Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hey, They're Signed, Too

Welcome to the politics-free weblog of Paperback Writer. Here we discuss books, writing and Publishing. Comments from armchair economists who feel we should be instead bickering with them will be rejected after I'm done passing them around to some friends and having a good laugh. P.S., all small children left unattended will be given an expresso and a free puppy.

Now that I've addressed that little issue, on to the more important stuff. My regular visitors will remember that I mentioned last week that I had ordered the deluxe print edition of Douglas Clegg's novel Afterlife from Cemetery Dance.

Afterlife Deluxe Edition HardcoverIn fact I ordered two copies, one for me and one to give away here. They arrived promptly today, beautifully packaged by the folks at Cemetery Dance, who have so impressed me with their service, their product and the pristine handling of my shipment that I think I'll write them a fan letter. Publishers never get many of those.

Also (big surprise, as I missed this detail on the sale page) both copies of the book are signed by the author. Now I'm imagining Doug sitting there and signing 1250 copies, and just thinking about it makes my hands hurt. Doug deserves a fan letter, too.

As for you guys, in comments to this post, tell us the title and author of the book you're currently reading (or if you've hit a reading dry spell, just toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST tonight (Tuesday, September 30, 2008.) I'll draw one name at random from everyone who participates and send the winner a signed, limited edition copy of Afterlife by Douglas Clegg and a signed ARC of Stay the Night, my seventh and final novel in the current Darkyn series. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something at PBW in the past.

113 comments:

  1. My own work, unfortunately. Reading other peoples works at this time tends to distract me....

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  2. Having only recently found out that there are more than three books in the Earthsea series, I'm currently devouring Tehanu, book 4.

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  3. The Case of the Stuttering Bishop by Erle Stanley Bishop. I picked up a Perry Mason novel at the library and was surprised to find that I love 'em. So the last few weeks I've been on a PM binge.

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  4. At the moment I'm reading
    Renfield, Slave Of Dracula by Barbara Hambly

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  5. I'm reading "Sovereign" by CJ Sansom - a historical fiction mystery set during Henry VIII reign, while he was married to Catherine Howard. I'm hoping to finish before the new reprint (is that the correct term) of Lippi/Donati's "Into the Wilderness" arrives later this week.

    Thanks for the posts, particularly the virtual workshop earlier this summer.

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  6. Currently reading a couple of things...

    "Knit One, Kill Two", by Maggie Sefton.

    "Mortal Remains", by Peter Clement.

    "The Celtic Collection", by Alice Starmore.

    "The Book of Lies", by Brad Meltzer.

    I have them stashed all over the house, and read bits and pieces when I have a few minutes.

    :)

    bella

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  7. Currently reading Kristan Higgans' "Catch of the Day". It has a cute puppy on the cover ... how could I resist it?!

    — Bonz

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  8. You and No Other by Cynthia Wright. In times of stress - I aim for comfort food.

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  9. Currently reading RENAISSANCE the collection of the first three books in the ROGE ANGEL series. I've read several of other books in this series, but I'm just finally getting to the books that started it all.

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  10. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by the inimitable Isabella Bird.

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  11. Right now I'm reading "Nightkeepers" by Jessica Andersen.

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  12. Just finished reading Hex Appeal by Linda Wisdom. Looking for something more...which will be tomorrow when 2 long-awaited books come out! Whoot! :)

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  13. Currently making my way through Wicked by Gregory Maguire, but I have a feeling that will be put off as today is the release of C. L. Wilson's latest...yay!

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  14. I'm still reading throught J.D. Robb. I'm up to Memory in Death. I love this series!

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  15. Digging through Robin McKinley's work.

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  16. Hostage to Pleasure - Nalini Singh

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  17. F G Cottam's 'The House of Lost Souls' and enjoying it mightily.

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  18. I just finished Marked by Joley Skye, and plan to start The Boys Back Home by Sierra Dafoe. Also just started Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd. I agree publishers need fan mail as well. I would love to add Douglas Clegg and your new novel to my TBR pile.

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  19. I'm reading Deidre Knight's Red Fire now. Unfortunately my reading time has severely declined while my work load has increased.

