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dbell1
11-03-2011, 03:31 AM
Rats! I was about to go on a new hunt.

I've heard there's another book about the disaster from the point of view of one of the women who comes off really badly in Krakauer's version -- was there a woman in the media? I'd be curious to read that if it indeed exists.

I hated Into the Wild, both book and movie. I mean, I loved reading/watching them, and they were excellent on an objective level. I just can't get on board with glorifying someone who chose to cut himself off from his parents like that. Just cruel.

There is a book. It's called "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest" by Anatoli Boukreev. He comes off very bad in the Krakauer book. Bourkreev died a few years after Everest.

Finished "Cathedral of the Sea." I now know more about Barcelona's famous church than I ever thought I would.

Ordered "Lionheart." It comes on Saturday.

I'm now deep into "The Lady in The Tower." It's a very annotated book, I'm getting amused counting the footnote numbers. Weir is totally not a fan of Thomas Cromwell.

After this, I want something light to read! People in my books keep dying! :slinkaway

PrincessLeppard
11-03-2011, 11:06 AM
There is a book. It's called "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest" by Anatoli Boukreev. He comes off very bad in the Krakauer book. Bourkreev died a few years after Everest.

His book is good as well. However, he made some dumb decisions as well, imo. Shouldn't have been climbing without oxygen while leading a group. On your own? Fine. When people's lives are depending on you? Not so much.

Artemis@BC
11-04-2011, 09:52 PM
Got an e-mail from Amazon today saying that they have shipped my copy of the new Flavia DeLuce mystery! Can't wait! :)

Number 4 out already? Wow, that was fast!

I loved #1, was hugely disappointed in #2, and thought #3 was pretty good. Off to put may name in the library queue for #4 ... thanks for the heads up!

modern_muslimah
11-04-2011, 11:13 PM
I'm reading Stephanie Perkins' latest novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9961796-lola-and-the-boy-next-door). It's a young adult novel. I started reading because I loved her first book, Anna and the French Kiss (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6936382-anna-and-the-french-kiss). I'm a little over 100 pages in and so far, I like this book but I don't love it like I did the previous novel. I can't help but to compare the two books and Lola is less likeable and more annoying than Anna. Anna had a genuineness that Lola lacks (probably because Lola is so concerned with looking as "unique" [i.e. weird] as possible :rolleyes:). She seems more shallow and way too concerned with what other people think of her. Plus, Anna appears in this novel so I can't help but to compare Lola to her!

Plus, it's a bit more predictable. I can already tell that Lola's bf, Max, is going to end up being an asshat. This will make it easier for Lola to leave him and be with her true love, Cricket. In all fairness, I do like Cricket, flat character that he is.

Perkins does a great job of describing the ambiance of San Francisco though. The novel is readable but compared to the first novel, I am not as impressed. I hope this changes as I progress into the book.

dbell1
11-05-2011, 01:00 AM
His book is good as well. However, he made some dumb decisions as well, imo. Shouldn't have been climbing without oxygen while leading a group. On your own? Fine. When people's lives are depending on you? Not so much.

When he said he left the group to go make 'sherpa tea', he sort of blew all credibility. :wall: He may have saved lives after he woke up and discovered the expedition went to all kinds of frozen hell, but his actions leading up to it were mind boggling.

rfisher
11-06-2011, 08:17 PM
Finished Linda Howard's latest romantic suspense: Prey. She'd be a lot better if there was more suspense in most of her books. This one had an interesting premise that she could have done a lot with, but she wastes page after page telling the reader how much confusion the girl has regarding the guy. This story had a killer and a man-eating bear, but they were given short shrift. We got to read several pages of the killer explaining his reasons for why he had to kill someone rather than creating a real menace. I mean, a man-eating bear should generate excitement, adrenaline, page-turning to see who it eats next, but, alas. I swear I'm never buying another one of her books and then that little flicker of hope springs eternal. At least I finished it instead of reading the first paragraph and tossing the book into the give to the library pile like 99% of the others waiting to be read. Sigh.

PrincessLeppard
11-07-2011, 12:03 AM
I just finished a preview copy of The Predicteds by Christine Seifert. It's a YA novel, and quite good. Scientists have invented a test that can predict which kids will go bad and one school releases the list.

I wonder how long the book has been in the pipeline, though. A couple references to Myspace and the Jonas Brothers that probably need to be edited out. Other than that, I enjoyed the book.

rjblue
11-07-2011, 12:13 AM
I'm 2/3rds of the way through His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. I took a week (of bedtimes) to read The Golden Compass. I've seen the movie, so I mostly knew where the plot was going.

It took two days (reading every chance I got) to finish The Subtle Knife, and now I'm about to read The Amber Spyglass, but I'm a bit afraid that I might read through the night to finish it, and I have to work tomorrow.

Some of the best page turning fiction I've read recently has been shelved in the YA section.

Wyliefan
11-07-2011, 12:14 AM
I'm now deep into "The Lady in The Tower." It's a very annotated book, I'm getting amused counting the footnote numbers. Weir is totally not a fan of Thomas Cromwell.


Wonder what she thought of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. :) But I think that's generally considered rather . . . is revisionist the word I want? (And Mantel in turn is totally not a fan of Thomas More.) Still, it was a pretty absorbing read and I'll get the sequel when it comes out.

Prancer
11-07-2011, 12:16 AM
Wonder what she thought of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. :) But I think that's generally considered rather . . . is revisionist the word I want?

If you disapprove of her view, it's revisionist.

If you approve, it's a fresh perspective.

Wyliefan
11-07-2011, 12:22 AM
:lol: Oh, so that's how it works.

zaphyre14
11-07-2011, 02:16 PM
I'm almost finished with Jennifer Crusie's "Maybe This Time." It's way more paranormal than I generally expect from her but I've liked it. The kids seem a little too much Addams Family and I like Southie more than North but it's been a decent read.

I have the second of three Jack Higgins' iternational intrigues going in the car; even if they're nearly 20 years old, I'm still liking them. It certainly makes being stuck in traffic a lot easier.

aliceanne
11-07-2011, 05:16 PM
There is a book. It's called "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest" by Anatoli Boukreev. He comes off very bad in the Krakauer book. Bourkreev died a few years after Everest.

Finished "Cathedral of the Sea." I now know more about Barcelona's famous church than I ever thought I would.

Ordered "Lionheart." It comes on Saturday.

I'm now deep into "The Lady in The Tower." It's a very annotated book, I'm getting amused counting the footnote numbers. Weir is totally not a fan of Thomas Cromwell.

After this, I want something light to read! People in my books keep dying! :slinkaway

Boukreev was a guide on one of the other expeditions. Krakauer accused him of putting his own ambitions over the safety of the others.

What I found interesting/alarming about these Everest expeditions is that these were mostly people in their 40's/50's putting their lives into the guides hands for $60K, not expert mountaineers.

Cupid
11-07-2011, 08:58 PM
Looking forward to Sue Grafton's "V is for Vengeance" new release on 11-14!

LilJen
11-08-2011, 12:06 AM
Just finished E. L. Konigsburg's "The View from Saturday." dd was supposed to read it for her extracurricular "book jam" but failed in her literary duty, so I stole the book and read it myself--having read and enjoyed several E. L. Konigsburgs in my childhood. Great book, and I loved the way she structured it. All about an academic bowl and the teacher who heads up the four 6th graders who take part, and their friendships with each other.