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Cachoo
08-13-2012, 11:23 PM
I too liked the book as a whole despite the fact I threw it on the coffee table when I finished the last page. :mad:

I'm not sure I've heard from anyone who was crazy about the ending. Surprised maybe but certainly not satisfied. Still that mystery kept my attention more than any other in the last few months...

Michalle
08-14-2012, 01:39 AM
Finally got around to Mockingjay - found it as annoying as others did here, but for different reasons. I really don't think this series needed to be a trilogy at all. She could have extended the first book just a teeny, tiny bit, made it clear that Katniss's actions had sparked rebellion and made people more willing to act against the Capitol and left the rest to our imaginations. I thought the second and third books were subject to the law of diminishing returns, and that the third book was almost so grim as to feel like depression-porn or something, however realistic. There wasn't enough balance; it was sort of like Buffy season 6 vs. Buffy season 2.

Nomad
08-14-2012, 01:50 AM
Whoever told me that A Pin to See the Peepshow was like The Postman Always Rings Twice must have been referring to the plot rather the style. It's really good, but certainly not noir.

Spinner
08-14-2012, 03:09 AM
I'm not sure I've heard from anyone who was crazy about the ending. Surprised maybe but certainly not satisfied. Still that mystery kept my attention more than any other in the last few months...

From what I've heard/read, there are 2 camps. Those who thought the ending was gutsy and really liked it, and those like me who flung the book.

Also, I didn't believe the character of Desi at ALL. I kept waiting for him to twirl his handlebar mustache or tie her to the railroad tracks. Kept a tulip garden? REALLY? :rolleyes:

LilJen
08-14-2012, 03:10 PM
Our brains. It's clearly the first stage of the Zombie Apocalypse.

And, you know, exploding brains just aren't sexy.

Finnice
08-14-2012, 03:24 PM
Just started Sara Paretsy's V. I. Warshawski books. I could swear the character is based on Southpaw but transposed to Chicago. :)

Ok, I am a huge fan of Warshawski books. Now I know why:cheer2:

emason
08-14-2012, 03:48 PM
From what I've heard/read, there are 2 camps. Those who thought the ending was gutsy and really liked it, and those like me who flung the book.

Also, I didn't believe the character of Desi at ALL. I kept waiting for him to twirl his handlebar mustache or tie her to the railroad tracks. Kept a tulip garden? REALLY? :rolleyes:

I don't think I'm in either camp; I just thought the whole dragged at the end and took too long to wrap up. At one point I was just 'get on with it already".

flyingsit
08-14-2012, 04:07 PM
I finished "Gone Girl" yesterday. The characters are well developed, if not necessarily likable, and there a plenty of twists and turns in the plot. I honestly expected a different ending, so I found the last couple of chapters a bit disappointing. On the whole I would recommend it though.

I have this one on the coffee table ready to go next.

Artemis@BC
08-14-2012, 11:16 PM
Finally got around to Mockingjay - found it as annoying as others did here, but for different reasons. I really don't think this series needed to be a trilogy at all. She could have extended the first book just a teeny, tiny bit, made it clear that Katniss's actions had sparked rebellion and made people more willing to act against the Capitol and left the rest to our imaginations. I thought the second and third books were subject to the law of diminishing returns, and that the third book was almost so grim as to feel like depression-porn or something, however realistic. There wasn't enough balance; it was sort of like Buffy season 6 vs. Buffy season 2.

I seem to recall reading a while back that Collins' original plan was for it to be 2 books, but the publishers pushed her into the trilogy.


Well my library now has bedbugs. I think a Kindle is needed NOW.

Yoiks! My library had bedbugs a few months back. Luckily an eagle-eye clerk spotted the problem soon and they were able to get things fixed very quickly. But you can bet I examined my library books very, very carefully after that!

Artemis@BC
08-14-2012, 11:22 PM
Well, I didn't get nearly as much reading done on my holiday as I'd hoped/planned, but I do have a couple of recommendations I can share:

Half Brother, by Kenneth Oppel. It's a young adult novel, but with plenty to enjoy for readers of all ages. It's a 13-year-old boy whose parents bring home a baby chimp as part of a language learning experiment. (It's set in the 70s, so before primates learning ASL was a big thing.) There's the expected hilarity you'd expect with a young chimp living with people, but the book is really more about the various ethical issues related to animal research, and how primates teach us about our own humanity. I really enjoyed it.

The Ash Garden, by Dennis Bock. It's about the Hiroshima bomb and its very different legacies for 3 people over the course of 50 years. I'm still not sure about the ending (I think I might go back and re-read the last couple of chapters), but overall I'd recommend it.

zaphyre14
08-15-2012, 02:16 AM
If anyone's looking for paranormal/alternate world/fantasy romance, try Jean Johnson. Her first series the eight-volume Swords of Destiny saga had an interesting premise - eight brothers exiled to an island try to find brides and save the world. By the eighth volume, the sex got a little repetitive but the plots weren't bad and I did keep reading them. Then I found her spin-off "Shifting Plains" set in the same world but an earlier time frame with a band of shapeshifters rescuing a young woman from a life of drudgery and abuse. Enough sex in this one to keep it interesting without becoming total smut. :)

I just finished a "cozy" mystery by Lucy Arlington, "Buried in a Book" about a 45-year old woman who gets a job in a quirky literary agency; on her first day one of the prospective authors dies on a couch in the reception room. It was interesting enough to make me hunt for the second one "Every Trick in the Book." But no recipes, patters or writing tips. Sorry.

Now I'm into a medieval mystery "Ashes of the Elements" by Alys Claire. She's billed as "a worthy successor to Ellis Peters" but I'm not sold on that yet. I'm willing to give it a chance, though.

Mozart
08-15-2012, 02:34 AM
I finished reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I really liked it and stayed up all night reading it!

my little pony
08-15-2012, 02:38 AM
i'm finally reading death comes to pemberley. it's ok so far. i normally dont like sequels or prequels by someone other than the original author.

Wyliefan
08-16-2012, 04:12 PM
On my trip to England, from which I just returned, I got the new Thursday Next novel, two months before it comes out in the States. SCORE! :cheer2: And I only had to hit three bookstores to get it! :lol:

flyingsit
08-20-2012, 06:04 PM
The ending of Gone Girl pissed me off to no end. I understood how she got there, but really?

Now I've moved on to Ian McEwen's The Cement Garden.