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  20. I haven't found much to interest me lately, so I'm re-reading Karin Lowachee's BURNDIVE

    I ♥ Lowachee like crazy.

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  21. Anonymous5:20 AM

    I have just finished Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn and will next start the thrid novel in the Eragon series

    Best regards

    Heather from OZ

    tried to log in on Goggle but it did not like my password

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  22. I'm currently reading Virgin River for an online book club that I take part in. Just started it though, everyone says it's just wonderful.

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  23. Anonymous5:59 AM

    I am reading the Excalibur Murders by JMC Blair - interesting perspective of Arthur, Merlin, Nimue, etc!

    Debbie

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  24. Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, an interesting look at the future with a steampunk twist.

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  25. "The graveyard book" by Neil Gaiman

    Really good reading.

    (It was released yesterday...)

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  26. Currently reading GRAVE SIGHT by Charlaine Harris. I'm loving it! :)

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  27. mohua dasgupta7:19 AM

    Omega Games

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  28. Cassie7:29 AM

    Currently in the middle of Cherry Adair's Night Fall. Love her T-Flac/Psi series.

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  29. Good People by Marcus Sakey.

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  30. Unfortunately, I'm bogged down by school right now so I'm only reading required text book. Art History V2 by Marie Stockstald, Unfinished Nation by Alan Brinkley, and Understanding Physics by Karin Cummings, among others.

    Ah, the life of a college student! Believe it or not, I missed it!

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  31. I am reading The Accusers. It is a Marcus Didius mystery by Lindsey Davis. I just discovered that the newest Davis mystery will be out March 2009. Yah!

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  32. Just finished Robin Owens latest Celta book Heart Fate (love this series). Currently reading A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz.

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  33. I'm reading my first eBook ~ Mate of the Wolf by Karen Whiddon.

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  34. I'm reading The Dark is Rising. Mother bought me an omnibus book of the entire sequence about... when I was... well, honestly, as long as I can remember off hand I've had it. And I re-read it sporadically. (This is the third time this month.)

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  35. I just finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, and it looks like the next one will be Rogue Pawn by me, again. Based on the number of books I see in B&N, eventually one gets it right, but I'm not convinced at this point.

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  36. I don't have time to read at the moment as I'm trying to push through editing my own novel. But I do a lot of purchasing from the awesome used bookstore around the corner from my apartment. Last purchase: Listen To Their Voices: Interviews with 20 Women Who Write. As soon as I'm done editing, and taking the GRE, and applying to grad schools and finding a new job. . . then maybe I'll have time to read again. Maybe.

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  37. Elizabeth8:25 AM

    FaeFever by Karen Morning In my stack are books by Lilith Saintcrow and LL Foster.

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  38. I'll be finishing Kimberly Dean's "What She Wants at Midnight" today...then have to choose what to start this evening. I have so many really good books in my TBR...but I've narrowed the next read down to Nalini Singh's "Hostage to Pleasure," Margaret Maron's "Death's Half Acre," or Lynda Hilburn's "Dark Harvest."

    An embarrassment of riches, no?

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  39. currently reading the lost fleet:courageous by jack campbell and hell and earth by elizabeth bear.

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  40. Currently re-reading Dog Warrior, the 4th book in the Ukiah Oregon series by Wen Spencer.

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  41. No book for me, please. My TBR pile is overflowing! But I wanted to say that I'm reading I SOLD MY SOUL ON E-BAY by Hemant Mehta. It is about an athiest who goes to church for a year. It is very, very interesting. And what a great title.

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  42. I'm reading Elizabeth Boyle's Tempted by the Night -- a book that's completely surprising me with its wit, charm, and paranormal/fantasy elements in Regency times. I'm surprised by the paranormal part because there's absolutely no mention of it in the book's back cover blurb. Maybe the author is known for it, but this is the first time I've read one of her books.

    That said, it's probably a good thing that I was surprised because I might have passed on the book had I known. Instead, I'm thoroughly enjoying the reading.

