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DAY TIME (EST/EDT) Series Name Editor(s)
SUN 6:00 PM Young Reader's Pavilion The Book Bear
Sun 9:30 PM SciFi/Fantasy Book Club quarkstomper
Bi-Monthly Sun Midnight Reading Ramblings don mikulecky
MON 8:00 PM Monday Murder Mystery Susan from 29
Mon 11:00 PM My Favorite Books/Authors edrie, MichiganChet
alternate Tuesdays 8:00 AM LGBT Literature Texdude50, Dave in Northridge
Tue 10:00 PM Contemporary Fiction Views bookgirl
WED 7:30 AM WAYR? plf515
Wed 8:00 PM Bookflurries Bookchat cfk
THU 8:00 PM Write On! SensibleShoes
Thu (third each month, beginning 9/20) 11:00 PM Audiobooks Club SoCaliana
FRI 8:00 AM Books That Changed My Life Diana in NoVa
SAT (fourth each month) 11:00 AM Windy City Bookworm Chitown Kev
Sat 4:00 PM Daily Kos Political Book Club Freshly Squeezed Cynic
Sat 9:00 PM Books So Bad They're Good Ellid

Just finished

Nothing this week

Now reading

A Behavioral Theory of Elections by Jonathan Bendor et al. Traditional "rational choice" models of voter behavior don't mesh all that well with how voters actually behave, in particular, they don't do well with predicting turnout. This is an attempt at a different formulation. This will interest election geeks.

Cooler Smarter: Practical tips for low carbon living by the scientists at Union of Concerned Scientists, a great group. These folk make sense, concentrating on the changes you can make that have the biggest impact with the least effort.

Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman.  Kahneman, most famous for his work with the late Amos Tversky, is one of the leading psychologists of the times. Here, he posits that our brains have two systems: A fast one and a slow one. Neither is better, but they are good at different things. This is a brilliant book: Full of insight and very well written, as well.

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds. Dan Sylveste is intent on figuring out what happened to the Amarantin civilization, hundreds of thousands of years ago. Lots of other stuff going on as well, with a lot of interesting hard-SF ideas.

A re-read of Anathem, by Neal Stephenson.  A towering but very unusual book. Full review

The First World War by John Keegan.  This is widely regarded as the best single volume book on WWI.  I am only a little way into it, but so far it is very good.

Alien in the Family by Gini Koch. The continuing adventures of Katherine (Kitty) Katt, defender of the Earth from evil aliens, fiancee of one of the good aliens. Pretty silly, but fun. Lots of sex (but mildly described), lots of violence (Kitty kicks ass), not a lot of explanation or profundity.

Just started

A Wanted Man by Lee Child. The latest in the Jack Reacher series.  Looks good so far.

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  •  This week's books (12+ / 0-)

    On the Nook:

    The Tainted City, by Courtney Schaefer - I've just started the sequel to last year's splendid The Whitefire Crossing, but it looks every bit as good.

    Traditional books:

    The Second World War, by Antony Beevor - fascinating, detail-packed account of World War II by one of John Keegan's best students.  I've just gotten to Pearl Harbor and am loving every page.

    In the queue:

    On the Nook:

    Probably a reread of something, but heaven knows what.

    Traditional books:

    Ditto, since it's going to be a few weeks before I finish the Beevor.

  •  Going for distracting/escapist at the moment (13+ / 0-)

    Poured through Sanford's "Stolen Prey" over the weekend.  Compelling, clever, fast-moving and well-written as always, though I thought there was a pretty big hole in the plot when I was done.

    Now I'm reading James Lee Burke's "Feast Day of Fools."  Talk about fools, I stayed up reading till 2 a.m. on Sunday and regretted it immensely yesterday.  The writing is just wonderful, moody and wise. But in some ways I'm not sure that style matches the genre well.  

