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PostPosted: 01/17/17 9:32 pm    ::: What I'm Reading 2017 Reply Reply with quote

Monkeywrench by P.J. Tracy. A serial killer is on the loose and is murdering their victims according to a video game written and programmed by a group of tech-savvy individuals.



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PostPosted: 01/17/17 9:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity by Michael Scott



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PostPosted: 01/17/17 11:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Rise of the Seminoles -- FSU Football Under Bobby Bowden (gift from my daughter).

The Bible (same as every year).
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PostPosted: 01/18/17 7:09 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I've read the Hank Phillippi Ryan thriller Say No More and Ingrid Thoft's mystery Duplicity. You can read my review of Duplicity HERE!
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PostPosted: 01/18/17 7:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

'Blind Ambition' by John Dean. it just somehow seemed appropriate. Wink



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PostPosted: 01/18/17 6:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Youth Coach wrote:
I've read the Hank Phillippi Ryan thriller Say No More and Ingrid Thoft's mystery Duplicity. You can read my review of Duplicity HERE!


By the way, Ingrid Thoft saw my review and said in a tweet: "I just regained consciousness after reading your amazing review..."
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PostPosted: 02/21/17 10:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I tried reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, but couldn't get past the first chapter. Maybe in a few years.

I'm currently reading Jump by Steve Harvey. Totally engaging book, it makes me feel I could tackle any problem that crops up!



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PostPosted: 02/22/17 7:27 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished reading an advance copy of William Christie's A Single Spy.
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PostPosted: 02/22/17 10:29 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I started reading "To Kill A Mockingbird." I've seen the movie, but somehow I missed reading the book throughout high school.


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PostPosted: 02/28/17 1:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Most of my reading these days has to do with my work. I'm looking forward to this summer, when I hope to read the books based on the SYFY channel's "The Expanse." It is amazing.


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PostPosted: 02/28/17 7:05 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Finished reading an advance copy of the Adrian McKinty mystery "Police At The Station And They Don't Look Friendly".
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PostPosted: 02/28/17 7:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond



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PostPosted: 06/20/17 7:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I've landed a gig writing reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine. I've had 6 reviews (5 printed, 1 online) go up for them already.

Another one just went online today. It is for the new Joseph Kanon thriller "Defectors". You can check out my review HERE!
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PostPosted: 06/28/17 5:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's my Mystery Scene magazine review of Adam Hamdy's Pendulum.
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PostPosted: 07/06/17 5:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

My review of the Laurie R. King thriller "Lockdown" is a Mystery Scene magazine online exclusive.
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PostPosted: 07/11/17 2:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A few of my favorite books this year are The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, & The Prisoner by Alex Berenson.


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PostPosted: 07/14/17 6:14 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A couple more of my reviews:

The Switch by Joseph Finder

The Vinyl Detective - The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel
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PostPosted: 07/20/17 2:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Impeachment: A Handbook by Charles Black



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PostPosted: 08/05/17 8:44 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished the Ace Atkins thriller The Fallen.
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PostPosted: 08/05/17 11:21 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas. Not that far into it, but very moving so far.


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PostPosted: 08/08/17 9:19 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine



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PostPosted: 08/30/17 6:20 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

My review of the Attica Locke thriller Bluebird, Bluebird is an online exclusive for Mystery Scene magazine. You can check it out HERE!
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PostPosted: 08/30/17 9:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I read "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" this weekend. Here's what I wrote about it on Goodreads:

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Giving this a rating seems silly. It's not just a great book - which it clearly is - it is an incredibly important one. Saying it deserves 5 out of 5 stars is a diminish its power. Reading this narrative today, it is immediately clear why it was such an important document in the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War. What might be unexpected is how important it is still today. I consider myself fairly well versed in this history, and I certainly learned things. More than that, though, Douglass opens his experience and shares the mental, emotional, and intellectual torture that was slavery. The physical aspects are well known, at least those who make sure they know, but the firsthand discussion of these other aspects was effecting beyond measure.

This should be require reading in every school.


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PostPosted: 08/30/17 12:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just began an online book written by and for the Army War College:

A SHORT HISTORY OF WAR
The Evolution of Warfare and Weapons

This was in small part motivated by watching Game of Thrones, and partly by my wondering whether basketball arenas or football stadiums hold as many people as would have comprised the average ancient or medieval army.
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PostPosted: 09/13/17 6:06 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I reviewed the new Stephanie Gayle mystery Idyll Fears for Mystery Scene magazine. You can check out what I had to say HERE!
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PostPosted: 09/13/17 8:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's my review of the Adam Sternbergh mystery The Blinds.
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PostPosted: 09/15/17 6:20 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Less about a book I've read but rather books I'm going to read.

Last night I went to an interview/signing with author Craig Johnson, the writer of the Longmire mysteries.

Great time.
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PostPosted: 09/15/17 9:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Youth Coach wrote:
Less about a book I've read but rather books I'm going to read.

Last night I went to an interview/signing with author Craig Johnson, the writer of the Longmire mysteries.

Great time.


I have one of those, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. My partner is from Wyoming, so I am intrigued by the setting.


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PostPosted: 09/15/17 6:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

PUmatty wrote:
Youth Coach wrote:
Less about a book I've read but rather books I'm going to read.

Last night I went to an interview/signing with author Craig Johnson, the writer of the Longmire mysteries.

Great time.


I have one of those, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. My partner is from Wyoming, so I am intrigued by the setting.


Have you seen the TV series?
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PostPosted: 09/15/17 11:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just finished The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. I found it mildly interesting, but didn't care much for the way the story ended.



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PostPosted: 09/16/17 12:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Youth Coach wrote:
PUmatty wrote:
Youth Coach wrote:
Less about a book I've read but rather books I'm going to read.

Last night I went to an interview/signing with author Craig Johnson, the writer of the Longmire mysteries.

Great time.


I have one of those, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. My partner is from Wyoming, so I am intrigued by the setting.


Have you seen the TV series?


I haven't. I'm not sure I even realized it was a series. Is it worth finding to watch?


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PostPosted: 09/16/17 6:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I haven't. I'm not sure I even realized it was a series. Is it worth finding to watch?


It is fantastic. The first three seasons aired on A&E, then they canceled it. Netflix picked it up and aired Seasons 4 and 5, with the sixth and final season set to begin streaming soon.
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PostPosted: 09/16/17 11:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Youth Coach wrote:
PUmatty wrote:


I haven't. I'm not sure I even realized it was a series. Is it worth finding to watch?


It is fantastic. The first three seasons aired on A&E, then they canceled it. Netflix picked it up and aired Seasons 4 and 5, with the sixth and final season set to begin streaming soon.


Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out. I read mysteries all of the time, but don't watch that many.


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PostPosted: 09/18/17 1:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just saw this thread, and thought I'd share.

Some books I've read this year:

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Son by Jo Nesbo
She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir
The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

Currently reading The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood and A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.


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PostPosted: 09/28/17 10:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Fascinating read, I'm on my second time through the book. It is about homelessness and poverty in Milwaukee from observations made about 10 years ago since publication (2016).



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PostPosted: 09/29/17 5:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finished the Jean Flowers mystery novel "Cancelled By Murder". It was okay but doesn't really make me want to continue with the series.
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PostPosted: 09/29/17 1:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure by Lynn Comella



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PostPosted: 09/29/17 7:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure by Lynn Comella


Speaking of which... aren't sex toys, vibrators, and dildos illegal in Alabama (for some reason)? Surprised



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