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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244158
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I'm reading the Soldier Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb. I'd seen it recommended for years, and am just making my way to it. Just in the first book but really enjoying it!


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244250
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The Soldier's Son trilogy is a good read. Not quite as good as the Farseer Trilogy and its sequel trilogy, which are among my favourite fantasy novels, but still well worth reading.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: hagatha] #1244305
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I enjoyed those also, hagatha wavegirl


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244312
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Oh, my, the book I'm reading right now! It's The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne. Have been staying up WAY too late to read it! Interspersed are parts of The Marsh King's Daughter by Hans Christian Anderson, which are very dark.

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Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244313
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Ohhhhh, Drac, that sounds like a good one!


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244317
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Sounds pretty interesting, Drac. I might stick it on my Kindle wish list.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244835
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The Marsh King's Daughter sounds very suspenseful, Drac. I'll probably get that one.

I just started A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs. It's the fourth book in his Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. I read the first three as a set and absolutely loved these fantasies about children with special abilities, protected in time loops by Miss Peregrine and others like her. The protagonist, a seemingly normal teen, has the ability to see invisible monsters, and helped the children defeat them in the previous books. In this one, the children, free from their loop and the quick aging that leaving it for too long can bring, show up at our protagonist's home in Florida, just as his parents and uncles are about to commit him to a psychiatric ward.

One of the things I love about these books are the photos used for illustrations, sepia in the earlier books and colored ones later. They add a lot of richness to the stories.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244839
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OMG, Drac, that sounds like my kind of book. thanks for recommending. I will get it on my kindle right now!

Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244841
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I have the first Miss Peregrine book but sadly never got around to reading it. There are now 6 and I believe that is the end of the series. I'm happy to hear they are good books as some day I plan to get the rest and read them all yes.

Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1244849
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mbday, I loved that book so much, I grabbed her next book, The Wicked Sister. Devoured that one and moved on to another really good one by Joe Hart. Staying up way too late again!!

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Eighteen years ago tragedy struck The Refuge cult in northern Minnesota. Forty people committed suicide and the entire compound burned to the ground. At just thirteen, Clare was the sole survivor found wandering miles from the encampment, hands blistered, memories of the horrific event wiped from her mind.

Now a sociology professor and liaison to the FBI specializing in cults, Clare has fought to put the past behind her. She has a successful career, a quiet home, and is deeply in love. But intrusive memories and fear of inheriting her cult-leader father’s mental illness threaten to strangle Clare’s budding life when she receives a call from the past. A call informing her a woman has been found claiming to be her sister Shanna—a sister she long thought dead.

Wracked with guilt but determined to prove herself to the sister she thought was lost, Clare returns to her hometown only to be stalked by a threatening stranger and haunted by hallucinations which seem all too real—hallucinations that plagued her father as well. Before long Clare begins to question what is real as the past overshadows the present and memories return that should’ve stayed forgotten.


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1245353
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Some more interesting ideas I will have to try: thank you.

Meanwhile I have become hooked on Jack McDevitt's Academy series as a result of this thread: real cliff-hanger tension in space archeology tales, good old fashioned tales of derring-do with a somewhat Indiana Jones flavour! thumbsup


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1245372
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Lex, that sounds like something I would like!


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I received Barnes & Noble gift cards for my birthday and ordered two books by Lindsey Davis in her Flavia Alvia mystery series that takes place in Roman times during the reign of Domitian. (Flavia is the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, who had a long-running series of his own.) I also ordered the fantasy The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. I'm looking forward to reading them.

I'm glad you're enjoying McDevitt's books, Lex. I do so love a good space opera series!


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1245852
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I'm just finishing Captain Vorpatril's Alliance from Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga -- hearing it mentioned a while back reminded me that it was time to read it again. This is one of my favourites in the series. The book is quite delightful, very funny, and Ivan Vorpatril can proudly stand beside Miles Vorkosigan as a great character in his own right. Although he's more likely to stand off to the side, as far away from Miles as he can get.

Lex, that series you're reading sounds pretty interesting. I might just check that out.

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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1245928
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I just finished the Soldier Son Trilogy, and started my first Louise Penny novel wavegirl

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Re: What are you reading? [Re: Lex] #1246063
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Wow, Chief, I'm really enjoying Still Life! And it looks like Kindle Unlimited has at least some of the series. Thanks


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Re: What are you reading? [Re: looney4labs] #1246111
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Originally Posted by looney4labs
I just finished the Soldier Son Trilogy, and started my first Louise Penny novel wavegirl



So L4L, how did you like the Soldier's Son series?


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