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Initial post: 3 Dec 2013 15:24:51 GMT
carocaro says:
The 10,000 post locked the old thread. Here is your new one.

Posted on 3 Dec 2013 18:13:11 GMT
I Readalot says:
El Massri, I was like that when reading 'Alex', a deserving winner of the CWA International Dagger. I have another couple of French crime authors in my to read pile but they have a lot to live up to.

Posted on 3 Dec 2013 18:30:44 GMT
lonegunwoman says:
I Readalot, put Alex on my wish list looks interesting, crime is always a pleasant change lol. Just started The Interpretation of Murder which has been sat on my bookcase for some time and wanted a change from my usual fair, only a few pages in.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 19:34:51 GMT
I Readalot says:
I did enjoy Interpretation of Murder but for some reason haven't got round to reading any of his other books, lack of time I suppose.

I have had an odd relationship with crime novels, I read a lot of them and then went for years without reading any at all, then about 5/6 years ago I discovered Nordic crime which has led to other international authors and I haven't looked back.

Posted on 3 Dec 2013 20:08:06 GMT
S. Clarke says:
The Stack by R J Dodd - new author - great book!

Posted on 3 Dec 2013 21:20:30 GMT
I have Alex to read too as a few people mentioned it on here, I have yet to read a translated French crime novel, but when I was at Uni I read Patrick Modiano's Rue Des Boutiques Obscures, which I loved - it was about a man who had lost his memory and was trying to figure out who he was, but it was obviously not as straightforward as all that. It is called Missing Person in English, not sure it is that easy to come by though. It won the Prix Goncourt in 1978.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 22:44:07 GMT
lonegunwoman says:
You must have enjoyed Missing Person, just had a look and it is not available on kindle as yet, its now on my wish list.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 09:16:11 GMT
It was about 13 years ago or so that I read it, but it is one of the few books that I had to read at Uni that I really enjoyed and was able to finish without falling asleep when reading. I cannot say the same for Kafka's The Metamorphosis in German.....zzzzzz......

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 09:36:59 GMT
I Readalot says:
Hope you enjoy Alex Karen and you really should try Fred Vargas sometime starting with Have Mercy on Us All, dark story lines but a lot of humour and really quirky characters, till hasn't broken through in the UK yet.

Talking of underrated authors, Johan Theorin is another one (Swedish), not police procedurals, although police are involved, great characters and the stories involve folklore from the Island of Oland, where 3 of his books are set and have a supernatural feel. Asylum is a stand alone and set in mainland Sweden, very creepy and claustrophobic!

Posted on 5 Dec 2013 12:33:02 GMT
M. Dowden says:
I Readalot, I've quite got into those Vargas Commissaire Adamsberg stories.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2013 12:51:37 GMT
I Readalot says:
Pleased to hear it, you will have to spread the word now :)

Posted on 5 Dec 2013 18:33:31 GMT
carocaro says:
Have read Beauty (Unabridged) which is a modern retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story. Lots of tension and a baddie terrible...justice prevails, romance too. Mild erotic moments but not a lot ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2013 10:23:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2013 10:35:28 GMT
I Readalot says:
That reminded me, I read a 'modern' retelling of the story about 30 years ago, I remember that I enjoyed it but haven't a clue what it was called now, not surprising really as I had completely forgotten about the book until seeing your post. It was definitely an adult book and I think it had 'Rose' in the title.

Posted on 8 Dec 2013 23:32:12 GMT
Jen Errik says:
The retellings of Beauty and the Beast with 'Rose' in the title listed at AAR are:
The Quantum Rose (2000) by Catherine Asaro - Romantic Science Fiction
The Fire Rose (1995) by Mercedes Lackey - American Historical/Fantasy
Roses Have Thorns (9/1991) by Betty Neels - HR-3149
A Rose in Winter (1982) by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss - European Historical

Frankly none of those look likely to be your modern retelling - but I thought I'd pass them along just in case.

I'm not reading anything right now: I have to read 'Tuscan Rose' for my book club this week, so it's the next book up, but I profoundly don't want to read it, so I'm doing pre-Christmas tidying instead.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2013 07:11:15 GMT
I Readalot says:
I am beginning to wonder if the one I read has been out of print for years. Maybe one day I will have a brain wave and remember the title, but given the time gap I doubt it :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2013 20:07:57 GMT
carocaro says:
Thanks Jen, have noted them and will go look.

I Readalot there are a number of adult version or romance retellings including Rose Red and Snow Whites.

Posted on 10 Dec 2013 22:22:00 GMT
M. Jolliff says:
Currently reading The Worm Ouroboros (Millennium Fantasy Masterworks) and being totally blown away by the prose style and rhythm. The imagery is incredible. If only GRRM could write like this then the praise might be worth something.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2013 08:55:18 GMT
I Readalot says:
caro, I'll have to do some research, it's weird, I have never completely forgotten the book so I must have enjoyed it at the time, have an idea that the rose in the story was an ornament of some kind, maybe a sort of glass paperweight and the 'beast' was a millionaire. It did have a mild erotic element to it. Trouble is having read it so long ago and with having read so many books in between the important details like title and author have vanished, it is going to bug me now!

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 19:31:11 GMT
L. M. Wilson says:
Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga (an Epic Fantasy Adventure) [Kindle Edition] - Free today

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 12:42:47 GMT
Just finished ' ...Haunts of Men " the first of the Serrailler series by Susan Hill .... in a word : disappointing. Boring in bits ... the Love Interest ; Simon Serrailler ( too good to be true ) almost Android. There's a lot of researched facts ... If one is to be kind ; it informed in several spheres , the medical stuff was all accurate and well researched , but all in all a let down .

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 14:27:49 GMT
lonegunwoman says:
El Massri, sometimes even a well written and researched novel fails to please a disappointment when we have invested the time to read to the last page. Just finished a novel I started some time ago and enjoyed it so much more this time King's Fool. Hoping to start A Simple Amish Christmas which I have read before and enjoyed, looking forward to my christmas reading. Hope everyone is well. x

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 16:44:50 GMT
carocaro says:
Hmmm El Massri, I am very quick to find fault with incorrect medical facts, makes a change to say well researched. Shame it has other weaknesses though.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 16:47:03 GMT
carocaro says:
Hi Lonegunwoman, I think a simplified Christmas whether secular as most experience, or if religious then that too is a nice thought with the over excess of advertising every time you turn TV on.

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 19:20:22 GMT
novice says:
Good new book just read. Not for the faint-hearted but a real page-turner.

Prime of Death

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013 00:07:49 GMT
lonegunwoman says:
Caro, a quiet Christmas is good sometimes, I do not enjoy too much television as you say advertising is often is excessive, just finished Kings Fool, starting Millionaire recommended by a friend, a little dark. Also for the second time Dark Lover: Number 1 in series (Black Dagger Brotherhood), a light easy read enjoyable read for me. Hope you are well and looking forward to the holidays.
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