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What You're Reading the Week of 15 September 2007

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Sep 13, 2007, 5:55 am

Off to Italy in a couple of hours and not sure I'll have an internet connection there so this is very early.

My reading this week has been Gone by Jonathan Kellerman and Back Spin by Harlan Coben and I've just started Karin Slaughter's Triptych, with the disappointing Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Studentsby Ellen Lupton thrown in to make weight - otherwise work has suddenly sprung into life after the summer and life feels very busy.

Sep 14, 2007, 1:32 pm

I'll be finishing Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I haven't yet decided what I'm going to follow that with though... So much to choose from!

Sep 14, 2007, 1:53 pm

I finished 1988 and quite enjoyed it, although it is an incredibly depressing book. I am now reading Fingersmith and I am about 1/3 of the way through War and Peace.

Sep 14, 2007, 4:53 pm

Last week I read The Summer Book by Tove Janssen and started The remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Next up will be either The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan or Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I can't decide.

Sep 14, 2007, 5:07 pm

I just finished Their Eyes Were Watching God, and quite liked it. I'm still reading Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, a few essays at a time. My next book is The Yacoubian Building, which I will probably start later tonight.

Sep 14, 2007, 6:45 pm

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Oooh! Read The Cement Garden. It's a weird book, but I liked it. I want to see what you think of it.

Sep 14, 2007, 6:55 pm

Finally finished Tipperary and posted my review. Just picked up In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez -- but it's seeming very familiar, I think I've read it before! Hate it when that happens.

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Sep 14, 2007, 7:06 pm

Hi, just joined. Currently reading Survival Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White and listening to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

Sep 14, 2007, 7:26 pm

>8 ireed110: ireed110 - Welcome to LT! Hope you enjoy it here.

Sep 14, 2007, 7:45 pm

I'm slowly but surely working my way through The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. It kind of moves in fits and spurts; one moment I'm completely absorbed in it, the next I'm bored. Hmm.

I've also started rereading Kapilavastu, the first volume of Osamu Tezuka's manga biography of the Buddha. It's just as good as it was the first time through.

Sep 14, 2007, 10:25 pm

Sep 15, 2007, 12:00 am

I just started Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville this evening, but I may be done by next week. Not sure what's next on the list.

Sep 15, 2007, 12:05 am

I just started Lottery by Patricia Wood (no touchtones) and it is an amazing book about a mentally slow man who wins $12 Million.

Sep 15, 2007, 1:48 am

Last night I started Saturday by Ian McEwan (I love how descriptive he is) and I am still reading Mark Twain's short stories. I did have to put down War and Peace. I will go back to it later---------much later.

Sep 15, 2007, 1:53 am

Just finished For One More Day by Mitch Albom. Of course, I sobbed and sobbed. Why do I do this to myself? *lol*

Next up is The Terror by Dan Simmons. I need a change of pace.

Sep 15, 2007, 2:16 am

I'm reading Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother and loving it! Next up will be one of the Ian McEwans, or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan that I have on loan.

Sep 15, 2007, 2:26 am

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Just finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan tonight. I'm still in tears. Do read that book next!

The next up for me is The Liar's Club.

Sep 15, 2007, 6:47 am

Still reading Sense and Sensibility which has surprised me. I expected a book about English manners and so it is, but I never epected so much "action"! Also rereading Canterbury Tales after about 50 years; I had forgotten how funny and sly the Prologue could be. And to get away from the classics, I'm pretty absorbed in Suite Francaise--at the moment, a riveting account of the exodus from Paris prior to German occupation. I'm finding it extremely powerful and disturbing.

Sep 15, 2007, 7:06 am

I am finishing Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, which is such a provocative book - one that I will think about for a long time. After that, I think I will reread Little Women by Louisa May Alcott or maybe I'll reach for something a little more modern, such as Middlesex or Gilead. Decisions, decisions!

Sep 15, 2007, 7:59 am

I really enjoyed Nineteen Minutes. Currently i'm reading Sheer Abandon by Penny Vincenzi which so far i'm enjoying. Just when you think you guessed something, something happens to make you change your mind - my kind of book, keeps you thinking and on your toes!

Sep 15, 2007, 8:13 am

I'm still working on David Copperfield I plan to finish it today. (Not sure why the touchstone says Treasure Island...) I've really enjoyed it, but I think Dickens is one of those authors that I will read over years to come. I couldn't pick up another of his books soon after finishing one. By the way I think Uriah Heep is one of the most detestable characters in literature.

I plan to go to the big downtown library today and check out 5 or 6 books. I picked two off of the LT suggestion list.

Sep 15, 2007, 8:56 am

10: xicanti = I read The Blue Sword quite a long time ago, but I remember having that same bored/intrigued kinda feeling about it.

I'm reading Cheaper by the Dozen, New Moon, and The Thirteenth Tale. I can't believe I waited so long to get to New Moon!!

Sep 15, 2007, 9:48 am

I'm working on getting through Blood Trail by Tanya Huff. I usually have no problem in getting caught up in werewolf stories, but this one is more like a mystery book. Rather like what I would imagine an Agatha Christie book to be if I were inclined to read them. For some reason mysteries just never really appealed to me. But, I hate to give up on a book so I'll keep on.

