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        How to Write a Sentence (non-fiction) [HarperCollins]


        Ick. Fish is a throwback to the 19th century, when people wrote sentences that could fill an entire page. One of his favorite writers is Henry James. I'm from the Strunk & White generation: keep the writing clean and simple.


        2 stars for trying to set fiction writing back two hundred years.



        Bailed out on:


        Ransom X [Smashwords]


        This is one of the most popular freebies from Smashwords, but I couldn't handle the poor writing. The characters were interesting and the situation was moderately interesting (though right at the edge of my ability to suspend disbelief). But by page 45, the author's inability to write coherent sentences and paragraphs, and to maintain a stable Point of View, became more than I could bear.


        2 stars for needing a remedial English writing class.



        Bailed out on:


        Ether [Smashwords]


        The writing on this is very YA (young adult), and I couldn't force myself through it. I quit after a few chapters.


        Unrated because I'm not really the target audience.





        Invisible [Revell/Baker]


        (Still free as of this writing.)


        I was really impressed with the writing in this cozy. The voice has a level of authenticity that's very rare in fiction.


        5 stars with the note that this is on the borderline between "faith-based" and "faith-friendly". The protagonist, Ivy Malone, is a church-going Evangelical Protestant, and her thoughts, conversations, and actions occasionally reflect that. It's not exactly "preachy", but some people might find it that way. You can skip those parts without losing the main plot, but since IMO one of the best aspects of this novel is the character of Ivy Malone, you might be missing a bit of that authenticity.


        • 241. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

          I'm currently reading three books:



          The Body Finder Low Price with Bonus Material  by Kimberly Dertling (teen romance/mystery with paranormal edge)




          The Bricklayer  by Noah Boyd (first-time novelist, former FBI Agent, hailed as "the next Lee Child" - story involves action adventure hero Steve Vail who gets the bad guys and saves the world - solid plot, if a little formulaic)



          and more slowly, I'm working my way through 3)


          Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner (an old chick-lit classic)



          Recently FINISHED and highly recommend:

          Delirium  by Lauren Oliver (Dystopic future world where passion is suppresed through lobotomies. I gave it 5 stars; the author does a great job of allowing you to identify with the heroine even if you don't believe what she does. Similarities to books like Allie Condie's Matched (also 5 stars) and Lois Lowry's The Giver


          Also recently finished Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles Series #1) and -- for those of you who like Mary Stewart (romantic suspense), I also highly recommend:



          The Winter Sea  by Susanna Kearsley (historical fiction author is drawn to a certain spot on the coast of Scotland; story alternates between past and present and explores the idea of genetic memory; an extremely satisfying conclusion)



          • 242. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?
            I just read two dark hunter novels, from shertilyn kenuom. T a akingbreak and finishing up the Thirst.#3 AllGreat books.:smileyhappy:))
            • 243. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

                   Oh my gosh I love The Wheel of Time Series!  To anyone reading this, if your looking for an involving, descriptive series, you need to seriously take a look at this one.  Ive read all of the books that are out so far and they are invaluble to me.  A bit tedious though the second through fourth books may be, still, the writing quality is almost incomparable to many other books Ive read.  The world that Robert Jordan created is so detailed that I often found myself having vivid dreams of it.  Truely, I recomend these books with my whole heart and soul, theyre awesome.

                   In response to the original question in this thread, I am also reading the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace.  True, I may be only thirteen, but I am thoroughly enjoying this book.  Really, when I calmly explained to my AP english teacher what I was reading, she told me with the utmost sincerity that it was more of a difficult book, but I can in no way relate to that.  Im not in any way criticizing the book, I am simply saying that for those who have been pondering the idea of looking into war and peace, do not hesitate.  Although I should warn you, I did read Anna Karenina before W&P, so that exposed me to his style of writing beforehand, and it takes a bit of adjusting to get fully involved in his books.  Three hundred pages left, and I can tell you that to the outside reader that does not follow the book and pay it it's due respect, you will find the writing relatively anti-climatic and dry, with a seemingly obsessive fixation on the thoughts and strong emotional reactions of the characters to society, situations, as well as the somewhat laughable occurance of their surprise and thoroughly analytical view of their own thoughts.  Overall though, definately a must-read.  I personally have found that Pevear and volokhonsky's translation is of better quality than others', but to each their own.  Happy Reading!


              War and Peace 


              • 244. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

                I am reading

                The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #1)















                Forever Odd (Odd Thomas Series #2)














                On the Nook Color

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                  Honest, the Martian Ate Your Dog 




                  Ebook Description

                  A man on the run from his wife's wrath after selling her dog. A dozen crash-landed bounty hunter clones. An alien on the tracks of the man who scammed him. An intergalactic detective looking for a mysterious artefact. Above all, a world which is familiar but yet is slightly off - legalized bribery, cities run by gangsters, mysterious sects which believe in the power of jokes.




                  • 246. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

                    Griftopia(pi$$ed me off) Just finished


                    To big to fail(pi$$ing me off) half way thru it


                    Listen, Such a nice guy (LOL funny) Rereading to take the edge off the 1st 2  :smileyhappy:

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                      Too Big to Fail












                      Such a Nice Guy












                      Figured out how to put the pics/links up...WHOOT!!  :smileyhappy:

                      • 248. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

                        ProfReader wrote:



                        Honest, the Martian Ate Your Dog 




                        Ebook Description

                        A man on the run from his wife's wrath after selling her dog. A dozen crash-landed bounty hunter clones. An alien on the tracks of the man who scammed him. An intergalactic detective looking for a mysterious artefact. Above all, a world which is familiar but yet is slightly off - legalized bribery, cities run by gangsters, mysterious sects which believe in the power of jokes.





