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Have you enjoyed a good book recently. Tell us about it. What are some of your regular magazines ?
 

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Have you enjoyed a good book recently. Tell us about it. What are some of your regular magazines ?

You must have been up late last night reading 7.

So I’d like to write a review here of twelve books...ha! Actually, just a quick point about several trilogies.

So my GF is into Nora Roberts. She bought the first book in a random mystical trilogy but she had trouble getting into it because it had a lot of foreign words in the first chapter. So I picked it up and soldiered through the Gaelic (I think) to find that the story was intriguing. Roberts is known for her soft core Mommy Porn but I got through it. Found I really liked her mystical tales. So I read the entire trilogy. That got me hooked.

So essentially I’d like to suggest the following trilogies I’ve read starting with one that focused on a group of male protagonists instead of women. I’ve enjoyed:

Sign of Seven
The Circle
The Cousins O’Dwyer (Dark Witch) - I am midway through the second book now.
The Guardians - this is the next trilogy I plan to read. My GF is halfway through the second book and told me that it might be her favorite of Nora’s stuff as it is different from the other trilogies.

Her trilogies are kind of formulaic in that each book focuses on one couple (of a group of six friends) and contains several small fantasy battles ending with a larger battle which is then arcing to a final war in the third book. Each book explores one couples relationship and lays out how that couple is critical to the larger group’s success. Beware: each book contains some minor smut.

You can find more about her trilogies at Series

Between each manly Nora Roberts trilogy I stop to read Dan Brown. His newest novel is sitting unread on my nightstand beneath four of Nora’s books. Priorities you know.
 
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Sign of Seven
The Circle
The Cousins O’Dwyer (Dark Witch) - I am midway through the second book now.
The Guardians - this is the next trilogy I plan to read. My GF is halfway through the second book and told me that it might be her favorite of Nora’s stuff as it is different from the other trilogies.
Thanks for the suggestions. Mrs C agrees. She also suggests Beatrice Small who writes historical romance stories.
 

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You must have been up late last night reading 7.

So I’d like to write a review here of twelve books...ha! Actually, just a quick point about several trilogies.

So my GF is into Nora Roberts. She bought the first book in a random mystical trilogy but she had trouble getting into it because it had a lot of foreign words in the first chapter. So I picked it up and soldiered through the Gaelic (I think) to find that the story was intriguing. Roberts is known for her soft core Mommy Porn but I got through it. Found I really liked her mystical tales. So I read the entire trilogy. That got me hooked.

So essentially I’d like to suggest the following trilogies I’ve read starting with one that focused on a group of male protagonists instead of women. I’ve enjoyed:

Sign of Seven
The Circle
The Cousins O’Dwyer (Dark Witch) - I am midway through the second book now.
The Guardians - this is the next trilogy I plan to read. My GF is halfway through the second book and told me that it might be her favorite of Nora’s stuff as it is different from the other trilogies.

Her trilogies are kind of formulaic in that each book focuses on one couple (of a group of six friends) and contains several small fantasy battles ending with a larger battle which is then arcing to a final war in the third book. Each book explores one couples relationship and lays out how that couple is critical to the larger group’s success. Beware: each book contains some minor smut.

You can find more about her trilogies at Series

Between each manly Nora Roberts trilogy I stop to read Dan Brown. His newest novel is sitting unread on my nightstand beneath four of Nora’s books. Priorities you know.
I just started reading the Guardian series, so no spoilers! Nora has been one of my go to authors for years. If you've not read her new one yet, Year One, grab it. Really really good and a bit like "The Stand" by King or even Swan Song by McCammon. Just a lighter version of it but a really good read. Can't wait for book 2.

Nora also writes as JD Robb for the In Death series featuring a futuristic lady cop named Eve and her former bad boy of a husband Roarke.

For those sci fi lovers out there, I highly recommend a very large series called Darkover, written by Marian Zimmer Bradley many years ago. It follows the saga of a lost colony from Earth that evolves into a highly advanced psi culture that destroys themselves right back to the middle ages. The series sucked me in whole years ago, and I occassionally reread the entire thing. Much wisdom hidden in some rather simple stories that will leave you wanting more of that universe.
 

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Another great author out there on a Dan Brown kinda level is this guy. His Event series is fantastic. I advise you start at the beginning of the series to get to know the ongoing characters.

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You must have been up late last night reading 7.

So I’d like to write a review here of twelve books...ha! Actually, just a quick point about several trilogies.

So my GF is into Nora Roberts. She bought the first book in a random mystical trilogy but she had trouble getting into it because it had a lot of foreign words in the first chapter. So I picked it up and soldiered through the Gaelic (I think) to find that the story was intriguing. Roberts is known for her soft core Mommy Porn but I got through it. Found I really liked her mystical tales. So I read the entire trilogy. That got me hooked.

So essentially I’d like to suggest the following trilogies I’ve read starting with one that focused on a group of male protagonists instead of women. I’ve enjoyed:

Sign of Seven
The Circle
The Cousins O’Dwyer (Dark Witch) - I am midway through the second book now.
The Guardians - this is the next trilogy I plan to read. My GF is halfway through the second book and told me that it might be her favorite of Nora’s stuff as it is different from the other trilogies.

Her trilogies are kind of formulaic in that each book focuses on one couple (of a group of six friends) and contains several small fantasy battles ending with a larger battle which is then arcing to a final war in the third book. Each book explores one couples relationship and lays out how that couple is critical to the larger group’s success. Beware: each book contains some minor smut.

You can find more about her trilogies at Series

Between each manly Nora Roberts trilogy I stop to read Dan Brown. His newest novel is sitting unread on my nightstand beneath four of Nora’s books. Priorities you know.
It's all your fault, Wands. I have now finished, since you posted this, the Guardian Trilogy and the Dark Witch trilogy. Yup, 6 books. And I just downloaded the Circle trilogy.
 

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It's all your fault, Wands. I have now finished, since you posted this, the Guardian Trilogy and the Dark Witch trilogy. Yup, 6 books. And I just downloaded the Circle trilogy.

Boy are you a prolific reader Debi. I must assume from the fact you are starting on your third trilogy that you are becoming a fan of that genre.
 

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I subscribe to Scientific American, Astronomy Magazine, National Geographic, and Discover.
I also buy around $80 worth of comics each month (plus an occasional HC omnibus such as my recent preorders of House of Mystery, and Conan The Barbarian).
 
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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay. First published in 1841. This is a pretty funny collection of popular delusions from Alchemy to mesmerism. From Mass manias and Crowd behaviors to human folly. It's also about grand-scale Madness, major schemes, scams and humans ability to bamboozle each other.
You'll also learn about tulipmania where investors lost fortunes on a single tulip bulb.
This really puts into perspective things like Bitcoin and Beatlemania.