Sep 15, 2007, 10:38 am

I have been away from LibraryThing for awhile.. a big move across country in July has seemed to make me less of a reader.
Although since the move and my break from LibraryThing I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, 24 Girls in 7 Days, Dream When You're Feeling Blue, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Book Club: Unshelved, a comic strip about library users and librarians.
I loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and like many other readers was unsatisfied with the ending of Dream When You're Feeling Blue. And I love the Unshelved Comic Strips

Sep 15, 2007, 12:47 pm

Have decided to follow Wuthering Heights with The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk-Kidd, which has been loaned to me by a buddy. After that, I'll read Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman and then I'll be re-reading The Stand by Stephen King (the complete, uncut version), as a group of us are reading it at The Book Club Forum. It's an old favourite of mine and it's been maybe three or four years since I last read it, so it's about time to revisit my old friends; Stu Redman, Nick Andros, et al!

Sep 15, 2007, 1:01 pm

Just finished reading Dark Chalice by Phil Rickman whilst on holiday in Somerset. I fear his books are fastly becoming very addictive. To follow I think something light, like The Situation is Hopeless by Ronald Searle

Sep 15, 2007, 1:08 pm

Just finished The Long Goodbye and have just started Stiff. I'm stuck at home waiting for the exterminator, so I have plenty of reading time.

Sep 15, 2007, 1:55 pm

Still working on The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cesair-Thompson. (The touchstone is wrong.) For class prep, I'm rereading Arden of Feversham and Richard III.

I have no idea why The waste lands by Stephen King popped up!

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Sep 15, 2007, 2:08 pm


Sep 15, 2007, 2:23 pm

Sep 15, 2007, 4:10 pm

I'm still reading Eldest. I'm currently really sick and don't have the attention span to read right now.

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#32 bunagsbbooks--Sorry to hear that, but I can really sympathize. Been laid flat myself for a week. Fortunately still able to read, aided and abettted by 1-3 dogs and a couple of cats. Hope you recover well enough to read! :-) And certainly beyond.

Just finished Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin, the last of 4 of his I've read this week. Need a break from hard-boiled detectives, so I'm starting a reread of The Gettysburg Campaign: a Study in Command by Edwin Coddington, one of the best books I have ever read. Should balance Chaucer and Jane Austen nicely!

Sep 15, 2007, 5:42 pm

Besides things I'm reading for some classes I'm taking, I've been reading Siberia by Ann Halam, aka Gwyneth Jones. Jones is such a fine writer of adult SF, I couldn't resist picking up her 3 YA novels to check them out. This is one is quite good and certainly had me looking forward to getting back to it each night. Strange that I could not get into Le Guin's Gifts, the first of her YA trilogy. Oh well.

Sep 15, 2007, 8:14 pm

Am in the middle of The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, which I am finding wonderful. Also close to the end of the audiobook Find Me, the latest Mallory mystery by Carol O'Connell, and hoping it doesn't signal the end of the series. If it does, I know I'll be rereading all the novels soon, they are so good! Also just beginning Justinian's Flea, a history of the Byzantine Empire in the middle of the 6th century, by William Rosen.

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Finished The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascom. A good nonfiction read but wildly overpraised and not enough subject to carry the 269 pages.

I'll start The Merchant & the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang tonight. Only 60 pages but looks intriguing. Beautifully made book. Tomorrow I will start the Folger Library edition of Othello.

Sep 15, 2007, 10:06 pm

I'm reading Paradise Lost by John Milton. Hopefully I'll get through it faster than my last book: Girls Gone Mild by Wendy Shalit. It took me a month to read that one because of school and work!

Sep 15, 2007, 10:10 pm

Today I finished Up in the Old Hotel a collection of Joseph Mitchell's writings from the New Yorker in the 1930s-1960s. Some great pieces, and a fascinating look at unusual characters in the tri-state area. His pieces on harbor life led me to pick up Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky, which looks to be a quick read.

Sep 16, 2007, 12:50 am

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Who decides which books get press (Harry Potter) and which get censored? After all, censorship is becoming America's favorite past-time. The US gov't (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like "America Deceived" from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for books).
Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
America Deceived (book)

Sep 16, 2007, 1:20 am

America Deceived is available from Amazon (I just found it) The two reviews were less than enthusiastic. Is it vanity to sell more books like one reviewer thought or is it the Filbert family of a vast rightwing/corporate conspiracy that couldn't cover up a "third rate burglary" when there were three corporate TV networks, no internet or cell phone cameras. Let's try to fix real problems.

Sorry to the LT community for hijacking the site, but I thought I might practice a little free speech myself.

Sep 16, 2007, 6:56 am

I finished Nineteen Minutes, which was a powerful book. I settled on reading Little Women next. I must have read the abridged version when I was in elementary school because the edition I got from the library is 456 pages in the tiniest print! I think they invented reading glasses for books like this! =)

Sep 16, 2007, 10:07 am

#37 If you get through Paradise Lost quickly, it will be a miracle! When I had an interview for a fellowship, one of the questions I'll always remember was, "How would you teach Milton without all those godawful footnotes?" I enjoyed the poem more the second time I read it--I think it takes a measure of maturity and maybe a little familiarity with Milton's life and other works.

Good luck!

Sep 16, 2007, 10:21 am

#42 A miracle?!?! Uh oh! LOL.

I studied English lit at uni so I'm familiar with the 'harder' reads, although I haven't tackled them in awhile.

Thanks for the luck! :)

Sep 16, 2007, 10:59 am

#37 & 42: At the risk of turning this thread into a Milton support group, I have to say that I'm at the moment working through a re-read of Paradise Lost, and it's still a little dense in places for me (note: that's a massive understatement), although it's worth it. So, leighisme, I'm right there with you!

Sep 16, 2007, 11:03 am

#43 & 44

Gotta love that Lucifer!