                        • 250. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

                          Right now, I'm reading

                          Coraline.  I love Gaiman's books.  They are so unique.


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                            Happy Reading :smileywink:




                            My Book Giveaways


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                              I finished reading Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder, as well as Noah Boyd's The Bricklayer (although I'm still plugging away on Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed).  I give 4 stars each to The Body Finder and The Bricklayer


                              The Body Finder, by Kimberly Derting, is a teen paranormal romance and mystery.  It turned out to have more romance than I was expecting from the reviews I'd read. I did have a few minor irritations with the book (mostly concerning the high school angst), but overall it was a solid story. Violet's "gift" -- her ability to find bodies of those who died violent deaths -- was really fascinating as to how the author imagined it would work.  Within a few days of finishing reading The Body Finder, I wanted to move on to book two of the series.


                              Accordingly, today I finished reading


                              Desires of the Dead (Body Finder Series #2)  by Kimberly Derting.  This sophomore entry by the author is also a solid story, fast-paced, and entertaining.  I rate this one at 4 stars, too.  The minor irritations I encountered in book one were not present in book two.  Violet's character has grown, and although the romance is still a major part of the book it didn't dominate it as much as it did in book one.  There are also some intriguing developments for the future of the series.



                              As far as Noah Boyd's The Bricklayer goes, it's also an entertaining read and a good first novel.  It's not perfect -- in particular, I found some of the transitions between dialogue and action to be too abrupt, so that I'd have to re-read sections of dialogue to understand what was going on.  That made the book a bit choppy, but otherwise it was fast-paced and interesting.  One of the intriguing features of the book was how it focused on the legal aspects of catching the bad guys -- very few other thrillers even mention the need for warrants in the process of finding and catching the villains.  (This surely comes from the author's background as an FBI Agent.)  This was a good first novel and I'll look forward to reading more in this series.


                              I also recently read



                              The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles Series #1)  by Patrick Rothfuss (although I was fortunate enough to get a previous version of the ebook that didn't have such a hideous cover!).  5 stars.  This book really lives up to its hype and is WELL worth reading.  Rothfuss has a poetic, storyteller's voice. You feel like you're listening to the story rather than reading it. Grand adventure with just enough mystery to hook you. Fabulous!


                              It will be no surprise to anyone that what I'm reading now is, of course, book two in the series by Patrick Rothfuss:



                              The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles Series #2) by Patrick Rothfuss



                              I'm also reading a new novel by Sophie Littlefield:



                              Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield is a post-apocalyptic zombie story.  I know, I know.  You feel like that's been done to death -- but Sophie Littlefield came onto my radar because last year she was nominated for an Edgar award for best first novel for her mystery A Bad Day for Sorry.  She didn't win the Edgar last year, but an author who even gets nominiated is one to watch.  And so far the reviews on Aftertime have been extremely positive.  And I'm enjoying what I've read so far in this book.  (I'll keep you posted.)  



                              Finally, I'm also reading



                              Once a Spy by Keith Thomson.



                              A son finds out -- the hard way -- that his father (now suffering from Alzheimer's Disease) was a former spy.  As you can imagine, all sorts of shenanigans ensue....


                              Lastly, there's a book high on my "to read soon" list and that's

                              Annexedby Sharon Dogar.



                              This teen historical fiction novel focuses on the story of Anne Frank, as told from the point of view of Peter (Anne's loft-mate and later boyfriend).  Sounds good, doesn't it?


                              • 253. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

                                Just finished the Hunger Games series and I am now reading Shard Mountain and Flood.

                                • 254. Re: What is everyone reading (revisited)?

                                  A bit over half-way through:



                                  The Buried Pyramid [Tor/Macmillan]



                                  I'm having a little trouble staying focused on this one because the pacing is uneven. It's an historical fantasy adventure, sort of an Indiana Jones on Valium.


                                  The situation and characters are interesting. It's the late 1800s (specific time frame not stated), and 17-year-old Jenny Benet—she pronounces the last name "Bennett", which probably drove her French father nuts—was at a Boston finishing school to try to moderate some of her Wild West sensibilities when her parents were killed and their ranch house burned to the ground. Newly-orphaned Jenny gets sent to England as the ward of her uncle, Sir Neville Hawthorne.


                                  She arrives just as Sir Neville is mounting his third attempt to locate the legendary Egyptian burial site of the benevolent Pharoah Neferankhotep. Sir Neville had made arrangements for her to stay in England, but Jenny's accustomed to inhospitable deserts and wouldn't know what to do with her six-shooters in Britain. There's a down-side to everything, though... the Egyptians would be even more scandalized than the Victorian Brits if she were to wear her trousers. She daren't even wear her short skirts in public (the ankle-length ones, that is).


                                  It all sounds like great fun, but it's just so s-l-o-w. It starts with a 24-page prologue that doesn't even have Jenny in it! There are parts that move right along, then the engine conks out and it's a slow drag through a chapter or two.


                                  I've been cautioned from the reviews: although it mostly reads like a straight adventure story, this is a fantasy adventure—Tor is a fantasy/SciFi publisher—and like Indiana Jones the ending is very much in the fantasy genre. I'm really curious how that's going to turn out.


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