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    Quote Originally Posted by KatesMom View Post
    Thanks, Critical. I'm actually reading it on the Kindle, which my husband "handed down" to me when he got the Fire for Christmas, so I haven't yet figured out how to skip around (or find the appendices in the back). But I will check it out. It is getting easier - at least the main characters.

    Before I started that, I read Bossypants from Tina Fey and Cold Vengeance from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Bossypants was good - if you like Tina Fey, you will enjoy it. Cold Vengeance is part of a series they write - about an FBI agent. Mystery type stories. The most well known in their series is Relic, which I believe was made into a movie. This is the second book in the current trilogy they are writing (the first being Fever Dream). The book iteself was good, but as is the case always with the second of a trilogy, it ended on a negative note and definitely set everything up for the third book. I'm sure once they are all out and the trilogy wraps up, it will be good. But I am not thrilled about books that end on a negative note when I have to wait for the story to wrap up. Doesn't bode well for Game of Thrones, does it?
    If you've already started reading, go to "menu" and "add a bookmark" to the page you're on so you can find your place later (there is a feature that saves your place, but the wireless has to be on, so I think bookmarking is easier). The on the "go to" link in the menu, go to the beginning and back up a few pages to see if the table of contents is interactive. (The beginning it goes to is where the story starts. I always back up to see if there is an inscription.) You can tell if the table of contents is interactive because each chapter is underlined. If it is, find the appendices, click on them and bookmark the one you want. If its not interactive, note the highest number in the location range and "go to" that and back-page until you find the appendices. Once you find it, bookmark it, look on the menu for "view my notes and marks" and go back to where you were reading (and remove that bookmark). If it sounds complicated, it's not. Read this with your Kindle in front of you and follow it step-by-step. It will be a good tutorial to help you start learning features. Oh, and if you haven't figured it out yet, any time you go to "menu", the time is at the top of the page. That's a really useful feature for me because I tend to lose track of time when I'm reading.
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    Thank you!!

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    I just started reading The Help.
    I watched the movie a couple of weeks ago & LOVED it, so I had to read the book.
    This is the first real paper book I've read since I got my Nook. It seems weird to read a real paper book. I feel like I'm betraying my Nook. , but the book was given to me..............Honest it was, Really. Please let my Nook know.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Scarlet View Post
    I just started reading The Help.
    I watched the movie a couple of weeks ago & LOVED it, so I had to read the book.
    This is the first real paper book I've read since I got my Nook. It seems weird to read a real paper book. I feel like I'm betraying my Nook. , but the book was given to me..............Honest it was, Really. Please let my Nook know.
    I read the book, then I rented the movie just recently. I enjoyed both. I love the feel of a book in my hand, I know , I am old school.LOL

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    I am in the middle of A Respectable Trade by Phillipa Gregory. Fascinating historical fiction with believable characters and a moving story.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    If you've already started reading, go to "menu" and "add a bookmark" to the page you're on so you can find your place later (there is a feature that saves your place, but the wireless has to be on, so I think bookmarking is easier). The on the "go to" link in the menu, go to the beginning and back up a few pages to see if the table of contents is interactive. (The beginning it goes to is where the story starts. I always back up to see if there is an inscription.) You can tell if the table of contents is interactive because each chapter is underlined. If it is, find the appendices, click on them and bookmark the one you want. If its not interactive, note the highest number in the location range and "go to" that and back-page until you find the appendices. Once you find it, bookmark it, look on the menu for "view my notes and marks" and go back to where you were reading (and remove that bookmark). If it sounds complicated, it's not. Read this with your Kindle in front of you and follow it step-by-step. It will be a good tutorial to help you start learning features. Oh, and if you haven't figured it out yet, any time you go to "menu", the time is at the top of the page. That's a really useful feature for me because I tend to lose track of time when I'm reading.
    I say thank you along with KatesMom. I bookmarked each house listed in the index - wow. I forgot (duh) to bookmark my last read page so I had to find the location by comparing to the Kindle App on my computer which, most times, I prefer for reading. Anyway, all done and back where I started.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by KatesMom View Post
    Thanks, Critical. I'm actually reading it on the Kindle, which my husband "handed down" to me when he got the Fire for Christmas, so I haven't yet figured out how to skip around (or find the appendices in the back). But I will check it out. It is getting easier - at least the main characters.
    I'm glad you have a way to bookmark in the Kindle, because I searched for some sites with character lists and they all had spoilers! There was one that didn't (from what I saw), but it set off my virus protection, so that was a no-go too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arielflies View Post
    I say thank you along with KatesMom. I bookmarked each house listed in the index - wow. I forgot (duh) to bookmark my last read page so I had to find the location by comparing to the Kindle App on my computer which, most times, I prefer for reading. Anyway, all done and back where I started.
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    Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews - another novel of the Edge - The third in this particular series - much better then the second book(Bayou Moon) and really like the use of secondary and tertiary characters and the continuation of the overall story arc. Also like the setting up of two future characters stories.

