Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: rrnewneighbors.org [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series events will be listed here. Next event:

PRESS RELEASE: JEFF ABBOTT, JANUARY 31, 2018, GEORGETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."

Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.

In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “

A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.

He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.

The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.

A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.

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The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
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Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Thirteenth Tale Has Us Talking About Ghosts

Considering all the rain we are hoping for in the next few hours, I guess we can be glad we had such picture-perfect weather for our meeting on Monday. The weather looked perfect! Too bad we had to experience the feel of it!

We had a great turnout, as usual, with mostly big fans of the new author, Diane Setterfield, and The Thirteenth Tale. I forgot to ask for a thumbs up/thumbs down vote, but I got the feeling everyone liked the book.

The Thirteenth Tale: Please note that this section may contain spoilers, so don't read it if you are still planning to finish the book and don't want any help. There was some indication among the group that a little help might be good even when reading this book for the first time! This was one of those books that some of us have read more than once and many of us would like to read again to get the details and convoluted plot ironed out. We had some discussion about our feelings as to whether a book should or should not require taking notes or creating a character tree or timeline for understanding. I think you have to decide that for yourself!

Did you go home and look up "amanuensis" online? I looked at onelook.com. It had links to 29 places to get the definition. TMI. Can the Internet be too big already?

I'm going to summarize our discussion of this book by listing questions that came up about the book during our discussion. Readers had questions throughout their reading, and then we had questions while discussing the book. Even those few who had read the book more than once didn't seem to feel that they had yet plumbed the depths of The Thirteenth Tale. Questions that we were unable to answer conclusively during our discussion: (1) Who were the original twins' parents? (2) Who was pulled from the fire? (3) Were there really ghosts in the story, and if so, who were they? I think we mostly answered the third question. I thought I knew the answer to the first question, and the text might contain it, but discussion seemed to indicate that this question was left somewhat open, as was the second question.

We were impressed by this author in general and especially because this was her first book! Apparently, the book impressed the publishers when it was written, because there was a bidding war and the author made close to $3 million between the British and American releases., which is very rare, especially for first novels. We found the story compelling, the vocabulary impressive, and the tale to be well designed and fascinating. The characters were interesting and well-developed, and there were lots of teasers and mysteries throughout the story!

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