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Aug 21, 2012 07:20AM

1218 I just finished Stormy Weather and The Snow Child, both for my local book club.
Jun 02, 2012 11:02AM

1218 My first thought for a light, witty, and fun summer read, in historical fiction, would be the Falco series by Lindsey Davis - the first volume (takes place in ancient Rome) is The Silver Pigs.

For a more serious read, (historical, pre-war and wwII setting) incredibly moving and very originally well done: The Book Thief.

I also think that The Lions of al-Rassan would appeal to a reader of historical fiction - it is fantasy (with little to no magic) that focuses most on human lives and characters - in a very rich and moving story - styled after Moorish Spain.

These were all 5 star reads, for me, and my husband enjoyed them also.
1218 SF/F Review blog Far Beyond Reality has just announced a two book give away: one copy of The Curse of the Mistwraith, first volume of the Wars of Light and Shadow series, and one copy of book 9, Initiate's Trial to go to lucky winners celebrating Janny Wurts' latest release in the USA, just out from HarperCollins UK in hardback and trade paperback.

For further details on the books (yeah, it's big but no cliffhangers), the series (What?? No Elves, No Trolls, NO DARKLORD?), and the give away (This part is serious):

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Mar 28, 2012 08:16AM

1218 I finished The Book Thief, which I loved - one of the very few books (for me) that lived up to the tremendous hype.

Now starting The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, which predictably (so far) for Neal Stephenson is packed chock full of imaginative ideas.
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Mar 06, 2012 10:13AM

1218 Just finished Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, halfway through The Lies of Locke Lamora, and starting The Book Thief for our local club.

Books recently finished that I loved were The Ninth Circle for its wry humor and crazy characters (picture Academia meets the Marines, and other things otherworldly) and The Daemon Prism which adequately finished Carol Berg's latest trilogy.

I am hugely looking forward to C. J. Cherry's latest in the Foreigner series, just released.
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Nov 11, 2011 03:23PM

1218 Just finished Whiteout. Definitely prefer Follett's thrillers to his historicals.
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Oct 13, 2011 10:53AM

1218 Islands in the Stream for our next local book club read.

Just finished Wasteland of Flint, which I enjoyed immensely. I will definitely start the sequel this weekend.
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Aug 19, 2011 06:32AM

1218 I re-read Fortress in the Eye of Time for another group, and it held up even better the second time.

Then The Soul Mirror, which was fabulous.

I am half through The 19th Wife for our book club read.
Jun 03, 2011 11:25AM

1218 Anything by Dorothy Dunnett, or if you prefer fantasy, Carol Berg, off the cuff.
May 20, 2011 07:54AM

1218 The best thing about this book, for me, was the interesting way that all the plot threads intersected, from what was shown in the first scene, but not understood until the unveiling at the very end.

For the building of catherals and characters with more depth and passion - I had read Edith Pargeter's historical trilogy much earlier - it begins with The Heaven Tree Trilogy: The Heaven Tree, the Green Branch, the Scarlet Seed. That book was so well done, with such exquisitely realized characters - and with the research in depth, seamlessly blended in - it's withstood several re-reads for me, kept me riveted each time, and remained a top flight favorite.

Pargeter's book made my experience with Pillars of the Earth fall far, far short. It's a pity her work is not as widely known.

For those who found Pillars somewhat dry or formulaic, or the characters a bit cardboard (they did stuff, but with only a very shallow explanation of the motives) I do recommend giving this book a try.

I truly enjoyed Follett's Eye of the Needle; for me, there's where he excelled.
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May 02, 2011 06:41AM

1218 I finished Fledgling (Theo Waitley, #1) for a comfort read to relax, and am now starting The Salt Road, which has opened beautifully. I loved this author's former work, The Tenth Gift, so I expect this one will be well done, too.

Our neighborhood book club is reading Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, and meets Friday, so I'm about a quarter of the way done that one. The juxtaposition of past and present impressions is quite interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes wrenching.
Mar 17, 2011 09:10AM

1218 The final volume, Shadowfane finishes out the unabridged audio release. I am in awe of David Thorpe's performance.

A full chapter sample of Volume I is available for free download on my website: http://www.paravia.com/JannyWurts - found under the book excerpts menu.

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Mar 16, 2011 09:13AM

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Mar 08, 2011 01:43PM

1218 I am reading The Bards of Bone Plain, which is, as always for Patricia McKillip, wonderful.

Next up for our local book club is The Help, which is great, I've wanted to read that for awhile, now I can put priority on it.
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Jan 09, 2011 10:42AM

1218 Recently finished Hood, The Magicians, and truly enjoyed Under Heaven for Kay's gorgeous style and intricate characters.

I am now fascinated by a non fiction account, well written, Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game which I just started.
Dec 15, 2010 11:15AM

1218 For Cat 2, I'd like to nominate Downbelow Station (Company Wars, #3) by C.J. Cherryh

An awesome, very tense book about the pressures and impact of a political conflict that goes ballistic, with an outlying space station caught fielding refugees at an unprecedented rate, and warships rebelling against a distant, established earth government trying to hold on to its outlying stations, with situations happening and snowballing faster than communication can formulate a response.

Even though this is marked #3 in a series, it actually stands alone.

Hugo winner for Best Novel in 1982, so fits the 'classic' catagory stated (pre 1990)
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Oct 27, 2010 06:43AM

1218 I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain. Thank goodness for that ending, which I loved. I also finished Anathem, which was very original and a lot of work. Next up is Little, Big. After that, definitely, I need something fun and light hearted.
Oct 16, 2010 08:20AM

1218 I am thrilled to announce that the sequel, Keeper of the Keys is now out from audible, continuing David Thorpe's narration which (thank you! to those who've sent feedback) has been very warmly received:

Here's the link to Keeper on audible.com:


and the uk one from below:

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Oct 09, 2010 01:30PM

1218 Dawn wrote: "Currently I am reading Seabiscuit. While I like the book, I tend to find it very long, drawn out, and packed full of a TON of information. While I'm reading it for fun...I find myself making notes..."

Dawn, I loved it for its care and accuracy, for depicting a rare and wonderful relationship between a trainer, a gifted horse, whose early career was badly maligned and misinterpreted, and a rider who fully earned his fame from behind. The author did an exceptional job on her research - and captured the essence of a rags to riches tale about an exceptional horse whose talent was so nearly overlooked. But for the grace of the salvage, done by a gifted rider and a trainer with an eagle's eye - we would not have this bit of history to marvel over.

And one horse's heart, that illuminated the spirit of perseverance during the great depression - it is a true story that captures the essence of myth.

As a rider and lifelong horse person, I thought it an exemplary book.
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Oct 04, 2010 07:27AM

1218 Elena wrote: "I am reading The Cider House Rules The Cider House Rules by John Irving. This book is good. It was made a movie but I can't imagine it in the big screen.

I am also listening to..."

Cider House Rules made an unforgettable movie. Haunting.
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