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  •  I kind of figure that plowing through Ayn Rand (8+ / 0-)

    was all of the mind expanding I needed for the rest of my life. ;-)

    Seriously, I do read and notice points of view, especially political axes that are being ground. And not just in books, but in television series and movies.

    On another note, I have finally fallen for audiobooks. As a result of recommendations around here, I checked out the audio version of Tana French's Broken Harbor. I love it. I can listen to my books on my iPad while I am playing with the jigsaw puzzle app, as well as when I am doing the normal mundane tasks of a household.

    Amazon offers the audio version of a book at a huge discount if you purchase the ebook. Since the ebook of A Fistful of Collars was on sale for 3.99, and you mentioned the series in a comment Monday, a purchased it and then got the audiobook for $0.99.

    I can tell that I am in trouble now.

    •  lololol, Susan! (6+ / 0-)
      I can tell that I am in trouble now.
      I still have to order Fistful.  I wanted to wait until after tonight to place an order because I usually get some titles to add.

      I have been so tired that I am falling behind on my challenge books.  I think this week I will make some progress.

      I have a new fantasy author to try to see if my almost ten year old grandson would like the book and that will be fun.  

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      by cfk on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:35:58 PM PDT

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        •  It is called House of Secrets (6+ / 0-)

          by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini.

          From legendary Hollywood director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny Story) comes this first book in an epic new fantasy series.

          Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything: two loving parents, a beautiful house in San Francisco, and all the portable electronic devices they could want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job in the wake of a mysterious incident. Now in dire straits, the family must relocate to an old Victorian house that used to be the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff—a house that feels simultaneously creepy and too good to be true.

          By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they're banished to a primeval forest way off the grid. Their parents? Gone. Their friends? A world away. And they aren't alone. Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land.
          To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible—and fight against their darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they'll discover it's not just their family that's in danger . . . it's the entire world.

          It may be too much for my grandson just yet.  I will have to see.  

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          by cfk on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:45:54 PM PDT

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      •  Speaking of fantasy authors... (8+ / 0-)

        I bought Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn in paperback and attempted to read it.  It's well told and all that, but fantasy just isn't my thing. There's nothing in it (so far) that would shock a ten-year-old, though.

        On the other hand, I really liked Tamsin by the same author--so much so that I'm not going to give that book away.  It's a keeper.  Kind of wish the narrator were a more likable person, but--shrug--she is what she is.

        "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

        by Diana in NoVa on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:59:12 PM PDT

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        •  uh, oh (6+ / 0-)

          I am sorry about the narrator.  I will find out pretty soon.

          As you know, I do love fantasy.  But each to our own.  :)

          I wonder what you would think of his book A Fine and Private Place.  It is not fantasy exactly.  I need to re-read it.  It was not sad like it sounds.

          B&N says:

          Conversing in a mausoleum with the dead, an eccentric recluse is tugged back into the world by a pair of ghostly lovers bearing an extraordinary gift—the final chance for his own happiness. When challenged by a faithless wife and aided by a talking raven, the lives of the living and the dead may be renewed by courage and passion, but only if not belatedly. Told with an elegiac wisdom, this delightful tale of magic and otherworldly love is a timeless work of fantasy imbued with hope and wonder.

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          by cfk on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:04:44 PM PDT

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        •  Diana, I LOVE fantasy (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          cfk, Monsieur Georges, RiveroftheWest

          and I have never read Peter Beagle.

          Just sayin'.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:24:26 PM PDT

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