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Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
« Reply #125 on: April 21, 2009, 07:23:47 am »

There are several sects of the Evangelical Morman church.  The LeBaron family settled largely in Mexico.  If you want to know more about that particular branch, google Ervin LeBaron.  That is a terrifying story.

It really is terrifying. One thing I felt about Shattered Dreams was that half the story was missing -- and I think half the story was missing because Irene Spencer didn't have the full scoop and what her husband and his brothers were up to. That's another scary part of the whole FLDS culture -- the women are kept in the dark about what is going on. Although it is a cliche, it's true: they are really barefoot and pregnant. It is frightening to think this is going on in the US in 2009 but it is -- and witnessing the botched raid on the YFZ ranch, the authorities seem powerless to stop it.

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #126 on: April 21, 2009, 07:47:56 am »
    While I am in agreement with the tone of the posts made thusfar, I would suggest that further comment on the religion rather than the content of the books (thin line there, huh?) should be made in a new thread - not continued in this one??????
    Just sayin......

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #127 on: April 21, 2009, 07:52:47 am »
    While I am in agreement with the tone of the posts made thusfar, I would suggest that further comment on the religion rather than the content of the books (thin line there, huh?) should be made in a new thread - not continued in this one??????
    Just sayin......

    Good point. Thanks.

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #128 on: April 21, 2009, 07:55:48 am »
    Not sure if this one has made anyone's list, but The Warded Man is the best book that I've come across in a long time and this dark Fantasy novel (1st in a trilogy, I believe) is very welcome after my recent diet of mediocre contemporary Fantasy. 
    The Warded Man

    On the basis of your recommendation {and, of course, a sample} I downloaded and read this and enjoyed it very much. The only bad thing about it is that I want to read more, and, so far, there isn't any more!

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #129 on: April 22, 2009, 08:03:04 am »
    I just finished Mighty Hammer Down by David Guyton.
    I can recommend the book, and if it is a first effort then it is pretty good.
    While I enjoyed the premise and the writing was not bad, it could have been better.
    I am reminded of Jacqueline Carey's "The Sundering" which had some similar themes and was outstanding.  Anyway not a bad read.



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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #130 on: April 22, 2009, 12:36:03 pm »
    I have tried Mighty Hammer Down and got about half way through it, and just put it down.  There are too many other books I have to read to continue with this one, at this time.  Just my opinion, lots of other folks love it, I didn't.  I am sure I'll try again some day.
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    « Reply #131 on: April 22, 2009, 04:27:03 pm »
    I have tried Mighty Hammer Down and got about half way through it, and just put it down.  There are too many other books I have to read to continue with this one, at this time.  Just my opinion, lots of other folks love it, I didn't.  I am sure I'll try again some day.

    I put it aside for a while, too.  The prologue had too many "hes" with no identifiers and I had a hard time following the action.  I'm sure it gets better, but I think I'll keep it for a summer read. 


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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #132 on: April 22, 2009, 04:35:45 pm »
    Yeah, Gertie and Anju, I agree with both of you.  The start is real hard to plow through.
    While it does get better by the end, some of that is because I finally had spent enough time to have some investment in the characters.
    But I never really liked any of them.  Not Rommus even.  Nor his father.  Guess I kinda liked Volt.
    Anyway it is over, on to better things.  The first two pages of In Her Name were better than this entire book.

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #133 on: April 22, 2009, 06:04:04 pm »
    You are a good, patient man, Geoff. I give up on books that don't capture me. That said, this book did capture me!



    I am planning on writing a review for Amazon but still gathering my thoughts. But I'll give you guys a sneak preview: 5 stars, highly recommended. Set against a backdrop of war, lots of action, betrayal, heartbreak, a haunting ending. A definite keeper for my bookshelf.

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #134 on: April 23, 2009, 07:16:43 am »
    Here's my suggestion for hours of reading pleasure. Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. WOW, FOLKS. Few books have blown me away like this one! Did I say ONE. There are FIVE of them, all on the Kindle, and in my NOT SO HUMBLE OPINION, if you haven't started reading this series, you're missing out. And wait, it gets better! The first book - HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON is current FREE for the Kindle.



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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #135 on: April 23, 2009, 08:13:42 am »
    I've been raving about this book for a few weeks so I decided to put my money where my mouth is. You can read a review here:

    http://speakitsname.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/review-paper-moon-by-marion-husband/

    and here is a link to buy the book:



    Enjoy! At the review site, please consider leaving a comment...

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #136 on: April 23, 2009, 05:54:17 pm »
    I have tried Mighty Hammer Down and got about half way through it, and just put it down.  There are too many other books I have to read to continue with this one, at this time.  Just my opinion, lots of other folks love it, I didn't.  I am sure I'll try again some day.

