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Marilee J. Layman

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June 16th, 2007

08:35 pm: Basilisk by N.M. Browne
I'd read this before and recommended it to the group and while most liked it, there wasn't strong like. The ones who didn't like it thought it should be longer, have more background. Also, some thought it shouldn't be YA because of rape and torture. I explained that this was originally published in the UK where they aren't as picky about that, but it is the exact same book here in the US.

This book is set on another planet a couple of generations after the nobility has been deposed (and moved to living in underground burial niches, called the Combes) and the guy now in charge aboveground turns out to be a really lousy leader and his people actually have less food and lesser clothes than the Combers do (via treaty). A man comes up from the Combes and meets a woman of the town and together they find out that things are not exactly as they seem. They're in danger and when they separate to find out more information, she gets caught by the Chief Torturer and has to be saved, not just because people like her, but because her dreams can make a Contrivence operate to scare people to death. The society is fascinating.

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08:44 pm: Faturday
I had bookgroup today and since I kept setting the alarm ahead, I didn't have my regular Pizza Hut lunch. The group wanted to go out to Carabbas, an Italian restaurant, and since I hadn't eaten, I went, too. I had veal piccata (yes, I know it's dead calf) which I really like and hadn't had in a long time with a side of spaghetti pomodoro and salad. I'm stuffed. I may be stuffed until tomorrow night. I sat with the teenagers of one couple from the group. I know the teens well and we have interesting conversations. Our newest member brought her boyfriend and her son to group and they came with us to dinner, and I was pleased to see the boyfriend joining in the conversation at his end of the table. They each checked out next month's book, The Night Train to Rigel, so I hope to see him talking more in group next time.

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