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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    I liked The Robber Bride too and am surprised it's not a movie yet. It's so wanting to be a movie IMO.
    There is a movie, albeit a made for TV one:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903014/

    I only saw bits and pieces of it when it was on CBC a few years ago and my main memory was that it wasn't very good (hence why I didn't watch the whole thing).

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    Thanks!

    Ooooh, the casting seems somewhat off. I'd have Angelina Jolie as Zenia, wouldn't you?
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    The Orphan Master's Son is done. It got better, but then weird, then sort of wrapped up. Not sure if I liked it. I will say when I read the blurb to my son, he said 'yep, that's topical'.

    I just looked up the other finalists for the prize - The Snow Child was one of the books nominated. Guess they're going for prose rather than story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artistic Skaters View Post
    Maybe someone will write a bio about her someday like the book I am currently reading: The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic.
    On a related note, years ago I read a great biography of Beatrix Potter - sorry can't recall the title - but the insights into her childhood, relationship with publishers and eventual happy life raising sheep was really interesting and enjoyable.

    But skip the biography of the author of Mary Poppins that came out a few years ago. I'm not a fan of the story, but was interested in her childhood in Australia; sadly as the book wore on I realized how much I disliked her, and about 2/3 way through decided not to finish it.

    I actually picked up a copy of Mary Poppins at the same time to read along with the bio, and I didn't like it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    A list of 10 books from the 21 century everyone should read according to Yahoo, anyway:

    http://shopping.yahoo.com/news/10-bo...213232125.html

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    I did not find the descriptions of these books remotely interesting so I doubt I'll be reading any of them. They all look depressing. And I'm shallow.

    I'm in the last stage of Reacher #3 "Tripwire." It's the unabridged audio and I don't really care for the way the reader does the voices of the characters. All the women sound the same. The men are better but there are places where Reacher sounds shrill and almost hysterical and that seems counter to how he's described. Besides, a big, tough man should not sound shrill when he shouts. And I could do without the minute details of how a one-armed man gets dressed and undressed, at least not pages and pages of it or the lists of streets and buildings Reacher drives through. The catalog of every recovered bone in seven skeletons was interesting at first but went on and on and on.... Next time I may opt for the abridgment.

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    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Just finished Life After Life and have mixed feelings about the structure. Overall it was wonderful, though. I wouldn't recommend putting it down for several days if you have a bad memory, though.

    Nora Roberts's Whiskey Beach was a bit meh. I may have to admit I like her writing much more as JD Robb.

    Up next, more fluff: Sophie Kinsella's Wedding Night

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    A list of 10 books from the 21 century everyone should read according to Yahoo, anyway:

    http://shopping.yahoo.com/news/10-bo...213232125.html

    Of these I've read The Human Stain which was all kinds of awesome and have White Teeth on my shelf because I loved her On Beauty. Not familiar with the rest.
    So Zadie Smith is the only woman on the list, apparently there has been no worthy genre fiction, and only one translation worth checking out... at least some of the authors made interesting suggestions.

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    I put my name in the waiting list for Defending Jacob two weeks ago--I was number 46 on the list and figured I would forget the book before it ever came through. Not so; e-book lists usually fly. I guess that's because no one can keep an e-book past the due date.

    Anyway, I am about halfway through and have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I really like the writing style--first person, casual, modern, very much a book of the here and now (which means it may not hold up very well)--and he's pretty dead on IMO about parenting in the suburbs. But the author keeps dropping these hints into the narrative--"It was too late; we all knew it was too late, even though we really didn't know how we knew, not then." "As it turns out, I was right; we should have paid more attention to Patz." " But we didn't know then all that we would know later." There's something like that in almost every chapter and I'm finding it really annoying.

    ETA: I often buy textbooks and OOP books from Better World Books. I thought some of the book lovers here might appreciate this used book purchase (not mine, alas) from the store: http://imgur.com/a/ocVgT
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    I read a few books on my vacation, with mixed results. First up was Elin Hilderbrand's A Summer Affair, which I thought was pretty weak. I had liked The Castaways so much that I wanted to read more by Hilderbrand, but the next two I've tried have been total duds. I might take a break from her books and then give one more a shot, but maybe not until I'm a bit more desperate for reading material.

    The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides was quite a bit stronger in terms of writing quality and brevity, but I still didn't really enjoy it. I can't say I could relate much to any of the characters or that I understood what their motivations were 90% of the time. The one part that was somewhat interesting was the in-depth description of one character's mental illness and how it drove his behavior, but the rest of the novel felt like it was all over the map.

    The best of the bunch was Silver Linings Playbook, which was so good that I read it twice because I was rushing the first read so I could get to the end. I had watched the movie but the two had so many differences that I still didn't know how the book was going to end. Anyway, really good book and very interesting to read only a few days after seeing the movie, as it almost made the character's motivations in the movie make a lot more sense.

    After two books in a row with significant characters having mental illness, I'm ready for some lighter fare now, so I'm giving Jennifer Crusie another try with Welcome to Temptation, which seemed to be her book that came most highly recommended in the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    So Zadie Smith is the only woman on the list, apparently there has been no worthy genre fiction, and only one translation worth checking out... at least some of the authors made interesting suggestions.
    You know, I didn't even notice. But if you'd like a modern female writer, I highly recommend Natsuo Kirino, particularly her novel Out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erin View Post
    There is a movie, albeit a made for TV one:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903014/

    I only saw bits and pieces of it when it was on CBC a few years ago and my main memory was that it wasn't very good (hence why I didn't watch the whole thing).
    It had some pretty good bits and a lot of not-so-good bits. It had been a long time since I'd read the book so it's hard to compare, though i do know they made some fairly significant changes to the story. My biggest complaint, though, was the casting of Roz -- I can't stand Wendy Crewson, she's a terrible actor imo, and every scene with her in it was close to unwatchable.

