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Spinner
02-28-2012, 07:08 PM
You booknerds have heard of Out of Print Clothing (http://outofprintclothing.com/), right? They just added (after many customer requests, mine included) classic kid's titles in adult sizes. Damned straight I ordered Charlotte's Web and Harold and the Purple Crayon! :cheer2:

barbk
02-28-2012, 07:15 PM
Our region of the state is doing "Common Read" next fall, and the book chosen is "Unbroken," by Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote "Seabiscuit." I'm wondering how wide the interest will be in this title, and wonder whether any of you have read it? We used to do "One Book, One..." and by far most popular one we ever did in that group was "Rocket Boys," which seemed to appeal to just about everyone.

Nan
02-28-2012, 09:18 PM
This thread is like crack. Do we have a 12-step program? ;)

Prancer
02-28-2012, 10:04 PM
Our region of the state is doing "Common Read" next fall, and the book chosen is "Unbroken," by Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote "Seabiscuit." I'm wondering how wide the interest will be in this title, and wonder whether any of you have read it? We used to do "One Book, One..." and by far most popular one we ever did in that group was "Rocket Boys," which seemed to appeal to just about everyone.

Unbroken is very well written and the story is inspiring, so it will probably be popular, even though parts of it are hard to read. I don't think it's the most insightful character study ever, but it's so well done in other ways that most people won't notice.

Erin
02-29-2012, 04:01 AM
I read Unbroken last summer and basically agree with all of Prancer's comments - extremely well-written and compelling, if difficult to read at times (due to the events that unfolded, not due to the writing itself).

Spinner
02-29-2012, 04:15 AM
I wonder if PrincessLeppard has read this (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7519652-shakespeare-undead), because its zombie-themed sequel (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13004927-zombie-island) is coming out in May.

mkats
02-29-2012, 04:20 AM
I finished Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran and loved it. (The fact that I read it on a boring, 7-hour-bus ride might have helped too. :P ) It's more fiction than historical so there are a good number of reviewers on Amazon griping about the inaccuracies, but I really enjoyed it as a story.

Currently working on The Heretic Queen, by the same author. Loving it :)

PrincessLeppard
02-29-2012, 04:26 AM
I wonder if PrincessLeppard has read this (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7519652-shakespeare-undead), because its zombie-themed sequel (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13004927-zombie-island) is coming out in May.

Yes, she has, bint. It was a cute, fast read, and I was hoping there would be a sequel. Though two is probably as far as the idea should go....

Nomad
02-29-2012, 06:15 AM
I finished Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran and loved it. (The fact that I read it on a boring, 7-hour-bus ride might have helped too. :P ) It's more fiction than historical so there are a good number of reviewers on Amazon griping about the inaccuracies, but I really enjoyed it as a story.

Currently working on The Heretic Queen, by the same author. Loving it :)

I read something similar two years ago - Dream of Alexandria by Terenci Moix. It was pretty decent in a Taylor Caldwell sort of way; good story, okay writing. I'd like to see what a really top notch author could do with that same tale.

pair mom
02-29-2012, 04:24 PM
Just started reading Shadow of the Wind (http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Wind-Carlos-Ruiz-Zafon/dp/1594200106) and even though I'm only 50 pages into it or so, it's already very good. Extremely well written (well, translated in this case since I couldn't read it in Spanish) and interesting storylines. Makes for a very good commute to and from work :rollin:

Well that's it...most wonderful book I've ever read! Use of language as rich as molten chocolate, sizzling plot, dark Gothic suspense....amazing!

Suggestions for a follow-up?

Buzz
03-01-2012, 08:43 PM
Behind The Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo - The author lived in a Mumbai slum for about 3 years and the book is an account of her experiences and the people she encountered.


http://www.npr.org/2012/02/08/146575908/finding-life-death-and-hope-in-a-mumbai-slum

Artemis@BC
03-01-2012, 11:40 PM
Just spotted that J.K. Rowling has signed a deal with Little, Brown to write a grownup novel (http://www.toronto.com/article/714580).

Without knowing a thing about the book ... I'm still :cheer: !!

Spinner
03-02-2012, 12:31 AM
Well that's it...most wonderful book I've ever read! Use of language as rich as molten chocolate, sizzling plot, dark Gothic suspense....amazing!

Suggestions for a follow-up?

Try his next book, Angel's Game (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7380399-the-angel-s-game). It's a sort of prequel to Shadow of the Wind, but not entirely. Still set in Barcelona, you meet Daniel and his father in his bookshop before their own adventures, but this story is about the main character David and his experiences in writing that elusive perfect novel. I didn't love it as much as SOTW, but it's still a very good book. A warning though, Angel's Game is VASTLY darker and affects you much differently. Zafon addresses these differences here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xYzsCtuKII). Also, his next new book The Prisoner of Heaven (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13369595-the-prisoner-of-heaven), a sequel to SOTW featuring adult Daniel's and Fermi's new adventures, comes out in the US on June 19!!!!!!! :cheer2:

And if you really want to fangirl on Zafon like I do, check out his first works written the the early/mid-90s. They're teen/YA books, the first 2 of like-themed 4 books--Prince of Mist and Midnight Palace--are out now. #3, Watcher in the Shadows, comes out in May. They're just now being released in the US due to publishing disputes (not sure of the exact details).

Vash01
03-05-2012, 06:43 AM
I went back 5 pages but could not find the books thread. So I started this one. Mods, please merge with the books thread if possible. Thanks.

Recently the book 'As good as she imagined' by Roxanna Green came out. Roxanna Green is the mother of 9 year old Christina-Taylor Green, who was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire on Gabrielle Giffords' political meeting (Congress on your corner) in Tucson, Arizona on January 8th 2011. Christina-Taylor was born on 9/11/01, and she died on another day of senseless violence.

I bought the book out of curiosity. It is very well written. I am sure it was cathartic for Roxanna to write this book. We get to know Christina and her family a lot better than the media coverage -and there was plenty of it- gave us. I cried many times while reading it. The inner strength of Roxanna is amazing, while dealing with the death of her beloved daughter. I don't know any parent can deal with something like this. Roxanna's faith definitely gave her strength, as also her friends and family. This is such a sad story, but worth reading.

RockTheTassel
03-05-2012, 06:59 AM
Threads merged. Nevermind.