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I've been reading 2 Scandinavian mystery series. One by Henning Mankell and the other by Arnaldur Indridason. I learn all sorts of weird things in these books: like did you know that in Iceland everybody goes by their first name, even in the telephone directory.

Both series feature appealingly gloomy detectives who think to themselves things like: "Erlender looked at him, his tasteful clothing and his manicured nails, and wondered whether a happy life made people even more boring than they were to start with."

They're fat, they're getting old, they have problems with their families, they hate their co-workers, they deal with all sorts of frustrations - I can relate!
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I'm currently creeping myself out with The People Next Door by Christopher Ransom. It's not got very good ratings on amazon but I'm creeped out and have to keep reading until my eyes drop. Then I'm so freaked out I can't turn the light off.
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I think I'll give these all a try.^
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I just finished "Last Light" by Terri Blackstock. Loved it! It really makes you think.
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Currently i'm reading "Shutter Island". It's very good.
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CL, I tried "Room" and hated it right away.

CP, I got books by both the authors you suggested: starting one tonight.
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Finished Shanghai Girls about 2 weeks ago. That was really good.
Now onto The Art of Racing in the Rain. I hate putting it down.
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Loving Henning Mankell's Italian Shoes.
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The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons!!! I loved it.
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I'm currently reading Kate Morton's The Distant Hours. I got it for Christmas from my Mom. I didn't "connect the dots" until I started reading it last week and recognized her writing style that this is KATE MORTON! Kate Morton of The Forgotten Garden. I am so excited. I LOVED The Forgotten Garden an this new book has sucked me in just like the first did.

Has anyone else read her book? Are all the others as good as the two?

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Under The Dome by Stephen King.
ooh that is a good one, i remember reading that when it first came out. I thought the book was very well done
Scariest part is that is exactly how people will behave if it does ever happen.

It's also the first Stephen King book I've read. I must find more!
'Salem's Lot was my frist King book back in about 1975. Since then I've read them all, I think. I've read the apocalyptic The Stand at least four times - my favorite of all. About to re-read 'Salem's Lot for the first time - it was just re-released in paperback, I guess because of the vampire craze.

Also recommend The Tommyknockers as probably my third favorite of his.

Don't turn your nose up at any of the books just because you may've seen a movie based on it - they usually bear little resemblance to each other, IMO, except for The Green Mile, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption (the latter two based on a couple of his often excellent short stories).

King's my age and writes so well of the times of of my childhood !

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I've been reading 2 Scandinavian mystery series. One by Henning Mankell and the other by Arnaldur Indridason. I learn all sorts of weird things in these books: like did you know that in Iceland everybody goes by their first name, even in the telephone directory.

Both series feature appealingly gloomy detectives who think to themselves things like: "Erlender looked at him, his tasteful clothing and his manicured nails, and wondered whether a happy life made people even more boring than they were to start with."

They're fat, they're getting old, they have problems with their families, they hate their co-workers, they deal with all sorts of frustrations - I can relate!
I think I saw part of a PBS series based on Erlender?? If so, I liked what I saw enough that I'd like to read them!
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Loving Henning Mankell's Italian Shoes.
That's one I missed! I'll have to track it down. Thrilled that you like it - got lots of flak from dear mom when she was alive - she thought I only read crap.

Just started a book club reading modern masterpieces (or something like that) so I will report back. A break from all my mysteries.
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ooh that is a good one, i remember reading that when it first came out. I thought the book was very well done
Scariest part is that is exactly how people will behave if it does ever happen.

It's also the first Stephen King book I've read. I must find more!
'Salem's Lot was my frist King book back in about 1975. Since then I've read them all, I think. I've read the apocalyptic The Stand at least four times - my favorite of all. About to re-read 'Salem's Lot for the first time - it was just re-released in paperback, I guess because of the vampire craze.

Also recommend The Tommyknockers as probably my third favorite of his.

Don't turn your nose up at any of the books just because you may've seen a movie based on it - they usually bear little resemblance to each other, IMO, except for The Green Mile, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption (the latter two based on a couple of his often excellent short stories).

King's my age and writes so well of the times of of my childhood !

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I've been reading 2 Scandinavian mystery series. One by Henning Mankell and the other by Arnaldur Indridason. I learn all sorts of weird things in these books: like did you know that in Iceland everybody goes by their first name, even in the telephone directory.

Both series feature appealingly gloomy detectives who think to themselves things like: "Erlender looked at him, his tasteful clothing and his manicured nails, and wondered whether a happy life made people even more boring than they were to start with."

