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66 - The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read - Tim C Leedom (edit)
67 - The Third Circle - Amanda Quick
68 - No Mercy - Sherrilyn Kenyon
69 - Burn - Linda Howard
70 - Whispered Lies - Sherrilyn Kenyon/Dianna Love
71 - Silent Truth - Sherrilyn Kenyon/Dianna Love
72 - Ice - Linda Howard
73 - Names My Sisters Call Me - Megan Crane
74 - Happy Ever After - Nora Roberts
75 - Stranger Than Fiction - Denise Robins (autobiography)
76 - Changing Grooms - Sasha Wagstaff
77 - Cast Not the Day - Paul Waters
78 - Time's Legacy - Barbara Erskine
79 - Drop Dead Gorgeous - Linda Howard
80 - Wicked Games - Sasha Wagstaff
81 - Phantom in the Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon/Dianna Love
82 - Hitler's War - Harry Turtledove

I think I'm all Kenyon-ed out now. Enjoying the Howards so far. The Paul Waters was a late-Roman London, surprisingly enjoyable, will look for more. Preferred the first Wagstaff to the second. Liked the Erskine - haven't really read any of hers since Lady of Hay. The Leedom book was VERY interesting - lots of comparative religion stuff that I, as a non-theist, find very interesting.
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22 - Take A Chance On Me - Jill Mansell
23 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
24 - The Brazen Bride - Stephanie Laurens
25 - Red Letter Day - Colette Caddle
26 - The Lady & The Lion - Kay Hooper
27 - Once A Thief - Kay Hooper
28 - Always A Thief - Kay Hooper
29 - All For Quinn - Kay Hooper
30 - On Wings of Magic - Kay Hooper
31 - Eye of the Beholder - Kay Hooper
32 - Anyone But You - Jennifer Crusie
33 - The Haunting of Josie - Kay Hooper
34 - Memory - Lois McMaster Bujold
35 - Blood Dreams - Kay Hooper
36 - Blood Sins - Kay Hooper
37 - Blood Ties - Kay Hooper
38 - On Her Doorstep - Kay Hooper

Finishing off my Kay Hooper marathon with a mixture of her romances and psychic thrillers. Still waiting for more Quinn books, re-reading those two/four always lifts my spirits. Crusie re-read just because - that is one of my favourites, not least because of the age difference of the couple. Have just discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon and plan to try and read all hers in order if the library has them.
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Since I started the original list in September 2008 I thought I'd start again from number 1 this September:

1 Mystic and Rider - Sharon Shinn
2 Angel Lane - Sheila Roberts
3 Temptation and Surrender - Stephanie Laurens
4 The Maverick - Diana Palmer
5 Nightstar - Fern Michaels
6 High Noon - Nora Roberts
7 Time After Time - Kay Hooper
8 In Serena's Web - Kay Hooper
9 Raven on the Wing - Kay Hooper
10 Rafferty's Wife - Kay Hooper
11 Zach's Law - Kay Hooper
12 The Fall of Lucas Kendrick - Kay Hooper
13 Unmasking Kelsey - Kay Hooper
14 Outlaw Derek - Kay Hooper
15 Shades of Grey - Kay Hooper
16 Captain's Paradise - Kay Hooper
17 It Takes A Thief - Kay Hooper
18 Aces High - Kay Hooper
19 Savor the Moment - Nora Roberts (Brides Quartet Bk 3)
20 Wedding Season - Katie Fforde
21 Forever FM - Colette Caddle

The Kay Hooper books are Bantam Loveswepts and form a series with recurring characters in all of them. Can't believe it's been more than 2 years since I last read them. I think I've mentioned before that the Brides Quartet is Roberts channelling Jennifer Crusie. I'm not overfond of Roberts but these are good. And the Katie Fforde is brilliant as usual - I really like her stuff although sadly I think I've caught up with all she has written to date. Going to see if I can find more Colette Caddle, Irish writer of modern romance set in Dublin.

Books

Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:08 am
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I'm on a Crusie re-read (it's my holiday and I'll read what I want to) and have just finished Manhunting.

Has anyone else read it who can comment on a problem I have? There was a scene missing, I swear. All through the latter part of the book I was waiting for the bit where spoiler ). I'm sure it was there last time I read the book, but it wasn't this time.

So am I thinking of a similar scene in another of her books? Or am I just going mad again?

