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1beeg
Edited: Dec 29, 2011, 6:17pm Top

well I'm back for my sixth year, here's to another year of great reads and not so great reads.

2drneutron
Dec 28, 2011, 10:34am Top

Welcome back! Hopefully there are more great than not-so-great!! :)

3FAMeulstee
Dec 28, 2011, 1:41pm Top

found, starred and hoping for many GREAT reads ;-)

4alcottacre
Dec 29, 2011, 5:18pm Top

What Anita said!

5beeg
Dec 29, 2011, 6:02pm Top

Hi Stasia, where is your 2012 thread?

6beeg
Dec 29, 2011, 6:12pm Top

Here is my Top Ten for 2011, I didn't include follow ups but they were up there as well, in fact I had more than 10 that were favs and that's been a first. I scored some excellent books this year.

Feed Mira Grant

Run don't walk or shamble to get this book, it was sooo good. A distinctive take on a post-apocalyptic zombified world by viewing it though the eyes of three young bloggers indeed. I was so relived to read there is a sequel only to be denied when I find it's not out. Definitely going in my top ten for 2011. (read the second book, can't wait for the third)

The many deaths of the Firefly Brothers Thomas Mullen

This book was excellent, KarenMarie gave the best review so the only thing I can add is how well it was written but if you're the type that likes your books all done up in neat packages with no strings left hanging and no explanations then this isn't the book for you. On the other hand if you take what ever an author throws at you and can enjoy it for the sake of a good story then your good.

The Passage Justin Cronin

I totally enjoyed this book, even the boggy parts. This man is telling a story and rebuilding a world, of course it's going to be long and have boggy parts, but it didn't bother me. I simply could not put this book down. My kids would have gone hungry and the house burned down around me while I read this book. I'm kind of relieved I'm finished as the eyes really need a break, I think the kindle glare fatigued them - any one else have this trouble with e-book readers?

The Help Kathryn Stockett

LOL I loved this book! It's hard to imagine i was born during this time and attitudes. Being from the West things were much different, now living in the South, I hear things that make me shake my head.

Perdido Street Station China Mieville

It's not just a book it's a total submersion in a sea of details. It's a thick soup of a story with so many things added as it unfolds I thought I would never get it straight. One of the best books I've read in a while.

A Game of Thrones: Song of Fire and Ice George R.R.Martin

I'm hooked on the HBO series big time and had never heard of this series - where have I been? I'm into the second book and just as captivated. The HBO series is following so close that I started watching them over again as I read the first book. Too bad I can't wait for the next season, but it's cool to have visuals to go along with the story.

Under the Dome Stephen King

I swore I was going to count this as two books, talk about a door stopper, I mostly read at the dinning room table so I didn't have to hold it. Uncle Stevie what can I say, I will always remain one of your constant readers. I loved this, I loved the story, I didn't love the premiss so much as I kept thinking reality show for aliens. What *he* came up with was much better, but that was in my brain for most of the book. Once again he nails human nature to a tee and scares the piss out of me because it's all so real. This is worse than any horror novel, with horror you can close it up and say there is no such thing as monsters, King reminds us we are the monsters.

The Strain Guillermo Del Toro

This was pretty good, at first I was thinking a cross between Salem's Lot and The puppet masters. I find the use of the word "the master" to be corny dunno why. The fact that it's parasitic is a new take, and not one I love. Way more information about rats then I hope I'll ever need. I downloaded the second one - (which I think I liked better but it's less confusing to put the second one first)

Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three Pines Mysteries) Louise Penny

wow, first off I'm moving, yup, I'm packing up and moving to Three Pines, this is exactly how I imagine my life. I loved this story, I loved all the insights to psychology , the humor sneaked out when I wasn't looking . I had deja vu, I think I've read this before? Didn't matter well worth a re-read, now if the library doesn't have the rest of these I'm going to be in big trouble.

Audrey's Door Sarah Langan

Wow this lady is fast becoming a favorite, in keeping with a Halloween theme this has been one of the best haunted house books I've read in a while. Delicious creepiness, seriously deranged and damaged people and for once, an explanation how this happens that feels plausible.

7alcottacre
Dec 29, 2011, 11:39pm Top

#5: I do not have one yet. I will have one. . .eventually.

8FAMeulstee
Dec 30, 2011, 10:49am Top

> 6: top 10
Sadly the HBO series is not available here, I hope one of our tv-channels is going to show it!
But I am hooked on the books, just started the second book *big smile*

See you in Three Pines!

9cal8769
Dec 30, 2011, 11:15am Top

Hi Brenda! I'm glad I found you. Looking forward to another great year.

Happy New Year!

10beeg
Dec 30, 2011, 1:20pm Top

Anita, you would so be in my neighborhood in three pines!

11kmartin802
Dec 30, 2011, 1:30pm Top

Talk about doorstops! I have the George R.R. Martin series on my TBR mountain but haven't tacked it yet. I like a lot of his earlier work but the sized of these are daunting.

I don't think I have ever read anything by Stephen King as I try to avoid horror. I do know that he has a multitude of devoted fans.

Your list has given me a lot to think about. A number of them are on my list of books I should read too.

12beeg
Dec 30, 2011, 3:00pm Top

Carrie! LOL here we go again huh!

13beeg
Dec 31, 2011, 9:10am Top

Hi kmartin, the George RR Martin series is wonderful - highly recommended if you already like his style. I know a lot readers don't care for Uncle Stevie but he will always have a special place in my heart. I'll be checking out your thread for books as well, after all this is why we do this, it's all about finding great books to read.

