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RJHowe

RJHowe

Joined May 2018

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Pickpick

A fantastic book. Simply the best price of historical fiction I have read in years. Great characters thrown into terrible situations, great pacing and just enough historical detail to make you feel you are there but not overwhelm. Felt like I lived the Civil War with the characters. It is however graphically violent and contains sexual violence. Highly recommend this one, it was a treat to read.

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Think Like a Freak | Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
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Pickpick

Picked up this book for a change a pace and really enjoyed it. Too often in politics or business or in our personal lives we get led astray by fuzzy thinking or dogmatism. The authors outline a series of guidelines to help avoid poor conclusions and to generate new approaches to problems. Lots of useful guidance. It doesn‘t purport to offer answers rather techniques for finding them on your own. The writing style was quite engaging.

Trollkonstnaren I think I want to read this :D I am interested in how to improve myself by breaking (insane) standards. 10mo
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Pickpick

A fun little book that does not take itself too seriously. A bunch of illustrated techniques for operatives drawn from the author‘s own experience. Lots of interesting ideas for the fiction writer, well organized and laid out. Don‘t try these at home!

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Mehso-so

A bit of a let down. Unfairly harsh on real MFAs and tried to do way too much in too short a book. Ended up covering too many topics with no real depth. The number of times you are offered bonus materials (which should have been in the book) if you join her e mail list was annoying as were too many forced acronyms. I quite liked her application of the scientific method to writing styles but that was not enough to carry this book.

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Panpan

This book about the life of the founder of the Satan‘s Choice MC was disappointing. It was clear the author got too close to his subject and fell into a form of hero worship. While there are endless pages about his boxing and fighting prowess barely a line is given about his violence against women and crimes. The book also could have simply have delivered much more detail about its subject rather than pleasant reminiscing.

TSellers You might have already read it but Hunter Thompson‘s Hell‘s Angels should scratch that MC itch. 10mo
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Battle Royale: Remastered | Koushun Takami
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Mehso-so

On the plus side it is tense, fast paced and very tightly plotted for a 600 page book. There are a number of well thought out and well executed twists.

On the minus the gore is overdone and loses its impact. The characters are unrealistic and there is zero character development. For a book that is supposed to comment on human nature it fails.

Read it for great suspense and quality plotting, or to be able to talk about it, but nothing more.

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After a couple of poor reads decided to turn to a sure winner. Walter Mosley never lets me down.

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Wastelanders: Raid | K. S. Merbeth
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Mehso-so

So this is an omnibus of two novels by this author set in a Mad Max like post nuclear war world. The action is fast and the authors voice excellent. After that it was wasted potential. The world is grossly underdeveloped, the characters also not explored deeply enough. It was like the raw material was there and the writer had the craft to deliver but she turned away from doing the hard work of developing the novels. So much missed potential.

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The Goblin Emperor | Katherine Addison
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Mehso-so

I was over two hundred pages in and a serious problem had not yet arisen for the protagonist. The world was okay but it seemed like everyone was just trying to rumour and innuendo each other to death and nothing came of it. If the character was awesomely deep this might have been overcome but he was not that interesting. This book was recommended to me by a good source so I wanted to enjoy it but it fizzled out.

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Pickpick

An editor at HMH was kind enough to give me this ARC and I was blown away by this dark urban fantasy. It is a deeply moving and disturbing narrative that offers so many levels on enjoyment that it is hard to describe. The craft is tight, characters flawed and human and the pacing spot on. This book will have me thinking for weeks. If you enjoy urban fantasy or care about the human spirit this work would be a great fit for you.

Leniverse Sounds like my kind of thing. 👍 13mo
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Started this ARC on a beach here in Dubai. It is a haunting and dark urban fantasy full of social overtones with a literary feel. So far I am quite enjoying it.

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For those who miss our old friend Borders, it is still alive and well in the UAE.

