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  • #575711
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    This must be a funny read 🙂 Too bad there’s no Kindle edition…

    http://www.amazon.com/How-Tell-Your-Plotting-Kill/dp/1449410243/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_0

    #575712
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    Commune
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    There is a kindle edition. hm…

    #575713
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    Commune
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    There is a Kindle version, but it doesn’t work on Kindle for PC 🙁

    #575714
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    Forgot to report back, I did get Les Miserables, read a huge chunk on a trip to Florida but am having a hard time finding time to read more than a little bit here & there since I got back. The translation I got is unabridged but very readable & I’m starting to figure out where it’s OK to skip big chunks of background and history that’s only marginally related to the story.

    #575715
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    Hi Kilroy! When I saw the Hobbit, there was a trailer of The Miserables before it. Well, I found the singing Russel Crowe a bit….bizarre 🙂

    #575716
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    I normally adore him in anything & my husband really liked him in this, but I didn’t see the emotions I needed to see from the character. Good movie, though.

    #575717
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    I just finished A Street Cat Named Bob. Easy read, and sweet non-fiction story.

    #575718
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    krazikat
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    Thank You for a good recommendation GD. I find it interesting that the story is about a cat named…..Bob(by)? 😉

    #575719
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    GD
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    Yeah, right? And as it turned out when I read it, the author and I got and named our Bobs at the same time – beginning of March, 2007!

    http://books.google.com/books/about/A_Street_Cat_Named_Bob.html?id=hjXtRwNQjucC

    #575720
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    The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

    And, if you don’t mind the *language*, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. My book group just read that and everyone in the group, except for one, liked it. That kind of surprised me because it is quite…. different.

    #575721
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    I have read the synopsys of Gone Girl. It must be a good thriller, I might buy it on Amazon.

    #575722
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    This is an excellent book about how wildlife is encroaching on suburban communities. It has a long chapter about feral cats and people’s attitudes toward them.

    http://www.jimsterba.com/

    #575723
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    Hi, Commune. I just started Gone Girl and am already hooked. Must go read now!

    #575724
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    I have to post this since the author is a friend of mine and this is his first published novel. The book is so cross genre that I think many people will read it. (I am about half way through it and though it is very rich in detail it doesn’t get bogged down in it.)

    This is my friends new book, available at all major booksellers. The Six-Gun Tarot, by R.S. Belcher.

    Most reviews describe it as a sort of genre mash-up of Western, Steam Punk and Lovecraftian horror. And I would add a bit of mystery thrown in there.

    Some reviews:

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15793094-the-six-gun-tarot

    http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7653-2932-5

    http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-six-gun-tarot/

    Overview:

    Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on. A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation. R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot is “an astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)

    #575725
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    Just got a notice that “Gone Girl” is waiting for me at the library; guess Les Miz will have to wait for a while.

    TF, I’m going to recommend your friend’s book to my best friend; she’s heavily into all things steampunk.

    #575726
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    I am so looking for these books…six gun looks right up my alley. thanks!

    I would offer the Deborah Crombie mystery series. It’s about a British detective and his sidekit/love interest. For a non-brit (me and the author), I felt it had a great way of introducing England/London that made me want to go there.

    #575727
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    I love british mysteries and I found the Deborah Crombie books via the Good Reads website – whippped through the whole series – loved ’em! Also Good Reads is a great way to get book recommendations, you rate what you read and it makes recommendations to you based on that and you can see other readers reviews. goodreads.com, I think

    #575728
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    Just realized I wrote TF earlier when I meant TM (oops). I think I’ll definitely have to check out the Deborah Crombie series.

    #575729
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    The Stand, by Stephen King. His only real science fiction book, this is a wonderful apocalyptic story that was made into a film. I read the original, shortened version, which was still 900 + pages.

    Also, Dolores Claiborne, by Stephen King, perhaps his only “mainstream” (non-horror) work, a wonderful tale about a woman who wreaks vengeance on her abusive husband. Was made into a fantastic psychological suspense film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh.

    Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom, by Rachel Pollack, is an excellent book about the Tarot, going in depth into the esoterica behind each card.

    The Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu. Many versions of this Chinese classic are in print, but my favorite is the Stephen Mitchell rendering.

    Rage and Reason, by Michael Tobias, is a passionate novel of animal rights, that I found very beautiful, but it’s not for the squeamish. Still, you won’t forget it. Beware, it may turn you into a vegetarian!

    #575730
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    BTW, a friend tells me the film, Cloud Atlas, is fantastic. I do want to read the book.

    #575731
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    I just finished this book:

    http://amzn.com/B00753YFRE

    “The year is 1883. The stark Icelandic winter landscape is the backdrop. We follow the priest, Baldur Skuggason, on his hunt for the enigmatic blue fox. And just as the priest pulls the trigger we are swept away to the world of the naturalist Fridrik B. Fridriksson and his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome. Found shackled to the timbers of a ship run aground in 1868, Fridrik had fortuitously come to Abba’s rescue. The fates of all of these characters are intrinsically bound, and gradually, surprisingly, unravelled in this spellbinding fable that is part mystery, part fairy tale.”

    It was amazing 🙂

    The English title of this book is “The Blue Fox”, but the original title is “Skugga-Baldur”. Skugga-Baldur is a mythical creature in Iceland’s folk tales, an offspring of a fox and a house cat. The guy just thinks he’s hunting for a fox…:)

    #575732
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    I have started reading “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta; it’s about the aftermath of an event in which millions of people suddenly vanish from the Earth with no explanation. It focuses on a single small town & the people who are left behind (hence the not-so-wonderful title). Perrotta also wrote “Little Children” which was made into a movie; I read that as well and liked it right up until the last 2 chapters. Hoping this one doesn’t fall apart as well.

    #575733
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    Oh, and I meant to mention (hope WWM sees this), I read “Gone Girl”. Ummmm, good concept, poor execution, and I hated the ending.

    #575734
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    Almost forgot: an interesting fact from Iceland I learned today. In Iceland there is no such thing as a family name. People get their names after their father’s first name, with the suffix -son, if a boy, and -döttir (which means daughter) if a girl.

    Interesting, isn’t it? 🙂

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_name

    #575735
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    When Mr. K & I were waiting for our flight to Iceland last year the airline was calling a bunch of passengers up to the desk for checkin or questions & it was all “so & so blank-son” and “so & so blanksdottir”. And they have very strict rules about given names, in an effort to preserve their heritage. Almost every person living in Iceland today can trace their lineage back to the Vikings (and we saw some men who looked like they could have stepped straight off a Viking longboat).

    #575736
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    Happy to report that the ending of “The Leftovers” was much better than the ending of “Little Children”. I highly recommend “The Leftovers”

    #575737
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    I just started reading The 3 Musketeers. Never read it before and I like that there are other books to follow!

    #575738
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    I highly recommend “The Psychokitty Speaks Out: Diary of a Mad Housecat”, and “Something Of Yours Will Meet A Toothy Death”, a guide book called “The Rules”, and his brand new book “Bite Me: A Memoir Of Sorts”.

    The books are written by ‘the woman’ but dictated by Max: 14 pounds of sleek black and white glory. With an additude. And opinions. On everything.

    He also has a blot: The Psychokitty Speaks Out.

    #575739
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    Has anyone happened to see ‘Life of Pi’? I’ve read great reviews about it.

    #575740
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    Commune
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    I saw Life of Pi yesterday. All I can say is wow! Easily one of the most beautifully photographed movies I have ever seen. Claudio Miranda is a genius. The story is powerful as well.

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