14lkernagh
Jan 1, 2012, 1:39pm Top

I am new to the group - joined for the first time today and busy making the rounds and trying not to get overwhelmed! Love your top ten list for 2011. It appears we have some similar tastes in reading! I have starred your thread and look forward to following you reading... I am sure I will get a few new book ideas here!

15beeg
Jan 1, 2012, 2:24pm Top

Welcome ikernagh! Always looking for another list to borrow from - I have you starred too. I totally understand about being overwhelmed. There are some threads I just can't keep up with, but like long lost friends they are always there when I need something.

16ronincats
Jan 1, 2012, 3:51pm Top

Happy New Year, Brenda!

17beeg
Jan 1, 2012, 11:54pm Top

Thank you, and Merry New Year to you!

18alcottacre
Jan 2, 2012, 6:47am Top

*waving* as I head through the threads, Brenda

19beeg
Jan 2, 2012, 8:12am Top

*waving back* Stasia always a pleasure to see your name

20alcottacre
Jan 2, 2012, 8:30am Top

I have to do all my post catching-up this week because next week I start school and will probably disappear from the threads entirely :)

21TheTortoise
Jan 2, 2012, 10:10am Top

20> Stasia, good luck with beginning school next week, I have been thinking about you and praying for you.

Alan

22alcottacre
Jan 2, 2012, 11:21am Top

#21: Thanks, Alan!

23beeg
Jan 2, 2012, 12:04pm Top

starting school? this is new and exciting!

*spins the Tortoise on its back*

24alcottacre
Jan 2, 2012, 1:20pm Top

#23: Yes, I am going to study for an associate's degree in paralegal studies starting next week.

25beeg
Jan 2, 2012, 5:26pm Top

excellent, hope it leaves you with enough time to read and hang out with us.

26alcottacre
Jan 2, 2012, 9:33pm Top

We will see! I hope so!

27beeg
Jan 4, 2012, 7:55am Top

1 The Alloy of Law Brandon Sanderson

Yay, I'm off to a great start, I love this guy! A late-era Mistborn novel that has no plans to be part of another trilogy. I think he's lying too many loose ends, but I'm excited to see him back on the planet Scadrial.

28alcottacre
Jan 4, 2012, 8:54am Top

Ack! I have got to read some Sanderson soon, and I do not mean his YA stuff.

29beeg
Jan 4, 2012, 9:54am Top

Oh gosh, I think it was Dk Phoenix that turned me on to him, you simply must put everything down and run get one of his books. Seriously they're that good.

30cal8769
Jan 4, 2012, 9:56am Top

Wow, that is a recommendation! I haven't read him either.

31beeg
Jan 4, 2012, 1:08pm Top

Ack!

32alcottacre
Jan 4, 2012, 2:55pm Top

I have a couple of Sanderson's books to get to some day. I just need to figure out when!

33beeg
Jan 4, 2012, 8:52pm Top

2 Yellow Submarine The Beatles

What fun A digital update of the 2004 "Yellow Submarine" book, it's packed with psychedelic interactive illustrations, video clips from the movie and song snippets, I loved this. I remember when the movie came out and we were all mad for Peter Max, only now I'm finding out it wasn't his artwork after all. The things you learn on the internet.

34ronincats
Jan 4, 2012, 9:58pm Top

I have 5 of Sanderson's books here in the tbr piles--one of this year's goals is to read some of them.

35beeg
Jan 4, 2012, 10:13pm Top

you won't be sorry, he tells a good story that hasn't been done before

36beeg
Jan 8, 2012, 10:28am Top

3 Bayou Moon Ilona Andrews

Pure fluffy delight, I love this couple they write so well together. Hunky men, witty banter, urban fantasy and the story's not bad either.

37alcottacre
Jan 8, 2012, 11:03am Top

I tried one of the Ilona Andrews books (Magic Bites maybe?) and just did not care for it. Should I give her another shot?

38beeg
Jan 8, 2012, 11:39am Top

prolly not, all the books are the same style wise, just might not be your cup of tea, I use these to cleanse the pallet when I'm diving into something bigger and deeper ;) trying to gear up for 11/22/63

39alcottacre
Jan 8, 2012, 12:19pm Top

OK, I think I will continue to bypass the books. Thanks for the input.

40beeg
Jan 8, 2012, 1:55pm Top

even for Borge like you, there are too many books to waste time on those ya don't like

41alcottacre
Jan 8, 2012, 2:56pm Top

True!

42willowsmom
Jan 12, 2012, 8:46am Top

Hey, I missed The Feed! Thanks for the rec, beeg. My favorite Brandon Sanderson novel was Warbreaker, which I'm thinking I might need to re-read this year. It was definitely the type of story that has stuck in my head...and I love the fact that he posted the whole thing, from rough draft to finished product, for free on his site. Although I still much prefer the hardcover, real-paper-and-ink version I can borrow from the library :).

43beeg
Jan 12, 2012, 10:25am Top

Hi Jasmine, you won't be sorry - she writes very well and the story is great. I enjoyed Warbreaker but it's too hard for me to pick a favorite I like them all!

44beeg
Edited: Jan 13, 2012, 5:59pm Top

4 The Unquiet John Connolly

The entire time I was reading I kept thinking "this feels like a sequel" well guess what, it's a series of 8 with this being number 6 silly me. I kept looking at the book and the covers trying to figure out if it followed something, again silly me. The story is well written, tight, I like the way this guy writes. I've read The book of Lost Things but never checked out his other works. Now I have to start over with the first book, because I like his style. A mystery/thriller with some supernatural tossed in. A client dropped this book and a couple of others off saying "these were too weird for me, i though you might like them" a nice endorsement, I think?

