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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:09 PM

What Fiction are you reading this week, November 18, 2018?


I am always thankful that I can read books.

Right now it's The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. Not sure how I overlooked this one while I was reading all the Inspector Gamache books but evidently I did. Now I am delighted to be reading another one although it does not take place in Three Pines. Instead. there is a murder in a monastery in a remote area of Quebec.

Still listening to The Book of the Dead. That's a long one and is my favorite Preston/Child story so far. I love the part about the 'truck driver.' I'm almost done so next up is A Man Called Ove.

Hoping you all have wonderful feasting and leftovers, much to be thankful for, and great books to read. Tell us about them.

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Reply What Fiction are you reading this week, November 18, 2018? (Original post)
hermetic Nov 2018 OP
underpants Nov 2018 #1
NRaleighLiberal Nov 2018 #2
hermetic Nov 2018 #4
Chemisse Nov 2018 #33
The King of Prussia Nov 2018 #36
msongs Nov 2018 #3
RainCaster Nov 2018 #5
hermetic Nov 2018 #7
Timewas Nov 2018 #6
hermetic Nov 2018 #8
Timewas Nov 2018 #10
Ohiogal Nov 2018 #15
dameatball Nov 2018 #9
hermetic Nov 2018 #12
Squinch Nov 2018 #11
hermetic Nov 2018 #13
Squinch Nov 2018 #14
bobbieinok Nov 2018 #16
hermetic Nov 2018 #18
bobbieinok Nov 2018 #30
Purrfessor Nov 2018 #17
hermetic Nov 2018 #19
TDale313 Nov 2018 #20
hermetic Nov 2018 #25
Bayard Nov 2018 #21
hermetic Nov 2018 #24
Bayard Nov 2018 #27
murielm99 Nov 2018 #22
hermetic Nov 2018 #23
demigoddess Nov 2018 #26
hermetic Nov 2018 #31
PoindexterOglethorpe Nov 2018 #28
hermetic Nov 2018 #29
Chemisse Nov 2018 #32
backtoblue Nov 2018 #41
TexasProgresive Nov 2018 #34
The King of Prussia Nov 2018 #37
TexasProgresive Nov 2018 #38
The King of Prussia Nov 2018 #35
northoftheborder Nov 2018 #39
backtoblue Nov 2018 #40
PoorMonger Nov 2018 #42

Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:11 PM

1. The news

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:21 PM

2. I just finished reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" to my wife....a new custom we've been doing

for the past 3 years or so - pick out a book, I read it out loud, Sue knits. We've done some great ones - The Hours, Raj Quartet, all of Chronicles of Narnia, now working on the new one by Murakami - Killing Commentadore. Not sure yet - we loved 1Q84, Kafka on the Shore, a few others - didn't care for his last few though.

It works out great - I love to read, get more out of the book reading it out loud, my wife loves to listen!

Loved "Tree Grows...." - we were sad when I was finished with it!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:27 PM

4. A lovely custom

I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn so many years ago but still remember thinking it was wonderful..

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 06:55 PM

33. What a nice idea! I read a lot of "chapter" books aloud to my kids as they were growing.

All my own favorites: Tom Sawyer, Old Yeller, The Secret Garden, even The Hobbit (I do a great Gollem!). I miss that.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 05:15 AM

36. That sounds such a romantic thing to do!

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:23 PM

3. twitter? nt

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:27 PM

5. White House press releases

I have been reading several different zombie apocalypse series since 2016. They present a happier future than our current administration.

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Response to RainCaster (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:32 PM

7. Well,

that's one way to look at it.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:30 PM

6. Connelly

"Dark Sacred Night" Lee Child "Past Tense" waiting in the wings...

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Response to Timewas (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:36 PM

8. The new one!

Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash.

We have a bunch of Connelly fans here. Lee Child, too.

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Response to hermetic (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:39 PM

10. Yes

2 of my favorites among a pretty long list

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Response to hermetic (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:11 PM

15. I can't wait to get my hands on any new Connelly book!

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:38 PM

9. "The Jekyll Revelation" by Robert Masello

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Response to dameatball (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:51 PM

12. Mmmm,

creepy fun! "A chilling curse is transported from 1880s London to present-day California, awakening a long-dormant fiend."

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:43 PM

11. No fiction this week. On Thanksgiving week I always revisit Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower."

Love that book!

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Response to Squinch (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:54 PM

13. That sounds like

a nice tradition. ..a historic nonfiction narrative that outlines the reasons for the Mayflower's historic voyage, before giving a realistic account of the Pilgrims in the New World during their first fifty-five years.

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Response to hermetic (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:58 PM

14. The way we are taught American history, the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and then

we had the Revolution. In fact, there was as much time and as much history between those two events as there was between the Revolution and World War 1, or between the Civil War and today.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:14 PM

16. Liaden series--scifiction by Sharon Miller and Steve Lee

Rereading some and reading some new to me.

IIRC this series was out of print for a while. Then massive fan requests caused new publisher to re-issue early books and start printing new ones.

While series was out of print people selling their copies on ebay were making $$.

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Response to bobbieinok (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:45 PM

18. Quite an extensive series there

Looks like 21 books. Neat.

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Response to hermetic (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:38 PM

30. If you want to read some, I suggest you start with Agent of Change, then read next 2 in order

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:29 PM

17. Stoneburner: William Gay

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Response to Purrfessor (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:51 PM

19. A hardboiled detective story

Sounds good. Fast-paced; quirky characters.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:53 PM

20. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 🕵️‍♀️

Read bits and pieces, but never gone all the way through. About 3/4 of the way through the collection. Also fun to revisit the BBC series and see all the Easter eggs/inspirations.

