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Friday, October 4th, 2013
11:59 am
[russkii_krest]
"Куда идут русские?" Новая книга автора нашумевшего романа "Русский крест" - Александра Лапина.
Русский человек в России. Правда и вымысел.

4-го ноября 2013 года, при поддержке крупного московского издательства «Вече», выйдет в свет новая книга известного журналиста, писателя и общественного деятеля Александра Лапина  - «Куда идут русские?», в которой автор дает ответы на самые острые и злободневные вопросы, волнующие отечественного читателя уже не один десяток лет.

«Куда идут русские?» - это сборник публицистических статей, объединенных одной, необыкновенно важной и актуальной темой, которая касается всех жителей нашей необъятной страны – темой прошлого, настоящего и будущего русского человека. Кто мы, жители российского государства? Соответствуем ли мы тем представлениям, которые складывались о нас на протяжении веков в других странах? И объективно ли мы оцениваем те исторические события, которые кардинально изменили ход истории и преобразили облик русского государства?

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
3:13 pm
[emiliandro]
Презентация серии книг Татьяны Романовой «Зеркало судьбы» в Московском Доме книги на Новом Арбате.
Захватывающие исторические романы, которые выходят из под пера Татьяны Романовой, можно объединить одной фразой - "История - женского рода".

Мы приглашаем вас на презентацию новой серии книг талантливой писательницы, которая состоится 27 сентября в Московском Доме книги на Новом Арбате. Гости мероприятия попадут в атмосферу изысканного суаре 19 века, хозяйкой которого станет автор романов. Вы сможете почувствовать себя участниками настоящего салона XIX века - ведь среди приглашенных будут даже гусары в мундирах и с саблями! Однако "изюминкой" программы обещает стать беспроигрышная лотерея, благодаря которой ни один гость не уйдет без подарка! Призы будут вручены победителям сразу, в рамках нашей литературной встречи!

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013
6:19 pm
[emiliandro]
Презентация трилогии Татьяны Романовой «Зеркало судьбы» на ВВЦ.
Захватывающие исторические романы, которые выходят из под пера Татьяны Романовой, можно было бы объединить одной фразой - "История - женского рода".

Мы приглашаем вас на презентацию новой серии книг талантливой писательницы, которая состоится 5 сентября в 11.00, в рамках Московской международной книжной выставки-ярмарки на ВВЦ. Гостей мероприятия ждет насыщенная программа настоящего суаре 19 века, хозяйкой которого станет автор романов. Окунуться в атмосферу книг Татьяны Романовой помогут исполнители русских романсов и галантные гусары, праздничное угощение и предсказание судьбы от настоящей гадалки, фотосессия в исторических костюмах и беспроигрышная лотерея. Каждый гость уйдет домой с подарком и хорошим настроением.


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Friday, August 23rd, 2013
4:12 pm
[emiliandro]
Вышла в печать третья книга романа “Русский крест” – “Благие пожелания”!
Уважаемые участники сообщества - писатели, читатели и все, кому интересна современная литература! Я хотел бы поделиться с вами информацией о выходе в свет очередной, третьей по счету книги романа Александра Лапина "Русский крест"!

Пятитомный роман "Русский крест", написанный известным писателем и журналистом Александром Лапиным - это "сага о поколении", о тех, чья юность совпала с безмятежным периодом застоя, и на кого в 90-е пришелся основной удар, потребовавший "выбора пути", "перекройки" мировоззрения, создания новой картины мира. Интимный дневник, охватывающий масштабный период конца XX - начала XXI века, раскрывает перипетии и повороты судеб нескольких школьных друзей в контексте вершившихся исторических событий. Первые две книги романа, "Утерянный рай" (http://russkii-krest.livejournal.com/1443.html) и "Непуганое поколение" (http://russkii-krest.livejournal.com/10176.html) повествуют о детстве и молодости главных героев, Саши Дубравина и его товарищей. Автор с необыкновенной тщательностью вырисовывает перед читателем психологический портрет каждого из своих персонажей, обнажает мотивы их поступков, описывает первый опыт любви и дружбы, опыт принятия первых самостоятельных решений - он как бы готовит главных героев романа к глобальным переменам, с которыми предстоит столкнуться стране на закате 80-х. Именно на это роковое время выпадает сюжет третьей по счету книги - "Благие пожелания"!

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
12:36 am
[emiliandro]
"Утерянный рай" - сага о последнем советском поколении.