Help?
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308 - Natural Born Charmer - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
309 - Venetia - Georgette Heyer
310 - First Lady - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
311 - It Had To Be You - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
312 - The Princess Bride - William Goldman
313 - Dogs and Goddesses - Jennifer Crusie/Anne Stuart/Lani Dianne Rich
314 - The Edge of Desire - Stephanie Laurens
315 - Neither Here Nor There - Bill Bryson
316 - Mother Tongue - Bill Bryson
317 - Making the Cat Laugh - Lynne Truss
318 - A Civil Contract - Georgette Heyer
319 - The Toll-Gate - Georgette Heyer
320 - Magic Flutes - Eva Ibbotson
321 - Sooner or Later (audio) - Debbie Macomber
322 - Mr Cavendish, I Presume - Julia Quinn
323 - The Hallowed Hunt - Lois McMaster Bujold
324 - The Ship Who Searched - Mercedes Lackey/Anne McCaffrey
325 - Partnership - Margaret Ball/Anne McCaffrey
326 - The Winding Stair - Jane Aiken Hodge
327 - CryoBurn - Lois McMaster Bujold
328 - Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
329 - Aphrodite's Smile - Stuart Harrison

Been a couple of months since I updated the list. Very busy with the knitting so not much time for reading. About 50% of these are re-reads. I have mixed feelings about the Bujold. Will post later with a spolier cut when I'm more coherent in my thoughts.
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286 - The Stolen Princess - Anne Gracie
287 - His Captive Lady - Anne Gracie
288 - How the Sheriff Was Won - Anne Gracie
289 - Tallie's Knight - Anne Gracie
290 - The Quiet Gentleman - Georgette Heyer
291 - A History of Britain 1 - Simon Schama
292 - Hawke - Ted Bell
293 - A History of Britain 2 - Simon Schama
294 - Madam, Will You Talk? - Mary Stewart
295 - Ain't She Sweet? - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
296 - Match Me If You Can - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
297 - This Heart of Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
298 - What I Did For Love - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
299 - Wicked Widow - Amanda Quick
300 - Hysterical Blondeness - Suzanne Macpherson
301 - Cotillion - Georgette Heyer
302 - Catalyst - Anne McCaffrey/Elizabeth Scarborough
303 - Glitter Baby - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
304 - Kiss An Angel - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
305 - Dream A Little Dream - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
306 - Lady Be Good - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
307 - Breathing Room - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Enjoying the Phillips, Crusie-like and quite good. The McCaffrey was too YA for me - just couldn't get into it at all. The Stewart is my outright favourite of hers - gets a re-read at least once a year. Read the Heyer with the list. Didn't really like the Bell that much, not as good as his hype.

The Schama were interesting but I'm disappointed he spent so little time on the period in vol 1 (3000BC to 1601) jamming in whole dynasties in a couple of pages (Wars of the Roses anyone??? - I think Richard III got two sentences!) and then spending mind-bogglingly boring amounts of time on the 1640s Civil War and the American Wars in vol 2 (1601 - 1776). Haven't opened vol 3 yet.
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Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either. BTW, according to the BBC if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.

List under cut )

So, yes I've read a few of these! 36 complete and 19 partials for a total of 55.
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269 - Sight Unseen - Robert Goddard
270 - The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason - Sam Harris
271 - The Road to Gretna - Carola Dunn
272 - Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why - Bart D Ehrman
273 - A Woman Alone - Pamela Oldfield
274 - Arabella - Georgette Heyer
275 - Gallant Waif - Anne Gracie
276 - The Perfect Rake - Anne Gracie
277 - The Margarets - Sheri S Tepper
278 - Hawk O'Toole's Hostage - Sandra Brown
279 - Seduction by Design (audio) - Sandra Brown
280 - The Grand Sophy - Georgette Heyer
281 - Dead Lagoon - Michael Dibdin
282 - The Perfect Waltz - Anne Gracie
283 - The Perfect Stranger - Anne Gracie
284 - The Perfect Kiss - Anne Gracie
285 - Fatherland - Robert Harris

The Goddard and Dibdin were good mysteries. The Tepper was weird (I think I prefer her earlier stuff).

The Gracies were charming Regencies in ebook/Word format, would like to buy these if I could find them. The two Heyers were from the list reading schedule.

Both of the Browns annoyed me intensely. "Heroes" who wouldn't take no for an answer - sexual harrassment bordering on assault. Kept me wanting to slap them upside the head with a clue by four and yelling at the girl to get the hell out of what looked like developing into an abusive relationship! Old-fashioned "Wromance" my Aunt Fanny!

