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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

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  1. Erin L
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 14:01:19

    I am hoping someone can help me. I am a ereader newbie and have some issues and questions. I have the Sony PRS-600 and for the life of me I can not get my library books to work on it. I have removed all pdf versions and tried only downloading one and I still cant get it to work. Is there a program that will allow me to buy books from Barnes and Noble and format them to work on my Sony device? Sorry if you all have answered these questions before. Oh and I have a book(s) request I have 2 year old twins and read to escape I am looking for LOL romances that will take me away :-). Thank you.

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  2. May
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 14:06:53

    Looking forward to new Maya Banks, Jennifer Estep, and Janet Evanovich in September.

    Best books I’ve been reading are either JR Ward or Nalini Singh backlist. Pure love going on – especially Singh!! Newer stuff, I really liked Susan Andersen’s Burning Up, Tessa Dare’s 3 nights, and Heather Webber’s Deeply, Desperately.

    From the “meh” category I have to put Elizabeth Hoyt’s Wicked Intentions (I wanted to love it!), Eloisa James kiss at midnight, and Cherry Adair’s Black Magic. Too bad – I wanted to LOVE all those!!

    Now I can’t help but wonder where treasure lays in my TBR pile…

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  3. Isabel C.
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 14:15:46

    Eagerly awaiting the new Robin McKinley, and the library/paperback edition of Pratchett’s Unseen Alchemicals. Or at least having enough money to just buy the damn thing.

    Loving Carey’s Naamah’s Curse. I was meh on her first Terre D’Ange trilogy–Phedre and her super-specialness did little for me, and Joscelin came off as uber-judgey and annoying–liked the second, and am really clicking with Moirin and her adventures across Not!Asia.

    Also loving Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Outgrew , which is not fiction but seems relevant to a couple recent posts here, and is AWESOME. I hadn’t thought of some of these books in years.

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  4. Verona St. James
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 15:05:52

    I’ve got Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie in my library queue and I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THAT BOOK!!!

    Just read Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy, which is a SF book with romantic elements. This had some really great world-building and the hero was HOT. First in a series, though, so there was a not-very-satisfying semi-cliffhanger ending which annoyed me.

    Why does it seem like lately whenever someone is trying to start a series they feel like each book has to have a cliffhanger ending? It makes me grumpy.

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  5. Sarah
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 15:10:26

    One book to avoid, IMO, is the wall-banger Burning Up by Susan Andersen, her September 2010 release. The constant back and forth and the hero’s thoughts that the heroine would “corrupt” him drove me batty. Definitely need something to take away the taste of that book.

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  6. Janine
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 15:24:23

    I noticed that Wicked Gentlemen, an m/m “gaslight fantasy” or steampunkish romance, which I loved and reviewed here, is now available as an ebook for $5.99 from Weightless Books.

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  7. Jennifer Estep
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 15:30:44

    I read Beastly by Alex Flinn and LOVED it. It’s a YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the Beast’s point of view. I thought it was excellent — one of the best books that I’ve read this year.

    I also read Candy Houses by Shiloh Walker, which is a twist on the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. I liked the way that Walker took the fairy tale and put a new spin on it by making Gretel a Grimm, or demon hunter.

    I also read and liked Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole. I loved the whole immortal prison/death match on the island and how Cole used that to propel the action and set up future books/couples. I really want to read Lanthe’s book now …

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  8. Aoife
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 15:37:52

    I’m waiting for An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire, the third in her October Daye series. I love the fact that the heroine has had major loss in her past, is weaker than almost everyone she has to go up against, and still manages to keep on going. Dark, but not unrelentingly grim…yet, anyway.

    I’m also waiting for the re-issue of Patricia Briggs’ Masques, and Ilona Andrews’ Bayou Moon, which is the second in her Edge series. Aside from that, and the Mockingjay trauma, I’ve been re-reading Megan Whalen Turner’s Thief series, which has superb writing, characters that are fully realized, and the best romance ever.

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  9. Michelle
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 16:08:21

    Waving to another Megan Whalen Turner fan. Her series is fantastic, such strong world building. The dynamics between Gen and Attolia-the dancing scene was one of my favorites.

    Am on a reading glom of Tamora Pierce. Love her characters, and her love of animals.

