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Challenges: Monthly > Aug 2016 - Elvis Has Left the Building REPORTING THREAD

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments For details of the challenges go here.

There will be no score. In order to receive a badge, tell us the song title, and link the book title. Also, give a brief description of the book along with what you thought of it.

- song title
- link to book title
- description of the book (what was it about)
- what did you think of it.

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Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10490 comments Bet you were just dying to type in the topic's name!☺
 photo Elvis-has-left-the-building_zpso3gbovwy.jpg
by Emiliano Ponzi

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments LOL! It came to me in a flash. :) Love the picture, Almeta.

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siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments Love the title and the picture.
The title for monthly challenges is one of the reasons i love the monthly challenges.the other being the challenges themselves of course. :)

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments siriusedward wrote: "Love the title and the picture.
The title for monthly challenges is one of the reasons i love the monthly challenges.the other being the challenges themselves of course. :)"

I'm glad you enjoy them. They're fun to create.

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Lara | 1426 comments Song: Can't Help Falling in Love
Book: Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

This is the second book in a post-apocalyptic romantic suspense series that has a touch of the paranormal. The book reveals information about a supporting character from the first book and creates conflict as his goals clash with those of the group he's joined. However, he's in a bind as someone close to him is at risk if he doesn't act. At the same time, he becomes emotionally involved with someone who will possibly be hurt if he does act. All of this happens in a survival camp that is dealing with attacks by external parties, an internal power-struggle, and a search for resources for both survival and the future.

I found the plot to be well constructed and the characters to be consistent in their actions from one book to the next. The women leads so far are scientists and are well-respected and valued for their expertise. The heroine of this book is a psychologist and criminal profiler, and she is asked to use both skills multiple times. In fact, I found the book to be very friendly to mental health and counseling, except for the frequency of terms like crazy, loony, etc. being thrown around. Although, the setting they're in did lead to some pretty bizarre and extreme behaviors that are hard to explain just based on psychology. The men are alphas, and at times are jerks, though they're aware of it and willing to explain why (survival mode). They are also both military veterans and are comfortable fighting alongside women--they just need to protect their love interests. I enjoyed the book despite some reservations, mainly about the dominance issues, and look forward to the next one being published.

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Debra (debra_t) | 6542 comments Jailhouse Rock!

Disappearance at Devil's Rock

This was a story about a boy who disappeared in a state park at Split Rock when he went there with two of his friends. The town's teenagers renamed it Devil's Rock after the boy went missing. The story has the air of a supernatural novel, but is more about the boys involved and the parents, especially the mother and sister of the missing boy. Torn pages from the missing boy's diary give more and more insights as to what actually happened. It was very well-written with great character-development. I gave it 5 stars.

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TrudyA (trudyan) | 1666 comments Song: Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Book: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

This is an unapologetic story told from the perspective of a young British girl growing up in 1970s Africa (primarily Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) amidst that era's many conflicts. I was anticipating the usual story about privileged white ex-pats, but this family lived a life of poverty and uncertainty. The parents were neither missionaries nor aid workers, and as I was reading, I wondered why they would choose such a difficult, dangerous place to raise their children. The story is so often tragic, and the experience deeply affected the family, the writer's mother in particular.

The racist white African culture was presented as an acceptable perspective, and it was disconcerting that the parents described Rhodesians, defending their own country, as terrorists.

I enjoyed learning about Rhodesia in the 1970s. The writer's parents weren't particularly likeable, but they certainly weren't afraid of a challenge. The book was beautifully descriptive of the African environment, and it is evident that the author truly loved the part of the continent where she grew up.

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments I used Devil in Disguise for my pick. The book I read was The Devil You Know.

This story is urban fantasy about an exorcist, Felix Castor. He sees ghosts and can talk to them. Using a tin whistle, he is able to entrap and exorcise them. He takes on a case to pay the bills, and discovers that he doesn't just want to send the ghost away. He wants to learn her story, and ends up fighting for his life.

