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10:54 am: MASTER OF HEATHCREST HALL by Galen Beckett

Just finished MASTER OF HEATHCREST HALL

Absolutely delightful!

This is the final book in the series that starts with THE MAGICIANS AND MRS. QUENT and includes THE HOUSE ON DURROW STREET. The story takes place in Altaria, an alternate Britain from a world where day and night are not of the same length. The story is in part Regency Manner with magic, Gothic, reveolutionary story, and Lovecraftian. The author handles each separate mood masterfully.

It is primarily intrigue and mystery. The romance angle is very, very light.

Strongly recommend it to those who wish their Jane Austin had more Lovecraft in it.

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From:bojojoti
Date:July 28th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I added them all to my to-read list.

P.S. Is there a reason why you haven't joined Goodreads.com? It would be a nice place to introduce yourself to more readers.

Edited at 2012-07-28 10:25 pm (UTC)
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 29th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
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I have been reluctant to commit time to something else. What is it like?
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From:bojojoti
Date:July 30th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
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I love Goodreads. You could limit your interaction as an author if you are concerned about time. Just set up an account. It would allow people to get to know you. It's nice to read a biography about the authors who bring us such wonderful stories. Then, you could make announcements about your new books that are being published. It would give you so much more exposure to new readers. I use Goodreads to decide what to read/buy next.

Goodreads allows me to keep track of the books I read and the books I buy. Before Goodreads, I would often buy the same book time and again! In my defense, that was in a period of time where I was suffering terrible short-term memory, but even now that my memory is much better, I find I love having a record. Also, I have a list of to-read or wishlist books, so if I'm at a bookstore, my son can look on his smartphone (there's an app for that!) to see what I'm wanting to buy next.

I currently follow Patrick Rothfuss (he reviews the books he reads, and we do NOT have the same taste at all!); Shayne Parkinson; and Neil Gaiman. They all accept readers as friends and share their reviews and updates. Lois McMaster Bujold doesn't accept readers as friends, so one may become her fan to receive updates about her published books. It's a very one-sided relationship where the fans don't have any interaction with her. I just noticed that I never added Jim Butcher as a fan, and I've now remedied that! I want to know when his next book is out. He used to post on LJ, so I guess that's why I never added him, but he hasn't used LJ in ages.

I just checked and you do have an account because you are an author, and you already have 14 fans, even without your presence.

Pooh, I said all that, and I should have just sent this (which I just found): http://www.goodreads.com/author/program.

There are 9,8000,000 readers on Goodreads. This is too good a resource for an author to not utilize.

Oh, and if you decide to join, add me: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1054594-bojojoti
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 30th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
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Sounds delightful. I guess I'll join. Probably not until tomorrow, though. As it is pretty late.

My dad used to buy the same book twice, too. He'd buy it, have it shipped home, take forever to unpack it, and buy it again before he got around to opening the books.

I got a couple of very nice books that way. ;-)
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From:bojojoti
Date:July 30th, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
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Hi, Jagi. Is there a reason you didn't claim your author name that is already established at Goodreads? http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1938680.L_Jagi_Lamplighter
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 30th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
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When I went there, I discovered I already had an account I had opened years ago, but never visited. That is the one from which I befriended you.

I also went to my author's account and hit the 'is this you' option...but they haven't got back to me yet. Assuming that they do, and I get in, I will befriend you from there, too.

;-)
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From:bojojoti
Date:July 30th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Great! I don't believe John is a Goodreads author; he may want to claim his author's account, also (although his photo and blog are displayed). And, you could put a short bio to introduce yourself to new readers on your account.

My son is a business major, and I think he's rubbed off on me! Goodreads is a great opportunity to promote yourself in an easy, free way. It never hurts to expose your books to new readers.

Welcome aboard!
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 31st, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
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I put my picture and a brief blurb up. They activated my author's account, too.

We'll see how it goes. ;-)
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From:marycatelli
Date:July 29th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
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Huh. I read the first one but didn't go on. Something about finding the plot too blatantly lifted from Jane Eyre and Turn of the Screw.
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From:arhyalon
Date:July 29th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
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I used to be a huge Gothic fan and nearly every Gothic has a young woman as a governess stuck in a creepy mansion. The Ivy and Mr. Quent story line didn't seem any more like Jane Eyre to me than it did like any number of Victoria Holt books. I though the author did the Gothic mood very well.

I really like the world he put together and the intricate things that happen. I think, of the three books, I liked the second one the most.
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