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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:51:05 PM

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Diana, thanks for the links.

To answer my own question about how "Girl With the Pearl Earring" became a bestseller:
The author's timing was excellent. The book came out three years after a huge Vermeer exhibition opened in the States.
Chevalier does an incredible job of putting life into descriptions of what might otherwise be very prosaic scenes. Would-be bestselling authors could do a lot worse than study how she handles setting and description.

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Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 2:42:39 PM

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"The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman

Tells of the events surrounding the beginning of WW I in an enjoyable, easy to read style that made it a Pulitzer award winning bestseller.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

DianaShallard
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 9:31:04 PM

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So, I finished "Gone Girl" in record time... I found the short chapters and frequent change in narration to be a great help in creating a fast, easy read. Perhaps such writing (circa 2012) is a testimony to our texting/social media age... a la "give me high quality, but be quick about it!"

Anyway, I'd be curious if any others have read "Gone Girl" already and if so, if they predicted any parts of it. For me it held some surprises though I predicted correctly in many cases.

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DionisioManz
Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 2:25:08 PM

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I finished Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" in one sitting. Great story. Recommended for other readers and writers.
HK4167
Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 3:06:23 PM

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Just finished 'The Silver Linings Playbook' by Matthew Quick. Great book and I recommend it for other readers.
eglouis
Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:02:12 PM

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I'm on a big Neil Gaiman binge right now. I received the Sandman Vol. 1-10 slipcase for Christmas, so I'm trying to power my way through those (on vol. 8 at the moment); also, finished Neverwhere a few weeks ago, and reading Stardust right now. I'm only in my early 20's, so it's refreshing having an entire back log of books from an author who's been writing since before I was born --I only wish I was around when he originally published some of these stories, so I could be "hipster cool" about reading his titles...

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brigadoon
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 11:40:48 AM

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DianaShallard wrote:

Anyway, I'd be curious if any others have read "Gone Girl" already and if so, if they predicted any parts of it. For me it held some surprises though I predicted correctly in many cases.


I'm just starting this, friends have been pestering me to read it for a while now.
Circle_Something
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 9:24:44 PM

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At this very moment? What I'm writing. Which is this forum post.

Ghosts, flamingos, guitars and vodka. Don't forget Kitty and Kitten. Eclectic subjects, eccentric stories:

Humorous guide & Recommended Read =^.^= How To Make a Cup of Tea
A flash fiction series :) A Random Moment in Time
A love poem <3 Kitty & Kitten
Editors' Pick! :D I Am The Deep, Dark Woods
And another EP!: The Fragility of Age
=^.^= <3 ^.^

Survivor
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 10:38:15 PM

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I am reading "Even the Clocks Stopped" by our Sherzahd. But if you want to quibble, not at this instant.



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
gypsy
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:31:13 AM

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I just finished reading The Real Jane Austen - A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne. It's a new biography of Jane Austen and it was excellent. The author doesn't follow a typical, chronological telling of the life. Instead, each chapter is predicated on an object that had meaning or importance for Jane Austen. Each item serves as a spring board to recount episodes in Austen's life. It was a real pleasure to read.

Review of it from The Guardian found at this link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/08/the-real-jane-austen-review




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Tempy
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:01:25 PM

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Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:11:29 PM

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Hearts Torn Asunder by Sherzahd



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 8:40:33 AM

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"Hearts Torn Asunder" is a very good read.

I've just started, "Sweet Tooth" by Ian McEwan. Don't let his prizes and 'high lit' reputation scare you off. This is a spy novel, of sorts, set in the '70's with a female protag/narrator and is written in first person. So far, it's been both a good read and an education on how to handle first person.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 4:28:09 AM

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Just finished, 'Sweet Tooth' by Ian McEwan. Can't recommend a book more highly. It's a combination love story and sort of a spy thriller centered aroun a young writer in GB during the early '70's and his relationship with a MI5 employee. Most of the book is written in first person from a female POV. Don't let McEwan's prizes or high lit rep put you off. This is a great read and IMO' must reading for would-be prize winning writers.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:12:01 PM

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I've no idea if this book will be worth the time it took to download...but the title was just too much to resist.

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The woman who died a lot: now with 50% added subplot

Forde, Jasper
Mystery and Detective Stories
Fantasy Fiction

Literary detective Thursday Next is hired as head of Swindon's All-You-Can-Eat-at-Fatso's Drink Not Included Library Service instead of her beloved SO-27 unit. The annoyingly perfect Phoebe Smalls--a Thursday wanna-be--gets SO-27. Thursday must also deal with her son Friday's Letter of Destiny, duplicate Thursdays, and assassination attempts. Some violence. 2012.



Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

snoop
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 5:58:11 AM

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a magazine about Britain and its history.
HK4167
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:00:52 PM

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Currently I'm reading 'The perks of being a wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky. I watched the movie a month ago then decided to read this book. The book is even better than the movie in my opinion.
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 7:23:27 AM

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Just finished, "The Generals Mistress" by Jo Graham. It is one of the most erotic mainstream (historical fiction) novels I've come across, so to speak, and among the best written stories I've read in some time. While the sex is hot, the story is about the protag's coming to terms with her own sexual identity during the Napoleonic Era. It's well-done and very erotic, but not porn. Highly recommended, especially to would be published authors of mainstream fiction with significant erotic content.

glasses8


Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Blue
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 9:18:43 PM

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The night circus by Erin Morgenstern.
burnt7
Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:24:03 PM

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Lord Of The Flies - William Golding.



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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 3:37:14 PM

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"Lord of the Flies' is one of those books would-be prize winning authors should read and then re-read. Hope you enjoy it, B-Man.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Colors_of_the_Wind
Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 6:01:06 PM

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Let's see... I just finished Bitter End by Jennifer Brown... YA Realistic Fiction... and am now reading Witch World by Christopher Pike. Both extremely good reads, Christopher has quite the unique take on witches and alternate worlds. :) I'd definitely recommend it and I still have 121 pages left! (But I've gotten to page 400 in a day and a half, so...)

Check out my website The Wandering Squirrel

Working on a new draft of Tomorrow and a first draft of a dystopian-ish novel. We'll see what actually gets written, lol.
Circle_Something
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 6:25:32 PM

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Last Window: The Secret of Cape West. Strictly speaking, it isn't a book, but a video game on DS, but it is very word heavy and feels just like reading a book, only you get to do some actions and solve puzzles. It is the sequel to Hotel Dusk: Room 215.

Ghosts, flamingos, guitars and vodka. Don't forget Kitty and Kitten. Eclectic subjects, eccentric stories:

Humorous guide & Recommended Read =^.^= How To Make a Cup of Tea
A flash fiction series :) A Random Moment in Time
A love poem <3 Kitty & Kitten
Editors' Pick! :D I Am The Deep, Dark Woods
And another EP!: The Fragility of Age
=^.^= <3 ^.^

Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:12:40 AM

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Sounds interesting, Circle, a bit like an old Info game such as Zork, but with visuals.

Being light years behind the technology curve, I've just finished, "Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen. If you like CH, it's a must read. If you've never read any of his stuff and like quirky mysteries with a cynical and somewhat off-beat sense of humor, give it a try.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 4:14:47 PM

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Bad monkey

Carl Hiaasen

When a tourist fishes a human arm out of the ocean near Key West, the horrified sheriff instructs black sheep Detective Yancy to pass it off to the Miami morgue. Instead, Yancy hooks up with the attractive Dade County ass't medical examiner and attempts to solve what becomes a very convoluted case. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.

A must read for fans of Hiaasen. A good read for anyone who likes a dash of humor with their suspence/mystery.

glasses8.



Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

ladysharon
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 8:23:56 AM

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All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren.

Colors_of_the_Wind
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:24:29 PM

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Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb. Eve Dallas and Roarke (her husband that owns 75% of the world)... 'tis a good series, and the book is really interesting :) she's a detective, so it's kind of ... a crime mystery sci fi thing... set in 2060, I wanna say.

Check out my website The Wandering Squirrel

Working on a new draft of Tomorrow and a first draft of a dystopian-ish novel. We'll see what actually gets written, lol.
aussie_kitty77
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:44:35 AM

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Mine to hold, Shayla Black

Circle_Something
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:52:52 AM

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I'm reading a letter from HMRC about my Tax Credits and totally no understanding a damned thing about it. Aside from that, I'm not reading a whole hell of a lot. The occasional story on here and status updates on Facebook.

Ghosts, flamingos, guitars and vodka. Don't forget Kitty and Kitten. Eclectic subjects, eccentric stories:

Humorous guide & Recommended Read =^.^= How To Make a Cup of Tea
A flash fiction series :) A Random Moment in Time
A love poem <3 Kitty & Kitten
Editors' Pick! :D I Am The Deep, Dark Woods
And another EP!: The Fragility of Age
=^.^= <3 ^.^

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"To My Beautiful Daughter" by 'Finallyatpeace'

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