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Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester between 1839 and 1842, and deals with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class. It is subtitled ‘.

My Opinion: Continue reading Mary Barton: a review

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The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

The Woodlanders is a novel by Thomas Hardy and it was serialised from May 1886 to April 1887 in Macmillan’s Magazine and published in three volumes in 1887.  It is not well-known as are other of his books, but to the best of my knowledge it is regarded as one of Hardy’s major novels and, according to Wikipedia, it is considered Continue reading The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy (review)

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Due to the fact that I was writing my dissertation this year, I didn’t manage to achieve my goodreads goal, which was to read 27 books in 2015. However, I did manage to read some really interesting and worth reading books, some of which I was meaning to read for a long time, and I guess that should count for something.

9. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins





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One of the books I always meant to read was The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I am a sucker for good detective stories and mysteries (I totally blame Agatha Christie for that), so I really do not have an excuse for not having read all these years the novel that started all.
Continue reading Top Books Read in 2015

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Захватывающие исторические романы, которые выходят из под пера Татьяны Романовой, можно объединить одной фразой - "История - женского рода".

Мы приглашаем вас на презентацию новой серии книг талантливой писательницы, которая состоится 27 сентября в Московском Доме книги на Новом Арбате. Гости мероприятия попадут в атмосферу изысканного суаре 19 века, хозяйкой которого станет автор романов. Вы сможете почувствовать себя участниками настоящего салона XIX века - ведь среди приглашенных будут даже гусары в мундирах и с саблями! Однако "изюминкой" программы обещает стать беспроигрышная лотерея, благодаря которой ни один гость не уйдет без подарка! Призы будут вручены победителям сразу, в рамках нашей литературной встречи!

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Захватывающие исторические романы, которые выходят из под пера Татьяны Романовой, можно было бы объединить одной фразой - "История - женского рода".

Мы приглашаем вас на презентацию новой серии книг талантливой писательницы, которая состоится 5 сентября в 11.00, в рамках Московской международной книжной выставки-ярмарки на ВВЦ. Гостей мероприятия ждет насыщенная программа настоящего суаре 19 века, хозяйкой которого станет автор романов. Окунуться в атмосферу книг Татьяны Романовой помогут исполнители русских романсов и галантные гусары, праздничное угощение и предсказание судьбы от настоящей гадалки, фотосессия в исторических костюмах и беспроигрышная лотерея. Каждый гость уйдет домой с подарком и хорошим настроением.


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Уважаемые участники сообщества - писатели, читатели и все, кому интересна современная литература! Я хотел бы поделиться с вами информацией о выходе в свет очередной, третьей по счету книги романа Александра Лапина "Русский крест"!

Пятитомный роман "Русский крест", написанный известным писателем и журналистом Александром Лапиным - это "сага о поколении", о тех, чья юность совпала с безмятежным периодом застоя, и на кого в 90-е пришелся основной удар, потребовавший "выбора пути", "перекройки" мировоззрения, создания новой картины мира. Интимный дневник, охватывающий масштабный период конца XX - начала XXI века, раскрывает перипетии и повороты судеб нескольких школьных друзей в контексте вершившихся исторических событий. Первые две книги романа, "Утерянный рай" (http://russkii-krest.livejournal.com/1443.html) и "Непуганое поколение" (http://russkii-krest.livejournal.com/10176.html) повествуют о детстве и молодости главных героев, Саши Дубравина и его товарищей. Автор с необыкновенной тщательностью вырисовывает перед читателем психологический портрет каждого из своих персонажей, обнажает мотивы их поступков, описывает первый опыт любви и дружбы, опыт принятия первых самостоятельных решений - он как бы готовит главных героев романа к глобальным переменам, с которыми предстоит столкнуться стране на закате 80-х. Именно на это роковое время выпадает сюжет третьей по счету книги - "Благие пожелания"!

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Всем доброго времени суток!

На днях принял участие в мероприятии, проходившем в Московском Доме Книги - там состоялась встреча Александра Лапина, автора книги "Русский крест", с читателями. Я давно был наслышан об этой книге - тем более, ее тема (автобиографическая история о жизни в эпоху СССР и годы Перестройки) мне очень близка.


"Утерянный рай" - это первая часть внушительного пятитомного романа, о которой я и хочу вам рассказать.


Книга была выпущена совсем недавно, в марте 2013 года, издательством "Вече".


