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Old 10-19-2013, 11:13 AM
 
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Just started reading The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Finally got done with my most recent Tom Clancy re-read (happens about once a year), then burned through the Eragon series in about a week. I ran across an author that I read years ago named Mary Stewart, and have started reading her again, at least the Merlin series. For anyone who is a fan of Arthurian legends, I highly recommend her quintet called The Merlin Series.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:14 PM
 
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I'm disappointed with both the books I am currently reading: on the Kindle, ("The Anatomy of Ghosts," by Andrew Taylor) and the audiobook, ("Chatterton," by Peter Ackroyd). Though 40% into Taylor's work, the mention of ghosts in any form is sparse. I think title is a gimmick to increase sales on his mediocre mystery by overlapping genres.

Ackroyd's "Chatterton" is a mystery, but the characters are so weird -- and the reader is playing their voices even more weirdly that I am convinced they are all on some strange mind-altering drug.

The mystery seems to be why I keep reading either book. I am giving both until the half-way point, but if I don't see improvement they are going to bite the dust.

Does anyone have any experience with either author that would explain what I am feeling?
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:17 PM
 
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I am still trying to finish up 50 Shades of Gray.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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I have been struggling lately to read- having a very long "one of those spells". I even had started the Interestings and was enjoying it fair enough but then couldn't finish it.
Anyway I just started THREE SQUARES the invention of the America Meal by Abigail Carroll and it is a very nice read about the "history" or evolution of how our meals have come to be. I might not pass a test if I were quizzed on it, but it's a very good read
.Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal: Abigail Carroll: 9780465025527: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Just started reading The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks.
I'll be very interested in what you think of it. I liked it way back when it first came out but was so turned off by the second book that I don't trust my opinion of the first one. I remember that I didn't think it was exceptional in any way but that it was intriguing enough.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Well, I am reading a Kindle ebook and the writing itself is more than good but I can't seem to concentrate on the book anyway. It might be me. It feels like there are awkward scene changes or that I am somehow missing something. I keep going back to find out how we all got where we got to in the story. But the writer can write. I am still soldiering on but I am getting grumpier about it by the minute.

The recent frost we had killed off the flies and so I don't even have anything that needs swatting.

Maybe it's time to change to another book or do that fall cleaning that's been put off by other things.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm disappointed with both the books I am currently reading: on the Kindle, ("The Anatomy of Ghosts," by Andrew Taylor) and the audiobook, ("Chatterton," by Peter Ackroyd). Though 40% into Taylor's work, the mention of ghosts in any form is sparse. I think title is a gimmick to increase sales on his mediocre mystery by overlapping genres.

Ackroyd's "Chatterton" is a mystery, but the characters are so weird -- and the reader is playing their voices even more weirdly that I am convinced they are all on some strange mind-altering drug.

The mystery seems to be why I keep reading either book. I am giving both until the half-way point, but if I don't see improvement they are going to bite the dust.

Does anyone have any experience with either author that would explain what I am feeling?

No experience with your authors but for your annual scary story try Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindquist http://www.amazon.ca/Let-Right-One-I.../dp/0312355297. It is just scary enough but it has depth for a horror story and I found it much above it's genre. It is also a coming of age story about two outsiders.

I also read his second book (can't remember the title) and would also highly recommend it but I hated his third which was too gory for me and had less of a point to the story besides sheer horror. The third book grossed me out so much I couldn't wait to get it out of the house. I think I threw it in the trash because I didn't want it to sit around here waiting for me to fill a box to take to the thrift shop. That was what it made me feel. Not good.

ETA: I think maybe it was the fourth one that I hated - I think it was Little Star based on what I just read on Amazon. Mindless violence. I couldn't take it.

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Old 10-20-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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...I am still soldiering on but I am getting grumpier about it by the minute.
LOL! That's how I felt about Taylor's "Anatomy of Ghosts" -- until I deleted it from my Kindle. I feel so much better now.

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... try Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindquist. It is just scary enough but it has depth for a horror story and I found it much above it's genre. It is also a coming of age story about two outsiders.
Thanks, my friend. I never buy books unless they are for reference, and my library doesn't have anything by John Ajvide Lindquist except for "Let Me In" on audiobook and I just cannot listen to anything the least bit scary... I can read it for some reason I don't understand, but listening or watching... not.

I started on "Ghost Memories" (the Bone Island Trilogy Prequel), by Heather Graham. Apparently the Trilogy is about the curse of a privateer on Bone Island of the southern Florida coast.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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I'll be very interested in what you think of it. I liked it way back when it first came out but was so turned off by the second book that I don't trust my opinion of the first one. I remember that I didn't think it was exceptional in any way but that it was intriguing enough.
Well, I must say that I actually *really* liked it. I thought it was complex, thoughtful, full of action, with a fair amount of character depth - most certainly well written and very fluid with only a few predictable plot points. I'd been in a drought lately trying to find something interesting to read, but from the moment I picked up this book I read it straight through - took me 7 hours...lol. I didn't want to stop for dinner but my husband wanted to get out and breathe fresh air and so I thought I should comply. ; ).

My only disappointment was that a central character actually was killed off very quickly and when I say quickly I mean that as 'summarily'. Won't mention who b/c I don't want to provide a spoiler should anyone else want to read it, but I was hoping he'd be pivotal throughout the trilogy.

About to start the second novel. I only have about 2 hours to read before the only show I watch on TV comes on. It'll probably take me all week to finish should it keep me interested.

I hope I won't be disappointed as you were. Will let you know!
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