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Heckagirl631
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09-08-2010

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 3:16 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Heckagirl631 a private message Print Post    
I finished a murder-mystery by Michael Hiebert. "A Thorn Among the Lilies". It was decent.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:04 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Hecka, at least you were able to rate it as "decent." The thriller-wannabe I just finished was simply wretched. And horrid. And deliriously bad. I definitely qualify as a BUFFOON for sticking with The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott all the way to the end. It's, unquestionably, the worst book I've read all year. Grrrrr. 😡😡😡

Jimmer
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08-29-2000

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:16 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
Sounds like a tie with The Didymus Contingency.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:50 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
Finished listening to Henning Mankell's The Return of the Dancing Master. Though it did not feature Wallender, it was still intriguing to the end.....wish the same could be said for the process analysis essays I'm also reading/grading at the moment.😂

Mamie316
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07-08-2003

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 6:55 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mamie316 a private message Print Post    
I just read The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell and in my opinion, it is her very best yet. Ric, you are going to love it.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 7:13 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
I'm so glad it impressed you so much! I only have to read the 10 she wrote before that one until I get to it. But I'm not complaining - her books are great. Thank you for warning me I'm going to love it!

Just now I finished The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger. It's about children in a fictional suburb of Denver who are wrangling for a spot at a new private school that will hand out 1,000 spots, with 800,000 students trying out for them. It's extremely well-written and is one of the best books I've read this year. It's very, very good and its 450 pages go by pretty quickly. I don't think everyone who reads it will like it as much as I did. (Some of the characters are hard to like.) One of the kids (Xander) was a crack-up and I enjoyed all the chapters that featured him.

Tresbien
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08-26-2002

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 9:23 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Tresbien a private message Print Post    
I didn't know what to expect from Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Water Dancer, a novel about slavery and the Underground Railroad with a little fantasy element thrown in. In troubled times, it is good to have reminders that some people will step up and do what's right for that reason alone. It is beautifully written and I recommend it.

Now back to Conversations With Friends that I didn't get to finish the last time I had it out of the library. With BB over I have more time for reading!

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 3:42 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Some of you might have noticed (a few days ago, on National Coming Out Day) the Twitter thread by Grant Ginder where he described saving photos (when he was 13) of handsome ("beefcake") men on his family's computer and how -- when his father found them and confronted him by asking if he'd been the one who saved them to the computer -- Grant told his father, "No, I think it was Mom who did that." It was a delightfully funny Twitter thread with a happy ending.

I was so tickled by it that I was inspired to track down the first of Mr. Ginder's four published novels,This is How it Starts, which he wrote in 2009. It's well-written but not powerfully interesting. I enjoyed it, especially the funny parts, but I suspect his other (later) books are better. I will seek those out, too. I would have pursued none of his books had I not come across that Twitter thread -- it really was hilarious.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 10:21 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Tonight I finished A Suitable Vengeance, the 4th (out of 20) in the Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George. I was surprised by the graphic violence and more so by the love story that was going on while all the murder and mayhem played itself out. It's going to take an even longer time to read all her books than it's going to take to read all of Lisa Jewell's. (But I'm not complaining, as per usual.)

Heckagirl631
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09-08-2010

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 3:18 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Heckagirl631 a private message Print Post    
Finished "Born to Die" by Lisa Jackson. It was a slightly different murder-mystery. Pretty good. Held my interest.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 10:43 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Tonight I finished Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf, her 4th published novel. When you're like me, someone who never was, and never wanted to be, a parent, you can only admire people who do it (parenting) day-in and day-out. We all know it's the hardest job in life. Then when you read a book like this -- which is very well written by the way -- where a parenting accident turns a family's life upside down - that's when your respect and admiration for parents really skyrockets. I'm grateful I was spared the parenting urge - if not, I would've gone straight to wacko-ville (due to round-the-clock pathological worrying).

Kappy
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06-28-2002

Monday, November 04, 2019 - 2:35 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kappy a private message Print Post    
Finished Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver and like all her books, I loved becoming engrossed in a world that was new to me. The very next moth I found indoors, I caught in a glass and released outside, lol!

I then went on to read another in "The Cat Who" series as I needed some serious deflection reading, this one being Sang for the Birds. If nothing else, I am always left looking up new words in the dictionary, lol.

Currently I'm reading Thirteen by Steven Cavanaugh. I'm enjoying the suspense of it in spite of the fact that I'm uncomfortable with the amount of violence in it. The quip for the book reads "The serial killer isn't on trial. He's on the jury!"

Next up, I'm on the waiting list for Keep the Home Fires Burning. I got hooked on the PBS series of the same name which was based on Jambusters by Julie Summers. The show was cancelled after two short seasons and since it ended on a cliff-hanger, the author decided to keep the story going with books. Yay for the author!

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Monday, November 04, 2019 - 6:04 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Kappy, that Cavanaugh book sounds like a riot. I will go-a-hunting for it at the library - thanks for the tip!

This afternoon I finished Elton John's monumentally entertaining autobiography, Me. I am beyond staggered by the number of eye-poppingly surprising details of his life. He withholds NOTHING. You don't have to be a fan of his music to enjoy this book. I was a rabid fan back in the '70s. Not that you asked for proof, I'm providing it anyway via the link below (forgive me if this is a rerun -- I can't remember if I've posted it in the past).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys8AfACUdCI

[Fast forward to the 6:29 mark of the clip and you'll see me waving my custom-made T-shirt ("You're Better Off ...") on the day -- October 23, 1975 -- when he got his star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.]

