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Old 03-01-2012, 09:48 AM   #181
 
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I'm reading Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (the first in the Jackson Brodie series). After I saw the mini-series, I looked up the books and saw that the Stephen King said it was one of his favorite books of the last decade. So I got it and I really like it so far. And the mini-series follows the books pretty closely. They are mystery/detective books, but they're different than typical whodunnits, I think. So, yeah, I definitely recommend these books.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:24 PM   #182
 
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Salems lot has now been added to my amazon list.

Judging by it's name I thought it might be about witches.
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I just finished Zahir by Paulo Coelho - just ok. The book i read before that was Born to run - brilliant!

Now I'm readin Wasted Vigil by Nadeem aslam & Thrive by Brendan Frazier. Both are really interesting so far
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Salems lot has now been added to my amazon list.

Judging by it's name I thought it might be about witches.
'Salem's Lot is short for Jerusalem's Lot. I didn't remember until I started re-reading it that Jerusalem was a mean ol' hog, LOL!

I even more highly recommend The Stand if you're going to get into King . . . it's so long, though, that 'Salem's Lot would be good to cut your teeth on.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #185
 
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And then if you get into King, after Salem's Lot and the Stand and feel you're up to it, the 7 book "The Dark Tower" series is amazing. It's like King's opus and incorperates many of his other works into it, including Salem's Lot and the Stand
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #186
 
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People, places and references to events in other books are always apt to pop up in anything of his.

I read about the first 3 or 4 from the Dark Tower series, then missed a couple when they came out and just never went back to it. I need to just go back to the beginning and start over.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #187
 
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I was disappointed in A Conspiracy of Friends; am now reading Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
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People, places and references to events in other books are always apt to pop up in anything of his.

I read about the first 3 or 4 from the Dark Tower series, then missed a couple when they came out and just never went back to it. I need to just go back to the beginning and start over.
It's one of my favorite series ever. though it does jump a bit between books 4 and 5, the whole tone kind of shifts. but i think that's the time period when King got hit by the minivan and didn't write for a while. anyhow, he started writing the first book in like the 70s, and finished in maybe 2004? that's a guess. there's talk he might write another one in the series too, but it would go between book 4 and 5. I'm not sure he's actually going to do it though lol
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It's definitely been longer than 8 years since I read any of them, so the first couldn't have just been published in 2004 . . . .

ETA: The Dark Tower, The Gunslinger, came out in 1982. I read it sometime soon after that. He started writing it in the late 70's.

DT II: The Drawing of the Three, 1987
DT III: Wastelands, 1991

That's as far as I got - I read the synopsis of DT IV: Wizard and Glass, 1997, and I haven't yet read it (I first looked at all of this on his site, but it was easier to see what I was looking for in the chart on Wikipedia)
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Oh im sorry.. i meant the final (7th) book was published in 2004. I was trying to show hes been working on these since the 70s lol. Oops. Although i just looked it up and apparently the 8th book (which would fall chronologically between 4and 5) came out if feb this year. I must find it immediately! Lol

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I'm reading Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (the first in the Jackson Brodie series). After I saw the mini-series, I looked up the books and saw that the Stephen King said it was one of his favorite books of the last decade. So I got it and I really like it so far. And the mini-series follows the books pretty closely. They are mystery/detective books, but they're different than typical whodunnits, I think. So, yeah, I definitely recommend these books.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #192
 
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I'm reading The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory again. It's set the time of Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard. It's pretty good.

I'm thinking of buying a kindle or the rumoured iPad mini so putting off buying books until I've decided/saved up. My amazon wish list is getting quite long though.
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I'm giving Jernigan by David Gates a try.

The jury's still out.
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I'm reading Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (the first in the Jackson Brodie series). After I saw the mini-series, I looked up the books and saw that the Stephen King said it was one of his favorite books of the last decade. So I got it and I really like it so far. And the mini-series follows the books pretty closely. They are mystery/detective books, but they're different than typical whodunnits, I think. So, yeah, I definitely recommend these books.
I've read a couple of the Jackson Brodie books and really enjoyed them, but am currently reading "Emotionally Weird" by Kate Atkinson and it's sooooo boring.
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If you're a fan of historical fantasy I wold suggest trying the Spiritwalker series by Kate Elliott. Just read them and really enjoyed them.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:15 AM   #196
 
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Just finished Sea Change by Karen White. Thought it was quite good, but I'm a bit partial because she's a Georgia writer, and it was set in St. Simon's Island, GA. A quick read - I started it late yesterday afternoon and finished it by bedtime - at 3 a.m. Just one more chapter over and over until I couldn't stand not to just finish it.

A different sort of mystery, going back and forth between the present and the early 19th century - saying much more would spoil it, but to pique your interest, let's just say it's a bit Twilight Zone-ish.

I also recently read her On Folly Beach (S. Carolina - German U-boats in WWII to the present) and The Beach Trees (mystery set in New Orleans and Biloxi, going back and forth between 1950's and present), also good, but I think Sea Change was my favorite of the three.

I'd recommend any of them - I like the way she mixes past and present.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:11 AM   #197
 
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I just finished reading Lolita yesterday...and oh wow, an eye opener to say the least.
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I'm reading The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory again. It's set the time of Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard. It's pretty good.

I'm thinking of buying a kindle or the rumoured iPad mini so putting off buying books until I've decided/saved up. My amazon wish list is getting quite long though.
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Just finished You Play The Black and The Red Comes Up. Noir, from 1938. Really good.
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I am rereading The Great Gatsby.
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