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Sep 16, 2007, 11:43 am

This is my first post, so hopefully I don't mess it up! I'm currently reading "A Shadow on the Wall" by Jonathan Aycliffe. I read "The Lost" several years ago (same author), which I really enjoyed. It at least gives me a break from the YA novels I tend to read.

Sep 16, 2007, 11:53 am

Welcome to LT and the group, sbackus!

If you want to create "touchstones" (direct links to the works you're referring to) put the title in between single brackets and put authors in between double brackets . e.g. A Shadow on the Wall

Sep 16, 2007, 1:01 pm

Sep 16, 2007, 1:10 pm

44: Glad I'm not the only one! :)

45: Yeah, he's wacky. :P

Sep 16, 2007, 5:24 pm

I forgot to mention the book I read online, Andy Burke, An Irish Boy by Horatio Alger.

Sep 16, 2007, 5:34 pm

I have now moved onto Kill Me by Stephen White. Great suspense thriller!

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I am reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K Dick. I'm really enjoying it! And before that I read The Barbed Coil by JV Jones. It was OK but not as good as her Bakers Boy series.

12: Shortride: What do you think of Sara Douglas's new series? I loved the Axis trilogy but the more recent stuff has not been as good.

Sep 16, 2007, 6:55 pm

I read The Road by McCarthy then Night by Wiesel. Before I killed myself in despair, I started Secrets of a Summer Night by Kleypas.

I think I'll need to read light and fluffy for rest of the year after reading those back to back.

Sep 16, 2007, 7:05 pm

Just started reading On Agate Hill by Lee Smith.

Sep 16, 2007, 7:38 pm

Now reading The Woods by Harlan Coben

Sep 16, 2007, 8:19 pm

Almost finished with My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow....great young adult read....needs to be read by as many adults as children. The cheerleaders were a group of mothers who heckled Ruby Bridges when she entered first grade in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans in 1960.

Sep 16, 2007, 8:46 pm

>18 SqueakyChu: squeakychu I took your advice and have started Snow Flower and the Secret Fan this morning. I think I will like this one.

Sep 16, 2007, 9:03 pm

#55 caroline123 I hope you enjoy The Woods. It is not the best Harlan Coben I have read, but holds your interest.

I am reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith for the second time for a discussion group. I read this 30+ years ago. I am really enjoying it for the second time.

I am also reading a true crime book called Eye of the Beholder by Lowell Cauffiel.

Sep 16, 2007, 11:11 pm

I'm 3/4 of the way through Mishima: A Biography by John Nathan. Also, I'm about 1/3 of the way through They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky.

Sep 16, 2007, 11:32 pm

I returned from the library with a number of great reads today:

The Remains of the Day - I loved Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, so I am hoping this brings me more of his quiet, understated drama.

The Thirteenth Tale, which the library held for me well past the date they said they would!

The Fight for English: How Language Pundits Ate, Shot, and Left by David Crystal. I loved Lynn Truss' book Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation and this is sort of an alternative perspective on the issue, so I'm looking forward to it. Plus, I like David Crystal's writings on language.

Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa, which I will start soon, as it is our first group read for the LT group "Reading Globally - Fiction". I am excited about the book and about trying out a group read on LT.

Sep 16, 2007, 11:38 pm

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I think Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was the most beautiful book about female friendship I've ever read. Can't wait to hear what you think of it when you're done.

Sep 16, 2007, 11:40 pm

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I'm picking up Abyssinian Chronicles from the library tomorrow and am much looking forward to our group read. I may be a bit behind you as I have The Liar's Club to finish first, but hopefully it won't take me long to catch up to you and the rest of the group.

Sep 16, 2007, 11:45 pm

Ok, I decided to re-read The Awakening. It's one of my favorites, and I'm really in the mood for it right now. After that I think I'll read The Color of Water by James McBride.

Sep 17, 2007, 12:28 am

Going back and re-reading some books in my library, Finishing up Co. Aytch, than planning on re- reading The Red Badge of Courage, followed by Gone for Soldiers and so on through the rest of Shaara's books.

Sep 17, 2007, 1:42 am

52: I've only read the first three of The Troy Game books. Based on those, I'd say that although the language may not be the best, the story certainly kept me engaged and entertained.

The main problem I had was that it had been a while since I read the previous book in the seres, so it took me a while to get up to speed with the characters.

I'm now reading The Ivory and the Horn, by Charles de Lint

Sep 17, 2007, 3:08 am

#6 Squeakychu- alright your enthusiasm convinced me I will read The Cement Garden

War and Peace seems to be going through a 'renaissance' of late. Are people reading the new translation? I myself have read it once and while I say I enjoyed it nothing could make me read it again! lol

#20 Mrstreme I liked Nineteen Minutes a lot too! stayed up until 4 am reading that one! If you liked that you might like We need to talk about Kevin too.

#21 lululamb Penny Vincenzi is my favourite author. The one and only book I haven't read of her is An absolute scandal which I have in my TBR.

#53 Morphidae "I read The Road by McCarthy then Night by Wiesel. Before I killed myself in despair..." You make me laugh! but yeah I'm a wimp that couldn't even complete reading The Road myself.

Sep 17, 2007, 4:49 am

I just finished my takeout reading last night -- Renaissance Faire, edited by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe.

Sep 17, 2007, 5:59 am

#64 BrettBreeman: How do you like Company Aytch? It's on my TBR. I've read All for the Union by Elisha Hunt Rhodes--I have a feeling that Company Aytch might be a bit more interesting.

I found Gone for Soldiers to be a very good book as an introduction to the Civil War trilogy, in that you read about the major players as they participated in the Mexican War. Gods and Generals is good, too. I know the movie was a commercial bomb, but one of the best parts is the portrayal of the Battle of Fredericksburg. The book is excellent--much better than the movie.