    •  Sandford (7+ / 0-)

      isn't bad.  His books remind me of Parker's Spenser series a bit.  I think I've read the first half dozen of the Prey books.  Have them on my library list, next time I run low on reading material.

      I find them appealing because I recognize a lot of the settings--I grew up in the Twin Cities.  In preparation for a trip there next week, I'm reading a book set in Minneapolis--Where's Billie? by Judith Yates Borger.  Pretty thin plot, but nice, light reading, which is about all I have the time and energy for these days.

      There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

      by puzzled on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:18:10 AM PDT

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  •  Just starting This Republic of Suffering (13+ / 0-)

    by Drew Gilpin Faust.  It's a history of the Civil War that focuses on the human toll of the war, and how it impacted the lives of surviving family.  It looks like it will be a good read.

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 04:42:25 AM PDT

  •  Just finished (13+ / 0-)

    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. It's an interesting take on what would happen if there were another major terrorist strike on the US, and how people might respond, both for and against more restrictions on civil liberties.

    Do Pavlov's dogs chase Schroedinger's cat?

    by corwin on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 04:50:26 AM PDT

  •  Currently reading and listening... (9+ / 0-)

    Just a little ways into Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute by Johnathon L. Howard.  This is the 3rd in the Cabal series.  I really liked the first two, but I can't say anything about this one other than the title refers to a group of men who want to eliminate fear from the world.

    Currently listening to the audiobook version of John Scalzi's Agent to the Stars.  This is a really clever story about a Hollywood agent who is tasked with figuring out how to introduce planet Earth to a race of very polite but stinky, gelatinous aliens.  I really like this one.

  •  Now reading "Hiss and Hers," an Agatha Raisin (12+ / 0-)

    mystery.  I need some brain-fun after toiling through 588 pages of LBJ: The Path to Power. Had to return the book to the library before I was finished.  Must say I really enjoyed it, though.  John Nance Garner was a relative of mine--my mother was a Garner from Texas.

    Now the library informs me that the second book in the series, LBJ: The Passage to Power, is waiting for me.  I've never been so gripped by nonfiction before. Oh, except when I read that book by the elephant guy.

    Have PILES of books stacked up, waiting to be read:  The Dovekeepers, Shadow of Night, and Not My Blood, just to name three of the novels.  Also, Babylon's Ark.

    Dipped into Beryl Markham's West with the Night yesterday.  After reading the first few pages I fail to understand what's so praiseworthy about it.  I suppose I'll give it another shot, as it seems to be highly regarded by many.

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 04:56:08 AM PDT

  •  Was reading Camus' "the First Man", but (15+ / 0-)

    accidentally left the book behind on a trip. So now I'm reading Zinn's "People's History of the US". It's pretty depressing.

    Mitt Romney = Draco Malfoy

    by ubertar on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:06:44 AM PDT

    •  I am working with my son to translate L'Etranger. (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Leeloo, alain2112

      It's a learning exercise for us.

      It's surprisingly simple French, very dry, very dry.

      My boy's in the 8th grade.

      Aujourd’hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas. J’ai reçu un télégramme de l’asile : « Mère décédée. Enterrement demain. Sentiments distingués. » Cela ne veut rien dire.
      Cela ne veut rein dire.

      That, I think, says everything about everything.

      Enterrement demain.

  •  Lincoln by Gore Vidal (10+ / 0-)

    Noticed yesterday that today is Vidal's birthdate.  As it happens, I have had a paperback copy of Lincoln on my shelves since a friend gave it to me, inscribed, seven years ago.So I started to read it on the train yesterday.  So far, I am intrigued.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:11:07 AM PDT

  •  I have never (11+ / 0-)

    been able to read multiple books at once. I'm very linear. Occasionally, like this week, I'll find a stopping point in one book, put it down completely and read another, then pick the first back up. But not often. Typically if I put a book down it's because I can't get into it and if I want to try it again another time I'll start from the beginning.

    I admire those of you who can, but I'm not one of you.

