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Lucky for me the university library has a copy of Hetty Dorval. It is on the list to order. I am looking forward to hearing more about The Holding.


Oh, I hate when I finish a book I've been loving. It's like a little treasure knowing that if I soldier on til lunch break or bed time or my next free minute I'll finally get to spend some with those great characters/that great story/etc. I've been missing. It's satisfying that moment when I flip the last page, but the next day when lunch break rolls around and I don't have that book to go back to, it's kind of depressing.

The books from Titan don't much sound like they'd be my normal picks either, but the Houdini mysteries sound like they might be interesting. I'll be interested to see what you think if you decide to give them a shot!

Buried In Print

What a great combination of works. I really loved The Holding; it was one of my favourite reads for that year. Not entirely unexpected, as I also loved The Convict Lover. And some weeks are like that...books get read but the words won't plant themselves into a post to discuss them.


I'm glad you'll have easy access to it. I wasn't really expecting to like it so much--not sure why, but it just clicked with me. It's well written and the story is just so well done. I think I could happily reread it right now! :)


I know that feeling. You want to race to the end to find out what happened, but then are disappointed when there is no more to read. I have another unread book by her on my pile, and am tempted to start it now, but I want to have it to look forward to as well. I will have to look up and see what else she has written that I can get my hands on. The Titan books look interesting, though not normally my usual choices. They could be great fun, though. Sometimes it's the unexpected reads that turn out to be the best. If I do squeeze one in soon, I'll certainly write about it.


I've requested the Convict Lover, too, as that sounds right up my alley. I've only just barely started The Holding--will take it with me to work tomorrow. I've owned it for a long time-had to have it when it came out in hardcover. I think I am now up to five books that I want to write about. Maybe I can pair them up and kill two birds with one stone, but somehow it feels like cheating. The reading part is so easy, but writing about books is a challenge for me.


You're new books look great, I hope we will hear all about them. I think speculative fiction is a major trend and a little bit of it can be found in many genres.
I'm alos interested in hearing about the Armistead Maupin. I bought after having been in San Francisco.
I hope Black Rain will not be too hard to read but some of those who praised it said it left you with a feeling of hope. I'm glad for that.
The participation should be higher than ususal, so there should be an interesting discussion.


I'm quite curious about your new books as the speculative fiction genre is quite new to me. Since I started my In Europe project at the beginning of this year it has become more difficult to keep up with newly published books and new trends, which is a pity and after reading The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,spy, mystery and crime have disappeared completely from my reading so it seems. Maybe things will even out in the next months.


I've been thinking about the topic of reading outside my comfort zone, and doing a post on that, and the three books you list at the beginning of this post would qualify! I might choose a book my husband has read and liked, though, because he sometimes complains that I never read anything he recommends (usually for good reason as our tastes are very different!).

I also just finished a really lovely little book, Sheila Pim's Common or Garden Crime which I think I read about here. I loved it, hated for it to end, and promptly wanted to start another! However, she only wrote four mysteries, and I think I'd like to spread them out more in order to savor them. So I started Willa Cather's O Pioneers instead. I've never read Cather, and so far am liking the book.

Oh, and I found a copy of Tales of the City at my used book store and bought it with my credit! I'm looking forward to dipping into that once I've wrapped up some of my other current books.

Sorry for this long comment, but there was so much I wanted to tell you after reading your post!


I generally think of speculative fiction as being an umbrella term for all the varieties of SF and fantasy fiction. I think it is one of those terms that everyone has a different definition for. I thought I had read Farmer before but it turns out that I have bought a couple of his books for my husband and he read them so it is almost like I read them ;) He liked them if that helps at all. So for every book you are finishing are you starting two new ones or are you able to keep yourself in check?

Liz F

What an interesting collection of titles in this post!
I haven't read any Dashiell Hammett for years and that quite appeals at the moment as does The Holding, although I hadn't heard of either it or Merilyn Simonds.
I am about to start Swamp Agent as my copy is only small and will fit in my bag (everything else I am reading at the moment is hardback and wont!)but I think that if I want to read Hetty Dorval I am going to have to buy a copy as the library don't have any of Ethel Wilson's books at all!
Just finished The Shoemaker's Wife and did enjoy it although having read Adriana Trigiani's family memoir beforehand, I realised that I knew what was going to happen before it did which was a bit disappointing!


I can't think of any books I've read that could be called that, so I'd really like to try one eventually. Not sure I'll get to these this month, but I am tempted by them! I hope to write about the Maupin later this week--I somehow have managed to fall behind in writing about the books I've been finishing. It was a very fun and undemanding read. I have started Black Rain, and it is good so far. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I think it is told in a somewhat detached style that might make it easier going. I still need to finish Bomber!


It's new to me as well though I think it sounds really interesting. I like your Europe project a lot. Sometimes it's nice getting caught up in a project and not thinking about new books--as you are reading according to your own whims. You can easily get back to new books when you feel the urge. I still want to read more spy novels--maybe I will take one on my vacation--I am undecided yet what I'll bring, but I've been adding lots of possibilities to my list!


Does your husband ever read the books you most enjoy? It's nice that you are both readers--it would be fun to swap titles and each read a choice of the other one! I loved the Pim book, too--yes, I did read it last year. I'd like to read more of her books as well. And O Pioneers was also good--I read it years ago and should really reread it sometime. You'll have to read My Antonia as well as it is a similar sort of story. Tales of the City is fun and easy reading. Once you start you get sucked in as it is something of a drama--all the various stories. I have the second book, but I might wait until I come back from SF to read it! And no worries about long comments--I don't mind them a bit!!


It does seem like a broad term--it could work in a few different genres really. I was wondering if you had read the Farmer--if your Bookman liked it then I think it will be a safe read for me as well! :) I've actually only be picking up one book for each book I've finished. Needless to say I always have one at the ready. Don't worry as I am waiting for a book in the mail and when it arrives I might just have to start reading even without finishing one first. I've had a nice run of books, but now I have a whole new set so I might be able to catch up on writing about them before finishing more.


It's been a long time since I read Hammett as well. I'm really looking forward to it, though so far I've only added it to my night table and sidebar. Hopefully I can start it tomorrow. I'm enjoying the Simonds book and Swamp Angel is a fairly quick read--and yes, I love that it was so small and easy to tuck away. I'm curious what you'll make of it. I liked Hetty Dorval even more. I lucked out with the Trigiani as I'd not read her memoir and it's been ages since I read any of her other books. Knowing how a story turns out does take some of the fun out of it.


Hetty Dorval sounds wonderful, and is definitely headed for my wish list. But oh I feel so badly about an American publisher who keeps sending me lovely hardback review copies all the way from New York of books I know I will never read. I ought to find out who to write to so that I can prevent any more coming, but then I hate to seem sort of ungrateful. I'm sure that sounds crazy! At the moment I pass some of them over to the men who work in software in my husband's office, but the novel about original Red Indian tribes just sits there and I have no idea who would like to read it!


I don't get a lot of review copies that appear on my doorstep, but like you I do hate not giving them attention as well. You never know what may end up being a really good read! I imagine publishers know there is risk of sending out copies that they may not appeal to the reader (or that the reader just doesn't have as much time to read everything as she would like!). Hetty Dorval was a great read--that is one I think I must own. Now I am eager to read more of Wilson's work.

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