Sep 17, 2007, 6:35 am

I am still reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I am enjoying it but have not been reading as much as I usually do. This always seems to happen at the beginning of the school year. While I am home all day, for the first time by myself, I volunteer at school a lot and have not been reading much in the evenings. After spending the day apart, we have spent most of the evening talking until the kids go to bed and then I have to go to bed and can't spend my usual hour or two reading alone. I hope to finish the book this week, though and think that the reading will pick up shortly.

Sep 17, 2007, 8:56 am

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Let me know what you think of The Cement Garden, kiwiflower.

Sep 17, 2007, 9:09 am

Working on Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, but I'm still not finding much time to read. So, it's slow going.

Sep 17, 2007, 9:47 am

I am currently reading the witching hour By Anne Rice. It was a little slow to start but I love when she switches to the historical pieces of the Mayfair family much more than the present day drama of Rowan and Michael.

Sep 17, 2007, 10:31 am

I'm now reading In a lonely place by Dorothy B. Hughes ... this is a recent-ish reprint of a 1947 noir that was made into a Bogart film of the same name ... the twist to this is that, while most classic noir was done by men, this, obviously, was written by a woman ... it was pubilshed as part of a series recognizing women writers in the genre ... the writing's a little overheated but it's keeping my attention.

Sep 17, 2007, 10:32 am

I finished Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff and Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin. I've started reading Nightlife by Rob Thurman

Sep 17, 2007, 11:38 am

Have just started The Maid of the White Hands by Rosalind Miles, the second in the Tristan and Isolde series. Am just starting to get in to it after 50 pages or so, and am very relieved that Miles laid off on some of the excessive Mother Goddess Women Rule stuff that bogged down the first book.

Sep 17, 2007, 11:42 am

Last week I read An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. Both were wonderfully entertaining, quick reads. Now I'm starting The Sonnet Lover by Carol Goodman.

Sep 17, 2007, 11:49 am

#60 fannyprice- Thanks for mentioning the David Crystal book. That looks like something I'll have to pick up.

I am reading A Prayer for Owen Meany right now. I'm a little less than half done but enjoying it so far.

Sep 17, 2007, 12:07 pm

Currently halfway through When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase which is a non-fictional account of a woman's multiple personalities that were triggered by years of physical and sexual abuse and incest. It's gut-wrenching and appalling that someone could be tortured and abused in that way throughout their life, yet we still see accounts of such acts all over the news today.

Sep 17, 2007, 12:31 pm

Read on Saturday and couldn't put it down
"Sniper One By Sgt Dan Mills" it was un put downable actually finished it the same day I started to read it an amazing account for a change by British Soldiers about the conflict in Iraq

Sep 17, 2007, 12:36 pm

Only started one new book - a fairly early Rendell - Make Death Love Me which is quite good so far.

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I finished Nicholas Christopher's wonderful "The Bestiary" on Saturday. I'm now enjoying "Picture Perfect" by Jodi Picoult.

Sep 17, 2007, 4:19 pm

Just started the Archivist's Story by Travis Holland. I think I'm going to like it, but unfortunately it is about life in the USSR during Stalin's time. That makes it my 4th depressing book in a row. I'll have to try something light next time.

Sep 17, 2007, 4:43 pm

I have moved on to Sister Mine by Tawni O'Dell.

Sep 17, 2007, 4:54 pm

I have just skipped my way through Saturday by Ian McEwan. I know everyone else loved this book but I could just not wrap my brain around it. I like author's use of the English language, but had trouble separating the prose from the story line. I am still reading Mark Twain's short stories and loving them and am beginning High Lonesome by Joyce Carol Oates.

Sep 17, 2007, 4:56 pm

Just finished Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson which I really enjoyed. Next up is Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt.

Sep 17, 2007, 5:00 pm

>82 mcna217: I had enough after two, I can't imagine four! I went to my TBR pile, the next book was Bridge to Terabithia. Er, no. No tear-jerkers. I was sobbing after Night. Next in my pile was The Haunting of Hill House. NO! Sheesh. No horror, either. I finally settled on a romance.

Sep 17, 2007, 5:26 pm

Ah, returning to LT is like climbing into a hot bath after a long day at work! Here have I rediscovered my people!

Um, okay, sorry, maybe a little carried away there.

*ahem* Moving on--I've just finally finished the Mabinogion Tetralogy which had been languishing on my shelf for years. Really great retellings of Welsh myth, if you're interested.

Currently, been peeking at Jane Austen in the Classroom because I just saw "Becoming Jane" (*sigh* You just can't judge people by their understanding of JA anymore) and started Dream Angus as well (trying to make my way through the Canongate series, though thus far this is the least interesting of the lot).

Apologies for length--I'm just excited to be back!

Sep 17, 2007, 5:49 pm

I'm reading Lonesome Dove which I started during my recent roadtrip out west to South Dakota. It was a good fit. But I'm still reading it, good so far.
I'm also reading Howards End which I love. This is my fourth or fifth E.M. Forster book I've read and soo far it's my favorite.
Also reading You shall know our velocity. A great mix of books.

Sep 17, 2007, 6:20 pm

Hi This is my first posting here, so I hope I get it right!

I just finished The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullins, which I LOVED, but it seemed to me that the ending was...missing. Next up is The Echo Maker.

Sep 17, 2007, 6:24 pm

Hey sorsopkel, welcome to the group. Your post looks perfect. Enjoy!

