Getting to Know Your Fellow Cachers: What are you reading? Fiction

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Mr. Z here:

I thought this would be a good thread.

I'm reading Richard North Patterson's Degree of Guilt.

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Just finished Harlen Coben's "Long Lost" yesterday and it's about a low B. Myron Bolitar is the main character and I usually enjoy those, but this wasn't his best.

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I am a fan of *historical fiction* and a big fan of Sharon K. Penman (writes about King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aqiuitine and their brood).  Have read all her books but her mini series, which I can't quite get into yet, plus she is currently writing a book about King Richard (The Lionheart), which am looking foward to publication!!

While waiting for Penman to finish her book I have begun reading Anya Seaton's books, currently I am reading Katherine which is where I am beginning my journey through her writing and various journeys through the British Monarchy.

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I just finished the geocaching thriller..... Abomination by Colleen Coble The LGNE recommended. (I think it was LGNE, might not have been). Interesting read.

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I've been working on "Custer's Brother's Horse".  An excerpt from it was run in 'Texas Monthly' and it sounded pretty interesting.  The book has been a bit of a disappointment. :P  I will probably finish it but don't know about recommending it. :-\

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Clive Cussler's "Valhalla Rising"  I Love Dirk Pitt

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I'm reading Beneath the Window: Early Ranch Life in the Big Bend Country.  It's not fiction, but still a good book.  It's Patricia Wilson Clothier's memoir from growing up in what is now Big Bend National Park.  It's a fascinating read, especially since while out on a hike out there in June, Mr. GT and I stumbled upon some of the old fence posts from the Wilson's sheep ranch.  After having seen and touched many of the places she writes about, I can picture all her stories playing out in my mind.

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Mrs. Zoot here:

I am trying to catch up on the past three or four months' of National Geographic magazines.  I have a book ready to pick up at the library: the third in the series of 11  Horatio Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester (one of my second graders recommended the series to me - I am truly amazed that these adult novels with their early 19th century naval terminology kept his attention).  I am about halfway through Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (recommended to me by my daughter, mightybruja) - something I have been reading off an on since May.  Also waiting for me at the library is Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (I highly recommend her book of essays Hide Tide in Tucson).

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I just finished the geocaching thriller..... Abomination by Colleen Coble The LGNE recommended. (I think it was LGNE, might not have been). Interesting read.

  Darn it.  I've been plotting out a geocaching thriller in my head as well, all the good ideas get taken before I have the time to get to them!

Right now I am reading Terry Goodkind's Dragon's First Rule series.  I am on book 2, Stone of Tears.  Each book has been around 1000 pages so far but I go through the books prettty fast, since I can't seem to put it down.  It is about wizards and dragons and magic and things of fantasy nature, not what I usually read but the characters captivate me.  I enjoy historical fiction and pop philosophy books the best, I think.

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Mrs. Zoot here:

I am trying to catch up on the past three or four months' of National Geographic magazines.  I have a book ready to pick up at the library: the third in the series of 11  Horatio Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester (one of my second graders recommended the series to me - I am truly amazed that these adult novels with their early 19th century naval terminology kept his attention).  I am about halfway through Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (recommended to me by my daughter, mightybruja) - something I have been reading off an on since May.  Also waiting for me at the library is Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (I highly recommend her book of essays Hide Tide in Tucson).

She was the author of Poisonwood Bible.  An *Oprah* selection and a good one!

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Mrs. Zoot here:

I am trying to catch up on the past three or four months' of National Geographic magazines.  I have a book ready to pick up at the library: the third in the series of 11  Horatio Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester (one of my second graders recommended the series to me - I am truly amazed that these adult novels with their early 19th century naval terminology kept his attention).  I am about halfway through Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (recommended to me by my daughter, mightybruja) - something I have been reading off an on since May.  Also waiting for me at the library is Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (I highly recommend her book of essays Hide Tide in Tucson).

She was the author of Poisonwood Bible.  An *Oprah* selection and a good one!

I am reading another one of her books, Fire Dancer. So far, so good.

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I wish I could say I'd read a god novel recently.  However, today I have read several reports on the economy and the stock and bond markets that seemed to be pretty much just plain fiction. 

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Yesterday, I finished Cross Country; today I started on the latest Prey novel (John Sanford), Phantom Prey

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Enjoy that Sanford, any Lucas Davenport is a good read.

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Enjoy that Sanford, any Lucas Davenport is a good read.

I was introduced to Lucas a few years ago, in one of the books after he quit drinking.  When I found out it was a series, over the past years I have gone to used book stores searching them out, and now I've read them all.  It's one of the several series that I keep up-to-date  (that means I'll buy the new one in hardcover and not wait for the paperback).

Have you read Phantom Prey

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Nothing right now but I can't say enough about the last 2 I read:

For brevity, I'll just say AWESOME!!!

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I bought The Pillars of the Earth by Follett at our library's used bookstore and have it  on my "to read" pile...glad to hear it is a good read.

--Mrs. Zoot

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I also just finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Great epic tale set in 12th century England. O0

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I also just finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Great epic tale set in 12th century England. O0

World Without End is even BETTER and is set 300 years later. The decendants of Tom Builder and others are in it. People didn't move around much back then.

The books made me understand life within the feudal system wayyy better than any text book ever did. O0

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Thanks for the recommendation. I have it on the list. This caching stuff keeps intruding into my reading time.  :P

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I also just finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Great epic tale set in 12th century England. O0

World Without End is even BETTER and is set 300 years later. The decendants of Tom Builder and others are in it. People didn't move around much back then.

The books made me understand life within the feudal system wayyy better than any text book ever did. O0

Follett is underated with his ability to generate historical fiction.  Until World without end came out, Pillars of the Earth was one of my most favorite books, now they both are.  Lie Down with Lions also another great one.

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I'm a fan of Conn Iggulden, who wrote the Dangerous Book for Boys, but also has written a historical fiction series on Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan, both of which are excellent.

I've read only one Chuck Palahniuk novel, Choke, which was interesting in a very adult way.  Haven't seen the movie they made out of it.  Not sure he's quite right...

The stories to which Snoogans refers sound interesting.

Perhaps I'll give them a read after I finish my current book on Alexander the Great.

Also, I will miss Michael Creighton (RIP).  He was a master of the techno thriller.

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I bought The Pillars of the Earth by Follett at our library's used bookstore and have it  on my "to read" pile...glad to hear it is a good read.

--Mrs. Zoot

I give both books two thumbs up.  This is what started be down the path of historical fiction in England/Europe.  I was reading alot of Civil war historical fiction but when I read the two books by Follett, I have not been able to go back to Civil War books -- yet.

Anya Seaton's Katherine has turned out to be a great read.  Now it is time to read all of Anya Seatons books.

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Another historical fiction author I recommend is Edward Rutherfurd.  His books are long (900 to 1100 pages) but I find them very interesting.  He takes a location and tells a story of that place over centuries (example:  his book London begins in the days of the Roman Empire (54 BC) and ends in 1997.  The characters constantly change, but the setting is the same or rather, it evolves.  He wrote one called Sarum, another called Russka, and I seem to recall one called The Forest.

--Mrs. Zoot

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