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As I was going through my kindle, looking for something to read that would provide a topic of interest for this evening, I was surprised at how many books I had begun and left unfinished. Someone mentioned in a comment, in someone else's diary, how e-books seem to create this syndrome. Perhaps they do, but I have to confess that I have a few dead tree books staring at me from their neglected shelf on the bookcase.  At least they get dusted occasionally, even if unread.  But the books on my kindle don't even get that much attention as I shove them into the archives and out of sight.

Tonight I decided to drag some of them out into the light of day, or at least the home page of my kindle, and take another look.

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

One of the real disadvantages of an e-book reader is that you can’t just flip to the back cover to learn what the book is about.  Yes, you can read about it when you buy it, but when you are a quarter of the way through and are confused it is a pain in the neck to have to connect to the internet and download a precis.  I was unclear of the setting, found the first part of the book confusing, and so set it aside.  But it is one of those books that haunts me, as I can clearly see the characters and do wonder what happened to them, so I will eventually finish this one.

A historical thriller set in Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at the stake just seventy years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead—marked by the same tattoo—the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos.


A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns

I have started this one a couple of times, but got no further that the first few pages.  It seemed that something always came up to distract me.  As  I recall, the Shakers were a short lived cult that believed in celibacy for all members.  And they designed a nice line of furniture.  This is another story that I want to get back to someday.

Five years ago, while William Rees was still recovering from his stint as a Revolutionary War soldier, his beloved wife died. Devastated, Rees left his son, David, in his sister’s care, fled his Maine farm, and struck out for a tough but emotionally empty life as a traveling weaver. Now, upon returning unexpectedly to his farm, Rees discovers that David has been treated like a serf for years and finally ran away to join a secluded religious sect—the Shakers.

Overwhelmed by guilt and hoping to reconcile with his son, Rees immediately follows David to the Shaker community. But when a young Shaker woman is brutally murdered shortly after Rees’s arrival, Rees finds himself launched into a complicated investigation where the bodies keep multiplying, a tangled web of family connections casts suspicion on everyone, and the beautiful woman on the edge of the Shaker community might be hiding troubling ties to the victims. It quickly becomes clear that in solving Sister Chastity’s murder, Rees may well expose some of the Shaker community’s darkest secrets, not to mention endanger his own life.


Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Originally downloaded this one when I was reading mysteries set in the Soviet Union but turned instead to those written by Russians.  In any case, this one scared me off in the opening chapter where Tom Rob Smith described the hunting of a house cat by a starving child.  It was more that I could handle at the time, but has received such good reviews that it deserves a read.  

Starred Review. Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who's suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer. Demoted and exiled from Moscow, Leo stumbles onto more evidence of the child killer. The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin's final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying. Rights sold in more than 20 countries.


Dissolution by CJ Sansome

Dissolution is a book I really really want to read.  It has been on my kindle since December of 2010 and I have twice read the first few chapters.  No idea why it hasn’t been finished yet.

It is England in the year 1537, and Thomas Cromwell is Henry VIII's vicar-general and in the process of dissolving all of the large monastic houses, granting the land to his favorites or the highest bidders. When one of his commissioners is murdered at the monastery in Scarnsea, mired among the marshes of England's south coast, Cromwell sends the hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake and Mark, his young handsome assistant, to solve the mystery. They find that not only has the murder been covered up but also other murders have been covered up as well, and they also find treasonous monks hostile to the king and his assumption of the role of head of the English church. As Shardlake uncovers more unsettling facts, he realizes that his own life is in danger--and solving the mystery takes on a life-or-death importance. Reminiscent of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose (without much of the intellectual discourse), Sansom's first novel will not disappoint fans of historical fiction.


Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia #1) by Deanna Raybourn

It is easy to explain why I haven’t finished this one.  At the halfway mark I found that the only action took place on the first page, other than one of the main character’s migraine attack.  Apparently there is supposed to be some sexual tension between the widow, Lady Julia Grey, and the migraine suffering detective, Nicholas Brisbane.  If so, I totally missed it.