    I am looking forward to Mercedes Lackey’s Intrigues book 2 of the Collegium Chronicles.

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  10. Verona St. James
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 16:19:22

    @Michelle: Have you read Conspiracy of Kings yet. OMG, so good!

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  11. Las
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 16:42:14

    Just finished Victoria Dahl’s A Little Bit Wild and, oh, how I loved it! I love heroines who are hard to like (even though I loved her from the start), and Dahl did a wonderful job with her. The characters were so different from what I typically see in historicals, and while some reviewers thought the heroines sexual curiosity and enthusiasm unrealistic I found it completely believable. I’ve always thought that, privately, human beings have never been all that different, no matter what the time period and public claims to the contrary. The public faces we’ve worn have been very different, but that’s it. That conversation near the end between Marissa and her aunt perfectly illustrates what I mean.

    Before ALBW I read Julie Anne Long’s I Kissed an Earl, another fabulous book. My first book by that author but definitely not my last. I’ll be spending the next several weeks reading her previous books.

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  12. orannia
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 16:55:04

    I just finished reading Temptation Ridge (Robyn Carr), the sixth book in the Virgin River series. I found it…frustrating (to say the least). It feels like everyone in this series wants to get married and have children. Everyone. Including the men (who hold birthing parties). And while I respect that decision, not everyone wants to get married and have children…not everyone can. So where is the variety?

    What’s so frustrating though is that part of me want to call it quits on the series while part of me want to know what happens to certain characters… Has anyone else felt like this about a series before?

    @Janine – YAH! I loved Wicked Gentlemen. My copy of Lord of the White Hell Book I has just arrived. I’m trying to decide whether to dive straight in or wait until Book II darkens my door…

    @Michelle – the second Collegium Chronicles book is out soon? YAH! I enjoyed the first one, but nothing will top The Last Herald Mage series :) Oh, and I too enjoy Tamora Pierce’s books, although to varying degrees. Am hanging out for the third book in the Terrier trilogy.

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  13. JenM
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 17:34:17

    Just finished Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins and I’m bummed because I love her style but I HATE her heroines. This is the second of hers that I’ve had that reaction to, so I think I’m going to give up on her.

    On the good side, I read two of Victoria Dahl’s back to back – Talk Me Down and A Little Bit Wild – and loved both of them. Her heroines are such a nice change of pace from the usual shrinking virgins. Also read and loved both of the Percy Parker books by Leanna Renee Hieber – a unique heroine paired with a great gothic writing style.

    I’m looking forward to Blameless by Gail Carriger, and Bayou Moon. I swear, Ilona and Gordon Andrews could write the phone book and I’d probably read it and love it. I also just started Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep and am digging it so far, so I’m sure I’ll be getting Venom also.

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  14. Debra
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 17:35:40

    I got to read the ARC of Maya’s new book The Darkest Hour, all I can say is WOW!!! It is one of my top ten for the year.

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  15. Michelle
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 18:13:19

    @Verona-yes, just call me bunny-lol. I am looking forward to the audioversion, coming out in Jan or Feb from recorded books.

    @orrania-I have already preorded mine. Yes I loved The Last Herald Mage series. I think it is funny that she pictured Vanyel as Michael Praed. I loved him in Robin Hood.

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  16. joanne
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 18:36:52

    I’ve just started a glom of Lisa Marie Rice books, thanks to DA for the rec, they’re nice, easy romance reads.

    I’m looking forward to THE LAST DRAGON STANDING from G. A. Aiken a continuation of her Dragon Kin series due out early September.

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  17. Mireya
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 19:15:28

    Well, let’s see, I read Robin D. Owens’ “Heart Journey”. Sadly, for the first time since I discovered her a few years ago, one of her books doesn’t move me as her previous ones did. It’s not a bad read, but I just couldn’t empathize with the characters the way I have with previous ones. I kinda feel bad about it as silly as it may sound. Of course, I do intend to continue reading her, I consider her one of my favorite authors and I do look forward to her new releases.

    My current read is Victoria Dahl’s “A Little Bit Wild” and I am LOVING it. I was a bit concerned about the heroine after I read some reviews, but I decided to try it anyway and boy, am I liking it.