    Finished Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise which was excellent. Not as much political polling covered as I expected but excellent chapters on poker and terrorism prediction. The terrorism prediction chapter was especially useful in the moment as we look at the coulda/shouldas of prediction on the Libya attack.

    Back to The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin now. Slow going but fascinating.

    On the up and coming list:

    The Information by James Gleick
    Twilight of the Elites by Christopher Hayes
    Homo Mysterious by David Barash
    The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
    A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
    Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott

    And coming out election day 11/6 a book I will stop everything and read:
    Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

  •  White Noise by Don DeLillo (8+ / 0-)

    Book Club meeting this Saturday (after the Stewart-O'Reilly debate)

    I've been slacking though.. I still have 100+ pages to get through this week.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:02:50 AM PDT

  •  Good morning, plf! (6+ / 0-)

    Currently re-reading some George McDonald fantasies.  I read "At the Back of the North Wind", "The Princess and the Goblin", now reading "The Princess and Curdie".

    C'est la vie, c'est la guerre, c'est la pomme de terre.

    by RunawayRose on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:12:59 AM PDT

  •  Just finished (6+ / 0-)

    The City and The City by China Mieville.  Before that it was The Information by James Gleick.  

    It's October Remember to vote early and make it count!

    by Powered Grace on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:34:41 AM PDT

  •  Revenge of Heaven-best book I've read in 20 years! (6+ / 0-)

    This is the best book I've read in the last 20 years.  It's called "The Revenge of Heave: Journal of a Young Chinese," by Stephen Ling (a pseudonym), and is the detailed non-fiction memoir of a young man and his friends in the Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution, in his case from 1966-1967.

    In the 1980s and early 1990s, I was in college and grad school majoring in history and always with an East Asian history minor.  My focus was modern Chinese history.

    Yet I was completely unprepared for this book, which has "revolutionized" the way I think about China -- especially the Cultural Revolution, Red Guard and contemporary cynicism and corruption.

    I bought this out of print book on a whim.  A good friend introduced me to her mother, who was in the Red Guard and then the People's Liberation Army, so I wanted to know what her experience had been like.  I ordered Fox Butterfield's, "China Alive in the Bitter Sea," which is about China circa 1981 and is also out of print, but I've always intended to read.  One Amazon review said that there is an even better book, Ling's Revenge of Heaven, and found it available from a reseller through Amazon.  Halfway through Butterfield, Revenge arrived about a week later, and I curiously picked it up and couldn't put it down.  No, that's an understatement.  The humorist, Roy Blount once said of a book, "I only put it down once to wipe the sweat."

    It was like a gut punch!  

    If I had read this when I was in grad school, I wouldn't have believed it; maybe I would have thought it was Taiwanese propaganda (the author fled China and this was written in Taiwan).

    But with the internet it's possible to check out many of his assertions.  I even was able to find his real name because his escape with his brother was reported in the Taiwan times at the time it happened.

    I can't explain how good it is -- maybe because he kept a detailed daily journal (actually two journals -- one official and one personal).  

    I had not really understood how violent the Red Guard were.  I thought of them as harassing "intellectuals" and "bourgeois elements," smashing things, burning books, and having humiliating trials and mass rallies.  This book shows how things very, very quickly spun out of control, and they were murdering their teachers, torturing people, and eventually breaking into hyper violent factions fighting each other.  They overthrew whole provincial governments, and took over the entire commercial and industrial sectors of cities.  By the end of Ling's time, they had raided police headquarters and army barracks and were fighting each other with heavy weapons.

    But it's so much more than that.  It's an adventure story (Ling's travels all over China, when Mao declared RG could travel on the trains for free), a tragic love story (Ling like most RG was hyper puritanical, but he slowly falls in love with one of his comrades), and it's also surprisingly laugh out loud funny in so many sections despite the overall tragedy of much of it!  It's also about a very provincial boy coming to understand what "China" an abstraction before his journeys, really was.