Всем доброго времени суток!

На днях принял участие в мероприятии, проходившем в Московском Доме Книги - там состоялась встреча Александра Лапина, автора книги "Русский крест", с читателями. Я давно был наслышан об этой книге - тем более, ее тема (автобиографическая история о жизни в эпоху СССР и годы Перестройки) мне очень близка.


"Утерянный рай" - это первая часть внушительного пятитомного романа, о которой я и хочу вам рассказать.


Книга была выпущена совсем недавно, в марте 2013 года, издательством "Вече".


Вот обложка:




"Утерянный рай" - сага о последнем советском поколении.В центре повествования - юный герой Сашка Дубравин, который воплощает в себе, в какой-то степени, собирательный образ советского мальчика, чья жизнь состоит из ежедневных занятий в школе, общения с друзьями и, конечно же, размышлений о самом себе, о своем месте в этом мире.


Вкратце опишу сюжет, который показался мне очень интересным (прошу прощения за несколько литературный слог):



Северный Казахстан – именно там начинают развиваться события в романе. Избрав для себя традиционную манеру повествования, автор выстраивает свой сюжет с позиции наблюдателя, позволяя читателю изучить внутренний мир своего героя. Мы видим, что Сашка – мальчик непростой, и его взросление протекает быстрее, чем у других. Желание разобраться в своих чувствах и мыслях, тяга к самосовершенствованию и улучшению окружающего мира – все это волнует его душу. Стараясь наполнить свою жизнь неким символичным смыслом, он со своими товарищами Андреем Франком, Толиком Казаковым, Амантаем Турекуловым и Вовулей Озеровым даже заключили клятву, подобную той, которую заключали между собой мушкетеры в идеализированную эпоху «пылких сердец» и «бесстрашных подвигов». Но вот приходит первая влюбленность, а в этот момент, как известно, детство уступает свои права юности…



Герои романа постепенно взрослеют, выстраивают сложные и глубокие отношения друг с другом, возникают взаимные симпатии между ними и их избранницами, которые, в конечном итоге, перерастают в сильные чувства. Тема любви, столь важная в жизни каждого из нас, красной нитью проходит через книгу А.Лапина, и на ее фоне из зерен детских мечтаний и надежд вырастают целые судьбы людей, которые в какой-то момент все как один оказываются перед лицом серьезных перемен, охвативших страну в начале 90-х.



На примере жизни Сашки Дубравина, простого сельского паренька, и его друзей, Александр Лапин вырисовывает жизнь целого поколения – поколения перестройки, к которому может себя отнести в той или иной степени каждый из нас. И если в современной отечественной прозе последних лет в центре повествования, как правило, находились известные исторические и псевдоисторические личности, герои и антигерои, которые своими яркими именами могли обеспечить авторам интерес читателей, то роман А.Лапина – лучшее доказательство того, что история жизни простого человека «из народа» может быть куда более захватывающей и поучительной, чем красиво оформленная биография.


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Также следует упомянуть о проекте "Дневник поколения", старт которого был спровоцирован выходом первой книги романа "Русский крест". Проект представляет собой форум-воспоминаний, в котором каждый может поделиться своей историей из жизни. Цель проекта - реконструировать время заката эпохи СССР и годы Перестройки, основываясь на воспоминаниях наших современников.


Поучаствовать в проекте и стать одним из авторов Альманаха вы можете, посетив официальные группы "Дневника поколения" в социальных сетях:


http://vk.com/dnevnik_pokolenia

https://www.facebook.com/DnevnikPokolenia



Спасибо за внимание!

Monday, May 31st, 2010
8:00 pm
[make_meabird]
Book 30: Dead in the Family
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Dead in the Family (Southern Vampire Series #10)
Charlaine Harris
Fiction; fantasy; mystery, paranormal romance
311 pages
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The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)'s True Blood-continues! After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

I liked this book ok, but it really wasn't as good as most of the others in the series. Behind the cut are the things I liked and disliked about the book. They are considered spoilery, so be warned...
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Overall, it was a good read, just not a great one. I will still give it 4 stars, because I love this series so much!

