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New Community [Nov. 29th, 2006|07:39 pm]
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I'm not really sure if this is allowed...if not then I'm sorry and please feel free to delete this. But I've just started up a new community :) If you love reading and books then feel free to come over and check it out! You'll be able to meet new friends and other people who enjoy reading and books. Feel free to post about your favourite books, favourite authors or genres, about a book that you've just finished reading, maybe a movie that's been based on a book that you've read, reviews...anything to do with books/reading! It's called books_au so come on over and check it out :)
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August books to read [Aug. 5th, 2006|01:25 pm]
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I didn't even come close to finishing that humongous stack of books I meant to read last month.

This month I'd like to finish the Firekeeper series by Jane Lindskold. I'm a third of the way through The Dragon of Despair then just have Wolf Captured left. I'm also reading the second book in the Northern Frights series, The Haunting of Drang Island by Arthur G. Slade. Then there's the last 2 books in the Stargods trilogy by Irene Radford: The Dragon's Revenge and The Dragon Circle still in queue.

The 2 books for g8ways are Princess at Sea by Dawn Cook and The Persistance of Memory by Karen Ripley. The latter is the first of a completed trilogy so add the last 2 books of that series to the list too.
The 2 books for bookwyrmmes are ones I've already read so I may skip those.

Then just catch up from last month. I finished off the 7 books in the mystery series plus the books by Philip Craig and Kathy Reichs. I also read the two communities' booksplus the next 4 books in the Honor Harrington series and all 3 books by Naomi Novik. I highly recommend this series by Naomi Novik. Dragons are being used for aerial combat during the Napoleonic Wars. I'll skip the Korman books since the last one comes out in Sept. so that leaves 9 from last months list and a few books that came in this month are:
The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
Across the Wall by Garth Nix
The Chocolate Bridal Bash by JoAnna Carl
Saks and Violins by Mary Daheim
Western Shore by Juliet E. McKenna

That's only 23 books so I still need 2 to make my 25 + the 7 I'm missing from last month.
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July's TBR shelf [Jul. 2nd, 2006|08:56 am]
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Here's a list of books I'm planning to read this month...

First, there's the ones carried over from May & June.
The latest 2 books in the Firekeeper sereies by Jane Lindskold: The Dragon of Despair and Wolf Captured.
The last 2 books in the Stargods trilogy by Irene Radford: The Dragon's Revenge and The Dragon Circle.
The last book in the Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay: The Darkest Road.
The Alpine Quilt by Mary Daheim
Dead Watch by John Sandford
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
Dragon's Eye by James A. Hetley
City For Ransom by Robert W. Walker

Second is the mystery series that I'm currently reading. There's 7 books left in that one, including the one I'm in the middle of: Mother Nature, Only Flesh & Bones, Bone Hunter, An Eye for Gold, Fault Line, Killer Dust, & Earth Colors.

Third are the 2 books I'm reading for g8ways: Doppelganger by Marie Brennan and Siva! by Walt and Leigh Richmond.

Fourth are the 2 books I'm reading for bookwyrmmes: On Basilisk Station by David Weber and His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. Any extra time this month will be to reread the other 9 books in David Weber's Honor Harrington series. (My favorite series that I seem to end up rereading every year!)

Fifth will be the books I have coming in this month:
Northern Storm by Juliet E. McKenna
Proof Positive by Phillip Margolin
Vineyard Prey by Philip R. Craig
Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
Cape Perdido by Marcia Muller
Abduction by Gordon Korman
The Search by Gordon Korman
Wild Honey by Terri Farley

That's 38 books so I know that some of those will carry over to Aug. I won't be running out of reading material this month.

Anyone else have their book list for July?
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Current reads for April [Apr. 18th, 2006|09:45 pm]
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I'm still collecting up the Miles Vorkosigan series to read in chronological order; I have the next three but I got caught up in a new (for me) mystery series featuring an unusual detective: Turing Hopper is an AIP - an Artificial Intelligence Personality, a true computerized detective! Great series, I'm starting the third book after I get some sleep: seriesCollapse )
I've also picked up the first book in her Meg Lanslow series and quite a few China Bayles book by Susan Wittig Albert series titlesCollapse )

In the Science Fiction Department, I have to recommend Steve Perry. His book , The Musashi Flex is a great book. Read about it here
For Fantasy, David Randall has a debut novel in his Clovermead series, In the Shadow of the Bear was another book this month that i really enjoyed. Read about it here

I must say that I was very disappointed in the 2nd book in the Rhiannon's Ride series by Kate Forsyth. I had really been looking forward to The Shining City after reading The Tower of Ravens but it fell very flat IMO. Her cliff-hanger of an ending felt more like the story was cut off suddenly rather than the end of the book. Hopefully the third book will be more like the first one, it certainly looks like it has the potential to be anyway.

I only have one left out of the four books to read for both SF/F book communities that I belong to: Wild Seed by Octavia Butler.
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finishing off the month with... [Mar. 30th, 2006|08:49 am]
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Since finishing off Patricia Sprinkle's MaLaren Yarbrough series earlier this month, I've started reading Peter King's Gourmet Detective series. He has written 8 booksCollapse )
; 7 of which I've read so far. They are not spectacular reading but are full of discriptions of many different types of food and interesting food related trivia, including what would you find served at a Medieval banquet! He does have another 3 book series about Jack London set in 1890s San Francisco.