Вот обложка:




"Утерянный рай" - сага о последнем советском поколении.В центре повествования - юный герой Сашка Дубравин, который воплощает в себе, в какой-то степени, собирательный образ советского мальчика, чья жизнь состоит из ежедневных занятий в школе, общения с друзьями и, конечно же, размышлений о самом себе, о своем месте в этом мире.


Вкратце опишу сюжет, который показался мне очень интересным (прошу прощения за несколько литературный слог):



Северный Казахстан – именно там начинают развиваться события в романе. Избрав для себя традиционную манеру повествования, автор выстраивает свой сюжет с позиции наблюдателя, позволяя читателю изучить внутренний мир своего героя. Мы видим, что Сашка – мальчик непростой, и его взросление протекает быстрее, чем у других. Желание разобраться в своих чувствах и мыслях, тяга к самосовершенствованию и улучшению окружающего мира – все это волнует его душу. Стараясь наполнить свою жизнь неким символичным смыслом, он со своими товарищами Андреем Франком, Толиком Казаковым, Амантаем Турекуловым и Вовулей Озеровым даже заключили клятву, подобную той, которую заключали между собой мушкетеры в идеализированную эпоху «пылких сердец» и «бесстрашных подвигов». Но вот приходит первая влюбленность, а в этот момент, как известно, детство уступает свои права юности…



Герои романа постепенно взрослеют, выстраивают сложные и глубокие отношения друг с другом, возникают взаимные симпатии между ними и их избранницами, которые, в конечном итоге, перерастают в сильные чувства. Тема любви, столь важная в жизни каждого из нас, красной нитью проходит через книгу А.Лапина, и на ее фоне из зерен детских мечтаний и надежд вырастают целые судьбы людей, которые в какой-то момент все как один оказываются перед лицом серьезных перемен, охвативших страну в начале 90-х.



На примере жизни Сашки Дубравина, простого сельского паренька, и его друзей, Александр Лапин вырисовывает жизнь целого поколения – поколения перестройки, к которому может себя отнести в той или иной степени каждый из нас. И если в современной отечественной прозе последних лет в центре повествования, как правило, находились известные исторические и псевдоисторические личности, герои и антигерои, которые своими яркими именами могли обеспечить авторам интерес читателей, то роман А.Лапина – лучшее доказательство того, что история жизни простого человека «из народа» может быть куда более захватывающей и поучительной, чем красиво оформленная биография.


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Также следует упомянуть о проекте "Дневник поколения", старт которого был спровоцирован выходом первой книги романа "Русский крест". Проект представляет собой форум-воспоминаний, в котором каждый может поделиться своей историей из жизни. Цель проекта - реконструировать время заката эпохи СССР и годы Перестройки, основываясь на воспоминаниях наших современников.


Поучаствовать в проекте и стать одним из авторов Альманаха вы можете, посетив официальные группы "Дневника поколения" в социальных сетях:


http://vk.com/dnevnik_pokolenia

https://www.facebook.com/DnevnikPokolenia



Спасибо за внимание!

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 Well, now that I have you tied to a chair, let me explain, and apologize for the self-promo.

I'm a self-published author (of four books so far) and I'm trying to save for my masters degree in Creative Writing. Which, as you can imagine is expensive.

I've recently published my fourth book, and while the rest are m/m dramas, this is a kind of chick-lit, humour novel, for people who...kind of hate a lot of the chick-lit that they actually read, but still like the idea of there being funny books out there for women.

Here's the blurb, and a link. I'd be really grateful if you'd take a look.

Prior Engagements, by Sarah Goodwin

Annie is not enjoying her roaring-twenties as much as she should be. She’s been jilted at the altar by Stephen-the-indecisive, is paying off a mountain of wedding debt by holding down two jobs, and her flat is mostly made of cardboard and spackle.

Then at work she meets a man in need of a date to his ex-fiancée’s wedding. Annie goes, and one wedding and four bottles of wine later, she finds herself getting married in Vegas to Dorian, an erotic illustrator.

Of course, it’s all great and romantic, until someone loses an eye, which here means, ‘until Annie gets home, and realizes that her best friend (and boss) Will, has kind of been working up to popping the question himself. Will is not happy to see Annie married, in fact he’s willing to trade his Mohawk and every Ke$ha CD he owns to get Dorian out of the way.

