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An FSU Without a Book Thread is Like an FS Event Without Snark

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Matryeshka, Sep 16, 2011.

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  1. Grannyfan

    Grannyfan Active Member

    Thanks for the link to the $.99 books. Just browsing through the titles I saw one of my all-time favorites, Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. A little mystery, a little fantasy, a little nostalgia, a little humor. Terrific story. I rarely re-read books, but that one I did.
  2. TygerLily

    TygerLily Well-Known Member

    Same here! I recall that it might have been an all-nighter.

    On an entirely different note, I'm reading the latest JD Robb and am also finding it strong so far (I forget who else already gave a positive review).

    I was surprised to hear that people think Roarke is hunky. I find him incredibly bland, though that may be in part because I only started reading the books a couple of years ago and didn't start at the beginning when there (as I've gathered from reading backwards) was some intrigue surrounding him. I do appreciate, though, that their relationship is stable. Compared to the Bones books with all the artificial romantic angst, it's just a relief that there's not some drawn-out Friends-like "will they or won't they" situation. I kinda skip the sex scenes, though, so maybe his hunkiness comes out in those parts. :shuffle:

    ETA: Regarding Middlesex, maybe I should mention that I'm fascinated by gender and sexuality, so I'm often fascinated by books others might find boring, like Olive Skene Johnson's The Sexual Spectrum: Exploring Human Diversity. For fiction, another favourite is Rose Tremain's Sacred Country. Rita Mae Brown's earlier works were illuminating for me as an unworldly small-town girl.

    And then there's my whole fascination with women masquerading as men to make it in a man's world. Brown's High Hearts is my favourite romance book, though I'm sure it's not her best novel (Rubyfruit Jungle?). Even in YA, I can be pretty predictable as Tamora Pierce's Alana quartet is another rereader. Yeah, yeah, and Janet Lunn's The Root Cellar. I'm just a sucker for these plot lines.
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  3. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

    IMHO, the best part of the Eve/Roarke story is the evolving relationship. Each book is a month or so apart (roughly). This is one series that is really best read in order to appreciate the story lines for all the major characters including Mavis (and her hubby and kid), Peabody/McNabb, Feeney, Dr. Mira, Eve's relationship with Crack, Nadine, the commander and even Trina. And, of course, Summerset. Even Baxter and Trueheart have a backstory. You learn a little more about one or the other with each successive book. She even did one with Roarke's admin Caro as a central character. Some of the books are more tightly plotted than others. The latest is one of her better efforts, although I hope this wraps up a storyline that has needed to be taken care of for a long time. I sort of wondered if Roberts/Robb was considering retirement and was moving toward wrapping up the series. I figure it'll end when Eve finally decides to have a child. She'll quit and Peabody will move to lead detective.
  4. TygerLily

    TygerLily Well-Known Member

    I agree, and wish I'd realized that sooner than I did. Once I realized that the chronology was important, I did go back and order them from the library in approximate order, but I missed a few. It's still fun to go back and read one of them and discover why things are the way they are in the present book. I was :eek: and :watch: when I read about McNab and Peabody's early dynamics after knowing them as a couple for so long.
  5. Kasey

    Kasey Correcting President Trump's grammar on Twitter :)

    Damn you Prancer. I may have just ordered a dozen or so more books.
  6. Prancer

    Prancer Strong and stable Staff Member


    I must say, though, that it is amazing how those "cheap" books can add up to a less than cheap credit card statement :shuffle:.
  7. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    I know that's right. I kept saying, oh, these books are only .99 or 2.99 for Kindle. Then I realized I had spent 50 bunks in one go of it.
  8. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    Anyone read Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues? It was 2 bucks for Kindle and I thought about giving it a go as it seems like a quick, breezy read.
  9. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Ugh! I just bought those two books a few weeks ago in a half off sale on B&N but that wasn't even close to 99 cents! Should have waited.
  10. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    Don't feel bad, I bought TGWKTHN in hardcover because I was desperate to read it and there were about 100 people ahead of me on the library's waiting list.
  11. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Leningrad: Tragedy of a city under siege. The title of this book speaks for itself. I am stil on my war time book reading stint. I have read many books on the war in the library but this one is brand new and worth the read. It tells the story of the siege through war time diaries, and blames Soviet indifference and incompetence as much for the siege as the Nazis. Below is a review of the book from the dailymail.

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  12. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    Sorry if it's already been discussed, but it you are a fan of theatre, Patti LuPone's "A Memoir" is a fun read, with lots of snark... especially based around Andrew Lloyd Webber and her experience with "Sunset Blvd."
  13. Erin

    Erin Well-Known Member

    Has anyone read Jane Lynch's autobiography? I love Jane Lynch, but never know how that will translate to a book (see the discussion on Bossypants from the prior thread).

    Right now I am reading a book written by my ex, which is on Saskatchewan public policy. It's very well written and impressive that he wrote it (plus I was mentioned in the acknowledgements :D) but we have somewhat different politics, so it's sometimes a bit of a frustrating read because I want to argue with the book!
  14. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    Slutty Brit won the coin toss. To Bed with Grand Music is keeping me entertained on the Metro. I can't say I like the heroine, but, by the same token, I can't quite blame her since her husband pretty much told her he'd cheat on her while he was Over There.
  15. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

    You mean when she got ditched for Glenn Close? Hee. :shuffle:
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  16. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Started reading Victoria's Daughters about Queen Victoria's children. Well-written, informative and interesting. But I had to stop because reading about all these kids' deaths from infectious diseases is so heartbreaking. And these are royal children, I can only imagine what it was like for the poor ones.

