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Wyliefan
06-25-2012, 09:00 PM
Oh, that story breaks my heart.

Little-known fact: There was a musical version, starring a youngish Michael Crawford. I have the cast album (http://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Algernon-1979-Original-London/dp/B000004CO3). As one of the Amazon reviews says, the quality of the songs is somewhat uneven, but on the whole I liked it.

my little pony
06-25-2012, 09:02 PM
Lurves my mysteries (some of them, anyway), but this made me laugh because it is SO true: http://www.themillions.com/2012/06/the-games-afoot-the-case-of-the-mystery-genres-terrible-secret.html

lol, this reminds me of the end of the movie murder by death

l'etoile
06-25-2012, 09:03 PM
Oh, that story breaks my heart.

Little-known fact: There was a musical version, starring a youngish Michael Crawford. I have the cast album (http://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Algernon-1979-Original-London/dp/B000004CO3). As one of the Amazon reviews says, the quality of the songs is somewhat uneven, but on the whole I liked it.

Oh, I'll definitely get in on that sometime. I love following all kinds of tidbits of something I've fixated once!

Wyliefan
06-25-2012, 09:09 PM
Oh, I'll definitely get in on that sometime. I love following all kinds of tidbits of something I've fixated once!

I do that too! :)

jamesy
06-25-2012, 09:28 PM
I read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer and thought the concept was interesting, and the story was good, but it needed a better writer. There are parts in the story that drag a bit.
I finished this last weekend and had the same thoughts. I really wanted to like it but some parts were so slow I had to force myself not to skip ahead.

skatesindreams
06-25-2012, 09:47 PM
Oh, that story breaks my heart.

Little-known fact: There was a musical version, starring a youngish Michael Crawford. I have the cast album (http://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Algernon-1979-Original-London/dp/B000004CO3). As one of the Amazon reviews says, the quality of the songs is somewhat uneven, but on the whole I liked it.

Also the basis for the movie "Charly" (1968) for which Cliff Robertson won the Academy Award.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charly

Artemis@BC
06-25-2012, 10:40 PM
I love Unless too, and I keep trying to get my daughters to read it. The Stone Diaries is also a favourite.

I've loved every single one of Shields' books. I find (found) her consistently more readable than Atwood. Not that you have to compare the two just because both are Canadian women literary authors who often tackle feminist themes ... but ykwim.

Artemis@BC
06-25-2012, 10:43 PM
Finished Insurgent last night. So-so. Still a good story, but needed a better author. I don't believe that just because it's YA lit means you can't have more sophisticated writing. Plus I found the constant use of the "simulation" device tedious (talk about your deus ex machina!), and the big reveal at the end of the book was so obvious you could see it from a mile away.

And yet ... I'm sure I'll still "line up" (at the library) for book 3 when it comes out.

galaxygirl
06-25-2012, 10:50 PM
I loved Divergent but couldn't even finish Insurgent. Meh.

PrincessLeppard
06-25-2012, 10:56 PM
Y The first book is fun with some good ideas but the last two become repetitive and boring. The last book in particular was a looooong slog (600 pages!) that I could barely get through.

As Prancer has stated, this is my opinion exactly. Except I didn't get through it. I skipped to the end and went "meh."


I loved Divergent but couldn't even finish Insurgent. Meh.

:fragile: I really liked Divergent as well, and was hoping Insurgent would be good, too.

I just started Going Bovine. The state test for high school students has the acronym SPEW. Which is appropriate. :P

galaxygirl
06-25-2012, 11:03 PM
As Prancer has stated, this is my opinion exactly. Except I didn't get through it. I skipped to the end and went "meh."



:fragile: I really liked Divergent as well, and was hoping Insurgent would be good, too.

I just started Going Bovine. The state test for high school students has the acronym SPEW. Which is appropriate. :P

:lol: That's by Libba Bray, right? I'll have to check it out if you like it. (That reminds me--a few years ago in Seattle, they built a bus line called the South Lake Union Transit. :yikes:)

Prancer
06-25-2012, 11:08 PM
I just started Going Bovine. The state test for high school students has the acronym SPEW. Which is appropriate. :P

Libba Bray is hilarious. I used to follow her on Twitter until I, erm, couldn't keep up with Twitter.

Cachoo
06-25-2012, 11:58 PM
I've loved every single one of Shields' books. I find (found) her consistently more readable than Atwood. Not that you have to compare the two just because both are Canadian women literary authors who often tackle feminist themes ... but ykwim.

ITA with your post. I sometimes compare Shields and Anne Tyler but even then I like Shields much more. She was special.

rjblue---I hope your daughters read Unless one day and what a great idea for mother/daughter reading lists (if they exist.)

Nomad
06-26-2012, 12:47 AM
I was in dire need of retail therapy so I went to the bookstore at lunch and got Fingersmith. I'm not too far along, but it seems promising.

Grannyfan
06-26-2012, 03:23 AM
Almost finished with A Trick of the Light, part of the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penney. I'd never read one before my sister gave it to me, and am really liking it. Also started a new book called Edge of Dark Water. Too soon to tell for sure about it.