    Okay, I know we all are entitled to our opinions and have every right to say whether we like or dislike something, but I'm confused by the above comment.


    A few weeks ago, you mentioned that you liked Mighty Hammer Down. I quote:

    I'm about half way through this book, and I don't do very good reviews, but will try when I finish it - probably in the wee hours of the night tonight  :o

    It is very good, a 5 star, as entertaining to read as our other authors on the KBs that I think are so terrific!  Al, Jeff now David - keep on writing guys. oh yes, Mike (he kept me up until 2 am to finish! reading that is)

    Put this at the top of your TBRs!!!

    Since I read Mighty Hammer Down and gave it a positive review, it's no secret that I am a fan of this book. But I'm just curious and would love to know what happened between your last post and the one on the author's thread that made you take such a negative view of MHD.
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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #137 on: April 23, 2009, 06:45:17 pm »
    Actually it has been awhile since I quit reading it, think maybe it probably got to repetitious or confusing but it still sitting there half read.  The first part apparently got me, but then nothing.  OK after my "required" reading of the Voyager, I'll start with this one over again and won't say a word  :-X until I actually finish it, and won't read anything else until I finish it.  Fair enough?
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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #138 on: April 23, 2009, 06:56:55 pm »
    Anju,

    Thanks for letting me know the situation. We are all readers here and there is no crime in having a dissenting opinion. In fact, that's part of the fun! I find it very intriguing to know what others think about the books I've read. Your opinion is as valid as anyone else. I just wanted to understand exactly what it was about MHD that bothered you.

    Again thanks for letting me know.

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    « Reply #139 on: April 24, 2009, 07:22:21 am »
    I loved The Ark by Boyd Morrison (sorry can't do the link), and only $1.59.  I learned of it through BK.  Also, he is on this forum and is doing a chat tomorrow.  The book is terrific!!  A Real action thriller.

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    « Reply #140 on: April 24, 2009, 09:05:39 am »
    Great book! Just wait until you get to The Palmyra Impact.

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #141 on: April 24, 2009, 12:59:06 pm »
    Great book! Just wait until you get to The Palmyra Impact.



    LDB I know it has been mentioned before, but feeling too lazy to slog through all the threads to find, but which of his books do you recommend first?  I can't read it until I finish Mighty Hammer Down and Gertie's assignment and Al's assignment, but do want to get started on Boyd;s stuff.
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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #142 on: April 24, 2009, 01:16:48 pm »
    LDB I know it has been mentioned before, but feeling too lazy to slog through all the threads to find, but which of his books do you recommend first?  I can't read it until I finish Mighty Hammer Down and Gertie's assignment and Al's assignment, but do want to get started on Boyd;s stuff.
    I'm not LDB but I really liked The Ark. I've only read two...the other being The Palmyra Impact which was exciting but emotional at the same time.

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    « Reply #143 on: April 24, 2009, 01:38:49 pm »
    In order they are, The Adamas Blueprint, The Ark, and The Palmyra Impact. I read them in order but they are stand alone so you can read them in whatever order you choose. I will say it seems that his writing improves as you go through the books, starting at really good in Adamas and improving from there.
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    « Reply #144 on: April 24, 2009, 01:53:40 pm »
    Thank you chynared21 and LDB  :)
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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #145 on: April 25, 2009, 04:40:26 am »
    Hi everyone,

    I really enjoyed Transgressions by Erastes and took the time to write a review. You can read it here: http://tinyurl.com/dnzrx2

    And here's a link to buy the book or download a sample, if you are so inclined:



    Enjoy!

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    « Reply #146 on: April 27, 2009, 10:18:47 am »
    I haven't read this, but today is Samuel F. B. Morse's birthday.  In his honor, Google has a special webpage (iGoogle version shown below, if you click it will take you to the regular Google view)
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    If you click on the "Google in Morse code" on the page itself, it will take you to a Google search on Morse.

    There's a book about Morse for the Kindle which looks pretty good.


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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #147 on: April 27, 2009, 06:59:39 pm »



    I recently read this book about Morse, and it was excellent!

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #148 on: April 27, 2009, 07:13:12 pm »
    I love Erik Larson's books!  But I think that one's about Marconi?  A good pairing though!

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    Re: Books Recommended by our Members - April 2009
    « Reply #149 on: April 27, 2009, 08:28:36 pm »
    I was just reading on my bed with my cat on my lap when my brain exploded with the knowledge that I was thinking "Morse" when I meant "Marconi." You are so right, Betsy, and you beat me to my correction - but I really did think of it before I saw your reply! Really truly!

    I stlll recommend the book, and also (and especially) The Devil in the White City, also by Erik Larson. Loved that book!

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