As if that wasn’t enough to make things tense at work, Annie’s best-work-friend Yvonne (who knows something really fun you can do with a rugby player, some roller skates and chocolate spread) can’t resist getting involved in Annie’s love life. Neither can Dorian’s kleptomaniac sister Fifi, Dorian’s ex-bride and Annie’s mother.

In between breaking into cafés, having her door kicked down by the police and trying not to kill each and every one of her friends and relatives, Annie tries to work out how the hell her life got so complicated.

http://www.amazon.com/Prior-Engagements-ebook/dp/B00B3HUYY6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358795620&sr=8-1&keywords=prior+engagements+sarah+goodwin

 

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Yep you heard it right!
My novel has FINALLY been published!!!
So check it out here =  http://www.amazon.com/Mute-ebook/dp/B00AI10SBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354681119&sr=1-1&keywords=aura+redwood

It only costs $0.99 and you buying this book makes my dreams come true <3
So please please do :D
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My mother works at a hotel and there was a convention for authors, publishers and distributors. My mother worked the banquet for it that night. The following night my mom was doing her usual Room Service job and after delivering an order to a distributor she wound up with some books! The lady said she had no space for them in her bags so she was giving them away.

Most books are signed by the author. All but the Sarah Palin book. Only thing I ask is maybe some help paying postage.

If you are interested e-mail me at joxertd@gmail.com with title you want and address to send it to. It's a first come first serve basis.

The books are as follows:

Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
Smells like Treasure by Suzanne Selfors
The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge
Our Sarah Made in Alaska by Chuck Heath Sr. and Jr. *UNSIGNED* (I have a feeling I am going to have to beg for people to take this one.... Sarah Palin is kind of nuts IMO)
Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel
Liberty's Christmas by Randall Platt
Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick

Cross posted to bookswamp
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     HS Ch. 2


Here is Chapter Two of my upcoming novel "Horse Sense."

NOW ON KICKSTARTER: Please visit the link(http://bit.ly/kickhorse) to see the book IN PRINT and for some awesome rewards.


Synopsis: 
Jamie Blackshear is eleven. He has mind of his own, a horse for a best friend, and bullies all around making trouble at every turn.


Let me know what you think. 
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     HS Ch. 1


Here is the first chapter of my upcoming tween novel "Horse Sense."

NOW ON KICKSTARTER: Please visit the link(http://bit.ly/kickhorse) to see the book IN PRINT and for some awesome rewards.


Synopsis:
Jamie Blackshear is eleven. He has mind of his own, a horse for a best friend, and bullies all around making trouble at every turn.


Let me know what you think. 
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Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
Fiction; fantasy; chick lit
390 pages
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For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ...until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

I think this book is going to be the start to a great series. I was afraid that it would be Twilight-esque with the tale of romance, but surprisingly, it wasn't anything like that series. I found it quite interesting that in this series, Sam is comparing being a werewolf to being like a disease. I am about to start Linger and cannot wait to see where the story picks up!

***Next read: I am about to start Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
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I was recommended this book here, so I decided to post a review. I apologize if my format isn't correct. 
 
Title: Devil You Know
Author: Mike Carey
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Length: "346 page" on Nook (457KB)
(seemed about 1.5p before turn)
Rating:
1: Firewood; 2: Regret; 3: Flawed; 4: Okay; 5: Neutral/Fair; 6: Potential, 7: Enjoyable, 8: Excellent, 9: Favorite, 10: Perfect
-Enjoyment(Fiction):
6. It's what I expected for a first book to a series. The characters show potential.
-Enlightenment(Non-Fiction):
N/A

Summary:
"Felix Castor use to cast out demons for a living. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval, his skills are in renewed demand. The one final, well-paying assignment he accepts, however, is rapidly turning into a "who can kill Castor first" competition, with demons, were-beings, and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize." 

Writing:
1st Person (Felix Castor), Past Tense.

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Title: The Guns of August

Author: Barabara W. Tuchman

Review: The Guns of August is a non-fictional portrayal of the first month of WWI. It starts with Kings Edward VII's death and ends right before the Marne. It is a fascinating book that makes one hate/fear for humanity. It focuses on the politics of the war and paints a rather disturbing picture as to what actually led to the war. It is rather depressing because the leaders of the European countries were bloody crazy. They was a great disconnect between how they thought the world and the war should work and what actually happened and Tuchman captures that disconnect beautiful. She withholds judgment and is generally unbias although there a few moments when even she admits a certain plan or view was insane and I can't really blame her. She also sings Belguim praises and they certainly deserve it. Poor King Albert. The only flaw (and it's not really a flaw, but more of a personal taste thing) is that she does not write battles as strongly as she writes political maneuvering. Still this does not take away from the book at all. Her style is crisp and clear and definitely British which makes it an easy read. It is not the boring textbook one would remember from school. Overall an excellent, insightful look at the beginning of WWI.