    I have quite a number of new releases pending to be read, and several new ones that I want are coming out this Tuesday and on September… it’s going to prove interesting. Thank God for e-books… though I have no clue what to choose next!

    @Erin L.: did you read the user guide? This is a link: http://www.sonystyle.com/wcsstore/SonyStyleStorefrontAssetStore/pdf/warranty/SEL-asset-166216.pdf

    I use Calibre to upload my books for both my Sony PRS-505 and my Pandigital Novel. This is the link: http://calibre-ebook.com/

    Now, that being said, you can’t read a B&N DRMd book using any device. If memory serves you can’t read a Sony DRMd book using a nook (the B&N ebook reader) and you can’t read a B&N DRMd book using a Sony. Yes, you can read books purchased in B&N digital store using certain handheld devices/tablets/iphones but that is because they either have permission, i.e. the Pandigital Novel, or there are apps that you can download and install in the hand held device i.e. the iPad, iPhone, etc.

    Conversion of ebooks to other formats can only be done if the books do not have DRM. There are ways to remove DRM but it is illegal, so no one can openly discuss how-to’s, plus you are very new and you would be way over your head at this time, as it is not a straightforward process (take it from a self-taught home PC user that has been online for 15 years). First learn the basics, and go from there.
    Good luck and do not give up.

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  18. Jane
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 19:28:52

    @joanne LMR is like Pringles or something. Curiously addictive.

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  19. Jane
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 19:31:14

    I am so glad that there are others besides me who enjoyed A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl. I felt a bit like I was twisting alone in the wind but I thought Marissa was such a refreshing and different heroine.

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  20. Jane
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 19:34:44

    @Verona St. James I am not a fan of the cliffhanger either, particularly if I like the book!

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  21. Jane
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 19:36:44

    @Erin L BN books only work on the BN nook and nook reader, unfortunately! Can you hook up your Sony Reader, open Adobe Digital Editions and see if your Sony Reader appears on your left hand sidebar? It may be that the Reader hasn’t been “authorized” to work with Adobe Digital Editions.

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  22. John
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 20:32:00

    This month blossomed for my romance reading! I was so happy with myself. I read Christina Dodds Storm of Visions, and really enjoyed it.

    I won a copy of Captured by Desire, and I can’t wait to read it when it gets here…

    I also ::gulp:: got hooked on Harlequin Presents. I graduated from the cowboys and have moved on to the Greek magnates. I read the free online Presents (Lynne Graham’s The Italian’s Inexperienced Mistress) and am going to be glomming on them for a while.

    At the bookstore I also picked up the latest Amanda Quick release, and I hope I like her…I also picked up a Jean Johnson on clearance, and I hope I enjoy her as well.

    @Michelle: Tamora Pierce is awesome. I personally prefer her Circle of Magic world. Her characters are always so full, and the friendship and nature focuses are nice for YA.

    @Jennifer Estep: Beastly is in my TBR. I really want to read it soon, especially since her newest book CLOAKED was announced. It’s a retelling of The Frog Prince, which sounds really amusing.

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  23. hapax
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 20:33:09

    @orrania: My copy of Lord of the White Hell Book I has just arrived

    omigosh omigosh omigosh I hadn’t realized that was out yet!

    [runs off to order]

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  24. Sahara Hoshi
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 20:47:29

    I think I will sample Sherrilyn Kenyon’s New Dark Hunter…No Mercy, by getting it from my library. Much love to GA Aiken aka Shelly Laurenston for the new Dragon Kin release, Last Dragon Standing

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  25. Moriah Jovan
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 21:32:11

    Okay, so disclaimer: Inez is my friend but I fell in love with her writing before I fell in love with her and she did not let me beta read this one. Coming Clean debuts tomorrow. Yay!

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  26. ruth
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 21:58:58

    @orannia:

    I went through the same thing with that series. I also hated how annoying the female leads were. And the men just put up with it!! I finished it, but it was bad for my blood pressure!

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  27. Ann
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 22:25:57

    I like Kresley Cole so much, but her books are becoming formulaic (predictable?) with no sign of any sort of closure. I think I’m actually going to skip her newest release and wait for her last book in the series. Oh, I feel like a very bad person for even posting this.