And as much as I liked the fairly eccentric family of our heroine, I had a hard time believing that she would openly discuss with her aunt, her aunt’s sexual relationship with another woman.  Not that such relationships did not exist in that era, but people did not discuss them as they did the weather.  It felt clumsy and attention grabbing.  There were other times that the 21st century sensibilities were attributed to the Edwardian era and each one pulled me out of the story and into present day reality.  Not all will feel that way however, and it continues to be a very popular series.

These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.
Delightful first sentences:
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.
And there are other tidbits of well written humor throughout the part of the book I read, but not enough to keep me engaged. Fortunately, the Amazon edition only cost $4.85.


Murder Your Darlings (An Algonquin Round Table Mystery #1) by J.J. Murphy

I started this one while my husband was in the hospital and found myself unable to concentrate on it, which is a shame because it started out promising a lot of fun.

One morning legendary wit Dorothy Parker discovers someone under Manhattan's famed Algonquin Round Table. A little early for a passed out drunk, isn't it? But he's not dead drunk, just dead. When a charming writer from Mississippi named Billy Faulkner becomes a suspect in the murder, Dorothy decides to dabble in a little detective work, enlisting her literary cohorts.

It's up to the Algonquins to outwit the true culprit-preferably before cocktail hour-and before the clever killer turns the tables on them.


Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

This is a mystery novel by an award winning novelist that I bought while on sale.  The action takes place in Mississippi and I have not been in the right mood to go there.  Someday I will read more than the first page.

Edgar Award-winning author Tom Franklin returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far—an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades.


Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski #1) by Sara Paretsky

Isn’t it silly for a Chicagoan who is interested in mysteries, and loves to see strong women portrayed in them, to not have read any titles in this series?  Started this in January of this year.  Hope to finish it before January of next year.

Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling  summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is  Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty.  Her client says he's the prominent banker, John  Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son's  girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that's  not her real name. V.I.'s search turns up someone  soon enough -- the real John Thayer's son, and  he's dead. Who's V.I.'s client? Why has she been  set up and sent out on a wild-goose chase? By the  time she's got it figured, things are hotter --  and deadlier -- than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in a  desperate race against time. At stake: a young  woman's life.


The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano #1) by Andrea Camilleri

This is one I will read in addition to other mysteries set in Italy for an upcoming diary.  I just haven’t read it yet although I did start it, once.

Bestselling Italian author Andrea Camilleri has built a massive international following for his sardonic Sicilian mysteries featuring a listless, dejected, nonconformist protagonist who somehow always accomplishes his duty in spite of himself. The Shape of Water is his first Inspector Salvo Montalbano adventure to be translated into English.

When a local politician is found dead in his car, half naked, in a seedy neighborhood known for prostitution and drug trafficking, it's assumed that he died of natural causes in the middle of a sexual escapade. Hoping to avoid an embarrassing situation, Montalbano's superiors expect him to close the case quickly. But the inspector senses that not all is as it seems and determinedly launches a full investigation.


The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

My favorite unread book of all time.

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon--all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where "the most interesting things happen at night."


In my defense, I tend to study all of the sale and discounted books lists at iBooks, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and snag books I think might be interesting at some future point (Sunday I downloaded 7 Karin Fossum mysteries at $1.99 each).  As a result, quite a few of my unread titles are due to smart shopping and not laziness on my part (or so I try to convince myself).  Perhaps I need to follow the example of ckf and start a Challenge list.  

What about you?  What books are haunting your shelves or e-book readers, patiently waiting their turn to be read?

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  •  The Warshawski series is excellent (13+ / 0-)

    If you like strong women protagonists, this is 100 proof.

  •  Yes, Blacklist was the last Warshawski book i read (9+ / 0-)

    really good. The Eco book is a doorstop, you have that as an excuse. i've only watched the movie, the daunting.