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Hello,
I'm in a search for some (preferably YA) books about wizards or witches (or anyone who does some magic and spells and potions) living in England in Victorian Era.
"Gemma Doyle trilogy" is one of my favorite series by far, and I also already read the "Bewitching Season" by Marissa Doyle and "Soulless", but I'd like a book without any vampires or werewolves, if its possible.
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Spam is annoying, yes? It's gone now.

If you would like to be a mod to delete spam when it pops up and you read your friends page daily, please comment and I'll give you the powah.

To keep this kind of on topic, I would like to recommend an author for some great summertime (or any time) reading: Christopher Moore. http://www.chrismoore.com/

His books are funny (I laugh out loud several times on every book), interesting, entertaining, a very fast read, and are available in (very easy to read by the pool) trade paperback size books. His books all very lightly relate to each other (off hand mentions) and while best read in order, they are not sequential and can be read in any order. I can tell you I started right in the middle (with "Lamb") and then went back to the beginning ("Practical Deamonkeeping") without any problem.

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I love books.  Just finished Murder in Ford Theater by Margaret Truman.  It's the best book of hers that I've read so far.  My favorite authors right now are Robert B. Parker, Arthur Upfield, Eric Wright, Lmma Lathan and Lawrence Sanders.  My low battery popup just popped up so will get back later.  -Diva
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So this is a welcome post/review. Hi, everyone. I like to read (obviously otherwise I wouldn't be posting here) just about anything. In the fiction genre I mostly read the classics, science fiction, and a little bit of fantasy. I've also dabbled in poetry a little bit. I prefer full length novels but I'm not anti-short story. I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly military history although I've picked up a science book a few times. That's about it really.

Here's my review.

I just finished LeMay: the Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay by Warren Kozak. It is a nonfiction biography on the Air Force General Curtis LeMay. During WWII, he fought over Europe and was created the defense formation the Air Forces this day. He also firebombed Japan and it was his unit that dropped both atomic bombs. After WWII, he was in charge of SAC (Strategic Air Command) and made it the lethal killing machine it was. SAC was in charge of the nuclear weapons and they were basiclaly the guys who were in charge of M.A.D. He eventually became Chief in Staff of the Air Force and was let go during the Lyndon Johnson administration. He had an unsuccessful political career by running with George Wallace-an extreme racist who tried to run for president against Humphrey and Nixon.

The biography is very good. It doesn't try to hide the fact that LeMay was a bloodthirsty you know what nor does it down play the importance of his actions. The book argues that without LeMay WWII and the Cold War would have gone very differently. It doesn't go to the extreme as if to say bombing people is good, but it does argue that there are times when it is needed. It is written in a very LeMay style and doesn't apologize for him which I appreciate. I've read too many books that either condemn him for being a caveman in a bomber or try to apologize and make excuses for him. The only flaw I have with the book is that it goes out of its way to really stress LeMay's human side. Normally this would be a good thing, but I think the book tries a little to hard to make LeMay human so the readers don't try and lynch the author. Other than that it is an excellent biography on a complicated man.
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Okay I'm here on a mission. I am Looking for "Military Romance" Novels/Books. Mostly fiction. Lately I have been obsessing over military men, so I thought It would be cool to read romances about military men/woman.

So I am kinda also stumped with this book I read about a year ago, and I realllly want to read it again. It is about

"this lady who has a military husband, Her husband goes out on duty and they both write love letters back and fourth until she finds out that he dies. Her lover that dies has a best friend who finds these love letters that are left behind, and reads them. He becomes fascinated with this lady and wants to meet her. They meet and have there ups and downs. and so on."

WHAT IS THIS BOOK CALLED!?!??! HELP? It is one of the best romance novels I have read! I'd recommend it to those who help me find the title. : )

Thanks!
Jenny♥

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im on a book search for young adult books. i like romance, chills (scary), and suicide/depression/anxiety
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Hey,

I've been looking around for a good series to get into. Probably fantasy/sci-fi. I'm looking for something with dynamic, conflicted, interesting characters. Preferably a series, but not too intense. I'm not into Epic tales so much...

