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PrincessLeppard
06-03-2011, 03:59 PM
That's messed up. :scream:

Catching Fire is good. But don't read the last one. :yikes:

rfisher
06-03-2011, 06:02 PM
That's messed up. :scream:

Catching Fire is good. But don't read the last one. :yikes:

I 2nd that. Just stop after the 2nd book and imagine your own ending. It'll be better.

genevieve
06-03-2011, 06:50 PM
I remember well the warnings! :P

I'm sure I won't be able to resist the 3rd book but at least I know to get it from the library instead of buying it

IceAlisa
06-03-2011, 06:56 PM
I stayed up until well after midnight reading Human Croquet. It has this Groundhog Day quality to it and is really unlike most books with linear narrative. Atkinson has the same themes running through all the books of hers that I've read: abandonment of children, loss of a loved one, suffering of children at the hands of adults. :fragile:

Nomad
06-05-2011, 05:09 PM
Anita Loos provided some much-needed laughter. After Gentlemen Prefer Blondes I plunged into But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, the tale of Lorelei's wisecracking sidekick Dorothy (based, I think, on Louise Brooks). And this morning I started At Mrs. Lippincote's by Elizabeth Taylor. Not the actress, but a marvelous writer with a dozen novels and some short story collections that have been reissued by Virago Modern Classics. Quiet, subtle, beautifully written.

Buzz
06-05-2011, 06:39 PM
A Place Beyond Courage - Elizabeth Chadwick

IceAlisa
06-05-2011, 07:05 PM
Anita Loos provided some much-needed laughter. After Gentlemen Prefer Blondes I plunged into But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, the tale of Lorelei's wisecracking sidekick Dorothy (based, I think, on Louise Brooks).

I got a used copy of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for my summer read on your recommendation. :)

Hey Prancer, how are you doing with Kate Atkinson? I do hope you give her a chance and start with Case Histories.

rfisher
06-05-2011, 07:32 PM
If I'd bought her When will good news come, I'd have already sent it to the library. It's tedious and goes on all these tangents till you forget there's supposed to be a mystery. I no longer care if anyone "done it". I think the missing characters fled so they wouldn't be subjected to anymore musing by the author. The due date is tomorrow and it's going back to the library with 3 discs unlistened to.

IceAlisa
06-05-2011, 07:36 PM
It's definitely NOT your typical murder mystery, that is true. But that's also why I like it. I enjoy her writing style a great deal.

Prancer
06-05-2011, 11:50 PM
Hey Prancer, how are you doing with Kate Atkinson? I do hope you give her a chance and start with Case Histories.

:shuffle:

I gave up. I couldn't stand the endless comma splices.

rfisher
06-05-2011, 11:58 PM
Prancy, the new Reacher sounds really interesting. We go back to Reacher's army days so he actually has a purpose in what he does rather than wander aimlessly around the country and falling into hero mode. It's out later in the summer.

IceAlisa
06-06-2011, 12:47 AM
Aww. Too bad, Prancer. I think the Russian grammar makes me more tolerant towards comma splices/run on sentences. :lol:

Prancer
06-06-2011, 01:14 AM
Aww. Too bad, Prancer. I think the Russian grammar makes me more tolerant towards comma splices/run on sentences. :lol:

I don't know what it is, but comma splices and run-ons drive me crazy. Other errors don't bother me nearly as much. I actually get something of an adrenaline rush when I read something with a lot of comma splices and feel this strong physical urge to DO something like whip out a blue pencil and correct them all.

IceAlisa
06-06-2011, 01:19 AM
I don't know what it is, but comma splices and run-ons drive me crazy. Other errors don't bother me nearly as much. I actually get something of an adrenaline rush when I read something with a lot of comma splices and feel this strong physical urge to DO something like whip out a blue pencil and correct them all.

:lol: We all have our pet peeves. Comma splices and run-ons are permitted in Russian so I am desensitized, I suppose. However, I am thankful I didn't go the English lit route. It would have ended badly for some of my students, not to mention for me as well. :shuffle:

dinakt
06-06-2011, 02:50 AM
Aww. Too bad, Prancer. I think the Russian grammar makes me more tolerant towards comma splices/run on sentences. :lol:

Despite thinking and dreaming in both English and Russian , and despite having a good understanding of English grammar, I still write with Russian punctuation in mind. Punctuation is a very tricky thing, just like intonation.