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  43. Currently reading Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Very interesting and (so far) enjoyable. I was intrigued by the idea of a 75-year-old man going off to fight an interstellar war.

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  44. At home, I'm reading "Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin, and at work (for lunchbreaks) I'm reading "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.

    Very different books, and I'm facsinated by both.

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  45. Anonymous9:32 AM

    "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" by David Foster Wallace (who tragically committed suicide earlier this month). It's a great selection of his essays -- I'll miss his humor.

    KTB

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  46. I'm not reading anything right now, but I just picked up CL Wilson's new Tairen Soul book, and Allison Brennan's latest is out today, so those are up next. =o)

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  47. I just finished Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs.

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  48. Just started The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman, but looking forward to getting into it.

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  49. Joann Ross's Crossfire

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  50. Mishel9:49 AM

    ugh 1250 copies...poor doug

    i'm currently reading The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson

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  51. --These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon
    --Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
    --The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology by Charles Porterfield Krauth
    --The Fire and the Staff by Klemet Preus

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  52. Reading When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason and Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas. Feeding my historical needs.

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  53. I just finished Persuasion, the only one of Jane Austen's novels that I'd never read (don't know how I missed it before). I just started White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz. And I have like 3 others that I started and put down about 30 pages in.

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  54. I am reading Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's wonderful.

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  55. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

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  56. I am finishing The Darkest Kiss - Lords of the Underworld Series by Gena Showalter.

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  57. Garnigal10:23 AM

    I don't read only one book, so here goes:

    Unfeeling by Ian Holding
    The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
    The Maragerts by Sheri S. Tepper

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  58. I'm reading - re-reading - Eye of the Needle (Ken Follett), and remembering all over again why I loved it the first time.

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  59. pick me pick me!

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  60. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Rereading the Dante Valentine series by Lilith Saintcrow.
    Rhonda

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  61. Currently reading: The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker.

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  62. I am reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It is an excellent debut novel and unfortunately for my sleep I'm having a hell of a time putting it down.

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  63. Just finished Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik and started Delicious by Sherry Thomas.

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  64. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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  65. I'm currently devouring "Kushiel's Dart" by Jacqueline Carey.

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  66. I just finished Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch.

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  67. I'm reading WHITE KNIGHT by Jim Butcher at the moment. I love Jim Butcher.

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  68. I just finished a book called Ghengis - a novelization of Ghengis Khan's life. The atmosphere and setting was excellent, though the characters were a little bit flat.

    Please put my name in the hat.

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  69. ooohhhh...cool cover.

    Color me interested.

    I'm reading Marjorie M. Liu's THE LAST TWILIGHT

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  70. I am currently reading If Angels Burn(almost finished); Anything Goes, by John Barrowman; The Green and the Gray, by Timothy Zahn; and Home Comforts, by Cheryl Mendelson. Yes, I usually read several books at a time. I have to keep them in different genre's, or different enough so I don't get them confused though.

    Bob

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  71. I'm getting ready to finish Fanged & Fabulous by Michelle Rowen.

    Meghan

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  72. The Last Kashmiri Rose by Cleverly (book club read ... which makes me explore beyond my paranormal, fantasy, sci fi, suspense rut as well as lets me hang out with some awesome ladies)

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  73. *tries to look small, childlike, and in need of a puppy*

    I'm reading Hothouse by Brian Aldiss.

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  74. Joanie12:50 PM

    I'm reading the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces, and Steve Pavlina's Personal Development for Smart People.

    Eclectic, yes?

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  75. Throw my name into the hat, please.

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  76. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

    Beyond Varralan by you-know-who

    (Just finished If Angels Burn & I'm hooked!)

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  77. I just finished The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, and I realyy can't remember what I've got next in my TBR pile. I want to say it's Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

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  78. cast in fury by Michelle Sagara

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  79. I've been in a reading lull as of late. When I hit moments like this, I tend to pick up old favorites. So I'm currently reading the Bar Cynster series by Stephanie Laurens. Finished A Rake's Vow last night.

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  80. Just finished Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas, next up either Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts or Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong.

