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   MeiDei  I['m in the middle of reading "The Girl You Left Behind" by JoJo Moyes, and offer this review of it to whet your interest ...
http://www.isthmus.com/arts/books/jojo-moyes-novel-the-girl-
you-left-behind-tells-the-story-of-a-mysterious-painting/
14 hours ago .




   Clipped wings  Most often my reading is for pleasure but leading to the intense mystery or thriller. Wanting something a bit lighter but not a cozy mystery I tried a book titled "Cold Comfort" by Ellis Vidler. It was free on Amazon (for my kindle ). I enjoyed it so much, I actually bought another of her books, "Prime Target". This is NOT me, I usually go for free. I've found some well written good ones but also some stinkers. If I get one of those, I simply delete it.
Yesterday at 14:41 EST .




   MeiDei  Just finished reading three books by Phillippa Gregory: The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen's Fool, and The Queen's Lover.
Wednesday at 11:35 EST .



   StormCnter  I've read and enjoyed "The Other Boleyn Girl"
Wednesday at 16:06 EST .


   MeiDei  The Queen's Fool picks up from The Other Boleyn Girl and is more about a fictional character woven in with Mary, Elizabeth & Dudley (a good read ) The Queen's Lover is mostly about Dudley & Elizabeth. As with the other two books, a lot of license taken with dialog & coupling - all rumors added to. This is one incidence where, for me, reading them months - or even a year - apart would have been a plus.
15 hours ago .




   StormCnter  I'm halfway through "One Second After" by Forstchen. I almost closed it up and quit after the first forty pages because the writing was so bad. However, I stuck with it, the writing improved and the plot is now gripping. I'm liking the book.
Wednesday at 07:47 EST .




   StormCnter  I finished "The Ha-Ha", loved it. I'm now partway into "The Homesman", which Gram and I had discusses. Gram, I hadn't know the author, Glendon Swarthout, also wrote "The Shootist", John Wayne's last film.
August 17 at 16:16 EST .

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   Gram77  I too was really surprised about the Shootist author.
August 19 at 13:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  And, Gram, he wrote "Where the Boys Are"!! That's hard for me to imagine. It's like learning Zane Gray also wrote for Confidential magazine.
August 20 at 06:15 EST .

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   Gram77  My goodness, interesting items. Your comparison gives me a giggle. Are you far enough along with The Homesman to have an opinion yet?
August 20 at 13:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have finished "The Homesman" and it is a very engrossing story. There are two real shockers in the plot. One about 2/3 through and another at the end. I didn't expect either. I really enjoyed the book, Gram. I'll remember it for a while.
August 20 at 16:36 EST .

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   Gram77  Yep, the same 2 things surprised me too.
August 20 at 18:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  But, did you enjoy the book?
August 21 at 09:00 EST .

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   Gram77  Yes, I did enjoy the book. It wasn't sunshine and roses but I think pretty accurate. Do you know if the movie is out yet?
August 24 at 12:19 EST .


   StormCnter  The movie came out about a year ago. It's available on cable and the DVD came out several months ago. Have you seen the trailer? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla
yer_embedded&v=T9rZQ9fepEE
August 24 at 15:06 EST .


   Gram77  Thanks for the trailer. Wonder if this movie is too old to still be at RedBox?
August 25 at 08:37 EST .




   Balogreene  I loved "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore". I'm not sure why, it is just a gentle, interesting mystery.
August 14 at 16:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've read it, too, Balo. And I agree with you.
August 15 at 05:33 EST .

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   Gram77  Hey, Storm......I'm about to wrap up Seabiscuit. I had no idea how involved with the world of racing Bing Crosby was and also I was surprised as to all Red Pollard's injuries. Just felt like sharing.
August 14 at 09:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, I read a book once about the lives of horseracing jockeys. It was a sort of history of the career from their early days to current status. It's always been a truly hard life and remains difficult. I loved "Seabiscuit".
August 14 at 16:08 EST .

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   Carmen  Just finished Robert Crais 'Two Minute Rule' ---- wow - keeps you interested right from the beginning. I am starting 'Hostage' by Crais now. Love this writer.
August 13 at 12:06 EST .

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   Gram77  Crais is my favorite too. Can't wait for his new book in November.
August 14 at 09:18 EST .

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   Balogreene  I was just looking him up since you recommended him, have either of you read the Elvis Cole-Joe Pike series?
August 14 at 16:33 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ok, I opened my box of new books, looked them over and decided not to begin with the scary one just yet. "One Second After" sounds terrifying and since I've spent three years in the Arctic trying to find the North Pole with the crew of the USS Jeannette in "In the Kingdom of Ice", I'm not quite ready for fingernail biting. So, I have begun "The Ha-Ha", by Dave King. A Vietnam veteran with a head injury hasn't spoken in 30 years and a 9-year-old boy is thrust into his care by an old girlfriend. I don't know how I missed this bestseller when it came out in 2005. Anyone else read it? I think I'm going to like it.
August 10 at 15:36 EST .

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   Gram77  Geez, more books for my list. I'll be reading in my coffin! I am done with the book about the Lusitania and am 3/4 through Seabiscuit. I discovered much about this era that was pretty much romantically portrayed in the movie.
August 10 at 18:39 EST .

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   StormCnter  "Seabiscuit" is a terrific book. I learned a lot by reading it, too.
August 11 at 06:08 EST .

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   Gram77  Storm, where do you order your books from? Periodically I get things from Amazon but I think it would be costly to order several at once.
August 11 at 08:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  Barnes & Noble, Gram. I am fortunate to have a husband who, every Christmas, gives B&N gift cards to everyone in the family. The amounts vary for age, but even the little ones get one. I have mine used up by my birthday every year and so then he gives me a new one for my birthday! But, if you've got a good public library, B&N isn't necessary.
August 11 at 11:16 EST .

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   Gram77  My goodness, why didn't I think of that??
August 11 at 19:07 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram, those B&N gift cards are by far the most anticipated Christmas gifts in the family. It doesn't matter what carefully chosen presents I have bought and wrapped, his B&N cards rule. Obviously, we're a family of readers. But, one year, my daughter-in-law's purse was stolen. Her B&N card was the first to get hit. A couple of teenagers maxxed it out with electronics. I guess those kids were not readers.
August 12 at 05:55 EST .

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   Gram77  If any one asks what I want, guess what I'm going to tell them?
August 12 at 09:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  Our family does Amazon gift cards for Christmas, birthdays, whatever. That way we are not limited to books, but, most of us use them for the books.
August 14 at 16:15 EST .

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   Balogreene  Storm One Second After is terrific, I didn't find it scary, but I read a lot of Stephen King.
August 14 at 16:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh good. I''m glad you told me, Balo. I warned my husband that he should be prepared to see me turn into a doomsday prepper when I read it. But, maybe not.
August 15 at 05:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  From The Forum - lots of suggestions in the comments https://theamericanscholar.org/ten-neglected-classics/#.VcTl
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August 7 at 13:13 EST .

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