Books moral and immoral

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  1. Prancer

    Prancer The "specialness" that is Staff Member

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    Barnes and Noble is trying another way to get Nook owners in the store: Buy 1 NOOK Book, Get a NOOK Book FREE but only in stores.

    B&N is less than a mile away from me and I stop in there often anyway, but I don't know that this would make me go out of my way for it. I may have to get Kristi Yamaguchi's book just because, though :).
  2. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

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    I bought Brian Boitano's new cookbook :shuffle:
  3. puglover

    puglover Active Member

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    Has anybody read the Amanda Knox book?
  4. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Pink Bitch

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    I just finished I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Really excellent characterization, good storyline, but I thought the author copped out at the end. Or, with my luck, he's setting it up to be a series.
  5. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    And what do you think?

    I am having fun with The Annotated Persuasion although I find some of the notes superfluous. And surprise, surprise, The Annotated Northanger Abbey is coming out in September! I pre-ordered my copy. :)
  6. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    I got my books in yesterday! I have The Snow Child, The Thirteenth Tale and The True Story of Hansel and Gretel. All suggestions by our very own Nathan!
  7. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    Grrrr! I was in Barnes and Noble today and totally forgot to look for it. I would have gotten it if they had it displayed somewhere but if they did I missed it.
  8. dbell1

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    Finished "The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat" last night. Loved! Lots of :lol: moments. For a first book by a man, he did an amazing job with his 3 female leads. They're all different, but I love a good female friendship novel. I normally don't like first person books, but this one hooked me from the opening. It's on my list to buy.

    Today I'll either start "Ordinary Grace" or try to get through "The Book of Lost Fragrances" again...

    ETA - BB - I'd love to hear your opinion of The Snow Child when you're done.
  9. dinakt

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    Thank you, I will.
    Of the ones I have not heard about, the "True History of the Kelly Gang" looks very much like something I might enjoy. History, outlaws, Australia and well- written. I will definitely give it a try this summer.
  10. Jenny

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    It's actually pretty good. I'm a cookbook collector, so naturally I had to get one by a figure skater :)

    I haven't cooked anything yet, but the recipes are pretty standard Food Network fare, the kind of stuff you might see on Giada's shows (no surprise they got her to put her name on the intro). I like recipes that come with stories and comments on how to serve them etc, and Brian comes through in a big way with every recipe, and the overall production value of the book is quite good - photography, layout, writing etc.

    For skating fans, there's a ton of name dropping and pictures - including one of Dick Button licking his plate :) I've never been a huge Brian fan, just neutral on his skating, but in this book he comes across as a genuine and nice person who really does like cooking for his friends and family. The skating stuff isn't braggy at all - just real.
  11. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    Finished Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" last night - loved it! Great memoir, great story, great writing. Now I wanna ditch it all and go walk the PCT! Even though, unprepared as she was for the actual hike, her upbringing made her far more ready for that sort of thing than the average Josephine, so other amateurs like me shouldn't get super fancy ideas...

    I do wonder if the PCT saw a serious uptick in solo female hikers last summer (and will this summer). Last summer I met a woman who did a similar solo thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail about 5 years ago - just up and quit her job and took off with her dog for the summer. I hadn't really understood what thru-hiking was until I read this book, though.

    I've got two books queued up, but I might need to wait a day or two before starting to absorb the last one.
  12. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Now I definitely have to get it! :D
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  13. Artemis@BC

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    That's called a "book hangover." :D
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    This morning I started My Cousin Rachel. I wasn't drawn in right away like I was with Rebecca, but I'm intrigued to see where Du Maurier is going with this.
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  15. Prancer

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    So I have been exploring my New! Improved! Nook HD+, now with all things Android, and it occurred to me that I could probably download the Kindle app and read Amazon books on my Barnes and Noble device. And I can.

    This strikes me as very strange. I do like having all the apps, though.

    I assume this is B&N's way of moving the Nook more toward being a pure tablet and not quite so much a B&N product?
  16. modern_muslimah

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    I've been wondering about this too. It definitely makes the Nook a more attractive product and addresses the main complaint about it. Still, I wonder if this can make it more competitive with the Kindle? I read rumors not too long ago that Nook might become a separate entity from B&N. Is this a first step towards that (if true)?
  17. Prancer

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    I read the same rumor and have, in fact, told people who were afraid to buy the Nook because of B&N's shaky financial status that the Nook will likely survive if B&N goes under. I still think that is true, given all the money that has been invested in the Nook and not in B&N generally, from outside firms.

