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DeltaQueen's 2012 Reading - Part 3

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1DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 17, 2012, 7:08pm Top

Welcome to Part 3 of my reading year.

Spring is certainly in the air.



Mother ducks and their babies are one of the things that herald spring where I live in the deltalands of the Fraser River, B.C.

2DeltaQueen50
Mar 17, 2012, 6:26pm Top



3DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 17, 2012, 6:28pm Top

How I Rate Books:

2.0 ★: I must have been dragged, kicking and screaming, to finish this one!

2.5 ★: Below Average but I finished the book for one reason or another.

3.0 ★: Average, a solid read that I finished but can’t promise to remember

3.5 ★: Above Average, there’s room for improvement but I liked this well enough to pick up another book by this author.

4.0 ★: A very good read and I enjoyed my time spent with this story

4.5 ★: An excellent read, a book I will remember and recommend

5.0 ★: Sheer perfection, the right book at the right time for me

In order to give myself a little more flexibility in rating, I am going to be using a decimal system this year, as I find there can be quite a difference between a 3.3 book and a 3.6 book.

I am not a professional reviewer, both my ratings and reviews reflect how a book resonated with me personally.

Symbols

♫ ♫ = Audio Book

† † = E-Book

4DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 17, 2012, 6:33pm Top

2012 Books Read

January

1. The Dead by Charlie Higson - 4.1 ★
2. Nemesis † † by Agatha Christie - 3.6 ★
3. Seven Days In June by Howard Fast - 3.6 ★
4. Iron House† † by John Hart - 4.2 ★
5. The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison - 3.4 ★
6. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh - 5 ★
7. Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman - 4.3 ★
8. Sweet Tooth Vol 2: In Captivity by Jeff Lemire - 3.6 ★
9. A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambley - 3.3 ★
10. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah - 3.5 ★
11. Cheyenne Autumn by Mari Sandoz - 4.2 ★
12. Zoo City†† by Lauren Beukes - 3.4 ★
13. Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger - 4.0 ★
14. Skeletons On The Zahara by Dean King - 4.5 ★
15. The Last Sunrise by Robert Ryan - 4.1 ★
16. The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley - 3.7 ★
17. Dancing With Colonels by Marjorie Havreberg - 3.0 ★

February

18. White Nights by Ann Cleeves - 4.2 ★
19. Soulless by Gail Carriger - 3.8 ★
20. The Peacock Spring by Rumer Godden - 4.5 ★
21. Great Expectations †† by Charles Dickens - 3.6 ★
22. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran - 3.8 ★
23. The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman - 4.2 ★
24. When the Astors Owned New York by Justin Kaplan - 3.2 ★
25. Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers - 3.7 ★
26. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray - 4.0 ★
27. Pale Immortal †† by Anne Frasier - 3.4 ★
28. Where The Buffalo Roam by Michael Zimmer - 3.6 ★
29. The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst - 4.6 ★
30. The UnTied Kingdom†† by Kate Johnson - 3.3 ★
31. Island of Ghosts by Gillian Bradshaw - 4.2 ★
32. Two Corinthians†† by Carola Dunn - 3.5 ★
33. Blankets by Craig Thompson - 5.0 ★

5DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 30, 2012, 1:11am Top

March

34. Shadow Valley†† by Stephen Barnes - 4.6 ★
35. Christine Falls by Benjamin Black - 3.2 ★
36. March by Geraldine Brooks - 4.4 ★
37. Remember Me, Irene by Jan Burke - 3.2 ★
38. Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare - 3.4 ★
39. Enclave by Ann Aguirre - 4.2 ★
40. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - 5.0 ★
41. Countdown by Deborah Wiles - 4.3 ★
42. Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum - 3.7 ★
43. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi - 4.5 ★
44. Down the Long Hills†† by Louis L'Amour - 3.7 ★
45. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - 3.3 ★
46. Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke - 4.0 ★
47. The Night Following by Morag Joss - 4.8 ★
48. One Under by Graham Hurley - 4.0 ★
49. Jeannie: A Love Story by Derek Tangye - 3.4 ★
50. A Winter Kill by Vicki Delany - 3.0 ★
51. Lazybones by Mark Billingham - 4.0 ★

6DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 29, 2012, 6:13pm Top

April

52. April In Paris by Michael Wallner - 3.6 ★
53. David Copperfield†† by Charles Dickens - 4.3 ★
54. The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick - 4.0 ★
55. The Dead and the Gone†† by Susan Beth Pfeffer - 4.1 ★
56. All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie - 3.7 ★
57. The Moon Is Down♫♫ by John Steinbeck - 5.0 ★
58. Hey Canada by Viviene Bowers - 4.2 ★
59. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry - 4.3 ★
60. Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham - 3.6 ★
61. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon - 3.7 ★
62. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork - 4.7 ★
63. The Holy Road by Michael Blake - 4.3 ★
64. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance & Survival by John Vaillant - 4.4 ★
65. War For The Oaks by Emma Bull - 4.4 ★

7msf59
Mar 17, 2012, 6:49pm Top

Hey, I'm 1st! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

8DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 17, 2012, 7:11pm Top

Happy St Patrick's Day to you too, Mark. You might enjoy this:



Today, we all have a little of the blarney in us!

9Crazymamie
Mar 17, 2012, 7:17pm Top

Hi, Judy - that is the sweetest picture!

10ronincats
Mar 17, 2012, 8:23pm Top

Love the ducks! Happy St. Pat's day to you too, Judy.

11PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 2012, 9:46pm Top

#8 Judy very droll! Congratulations on thread #3 and on your voracious reading. A great leader of the March Mysteries.

12Ape
Mar 18, 2012, 8:28am Top

Helloooo! :)

13DeltaQueen50
Mar 18, 2012, 1:59pm Top

Good morning to everyone. We are actually having what appears to be a lovely spring day, although in this part of the country the weather can change in the blink of an eye. Hubby has taken the grandkids out for breakfast, giving me an hour or so of peace, then they are all coming back here. I think the idea is that we are all going to spend some time in the garden today. The grass is going to get it's first cut of the year.

Thanks to Mamie, Roni, Paul and Stephen for dropping by.

14BLBera
Edited: Mar 18, 2012, 2:05pm Top

Judy: It sounds like you have a lovely day planned. The weather here is unbelievable for mid March in Minnesota. We're out in shirt sleeves and shorts. However, we are waiting for: a. snow in June to pay for this or b. a HOT, unbearable summer.

Nice ducklings.

15DeltaQueen50
Mar 18, 2012, 2:08pm Top

44. Down the Long Hills†† by Louis L'Amour - 3.7 ★
12 in 12 Category: Home On the Range
TIOLI #15: Author's Name is Divisible By Three




When Hardy awoke just before dawn he realized his horse had strayed in the night. He and his young friend, Betty Sue, went to find and bring him in. While they stopped to pick berries, the Comanche struck the wagon train, killing everyone. Thus opens Down the Long Hills by Louis L’Amour. These two children, aged seven and three, are stranded alone on the prairies of Wyoming and winter isn’t far off.

This was a quick and fun read about a very clever boy who battles the elements, out manoeuvres a tracking Indian, escapes from wild animals and outwits a couple of outlaws, all the while protecting his three year old companion. Unbelievable, well, yes, but downright entertaining so I suspended my belief and settled in to read with great enjoyment. Especially as I knew I could count on L’Amour to provide a satisfying ending.

Louis L’Amour tells his story in his signature straight forward, simple style that relies heavily on action and less so on character development. In his capable hands, Down the Long Hills becomes a worthy western tale of survival.

16thornton37814
Mar 18, 2012, 6:30pm Top

I haven't read a Louis L'Amour in probably 2 decades. It sounds like it hit the spot for you.

17Whisper1
Mar 18, 2012, 8:34pm Top

What a lovely print to begin your thread.

18DeltaQueen50
Mar 18, 2012, 10:41pm Top

#16 - Hi Lori, when I need a quick, uncomplicated read, I enjoy the simplicity of Louis L'Amour. He tells the old-fashioned type of western story - tall tales for around a campfire.

#17 - Hi Linda, I hope you have had a lovely weekend. I lifted the picture from Google, the photographer is listed as Keven Ebi, who, I believe mostly photographs nature in the Pacific Northwest.

19Smiler69
Mar 18, 2012, 11:21pm Top

Hi Judy, here's a thread I can hop into without feeling too guilty about having fallen behind! I see your rated Mistress of the Art of Death with five stars. It's sitting in a pile of books—yet another one I can't wait to get to. I can't believe I haven't read a single mystery book so far this month. Will definitely have to remedy to that soon!

20DeltaQueen50
Mar 19, 2012, 1:31pm Top

Hi Ilana, I defintely recommend Mistress of the Art of Death, it works both as a mystery and historical fiction. Remember, we still have Mark's Murder & Mayhem May (how's that for aliteration!) to look forward to, I hope to fit in a bunch more mysteries then.

21souloftherose
Mar 19, 2012, 4:09pm Top

Hi Judy. Love the picture of the Spring ducks and great review of The Windup Girl on your last thread. Hope you're feeling all better now.

22DeltaQueen50
Mar 19, 2012, 11:58pm Top

#21 - Hi Heather, thanks, I am feeling almost 100%.

23DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 20, 2012, 12:04am Top

45. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - 3.3 ★
Mystery March
12 in 12 Category: Thriller Night
TIOLI #3: Nominated for an Agatha "Best First Novel"




As historical mysteries go, I believe that Silent in the Grave would be better classed as a historical romance. I found the mystery quite uninspiring and it felt as though it was there simply to give the two main characters an excuse to meet and spend time together. I did enjoy the Victorian time period, and the fashions, food and day-to-day activities all appear authentic and well researched. The main character, Lady Julia Grey, was likeable enough, although a tad too modern in her outlook. I was less enthralled by the love interest, Nicholas Brisbane, who seemed to be a combination of a swarthy bully boy and a pale imitation of Sherlock Holmes.

When Lady Julia Grey’s sickly husband dies, she is confronted by Nicholas Brisbane who declares that her husband had hired him to investigate as to who was sending him threatening notes. He felt that her husband had most likely been murdered. At first she is totally astounded and does not believe this, but almost a year after his death, she finds evidence that induces her to get in touch with Brisbane and reopen the investigation.

A rather long and drawn-out tale firmly entrenched in Victorian morality. There was a lot going on in this book, red herrings abounded, which instead of making things more interesting, just appeared to drag out an already long story. To make things worse, I didn’t really ever feel any real chemistry between Lady Julia and Nicholas I rather doubt that I will be following up on this series.

24EBT1002
Mar 20, 2012, 11:21am Top

Judy, I love the picture of the mama duck with her adorable ducklings. I hope they all survive to adulthood!

At the university where I work, there is a large fountain near the center of campus. A fair number of geese and ducks hang out there, of course. Every spring, the facilities folks put a ramp up on one edge of the fountain so the ducklings can get out of the fountain! The walls are too high and the mama ducks would lead their babies into the water, not realizing that they would not be able to get back out. I'm glad the ramp goes up, or I'd have to camp out there and rescue ducklings all spring long......

25DeltaQueen50
Mar 20, 2012, 11:22pm Top

Hi Ellen, Mama ducks often need all the help they can get. I don't think they have the biggest brains, and they often lead their babies into difficult spots!

26Donna828
Mar 21, 2012, 9:46am Top

I too love your opening picture, Judy. We will soon have lots of goslings on our pond. They have a good survival rate, but our cygnets are easier targets for the snapping turtles for some reason. Nature can be cruel.

Louis L'Amour was my dad's favorite author. He wore out his paperbacks but I did inherit a few nice leather hardbacks. I also have a collection of his frontier stories that I'll read...someday.

27DeltaQueen50
Mar 21, 2012, 3:23pm Top

# 26 - Hi Donna. I envy you your view of the pond and all the natural life that you get to view because of it, even though as you say, sometimes nature can be cruel. When I am looking for a palate cleanser or a straight forward adventure read, the stories of Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey can usually be relied upon.

28DeltaQueen50
Mar 21, 2012, 3:37pm Top

46. Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke - 4.0 ★
12 in 12 Category: Young At Heart
Reading Through Time: Medicine/Healing
TIOLI #7: March Madness - Title has 2 Words




I thoroughly enjoyed Yesterday’s Dead by Pat Bourke. Lying about her age, thirteen year old Meredith arrives in Toronto to take up a kitchen maid’s position in the home of a wealthy doctor. Her own family has been struggling to make ends meet after the loss of her father in the war, so Meredith has left school and put aside her dreams of training to be a teacher in order to help out financially.

With the doctor called away to attend the first outbreaks of the Spanish Influenza, it strikes the household and one by one both servants and family members are falling ill. Eventually only Meredith and Maggie, the spoiled daughter of the doctor, are left to deal with the sick and dying. A terrible responsibility for two young girls.

