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Old 10-03-2014, 10:31 AM
 
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I'm currently reading, Further Out Than You Thought by Michaela Carter.

It's interesting so far. I have to admit that I was hesitant to read it because she's described as a "poet" and sometimes flowery prose really grates on my nerves as I'm trying to involve myself in a story. But, it's done well. It's not flowery at all. Just descriptive in a creative way, which I admire.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm currently reading, Further Out Than You Thought by Michaela Carter.

It's interesting so far. I have to admit that I was hesitant to read it because she's described as a "poet" and sometimes flowery prose really grates on my nerves as I'm trying to involve myself in a story. But, it's done well. It's not flowery at all. Just descriptive in a creative way, which I admire.
I just looked it up. For some reason, the synopsis reminded me of Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. I'm going to get it from my library. Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:01 AM
 
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I just looked it up. For some reason, the synopsis reminded me of Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. I'm going to get it from my library. Thanks!
You're welcome! (Thank you for the note, as well.)
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:04 PM
 
Location: CO
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Just finished Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upton. This is one of those books where the author uses actual famous people and builds the story around them (like the Jane Austen mysteries.) In this case it revolves around real mystery writer Josephine Tey. She is at an idyllic seaside resort in Wales when all manner of dreadful things happen. This is a very elegantly written novel and I enjoyed it immensely, though there are so many characters I could have used a spreadsheet. A very glamorous setting and exotic characters.

YoungLisa, the book club you mention at least has some interesting titles, I've read a couple of them. My neighbor's book club reads a lot of stuff I care nothing about, but that doesn't stop her from recommending them to me every time!
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I gave up on A Perfectly Good Family by Lionel Shriver. I was 36% in and felt like I'd read the same thing nine times already. And I had! It was so repetitive and I stopped caring about how the situation gets resolved. Feh!

Since I talked about Jhumpa Lahiri's short stories in not one but TWO threads here already, I'm going to do the double-unthinkable: I'm going to (a) re-read (2) short stories. It's a crazy day.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:29 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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One Plus One by JoJo Moyes, great read.
Have heard great things about this book. Several holds @ our library on this one.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:42 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Across the waters

Just finished The story of a shipwrecked sailor, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In English. It's brief, v. droll. I tried reading a couple of his novels in Spanish - a wreck. He has v. high-powered - or maybe just intensely Columbian language - then I tried reading in English. I even tried Love in the time of cholera - the DVD of the movie, in English. Subtitled and everything. Nope, no traction.

So I've back-tracked. His early efforts are good, I'll work my way up and see how that goes. Maybe the novels in English will make more sense, coming at them chronologically.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Just finished Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upton. This is one of those books where the author uses actual famous people and builds the story around them (like the Jane Austen mysteries.) In this case it revolves around real mystery writer Josephine Tey. She is at an idyllic seaside resort in Wales when all manner of dreadful things happen. This is a very elegantly written novel and I enjoyed it immensely, though there are so many characters I could have used a spreadsheet. A very glamorous setting and exotic characters.

YoungLisa, the book club you mention at least has some interesting titles, I've read a couple of them. My neighbor's book club reads a lot of stuff I care nothing about, but that doesn't stop her from recommending them to me every time!
That author is Nicola Upson, I believe. At least that's how my library has her.

Anyway, thank you for writing about this book. Josephine Tey is one of my favourite authors, so it will be fun to see her as herself in a mystery.


ETA: Okay, I checked at my local library and there are several of these books. Can you tell me if they are a series or are stand-alone mysteries?
I don't want to get out of sequence, if possible.

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Old 10-04-2014, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I recently finished Full Rip 9.0, recommended by i love autumn and she's right, it is very interesting if it's your type of book. Seems like the Pacific Northwest is in even greater danger than CA because the Cascadia subduction zone is immense.

I'm currently enjoying The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. He also wrote The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which I have not read but have on my wish list. The Girl Who... starts out with a wonderful quote that I'd never heard before:

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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I recently finished Full Rip 9.0, recommended by i love autumn and she's right, it is very interesting if it's your type of book. Seems like the Pacific Northwest is in even greater danger than CA because the Cascadia subduction zone is immense.

I'm currently enjoying The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. He also wrote The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which I have not read but have on my wish list. The Girl Who... starts out with a wonderful quote that I'd never heard before:

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
I started that one, but found Cascadia's Fault by Jerry Thompson to be much better written. And I think he has a better grasp of the subject. I'm still reading it because honestly, it's a lot to take in. Living here in northern California as I do....
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