I enjoyed the story for the most part, but I also found the author relied a lot on clichés. I wasn't overly fond of the tin whistle as the means to dispatch the supernatural. It seemed a bit like a gimmick. The mystery was good, though. I was rather surprised when it was solved.

3 stars

message 10: by Lanelle (last edited Aug 06, 2016 04:11AM) (new)

Lanelle | 3361 comments Song: Can't Help Falling in Love
Book: Falling for Chloe
(If I have time, I might read Falling Awake, just because.)

A rather typical regency love story. Nothing special, but nothing objectionable either. The heroine is busy caring for the estate she inherited from her mother. While out riding a horse one afternoon, she gets thrown and the horse runs off, leaving her behind. The hero happens upon her and because a severe rain storm starts, they take refuge in a hut and the girl is compromised.

What follows is a long series of misunderstandings. My least favorite type of story. I don't think I'll read it again. I give it 3 stars. I guess.

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments It was a productive day for those finishing their books for the challenge!

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siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments Song : Can't help falling in love
Book : Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey

This is part of a contemporary small town romance series.Here the H and h have know each other since childhood and liked each other.H was heroines brothers best friend and was always in & out of their infatuation or teen crush though.then they grow up lead different lives.H gets divorced from childhood sweetheart.h splits from long term bf...move back home...this is their journey towards each other where they realise that they are attracted to each other and like each other very much.though H is wary of letting his best friend on his attraction.and thus there are many little touches and glances...and the resulting tension...

It is a 5 star book for me of of my comfort reads.light and fluffy.and i love the kowalski's camping...with all the various games of Doom

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Annerlee | 2713 comments Song: Blue Suede Shoes
I read Death of a Blue Lantern
Death of a Blue Lantern by Christopher West

The book is a murder mystery which is mainly set in Beijing, two years after the brutal quashing of student protests in Tiananmen Square (set in 1992 in fact).
The main character is Bao Zheng, Deputy Inspector (Second Class) of the Chinese police. The story starts with his visit to a traditional Chinese opera and the discovery of a murder, which went unnoticed during the performance. The book follows Bao's attempts to solve this case and another investigation into ongoing thefts of Chinese artifacts from an archeological dig outside the city. A beautiful singer and the triads may also be involved...

As a member of the Communist Party, Bao needs to be seen to tow the party line; talk the talk / walk the walk. There's always the possibility that someone is watching and reporting back on any political misdemeanour and it takes some skill to know who to trust and how to deal with political constraints and still get your job done. According to his boss, for example, the chief suspect is the one who doesn't conform or whose background doesn't reflect the Party ideal.

What did I think?
The murder mystery was good, but I enjoyed the insight into Communist China the most. The political tightrope walk, the curious mixture of ancient Chinese culture mixed with strains of modern capitalism and the rule of the Omni-present Communist Party. In the story, Party members are asked to write about how they experienced events in Tiananmen Square, events which Bao has his doubts about. How Bao deals with this, is as much part of the storyline as his police work.

I also enjoyed the insight into internal Chinese prejudice.. views on the excesses of Westernised Hong Kong, the differences between the South and the North, ancient and modern, town and country, rice and noodles....

This was a quick, but very enjoyable read. I liked it so much, I've just started the second book in the series!

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Lynn | 2761 comments Song: Can't Help Falling in Love

Book: The Five Stages of Falling in Love

The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson

Book Summary:
Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.

Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady's prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?

Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.

When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn't just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she's capable of ever giving again.

As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there's more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there's more to life than death.

My thoughts:
An emotional read (not surprisingly given the subject matter) but intelligently done with some humour nicely thrown in there.
Fabulous characters, main and supporting, that are totally flawed and stumbling through life. I thought it beautifully written and despite the subject was heartwarming to read.
5 Stars.