45cal8769
Jan 16, 2012, 8:22am Top

I love John Connolly. I've read Bad Men , Dark Hollow, The Book of Lost Things, Every Dead Thing, The Killing Kind, and The White Road. I gave them all 4 or 5 stars. I really need to get back to him. It's been awhile since I read him.

46beeg
Jan 16, 2012, 8:45am Top

yay, good to know it wasn't a fluke, I'll have to see what my library can do for me.

47beeg
Jan 16, 2012, 3:02pm Top

5 Toys James Patterson

ok I'm not really counting this but I want to remind myself later why I invoked the 50 page rule, this book is terrible! Poor writing makes it too annoying to go on, and I have a ton of books waiting for me.

48beeg
Jan 21, 2012, 2:59pm Top

6 Next Michael Crichton

Totally enjoyed this book, it was thought provoking, scary and enlightening while being a fast moving read. I did have some trouble keeping all the people straight, and it was nice to see a good dose of karma whacking the bad guys.

49beeg
Edited: Feb 8, 2012, 10:51pm Top

7 Fate's Edge (The Edge, Book 3) Ilona Andrews

Ok, I was disappointed I have to say. They have a formula now and I have a feeling they'll keep cranking out the same thing with different faces, too bad as I enjoyed the books. Handsome man, beautiful woman, dislike each other, fight attraction to each other, ends up with each other. Oh yeah while all hell breaks loose around them. The pace was off in this book as well, too long in some places with a whipped up ending that promises another book, but still left me unfulfilled.

50cal8769
Jan 26, 2012, 9:49pm Top

Sorry that read wasn't good for you.

51willowsmom
Jan 28, 2012, 6:53pm Top

I liked Fate's Edge better than the previous book, although I agree the series as a whole is pretty formulaic...I much prefer the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (which is, to be honest, the only reason I'll keep reading The Edge series...just something else to pacify me until more Curran and Kate gets finished :))

52beeg
Jan 29, 2012, 3:50pm Top

Hi Carrie, it's no big - but thanks for letting me know you check out my thread :)

53beeg
Jan 30, 2012, 10:44am Top

Jasmine, I'm with you on the Kate Daniels series and probably the same reason I picked up the edge books. I also like The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

54beeg
Feb 8, 2012, 12:58pm Top

Still reading Uncle Stevie's book, but didn't want to fall off the thread. In other non book news my espresso machine for the second time threatened to die, I countered with looking up replacements and the promise if it didn't work the following day (after putting up with a weeks worth of poor shot pulls) it was going into the garbage and I would reward myself with a Rancilio I had been stalking for a year now. I love how it has straightened itself out and is now pulling acceptable shots. I'm not convinced it won't fall back into dying throes but I'm richer for now.

55FAMeulstee
Feb 8, 2012, 5:37pm Top

LOL
You have a funny espresso machine ;-)

56beeg
Feb 8, 2012, 5:53pm Top

It has a strange sense of humor for sure, I'm still not convinced it will recover completely.

57beeg
Feb 8, 2012, 11:05pm Top

8 11/22/63 Stephen King

I can't believe it took two weeks to read this. I was able to put it down with no remorse, most of Kings work sucks me in and I don't come up for air until the last page. A page turner this was not. I'm not talking trash about Uncle Stevie, I totally enjoyed this book. I realized (after counting on my fingers) I was 6 when Kennedy was shot. I remember coming home from school and my mother in front of the TV crying and telling me "the president was shot" I started crying as well but mostly because my mother was, at 6 I don't think I was too impressed with presidents as a whole. I also thought about if I could change history where would I go and what would I do. I got nothing. The book was lovely, from a time element, I can remember a lot of those times. I liked the way he snuck Pennywise and Derry in, all bad things start in Derry, I've decided it's a portal for evil. The book was just too long, even though I enjoyed the details, I found keeping track of all the characters had me wishing for a people index page I could refer back to. I wanted to see a happy ending but Uncle Stevie rarely gives us those, mostly they escape with their lives. Mostly.

58beeg
Feb 12, 2012, 11:19am Top

9 Well-Offed in Vermont Amy Patricia

Oh god this was terrible. I figured out the description was written by someone else and not the author. If you want something so sweet it makes your teeth hurt, substandard writing with a tiny mystery tossed in it's still not worth the $1.99. I would pay that much just to get it out of my kindle.

59cal8769
Feb 12, 2012, 8:24pm Top

Wow, don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel, Brenda. :)

60beeg
Feb 13, 2012, 3:49pm Top

heheheh, I sound a bit harsh don't I?

61beeg
Feb 17, 2012, 9:17am Top

10 The Red Church Scott Nicholson

This book was meh, its time for a good book now, that's two stinkers in a row.

62beeg
Feb 23, 2012, 12:23pm Top

11 Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim Anne Rice

I'm a huge fan of Anne Rice, she's been in my top five for years until she stopped writing what I wanted to read about. After ordering The Wolf Gift I ran across this series and thought I would try one on. Not a good fit, not even close. I don't know if she's writing for a different target audience but to say it was weak is an understatement. This felt rushed and not well thought out and bordered on silly, not for a hardcore fan like me.

63willowsmom
Feb 23, 2012, 6:53pm Top

Oh no! Three stinkers in a row, that's a bummer.

64beeg
Feb 23, 2012, 8:30pm Top

I know right, I'm reading Robin Hobbs new book right now and I'm not loving it either, well not like I love her earlier works.

