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Book Blogger Hop for August 05, 2011: 08/05/11

Book Blogger HopThis week we're asked which ARC would we love to have right now. The book I'm most looking forward to, and I know there are ARCs out now, is Pirate King by Laurie R. King. It's the twelfth book in her Russell and Holmes series. It's the only series I have kept up with since the beginning, back in the early 1990s!

I have read (and watched) other Sherlock Holmes re-imaginings but I like King's version best. I'd put Moffat's Sherlock modernization at a close number two.

The original book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, brings back memories of long train commutes between San Diego and Los Angeles. I wasn't much older than Mary Russell in the book at the time and I was nuts about the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I re-read the first book back in February and will be posting my review / trip down nostalgia lane soon.

Rather than hope and pray for an ARC, I will make a trip down to the Bookshop on B street and see about pre-ordering one. That's what I've done the last two times one of her books has come out.

Cover artGoodReads description:

In England’s young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. Nevertheless, at the request of Scotland Yard, Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate rumors of criminal activities that swirl around Fflytte’s popular movie studio. So Russell is traveling undercover to Portugal, along with the film crew that is gearing up to shoot a cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, the project will either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation ... or sink a boatload of careers.

Nothing seems amiss until the enormous company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, where the thirteen blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is bemusedly chaperoning meet the swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual filming, Russell feels a building storm of trouble: a derelict boat, a film crew with secrets, ominous currents between the pirates, decks awash with budding romance—and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only to their dangerous outlaw leader. Plus, there’s a spy on board. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.

Pirate King is a Laurie King treasure chest—thrilling, intelligent, romantic, a swiftly unreeling masterpiece of suspense.

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Comment #1: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 15:42:40

Howard Sherman

As with just about everything else, most people will be startled to learn which ARC I'm looking forward to the most.

Shocked, possibly.

So what's the next ARC I'm looking forward to the most? The one I can't stop thinking about? The one that gives me sweaty palms?

Hop on over to my blog now and find out



Comment #2: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:21:21

Pussreboots

I will do my best to stop by this weekend. I know you owe you a visit.



Comment #3: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 15:49:32

Cathy @ Abnormally Paranormal Reviews

Wow, you're dedicated! I've never heard of this series, but it's so cool that you've been keeping up with it since the early '90s! It's like the story never ends...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Friday!



Comment #4: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:23:25

Pussreboots

The series has had some lags where nothing has come out. Then three years ago it started up again, regular as clockwork.



Comment #5: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 16:38:40

Brenda

Sounds cool. Love the cover. Some day I might read a book aimed at an adult audience. The YA stuff is too good though! Thanks for stopping by my hop.



Comment #6: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:24:27

Pussreboots

I was a YA when I started reading the series. In fact, the main character is YA when the series starts. Give The Beekeepers Apprentice a try. That's the start and it reads like a YA mystery.



Comment #7: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 16:53:35

Rebs @ Book Rants

Sounds cool!



Comment #8: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:26:10

Pussreboots

It should be. The last two were excellent!



Comment #9: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 17:06:13

Barmy Bex

I love Sherlock Holmes stories, but haven't heard of these - thanks. I'll have to check them out. :D



Comment #10: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:27:12

Pussreboots

Some of the books stand alone. The last two must be read together. I don't know if this new one will stand alone or not. The first in the series is The Beekeeper's Apprentice.



Comment #11: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 17:11:45

Cheryl "Mash"

From the 90s...that must be a great series!!! Such dedication!!! Savor it.



Comment #12: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:30:11

Pussreboots

It's a very good series.



Comment #13: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 17:22:26

Bekah www.page317.com

Interesting book! I've never read anything by that author! I may add it to my TBR mountain! Thanks for stopping by page317!



Comment #14: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:31:12

Pussreboots

I don't know how well it will stand alone. The first book in the series is The Beekepper's Apprentice.



Comment #15: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 20:16:27

Kira

Just hopping back. Never read a Sherlock Holmes reimagining before. hmm. *follows*

Pretty in Fiction's FF and Hop



Comment #16: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:33:01

Pussreboots

There are lots and lots of them. Want any other recommendations?



Comment #17: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 20:39:38

Alison

Oooh sounds interesting. I do love pirates.



Comment #18: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:34:03

Pussreboots

I hope so. I love silent film history, pirates and of course Sherlock Holmes.



Comment #19: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 20:49:02

Trish

just hopping by! I never heard of Pirate King - sounds entertaining.

Happy Friday!



Comment #20: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:35:04

Pussreboots

It's been a very good series so far. The last bunch were excellent. I can't wait for this one!



Comment #21: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 21:20:14

Somer

This sounds interesting! Thanks for stopping by my blog!