This is a fine example of historical fiction that both has a great story to tell yet also has something for the reader to learn about regarding an incident in history. The author has obviously done her research and the details and atmosphere of the book feel authentic to the time period. I think Yesterday’s Dead would make an excellent accompaniment to classroom discussion about this worldwide ’flu epidemic. I would recommend this book for ten to thirteen year olds, or anyone who is looking for a simple yet involving story about people who care about others and strive to make a difference.

29PaulCranswick
Mar 21, 2012, 3:48pm Top

Judy - I am also as you may recall an avid reader of Westerns. Have you read any George G. Gilman or JT Edson westerns? Great fun with plenty of blood and mayhem usually - as you rightly say a palate cleanser.

30DeltaQueen50
Mar 21, 2012, 5:31pm Top

Hi Paul, I haven't read either of the authors you mention, I quickly checked my library and they don't have any by George G. Gilman or Terry Harknett (his real name), but they do have a few books by JT Edson. I will add a couple to my wishlist and sample him in the future. Thanks.

31BLBera
Mar 21, 2012, 8:49pm Top

Judy: Yesterday's Dead sounds interesting. I'm not a Western fan, so I'll pass and I think I read the Raybourn when it first came out and had pretty much the same impression that you did.

32countrylife
Mar 22, 2012, 7:46pm Top

Yesterday's Dead went STRAIGHT to the wishlist! Nice review!

33tymfos
Edited: Mar 22, 2012, 8:08pm Top

Hi, Judy! I love your ducklings at the top of the thread!

Oh, dear! A friend loaned me Silent in the Grave and thought I'd love it. Now I rather doubt I will. . .

34Crazymamie
Mar 22, 2012, 8:17pm Top

I actually really like that series. I have read the first four, and I will say that the first one is the weakest. They get better.

35DeltaQueen50
Mar 22, 2012, 10:16pm Top

#31 - Hi Beth, I enjoyed Yesterday's Dead even though it was a simple story, one of those books I was just in the right mood for at the time.

#32 - Hi Cindy, I forgot to mention that I read Yesterday's Dead as part of the ER program so I am not sure when the actual publishing date is.

#33 & 34 - Hi Terri and Mamie, I think I took against Silent in the Grave because I was expecting more of a mystery and less of the romance. If I had known it was more of a romance ahead of time, it probably would have been more acceptable to me. The other reason I was disappointed is that I was expecting Silence in the Grave to live up to Mistress of the Art of Death, I forgot that books of such a high standard are few and far betweeen.

36Crazymamie
Mar 22, 2012, 10:22pm Top

I know just what you mean, Judy. I was just writing my review for the Karin Fossum book Don't Look Back, and commenting that I was slightly disappointed because I was expecting something darker and grittier. I kept waiting for it, and then it didn't come - which is not really fair to Fossum. I think I was expecting something closer to Nesbo. However, I did like the book and will read the next one.

37DeltaQueen50
Mar 22, 2012, 10:51pm Top

Mamie, we are cross posting on each other's threads at the same time! I was just over at your thread saying how I agree with your assessment of Don't Look Back.

38Crazymamie
Mar 22, 2012, 10:54pm Top

Too funny!!

39EBT1002
Mar 23, 2012, 11:39am Top

Well, this is good. I have Don't Look Back coming from the library hold list soon and now I know not to expect it to be too dark and gritty! :-)

40DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 23, 2012, 2:29pm Top

47. The Night Following by Morag Joss - 4.8 ★
Mystery March
12 in 12 Category: Heard It Thru the Grapevine - Recommended by Kay (RidgewayGirl)
TIOLI #6: Heterograph/Homonym




The Night Following by Morag Joss is a book that I felt both in my gut and in my mind. Her finely drawn descriptions, her ability to capture both the intricate and mundane thoughts that move through one’s head, her expressive styling of how grief can affect a person, and the ever so slow build-up of tension as we are drawn into a story that gradually gets creepier and creepier.

Finding evidence of a husband’s infidelity and immediately getting behind the wheel of a car is a recipe for disaster. With her thoughts churning, feeling both a sense of personal betrayal and that she’d been living a lie, she hits a woman on a bicycle and kills her. She gets out, inspects the body, gathers some papers that are scattered across the road. Then she returns to her car and drives away. From this point, spiralling out of control, she embarks on a path that can only lead to disaster.

Morag Joss writes of the loss, loneliness, and grief that comes for both the widower of the victim, and the driver as she loses her marriage and her sense of identity. In alternating chapters, we read of these two and, in a stroke of brilliance, Joss also picks up a third storyline, the victim was a writer and left behind a manuscript which is very revealing. These three stories are interwoven and eventually interconnected.

The Night Following is a slow burner of psychological suspense that is moody, dark and compelling. This is not a neatly packaged story with a beginning, a middle and an end. The Night Following is a stark and disturbing look at the inner turmoil brought on by guilt, loneliness and grief.

41DeltaQueen50
Mar 23, 2012, 2:32pm Top

#39 - Waves at Ellen. Don't Look Back is not particularly dark and gritty, but nonetheless, is a very good mystery story.

42Crazymamie
Mar 23, 2012, 3:11pm Top

Judy- you're killing me!! That sounds too good to pass up? I'm reading Sea of Poppies- just started it today thinking I would read the first chapter to get a feel of the book, but it sucks you in. I thought that I would slowly read it, stretching it out through the rest of March, and that is so not going to happen!

43DeltaQueen50
Mar 23, 2012, 9:44pm Top

# 42 - Mamie - Sea of Poppies is such an excellent read! Also there is going to be a group read of the sequel, River of Smoke in June, if you're up for that. Just be aware that The Night Following will definitely NOT take you to a happy place.

44ChelleBearss
Mar 24, 2012, 8:38am Top

HI Judy! Your thread is very dangerous, I've just been hit with three book bullets!! Great reviews :)

45lkernagh
Mar 24, 2012, 12:09pm Top

Getting caught up and now I face a book bullet on this thread. I don't usually go for psychological suspense thrillers - I don't sleep at night when I read those - but The Night Following does sound good!

46PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 2012, 1:36pm Top

The Night Following is another one so enthusiastically reviewed by my guru that it goes straight on the over-worked hitlist. Judy have a lovely weekend.

47souloftherose
Mar 24, 2012, 2:34pm Top

#40 Great review of The Night Following Judy. I'm like Lori - psychological suspense thrillers are a bit too scary for me so I think I've dodged this particular book bullet.

48DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 24, 2012, 5:28pm Top

Happy Saturday to all. I went a little book crazy yesterday, first while out shopping I picked up a couple and then when I got home, an ER copy had arrived. Later while on LT, Storeetllr posted the Kindle deals of the day. I bought three of them, bringing my total up to 6 books purchased. I also put an order in for a further 5 from Book Depository.

So my library has been extended to include:

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
A Winter Kill by Vicki Delany (ER copy)
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

These are on order:

Fearful Symmetry by Morag Joss
Half Broken Things by Morag Joss
A Catch of Consequence by Diana Norman
Taking Liberties by Diana Norman
Sparks Fly Upward by Diana Norman

I just now realized that one the Morag Joss books is the second in a series, so I am now heading back to The Book Depository to see if I can get the first book.

Chelle, Lori, Paul and Heather, I hope everyone is having a nice spring weekend.

49Crazymamie
Mar 24, 2012, 6:11pm Top

Nice haul, Judy! The only one of those that I have read is Divergent - which I loved, the second installment comes out in May. But we have Scorpio Races as my daughter is a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater.

50DeltaQueen50
Mar 24, 2012, 6:54pm Top

Hi Mamie, I actually didn't really care for Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver (a little too much teen angst) but I have heard lots of good things about The Scorpio Races and it was one of the Kindle deals, which in Canada means $1.99 per book. I picked up three books for under $6.00 on the Kindle yesterday.

51Crazymamie
Mar 24, 2012, 6:58pm Top

I haven't read Shiver, just recognized the author name because my oldest daughter is a fan. I saw that Kindle Daily Deal on the five YA books - excellent bargain!

52BLBera
Mar 24, 2012, 7:32pm Top

Nice haul Judy. Let me know when you're going to read the Norman books. They are on my shelf somewhere, and I need a nudge to get to them.

53rosalita
Mar 24, 2012, 8:34pm Top

Oh, The Night Following sounds so good! I've hoisted it onto the wishlist.

54Whisper1
Mar 24, 2012, 8:59pm Top

Thumbs up from me for your excellent review of The Night Following. On the tbr pile it goes!

55PaulCranswick
Mar 24, 2012, 9:22pm Top

No spring Judy over here but nice weekend being had thanks. Morag Joss has made that kind of series connection that I suffered from with David Downing recently - love the first immediately buy the rest!

56scaifea
Mar 25, 2012, 1:02pm Top

Just checking in after being away for a week - looks like you've been busy reading all week!

57countrylife
Mar 25, 2012, 1:41pm Top

Another Hot Review, Judy! And The Night Following sounds like a very interesting book.

58phebj
Mar 25, 2012, 1:45pm Top

Hi Judy, I just put The Night Following on my library hold list. I love pyschological suspense. Thanks for the recommendation.

59DeltaQueen50
Mar 25, 2012, 3:42pm Top

We are having another beautiful day here. I should be outside in the garden, but of course, I sat down at the computer - just for a few minutes...

#51 - Mamie, I love it when people mention here on LT what the daily Kindle deals are. I have picked up a lot of books that way. Of course, finding the time to actually read them is another thing!

#52 - Hi Beth, I am looking forward to reading Diana Norman. Of course, I love historical fiction, and since she is also Ariana Franklin of The Mistress of the Art of Death my interest has been heightened. Maybe we can have a joint read.

#53 & 54 - Hi Julia and Linda, every once in awhile a book comes along that pulls you in and you have to keep reading to find out how it's all going to turn out. The Night Following was such a book for me. I hope it does the same for you.

#55 - Hi Paul, I would miss the changing seasons, but I guess you haven't got too much to complain about, after all, you live in a paradise of warmth and beauty. Yes, I am obsessed with Morag Joss right now, and of course when I went back to order the first in her series, they are sold out. I may have to track it down through second-hand sources.

#56 - Welcome back home, Amber. I bet you and Charley had a great week of getting spoiled by your family. I am overdue for a family visit myself, even at my advanced years, my Mom still spoils me when I visit. I think I will be spending Easter over on the Island, I haven't been there since my quick visit at Christmas.

#57 & 58 - Hi to Cindy and Pat, I hope The Night Following pulls you in as it did me.



60Dejah_Thoris
Mar 25, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Great book haul, Judy! I should be in the garden, too. The weather has been so beautiful this Spring I'm finding it hard to keep up with everything on LT.

61scaifea
Mar 25, 2012, 5:58pm Top

Indeed we do always get spoiled - I gained 3lbs last week, and my mom's wonderful cooking and baking are definitely to blame. Sigh.

62msf59
Mar 25, 2012, 7:08pm Top

Hi Judy- More books! Yah! That bunch looks like it will keep you busy for awhile. Have fun!

63Crazymamie
Mar 25, 2012, 7:52pm Top

Hey Judy - your review fro The Night Following is a hot review!!

64DeltaQueen50
Mar 26, 2012, 2:44am Top

#60 - Dejah, I managed to join my husband in the garden during the afternoon, we got some weeding amd tidying up done.

#61 - Amber, it's always nice to get a little pampered, and Mom's usually know just the right treats to make us happy.

#62 - Thanks Mark, I certainly will keep busy and have fun while reading!

#63 - Hi Mamie, I love getting "hot" reviews. Thanks to everyone for the thumb.

65DeltaQueen50
Mar 26, 2012, 2:49am Top

48. One Under by Graham Hurley - 4.0 ★
Mystery March
12 in 12 Category: I Will Follow Him
TIOLI #7: March Madness (2 Word Title)




One Under is the train engineers term for a body that has gone under the front of a train. It doesn’t happen often, but can be a suicide choice. In this case, the police discover that the naked body of a man had been chained to the tracks and left for the train to tear to pieces.

This is the seventh entry into Graham Hurley’s police procedurals featuring DI Joe Faraday and his subordinate, DC Paul Winter. And while Joe Faraday is as straight as they come and works by the book, Paul Winters doesn’t mind taking the odd short cut or getting his hands dirty. While perusing the list of Missing Persons, looking for the victim’s ID, Winter comes across a man who seemingly stepped out of his life. He doesn’t appear to be the man in the train tunnel, but this case looks suspicious to Winter and he decides to investigate this disappearance on the side.

One Under is both a fun and informative read. The author is one of the best writers of police procedurals, giving the reader the feeling of how an investigation is set up, managed, controlled and run. The frustrations, political and departmental pressures, false starts and long hours of piecing unconnected clues together are realistic and gives you a glimpse of how detectives really work.

