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Probably not ... at least, not as far as I know, but I'm looking forward to crayfish for dinner and cafe au lait and beignets for breakfast.
its CRAWFISH, dawlin! and have some for me please. Its a nice time (weather wise) to be in Nawlins for sure. have a great time!

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#41 Innocent Blood by P.D. James
It was, imo, the most intense of any of hers I've read so far. It's a stand-alone, separate from any series. About a young woman who was adopted who decides she wants to learn about her birth parents. published in 1980. Beyond that, I started with the Adam Dagliesh series and have been reading them in order.....
i think i will start w/ the Dagliesh series. I JUST realized she wrote Children of Men, which I loved. duh! sometimes i am sooo slow! lol!

From Dead to Worse, #8 of the Southern Vampire Series.
i have no new review of this book. similar to the other 7....enjoy them, but reading now more b/c i started than anything else. I have a few weeks' break though, b/c #9 doesnt come out until May. Off to read something more fun and possibly get a PD James in this month. We shall see.


1. Club Dead, Charlaine Harris. #3 of the Southern Vampire Series.
2. Dead to the World #4 of the Southern Vampire Series.
3. Dead as a Doornail, book #5 of teh Southern Vampire Series.
4. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris.
5. Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.
6. Life as We Knew It
7. Definitely Dead #6 of the Southern Vampire Series.
8. A Thousand Splendid Sunsets
9. All Together Dead #7 of the Southern Vampire Series
10.Graceling
11. David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall.
12. Star Beast, Robert Heinlein
13. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
14. When You Are Engulfed In Flames, David Sedaris
15. From Dead to Worse, #8 Southern Vampire Series
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I'm still not putting books on hold (one more week of Lent) but I've had this one on hold since January-- I'm number one, but it's still on order!
Have you caught up with your books at home?

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I like Rosenthal too . .. I heard she has a new picture book out that's supposed to be hilarious. I asked our library to order it.
Me too! I love the Little Pea and Little Owl books. I didn't realize she had a few big people books too. I'm trying to catch up with my pile of books at home too, otherwise I would put another of her books on hold.

Still sorta taking a stab at Kristin Lavransdatter The Bridal Wreath. Has anyone read these books? I know they are supposed to be really good, I'm having a hard time getting into it though. The translation maybe? It seems a bit quirky. Plus, my mom is in the hospital, we just found out she has pretty bad liver cancer, so I'm having a bit of trouble concentrating. I might switch to something a little more lighthearted.
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Plus, my mom is in the hospital, we just found out she has pretty bad liver cancer, so I'm having a bit of trouble concentrating. I might switch to something a little more lighthearted.
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April Books:
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Red Scarf
Water for Elephants


March books:
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
Revolutionary Road
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Me too! I love the Little Pea and Little Owl books. I didn't realize she had a few big people books too. I'm trying to catch up with my pile of books at home too, otherwise I would put another of her books on hold.
She wrote a book of her life in an encyclopedia format -- it was hilarious.

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Plus, my mom is in the hospital, we just found out she has pretty bad liver cancer, so I'm having a bit of trouble concentrating. I might switch to something a little more lighthearted.
I'm so sorry.

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Plus, my mom is in the hospital, we just found out she has pretty bad liver cancer, so I'm having a bit of trouble concentrating. I might switch to something a little more lighthearted.
I'm so sorry. We just went through this with my grandfather (he passed away of lymphoma two weeks ago). It's rough.

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I have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in my hot little hands as we speak.

Having not ever read the original, I can't make a one-to-one comparison, but any Regency Romance novel that has zombies and ninjas is awesome in my book!

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I'm in the middle of two books right now:

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

I'm probably a little more of a third of the way through with this and it's very inspiring! It's about Brende's own experiences living in an Amish community for a year. It's non-fiction, but it's so descriptive, it reads like fiction. And I read mostly non-fiction. I'm really loving it.

Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

This one I'm enjoying less. What I DO like about it is that the information is presented, so far, in a very non-emotional way. I think when talking about issues like factory farming and animal testing, it's easy to let yourself become overcome with anger and it turns people off. But because I feel so strongly on the subject and know so much about it already, it sort of has a text-book feel and I'm having a hard time forcing myself to read it.

I'll have to check out my bookshelves tomorrow and see what books I have in the way of fiction. Then I'll come back with a "to read" list!
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I have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in my hot little hands as we speak.

Having not ever read the original, I can't make a one-to-one comparison, but any Regency Romance novel that has zombies and ninjas is awesome in my book!

ok you dont mean you never read Pride and Prejudice do you?

i have been on a no book buying trend this year...we are over run with them here and i have been great (only purchased one new book this year, if you dont include the crafting books i bought). but ...i just lost my resolve and ordered this one.
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ok you dont mean you never read Pride and Prejudice do you?
That is exactly what I mean. I've never been a big Jane Austen fan, my specialization is in Contemporary American Literature and American Gothic/Horror Literature, so British novels in general and Regency novels in specific have never been high on my priority list (with the exception of British Gothic novels as they are the precursors to their American cousins), I've only read Jane Eyre and Persuasion because they were assigned for classes I took (Victorian Lit and Romance Lit respectively).