    Nightshine by Lynn Viehl - a novel of the Kyndred - the 4th book in this series - what I like about this author is that she does an outstanding job of creating a world and very unique characters and yet each story can stand on its own. The original Darkyn series is a very interesting take on the vampire theme and the Kyndred series is the twist on children created from their DNA and human DNA in an experiment to create controllable human weapons to eradicate the vampire species by a super secret branch of the Vatican.

    Death Magic by Eileen Wilks - novel of the Lupi - the eight book in the Lupi series - another very successful novel in a world where werewolves, witches and humans with psi powers co exist with dragons and technology and magic and the underlying story of evil trying to breakthrough into our dimension and take over.

    Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance - a Cassie Palmer novel - the 5th book in this series - Cassie continues to grow and mature as a person and into her powers as the next Oracle of the World, can she survive and those around her survive as all sorts of factions fight to control her.

    All are urban fantasy with a bit of paranormal romance set in. What I like about the above books is that the authors all have created strong female characters, yes, they are not all bad ass, kick ass, know it all's like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake which should have ended or come to some type of conclusion a long time ago because they go on ad naseum with nothing but sex and no plot like a very bad porn film. The above authors have created plausible worlds and believable characters and story arcs that you can see are going somewhere and do come to some kind of conclusion.

    Iris Johansen - the Eve Duncan series - while this author does many stand alone books and comes from a romance background and developed more into a thriller author this series is her main claim to fame. Basically, the Eve Duncan series is about a young single mother whose young daughter, Bonnie, disappears at age 7 while playing in a park. Eve Duncan seeks closure by becoming a forensic sculptor. She recreates the faces of children from skulls that are found at serial killer's dumping grounds. Her driving motivation is to reunite the child and it's family for some type of closure that she never got because her daughter's body was never found. This series developed from a pretty straight forward mystery/thriller to a bit of a mystical journey where Eve has long conversations with her daughter and you wonder if she is going crazy or really seeing her daughter's ghost. Recently the author did a trilogy titled, Eve, Quinn, and Bonnie. After reading Eve and Quinn, I was a bit disappointed because I thought the author had sold out and was just rehashing the same story line from different POV's (points of view) very much what Laurell K. Hamilton has done with her Princess Meredith books and that has irritated her fans and with them being rather critical of the author and with LKH lashing our at the readers in her blogs. Then I started reading Bonnie and again the first couple of chapters I was going "Oh No", more rehashing and them things became interesting. Wow, a wrap up of the story line. Did not see that coming.

    I think my favorite part of the Eve Duncan series is that sometimes tragedy actually makes a person stronger but there is a flip side of becoming so strong and focused on a goal that you alienate all of those you love around you to the point that you have created a great career, movement, or organization you have lost all the rest of your family.
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    Re: What are you reading?

    Bearcata, Out of the Eve Ducan trillogy, Bonnie was my favorite. Especially, the way her story was "hopefully" ended.
    Iris Johansen will have a new book out in April titled, What Doesn't Kill You. She picks up three of the character's from earlier books, Catherine Ling, her tutor Hu Chang, and John Gallo. I enjoy the way she moves her character's from book to book.

    I'm reading Cat Telling Tales by Shirley Rousseau Murphey. I needed something light, after the Holidays

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