With a great plot and cemented by two strong characters that I have grown to know well, this book is a first-class addition to this series.

66vancouverdeb
Mar 26, 2012, 5:01am Top

I'm way behind, Judy! I'll have to try Graham Hurley someday soon. It sounds quite interesting! I finished a debut novel by a Canadian writer, Peggy Blair. It was debut mystery novel called The Beggar's Opera. I think you would enjoy it. Interesting mystery, not a cosy, but not a real gut ripper either. I really enjoyed the sense of place in Havana, Cuba. I saw at Chapter's in Richmond and thought I'd give it a try. Well worth it!

67Crazymamie
Mar 26, 2012, 7:35am Top

Nice review - Graham Hurley sounds like an author I would enjoy. I will have to check him out.

68Dejah_Thoris
Mar 26, 2012, 9:52am Top

I'm not familiar with Graham Hurley, but I've made a note to myself to get the first in the series, Turnstone, from the library when I'm ready to face more mysteries! Thanks for the review.

69DeltaQueen50
Mar 26, 2012, 3:52pm Top

Good moring, Deb, Mamie and Dejah, woke up to a rainy day, so I actually pitched in and did some housework this morning. Of course, I managed to get a little reading time in and finished Jeannie: A Love Story of which review follows.

#66 - Deb, I've taken note of Peggy Blair to follow up on. After so many mysteries read during March, I am actually looking forward to taking a little break.

#67 & 68 - Mamie & Dejah, I hope you both enjoy Graham Hurley when you get to him. I love British Police Procedurals, this one is set in Portsmouth and, although we, the readers, mostly get to see the dark side of this city, I would still love to visit there.

70DeltaQueen50
Mar 26, 2012, 3:58pm Top

49. Jeannie: A Love Story by Derek Tangye - 3.4 ★
12 in 12 Category: True Colors
TIOLI #15: Author's Last Name is Divisible by Three




I discovered Derek Tangye and his wonderful books in my twenties, and I tore through them like a child tears though his Christmas presents. Derek and his wife, Jeannie, chucked successful jobs and a glittering lifestyle in London, bought a tumbledown cottage in Cornwall and took up daffodil farming. Derek was already a published author, and both he an Jeannie soon found that writing was a great way to enhance and support their lifestyle.

His books were about their life at Minack, and almost always involved the animals that found shelter there, from various cats, to donkeys and even seagulls. These wonderfully written books captured peoples imagination and it wasn’t too long before Minack was a popular destination for tourists from around the world.

Unfortunately Derek lost his Jeannie in 1986. Jeannie: A Love Story is his final love letter to her. This is a tribute to the woman he loved, the woman who left so much to eke out a living in an isolated place with no electricity, no bathroom, no phone. Of course, their success at writing eventually added the modern conveniences, but they never did put in a telephone or a television, and although they always welcomed visitors, they rather fancied their time alone. Obviously Derek loved his wife very much and honours both her memory and the idyllic lifestyle they created for themselves.

71BLBera
Mar 26, 2012, 5:38pm Top

Judy: Groan. Two more books to add to my list and one from a series. Graham Hurley sounds like an author I should try -- but another series ?! Deb's Beggar's Opera sounds good, too. Make that three books.

72msf59
Mar 26, 2012, 7:17pm Top

Judy- Good review of One Under. I have not read this series and have not heard of Hurley. Hmmmmm...maybe I'll give it a try.

73PaulCranswick
Mar 26, 2012, 8:10pm Top

Judy I am a fan of Graham Hurley too especially the poor fellow who solves most of the cases and never gets promoted.

74rosalita
Mar 26, 2012, 10:42pm Top

No, no, no, no, no! No more great-sounding series to pile onto my ridiculous wishlist! Did you not get the memo, Judy? I thought I cc'd everyone.

75lkernagh
Mar 26, 2012, 11:56pm Top

No, no, no, no, no! No more great-sounding series to pile onto my ridiculous wishlist! Did you not get the memo, Judy? I thought I cc'd everyone.

***** Nods in agreement and then silently slinks away before another book bullet is delivered.... ;-) *****

76EBT1002
Mar 27, 2012, 12:04am Top

I'm another one who got intrigued by The Mistress of the Art of Death, so let me know if that group read happens. I have it on hold at the library. :-)

77DeltaQueen50
Mar 27, 2012, 12:38am Top

Good evening everyone, it's been a strange day for me. I actually completed another book, but this one is so short I hesitate to count it! An ER called A Winter Kill, it actually read more like a story from a woman's magazine than a full length novel.

#71 - Hi Beth, yes, I guess book bullets are the price we pay for hanging out at LT!

#72 - Mark, I think you would enjoy the Graham Hurley series, but if you were to only pick one British Police Procedural, then I would suggest going with Stuart MacBride's series that starts with Cold Granite. I find it has more grit, more action, and definitely more humor than most of the others.

#73 - Hi Paul, I know he never get any credit for solving the cases, but on the other hand, he also usually manages to get away with some very creative policework.

#74 - Julia, sorry that memo must have passed me by! ; )

#75 - Lori, I always look forward to getting you with a stray bullet here and there, you've certainly hit me more than a few times!

#76 - Ellen, I'm confused. I don't know anything about a group read of The Mistress of the Art of Death, perhaps you misread above where Beth and I posted about both reading Diana Norman.

78DeltaQueen50
Edited: Mar 27, 2012, 12:40am Top

50. A Winter Kill by Vicki Delany - 3.0
TIOLI #15: Author's Last Name is Divisible by Three




A Winter Kill by Vicki Delany is a very short book that can be read in just one or two sittings. Constable Nicole Patterson stumbles upon the body of a young woman lying in the snow. Although she is unauthorized, this young police woman feels compelled to become involved in the investigation. Having grown up in this rural Ontario community, the locals seem more willing to open up to her. As the victim was a high school student, and was pregnant, Nicole realizes the answer is probably somewhere among the student body.

Being such a short tale, there was very little room for character development, or literary prose. Instead the author delivers a fairly straight forward murder investigation that held very few secrets but was an interesting take on a murder set in a small town.

79BLBera
Mar 27, 2012, 10:26pm Top

Judy: You have really zipped through the mysteries this month. I admit, I am ready for a change. I am reading a pretty good historical one now, first in a series (sigh), but then I have some other things I want to get to.

What's next on your list?

80PaulCranswick
Mar 28, 2012, 1:05am Top

Well done on 50 books already Judy!

81DeltaQueen50
Mar 28, 2012, 1:10pm Top

Good morning, Beth and Paul. I will hopefully finish a couple more mysteries before the month ends. April is already being planned. First up is the group read of David Copperfield which I plan to start on April 1st. I am also going to be joining in the Steinbeck-athon this month with The Moon Is Down. The Reading Through Time Challenges will have me reading about Medieval and Roman times, and I believe there's also a group read of Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon planned for sometime in April. Added to this will be my on-going 12 in 12 Challenge, and of course, the TIOLI Challenges! Yep, April will be a busy reading month.

82BLBera
Mar 28, 2012, 1:38pm Top

Judy: I loved Gentlemen of the Road; it is very funny. I'll be anxious to hear what you think of it. I love Chabon's versatility; he seems to enjoy switching genres.

83Dejah_Thoris
Edited: Mar 28, 2012, 1:55pm Top

Hey Judy --

Gentlemen of the Road looks like fun. That's a group read I may have to join.

I don't know what else I'm going to get to this month. I have an elderly cat who's fading (she's almost 16) so I find myself leaning toward lighter fare. As a result, I keep looking at March and passing it by - the same for Mistress in the Art of Death, so they're looking unlikely as shared reads. Sorry. I did read A Princess of Mars last night, which was entertaining as always.

84EBT1002
Edited: Mar 28, 2012, 4:39pm Top

77> Yep, Judy, I got confused. Sometimes, in an effort to try to keep up with threads, I skim a bit too quickly. I apologize. In terms of shared reads, you and I will both be doing the David Copperfield read and the April installment of our Steinbeckathon.

And I think I'm still reading it correctly that you liked The Mistress of the Art of Death, right?
At least I got part of it right..... *shakes head at self*

85tymfos
Mar 28, 2012, 6:01pm Top

No, no, no, no, no! No more great-sounding series to pile onto my ridiculous wishlist! Did you not get the memo, Judy? I thought I cc'd everyone.

***** Nods in agreement and then silently slinks away before another book bullet is delivered.... ;-) *****


*****Also nods in agreement and opens another browser window to check the public library catalog. (No luck locally.)****

86msf59
Mar 28, 2012, 6:11pm Top

Hi Judy- Funny, you should mention Cold Granite. A friend from work, (he's also an audiobook nut!) has been praising this Scottish series too. I'll have to give them a try.

87EBT1002
Mar 28, 2012, 8:27pm Top

85> LOL!! That memo, if it ever goes out, will always get marked as spam!

88DeltaQueen50
Mar 29, 2012, 3:15pm Top

Well, I am sitting here waiting for my daughter to arrive, she is doing some sort of project (very hush-hush) and wants to come over and scour our old photographs. I suspect she is putting something together for my husband, as he has a birthday coming up in May.

#82 - Beth, this will be my first book by Michael Chabon, although looking at the library of his work, I can see I may be going back for more if I like Gentlemen of the Road.

#83 - Dejah, oh, I hope you do join in. I don't remember, off the top of my head who proposed the group read, but I will be on the look-out for a thread to be posted over at the 12 in 12. I'm sorry that you are going though a difficult time, I can certainly understand that you need to read lighter things right now.

#84 - Ellen, with so much to read around here it isn't surprising that we get things a little mixed up occasionally. And yes, I really, really liked Mistress of the Art of Death.

#85 - Terri, you will be glad to know that I only have one more series to talk about this month. I have added quite a few new mystery series to my lists due to Mystery March as well! Nothing like having an overabundance of choices.

#86 - Mark, I do hope you get a chance to pick up Cold Granite. Stuart MacBride's series is well worth investigating!

89DeltaQueen50
Mar 30, 2012, 1:13am Top

51. Lazybones by Mark Billingham - 4.0 ★
Mystery March
12 in 12 Category: Calendar Girl
TIOLI #19: Read a Mystery that is Over 300 Pages




Lazybones by Mark Billingham is the third in his Tom Thorne series of British police procedurals, and I have enjoyed each book. In Lazybones, DI Thorne and his crew are on the trail of a serial killer who targets rapists. Such random murders are extremely difficult for the police to solve and although there is a flurry of activity after each murder, the trail all too soon grows cold.

What finally gets the case rolling is the involvement of a retired policewoman, who has been brought back to review cold cases. She notices something about a older case that causes her to bring this one to the attention of DI Thorne.

Mark Billingham writes fast paced thrillers that are real page turners. My only quibble is that so far each book has had the murderer too close to Thorne, and sooner or later it becomes a little too personal. Of course, I was still glued to the pages as I wanted to see who the killer would turn out to be and how the case would be resolved.

I will certainly be continuing with this series, as I find Tom Thorne, battered and psychologically bruised as he is, both interesting and likeable. The action is non-stop and twists and turns abound.

90DeltaQueen50
Mar 30, 2012, 1:17am Top

The above book will be my final entry for Mystery March. I was listening to Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly and I got about six chapters under my belt when I managed somehow to erase or lose the book off my I-Pod. I will have to download that one from the library another time.

91BLBera
Mar 30, 2012, 12:50pm Top

Judy: You did a respectable amount of mystery reading in March, even without the Christie book.

92DeltaQueen50
Mar 30, 2012, 7:49pm Top

Thanks, Beth, I am looking forward to tackling some other genres in April.

I have been in a TIOLI frenzy all day, sorting and trying to fit various books into the challenges. I am also trying not to overbook myself as I suspect David Copperfield is going to take me some time, and, I am planning on going away on Monday to visit my Mom for a couple of weeks. I always take a lot of books when I go over there, but usually get very little reading done. Too busy visiting.

93Donna828
Mar 30, 2012, 9:50pm Top

The TIOLI Frenzy has been going on at my house today, too. I'm going to have some late night reading sessions in April to fit everything in.

Judy, thank you for your Challenge #19 re the more obscure book awards. That should be a fun category. I feel more comfortable listing The Invention of Hugo Cabret there rather than in Young Adult...and, boy oh boy, it has won a lot of awards that are unfamiliar to me!

I only managed to read two mystery books in March, but that's two more than I read most months. ;-). Thanks again for being our hostess.

94DeltaQueen50
Mar 31, 2012, 7:14pm Top

Hi Donna, I am surprised at how many people are enjoying my TIOLI Book Award Challenge! I have to admit I made it up to fit two books into the challenge that had nothing in common, until I noticed that they had both won obscure literary awards. When I looked into it further, I was amazed at how many book/author awards there are. It's turned out there's pretty much something there for everyone.