Nebklvr I really miss Borders. 13mo
DeleteAcct ❤ I do miss it. 13mo
vivastory I really miss Borders. And Hollywood Video. 13mo
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Samplergal Awww. I loved Borders. 13mo
SW-T Awesome! 13mo
Bookish_B Awww! I do miss them 😞 13mo
DGRachel I miss Borders so much. 😔 13mo
Bklover I loved Borders! 13mo
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National Book Festival | Library of Congress, Laura Welch Bush
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It is hard to show in pictures just how big this book festival in the UAE is. Seven halls, each bigger than a football field filled with book sellers and publishers from all over the world. 2,000,000 titles available for purchase, from 1500 vendors. Continuous programming, panels and lectures, all free to the public. Everything from antiquarian books to the latest manga. An unbelievable event.

lahousewyfe Wow!! 13mo
Chrissyreadit I would not have expected this in the UAE. Maybe I do not know enough about the area. 13mo
RJHowe @Chrissyreadit The UAE 🇦🇪 is a very unique country in the region. I am learning a ton here. 13mo
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TNbookworm Wow! That sounds like book heaven! 13mo
RJHowe @TNbookworm Pretty close from my perspective. 13mo
NenaB Wow! Was this in Dubai? I missed that! 10mo
RJHowe @NenaB it was in Sharjah, just down the road. It runs every year. 10mo
NenaB Do you know what month? My daughter lives in Dubai so I would like to make sure I visit that month. Thanks. 10mo
RJHowe @NenaB for 2019 it will be Oct 30 to Nov 9. Well worth a visit. 10mo
NenaB @RJHowe thank you for the info. 10mo
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Currently in Sharjah UAE where the Sultan is funding an amazing program called Knowledge Without Borders. Each home is given a free library unit and 50 free books to help increase literacy, understanding and spirituality. So far 30000 units and 1000000 books have been distributed. The more reading the better!

LibrarianRyan That is an awesome program. 13mo
BridgetteM Wow! That sounds amazing! 13mo
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Lonely Planet Dubai & Abu Dhabi | Lonely Planet, Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Jenny Walker
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On board Emirates Air with my amazing wife @KJHowe headed for Dubai and the big book festival in the UAE. There are serious perks being married to your favourite author! We will do our best to show our friends here just what it is like. Bon voyage!

RavenLovelyReads Wow!! Safe travels! 🤓 13mo
britt_brooke Luxurious! Safe travels! 13mo
TheSpineView Travel safe!✈ 13mo
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Smrloomis Awesome. Hope you have a great time. The weather‘s good right now. 13mo
BookwormAHN Have fun 😺 13mo
Mdargusch Have fun! 13mo
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Heresy | Melissa Lenhardt
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Just finished the ARC of this book and was blown away. It is a great novel with compelling characters, well paced action and powerful emotions set in a well drawn western setting. It has everything you want from a western, outlaws, cattle rustlers, lawmen, ex-slaves and great shoot outs all centred around an unforgettable cast of female protagonists. Even the conceit and structure is original and deftly executed. Loved this book.

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Can never get enough steampunk!

1. Submarine with Captain Nemo
2. Got a bum knee that could use an upgrade
3. Dogs FTW with a shout out to K-9
4. Moorcock‘s Nomad of the Time Stream Trilogy

LibrarianRyan K9. Forgot about him. And I to would ride with Capt Nemo. ⭐️👍🏻🤓 1y
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Random Acts | Valerie Sherrard
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@Trashcanman is having a #randomgiveaway. You should flip a coin to decide if you are going to enter. Mine landed on its edge so I took it as a sign.

Congrats on your accomplishment Trashcanman and keep up the chaotic work

quirkyreader Yippie for you. 🐸🐙 1y
Trashcanman Lol, thank you and that reminds me of an awesome episode of the Twilight Zone. Thank you for entering. 🙂 1y
Trashcanman @quirkyreader thank you 🙂 1y
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K.J. Howe‘s second novel Skyjack is on sale today on all of the e book platforms, including Amazon for $2.99. In fact I think Amazon may be offering it for a little less. A good deal for some great reading.

