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Old 12-10-2017   #2386 (permalink)
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Recently finished The Power by Naomi Alderman. Excellent, a kind of gender flip dystopian. Also just read Thirst by Benjamin Warner. Engrossing, and the suburban setting was perfect for this kind of "what would you do" tale, but I sorta hated the ending.

I have quite the line up waiting for my holiday break. Can't wait to read uninterrupted by thoughts of papers to grade.
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

absolutely loving it

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

absolutely loving it

LOVED.
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I LOVED that book to.

I am reading The Secret Wife - it is not a book I normally would have picked - it was for my book club - but it is really good what if book !
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I LOVED that book to.

I am reading The Secret Wife - it is not a book I normally would have picked - it was for my book club - but it is really good what if book !
I googled and first got this one...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...he_Secret_Wife


and thought, that's a strange choice for a book club

I'm assuming you meant this one?
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I googled and first got this one...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...he_Secret_Wife


and thought, that's a strange choice for a book club

I'm assuming you meant this one?
Yes that's it. It was a good weekend book !

(snort/hee hee on the first one)
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Sue Grafton died today. I really, really liked her light-hearted, easy-to-read and very enjoyable style - could easily be entertained the whole day. RIP Kinsey...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-w...193744443.html
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Sue Grafton died today. I really, really liked her light-hearted, easy-to-read and very enjoyable style - could easily be entertained the whole day. RIP Kinsey...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-w...193744443.html
Yes sad when I read this news yesterday. Now the alphabet ends at "Y"
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Yup, my dear old mom’s favourite author! She was quite sad today.... no Z book after all...
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The Rooster Bar by Grisham.

Somewhat of a sad commentary on the demise of our once glorious public education system.

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I just finished Before We Were Yours. Mesmerizing story that’s factionalized, but based on true events that occurred at a Tennessee home for orphaned children in the 30’s-50’s.
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I'm well into Michael Gruber's Tropic of Night, a very well written novel by a writer who seems to know something about everything, all of which he weaves into the story-line about a Miami cop of Cuban ethnic persuasion, a US woman anthropologist specializing in Santeria, a murder (or is it a sacrifice?), and how they circuitously (they do not know each other) find their way into the same space to solve the murder.

https://www.amazon.com/Tropic-Night-...r+tropic+night

I read another Michael Gruber Book, Valley of Bones, and recognized the name when I got a Book Bub notification for this 99 cent Amazon promotion for the Kindle version, not realizing that Valley is Book 2 of a trilogy, of which Tropic of Night is Book 1. It turns out the book is a real find for the ridiculously paltry and entirely unbecoming 99 cent price, and is a true jewel for the price alone, not to mention the PDG, maybe even excellent, writing.

His writing style reminds me of the excellent Bob Shocachis novel The Woman Who Lost her Soul (I previously mentioned it at post #2237), by another writer who also seems to know something about everything, including Santeria, and is set in Haiti with a US special forces operator, a woman journalist, and the woman who lost her soul (i.e., became a real "true-life" zombie - if that's the right word for the evisceration of the soul, an apparently all-to-common "real-life" event in Haiti) against the same whole-nation-envelopment of that country in a voodoo background interwoven with what seems to be a separate book about the woman journalist's formative years in Istanbul with her father (a Bond-like secretive US diplomat, CIA operative, yacht driver, etc.), how she got to Haiti, and how she got mixed up in the residua of 1994-95 US post-invasion Haiti. It became my favorite book for a while...

https://www.google.com.mx/search?biw...10.rN2Cf1PdIOE

I'm not a fan of the current popular zombie genre craze, and can't account for how I ended up reading these two books, neither of which i would have bought based on any sort of zombie associated promo (ugh!), but both of which I stumbled onto through Amazon low-price promotions (neither of which played-up the voodoo expects) - I wanted to try the Bob Shocochis book because I liked his book The Immaculate Invasion about the 1994-95 US invasion of Haiti. He's a quite very good writer in both of those books.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Shacochis
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I'm well into Michael Gruber's Tropic of Night, a very well written novel by a writer who seems to know something about everything, all of which he weaves into the story-line about a Miami cop of Cuban ethnic persuasion, a US woman anthropologist specializing in Santeria, a murder (or is it a sacrifice?), and how they circuitously (they do not know each other) find their way into the same space to solve the murder.

https://www.amazon.com/Tropic-Night-...r+tropic+night

I read another Michael Gruber Book, Valley of Bones, and recognized the name when I got a Book Bub notification for this 99 cent Amazon promotion for the Kindle version, not realizing that Valley is Book 2 of a trilogy, of which Tropic of Night is Book 1. It turns out the book is a real find for the ridiculously paltry and entirely unbecoming 99 cent price, and is a true jewel for the price alone, not to mention the PDG, maybe even excellent, writing.

His writing style reminds me of the excellent Bob Shocachis novel The Woman Who Lost her Soul (I previously mentioned it at post #2237), by another writer who also seems to know something about everything, including Santeria, and is set in Haiti with a US special forces operator, a woman journalist, and the woman who lost her soul (i.e., became a real "true-life" zombie - if that's the right word for the evisceration of the soul, an apparently all-to-common "real-life" event in Haiti) against the same whole-nation-envelopment of that country in a voodoo background interwoven with what seems to be a separate book about the woman journalist's formative years in Istanbul with her father (a Bond-like secretive US diplomat, CIA operative, yacht driver, etc.), how she got to Haiti, and how she got mixed up in the residua of 1994-95 US post-invasion Haiti. It became my favorite book for a while...

https://www.google.com.mx/search?biw...10.rN2Cf1PdIOE

I'm not a fan of the current popular zombie genre craze, and can't account for how I ended up reading these two books, neither of which i would have bought based on any sort of zombie associated promo (ugh!), but both of which I stumbled onto through Amazon low-price promotions (neither of which played-up the voodoo expects) - I wanted to try the Bob Shocochis book because I liked his book The Immaculate Invasion about the 1994-95 US invasion of Haiti. He's a quite very good writer in both of those books.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Shacochis
Damn, we invaded Haiti, I must have missed that war, now I'll have to read your selection, The Immaculate Invasion, Thanks.
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I just finished Before We Were Yours. Mesmerizing story that’s factionalized, but based on true events that occurred at a Tennessee home for orphaned children in the 30’s-50’s.
Great book, on my book club list
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Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis.

Brilliant

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" I wonder", said Hermes, "what it would be like if animals had human intelligence."
" I'll wager a year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence."

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change.

The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks.

André Alexis's contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness. By turns meditative and devastating, charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.
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