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  28. Verona St. James
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 23:07:29

    @Jane: And I feel like authors do it so people will be compelled to read the next book in the series but, for me anyway, I find more often than not I just feel manipulated, and I decide I’m not going to read the books until the whole series is finished– if at all. So, really, the strategy backfires.

    For the most part, I just think books in a series should really stand alone. Be part of the larger series arc, of course, but don’t leave huge plot threads lose and dangling. Especially don’t leave your heroes in mortal peril at the end of the novel!

    Lois McMaster Bujold had a great quote about how every book she writes will be the first book of hers that someone will read, so all her books need to be complete and satisfying in and of themselves. I think those are very wise words.

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  29. BH
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 23:09:21

    Favorite read of August was A Little Bit Wild by Victoria Dahl. I also likedAll I Ever Wanted by Kristin Higgins, A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James, Kiss Me if You Can by Carly Phillips, The Undying Heart by Zoe Archer, and Scandal by Carolyn Jewel.

    Looking forward to Warrior by Zoe Archer, I Kissed an Earl by Julie Anne Long, The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros, The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook.

    Just started Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt. Only on the fourth chapter, and it's, um, different. I've got backlists of JD Robb, Elizabeth Peters, and PB Ryan to start on.

    Need more Shannon Stacey, Sherry Thomas, Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, Kate Noble, and Rose Lerner.

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  30. Estara
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 01:03:49

    I'm impatiently waiting for my new Sherwood Smith hardcover from DAW – a Ruritanian adventure with a sword-fighting heroine (not set in her usual world of Sartorias-deles, obviously) without time travel (like Steel, heh), coming out next month. I believe there's a second one in the possible offing: Coronets & Steel

    California girl Kim Murray is unsatisfied with grad school and restless in life. Modern men disappoint her, and she studies ballet and fencing because they remind her of older, more romantic times.

    She lives with her parents and her beloved but secretive aristocratic grandmother, who speaks only French and refuses to share stories about the mysterious family she left behind in Europe, inspiring Kim to travel there and find her roots.

    Kim soon finds herself swept up in an adventure of fantastic deceptions and passionate intrigue-and a shocking realization about her own bloodline that leaves her reeling.

    Sherwood said in Goodreads: This story began as an homage to Prisoner of Zenda, only with a female having to prove her courage, dash . . . and honor. Add in magic. mythology and history, and I hope it will be a different kind of urban fantasy.

    So this is my most anticipated for next month :D . I've got enough TBR otherwise – and to re-read, at that :wink: .

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  31. Estara
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 01:17:17

    @Mireya: Oh, that’s quite different from my reaction to the new Robin D. Owens… I was totally happy to finally have an older female (with an age gap of 8 years, and her still not coming across as a female rake or so, but also not a virgin) and a younger male (who had his loves, but was also no rake and was in the more openly artistic job) as heartmates and her as head of a house of higher status than him and both coming from almost completely different interests but having to deal with being heartmates and how they made it work and fell in love anyway.

    I also loved that the compromise for living together for once didn’t come mainly from the woman, which is more often the case in that series.

    I liked Book 7 still a bit more, but I think this is one of the stronger entries in the series.

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  32. Jane
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 05:43:54

    @Verona St. James I’ve heard some authors say that if readers wait until the end of the trilogy or series, there may not be an end because those books may never be published because of low book sales, but I’ve been burned too many times by disappointing ends. I’d rather wait and see than buy now and wait forever for a series that may never be finished or end in a disappointing fashion.

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  33. Jane
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 05:51:38

    @Ann I liked the latest release more than the last two but the heroine was very tepid for me. She was too similar to previous Cole heroines. The dynamic is fairly similar. Hero won’t have sex with heroine so they do everything but until toward the end. You meet a number of new characters. There is not much of the Valkryies in the story.

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  34. Jennifer Estep
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 07:33:13

    @John: Beastly really is excellent (I can’t gush enough about it), and the Frog Prince is a minor character in it — there are several online chats between different fairy tale characters that are really funny and clever.

    @JenM: @May: Cool. Hope you guys enjoy Venom.

    @Ann: @Jane: I liked Demon from the Dark (B+ for me), and I didn’t mind the Valkyries not being in the story as much.