Laura317 This sounds good! Buying. 1y
KJHowe @Laura317 thanks Laura! I hope you enjoy it. Don‘t be shy about letting me know what you think of it. (edited) 1y
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Furyborn | Claire Legrand
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It is a sad commentary on my life and TBR pile that I am finally getting around to reading this ARC some months after pub day. It takes some of the fun out of it. However the quality of the book makes up for a lot of that.

KatieanneF What a beautiful cover! 1y
toofondofbooks I love Claire Legrand 1y
RJHowe @toofondofbooks it is my first of hers but won‘t be my last 1y
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Moorcock's Multiverse | Michael Moorcock
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#HelloThursday

1. Michael Moorcock
2. Greg Iles
3. Stephen Jay Gould
4. K.J. Howe. - ITW Thriller Award Best First Novel

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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Defence Speeches | Marcus Tullius Cicero, Cicero,, D. H. Berry
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#agameoffavorites. Classics

Some great classics have been posted already so I decided to go in a different direction.

As a trial lawyer I studied the work of the great Roman lawyer Cicero for years. His work was amazing and his systemic approach to persuasion centuries ahead of its time. In many ways it shows how human emotion and the desire for justice have not changed in millennia.

He was influenced by the Greek rhetorician Archias.

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The Freedom Broker | K. J. Howe
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#agameoffavorites Day 8 Award Winner

The easiest day so far for me. I go with my amazing wife #kjhowe whose Freedom Broker just won Best First Novel form the International Thriller Writers and is nominated for others.

Her favourite book is The Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrel.

The pic is her with her editor Nathaniel Marunas when she won the award. Editors never get enough credit but they do such much to create the books we love.

Redwritinghood Congrats! 1y
Texreader That‘s fantastic @KJHowe ! Congratulations!! 1y
ReadZenRites Congratulations 🎉 @KJHowe !! 1y
KJHowe @Texreader @ReadZenRites @Redwritinghood Thanks for the kind words. I am still not 100% convinced it was my name they called that night, but I am going with it! 1y
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Playing With Fire | Peter Robinson
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#agameoffavorites

The mystery challenge was definately hardest of all. I am stuck between the two Peters, Robinson and James and it is a tie! Besides they are both friends so I can't put one over the other.

Peter James was inspired to write by the book Brighton Rock and Peter Robinson's would definately include The Water's Edge.

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The Salt Roads | Nalo Hopkinson
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#agameoffavorites

I hate when I get behind but will work to catch up.

My favourite author of colour is the amazing Nalo Hopkinson. She is a lover of Shakespeare as her father was a Shakespearean trained actor. She has a particular fondness for the Tempest IIRC.

I am blurbing this book of hers because she lived in Toronto when she wrote it and I was privileged to help her with some of the research on it.

ErinSueMreads I‘m so far behind on commenting so don‘t feel too bad. Great choice! Adding to my list! 1y
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#humpdaypost

1. Joe Strummer of the Clash
2. 2 books a week
3. Not enough!
4. I keep hearing we have crime but never encountering it
5. I used to compete in real steel medieval combat, with and without armour

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Hominids | Robert J. Sawyer
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So Rob is both a good friend and at the top of my list for favourite local authors. He has won every major award for spec fic (Hugo, nebula etc) and the Order of Canada to boot! Totally nice guy as well.

He has a number of favourite books but I know Dune by Frank Herbert is right up there.

Pic is part of my RJS collection

#gameoffavorites.

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Hawkmoon: The Runestaff | Michael Moorcock
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My fav fantasy author is one of the the foundations of modern SF and Fantasy, Michael Moorcock. Picking one book of his is impossible.

His fav is hard, he wrote hundreds of reviews, introductions, academic works on fiction and obits for other authors.