Glad you participated in Mystery March, you'll have to find some more mysteries or thrillers for Mark's Murder & Mayhem in May!

I sat down and actually started David Copperfield today, like Great Expectations earlier this year, it's not a difficult read, but he is wordy. Have to slow down and just let myself appreciate the language.

95rosalita
Mar 31, 2012, 8:44pm Top

Judy, that's how I felt about Oliver Twist, too. It isn't difficult to read and understand, it's just a style of writing that never used one word when five could mean the same thing. :)

96Carmenere
Mar 31, 2012, 9:18pm Top

Hi Judy, I'm loving all the spring pictures on LT and your ducklings are probably The cutest spring pic of all.
I haven't read l'amour in ages thanks for reminding me to look him up again.
Enjoy your visit to mom's . Hope you'll be able to squeeze in a little reading between the visits.

97EBT1002
Mar 31, 2012, 11:06pm Top

Judy, I started David Copperfield on the plane today and I think it's going to be a good read. Dickens is still being Dickens (as Ilana would say) and inserts words where none would have sufficed, but I'm enjoying the story. In my mind's eye, Aunt Betsey Trotwood is Maggie Smith from the PBS production. She was perfectly cast, now that I read the character.

98vancouverdeb
Apr 1, 2012, 7:58am Top

Just stopping by to say hi! You have read so many books! That's amazing! I may yet join your TIOLI. If one looks at ones information, ones number of prize winning books can be huge! I think I have 421 different prizes in my statistics! Indeed, there are many little known prizes for books.

99Whisper1
Apr 1, 2012, 8:02am Top

This is such a dangerous thread for me. I visit and want to add most of your books to the tbr pile. I vow to read more books on my shelf, but alas, I usually find books mentioned and head off to the library.

Regarding the change of seasons, I agree with you! I would miss them. Even though today is rainy and overcast, I'm looking at the lovely sand cherry tree blossoms and note that four bright male cardinals are literally frolicking in the tree and spinning round on the bird feeder. It seems they love the rain as it slicks their feathers.

Happy Sunday to you.

100DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 1, 2012, 1:44pm Top

I love the peaceful qualities of Sunday. We are spending a quiet day, although I will have to get my packing done later as I am leaving tomorrow. I have my fingers crossed that the weather is about to take a turn for the better, we've had more than our share of rain this last week.

#95 - Julia, I am enjoying Charles Dickens, so far, I am finding David Copperfield a more engaging character than Pip in Great Expectations. I read Oliver Twist quite a few years ago, but I rememer really liking that story.

#96 - Hi Lynda, glad you like my ducks! If there is time while in Victoria, I would love to go to Beacon Hill Park and feed the ducks. The gardens are lovely there, and the ducks always are happy to see you, if you bring food for them!

101DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 1, 2012, 1:53pm Top

#97 - Hi Ellen, I think I am going to like David Copperfield better than Great Expectations, or maybe I just know more of what to expect this time. For me, Aunt Betsy Trotwood will always be the late, great actress Edna May Oliver. She played her in the 1935 movie which I saw a number of years ago.

#98 - Deb, it would be great if you joined in the TIOLI challenges, it's a fun way to connect with others who are reading the same books as you. And the best part is that there is no pressure, if you don't get around to the books you listed - no problem. Last time I checked there were 20 different challenges already for this month, so lots of variety.

#99 - Hi Linda, and Happy Sunday to you as well. I know how dangerous LT can be regarding books. I get hit with book bullets right, left and center as I journey around the threads. I would say that 90% of my reading is based on LT recommendations. It's quite overcast here today as well, but even so the flowering trees and shrubs, not to mention the daffodils and hyacinths are colorful and bright. If I poke my nose out my front door, I can smell the hyacinths, a smell I love in small doses. I can't bring them into the house as that same lovely smell can bring on an instant headache.

102DeltaQueen50
Apr 1, 2012, 1:57pm Top

52. April In Paris by Michael Wallner - 3.6 ★
12 in 12 Category: Calendar Girl (April)
TIOLI #9: Title only uses the vowels found in April




April in Paris explores the moral dilemma of being a soldier in an occupied city, a soldier who has no military ambitions and generally seems indifferent to the political structure of his country. He is assigned to the Gestapo headquarters to work as a translator during the interrogation of prisoners. His escape takes the form of dropping his military uniform every now and then, dressing as a civilian and pretending to be a Frenchman. Sounds harmless enough, but German soldiers were under strict orders never to appear on the streets out of uniform.

During his wanderings, he meets and becomes infatuated with a young French girl. Eventually he realizes that she is in fact working for the Resistance. Although, on the surface a love story, I found this more of a perceptive, intimate look at a young man, torn from his carefree student life, put into a uniform and forced to do things to prove he is a loyal German soldier, things that were destroying his soul. The romantic aspect just didn’t connect with me, they spent very little time with each other, instead, probably due to his loneliness, he built this up in his head to be more than it was.

As we all know every German soldier during World War II was not a Nazi, and I found this an interesting subject to read about. This book is both thought provoking and suspenseful as it delves into one young man’s apathy and transformation as he realizes that during war, one can’t just drift along. Excellently translated from German, April In Paris details life in occupied Paris which makes a fascinating backdrop to this story of both an impossible love and of facing up to your inner convictions.



103SqueakyChu
Edited: Apr 2, 2012, 11:06am Top

> 94

I have to admit I made it up to fit two books into the challenge

Heh!

Your review of April in Paris is great. I'm surprised that others didn't like it as much as we both did.

104DeltaQueen50
Apr 2, 2012, 1:10pm Top

Hi Madeline, I think perhaps the main character was seen as weak and undecisive by many. Well, he was all that, but I thought he was very real and I could understand and empathize with him.

105vancouverdeb
Apr 3, 2012, 7:37am Top

Hi Judy! I did join the TIOLI challenge , just one so far. It's the one to read an Orange Longlisted 2012 book, which I was planning to do anyway.

I saw in my feed that you had loaded up The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair. I think you'll enjoy it. I know I did, and I would certainly read another book in the series - if she writes one and I hope that she does.

106Crazymamie
Apr 3, 2012, 9:52am Top

I am also enjoying David Copperfield. April in Paris sounds interesting - might have to check that out.

107DeltaQueen50
Apr 4, 2012, 2:48pm Top

Hello from Vancouver Island, I am having a nice visit with my family. Tomorrow my brother, sister and I are going to hit the second hand bookstores. As I suspected I haven't had much reading time, I am mostly concentrating on David Copperfield. I am enjoying the story and already have some favorite characters. He is so good at characters!

Weather wise, we are having a little bit of everything. Went for a walk this morning and started out in bright sunshine. We just make it back to the car when it stated to pour. I guess we are getting the April Showers so we can plan on May flowers!

108phebj
Apr 4, 2012, 6:51pm Top

Have a wonderful time Judy! I'll be eager to hear what you find at the bookstores.

109thornton37814
Apr 4, 2012, 9:48pm Top

Judy, It's pouring down rain in East Tennessee at the moment too. The thunder is pretty loud too -- enough that the cat keeps eyeing me.

110Dejah_Thoris
Apr 5, 2012, 10:39pm Top

I hope you get a great haul from the bookstores!

111Smiler69
Apr 5, 2012, 10:48pm Top

Hi Judy, glad to see you're having a good time in Vancouver Island. I wish I could come visit too! I started on David Copperfield last night, and he's just now been taken off to school (on his way there) and I'm quite hooked!

112Chatterbox
Apr 5, 2012, 11:57pm Top

If you go out to the Butchart Gardens, please wave at them for me. One of my fave places in the world. Have been known to make day trips from Vancouver just to visit!!

I hope you like the Morag Joss mystery series -- they are among my absolute favorite of the genre, and very overlooked. I can see why she gets praised for her psychological suspense novels more (they are very Ruth Rendell-ish) but I hope that one day she goes back to the Sara & the other characters in the Fruitful Bodies. I particularly enjoyed her ability to capture what it's like to be a musician.

Those ducklings at the top are so cute that I briefly reconsidered my affection for consuming duck. Briefly.

113Crazymamie
Apr 6, 2012, 10:11am Top

Judy - trust you are having a wonderful time. Hope you find treasure at the second hand bookstore. I wish we had one of those!

114PaulCranswick
Apr 10, 2012, 12:36am Top

Judy - lovely to see you having such a good time in Vancouver island. Will Look for some photos when you're back.

115DeltaQueen50
Apr 10, 2012, 6:53pm Top

We finally got around to visiting the second hand book stores today. I picked up the following:

The Way to Minack by Derek Tangye
When the Winds Blow by Derek Tangye
A Cat Affair by Derek Tangye
Next of Kin by John Boyne
Gossip from Thrush Green by Miss Read
Battles at Thrush Green by Miss Read
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie
Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie
Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie
The Body on the Beach by Simon Brett
Hangman's Holiday by Dorothy Sayers

and I picked up a copy of March by Geraldine Brooks for my Mother.

The best news of all is that I am in the closing chapters of David Copperfield and should be finished it by tomorrow.

116ronincats
Apr 10, 2012, 7:00pm Top

Quite a haul!

117Crazymamie
Apr 10, 2012, 7:07pm Top

Wow, Judy. I'm not sure what to be more impressed by - your incredible haul or the fact that you have almost finished David Copperfield already!!! I have a soft spot for Mrs. McGinty's Dead because it was my very first Agatha Christie - I was thirteen when I read it for the first time.

118Dejah_Thoris
Apr 10, 2012, 7:38pm Top

Excellent books!

119lkernagh
Apr 10, 2012, 9:41pm Top

Great haul for the bookstores Judy and looking forward to your thoughts on David Copperfield.... another Dickens I haven't gotten around to reading yet.

120PaulCranswick
Apr 11, 2012, 4:40am Top

Some entertaining reading picked up there Judy - Miss Marple and Miss Read - look to be the only misses among your choices.

121DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 11, 2012, 1:40pm Top

53. David Copperfield†† by Charles Dickens - 4.3 ★
75er Group Read
12 in 12 Category: Heard It Thru the Grapevine - recommended by my brother
TIOLI #13: Made into a movie multiple times




I found David Copperfield a rich and rewarding reading experience. Telling one person’s life story with all the twists, turns and unexpected events that one can experience and filling that story with interesting and varied characters made for an absorbing read. A prolific writer, Dickens did say of his works, “… like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”

Originally published in serial form, each chapter felt like a complete story into itself. Although he tends to be overly descriptive and slightly long-winded, the story of David’s life holds the readers’ attention throughout. The many supporting characters are fully developed and are so strongly presented that they become unforgettable. Of course, it is hard not to have favorites and I certainly fell in love with Aunt Betsy Trotwood, and although exasperating, I also grew very fond of David’s child-wife, Dora. The villains were appropriately nasty and slimy. The name Uriah Heep brings an immediate picture of what unctuous looks like.

My attention was captured immediately at the beginning of the story, but I did find the middle part of the book dragged at little, but, as Dickens started concluding the narrative over the last twenty chapters my attention was again riveted to the story. This is a book that will take you through all the emotions; I was happy, sad, tearful and angry at various times throughout the book. I believe David Copperfield is a fine example of 19th century literature at its best.

122ccookie
Apr 11, 2012, 1:53pm Top

> 121 - I just started listening to David Copperfield on my MP3 and am really enjoying it. I loved your comments.

123MickyFine
Apr 11, 2012, 2:41pm Top

I read David Copperfield a few years ago and quite liked it. Glad to see it's found another fan.

124jnwelch
Apr 11, 2012, 4:45pm Top

I liked David Copperfield a lot, too, Judy. I agree, Uriah Heep is the epitome of "unctuous."

125msf59
Apr 11, 2012, 8:13pm Top

Judy- Great review of DC! I'm just over halfway, starting on Chapter 35. Make sure you make some comments on the Group Read page.

126PaulCranswick
Apr 11, 2012, 8:17pm Top

I was happy, sad, tearful and angry at various times throughout the book. I believe David Copperfield is a fine example of 19th century literature at its best.

Judy that nicely encapsulates my thoughts on the book too.

Thinking about you yesterday as I saw that there was some drama on Vancouver island - hope you were safely away from the place by then.

Joe - unctuous is a great word isn't it?

127Chatterbox
Apr 11, 2012, 11:38pm Top

Wow, Judy, I think the # of books we have in common just went up several more notches after that book buying binge!!

128EBT1002
Apr 12, 2012, 3:18am Top

You completed David Copperfield. Congratulations. As much as I'm enjoying it, I believe it will take me most of the month to complete it because I keep taking breaks to read something else (like a library book that's almost due!). It's a very enjoyable read and a good one on which to practice "speedier reading."

129vancouverdeb
Apr 12, 2012, 5:53am Top

Glad you are enjoying yourself on Vancouver Island. Great review of David Copperfield!. Rainy day here, but tomorrow is supposed to be nice.