***Next read: I just started reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.
Saturday, May 1st, 2010
9:43 am
[make_meabird]
Books read in April 2010
20. From Dead to Worse, Sookie Stackhouse Book #8 by Charlaine Harris (my review)
21. Cane River by Lalita Tademy (my review)
22. Grave Surprise, Harper Connelly Mysteries #2 by Charlaine Harris (my review)
23. Dead & Gone, Sookie Stackhouse Book #9 by Charlaine Harris (my review)
24. Blood Rites, The Dresden Files #6 by Jim Butcher (my review)
25. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (my review)
26. Red River by Lalita Tademy (my review)
27. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (my review)



*Best read of the month: I would have to say my favorite read this month was Cane River. It was our April book club read and I am glad that we picked it. I honestly would have probably never read it if it was not picked. Shutter Island was a VERY close second!

*Worst read of the month: Definitely If I Stay. It was overhyped and just not a great read.
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
8:14 pm
[make_meabird]
Book 27: If I Stay
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If I Stay
Gayle Forman
YA fiction; romance
230 pages
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The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state ("Am I dead?I actually have to ask myself this"), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold's adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: "Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school," prays Mia's friend Kim. "I know you'd hate that kind of thing." Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living.

This book wasn't a total disaster, but huh? I don't understand all of the type. I hate to say it because of what happens with her family in the book, but Mia's parents really are quite annoying, They try too hard to be "hip" and "cool", and to me it really doesn't work well in the story. I found the flashbacks to be a bit dull, and honestly a lot of it seemed repetitive, in my opinion. I did, however, like Mia and she is the reason I didn't give the book just one star. Also, the ending redeemed some of the book for me as well.

***Next read: I am actually not sure yet. It depends on my book club pick tomorrow night. (I'm voting for Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. It also depends on what book is picked in mdsbookclub. ;)
Monday, April 26th, 2010
10:26 pm
[make_meabird]
Book 26: Red River
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Red River
Lalita Tademy
Fiction
420 pages
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They are men whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions of emancipation through the turbulent years of Reconstruction. Portraying the lives of the families who dwell in The Bottom, a poor settlement just down Red River from Colfax, Louisiana, Tademy begins her story with a heart-wrenching battle for the Colfax courthouse. Newly freed men are fighting for their liberties, hoping the federal government will come to their aid. As tensions rise, a massacre ensues, and proud families are left to deal with the wreckage and find the strength to push on. Drawn from both historic fact and the author's own family history, Tademy brings to life a historical human drama left untold--until now.

I actually would give this book 3.5 stars, but that isn't an option on here or on goodreads, so I rounded it up. I really enjoy reading about this family's life during such a difficult time in African American history. However, I think I preferred Cane River to Red River. I found the stories of the women more interesting than the backstories of the men's lives. That being said, if you have read and enjoyed Cane River, then I suggest checking out this book as well.

***Next read: I am now reading Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera Series #1) by Jim Butcher.
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
9:13 pm
[make_meabird]
Book 25: Shutter Island
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Shutter Island
Dennis Lehane
Fiction; mystery; thriller
369 pages
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Summer, 1954.
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels comes to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.
But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.
Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry; an approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing ...
Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there?
As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount. The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they my never leave Shutter Island.
Because someone is trying to drive them insane ...

WHOA. This book is AMAZING! It is one of the best thriller books I have ever read. I thought I knew what was going to happen, and several times, I tried to guess the ending, but I didn't predict what happened. I cannot say much, because I do not want to spoil this book for anyone who wishes to read it or see the movie. (Speaking of...is the ending of the book and the movie the same...I am curious!) Anyways, I HIGHLY recommend that everyone read the book. I cannot wait to see the movie!

***Next read: I am reading Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich and am about to start reading Red River by Lalita Tademy.
Saturday, April 17th, 2010
10:06 am
[make_meabird]
Book 23: Dead and Gone
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Dead and Gone
Charlaine Harris
Fiction; mystery; paranormal romance; series
289 pages
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For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…
But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.
But what she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…

Wow! This is now one of my favorite books in the series!
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I cannot wait for Dead in the Family!!!!!
***Next read: I have started reading Blood Rites, which is the sixth book in the Dresden Files series.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
11:44 am
[make_meabird]
Book 22: Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book #2)
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Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book #2)
Fiction; mystery; series
295 pages
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At the start of Harris's winning second supernatural caper to feature Harper Connelly (after 2005's Grave Sight), a skeptical anthropology professor, Clyde Nunley, tests Harper's gift of clairvoyance in a historic Memphis cemetery, where Harper correctly senses a fresh corpse in the wrong grave. Strangely, the body turns out to be a missing 12-year-old girl, Tabitha Morgenstern, whom Harper failed to locate in Nashville on a case two years earlier. The hotel suite of Harper and her manager and stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, both of whom fall under suspicion, becomes a magnet for a medley of amusing characters, including Memphis cops, Tabitha's assorted relatives and a drunken Clyde Nunley, who, shortly after accusing Harper of fraud, is found dead in the same grave as Tabitha. Peppered with the author's trademark deadpan wit, this book should help make Harper and Tolliver as popular as Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of Harris's vampire mystery series.