    But I have also read that B&N is not planning to split the Nook off on its own and has taken steps to ensure that it will not happen because B&N sees the future of the bookstores as being dependent on the Nook.

    Dunno; but it's interesting. And it sure is much nicer to play games and use apps on the tablet than it is on a phone. I really like Chrome as a tablet browser, too.
  18. Jenny

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    Finished Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5) last night and am now very curious as to why many fans apparently consider it the worst of the first 10. I quite enjoyed it :)

    It was a little :rolleyes: at the end, but overall I thought
    the story/clues was well done (including the one jab at the end for Reacher not getting a clue someone left him, which was lame anyway so I wonder if someone talked the author out of it in one of the early drafts), the characters fairly well drawn and less black/white than previously (including the first kid in one of his books), and I did like the setting as I thought it really suited Reacher's character and way of doing things. If anything, this was the most like the first book - all contained in one community rather than running through fancy databases and hoping on planes every five minutes. And he didn't sleep with anyone this time!
  19. dbell1

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    Finished "Six Years" by Harlen Coban last night. It sucked. Implausible plot made zero sense. Plot holes you could drive a semi through.

    The cliches were stale in the 80's and age has not improved them. I think I was 4 pages in when I read the line "gag me with a spoon". I should have stopped there.
  20. dbell1

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    Double posting, but it's a day later. :p

    Now about 40 pages into "The Vatican Diaries". Written by a journalist who covered the Vatican for years. I'm thinking right now he wishes he'd waited a few months until Benny retired. Very interesting read so far.

    Amazon's Kindle dd today has James Rollins Subterranean - no brainer to buy it, he's my favorite author (when he's not teamed up with vampire chick)... Also bought the Muirwood books on the sci-fi deal.
  21. BigB08822

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    I just finished reading The Snow Child and I absolutely loved it. It took me about a week to read but honestly, I only sat down and devoted about 3 days to reading. I was hooked. The descriptions were so raw and powerful, it was so easy to become completely trapped in the book. I felt some of the major plot lines were rushed into so that would be the only disappointing thing about the book, for me. Did you read it or just were curious?

    Next up: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel.

    I went into Barnes and Noble today to get the Amanda Knox book but it was no where to be found even though the computer system said it should be there. I stood at the Customer Service desk for a good 5 minutes and never saw a single person so I finally had to leave empty handed. No wonder people shop online for books. I want to support actual book stores (even if it is a large chain) but from now on I am sticking to buying online.
  22. orientalplane

    orientalplane Mad for mangelwurzels

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    Thanks for the review, Brian. :) The Snow Child is next on my list if I ever finish Moby Dick.
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    I'm back on my Regency mystery ride, having finished Kate Ross' second Julian Kestrel case, "A Broken Vessel" over the weekend. It had enough twists and turns to the plot to keep me guessing the whole way through but the high point was the character of Sally, the whore with the heart of gold who risks her life to help Julian find the murderer. It was because of her that I plunged straight into #3 "Whom The Gods Love" - I was hoping to get a mention of her fate but there's been no mention of her in the first couple chapters. This one's about the murder of a popular, rich, handsome, kissed-by-the-angels aristocrat whose father asks Julian investigate because he can get answers from people who won't talk to Bow Street. As always, nothing is what seems and Julian's curiosity demands that he find the truth. My only quibble with books is that I don't get the Regency feel from them; sometimes it seems more like a Victorian setting but maybe since this one takes place in higher social circles than the last two, the Regency aura may come through.
  24. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    I'm a bit more than halfway through Garnethill now, and, while the story has picked up and the main character is fascinating in that she's not very smart and yet kind of is, and she keeps doing pretty much the opposite of what a person under police scrutiny should do, I am very distracted by the constant drinking of tea, and descriptions of the tea (I have an inexplicable, visceral, negative reaction to the phrase "cup of tea", especially when said tea is described as weak, soothing, milky, calming, or worst of all: peppermint. Thankfully there is no peppermint tea in this book or I'd have to stop :p), and the fact that the word "greasy" is used to describe about half of the items, rooms, water and/or air described.

    The tea is understandable - the book takes place in Scotland, and for better or worse, they drink a lot of tea (shudder). I can't decide yet whether the greasy descriptor is a deliberate choice or author laziness. But I am pretty sure I'm going to go back after I'm finished with the book and highlight all the mentions of both of these things because it's somewhat amusing now.
  25. A.H.Black

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    We're over 1000 posts. Time for a new thread? New title? How about Read Ink - as in past tense (Red Ink).
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