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Mon May 28, 2012 at 05:29:22 PM PDT

  •  Prerequisites for mysteries? (12+ / 0-)

    The Cromwell one reminds me that there is a well-regarded series of historical novels - not mysteries - about Cromwelll: Wolf Hall and now Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.  (Wolf Hall got the Booker Prize.)

    I know squat about Cromwell. Is it better to read read Mantel first, then the mystery?

    (I can probably keep up with the Algonquin Table name dropping.)

    •  Wish I could tell you, but Wolf Hall is one of the (9+ / 0-)

      unmentioned, unread books on my kindle.  From what I have read of the reviews, the more you know about the period, the easier Wolf Hall is to enjoy.  Dissolution, OTOH, is more of a murder mystery set in the time frame, I don't know how much of it involves the major political figures of the day, but I suspect not much, other than Cromwell's attempt to reform the Church.

      That said, I enjoyed the first couple of chapters of Wolf Hall that I did read, but it was so long ago that I can't remember why I stopped.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon May 28, 2012 at 05:46:14 PM PDT

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    •  I very much enjoyed reading "Wolf Hall." (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Susan from 29, Youffraita, wasatch

      It does require concentration, but Mantel is an excellent writer and the subject matter is most interesting.  I am about 100 pp. into the sequel:  Bring Up the Bodies.  Another excellent read.  But the material is dense.  I only read one book at a time though.  

      I bought paperback of "Name of the Rose" when it was first available.  But my older daughter, an avid reader, grabbed it first.  I still have that book and have tried to read it but haven't got very far.  

      •  oh, my, oculus (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Susan from 29

        I got about halfway through Name of the Rose...then my Amazon order came through and i never looked at it again.

        Too much Catholic stuff for this Protestant woman to stomach.

        Really, I don't know how the nuns can stand those orders from the old gay men who allegedly run the Church.  (ducks and runs :-)

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Mon May 28, 2012 at 11:26:07 PM PDT

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  •  That's an interesting list (8+ / 0-)

    of unread books.  I can't get enough of C. J. Sansom's books and quickly read all the books in the series.  Different tastes, I guess.  I know that Sara Paretsky's V. I. Warshawski detective is very, very popular, but I just am not all that enthused over her.  I have only read one of Andrea Camilleri's mysteries, but I will certainly look for more.  I enjoyed the one I read.  I read The Name of the Rose after a trip to Melk, Austria.  The monastery in the book reminded me of the one I visited in Melk, so I was able to imagine the setting of the story very vividly.  If I hadn't visited Melk, I doubt I'd have been nearly as interested in the book.

    I've got a huge TBR stack right now, mostly mysteries.  I'm really hooked on a non-mystery series by Bernard Cornwell, the Saxon series, and I keep looking for the next book in the series, so my pile is getting bigger, not smaller.  I did a lot of reading recently on a mini-vacation and finished 4 dollar books from the library  - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell, Deep Storm by Lincoln Child, Angels in the Gloom by Anne Perry, and Blood Lure by Nevada Barr.  I read one book given to me by my cousin-in-law, Don't Look Behind You by Ann Rule, and three library books, Uniform Justice by Donna Leon, Snobbery with Violence by Marion Chesney, and the third in Saxon series, Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell.  I started Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny by Garrison Keillor but it isn't as enjoyable as I expected it to be.  I need to get back out and start working on politics again, but oh how I love to sit around all day and read.

    •  I want to read Dissolution before I take on Name (7+ / 0-)

      of the Rose.  And I really want to read it.  Things just keep getting in the way!