So I go with his love of the feminist SF novel The Female Man by Joanna Russ of which he said

"Smarter and grittier than LeGuin, angrier than Octavia Butler...".

#gameoffavorites.

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There is no doubt my favourite female author is my lovely wife @KJHowe I can say with some confidence her favourite book is David Morrell's Brotherhood of the Rose 😀.

There are so many great female authors it is hard to narrow down from the rest but if you are looking for a female spec fic hidden gem try Nalo Hopkinson. Her fav is Shattered like a Glass Goblin by Ellison.

ErinSueMreads Lovely! I didn‘t know you both were authors! Thanks for joining in! Would you like to be tagged in the prompt each morning? There are nine more days. 1y
RJHowe @ErinSueG I would love to be tagged thanks. This is a great game. 1y
ErinSueMreads Awesome! I‘ll tag you in day one too in case you want to do that one 1y
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Game of Thrones | George R R Martin
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Okay so I may have gone a little fan boy with this purchase, but who doesn't like a good pen?

Whimsical.Curiosity Just don't let anyone steal it! #penthief 1y
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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So this is my first Litsy driven read. Only reading it for #bbbbc and the discussion. Sure am glad I jumped on that wagon because I am really enjoying it. Just have to pick up the pace and get it finished.

KOTK It is still in my tbr shelf. Bought it and on hikiday next week when it and 2 others are going to be completed. All litsy tips. Love this app 1y
InLibrisVeritas I'm glad you are enjoying it! 1y
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Festival of Death | Jonathan Morris
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The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival is in full swing. Reading and writing people are the best people.

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Pickpick

A good starter book on writing by a great novelist. Not a long read but a good one. Filled with straightforward guidance of practical value. I understand he will be publishing another monograph to help writers later this year. Which reminds me I should get back to writing.

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Pickpick

An energetic if imperfect read. The book contains a number of hypocracies, logical inconsistencies and in one case intentional ignoring of a serious issue that it should discuss. But conversations about race are needed and if this intelligent and dedicated author wants to help make that happen, good on her. Approached with a critical mind and some caution this book has a lot to offer.

readordierachel I'm curious to know what you found hypocritical or inconsistent, and what issue you think she intentionally ignores? 1y
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Pickpick

This book was published in 1912 and is considered the start of the traditional western model. As I read I was surprised to discover the plot was built around two love stories and the historical Morman-gentile conflict. It has its fair share of overwriting, exaggerated dialogue and sexism, but it remains an interesting period price. The twist at the end was quite clever.

Bookwomble My Penguin edition had an excellent introduction which provide context for the themes of white slavery and distrust of Mormonism. Incidentally, it helped me to better understand the Conan Doyle's Holmes novels, A Study in Scarlet andThe Valley of Fear, which, I think, between them treat similar themes as Grey. It you've seen the film, Valley of thee Gwanji, I thought its premise of the lost valley similar to the ending of Purple Sage. 1y
Tonton I remember reading this a real long time ago; the title stayed with me though。must reread! 1y
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Freedom Broker | K J Howe
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So incredibly proud of my wife, #KJHowe whose first novel, #thefreedombroker won the Thriller Award for Best First Novel at #thrillerfest tonight. The most incredible night of her publishing life happened to her surrounded by her ITW family. And congratulations from this year's Thrillermaster were greatly appreciated.

