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Started by Marilyne, March 29, 2016, 03:20:53 PM

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Sigh! I am between books again. I sent Matter back to the library because I thought I wasn't going to get a chance to finish it. Now I have to wait to borrow it again.

The Scifi series I got into was too interesting to stop reading until book five. The war is over and the series starts a new arc. It doesn't appeal to me at the moment. It involves the main character and his wife leaving the marines to settle on a colony planet which, wouldn't you know, doesn't have much, if any, law enforcement. The pirates are moving in with crews that include former enemy aliens. I dropped the series for now. Time to find something else to read.

My audio book listen is another of the Michael J. Sullivan fantasy series. This one is marginally interesting, but not his best.


August 05, 2021, 12:11:44 PM #2581 Last Edit: August 05, 2021, 12:14:05 PM by Marilyne

Good Thursday morning to MarsGal, Pat, maryc, Callie, and anyone else who is still  checking in on this folder?  Not many of us left, I'm afraid.  :(    Last time I posted here, I was excited and pleased that our library was open again, for browsing and spending  quality time in a pleasant environment.    Sorry to say that it has closed once again . . . so back to ordering online, and picking up at a designated outside area. 

Along with everyone else, I'm wondering if this pandemic will ever really be over for good?  Restaurants are closing again for indoor dining, and movie theaters that had just opened, are now closed again.  It's a sad state of affairs, but I'm hoping I live to see the day then Covid-19, is just a bad memory! 

My reading is about like it's been all Summer . . . nothing new, so mostly trading books with my younger daughter, and dil.  This past weekend, Sandy gave me,  "The Orphan Train",  by Christina Baker Kline.  There were a lot of variations on this story a few years ago, so I'm not sure if I read this particular book or not?  Jackie, my dil, gave me,  "The Things They Carried", by Tim O'Brien.  I've always wanted to read it, so happy to have it.

I was browsing through one of my WWII,  Facebook  groups,  and someone recommended a 1943 novel called, "Shore Leave", by Frederic Wakeman.  I checked my library and of course they didn't have it.  However, eBAY had a number of used copies for very reasonable prices, and Amazon had one,  (used of course),  for $14.95, with the original jacket.  I haven't ordered one yet, but I'm thinking about it.         


Marilyne, I just finished a book by Lisa Wingate who wrote "Before We Were Yours".  This book is titled "The Book of Lost Friends". The story goes back and forth from 1875, after the Civil War, until 1987.  The story is told by a former slave, then in 1987 by a school teacher, who is trying to coax some kind of interest in her students ranging from 7th to 12th grade, small rural school in Augustine, Louisiana, predominantly black.

I found, and you might also, that the book begins very slowly, but as the story progresses I found myself unable to put it down for the night. I do recommend this book. It is not something to be rushed through. It does have a "family saga" for the former slave-owner, both historically and present day.

Lots of further reading, if one is so inclined, a fairly large Bibliography, and two websites, i.e. Historic New Orleans Collection, and an NPR website.


August 06, 2021, 06:09:35 PM #2583 Last Edit: August 08, 2021, 06:11:23 AM by MarsGal
I have just started book 4 of the SSG VanHorn scifi series. The story is keeping me interested even though I think that Staff Sargent VanHorn is over the top with acquiring various injuries and still goes out for more. Kind of like the Timex commercial, he "takes a licking and keeps on ticking".

The newest download from FLP is A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I just downloaded it today.


Time for an update.

A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was finished almost two weeks ago. What in great story, chock full of interactions between various aliens as a "tunnel-borer' ship makes its way across space to the next big job. The ship tunnels space to make wormholes large enough for ships to travel through. This is again, the first of a series of four. However, it appears each book (or at least the next one) has a different story with different characters. I liked the characters in this one so much that I don't think I will read the others, at least not right away.

We talked a little about William Kent Krueger's This Tender Land a little while back. I just got notice of his 18th Cork O'Connor book. It is a billed as a prequel to This Tender Land. I am looking forward to reading it when it shows up in my online library.

My current audio book is about The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge. It is one of the first audio books I bought, so it is more than about time I listen to it.

My newest library ebook is Matter by Iain M. Banks. Part of his Culture series, it is the one I sent back to read later because I was in the middle of too many other things at the time.

I hope everyone is doing well.


MarsGal's update reminded me that my Book Club (which has been meeting via Zoom) has chosen books for the next several months.

For September, we're to read "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. She is a former reporter for ABC News and the book tells the story of a fearless young entrepreneur who brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Afghanistan. It's a novel but is based on a true story.

Others are:
"The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave. Before Owen Michasels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to hs beloved wife of one year:  "Protect her."    He's referring to his 16-year-old daughter. When Owen's boss is arrested by the FBI, his wife realizes her husband isn't who he said he was. She and the daughter set out to discover the truth.

"People We Meet On Vacation" by Emily Henry.  Poppy and Alex, former very best friends, live far apart but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together. Until two years ago, when they ruined everything and haven't spoken since. Poppy decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation and make it all right. He agrees... and the plot thickens.  ;)

"The Indigo Girl" by Natasha Boyd. Based on historical documents from 1739-1744, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina.

"The Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles In June, 1954, an 18-year-old boy is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served 15 months for involuntary manslaughter. He discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden in the trunk of the warden's car. They hatch a plan that will take them all to New York City.

