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    His tastes sound similar to mine. How about Quintin Jardine? He's a Scotland author who spends part of the year in Spain, and has one series set in Scotland and two in Spain (though they're connected - first the husband, then the wife). I like Scotland best. Definitely start at the beginning for each series.

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    ^ He's read at least some of the Jardines -- I know he liked the Skinner ones a lot, at least the earlier ones, but the Oz Blackstone ones not as much. Not sure if he's read the Primavera Blackstone ones.

    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone, keep 'em coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    Hoping for some help here from all you lovely book people: I'm looking for book recommendations for my dad, titles that are popular enough that he'd be able to get them as ebooks from the library.
    Has he read any Christopher Fowler? I recently read the first book in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series and really enjoyed it. I like the classic mystery authors myself (Sayers is one of my all-time favorite writers, period!), and Fowler's work has some of the same feel to it, especially since the first book is set partly in the WWII area.
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    ^ Ooh, another good suggestion, thanks.

    BTW, has anyone read the Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves? I've read the Shetland ones but not those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    Has he read any Christopher Fowler? I recently read the first book in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series and really enjoyed it. I like the classic mystery authors myself (Sayers is one of my all-time favorite writers, period!), and Fowler's work has some of the same feel to it, especially since the first book is set partly in the WWII area.
    I can second this series. I read them out of order, as they came out in a different order when they were reprinted, but it didn't matter much. Lots of humour (in a wry British way), and some of them are really gripping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    Anyone ever read The Thirteenth Tale? Can't even remember why I have it, maybe a recommendation from Nathan?
    Thirteenth Tale!

    If you're interested in Amanada Knox's story, check out Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois. It's a novel loosely-based on her story and supposedly really well-written.

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    I finished Ally Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half book on my domestic flight. I think there are only a couple new pieces in the book for those who follow her blog, but it was a funny, fast read. It also includes her two amazing pieces in depression.

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    I've mentioned her before, but I want to promote Taylor Steven's Vanessa Michael Monroe series. The 4th of a 5 book publisher contract comes out in July. She's hoping she'll be picked up for another contract, but that depends on sales. They are part mystery and part thriller. You can read them in order, but each book stands alone. If you like the genre and are looking for a new author, give them a try.
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    Of all things, "looking for mr goodbar" was sitting there for a quarter so why not. Was it really such a big deal way back when? Trailblazing and all that? Because I read it twice and still don't quite get it, mainly because I have no real idea of who the main character is. Or was that the point.

    Next up: choice between "the odyssey" translated by t.e. Lawrence or "a thousand splendid suns."
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    "A thousand splendid suns" was breathtaking, maddening, wild emotional journey. I very very VERY highly recommend it.
    Have a nice day!

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    A little something for my fellow smut romance readers: 10 Romance Reader Problems

    My favorite: In the romance world, the handsome, mysterious, inexplicably single forty-something doctor has a dark secret: he’s great with children! In the real world, the handsome, mysterious, inexplicably single forty-something doctor also has a dark secret: three disgruntled ex-wives, a ceramic clown collection, and a freezer full of dead birds.

    But this one is revealing: People are openly judgmental toward your reading material. You rarely hear anyone say, “True crime novels? You read those?” or “Literary fiction? Ugh.”

    Clearly the author is missing out on this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    A little something for my fellow smut romance readers: 10 Romance Reader Problems
    I think I put a check mark after most of these. My daughter turns her nose up at romance novels but will read anything with a vampire in it. Now, I have nothing against vampires, but some of the stuff out there is just . I know there is good and bad in every area of fiction, so I cut her some slack, I just wish she would do the same with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    I think I put a check mark after most of these. My daughter turns her nose up at romance novels but will read anything with a vampire in it. Now, I have nothing against vampires, but some of the stuff out there is just . I know there is good and bad in every area of fiction, so I cut her some slack, I just wish she would do the same with me.
    Seriously? She thinks vampire books are somehow "better" than romance novels? I'd tell her to suck it.

    I started rereading Irwin Shaw's Rich Man Poor Man this week. I read it very young (around the time of the popular TV mini-series) and I don't think since, so I'm surprised at how much of it I'm remembering, right down to the tiniest details. He's a great writer, but it's a long book and I have a short attention span these days, so I'll need a couple of good long afternoons in the backyard or my sleepy few pages before bed will never get me through this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nan View Post
    I think I put a check mark after most of these. My daughter turns her nose up at romance novels but will read anything with a vampire in it. Now, I have nothing against vampires, but some of the stuff out there is just . I know there is good and bad in every area of fiction, so I cut her some slack, I just wish she would do the same with me.
    Er, aren't most vampire novels also romance novels?

    People always assume that I read literature all the time, so they try to hide their romances and other genre fiction from me because they think I will sneer at them. And what kills me is, if I say "Oh, I've read that," they are often not only surprised, but they also sneer at me.
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    Why is it that people can watch sitcoms, see action movies, play video games, surf popular blogs, eat fast food, read fashion magazines and listen to pop music, and yet somehow we're only supposed to read books that are Serious Works of Literature and Scholarship instead of books that interest and entertain us? And is it me, or does this form of judgement often come from people who don't actually read many books themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    He's a great writer, but it's a long book and I have a short attention span these days, so I'll need a couple of good long afternoons in the backyard or my sleepy few pages before bed will never get me through this.
    We'll be partners in the endless Irwin Shaw because I'm having the same issue with The Young Lions. I mean, if I didn't have a job then it would be a quick read, but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    ^ Ooh, another good suggestion, thanks.

    BTW, has anyone read the Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves? I've read the Shetland ones but not those.
    Are these books the basis for the brief series "Vera" that I've watched on Netflix? Brenda Blethyn played Vera. I like her anyway, and I enjoyed the program. Have not read the books though.

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    I'm currently reading The Orphans of Race Point. I'm 177 pages in but the book is 524 pages. Honestly, I'm not sure if I should continue or move on. It's sort of interesting but my attention span isn't long and the book moves at a slow pace. It's got the typical elements of literary fiction: abusive parents, love turned sour, protagonists looking for redemption, protagonists getting stopped on path to redemption, some "philosophy" about life and navel gazing by many of the characters. I am curious to see what happens to one protagonist but I'm trying to decide if I'm curious enough to actually continue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    Er, aren't most vampire novels also romance novels?
    I tried to point that out to her once. I got the "I'm rolling my eyes at my mother" look. It wasn't worth the energy to press the point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    Why is it that people can watch sitcoms, see action movies, play video games, surf popular blogs, eat fast food, read fashion magazines and listen to pop music, and yet somehow we're only supposed to read books that are Serious Works of Literature and Scholarship instead of books that interest and entertain us? And is it me, or does this form of judgement often come from people who don't actually read many books themselves?
    The people I know who yammer about only reading super serious literature are the same ones who claim not to do any of those other things you listed either.

    I don't believe them.

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