I really liked this book. I felt that the storyline was better than Grave Sight. I have to admit that I think I like Tolliver more than Harper. She is just not a likable character, but I think that is why I like this series. Most of the time it seems like the main characters in a book series are really likable, so Harper is a unique character, in my opinion. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series, and I hope that Harris is writing more as we speak!

**Next Read: I just started reading Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris.
Friday, April 9th, 2010
11:10 pm
[dreamlesssleep]
Rec needed
So I need some help.


If you have a friend, and said friend likes to wallow in self-pity (I'll never find a girl, I'll never find a job, I'll never have money, etc. but I'll never take any action to change these things or make even the tiniest concession that would make any of these things not totally impossible!!!) what book would you recommend to inspire them?

And I don't mean self-help. Non-fiction is okay but not conventional self-help because like I said, he doesn't want to take any sort of action. So it's got to be the kind of thing you like to read when you're bummed out and when you finish you just want to go out and live life.

So now that I've delivered up that oh so simple request ;) any help appreciated! (apologies for any xposting)
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
11:42 am
[make_meabird]
Book 21: Cane River
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Cane River
Lalita Tademy
Fiction
536 pages
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Lalita Tademy's riveting family saga chronicles four generations of women born into slavery along the Cane River in Louisiana. It is also a tale about the blurring of racial boundaries: great-grandmother Elisabeth notices an unmistakable "bleaching of the line" as first her daughter Suzette, then her granddaughter Philomene, and finally her great-granddaughter Emily choose (or are forcibly persuaded) to bear the illegitimate offspring of the area's white French planters. In many cases these children are loved by their fathers, and their paternity is widely acknowledged. However, neither state law nor local custom allows them to inherit wealth or property, a fact that gives Cane River much of its narrative drive.
The author makes it clear exactly where these prohibitions came from. Plantation society was rigidly hierarchical, after all, particularly on the heels of the Civil War and the economic hardships that came with Reconstruction. The only permissible path upward for hard-working, ambitious African Americans was indirect. A meteoric rise, or too obvious an appearance of prosperity, would be swiftly punished. To enable the slow but steady advance of their clan, the black women of Cane River plot, plead, deceive, and manipulate their way through history, extracting crucial gifts of money and property along the way. In the wake of a visit from the 1880 census taker, the aged Elisabeth reflects on how far they had come.
When the census taker looked at them, he saw colored first, asking questions like single or married, trying to introduce shame where there was none. He took what he saw and foolishly put those things down on a list for others to study. Could he even understand the pride in being able to say that Emily could read and write? They could ask whatever they wanted, but what he should have been marking in the book was family, and landholder, and educated, each generation gathering momentum, adding something special to the brew.
In her introduction, Tademy explains that as a young woman, she failed to appreciate the love and reverence with which her mother and her four uncles spoke of their lively Grandma 'Tite (short for "Mademoiselle Petite"). She resented her great-grandmother's skin-color biases, which were as much a part of Tademy's memory as were her great-grandmother's trademark dance moves. But the old stories haunted the author, and armed with a couple of pages of history compiled by a distant Louisiana cousin, she began to piece together a genealogy. The result? Tademy eventually left her position as vice president of a Fortune 500 company and set to work on Cane River, in which she has deftly and movingly reconstructed the world of her ancestors.

Wow. What a powerful story of hope! I am so glad that our book club picked Cane River this month. I loved reading about the different generations of African American women during the times of slavery and pre-civil rights. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because it started off a bit slow, but it picked up pace quickly. The only complaint is that I wish we could have had read some more points of view throughout the book. That being said, this is a wonderful fictional account of strong women and I would recommend that every woman read this book. This is definitely a book I will be rereading from time to time. I cannot wait to pick up Tademy's other book, Red River!

***Next read: I am about to start reading The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
10:43 am
[make_meabird]
Book 20: From Dead to Worse
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From Dead to Worse
Charlaine Harris
Fiction; mystery; paranormal romance; series
303 pages
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After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the Weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death-and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.