    I agree that the dynamic is very similar to the previous books. It always seems like the alpha hero has to learn to love the modern heroine for who she is and let go of his need to control her. It works better in some of the books for me than it does in others.

    I did think the hero’s reaction to the heroine’s betrayal was a little extreme, though. Wanting to destroy everything the heroine loved didn’t exactly endear the hero to me, especially when the heroine had a good reason for doing what she did.

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  35. Mary G
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 07:34:57

    I just read Can’t Stand The Heat & On The Steamy Side by Louisa Edwards. Fabulously wonderful, every word. Thank God I waited because the third one’s out tomorrow & I can hardly wait.

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  36. Joy
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:05:45

    I just read Tracy Grant’s _Secrets of a Lady_ and _Beneath a Silent Moon_; and Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey books– which are all excellent historical mysteries with romantic elements. I really loved these books!

    I got the e-ARC for Bujold’s _Cryoburn_ from Baen and read it. Good book. Devastating ending.

    As for genre romance I really enjoyed Elizabeth Hoyt’s _Wicked Intentions_ and Judith James’s _Libertine’s Kiss_ (despite the way the work of nearly every Restoration-era poet is ascribed to the hero, LOL) and Susanna Fraser’s _The Sergeant’s Lady_ (somewhat the feel of a Carla Kelly book and just about as good). I also worked my way through Laura Lee Guhrke’s backlist (fun) and read _Ruthless_ by Anne Stuart (enjoyable).

    There were some misses for me this month including some old Linda Needham books, and I didn’t like Dahl’s new book as much as some others did–I liked the main characters OK but it seemed a bit light–especially compared to the emotionally complex heroes I had come to expect from her. I like tortured heroes.

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  37. Aoife
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:41:47

    @Joy

    If Bujold kills off Miles or Ekaterin I will never read another Bujold book again. Which would be a shame since I really love her writing. Just saying.

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  38. Courtney Milan
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:43:00

    Joy,

    I read the ARC of Cryoburn from Bujold, too–and completely agree with you. Good book; the last five hundred and three words completely destroyed me.

    But in a good way.

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  39. Heather
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:44:27

    @Michelle: @orannia: @John: Oh, the Tamora Pierce love! swoon

    I’ve been a fan a very long time (since when Alanna arrived at my library, brand- brand new) and adore her. The Song of the Lioness, Trickster, and Terrier books are my faves. I couldn’t read the others.

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  40. Mireya
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:51:32

    @Estara: I know! I LOVE that sort of story, but somehow I had a “stop and go” kind of reading experience, if you may. Maybe my expectations were a bit high or I was coming in from a different direction. The ending I did like a LOT. Maybe I should give it a second try. I so like her work.

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  41. Verona St. James
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:57:57

    @Courtney Milan:
    @Joy: You guys are killing me with the “devastating ending” on “Cryoburn”! Now I want to know what happens!

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  42. Joy
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 10:59:29

    A@Aoife: What you fear did not happen in Cryoburn. I can’t say much else without horrific spoilage.

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  43. Verona St. James
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 11:06:25

    @Joy: @Aoife: My guess is she kills Aral or the kid who’s one of the POV characters in Cryoburn…

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  44. Mireya
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 11:06:44

    @Jane: re. Victoria Dahl’s you are so NOT alone. I am now looking forward to the next in the series, which is due out in a YEAR. ARGH!!!

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  45. Aoife
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 13:18:50

    @Joy, Verona St. James, Courtney Milan: Thanks, that’s all I needed to know

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  46. GrowlyCub
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 13:19:19

    Add me to the group who likes Dahl’s A Little Bit Wild; I’m very depressed that it’s gonna be another whole year before the next book comes out.

    My to-buy list is depressingly non-existent this month. I hope to find something in the recs here that I haven’t read yet.

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  47. Courtney Milan
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 13:31:37

    @Aoife: If you want to know more, I wrote a hugely spoiler-laden Goodreads review of the book.

    http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/117245034

    Ultimately, I think that the book was devastatingly good (although as the review indicates, there was one thing that grated on my nerves).

    If you track Bujold’s every word (as I do), you know that she’s been promising for some time that the next Miles book will deal with a certain event.

    It does.

    You’re set up for it, though, in such a way that I felt as if the entire book was a justification for it.

