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« Reply #1560 on: March 31, 2015, 11:56:42 AM »

Ye-es!
2 x 4


2 graphic novels

Loeb and McGuinness'
Nova :
origin
v.1.

The subtitle says it all. What it does not say is what a weird blending this is of humor, sex, and violence. Still, an enjoyable read, and I hope sometime in the future, Marvel will do more with the character. And by character, I mean the son and not the father.

Richard Castle's
Storm season
2nd in the Derrick Storm series
graphic novel version by . . .
Bendis and DeConnick

Really, this does show what a good writer Castle can be. The story is complex. It is complicated, but . . . it is not confusing, which is a sign of a good writer. And Bendis has become my "go to man" for a good graphic novel.


4 mysteries

Linda Castillo's
The Dead Will Tell
6th in the Kate Burkholder series

When a home invasion goes wrong, there is only one survivor. Then, years later, when the home invaders start getting killed off, is the lone survivor finally getting his revenge? Was there another hitherto unknown survivor? Or, is it someone else, with motivations of their own?

If one wants something to watch, instead of read, the 1st in the series was made into a TV movie "An Amish Murder."

Tim Weaver's
Never Coming Back
4th in the Dave Raker series
but . . .?! 1st published in the U.S.

In the U.S., what do a chance encounter with an old friend and a warning from a stranger have to do with, in the U.K., a body found on the beach, a family gone missing, and a coastal town lost to the sea. It is up to our hero to put it all together.

What the writer does, better than most writers, is understand what it means to lose one's life and/or take another's life, which few writers can do as effectively as this one. He can also create, apparently, though it is yet to be published here, a novel, where the villain is, apparently, a serial killer who preys on homosexuals. I'd like to find this, if only for its novelty, for such is often equated with homophobia, which is often not the case.

Peter Tremayne's
(pseudonym)
Atonement of blood :
a mystery of ancient [7th century] Ireland
24th in the Sister Fidelma series

William Dietrich's
The 3 emperors
7th in the Ethan Gage series
5 more non-fiction books by the writer

While our hero searches for his wife and son across the battlefields of Napoleonic Europe, his wife and son search for the philosopher's stone, which will turn base metals into gold. Both are both helped and hindered by characters both factual and fictional.

Surprising poignant in some scenes.


Next time: 2 x 4
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« Reply #1561 on: March 31, 2015, 02:58:04 PM »

A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa by Chris Arnold - the full story of the events that led up to the death of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, guitarist of Pantera and Damageplan, who was killed by a deranged fan during a concert in December of 2004.

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« Reply #1562 on: April 02, 2015, 03:21:41 PM »

"The Earth" ("La Terre") by Emile Zola. 500 small print pages of 19th century French peasant drama. It's pretty imposing.
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« Reply #1563 on: April 04, 2015, 09:36:25 AM »

This book that talks about all the different references to Revelation in classical literature. and Revelation itself
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« Reply #1564 on: April 04, 2015, 11:28:57 PM »

I been re-reading all my old Sgt Fury comics. I got a lot of old comics and magazines-when I was trying to sort all the s**t out-I got side tracked and started reading my old Sgt Fury comics.

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« Reply #1565 on: April 08, 2015, 04:55:01 PM »

Ye-es!
2 x 4


2 graphic novels

Hickman, Dragotta, and Martin's
East of West
v.2.

I am sure this series has its fans, I'm just not one of them. It is just too unmemorable for my taste. Still, it is readable, so if they ever come out with a v.3., then I'll probably read it.

Tony Cliff's
Deliah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
1st graphic novel


4 mysteries

Mark Billingham's
The Bones Beneath
12th in the DI Tom Thorne series

2 policemen + 2 prisoners + 2 prison guards + 2 other people find themselves on an island looking for the body of a boy who apparently died on the island many years before. They find the body, then an unexpected body, and then they are cut off from the mainland, when something goes wrong.

The story starts well. The writer just nails the main villain in the story, which is actually a little scary, if you think about it, but then the story just falls apart at the end.
One of the reasons being we never find out what motivates the main villain in the story.

If you want to watch something, instead of read it, then there is the TV series "Thorne."

A. D. Garrett
(The writing duo of Ms. Margaret Murphy and Professor D. Barclay.)
Everybody lies
in the Simms and Fennimore series

Justin Semper's
Allies and Assassins
1st in the Archenfield series

3 brothers.
3 princes of the realm.
When their father dies in battle, the oldest has to step forward and prove himself worth to rule, which he does. Then, he is murdered, as his wife, and now it is the turn of the middle brother, not only to prove himself worthy to rule, but solve the murders, which he tries to do with the help of his younger bro and his Council of 12, but not all the council members have his best interests in heart, and some are co-conspiring with his enemies.

The writer has someone going around trying to interest someone into making his a film or a TV program, and I hope they are successful, because I'd like to see a film version of it, especially how they treat the youngest bro, Prince Edvin, who is my favorite character in the book, and one of my favorite characters of all time.

