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Jonny

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No not scary at all Hannah.

It's a beautifully put together study of the interaction between a group of characters. The setting is death row in a US prison in 1932. Masterful writing and, if you get the audiobook, one of the best narrating jobs you'll ever hear.
 

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Is it scary? I avoid Stephen King and most horrors because they scare me, and I like to sleep at night.
I'm exactly the same. But I DID love On Writing :)
Masterful writing and, if you get the audiobook, one of the best narrating jobs you'll ever hear.
I've ordered it thanks to the great reviews here from you and Rachel, thank you :)
 

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Pleasure. I was bowled over by it. It's great all the way to the end too.

I've finished :) Loved it until the end. I'd say, if anything, it has a fantastical element to it. Absolutely no horror @Hannah F. It's an interesting experiment he did too, the way he wrote it. You need to listen to the foreword and afterword to appreciate what he's done. Lovely characterisation, a bit of a puzzle too. Just brilliant!
 

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@Emily

That's hopeless. What's the matter with them?

I might be able to share mine with you. I think I can send just one book to a friend just once and you can read it buckshee. I've never done it before and there are a few conditions. Looks like I can only ever share one book with you ever and you can't have anyone else share a book with you on Audible. Like Evvvvurrr again either.

Also, I don't know if this is possible between territories but I could check? Let me know.
 

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Thank you so much Jonny, but I think someone shared a book with me on Audible one (more uncontrollable weeping) Ah, the feckers. Don't worry. I'll try find another brilliant book (I've a 5 hour round trip over the weekend and planned on being entertained by Mr. King... Ah well).
 
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@Jonny , o ye TechnoGod o_O GOT IT!!! (AND a new address and identity. I'm now Charlotte Stanley from Busbridge. I'm 53 years old, shorter by 2 inches and heavier than I used to be as Emily, but hey, you can't have it all, can you?)

(oh, and can I keep you on speed dial for all my daily techno issues??)

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Older, shorter (didn't think that was possible) and fatter... the book better be worth it :rolling-on-the-floor-laughing: :rolling-on-the-floor-laughing: :rolling-on-the-floor-laughing:

If you like animals, you'll love Mr Jangles :)

Finished Dune by Frank Herbert. Very cerebral (I had to listen or I don't think it would have held my interest, I didn't much care for the main character at the beginning). I questioned the author's interest in the drugged state, at times I thought he was in another world, lol! But what a world! Brilliant and wonderfully written. The movie is due out this year. I can't wait to see how screenwriters portray it.

Started Cinder by Melissa Meyers. A bit eerie to read in the middle of a pandemic (well, so far), but what an original way to portray a fairy tale! I'm listening to that too, I wasn't really interested in following the words.

I'm reading The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson.

(I'm catching up on some reading before I dive back into writing)
 
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Finished Cinder. There aren't many trilogies these days (I used to read them religiously) that entice me enough to read the second book in the series, but I'm off to buy the second book now. What a retelling! What an imagination!
 
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I've been reading the Chronicles of Elantra series by Michelle Sagara. I'm quite enjoying them, though I suspect I'll grow weary of the slow pace of the overarching plot through the course of the gazillion books in the series. Great characters, though it can be very difficult to know which one of them is speaking--the author uses almost no dialogue tags, nor does the book follow the convention of a new paragraph for every change of speaker (which could be a function of a poorly formatted e-book--wouldn't be the first time I've read a shockingly poorly formatted trad pub e-book).
 
Michael Dobbs - The Lords Day. I saw 'House of Cards' on the TV before I read the book which was a wonderful portrait of venal, murderous politicians. I still remember the reporter's name, Mattie. I associate her with Mattie Groves in the old English folksong which Fairport Convention brought to my notice. Sad endings. Anyway, back to The Lords Day.

POSSISBLE SPOILER WANRING. If you write thrillers set in the present day, then it can be hard to judge how much of a real-life character you can use in the plot. Dobbs doesn' hesitate. He has QE II and her heir locked in the House of Lords with terrorists. And there's a discussion about toilet facilities. I wouldn't have the nerve!
 
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--I thought they were fabulous.

Oh, you're so right, I'm already up to Cress. I'm living on little sleep, I just can't stop reading. I can pick major twists and I'm not a fan of continually shifting viewpoints, but I don't care, the story is so good. I think Captain Thorne is my favourite character.

On a funny note, my daughter (who reads even faster than me) was trying to convince my 15 year old son to read the latest Sarah Maas book (she's loving her books, which tells me how well Maas has written to market, as my daughter is 17). He reads dragons and boy things. She'd have better luck catching a leprecorn's fart!
 

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My son read the Maas books and presumably liked them, but then he devoured books at that age, no matter what they were about.

I have to say I never got into her books. Read the first, thought it was fine, but didn't need to read more. LOL! But then I am four decades older than her target market...