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  1. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for a tip! It would be a good book to read in the long flights which are ahead in November and December.
  2. Evilynn

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    Serves me right, I was AWOL for a couple of months and missed an Atwood discussion! :lol: (my favourite author) At least I was busy reading MaddAddam at the time.

    I'm currently reading Sergey Lukyanenko's The New Watch (I'm pretty sure the last one was supposed to be the *last* one, but I'm not necessarily complaining), it's not as good as the first two of the series, but still head and shoulders above most "western" UF. I'm also slogging through "The Joy of Closure" for work.

    Oooh, that looks interesting! I'll have to remember that for next paycheck, as I just splurged on getting all of the Earthsea books in hardcover since they were finally released with matching covers I don't find offensive. :shuffle:
  3. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Question to Swedes: I have recently read The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson--loved it. I know he has a new book out, I think the English title is The Illiterate Who Could Count. As I have not yet seen the English translation available, I was wondering if any of you have read it and what you thought. What do the reviews say?
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    I guess doorstop novels are in. I hear The Goldfinch is around the same length.
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    Dear Elizabeth George. Ok, we get it. You went to Tuscany to research the book, and you picked up some Italian. Congratulations. But please stop proving it by including it all in your book. It doesn't make you look clever, it just makes you look like you're trying too hard. Show us your knowledge of the area with details of the life, geography, and architecture, fine. But unless you're going to write the whole novel in Italian, keep it to English. Thank you.
  8. Finnice

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    I guess I understand what you mean, Artemis@BC. I still give a try for that book. AFAIK, George is an American, who has mostly written stories happening in GB. I am not a native speaker of any version of the English language, so I really can´t tell how good her British English is. I think Donna Leon is about ok with her use of Italian phares in her books. If George overdoes that, oh my! But I have to check (and I love Tuscanny!).
  9. immoimeme

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    I have "the quest" but after 50 some pages I think i'm done with the journey. :p
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    Is the "The Quest" the new Nelson Demille book? I generally like him but had heard his latest one was just a rewrite sexed up version of a book he wrote years ago.
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    About to start "The Art Forger," by B.A. Shapiro. I just got home from a big book club event that hosted five or six authors from CT/MA and I was most intrigued by this one. Looking forward to reading it, then it's on to "The Book Thief."
  12. zaphyre14

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    Just for kicks, I read "Divergent" over the weekend, more to see what the young'uns are raving about than anything. While I don't feel it was a total waste of my time, I finished it less than thrilled with the writing (Is there some rule that says YA MUST be written in First-person Present tense?) I found The characters kind of cardboardy and the angsty romance very shallow but the world-building seemed consistent and the plot certainly moved along briskly from one threatening situation to next. I suppose I'll pick up the second one somewhere. At least this trend is a tad more interesting to me than past trends I've run across.

    That done, I jumped back to Susan Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew medieval mystery "The Wicked Deed." Matt had angst-aplenty but at least living in post-plague England amid a bunch of conviving scholars and corrupt politicos gives him plenty of reason for it. :)
  13. dbell1

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    About halfway through The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic. I like it, but it does drag along. Fairies and wizards battling each other. Our heroine is an English major enchanted by one, and rescued by the other.

    Zaphyre - I tried to like Divergent, but it got a bit too Sweet Valley High meets Hunger Games for me. It was like fast food, devoured quickly, but then a bit queasy feeling afterwards. I have #2, but haven't read it yet. The reviews are brutal for the final book.
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    So, I read The Cuckoo's Calling for my book club. I probably wouldn't have chosen to read it on my own and that would have been a good decision because I wasn't crazy about it. At first, I thought that maybe it was the genre, I'm not a huge mystery reader. But then I realized I like Michael Connelly and this was just much weaker. I found the characterizations to be thin and corny. It was hard to relate to anyone, I couldn't decide whether the victim was likeable or not (I think the answer was supposed to be yes she was likeable but flawed, but I just never got a handle on her). And as for the mystery itself...
    I had wondered from the beginning if the (adoptive) brother was the killer but it just made no sense as to why he would go out of his way to hire a private detective for a case that had been closed and go out of his way to be helpful to the detective. The reason that was given at the end about trying to set up the biological brother so that the biological brother couldn't inherit in any case seemed very weak. Especially since it's not like adoptive-brother helped give any evidence that would push in the direction of bio-brother.

    I don't see myself reading any more of the future Robert Galbraith books to be published. Coincidentally, next up on my list to read are the Harry Potter books so I am hoping that this isn't a bad sign for how much I will like those ones.
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    I finally finished Peking Picnic, which I enjoyed, despite the often disparaging descriptions of the the Chinese. I have another of Ann Bridge's "Chinese" novels, but I doubt that I'll read it. Tonight I started Transit. A little slow to start, but I think I will like this one much better.
  18. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    I didn't like Cuckoo either but I have never heard of anyone starting to read JKR with that and not HP! :eek: HP prose isn't Nobel Prize in literature material but JKR's imagination is :swoon:. Great sense of humor too. The first 2 books are more kiddy but get more and more adult with each book after that. Enjoy!
  19. Erin

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    Heh, well I had been meaning to read Harry Potter for a while and it was next up on my list but then this one came up for book club. HP is pretty good so far, I already like it better than Cuckoo's Calling after just a few chapters.

