"...some people are moulded by their admiration, others by their hostilities.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
Took a detour from my book pile and finally read The Book Thief by Markua Zusak. I I can't remember the last time I was so affected by a book. Truly one of the best I've ever read.
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
I read The Book Thief very recently too -- it was a book club pick. And I agree, it's superb.
I'd be very interested in a high-school English class interpretation of the book. I know it's thought of as a young adult book, no doubt because of the age of the protagonist -- but my sense is that the writing style would be a bit of a challenge for a lot of younger readers to navigate. Still, there's plenty that any age group can take away from this book.
And I really, really hope they don't screw up the movie.
Can some of you Preston and Child readers tell me if reading the first book "Relic" is absolutely necessary to picking up the series or can I skip to "Reliquary" without missing too much backstory? I started the audio of "Relic" but the first cassette was scratchy and hard to hear, I didn't care for the narrator's voice and I got so annoyed and confused that I gave up. Now I have credits to burn at Audible.com and the series is coming up on a special 3-for-2 deal. I see that the subsequent volumes have a different narrator who sounds better on the sample. But I don't want to feel I've missed something important either. Advice, please?
"You just can't underestimate the power of positive underwear." 2013 Fruit of the Loom ad
Relic is one of my all time favorite books. While you don't necessarily need it, it does introduce all the main characters and set up later books.
Hypothalamus eating monster running amuck in a museum? You gotta get through it.
Now that my replacement Kindle has finally arrived, I can FINALLY finish reading the Divergent series. My Kindle went out in the middle in the middle of book two. It's going to make a kickass movie. So far, I can definitely tell the author read The Hunger Games and thought, hmmm, how can I combine this with Harry Potter and make Gryffindor and Slytherin the same house? I don't find it derivative exactly, but it's definitely inspired by.
The books are good so far, but I think they could have been great had they been written by a more nuanced, skilled writer.
ETA: I have finished reading the series. That was a crime against writing. I am PISSED. I am really, really, really ANGRY I've read this series. I am practically shaking. The author telegraphs more than a Russian wunderkid so you could see the Big Reveals a mile away, but that doesn't bother me if it's well-written and the ending is worth it. This is not. This was emotional manipulation at its worst.
SpoilerAll that for a freaking Christ metaphor? Seriously? How original Just for the record, I have no problem with the main character dying. And I would not have had a problem with her dying in this serious, because, well, you knew it was coming when you started getting the story from Tobias' point of view. It's the way it was done. For the sake of this story, and to show you are more than "damaged" genes, it would have been a better message if one of the GDs had died. In the end, all the GPs died heroically or at the expense of some GD's idiocy. It would have been OK if Caleb that got to make the sacrifice to prove that he was more than his damaged genes, that he could learn and grow and love. It would have been really poignant if it had been Peter who seeing the damage his actions caused made one truly selfless act instead of getting to "restart."
Last edited by Matryeshka; 11-16-2013 at 03:22 AM. Reason: Finished reading
"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." –Olympic Charter
If anyone is looking for some obscure older books, this list of the 100 best books from an 1898 edition of the Illustrated London News might be just the thing: http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stot...st-novels.html
I find old lists like that interesting because I like to see what has lasted and what hasn't. I haven't heard of half those books, yet the other half are pretty much set in stone in the canon. I am at The Mysteries of Udolpho and Clarissa being so highly ranked.
Trolling dates all the way back to 397 B.C. - People began following Plato around and would make fart noises after everything he said.
The only book I hated more than Consuelo was its sequel, La Comtesse de Rudolstadt. Not a Sand fan at all. But it was nice to see others who stood the test of time.Consuelo - 1844 - George Sand
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
SpoilerI'm not sure why, but one monster in a relatively confined space is scarier than hundreds of monsters spread out all over the place. IMO.
Pemdergast is the coolest FBI guy there is. He makes Mulder look like a normal guy.
I liked Divergent, but parts of it really bugged me (too much 'Oh, I hope that hot guy likes me' crap going on). It was like Twilight without sparkly things. I have #2, but haven't read it yet, and when I saw the negative reviews start to pile up on Amazon for the 3rd, I cancelled my preorder.
I recently reread the Hunger Games series. #3 wasn't bad when I revisited it, but I guess I was ready for all the twists this time.
I just finished The Lost Girls about a series of unsolved prostitute murders in Oak Beach, Long Island. No one comes off well in it. Riveting stuff.
Not sure what to start next. Maybe The Book Thief, maybe something lighter?
I liked Relic. And Reliquary. And Cabinet. And Still Life. I took a break from the books, but will be back to them eventually.
Finished the new bio of Bob Fosse. Egads, that man's sex life was INSANE. Every show he did, he was sleeping with half the women in the cast and sexually harassing the other half. And all while he was still married to Gwen Verdon.
I'm honestly surprised he didn't die of exhaustion before the drugs and cigarettes and bad heart got him.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
PL, you really need to get White Fire, the newest Pendergast. We're back to the old Pendergast. No mopey, "I'm in such angst because my dear wife Helen was eaten by a lion. Oh, no, she wasn't. She was murdered by her brother. Oh, no, she's ALIVE. Oops, now she's dead." It's back to Mr. Cool. And, it's got a Sherlock Holmes and Oscar Wilde twist. Carrie Swanson is still a stupid twit. I don't know why he bothers. He doesn't usually tolerate stupid.