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    Behind Closed Doors, by BA Paris.

    EDIT: I am seventy-four pages into this book, and it's awful. I'll finish it, only because I'm fickle that way. But I'm not digging it. Lazy writing. And boring all to hell. I'm getting tired of these marriage/relationship thrillers that have been coming out since Gone Girl (a book I liked, as I like Gillian Flynn). But, holy shit, since then we've had:

    The Girl on the Train
    Behind Closed Doors
    The Good Wife
    In a Dark, Dark Wood
    (which was a piece of shit, too)

    Plus probably fifty more. I'm sure Gillian Flynn is conflicted as to what the hell she started.
    Last edited by HarvesterOfSorrow; 07-14-2017 at 09:05 AM.
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    John Carpenter's Halloween.

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    I've read two chapters of The Stand and suddenly everywhere I go there's a bunch of people coughing.

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    Lol that happened when I read the book. All of a sudden, Captain Trips was all around me.
    "He's gone! He's gone from here! The evil is gone!"

    Sam Loomis
    John Carpenter's Halloween.

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    I am reading Laura Antoniou's "The Killer Wore Leather" for the second time and oh, it is even more marvelous. This is the book that I talked so much about the first time, that it led to me writing and e-mailing book reviews to my mom, which led me in a roundabout way to Goodreads, and so many wonderful paths. I'm so happy. I'm going to buy it when I can.

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    The Vampire Lestat, by Anne Rice.
    "He's gone! He's gone from here! The evil is gone!"

    Sam Loomis
    John Carpenter's Halloween.

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    Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass.

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    Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

    -- Terry Pratchett

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    Still going through Too Like the Lightning but keep needing to pause.

    Book club wants to rad A God In Ruins so latest pause is stopping to complete that.
    “Is it possible that the relationship between humanity and evil is similar to the relationship between the ocean and an iceberg floating on its surface? Both the ocean and the iceberg are made of the same material. That the iceberg seems separate is only because it is in a different form. In reality, it is but a part of the vast ocean.”
    -- Liu Cixin

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    Birdsong ​by Sebastian Faulkes.

    "Strange Destinies" by Guillermo Rubio Arias-Paz, translated from the Spanish and out now on Amazon and the Endless Bookcase.

    Goodreads

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    Over a month, time for an update...

    Recently Read:
    Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression (Errol Lincoln Uys, history, Kindle): An examination of the underaged "hoboes" of the 1930's, boys and girls hopping rides in freight trains as they sought survival, jobs, or just adventure.

    This isn't a bad look at an interesting, harrowing period of American history, including several firsthand accounts interspersed with more general information on the era, the hobo heyday, and so forth. Despite common opinion, the majority weren't lazy or thieves (though they weren't above the odd theft for survival), though their goals were as diverse as their origins. It suffers from iffy organization, mostly, reducing the impact of the stories. Still, these stories deserve to be told, and at times it manages to evoke the danger, the despair, and the occasional elation of the hobo life.

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    A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent series, Volume 1, Mary Brennan, fantasy, paperback): An elderly Lady Trent, long recognized as a leading expert on dragons of the world, relates her memoirs, starting with a rebellious childhood and her first obsession with the creatures.

    I started this one a while ago, and loved it - but I keep having to set it aside, so I haven't gotten back to it in far too long. I really look forward to finishing it, though; very promising start, with an intriguing world.

    How to Survive Anything
    (Tim MacWelch, nonfiction, hardcover): A writer for Outdoor Life magazine presents tips and tricks to survive a number of potentially deadly scenarios, natural or otherwise.

    It looked like an okay story sparker, an introduction to survival tactics. So far, it's not bad, though it's not terribly in depth. MacWelch debunks some common myths (such as drinking urine for hydration in the desert) and presents information simply.

    Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America
    (Shawn Lawrence Otto, science, Nook via Overdrive): Since America's founding upon principles of reason rather than religion, the country has had an up-and-down relationship with science and scientists... but recent years have seen anti-science forces rise to terrifying levels of power and influence, setting up a major disaster if the voice of science continues to be squelched.