130DeltaQueen50
Apr 12, 2012, 1:21pm Top

Good morning to everyone, I feel rather out of touch as I am still on Vancouver Island visiting with my family. I don't plan on going home until next Monday, but my computer time is limited as I don't like to tie up my brother's computer for too long. I will have a lot of catching up to do when I get home next week. Today will be a quiet day as my Mom is expecting a service man to come and attend to her stove, but tomorrow we are planning on taking a day trip up the Island to the small town of Duncan, which I remember as quite small and rather scruffy but my family tells me the downtown area has been spruced up and is quite attractive. (Perhaps a visit to the local bookstore will be in order).

#122 - Hi Ccookie, I would love to try listening to Dickens. I think his writing would suit the audio style very well.

#123 - Hi Mickey, glad to see you escaped from Stephen's basement long enough to come and visit!

#124 - Joe, your thread is one that I am probably the most behind on! I have enjoyed all the Dickens that I have read (which is only four) but as of right now, David Copperfield is my favorite, followed closely by Oliver Twist. I will never be able to hear the word "unctuous" without flashing on a image of Uriah Heep, wringing his hands and slightly bowing, telling me how "umble" he is!

#125 - Hi Mark, for me the book started to really pick up again at about Chapter 37 or so, and I found it hard to put the book down. I will definitely be haunting the Group Read to join in any discussions and see what others are thinking of the book.

#126 - Hi Paul, I guess you are home again from your New Zealand trip, can;t wait till I have time to check out your thread and read of yhour adventures. I am still on Vancouver Island and quite mystified by this "Drama" that you mention, the only drama I have experienced recently was that my hockey team lost their first game in the playoffs!

#127 - Hi Suzanne, I love going to good second hand bookstores and browsing. This trip was with my sister and brother, and although our reading tastes cross over each other, we were all hunting for different genres, so there were no nasty incidents where two of us ended up fighting over the same book. (Well, maybe one small incident over a Zane Grey!) ; )

#128 - Hi Ellen, I do feel quite a sense of accomplishment at having completed David Copperfield, it's a read that certainly had me thinking and at times puzzling about things. It is one of my brother's favorites so it was nice to have him around to explain some things that came up and simply just to talk about what I was reading. His encouragement helped me through the parts of the book that I found lagged.

#129 - Hi Deb, yes, it's rather a dreary day here as well, but hopefully it will be nicer tomorrow when we are planning a day trip up-island.

131DeltaQueen50
Apr 12, 2012, 1:26pm Top

54. The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick - 4.0 ★
12 in 12 Category: Just Like Romeo & Juliet
Reading Through Time: Medieval Times




One of her earlier works, The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick is set during the closing days of the rule of Henry I in 1126. As his legitimate male heirs have died, he recalls his recently widowed daughter, Matilda home from Europe with the purpose of naming her the successor to the throne. Calling all his barons together and forcing them to swear allegiance to her is no guarantee that some are not developing plans to place another on the throne.

Amongst this political upheaval, the author weaves her story about Adam de Lacey returning home from self-exile in France to face both the people who love him and the woman whom he loves still, even though she had chosen to wed another. Arriving home to find her a widow, but in the midst of planning on wedding another, Adam knows he must make his move if he wishes to win this women who insists on thinking of him as a brother.

Elizabeth Chadwick excels at breathing life into historical fiction, including small details of everyday medieval life from clothing and food to weaponry and horses. Her characters, both the real and the imagined are well drawn and accurate to the times. This book is the second in her trilogy set in the borderlands known as the Welsh Marshes and I am looking forward to reading the closing volume of the trilogy

132Crazymamie
Edited: Apr 12, 2012, 1:31pm Top

Judy - hope you are enjoying your visit! A very nice review of David Copperfield. I have not finished it yet, as I have been concentrating on finishing up Sea of Poppies, which I have greatly enjoyed. I got my box of books from the bookcloseout today and am very happy to report that I now have my very own copies of Mistress of the Art of Death and Cold Granite, both of which I hope to get to next month. Thanks for the recommendations!!

133jnwelch
Apr 12, 2012, 2:24pm Top

>130 DeltaQueen50: Hah, me either, Judy, re "unctuous" and Uriah Heep!

You know, there's an expression here in the U.S., "it hurt like the Dickens". I wonder how that got started?

134FAMeulstee
Apr 12, 2012, 4:46pm Top

My only association with Uriah Heep was the rock band with that name.
Now I finally realise the band was named ofter the Dickens character, learning every day ;-)

135jnwelch
Apr 12, 2012, 5:46pm Top

I know, they had to be real contrarians to pick that name for the band. I didn't find out until a lot of years later either. Beyond the members of the band, I bet only a handful of people made the connection.

136FAMeulstee
Apr 12, 2012, 6:04pm Top

> 135: I just looked at the website of the band, when they started it was a century ago when Dickens died, so Dickens was celebrated all around.

137scaifea
Edited: Apr 13, 2012, 7:59am Top

>133 jnwelch: Joe: I did some digging, because I love word/phrase origins, and it seems that "like the Dickens" goes back much farther than Charles; Dickens is a euphemism for the Devil, apparently, and the first instance in literature we have of the phrase is Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Cool, huh?

ETA: Hi, Judy! :)

138DeltaQueen50
Apr 14, 2012, 11:17pm Top

55. The Dead and the Gone†† by Susan Beth Pfeffer - 4.1 ★
12 in 12 Category: Young At Heart
TIOLI #3: A YA Book Published Since 2007




The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer is the second book in her trilogy about the world threatening catastrophe that occurs when the moon is hit by an asteroid and is knocked off its course and closer to earth. Giant tidal waves, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have caused weather changes followed by epidemics that are decimating the world’s population.

This story follows the plight of a Hispanic family living in New York City. With the father away at his mother’s funeral in Puerto Rico and their mother called in to work, then never heard from again, the three children must learn to fend for themselves in order to survive in this new world.

Coming at this story from a completely different angle was an interesting and absorbing concept. While the first book dealt with a middle class family that lived in suburban Ohio, this books tackles a close knit, roman catholic, immigrant family living in the most urban of settings. With aid from the church and relying on their own cunning, these children learn how to exist in this new world. From scrounging for food in abandoned apartments to robbing the corpses of the fallen while maintaining family values, along with love and kinship makes The Dead and the Gone a bittersweet coming of age story.

139BLBera
Apr 15, 2012, 10:16am Top

Hi Judy: Catching up. It sounds like you're having a great visit with your mother. The Dead and the Gone sounds great. I'm not familiar with Pfeffer at all; it sounds like I will have to rectify that. You have done some great reading lately. I am still trying to get through one Dickens this year. I think Our Mutual Friend because I've never read it and it seems so high on most people's lists of favorites.

140DeltaQueen50
Apr 16, 2012, 6:21pm Top

Hi Beth, I am enjoying Pfeffer trilogy, but I have to admit the premise is realistic enough to actually scare me. I haven't read Our Mutual Friend but will look forward to reading what you think of it. I'm still trying to decide if I will tackle one more Dickens this year, was planning on A Tale of Two Cities but I might wait until 2013 to read it.

141DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 16, 2012, 6:46pm Top

Finally I am home again. Lots of catching up to do both here on LT and in real life. I did bring a few more books home than I mentioned previously as we went on one more bookstore excursion and also I brought home a few that family members were finished with.

I added the following to the To Be Read Shelves:

Crow Stone by Jenni Mills
Lost Souls by Michael Collins
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
The Black Angel by Cornell Woolrich
Leave Her To Heaven by Ben Ames Williams
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
Laura by Vera Caspary
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

With all these recent additions to my shelves I will have to concentrate on reading off my shelves!

I plan on catching up with everyone over the next few days.

142Crazymamie
Apr 16, 2012, 6:47pm Top

Welcome home, Judy!! Nice haul of books there. Glad you are back safe and sound.

143DeltaQueen50
Apr 17, 2012, 12:28am Top

#142 - Hi Mamie, it is good to be home and I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight. My Mom's sofa bed isn't the most comfortable ...

144DeltaQueen50
Apr 17, 2012, 12:34am Top

56. All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie - 3.7 ★
12 in 12 Category: I Will Follow Him
TIOLI #1: Rolling Alphabetically by Last Letter in Title




All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie is the second in her Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. Duncan Kincaid is a Scotland Yard Supervisor and Gemma James is his assistant. These two main characters are interesting to read about and the hint of the sexual tension between them leads me to believe that this series to going to get even more interesting as it develops.

Jasmine Dent is dying of cancer and also happens to be a neighbour and friend of Kincaid. When he discovers her dead, it is, at first, assumed that she died in her sleep. When the autopsy reveals that the death was from an unexplained large amount of morphine, it is assumed that she committed suicide. Certain unexplained discrepancies lead Kincaid to believe Jasmine Dent was murdered.

Well written with realistic and believable characters I am enjoying this entertaining series and look forward to reading more of Kincaid and James adventures.

145msf59
Apr 17, 2012, 6:48am Top

Judy- Welcome home, my friend. Nice book haul. I've had Skippy Dies high on my WL forever.
M & M is getting close! I'm getting pumped.

146Crazymamie
Apr 17, 2012, 6:50am Top

Sofa bed?! Your poor back! Judy we were reading the book you reviewed above at the same time - a truly shared read! I just posted my review of it a few days ago. I liked it,too.

147scaifea
Apr 17, 2012, 7:48am Top

Ah yes, one of my favorite parts of coming home from a vacation is that first night back in my own bed. Soooo comfy!
Glad to hear that your back home after safe travels.

148alcottacre
Apr 17, 2012, 7:34pm Top

*waving* at Judy

149DeltaQueen50
Apr 17, 2012, 11:15pm Top

#145 - Hi Mark. I am already getting excited for Murder & Mayhem May. I already have a pretty good idea of some of the books I plan on reading and they include Zoo Station by David Downing and Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths as well as some others that I am still thinking about.

#146 - Hi Mamie, yes, sofa beds are convenient but certainly not the most comfortable. I enjoyed reading the Kincaid/James book, it's not too heavy and is a fast read, nothing earth-shaking, but a good solid mystery read.

#147 - Hi Amber, I spent today getting groceries and doing a general tidy - now my biggest chore is catching up on everyone's threads! Hope to do that over the next couple of days.

#148 - Wow, a genuine Stasia sighting! Welcome, I did catch up on your thread so I know how well you did with your course and that you are taking a well deserved break right now. Great to see you back on LT!

150DeltaQueen50
Apr 18, 2012, 2:38pm Top

57. The Moon Is Down♫♫ by John Steinbeck - 5.0 ★
75ers 2012 Steinbeckathon
12 in 12 Category: Soldier Boy
TIOLI #1: Rolling Alphabetical by Last Letter in Title




The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck is a small gem of simplification whereby he shows that being the conqueror isn’t quite the pretty picture of victory that many believe. A seemingly easy invasion has this army celebrating it’s victory and making plans for the future. They slowly become aware that although this country has lost the battle, the war goes on. The populace is sullen and proud, and the conquerors dare not turn their backs. Soldiers who go out on their own seldom return. Reprisals only seem to make the people more determined to quietly fight on for the freedom they have lost.

Published in 1942, this propaganda piece tells the story of the military occupation of a small mining town, bringing to mind the invasion of Norway by the Germans during World War II. Without specifically naming the Nazi’s, this is obviously a literary work that was meant to inspire and motive the resistance movement throughout Europe.

Steinbeck writes of the trials and tribulations of both the oppressed and the oppressor, and he avoids the trap of making the Germans unnecessarily evil and the Norwegians overly heroic. Yet, evil is present and the heroic quietly stand tall. These are real people caught up in the drama of war, his characters from the gentle, patriotic mayor to the intelligent, conflicted enemy commander are well drawn and vividly portray the anguish and brutality that war and occupation brings to ordinary people.

151souloftherose
Apr 18, 2012, 4:08pm Top

Hi Judy. Great reviews of The Moon is Down and David Copperfield. And some great book hauls recently too!

152msf59
Edited: Apr 18, 2012, 4:45pm Top

Judy- Good review of The Moon is Down. I read and loved it last year. I finally caught up with your DC review, since I finished it. Good job with that one too!

153jnwelch
Edited: Apr 18, 2012, 5:25pm Top

Oo, I like that review of The Moon is Down, Judy. Thumb from me. I may have to try that one even though I wasn't planning on rejoining the Steinbeckathon for a while.

154countrylife
Apr 19, 2012, 11:13am Top

Great review, Judy, and 3rd on the list of Hot Reviews this morning!

155DeltaQueen50
Apr 19, 2012, 7:06pm Top

#151 - Hi Heather, so far April has been a very good reading month for me in terms of quality. I freely admit that John Steinbeck is one of my all time favorite authors.