I'm also reading Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. The 3rd one, Barrayar, was bookwyrmmes science fiction book for this month. The first 3 are prequels to the Miles Vorkosigan series; #2 & 3 telling the story of how his parents met up to the time of his birth. I'm just starting the 4th book, The Warrior's Apprentice, now which is the first book with Miles in it. You can find a list for the
chronological order of the books here. This is a pretty good series and though it has come highly recommended to me as a must read series, I haven't been too impressed so far but haven't read the main series yet either. So I'm reserving judgment until I've read the next 3 booksCollapse ).

I finished the final book in S. L. Farrel's The Cloudmage trilogy, Heir of Stone which was good. A rather bittersweet ending to the trilogy.

You can find brief descriptions and my ratings of these books in tbr_stack, if you are interested.
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Who Let That Killer in the House? by Patricia Sprinkle [Mar. 12th, 2006|03:53 pm]
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I just finished #5 Who Let That Killer in the House? by Patricia Sprinkle in her Thoroughly Southern mystery series. I rate this one a 6; for personal preferences of subject matter dealt with in the book. It is written just as well as the others...and I didn't have a clue to whodunit! possible spoilersCollapse )
Years ago, a dark cloud moved over the small town of Hopemore, Georgia, after the murder of a little girl. One man was sent to prison for life - and two young boys were changed forever. Eventually, the skies cleared - and although the tragedy left its mark, the folks in Hopemore settled back into their routines. But that dark cloud seems to have returned with the apparent suicide of one of the town's most beloved citizens - DeWayne Evans, a favorite high school chemistry teacher and dedicated softball coach.
MacLaren Yarbrough uncovers more than one reason why DeWayne might have killed himself, but the evidence isn't adding up. And in this cozy Southern town, where "crime" usually involves nothing more than late library books, a murderer may be lurking in places where even a sharp-eyed MacLaren would never think to look.
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Who Left That Body in the Rain? by Patricia Sprinkle [Mar. 11th, 2006|12:40 pm]
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Who Left That Body in the Rain? is the fourth book in A Thoroughly Southern Mystery series by Patricia Sprinkle. I rate it a 7.
In Hopemore, Georgia, good ol' boy Skye MacDonald lives life large as a dedicated family man, backslapping civic leader, and flamboyantly successful owner of a local automobile empire. Very little happens in this cozy town without Skye's full knowledge and participation. So the whole community is shocked when his body is found on a muddy road, run over by his own car.
Judge MacLaren Yarbrough and her husband, Joe Riddley, have known the MacDonalds for many years. So they can't help but get involved in this baffling murder investigation, especially when it produces more questions than answers: Why has Skye's son skipped town? How many secrets was Skye keeping? And...Who Left That Body in the Rain?
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Who Invited the Dead Man? by Patricia Sprinkle [Mar. 9th, 2006|01:41 pm]
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I just finished Who Invited the Dead Man? by Patricia Sprinkle. The first two books in this series were published in trade paperback in the late 1990s as the MacLaren Yarbrough series. Starting with this 3rd book in the series, they are published in a regular paperback size with the series called A Thoroughly Southern Mystery. I rate this 250 page mystery a 7.
Judge MacLaren Yarbrough is the new magistrate of Hope County, Georgia - appointed to replace her husband, Joe Riddley, after he receives an injury. But when a local man is found murdered at Joe's birthday gala, MacLaren almost ends up on the wrong side of the law. And when she finds clues that hit too close to home, this savvy southerner becomes determined to uncover the roots of the crime - and clear her family's name.
MacLaren tries to sweet-talk clues out of affluent matriarchs, shady drifters, and even a disgruntled parrot. But all her efforts simply raise more questions: How many secrets can one small town hold? Which party guest had the strongest motive? And...Who Invited the Dead Man?
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But Why Shoot the Magistrate? by Patricia Sprinkle [Mar. 8th, 2006|01:43 pm]
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I just finished But Why Shoot the Magistrate? by Patricia Sprinkle. It's the 2nd book in her MacLaren Yarbrough series. I rate this 309 page mystery a7.
When a popular youth pastor is accused of a grisly crime, MacLaren Yarbrough won't rest until she finds the truth. Her gut instinct tells her Luke Blessed is innocent. Still, how could the dream he had on the night a young woman was murdered depict the crime with such chilling accuracy?
As MacLaren tracks down clues from all corners of Hopewell, Georgia, four likely suspects emerge. but the police aren't buying her theories. Even her husband, local magistrate Joe Riddley, resists her amateur sleuthing. This case, he feels, is too dangerous.
Just how dangerous, both of them are about to discover. The assailantstrikes again, leaving Joe comatose from a gunshot wound to the head. And suddenly, a new question stares MacLaren in the face. It's the most perplexing question of all - and the most personal: Why shoot the magistrate?
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(no subject) [Mar. 5th, 2006|06:17 pm]
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hooray! it seems this community is coming back from the dead! my list will come later...
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