    I was reminded of the interview I've heard on the radio. A pediatrician from San Francisco was telling her story about her experience in Haiti after the earthquake. She was crying because she had to witness all these kids die knowing she could have saved them had she had the equipment and medications that are widely available in the US today.

    It was just really hard to read about real life now-preventable deaths. And then of course, Victoria lost Albert to typhoid. I need to build up courage to continue reading--the book is very good.

    I am such a wuss!
  17. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    Oh, I enjoyed Victoria's Daughters a lot - I hope you do too!

    Continuing the royal line, I'm reading "Becoming Marie Antoinette" - a period I'm not super familiar with, other than having read the YA fiction Royal Diaries series when I was little :lol: You know, although those books are classified as "children's books", they are remarkably good at incorporating little bits of history!
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  18. zaphyre14

    zaphyre14 Well-Known Member

    I finished the LKH - honestly, if she'd taken out all the sex and concentrated on the actual story, it might have been a decent book. As it was - well, it's up on the swap sight but no one seems to want it. :)

    Continuing my adventure into dreck, I'm reading the latest Stephanie Plum "Smokin' 17" and enjoying it for what it is - fluffy dreck. My expectations are low for this series so I'm not disappointed. The Ranger/Morelli waffling is getting old, though.

    Has anyone else read Kate Quinn's "Mistress of Rome" and "Daughters of Rome"? I liked "Mistress" enough to buy "Daughters" but I really can't get into the second one at all and I can't really figure out why.
  19. Erin

    Erin Well-Known Member

    Well, if you are, I am too! I had a hard time reading Unbroken as a result of all of the horrifying experiences and torture that various people in the book endured. However, I eventually forced myself through it and was glad I did...but I understand how you feel.
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  20. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    I've read a book about Marie Antoinette in Russian translation from the German original. The subtitle was "the story of an ordinary woman". By "ordinary" the author meant her personality and character, not her social position, of course. It was good but I forgot the title.

    Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Marie-Antoinette-Portrait-Average-Woman/dp/0802139094

    I prefer to read German books translated into Russian rather than English. Early in my college career I was traumatized by a horrible translation of Freud into English--I feel German prose is easier to digest in Russian. Nonetheless, I highly recommend the book.
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  21. NancyNC

    NancyNC Well-Known Member

    That's exactly what I was thinking. And since my husband has a basement full of woodworking equipment... :cool:

    I just finished a book by Rohan O'Grady, Let's Kill Uncle. It is technically a young adult book, but I loved it. It was written in the 60's. I knew I had to read it when I saw this on Amazon: "Playful, dark, and witty, Let's Kill Uncle is a surprising tale of two ordinary children who conspire to execute an extraordinary murder - and get away with it."
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  22. Stefanie

    Stefanie Well-Known Member

    I've 40 pages left of The Help, and I can't wait to go home and finish reading it. I've already seen the movie so it's killing me right now to know how this wraps up.
  23. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    It was on my list too, and I did succeed in getting there in May. But we didn't venture too far past the magnificant entrance & foyer, since it was a rare spell of sunnyness and we didn't want to spend too much time inside.

    I had a dream a couple of days after that about the stone lions coming to life. Very cool.

    Meanwhile ... I'm reading a book for my brand-new virtual book club, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Meh. If I'd read it when it was first written I might have been more impressed, but in 2011 the "life-changing wisdom" comes off very, very dated. Plus, while he's writing about Socrates he's fairly elequent, but when he's writing about himself the writing is really, really bad. And I have a very low tolerance for bad writing. If it weren't a book club book -- and in particular if it weren't our first -- I wouldn't bother reading any more. But in the circumstances I feel obligated to keep going. *sigh*
  24. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    I finished Miss New India a few days ago. I had such high hopes for the book but it ended on such a whimper. I never really got the point of the novel or why the protagonist was so great and special or why she was even worth being a protagonist in the first place. It just just seemed like the author wanted to write a novel about new India, came up with the novel but had no real point other than this is a novel about India and the main character represents new India. I did like Chatterjee's writing style and the book wasn't hard to read. So I guess that was a plus for me.

    I'm now reading Dating Mr. December, which was a freebie from B&N a while back. It's a pretty fluffy romance but I need a fluffy romance right now. I keep imagining Richard Armitage as the hero.
  25. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    I just finished a reread of Pride and Prejudice. Never gets old. :)

    Now I'm finally reading Catching Fire after reading The Hunger Games about a year ago. I have high expectations after the first book. It's kind of slow so far, but several have told me that it really picks up in the middle. Can't wait.
  26. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    I like rereading the annotated P&P. :) Try it, it's fun!
  27. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Sorry for the double post.
    I don't think I have a stomach for this. Too close to home, literally.
  28. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

    You must not read this thread on a regular basis. :lol:
  29. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    I thought it was Mockingjay everyone had a problem with. :lol:
  30. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    It is. But she's gonna wanna read it after finishing the second one. And that's not good. :p
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