#152 - Hi Mark, I do remember your reading of The Moon Is Down, your review sparked my interest and I was happy to see it as one of the featured Steinbeck books this year.

#153 - Joe, I think you would love The Moon is Down. It's not a long book, Steinbeck tells his story and gets his point across in less than 150 pages, but it is beautifully written and really stirs the emotions. I have to confess that my eyes welled up while reading.

#154 - Hi Cindy and thanks!

I managed to squeeze in my early review copy of Hey Canada which I read first with my Granddaughter and then again by myself. (Review follows) I am planning on passing this book on my grandkid's school librarian as I think it's a great introduction to Canada for 8 - 12 year olds.

156DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 19, 2012, 7:16pm Top

58. Hey Canada by Viviene Bowers & Milan Paviovic
Library Thing Early Review Program




This is a great book of travel tips and historical information on Canada aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. Written in the form of a travel diary, the book follows a threesome of two children and their grandmother as they drive across Canada from the east coast to the west and then on up north across the various territories.

Allowing for a young person’s short attention span, the book is laid out in a colourful, interesting style with lots of pictures, sidebars and humor (mostly involving a hamster, their fourth travel companion). From Hamster Updates to Cal's Tweets these short, often humorous pieces, both embellish and engage.

Hey Canada would be a great way to introduce children to Canada’s varied landscapes, climate, multicultural people, and rich history, and it does all this without becoming long-winded or boring. Hey Canada made me want to jump in my car and head out to explore our vast and picturesque homeland.

157tymfos
Apr 19, 2012, 9:53pm Top

Just stopping by to catch up. Glad you're home safely!

158alcottacre
Apr 19, 2012, 9:59pm Top

I loved The Moon is Down too! I am glad to see another fan!

159Crazymamie
Apr 19, 2012, 10:02pm Top

A very nice (and HOT) review of The Moon is Down! I keep thinking about those Pfeffer books - might have to add them to my precariously balanced TBR.

160DeltaQueen50
Apr 20, 2012, 12:50pm Top

Good morning everyone. Thanks to Terri, Stasia, and Mamie for visiting my thread. This week has simply flown by and I can't believe another weekend is upon us.

Today is sunny and warm and if this keeps up, I can see us out in the garden a lot over the next couple of days. Other than that we have no plans for the weekend, except I am still catching up with a lot of TV that I recorded while away.

161DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 20, 2012, 12:56pm Top

59. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry - 4.3 ★
12 in 12 Category: Monster Mash
TIOLI #19: Lesser Known Literary Award (Cyblis Award for YA Fantasy)




As he turns fifteen, Benny Imura can’t find a job, unfortunately if he wants to receive rations he has no choice, he must work. As his career options narrow, he realizes that he’s going to have to do the one thing he didn’t want to do, join the family business. Living in a world infested with billions of zombies, Benny trains for his career as a zombie killer. His older brother Tom appears to be teaching Benny more than just the whacking of zombies, he seems to be trying to show Benny that the real monsters of this world are still living.

I loved Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. A action packed coming of age story that sees the main character, Benny Imura, transform from a know-it-all, selfish teenager into a responsible, caring person who sees beyond his immediate needs to the well being of others. A few home truths, a lot of zombie action, and dealing with a group of outlaw bounty hunters makes this kid grow up fast.

Yes, all the usual zombie gore and violence, but this book also provides some insightful bonding between two brothers, as each struggles to see the other’s point of view. The females aren’t forgotten either as Maberry gives us two independent, strong, resourceful girls that helped to make the book such a fun read. I’m looking forward to Jonathan Mayberry’s next instalment in this zombie apocalypse series to see how these great characters develop.

162Crazymamie
Apr 20, 2012, 12:58pm Top

Nice review - sounds like one for my WL, so on it goes!

163Ape
Edited: Apr 20, 2012, 6:56pm Top

I think I'm still snake-bitten by the Maberry zombie novel I read last year so I'm having a hard time being convinced to be interested in that last one...but I'm glad you liked it! :)

164DeltaQueen50
Apr 20, 2012, 10:33pm Top

#162 - Hi Mamie, it's a fun read, hope you enjoy it.

#163 - Hi Stephen, I am a bit leary of Jonathan Maberry as well. I wasn't totally taken with a series that I started by him last year, of which, I unfortunately have the other two on my shelves. I wish I had bought the Benny Imura series instead!

165Roro8
Apr 20, 2012, 10:34pm Top

I notice you have added Hawk Quest recently. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (when you get around to it, of course)

166DeltaQueen50
Apr 20, 2012, 11:39pm Top

#165 - Hi Roro8, yes, it was your mentioning of Hawk Quest over on the Reading Through Time Challenge that brought this book to my attention. Unfortunately it's not available at my library but I added to my wishlist and will track down a copy eventually.

167PaulCranswick
Apr 21, 2012, 1:44am Top

Judy - I hope you are enjoying the beginning of a pleasant weekend.

168Chatterbox
Apr 21, 2012, 4:14am Top

Judy, I'm probably going to be de-accessioning my Deborah Crombie mysteries (see my thread for details) as in all the years I've been reading them, I've not been re-reading them (my new criterion...) Many of them are later books in the series, but I've got the paperbacks from book #1 stacked away somewhere.

169BLBera
Apr 21, 2012, 7:55am Top

Judy: Zombies aren't my thing, but great review of The Moon is Down. Another addition to my list.

170alcottacre
Apr 21, 2012, 8:19am Top

#161: The book sounds interesting, but I fear that the gore level would get to me. How bad is it?

171cbl_tn
Apr 21, 2012, 10:21am Top

Catching up on your thread. I'm so glad you enjoyed David Copperfield. It's in my top 5 list of my all-time favorites. As for favorite characters, I have a particular fondness for Mr. Micawber.

Since I really like the Brother Cadfael books, I'll have to try Elizabeth Chadwick. It looks like The Running Vixen is set in a similar place and time period as the Cadfael books.

172DeltaQueen50
Apr 21, 2012, 1:18pm Top

I'm at the start of a lazy Saturday with nothing much planned, other than a quick trip out to the local markets. I am hoping to get some serious reading done today. Yesterday, my grandkids were off from school and they came over for the afternoon. Grandson mowed our lawn and granddaughter and I made a rhubarb pie. We are so lucky that one of our daughters and her family live so close to us. My biggest decision today will be whether we should go out for dinner and a movie or just stay home and watch some TV. Will have to go and check out the movie listings before I decide.

#167 - Hi Paul, I am enjoying my weekend and I hope you are too.

#168 - Suzanne, it sounds like you are really doing a cleaning job with your books. I know I would go crazy if I was able to rummage through your discards. Unfortunately, shipping to B.C. would probably cost more than the books original price. I see you also went on a bit of a buying spree as well and I have to admit I did the same yesterday, placing an order with both The Book Depository and Awesome Books, neither of which charge shipping charges, which helps. I need to concentrate on reining myself in as I am running out of room for books and will be back to stacking them on the floor.

#169 - Hi Beth, I know zombies aren't for everyone, and probably by the time I finish this year's 12 in 12 challenge I will be so over zombies! But maybe not, as they definitely seem to intrige me. I do think you will enjoy The Moon Is Down, a small, simple story that says so much.

#170 - Hi Stasia, hmmn, the gore level... That is hard to say, I am afraid that I am getting rather immune to the violence. I believe you have read the Charlie Higson zombie book, The Enemy, I would say there is less violence in Rot & Ruin than in The Enemy but overall, just as much enjoyment.

#171 - Carrie, David Copperfield certainly deserves it's high praise. My brother, who originally recommended that I read it, lists Micawber as his favorite character too. I was very partial to Aunt Betsy Trotman and the gentle Mr. Dick. Elizabeth Chadwick is a great favorite, she firstly tells a story, but (as far as I know) her historical facts are well researched and she includes authentic details on day to day living, fashions and food.

173DeltaQueen50
Apr 21, 2012, 1:25pm Top

60. Fables Vol 1: Legends In Exile by Bill Willingham - 3.6 ★
12 in 12 Category: Every Picture Tells A Story
TIOLI #19: Lessor Known Literary Award (Eisner Award for Best in Comics)




Legends in Exile is the first entry in Bill Willingham’s Fable series, and this one sets the scene and explains how these refugees from over a hundred magic worlds ended up in New York City, living their lives out beside the mundane, as they call humans.

Some of my favorite fairy tale characters appear in this volume, from the scoundrel Jack (of Beanstalk and Giant Killer fame), the devastatingly beautiful sisters, Snow White and Rose Red, and the world-weary Big Bad Wolf now destined to act as sheriff for the storybook community.

The plot revolves around the disappearance, and supposed murder of Rose Red, and we follow along with Mr. Wolf as he investigates, interviews his suspects, and then, much to his pleasure, stages the unveiling of the actual crime, at the yearly Remembrance Day Ball, Fabletown’s grandest event of the year.

A quick, fun read, and a great start to a series that I anticipate enjoying.

174ronincats
Apr 21, 2012, 1:30pm Top

Just waving hi as I pass through this morning. I put up more sweet pea photos on my thread, too. Have a great day!

175thornton37814
Apr 21, 2012, 5:09pm Top

Hey, Canada sounds like one that I would have enjoyed when I was in about the 4th grade or so. If I run across it, I may have to pick it up to read!

176Whisper1
Apr 22, 2012, 12:57am Top

Hello to you!

177DeltaQueen50
Apr 22, 2012, 1:12pm Top

Hello to Roni, Lori and Linda, hope you are all having a peaceful Sunday. We decided on going to a movie last night and Hubby said it was totally my choice. So I got to see The Hunger Games after all. I liked the movie and thought Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was inspired casting. I did not however care much for the actor who played Peeta, which took away from my enjoyment of the story, but I loved Woody Harrelson so that more than made up for it. I wonder if they are going to continue and film more of the trilogy?

178DeltaQueen50
Apr 22, 2012, 1:17pm Top

61. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon - 3.7 ★
12 in 12 Category: Go Where You Wanna Go
12 in 12 Group Read
TIOLI #1: Rolling Alphabetically by Last Letter in Title




Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon is a fun adventure story of two Jewish mercenaries (scoundrels/thieves) as they come into contact with a young prince of the Khazar Empire and help him in his quest to retake the throne and oust the usurper from it.

Involving Vikings, elephants, warriors and whores this is a rollicking, medieval tale that left me wanting more. I wanted to stay with these characters, Amram and Zelikman, as they continued on down the road and share with them in any new adventures.

Michael Chabon wrote this story in a style that reminded me of many of the adventure stories I read when young, by the likes of R.M. Ballantyne or Robert Louis Stevenson. Rather flowery, very descriptive, and requiring a dictionary, but the story moves quickly and I was soon caught up in the plot. For such a short book, less than 200 pages, Chabon packs in a lot of information, he also expects his readers to suspend our disbelief and accept a number of bizarre coincidences.

I never quite sank fully into the story, but still I recommend this book for it’s swashbuckling, captivating, page-turning story.

179msf59
Apr 22, 2012, 1:19pm Top

Judy- Glad you enjoyed the Hunger Games and yes they are definitely planning on filming Catching fire. I think the tentative release date is Nov '13.

180katiekrug
Apr 22, 2012, 1:53pm Top

Judy - I had the same reaction to the casting of Peeta in The Hunger Games. I thought he was just awful. And I agree with you about not being able to sink fully into the Chabon. I liked it but at a remove....

181BLBera
Apr 22, 2012, 4:31pm Top

Judy: Nice review of the Chabon. I thought he did a fine tongue-in-cheek adventure story -- I also thought it was very funny.

182DeltaQueen50
Apr 22, 2012, 11:01pm Top

#179 - Thanks for the info, Mark. I will look forward to the second movie.

#180 - Hi Katie, at least I'm not the only one who didn't care for the casting of the Peeta character. I wonder if they would even consider a recast ...

#181 - Hi Beth, the whole time I was reading Gentlemen of the Road I was thinking what a great movie it would make. A medieval buddy film - now that would be a treat!

183ronincats
Apr 22, 2012, 11:05pm Top

I've had Gentleman of the Road in my tbr pile for nearly three years now--someday!

184SugarCreekRanch
Apr 23, 2012, 12:19am Top

178/180/182: Peeta in The Hunger Games movie. I thought the Peeta casting was okay (not great), but my tween daughter insists it was wrong, wrong, wrong. Tell me: who do you think should've played Peeta?

185vancouverdeb
Apr 23, 2012, 6:41am Top

Just stopping by to say hi! Enjoy your reads!

186EBT1002
Apr 23, 2012, 10:04am Top

Judy, I'm so far behind I'm not even doing an honest job of trying to "catch up." I have Skippy Dies on my TBR pile, too, along with Devil in the White City. I read The Little Stranger a couple of years ago and thought it was quite good.

I hope you're doing well!

