THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB discussion

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Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Having just finished The Man From U.N.D.E.A.D. - The Curious Case Of The Kidnapped Chemist, now I am off to read Stone Rain as it needs to be sent to a friend."

wow! you read fast!!! bravo!!


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Fiona (Titch) Hunt (Titch) | 338 comments Yesterday I started and today I finished listening to Killer in The Woods: A Psychological Thriller - R. Barri Flowers


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KOMET | 751 comments A few days ago, I began reading The Flight Of The Maidens by Jane Gardam. The novel's setting is Britain in the summer of 1946 and is focused on the lives of 3 young women (all friends --- one of whom arrived in Britain from Germany as a refugee shortly before the outbreak of war) who have just left school and won scholarships to university.

I have an interest in the era spanning the Second World War and the immediate postwar era. Plus Jane Gardam is a very good writer. Those are my reasons for reading this novel.

The Flight Of The Maidens by Jane Gardam


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KOMET wrote: "A few days ago, I began reading The Flight Of The Maidens by Jane Gardam. The novel's setting is Britain in the summer of 1946 and is focused on the lives of 3 young women (all friends --- one of ..."

KOMET- I must know what Langella had to say about James Mason in his book- Name Dropping...was he kind Mason in book?


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Emily Hill | 79 comments All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison

"All About Lulu" by Jonathan Evison is my current pick.. in turn-the-paper-pages format. Evison, a Whidbey Island author (across the pond from me) was keynoter at the recent Field's writer's conference.

Have you ever met Evison?? Oh. My. God. Roll off the sofa laughing!

I absolutely KNOW I am in for a good, irreverent read!


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Barbara (Cinnabar) | 1237 comments I'm reading Requiem for a Realtor by Ralph McInerny, a Father Dowling mystery. It's an easy read, entertaining and diverting.


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KOMET | 751 comments Yesterday, I began reading The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball by Frank Deford.

As a baseball fan and history buff, this book is right up my alley as it takes a look at major league baseball during the first decade of the 20th century, as exemplified by the great pitcher Christy Mathewson and the saavy, pugnacious manager of the New York Giants, John "Muggsy" McGraw.

The Old Ball Game How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball by Frank Deford


message 7008: by Bill (new)

Bill Currently reading Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short History of Private Life and enjoying very much so far. Just started City Of Bones, my first Michael Connelly mystery. It's started off nicely.


message 7009: by Rick (last edited May 21, 2012 11:20AM) (new)

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Oath of Office by Michael Palmer

Just finished Michael Palmer's new book- Oath of Office- splendid! Palmer truly knows how to grab the reader and make his characters so real! The Lead character Lou Welcome is quite unique in that he is dealing with an alcohol addiction,and Palmer truly seems to understand all that entails- Just heard from Michael that Lou Welcome will be back in his next novel- great news!!


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Minnie (MinnieEstelle) | 245 comments I spoke to this question before telling you about "Glorious." I offer my review of this excellent novel.

"In my opinion, Bernice L. McFadden’s “Glorious” is gutsy, passionate, and written with wondrous insight. She is not afraid to delve into any culture, lifestyle, and the horrors of southern culture. The applied writing of each paragraph and use of human tenancy is genius. Creation of Easter, the protagonist, is testimony to McFadden’s passion for writing. Easter moves through life in a naive manner until it slaps her in the face. Many African American writers can testify to that.

"No wasted words in “Glorious”; she offers complete pictures of situations and characters, and in many cases, all in one paragraph. I cringed at some accounts and laughed at some. And there are scenes I will never forget. Several times I found myself in tears, asking, ‘Why, God? Why?'

"I bet Ms. McFadden surprised herself at her Muse’s ending.

“Glorious” is African American Literature. It will live on my bookshelf along with the classic works of Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Octavia E. Butler. There are many other brilliant, African American writers who are not getting the recognition they deserve.

"What a wonderful teacher for serious writers. I will follow her."

“Glorious” is available on Amazon.com.

Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden

Minnie E. Miller, author of “Whispers from the Mirror” and other works.


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Martha Samsell (tmhoira2012) I am reading Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates. I have been reading her books and found them to be well written. I enjoy her books and would like to read all of them.