65Whisper1
Feb 23, 2012, 8:54pm Top

Hi There!!!!
Are you well?

Hugs to you!

66beeg
Feb 25, 2012, 7:48pm Top

Hi Linda, I'm doing excellent - thanks for asking and visiting. Hope things are getting better at your end. Hugs to you too :)

67beeg
Feb 26, 2012, 8:56am Top

12 City of Dragons Robin Hobb

I swear someone else is writing these books, they don't hold the same standards her earlier works held. These books are full of sniping and annoying inner dialogs that sound like soap operas. Every third page has "let alone" on it, this annoyed me to no end, I kept thinking "drinking game everytime you read let alone you drink a shot" I would have died from alcohol poisoning. At least this time the story got better and overrids the botthersome parts. I will continue to read the following books as it looks like there will be a few more, I like the story it's the writing I have issues with.

68beeg
Mar 1, 2012, 8:36am Top

13 The screaming mimi Fredric Brown

Good reporter noir style, I had forgotten I liked Fredric Brown the ending got a bit cheesy but that's part of the genre. It was a nice respite from the usual books I go for.

69Whisper1
Mar 1, 2012, 8:40am Top

Sometimes we need a diversion. Many here in our group recommend graphic novels. This genre is new to me and I'm exploring it. I'm reading Wonderstruck and enjoying it tremendously.

70beeg
Mar 1, 2012, 10:19am Top

good-morning Linda :) and I've added Wonderstruck to the pile - thanks!

71beeg
Mar 5, 2012, 3:02pm Top

14 Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1) C.S. Friedman

Maybe my streak of sucky books is at an end? This was wonderful, big fan of Miss Friedman and how the hell did I miss this series? I've started the second book and need to order the third. The story is riveting and hard to put down, too bad I had plans to get things done in my house. In another battle I'm almost one with my espresso machine.

72cal8769
Mar 8, 2012, 3:00pm Top

Yea to the end of the sucky book streak or the dreaded SBS! I have finally read some good books and it feels so good!!

73beeg
Mar 8, 2012, 7:16pm Top

15 Wings of Wrath Book Two of the Magister Trilogy C. S. Friedman

Wee, still riding the end of the dreaded SBS! I can't wait for the third book to come in, I have to start The Night Circus

74cal8769
Mar 8, 2012, 8:02pm Top

I am reading The Night Circus now and I love it!! I mean LOVE IT! I haven't been this excited about a book in a LLLOOOONNNGGG time.

75beeg
Mar 8, 2012, 11:43pm Top

!! that's why I'm reading it next, everyone is raving about it - kidlet picked a bad weekend for a visit.

76beeg
Mar 13, 2012, 6:38pm Top

16 The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern

Magically Delicious

77FAMeulstee
Mar 13, 2012, 6:39pm Top

Ah another The Night Circus fan :-)

78cal8769
Mar 13, 2012, 8:45pm Top

I'm glad that you enjoyed Night Circus! I might even buy it so I can read it again....and I rarely reread!

79ronincats
Mar 13, 2012, 8:54pm Top

Glad you were NOT disappointed in The Night Circus--it was my first read of this year and I loved it! I also read a library copy and am considering buying it in hardcover to savor the presentation.

80beeg
Mar 13, 2012, 11:38pm Top

yes indeed, I have it in my wish list to buy, I will revisit this book again soon. I have a handful that affect me this way, don't you love books that get under your skin and stay there, I'm a huge re-reader, it's like an old friend.

81beeg
Mar 19, 2012, 9:36am Top

17 Legacy of Kings: Book Three of the Magister Trilogy C.S. Friedman

Fun fantasy for the most part. I found myself rooting for the dragons thingys because they just sounded so damn cool. Fluffier than I remembered her last books being or I'm getting older. Ok fine, I'm getting older.

82FAMeulstee
Mar 20, 2012, 6:17pm Top

Sounds good the Magister Trilogy AND it is available at the library! Onto mount TBR it goes :-)

83beeg
Mar 29, 2012, 9:33am Top

18 The Dragon Factory Jonathan Maberry

I have an advanced copy of his latest Joe Ledger series and thought I would get caught up first. I'm not sure if its necessary esp after reading this. The book is fun, action packed and suspending your belief has to be checked on before you get started, but even with all of that I still catch myself rolling my eyes at the abuse this lead character is able to withstand and still keep on ticking. I'm amused at the author for writing this kind of fantasy and how much enjoyment he gets imagining himself in the lead role. Maybe it just took too long to read, maybe it's my annoyance at having to use reading glasses. Maybe I'm having a crapassed week and the book was wonderful.

nah, the book was just ok.

and I am having a crapass week

84cal8769
Apr 5, 2012, 10:11am Top

Boo to the crapassed week!!! Go AWAY!

Hopefully today will be better and tomorrow better still!

85beeg
Apr 5, 2012, 2:01pm Top

bah, still having a crapass week part 2, I really hope it doesn't turn into a mini series

(but thank you anyway) :)

86FAMeulstee
Apr 5, 2012, 2:46pm Top

I hope with you, no need for part 3 ;-)

87beeg
Apr 5, 2012, 3:12pm Top

:)

88beeg
Apr 5, 2012, 6:56pm Top

19 Bitter Seeds Ian Tregillis

Alternate history, that part was cool but I found the book uneven, it bounced around or back and forth and I'm still a bit confused about some of the characters. I figure it's to be a series and maybe there will be more development but it was lacking in this installment. Over all I enjoyed it but it wasn't much of a page turner.