Sep 17, 2007, 6:40 pm

Just finished Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind, and will probably start Stone of Tears tomorrow.

Sep 17, 2007, 6:55 pm

#84, I hope never to separate the prose from the storyline.


Sep 17, 2007, 6:57 pm

#4 and #6 The Cement Garden was one weird book. I love McEwan, but I like him better now that he's moving past his kinky stage.

Sep 17, 2007, 6:57 pm

right now i'm reading Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham.

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Hehe! I love "weird"!

Have you read Enduring Love? That one was strange, too.

Sep 17, 2007, 7:12 pm

#82 - mcna217: The Archivist's Story is pretty good - stick with it!

I breezed through Little Women, which I didn't enjoy as much as I did when I was 10. Now I am reading Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and it's enjoyable so far!

Sep 17, 2007, 7:48 pm

I've picked up In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson to read a bit at a time. I'm enjoying how Bryson keeps poking fun at himself. I've been reading snippets to my other half to hear him laugh.

For my main read I've just started The Companions by Sheri S. Tepper.

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Just starting Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

I also couldn't stop myself from starting At Large and at Small : Familiar Essays by the brilliant writer Anne Fadiman.

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Sep 17, 2007, 8:59 pm

Just "finished" Codex Seraphinianus, and The Arrival. I'm currently reading: The City of Dreaming Books and Promises to Keep

Sep 17, 2007, 9:24 pm

finishing snow flower and the secret fan. by Lisa See up next is Charming Billy by Mcdermott

Sep 17, 2007, 11:01 pm

I just picked up The Body Shop: Makeup by Bernadine Bibiano for idle reading at home.

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Just finished An Inifinty of Little Hours by Nancy Klein Maguire.

Will start later tonight Kabul Beauty School: an American woman goes behind the veil by Deborah Rodriguez

Sep 18, 2007, 1:50 am

I just finished The Ruins by Scott Smith. Rather creepy and suspenseful! I had to get it after seeing Stephen King's comment on the cover about being the best horror novel of the century. (Not sure about that, and I knew where the story was going from about page 50, but it was a very good ride and kept me up until I finished!)

Now, I'm popping back to bed with The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman.

Sep 18, 2007, 4:22 am

Trying to get through two books this week. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. So far finding it a real hoot. I seem to recall it being on the NYT 25 best books of the past 25 years.

The second is Genuine Authentic, the Real Life of Ralph Lauren by Michael Gross. So far it's pretty good.

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#105 nanann: I found Confederacy of Dunces hysterically funny. I didn't think the author could keep it up all the way through, but he does, he does.

Finished Sense and Sensibility--absolutely delightful. An amazing satirist--her characterizations are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.

I started The Smoke by Tony Broadbent last night--a post world war II espionage story featuring a cat burglar! Excellent so far.

Touchstones not working, unfortunately.

Sep 18, 2007, 7:15 am

I've started two books yesterday, The Seduction by Marilyn Wallace for the GRTB! group and Summer Knight by Jim Butcher.

Sep 18, 2007, 7:33 am

I have started reading A Theory of Clouds by Stephane Audeguy. It is very good thus far.

Here's the US publisher's blurb:
Akira Kumo, miraculous survivor of Hiroshima, reinvented himself as someone twenty years younger. Now an eccentric couturier and collector of all literature having to do with clouds and meteorology, he hires Virginie, a young librarian, to catalog his library. While she works, he tells her stories of those who have devoted their lives to clouds: the Quaker Luke Howard, contemporary of Napoleon and Goethe, who first classified clouds; the painter Carmichael (based on John Constable), who spent a year painting clouds; and the mysterious Abercrombie, a photographer who cataloged clouds around the world. Virginie’s trip to London in search of the suppressed Abercrombie protocol becomes a quest no less wondrous and strange than Kumo’s own. Sensual, hypnotic, and filled with stories both true and fanciful, The Theory of Clouds is a masterful first novel.

Sep 18, 2007, 7:44 am

I am reading The Old Wives Tale by Arnold Bennett. The foreword by the author is wonderful because he describes the situation that made him want to write the book. I'm about to page 100 and really enjoying it.

Sep 18, 2007, 8:23 am

I am very near the end of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I've really enjoyed it and would say my favourite part were the 'Orison of Sonmi~451' stories, very William Gibson cyber-punky I thought.
Next? Maybe Summer Crossing by Truman Capote- thanks to Bookmooch I have so many TBR!

*touchstones greyed out :P

Sep 18, 2007, 8:53 am

Have been doped up on cold medicine for days and reading isn't possible for long periods, but I did manage to get about 1/2 way through Make Death Love Me which is a late-70s Rendell.

Touchstones uncooperative this am.

Sep 18, 2007, 11:40 am

I've been on a bit of a reading spree in the last week (accompanied by a book-buying spree of similar proportions... oops!). I've finished Howard's End by E.M.Forster, The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (v.cute, and a nice twist at the end), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom Stoppard (it's ages since I read any plays), Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, and A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (last read when I was about 10 in a condensed Readers Digest version).

I'm currently reading The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease, and considering what my next fiction read might be. I think it might be The Yacoubian Building.

Touchstones still being uncooperative...

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Sep 18, 2007, 12:09 pm

I've just finished reading ((Ian McEwan's)) (Atonement) and really enjoyed it. I found it quite hard to crack into but when I had a bit more time and an emptier brain I found it quite engaging. Definately worth a read. Looking for something a bit lighter to read next!

Sep 18, 2007, 2:59 pm

>112 Killeymoon: Killeymoon
What did you think of Howards End I'm reading that right now and am really enjoying it. Also any thoughts of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead? Every time I read that play I can't help laughing out loud.

