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5 hours ago, angelak said:

Sandi--I love that you love the Toby Daye series. It is pretty awesome! I would be curious to discuss with the series with you as well. Granted, my MA thesis was on Adolescent Literature and Transmedia Narratives--and I didn't do much with gender roles/theory, I think it is safe to say that we both love to learn! 

In fact, I think with this abundance of extra time that I find myself with, I'm going to go back and re-read the Toby Daye books again!

If you can afford it, or if you are an Audible member (good prices sometimes), or if your library has it, I highly highly recommend the audiobooks. All of them are now on audiobooks, great narrator, and it is wonderful to have someone read to you!

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On 3/23/2020 at 4:02 PM, Sandi Wiseheart said:

Dear Twinkie J: 

I have indeed read the Fear Nothing and Seize the Night books, and I adore them. I had them on cassette and listened to them so many times I wore out one tape. I now have the digital audiobooks and love those. The narrator (same as for cassette version) is excellent and convey’s Koontz’s wacky humour perfectly! The narrator has a Polish name, unpronounceable unless you have Polish DNA. First name is Keith, first two letters of last name are “Sb”. It is fascinating to listen to him say his own last name.

I think I slightly prefer the audiobooks, because Someone Reading Me A Story is the best. If you haven’t tried those, try ‘em. 

I wish to heaven Koontz would write the third book before we all die. (Supposedly there’s a partial manuscript in a safe somewhere.)

dinner time!

hugs to you and all my Twinkies!

 

 

 

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On 3/23/2020 at 4:02 PM, Sandi Wiseheart said:

Dear Twinkie J: 

I have indeed read the Fear Nothing and Seize the Night books, and I adore them. I had them on cassette and listened to them so many times I wore out one tape. I now have the digital audiobooks and love those. The narrator (same as for cassette version) is excellent and convey’s Koontz’s wacky humour perfectly! The narrator has a Polish name, unpronounceable unless you have Polish DNA. First name is Keith, first two letters of last name are “Sb”. It is fascinating to listen to him say his own last name.

I think I slightly prefer the audiobooks, because Someone Reading Me A Story is the best. If you haven’t tried those, try ‘em. 

I wish to heaven Koontz would write the third book before we all die. (Supposedly there’s a partial manuscript in a safe somewhere.)

dinner time!

hugs to you and all my Twinkies!

 

 

I wish he would write the third book too!! I did listen to both in audio book format and you are right, the narrator is wonderful!

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On 3/22/2020 at 4:02 PM, angelak said:

Hi Liliy! *waves!* 

I was wondering if you read any of Seamus McGuire's October Daye series. It is urban fantasy with some chick lit thrown in. The first book is Rosemary and Rue and there are thirteen or fourteen in the series so far. I love listening to them, but they are a great read as well.  (Just a recommendation!)

I'm currently reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill  and I know that Kim has read it recently too--I'm looking forward to hearing thoughts on the book and how the second book is going as well. 

Hi @angelak *waving back* 😃

I haven't read the October Daye series, never even heard of it but I just popped over and ordered it from the library (not that the library is open right now). Thanks for the suggestion!

I'm about halfway through The Garden of Small Beginnings. I'm enjoying it although I don't like the main character as much as I liked Nina Hill. but I REALLY liked Nina Hill. I do enjoy the children in Abbi Waxman's books though, they are always interesting. 

On 3/23/2020 at 9:18 AM, Kim Werker said:

Ooh, @Lilly.O.4 you have some good ones on there. Stolen Things is a super page-turner (though not not-stressful!), and The Body in Question is one of my favourite books I read in 2019.  Good to know @Kim Werker, "moving those higher in the stack" 

Gracefully Grayson is a must-read for all of society. YES! ABSOLUTELY! 100% 

 

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On 3/24/2020 at 6:21 PM, Juanita said:

I wish he would write the third book too!! I did listen to both in audio book format and you are right, the narrator is wonderful!

Me, too. I have been waiting for Book 3 ever since Book 2 was published. I bought the books first. Then I bought the audio cassettes! Then the CDs. And now the digital versions. That’s how much I love those books. 

I did hear Koontz speak once (yes, I am that much of a Koontz fan) and he said that he didn’t want to do book 3 until he knew he could do justice to Christopher Snow & Co. He did say he had an idea that there might not be a #3, which made everyone booo. 

Every time I re-listen I mentally send him all sorts of good plot ideas. Or at least, I think they don’t suck. 

I know there is fan-fic out there, but I have never been one to read fan-fic for some reason. Probably the terrible writing of some of it, and the outrageous plots (“Snow would NEVER do that!”). 

I LOVE THE ANIMAL TALKING GUY. I love all the dogs and cats in general who show up to help at important plot points. Plus, I love the voice of the Dog that Keith SBJ does in the audio versions. “Squirrel. Squirrel. Lots of squirrels. Squirrels chasing squirrels. Squirrels having squirrel sex. Squirrel pee! That’s the best smell, squirrel pee!”

BEST.

 

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I tried reading Fire and Blood, George R. R. Martin's history of the Targaryens, but abandoned it after 50 pages because it was written as a history should be, and that's not what I want from my fiction. (I've been trying to figure out the best number of pages to give a book before giving up on it. I read somewhere - probably in Austin Kleon's blog - that librarian and expert reader's advisor Nancy Pearl says 50 pages of your 50 or younger, otherwise subtract your age from 100 and use that number.) Every once in a while something cool would happen, but no dialogue or internal monologue killed it for me.

I was thinking that maybe I should find some dystopian books where the good guys win, but instead decided to get back to hopepunk. So now I'm reading Alexandra Rowland's A Conspiracy of Truths and loving it. Rowland coined the term hopepunk, but I'm not sure if Rowland's own books are hopepunk.

 

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16 hours ago, Sandi Wiseheart said:

 

I know there is fan-fic out there, but I have never been one to read fan-fic for some reason. Probably the terrible writing of some of it, and the outrageous plots (“Snow would NEVER do that!”). 

The trick is to find an Archive of Our Own user with similar tastes to yours, and go down the rabbit hole of their bookmarks.

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