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Ava Catherine | 4258 comments Song: Love Me Tender
Book: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In 1925 on the French Riviera, Rosemary Hoyt, a young American movie star, is drawn into Dick and Nicole Diver's circle. Later, we discover that Dick is a psychiatrist and Nicole was his patient (an unhealthy relationship for both). Although the main characters are difficult to like, creating their own demise, the reader cannot help but pity them. Alcohol, financial difficulties, and infidelities are among the problems plaguing Dick and Nicole's marriage.

My thoughts:
As the novel progresses Fitzgerald seems to slip into a more autobiographical stream, painting a fictionalized portrait of the time he and Zelda spent on the Riviera. It was a difficult time when Zelda was slipping deeper into mental illness, alcoholism, sexual affairs, and they were delegating the children too much to the nanny. This gives the book its tender heartbreaking quality, and even though The Great Gatsby is a much better written novel, Tender is the Night has profound, raw emotional power.

I enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars. I know many people find it depressing, and it is dark; however, I don't mind that the characters are difficult to like. They have problems, and I find it interesting to see how they respond to these difficulties and each other. Often they don't make the best choices, but real life is often like that.

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Jackie | 257 comments You'll love this one...!! A book club & more

Challenges: Monthly > Aug 2016 - Elvis Has Left the Building REPORTING THREAD

- song title Suspicious Minds

- link to book title Suspicious Minds

- description of the book (what was it about)
Gabby St. Claire is a crime scene cleaner who needs to take some other cleaning jobs to make some money. When she went to give an estimate for a mold remediation, she found a dead body. She also finds that another person who is just starting in the crime cleaning business is after this job as well. Competition that she definitely does not need! More excitement and threats are made to her to quit asking questions about the dead body. The story goes from there and has some surprising twists.

- what did you think of it.
I liked Gabby as a person, she is a little quirky which is humorous at times; however, I would get exasperated when she would go places alone, at night, to investigate this murder. Of course, no one would know where she was, or what she was doing. It's the same as the police shows on television, where the cops don't wait for backup or go places alone-it does not make sense. She also has a difficult time with her love life-in this book she has 3 men that she likes/dislikes over the course of the book. That being said, I think she has a good heart and is empathetic toward some of the other characters in the book. Final comment, I always like a mystery that I haven't solved before the killer is revealed! I gave it 4 stars. This was the second book I've read in this series and I will read the next one as well.

Suspicious Minds (Squeaky Clean Mystery, #2) by Christy Barritt

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments Thanks for posting in the reporting thread, Jackie. If you could expand a bit more on what you thought of it, that would be great. We always prefer a little more of an analytical response than "I liked it". Did it make you laugh, cry, feel angry or any other emotional response? Did you empathize with the main character? What was it that caused you to give it 4 stars.

I'm sorry, but we make you work for the badges. LOL!

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Peggy (pebbles84) | 15548 comments Song title: Love me tender

Book: Flat-Out Love

Description: Julie is off to college but her off-campus housing falls through. Her mom arranges that she can stay with the Watkins family for a while, where Julie meets the always-working parents and their kids, quirky Celeste, geeky Matt, and (through facebook messages) around-the-world-travelling Finn.

What did I think: 2 stars. YA books seem to be hit or miss for me. They are quick and easy reads which is much needed every now and then, but I do sometimes get exasperated by teenager responses to life, like in this one. I thought Julie was condescending, judgmental, and interfering while she should be old enough to have a little more respect, understanding and social skills. Also, I got the plot twists already in the beginning of the book, so no surprises there. Ah well, it only took me two days to read and challenge completed!

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments Sorry your book wasn't more enjoyable, Peggy.

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Lori Z | 1897 comments Song: Can't help falling in love
Book: Love Overdue

Description: This is a story of a librarian gone wild one night on spring break to have a hot one night stand. Eight years later she moves to a small town to accept a librarian position and guess who lives there? However, he doesn't recognize the staid, professional librarian as the hot little vixen he had a one night stand with eight years ago. She doesn't know whether she should be angry or relieved. He doesn't know why she seems so familiar. Makes for a good will they or won't they find their happily ever after.