Fatherland is set in an AU Germany which won WW2 and is the premier power in the world. The USA didn't participate in the war and in 1964, when this is set, Joseph P Kennedy is President, Edward VIII is King of England while Churchill and Princess Elizabeth live in exile in Canada. The story is a murder mystery which leads the investigator to discover the fact of the Holocaust which has been successfully covered up by the German government. According to the official line, the Jews have all been re-settled "in the East" and no one really asks what happened to them all. Everyone is in uniform and the NSDAP Party seems based on the Communist Party for pervasiveness and totalitarian dominance of everyday life. A good read.
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249 - A Lord for Miss Larkin - Carola Dunn
250 - Much Ado About You - Eloisa James
251 - A Bride For His Convenience - Edith Layton
252 - The Merchant of Menace - Jill Chuchill
253 - Bride Enchanted - Edith Layton
254 - Duchess by Night - Eloisa James
255 - Lie by Moonlight - Amanda Quick
256 - What Angels Fear - C.S.Harris
257 - Lord Whitley's Bride - Sharon Milburn
258 - Fault Lines - Natasha Cooper
259 - The Holtzmann Plague - Gareth Harvey
260 - Cold as Ice - Anne Stuart
261 - Knitting Bones - Monica Ferris
262 - Dead Men Don't Crochet - Betty Hechtman
263 - A Killing Cure - Ellen Hart
264 - The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
265 - God Is Not Great - Christopher Hitchens
266 - Festering Lilies - Natasha Cooper
267 - Bed of Roses (audio) - Nora Roberts
268 - Clutch of Phantoms - Clare Layton

I think I've OD'd on Eloisa James - the last three I read all seemed the same and I couldn't even get into the very last (which isn't mentioned here). Don't think I'll read any more. The Harris is the first of the Sebastian St Cyr mysteries and was quite good - would like to read more of those.

Dawkins and Hitchens were to feed my inner atheist - both good, although Hitchens is a little more vitriolic than Dawkins [G]. Bed of Roses is the second in Roberts' Bride Quartet - the next one will be Laurel and Del and the last one is Parker and Mal (just guessing, but I bet I'm right!). Still reminiscent of Crusie IMNSHO, although not as light and humourous as the first one.
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I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the passages where the crew are visiting F.E.P.E.A. House (I'm still wondering what those initials stand for - would at least two of them be Peabody Emerson?) and it quickly becomes obvious that it is the Emersons' old house, still standing and in use after all these years (complete with very familiar cat). The display case holding Amelia's bits and pieces (gun, knife, bandage, etc.) is a marvellous in-joke if you've read the Peabody books.

And, of course, the later bits where MPM herself appears to discuss the acquisition of more journals from John and Schmidt goes all gushy over her (she's wearing The Ring and he's a fan of the LOTR movies). I think, from memory, that John is Ramses' grandson - his mother Jen (Guinevere) being Ramses' youngest daughter - as he mentions Grandad being irresistible to women and great-Grandad having to beat them off with a stick! Of course, the timeline is a bit skewed given how long she's been writing this series, but she makes mention of "the present now" in the foreword to explain the different levels of technology compared to the earlier books.
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235 - Something Rotten (audio) - Jasper fforde
236 - The Lady Disguised - Elizabeth Mansfield
237 - Finding Laura (audio) - Kay Hooper
238 - Rotten Apples - Natasha Cooper
239 - The Gallant Lord Ives - Emily Hendrickson
240 - Black Sheep's Daughter - Carola Dunn
241 - A Farewell to Yarns - Jill Chuchill
242 - Fear of Frying - Jill Chuchill
243 - The Laughter of Dead Kings (audio) - Elizabeth Peters
244 - Desperate Duchesses - Eloisa James
245 - The Accidental Florist - Jill Chuchill
246 - Born in Shame - Nora Roberts
247 - White Lies - Jayne Anne Krentz
248 - For the Love of a Pirate - Edith Layton

I got confused in "Fear of Frying" when the main character kept making references to someone called 'Sheriff Andy Taylor' and 'Deputy Barney Fife' as if they would be known to anyone reading the books. I rather wished she'd made at least a small explanation so I could have got the joke too. As it was it was just plain annoying.

Which brings me to another (personal) gripe I have with USian authors writing books set in Britain/Ireland. British people NEVER use the word 'fall' to name the season of autumn. Nor is the word 'biscuit' EVER used to describe what is patently a scone. Wishing someone 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas' - absolutely not. At least not in Regency times [I'm allowing for some corruption in modern-day usage]. Oh, And we don't 'write' someone - we 'write to' someone.