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Robert Clear (RobertClear) | 8 comments I've started reading George Gissing's Workers In The Dawn. It's one of the few of his I haven't been able to find on kindle.


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Robert wrote: "I've started reading George Gissing's Workers In The Dawn. It's one of the few of his I haven't been able to find on kindle."

I love Gissing's work- great to see others do to!


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Kyle, The Rebel Leader wrote: "Took a chance on Thomas Perry, an author I've never read before. I must say, the book The Face-Changers is monotonous and drab to say the least."

LOVE Perry's stand alone books- not crazy about his Jane series


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Gabriela I am currently re-reading Marked (House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast). they're fun young adult books with a good twist on vampires. If you haven't checked them out you should.


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Kath | 55 comments I am about to begin Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason. Have been on a reading binge and haven't kept up with goodreads at all! I am working my way through Indridason, Hakan Nesser, Mo Hayder, and Stuart MacBride. All very good crime/mystery authors but I don't like Mo Hayder as much as the other three I mentioned.


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Sanjana (Gigglepantz) | 6 comments Currently reading The Paris Wife and Here on Earth. Both wonderful books. The Paris Wife is hard to put down! I love anything that has French and Paris in it and the novel is about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. It's a great read so far!


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Sanjana wrote: "Currently reading The Paris Wife and Here on Earth. Both wonderful books. The Paris Wife is hard to put down! I love anything that has French and Paris in it and the novel is about Ernest Hemingway..."

Love books on Hemingway!!


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Kath wrote: "I am about to begin Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason. Have been on a reading binge and haven't kept up with goodreads at all! I am working my way through Indridason, Hakan Nesser, Mo Hayder, and ..."

Some new names for me! thanks!


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Caron Rider | 52 comments I just started El Rey by Ginger Myrick El Rey A Novel of Renaissance Iberia by Ginger Myrick. It's a historical romance but instead of the usual setting of England, it takes place in Portugal. Really good so far.


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Caron wrote: "I just started El Rey by Ginger Myrick [bookcover:El Rey: A Novel of Renaissance Iberia]. It's a historical romance but instead of the usual setting of England, it takes place in Portugal. Really g..."

interesting! how well does the writer capture historical Portugal?


message 7022: by Kath (new)

Kath | 55 comments Finished Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason and am going to begin Ritual by Mo Hayder while I'm waiting for my library to get Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser and Voices by Indridason.


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Ivan Patience & Sarah by Isabel Miller

Set in the nineteenth century, Isabel Miller's classic lesbian novel traces the relationship between Patience White, a painter, and Sarah Dowling, a farmer, whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England farming community in which they live. Ultimately, they are forced to make life-changing decisions that depend on their courage and their commitment to one another.


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Caron Rider | 52 comments Rick wrote: "Caron wrote: "I just started El Rey by Ginger Myrick [bookcover:El Rey: A Novel of Renaissance Iberia]. It's a historical romance but instead of the usual setting of England, it takes place in Port..."

She really seems to have done her homework. :)


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Barbara (Cinnabar) | 1237 comments I'm reading Damaged by Alex Kava


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Fiona (Titch) Hunt (Titch) | 338 comments This morning I started Footprints on the Beach by Aleksandar Žiljak


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Aley Martin (aleymartin) | 34 comments Infinite Jest by Davidn Foster Wallace and The Rightous Mind by Jonathan Haidt.


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Aley wrote: "Infinite Jest by Davidn Foster Wallace and The Rightous Mind by Jonathan Haidt."

I keep telling myself I have to read Infinite Jest!!!
Other books keep crreping up- but facinated by Wallace


message 7029: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (Titch) | 338 comments Finished Footprints on the Beach - Aleksandar Žiljak, was a nice relaxing story of love from 2 different time zones. Now I am going to read Abide with Me - Ian Ayris.


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Marja McGraw (Marja1) | 616 comments Reticence of Ravens by M.M. Gornell. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it has a kind of haunting quality to it. Really enjoying it. Reticence of Ravens by M.M. Gornell


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Anne (Spartandax) | 245 comments I am reading The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose.
Looked very interesing from the summary, a combination of History, suspense, archaeology and mystery.


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Aley Martin (aleymartin) | 34 comments Rick wrote: "Aley wrote: "Infinite Jest by Davidn Foster Wallace and The Rightous Mind by Jonathan Haidt."

