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What to Read? Part 5

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Honestly, the pickings are slim today on the Top 100 Free. Overwhelmingly sexy romance, even the book in 1 st place is a romantic mystery. Compare the top six free to the top free paid. Top 100 Paid for Aug. 27 th 2017 First item to draw my attention is that Beneath a Scarlet Sky , about to be made into a movie, is number 5. For $1.99, that’s almost as good as free. Next, #1, #5, and #6 have over 16,000 reviews with an average above 4 stars. Sixteen thousand readers cannot lie! It’s an interesting note that two of the top six are tales of courage and love during the Nazi years (Beneath a Scarlet Sky and From Sand and Ash). Three are Thrillers/Suspense. All are priced below $5.00. However, if what you want is FREE, then you’d be better off searching the Free offerings under specific categories.  For example, Top Free in Fantasy or Top Free in Science Fiction. Below is a listing for to

Took or Baggins? Part 4

Chapter 4: A Short Cut to Mushrooms   -In the morning, the friends awaken to find the elves have gone.   -Frodo, Sam, and Pippin leave the main road and cut through the     wilderness  just in time before a Black Rider appears.    -The group ends up in Farmer Maggot’s house. He tells them that a dark     stranger on a black horse is searching for Frodo.    -Farmer Maggot gets them to the ferry crossing in secret. Wonderful Quote: Short cuts make long delays. My thoughts: There is beautiful imagery and great reading for those readers who actually love the process of reading: the enjoyment of mood, atmosphere, subtle creation of suspense, beautiful and poetic wording. Those looking for action-based, fast reading may be bored. Chapter 5: A Conspiracy Unmasked        -A short history of Buckland is given.    -A glimpse of a Black Rider happens as they disembark from the ferry.    -At Crickhollow, Merry and Pippin disclose that they know all about the      Ring.    - It's

What to Read? Part 4

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When trying to choose a variety of genres from the Top 100 Free list, a problem soon emerges: there is little variety. A careful examination of the list shows that the majority of titles are in the romance genre. On the first page (#1-#20) there are 12 romances out of 20 offerings. As the reader moves up the list, the proportion of romances to other genres increases. On Aug 8 th , 2017,  items 41-60 are as follows. Reminder: this list changes as the day wears on.  41- Lucky in Love- Romance>Sports 42- A Real cowboy Never Says No- Romance>Westerns 43- Accounting for Love- Romance>Westerns 44- The Red Door Inn- Romance>Inspirational 45- Married This Year 2 -Romance>Contemporary 46- The Chocolate Garden- New Adult>College 47- Damnation- Romance>Paranormal 48- Uncommon- Woman’s>Christian 49- Ella Wood- Romance>Historical 50- Tougher Than The Rest- Romance>Western 51- Haunted by Love- Romance Paranormal 52- Hawaiian Han

Took or Baggins? Part 3

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Prologue    Tolkien uses the prologue to give the reader background he feels is necessary. We are told not only about the physical, cultural, and racial traits of the Hobbits, but also quite a bit about their history. He tells that they descended from three different breeds: the Harfoots, the Stoors, and the Fallowhides. He implies that the histories he talks about may have spanned many thousands of years. Tolkien then goes into an extended narration of the history of Bilbo’s finding of The Ring and ends up touching on the subject of Shire records. It’s clear that Tolkien assumed that the person delving into LOTR may have never read The Hobbit , and he endeavored to provide information that would be useful to such a reader.   Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party . (Tolkien titled each chapter.)    -Preparations begin for Bilbo’s 111 th birthday and Frodo’s 33 rd , as     they both share the same birthday, September 22 nd . A party like no other     is planned. Rich Bi