Elizabeth Adler's
Last to Know
. . . in the Harry Jordan series


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« Reply #1566 on: April 08, 2015, 10:35:51 PM »

After seeing all the movies, I finally got around to reading the Harry Potter books.
I really believe these are classics that kids and grown ups will be reading fifty and a hundred years from now!
Rowling is, in her own way, as brilliant as Tolkien!
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« Reply #1567 on: April 10, 2015, 02:17:09 PM »

Just started:

A Biography of Led Zeppelin: When Giants Walked the Earth by Mick Wall

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« Reply #1568 on: April 12, 2015, 02:46:26 PM »

Tried to read the first book in the Discworld series and gave up because it didn't draw me at all, though the idea of a disc-shaped world is mind-expanding, kind of like how in some Michael Swanwick story or other, he had an entire civilization dwelling on the eye of a giant grasshopper.

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« Reply #1569 on: April 15, 2015, 05:15:54 AM »

If you want to read Pratchett I'd actually start with the second book, The Light Fantastic. That was the first one I ever picked up and didn't read The Colour Of Magic until many years later which I was quite glad of. I am pretty sure if I had read the Colour first (or Strata / Dark Side Of The Sun for that matter), I'd have never picked up any other of his books.
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« Reply #1570 on: April 18, 2015, 03:14:59 PM »

Ye-es!
2 x 4


2 graphic novels

Immonen and Schiti's
Journey into Mystery
v.1. Stranger than monsters
Issues 646-650

Immonen, Schiti, and Larrae's
Journey into Mystery
v.2. Seeds of destruction
Issues 651-655


4 mysteries

Craig Johnson's
Any other name
11th in the Longmire series

And if you want something to watch, instead of read, and while the series has since been canceled, several of the Longmire books were made into episodes for a TV series

Ace Atkins'
The forsaken
3rd in the Quinn Colson series

When a black man rapes two white girls and kills one of them, and then an innocent black man is hanged for the crimes, it is a long time before anyone gets something like true justice.

The writer is one tough s.o.b.
A liberal in one of the most political conservative states in the Union
Not anti-religious, but non-religious in the Bible Belt
A believer in integration in an area that is growing increasingly segregated
Not pro government, but not anti-government, as he sees the government as a bulkhead against those anti-governments, who would use their anti-governmentalism to exploit their fellows
And I'd add that he is gay, but on his photo on the book jacket, one can see he is wearing a silver wedding ring, so NOT gay
but . . .?! Truly from his photo, a man you'd not want to mess with.

He is also, for the Robert B. Parker estate, continuing the Spenser series

Robert Galbraith (pseud.)
for J. K. Rowling's
The Silkworm
2nd in the Cormoran Strike series

When a writer, with a purported tell-all book threatens to publish the book, he is killed, before it is published. Was it his wife, his daughter, his agent, his editor, his publisher, another publisher, or a fellow writer, it is up to our hero to figure out who?

All the characters in the mystery are supposedly actually based on real people in the book world in London.

Andrew Lane's
Death Cloud
1st in the Young Sherlock Holmes series, but the last one I've read, as I started with the 2nd book in the series.

And the deaths or near deaths keep on coming, as the book presents death or near death by . . .

bees -- boat hook -- broken neck -- fire -- human puppet -- knife -- rats -- saber -- spinning saw -- wagon -- water -- and whip.

Next time: something new. 6 mysteries.
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« Reply #1571 on: April 24, 2015, 04:17:16 PM »

Ye-es!
A half dozen mysteries

John Verdon's
Peter Pan Must Die
4th in the Dave Gurney series

Chelsea Cain's
1 Kick
1st in the Kick Lannigan series

While trying to take down a notorious child pornographer, our heroine finds herself involved with four men.

Her "brother"
The boy she bought out of sexual slavery some years ago for $20,000.

Her "father"
The man who kidnapped her. Who enslaved her. And who used her to make child pornography, but for whom she still feels some affection

The FBI agent
Who rescued her, but then broke up her "real" family by having an affair with her "real" mother.

And the mystery man
The man who lost his little bro to a child pornographer and who almost lost his life to the same pornographer.

The "father" here is both better and worst than the man in "Broad church." Worst, because he does worst, but better, because he is a more realistic and credible character than the one in "Broad church."

1st, I have no interest in child pornography, what little I have seen it, mostly European, literally and figuratively turns my stomach, but even if I had a slight interest in it, I wouldn't touch it. Child pornographers, according to the book, just go to too much work to stay out of jail, for my doing.

And, whereas child victims of such, the best I can tell is 60% girls and 40% boys. This book, with 2 girl victims and 3 boy victims, reverses that ratio to 40% girls and 60% boys.

Archer Mayor's
Proof Positive
25th in the Joe Gunther series

Clara Donoghue's
Never Look Back
1st in the Lockyer and Bennett series

Mark Pryor's
The Button Man
4th in the Hugo Marston series
a prequel to the others
1 more non-fiction by the writer

D. E. Ireland
(writing duo)
Wouldn't It Be Deadly?
1st in the Doolittle and Higgins series

When the Professor is accused of murdering an arch rival, it is up to Eliza to clear his name and find the real murderer.

And, yes, the book is based upon the musical "My Fair Lady," which was based on Shaw's play "Pygmalion." Both of which were turned into films.

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« Reply #1572 on: April 24, 2015, 05:16:01 PM »

I recently finished RISE TO GREATNESS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND AMERICA'S MOST PERILOUS YEAR.
One of the best Lincoln books I have ever read, and I have read a lot of them.
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