187scaifea
Apr 23, 2012, 12:48pm Top

I need to get to Gentlemen of the Road soon, too - I'm a huge fan of Chabon's stuff.

188craso
Edited: Apr 23, 2012, 11:49pm Top

#173 Great review of Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile. Fables is one of my favorite graphic novel series. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

189DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 23, 2012, 11:58pm Top

# 183 - Waves to Roni. I know how difficult it is to have so many books that certain ones never seem to rise to the top. That is one of the biggest reasons that I love the TIOLI Challenges, often a book that has been sitting on my shelves for far too long will fit a certain challenge and finally get read.

#184 - Hi SugarCreekRanch, I don't really know any current actors that I can readily picture in the role, and I like the idea that relative unknowns were cast in the male leads. I just pictured Peeta very differently, although the body type was right as Peeta was supposed to be very strong. I think I just pictured him better looking yet harder to read, in the book I remember not knowing if his feelings were genuine or if he was just playing up to the audience for sponsorship. In the film it was quite obvious that he cared a great deal for Katniss.

#185 - Hi Deb, I am enjoying my reads. I have two on the go right now and I'm loving both books. Marcelo In the Real World and The Holy Road - reviews will be forthcoming.

#186 - Hi Ellen, I know all about being behind. Since I've been home I've been struggling to catch up and stay current with everyone. I think I am most looking forward to Devil in the White City as I have seen so many excellent reviews for it.

#187 - Amber, Gentlemen of the Road was my first book by Michael Chabon, I'll have to search out some more by him.

190DeltaQueen50
Apr 24, 2012, 12:02am Top

#188 - Hi Caroline, one of the best things I have discovered on LT is graphic novels. I have really liked every one that I have read so far, they are great to pick up between books, and there is such a variety of subject matter, something for your every mood. Fables looks to be a fun series that I don't have to take too seriously.

191SugarCreekRanch
Apr 24, 2012, 1:22am Top

#189 - Re: Peeta. That makes sense. As I read the book, I assumed Peeta was totally smitten all along and that Katniss just didn't recognize it. And I pictured him as a quiet, fairly plain boy-next-door (otherwise Katniss would've been far more aware of him through school, etc). So the casting worked okay for me. But it makes sense why it didn't work for you!

192Crazymamie
Apr 24, 2012, 1:30pm Top

Hi Judy! Just passing through, but thought I would stop to say that Devil in the White City is one I hope to get to in May. I bought it last year after reading his In the Garden of Beasts and loving his writing, so I am really looking forward to it.

193jnwelch
Apr 24, 2012, 2:02pm Top

I'm so glad you're enjoying Marcelo in the Real World, Judy! I love that book. It was also good to read that LT got you going on graphic novels, and how much fun you're having with them.

My daughter and I had Carol's (>191 SugarCreekRanch:) reaction to Peeta, which is he seemed to fit the book's description, i.e., quiet, fairly plain boy-next-door, as Carol puts it. I had thought Woody Harrelson did a pretty good job as Haymitch, but my wife and daughter thought he was okay at best. Apparently Robert Downey was considered for that part at one point, and he would've been great, but then he's great at just about any part he turns his hand to.

I'm convinced on The Moon is Down. I'd like to turn to it soon, although a couple of others are waiting for me first.

194DeltaQueen50
Apr 24, 2012, 2:06pm Top

#191 - Your points are all valid, and I think my reaction is strictly a gut reaction, I really liked Peeta in the books and I was hoping for a gorgeous actor to play him!

#192 - Great, I will plan on joining you. Maybe we can come up a TIOLI challenge built around the Devil in the White City!

195DeltaQueen50
Apr 24, 2012, 2:15pm Top

62. Marcelo In the Real World by Francisco X. Stork - 4.7 ★
April Autism Awareness Month
12 in 12 Category: Go Where You Wanna Go
TIOLI #16: Title has a word from the Major Arcana




I found Marcelo in the Real World to be an exceptional book about a young man who has autism. He is on the higher end of the spectrum, and his father, who apparently has some difficulty in accepting that his son is different, has decided that he should spend the summer working in his law office. He is hoping that Marcelo will agree to go to regular high school in the fall rather than staying at the special school that he has been attending.

Being seventeen, Marcelo is at an age of questioning everything. He ponders on matters of trust and loyalty, sex and friendship, religion and music, all with his own unique way of looking at things. As we work through his thought processes with him and see how people he comes into contact with treat him, it is impossible not to fall in love with him.

Working at the law firm and allowing himself to be stretched this way, Marcelo eventually stumbles upon a moral decision that he must make. This decision could have averse affects for both himself, his family and the law firm.

This story of self-discovery, told in such a unique voice was a wonderful read. Compelling and thought-provoking, my only complaint was as authentic as I found Marcelo’s voice, many others in this story felt too formal and stiff. Marcelo himself is far from perfect, I can only imagine how difficult it is for parents to cope with a son who really prefers to be on his own, would rather live outside in a tree house than in the family home, doesn‘t like to be touched, and becomes obsessed over details. Marcelo in the Real World gives us a different type of hero to root for and a fair picture of what living in the real world can be like for people who are classed as being different.

196DeltaQueen50
Apr 24, 2012, 2:19pm Top

#193 - Hi Joe, I must have been writing my review when you posted. As I said to SugarCreekRanch, I probably had unreal expectations towards Peeta. When I heard that Woody Harrelson was going to be Haymitch I was a little taken aback, he wasn't what I had pictured, but I thought he did a great job with the role. I didn't know about Robert Downey!! Oh be still my beating heart, he's one of my favorites.

197cbl_tn
Apr 24, 2012, 2:21pm Top

I'm hoping to listen to the audio of The Devil in the White City in May and would love to have a TIOLI challenge to fit it into!

198DeltaQueen50
Apr 24, 2012, 3:00pm Top

#192 & 197 - Mamie and Carrie, I think I have come up with a TIOLI challenge that will fit! If you want to know the details PM me, maybe we could go together and present a joint or even triple challenge!

199katiekrug
Apr 24, 2012, 3:51pm Top

I've been meaning to read Devil in the White City for ages now, so I would love the encouragement of knowing others are also reading it for a TIOLI in May!

200ChelleBearss
Apr 24, 2012, 4:02pm Top

Good review of Marcelo In the Real World! I think I'll pass on it for now as I recently finished reading We Need to Talk About Kevin and I need a break from troubled children for a bit!

201jnwelch
Apr 24, 2012, 4:06pm Top

Good review, Judy! He is a different type of hero, you're right.

Yeah, Robert Downey is something else. I'm so glad he got his drug problems under control. What a loss that would have been for him, and all of us.

202PaulCranswick
Apr 24, 2012, 5:48pm Top

Judy echoing he comments by Chelle and Joe - very enjoyable review of Marcelo in the Real World - already on the hitlist and earlier decision to put it there confirmed by the guru!

203susiesharp
Apr 24, 2012, 6:38pm Top

I've had Marcelo on my wishlist for awhile will have to move it up!

RE:Hunger Games I didn't mind Josh Hutcherson as Peeta maybe not exactly what I was expecting but he did ok. When I first heard about Woody Harrelson as Haymitch I wasn't sure (I too thought Robert Downey Jr.) However after seeing the movie I thought Woody was great as Haymitch!

204EBT1002
Apr 25, 2012, 12:59am Top

Well, I got hit by that blue writing, Judy. Marcelo in the Real World sounds excellent.
Sigh.

205FAMeulstee
Apr 25, 2012, 4:46pm Top

Hit by a book-bullet: Marcello in the Real World sounds good and available in Dutch translation!
I see an other book is translated too: The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, might look into that one too.

206DeltaQueen50
Apr 25, 2012, 10:01pm Top

#199 - Good news, Katie. Carrie and I have worked out a TIOLI challenge that we will post when Madeline puts up the May Thread. We can all read Devil In White City and make TIOLI points!

#200 - Waves to Chelle, I think you will enjoy Marcelo In the Real World when you get to it.

#201 - Hi Joe, yes, Robert Downey getting some control over his life was good news for everyone.

#202 - Hi Paul, I may be reading one your recommendations for Mark's May Murder & Mayhem, I've had Lennox sitting on my shelves and calling out to me for some time. This would be the perfect month to get it read.

#203 - Hi Susie, I am interesting in the next entry as I was quite taken by the actor who played Gale, and I think his role will expand as the story goes on.

#204 - Ellen, Marcelo In the Real World is very good, the author handles the subject matter with good taste and sensitivity. It is classed as a YA read, so it's a fairly quick read as well.

#205 Hi Anita, glad that it's available for you!

207DeltaQueen50
Apr 26, 2012, 5:50pm Top

63. The Holy Road by Michael Blake - 4.3 ★
12 in 12 Category: Home On The Range
TIOLI #10: Peoples of Two Cultures Meet




The Holy Road by Michael Blake is the sequel to Dances With Wolves and further explores the downfall of the North American Plain Indians, in this case, the Comanche. The Plain Indians were located in a very unfortunate place for them. Originally bypassed as the white people travelled through on their way to the gold fields of California and rich farmlands of Oregon, eventually these vast grasslands attracted settlers who wished to set their roots in the prairie heartlands. At the same time the government in Washington was planning on expanding to the Pacific Ocean. The best way to bind the country together was to build a railroad that would connect from sea to sea.

As the Comanche hear about other Indians that are being forced onto reservations, they fear what is coming for them and dread the possibility that their way of life will be stripped from them and they will be forced to live according to the white man’s rules. The Comanche nation was a very distinct community ruled by it’s own conventions, customs and societies that, unfortunately was neither understood by or meshed with white people’s idea of government. In those days both sides felt that what could not be understood must change or be wiped out.

In The Holy Road, Blake once again tells the story of the man who came to be known as Dances With Wolves and his wife, captured as a child, Stands With Fist. More than any other Comanche, he knows what the coming of the railroad and the influx of settlers will do to the Indians. Unfortunately, time is not on their side and while he and his two elder children are out hunting, their village is hit by Texas Rangers. The Rangers realize that Stands With Fist is a white woman and take her and her young daughter with them. Dances With Wolves is faced with the difficult task of reuniting his family.

Michael Blake tells an excellent story while at the same time, filling in with broad strokes the bigger picture of one nation crumbing as it must make way for a newer, stronger power. An emotional read but without the closer, personal feel of Dances With Wolves. I do, however, highly recommend both these books to anyone interested in this time period in American history.

208EBT1002
Apr 26, 2012, 8:26pm Top

Judy, your comments over on Joe's thread about how much you're enjoying The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival are making me want to move it up higher on my list. I still don't think I can get to it this month, but "glued to the pages" is not faint praise!

209DeltaQueen50
Apr 27, 2012, 12:57pm Top

Hi Ellen, even though you won't get to it this month, don't let The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance & Survival slip to the bottom of your TBR, I thought it was a great read (my review follows).

210DeltaQueen50
Apr 27, 2012, 1:02pm Top

64. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance & Survival by John Vaillant - 4.4 ★
12 in 12 Category: True Colors
TIOLI #15: Wild Animal In Title




I found The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant a very compelling read. I was fascinated in learning about this event and about both the history and geography of this remote corner of Russia. I also learned a valuable life lesson - Never mess with a Tiger!

The Amur Tiger is quite rightly revered and respected in this part of the world. This superior hunting machine is at the top of the food chain and is a perfect predator and well adapted to this environment. There seems to be some evidence that the Amur Tiger also appears well able to hold a grudge and to target and specifically hunt down a human that it feels has done it wrong.

The story begins with Yuri Trush and his men of the Inspection Tiger, a organization that’s full purpose is the preservation of both the Amur Tiger and it’s habitat. These men are not particularly popular with the locals as this is a poverty ridden area that relies heavily on both hunting for food and extra income. In December of 1997, the Tiger Organization is called to investigate the death of a local from a tiger attack. A few days later a second man is attacked, killed and eaten. These incidents launch the story of the subsequent hunt for a man-eater, which the author tells side by side with his well researched, convincing plea on the need for the conservation of these animals and their habitat.

Totally gripping this narrative non-fiction story is a great adventure tale as well as a well defined thumbnail sketch of the people, politics and environment of Russia’s far east .

211jnwelch
Apr 27, 2012, 1:31pm Top

Good review, and an intriguing book, Judy! Thumb from me.

212phebj
Apr 27, 2012, 1:57pm Top

I'm so happy you loved this book, Judy, since I own an unread copy (purchased after Mark favorably reviewed it). Thumb from me too.

213Crazymamie
Apr 27, 2012, 3:38pm Top

Added to my WL and a thumb from me as well.

214Dejah_Thoris
Apr 27, 2012, 3:57pm Top

Hi Judy!

You’ll have to read Laura next month for Murder and Mayhem – great book and great movie. I’ll have to find my copy; I haven’t reread it in years.

