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    How to Be Both by Ali Smith. I so loved it!

    A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn. Meh.
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    Currently: The Fifth Season, the first book in a Hugo Award winning Sci-Fi trilogy by N.K. Jemisin. Life and Culture on a world in which the single supercontinent undergoes catastrophic surface destruction every few hundred years.
    I read this last summer. I still don't know what to make of it. So different. Imaginative genius, for sure.

    Have you read The Sparrow,by Mary Doria Russell. As imaginatively wild as Jemisin's book, but better (in my estimation). Not for the faint of heart, though (quite brutal at times).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post

    Have you read The Sparrow,by Mary Doria Russell. As imaginatively wild as Jemisin's book, but better (in my estimation). Not for the faint of heart, though (quite brutal at times).
    Oh yes. I would put The Sparrow on my list of “All Time Personal Favorite Reads” (right up there with Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz) and have never met anyone else who’s read it. Jemisin is no where close in my humble opinion.
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    Have you read The Sparrow,by Mary Doria Russell. As imaginatively wild as Jemisin's book, but better (in my estimation). Not for the faint of heart, though (quite brutal at times).
    Oh yes. I would put The Sparrow on my list of “All Time Personal Favorite Reads” (right up there with Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz) and have never met anyone else who’s read it. Jemisin is no where close in my humble opinion.
    So I assume that you read the sequel, "Children of God"? I was speechless when I finished each of them. Hard to talk about, really. I teach literature, but some books effect me so profoundly that I can barely talk about them. These two are in that category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
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    Have you read The Sparrow,by Mary Doria Russell. As imaginatively wild as Jemisin's book, but better (in my estimation). Not for the faint of heart, though (quite brutal at times).
    Oh yes. I would put The Sparrow on my list of “All Time Personal Favorite Reads” (right up there with Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz) and have never met anyone else who’s read it. Jemisin is no where close in my humble opinion.
    I've read The Sparrow and its sequel. Loved them both. They have certainly stuck with me.

    You might consider also reading Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon if you haven't. Lovely and optimistic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Onogaro View Post

    I've read The Sparrow and its sequel. Loved them both. They have certainly stuck with me.

    You might consider also reading Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon if you haven't. Lovely and optimistic.
    Thx. I'll put it on the list.



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    Clancy: Red Storm Rising... starts out with a sophisticated Russian disinformation campaign, but that’s fictional, I’m sure.

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    "The Crucible" By Arthur Miller. The play describes a partially fictional version of the Salem witch trials during 1692-1693, however, it was also written as an allegory for the practice of making accusations of treason or subversion without proper supporting evidence. Such methods were frequently employed by the US government during the Cold War, especially by the infamous Committee on Un-American Activities, when they accused people of being communists and persecuted them.

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    Finished The Last Passenger, a mystery by Charles Finch.

    Now starting Network Effect by Martha Wells (Murderbot series)
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    Discovered Tana French’s series The Dublin Murder Squad and am hooked on the second book The Likeness. One of the most unusual premises for a crime novel I’ve ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Discovered Tana French’s series The Dublin Murder Squad and am hooked on the second book The Likeness. One of the most unusual premises for a crime novel I’ve ever seen.
    In The Woods and The Likeness have been recent drama series on BBC TV that we both enjoyed watching.
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    Wuthering Heights.

    I wanted something to read in the garden and just took a small and cheap edition from my office thinking that I would only read 10 pages and then put it back. Loved the book as much for the complex use of mid Victorian English as the storyline.

    Embarassed to say that I havent read the book in 50 years.

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    Wuthering Heights.

    I wanted something to read in the garden and just took a small and cheap edition from my office thinking that I would only read 10 pages and then put it back. Loved the book as much for the complex use of mid Victorian English as the storyline.

    Embarassed to say that I havent read the book in 50 years.
    A great book. My favourite of all time. You can read it simply as a story or you can note the complexity of the symbolism and references from part of the book to another. Such a pity Emily died so young and wrote so little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Discovered Tana French’s series The Dublin Murder Squad and am hooked on the second book The Likeness. One of the most unusual premises for a crime novel I’ve ever seen.
    Oh, I haven't read that one. I'll put it on my list. I've been reading them out of order, not that it matters so much.
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    Just finished The Pathfinder. Cooper's flowery "romantic" style of language is tough to plow through.*

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    No-No Boy by John Okada

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Just finished The Pathfinder. Cooper's flowery "romantic" style of language is tough to plow through.*
    Always reminds me of Mark Twain's on Cooper's books, "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses". https://twain.lib.virginia.edu/proje...o/offense.html

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    Just finished Redemption by David Baldacci. This is a mystery/thriller in a series about a detective with perfect memory.
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    Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing. A good story well told.
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    I've just finished all three of The Lord of the Rings books. Next I'll read The Hobbit and I know it's out of order but I didn't have that book when I started The Fellowship of the Ring.
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