My opinion: While I thought this was just going to be a light, fluffy romance, it also touches on deeper subjects like Autism, PTSD and suicide. I was a little surprised by that but it did make the story more realistic. I loved the small town setting and how everyone pulls together for their community. I enjoyed this book and hope to read more by this author in the future.

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Heather Morris | 125 comments Song: Can't Help Falling in Love
Book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This book was amazing! 10 times better than the movie and the movie was great!
Set in Mississippi, USA in the 1950s the book details the lives of 2 black hired maids, and 1 white lady who wants people to see into the lives of their help. And boy do they see! Drama, comedy, love and hope all fill the pages of this novel.

I might just read it again! :)

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Casceil | 2681 comments Song: Viva Las Vegas
Book: Innocent in Las Vegas

Tiffany Black works as a 21 dealer at a casino in Las Vegas, but she has been working toward becoming a private investigator. In this book, she gets her first case. Everyone believes her client murdered her husband, but Tiffany sets out to prove the client is innocent. For about half the book the story seemed like pure fluff, but the later part of the book got more serious, and the rookie PI seemed to get more competent and sensible. In the end she solves two crimes, and she is not even being paid for one of them. I enjoyed the book, and may read more in the series.

message 23: by Cherie (last edited Aug 19, 2016 04:28PM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20686 comments Song: Love Me Tender
Book: Me Before You

Louisa Clark looses her job at the diner where she had been working for the last 6 years because the owner decided to close and move to Australia. Louisa has to go on job search to find a new one. Nothing works out. She is convinced to go to a job interview to become a companion/care giver for a quadrapelegic person - a young man. She has no skills but she is hired anyway. Her first meeting with the paralyzed man does not go too well. That is just the beginning. Lou would have quit, but her family needs the money she is going to make.

I admit that I did not really know what the story was about. The only thing I knew was that everyone loved it. I admit that I loved it, until I found out what the "whole" story was about and I had to reexamine my feelings about why it was such a great book. The reason is the characters! They are wonderfully written. They feel real! They are emotional, and funny, and selfish, and quirky. So much of the British humor that I have seen in BBC TV shows where the family members tease each other came through. The plot of the story gave me a turn, when I realized what it was leading up to, and I am sure I must have felt the same way as everyone else who has read the story. I do not want to give anything away, so I cannot say any more here. I admit that I cried. The end of my book had a few pages from the beginning of the next book as an introduction. Yes. I will read the next book. I am happy that I am, now, not one of the last few people in the world who had not read this book.

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments LOL! I haven't read it yet, Cherie. Will you see the movie?

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Lara | 1426 comments Cherie, I still haven't read it, and I own it and it has been recommended to me. So, I may well be one of the last people to read it myself. ;-)

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Cherie (crobins0) | 20686 comments Wow! I can't believe I wasn't the last one. Yes, I think I will rent the movie and watch it, Janice. I didn't want to see it before I read the book though. Thanks for letting me get it off of my bookshelf and onto the read pile.

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Sam F | 246 comments Song title - Blue Suede Shoes
Book: Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet

Description of the book (what was it about) - From Goodreads: "This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome. Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. "

What did you think of it: I loved it - it was fascinating to understand how his mind works - and helped me to understand some mathematical gymnastics as well! It clearly articulated how he sees the world and how he struggles to interact and communicate with others. He has another book out that I will now also read. Highly recommended!

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Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Song. Hound Dog. Or is it Ain't nothing but a Hound Dog.

The Power of the Dog

It is a story of power and corruption from the drug trade. Primarily cocaine and later crack. How powerful drug cartel rule the world buying and controlling governments. The different mob and gang involvement around the world and one police officer we'll call him and his obsession to end the drug trade.

I loved it and will give it 5 stars. One of my favoritr movies is Blow with Johnny Depp. The book isn't all that different really. In fact I think Depp deals with El Padrino in the movie. Highly recommend the book and especially the audio.

