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Post by kath on Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:14 am

Forests Of The Heart

In the Old Country, they called them the Gentry: ancient spirits of the land, magical, amoral, and dangerous. When the Irish emigrated to North America, some of the Gentry followed...only to find that the New World already had spirits of its own, the manitou.

Now generations have passed, and the Irish have made homes in the new land, but the Gentry still wander homeless on the city streets. Gathering in the shadows, they bide their time and dream of power. As their dreams grow harder, darker, fiercer, so do the Gentry themselves—appearing, to those with the sight to see them, as hard and dangerous men, invariably dressed in black.

Bettina can see the Gentry, and knows them for what they are. Part Indian, part Mexican, she was raised by her grandmother to understand the spirit world. Now she lives in wintry Kellygnow, a massive old house run as an arts colony on the outskirts of Newford, a world away from the Southwestern desert of her youth. Outside her nighttime window, she often spies the dark man, squatting in the snow, smoking, brooding, waiting. She calls them los lobos, the wolves, and stays clear of them—until the night one follows her into the woods, and takes her hand...

Charles de Lint is hands down my favorite author. He consistently writes books that draw me in and his characters are as warm and real as his stories are compelling. I have read many of his books, and look forward to reading more.

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Post by kath on Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:20 am

The Sparrow

by Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow is a book that I picked up on a whim... and couldn't put down. I do not remember a book that I felt was as well written, as rounded out and as enjoyable as this. Russell's characters are the sort that you can't let go of. As soon as I finished this book, I began it again, and immediately bought Children of God .

I have reread both of these books several times, and given sets away to several people, as I am not willing to share mine. Read it once and you will love it! Read it again and you will love it more.

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Post by kath on Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:21 am

The Birth House: A Novel

by Ami McKay

As I told the author when I emailed her at the books site, I fell into this book and did not want to find my way out.

The minute I finished this amazing story, I wanted to just begin it again.
It is a story of a place, a time, a family, a girl and her coming of age in a time of change for women.

There are hints of faith, mysticism and controversy embedded in the story of a strong girl becoming an amazing woman.

Buy this book, you will not regret it.

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Post by Rebecca1340 on Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:29 am

Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
This is one that I had heard of, but didn't really know much about. I picked it up and started reading it and got hooked. I plowed through in record time! I keep rereading it because I love it so much! I actually find it hard to believe it was written by a man sometimes.

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Post by kath on Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:10 am

Oh I did love that one too! Amazing book! I agree, It was hard to believe it was written by a man. Did you see the movie? ( I did not )

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Post by Rebecca1340 on Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:21 am

Yes -- I actually bought a set which included one DVD with the movie and the other with about 3 hours of behind the scene stuff. The movie was pretty well done and if you can go in with the mind set that it's not based on the book it's pretty good. If you go in looking for the story to be retold you'll be disappointed. That would obviously be far too long for one movie!

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Post by kath on Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:23 am

That would obviously be far too long for one movie!

true... I am often disappointed by movies when I have read the book first..
Not Harry Potter though. I liked both.

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Post by Rebecca1340 on Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:25 am

The Harry Potter movies have been very well done. Memoirs of a Geisha is a good movie. People just get disappointed that they didn't retell the whole book. I think they tried to get the major themes though.

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Post by kath on Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:36 pm

Thre is talk of making The Sparrow into a movie.. I email a bit with the author and know that she is a bit apprehensive about it... I don't blame her. If they did to her book what they did to Mists of Avalon it would be just as much a travesty .

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Post by thebigscott on Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:07 pm

I really like how you put up an exerpt! I'm going to do that tonight after the kids are in bed. I have so many favorite books... can't decide which to do first.

I'm also going to be requesting some of these (probably all of these) at the library. I have to finish the ones I'm working on now... and I read so slowly because I get interrupted.

Lovely idea, though. Like a buffet of thoughts.

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Post by Starrlyte on Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:26 pm

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" - Khaled Hosseini

I originally read "The Kite Runner" and thought it was good, someone told me that yes, Kite Runner was good, but the follow up was better. They were absolutely right! It is an amazing book, with an amazing story!

"Eat, Pray, Love" - Elizabeth Gilbert

I loved this book, though some have said they had a problem getting into it. I found that I could really relate to the author!!!

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Post by thebigscott on Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:52 pm

OK, this is from Remnant Population, by Elizabeth Moon. It's a science fiction story of an old woman who decides not to leave when the colony on the planet she lives is declared a failure. And about the time she figures out how to be completely self sufficient, she finds out that the planet is not unpopulated. This is from a scene just after she meets the natives in person. (Excuse my typos.)


And this time, they followed her inside. She ignored the wet smack of their feet on the floor; it didn't matter, this floor was dirty and wet already. She wished they would dry themselves, rather than stand around in her way dripping, but she wasn't about to stop and find towels for them. They moved out of her way as she came past with the broom, but otherwise simply stood watching her work.


Lazy and spoiled, she decided. Rude, lazy, and spoiled. If they had mothers, their mothers had never tought them to help out around the house. If they had houses. She paused at that thought and looked at them. Surely they had houses. Intelligent animals built dwellings, it was one of the ways you knew if they were intelligent. Who wanted to be out in the storms and blown about and rained on? Not these things; she had seen one injured by the storm. So they had to have houses, and if they had houses someone had to clean them. And they should know how.

On that, she went to the storage closet and pulled out a mop and a broom. If they were going to kill her, they might as well earn the privilege. She dragged the mop and brooms back up the hall; the creatures stood there, passive.

"Here," she said, holding out the broom. One of them reached out and took it. She held out the mop to another, and it also took it, in the way of a child who is not sure what it's for. She could teach them. She had taught her own children. And she was not about to become the unpaid housekeeper for a band of aliens.

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Post by kath on Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:04 am

Looks interesting Karen!

I have not gotten to the one you suggested yet.. maybe the weekend? I had a couple to review and on friday, a friend of mine sent me his new book in pdf format. It is being published right now.. out early June.. but he wanted me to read it now..

It takes me longer to read in that format.. Shocked

Then I have one more to review an I should be good to read that one....

You should read The Sparrow first of the ones I mentioned, cause I know youwill like it.And it has a sequel, Children of God.

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Post by Starrlyte on Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:37 am

I love the look of the The Sparrow and Children of God, both of which have themes I love!

Thanks for the heads up Kath, they will be my next books!!! Smile

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Post by thebigscott on Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:57 am

I'm really looking forward to them. I also have a few I must read first (and lots of distractions) but I am determined to read them!

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