Also, I was thinking, considering the name of this community, has there ever been like a book of the month to read, discuss and such?

Current Mood:
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I believe this is my first post here. I cannot recall if I made a introductory post. There isn't much to say; I like to read and that's why I'm here. Moving along.

I read several books in the realm of gender study (specifically about intersex) and decided to do a collective review of them.
The books I read are: Intersex (for lack of a better word) By Thea Hillman, Fixing Sex by Katrina Karkazis, Between XX and XY by Gerald N. Callahan and, though not the exact same subject, Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein. If I recall right I found Bornsteins book here.

 

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#2: The Chocolate Snowman Murders by Joanna Carl:

I hit the snowman with twenty pounds of chocolate.

Synopsis: She totally did. Then she had to run screaming through the snow like Jason XI: Jason Freezes His Tail Off.

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# 70: Edgar and Ellen's Nodyssey #2: Frost Bites by Charles Ogden:


"Stephanie! Don't do this! You don't want our blood on your hands!" Edgar pleaded.

Stephanie patted Edgar's shoulder. "Of course I don't," she said. "That's why I'm wearing gloves."

And with that, Gonzalo shoved the car, and it and the twins plunged into the mine.


Synopsis: Evil children wearing striped footie pajamas take a break from trying to take over the world in order to stop the most popular girl in the class from taking over the world. Also there's a yeti and a volcano and an ice hotel and a traveling circus and--

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# 69: Frezno by Tony Stamolis:


Fresno is full of rich and colorful history. Yet I hardly ever met anyone who lived there who wanted to be there. Everyone seemed to want to be somewhere else. New York or LA or San Francisco or some other city--anywhere but there. A weird neurosis. I'd never lived in a place where people so consistently felt like that and didn't just move.


Synopsis: A coffee table book of photos about one of the Central Valley's most infamous cities.

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# 67: We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen:


A bit later on the Dils were at the Whisky. We're there watching the Zeros, and Rodney was sitting there with his clique of people, and he walked by us and he had his shag hairdo and it had some altitude on it with hair spray and of course back then you could smoke in nightclubs and I walked by with a little Bic lighter and set his hair on fire.

--Tony Kinman of the Dils


Synopsis: Pretty much what it says. A history of the punk scene in L.A. from the 1960s through 1981.

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As much as I hate to admit it, I'm in desperate need of some good age-appropriatee chick lit. I've been home sick recently, I have a 4-hour flight to California next week AND the cold weather is arriving. I need some good, but LIGHT reads for the following months. I've recently been reading books for school assignments and I've found myself needing something a bit easier (rather than Shakespeare, Homer and romantic-period lit. *shiver* ).

My dilemma is I'm bored with the "young adult" books I read a couple years ago, but I feel too young for romance novels targeted for women my mother's age. I'm in my late teens. I'm really just looking for a realistic, quirky, girl-meets-boy, they fall in love, here's-their-story, good lesson-learned, happy ending book. In the past years I've read almost all of Sarah Dessen's and Meg Cabot's books to give you a taste of what I'm looking for. But now those books seem so thin, considering they're targeted for ages "12 and up".

Also, books that take place in this CENTURY and do not involve sparkly vampires is appreciated as well. Thanks in advance!



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Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of the most poignant books I've read to date.  It is the philosophy of humanity and the value of life told from the prospective of the family dog.  You will never forget the voice of one of the most unique, believable, and amiable protagonists in literature.
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# 66: The Drowning City by Amanda Downum (stillsostrange):


They crossed a wide canal into the dock district--Merrowgate, the map named it. The Phoenix lay in Saltlace, the tourist and market quarter. The night grew louder as they neared the docks, bare and sandaled feet slapping the stones, laughter and music echoing from taverns, bells tolling to guide ships in the dark. The cloying spice-sweetness of opium drifted out of an alley mouth.

As they passed a narrow walkway along the water Isyllt heard a soft cry, like a child's muffled sob. She paused, searching for the source. It sounded like it came from the water.

Xinai laid a hand on her arm as she leaned toward the black offal-reek of the canal. "Don't. It's a nakh."

"A what?"

"A water spirit. Like your sirens in the north. They mimic children to lure people close to the water, then pull them in."

Isyllt frowned down at the black water. "Then what?"

Xinai shrugged. "Eat you. Drown you. I don't know. I doubt you'd care once you were at the bottom of the bay."


