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The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day by Cornelius RyanThe Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

THE CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF THE ALLIED INVASION OF NORMANDY

The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.

This classic bestseller–back in print to coincide with the 50th anniversary of D-Day–offers a brilliant, authentic, gripping account of the hours that preceded and followed the Allied invasion of Normandy. “Fifty years from now the history of D-Day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book.”–John Toland, New York Times Book Review.

I keep seeing the promotion for Fury with Brad Pitt but it looks boring and his accent is weird. I do love the scene where they say “Best damned job I ever had.”

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The Magicians by Lev GrossmanThe Magicians by Lev Grossman. $ 2.99

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Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined. Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the forthcoming The Magician’s Land, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world-where good and evil aren’t black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.

NYTimes says that this is like Hogwarts but with more sex.

“Quentin and his circle sleep around. They cook great meals and slosh wine. They also mope about and ponder the purpose of the magical life. It turns out that it can be kind of boring. You have great power but no meaningful way to apply it. Kind of like comp lit majors, or faded rock stars.”

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Southern Fried Blues by Jamie FarrellSouthern Fried Blues by Jamie Farrell. $ .99

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A Yankee Lady Stuck in the South
Divorced wasn’t a label Anna Martin ever wanted. Now she’s a thousand miles from home, underemployed, and lonely, but she’s squeezing this lemon life gave her and turning it into lemon meringue pie. Never again will she let any man-especially another military man-get in the way of her career.

A Southern Gentleman Military Officer

Jackson Davis believes in family, football, and Uncle Sam. He treats ladies right, takes his uniform seriously, and he loves his dog, but he doesn’t reckon he’s built for true love. After all, if a man good as his daddy couldn’t do it right, what chance does Jackson have?

One Undeniable Attraction

These two vulnerable souls are as different as cornbread and ketchup, but they fit together like sweet butter on hot biscuits. Short-term, they’re exactly what the other needs. But when their hearts get involved, they’re both gonna end up with a big ol’ case of Southern Fried Blues.

Sounds sweet and cute. There aren’t many middling reviews but the one that is calls it sweet but the narrative is jumbled at times.

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Beyond Control by Karice BoltonBeyond Control by Karice Bolton. $ Free.

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Everything in Gabby Sullivan’s life is going according to plan–her father’s plan. With a brilliant job in the corporate world, glamorous parties, and a beautiful condo overlooking Seattle, she is thrown into a world she doesn’t want to claim. It’s not until Jason crashes into her world that she realizes she’s not really living.

Facing his own demons, Jason attempts to piece his life back together after a personal tragedy. Damaged by his ghosts, Jason finally begins to forgive himself whenever Gabby’s around. She makes him feel–alive, something he hasn’t felt for a long time.

It’s only as their love grows and secrets are revealed that they realize a devastating connection from their past might actually tear them apart.

BEYOND DOUBT (Book 2) is now available!

The heroine made some reviewers angry because she acted victimized and was rude and snarky to the hero. Plus, the ending is a really awkwardly placed cliffhanger.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

13 Comments

  1. Moriah Jovan
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 11:53:47

    Kind of like comp lit majors

    LOL

  2. Michelle
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 14:07:48

    I hated the Magicians. Dreary, navel gazing, snide, pretentious (he mocks J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis). I skimmed near the end just to get through it. Luckily I had borrowed it from the library. I know some people loved it but YUCK. I will sign off before I tell you how I really feel.

  3. cleo
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 14:30:29

    I didn’t realize The Longest Day was a book too – I’ve seen the movie (with John Wayne and like a million other famous actors, including a very young Sean Connery) dozens of times – it’s one of my husband’s favorite war movies and it’s always on cable.

    If you want Hogwarts with sex, I recommend Cecelia Tan’s Magic University – it’s a crazy series that tackles a lot of tough topics, from CSA to gender fluidity to sexual repression, some more successfully than others. The books are uneven – there’s some non-con dream world sex with not enough consequences that bothered me in book 3. It’s more a coming age story than a romance (until book 4, which has a lovely romance with a nice hfn). But I gobbled them all up because they’re also a lot of fun.

  4. Ann Rose
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 17:22:12

    The Longest Day on sale? MINE. NOW. Ryan’s posthumously published autobiography A Private Battle was my everything in high school — don’t ask me why, it makes no sense, but I saw so much of myself in that book that it became talismanic to me. (The Longest Day is followed by The Last Battle and A Bridge Too Far, if anyone wants the entire “set”.) Incredible level of research and detail, with an impressive interest in the “everyman” soldier alongside the generals and admirals who were in charge of strategy.

  5. Marianne McA
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 18:07:39

    I don’t think The Magicians is particularly Hogwarty. More Narnia-y, really. There were parts of it I liked a good deal: Grossman can write and write vividly. I read the book some time ago, and parts have stayed with me while other books I read more recently and liked much better are hard to recall.
    However, the lead character isn’t very likeable, and I found the ending clichéd (most of my reading is genre, so it seems unfair to complain of clichéd endings, but he used one I particularly dislike…)
    I would recommend it, but with the reservation that I didn’t like it enough to want to read the next two books.

  6. Jayne
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 18:10:04

    @Ann Rose: Another fan of The Longest Day here. It’s a fantastic book. A Bridge Too Far is also good. I have the whole set but haven’t been able to nerve myself up to read The Last Battle yet.

  7. Cynthia Sax
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 18:27:08

    Is Beyond Control Inspirational? It’s in that category at Amazon.

  8. Sirius
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 19:11:17

    I ldig war history. ” the longest day ” is clicked.

  9. KarenF
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 21:31:09

    I think people either really love The Magicians or really hated it.

    I really hated it.

    I mean, I thought it was extremely well written, vivid, interestingly plotted, but I loathed the main character and got to the point where I only finished it in the hopes that someone would kill him in the end.

    But there are vast essays and debates on how excellent this series is – pages and pages about how folks who hate Quentin just don’t get the point of the book. So I’m probably in the minority.

  10. Caro
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 08:40:14

    @Ann Rose: I grabbed Longest Day, too. The husband is pretty certain we have a copy here in the house somewhere, but at that price, he was more than happy to add it to the ebook library.

  11. Cory
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 08:56:34

    @Michelle: Agreed. I determined it had a lot more to do with marketing for me than anyone else. If someone had told me it was more like Holden Caulfield goes to Narnia than Harry Potter with sex, I think I’d have passed on it – or at least known more what to expect. Lots of people do like it though, so to each his own…

  12. Cynthia Sax
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 09:13:53

    @KarenF: “I think people either really love The Magicians or really hated it.”

    IMHO… that’s what a great book should do — divide people.

    Trying to please everyone results in an average book. Life is too short to write average books. Give me 5 stars or 1 stars. Those are the books I want to read and those are the books I strive to write.

  13. Sirius
    Aug 16, 2014 @ 21:23:43

    Thank you so much for “The Longest Day”. Such a great book.

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