nomad
07-15-2012, 12:15 PM
The Love Child went from light and quirky to dark and disturbing. Olivier handled the transition beautifully; not one false note along the way. Next up: The Tower and Other Stories by Jānis Ezeriņš.

Lacey
07-16-2012, 01:27 AM
Have been slugging through The Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell, it includes everything including what each and everyone ate at every given meal.

Stefanie
07-16-2012, 06:23 PM
Does anyone use the site "Goodreads"? I'm really liking it. :)

IceAlisa
07-16-2012, 06:25 PM
I've used Goodreads for years. Good to know what your friends are reading, have read, recommend.

I absolutely loved Out by Natsuo Kirino despite all the violence. Highly recommended urban thriller that is very well written and constructed, laden with sexual politics, relevant to all societies and not just the Japanese. An excellent book, will look for more by the same author.

galaxygirl
07-16-2012, 06:27 PM
Does anyone use the site "Goodreads"? I'm really liking it. :)

Yes, I love it! Between my friends updates, the listopias and the 'Readers Also Enjoyed' section, I can get lost in there for hours. :shuffle:

Nan
07-16-2012, 09:03 PM
Apparently I really suck at using the search function, so I'll just ask.

Has anyone read Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith?

Prancer
07-16-2012, 09:08 PM
Apparently I really suck at using the search function, so I'll just ask.

Has anyone read Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith?

I have and I know a couple of other people here have.

The crimes in the story are based on the actual crimes of Andrei Chikatilo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Chikatilo), but the main story is really about the personal evolution of the investigator, a true soldier of Stalin who gradually comes to see himself and his world in a different light.

I liked it. I didn't much care for the follow-up book, however, and haven't read the last of the series, Agent 6.

Nan
07-16-2012, 09:22 PM
I have and I know a couple of other people here have.

Thanks, I thought I remembered seeing the title here, just wasn't sure.

I'm about halfway through Child 44 and am very drawn in to the story and the characters. I didn't realize it was part of a trilogy until recently and thought about getting the other two books, but may not if they don't measure up to the first one. What didn't you like about the second book?

galaxygirl
07-16-2012, 09:49 PM
I agree with Prancer. I can't remember the details of the second book so I can't really tell you why I didn't like it as much, so I'll leave that to Prancer :lol:. The third book takes place many years after the first two books and, IIRC, in the US so I didn't read it since I was mostly interested in the Soviet aspects of the first book.

IceAlisa
07-16-2012, 10:00 PM
Did Chikatilo get the death sentence? Funny that this ex-Soviet should be asking rude Amerikans this question. :shuffle: