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Anything Else Amazon / Re: Is your Amazon login secure?
« on: August 08, 2014, 05:59:45 pm »
I started using a password management program a few months ago.  I went with Dashlane.  I like it.  It automatically generates very strong, unique passwords for each site and you never have to remember them.  You only have to remember one master password.  And it's easy to change all your passwords in a situation like this one.

The new season snuck up on me and I just got caught up.  Blown away by last night's winner.  My husband was watching (he usually doesn't) and when the top two went into the designer's lounge I told him "Watch all the designers faces when they see that Sandhya won."  Priceless.  I haven't liked her designs at all but I like her and the fact that the other designers are appalled that she keeps winning is very entertaining.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: your best marriage advice
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:46:35 am »
For sheer day-to-day living, I'm going to have to go with:

1) the ability to record one TV show while watching another, and

2) cordless headphones

In the grand scheme of things, truly being best friends is a must.

The Book Corner / Re: Is Anyone a PNR or UF Fan?
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:49:24 am »
I did finish

so I only have one more published to go and be caught up. I was trying to slow it down, but eventually I am going to catch up. I found it interesting that the author note is talking about how the german wasn't great in the first 2 books and then a german couple contacted her and saying so and now they do the translations.
I'd like everyone to say Zee's name 3 times real fast.  :P

I loved the book, but throughout I just kept thinking, where is everyone. I mean all this stuff happening and that characters duplex/house, that characters apartment and no descriptions of crowds, you know, nosy people that are usually everywhere.  8)

I just finished #5 in this series, Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson) last night.  I have been trying to go through them slowly so I don't catch up to the most current one too quickly.  This is one of my very favorite UF series, right up there with The Dresden Files, The Iron Druid series and the Kate Daniels series.

$65.22 for me.  That's was more than I expected and I'm happy to have it.

I DVR'd it Sunday as usual planning to watch it this week.  Then yesterday I turned the computer on and scrolled headlines and saw the news.  Worst. Spoiler. Ever.  Even watching it though, I couldn't see how it was going to happen.  I thought they did a brilliant job with the entire episode.  Makes me excited about the rest of the season.

I'm listening to The Martian. Good narration and a really compelling story.

The Book Corner / Re: Discuss - Series books and the final installment
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:44:32 pm »
I don't think I have ever been more disappointed in a book than I was in Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series.  I was disappointed in Mockingjay too, but to a much lesser extent.  In both cases, I did not go into the books with any particular expectations of how the series would end; I was ready for whatever wonderful thing the author had to tell me.  What disappointed me was that in both cases I felt the main characters acted very much against the way they had been portrayed to that point and in the case of Allegiant, the whole plot simply fell apart.  Both of these books felt like they were rushed and the authors were just trying to ride the wave of popularity of the previous books.

The Book Corner / Re: Is Anyone a PNR or UF Fan?
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:48:22 am »
All four books in the Stacy Justice series are available for $1.99 each as part of the Kindle Daily Deal today:


It's a cute, fun series, nothing deep.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: All things SHERLOCK - Series 3 coming soon
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:11:03 am »
I thought episode 3 was great. The villain couldn't have been any creepier.  Three episodes just isn't enough!

I'm fine with skipping the month.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: All things SHERLOCK - Series 3 coming soon
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:31:01 pm »
I absolutely loved episode two.
It was funny, but dramatic. Interesting, with lots of twists and turns...  Just great TV.

I totally agree.

I listening to Swan Song

It's a post-nuclear-apocalypse story published in 1987.  I'm about 5 hours in and the northern hemisphere has just gone up in a series of mushroom clouds.  It's over 34 hours long so I'm just getting started.

I'm in again, same info as usual.

drenfrow, I finished Later, at the Bar. It was a different experience. The format was different but I got used to it pretty quick.  And I liked the story, though the lyrics to Eleanor Rigby kept coming to mind as I read.

Glad you liked it.  It wasn't my usual type of read either. (And I now have Eleanor Rigby stuck in my head as I start my day. ;))

The Book Corner / Re: Is Anyone a PNR or UF Fan?
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:27:26 pm »
I just finished the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter.  The first episode, A Hidden Fire is available free and the following three are very reasonably priced.     

I actually didn't plan on reading this series (UF) at this time, but I happened to see a recommendation for it while browsing on Amazon, remembered that I had the first book already,  and so off I started not really knowing anything about the storyline.  It was a pleasure just letting things unfold, which is why I won't write anything about the plot here other than to say that I was sucked into the story and loved reading about the characters in all four episodes.  Four stars. 

Excellent recommendation! I just finished the first book and am looking forward to the rest of the series.  Thanks for posting--I had never heard of this series.

Yeahhhh!!!   My absolute favorite book by her is The Gate to Women's Country  It's a post-apocalyptic, dystopian, feminist novel set in a set of city-states where women live in the city, men live outside the walls with the army and the two are kept fairly separate.  I read it for the first time as a teen and I've bought the paperback maybe 10 times because I keep giving it to people to read.

I clicked on it and saw that I actually bought it last spring.  I just added it to my short TBR list.

drenfrow, I'm about 1/2 way through Later, at the bar. It threw me at first, now I'm really liking it. 2 more library books just came up though so this one is on hold for the next few days. I moved some books back on my holds list so I could get back to this one. I'm actually looking forward to it (said with surprise).

I think that's how I was with it too, it kind of snuck up on me.  As you read a few of the stories and they start to interconnect, it becomes more interesting.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Best teacher response to smart-allecky kid ever
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:27:37 pm »
That's funny! (says a science teacher) :D

Geoffrey, I finished The Fresco and absolutely loved it.  I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.  I was completely taken with the character of Benita and the ideas in the book really resonated with me.  Thank you so much for turning me on to her, I am looking forward to reading more of her books.

I've been a bit under the weather and unable to post, but I finally finished Artifacts and found it very entertaining. Thanks Donna.

I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Jeff.  Hope you're feeling better.

Imalbs, here are my picks for you:

This is a quick read.  It's a charming story about a romance between two books. It's also loanable so I can loan it to you if you'd like.

This is a novel told in a series of interrelated short stories.  I am not usually much of a fan of short stories but I really enjoyed this book.

I have some other ideas so let me know if neither of these sound good.

Geoffrey, I almost picked The Pornographer Diaries (and I might read it later) but I decided to go with The Fresco.  I have seen Tepper's name in several discussions but have never read anything of hers.  With my huge TBR backlog, I may never get to her so I am going to take this opportunity.

The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Reads of 2013
« on: January 02, 2014, 08:10:04 am »
My top 3 reads were:

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth (still trying to finish the 3rd - not nearly as good in my opinion)

I absolutely loved Divergent and Insurgent but sadly Allegiant was my most disappointing read of 2013.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Your "Awww" moment - our new puppy
« on: December 31, 2013, 07:49:05 pm »
Definitely an awww! What a great way to start the new year.

The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Reads of 2013
« on: December 31, 2013, 04:21:18 pm »
I've never tried audio books but this sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to check it out.

And I'm not even a fan of zombie books!

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