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  81. I'm reading UNTAMED, by P.C. Cast, and BRISINGR, by Christopher Paolini. I love the first one, and am undecided about the second.

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  82. I am reading Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard and it's a pretty good read.

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  83. I'm one chapter away from finishing a book called Omega Games, by this lady named S.L. Viehl! :-)

    I won all your signed books a couple years ago, so I figured I'd try again! Your blog is lucky for me!

    ~Jenn

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  84. The Mirrored Heavens by David J. Williams. I was 2/3 through before I noticed it was written in present tense.

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  85. Tammy3:03 PM

    Since I'm waiting for my copy of Acheron to get here, I decided to read - The Last Oracle by James Rollins.

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  86. I am currently read Dark Harvest by Lynda Hilburn.

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  87. Such great ideas for my next TBR books. I just finished "Agnes and the Hitman" by Jennifer Crusie and Bob(?) Mayer and started "The Elysium Commission" by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Yummy stuff!

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  88. I just finished 'Small Favor' by Jim Butcher and have now come to the end of what he's written so far in The Dresden Files. :(

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  89. I am reading Tribute by Nora Roberts.

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  90. I'm reading Bride of Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta and it's a great book.

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  91. I'm waiting (impatiently at that) for a shipment from Chapters that has "Cast in Fury" by Michelle Sagara. I'm re-reading my e-books while I wait, specifically Lora Leigh and Christine Warren.

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  92. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, the 3rd in the Mercy Thompson books... so far, so good!

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  93. Anonymous4:48 PM

    I'm currently in the middle of & enjoying Underground by Kat Richardson.

    gigi
    Saskatoon

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  94. Okay, I'm a simultaneous reader too.

    Agnes and the hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. It's fun, light, put downable with a book mark.

    Faith Club by R. Idliby, S. Oliver and P. Warner. This is a fascinating non-fiction book written by a Muslim woman, a Christian woman and a Jewish woman.

    And I'm waiting to start Nalini Singh's Hostage to Pleasure next.

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  95. Sara M5:43 PM

    I'm reading Wuthering Heights at the moment. Next on my list is Evermore! (I live in New Zealand and had never seen your books in any bookshop here before. When I saw a few of your books at a big Dymocks store in Wellington I almost died)

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  96. I'm reading "At Risk" by Judith E. French.

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  97. I Just finished CL Wilson new book The King of Sword and Sky about to start The Power Play by Deirdre Martin.

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  98. Right now I'm getting a piece ready for a contest so just reading my own stuff.

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  99. I'm currently reading Jane Austen and Her Times by G.E. Mitton, The Last Oracle by James Rollins, and You Belong To Me by Patricia Sargeant.

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  100. Karen W.8:11 PM

    I'm currently reading MAGIC & THE MODERN GIRL by Mindy Klasky. It's the final book in her trilogy about Jane, the librarian witch. Good, fun reads.

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  101. I'm reading Faefever by Karen Marie Moning and editing my own ms.

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  102. Kelly Armstrong's Industrial Magic. Excellent book. Really enjoying it. I loved her Haunted, too. I'll read her Dime Store Magic next.

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  103. Right now I'm reading Sympathy for the Devil by Holly Lisle

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  104. I've been reading some of the backlist of Robyn Carr---just finished Never Too Late and started Tempted.

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  105. Just finished reading Catwings by Ursula LeGuin. Wonderful.

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  106. Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Endless Nights. Even though they're graphic novels, The Sandman comics are some of the finest fantasy/horror material I've ever read.

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  107. Reader & Raelynx by Sharon Shinn. It's fantastic!

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  108. Just finished Tanner's Scheme by Lora Leigh a couple of hours ago.

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  109. Anonymous10:26 PM

    I'm currently reading "Fractured" by Karin Slaughter.

    Terri W.

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  110. Does my biology book count? lol. I am throwing my name in the hat!

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  111. I'm reading Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi. :) I loved his Old Man's War trilogy and I adore Zoe's version of it.

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  112. Currently working my way through the Dark Tower books by Stephen King.

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  113. I am currently reading Absalom Absalom by Faulkner for a graduate Modernism seminar, and The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

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