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Sat Dec 17, 2011, 09:49 PM

What are you reading the week of December 18, 2011?

Murder of a Pink Elephant by Denise Swanson - Scumble River Book #6

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Reply What are you reading the week of December 18, 2011? (Original post)
DUgosh Dec 2011 OP
Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2011 #1
NEOhiodemocrat Dec 2011 #2
getting old in mke Dec 2011 #3
fadedrose Dec 2011 #4
fadedrose Jan 2012 #10
YankeyMCC Dec 2011 #5
MaineDem Dec 2011 #6
JitterbugPerfume Dec 2011 #7
matt819 Dec 2011 #8
Moe Shinola Dec 2011 #9
fadedrose Jan 2012 #11
fadedrose Jan 2012 #12
fadedrose Jan 2012 #13
fadedrose Jan 2012 #14

Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 11:32 PM

1. Up in the Old Hotel - Joseph Mitchel nt

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 01:11 AM

2. cookie recipes---

Oh, this is for fiction, then My To Do before Christmas list!

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:12 AM

3. Hoodtown by Christa Faust

Quite a trip.

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:52 AM

4. AMOS WALKER; The Complete Story Collection by Loren D. Estleman

I have such a hard time remembering what happened in books when I leave and return to them, so it's pleasant to be able to read the whole story in one session. Most stories average about 12 pp..



Book 95

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Response to fadedrose (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 5, 2012, 11:52 AM

10. I like Amos Walker

Trouble is that I had so many books that were coming due at the library that I couldn't finish it. Have been going through and reading 4 or 5 short stories, then going to a whole book, and returning to Amos. It's a long book. Am still going thru.

I find that when I especially like the characters in a short story, I regret that it's not a whole book. I'll give Estleman a real reading with a whole book when my stack is down.

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:01 AM

5. Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey by Clark Strand

Also finishing up The Best American Short Stories 2011
Geraldine Brooks, editor

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 08:17 AM

6. "Locked On" by Tom Clancy

Other than the "liberals are evil" thread running through these books it's a good story.

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 03:55 PM

7. Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson

This book deals with global warming ,genetic science and MUCH more . KSR is at the top of my list as a favorite author , but if you are looking for an easy uncontroversal read he is definately not for you . EVERYTHING I have read by him has disturded me and made me think in a slightly different way.


love it!

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 09:16 PM

8. Various, of course

Just finished listening to Dashiell Hammett - Red Harvest. A hoot to listen to. Prohibition, the Continental Op, the 1920s colloquialisms. Starting The Dain Curse next week.

Round the Bend by Nevil Shute. Shute is a premier storyteller.

Also just finished The Sandburg Connection by Mark de Castrique. de Castrique's novels are set in the North Carolina mountains and are a lot of fun. His Buryin' Barry novels are a riot. His Blackmand Robertson novels are also entertaining. All pretty lightweight, but you find yourself drawn to his characters.

Starting The Drop by Michael Connelly tonight. 11/22/63 is also on the bedside table, though that's more than a little daunting.

One more - finished last week. Michael Ridpath's Where the Shadows Lie. A sort of hybrid American/Scandinavian murder mystery. An American of Icelandic descent is a homicide detective in Boston. He needs to lie low for a while and ends up in Reykjavik advising the Icelanders on the American approach to homicide investigation. This approach seems to involve running around aimlessly and without checking in with his superiors. Add in a dose of Icelandic sagas and Tokien's Ring novels, and that about sums it up. Lightweight, entertaining, though it has nothing on the genuine Scandinavian writers. Talk about a bleak group of writers. I love it.

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2011, 04:25 PM

9. The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins

Great crime novel!

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Thu Jan 5, 2012, 11:56 AM

11. THE ROSEWOOD CASKET by Sharyn McCrumb

She's a really good writer, and it's a good book. But it's hard to call this one a mystery. 4th in the series.











Book 96 - 2011

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Thu Jan 5, 2012, 12:07 PM

12. DEATH OF AN OUTSIDER by M. C. Beaton

Book 97

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Response to DUgosh (Original post)

Thu Jan 5, 2012, 12:11 PM

13. DEATH OF A PERFECT WIFE by M. C. Beaton

Book 98

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Thu Jan 5, 2012, 12:11 PM

14. DEATH OF A HUSSY by M. C. Beaton

Book 98

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