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Old 08-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #3031
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I love Robert Crais books. I've read everything he has written and I think Suspect is his best ever.
Thanks for the tip, guys! Just got the Kindle version.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:19 PM   #3032
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Thanks to Kindle I am re-reading a book I read when I was very young. "Tales of Secret Egypt", by Sax Rohmer.
It 's almost like traveling back in time. Not sure what happened to that book.
Strange how things like that can get away from you.
While sorting out my books to send to the charity shop I re-read all of the "Romney Marsh" stories by Monica Edwards which I had collected in my childhood and teens. They were written between the late 1940s and the 1960s but I was surprised to see how well they have stood the test of time. The plots the books were structured round have relevance today and the activities of the children in the books were very believable. They also read very well to an adult (not just because of nostalgia) and, as a former teacher, I think this is the test of a good children's book.

Didn't Sax Rohmer write the Dr Fu Manchu stories? I used to terrify myself by reading them under the bedcovers with a torch when I was about 11. Later, in my teens, a Sunday afternoon radio comedy show on the BBC - "Round the Horne" - had sketches involving a fiendish Oriental criminal mastermind Dr Chu En Ginsberg MA (Failed), played by the unforgettable Kenneth Williams (he of the "Carry On" films doing his best to be sinister in one of his usual silly voices), accompanied by his concubine Lotus Blossom, played in a deep cockney voice by Hugh Paddick. Appearing in the show in short sketches he was the villain in adventures such as "The Man with the Golden Thunderball", which also spoofed James Bond. (Sorry, this will probably be lost on the non-Brits around here.)
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:16 PM   #3033
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Yes, Sax Rohmer wrote the Dr. Fu Manchu stories. Been awhile since I read any of those.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:51 PM   #3034
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Thanks to Kindle I am re-reading a book I read when I was very young. "Tales of Secret Egypt", by Sax Rohmer.
It 's almost like traveling back in time. Not sure what happened to that book.
Strange how things like that can get away from you.
Thanks, Hoot. I checked Amazon, it's free for Kindle!
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:03 PM   #3035
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I'm reading "Become a Frugalista in 30 Days-Money-Saving Secrets for the Frugal Family Manager" by Susan Heid via the Kindle app on my tablet. It is a great read. Many things you already know, but as a package it is quite enlightening.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:29 AM   #3036
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Do any of you participate in BookCrossing? Ran across a little blurb about the organization when going through old magazines. Sounds a little like a scavenger hunt, or Geocaching for bookworms. I like it! Haven't joined up yet though...
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:35 PM   #3037
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Things have gone way to far along for me to have any hope to catch up to this topic. In May I signed the deal to move into my new house, I moved in June (cleared out my storage unit on the first day of summer), I was fixing things in July and now starting to slow down in August. (I had my first day off from heavy labor earlier this month.)

Each night I would read a few more pages from my first purchased ebook: Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane. It's an urban fantasy and I really enjoyed this book! Although I totally destroyed it by reading it over a period of about 6 weeks, 8-10 pages at a time. I kept thinking I might restart at page 1 and read as I usually do, an hour or two at a time... but didn't. Instead I worked hard every day and then read some of the novel when I went to bed, and since I was so tired I rarely lasted more than 15-20 minutes.

Now reading my first J.K. Rowling novel, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Gailbraith. That's right, Rowling wrote the novel under a pen name. And I'm enjoying it!!! (Also in Kindle format.) It's ironic that I tried to read Rowling's first non-Harry Potter novel The Casual Vacancy in June (during escrow) but just couldn't focus, and had to return it to the library because there was a long wait list.

So I'm treating Cuckoo a bit better and seem to get about 20-30 minutes per night, as I am settling into my new life in my new home, and as my new home settles down.

I hope to read all the Harry Potter novels one day, and as far as that goes, catch up to the final movies too. And then read The Casual Vacancy, just to see what book she came up with. As soon as Rowling announced her latest and last Potter novel would end the series I predicted she would turn to adult fiction, just because I knew that such a prolific author couldn't just wind down and grow gardenias for the rest of her life. I'm pleased that my prediction was accurate.

So I'm enjoying The Cuckoo's Calling and after about 100 pages I know my faith Rowling could write adult novels was accurate.

Also, I know Stacia Kane has several sequels to Unholy Ghosts and I'm not going to even consider reading them until I get my concentration back. I'm looking forward to reading a great series!

I've been interested in lots of genres during my reading career and lately I'm really enjoying urban fantasy. (Rowling's novel is a suspense genre, not even a hint of fantasy.) Kane looks like she's got a great series going (according to my Internet friend who recommended it) and I'll have plenty to read until my next urban fantasy favorite author releases a new novel.

Now if only George R.R. Martin could get busy on the 6th (of 7 planned) Game of Thrones novel... Fantasy of a different sort...
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Greg, I can relate completely. If you can't concentrate you find yourself reading the same paragraph over and over. I have also had some books that I just couldn't get into. After ten pages or so I just give up.

One time I got a book from the library about the Krupp Family in Germany. They were the ones that provided all the arms for WWI and WWII. They also built "Big Bertha". This book had over 1,500 pages. I would take it to work and read it on the subway. Man, that book was so heavy. But I really got into it. Folks would look at me like I was a real nut. Folks even would ask me what was I reading. The answer always surprised them. The only answer I ever got was "Oh". But you could not distract me while I was reading that book.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:54 AM   #3039
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I'm reading a crime mystery novel ''Her Last Breath'' by Linda Castillo. Police Chief Kate Burkholder is investigating a tragic fatal car accident. It takes place in the largely Amish town of Painters Mill Ohio. I have read an other book by Castillo called ''Breaking Silence''. Kate being from an Amish family herself makes for an interesting situation. I like the atmosphere and tension between Kate and Her community. Linda Castillo has written Eight more books I hope to read in the future.
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One time I got a book from the library about the Krupp Family in Germany. They were the ones that provided all the arms for WWI and WWII. They also built "Big Bertha". This book had over 1,500 pages. I would take it to work and read it on the subway. Man, that book was so heavy. But I really got into it. Folks would look at me like I was a real nut. Folks even would ask me what was I reading. The answer always surprised them. The only answer I ever got was "Oh". But you could not distract me while I was reading that book.
E-Readers are a great resource in these cases.
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