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oleada
11-20-2011, 03:31 AM
I went to Barnes & Noble today just to browse around, and realized that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/extremely-loud-and-incredibly-close-jonathan-safran-foer/1100044509?ean=9780547416212&itm=1&usri=incredibly+loud+and+extremely+close) was on sale for $2.99 as a NookBook. I've been meaning to read it and I know Allen really recommends it, so I thought I'd pass that along in case it's been a book anyone here's been meaning to read.

The Hunger Games is also on sale for $4.69 :D

oleada
11-20-2011, 05:24 AM
Oh, and I've started The Night Circus and absolutely love it so far.

DaveRocks
11-20-2011, 06:34 AM
Read The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland over the past of couple nights. Definitely worth it -- Newfies are feckin awesome.

IceAlisa
11-20-2011, 07:27 AM
After The Magician King I have a book waiting by Grossman's wife, Sophie Gee. The Scandal of the Season--18th century English high society and Alexander Pope. Has anyone read it?

PrincessLeppard
11-20-2011, 01:43 PM
When The Water Wars is finally released, avoid it. It's the most rambling and incoherent mess I've read since The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Both of these books are in desperate need of a good editor, and also some one who will say "You can't just have your characters run from one scene to the next and hope the book gets interesting."

In Water Wars, the main characters are kidnapped by water pirates. Then by an environmental group. Who turn out to be evil! And then are rescued by the pirates! Who were nice all along! And then they are kidnapped by an eville corporation! And rescued by a tough chick! And then they have to go rescue their friend! Meh.

flyingsit
11-20-2011, 03:21 PM
PL, have you read Zone One yet? I picked it up at the library yesterday...

PrincessLeppard
11-20-2011, 11:07 PM
I have heard good things about Zone One. It's on the list. :)

Simone411
11-20-2011, 11:52 PM
I had been meaning for the longest to read Eric Von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods. I finally purchased it for my Kindle app. I also downloaded from the free Gutenberg site The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. :)

Fergus
11-20-2011, 11:55 PM
Robert K. Massie's new Catherine the Great bio is fantastic. :swoon:

PDilemma
11-21-2011, 12:00 AM
New :sekret: theory on the death of Jane Austen. (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/theory-death-jane-austen-215024956.html) :sekret:

I want to be intrigued, but part of me is inclined to believe the author is just trying to drum up some publicity to sell her own book.

Nomad
11-21-2011, 12:00 AM
Oh, and I've started The Night Circus and absolutely love it so far.

I'm going to have to get a copy of that. I've yet to hear anyone say anything bad about it.

Elantris was meh. It moved at an almost leisurely pace until the last couple of chapters, at which point Sanderson crammed in everything but the kitchen sink. I was a bit :eek: to find out that he teaches creative writing; I thought the novel was poorly paced and constructed and his writing style is pedestrian at best. No more Sanderson novels for me.

PrincessLeppard
11-21-2011, 12:34 AM
A friend of my cousin's just posted how much she loved Mockingjay. I had to pipe in (naturally :P), and the person responded that "obviously" the book was "intentionally rushed to make the reader uncomfortable." :rolleyes: Clearly, this person is an idiot. ;)

emason
11-21-2011, 01:44 AM
Elantris was meh. It moved at an almost leisurely pace until the last couple of chapters, at which point Sanderson crammed in everything but the kitchen sink. I was a bit :eek: to find out that he teaches creative writing; I thought the novel was poorly paced and constructed and his writing style is pedestrian at best. No more Sanderson novels for me.

I've completely given up on trying to finish it; next time I go down to the basement to do laundry, Elantris is going right back onto the shelf from which I plucked it. Someone else in this building can give it a try.

Marge_Simpson
11-21-2011, 02:19 AM
Robert K. Massie's new Catherine the Great bio is fantastic. :swoon:

I agree.
For those of you in NYC, Massie is giving a talk on Catherine at the Tribeca branch of the 92nd Street Y on Dec. 1st, at noon.
I plan to attend, I can report back if anyone is interested.

oleada
11-21-2011, 04:32 AM
I'm going to have to get a copy of that. I've yet to hear anyone say anything bad about it.


Finished it up tonight. I think it petered out a bit by the end, but overall, I thought it was wonderful. The reviews online seem to be either love it or hate it, and I loved it. I thought she did an amazing job of capturing the atmosphere of the circus and gave you the experience of being in this magical place. I wouldn't say it's creating a world (like say, JK Rowling does) but she does recreate the experience and atmosphere masterfully. It's a lot of description and not a whole of character development, and I do think the love story could have been developed further. But overall, it's a great read. I can't believe it's Morgenstern's first book :eek:.

I think beautiful is the best word for it, and sometimes, beautifully sad.

And the fact that Tsukiko was Alexander's previous student caught me by surprise, despite the fact that I knew there was more to her than initially let on, and I knew her tattoos were described for a reason.

Divergent by Veronica Roth is next on my list.