As for the Deborah Crombie books, they get better and better. The early ones are good, but some of the later ones are spectacular.

I’ve got Fables Vol One out from the library – I’ll try to get to it this weekend. I imagine I’ll like it as both you and my librarian have good things to say about it!

Oh yeah – I’m going to get to Gentlemen of the Road this weekend, too. Right.

And a thumbs up from me on your review of The Tiger!

215msf59
Apr 27, 2012, 7:45pm Top

Judy- Good review of The Tiger. Narrative nonfiction at it's best. We'll have to keep an eye on this author. Hopefully your glowing review will attract more readers.

216DeltaQueen50
Apr 27, 2012, 10:38pm Top

What a day! I've been popping in and out of LT as the eagerly antcipated TIOLI Challenges went up. I was trying to clean house, but very little actually got done. I managed to get three loads of laundry done though and cook a nice dinner. The rest of the time I was scanning book shelves and making lists of planned reading.

#211 - Hi Joe, thanks.

#212 - Hi Pat, I added it my wishlist as well after reading Mark's review. It's a gread read and thanks for the thumb!

#213 - Mamie, thanks for the thumb and I'm sure you will enjoy this one when you get to it.

#214 - It's great to see you back on the threads, Dejah. I am looking forward to reading Laura, but don't know if I can fit it in next month, but maybe someone will post a challenge that will work for it. Hope you enjoy Fables, I love graphics cause they fit in so well between books. Gentlemen of the Road is a pretty quick read, you may surprise yourself and get it finished this weekend.

#215 - Hi Mark, I should be thanking you for bringing The Tiger to my attention, another great read that I may not have gotten to except for you!

217Kassilem
Apr 28, 2012, 1:06am Top

Wow. I totally missed the transition to new threads. I'm way behind now. I did see a Chadwick book :) Anyways, I'm here again to lurk :)

218PaulCranswick
Edited: Apr 28, 2012, 1:52am Top

Judy - I'll swap you because The Holy Road looks just up my alley. I think you'll like Lennox great wisecracking yarn. Have a lovely weekend.

219vancouverdeb
Apr 28, 2012, 6:28am Top

The Tiger sounds just great. I keep seeing in the stores, but so far I have never picked it up. You are nudging it forward! :)

220DeltaQueen50
Apr 28, 2012, 6:24pm Top

#217 - Hi Kassilen, welcome back and please feel free to lurk away. yes, I've managed to fit 2 Elizabeth Chadwick books in this year so far.

#218 - Hope you having a restful weekend, Paul. If you go for The Holy Road don't forget the first one, Dances With Wolves, it's a great read. I'm looking forward to Lennox, I really like the name of the second book, Long Glasgow Kiss, I have a feeling that this Kiss they speak of has nothing to do with two people putting their lips together in an affectionate way!

#219 - Hi Deb, The Tiger is a very good read and the author, John Vaillant is a local. He lives in Vancouver. (nudge, nudge)

221Donna828
Apr 28, 2012, 9:56pm Top

>206 DeltaQueen50:: Hi Judy, I've been like you and busy deciding on the May TIOLI books I want to read. The challenges are always so interesting and varied that I need more month to get my choices read. I'm furiously reading Gillespie and I as my last book for April.

I love the Black and White Challenge that you and Carrie came up with. If I can find my copy of The White Mary, I'll add it to the list. I sort of remember that you recommended it last year.(?) I recently did another major book rearrangement and somehow "lost" my recommendation list in the process. I'm sure it will turn up somewhere, sometime!

222PaulCranswick
Apr 29, 2012, 1:50am Top

Judy - you're right it refers to a head-butt!

223alcottacre
Apr 29, 2012, 2:06am Top

#172: OK, I will keep that in mind. Thanks for letting me know.

224BLBera
Apr 29, 2012, 9:05am Top

Judy: Great review of The Tiger; it definitely goes on my list. Also, thanks for the warning to never mess with one;)

225Crazymamie
Apr 29, 2012, 12:33pm Top

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

226DeltaQueen50
Apr 29, 2012, 6:11pm Top

#221 - Hi Donna, yes, the first day of the TIOLI postings is always a busy one! I don't want to put you off, but actually I really didn't care for The White Mary, but I just checked the reviews and I think my opinion is in the minority. I'll be interested in what you think of it.

#222 - Ha, I knew it! :) I love learning new slang terms, Paul.

#223 - Hi Stasia, hope you are still enjoying some time away from your studies.

#224 - Yes, Beth, "never mess with a tiger" is a warning to go by. I actually saw one review of The Tiger and it said that halfway through the book she started looking at her own cat with great suspicion!

#225 - Hi Mamie, I am having a nice Sunday. Hubby and I went out for brunch, then a quick tour through Home Depot since we are planning on updating the laundry room and also need a new kitchen sink. Then I came home and spent an hour reading (and finishing) my last book for April. Now I get to spend some time here on LT - a very nice day! I hope you are also enjoying your Sunday.

227DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 29, 2012, 9:56pm Top

65. War For the Oaks by Emma Bull - 4.4 ★
12 in 12 Category: Do You Believe In Magic
TIOLI #19: Winner of a Lesser Known Literary Prize (Locus Award for Best First Novel)




Originally published in 1987, War For the Oaks by Emma Bull is considered one of the earliest examples of urban fantasy and, quite frankly, it blew my socks off. Chock full of adventure, romance, musical references and various magical beings, this story of a young Minneapolis musician who gets caught up in a war between the two faerie courts was really, really good.

Eddi McCandry is a rock and roll singer who is having a very bad night. Her band just broke up, she and boyfriend are on the rocks, and then as she is walking home from her seemingly last gig, she meets both a phouka and a Glaistig, members of the Seelie Court of Faerie. Somehow, she has been chosen as the mortal that will enter the battle between the Seelie & Unseelie Courts. She has no chose in this matter, and to make matters even more bizarre, the phouka, a being that can change shape from a man to a dog, is to be her live-in body guard.

Emma Bull tells a great story filled with intelligent and well defined characters. The 1980’s setting added unintentional charm to the story with characters who dressed like members of Fleetwood Mac, and made no references to computers, cell phones, or I-Pods. This book never felt dated to me however and I found the story had a very contemporary feel. I’ve seen some complaints that the author spends too much time writing about the band and the music, but I really enjoyed that part of the story. Overall a great fantasy read, and one I recommend to admirers of urban fantasy.

228Donna828
Apr 29, 2012, 7:40pm Top

>226 DeltaQueen50:: Lol about The White Mary. I see you gave it 2.5 stars. It may be in my "read and release" program! LT thinks with high confidence that I will like Mary. We'll see.

229Dejah_Thoris
Apr 29, 2012, 8:13pm Top

I'm finding it hard to believe, but I don't think I've ever read anything by Emma Bull. Given your review, I'll rectify that omission and read War for the Oaks. Thanks!

The first thumbs up for your review is from me!

230jnwelch
Apr 29, 2012, 8:36pm Top

I'm so glad you liked War for the Oaks, Judy! I love that book! It's not as well known as it should be, IMHO, nor is Emma Bull. She's got another urban fantasy one I liked a lot called Finder.

231ronincats
Apr 29, 2012, 8:57pm Top

Bull is a great writer, and that is one of my favorites of hers. Glad you liked it.

232Crazymamie
Apr 29, 2012, 9:12pm Top

Nice review, Judy. A thumb from me also. I haven't read any Emma Bull either, but I will have to remedy that. Adding War for the Oaks to my WL.

233susiesharp
Apr 30, 2012, 8:41am Top

I've had my eye on War for the Oaks for awhile thanks for the great review will have to move it up the TBR stack!

234ChelleBearss
Apr 30, 2012, 10:54am Top

Good review of War For the Oaks! Sounds like one that should be on my wishlish!

235BLBera
Apr 30, 2012, 11:50am Top

Great review of War for the Oaks, Judy. I am not familiar with Emma Bull, but it sounds like I must change that. Another one to add to the list. This is becoming a dangerous thread.

236EBT1002
Apr 30, 2012, 12:54pm Top

Judy, I love your review of The Tiger: a True Story of Vengeance and Survival. Have no fear, I won't let it slip too far down in the stack (although that is, as you well know, always a challenge). And I appreciate the life lesson: never mess with a tiger! Duly noted.

237DeltaQueen50
Apr 30, 2012, 6:41pm Top

#228 - I hope you have more fun with The White Mary than I did, Donna.

#229 - This was my first Emma Bull, Dejah, but it won't be my last!

#230 - Thanks, Joe, I will add Finder to the list.

#231 - Hi Roni, do you have any Emma Bull titles that you think I should add to my must read list?

#232, 233, 234, & 235 - Mamie, Susie, Chelle & Beth - I hope you all enjoy The War for the Oaks when you get to it. I never would have found this author except for reading about her on LT. I don't remember who first brought her to my attention (which is one of the reasons I now try to keep track of this), but I'm very glad they did.

#236 - Hi Ellen, I see congratulations are in order as you finished David Copperfield before the end of the month. I was so lucky when I read it, as it's one of my brother's favorite books and I was visiting over there at the time. Every day I updated him on my progress and we talked about plot lines and characters. He really kept up my enthusiasm for the book.

238vancouverdeb
May 2, 2012, 1:26am Top

Heheh!! Thanks for the nudge! I decided to read White Nights for the moment, for Mark's M and M May! :)

239DeltaQueen50
May 2, 2012, 5:14pm Top

#238 - Hi Deb, I am also reading books right now for Mark's M&M. He's going to be keeping a lot of busy this month!

I am not feeling at my best today, woke up in the middle of the night feeling quite unwell. I am keeping a low profile today, drinking lots of fluids and taking many naps, in the hope of shaking this off. This coming weekend is my husband's birthday and we are planning on heading down across the border for a long weekend. Of course, I have spent a fair amount of reading time as well, currently two mysteries, Lennox a British crime novel set in 1950's Glasgow, and also The White Russian set in St. Petersberg in 1917 are keeping me absorbed.

240Crazymamie
May 2, 2012, 7:13pm Top

Oh Judy, sorry to hear that you are not feeling well - no fun! Both of your mysteries sound interesting. I am sending good thoughts your way and hoping that you feel better before the weekend gets here.

241alcottacre
May 2, 2012, 7:19pm Top

I own at least one of Emma Bull's books. Now I just need to find it so that I can read it!

242Whisper1
May 2, 2012, 8:30pm Top

Judy you are clipping along at a great pace and there are lots of great books on your list. Re. post #195, I am a BIG fan of Marcello in the Real World. I believe Stasia recommended this book to me.

243bell7
May 2, 2012, 10:03pm Top

Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well today, and hope you wake up refreshed tomorrow.

244Dejah_Thoris
May 2, 2012, 10:32pm Top

I'm sorry to hear you're under the weather - I hope you're feeling much better soon!

245DeltaQueen50
May 3, 2012, 6:53pm Top

Hi everyone and thanks for visiting. I am still feeling lousy, but I am bound and determined not to ruin my husband's birthday plans. Hopefully by tomorrow I will be feeling better and we can get away.

I've been sleeping a lot, and sitting in front of the tv, reading a bit, just can't seem to concentrate on any one thing for very long. Aong with the above mentioned books, I have also picked up Russian Fairy Tales which, at over 600 pages, I'll probably be reading on and off the whole month!

246msf59
May 3, 2012, 6:59pm Top

Judy- I hope you recover soon! Sending healing vibes. The M & M books aren't helping?

247Crazymamie
May 3, 2012, 7:24pm Top

Murder and mayhem always makes me feel better! Sending good thoughts your way for a speedy recovery, Judy!

248tymfos
May 3, 2012, 8:57pm Top

Judy, sorry you're feeling badly. I really hope you feel better tomorrow!

249ronincats
May 3, 2012, 11:51pm Top

Judy, so sorry to hear you are not feeling well! I hope you recover swiftly.

For Bull books, she is not terribly prolific, but I really like Finder, Territory and her collaboration with Steven Brust, Freedom & Necessity.

If you liked The War for the Oaks, you might also like No Earthly Sunne by Margaret Ball or Gossamer Axe by Gael Baudino.

250DeltaQueen50
May 4, 2012, 1:36am Top

Slept some more this evening and now I am wide awake!

#246 - Hi Mark, that's when I know I'm not well, when M&M books can't keep me awake!

#247, 248, & 249 - Mamie, Terri and Roni, I am feeling a little better tonight, hopefully I have just about shaken this off.

#249 - Roni, thanks for the Emma Bull recommendations, both you and Joe have recommended Finder so that one is definitely on my list. I'll have to check out both Margaret Ball and Gael Baudino as they are new-to-me authors.

251DeltaQueen50
Edited: May 4, 2012, 2:01am Top

Since I am so wide awake, this looks like a good time to start up a new thread. Please join me for Thread #4.

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