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Prancer
02-15-2012, 06:47 PM
I finished The Marriage Plot a few days ago. I gave it one star on Goodreads so you can imagine my feelings about the book. It was one of the most pretentious, annoying books I've read in quite some time. The one lesson I took away from this book is to leave the marriage plot in 19th century where it belongs. Don't force shallow 1980s Ivy League undergrads into. It just doesn't work.

That book got a lot of great literary reviews, but no one I know who has read it has liked it.

I'm reading Game Change (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/game-change-john-heilemann/1100560037?ean=9780061966200&itm=1&usri=game+change), which has been waiting patiently in the queue for a while now. So far, very interesting, but I must say that it has completely reinforced my belief that I could never stand to run for any office.

modern_muslimah
02-15-2012, 07:01 PM
That book got a lot of great literary reviews, but no one I know who has read it has liked it.

It was the reviews that made me want to read it. It sounded really interesting. Reading it though was such a let down. I wasn't an English major so maybe a lot of it went over my head? Reading the first part with all the semiotic references just made me want :wall:. There were a lot of other things I didn't like but that was definitely one of the biggest.

I kinda liked Mitchell. Maybe it was because I could relate to him as a Religious Studies major. Still, his personal journey for enlightened seemed so hackneyed.

PrincessLeppard
02-15-2012, 08:30 PM
I'm reading Game Change (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/game-change-john-heilemann/1100560037?ean=9780061966200&itm=1&usri=game+change), which has been waiting patiently in the queue for a while now. So far, very interesting, but I must say that it has completely reinforced my belief that I could never stand to run for any office.

I love that book. I think I read it in two days.

flyingsit
02-15-2012, 08:51 PM
I'm about 1/3 through 1Q84 which I keep wanting to call IQ84.

Prancer
02-15-2012, 09:37 PM
I'm about 1/3 through 1Q84 which I keep wanting to call IQ84.

LOL! Until you said that, I thought IQ84 WAS the name of that book, and I had to read your post twice before I got it. :shuffle:

galaxygirl
02-16-2012, 12:29 AM
I just finished Changeless by Gail Carriger, which is the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, and loved it. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this series here before, but it takes place in an alternate Victorian England where werewolves and vampires are accepted members of society. The main character is a preternatural, which is someone who can counteract the paranormal abilities of the werewolves and vamps by touching them, who is married to a werewolf.

I just started Anna Karenina and so far, so good.


I finished The Marriage Plot a few days ago. I gave it one star on Goodreads so you can imagine my feelings about the book. It was one of the most pretentious, annoying books I've read in quite some time.

This is why I don't read much contemporary 'literature' anymore.

Cachoo
02-16-2012, 12:43 AM
That book got a lot of great literary reviews, but no one I know who has read it has liked it.

I'm reading Game Change (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/game-change-john-heilemann/1100560037?ean=9780061966200&itm=1&usri=game+change), which has been waiting patiently in the queue for a while now. So far, very interesting, but I must say that it has completely reinforced my belief that I could never stand to run for any office.

I'm about two thirds of the way through on Game Change and love the way it was written. I respect the authors as reporter/historians yet sometimes it feels like I'm reading gossip. It certainly is a page turner.

ChelleC
02-16-2012, 03:27 AM
I just started Anna Karenina and so far, so good.



Definitely one of my favorite books. At least the parts about Anna and Count Vronsky.

Wyliefan
02-16-2012, 03:32 AM
LOL! Until you said that, I thought IQ84 WAS the name of that book, and I had to read your post twice before I got it. :shuffle:

So did I!

Grannyfan
02-16-2012, 03:44 AM
I am slogging through Tropic of Night. Supposed to be a suspenseful mystery. It started off great and then came to a screeching halt. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in anthropology, however. Those are the parts that really lose me.

IceAlisa
02-16-2012, 05:30 AM
Sasha Cohen's latest tweet:
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand” what an inspirational woman!

:scream: I may have to sell my SOI tickets.

RockTheTassel
02-16-2012, 06:57 AM
Sasha Cohen's latest tweet:

"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand” what an inspirational woman!

:scream: I may have to sell my SOI tickets.

I may have to buy SOI tickets. :respec:

Evilynn
02-16-2012, 12:35 PM
I'm reading Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds: SF an the Human Imagination (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10356713-in-other-worlds). It's a nice change of pace after reading copious amounts of UF the last 3 months. I'm currently in the part where she discusses how she came about writing her dystopias. :)

Artemis@BC
02-16-2012, 06:18 PM
I'm reading Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds: SF an the Human Imagination (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10356713-in-other-worlds). It's a nice change of pace after reading copious amounts of UF the last 3 months. I'm currently in the part where she discusses how she came about writing her dystopias. :)

Me too! Just got it from the library after a longish queue. Talk about crossover appeal -- literati and SF geeks. :P

I heard about the book when I saw her interviewed on Strombo. She was her usual witty self. But I just checked and it doesn't look like the video is online anywhere, though the synopsis is. http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/guest-page/margaret-atwood.html

Spinner
02-17-2012, 04:45 AM
For those of you who enjoy the classic/historical re-writes, Seth Grahame-Smith's new book, Unholy Night (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13342248-unholy-night) comes out in April. I just got an advance copy today.

His other two notable books are Pride and Prejuice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which is being made into a movie).