Rieann
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08-26-2006

Monday, November 04, 2019 - 6:32 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Rieann a private message Print Post    
Yay! I have Thirteen and Elton's book on my list to read. Glad to hear they are both good. Great clip, Uncle Ricky. I love Elton. I saw him in Vegas for his Red Piano show in 2004.

Jimmer
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08-29-2000

Monday, November 04, 2019 - 8:18 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
Oh that's great, Uncle Ricky!

Seamonkey
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09-07-2000

Monday, November 04, 2019 - 10:36 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Seamonkey a private message Print Post    
Ric, that is quite a memory!

Closest I got was a fundraiser for AIDS .. a tennis event he and Billie Jean King hosted.

Jimmer
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08-29-2000

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 7:46 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
I just finished reading Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross, which is the fifth book in her Outlander series.

I enjoyed it. I will address a common complaint of a number of reviewers, that being that the plot doesn’t move forward much. Yes there are a few big moments with major characters in peril but not many in a 1,400 page book.

She does seem to be a meticulous researcher and she does focus a lot on minutiae. However, I must say that I rather enjoy that. I know quite a bit about the big events in American history but I don’t know much about what day to day life was like in 1770 and this book provides a lot of detail. In that sense, it's a very comfortable read.

That said, I certainly could have done with less of the endless and obsessive detail about breast feeding and diaper changing (and I like kids!).

Characters discussing strategy regarding political unrest and a potential upcoming battle. But first, let’s describe yet another diaper change.

Mamie316
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07-08-2003

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 8:27 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mamie316 a private message Print Post    
I am looking forward to the Elton John book.

We just read Demi Moore's book for book club and none of us were very impressed with her.

Kappy
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06-28-2002

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 6:05 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kappy a private message Print Post    
Update, Thirteen has been returned to the library after yet another murder. I just can't deal with the upcoming holidays and a serial killer. I figure I'll return to it in the new year when it's dark and cold outside. Instead, I am starting The Alice Network.

Jimmer, I have had the Outlander series on my wish list forever but always shy away because of the length of them. Some day . . .

Sugar
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08-15-2000

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 - 6:40 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Sugar a private message Print Post    
I am looking forward to read what you think of The Alice Network Kappy. I read it a year or 2 ago. I recall liking 1 timeline far better than the other.

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 11:59 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Mamie, thanks for the warning about Demi Moore's book. Kappy! I'm sorry you had to stop. I found out it's the 4th in the Eddie Cain series, so I have reserved the 1st in the series at the library. If I like it enough, I'll work my way to the current book (the one you abandoned).

I finished John Boyne's A Ladder to the Sky a few minutes ago. This book was DELICIOUS to the nth degree. It's about a diabolical writer who will stop at nothing to become a success even though he has no genuine writing talent. Speaking of writing talent, John Boyne is incredibly, incredibly talented and that's probably the worst way to describe him. I dare you not to love A Ladder to the Sky should you decide to give it a try.

Jimmer
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08-29-2000

Friday, November 08, 2019 - 8:31 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jimmer a private message Print Post    
It's about a diabolical writer who will stop at nothing to become a success even though he has no genuine writing talent.

That sounds like a wonderful subject for a book.

Kappy
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06-28-2002

Friday, November 08, 2019 - 10:49 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kappy a private message Print Post    
Eddie Flynn Series by Steve Cavanaugh - THIS is the problem when I can't remember where I learned about a book. I swear I read somewhere that you don't need to read the series to enjoy the one but if I like Thirteen, I will go back to the previous 3 so thank you Uncle Ricky for letting me know about them!

Sugar - I'm still early in the Alice book but I can already see where one character's story might be more interesting. What an interesting character Gardiner is!

Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 5:22 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
Rieann and Sea, don't forget to let us know what you think of the Elton book - I'll be shocked if you don't love it.

Kappy! I goofed on the name of the character: it's Eddie Flynn not Eddie Cain - sorry about that.

Jim, I was very surprised by how low the main character stooped (and I must emphasize the word 'low'). It was actually a bit disturbing, but also very entertaining because of how well the story unfolded.

Mamie, you were absolutely right about If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman, which I finished this afternoon. This was a huge improvement over her previous book. I was constantly tempted to take peeks at the later chapters to see what the secret was, but I remained patient until I got there. I loved how she kept the emotions running high throughout the book. I'm looking forward to her next one!

Rieann
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08-26-2006

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 12:14 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Rieann a private message Print Post    
I have been on a kick reading thriller/suspense novels. I have read around five or six the last couple of weeks (after a break of not being able to read). I will start Elton's soon.


Uncle_ricky
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07-02-2007

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 10:31 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Uncle_ricky a private message Print Post    
I grabbed a "no-waiting-in-line" library copy of Ronan Farrow's relentlessly compelling Catch and Kill. I didn't think I could loathe Harvey Weinstein any more than I already did. Then I read this meticulously researched and written expose about the uber-villainous Weinstein. The facts laid out are shocking beyond belief. I was on the edge of my seat for 95% of the book's 412 pages. I feel so, so bad for all the women Weinstein victimized. Prison is really just too good a punishment. I hope he's sentenced to a very long lockup!

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