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What are you reading the week of September 7, 2019?

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Sep 7, 2019, 2:38am

I'm just about finished reading The Other End of the Line, the new Inspector Montalbano novel. I'm really going to miss Montalbano now that Andrea Camilleri has passed away. This has been a wonderful series to read. I know that there is at least one more novel to go since I've already preordered it.

Sep 7, 2019, 12:04pm

I'm sad about Camilleri's passing as well, Fred. He wrote 26 Montalbanos in total, including a series-ending no-resurrections entry like Curtain was for Poirot.

I'm experiencing Ducks, Newburyport. Weird. Not sure about this.

Sep 7, 2019, 12:41pm

Started The Turn of the Screw this morning - very atmospheric.

Sep 7, 2019, 12:56pm

I'm about halfway through NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. It's creeping me out. Last night for a brief minute I was worried there was a killer in the house.

Sep 7, 2019, 1:50pm

I'm still reading some selections from a stack of my "between books." Presently I'm reading about conditions in Spain and Portugal during World War 2 via the chapter "The Neutrals" in The Secret History of the War Volume 2 by Waverly Root.

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Finishing this OverDrive audiobook ~

Dark Truth by Mariah Stewart

(Truth series, book 3/is an old series of murders related to new murders?)

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I finished The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis - I did NOT like that ending - and I am starting A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin.

Sep 7, 2019, 6:52pm

Finished Headhunters by Jo Nesbo yesterday evening; I really enjoyed it.

Am now struggling with The Katharina Code by Jorn Lier Horst. Like Nesbo, the author is Norwegian. It should be an interesting tale, and it was a best-seller in Europe, but I am not getting into it at all. I may try something else instead.

Sep 7, 2019, 8:35pm

I finished The Widow's Children by Paula Fox. Such a subtle, brilliant book -- I'll need to read it again someday. I have a feeling it's one of those books that will reveal more with each reading.

Next up: A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

Sep 7, 2019, 9:22pm

Finished Best American Short Stories 2018. My wife gives it to me every year at Christmas. I meander through it between other books, but I usually finish before September. Always a few stories that I dont like, but most I do. Different than novels: more espresso than mugs of coffee. Also started reading Dreyer's English by a former chief copy editor at Random House. I am finding out that many of the grammatical rules I learned in school need not be followed and that there is more to punctuation than I ever imagined. Will start The Forgotten by Ben Bradlee Jr. - How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.

Edited: Sep 12, 2019, 6:02pm

Enjoying this library Playaway audiobook ~

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (5 stars, spooky & twisty)

(modern-day Turn of the Screw tale/Scottish Highlands/nanny job/Echo-type home system/ ghostlore/I don't normally like tales which unfold in a missive style, but I am enjoying this one)

**Thanks to a Wowbrary.com email, I was first in line for this new novel**

Sep 8, 2019, 10:40am

Finished listening to the disappointing thriller, The River.

Next up for listening is The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Sep 8, 2019, 1:15pm

I enjoyed strolling through another round of my "between books," thusly:

“The White Noise Supremacists” from Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs
Excerpt from The Story of My Life by Helen Keller from The Norton Book of Women's Lives edited by Phyllis Rose
“The Neutrals” from The Secret History of the War, Volume 2 by Waverley Root
“Your Evangalista, Esperanza” from Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
“The Resotration of Whiskers a Neglected Factor in the Decline of Knowlege” from Laugh with Leacock by Stephen Leacock
“Her Uncle vs. His Father” by Graham Greene from Esquire Magazine - 40th Anniversary Celebration edited by Don Erickson

I've now started The Woman Who Died a Lot, the seventh, and so far last, entry in Jasper Fforde's delightful "Thursday Next" series.

Sep 8, 2019, 4:32pm

An e-book I bought years ago because I liked the title. Set in Greece, it's the story of a family of women, a mother and her 5 daughters beginning in the years just before WW II and tracing the diaspora daughters thereafter. (Translation)

The House by the River: A Novel by Lena Manta

The house and the river are at the foot of Mount Olympus.