Comment #22: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:40:12

Pussreboots

It should be.



Comment #23: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 21:56:37

Christy @TheReaderBee

This sounds like a great books! I hope that you are able to get an ARC of it!

Thanks for hopping by!



Comment #24: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:41:15

Pussreboots

I plan on buying myself a nice hardback to add to my collection.



Comment #25: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 22:01:23

Jolene

Just dropping by for the blog hop! That sounds like an intriguing book. I love a good suspense novel.



Comment #26: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:42:14

Pussreboots

It's been a great series. I've been eagerly awaiting this one since it was announced about a year ago.



Comment #27: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 22:56:52

Karen @ Book Light Graveyard

I haven't heard of this series, but it sounds great. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by!



Comment #28: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:44:25

Pussreboots

I hope you do. Happy reading.



Comment #29: Friday, August, 5, 2011 at 23:42:04

Lisa Loves Literature

Thanks for stopping by my blog. This book totally sounds like one that one of my best friends would love. I'll share it with her.



Comment #30: Friday, August 5, 2011 at 21:45:34

Pussreboots

Great. I wonder if she's read any of the others? Thanks for stopping by.



Comment #31: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 03:58:43

Shirley

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
Hmm...I've never heard of this series before...but it sounds really interesting!



Comment #32: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 21:53:35

Pussreboots

It's a great series. It had a little bit of a rough start after The Beekeeper's Apprentice but has settled into a very good set of books.



Comment #33: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 09:00:41

Jessica @ a GREAT read

That sounds like an interesting read! Hope you love it when you get it!

Have a GREAT weekend!



Comment #34: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 21:57:30

Pussreboots

I probably will. It has pirates, silent films and Sherlock Holmes!



Comment #35: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 09:31:31

DJL

Wow, this sounds like such an exciting book and series! :D I'll definitely have to look into it. Thank you for sharing and for visiting! Happy reading this weekend!



Comment #36: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 21:59:33

Pussreboots

I hope you give it a try. Happy reading.



Comment #37: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 09:57:41

Sarah

Sounds pretty interesting! I'm always up for pirate stories. I haven't read too many books about them though. I should change that. :]

Thanks for stopping by my friday memes as well!



Comment #38: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 22:00:35

Pussreboots

Robert Louis Stevenson is a good place to start for pirate stories.



Comment #39: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 11:06:14

Lauren

I haven't heard of this book.
Thanks for stopping by.



Comment #40: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 22:01:10

Pussreboots

You're welcome. Happy reading.



Comment #41: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 13:11:26

Jenni Elyse

I've heard a lot of good things about Laurie R. King. My mom recommended her to me when I told her I had an interest in Sherlock Holmes. I still haven't got to her yet, but I look forward to it.



Comment #42: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 22:04:31

Pussreboots

Listen to your Mom. It's a very good series.



Comment #43: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 13:46:27

Ashley

Just stopping by from FF.

Have a good weekend.



Comment #44: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 22:06:34

Pussreboots

Same to you. Happy reading.



Comment #45: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 15:21:22

GraceKrispy

I haven't heard of that series before — sounds interesting! I love when a book can bring you back to a time you first read it. There are several books that do that for me. The Boxcar Kids brings me back to my public library reading nook on a rainy day.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!



Comment #46: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 22:08:52

Pussreboots

I remember my friends reading The Boxcar Kids.



Comment #47: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 21:10:35

Nicki J Markus

Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend. That's great when you find a series like that!



Comment #48: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 22:10:11

Pussreboots

You're welcome. You're right; it is fun to follow a good series. Happy reading.



Comment #49: Saturday, August, 6, 2011 at 22:22:53

Shannon

Thanks for stopping by my Blog Hop :)! Wow, now that's dedication for following a series for that long.



Comment #50: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 22:12:22

Pussreboots

It's the only one I'm still following from back then.



Comment #51: Sunday, August, 7, 2011 at 14:12:48

Lisa Almeda Sumner

I have The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and I've heard nothing but good things about it. Hope I get to it soon.



Comment #52: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 08:30:41

Pussreboots

You should read it. It's a lovely book. It's not as tightly written as later books but still a great start to a series.



Comment #53: Sunday, August, 7, 2011 at 19:37:14

Kristin

Thanks for stopping by my blog on Friday. I have not heard of your ARC choice. It sounds very good though!



Comment #54: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 08:51:33

Pussreboots

I won't get it as an ARC but I will buy it when it comes out next month.



Comment #55: Monday, August, 8, 2011 at 08:48:01

Melissa

Thanks for hopping by my blog! You have a great pick! I love Laurie R. King's Mary Russel Novels! This one sounds thrilling!



Comment #56: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 08:52:25

Pussreboots

Doesn't it?