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Re: reading group

Postby ashbrooke » Fri May 02, 2008 9:46 pm

An easy checklist for discussion.

Characters.
Story/ plot.
Narration/Prose
Dialogue.
Settings/ landscape.
The theme.
Unusual ideas.

Probably lots more too.
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Re: reading group

Postby Torti » Thu May 08, 2008 9:25 pm

I've just returned from a trip to my local branch library, and I've had some good luck. Not only do they have The Echo, they also have the other three titles on the shelves. So I do not have to go looking about for any of the four. I've checked out The Echo and since it's renewable at least twice, I think I can follow along with the discussion easily with no time constraints. Thank you Library!!
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Re: reading group

Postby cushty » Thu May 08, 2008 9:39 pm

well done, Torti - libraries need our support

my own is a sad place these days - full of empty space where the books are, and crowded with teenagers where the computers are

anyone near or past the first 6 chapters yet?
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Re: reading group

Postby cushty » Sun May 18, 2008 8:25 pm

there are a lot of enthusiasts on here who have yet to make a comment on the Echo thread

has the idea of a reading group lost its appeal already?
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Re: reading group

Postby sina » Sun May 18, 2008 8:43 pm

Sorry cushty was very enthusiastic, went to Waterstones and had a look at The Echo - only to discover that I already read it some years ago :(

Now, I am happy to re-read a lot of books, but thriller's - sort of defies the purpose LOL!

Will sadly pass this one, but wait for when you are reading the next book :bounce:
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Re: reading group

Postby Iseult » Sun May 25, 2008 8:22 pm

If anyone like's crime/serial killers etc: then The 4 books I would like to nominate are:
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Book 1

The Chemistry of Death
by Simon Beckett

Maggots, beetles and grave wax are bread and butter to a very distinctive kind of detective in Simon Beckett's fifth novel, a murder mystery set in an isolated community on the Norfolk Broads. As far as the people of Manham are concerned when he settles in their village, David Hunter, the novel's narrator, is a humble GP tired of London life. It's only when two boys stumble across a decomposing corpse in the nearby forest that their new doctor's macabre speciality comes to light.

Assisting the police in their investigations, Hunter struggles to conceal his professional interest in the corpse, but it soon transpires that he is the country's pre-eminent forensic anthropologist. Even the crime scene investigators are baffled by this esoteric occupation, which Simon Beckett, as well as his protagonist, studied for a time at the charmingly named Body Farm, a real-life training centre in Tennessee. Fluent in the language of decomposition, Hunter can read in a rotting body signs that will determine crucial factors such as time since death. But following the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and daughter, Hunter was unable to maintain the cold, scientific gaze of his profession. Now, he must adopt it once again to help prevent the killer from claiming another victim.
The irony that haunts David Hunter is the best thing about Beckett's novel. So well versed in the minutiae of death, he cannot come to terms with its most fundamental mystery: what becomes of the life that is taken away? As a whodunit, this is certainly a cut above the average, with a convincing central character, a gripping plot and a fine store of morbid information. In contrast to the story's original angle, however, the crimes themselves seem a little bit hackneyed.

http://www.simonbeckett.com/index2.php

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search/ref=p ... ex=blended
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Book 2

The Timer Game
by Susan Arnout Smith

Do you really want to play?

Grace Descanso was going to be a pediatric heart surgeon--she was a brilliant up-and-comer with a bright future in a heart-breaking, innovative field. Then she took two months off to work in a clinic in Guatemala, and came back nearly destroyed. She won't talk about why, but she quit medicine altogether. Now, five years later, Grace is a crime scene tech in San Diego, going to AA meetings, scraping by and living to be a mom to five-year old Katie.

Everything falls apart again when Grace is summoned to work what looks like a routine crime scene. Hours later, two colleagues have been brutally murdered and Grace herself is under investigation for shooting the killer. Katie's all she's got. But when Katie is snatched, Grace is thrown into a nightmare world of timed riddles that she must solve in order to find her daughter before it's too late. Welcome to The Timer Game.

If I had to choose 1 of the 4 it would be this one,I really enjoyed it.
Go to the weblink below and check out the webisodes

http://www.thetimergame.com/book.php

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Timer-Game-Susa ... 0007265174
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Book 3

Killing Fear
by Allison Brennan

Fear Never Dies

"Theodore Glenn is bright, charismatic, and loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims before they die and on those who later find their mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on his persecutors: Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets convict Glenn free, he blazes a freshly-bloodied path across San Diego County. But the death he craves most is Robin McKenna's.

Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect Robin, now a savvy businesswoman operating her own upscale club. As the killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and Will become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is even worse, for this macabre mystery has a twist: the evil they face is even more deadly than they fear."


Chapter 1 & 2 weblink below

http://www.allisonbrennan.com/book_killingfear.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_b/2 ... lling+fear
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Book 4

Sleepy Head
by Mark Billingham

His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate . . .
Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive. She has survived a stroke, deliberately induced by a skilful manipulation of pressure points on the head and neck. She can see, hear and feel; she is aware of everything going on around her, but she is completely unable to move or communicate. It's called Locked-In Syndrome. In leaving Alison Willetts alive, the police believe the killer's made his first mistake.
Then D.I. Tom Thorne discovers the horrifying truth; it isn't Alison who is the mistake, it's the three women already dead. 'An appropriate margin of error' is how their killer dismisses them, and Thorne knows they are unlikely to be the last. For the killer is smart, and he's getting his kicks out of toying with Thorne as much as he is pursuing his sick fantasy . . .
Thorne knows immediately he's not going to catch the killer with procedure. But with little more than gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to damn his chief suspect, anaesthetist Jeremy Bishop, his pursuit of him is soon bordering on the unprofessional. Especially considering his involvement with Anne Coburn, Alison's doctor and Jeremy's close friend .
Thorne must find a man whose agenda is terrifyingly unique, and Alison, the one person who holds the key to the killer's identity, is unable to tell anybody. . .

Sleepyhead is the first in a series of novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne.

http://www.markbillingham.com/books.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_b/2 ... leepy+head

I realise my choices might not be to every-one's taste. All I can tell you is I enjoyed reading them. The 4 I have chosen were picked at random from my collection.
I have included links to Amazon where these books can be purchased cheaply.
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Re: reading group

Postby nurgis » Sun May 25, 2008 8:57 pm

Hi Iseult
Thanks for all the info on the books.
I am interested in title 1, 3 and 4 and I can get them all from Amazon. It's
good that you think of us outside the UK :wink:
Looking forward to see what will happen.
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Re: reading group

Postby Iseult » Sun May 25, 2008 9:10 pm

Hi nurgis
I just edited the Amazon links so they work now :oops: :lol:
Book 2 is excellent :shock: please reconsider it might be a bit "fluffy" but still a good read/plot/idea and it's "different", always a good thing.
Anyway I hope you enjoy, whatever you choose :D
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Re: reading group

Postby cushty » Sun May 25, 2008 9:31 pm

Sleepy Head has excellent reader reviews on Amazon

I do tend to favour picking a book which has been out for a while, as it's more likely to be in the local library or easy to get secondhand
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Re: reading group

Postby nurgis » Mon May 26, 2008 3:43 pm

Iseult wrote:Hi nurgis
I just edited the Amazon links so they work now :oops: :lol:
Book 2 is excellent :shock: please reconsider it might be a bit "fluffy" but still a good read/plot/idea and it's "different", always a good thing.
Anyway I hope you enjoy, whatever you choose :D


Hi Iseult
you have won me over with the magic word "fluffy" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I such a softy. I also would like to finish Cushty's list.
In June I will be in Paris for two weeks dyeing silk I will take at least three titles with me from your or Cushty's list or maybe both
depending what I can get my hands on :wink:
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Re: reading group

Postby cushty » Mon May 26, 2008 3:52 pm

Nurgis

I have just started on 'Red Leaves' - I think it is going to be very good
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Re: reading group

Postby nurgis » Mon May 26, 2008 6:05 pm

Cushty
When I come home tonight I will go online on Amazon and get Red leaves and few others :wink:
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Re: reading group

Postby Iseult » Mon May 26, 2008 6:29 pm

nurgis
That's great :D I enjoyed it.
I have just found cushty's list and I am going to get 'Red Leaves' tomorrow. It sounds just my sort of book.
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Re: reading group

Postby cushty » Mon May 26, 2008 6:36 pm

shall we have 'Red Leaves' as our next book then?

at least there will be three of us reading it
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Re: reading group

Postby Iseult » Mon May 26, 2008 6:50 pm

Count me in :D
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