Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Matryeshka, Sep 16, 2011.
I'm having a Halloween read of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Fun story!
So I read Before I Sleep.
rfisher and I must read the same sort of books.
This is an excellent book.
Next, you should read a zombie novel.
Just finished, it was good! Now, after the National Book Awards controversy, reading Lauren Myracle's Shine.
What was the verdict? I can't remember what rfisher thought of it.
I read it because of this thread and thought it was interesting but not as gripping/suspenseful as I'd hoped. It was still worth the time!
In fluff reading news, I just finished the latest Kelley Armstrong. I'd read her others all together in a clump and this was the first one I had to wait for and I wished I'd read the previous one more recently since there was clunky exposition at the beginning and I actually had to read it since I couldn't remember what happened in the last book. And then the ending
wasn't so much ending as prelude for the next book.
And does Armstrong have a thing for young women matched with much older men? This is at least the third such couple in the series. And don't get me started on the metaphorical murder victim still loving her metaphorical murderer. I dislike the werewolf books because I can't get past that.
I might need to find some new fluff.
I thought the book was well written overall, and I thought the author did a good job of creating a female protagonist; there were a couple of times that I thought "Hmm, the author must be a man," but I didn't check until I was finished (he is), and it wasn't as obvious as in many other works I've read. The details were interesting and well done; he based Christine's peculiar amnesia on two real amnesia cases, and Christine's character has an authenticity that I thought was pretty impressive.
But in terms of suspense? Er,
I thought it was obvious that "Ben" was the villain from the beginning, and by the time Claire told Christine that she (Christine) had been having an affair, I was pretty sure that "Ben" wasn't Ben, so.....no great surprises there. And that ending was CRAP. Her memory comes back, along with her husband, son and best friend, and everything is all tied up in rainbows, all neat and tidy and completely unbelievable.
It was interesting. I'm glad I read it. But suspense? Not really.
I was totally underwhelmed by this book. For greater suspense with truly surprise endings, I recommend Thomas Cook. That being said, I was disappointed in his last book.
It is a fun story; I did that last year with his audio book of it. If anyone would like to watch Neil Gaiman read the story himself in its entirety, video is available here on his website, taken from readings he did on a book tour. I love the way that he reads aloud, he is such a good storyteller.
It's nice not to be alone! *makes mental note to take Prancer & rfisher's book suggestions even more seriously*
We're teachers. We're used to people not paying any attention.
My Dystopian Lit class just finished reading Fatherland by Robert Harris. It's a murder mystery set in Nazi Germany. In 1963. (It assumes the Nazis won.) An excellent book, deserving of a much better movie than it was given.
Disclaimer: Every year, only about half the class finishes it. I'm not sure why; I think the book is excellent and usually reread it within two days after I assign it. This year, it looks like about 75% made it through, which is
I read this book within the past few years; I believe it was because you'd mentioned it before. Didn't know it was a movie, but I agree that it's a terrific book. for your students!
ETA: I just got Haruki Murakami's latest, "1Q84", in the mail.
What I like about The Other Boleyn Girl and the subsequent Queen's Fool is that Gregory appears to have spent a lot of time and effort researching both, and a lot of time and effort thinking about it before turning what she learned into stories. Her subsequent books have been far less well researched IMO, with too many errors or leaps of fact, and characters that are quite one-dimensional. I read a couple more, then gave up on her altogether when I found I really didn't care about the characters any more.
Random factoid for those interested in Mary Boleyn - the Duchess of Cambridge/Kate Middleton is descendant of her daughter Catherine Carey. Depending on which historians you believe, Henry VIII may have fathered one or both of Mary's children (general thinking seems to be the son Henry, but not the daughter). Either way, that's some interesting pedigree the future queen has
I am beyond jealous. Can't wait to read this one....if only I had time to read for fun! Please let us know how it's like.
Oh, now I'm with you. It might help if you got the title correct.
Excuse me. Before I Go to Sleep.
I don't want anyone to get confused and buy the book by accident .
or Before I Sleep or Before I Sleep or Before I Sleep. back at ya
Yeah, yeah, but so am I!
Naw, it's just handy to know who likes the same kinds of books as me. I used to be absolutely terrible for buying people books that I liked and then the recipient would dislike them. By "used to" I mean that I'm getting slightly better at predicting who will like what. My poor grandfather sends the grandkids books every year that are so badly suited to us that it's basically a family tradition to not read them.
Just got myself a copy of Steve Jobs bio and plan on starting it today.
I just finished reading Fever Cure (trashy romance novel). It took forever to finish because it wasn't that gripping to be honest. I think I'm done with Phillipa Ashley.
Now I'm reading The Help since my book club decided to read that. I'm only a few pages. I have to be honest and say that it wasn't my first choice but I didn't want to go against everybody. It seems like an easy read though.
I just read the write-up of IQ84. I will be buying that at the airport on Friday.
I like it so far (only read the first 40 or so pages; I'm a really slow reader plus the furricanes are distracting)... but I was reading it before bed and had some really strange ass dreams so I'm sorta wondering if the 2 are related.
Eeeewwwww! I just heard that my local library was closed for a day because they found bedbugs in some of the books! I was supposed to go there after work today to pick up a book hold (which expires tonight), but now I'm afeared! They did bring in the bedbug-sniffing dog and steam the affected areas, and they've been given the all-clear ... but still.
I finished Kathy Reichs' "Flash and Bones" and Barbara Hamilton's "Sup With the Devil" over the weekend. Of the two, I liked Hamilton's better, but that's probably because I have a soft spot for Abigail and John Adams and really enjoy the 1776 Boston area atmosphere. She does a good job of presenting the extent of the conflicting loyalties of the various groups active at the time and the many class distinctions that existed among the "all men are created equal" folks. Reichs got a little preachy in places but I can see where she's assuming that some people who picked up the book probably did so because of the TV show and she felt the need to fill them in on the backstory. I wish she'd stop twisting the men in Brennan's life around thoough and settle on one.
Lord! Were some of the patrons sleeping with the books?
I've been known to fall asleep while reading in bed. Some books cure insomnia, you know?
I'm just assuming the bugs were transferred from someone's home to the library via a book. I don't think it would take too much effort for a bedbug from a bug-infested home to end up in a book ... particularly if the person reads in bed, as I do.
I did get the book in the end, but examined it very carefully first!
This is true.
I was being facetious. I read books in bed myself. I know it's easy for the critters to travel. Well, I'm glad your book is ok and the library was fumigated.
there was a book release party for this on Monday at midnight (a la Harry Potter) at my local shop....and I forgot to go
I'll be picking it up this weekend.
Tonight, I go to a reading for Colson Whitehead's Zone One
I will have lots to read on my upcoming sojourn. I may come back believing in the power of Teh Kindle
I picked up a hilarious book in Toronto the other day: "The U.S. of Eh? How Canada Secretly Controls the United States"
I HAD to buy it when I came across it in the bookstore. It was a sign that the novel I am going to write for NaNoWriMo is meant to be.