Erofan Congratulate🎉 1y
VioletBramble Congratulations!! 🎉 1y
TaylorMay That's amazing Congrats to her!!! 1y
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CarolynM Wow! Congratulations! 1y
JennyM Wow! That‘s awesome. Many congratulations and another to add to my TBR 😘 1y
Dhanya2277 Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 1y
thereadingowlvina Congrats!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎈🎈🎈 1y
Tiffanywrites2 That‘s awesome! Congratulations 1y
UwannaPublishme Woo hoo! Congrats! 🍾👏🏻👏🏻 1y
TrishB Brilliant 👍🏻🎉🎉 1y
mabell Wow congrats! 🎉🎉 1y
Mdargusch Wonderful! Congratulations!🎉 1y
Parvez Awesome 😀 1y
tammysue Congratulations! 🎊🥂 1y
RJHowe #whatshesreadingnow #parvez #mdargusch #mabell #trishb #uwannapublishme #tiffanywrites2 #thereafingowlvina #dhana2277 #jennym #carolynm #taylormay #violetbramble #erofan. We greatly appreciate your support. It really goes to show that hard work and open heart can pay off in the literary world. 1y
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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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The Thrillermaster panel from #thrillerfest today. A pretty august group sharing stories and wisdom.

Baawrabookster Wow this is so cool☺️✌️🦄 1y
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A song of ice and fire | George R. R. Martin
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Had a chance to work and talk with Mr. Martin at #thrillerfest tonight. A more down to earth, funnier and articulate gent you are not likely to meet.

EchoLogical Did he say anything about the remaining books?! 😭 1y
Nerdy_Bookworm Please tell me he mentioned something about the remaining books in the series. I refuse to watch five endings to the final season of "Game of Thrones" and not know how it really ends! 1y
Quirkybookworm I refuse to start Game of Thrones yet til the series done! There‘s nothing worse than being left hanging with no ending. 1y
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laurenlovesliterature 😮😮😮😮👍👍👍👍 1y
RJHowe @echological @Nerdy_Bookworm @Quirkybookworm @laurenlovesliterature All I know is that he is working on the next two books and any announcement about dates will come through his publisher. Although I must say the popular history style book coming out in November sounds intriguing. 1y
Briget66 George R.R. Martin is an amazing author! I fell in love with his Fire and Ice series YEARS ago and to see HBO (and George!!) do such an awesome job is just icing on the cake. Boy, can that man Write! Love him!! 1y
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Steven teaching the techniques of delivering killer twists at #thrillerfest today in his own unique style. It was standing room only and he blew my mind several times.

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My Sister's Grave | Robert Dugoni
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Had the privilege of doing a full day writers intensive masterclass with Bob Dugoni today at #thrillerfest. He is a thoughtful, direct and inspirational instructor. If you ever get a chance to study with him, take it.

It was only made better by having the talented Sandra Brannan in our class.

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One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote | Bonnie Worth, Katherine Ross
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#makemereadit

So please cast your vote on which book in my TBR pile that I should read in August and I will read as many as I can in that order. On the road almost all of July so will be ready for some quality reading time by August.

Thanks again to #thereadingmermaid for the brilliant idea for this game.

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KimHM LBJ 1y
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VeganCleopatra Loving all the historical options! 1y
CSeydel 24 Hours at Waterloo 1y
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Howseldomtheydo Child 44 1y
Mollyanna Washington 1y
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Dogearedcopy We‘re big fans of NF books about LBJ so I‘m voting for 1y
parasolofdoom Ysabel 1y
UwannaPublishme Haven't read it, but it sounds so good: 1y
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#fandomfriday

1. R2D2
2. Jon Pertwee (my docs have names!)
3. Team Snow
4. #1
5. Beaker or Animal

#librarianryan

tournevis And your share my Doctor! *Squee* 1y
Stacy_31 Beaker is mine, too. ❤️ 1y
RJHowe #tournevis. #stacy_31. Great taste abounds 1y
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Fevre Dream | George R. R. Martin
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So if you put Anne Rice, Mark Twain and Joseph Conrad into a blender and fire it up you get this wonderful novel. A well constructed and original vampire novel this book delivers. You get an amazing feel for life in the riverboat trade in the 1850s and 60s and the tension keeps ramping up with some nice twists. A little slow in places, the great characters make up for it. Highly recommended.