Sep 8, 2019, 9:33pm

Yesterday I finished Stephen King's Gerald's Game, a good, suspenseful read, and read Dolores Claiborne which I enjoyed, finishing it in the watches of the night. Today I've been reading the June issue of Wired.

Sep 9, 2019, 9:55am

Finished In Hero Years... I'm Dead by Michael A. Stackpole. Enjoyed it. Superheroes. Supervillains. Plots within plots. Just a fun read.

Next into the rotation is The Armored Saint by Myke Cole.

Sep 9, 2019, 12:54pm

I finished In the Skin of a Lion. It contained descriptions of scenes that were awe inspiring, although the plot was too fanciful for my taste and its point escaped me.

Sep 9, 2019, 1:11pm

Finished reading the fantastic Spnaish novella, From The Shadows by Juan José Millas.

Next up for reading is an Early Reviewer selection, Operation Columba: The Secret Pigeon Service by Gordon Corera.

Sep 9, 2019, 5:55pm

I slogged to the finish line of three blah reads:
Exhalation: Stories
The Medici Boy
I have *got* to wean myself of the completion compulsion.

Sep 10, 2019, 2:23pm

The Dog Stars
Peter Heller
4/5 stars
Years following a massive flu epidemic and the death of his wife, Hig finds himself adrift despite the company of his dog and his neighbor. With his wife gone, there is nothing to live for anymore. After his dog dies, he decides to take his plane for a final ride leaving his friend to take care of his property. He lands in an area and finds a father and a daughter trying to eke out a living on their plot of land and stays with them when he makes his decision of what to do with his life. I enjoyed Heller’s book Celine and this one too. Looking forward to reading more of his books!

Sep 10, 2019, 2:32pm

I Pearl Ruled Telex from Cuba on page 8: If you can't get character-building details correct, I have little faith that the important details I don't know about are going to be correct.

Sep 10, 2019, 8:18pm

I gave up on The Katharina Code. It was dull.

Am instead reading The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen, which is lovely so far. Beautiful writing.

Sep 11, 2019, 7:55am

Enjoying Vol. 2 of this wonderful 4-vol. collection ~

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: BBC Radio Casebook Vol.2: Eight BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations by Alexander McCall Smith


I love these short revisits with my Botswana "friends."

Sep 11, 2019, 3:00pm

The Testaments: A Novel came in for me today!! The Long Beach librarians saw my name on the county system's holds list for it, the only one from our town, and our library bought one instead of relying on the system's multiple copies. That way I got my hold immediately instead of being wherever I was in the triple digits.

They like me. They really like me.

It **HAS** to be better than Lanny was. It just HAS to be.

Sep 11, 2019, 5:28pm

Sep 12, 2019, 7:06am

I'm almost done reading My Roller Coaster Ride to Motherhood by Orchid Bloom. I am so far loving it!

Sep 12, 2019, 10:47am

Finished The Armored Saint by Myke Cole. Really enjoyed it. Next up is the second book in the series, The Queen of Crows.

Sep 12, 2019, 3:01pm

I finished Paul Horgan's The Thin Mountain Air which I liked, though not as much as some of his others, particularly Whitewater.
Now I'm reading The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine.

Sep 12, 2019, 3:52pm

I finished The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde. This is the seventh entry in Jasper Fforde's absolutely delightful "Thursday Next" series. It would have been hard to imagine a Thursday Next novel in which our heroine never enters Bookworld being so satisfying, but Fforde pulled it off. An older and not a little battered Thursday has to deal with multiple issues, including the bending of time, the rearranging of personal destines, and the ever-malignant machinations of Goliath Corporation, all the while taking charge of Library Services (Chief Librarian of the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat-at-Fatso's Drink Not Included Library, to be precise) and also going in and out of consciousness that her youngest daughter, Jenny, who she thinks is in the next room, does not really exist, but is instead a mindworm planted inside her brain by the evil Aornis. That's all clear, right? If you love, literature, wordplay, puns, made up science, and astoundingly inventive, good-hearted falderal, this series is for you.