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I finished A Cement Garden last night. Another short Ian McEwan novel.

Squeakychu I actually liked it more than On Chesil Beach - which I wasn't impressed with at all. The story seemed to have more meaning and more actual story itself if that makes sense. I found myself thinking about the characters and trying to figure them out.

It does have incest in it which did put me off reading it at first but that didn't bother me what did was the bit about the mother - creepy! Also the main characters personal hygiene, the hygiene of the house as a whole, the heat of the summer ugh that was the grossest part. Ian McEwan really made use of the 5 senses; touch smell etc.

I'm now reading Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd

Sep 18, 2007, 5:26 pm

In Siberia by Colin Thubron and Bogart by A.M. Sperber

Sep 18, 2007, 5:48 pm

Am almost finished rereading Slant by Greg Bear - sorry, but Touchstone thingy was not showing the right book.

Have begun Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Sep 18, 2007, 7:48 pm

Just finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - and thought it was a fascinating book and a lovely story. Now I'm reading The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan.

Sep 18, 2007, 8:56 pm

#95 Oh, yes, I've read Enduring Love and quite enjoyed it, weird as it was. (The movie was awful, however. Not sure McEwan lends himself well to film, so we'll see what happens with Atonement).

Sep 19, 2007, 1:04 am

Nearing the end of Pratchett's The Colour of Magic, which I've enjoyed immensely. I'm going to have to find more of his Discworld novels.

Sep 19, 2007, 6:46 am

I finally finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver which I very much enjoyed. I wasn't thrilled with the chapter on the "harvesting" of the chickens and turkeys, though. I found that chapter to seem a bit defensive for some reason. I also figured out why it took me so long to read it besides the whole back to school really busy thing - I read On Chesil Beach: a novel in the middle of reading this. I am now reading Paper Trails by Pete Dexter who was at one time a newspaper columnist in this area. It is really good and I had a hard time putting it down last night to go to bed. It is a collection of some of his past columns so it is a very fast read and I found myself thinking "Just one more and then I will go to bed". I imagine that I will have this finished by tomorrow.

Sep 19, 2007, 8:15 am

Finished Make Death Love Me and quite liked it although I don't understand how the title relates to the story. I hate when that happens. I'm not dense, but I always feel dumb when I don't make the connection.

Have decided to concentrate on my as yet unfinished Seven Types of Ambiguity which is very good, but a dense read that requires attention & concentration. Taking over a month to finish a book I actually like is just lame.

Just about wrapping up Talk, Talk by T.C. Boyle on audio, so have to decide what to load up next. The trouble is, nothing is blowing my dress up, so I'm kind of stuck.

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Finished Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos - an uplifting and enjoyable read. Now it's Saving theWorld by Julia Alvarez.

P.S. I think I'll have to read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan based on reviews here.

Sep 19, 2007, 8:49 am

Finished The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon last night. Started Alice's Adventures in Wonderland this morning in preparation of starting The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor.

Sep 19, 2007, 8:53 am

Started reading The Prince for a class I'm taking. I read it 30 years ago, so it will be interesting to look at it again with less naive eyes. Though I can't help thinking that he would be horrified by the ends that the world is currently seeking.

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Now reading Winter's bone by Daniel Woodrell ... I think he may be trying too hard here.

Sep 19, 2007, 9:12 am

I tried reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield but couldn't stomach so returned it to the library where I got God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. Fascinating reading.
Still have to finish The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy.

Sep 19, 2007, 10:21 am

My current bedside books is Prague by Arthur Phillips. Makes me wish I had done something like that in my 20s. My commute book is Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill - should be a good scare for the drive to work. I'm also re-reading The Skin Gods by Richard Montanari for my book club.

Sep 19, 2007, 10:31 am

I'm reading The Thing About Men by Elizabeth Bevarly. Almost done, not sure yet what I'll follow it with...kind of wanting a change of pace next.

Sep 19, 2007, 10:36 am

I just finished Shirley Ann Grau's The House on Coliseum Street.

The whole book drips of a Tennessee Williams play, especially the character of Aurelie Caillet. She’s a classic New Orleans eccentric who has had four daughters to four different husbands, the last of which, an alcoholic, lives alone on the third floor of the house. But the protagonist is her daughter, Joan, and it’s hard not to give anything away because it’s such a short, condensed book, but it does deal with Joan’s sexual awakening and what could be considered some pretty racy issues at the time of its publication in 1961 - premarital sex, abortion, bisexuality, etc., a little human drama that’s very haunting and melancholic. Definitely a keeper of a book.

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Sep 19, 2007, 2:30 pm

I just finished Survival Antarctica, Reality TV 2083 and have started Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.

Sep 19, 2007, 3:16 pm

I started reading Jonathan Kellerman, The Murder Book, so I drive all the streets of LA, then I reread the letters of Frida Kahlo, Dir sende ich mein ganzes Herz, a translation of Escrituras 2001, Consejo Nacional Mexiko. I just finished Don Juan de la Mancha by Robert Menasse, and a book, historical fiction playing in Munich 1907, Evelin Hasler, Stein bedeutet Liebe.

Sep 19, 2007, 3:16 pm

I started reading Jonathan Kellerman, The Murder Book, so I drive all the streets of LA, then I reread the letters of Frida Kahlo, Dir sende ich mein ganzes Herz, a translation of Escrituras 2001, Consejo Nacional Mexiko. I just finished Don Juan de la Mancha by Robert Menasse, and a book, historical fiction playing in Munich 1907, Evelin Hasler, Stein bedeutet Liebe.

