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  •  You're right. (9+ / 0-)

    The one I'm reading now is one I thought I'd already read. When I find a favorite author I tend to hold off on reading the lastest -- saving it as a treat. I just realized that I'd held off reading #7 - A Trick of the Light - and now #8 is already out.  I'm not finding as much of her beautiful literary turns of phrase in this as I had with some of the others and the characters seem a little tired or something. I do like the story, however. Can't wait to read The Beautiful Mystery now that you've called in "intense." I like intense.

    Hope you're doing well, katie!

    Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

    by figbash on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 09:06:50 AM PDT

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    •  I think you'll like #8 then. (8+ / 0-)

      No one from Three Pines is in it, and the denouement is astonishing but believable. Very interesting character study.

      I think it must be hard to establish a successful franchise like this. Turning out a book a year or so isn't easy for most mortals, and I see the filler in some of the more recent books. We'll see what happens in the next couple.

      Thanks for asking about me! I'm doing very well, really. My last CT scan a week ago was all clear again! So that means I'm now officially three months into remission :) It feels like a BFD, somehow even more significant than my first NED result in June.

      I should have made a point of checking out the WYFP diary last night, though. My only brother has decided to reveal his true bullying self again, this time with me as his (unprepared & undeserving) target. I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with his hostility. Had a long talk today with my only sister, who shared quite a bit of bullying that he's done toward her, too. Guess my family is pretty pathological in terms of gender roles. I saw it clearly in my parents' generation, and I am pained to see it so obvious now in mine.

      But undoubtedly that's TMI, my dear, and one way or another I'll figure out how to deal with this unpleasantness too.

      My husband observed recently that sometimes he wishes he'd been an orphan. Until I pointed out that my previous husband was indeed one, and that circumstance did not help him grow up secure and stable.

      •  Awwww, kate, that makes me sad. (2+ / 0-)
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        No one should have to endue bullying by a family member. Kids can be horrid to each other, of course, but you expect some maturing out of that behavior once adulthood has been reached.

        I'm lucky in this regard but perhaps it's because being "reserved" and a need to be "nice" is a trait that runs deep in my family. It makes family gatherings more pleasant but we definitely lose something in closeness, I think. I know my friends much better than I do most of my 5 half-siblings but then my situation is not exactly "normal."

        It's good that you have a sympathetic sister.

        {{{{kate}}}}

        So glad to read about your latest CT scan!!!! May you forever be rid of those nasty, invasive cells.

        Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

        by figbash on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 01:37:36 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks, dear figgy! (2+ / 0-)
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          Trust me, civility is a much-undervalued quality in family relationships. I know there are some families in which the sibs are very close--that is, at least, I have heard about them, so I imagine they really do exist!--but that's not the norm in the families I know well.

          My sister and I have had and probably still will have our dissenting moments, but there's something to return to no matter what. That's not the case with our brother, not from either of us. His loss.

          Feels good. From your keyboard to God's ear! ;)

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