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: [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:


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.


The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
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.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Men That Hate Women" (Warning: This Post Contains Spoilers about a Mystery)

In Sweden, the book was titled, "Men That Hate Women." We read it as "The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo." This was the first of three books that author Stieg Larsson wrote before he died from a heart attack. The story was interesting, exciting, and unique. Everyone at the meeting said they had enjoyed the book!

The style of this book was a little different from many modern novels. The author switched back and forth to different characters, but he generally switched during a calm part of the story, rather than creating a cliffhanger and then switching. Exciting twists and turns of the story were completed, if not totally resolved. Some of us felt that this made the story easier to follow. It was a complex story with numerous characters, places, events, and points of view. The fact that it was exciting and yet reasonably easy to follow added to the pleasure of reading the story.

One of our members felt that Blomqvist's noncommittal relationships with women, along with the depravity of some of the villains of the story, indicated that the author had a negative attitude toward women. Most others disagreed, feeling that the Blomqvist character was realistic rather than negative. Also, we mentioned the statistics at the beginnings of chapters about crime against women, which seemed to show that the author was trying to promote awareness of these problems of in society.

We didn't have many unanswered questions with this story. However, I raised a question which we were unable to resolve during the meeting. I suggested that there might have been an inconsistency, in that no one recognized Martin in the photo that showed his distinctive jacket with the red patches. Looking back at the book, I found that Blomqvist had showed the photo to Frode, and Frode had not known who it was. Blomqvist planned to show the photo to Henrik but had not gotten a chance before Anna, Henrik's housekeeper, recognized the jacket in the photo as belonging to Martin.

Another question I had was why Salander had destroyed so much evidence. I don't think she was trying to save the Vanger family. Was it merely selfish, in not wanting a big story to potentially involve her? Did she feel that it would be best that the families of these unfortunate women ever found out what had happened? I think the implication was that it was because she was in love with Blomqvist and wanted to save him from having to disclose the embarrassing episode in Martin's torture chamber. Any other ideas?

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