    The book is worth the meager price just for Ling's description of what must have been one of the worst train rides in history -- from Fuzhou to Shanghai.  In Anwei Province, starving peasants and beggers stop the train by lying on the tracks and then swarm the train demanding food while quoting Mao's little Red Book.  It goes downhill from there!

    Highly, highly recommended.  Best book I've read in the last two decades.

    Unfortunately, I doubt many people will ever read it because it's out of print and probably being culled from libraries (mine was a canceled community college library book).

  •  Good morning plf515 (5+ / 0-)

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

    It is really a biography of James Garfield and how the bad doctoring killed Garfield rather than the bullet. Alexander G. Bell is thrown in the book as filler material and could have been left out totally.

    I throw the term delusional nutjob around liberally but the guy who shot Garfield was a delusional nutjob.

    Should finish the book up tonight and I recommend it for a good quick read about a little known president.

  •  Still reading (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, citizenx, Louisiana 1976

    "The Flame Alphabet," by Ben Marcus.  I'm enjoying it, but there are a couple of potential problems I hope he clears up before book's end.

    I think after this, I'm going to pick up something old, as in written before I was born.

  •  Good Morning, Readers All (5+ / 0-)

    and special greetings to the 10 newest R&BLers who represent the beginning of the Group's second millennium of Followers.  

    Yes, we're 1010 of us now.

    Finished Gleick's The Information, which is as significant a pop-sci book for our age as was his Chaos, IMO.  Utterly fascinating and wide-ranging in its implications.  How soon before I can buy one of these quantum computer thingees?   ;^)

    Am now book dabbling.  That is, opening more than one book, reading a few pages here, a few there, looking to get totally captivated.  Find that's a reading habit after an intense good read like the one above.

    So, I opened Cooper's Deerslayer and find it humorous.  Two frontiersmen dining al fresco in the woods discussing girl troubles and "redskin" philosophy.  Hurry Harry is witty, Deerslayer is (so far) stodgy.

    Am also reading Chesteron's The Man Who Knew Too Much.  Horne Fisher is enigmatic while all-knowing, but Chesterton's first story, a murder mystery, is far too pat and "guessable" way too early.

    Tried to read Tyler Dilt's A King of Infinite Space but bored, bored, bored.  Yet another weakly written police procedural murder story.  

    Next tree book will be Dai Siejie's Once on a Moonless Night  His Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is one of my favorite by modern Asian authors.  This book is about a missing imperial scroll containing one of the Buddhas lessons that begins, "Once on a moonless night. . . "  It's really about love and language.

    Just bought for my Kindle Amor Towles' Rules of Civility, a novel of manners;  Marc Fitten's Valaeria's Last Stand. a Hungarian satire; and J. J. Herbert's Unconventional about a janitor who's an aspiring novelist.  Love using my Kindle to discover new writers.

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 06:51:50 AM PDT

    •  The Man Who Knew Too Much (4+ / 0-)

      I keep meaning to write a diary about Chesterton's The Man Who Knew Too Much.  The stories tend to be more political than his Father Brown stories.  Unfortunately, Chesterton's Edwardian Engish anti-semitism and xenophobia is also more evident, which I'm sure will taint the book for many.  But despite these flaws I still find many of the Horne Fisher tales enjoyable.

      "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

      by quarkstomper on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:10:05 PM PDT

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      •  Call Me Jaded (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Monsieur Georges

        I find his stories in this book too neatly tied up, too filled with improbable artifice, even mechanical.  To me, he's an awkward story teller, but his saving grace is his sardonic humor.  Sadly, I don't think he's aged well in the literary sense.  Yet, I'm reading because of Fisher, I guess.  He's almost the anti-hero rather than the hero since he seems completely estranged from the societal norm.

        Chesterton didn't like the Irish, either, I'm guessing.

        Hope you do the diary.  I could learn from it, I'm sure.

        Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

        by Limelite on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:57:45 PM PDT

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        •  Straw Plots (0+ / 0-)

          Yes, Chesterton had a bad habit of coming up with a gimmick and then devising an implausible plot in order to make the gimmick work.  Sort of like setting up a Straw Man Argument except it's with plot.

          The impression I get about Chesterton and the Irish is that the romantic in him found much about them to admire; but that he still regarded them as aliens; "Not English".  Of course, I've only read a comparatively small sliver of Chesterton's work, so I might be reading stuff into him.

          Horne Fisher is sort of the Ultimate Insider; but being on the Inside has granted him no power and less satisfaction.  He's sort of an updated version of the Preacher from the Book of Eccesiastes:  "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity."  Which is why the last story in the book, "The Vengence of the Statue" is interesting, despite having the most contrived plot of all of them; because in the last story Fisher rediscovers the idealism which he's been mourning through the previous stories.

          Note, I didn't say that story was good; I said it was interesting.  Let me know what you think of it.

          "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

          by quarkstomper on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 12:29:59 PM PDT

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    •  The Seijie book is outstanding (0+ / 0-)

      Read last year and thoroughly enjoyed!

      Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

      by barbwires on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:44:56 PM PDT

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  •  Midway through Telegraph Avenue, (5+ / 0-)

    Michael Chabon's new book.  The life and times of Nat Jaffe and Archy Stallings, the Jewish and black (respectively) co-owners of a down at the heels, used vinyl record store at the juncture between Berkeley and Oakland, as well as their friends and family, in late summer 2004.  Funny and engaging, including a cameo appearance by State Senator Barack Obama, fresh off of his DNC keynote and raising money for Kerry in the Berkeley hills.

  •  I've almost finished a library book (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    inHI, citizenx, Louisiana 1976, plf515

    entitled "Time of the Quickening:  Prophecies for the Coming Utopian Age".  It was published last year.

    Since the author talks about historical events as well as what will (supposedly) happen in the next few to a hundred years, I found some of it pretty interesting.  Mostly, it has a moderately high entertainment value.

    One thing I did find both intriguing and amusing is that one of the figures (copied from one of the author's sources) shows what is labeled "Three signs of Light".  The first of them bears a remarkable resemblance to President Obama's campaign logo.  It's not identical, but the resemblance is unmistakeable.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 08:39:21 AM PDT

  •  Storms of My Grandchildren (4+ / 0-)

    By James Hansen

    first book I've read In a very long time.
    It's excellent

  •  My science fiction book club at my library, once (5+ / 0-)

    again, is teaching me that there are a lot of truly terrible sci-fi authors out there. I'm not finding any new Barry Longyears, or Roger Zelaznys, or even Kelley Armstrongs through this group. Instead, I read halfway through a truly insultingly bad book called Yellow Blue Tibia by an author I can barely believe has ever read a book (Adam Roberts), given the abomination he vomited onto these pages.

    I lived through the 80s. Not in Russia, mind, but I did. I find it truly offensive that this author seized onto a tremendous tragedy, the Challenger explosion, and didn't even do it justice in his rewrite into "Aliens did it! Totally! Believe me, even though 9/11 Truthers would tell me after reading my book, 'Sorry, dude, there's nothing there.'"

    Also, perhaps I missed something, living in the Midwest and going to high school...was there any knowledge of Asperger's syndrome during the 80s? Anywhere? ... Yeah. Didn't think so.

    So the main character is a stupid old drunk who for about 50 pages, if that, supposedly wrote some dumb alien story for Stalin with a few other guys, most of whom die later on. Then confusing, undistinguishable stuff starts happening to him for no reason, and he intones portentously about it while nothing of substance continues to happen.

    The author seems incapable of using storytelling to tell a story, and instead needs to telegraph every move he is about to make by having his main character say, "And the next time I saw him, he was dead. O no, how terrible." It's one thing if that's a minor element, or if the author uses that rather than actually describing incidents in detail, but with both...uh-uh. Dumb, unsubtle, something maybe a ten-year-old writing his first story might do. Inexcusable in an adult.