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  48. Aoife
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 14:11:11

    @Courtney Milan: Thank you for that link. You wrote an excellent review that only makes me want to read the book more. As you said, it is not as though we haven’t been expecting the event, it’s all in how it’s done.

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  49. Joanna Ver Halen
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 15:48:25

    @Jane:
    Pringles is a very good description of an LMR addiction!

    I recently tried to read Cherry Adair’s latest book _Black Magic_ and couldn’t get past the info dump in the first chapter. Should I try again – anybody know if it gets better?

    I simply must try Susanna Fraser’s _The Sergeant’s Lady_ the comparisons to Carla Kelly have won me over. I’ve currently been working my way through the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, and find I like them better than the small bits I’ve seen of the TV series.

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  50. Ann
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 16:06:21

    @Joanna Ver Halen: Oh, the Sookie Stackhouse books are WAY better than the series!

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  51. Lynn
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 16:43:46

    I am impatiently waiting for October 19th to get here so I can get my copy of Cryoburn (I know the ARC is available but I want a crisp, clean version) — believe me, the minute the e-version is up on the BAEN site, I will be downloading it to my Kindle and spending the next few hours in one of my favorite universes.
    Courtney, even tho I am almost 100% sure I know what the “event” is, I am not sure that I am ready for it yet — even tho Lois has said that somewhere along the line she would write about this. I will probably sat there bawling at the end!

    Also, I want to thank everyone who posted about the Megan Whalen Turner books a while back — on the recommendation here,read them, loved them and they are now part of my keeper shelf (along with all of the Bujold’s!)

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  52. Lindsey
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 18:15:21

    I’m loving all the Tamora Pierce love in this thread. Though I stopped reading her books after the first of the Trickster books, I love the Circle of Magic quartet, the Circle Opens quartet, Song of the Lioness, and the Lady Knight quartets.

    I also loved A Little Bit Wild. I read the recs, and then found it on sale and thought “might as well”, and was surprised at how much I really did love it. On the other hand, Last Night’s Scandal, which also has an unconventional heroine, was unreadable to me. I wanted to bang my head against a wall in every scene involving the hero’s parents (though I realize that was the intent), but I also despised the heroine. I thought her manipulation of everyone around her was absolutely infuriating, and just wanted to tell her to grow the hell up. I didn’t even manage to get to the Scottish castle (where supposedly it got quite good), because I couldn’t bring myself to keep reading.

    In September, I’m looking forward to the releases of Bayou Moon, as well as the MMPB release of Must Love Hellhounds.

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  53. has
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 16:54:49

    I love Tamora Pierce, her Song of the Lioness/The Immortals series is very crackilicious. She will have a short story anthology later next year with most of the stories set in the world of Tortall.

    I recently finished and enjoyed The Native Star by M.K Hobson and Killbox by Ann Aguirre which I really enjoyed and recommend.
    I am really looking forward to Warrior by Zoe Archer, Masques by Patricia Briggs and Bayou Moon Ilona Andrews while Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen has perked my interest.

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  54. RKB
    Aug 31, 2010 @ 20:55:19

    If anyone is looking for thriller urban fantasy with a male protagonist, I can totally recommend Harry Connolly’s Twenty Palaces series. I just finished his second novel in the series,”Game of Cages” and it was one of the best urban fantasy books I’ve read in awhile.

    I think it’s a shame that Connolly keeps getting compared to Jim Butcher, because I think Connolly is a hell of a lot better!

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  55. Helen
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 11:12:05

    @orannia:
    @orannia:
    I found Robyn Carr’s Virgin River’s series completely unreadable. I tried several times but gave up on them. The male characters were totally unlike any men I have known, particularly military men (many of the books are about military men or men who had been in the military previously). Her research seemed shaky and the writing was simplistic and trite. Yuck! I happened to buy a number of them at one time and tried finish all of them at one time or another but they ended up in a ntbr pile.

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  56. Verona St. James
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 19:48:55

    @Courtney Milan: Oh man, I think I’m going BAWL when I read this book. Just reading your review got me all misty eyed.

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  57. MaryK
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 15:13:50

    Amazon has a lot of free Romances for the Kindle today. Check out the list at http://booksontheknob.blogspot.com/p/kindle-free-reads-list.html

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