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What Are You Reading? July 2012

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Post by Susan » Mon July 9th, 2012, 1:11 pm

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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Post by fljustice » Mon July 9th, 2012, 1:40 pm

[quote=""rockygirl""]Rick Riordan is terrific.[/quote]

I tore through the Percy Jackson series last summer. Fun read. Slightly derivative of Harry Potter, but original in it's own way. Riordan had me running back to the my reference books to find all the various monsters and classical allusions. Will try to get to the Egyptian books this year.
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Post by Susan » Mon July 9th, 2012, 3:47 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]I tore through the Percy Jackson series last summer. Fun read. Slightly derivative of Harry Potter, but original in it's own way. Riordan had me running back to the my reference books to find all the various monsters and classical allusions. Will try to get to the Egyptian books this year.[/quote]

They are a fun read and I will continue to reserve the books at eLibrary New Jersey. I was reading the book on my Kindle Fire and I also kept looking up the allusions. I am #7 for the third Percy Jackson book, so I will have to wait awhile. I suppose I could see if I could get a book from the other series sooner. I did notice on Riordan's Wikipedia page that he plans to do a Norse gods series.
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Post by Susan » Mon July 9th, 2012, 3:52 pm

[quote=""Susan""]They are a fun read and I will continue to reserve the books at eLibrary New Jersey. I was reading the book on my Kindle Fire and I also kept looking up the allusions. I am #7 for the third Percy Jackson book, so I will have to wait awhile. I suppose I could see if I could get a book from the other series sooner. I did notice on Riordan's Wikipedia page that he plans to do a Norse gods series.[/quote]

I reserved the first book of the Roman gods series and the first book of the Egyptian series. The eLibrary owns more copies of those books and there are fewer people waiting, so I will get them sooner.
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Post by annis » Mon July 9th, 2012, 6:37 pm

Woe to Live On, by Daniel Woodrell. Set during the US Civil War, it's a coming-of-age story about a young Dutch immigrant fighting with a bunch of rebel irregulars similar to Quantrill's infamous Raiders. Woodrell's use of language is brilliant, especially in capturing the rhythm and inflection of the laconic mid-western voice; his work pyschologically acute, at times tender and ironic, and yet, like James Lee Burke, his stories are a powerful mix of lyricism and random, explosive violence which reaches its peak with the Lawrence Massacre. This is down-and-dirty civil war stripped of any romanticism or sanity, yet there is still a compelling sort of brotherhood at its heart. The question is, can anyone survive it with their humanity intact?

This novel (just recently reissued) was the basis of Ang Lee's excellent movie "Ride With the Devil", and I believe the book has been published in some editions under the movie's title.
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Post by emr » Mon July 9th, 2012, 6:47 pm

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert R. McCammon
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Post by Divia » Tue July 10th, 2012, 1:03 am

Eliza Rose. .. its YA and its eh. I guess after reading Boy Toy I'm expecting something a little more edgy for YA.
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Post by Berengaria » Tue July 10th, 2012, 4:01 am

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I have the new Barbara Erskine courtesy of Amazon Vine, the new Barbara Erskine, QUOTE]

I just read the preview of the new Erskine book......another download that I'll be making. I know I read Lady of Hay years ago, but I downloaded it and am enjoying the second read! (It helps that I can't remember the whole story!) :p

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Post by Vanessa » Tue July 10th, 2012, 8:58 am

Love Barbara Erskine's books!
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

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Post by Misfit » Tue July 10th, 2012, 12:49 pm

Just getting ready to start The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean.
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