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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 17

As the holidays close in, reading time gets thin. (I’m such a poet.) I’m not sure if I’ll be reading this week or not as I have chores lined up that are 6 deep in every direction. That doesn’t keep me from keeping an eye out for bargains and good reads.

I love a good mystery with my romance:

Stationmaster’s Cottage

Whispering Pines

In other news, Year of the Mountain Lion and Snitched, Snatched are now in KU. If you are a subscriber, you can read either or both for free!

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Posted: November 12, 2017
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  1. I started reading Greensmith Girls (A cozy supernatural witch story) yesterday evening. Good characters and a decent storyline (problems are solved a tad easily, but it moves to the next problem right away) but there’s plot holes. Things like the grandmother gets out of the hospital, but the isn’t around in a scene you’d expect her to be in (her own house). Then she’s back in the hospital. The writer went back and inserted a line about her going back in the hospital, but never fixed the scene where she was missing. Other times, a new chapter wouldn’t orient the reader–couldn’t tell how much time had passed (if any) and the location or who was in the scene (people who had been there were now gone. Which was fine except that we didn’t know they had left. Or that time had passed. Or where they went.) I enjoyed the half to 3/4rds I read, but I don’t think I’ll finish it despite the compelling characters. It’s a little too simple and linear as far as plot and it needs smoothing out when it comes to final plot decisions that were made.

    Comment by Maria — November 12, 2017 @ 12:11 pm

  2. Is that a new cover on Year of the Mountain Lion? I like it a lot.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 12, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

  3. Thanks, it is relatively new. When the rights to the story reverted back to me, the artist did not agree to let me use the original cover art (this is standard in the industry. They have to make a living too!) So I had to make my own!

    Comment by Maria — November 12, 2017 @ 4:26 pm

  4. I’m very happy to say that I’m currently reading A Fugue in Time, by Rumer Godden. I have been wanting to read this book since 1969, so it has been a LO-OOO-ONG wait!

    I first ran across it on my first real job — as opposed to hiring out for yard work — at our local library. I saw it on the shelf and was attracted by the SF-sounding title. I paged through it, but it obviously wasn’t science fiction, didn’t look like a quick read, and I was busy with homework and other things. Unfortunately, the library got rid of their copy shortly thereafter, the book went out of print, etc., etc. Every couple of years I checked around for it — and never found it. In fact, I had a hard time finding anyone else who had even heard of it. Until, I finally found it! Looks like it was back in print a few years ago, and I was just able to get the ebook edition.

    The book was written in the mid-1940s and is set (mostly) in the time period from 1841 to 1941. The title gives a hint as to why it’s difficult to pin down the time period — it’s the story of a family and their house in London over the course of generations, and the book jumps from character to character, and time to time, as it fits the story — not in any chronological sequence. I suspect it’s easier for modern readers to follow along with this interwoven plot due to the growing popularity of time travel stories today, but this isn’t a time travel story.

    There are similarities with Fantasy — especially with the “time shifting” story lines — and there may be some ghosts … or just very vivid, strong-headed memories. There are also some Romance themes.

    The book was adapted into the film Enchantment, starring David Niven, in the late 40s. I haven’t seen the movie, but the trailer and some scenes are available on Youtube. The movie appears to have been simplified, and the book seems much better.

    Anyway, I’m about two thirds through it. It’s not a quick read, but I really enjoy the intricate, interwoven story lines as the fortunes of the family (and the house) rise and fall over the years. Even at this point I can recommend it highly.

    You can read another person’s opinion here:

    (If links are problem, please delete!)

    Comment by Kevin — November 12, 2017 @ 11:27 pm

  5. Kevin, links are fine. (For authors, there’s a space when you are commenting to put your URL that makes your name a link to your website. You are welcome to use it.)

    Next: WOW. That book sounds fascinating! Especially in light of my feeling lately that parts of my life slipped into the past without me noticing.

    Comment by Maria — November 13, 2017 @ 7:53 am

  6. Yes, it does look good. I also found The River by the same author.

    That looks good as well and is very inexpensive.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 13, 2017 @ 8:26 am

  7. 71 cents!

    Comment by Maria — November 13, 2017 @ 8:38 am

  8. I’m reading The Body in the Transept at the moment. It is slow going and I don’t think I’ll continue with this series because the main kind of annoys me for some reason.

    I’m listening to River Marked by Patricia Briggs. I’m also reading Gone Gull by Donna Andrews, the latest in the Meg Langslow series.

    Comment by April — November 13, 2017 @ 11:04 am

  9. I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again–I despise the Briggs’ covers. They are so…yuck.

    Comment by Maria — November 13, 2017 @ 11:10 am

  10. Maria – you know I agree with you. The Mercy Thompson series makes her look like she makes a living on the street corner rather than in a garage. The Alpha & Omega ones just have terrible faces – they are so ugly you feel sorry for them. The artist even seems to make the wolves look as if they don’t want to be there.

    Comment by April — November 13, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

  11. That’s a good way to put it. I had a more direct thought on the matter, but it would be rude to say it so I didn’t. I like the Alpha and Omega ones better, but the people don’t look real. I think the artist may have used graphic rending to create them (or help create them). They lack the life that an artist usually captures when drawing by hand. I think that is what makes them “ugly.” But I’m not an expert. Could be wrong.

