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    A Song of Ice and Fire book 2: A Clash of Kings.
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    Wheelchair Seating for the Apocalypse - A horror short story by Q. Published on Spinetingler Magazine.
    Re-Invention - A sci-fi short story by Q. Printed in Make Something Magazine.
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    A Thief of Time - Tony Hillerman

    Reading in preparation for the AW Western March Prompt and the off-site Hillerman contest it is preparing for. Good stuff so far.
    Crit this: This Is The Life - 1800 words (adult content) ?
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    The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
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    The Red Snow - Kenneth Robeson
    Spark of Life
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    Thunder Bay - Phoenix Rising
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    The Year's Best Non-Required Reading, edited by Dave Eggers
    Take the 2016 Reading Challenge! Post your challenge choices and discuss your progress. Never too late to start.

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    Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


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    Just finished The Night Swimmer by Matt Bondurant. I've got The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel on deck.
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    Memoirs of the Second World War - Winston S. Churchill

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    Anyone else read There But For The by Ali Smith? I just started it and so far, so good. I'm interested to see how far the author can take the premise of a dinner guest who locks himself in a guest room and won't come out, even after many days go by. Apparently this idea can span 230+ pages.
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    AW - The Western Contest Entry Thread (Password Vista)

    Be lovely if you could have a read and a vote, too. Rules and instructions in the OP of the entry thread.
    Crit this: This Is The Life - 1800 words (adult content) ?
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    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Fantastic read.
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    Wuthering Heights.
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    Reading "Cutting for Stone" Abraham Verghese. Marvelous, so far.
    My debut novel is "Teatime for the Firefly" published by Harlequin/Mira 2013

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    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairy Land in a Ship of her Own Making By Catherine Valente
    -So far so good, I've heard complaints it over does the whimsy factor for some people, but I like it. I think Valente knows when to tone it down where as China Mieville didn't in his book "I Wish I had Thought of Clive Barkers Abarat First" Un-Lun-Dun.

    Also, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

    -Read it years ago all the way through, breezed through it then, now? After that I tried re-reading a couple times but never could quite make it. Now I'm setting an easy but fast pace, I think it's the hype for Season Two of the television series, which helps.
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    After months and months of reading books that were simply ehhh ... I'm now reading This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson and LOVING it!

    It's a novel about the voyages of The Beagle as told mainly from the perspective of the captain, Fitzroy, and Darwin.

    The writing is terrific and it's researched to perfection. How tragic that Thompson died around the time the novel (his first) was published.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyllo View Post
    After months and months of reading books that were simply ehhh ... I'm now reading This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson and LOVING it!

    It's a novel about the voyages of The Beagle as told mainly from the perspective of the captain, Fitzroy, and Darwin.

    The writing is terrific and it's researched to perfection. How tragic that Thompson died around the time the novel (his first) was published.
    Sounds interesting. I'll probably get it soon.

    A question for other members:

    Any historical books anyone can recommend? Any period is fine. I'm looking for good books with good storytelling, compelling writing, good historical ambiance and world-building etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by These Mean Streets View Post
    Sounds interesting. I'll probably get it soon.

    A question for other members:

    Any historical books anyone can recommend? Any period is fine. I'm looking for good books with good storytelling, compelling writing, good historical ambiance and world-building etc.
    Stephen King's 11/22/63 is mostly set in the late 50s/early 60s. Great book, too. One of his best.

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    I just finished There but for the by Ali Smith. A hard book to describe, I can't do it justice by trying to explain it. Her writing is very good and I enjoyed the book.

    Next up: An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor Von Rezzori via a recent translation to English. Meine Deutsch is nicht sehr gut.
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    I can, without any doubt, assert that I am currently reading a novel no one else frequenting AW is:

    The Wandering Jew, by Eugene Sue.

    At the beginning of the year I posted another thread here, announcing my "classic" author to read for 2012, which was to be Walter Scott. But i got distracted, via my 23-year-old son relating something he'd heard about the legend of the wandering Jew, a being fated to live eternally and wander the world in search of redemption.

    I have long collected books, and I happened to have a copy of this immense novel (~1500 pages) dating from about 1950. I bought it years ago in a used book shop, and it has a really nice handwritten birthday-present dedication from Maxine to Marie on the inside of the cover. I truly hope Marie read it, or maybe someone else did.

    In any case, it is in very good condition, and I got interested enough to give it a go. And am enjoying it. It is melodramatic, in the way that many early 19th-century novels are, but the translation is good, and it is in readable prose. It was a huge best-seller when it appeared, back when, and was at least prominent enough to merit inclusion in the Modern Library Giant editions of the 1950s, which is the copy I have. I suspect that not only is nobody here reading it, or ever has read it, but that very few here have ever heard of it.

    It is a bit DanBrownish, involving a complex evil Jesuit conspiracy to control the world, using Indian thuggee, among other malign influences. But, like the novel that intrigued me with Walter Scott (The Talisman), a pleasant surprise to read, so far. I'm about 200 pages in. I figure to finish about when the Philadelphia Phillies win the world series in October.

    The story is not, by the way, in any manner anti-Semitic. Which statement seems to be necessary, given present-day sensitivities. It is, from what I've read so far, very much anti-Jesuit, however.

    caw

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacbird View Post
    The Wandering Jew, by Eugene Sue.
    blacbird, if you get the chance, I recommend seeing the play Underneath the Lintel. I saw it in 2008, and heard it on the radio a few months later. I'm not sure if it is still being performed anywhere. It is a monologue, framed as a lecture where a man presents the audience with the evidence for the story he is telling. The versions I saw / heard starred Richard Schiff (Toby from The West Wing) and were excellent.

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    Just coming to the end of 'Carmilla' by J. Sheridan LeFanu. Wonderfully subversive and erotic. Great gothic novella which influenced Bram Stoker I believe.

    Been mostly reading a lot of non-fiction lately including Peter Ackroyd's books on London (Underground) and his biography of Dickens. Also recently finished Paul Mason's (BBC Newsnight's economics editor) Why It's Kicking off Everywhere, which is a brief narrative & analysis of the social upheavals of the past four or five years (post credit crunch) with particular attention paid to the Arab Spring. Tis very good indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacbird View Post
    I can, without any doubt, assert that I am currently reading a novel no one else frequenting AW is:

    The Wandering Jew, by Eugene Sue. . . .
    You piqued my interest. It is at this moment downloading (free) to my Kindle.

    --Ken

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    Helsinki White by James Thompson.

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    Thumbs up

    Angel's Dance by Nalini Singh,

    Thanks,

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    The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope. Oh, that Sir Felix!
    Jim: No, no. No, see, this is a really s#*! idea. You know why? Because it's really obviously a s#*! idea.

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