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rfisher
02-09-2011, 01:12 AM
I am looking forward to the next Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse book (http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Reckoning-Sookie-Stackhouse-Book/dp/0441020313/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297213606&sr=8-1) coming out in May. Although, I have to say her later books in the series have not been nearly as good as the earlier ones. I am hoping the author finds her groove again and returns to writing form.

The first chapter is up on her website. I'll reserve judgement.

jen_faith
02-09-2011, 01:19 AM
The first chapter is up on her website. I'll reserve judgement.

Ehh the last time I read her first chapter (for the last book) I thought there was promise, and the book was a dud IMO. I think this time the 1st chapter is a dud, so maybe the book will be good. Perverse logic, but one can always hope! I miss the old Eric and Sookie of earlier books, like the book where Eric loses his memory (I forget the title).

Prancer
02-09-2011, 02:34 AM
No but I am thinking about reading it. An NPR reviewer recommended (http://www.npr.org/2010/12/30/131442476/oh-to-be-young-the-year-s-best-teen-reads) it highly.

Ah, and there's a nice review of The Things A Brother Knows there, too. I was thinking of getting that one for Amish boy as well. Every review I've seen of that one has been glowing.

rfisher
02-09-2011, 02:38 AM
Ehh the last time I read her first chapter (for the last book) I thought there was promise, and the book was a dud IMO. I think this time the 1st chapter is a dud, so maybe the book will be good. Perverse logic, but one can always hope! I miss the old Eric and Sookie of earlier books, like the book where Eric loses his memory (I forget the title).

Yeah. Domesticated Eric is boring. I hope they don't do that to Alex Skaarsgard.

IceAlisa
02-09-2011, 03:34 AM
I downloaded Before I Fall (http://www.amazon.com/Before-I-Fall-Lauren-Oliver/dp/006172680X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1297200026&sr=1-1) for my daughter and ended up reading it myself. I can't see my daughter liking a book about a teenaged girl getting to relive the day of her death until she gets it right, but I thought it was a good YA read.

My tween niece was reading this at the last family function. She said she liked it.

PrincessLeppard
02-09-2011, 03:53 AM
My only hesitation is that it's a James Frey Full Fathom Five project book (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703805004575606393086301082.html) and I hate the idea of making a financial contribution.

:sekret: Library.

Prancer
02-09-2011, 04:04 AM
:sekret: Library.

I want him to have it to read THIS school year.

dbell1
02-09-2011, 04:37 AM
I just finished "The Last Queen", about Juana, Queen of Spain and daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella. What a sad story. :( http://scandalouswoman.blogspot.com/2009/06/juana-of-castile-mad-for-love-or.html

I now feel compelled to go search out more tragic historical figures. Or, there's always that murder mystery in the bedroom... :shuffle:

RockTheTassel
02-09-2011, 05:28 AM
I've been loving non-fiction lately. Just finished The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton and Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli.

The architecture book had some nice ideas, but the writing was so overdone. I've been reading it since November, only taking a few pages at a time. And this is coming from a reader who usually plows through books. I wish he'd simplified it more, especially since it was promoted as a great introduction to architecture.

Harry, A History is about the Harry Potter phenomenon, but focuses a lot on the fandom, such as the popular fan websites and rock bands. It's a great book for anyone who cared about the fandom, but the interest probably wouldn't extend beyond that. I loved the chapters about the author's interviews with J.K. Rowling.

Now I'm reading First Family by Joseph Ellis, which chronicles the life of Abigail and John Adams during the rise of his career. It's really good so far.

Wyliefan
02-09-2011, 03:01 PM
I really wish Byatt hadn't felt compelled to put so many dashes in the poets' letters in Possession. It may be authentic, but it's driving me to drink. "I sent some of my smaller poems -- a little sheaf -- selected with trembling -- to a great Poet -- who shall be nameless, I cannot write his name -- asking -- Are These Poems?" Oh my LORD, quit playing Emily Dickinson and just write the bloody letter!!

(This is what insomnia does to me. Ugly, isn't it?)

IceAlisa
02-09-2011, 05:41 PM
ITA, Wyliefan. It's like shortness of breath in epistolary form. Extremely annoying.

Wyliefan
02-09-2011, 05:43 PM
That's exactly what it's like. I'm about ready to hook both of them up to oxygen.

IceAlisa
02-09-2011, 07:47 PM
We'll make it--through--Wyliefan. Hang in--there. :P

Southpaw
02-09-2011, 07:50 PM
I really wish Byatt hadn't felt compelled to put so many dashes in the poets' letters in Possession. It may be authentic, but it's driving me to drink. "I sent some of my smaller poems -- a little sheaf -- selected with trembling -- to a great Poet -- who shall be nameless, I cannot write his name -- asking -- Are These Poems?" Oh my LORD, quit playing Emily Dickinson and just write the bloody letter!!

(This is what insomnia does to me. Ugly, isn't it?)

You sound like William Shatner.

Wyliefan
02-09-2011, 08:02 PM
You sound like William Shatner.

Oh, help! :scream: