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    Wool by Hugh Howey. I waited forever for my library copy. It's the kind of book I should love but I just kind of think it's ok. I really like the premise and it's a genre I generally enjoy, but I find the writing is a little sludgy when there's not much dialogue.
    Aw, I was hoping you'd like this one. By the third book I was addicted. He did go on at length about mechanical things, but I was so into the characters I could overlook it.

    I finally finished King's Under the Dome. What a monster. I have to say it didn't grab me right away, but by the second half I didn't want to put it down. There was a whole lot of human ugliness - only a handful of characters were remotely likable. I don't know how well it will translate into a TV series (especially network), but I'll check it out anyway.
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    Interesting. The plot sounds a little similar to the Stephen King novella Apt Pupil (though without the serial killing, I imagine).
    While the Nazi in The Storyteller is a (retired) teacher, and the Nazi in Apt Pupil is a teacher, that's where the similarity ends. In The Storyteller, Josef longs for redemption after spending over 50 years in a small New Hampshire town where he had become a beloved citizen, and wants the young woman to help him with assisted suicide, since she is part Jewish and her grandmother is a concentration camp survivor. It's a story focused on themes of love and friendship, forgiveness and justice, and what really matters in life, as much as the horror of the Holocaust.

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    Just got an e-galley of Jamie Ford's new one, Songs of Willow Frost. I love his Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, so I'm eager to get into this one. I'm only one chapter in, but I think I'm already hooked!

    Here's a blurb that will probably be on the back cover:
    From Jamie Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

    Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

    Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

    Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, Songs of Willow Frost takes readers on an emotional journey of discovery. Jamie Ford’s sweeping novel will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.
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    I have just finished Dead In The Water edited by Violette Malan. A very good read for mystery lovers.
    Dead in the water : an anthology of Canadian crime fiction (Book, 2006) [WorldCat.org]

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    I'm reading 'The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire' by Jack Weatherford. Very good read and interesting about how Genghis Khan created his empire by entrusting his daughters to run different kingdoms. Recommended!
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    I just finished Peter Mayle's Chasing Cezanne for my book club. A fun, light romp about art theft. I haven't read any Mayle in many years. I forgot how much I enjoy his writing style.

    Now I'm reading The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon. It's historical fiction about the unsolved disappearance of a judge in 1930's NYC. The story is told as seen through the eyes of the women who know him best: his wife, his maid and his mistress. I hadn't planned on reading it so soon (it just came in the mail), but I grabbed my mail on the way out on a round of errands and needed something to read while waiting in a line. So far, I'm enjoying it but I'm looking forward to really getting into the "meat" of the story.
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    Just finished The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay. I always say I don't care for historical fiction but I seem to be reading a fair bit of it lately. This is set in 1870's New York (which I have to confess is a period I love, all that Tammany Hall corruption) and focuses on a street child named Moth, who is drawn into a life of prostitution after she escapes being sold into servitude by her mother. I almost loved this book, but the ending was a bit too rushed for my liking. Still, Moth is an endearing character and it's definitely worth a read (though I don't like the footnote-like sidebars - it's kind of like those awful kid's movies on the Disney channel with "pop-ups" giving details about a particular scene or the actor).
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    Finished the three books in Hugh Howey's Shift series, a prequel to Wool. Well done and thought provoking, I enjoyed learning what led up to the building of the silos. I can't wait for the final installation in the series to come out later this year, Dust.
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    Re: What are you reading?

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    I finally finished King's Under the Dome. What a monster. I have to say it didn't grab me right away, but by the second half I didn't want to put it down. There was a whole lot of human ugliness - only a handful of characters were remotely likable. I don't know how well it will translate into a TV series (especially network), but I'll check it out anyway.
    I just started to listen to the audio as I just can't sit and read that many pages, but audio is more doable (its in two parts at the library, so that makes it not so overwhelming.). So far, I am enjoying it.
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    I think I'm somewhere near the middle. It's a slow slog for me because of the gross horror element, but I'm determined to finish before the mini-series airs at the end of the month. I'm trying to figure out how they will get all the nuanced stuff in, including King's one line narrations such as..."They haven't been found, yet."
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