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martian_girl
06-27-2012, 11:23 PM
American Gods (fave book ever)

:respec: I've read it multiple times. Such an amazing book.

If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman, you've probably come across Terry Pratchett. If not, I suggest that you start working your way through the Discworld series. :)


I took a weekend and finally finished The Hunger Games Trilogy (I'm a bit behind the curve, I know). I enjoyed the first two, but the third was a bit too rushed (even if I enjoyed some of the ambiguity of it).



And since we can never have enough fun at the expense of Fifty Shades, here is Fifty Shades of Grey Karaoke (WARNING: Bad writing, oversexed content, terrible singing):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imsm9TyI6t0

Cachoo
06-28-2012, 12:36 AM
Gone Girl arrived:
1. Could I easily put the book down and do something else?
No, I could not put the book down.

2. The book kept me guessing and I did not feel it dragged but the ending
was interesting. It was not the ending I would have written yet
I still believe it was one satisfying read.

ryanbfan
06-28-2012, 05:56 AM
Gone Girl arrived:
1. Could I easily put the book down and do something else?
No, I could not put the book down.

2. The book kept me guessing and I did not feel it dragged but the ending
was interesting. It was not the ending I would have written yet
I still believe it was one satisfying read.


I couldn't find this book at Target or any Half Price in DFW. I want to read it so bad.

michiruwater
06-28-2012, 02:53 PM
My copy of Gone, Girl came in yesterday and I can't wait to pick it up today :) Except that my Aunt and cousins will be in town, so I won't be able to just sit and read like I'd like. Boo.

oleada
06-28-2012, 02:57 PM
Gone Girl arrived:
1. Could I easily put the book down and do something else?
No, I could not put the book down.

2. The book kept me guessing and I did not feel it dragged but the ending
was interesting. It was not the ending I would have written yet
I still believe it was one satisfying read.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

If you count social work ASWB exam guides, then I'm reading a lot :rolleyes:

Nan
06-28-2012, 03:11 PM
And since we can never have enough fun at the expense of Fifty Shades, here is Fifty Shades of Grey Karaoke (WARNING: Bad writing, oversexed content, terrible singing):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imsm9TyI6t0

Can someone educate me on these books. The women I work with are badgering me to read them, but to be honest, they sound like garbage to me. Am I wrong?

:confused:

rfisher
06-28-2012, 03:13 PM
Can someone educate me on these books. The women I work with are badgering me to read them, but to be honest, they sound like garbage to me. Am I wrong?

:confused:

Think erotic fan fiction and you'll have them in a nutshell.

oleada
06-28-2012, 03:21 PM
Erotic fan fiction based on Twilight.

PrincessLeppard
06-28-2012, 03:32 PM
Poorly written erotic fiction based on Twilight.

LilJen
06-28-2012, 03:43 PM
In the ongoing LilJen Quest to Read Those Classics I Never Got Around to Reading, I just completed Treasure Island. The first quarter was "huh?" but then the action started and it was a fun read.

Zemgirl
06-28-2012, 03:43 PM
Can someone educate me on these books. The women I work with are badgering me to read them, but to be honest, they sound like garbage to me. Am I wrong?

:confused:
I linked to several reviews last month that should tell you all you need to know (assuming you need to know anything beyond "poorly written (and edited) fan fiction based on Twilight" ;)). At this point I think the success is feeding itself and a lot of the sales are based on bestseller status & "everyone is reading it". Anyway - here's my earlier post with the links:


it's not soft porn, it's just badly written. And my impression is that many in the romance community have been decidedly unenthusiastic about this trilogy; see for instance this (http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/blog/50-shades-of-grey-by-e.l.-james), this (http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/f-reviews/review-fifty-shades-of-grey-by-e-l-james/), and this (http://karenknowsbest.com/2012/04/05/karens-review-fifty-shades-of-grey-by-el-james/), as well as Jennifer Armintrout's chapter by chapter recap (start here (http://jenniferarmintrout.blogspot.com/2012/04/50-shades-of-grey-chapter-one-or-why.html)). I'd say this success story is being driven by overwhelming buzz started by non-romance/erotica readers who think they've discovered something groundbreaking. Ha, I think not.

Jennifer Armintrout's recaps were fantastic - started out snarky but by the end she was mainly angry about it.

Nan
06-28-2012, 05:05 PM
Thanks all, I've been out of this thread for a while and missed this discussion. I'll save myself the time (and anguish) and skip this one. ;)

Ajax
06-28-2012, 05:14 PM
:respec: I've read it multiple times. Such an amazing book.

If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman, you've probably come across Terry Pratchett. If not, I suggest that you start working your way through the Discworld series. :)


I've been told this before too, but I have no idea where to start with them! Aren't there like 596 novels? I'm a bit reluctant to commit to such a long series... Any particular ones that you recommend that can be read as stand alone? Or do you need to read the whole thing in chronological order?

PrincessLeppard
06-28-2012, 05:39 PM
I prefer the ones with the Watch. I think the first one is Guards, Guards!They do need to be read in order, but there are several different series. The Witches series is my least favorite, but others love them, so what do I know? :)

An excellent stand alone (IMO) book is Hogfather. Hilarious.

ryanbfan
06-28-2012, 06:37 PM
Can someone educate me on these books. The women I work with are badgering me to read them, but to be honest, they sound like garbage to me. Am I wrong?

:confused:

I only read the first book and I hated it. I thought it was awful. It was terribly written - I'm not asking for award winning writing, but there were points where I was wondering what in the hell they were talking about. There is the scene where they first met and the main character is stumbling so much I found it hard to understand and read.

Plus, as someone who's read a few erotic excerpts here and there - it was entirely too much for me. I was laughing at the dirty talk and some of the sex scenes were :scream:

Like someone else said, the hype is simply from being a best seller and everyone reading it.