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Spinner
10-24-2011, 04:38 PM
I'm having a Halloween read of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2213661.The_Graveyard_Book). Fun story!

Prancer
10-24-2011, 09:35 PM
So I read Before I Sleep. :shuffle:

rfisher and I must read the same sort of books.

PrincessLeppard
10-24-2011, 09:48 PM
I'm having a Halloween read of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2213661.The_Graveyard_Book). Fun story!

This is an excellent book.

Next, you should read a zombie novel.

Spinner
10-25-2011, 01:13 AM
This is an excellent book.

Next, you should read a zombie novel.

Just finished, it was good! Now, after the National Book Awards controversy, reading Lauren Myracle's Shine (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8928054-shine).

TygerLily
10-25-2011, 01:36 AM
So I read Before I Sleep. :shuffle:

rfisher and I must read the same sort of books.What was the verdict? I can't remember what rfisher thought of it.

I read it because of this thread and thought it was interesting but not as gripping/suspenseful as I'd hoped. It was still worth the time!

In fluff reading news, I just finished the latest Kelley Armstrong. I'd read her others all together in a clump and this was the first one I had to wait for and I wished I'd read the previous one more recently since there was clunky exposition at the beginning and I actually had to read it since I couldn't remember what happened in the last book. And then the ending wasn't so much ending as prelude for the next book.

And does Armstrong have a thing for young women matched with much older men? This is at least the third such couple in the series. And don't get me started on the metaphorical murder victim still loving her metaphorical murderer. I dislike the werewolf books because I can't get past that.

I might need to find some new fluff. :(

Prancer
10-25-2011, 02:40 PM
What was the verdict? I can't remember what rfisher thought of it.

I read it because of this thread and thought it was interesting but not as gripping/suspenseful as I'd hoped. It was still worth the time!

I thought the book was well written overall, and I thought the author did a good job of creating a female protagonist; there were a couple of times that I thought "Hmm, the author must be a man," but I didn't check until I was finished (he is), and it wasn't as obvious as in many other works I've read. The details were interesting and well done; he based Christine's peculiar amnesia on two real amnesia cases, and Christine's character has an authenticity that I thought was pretty impressive.

But in terms of suspense? Er, I thought it was obvious that "Ben" was the villain from the beginning, and by the time Claire told Christine that she (Christine) had been having an affair, I was pretty sure that "Ben" wasn't Ben, so.....no great surprises there. And that ending was CRAP. Her memory comes back, along with her husband, son and best friend, and everything is all tied up in rainbows, all neat and tidy and completely unbelievable.

It was interesting. I'm glad I read it. But suspense? Not really.

Grannyfan
10-25-2011, 03:56 PM
So I read Before I Sleep. :shuffle:

rfisher and I must read the same sort of books.

I was totally underwhelmed by this book. For greater suspense with truly surprise endings, I recommend Thomas Cook. That being said, I was disappointed in his last book.

sk8sue
10-25-2011, 04:14 PM
I'm having a Halloween read of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2213661.The_Graveyard_Book). Fun story!

It is a fun story; I did that last year with his audio book of it. If anyone would like to watch Neil Gaiman read the story himself in its entirety, video is available here on his website (http://www.mousecircus.com/videotour.aspx), taken from readings he did on a book tour. I love the way that he reads aloud, he is such a good storyteller.

TygerLily
10-25-2011, 06:11 PM
It was interesting. I'm glad I read it. But suspense? Not really.It's nice not to be alone! *makes mental note to take Prancer & rfisher's book suggestions even more seriously*

rfisher
10-25-2011, 06:23 PM
We're teachers. We're used to people not paying any attention. :drama:

PrincessLeppard
10-25-2011, 06:24 PM
My Dystopian Lit class just finished reading Fatherland by Robert Harris. It's a murder mystery set in Nazi Germany. In 1963. (It assumes the Nazis won.) An excellent book, deserving of a much better movie than it was given.

Disclaimer: Every year, only about half the class finishes it. I'm not sure why; I think the book is excellent and usually reread it within two days after I assign it. This year, it looks like about 75% made it through, which is :cheer2:

BelleBway
10-25-2011, 06:41 PM
My Dystopian Lit class just finished reading Fatherland by Robert Harris. It's a murder mystery set in Nazi Germany. In 1963. (It assumes the Nazis won.) An excellent book, deserving of a much better movie than it was given.

Disclaimer: Every year, only about half the class finishes it. I'm not sure why; I think the book is excellent and usually reread it within two days after I assign it. This year, it looks like about 75% made it through, which is :cheer2:

I read this book within the past few years; I believe it was because you'd mentioned it before. Didn't know it was a movie, but I agree that it's a terrific book. :cheer2: for your students!

ETA: I just got Haruki Murakami's latest, "1Q84", in the mail. :cheer:

Jenny
10-25-2011, 07:00 PM
"TOBG" isn't serious history; even Warnicke (the historian cited by Gregory as "supporting" the book) has disclaimed it. Any Tudor fans interested in reading the Mary Boleyn book may be interested in reading this review of it:

http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/15586/mary-boleyn-by-alison-weir-book-review/

What I like about The Other Boleyn Girl and the subsequent Queen's Fool is that Gregory appears to have spent a lot of time and effort researching both, and a lot of time and effort thinking about it before turning what she learned into stories. Her subsequent books have been far less well researched IMO, with too many errors or leaps of fact, and characters that are quite one-dimensional. I read a couple more, then gave up on her altogether when I found I really didn't care about the characters any more.

Random factoid for those interested in Mary Boleyn - the Duchess of Cambridge/Kate Middleton is descendant of her daughter Catherine Carey. Depending on which historians you believe, Henry VIII may have fathered one or both of Mary's children (general thinking seems to be the son Henry, but not the daughter). Either way, that's some interesting pedigree the future queen has :)

oleada
10-25-2011, 11:41 PM
ETA: I just got Haruki Murakami's latest, "1Q84", in the mail. :cheer:

I am beyond jealous. Can't wait to read this one....if only I had time to read for fun! Please let us know how it's like.

Spinner
10-26-2011, 12:02 AM
It was interesting. I'm glad I read it. But suspense? Not really.

Oh, now I'm with you. It might help if you got the title correct. :P