Sep 12, 2019, 3:55pm

After finishing the seventh Thursday Next book (see above), I went through a round of my "between books:"

* “Ilya Ehrenburg Is Haunted by Ghosts of the Homeless as the Germans Retreat in Russia” from A Treasury of Great Reporting: "Literature Under Pressure" from the Sixteenth Century to Our Own Time edited by Louis L. Snyder
* “Morons Can Be Millionaires” from Magazine Digest - August 1949 edited by Murray Simmons
* The chapter on the Milwaukee Braves from 1963 Official Baseball Almanac by Bill Wise
* “On a Vision of Eden” from Leaves in the Wind by Alpha of the Plow (a.k.a. A. G. Gardiner)
* “Cruise Control” from Creek Walk and Other Stories by Molly Giles
* “Little Miss Universe” by William Saroyan from Esquire Magazine - 40th Anniversary Celebration edited by Don Erickson

I've now begun Action at Aquila by Hervey Allen. This is a novel about the Civil War first published in 1938. Allen is best known, I think, as the author of Anthony Adverse.

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Enjoying this library audiobook ~

Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly's Royal Wedding by Hazel Gaynor

(mid 1950s/Sophie is a parfumeur/James is a tabloid photographer/a female and a male narrator)

**Thanks to a Wowbrary.com email, I was #1 in line for this novel**

Sep 13, 2019, 9:19am

Finished The Queen of Crows by Myke Cole. Very good reading. Have pre-ordered the third book in the series. Really annoyed that I have to wait until November to finish the story.

Added a reread of Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald to my rotation.

Sep 13, 2019, 2:58pm

from Live a Little: A Novel by Howard Jacobson, p8:
"It's a safe bet no other mother refused to read her children bedtime stories because she found them jejune. You actually used that word—jejune, for Christ's sake!"
"There you are—I gave you a word you still remember...."
"But can't use."
"Then try moving in more educated circles."
"I sit in the House of Lords, Mother."
"You make my point for me."


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>1 fredbacon: The novels were the basis for the "Detective Montalbano" TV series. Italian actor Luca Zingaretti stars in the title role; the series is shot on location in Sicily. DVDs are available online.
There's also a prequel series "The Young Montalbano" starring Michele Riondino, also available on DVD.

Sep 13, 2019, 8:18pm

Finished The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, which while very short, was not very quick. Starting The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by a favorite author, Haruki Murakami.

Sep 14, 2019, 8:26am

>36 princessgarnet: When I first started reading the Montalbano series, I asked a young Italian woman at my office a couple of questions about the Italian police system. I began with the statement, "I'm reading this detective series set in Sicily..." She jumped in, "Montalbano? Those are very good." Then she began telling me about the television series and how popular it is in Italy. I've been wanting to see it ever since then. I recently discovered that there is a Amazon channel named MHz that carries the Montalbano movies, and I keep debating with myself whether it's worth subscribing for a few months just to watch the series.

Sep 14, 2019, 8:42am

The new thread is up over here.

Sep 14, 2019, 8:48am

>37 LisaMorr: I also found The Turn of the Screw to be slow and a not very interesting read. After I finished it, I remembered that William Faulkner once described Henry James as "the nicest little old lady he ever met." Faulkner isn't everyone's cup of tea, but his short story "That Evening Sun" is one of creepiest, most intense stories that I've ever read.

Sep 14, 2019, 1:56pm

Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics
Robert Gilmore
2.5/5 stars
This is an allegorical book that is supposed to help teach you the different aspects of quantum mechanics by following Alice around as she encounters the different theories. This got very high marks but this is not for everyone. I had taken physics many decades ago but had lost that knowledge since it was never my major field of study. I think someone studying beginning quantum physics now would benefit from reading this cleverly written and illustrated book.

Sep 14, 2019, 3:08pm

>40 fredbacon: Thanks for your thoughts - and that's a funny quote... And I'll look for That Evening Sun.

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>26 richardderus: If you can charm a librarian that well, you're much better than good!