So, P&P&Z is a new experience for me, in more ways than one. BUT it has made me curious to read the P&P and see the differences/changes that have been made/added in.

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honestly (and im totally dating myself here), its been 30 years since i read it. so im going to download the audio book tonight and listen to it before the PP&Z gets here. i want to be able to compare from short term memory (b/c my long term memory is shot).
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I have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in my hot little hands as we speak.
I just requested it from my library - and I'm 144th on the list. :

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I just requested it from my library - and I'm 144th on the list. :
omg -- 144! I just got on hold list and I'm 11th -- only 2 copies in system though.

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Here's an article that just came out about the book in Publishers Weekly.

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Here's an article that just came out about the book in Publishers Weekly.
This is my favorite part: "For Rekulak it's now a matter of sifting through the proposals, which, if nothing else, are amusing; so far he's seen everything from A Farewell to Arms and Legs to The Corpse of Monte Cristo to As I Lay Bleeding"

I think a zombie novel as written by Ernest Hemigway or William Faulkner would be great!

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I'm 146th on the list with only 12 copies. Not as bad as when I was 912th on the list for Clinton's autobiography. Gotta love Seattle.

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This is my favorite part: "For Rekulak it's now a matter of sifting through the proposals, which, if nothing else, are amusing; so far he's seen everything from A Farewell to Arms and Legs to The Corpse of Monte Cristo to As I Lay Bleeding"

I think a zombie novel as written by Ernest Hemigway or William Faulkner would be great!
I loved that part too . . .

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I just requested it from my library - and I'm 144th on the list. :
wow...makes it worth the $8 on amazon lol
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wow...makes it worth the $8 on amazon lol
And the $12 I paid in the Houston Airport Borders.



On a side note, with the sudden upswing in Zombie Chic, (World War Z, Zombie Survival Guide, P&P&Z, Breathers, and all the films) in the last ... say 5 years ... I think I may have a topic for the Pop Culture Conference next year (in St. Louis)! Now, I just have to narrow my focus ... maybe zombie as illegal immigration narrative ... hmmmm ...

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I'm 146th on the list with only 12 copies. Not as bad as when I was 912th on the list for Clinton's autobiography. Gotta love Seattle.
Ugh, I know, right? I think the ONLY thing I miss about living in Metro Detroit is that I practically NEVER had to wait for a book. Of course, there is the added bonus of now living in a population that actually reads, so I guess I'll live.

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Did anyone yet mention that there is going to be a Pride & Predator movie?!

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Did anyone yet mention that there is going to be a Pride & Predator movie?!
I had seen it in February at the same time I became aware of P&P&Z, but it slipped my mind to mention it. In the same vein (no pun intended ... well ... maybe ...), I am also looking forward to Jane Bites Back:

"And a coming novel by Michael Thomas Ford called Jane Bites Back depicts Austen as a frustrated vampire, taking revenge on those who have made money from her work."

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THis was my favorite comment on the Pride and Predator article: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single predator in possession of a good arsenal, must be in want of a target..."

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (audio)

First published in 1920, this book tells the tale of a young man negotiating his way through the social mores of 19th century New York and his quiet heart ache. I enjoyed the very detailed descriptions; I was able to "see" New York a hundred and fifty years ago.

Imagine Edith Wharton and very civilized zombies!
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Imagine Edith Wharton and very civilized zombies!
One could make an argument that fin-de-siècle New York Society (and therefore Newland and May and Ellen) are "civilized zombies" of a kind.

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One could make an argument that fin-de-siècle New York Society (and therefore Newland and May and Ellen) are "civilized zombies" of a kind.
True! Though, Newland only gets infected later, and Ellen is able to escape the zombies by returning to Europe.
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I'm so sorry. We just went through this with my grandfather (he passed away of lymphoma two weeks ago). It's rough.
thank you. it's been a shocking and rough couple weeks. mom passed last night, peacefully, comfortably.

to you NCD! i'm so sorry about your grandfather.



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Having not ever read the original, I can't make a one-to-one comparison, but any Regency Romance novel that has zombies and ninjas is awesome in my book!
Oh! So quick! Is it fun? I need something fun.
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thank you. it's been a shocking and rough couple weeks. mom passed last night, peacefully, comfortably.
oh i am so sorry
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#15 The Sparrow by Mary Russell

At times, I felt like the book was slow, but I really enjoyed it and the slow pace enabled me to take my time reading it. It's a very interesting take on first contact.

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Oh fremontmama, I am so sorry. *hugs*

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