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Old 09-18-2016, 10:52 AM   #2441
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Because both the Walker and Penny books are mostly set in small villages, one does have to wonder at the homicide rate!
That reminded me of a very good New Zealand TV detective series......small town, and every time someone hiccups there's another death:

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Old 09-18-2016, 12:32 PM   #2442
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Just started No Man's Lands by Scott Huler....following the journey of Odysseus......I like the premise and the book might be absorbing....(although a number of the reviews contain 'howevers'......but, since I only paid $1 for it.......)


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About a third of the way through this now, (broke off to read Mixed Blood which I enjoyed), and am finding the mix of mythology/geography/history quite enthralling.....a good read.
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That reminded me of a very good New Zealand TV detective series......small town, and every time someone hiccups there's another death:

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Yes! And Inspector Morse has surely investigated everyone in Oxford, and the Midsomer villages must be ghost towns by now
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I'm reading Heading Toward Omega by Kenneth Ring. Dr. Ring was one of the first (American) researchers of Near-Death experiences. This stuff is fascinating to me....
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Just started No Man's Lands by Scott Huler....following the journey of Odysseus......I like the premise and the book might be absorbing....(although a number of the reviews contain 'howevers'......but, since I only paid $1 for it.......)


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Finished No Man's Lands and thoroughly enjoyed it..........even found what could be an oblique reference to those partaking in the Current Credit Card Charges thread, and which will undoubtedly clarify matters for everyone:

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Regarding Homer, the experts agree on these facts: Homer either did, or did not exist; he lived in the ninth century BC, unless it was the eighth, or tenth, or not at all; he wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey, or one of them, or neither, or perhaps other lost poems; either he actually wrote or he dictated, since he was either literate or illiterate; either he was blind or he was not; and he was born, if he ever was, in Smyrna - or in Argos, or Chios, or Colophon, or Salamis, or Rhodes, or Athens. That's the general agreement. If you go beyond that, people begin arguing.
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I am reading the ninth Bruno Courrges, Chief of Police, novel by Martin Walker. Set in the Dordogne region of France, in the fictional town of St. Denis. Very enjoyable.
I got the first novel in this series titled Bruno, Chief of Police: https://www.amazon.com/Bruno-Chief-P...ds=bruno+chief

It was a little weak on the suspense but that doesn't bother me. The author is British, was in reporting, and has written several non-fiction books. He seems to know his history. A very interesting account of France from an inside view and the book covers some WW2 history that is generally not know or discussed.

The book was written in 2008 and the comments are still quite relevant today with some of the turmoil in Europe.
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Enjoyed it very much.


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I got the first novel in this series titled Bruno, Chief of Police: https://www.amazon.com/Bruno-Chief-P...ds=bruno+chief

It was a little weak on the suspense but that doesn't bother me. The author is British, was in reporting, and has written several non-fiction books. He seems to know his history. A very interesting account of France from an inside view and the book covers some WW2 history that is generally not know or discussed.

The book was written in 2008 and the comments are still quite relevant today with some of the turmoil in Europe.
Yes re the suspense. I read a lot of mysteries and I like how they vary--the setting and characters are good in this series and it's okay with me that the mysteries aren't especially mysterious.
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Yes re the suspense. I read a lot of mysteries and I like how they vary--the setting and characters are good in this series and it's okay with me that the mysteries aren't especially mysterious.
I've read pretty much every one of Donna Leon's Brunetti books, and enjoyed them all:

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I just finished "The Making of Donald Trump," by David Cay Johnston. Heckuva read.
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I've read pretty much every one of Donna Leon's Brunetti books, and enjoyed them all:

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The Brunetti books have been on my to-read list for a long time. Thank you for the reminder!
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On the final book of Rick Yancey's 5th Wave series, another good post apocalyptic read.

I did recently listen to Wastelands, which is a collection of shorter stories in this genre, but it wasn't good, on balance. A few of the stories were interesting, but not all, and some dragged on seemingly forever.
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The Brunetti books have been on my to-read list for a long time. Thank you for the reminder!
.....try and read them in order of publication so as to maintain continuity.

If you haven't already read them you might also enjoy Montalbano

http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/...ological_Order


And Aurelio Zen

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Also and Grazia Negro by Carlo Lucarelli https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Lucarelli
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Enjoyed it very much.
hey it's been waiting on my shelf for quite a time already. hope it will not disappoint me too

currently reading "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen - very absorbing and really brilliant
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hey it's been waiting on my shelf for quite a time already. hope it will not disappoint me too

currently reading "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen - very absorbing and really brilliant
Loved The Corrections ( as did many of my male friends, while most of the females to whom I recommended it did not like it at all)

Hated The Goldfinch- finished it, but sooooooooop over-rated.

Just finished A Gentleman in Moscow - the second book by the author of a book I loved, The Rules of Civility. His first book was thoroughly charming. Gentleman was diverting, but too cute for itself, trying too hard to be charming.




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I have been reading American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin. It's the story of the Patty Hearst kidnapping saga in 1974 along with its aftermath. Toobin has a far different take on it compared to Hearst's in her autobiography, "Every Secret Thing" she wrote in 1982 (which I read in the early 1990s).
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I also favour nonfiction. The Gene is on my list. I also recommend Mukherjee's first book, The Emperor of All Maladies, a biography of Cancer.
I finished The Emperor of All Maladies and liked it. I would recommend it to anyone "who wants to know about cancer". If I was diagnosed, I would reread it.
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Unlike most here, I mainly read nonfiction.
The latest is an extraordinarily well written account of how genes were discovered and understood (as far as they are currently understood).

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I am finishing up The Gene now and I like it very much. I was wondering the best way to briefly summarize the book but Braumeister did an excellent job.

DNA The Secret of Life by Watson covers discoveries and the history of modern genetics and is a good read. However, Mukherjee goes further and explains how genes are understood so that you understand. To answer a question like: How do we know how far away from us the stars are? you must learn the explanation and history of each step that leads to the next step in understanding. Can't be covered in one paragraph. Mukherjee takes each discovery and explains all the steps of its conceptual and experimental history. Some how he makes all of this information flow chronologically in a way that is interesting.
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Reading: Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair

My son had to get a book at the library and it was sort of a random pick. His teach said his essay was very good so I figured I should read the book.

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