      Have you read Cromwell's Warlord Chronicles that cover the King Arthur legend?  I stumbled upon those after reading Helen Hollick's Pendragon Series.  And I read those after reading her books I Am The Chosen King, set in 1066 Saxon England and Forever Queen which tells the story of the Norwegian woman who was married to both Aethelrod of England and the Viking Cnut, well before the Normans invaded England.  It gave me a different perspective about the Viking invasion of Britain, even though I had walked through the museum in York, I don't think I really appreciated how closely those nations were tied together.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:17:07 PM PDT

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  •  I threw Shape of Water (8+ / 0-)

    but I liked the rest of the series.

    It really is not needed to enjoy the series, I don't think and I would hate for you to give up on the series because of this first book.

    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter does deserve a time when you are relaxed and can read it in peace.  It is more than a mystery.

    I learned a lot by reading Dissolution and I read the next two and then just got tired of Matthew and gave them to the library...(sorry to those who love him).

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    by cfk on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:18:50 PM PDT

  •  My TBR pile is so large I'm thinking about (10+ / 0-)

    just giving up and using it instead to serve as pier blocks for the new deck I need to build...

    I've got a Jo Nesbø book, The Redbreast, that has been sitting here next to the laptop since Christmas 2010, there are a couple of Tony Hillerman novels that have been sitting in the bookcase for a while now taunting me, and I keep promising to read my wife's collection of Evanovich's "Stepanie Plum" series just to see what she has always been laughing about all these years.  Then there are a couple of Elmore Leonard books I got as presents some time ago, two W.E.B. Griffin novels (a secret vice of mine; don't tell anybody, OK?), and it's time to commence my now-traditional quadrennial rereading of Dr. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72"...  

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:38:50 PM PDT

    •  Which W.E.B. Griffin series? We used to read the (5+ / 0-)

      ones based on the Marines in WWII.  Years ago.  Tony Hillerman was also a favorite, as was Evanovich but I haven't tried any Nesbo yet (I keep forgetting how to make the special letters on my Mac).

      And the advantage of a kindle is that you can hide them away somewhere where they are more easily ignored.  Then again, you have to buy supplies to build the new deck.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon May 28, 2012 at 06:48:55 PM PDT

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      •  I have - and have read - all of (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Susan from 29, Caddis Fly, Aunt Pat

        "The Corps" series about the Marines and have most of the "Brotherhood of War" series about the US Army (it follows a much longer historic trace that "The Corps" but has the same sort of Zane Grey-ish formulaic composition; still, it's a good guilty pleasure).  The novels sitting there staring at me are from "The Presidential Agent" series (Books I and III).

        I couldn't figure out the "special letter" on my non-Apple Windows laptop, either, but I found that 'cut and paste' solves the problem...

        "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

        by Jack K on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:45:14 PM PDT

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    •  Send them to me! (5+ / 0-)

      Only half kidding.

      Geez, you have such an embarrassment of riches and I have to figure out how to afford new novels -- I like to buy them b/c I tend to reread them, sometimes five or six times if they're that good.

      Connie Willis I reread every two-three years like clockwork: she's that good.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:10:12 PM PDT

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      •  A used book store with a liberal exchange policy, (4+ / 0-)

        along with relatives by blood and marriage who think "I'll get Jack K or Mrs Jack K a good book, since they read so much" can create an embarrassment of riches...

        These things also lead to greater creativity in constructing/creating bookshelf space...

        "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

        by Jack K on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:48:18 PM PDT

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    •  Don't read the Plum books. You'll get captured (6+ / 0-)

      and won't read anything else for two months. They are that funny. I've read most of Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn/Chee series and can't think of a bad one.

      My brother keeps giving me W.E.B Griffin novels, but I haven't cracked one open yet. Perhaps I ought to.

      Diaries are funny things Sam. Type one letter and you never know where you might end up. My apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien.

      by Caddis Fly on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:18:29 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, "books" 1 through 3 are audio books - on (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Aunt Pat, Susan from 29

        cassette, no less - so I can only listen to them in my old 4x4 pickup, since it's the only vehicle I have with a cassette player.  But I have it on good authority that I can get hard copies at the library ("It's for my wife.  Honest.")...