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments Who was the narrator, Travis?

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Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments It was Ray Porter. His narrations have never stood out before but I thought he reaaly did the mexican irish and Italian accents very well

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Jennifer Barstad (maidenoflight) All Shook Up

All Shook Up

The book was about a 13 year old boy that came to stay with his dad while his mom was away to take care of his grandma. When the boy arrived at his dad's he found out that his dad was an Elvis impersonator and it led to some struggles between him and his dad.

It was a pretty good book. It definitely drove the point home about how you need to be accepting of others no matter what they are like and how they carry themselves.

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Brenda | 70 comments Song: The Wonder of You
I Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh

This book is a psychological thriller about two police investigators trying to solve a hit and run accident. The guilty party who did not stop is on the run and moves to a small cottage on the coast but replays the accident over and over in her mind.

I thought the book was just ok, but it has gotten rave reviews here on goodreads, so if you like psychological mysteries you should check the reviews. I am not particularly a fan of mysteries and I found this one to be quite preposterous. The first half was very slow, but the book did pick up in the second half and when the author switched point of view it actually became more interesting to me. (I can't say more because if anyone wants to read this it would spoil it). As I said, not my favourite - I gave it 2 stars -.

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments Travis of NNY wrote: "It was Ray Porter. His narrations have never stood out before but I thought he reaaly did the mexican irish and Italian accents very well"

I'm not sure I've listened to him before. I'll have to check.

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Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Ok I just finished watching blow. It wpuld have taken up like 5 minutes of my book. The only thing they have in common is drugs ruining peoples lives. Still I had a vision of Johnny Depp playing a role in the book

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Tammy Burger (tammyburger) | 545 comments Song- Love Me Tender
Book- The Tender Years

Virginia is a young teen who ,as many are, is searching for herself. The temptation of friends versus parental desires plays a strong role in this book. A catastrophe with long term effects are intregal to Virginias self esteem and choices in life.

This was a fast and fun read. Nothing deep. I enjoyed it for its simplicity. I also enjoyed the redeeming nature. I gave it 3 stars.

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Susan Guard | 695 comments Since I'm back on a serial killing rampage I've picked Private Vegas by James Patterson to go along with the song Viva Las Vegas.

The book was a pretty quick read and very much in keeping with the Patterson "Private" plot lines. I enjoyed reading the book - going back to familiar characters to see what kind of trouble they get in to and then out of. If you've read them all, there is a continuity to the characters but the books can stand alone. I've also enjoyed the different locales the series is set in though there wasn't as much of Las Vegas in this one as I had expected there to be. But all in all, a nice read for a lazy weekend.

And I did keep hearing the song in the back of my mind while reading, I'm still humming along to Viva Las Vegas.

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments Travis of NNY wrote: "It was Ray Porter. His narrations have never stood out before but I thought he reaaly did the mexican irish and Italian accents very well"

I started listening to They Thirst and it's narrated by Ray Porter. He's doing a bang up job. There are Mexican accents, Hungarian accents, as well as a few others and they sound good to me.

message 38: by Kristie, Moderator (last edited Aug 28, 2016 03:26PM) (new)

Kristie | 14897 comments song: Hound Dog
book: The Hound of the Baskervilles

description of the book:
Well, I don't want to give too much away, since it is a Sherlock Holmes mystery. In general, Holmes is sought out because a man has been killed. There is reportedly a curse on the Baskerville family that involves some type of giant, evil hound that kills all of the members and Holmes and Watson need to figure out what is really going on.

I really enjoyed this one. I was surprised that there was quite a bit more Watson than Holmes in it. However, Watson keeps Holmes informed through a series of letters to update him as to his progress. I found the mystery, for the most part, interesting and engaging. 4✭

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Ann (ann7258) | 334 comments My choice for this challenge is Say You're One of Them to go along with the song One Night.