89willowsmom
Apr 6, 2012, 9:32pm Top

I agree on Bitter Seeds--it bounced around a bit too much for me as well. Never managed to pick up the next book...and I'm not heartbroken over it :).

90beeg
Apr 6, 2012, 10:21pm Top

good to know i'm not alone, too many books out there. Big plans for Willow's easter?

91beeg
Edited: Apr 11, 2012, 10:30pm Top

20 The Wolf Gift Anne Rice

I had mixed reactions to this book, the pacing was off (I've become more and more sensitive to this in my reading) It started off beautify The Anne Rice I loved, delicious details I adore, interesting characters, I was ready to be drawn in. And I was. But the story would go south, then come back and hook me, then run off again. I couldn't tell where she wanted me to go with this story and of course there was the religion and philosophic rhetoric that would bog the story down and I would catch myself skimming. I do want to know more, I do want to see these people again. I wish she would slow down on the bits I love and ditch the bits that bore me. She should call me.

92cal8769
Apr 11, 2012, 12:05pm Top

She should call me.

Love it!

93beeg
Apr 11, 2012, 3:59pm Top

:)

94drneutron
Apr 11, 2012, 10:27pm Top

Love the review!

95beeg
Apr 18, 2012, 12:38pm Top

21 Every Dead Thing John Connolly

I like this mans writing style, does it go on, yeah, does it take forever to get through, yeah, but I still like it. I'm amazed at the body count and how this could never happen in real life but its fiction right, and in fiction anything goes. I always catch a small flare of victory when I figure out early on who the who done it is and I was right - yay me. I wish endings weren't so fast - not that the book needed to be drawn out any longer but I'll still never get the saving it for the last two pages and seeing The End. I will read the next installment because I do like his style, but there will be a break for something lighter, and an ever better break as I'm heading off for Las Vegas, it's vacay time and I don't expect to do much reading.

96alcottacre
Apr 18, 2012, 10:08pm Top

*waving* at beeg

I still have not gotten to Every Dead Thing. I have read all of Connelly's other books, so I imagine I will get to it eventually.

Have a great vacation!

97beeg
Apr 19, 2012, 10:01am Top

Stasia! how nice to see your name *big hug* (on the off chance you check back in any time soon)

Thank you! if I can ever figure out what I'm wearing and not take the whole wardrobe just to be on the safe side I'll be good :)

98alcottacre
Apr 19, 2012, 9:28pm Top

Just take something to wear for every season and you should be safe!

99FAMeulstee
Apr 21, 2012, 12:15pm Top

Wishing you a great time in Las Vegas!

100beeg
Apr 24, 2012, 10:21am Top

Vegas kicked my butt, I got blisters on my blisters - there is no place like home

101beeg
Apr 25, 2012, 12:15am Top

whats up with my time stamp, that post was from this morning

102FAMeulstee
Apr 25, 2012, 4:39pm Top

I don't know, maybe Time likes home so much, it warped you back a day earlier ;-)

103beeg
Apr 25, 2012, 5:13pm Top

LOL maybe so, still haven't picked a book up yet, I'm catching up on TV. I did start The Child Thief while flying, but it's on my iPad and the glare gets to me - have to take it in small doses. But the new Dark Tower book is on it's way or sitting in my mailbox and I'm holding out for that.

104cal8769
Apr 26, 2012, 11:14am Top

I never read the Dark Tower series before. I didn't care for the first book so I never read anymore. I am part of the King's Dear Constant Reader's group read of King's books and reread the first and still wasn't awed by it. The second was better and now I'm stuck in the middle of the third. The Waste Lands Someday I'll finish them all.

105beeg
Apr 26, 2012, 1:22pm Top

Interesting, I loved the first one, liked the second one but got tired of Oddetta real quick I can't remember how I felt about the third one. I'm debating re-reading the first three again as it's been a few years. Sigh, i've done that a few times each time a new book would come out. Too bad they don't have the cliff notes.

106cal8769
Apr 26, 2012, 7:12pm Top

I second the cliff notes. I love to read series but sometimes it's hard to remember between books, especially when you read a lot of a single genre.

107willowsmom
Apr 26, 2012, 7:21pm Top

Yep, for this series in particular--there were so many twists and character revelations and random nonsensical important clues happening in each book...I felt like I couldn't keep up, and decided to drop the series until it was finished...had to do the same with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

108beeg
Apr 27, 2012, 9:50am Top

The dark tower did end, this new book is a spin off story from book 3 so it's like 3 and half or is it four? LOL

I did the same thing with the Outlander series, and am doing the same thing with the Wheel of Time I got tired of re-reading because I had forgotten so much. Hopefully it will wrap up as well and not turn into another McBook series.

109beeg
Apr 30, 2012, 10:58am Top

22 The Child Thief Brom

Whew, this is not your childhood story of Peter Pan, after thinking about it I never did read the book, just the Disney version with large color pictures. This book has beautiful illustrations do yourself a favor and do not put it on a Kindle. This is Lord of the flies in Never Never Land only it's Avalon complete with mist and no star on the left, Brom brilliantly weaves the two worlds together. There is no happy endings, this book belongs in the horror section as its full of gore, violence and monsters. I'm anxious to read the original book by J. M. Barrie just see how much Disney bastardized the story.

110cal8769
May 1, 2012, 6:37pm Top

I read all of the Outlander series except for the last two. I wanted to reread all of them before tackling them but so far, no good. My Mom reread and she said that she was glad. It made the last two books better. I loved the series but I'm not much of a rereader. Oh well maybe someday.....

That. Sounds. So. Good. I must get The Child Thief.