    An interesting, if occasionally depressing, look at the forces that have worked against science since the country's inception (and long before that), and how organized anti-science efforts are paying huge dividends in modern politics; if this had been written in 2016-2017, I think Otto could add several additional chapters. He doesn't let the science community entirely off the hook, either; its insistence on staying aloof from politics (despite science, like every other human endeavor, being inherently political on some level, particularly in the modern age) and tendency to look down on those scientists who work to reach the general public helped set up the current catastrophe. I think he came down a little hard on the social justice movements of feminism and minority studies for setting up anti-science attitudes - the extreme claims that facts themselves will vary depending on one's personal origins or culture is provably wrong and damaging, but there were and are biases in society (scientists also being products of society like every human) that had gone unexamined for too long, biases that it might be worthwhile to understand and correct for when asking questions and seeking knowledge. It's also a bit thick going at times... to the point where I'm forced to do a first in my Overdrive experience, and let my checkout lapse before I can finish it. (I will be checking it out again ASAP, of course, but it's been a very trying month, with little spare energy to devote to Otto's occasionally dense writing.)

    Scarlet and the Keepers of Light (The Scarlet Hopewell series, Book 1, Brandon Charles West, MG fantasy, Kindle): A girl's dreams of a fairy world might turn out to be all too true - but there's a danger the dreams never warned her about, as she learns when the shadow-wrapped strangers arrive at her house, threatening her family. Fortunately, her adopted dog, Dakota, seems up to the task of protecting her... but he is not what he seems.

    I needed something quick and relatively light to read, and so far this one's fitting the bill. Also, in an interesting twist, it's not just the girl and the dog, but her whole family - plus the family's original dog, Cricket, recruited by "Dakota" to help protect the Hopewells - who have now gone through the portal to the fairy world. Decent so far...
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    Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

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    Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer.

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    Just started Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I heard it was popular and I want to bolster my YA shelf, so I'm diving in.

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    The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls.
    "He's gone! He's gone from here! The evil is gone!"

    Sam Loomis
    John Carpenter's Halloween.

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    Just finished Hounded and Hexed by Kevin Hearne, the first two books in his Iron Druid Chronicles. I enjoyed them, but don't know if I'll continue with the rest of the series. Kind of disappointed the focus seems to be turning to the Norse Gods, which I'm kind of tired of, between American Gods, Rick Riordan, not to mention Marvel. Whereas I got into the series in the first place because of the focus on Celtic mythology. Ah well. Not sure what I'm going to read next, but I'm thinking maybe something by Victoria Schwab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvesterOfSorrow View Post
    The Vampire Lestat, by Anne Rice.
    I love that book.

    Currently reading Golden Torment by Janelle Taylor

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    Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Really enjoying it a lot.

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    I recently excavated a precious lump of gold in the form of Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes in a second-hand bookshop. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this book is.

    Its subject is ceramic art, but the breadth stretches more than that. It's a historical crawl through the lives and times of many personalities involved in preserving pieces of art. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in art, history, and good writing.

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    Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Picked it up because I saw a forum post saying he writes great action scenes. Maybe 50 pages in and no major action yet, but the guy does write well.

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    The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. An interesting take on time travel.

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    I'm rereading The Emperor's Children to get me ready for the release of Messud's newest, The Burning Girl, which should be available on Kindle next week: I'm SO EXCITED.

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    Moved onto Vampire Academy #2, Frostbite.

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    Heroes of the Frontier - Dave Eggers
    Join any time! Take the 2017 AW Reading Challenge. Pick 12 books from a list of topics and read/discuss with us throughout the year.

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    Thief's Magic, by Trudi Canavan.
    Then I'll read the 2nd book, Angel of Storms
    (rereading, as the 3rd book comes out in, like, 3 weeks, and I have it preordered. I can't wait!)
    go n-éirí an bóthar leat

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    I've been reading all of the Erin Hunter Warrior Cat books. Right now I'm on Dawn of the Clans, A Forest Divided. I love warrior cats, absolutely love the series.

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    Crying for the Moon, by Mary Walsh.
    "He's gone! He's gone from here! The evil is gone!"

    Sam Loomis
    John Carpenter's Halloween.

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