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flyingsit
08-15-2011, 04:20 PM
I'd stay away from A Visit From the Goon Squad. I'm surprised I managed to finish it, I really really disliked it.

Allen
08-15-2011, 04:23 PM
I'd stay away from A Visit From the Goon Squad. I'm surprised I managed to finish it, I really really disliked it.

I really liked one of the stories, but then found myself very disinterested as it went on.

Artemis@BC
08-15-2011, 04:46 PM
Hmm, I'm in the library queue Goon Squad, thanks to some recommendations (here? or elsewhere? I can't rememeber). Oh well, if I don't like it, at least I'm not out any money.

rfisher
08-15-2011, 04:50 PM
I'd stay away from A Visit From the Goon Squad. I'm surprised I managed to finish it, I really really disliked it.

I am completely baffled by people who say they didn't like a book yet kept reading. Why?????? As soon as I lose interest, it's history. Too many other books to read to waste time on something I don't like.

Lacey
08-15-2011, 05:29 PM
Really? I couldn't get through Cutting For Stone.

After a slow first 75 pages, I flew through the rest (over 600?) in 3 days.

PRlady
08-15-2011, 05:38 PM
Anyone have any recommendations that are must buys at this price?

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, if you haven't already read it.

IceAlisa
08-15-2011, 06:06 PM
I couldn't get through Cutting For Stone.
I couldn't either. And it's very rare that I give up on a book. I just didn't feel it was worth the struggle. But apparently it's very popular.

I finished Never Let Me Go, and I have to say, I'm very very glad no one told me what Halisham was in advance. If I had known, I'd never have picked up the book, and that would have been a shame. It could have so easily been a horror book, or pulpy, but it was haunting and beautiful.
I know all about Hailsham as I usually get spoiled. And have to say that I am putting off reading this book for that reason--the idea just freaks me out. But I know it's a well-written book so someday I will brace myself and read it.

Spinner
08-15-2011, 07:11 PM
Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magicians-lev-grossman/1100309808?ean=9780594256151&itm=2&usri=the%2bmagicians), lists his 10 must-read (http://flavorwire.com/201431/10-must-read-fantasy-novels) fantasy novels. There's some good stuff there, and of course my to-read list just increased. :drama:

IceAlisa
08-15-2011, 07:15 PM
Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magicians-lev-grossman/1100309808?ean=9780594256151&itm=2&usri=the%2bmagicians), lists his 10 must-read (http://flavorwire.com/201431/10-must-read-fantasy-novels) fantasy novels. There's some good stuff there, and of course my to-read list just increased. :drama:

Hmm, I've never heard about some of them.

Prancer
08-15-2011, 09:04 PM
I just finished a mystery called Think of a Number (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/think-of-a-number-john-verdon/1100290151?ean=9780307588937&itm=1&usri=pick%2ba%2bnumber%2bdave%2bgurney). It started out very promisingly, with not just one but several really good puzzles, and I liked the portrayal of the detective's faltering marriage (not all reviewers did) to his very smart but very unhappy wife, but once he started unraveling the mystery, it wasn't quite so great. His solution to one of the puzzles would never actually work, at least not as simply as he explains it, and the ending is kinda :rolleyes:. But the puzzles are so interesting that I will read his next one; it's been a while since I've read a mystery that actually had a good, knotty puzzle.

BigB08822
08-16-2011, 05:24 AM
I ordered The Book Thief and Major Pettigews Last Stand since they were recommended. Thanks! I also added the first two in the Millenium Trilogy. I've seen the movies but I know the books will be better. All 4 books for under $30! I almost forgot and remembered with just 30 minutes left.

If anyone else sees this quickly, hurry while their paperbacks are still 50% off.

TygerLily
08-16-2011, 05:39 AM
Hmm, I'm in the library queue Goon Squad, thanks to some recommendations (here? or elsewhere? I can't rememeber). Oh well, if I don't like it, at least I'm not out any money.Hmmm, I have it on hold, too, because of recommendations elsewhere. I'll keep an open mind when it ever gets to me (I'm something like 617th on the waiting list), but it's nice to know I won't be a freak if I don't like it!

I just finished The Great House by Nicole Krauss. There's such a sadness in her works, and her characters are rounded and compelling. I prefer The History of Love, but I still enjoyed this one. I wish we could have spend more time with each of the characters, but it's probably a good sign that she left me wanting more! In some ways, the book was reminiscent of The Red Violin.

Spinner
08-16-2011, 06:32 AM
I ordered The Book Thief and Major Pettigews Last Stand since they were recommended. Thanks! I also added the first two in the Millenium Trilogy. I've seen the movies but I know the books will be better. All 4 books for under $30! I almost forgot and remembered with just 30 minutes left.

If anyone else sees this quickly, hurry while their paperbacks are still 50% off.

Come back and tell us what you think of The Book Thief. It's a fantastic book that stays with you for a few days.

oleada
08-16-2011, 06:34 AM
I've tried and tried but I can't get into The Book Thief...

*awaits :lynch:*

Spinner
08-16-2011, 06:48 AM
I've tried and tried but I can't get into The Book Thief...

*awaits :lynch:*

You also didn't love Before I Go to Sleep, so you obviously have NO taste. :P