111beeg
Edited: Jan 5, 2013, 5:43pm Top

23 The Wind Through the Keyhole Stephen King

Uncle Stevie for what ever reason you like to scare us by saying you will never write again, I'm so pleased when I realize it's just a joke, you can't stop writing any more than I can stop reading. This is a story in a story in a story. Once upon a bye. The words are clever, the story is wonderful and I could have read non stop. You don't have to read the Dark Tower series for this, it stands alone just fine all by its self. Uncle Stevie rarely gives the warm and fuzzies but I have a smile and a contented feeling after finishing this book. A constant reader am I.

Highly recommended

112beeg
May 16, 2012, 1:44pm Top

24 The Master of Heathcrest Hall Galen Beckett

OK, so it's a regency romance with aliens, witches and magicians I get it, but it doesn't flow for me. I still find the writing to be tedious and annoying. I read the third book because others here at LT I admire like it, but it's lost on me. I accept I'm not with the in crowd. As much as I enjoyed the first book, I could have happily skipped the last two.

113beeg
Edited: May 20, 2012, 3:44pm Top

25 Zombiefied! an anthology of all things zombie Carol Hightshoe

Ok this was recommended by a friend who doesn't even like zombies but had a friend that wrote one of the stories. Most of them are silly, some are snarky and only one was any good. I should ask her which one her friend wrote.

114FAMeulstee
May 20, 2012, 5:39pm Top

> 113: Maybe you better not ask her.... ;-)

115beeg
May 20, 2012, 5:59pm Top

LOL I don't think I will in case she ask me how much I liked it :)

116beeg
May 24, 2012, 9:28am Top

26 Blackout newsflesh trilogy Mira Grant

Ok, I spend the day reading, no TV no work just reading till it was time to go to bed and then I patted myself on the back for not staying up late to finish it. I reasoned with myself that it would still be there in the morning. Boy howdy do I like these books. I can't wait to read them again without the breaks in between. I love the humor, the snark, the story, the premiss, the conspiracies and best of all the zombies.

117beeg
May 24, 2012, 12:19pm Top

27 Countdown a newsflesh novella Mira Grant

sigh, the morning is gone and all I have to show for it is two numbers in my book challenge, ah well, it was worth it. Countdown is the prequel to the Newsflesh series, I'm saying series as I hate to see it end and maybe it will become a cottage industry for her. Maybe less conspiracy and more rebuilding but who knows, it was still a fun ride.

118beeg
Edited: Jun 2, 2012, 10:40am Top

28 Assassin's code Jonathan Maberry an advanced reading copy - thanks LT

I liked the first Joe Ledger book, but now after zombies mutants and vampires oh my, I think I'm done. It wasn't as kick assed as the first book, not that the violence and gore wasn't a factor but all the witty banter felt forced and not so witty. Most of the book read like a bunch of ideas mixed up in the kitchen sink. The book is a page turner even with all the fill, it didn't lag but I was ready to see the end. Hooah

119beeg
Jun 5, 2012, 6:58pm Top

29 Fever Moon Carolyn Haines

I started out not liking this book, my brain went to "oh god someone took a creative writing class" but kept reading. It got better, it got interesting and I got hooked. It's not the best book I've read but it's not the worse. It kept me turning the pages and I could hear a cajun accent most of the time.

120beeg
Jun 7, 2012, 1:05pm Top

30 Blood Reaction A Vampire Novel DL Atha

Ok, so at first I kept thinking Mike Nelson from Sea Hunt, a show I watched as a little kid and my mother going on about how annoying it was hearing "I" all the time. Same thing with this book, first person protagonist can either be bothersome or a good story teller, this one went back and forth for me. The writing wasn't bad, neither was the story which is why I finished it and might even be lured into the second book, which I'm sure she's going to follow with - if I remember.

121beeg
Jun 9, 2012, 6:05pm Top

31 Nearly Departed in Deadwood: Deadwood Mystery Series Ann Charles

I was pleasantly surprised by this, a nice mystery, tiny amount of the paranormal and some great characters. If you like the Stephanie Plum books this is better. Less bumbling and black humor, but still funny and witty with some steamy bits thrown in.

122beeg
Edited: Jun 20, 2012, 11:51am Top

31 The Woman in Black Susan Hill

A nice erie Victorian ghost story, right up there with Shirley Jackson. I enjoyed it, the writing is excellent and I wouldn't have minded if it went on a while longer. It has that abrupt THE END to it that reminds me of the Alfred Hitchcock books I use to read.

123beeg
Jun 25, 2012, 1:46pm Top

32 Cirque Du Freak Darren Shan

This is ok, I actually liked the movie better, except for John C Reilly as a vampier. I would let my older children read this but find it's too young for YA.

32 in June, looks like I'm on sked for a halfway mark.

124beeg
Jul 3, 2012, 8:51am Top

33 Bury your Dead Louise Penny

I love these books, this time we have three murders solved and the night is a strawberry.

125beeg
Edited: Jul 13, 2012, 5:31pm Top

34 Blood Oath Christopher Farnsworth

well this was just plain fun, a vampire who's a black ops agent with a nerdy sidekick. Doesn't bog down and all the bad guys get away, the better to make sequels with my dears.

126beeg
Jul 16, 2012, 3:57pm Top

35 The Doomsday Key James Rollins

invoking the 50 page rule, this book just wasn't doing it for me and after not remembering which one I read last I looked up my review and reminded myself I didn't like it. Life is too short with too many books to read.

127cal8769
Jul 19, 2012, 4:20pm Top

I wish I could do the 50 page rule. I read until the bitter end.

128beeg
Jul 22, 2012, 10:43am Top

i use to girl, and got so disgusted with myself on a truly bad book I swore I would never do that again. Ok, mostly ;)

129beeg
Jul 22, 2012, 11:24am Top

36 Gideon's Sword Preston & Child

At first I didn't think I was going to engage with this book, but as I like the authors I kept turning the pages. Finally it took and I'm into the second book. I don't mind this new character but I don't see him becoming a favorite,

130beeg
Jul 25, 2012, 5:45pm Top

37 Gideon's Corpse Preston & Child

Second book and I think I need a break from too much testosterone. It occurs to me I can only take so much he-man stuff in small does, something for the more estrogen laden novels. It was ok, moved fast, guy keeps getting beat up, it amazes me the way these men can take a licking and still get up and save the world. *shrugs* These are not my favorite style wise, I hope they go back to Agent Pendergast soon.

131beeg
Jul 27, 2012, 7:28pm Top

38 A face at the window Dennis McFarland

This was an odd book, the pacing was off for me, and I didn't like the ending at all. Interestingly I can't find any reviews about it so I have no one to compare with. A ghost story but not one that was very satisfactory.

132seajelly
Jul 28, 2012, 12:30pm Top

Oops, didn't realize there were two Gideon books. Thanks for cluing me in on that one. I recently read Corpse and liked it fine, but not as much as the Pendergast books, of course. Just started Cold Vengeance finally.

133beeg
Jul 29, 2012, 12:00pm Top

Hi seajelly, I ran across them in the library - didn't even know they existed. I swear books are coming out as fast as the years are whipping by.

134beeg
Jul 29, 2012, 12:00pm Top

39 Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette

Regency romance with a twist, think Barbra Cartland peeking over Jane Austin's shoulder while tossing in some magic dust. Light, fluffy, I didn't hate it and it was nice change of pace - helped to balance my estrogen level for sure.

135beeg
Jul 31, 2012, 6:20pm Top

40 Mrs. De winter Susan Hill

I didn't like the book, I stayed annoyed at the characters for the most part, I want to reach in and slap them both. But it's a book and the best you can do is toss it. Susan Hill captured the writing style perfectly but I'm not sure what the point was in making a sequel, it has me doubting if I really liked the first.

136cal8769
Aug 2, 2012, 12:29pm Top

What!? A bad Susan Hill book! Say it isn't so.

137beeg
Edited: Aug 2, 2012, 1:14pm Top

LOL Carrie, the writing was wonderful, she caught the flavor of the previous book deliciously - but the flaws of the characters were stuck in a loop. The book is worth reading, but maybe Dannie should have pushed them both off a cliff, I think I empathize more with Rebecca.

138beeg
Aug 2, 2012, 7:01pm Top

41 A trick of the light Louise Penny

So good, I hate when I get close to the end of these books, although the murder rate is high I still want to live here.

139cal8769
Aug 2, 2012, 10:27pm Top

I really need to read Penny. Her and the other thousand authors on my wishlist.

140beeg
Aug 3, 2012, 6:07pm Top

I think you should let her knock over a few others and make her way closer to the top

141Whisper1
Aug 3, 2012, 10:07pm Top

Hi Brenda

I hope all is well with you!

142beeg
Aug 3, 2012, 11:11pm Top

Linda! I've lost your thread, it's probably up to #27 by now. I'm fine, thank you for asking, as well as checking on me. Hope things are good at your end too.

143beeg
Aug 7, 2012, 5:40pm Top

42 Curse of the Wendigo Rick Yancey

Another great installment in this series, I need to make a point to get more of this authors works - he does an excellent job

144alcottacre
Aug 8, 2012, 5:19pm Top

#138: I know exactly what you mean regarding those books. I already have the next one on preorder and cannot wait for it to get here!

145beeg
Aug 12, 2012, 9:20am Top

43 Clementine Cherie Priest

Well poo, I read this out of order although I don't think it will make that much difference. It was kind of bland for the most part.

146beeg
Aug 14, 2012, 7:29pm Top

44 Optical Delusions in Deadwood Ann Charles

Well these books are just plain guilty fun, now that I'm over Stephanie Plum - these books fill the void. Pure silly nonsense that reads fast and hard to put down. Cheap for the Kindle so it's a win win.

147beeg
Aug 17, 2012, 7:15pm Top

45 A Princess of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs

This is a re-read after watching the movie. I have to say the movie didn't stay true, but it was cool seeing the characters even if the story strayed. I got this on Kindle since my copies require a ladder to reach, but I enjoyed it enough to see which books I have and maybe finish out the collection.

148willowsmom
Aug 18, 2012, 11:23am Top

#145: Don't give up! Boneshaker and Dreadnought were EXCELLENT, I'd definitely give them a try.

149beeg
Aug 18, 2012, 11:06pm Top

Hi Jasmine, I've read Boneshaker and loved it, just didn't realize I had the third book instead of the second - I want more zombies :)

150beeg
Aug 19, 2012, 10:33pm Top

46 The horse whisper Nicholas Evans

I read this years ago when it first came out, i was so swept up I read late into the night, and called in sick the next day from work while staying in bed to finish it. Ok so that was over 20 years ago but the book left an impact. I saw the movie "Buck" and decided to read the book again, it still made me cry but lost some of the oomph that caught me the first time.

151beeg
Aug 24, 2012, 7:32pm Top

47 Dead Case in Deadwood: Deadwood Mystery Series (Volume 3) Ann Charles

still silly still fun, maybe getting too heavy on the silly. I'll keep reading till I get bored like the Stephanie Plum series.

