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pat c
05-09-2012, 06:59 PM
I haven't read Shadow of the Wind, but some parts of your critique sound very similar to my response to The Kite Runner. :slinkaway A lot of people think I am nuts, too, but I still think that if the book had not been set in Afghanistan, people would have been :rolleyes:.


Yes, agree to both. Different strokes for different folks I guess. ;)

Right now I'm reading Nail Ferguson's The Ascent of Money. It's quite interesting.

Prancer
05-09-2012, 07:02 PM
Can you give a kindle edition book as a present even if you don't have kindle yourself?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200555070_kindlegifts&nodeId=200555070#purchase

IceAlisa
05-09-2012, 07:10 PM
^^This Luddite thanks you!

I am done with Prancer-recommended My Korean Deli. Before that I read Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise.

What should I read next? The options are:

Perfume by Patrick Suskind (http://www.amazon.com/Perfume-Murderer-Patrick-Penguin-Classics/dp/0141189193/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586640&sr=1-1)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Flower-Secret-Fan-Readers/dp/0812982711/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586687&sr=1-1) although I am inwardly cringing about all the foot binding already. :scream:

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Keefe (http://www.amazon.com/The-Snakehead-Chinatown-Underworld-American/dp/0307279278/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586733&sr=1-1)

or

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-White-City-Madness/dp/0375725601/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586949&sr=1-1)

There is always the option of Joyce Carol Oates. I have A LOT of her books.

Zemgirl
05-09-2012, 07:31 PM
^ The only one of those that I've read is The Devil in the White City, and it was quite interesting - though I'm not sure the two parts of it really went together. But I would certainly recommend it.

PrincessLeppard
05-09-2012, 07:44 PM
I really liked Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, so I would lean towards his book.

Prancer
05-09-2012, 07:49 PM
I've read Perfume and The Devil.

Perfume is quite creepy. I read it years ago and I still remember how creepy it was.

I liked Devil in the White City and DID think the two parts worked together, as they were representing a contrast between man's best (the world's fair) and man's worst (the serial killer), showing how they co-existed and how the best allowed the worst to thrive in secrecy. I thought it was an interesting theme and a very well-written book.

I don't know that you will enjoy either one, though, as they are both have their blood-and-guts aspects--not terribly explicit, but still there.

IceAlisa
05-09-2012, 07:51 PM
Ugh. Blood and guts. :scream: Is there a whole lot of it? Or just a few occasions?

I got Perfume because I thought it would be, you know, about perfume. I knew there was murder involved but was hoping it wouldn't be too gory.

Zemgirl
05-09-2012, 08:05 PM
I remember The Devil as more creepy than gory, though Larson does make it clear what Holmes did to some of his victims.

Prancer
05-09-2012, 08:36 PM
Ugh. Blood and guts. :scream: Is there a whole lot of it? Or just a few occasions?

There's not a lot of graphic description in either book. I just remember that you don't like that sort of thing.


I got Perfume because I thought it would be, you know, about perfume. I knew there was murder involved but was hoping it wouldn't be too gory.

Perfume is about the power of scent and its effect on human emotion. Perfume itself, not so much, although there is a section of the book about perfume-making.

Nan
05-09-2012, 08:37 PM
I'm half way through Devil in the White City (my copy was stolen :mad: and I had to wait until last week for my daughter to finish with her copy) and I'm more involved with the World's Fair aspect of the book than the murders. It's a little dry, but for whatever reason, I find it fascinating.

LilJen
05-10-2012, 01:13 AM
Devil in the White City is a good book. Lotta detail but if you stick with it, it pays off WRT the AMAZING story of the World's Fair. Yeah, the serial killer gave me the willies, but again, the writer does not go into explicit detail. Fortunately.

Also recommend Snow Flower. Yeah, there's foot binding, but it's more about a friendship over the years and the role of women in that society.

Grannyfan
05-10-2012, 02:51 AM
What should I read next? The options are:

Perfume by Patrick Suskind (http://www.amazon.com/Perfume-Murderer-Patrick-Penguin-Classics/dp/0141189193/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586640&sr=1-1)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Flower-Secret-Fan-Readers/dp/0812982711/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586687&sr=1-1) although I am inwardly cringing about all the foot binding already. :scream:

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Keefe (http://www.amazon.com/The-Snakehead-Chinatown-Underworld-American/dp/0307279278/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586733&sr=1-1)

or

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Devil-White-City-Madness/dp/0375725601/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336586949&sr=1-1)

There is always the option of Joyce Carol Oates. I have A LOT of her books.

I've only read the Larson book, and I'd recommend it. I think I've read four of his and really liked them all.

rjblue
05-10-2012, 03:08 AM
I've read Perfume too. Creepy is a good word to use for it. Unpleasant is what comes to my mind first. It was a well written book, so I can understand how it got its acclaim, but I didn't pass it on to any friends.

IceAlisa
05-10-2012, 05:28 AM
OK, The Devil in the White City wins. Thanks for the feedback! :)

You are right, Prancer, I don't like a lot of violence in either books and film but if it's not too much and not too graphic AND the book itself is good, I will try to deal.

Nomad
05-10-2012, 08:46 PM
I am not a fan of violence, either. I'm currently reading Game of Thrones and every time I come to a fight/battle scene I just skim through it to find out who died. I don't need to know the details, just the outcome.