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Old 07-01-2014, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I gave Outlander to a friend at work (back when I was working). She came in the next day and said "I read about 20 pages, can't get into it, guess I wasn't in the mood."

I asked her to give it another try. I told her to read it "until the part where the stones scream, it's around page 50." This was a Friday.

She met me at the door Monday, looking horrible with red eyes. "It's all your fault I didn't sleep! WHERE'S BOOK 2???"



OMG I know the feeling. I was dying for this last book to finally get published. FYI it cannot be the end of the story. It (this last book) did answer a lot of loose ends but added others. OMG I am so upset. Five years to write this book and it ended like that (no spoiler from me). Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Just a note on this series from me. I listen to books and the reader Davina Porter is amazing. So much feeling she puts into the reading that I see what is happening in the books. I consider her the best I have ever heard.

As for that book I was hooked like you said at the time the stones started screeming. If anyone is paying attention, please pick up this book and follow the series. You will learn and be entertained as well. The books are part history, part romance and part science fiction but you didnt get all that from me.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:51 AM
 
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There is a series of books about a detective, Charlie Parker written by John Connolly, that I and my husband loved. Make sure you don't mistake John Connolly for Michael Connolly. There is a supernatural aspect combined with well drawn charactors and interesting plots.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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I read on my big porch, in a lounger, under the ceiling fan. Then when I get really hot, I jump in my pool. I LOVE to read and because I worked for a university and took free classes, have over 70 college credit hours in the English department - about half, grad level. If I started recommending books I'd be here all day but I read anything from Dickens to Ben Bova with enthusiasm. I even love tacky bodice rippers by Victoria Holt. However, in my old age and with my less disciplined intellect, I tend to read spy and mystery novels mostly. Then again, I love those historical fiction novels by Stephen Lawhead. I read about 3-4 hours daily on average. LOVE IT!!!!
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I read on my big porch, in a lounger, under the ceiling fan. Then when I get really hot, I jump in my pool. I LOVE to read and because I worked for a university and took free classes, have over 70 college credit hours in the English department - about half, grad level. If I started recommending books I'd be here all day but I read anything from Dickens to Ben Bova with enthusiasm. I even love tacky bodice rippers by Victoria Holt. However, in my old age and with my less disciplined intellect, I tend to read spy and mystery novels mostly. Then again, I love those historical fiction novels by Stephen Lawhead. I read about 3-4 hours daily on average. LOVE IT!!!!
Topical trash - my favorite (apart from dystopian science fiction). Any other recommendations? I love going on long plane trips - and watching "chick flicks" my husband doesn't care to watch when we watch stuff together at home. Robyn
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Speaking about Kate Morton, I have just discovered her. Read "the forgotten garden" but didn't like the time changes with so many characters. I felt like I needed to write them all down to keep them straight. Then I read the second book The Distant Hours and I loved it ! Now am on the wait list at the library for House at Riverton and the other one too.

To kill time waiting, I have Jonathan Kellerman's "Killer" (Dr. Delaware the psychologist series). So far so good. Have read almost all of the others in the series.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:19 PM
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Location: Hudson Valley, NY
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Originally I promised myself this would be the summer I made it through "On the Road", but since we'll be in Maine pretty soon I saw a book series by Paul Doiron that features a former game warden turned detective set in Maine . . . so I ordered the first 2 books in the series from my local library. The first is called " The Poacher's Son". I'm a fan of Archer Mayor's mysteries set in Vermont so I'm hoping the Doiron books will be as good.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:38 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Speaking about Kate Morton, I have just discovered her. Read "the forgotten garden" but didn't like the time changes with so many characters. I felt like I needed to write them all down to keep them straight. Then I read the second book The Distant Hours and I loved it ! Now am on the wait list at the library for House at Riverton and the other one too.

To kill time waiting, I have Jonathan Kellerman's "Killer" (Dr. Delaware the psychologist series). So far so good. Have read almost all of the others in the series.
I had trouble with The Forgotten Garden too but I was already in love after having read The Secret Keeper so I stuck with it The Secret Keeper was wonderful. I've got to get on the list for the House at Riverton.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:55 PM
 
Location: SW US
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I just finished reading Kate Mosse's latest, The Citadel. I liked it almost as much as her first, called Labyrinth. The Citadel is set in occupied southern France during WWII. Labyrinth was much earlier, but in the same area, and dealt with the persecution of the Cathars. I like novels that teach me history, especially the parts of it that I didn't know about.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:50 PM
 
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Topical trash - my favorite (apart from dystopian science fiction). Any other recommendations? I love going on long plane trips - and watching "chick flicks" my husband doesn't care to watch when we watch stuff together at home. Robyn
I suppose we aren't supposed to discuss much in the way of book reading here in the retirement forum but as retirees, many of us have a lot of free time to finally read until we go blind.

You asked for recommendations and that is a tough one. Depends on one's mood I think. But I actually like a lot of books written in the 30's and 40's. I believe it is because the language is most familiar to me. Remember our language is constantly changing and that's why we find Dickens and Henry James verbose and modern authors less so. But some of my absolute favorite authors from older times include

Jan De Hartog
Louis Auchincloss
Thomas B Costain
A J Cronin


Some of the more recent but highly entertaining, easy to read authors are:

James D Doss - a Native American writer with a shaman grandmother - absolutely hilarious stuff

Simon Brett - easy to read mystery stories that take place in England

for some heavy reading - easy but about death, other dimensions: Kevin Brockmeier
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Someone on C-D routinely posts free book lists for the week on Amazon for the Kindle, some have been quite good.

I just finished The Goldfinch (not free, in the library). It's almost 800 pages but I liked it, out of my comfort zone with drug use and some violence, but an interesting storyline.

My fast food in books are mysteries. The library has the spines marked with a blue mystery sticker in the new arrivals section. I admit to being sexist and picking ones with male authors.
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