These are all available in e-books from my library.  I've put the first and second ones on Hold and the others on my Wish List.  Looks like I'll have plenty to read for a while.
That's good because I'm about to the end of the lists for various authors'  "beach books".  ;D   



I read The Last Thing He Told Me a month or two ago. It was a good story. I'll be darn if I remember how it ended though.

I am trying to finish up a book of short stories before I go on to read Matter.


Callie and MarsGal -  Thanks for the book suggestions.     I also, think I might have read, "The Last Thing He Told Me"?   Something about that title sounds so familiar, but it could have been a former recommendation or a similar title?   Callie, let  us know about any of the other books on your Book Club list that cause some good discussion amongst your members?

My dil belonged to a book club for years, but it disbanded, because of heated discussion/controversies over politically charged books.   People in today's world, just can't seem to allow a person to have a viewpoint, that deviates from their own opinion.    I see that issue all the time on my Next Door messages, and in general conversation on various websites.   

Last week she brought me a couple of novels that she liked, but I haven't even looked at them yet.   "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo",  by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and  "The Last Green Valley", by Mark Sullivan.                     


Gosh, a whole month had gone by without any posts. It is as bad if not worse over on SeniorLearn.

Her is my current update. The audio book listens include a non-fiction, The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge. Very listenable and interesting.

Blood Territory by Mark Wittaker is a narrative/reconstruction of a true story murder investigation by an investigative reporter in Australia. The victim was a part-aboriginal male. It shows up some of the discrimination/prejudice many have toward indigenous and mixed-blood people. For me, it is not quite as interesting as Midnight Son was, but still good. I have about an hour left to listen.

I don't think I mentioned Midnight Son here. It is by James Dommek Jr., Josephine Holtzman, and Isaac Kestenbaum and is narrated by James Dommek, Jr. who is an Alaska Native writer, musician and the great-grandson of the last of the Iñupiaq story-tellers. An interesting and sad true story, it is about Teddy Kyle Smith who murdered his mom and attempted to kill two others, his supposed encounter with the mythical Iñukun tribe, his capture and trial. Midnight Son is a winner of the 2020 Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Limited Series Award. There is no book version. Information about Teddy Kyle Smith, his acting career (including movie clips) and his trial, and about James Dommek Jr. can be found if you do an online search.

As for reading, yesterday I finished the latest Galaxy's Edge novel in the main series. Now I can concentrate on finishing Iain M. Banks' Matter from his Culture series, another very interesting book, and oh so long. While the tablet with the Libby app on it is charging, I am reading the third in Marko Kloos Palladian Wars series, Citadel. These days, I like using the Libby app because, for some reason, it is more complicated downloading an Amazon library borrow from FLP onto my Kindle E-Reader. I may have set things up wrong, but I always have to sign into Amazon to complete the download of Kindle e-books. On Libby, I don't. It just downloads. Plus, on Libby, I can download .epub formatted books which Kindle does not support.


MarsGal -  Not a month since anyone posted in this folder . . . actually only about a week!  ::)  :D    I left a message on the 25th, about two books that my dil had brought over, and I was looking forward to reading them!   Well, I have to confess that I have yet to open either one.  I got involved with the Afghanistan evacuation, and of course the never ending California wildfires, and the major surge of Covid cases here in California . . . and on and on it goes.   So I've spent most of my days watching all of these stories unfolding on television news programs, and haven't done any reading.

In the meantime, a new book was delivered to me yesterday, that I had forgotten I had ordered a long time ago.   It was announced a number of months ago, that Hilma Wolitzer, one of my all time favorite authors, had written a new book, and that I could order in advance and it would be delivered the end of August!  I ordered, and it arrived on August 31st.  The book is a collection of her short stories, that she has written over the years.  They were all published in various magazines, going way back to the 1960's.

I love the intriguing title of this book . . .  Today A Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket.  It's also the title of one of the stories in this collection.  I know I'm going to enjoy all the stories, just as I have enjoyed all of her novels over the years.  Hilma Wolitzer, is now 91 years old! 


And now, for the mid-month update.

I am still working through the audio book on the crusades. The chapters are somewhat long. Interesting stuff, but I am sure I will, at some point, have to listen to it again because not all of it is trickling into my long term memory. It is now 1118 and Baldwin I has just died, so there is lots more to come.

by Iain M. Banks is finished. Of the Culture Series novels, this one is probably my favorite. There are several that didn't appeal to me.

Last night I downloaded The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr. Today I will start reading it. I am horrified to see that the audio book version is 36 hours long. I may end up switching to it - because - Tim Gerard Reynolds is narrating it, along with some help from George Guidall, and John Curless. But then, the reviewers on Audible say there are extensive footnotes, and some had trouble following the action without reverting to the print version to go back and clarify something. I adore Tim Gerard Reynolds and enjoy George Guidall narrations (not familiar with John Curless yet), so if I like the book well enough, I might just buy the book and the audio book to complement each other. This is Carr's first venture into writing a fantasy. I also have his The Alienist on my wish list.

Have also just started reading Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sadar. It is a romance novel about an aspiring photographer in Kurdistan. Amazon lists it as a Woman's Historical Fiction or Romance Literary Fiction. Not my usual reading venture, but it promises to have some elements of adventure in it. We'll see.