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Response to TDale313 (Reply #20)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:46 PM

25. That's great

Seems you just can't go wrong with Sherlock, wherever he pops up these days.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:02 PM

21. "Marker", by Robin Cook

Not really a fan, but my MIL sends books to me after she's read them. I'm obligated

I did just get, "The Girl in the Spider's Web". Went to see the movie last weekend, and it was pretty good. Have enjoyed that whole series, even though they are now being written by someone else.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #21)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:44 PM

24. Aww

Actually, it looks interesting enough. A medical thriller. Could be worse. Be thankful she doesn't send you any of those hideous things by Riley or Coulter, etc.

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Response to hermetic (Reply #24)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:54 PM

27. Actually....

She did send me two emails yesterday that were such malicious Rethuglican lies I couldn't believe it. Totally offensive. 80 years old, and laid up with illness at the moment, what can I say? She's one of those kind souls that forward everything they get. They voted for Obama!

The good thing is, she turned me on to Bentley Little and Lisa Gardner.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:13 PM

22. A Letter of Mary,

by Laurie R. King.

I missed this one, because the library did not have it any more. It went missing. I will donate my copy when I am done reading it.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #22)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:36 PM

23. That's nice of you.



Maybe someone just liked it so much they decided to lift it. People can be weird that way.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:51 PM

26. a new (to me) Stephen King.

But I don't do books well. I have to lay out on the floor to read and have no interruptions. And with hubby and a kid to take care of don't get un-interrrupted time.

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #26)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:39 PM

31. I hear ya

It's not always easy to find time for reading.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:32 PM

28. The Witch Elm by Tana French.

It's here latest, and the first one so far that's not centered around detectives in a specific Dublin police precinct.

I'll finish it later today, as I need to return it to the library (long waitlist for it) and I'm heading out of town tomorrow for the holiday.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #28)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:37 PM

29. Have a safe trip

And a lovely time.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 06:48 PM

32. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I don't usually like Fantasy as a genre, but my librarian thought I'd enjoy this, and I do so far.

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Response to Chemisse (Reply #32)

Wed Nov 21, 2018, 01:24 PM

41. I really enjoyed that series

Lots of history.

Beware: if you like wine, you're going to crave it while reading...lol

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 08:42 PM

34. I have 60 pages left of 456 in "The Cuckoo's Calling"

This mystery have begun to pick up speed. I mentioned before that Rowling was a bit verbose and spending a bit too much time on describing clothing. It is actually fairly germane as the the story revolves around fashion and models. Some parts are done in dialogue which can be annoying, but as I read Roddy Doyle's Barrytown Trilogy not a problem.

hermetic, did you read and recommend a police procedural that takes place in the Shetlands?

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #34)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 05:41 AM

37. You might be thinking of...

The Shetland series by Ann Cleves.

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Response to The King of Prussia (Reply #37)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 07:50 AM

38. That's it with Detective Jimmy Perez.

Thanks

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 05:12 AM

35. My murder tour of England continues...

Just finished the "Bowness Bequest" by Rebecca Tope. The sixth in a series of cosy mysteries set in the Lake District. Not earth-shatteringly good - but a (largely) amiable cast, decent plot and a beautiful setting - so real comfort reading as the nights draw in.
And I've stayed in the Lake District for "The Grave Tattoo" by the brilliant Val McDermid. Not a quarter of the way into it yet, but it's shaping up really well. A very old body has turned up in a lake - and it might be the famous (infamous?) Fletcher Christian.

On the non-fiction front I'm still on "The Making of the President 1964".

Happy reading to hermetic and everyone else!

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2018, 12:08 PM

39. Most recently: A Curious Beginning

by Deanna Raybourn. I liked it, good ending, part of a series of books about a female heroine's adventures in England. Also The Fifth Witness, by Michael Connelly, pretty good, a court-room murder mystery..

This is not fiction but I've started listening to Michelle Obama's "Becoming"!!! It is fantastic!!! So insightful, revealing of herself and Obama's backgrounds and lives. I highly recommend listening to her reading; it is excellent. So far, I've listened through her describing her childhood and family life, into her early career, and falling in love with Obama. A truly outstanding book.

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2018, 01:16 PM

40. Just started the Dust Lands series

So far so good!

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Response to hermetic (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2018, 12:18 PM

42. Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

William Fawkes, a controversial detective known as The Wolf, has just been reinstated to his post after he was suspended for assaulting a vindicated suspect. Still under psychological evaluation, Fawkes returns to the force eager for a big case. When his former partner and friend, Detective Emily Baxter, calls him to a crime scene, he’s sure this is it: the body is made of the dismembered parts of six victims, sewn together like a puppet—a corpse that becomes known as “The Ragdoll.”

Fawkes is tasked with identifying the six victims, but that gets dicey when his reporter ex-wife anonymously receives photographs from the crime scene, along with a list of six names, and the dates on which the Ragdoll Killer plans to murder them.

The final name on the list is Fawkes.

Baxter and her trainee partner, Alex Edmunds, hone in on figuring out what links the victims together before the killer strikes again. But for Fawkes, seeing his name on the list sparks a dark memory, and he fears that the catalyst for these killings has more to do with him—and his past—than anyone realizes.

With a breakneck pace, a twisty plot, and a wicked sense of humor, Ragdoll announces the arrival of the hottest new brand in crime fiction.

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