I keep telling myself I have to read Infinite Jest!!!
Other books keep crreping up- but facinated by W..."


It is VERY dense...but so far so good...1097 pages...!


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adlin | 30 comments Just started The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club  by Gil McNeil, my lunch reading, because it sounded good. Also, just started A Crafty Killing (A Victoria Square Mystery #1) by Lorraine Bartlett A Crafty Killing because it's a cozy and should be a good evening read.


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adlin wrote: "Just started The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club  by Gil McNeil, my lunch reading, because it sounded good. Also, just started A Crafty Killing (A Victoria Square Mystery #1) by Lorraine Bartlett A Crafty Killing because it's a..."

just nice to read a cozy mystery sometimes!! love a good Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers every few months!


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adlin | 30 comments True true! I just finished The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie by Agatha Christie. Going back to re-read some of them so I can compare to the PBS Mystery series to see how true they are to the book.....


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Kath | 55 comments Back to Scotland with Bloodshot by Stuart MacBride.


message 7037: by Mike (last edited May 27, 2012 06:05AM) (new)

Mike (xolotl-ltolox) I'm currently finishing up Suttree by Cormac McCarthy (which is incredibly good). After that I'll be concentrating on catching up with the brain pain group's last few books and upcoming reads. I have many nonfiction books I want to get to this summer as well. I'm also slowly reading the koran out of curiosity and because a friend of mine is muslim.


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Gary | 123 comments Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley. Why? Fun, hilarious, goofy, politicians whacked.......

His father would be so proud......


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Gary wrote: "Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley. Why? Fun, hilarious, goofy, politicians whacked.......

His father would be so proud......"


I read Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley some years ago- LOVED IT!!!!!


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Kath wrote: "Back to Scotland with Bloodshot by Stuart MacBride."

safe mind journey to Scotland! Are books not wonderful- can take us anywhere!


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Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
pretty good noir mystery


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Jen Francis (frothychocy) | 1 comments Lois Lowry, blast from the past, I read and loved all the Anastasia series! Sadie wrote: "I just finished The Giver by Lois Lowry last night, am listening to Flora Segunda, and reading Frankenstein with my husband...which we should finish right around Christmas at the rate we are going!..."


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Judith Starkston | 32 comments Rebecca Cantrell has a new book coming out in her Hannah Vogel series. This one is set in Poland and Berlin on the eve of Krystallnacht. I love the way Cantrell gets in big ideas and themes into nail-biting, exciting reading. She's a favorite of mine these days. My review of A City of Broken Glass.


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Ken Consaul | 455 comments Rick wrote: "Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
pretty good noir mystery"


Buying on your recommendation for a buck. It had BETTER be good. Don't make me come over there.


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Ken wrote: "Rick wrote: "Bad Things Happen by Harry Dolan
pretty good noir mystery"

Buying on your recommendation for a buck. It had BETTER be good. Don't make me come over there."


hahaah! actually it really is quite good in a Raymond Chandler Noir-ish way


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Robert (booklover_83) | 34 comments Right now I am reading "Heresy" by SJ Parris and I am loving it!


message 7047: by Kath (new)

Kath | 55 comments Finished Borkmann's Point by Hakan Nesser and I LOVED it! Leaving Sweden for Scotland once again with Flesh House by Stuart MacBride. And to Rick, yes, books ARE wonderful ways to "see" the world and learn about our neighbors all over the globe. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again: I simply cannot imagine a life without books!


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adlin | 30 comments Now reading Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery, #2) by Victoria Laurie by Victoria Laurie. I have a slew of paperbacks passed on via the lobby of my apartment. It's the second in this series and the first was an enjoyable read. And, I enjoy light reads in the evenings at times....


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Mary Tudor England's First Queen by Anna Whitelock

Just finished Mary Tudor- facinating portrait of a very unique person- England's first Queen- The author was very sympathetic to her- trying to change the "Bloody Mary" myth- and in some ways she did- but some very horrific things (burned alive) done to those who would not conform to her Catholicism. Interesting in that with her successor- Elizabeth - the whole religious tide was turned- now reading Mary Boleyn The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir
Love the whole Tudor period


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