LauraJ Ah, the days before vampires sparkled. 1y
RJHowe @LauraJ I remember them fondly 1y
Literary_Siren I kinda want to read this but I feel so betrayed with ASOIAF. 😔 1y
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RJHowe #Literary_Siren I get that. But this one is a stand alone (from 1982!), all wrapped up in one volume 👍🏻 1y
Branwen Ooooh! This looks amazing! I may have to try it out! 1y
LeticiaToraci Love vampire stories and the author too. It's probably great! 1y
trioxin_sematary Yeah, I really liked this novel! 1y
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Last reminder that #KJHowe‘s #beatdiabetes giveaway entry period closes at midnight July 5.

Prizes include three signed Brenda Novak novels and signed hardcovers of K.J.‘s books.

Litsy support has already helped raise substantial funds for diabetes research. All you have to do to enter is sign up for K.J.‘s mailing list at

https://www.kjhowe.com/mailing-list/

Wishing a wonderful Independence Day to our American friends and neighbours.

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Fevre Dream | George R. R. Martin
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Time to get butt in gear. Looking forward to seeing GRRM at #thrillerfest next week and figure I should try to read some of his older work to learn more of what he is all about.

Crewgurl If you haven‘t yet, check out his interview on The Great American Read! 1y
esurient I loved GRRM's short story Sandkings best, but his novella series Tuff Voyaging is another favorite of mi e. 1y
esurient ...and second rec. 1y
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RJHowe @Crewgurl will do. Thanks for the tip 1y
RJHowe @esurient will check those out for sure 1y
Quirkybookworm A lot of people didn‘t care for this book. But I did and still do! I‘m impressed how he tackled a novel which it‘s TOTALLY out of his field. But man, he did so well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wouldn‘t mind reading the novel again after 9 years. 1y
RJHowe @Quirkybookworm so far I am really enjoying it. His ability to portray the feel of the period is great. 1y
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Well it appears that Ann has put out an updated version of this great historical study. The one in the pic is the original in my collection. The only question for me is how much weeping my wallet will have to do. Do I get this one or the British Museum copy with Mercer for more than double the cost?

Dogearedcopy I‘m not quite clear as to why you would buy a copy of a book you already have (Am I misunderstanding the first option?) so I would definitely go for the Curry/Mercer Edition. 1y
RJHowe @Dogearedcopy she has updated the old book with new material for the latest edition. But I think I will bite the bullet and get the Mercer. 1y
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The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order | Associate Professor National Defense University Sean McFate
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This is a great primer for anyone trying to come to grips with the trend of PMCs or the privatization of military force. The author served in the US airborne, then worked as a mercenary and now teaches at the National War College and thus is uniquely qualified. It offers a good historical and current overview. It asks many of the important questions. The details of the PMC building of the Liberian army were particularly insightful.

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No matter what you think about evolution, prose like this, logically incisive, charming and powerfully persuasive is a great reminder as to why Gould was one of the great science writers of the last century.

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Just finished some work reading. This was was well written and informative. It was great how he combined the scientific underpinnings with lots of real world examples. If you are in sales, or do much negotiating or are just interested in human behaviour I would recommend this.

Martta I've been looking for something like this! I have been wanting to read something about negotiating with people in workplace setting. Something about how to "sell" my ideas credibly to colleagues and improving my debate skills. Would you say this book would help with that? Would you have any other suggestions? 1y
RJHowe @Martta I think this book would serve you well for that purpose. In the same vein I would also recommend 1y
Martta Thanks! These are both awesome! 😊 1y
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The Freedom Broker | K. J. Howe
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The Freedom Broker is currently supposed to be on sale for $ 2.99 but due to a glitch it is currently $2.30 on amazon.com. I have no idea when this will get corrected.

This novel is a finalist for the Best First Novel Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best Thriller of 2017. Library Journal named it one of the top five Thrillers of 2017.

Thea Paris is a strong female protagonist with diabetes and family problems. A great summer read.