        W.E.B. Griffin's books do work as stand-alone novels, but they are more cohesive if you can find the time - over time - to read a whole series in order to better understand the characters.   The US Marine Corps series "The Corps" runs from the period prior to Japan's invasion of China in the late 30's to the Korean War, while the US Army "Brotherhood of War" series covers the span of time between WWII and Vietnam...

        Griffin has four other series of novels dealing with the Office of Strategic Services (precursor to the CIA), the Philadelphia Police Dept, and the Secret Service/CIA).  Any of them are a hoot to read, whether as individual novels or as a series. You ought to "crack one" open and see what you thing...  

        "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

        by Jack K on Mon May 28, 2012 at 08:14:43 PM PDT

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        •  In the Plum series (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Susan from 29, wasatch

          I read 4 then 16 and got hooked and started the series at the beginning. Several of which I listened to. In fact I would recommend listening to them rather than reading as the readers are quite entertaining in their own right.

          Of the Griffin books I have Brotherhood 8-10 and By the Order of the President. I think I'll read the latter one first for a taste. I think it is the first one in that series.

          ps. I bet you would be shocked at what the librarians read. So proudly check out whatever book you wish.  

          Diaries are funny things Sam. Type one letter and you never know where you might end up. My apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien.

          by Caddis Fly on Mon May 28, 2012 at 08:45:07 PM PDT

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    •  If you have any interest in funny, goofy at (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Ahianne, Susan from 29, wasatch

      times, but most definitely funny in a dry, working class tone, then you will most likely enjoy the Janet Evanovich series on Stephanie Plum.

      I also read a few of those Elmore Lenard tales about 10 years ago, and much like the Plum books, they are a quirky, odd look at the wrong side of the tracks, most of them are financial mystery thrillers, and well worth the read.

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      by Angie in WA State on Mon May 28, 2012 at 10:26:51 PM PDT

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  •  My unread piles of books are so (8+ / 0-)

    legion that I call them the TBR mountains. The opening of Wolf Hall was good and I only put it down to read something else on deadline. And then there was another bright shiny object and another and another.

    I did finish Charles Todd's An Unmarked Grave today, the fourth Bess Crawford mystery and my first in the series. It was well-written and had the flavour of the WWI setting.

    But it also reflected its time period. One character was considered a murder suspect because he was a union leader "best known for hiring several rather disreputable men to enforce his will". And the main character's father spent quite some time serving in India; he is called the Colonel Sahib.

    That makes it more accurate historical fiction but things like that still make me cringe.

  •  Thanks to your column last week (8+ / 0-)

    I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King. I really did enjoy it. I have started her second book, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, but am not in it far enough to really comment on it yet.

    One thing I can say is that King makes Holmes into a bit of a bastard at times and she seems to continue in that vein in the second book.

    I'll check out the books you mentioned above.

    Anyway, thanks for the recommendation from last week. Its nice to find a new author.


    Diaries are funny things Sam. Type one letter and you never know where you might end up. My apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien.

    by Caddis Fly on Mon May 28, 2012 at 07:05:10 PM PDT

  •  Cryptonomicon has been on my bookshelf, all (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Susan from 29, wasatch

    2 inches or so of it, in matte black cover, for at least five years (and more likely 10).

    I've got no idea how many times I've started it, but I never get more than maybe 20 or 30 pages in. Something about an undersea communications cable in the WWII era...

    Neal Stephenson is a fantastic writer, I've read Snow Crash (the first one of his I found) and others, never could put one of them down after I'd started.

    But this one? Just can't get into it. Meh.

    Also, the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris series, which is probably over a year old by now) and the Kim Harrison's Witch series.

    Plus about 600 more books than I'll ever finish before I die.

    Such is life.


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    "A Better World is Possible"
    -- #Occupy

    by Angie in WA State on Mon May 28, 2012 at 10:33:16 PM PDT

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