Sep 19, 2007, 3:16 pm

I started reading Jonathan Kellerman, The Murder Book, so I drive all the streets of LA, then I reread the letters of Frida Kahlo, Dir sende ich mein ganzes Herz, a translation of Escrituras 2001, Consejo Nacional Mexiko. I just finished Don Juan de la Mancha by Robert Menasse, and a book, historical fiction playing in Munich 1907, Evelin Hasler, Stein bedeutet Liebe.

Sep 19, 2007, 3:16 pm

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Sep 19, 2007, 3:46 pm

I just read my first Discworld novel, Guards! Guards!

Fun stuff!

Sep 19, 2007, 5:07 pm

Just started listening to the audiobook of A Thousand Splendid Suns. Also reading Arden of Faversham for class prep.

Sep 19, 2007, 8:16 pm

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Oh, do that, amandameale. I promise that you won't be disappointed in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. It's a lovely story.

I'm almost finished The Time Traveler's Wife. That is a very good story, too. Time travel usually isn't my thing, but the author presented this story in such an interesting way that I was captivated by it right up front. I'm actually listening to this story on CD. The two readers (male and female) have been fabulous. I always look so forward to my time commuting to and from work. I don't mind traffic one bit...unless I'm late!

Sep 19, 2007, 11:22 pm

Just finished Travis Holland's The Archivist's Story. Excellent work! Have now started Margaret Macmillian's Women of the Raj.
By the way, The Time Traveler's Wife is being made into a movie this fall.

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I almost always get disappointed in movies that are based on books. I'm not sure I'll want to see The Time Traveler's Wife as a movie.

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>114 bookworm12::bookworm12

I've recently read Howards End, too, and also very much enjoyed it: although I also admired E M Forster's A Passage to India, I must admit the former engaged me more.

>109 strandbooks::strandbooks

You have mentioned one of my all time favourites, The Old Wives Tale by Arnold Bennett. What superb naturalistic writing.

(touchstones not working)

Sep 20, 2007, 7:28 am

I'm now reading The Paris Review Playwrights at Work, with an introduction by John Lahr. Interviews are with Albee, Beckett, Guare, Hellman, Ionesco, Mamet, Miller, Pinter, Shepard, Simon, Stoppard, Wasserstein, Wilder, Williams and Wilson.

Sep 20, 2007, 7:41 am

#146--That sounds like a very interesting book, SeanLong. I'd be interested to hear how it goes.

I finished The Translator by Leila Aboulela, which was beautifully written. I appreciated the internal depiction of a devout Muslim woman, and I thought her struggle to reconcile her love and her faith was very well done.

I am now reading Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.

Sep 20, 2007, 8:22 am

#146 SeanLong: That's a quite a lineup of some of the most important playwrights of the 20th century! Yes, do let us know what you think.

Finished The Smoke by Tony Broadbent last night and went right on to the sequel Spectres in the Smoke. It's a great series about a cat burglar in post world war II London who is reluctantly working for MI5. It's written in a style of innocence--Jethro the cat burglar is the narrator--that I can imagine existed at that time and that would be impossible--laughable--in describing today's world. Very evocative of the era.

Sep 20, 2007, 8:27 am

>114 bookworm12: bookworm12

You'll have to let me know what you think of Howards End. It's one of my favorites!

Sep 20, 2007, 8:29 am

I reading Jane Eyre in preparation for the Eyre Affair and 3/4 of the way through the witching hour

Sep 20, 2007, 8:39 am

Halfway through Soldier of Arete by Gene Wolfe and starting The Fourth Bear

Sep 20, 2007, 8:52 am

Have started Heart Shaped Box on audio. Am only about 6 minutes in, so I can't opine just yet.

Sep 20, 2007, 10:31 am

>114 bookworm12: Bookworm12

I really enjoyed Howards End, though I kept having moments of "Oh no, don't do that!", "Oh no, don't marry him! ", etc! So I was pleased that it all resolved itself to my satisfaction in the end.

I do love Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. I saw it as a movie first, which didn't take anything away from reading it as a play. Somehow it seems to give Shakespeare even more depth. It reminds me of Waiting for Godot so much.

Sep 20, 2007, 10:39 am

I am tackling "We Need to Talk about Kevin" by Lionel Shriver for the second time. A difficult book to get into but I am succeeding this time.

Sep 20, 2007, 11:35 am

I'm just starting We Need to Talk about Kevin" myself. I drifted off last night after a couple of pages, but for me that doesn't mean I won't enjoy it.

Sep 20, 2007, 4:32 pm

I am just starting Engleby by Sebastian Faulks for review.

Sep 20, 2007, 5:05 pm

I just got through reading 69 by Ryu Murakami. So now Ive decided to read The Strawberry Statement by James S. Kunen. I am thoroughly excited.

Sep 20, 2007, 5:05 pm

I've abandoned The Sooterkin as I just wasn't getting into it at all. Am now reading The Dumas Club as I needed a paperback to carry around till the end of the week (after which I'll be starting the hefty hardback version of The Stand, which will occupy a large portion of my week off work!).

Sep 20, 2007, 5:07 pm

I finished Bridge to Terabithia and am halfway through The Haunting of Hill House.

Bridge was delightful and sad. Haunting is delightfully creepy.

Sep 20, 2007, 7:30 pm

Sep 20, 2007, 9:02 pm

Finished Salt Rain - not impressed. About to start Arthur and George by Julian Barnes. Its been on my list for a long time. Hope it lives up to its reputation!