That said, I often wonder what egregious sins are committed by British writers setting books in the US. I've only read the Charlie Fox series by Zoe Sharp (where the English protag is in the US for some of the books) and they seem OK; but I've not read anything where the characters and setting are all USian.

Woot!

Dec. 20th, 2009 11:21 pm
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I got an email from the library to say that "Laughter of Dead Kings" audiobook I had ordered is in! I'm still waiting for the dead tree version - not sure if I want to listen before I read, but they've already lost the book!
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218 - An Affair Before Christmas - Eloisa James
219 - Midnight Pleasures - Eloisa James
220 - Barefoot Bride - Jessica Hart
221 - Born in Fire - Nora Roberts
222 - Mulch Ado About Nothing - Jill Chuchill
223 - Swapping Lives - Jane Green
224 - Against the Day - Michael Conlin
225 - Born in Ice - Nora Roberts
226 - A Very Dutiful Daughter - Elizabeth Mansfield
227 - A Perilous Engagement - Emily Hendrickson
228 - The Templar Legacy - Steve Berry
229 - Queen of the May - Emily Hendrickson
230 - When the Duke Returns - Eloisa James
231 - Mad Merlin - J Robert King
232 - The Spy Wore Silk - Andrea Pickens
233 - Fool for Love - Eloisa James
234 - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

Zombies. Says it all, really.
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200 - Eden Burning - Elizabeth Lowell
201 - Mr Darcy's Daughters - Elizabeth Aston
202 - The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy - Elizabeth Aston
203 - The True Darcy Spirit - Elizabeth Aston
204 - Mr Knightley's Diary - Amanda Grange
205 - A Visit to Highbury - Joan Austen-Leigh
206 - Captain Wentworth's Diary - Amanda Grange
207 - The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society - Beth Pattillo
208 - Exhaustive Enquiries - Betty Rowlands
209 - A Holiday of Love - Judith McNaught ed.
210 - The Unforgiving Minutes - Mary Monica Pulver
211 - Endless Blue - Wen Spencer
212 - Flight from the Eagle - Dinah Dean
213 - The Eagle's Fate - Dinah Dean
214 - The Green Gallant - Dinah Dean
215 - The Ice King - Dinah Dean
216 - Tatya's Story - Dinah Dean
217 - Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum

Really enjoyed the Aston set, also re-reads on the Grange (Amanda Grange is a member of the Heyer list - her stuff is good). The Pulver was good and the Spencer excellent (would really like another in that universe). The Dean series is a much-loved re-read, historical romance set in and around Russia during the Napoleonic wars.
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180 - Summer Magic - Gil McNeil edit.
181 - Divas Don't Knit - Gil McNeil
182 - Winter Fire - Jo Beverley
183 - Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
184 - The Secret Pearl - Mary Balogh
185 - Hot Mama - Jennifer Estep
186 - The Only Boy For Me - Gil McNeil
187 - Unravel Me - Christie Ridgway
188 - Mad About the Boy - Maggie Alderson
189 - Hanging by a Thread - Monica Ferris
190 - Murder at the War - Mary Monica Pulver
191 - The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
192 - The Hollow Hills - Mary Stewart
193 - Last Act - Jane Aiken Hodge
194 - Knit Two - Kate Jacob
195 - Vision in White - Nora Roberts
196 - Moonlight on the Nile - Elizabeth Ashton
197 - Daniella's Decision - Genevieve Lyons
198 - Darcy's Diary - Amanda Grange
199 - Watching Out - Ann Granger

The Stewart, Hodge and Grange were all favourite re-reads. Didn't really like the Shaffer - epistolary novels are so not my thing - and the Ashton was an old-fashioned GmB-GlB-GgB-HEA formula romance, not very well written either.

The Nora Roberts was a bit of a surprise, though. Seems like she's been channeling Jennifer Crusie, because it was one of the most readable Roberts I've ever come across - if you told me Crusie had written it I'd believe you.
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165 - The Shop on Blossom Street - Debbie Macomber
166 - Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase
167 - Night Whispers - Judith McNaught
168 - Died in the Wool - Mary Kruger
169 - Lady Beware - Jo Beverley
170 - Knit Fast Die Young - Mary Kruger
171 - A Killer Stitch - Maggie Sefton
172 - Every Breath You Take - Judith McNaught
173 - Knitting - Anne Bartlett
174 - A Lady's Secret - Jo Beverley
175 - Pants on Fire - Maggie Alderson
176 - Tender Triumph - Judith McNaught
177 - Cherry Cheesecake Murder - Joanne Fluke
178 - Someone to Watch Over Me - Judith McNaught
179 - Azincourt - Bernard Cornwell
180 - Needles and Pearls - Gil McNeil

The Chase was fun, definitely one I'd like to get a keeper copy of. I also liked the McNaughts - except for Tender Triumph - I like the romantic suspense stuff. Liked the first Beverley but not the second one.