    Comment by Maria — November 13, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

  12. April, Dorothy Martin is not Miss Marple. She can be annoying but I do like the stories. I’m only on the second one. Trouble in the Town Hall. I will probably not continue after this one.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 13, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

  13. Margaret – I’m not sure why she annoys me, maybe because she goes on about being overweight and then eats and drinks like the world is ending, and she’s suspecting everyone and everything but not being very smart about getting information (at this point there is one person she could easily get some good info from but she’s ignored that altogether) so she seems terribly flighty to me and I can’t see why the cop seems to think she’s intelligent etc. when she demonstrably isn’t. Eh. Maybe I’m just too cranky for it right now. I did just begin listening to The Hippopotamus Pool on my commute so that ought to improve my mood!

    Comment by April — November 14, 2017 @ 8:15 am

  14. April, the eating and drinking doesn’t bother me, but the rest of what you said does. She thinks she’s going to sneak up on someone, then blurts out a question sure to put the other person’s back up.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 14, 2017 @ 9:01 am

  15. Margaret – exactly!

    Comment by April — November 14, 2017 @ 11:35 am

  16. I’m reading a Nero Wolfe book by Robert Goldsborough. Okay, so he was chosen by the Rex Stout estate to continue with the series and he’s written nine of them. But I’m not getting that Wolfe and Archie vibe. Goldsborough says, “He had blond hair and blue eyes.” Stout would have said something like, “The blond hair might have made him look like an angel, but those bulging blue eyes clashed with the rest of his face. I’d never trusted bulging eyes on a man or a woman and this bird was no different.”

    Anyone else read the Goldsborough books?

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 15, 2017 @ 12:40 pm

  17. Well, I can say that I like your sentence better than that first one!!!! Especially the bird part. 🙂

    I’ve not ready any of those books. I think I read a Nero Wolfe in my long lost youth. I read Perry Mason and that type of thing for a while in there, but I couldn’t tell you a thing about them. I was probably only 12 or so.

    Comment by Maria — November 15, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

  18. I frequently reread the Wolfe novels. I’ll probably finish this one just to give it a chance but there’s been no Archie snark, no Wolfe petulance, nothing.

    Archie says things like, “So, he’s anti-Montenegrin.” But I only thought it. I never said it so it’s not on my record.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 15, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

  19. Finished River Marked which was excellent and Gone Gull which was ok, still reading Body in the Transept – that one is on my phone so not what I pick up first. Also started Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle, one I missed back in the day and continuing with The Hippopotamus Pool.

    Comment by April — November 15, 2017 @ 5:32 pm

  20. Really liked a lot of early Holly Lisle! As she wrote longer works I couldn’t stick with them, but she had some really great books in there. One of the early cozy fantasy writers. Memory of Fire is on sale right now for 99 cents. Some of her rights didn’t revert to her so those books aren’t in ebook, but Memory of Fire is!

    Minerva Wakes was a favorite and it’s in ebook at just under 5.

    Comment by Maria — November 15, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

  21. This one just didn’t do it for me. Very early (first or second chapter) is a very non graphic but terrible scene that just made me stop reading so I’ve returned that one to the library. I think I’ve read Memory The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkowski and A Taste of the Nightlife by Sarah Zettel (she was part of BSC back in the day too!). Hopefully one or the other grabs me.

    Comment by April — November 15, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

  22. The Wolves one? Lisle can be…a little too real sometimes. One of her books ended with the main dying. She was able to come back because of a linked stone, but that sort of thing didn’t fly with me. I don’t care for books where the mains die. Doesn’t work for me. Ilona Andrews sort of did that in one of the Edge books too (I think it was book 2). But there were a lot of reasons that book didn’t work for me (the main dude was put in a box for some sort of preservation/not sure if he was dead yet or what. But it didn’t really work). I don’t remember Sarah. Is she indie? I’ll go check the book out.

    Comment by Maria — November 16, 2017 @ 7:40 am

  23. I know I have come across A Taste of the Nightlife–it’s kind of chicklit/cozy. I know I didn’t read it, but I am pretty sure I sampled it. Let me know what you think!!!

    Comment by Maria — November 16, 2017 @ 7:43 am

  24. Yeah, a little too real is probably what the issue was. Not generally a bad thing but in this instance it was cringeworthy and I wasn’t in the mood for it.

    Comment by April — November 16, 2017 @ 11:25 am

  25. She has a knack for it and she’s quite casual about it too. I think that is what bothers me about it. The cruelty comes through somehow worse.

    Comment by Maria — November 16, 2017 @ 11:53 am

  26. I had to stop reading the Goldsborough/Wolfe novel. I tried. I really did. But he has completely missed not only Wolfe’s character, but the relationship between Wolfe and Archie.

    About a third of the way through the book, I found I didn’t even care who murdered who.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — November 16, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

  27. Characters make the book. And if they ain’t got that magic, the story loses its life!!!

    Comment by Maria — November 16, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

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