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# 63: The Dream Spheres (Songs & Swords, Book V) by Elaine Cunningham:


They rode to the City of the Dead, the vast walled garden where slept many, many generations of Waterdeep's folk, from the poorest commoner to the most fabled heroes of distant times. High walls surrounded the City, and guards stood watch at the fanciful iron gates. This protection went two ways: it kept treasure hunters from despoiling the graves, and it kept the inhabitants contained. In Waterdeep, the dead did not always rest quietly.


Synopsis: There's a plot afoot in the majestic city of Waterdeep! And a bard! And a half-elf!

I am totally not kidding. A plot. In Waterdeep!Collapse )
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Hello, i was wondering if someone would rec some historical fiction and mystery books ? preferably with nothing related to romance
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I recently lent my audio book of this to a friend, since she's studying Milton this term at university. I found it so much easier listening to it than reading it. Read it and some of the words won't make sense, but listen to it, and as long as it is read well, you not only understand it but you realise how wonderful the imagery is. I think this is entirely due to the fact that Milton was blind when he wrote it - he could only listen to it.

So if you're studying Paradise Lost and are really struggling with it, try getting hold of a decent audio CD and listening to it. (An approach that may work for any book). I first became interested in it because they did a series of excerpts on Book at Bedtime on radio 4 - and discovered that listening to Paradise Lost just before bed gave me some extremely vivid dreams. And then there's Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials  -  which this book is the inspiration for. If you enjoyed that trilogy then it's definitely worth trying to read this book.
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# 62: Longhorns by Victor J. Banis:


The feud between farms and cattle ranchers had gone on just about as long as there was a Texas, and the antagonism and the resentments ran deep on both sides. For the cattleman, the very idea of the open range was sacred. On the other hand, the fences that were a sacrilege to the cowboy were an essential to the farmer, who could hardly grow crops if the cattle were free to tromp across them and feed on them at their pleasure.

The farmers strung their fences, though, and sometimes the cowboys came right along after them and took them down, and the disputes from time to time had flared up into actual battles. So far, no one had been killed, not in this part of Texas, anyway, but there had been shootings, and a couple of actual woundings, which only worsened the tensions between the two factions.


Synopsis: Buck is a 19-year-old half-Native American cowboy who joins up with a roundup and falls for the much older foreman, Les. It then takes Les another like, three years to tap Buck's ass. In the meantime, Texas happens.

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I recently read "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman. Now I may be a bit biased cause Neil is pretty much a demi-god in my eyes, but I really enjoyed this.

The story is about a boy named Nobody Owens (Bod) his family is killed and by extroidary fate he crawls out of the house before he is killed. He finds himself in a grave yard where the dead decide to adopt him and give him freedom of the graveyard. As he grows up he is taught to do things the dead can do and is looked after by his parents and his guardian, Silas, who lives neither in the living or the dead world. He meets all different kinds of people in creatures; an ancient indigo man, the menacing sleer, the ghouls and more. All the while trying to stay out of the grasp of the man Jack.

5/5

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# 61: Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs by Brendan Mullen and Don Bolles:


Amber: I met Charles Manson when I was 16 years old, and I brought him to Rodney's house. It was great--to this day, Rodney will tell you, 'Oh, Amber brough Charles Manson to my house.'

Nicole Panter: Everybody objected to Darby hanging out with Amber.

Hellin Keller: Once he started doing heroin he became even more vulnerable than he already was. It became easy as kiddie play for more vampires and vultures to swoop in and circle around him. That's always and easy way to get somebody ...it was like, 'Here, I'll get you dope ... just hang out with me and you'll get high.' But nobody seemed able to figure that one out.


Synopsis: Biography of doomed punk idol Darby Crash, as told by 120 of his closest friends and associates.

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# 60: Down in the Zero by Andrew Vachss:

I opened the little box of wooden matches, the one with the name of the nightclub in Chicago I've never been to. I leave them places, throw trackers off the scent.


Synopsis: Burke makes a solo outing to Connecticut to get his head together after accidentally shooting a kid. While there, he finds nefarious adults.

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# 56: Frankenstein: Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz:


From grandmother to neighborhood bully, to Antoine, to Evangeline, Bucky and Janet Guitreau went through the Arceneaux family like a school of angry piranha through anything that might piss off killer fish.


Synopsis: Victor Frankenstein, alive and well in modern-day New Orleans, is having a spot of trouble with his army of killer zombies. Also, his wife's adopted a half-human albino dwarf.

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