As you can see, I've also been reading a lot of "knitting fiction"; I really liked the McNeil - it was a sequel but I have the first one "Divas Don't Knit" on order from the library.

The Fluke had heaps of recipes in it and I'm going to need some help from the USians to decipher some of her comments (and ingredients). I'll post separately on that.
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145 - Dangerous Prey - Lindsay McKenna
146 - The Asti Spumante Code - Toby Clements
147 - Matilda at the Speed of Light - ed Damien Broderick
148 - Slippery When Wet - Kimberley Raye
149 - Your Scandalous Ways - Loretta Chase
150 - From This Moment On - Lynn Kurland
151 - In Defence of Food - Michael Pollan
152 - Cents & Sensibility - Maggie Alderson
153 - Hard Day's Knight - Katie MacAlister
154 - A Mother for the Tycoon's Child - Patricia Thayer
155 - Stardust - Neil Gaiman
156 - Genreflecting - Diana Tixier Herald
157 - Something Wicked - David Roberts
158 - No One Noticed the Cat - Anne McCaffrey
159 - Death of a Raven - Margaret Duffy
160 - Dragon Harper - Anne & Todd McCaffrey
161 - Shoe Money - Maggie Alderson
162 - A Holiday Gamble - Jane Feather
163 - When Sparks Fly - Sabrina Jeffries
164 - Snowy Night With a Highlander - Julia London

The Pollan book was good. I really liked the Alderson/s. The joint McCaffrey annoyed the crap out of me - it was just 'Moreta' re-written in a different time-frame and with a younger (male) protag. Gahhh! I've definitely reached my absolute limit of 'sexy' Regencies, though (those last three). It deeply jars my sense of what's proper when the unmarried girl succumbs to the lordling's importunities. For some reason it doesn't bother me if it's a widow, but for the young virginal girl it just seems anachronistic. I may be prudish in this regard - or just brought up on Heyer - but Ivanesque I find myself saying "that's just wrong!"
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126 - Shards of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
127 - Barrayar - Lois McMaster Bujold
128 - Magic or Madness - Justine Larbalestier
129 - House of Shadows - Violet Winspear
130 - The Obesity Myth: Why Our Obsession With Weight is Harmful to Our Health - Paul Campos
131 - The Virgin & the Unicorn - Joan Smith
132 - The Kissing Bough - Joan Smith
133 - Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
134 - Lady Madeline's Folly - Joan Smith
135 - Losing It: False Hopes & Fat Profits in the Diet Industry - Laura Fraser
136 - New Free Chocolate Sex - Keith Lowe
137 - A Masculine Ending - Joan Smith
138 - The Winter King - Bernard Cornwell
139 - To the Limit - Pamela Britton
140 - Beyond the Limit - Lindsay McKenna
141 - A Nascar Holiday - Kimberley Raye
142 - Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer - audiobook
143 - Big Fat lies: The Truth About Your Weight & Your Health - Glenn A Gaesser PhD
144 - Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold

A revolution of sorts. I've given up dieting forever; from now on it's fitness not fatness that is my area of concern.
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113 - Stealing Shadows - Kay Hooper
114 - Chill of Fear - Kay Hooper
115 - Fen - Freya North
116 - Behold Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer
117 - Search the Shadows - Barbara Michaels
118 - Dear Fatty - Dawn French
119 - Sense of Evil - Kay Hooper
120 - Sleeping With Fear - Kay Hooper
121 - The Pythons Autobiography - Pythons/Bob McCabe
122 - Cat - Freya North
123 - And Now For Something Completely Different - John Cleese/ Robert Gore Langton
124 - How Not to Write a Novel - Newman/Mittelmark
125 - The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet - Colleen McCullough

I don't think I really like what McCullough has done with Austen's characters; there are other 'extensions' I prefer to this one.

Holy Cow!

Apr. 13th, 2009 10:04 pm
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I'm waiting with bated breath to see what comes of this cock-up:

http://azurelunatic.livejournal.com/6289805.html

and another opinion:

http://tehdely.livejournal.com/88823.html

Either way ISTM that Amazon are facing a world of hurt.

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