They're fat, they're getting old, they have problems with their families, they hate their co-workers, they deal with all sorts of frustrations - I can relate!
I think I saw part of a PBS series based on Erlender?? If so, I liked what I saw enough that I'd like to read them!
I've read a lot of Stephen King. I think people dismiss him who have never read him - he has a truly astonishing ear for dialogue. I loved some of his books - haven't read one in a while. "It" terrified me - gruesome in the most weird and original way - unforgettable and the movie didn't come close.
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ooh that is a good one, i remember reading that when it first came out. I thought the book was very well done
Scariest part is that is exactly how people will behave if it does ever happen.

It's also the first Stephen King book I've read. I must find more!
'Salem's Lot was my frist King book back in about 1975. Since then I've read them all, I think. I've read the apocalyptic The Stand at least four times - my favorite of all. About to re-read 'Salem's Lot for the first time - it was just re-released in paperback, I guess because of the vampire craze.

Also recommend The Tommyknockers as probably my third favorite of his.

Don't turn your nose up at any of the books just because you may've seen a movie based on it - they usually bear little resemblance to each other, IMO, except for The Green Mile, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption (the latter two based on a couple of his often excellent short stories).

King's my age and writes so well of the times of of my childhood !

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I've been reading 2 Scandinavian mystery series. One by Henning Mankell and the other by Arnaldur Indridason. I learn all sorts of weird things in these books: like did you know that in Iceland everybody goes by their first name, even in the telephone directory.

Both series feature appealingly gloomy detectives who think to themselves things like: "Erlender looked at him, his tasteful clothing and his manicured nails, and wondered whether a happy life made people even more boring than they were to start with."

They're fat, they're getting old, they have problems with their families, they hate their co-workers, they deal with all sorts of frustrations - I can relate!
I think I saw part of a PBS series based on Erlender?? If so, I liked what I saw enough that I'd like to read them!
I never got to see that series. Was it good? I love Erlender - he's so oddly appealing. Great characters.
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I just started Bekka's recommendation: Beasts of New York.

The book itself has woodcuts and is beautiful, but the story is dark as.....something very dark.
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Guano: It's 6:33 a.m. I'm tottering around drinking coffee and struggling to wake up and Ninja's post makes me chuckle. ( "dark as.... etc.")
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I've read a lot of Stephen King. I think people dismiss him who have never read him - he has a truly astonishing ear for dialogue. I loved some of his books - haven't read one in a while. "It" terrified me - gruesome in the most weird and original way - unforgettable and the movie didn't come close.
ITA both about his ear for dialogue and It book vs. movie!

I only caught a couple of episodes of Erlander (if, indeed, that was what it was - it was a Scandinavian detective with a name something like that), and those weren't at the beginning, but still I liked them. I'm sure I really would've if I saw it from the beginning.
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Scariest part is that is exactly how people will behave if it does ever happen.

It's also the first Stephen King book I've read. I must find more!
'Salem's Lot was my frist King book back in about 1975. Since then I've read them all, I think. I've read the apocalyptic The Stand at least four times - my favorite of all. About to re-read 'Salem's Lot for the first time - it was just re-released in paperback, I guess because of the vampire craze.

Also recommend The Tommyknockers as probably my third favorite of his.

Don't turn your nose up at any of the books just because you may've seen a movie based on it - they usually bear little resemblance to each other, IMO, except for The Green Mile, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption (the latter two based on a couple of his often excellent short stories).

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I've been reading 2 Scandinavian mystery series. One by Henning Mankell and the other by Arnaldur Indridason. I learn all sorts of weird things in these books: like did you know that in Iceland everybody goes by their first name, even in the telephone directory.

Both series feature appealingly gloomy detectives who think to themselves things like: "Erlender looked at him, his tasteful clothing and his manicured nails, and wondered whether a happy life made people even more boring than they were to start with."

They're fat, they're getting old, they have problems with their families, they hate their co-workers, they deal with all sorts of frustrations - I can relate!
I think I saw part of a PBS series based on Erlender?? If so, I liked what I saw enough that I'd like to read them!
"It" terrified me - gruesome in the most weird and original way - unforgettable and the movie didn't come close.
Really? The film scared the crap out of me, but then I was 11 when if first saw it.

What's Salems Lot about? I want to get some more books, including the Hunger Games series.
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This has been sitting on my shelf since it came out...that dayum hard back book is HUGE! Maybe I'll check out the kindle version from my library. I haven't read anything in a while that hasn't been work related....boo!


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Really? The film scared the crap out of me, but then I was 11 when if first saw it.

What's Salems Lot about? I want to get some more books, including the Hunger Games series.

Oh, the It movie was scary but not in the same creepy way or to the same extent as the book. I'm sure it was plenty scary to an 11 year old!

POSSIBLE SPOILER, though it's been around long enough that I think it's commonly known - you don't know until pretty well into the book, though: 'Salem's Lot is about vampires in a small town in Maine in the mid 70's
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