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Old 04-08-2021, 07:56 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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A Thousand Splendid Suns is fabulous - I liked it even more than The Kite Runner. His latest, And the Mountains Echoed is just as wonderful, perhaps even better. Hosseini is simply brilliant... Enjoy!

I just started The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. Really like it so far.
Brilliant writing, but heartbreaking fiction. @ least loosely based on events in Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion & to 09/11/2001. Afghan government, culture, daily life - was turned over again & again, & the factional fighting has never seemed to end.
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Old 04-08-2021, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Old 04-08-2021, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I felt it was a very tedious read and I just kind of stalled out at about the half way point. I really didn't want to waste my time slugging through it to the end and I wasn't very impressed with the writing.

For me, I'm almost always drawn in more by the writing, than the actual story...

That makes sense.

Update on THE SUNFLOWER SISTERS by MARTHA HALL KELLY. I don't usually stop reading books and in this case I like the author- she wrote The Lilac Girls a few years back and that was really good, but this new book about slavery was just too much. Too much violence, too many characters to keep track of and frankly I don't want to read so much graphic violent/upsetting scenes. I don't recommend this book.
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Old 04-09-2021, 06:38 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default ... but you wouldn't want to live there

Larson is an excellent writer. For the flavor of the World & the times, as Nazi Germany descended into Hell, you couldn't ask for a better tour guide.
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Old 04-09-2021, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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Percy Jacksons Greek Gods by Rick Riordan ( going through a list of all his books)
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Old 04-10-2021, 01:18 PM
 
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I recently completed reading "The End of White Christian America." Its author is Robert P. Jones.

The narrative of this book is that the USA is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white, Christian nation.

The author stresses that the nature of some of today's most heated issues- same sex marriage, religious and sexual liberty, the rise of the Tea Party after the election of our first black president, and disagreements between black and white Americans over the fairness of the criminal justice system- can be understood as white Christians' anxieties increase due to the changes in America's religious and demographic landscape.

Pertinent and recommended reading.

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Old 04-10-2021, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:59 AM
 
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Another very good book by Erik Larson. Not being a WWII buff, the situation that he follows brings to light many events that were new to me. And that is what it's all about - learning something new. Like his other books that I've recently read - very readable non-fiction.

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Old 04-11-2021, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Shuggie Bain, by Douglas Stuart, it won the Booker Prize. I am enjoying it so far but it is a long book.

I am also reading a murder by Tana Frencg.
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Old 04-11-2021, 02:37 PM
 
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Anybody out there who loves and / or collects post apocalypse and dystopian fiction, here is an author for you to check out! His name is Chance Paladin, and he writes about preppers attempting to survive the cataclysms and post-apocalyptic earth changes in the Pacific Northwest (aka PNW AFFLICTION). As a prepper himself, his books are also meant to teach survival as well as entertaining people. When starting out on the idea of writing a book about the idea of the PNW Affliction, when he reached the end of the first book, he kept getting a flood of ideas coming in and just had to keep writing, so he has so far written a whole series of 20 books on this subject. He warns that when people get to the books numbered 16-18, there is some semi-adult content included, and Book 20 will be categorized as "very adult content," good to know for those enjoying the series but whose sensitivities might wish to know at what point they don't want to explore the subject further.

Chance Paladin's books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. The Series is entitled "PNW Affliction."
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