152beeg
Sep 1, 2012, 1:16pm Top

48 Everything Jacqueline Kennedy Kathleen Tracy

I enjoyed this, lots of interesting facts included and explanations. Decently researched and flowed well, nothing too boggy and overly detailed.

153cal8769
Sep 3, 2012, 9:11pm Top

A stretch of good books! The Kathleen Tracy book looks good.

154beeg
Sep 3, 2012, 11:25pm Top

hi Carrie, it was pretty good. Earlier I read a book on Lee Harvey Oswald, I find the whole era fascinating.

155beeg
Sep 10, 2012, 7:09pm Top

49 The beautiful mystery Louise Penny

I'm a bit disappointed when one of these books don't take place in Three Pines, but realize those poor people need a break from murder and i let it slide. This was lovely, but seemed a bit slow, I did take breaks listening to Gregorian chants, and watched "The Pillars of the Earth" by chance. i was annoyed by the ending, but it was meant to piss me off, so I let that slide as well.

156alcottacre
Sep 10, 2012, 7:12pm Top

#155: I was annoyed by the ending too, but I still loved the book.

157Whisper1
Sep 10, 2012, 9:18pm Top

Hi There Brenda

Stopping by to wave hi and to see what you are reading.

158beeg
Sep 10, 2012, 11:22pm Top

Ladies, you made my night by dropping by, so good to see your names :)

159beeg
Sep 13, 2012, 1:22pm Top

50 In the shadow of the Gargoyle Nancy Kilpatrick

Book of short stories by different authors. I like Gargoyles, I think I bought this because I was familiar with most of the authors. Some of the stories were good, some were meh, and a couple of stinkers as well.

160beeg
Sep 14, 2012, 2:20pm Top

51 A face in the crowd Stephen King

This was a bit of let down as it finished 50% into the download so I was unprepared for it to be over with (got that scratching the head huh? feeling) not his best, maybe if he had of gone to the trouble to add to the story rather than offer me previews of works that have been out for years *and* I already own.

Sorry Uncle Stevie.

161beeg
Oct 13, 2012, 6:22pm Top

52 Mariana Susanna Kearsley

after almost a month break I'm back with a kindle special too bad it wasn't a .99 one. fluffy, a fast read and utterly ridiculous I can't believe this is the book I chose to get back on the wagon with.

blech, now I need to wash my eyes out with bleach.

162cal8769
Oct 13, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Snort

At least you are reading. Sometimes the fluffy stuff helps you to read the good stuff!

163cal8769
Oct 13, 2012, 8:39pm Top

Huh,, she's an LT author and the book got good if limited ratings!

164beeg
Oct 13, 2012, 8:42pm Top

Hi Carrie, I'm sure there are loads of fluffer nutters that will love that book, just not me.

165beeg
Oct 14, 2012, 6:02pm Top

53 In the Tall Grass Stephen King

I think Uncle Stevie took a lot of road trips. I can never look at fields of tall anything anymore without thinking something is living in the middle of them. So this story is a cross of Children of the Corn and You Know they got a hell of a Band and maybe a pinch of The TommyKnockers where you can check in but can never check out kind of thing. Not a bad story, just...done already. Best part was a tiny taste of the new books by both he and Joe Hill (hate to cheat on you Uncle Stevie but I think I'm looking forward to Joe's book more)

166beeg
Oct 17, 2012, 5:09pm Top

54 Legion Brandon Sanderson

I love the way this man writes, this novella features a sherlock holmes type guy that's way over crazy with invisible multiples running around as his Watsons.

167cal8769
Oct 17, 2012, 8:02pm Top

I have got to read him!

168beeg
Oct 17, 2012, 10:51pm Top

seriously carrie, he really is an excellent writer and his books are keepers.

169beeg
Oct 18, 2012, 10:15pm Top

55 Throttle Joe Hill

So my guys are starting to disappoint me, this story was so-so and not even admitting to being influence by The Duel made a difference. Only good thing: it was short.

170seajelly
Nov 21, 2012, 12:58pm Top

I am bummed to hear that. I've liked his others and was thrilled to see he had a new one out. Maybe now that I'm not expecting much, it will be better than expected?

As for B.Sanderson, I haven't read him, but will check him out.

171beeg
Edited: Nov 25, 2012, 4:51pm Top

56 Princess Bride William Goldman

This was one of the most annoying books I've ever read, seriously Goldman has to have one of the biggest egos known to mankind. I got the cheap kindle anniversary issue and thank god it was cheap. I liked the movie well enough, in fact it was playing this week and I reminded how gorgeous Cary Elwes was. If you skim all the Goldman bits that plague the book, the story is just fine.

and it's looking grim on the 75 book front. :(

172ronincats
Dec 25, 2012, 12:43am Top


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I want to wish you a glorious celebration of that time of year when we all try to unite around a desire for Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All. Merry Christmas, beeg!

173cal8769
Dec 25, 2012, 8:43pm Top

I hope you had a great Christmas, Brenda

174beeg
Dec 26, 2012, 9:42am Top

Thank you ladies. Hope your holidays are merry and bright

175beeg
Dec 26, 2012, 6:43pm Top

57 The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) Justin Cronin

Well frankly I struggled with this book, not because it wasn't written well, I had to much going on in life and forgot most of the characters from the first book. I plan to re-read these books when the final book comes out and hopefully won't feel like I'm floundering.

176ronincats
Dec 31, 2012, 10:03pm Top



Here's to a great new year ahead, Brenda!

177beeg
Jan 1, 2013, 1:21pm Top

Lovely! thank you

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