I liked this book but not as much as I enjoyed All Together Dead. I assume that this book was more of a in-between book, where not as much happens. I really think that Niall is an interesting character and hope to see more of him soon. I also really love Hadley's son Hunter, and I hope that he shows up in future books. I am ready for Dead and Gone to be released in paperback next week!

***Next read: I have started reading Cane River by Lalita Tademy for my book club.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
8:28 pm
[make_meabird]
Books read in March 2010
12. Club Dead, Sookie Stackhouse #3 by Charlaine Harris (my review)
13. Dead to the World, Sookie Stackhouse #4 by Charlaine Harris (my review)
14. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (my review)
15. Dead as a Doornail, Sookie Stackhouse #5 by Charlaine Harris (my review)
16. Definitely Dead, Sookie Stackhouse #6 by Charlaine Harris (my review)
17. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (my review)
18. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster (my review)
19. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (my review)



*Best read of the month: I think I will have to pick my re-read All Together Dead, but Bitter is the New Black is a close second.

*Worst read of the month: Definitely Life As We Knew It. It was just disappointing and did not live up to my expectations, to be honest.
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
6:17 pm
[make_meabird]
Book 19: All Together Dead
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All Together Dead (reread)
Charlaine Harris
Fiction; mystery; paranormal romance; series
323 pages
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Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has her hands full with the shapeshifter Quinn, a possible new man in her life, and the upcoming vampire summit. With her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans, Vampire Queen Sophie-Anne is vulnerable to those hungry for a takeover. Sookie's job at the summit is to support Sophie- Anne. But she'll soon discover just how dangerous that job can be, as she is drawn further and further into the vampire world.

I LOVE this book! It is probably my second favorite in the series thus far. I love the fact that we get to read more about the queen and other vampire royalty in this book! I also loved how action-packed this book is. I am anxious to start From Dead to Worse, because now I will be reading the rest of the series for the FIRST time! :)

***Next read: I am about to start From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.
Monday, March 29th, 2010
11:20 am
[make_meabird]
Book 18: Bitter is the New Black
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Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
Jen Lancaster
Nonfiction; memoir
400 pages
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Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.
She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.
This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.
Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.

The is one of the funniest books I have ever read! Lancaster doesn't hold back (and thank goodness for that)! It is refreshing to read a book in which the author says things she is thinking and feeling without worrying about offending someone. It's not that often that you see an author nowadays admit that she is a card-carrying Republican and I was glad that she included that tidbit of information in her memoir. I really enjoyed reading about her trials while being unemployed, because I too have been unemployed for almost two years. This book has made me think about starting a website and possibly dabble in some writing as well. I recommend this book to everyone, especially women who are having a difficult time right now finding work. I hope that her other books are as witty and amusing as Bitter is the New Black. :)

***Next read: I am still rereading All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris and hope to finish it soon. I am getting my new book club read Cane River by Lalita Tademy. Have any of you all read it???
Saturday, March 27th, 2010
5:59 pm
[make_meabird]
Book 17: Life As We Knew It
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Life As We Knew It
Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA fiction; series
356 pages
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Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. In her journal, Miranda records the events of each desperate day, while she and her family struggle to hold on to their most priceless resource—hope.

Eh, this was an ok read. The storyline was pretty interesting. However the majority of the characters were so unlikeable, especially Miranda's annoying mother. All she seemed to do was whine, and talk about how former President Bush is an idiot and how she hates Fox News. That aspect of the story was quite annoying and should have not even been in the book in the first place. I found the rest of Miranda's family (including Miranda) so disagreeable. I was not sure that I was even going to finish the book but I did enjoy the latter half of the book more than the beginning. I am not sure if I will read the rest of the series.

***Next read: I just started Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster and I am still reading All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris.
Sunday, March 21st, 2010
10:06 pm
[make_meabird]
Book 15: Dead as a Doornail
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Dead as a Doornail (reread)
Charlaine Harris
Fiction; mystery; paranormal romance
295 pages
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When Sookie's brother Jason's eyes start to change, she knows he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population-and Jason's new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks, unless the killer decides to find her first.

I really liked this book because I am really interested in the Were community. I remember not liking this book as much the first time I read them because I was too fixated on the vampire community, but now I really enjoy reading about what other supernatural beings are in this series, not just the vampires. I really love Quinn and it has been a while since I read the next two books, so I can't remember what happens and so I cannot wait to find out!

***Next read: I am still reading Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris and am also about to start Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
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