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    I've been trying to find this movie and cannot, not on amazon and not on Netflix. I am still curious to see it.
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    Those with e-readers might be interested in trying BookBub: http://www.boston.com/business/techn...e_promoti.html

    I've had it for a couple of weeks and so far, I've been pretty pleased with the choices it makes for me. I've already read about half of them, but I figure that's a good sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prancer View Post
    Those with e-readers might be interested in trying BookBub: http://www.boston.com/business/techn...e_promoti.html

    I've had it for a couple of weeks and so far, I've been pretty pleased with the choices it makes for me. I've already read about half of them, but I figure that's a good sign.
    Looks pretty good to me so I signed up. Boosting the local economy, too.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    I also have the third Reacher book "Tripwire" going on audio in the car. I like the Reacher parts but the villain and the victims have become annoying and I'm not even half-way through.
    I've never done an audio book, and this doesn't make me want to! Agree that some of Child's detailed descriptions come off as filler, or in some cases seem to say "see, I'm a New Yorker now!" Easy enough to speed read through, but not fast forward I guess

    The thing is though, that some of the lengthy descriptions have been of interest to me, and sometimes, there's a clue or something important buried in there. Running Blind (book 4) started with a long drawn out scene that seemed more about establishing the character for those who had not read the other books - but it did turn out to be of use later in the story.

    Just finished that one last night. Enjoyed most of it, especially since I figured it out early on However, was quite irritated at the ending:

    Spoiler



    The dreaded 5th book (according to Prancer!) is on the way, to be quickly followed by the 6th book. I also have a couple of other more serious novels on deck for when I tire of this, and a couple of non-fiction ready and waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    I've never done an audio book, and this doesn't make me want to! Agree that some of Child's detailed descriptions come off as filler, or in some cases seem to say "see, I'm a New Yorker now!" Easy enough to speed read through, but not fast forward I guess
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    I never thought I'd like audio books either, but they're great in the car, even if I can't fast-forward as easily as I can skip pages. I still do - there's a squick factor in listening to detailed sex scenes that I haven't managed to overcome but for some reason I can listen to descriptions of violence more easily than I can read them. And traffic jams don't bother me at all anymore.

    That said, a lot of my enjoyment of audio books despends on the reader. Some are better than others at conveying characters' speech patterns and there's a real art to switching to characters of the opposite sex. The narrator on "Tripwire" doesn't do women well at all; they all sound the same, breathy and girlish no matter how old or educated. I have to listen hard for the tag lines to be sure who's speaking.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Finally started on Behind the Beautiful Forevers last night. I can tell it's going to be a tough read.

    Library books - "The Supremes at Earl's Bar and Grill" (saw in the NYT review and it looked interesting), "Ordinary Grace" (another NYT thing), and "The Book of Lost Fragrences" (read a sample and it wasn't bad). Also got "Flour" the cookbook/bakebook? by Joanne Chang. I've already decided I need to buy the hardcover. Baking porn works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    The dreaded 5th book (according to Prancer!) is on the way,
    I didn't say it was dreaded, just that it was considered weak. I couldn't tell you why, though. I just remember that when the sixth one came out, there were a lot of reviews that said things like "Child is back in form after the weak Eden Burning" and that it was always the lowest rated of the series until the other two I told you to avoid came along.

    At this point, I don't remember most of the earlier books very well. I remember the basic storyline and for some reason, I remember one scene in particular in which nothing much happens, but other than that....it's all faded away.

    After reading your spoiler, I started remembering that it was right around that fourth book that there was something about each Reacher book that irritated me. I still read them when they come along, but then there was the one in which Child took more than a full page to explain that a dead character must have spent time in the military because he must have spent a lot of time in Europe because he wrote a note that said something about 50K and K means kilometers and people in the US don't use kilometers and kilometers means thousands so the note meant $50,000. And everyone (this is one where he was working with other people) agreed with Reacher that yes, this conclusion was perfectly valid, and indeed, the 50K note was proof that the guy was in the military and had spent a lot of time in Europe. And then, they found a reference to an old Jimi Hendrix song, which they looked up on the internet and, upon finding out which album the song was on, left the internet and trooped off to a used record store so they could see the cover of the album. Because you can't find things like that on the internet.

    And so on and so on. After that, I refused to ever buy another Lee Child book and will only read the new Reachers when they come up at the library.
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    Because no one in the US has every heard of a 5K run or heard someone say they make 100K a year. Haven't read that yet, but look forward to it now

    And the Hendrix thing? I look forward to that passage too - my husband is a collector of Hendrix music, and he'll be able to fact check if it's even possible given the wide breadth of recordings that have been issued, reissued and repackaged over the past 40 years - I'll get back to you

    In this most recent book, someone goes to buy a can of paint - they choose a colour, then the clerk hands it to them, they pay and leave. Um, has Child ever bought paint before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbell1 View Post
    ..."The Book of Lost Fragrences" (read a sample and it wasn't bad). :
    I read this and it was decent. The jumps between past and present were jarring but the plot was fast-paced. I did learn way more about the cut-throat perfume business than I will ever need to know. IIt's also part of a series but I can't say I'm tempted to find the first three volumes at the moment.

    I'm going to work my way through the Reacher books one by one whenever I don't have anything better to read. At least there are a lot of them out there. It was the list of items in the hardware store by row that really scraped my nerves; like the reader is too dumb to know what's in a hardware store? One question, though: do any of his "romances" last more than one book?
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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