The book was a very gritty collection of fictional short stories based on the civil unrest, genocides, poverty and health concerns that are, or have, been going on in different countries of Africa. It was hard to read, partly due to the subject matter, and partly due to the way the author attempted to capture the local dialects and pidgin speech of the areas.

I can't really say I enjoyed the book, because it was very dark and a bit depressing to read about the dire circumstances that go on in the world, but I gave it 3 stars, because these stories need to be told and it was very well written other than those speech patterns that didn't translate well, for me.

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments Tracked to here.

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Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Glad he is doing a good job Janice. i've listened to that as well as several other books he has done and just didn't notice his skills. Sometimes a good narrator doesn't leave as much as an impression as an awful narrator

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Janice (jamasc) | 51473 comments I guess I have listened to other books that he narrated - 14 was one. Hell House was another.

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Heather Morris | 125 comments Can someone remind me, do we need report our monthly challenge reads anywhere else? I know you all told me before, but I've forgotten again. Lol

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Travis (travistousant) | 6011 comments Heather wrote: "Can someone remind me, do we need report our monthly challenge reads anywhere else? I know you all told me before, but I've forgotten again. Lol"

Nope just here in the reporting thread although you are more than welcome to discuss it more in what are you reading or the general challenge thread if you wish

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Naomi (nchigh) | 543 comments - song title : Can't Help Falling in Love
- link to book title The Love That Split the World The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
- description of the book (what was it about)
The main character, Natalie, must figure out why she can move through time and space in order to save a boy she just met.

- what did you think of it.
This was a good book that wove Native American stories or parables throughout as messages from the Grandmother - a figure Natalie has seen in her dreams all her life. The messages are meant to help Natalie figure out her place in the world. I enjoyed reading this book and it didn't take long as it kept my attention until the end.

message 46: by Almeta (last edited Aug 31, 2016 12:25PM) (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10490 comments I almost forgot to report that I finished The Knife of Never Letting Go on 22 Aug to represent the song It's Now or Never .

I liked it well enough to immediately order the next in the dystopian Chaos Walking series. The secret of the town with no women was pretty easy to guess but the non-stop pursuit of the protagonist, before his manhood initiation could be delivered kept my attention. Villains and danger abound. How will Ben ever get out of yet another predicament?

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Cherie (crobins0) | 20686 comments Almeta wrote: "I liked it well enough to immediately order the next in the dystopian Chaos Walking series..."

Good to know. It is on my list. I have another of this author's books on my TBR - not part of this trilogy.

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Valerie | 228 comments I chose the song Return to Sender and read The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Finished it just in time!

This is a collection of cases solved by, of course, Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson. I believe it might actually be the last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories or at least was later in the series. As usual, people in distress (or sometimes the police themselves!) come to 221B Baker Street to ask for Holmes and Watson's assistance with solving a baffling mystery- sometimes a murder, but not always. Sherlock uses his impressive powers of logic and observation to track down the solution.

There were 13 short stories in this collection and for the most part, I enjoyed all of them. I think my two favorites were The Adventure of the Dancing Men which involved a mysterious code composed of stick figures (of which there were diagrams in the book!) and The Adventure of the Six Napoleons which endeavored to explain why someone would seek out the six copies of a cheap bust of Napoleon and break them to pieces. The mysteries were all pretty clever and I enjoyed the friendship between Sherlock and Watson and the occasional humor, especially from Watson! At one point Sherlock is analyzing in great detail the possible motives of a woman who came to see them and whether she was trying to mask her face by sitting outside of the light and Watson says "She chose the one chair in the room." AKA don't read too much into things, Sherlock!

Overall, pretty enjoyable!

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Cherie (crobins0) | 20686 comments I think this was the 2nd collection of SH stories, Valerie. Glad to see another SH fan in the group.

If you have not seen the Granada Television episode of The Six Napoleons with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, you should look it up on You Tube. It is one of my personal favorites for all of the characters, but wait until you see what he does at the end.

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Valerie | 228 comments Oh that sounds fun, Cherie, I'll have to look it up!

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