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Sep 20, 2007, 10:17 pm

I read The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov yesterday. I quite enjoyed it, but I don't think I could've taken much more of it. I was just starting to find it tedious when it ended.

Now I'm about halfway through Blood Trail by Tanya Huff. So far so good.

Sep 20, 2007, 11:46 pm

#33: Joycepa - I really enjoyed Fleshmarket Close/Alley (depending on the edition.) It was my first Rebus or Rankin novel. And after I read it I went to Scotland and was able to see the actual street in Edinburgh, which was so cool. I think I need to do more literary tourism. :)

Soon I'll be joining the Snow Flower and the Secret Fan ranks, after I finish The Thirteenth Tale.

60: fannyprice - It (13th Tale) is excellent, your library has given you a real treat by keeping it! :)

Sep 20, 2007, 11:52 pm

I'm reading two great reads this week! After hearing about it from my sister-in-law, I went to the library and checked out The Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, and I cannot recommend it to you enough. A fascinating look at global eating, with stunning photography. I believe the NY Times recently had a feature about this book as well.

I also recently picked up A Thousand Splendid Suns, but am only 3 chapters in!

Sep 21, 2007, 1:02 am

close to finishing Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind, and then I have Horizon Storms by Kevin Anderson and The Crystal City by Orson Scott Card to read...

Sep 21, 2007, 3:54 am

I finished my bedtime reading the other night, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, which I absolutely loved!

I then started Neil Gaiman's M Is for Magic last night, which I'm already enjoying. =)

Sep 21, 2007, 6:24 am

#123 - I read Seven Types of Ambiguity several years ago when it was first released. It is a very dense book but keep with it - it is absolutely fabulous. I was amazed at how quickly I finished it considering how long it was. I am interested to see what your opinion is once you finish it. Good luck with the reading!

Sep 21, 2007, 6:34 am

#165 - I checked out The Hungry Planet over the summer and loved it as well. There is another book by the same photographer called A Material World which is also very interesting. This book is somewhat older, I believe it was done in 1994 or so, but it is still worth checking out.

Sep 21, 2007, 7:11 am

#159 Morphidae: The Haunting of Hill House is one of my all-time favorite creepy reads! I'm glad you're enjoying it, and I would also recommend the movie (not the recent remake, but the original) - one of the scariest movies ever made.

#155 horuskol: I just started Stone of Tears yesterday and I'm really enjoying the series so far, although it took some time for me to get into it - we should chat later :)

I'm so jealous of those of you who can put a book aside if you're not enjoying it - once I start a book I have to finish it, no matter how much I dislike it; chalk it up to my neuroses, I suppose, but it would be so nice to be able to put those books down and move on!

Sep 21, 2007, 7:55 am

>65 Shortride: The Hungry Planet is an amazing book and one of my all-time nonfiction favorites.

Sep 21, 2007, 8:13 am

scaifea (#170)--life is too short to read bad books. Think of it this way--for every book that you spend time on that you're not enjoying, you're giving yourself that much less time to read or discover books that you would enjoy.

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#164 tinylittlelibrarian: I really like Rankin as an author--Fleshmarket Alley was I think the 4th of his I'd read in a row. Some authors I can do that with and not get tired of the style, but with that book, I put down Rankin for a while.

Here's a bit about literary tourism that you may enjoy:
I correspond with another LTer from northern Ireland who has is a rabid mystery/crime fan in general and who really likes Rankin in particular--he's met Rankin several times. He told me that when Rankin's books first came out, the Edinburg Tourist Bureau was furious--they felt that Rankin was giving Edinburg a bad reputation. Now that same bureau conducts tours of "Rankin's Edinburg"!! :-) Perhaps you did one of those tours?

Why do I find this typical of tourist bureaus the world over? :-)

Sep 21, 2007, 8:52 am

I'm taking a great books class so we just started Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and The Great Instauration.

Sep 21, 2007, 10:42 am

I've just finished The Kite Runner, which was exhausting! I'm going to read The End of the Affair next, which has been hiding at the back of my TBR pile for quite some time.

Sep 21, 2007, 11:22 am

#172 cabegley: I know, and that's the tragic ridiculousness of it all. Mine is sometimes a sad and silly life...

Sep 21, 2007, 1:55 pm

I too am a victim of the "must finish every book I start" syndrome. It's sometimes frustrating, but I always feel like I have to get all the way to the end before I can honestly judge the book.
I'm almost finished with Men and Cartoons which has been a fun read. A comilation of short stories from Jonathan Lethem all of which sound just like him, which is good.

Sep 21, 2007, 2:18 pm

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I'm a great fan of well written short stories. I loved Men and Cartoons!

“Access Fantasy” was very memorable, but my favorite was “Dystopianist, Thinking of His Rival, is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door”. The ending cracked me up!

Sep 21, 2007, 10:50 pm

The Witching Hour is one of my favorites. I started The Vampire Chronicles before they were chronicles and I was sure I wouldn't enjoy anything else as much, I was wrong. Enjoy the Mayfair family, it's a great ride.

Sep 21, 2007, 11:07 pm

#89 I really liked The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullins also...work in a bookshop and had a hard time selling it in hardback....about to come out in paper so maybe it will easier. I recently liked The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvanivabout the rug business in 17th century Persia. Currently I am reading The Girls who went Away by Ann Fessler...very good nonfiction.

Sep 22, 2007, 1:13 pm

bettyjo I also work in a bookstore, and The Rug Merchant is doing well in paperback as my Staff Pick! Blood of Flowers is on my TBR pile! I may be getting to it sooner than I thought as The Echo Maker is a little heavy for me right now.