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Old 07-05-2013, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Davic Lodge's "Thinks . . ." Not up to the level of his "Deaf Sentence", but I will probably struggle through it. Lodge is a thoughful, percpetive, and intelligent writer.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. It was really very good. I enjoyed the overlapping characters and their stories and growth. I especially liked that it wasn't tied up with a bow at the end. I mean, the ending wasn't left for you to wonder -- I just mean that it wasn't "and we all lived happily ever after" crap.

Next up: Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing. This will see me through (since I'll be busy with other "stuff" too) until King Mai (by Edmond Manning) comes out on July 15. I can't wait for that!
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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The Sixth Man - David Baldacci
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing. This will see me through (since I'll be busy with other "stuff" too) until King Mai (by Edmond Manning) comes out on July 15. I can't wait for that!
Not into it and bailing. With so many other interesting books on my to-read list, I didn't feel invested enough to continue.

I'm going to start on Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller, which was recommended by Orbrero on this forum and got very good reviews.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I am now reading The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel - By James Rollins.

For those not familiar with the series:

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The SIGMA Force is a fictional division of the U. S. DARPA program. James Rollins has developed unique characters operating in an official top-secret capacity. The chief operatives in SIGMA combine highly-trained military skills with specialist scientific knowledge. The Force's purpose is to investigate and to secure sensitive information that could be a threat to the United States. It is a combination of Counter-terrorism, research, and covert operations. Following the first book, Sandstorm, the SIGMA Force headquarters moves into the sub-basement of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. Rollins mixes science, religion, and theory throughout the Sigma Force series, creating stories involving a covert, well-equipped group of United States "black ops" scientist/soldiers. These novels are intended to be read in chronological order.
Honestly his books are structured a lot like Dan Brown's. i.e. He tries to incorporate real history, real technology, along with fiction. If you hate Dan Brown you will probably hate James Rollins. He's a quick read though. I go through these books in a day or two, and I don't take them too seriously and find them entertaining.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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I just finished Dean Koontz's "77 Shadow Street," and cannot recommend it. The first third was absurd, the ending was unsatisfactory, and the timing seemed to be off in all parts in between. I am not a regular reader of this genre, but I have to think that it could be done much better, ignoring the number of times he is the #1 best-seller.

Of course, that's just me. The book did get 3.8/5 stars in Goodreads.

Next: Katherine Boo's "behind the beautiful forevers."
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm about halfway through Until the Twelfth of Never - Should Betty Broderick ever be free by Bella Stumbo.

I followed this double murder case from nearly day one. I never read this book, though. I've also seen the two movies about it.

This book is horribly depressing. I should stop reading it but I want to know the facts. It is so much like the movie "War of the Roses" which is fiction. This case is not fiction.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I'm reading Cutting For Stone, it is a sweeping story of brothers, set in Ethiopia mostly in the '70s. It is so good!

Just finished Proof of Heaven... A neurosurgeon had heard many accounts of near death experiences from patient, but always dismissed them. Until he spends a week in a coma & has his own experience.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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Just finished Proof of Heaven... A neurosurgeon had heard many accounts of near death experiences from patient, but always dismissed them. Until he spends a week in a coma & has his own experience.
It came out that the neurosurgeon has a personal background of lying (falsifying medical docs to get himself out of trouble), and that there are some things in his book that are just not true. Like him lying in the book about how he got into a coma (it was medically induced, not caused by his illness), or that he couldn't have screamed "God help me" at the time he said he did, because he had a tube down his throat.

Doctor who penned best-seller 'Proof of Heaven' under fire for false claims - Washington Times

Esquire Unearths 'Proof Of Heaven' Author's Credibility Problems - Forbes
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Calgary, Canada
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just bought a Kobo! love it reading In Flight by R.K Lilley...its almost exactly like 50 Shades of Grey so im disappointed by that :/
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