    The person who convinced me to read HP made the same comment that the books grow more adult as the character ages...I thought that sounded like the Little House books, which I totally adore, so I figured that even though the subject matter is completely different, it's worth giving HP a chance.
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  20. IceAlisa

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    If you like it already, I am guessing you will love it later on. :)
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    ITA with Erin's spoiler assessment. I read the Cuckoo's Calling for my book club, too, and thought it was waste of my time. (It was better than the Casual Vacancy, though, which I couldn't even finish.) However, I really liked the Harry Potter books. They are so much different and so much more creative with stronger character development.
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  22. BigB08822

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    I wish I could read Harry Potter again for the first time.
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  23. my little pony

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    sigh, yes. i wish i could go to one more midnight book release.
  24. michiruwater

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    I was looking back on those fondly today myself.
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    Me too. But at the time of the 1st reading my work schedule was lot more flexible and I didn't yet have Mini Ice so I could really indulge in my addiction.
  26. michiruwater

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    I was 11 when I read the first (three?) books, if I remember correctly, which I might not because I was 11. I think the first four were out at the time but then I also think that I remember waiting for book 4. But I also may have been 10 when I read the first three, now that I think about it.

    Either way, the last one came out directly after I graduated high school, and the last film came out shortly before I graduated college, so in a huge number of ways Harry Potter represents my childhood. And I'm glad I got to have that experience at those ages. I could be wrong, but I think growing up with something like that in that way makes it particularly special. When I started I was the same age as the characters and when it ended I was the same age as the characters. That was pretty cool.
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  27. IceAlisa

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    ^^^That's awesome, michiruwater!
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    The Hyperbole and a Half book came in the mail today! I can't wait to crack it open :)
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    It's awesome. Especially if you have ever had a dog. I also really, really thought she hit the nail on the head wrt (1) depression and (2) how we see ourselves.

    I feel bad for spilling a bit of dinner on my library book, but is it kind of OK because it was a chicken curry salad and the book is by an Indian guy and set in India? ;)
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    Great, Michiruwater! My older son is two years younger than you, but basically, he had a similar experince, because the Finnish translations came later than the original versions. He did read two last books in English first. I think Harry Potter books in a wasy "saved" yuour generation, especially the boys, for reading.
  33. michiruwater

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    I read plenty both before and after Harry Potter :p But I get your meaning.
  34. Finnice

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    Yes, sure, and my boys did/are doing the same. But there is not so many generation experiences in literature any more. For me, born in 1964, Lord of the Rins maybe waa that, but not so strongly than Harry Potters were at least here in Finland. I adore that series too, and it was wonderful to share it with my sosn.
  35. michiruwater

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    I could be wrong, but I don't think there were many literary crazes as big as Harry Potter. You are right, though, most of my classmates did not read very much if at all, and it seemed like all the girls around me mostly read Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steele and the like. Or Twilight. Blergh.
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    It is special, isn't it? I was a bit younger than you (eight when I started reading, fifteen when the last one came out), but growing up with it and having it be a part of childhood was a cool experience.
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    Yeah, the only recent things that are a little similar to the HP craze are Twilight and The Hunger Games, but even those haven't come close. Not only because they aren't as good (to many people), but also because there wasn't the same built up anticipation for years. The only books that were long awaited by the majority of fans were the final ones in those series. Several of the Harry Potter book releases were a big deal.
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    I think some of it has to do with the Harry Potter books coinciding with the increasing adoption of the internet, which allowed for more hype and more of a cultural phenomenon feel that might not have occurred to the same extent otherwise.

    I was at university when I started reading the series, which by then had three published books. I really enjoyed it at first, but Order of the Phoenix came close to ruining it for me and I was never as interested after that. I was also working with elementary school kids at the time, and my impression was that HP didn't get kids reading in general, it got them to read Harry Potter. The few who read other things are the ones who probably would have become readers even without it.

    I read Danielle Steele when I was in 7th and 8th grade :shuffle: as did a lot of people I knew. Also Clan of the Cave Bear & sequels and a lot of V.C. Andrews. Middle school is not a time where many kids exhibit great taste in fiction, I suppose.
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    When Harry Potter came out, I was obviously not the target audience, so I didn't read it. :lol: But, a coworker who used to own her own bookstore (and then became an office drone), raved about it and told me I'd enjoy it. She was right. I was hooked. My son was in Kindergarten and was Harry Potter for Halloween that year :) (one of many Hogwarts students in his school parade). I remember being happy that his friends were all reading the books. It got to the point where the middle school teachers would ban Harry from the book reports - teacher said you could tell who just watched the movies. We went to all the movies, the last, we actually saw twice in a row - once in an almost empty theater, the second in a packed one. I remember ordering a pizza for my son and his friends so I could get through book 6 in peace. 7 was rough - I had tissues ready. Midnight book sales, and waiting for the book to arrive on the doorstep - it actually was magical.

    When I was younger, I read my grandmother's harlequins cover to cover (which probably ruined me for dating) :p
  40. Evilynn

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    I'm a bad Swede and still haven't read the first one. :shuffle: However, the reviews have been mostly good as far as I can tell. :)
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