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Posted on 02/25/2005 8:44:01 AM PST by Tanniker Smith
Welcome to the Free Republic Book Club.
Last time I checked there were over 70 posts on
our first thread by 40+ posters. Not bad at all.
Let's call our second meeting to order. I'd love to give you a topic, but I have to go dig up the car and take the kids bowling. So talk amongst yourselves.
The results of yesterday's "survey" are below.
I know you are working on a Klamath book, but are you doing a new fiction, too? Can you keep it to one volume this time out of compassion for our wallets?
Just came across this thread. Great!
And thanks, Jeff, for the kind words.
Since this thread/club may renew/increase interest, let me give the Freepers the link to the page we set up a little while ago just for them:
and mention that #3, "A Grave Breach", will be out soon.
Forgot to explain that the web page cited - http://www.jamesmacomber.com/FRSpec.html -
has my first 2 novels "Bargained for Exchange" and "Art & Part", available at a very large discount for Freepers - $10.00 ea.
Has been out for a few years, but very good 2A book.
Sorta slow getting started, though...
I almost picked up Charlotte Simmons yesterday...you're re-reading it? how would you describe it?
I hope to get...
The Stand at Klamath Falls
How rural western farmers took on entrenched environmentalism and won
out by late spring or early summer. Maybe sooner.
Have no plans as yet for more fiction...but am getting lots of requests.
Another EXCELLENT book:
Flyboys : A True Story of Courage
by James Bradley
This acclaimed bestseller brilliantly illuminates a hidden piece of World War II history as it tells the harrowing true story of nine American airmen shot down in the Pacific. One of them, George H. W. Bush, was miraculously rescued. The fate of the others-an explosive 60-year-old secret-is revealed for the first time in FLYBOYS.
Although I've thoroughly enjoyed Kyle Mills's prior books, I held off on this one in fear that it would be an anti-tobacco rant.
Wholly concur and recommend Ted Dekker. Excellent author with really fresh and unusual Christian fiction. I've not yet read BLINK, but it's on order. I have read TH3EE (sp?), as well as all three books of the CIRCLE trilogy. Excellent reading.
I read ~100 novels per year, primarily thrillers when I can find good ones. I'm always on the lookout for great fiction.
"'...Start a new one every weekend..and let it run for the week..'" "'Second that.'"
I vote for that idea, too. I'd like to read "State of Fear" or "Useful Idiots." I'll see how quickly I can get them from the library because I'm fiscally conservative, a.k.a. "cheap," LOL! :)
The House On Old Vine - Norah Lofts
1000 White Women - Jim Fergus
And The Ladies Of The Club - Helen Hooven Santmyer
Don't worry about "Smoke Screen" being an anti-tobacco rant. I think he offers a way out of this whole mess. :)
By the way, if you haven't read Caleb Carr, "The Alienist," that is very good. His second book, I didn't think, was quite as gripping. And I love all Nelson DeMille books.
I'm the king of cheap when it comes to books....I average 10-12 books a month, and if it wasn't for second hand book stores or the book exchange shelf at work. I couldn't afford me.
There are some books I buy as soon as they come out in hardbound because I can't wait ( John Sandford, David Wiltse, David Drake, Nelson Demille) or they are authors I've been collecting for years, but thank goodness for "Second Hand Books".
That'll give us another good thing to do today -- decide what to talk about for the next week!!
Should we pick a genre? If so, what genre? (Two answers here: No or Yes/genre)
Should we pick a particular book? (This might not be good to start since I doubt we've all read any books in common and a week is a short time to get a copy and read it.)
Any other ideas? Go write ahead!
Mills has a knack for making what I call "fantasy solutions" to big problems seem feasible. RISING PHOENIX is a prime example. Talk about cutting back on drug use!
Will check out Caleb Carr; never read any of his.
Yeah, I like Nelson DeMille, too. One of my favorites, in fact, though his endings sometimes irk me pretty severely. I also love Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, both together and as solo authors. James Rollins spins enjoyable, fantastic tales. James Patterson's work is hit-or-miss for me. I like Grisham well enough to have read all of them. (I have a collection of his signed first editions that's about 80% complete.) I used to love Clancy but find his later stuff unreadable; it's obvious he's burnt out.
With DeMille, it's all about the ride and never the destination. He ranks with Stephen King as a poor writer of climaxes, but his character/story development is always entertaining.
I like the list so far! "State of Fear" is a great suggestion because it is a work of fiction written from a reasoned and conservative-leaning perspective.
So, will we be "assigning" books for all to read and then discussing? I'd be great to all get on the same page. (I know, lame pun)
That is at the top of my all time favorite books.