    So thank you, science fiction book club. Once again, you have shown me an author who isn't worth my time or attention. Now, for next month, do you think we could manage one good author? I'd really appreciate it.

    •  ??? is this a book club organized by the library (3+ / 0-)

      staff, or is it a line of books they are buying for the library?

      I remember back in the  60's my sorta-local public library obviously had a package deal with some distributor, who had a line to a publisher, who had THE MOST AWFUL hacks writing el-craperino "sci-fi". Even with about 2 yrs experience (and I was maybe 10!), I could tell how awful most of this stuff was! And they were buying it for the adult collection in a college town!  I read it because it was pretty much all they had, but it was terrible. part of it was hardback Ace Doubles or something, I vaguely recall...

      It truly is amazing what some people will publish, and others will buy!

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 04:53:33 PM PDT

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      •  Organized by. Apparently the organizer's taste (0+ / 0-)

        (according to me, anyhow) is all in his mouth. :)

        •  I was always amazed that, like MBA's, selection (0+ / 0-)

          staff were supposed to be able to select in areas they had no personal experience of, using professional and commercial reviews & journals.

          since I was a cataloger, I never had to try to figure out an unfamiliar field, but I have certainly heard my husband rant about the library being useless to lots of men, like himself, because the collections are so thin on materials that plumbers and builders and carpenters and electricians, for example, would be interested in.

          BECAUSE there's a lack of expertise in those areas at both ends of the reviewing pipeline: no industry reviewers, and no knowledgable librarians! so, for up-to-date books on that kind of stuff, guys end up going to the hardware store, the lumber yard or the Internet...

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:36:29 PM PDT

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  •  "The Redgraves" by Donald Spoto (4+ / 0-)

    About 2/3 done...

    Spoto has made this fascinating family boring.  

    It reads like a catalog of plays and movies with life spliced in.

    If it weren't a review copy I wouldn't finish it.

  •  I finally finished listening to (3+ / 0-)

    "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.'  46 discs.  Worth the effort.

    I am now listening to Ken Follett's "Fall of Giants," based on recommendations of DK readers.  

    I am reading Ian McEwan's "In Between the Sheets."  Short story collection.  1975   Bizarre stories.  Prep for arrival of his latest stories," Sweet Tooth," on Nov. 13.

    Must confess I abandoned "Cronkite" while he is still in high school in Houston.  

  •  Monthly Bookpost up (4+ / 0-)

    It's what I'm reading

    The Romney Campaign: Most expensive mid-life crisis in American history.

    by AdmiralNaismith on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 11:45:10 AM PDT

  •  hi (3+ / 0-)

    I have finished reading:

    Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews #4

    The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller

    Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters

    The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill

    I am reading:

    Best Short Novels of 2006 ed. by Jonathan Strahan (pg. 416 of 573)

    The Van Rijn Method by Poul Anderson (pg. 175 of 609)

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:03:37 PM PDT

  •  and the latest Anita Blake, and Cloud Atlas, and (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Monsieur Georges

    read-alouding the 2d Leary/Mundy, Lt Leary Commanding, I think. and KSRobinson's 2312, which is very inventive and relationship-y, and has a big mystery going at the moment...

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 05:34:26 PM PDT

  •  Immunoassays in Agricultural Biotechnology... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Monsieur Georges, Leeloo
  •  Still working on multiple books: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Monsieur Georges

    The Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey, on ereader for bus rides, and The Book Thief by Marcus Zasuk, a physical book for evening reading.  The Book Thief is taking a while to get into, possibly due to the detachment of the narrator, but I'm warming up to it. I think this is the first book I've read that is set in WWII from a German perspective. Very interesting, especially from a child's eye view.

    I also downloaded some short stories to brush up on my French, which I haven't used in years and could never speak very well.

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