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good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience - new book thread

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Artemis@BC, Jan 12, 2014.

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  1. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    ^ The movie was absolutely wonderful. It could have gone horribly wrong, turned into a lowest-common-denominator teen flick, but it was handled beautifully.

    I haven't read the book yet -- but it's on my list, because of how good the movie was.
  2. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

    The movie version of Perks totally lived up to the book, which I don't say often. They managed to not turn it into a syrupy teen chick flick.
  3. pat c

    pat c Well-Known Member

  4. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    "Black House" is continually swooping us via airborne mode around the town from character to character. I guess it's relevant to something upcoming in the plot but right now it's nothing but an annoying literary device that uses too many words.
  5. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    I got Double Down because Princess told me to.

    It better be good.
  6. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    The Perks movie was wonderful, I agree. One of my favorite movies of the last several years, really.
  7. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    I got Lost Lake today from the library after placing a hold on it. I liked a couple of other books by Sarah Addison Allen including The Peach Keeper and The Girl Who Chased the Moon. So I'm hoping this book will keep my attention. Lately, I haven't been able to focus on any book long enough to finish it.
  8. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    Last night I stayed up way too late finished the Rot & Ruin series (Fire and Ash is the last book) and thought it was the best book of the series. The ending was satisfying without wrapping everything up too neatly. Though, really, did EVERY character need to be paired off at the end? Couldn't SOMEONE remain single? I mean, it's YA, but come on....

    But I guess if that's my only snark, it wasn't too bad, then. :)
  9. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    I finished Lilith's Brood (Octavia Butler) last night. I loved the first book, liked the second, and enjoyed the third section almost as much as the first. I read one review on Goodreads where the person gave the book one star, because they hated every single character in the books, but found it so compelling they read it in one sitting. I can see that happening. This is way out there alien SF, and at the same time it is character driven and beautifully written. If you like the kind of book that constantly makes you think about how you might react in the same situation, I'd recommend it even to non-genre readers.
  10. 4skating

    4skating Member

    Thanks to the poster who recommended "The Aviator's Wife." I read it yesterday--yeah, I had a lot of time on my hands--and found it engrossing, obviously. I find it a bit odd to read an historical novel where the details may have been spelled out elsewhere but the author needs to fill it out with imagined conversations, etc. Still, I enjoyed it and it makes me want to read other bios on the Lindberghs, which was one of the author's stated goals.
  11. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

  12. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    I finished Chris Hadfield's book last night, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. I so wanted to love this book ... but just couldn't.

    The over-riding messages of the book can be boiled down to three things: "Be prepared." "Work hard at whatever you do." "Treat every job as though it's the most important job in the world." All laudable sentiments ... but it didn't really take a whole book to explain them.

    Part of the problem of course is that we've been spoiled by all the documentaries, YouTube videos, and Tweets and photos that actually showed what life on the ISS was like. Reading about it in in plain prose is pretty pedestrian by comparison.

    I still love Commander Chris and think he's amazing, particularly his zest for life and his commitment to making science and space exploration understandable and accessible. But the book ... not so much.
  13. zaphyre14

    zaphyre14 Well-Known Member

    I read Rachel Caine's "Working Stiff" yesterday - the first in her Revivalist series, concerning a certain secret drug that can reanimate corpses is corrupting the world. I actually found the plot pretty believable and the heorine is an ex-soldier with skills to get herself out of some situations that would normally have the hero rushing in to save her. She still does some incredibly stupid things to keep the plot rolling along but I enjoyed the story. I think I've already read the second one so now I need to find out what else has come down the pike.

    The I started Jame's Patterson's "The 8th Confession". It's the only one of the series that I skipped somehow and it's a fast breezy read before I plunge back into my historical mystery binge.
  14. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    I'm behind the times here, but I finally got around to reading The Help and I can't put it down, even after seeing the movie and pretty much knowing how it's going to go. I'm going to have to see the movie again too - I originally saw it on a plane, so not optimal conditions for enjoying it.

    Also recently finished the latest Lincoln Lawyer novel by Michael Connelly and was sadly disappointed. It wasn't bad, just wasn't as good as the other ones in developing characters - even the lead character felt flat - and the crime wasn't particularly interesting either. It just plodded along as expected with no twists and turns or surprises. Sigh, I was so excited to read that one.
  15. cygnus

    cygnus Well-Known Member

    I recently finished "the Holy and the Broken" by Alan Light- a history of the song "Hallelujah" and how it grew from being an obscure song on a 1984 Leonard Cohen album to being one of the most recorded and covered songs in the first decade of this century. It's unusual to have a whole book about one song, but this is one of the songs that can carry it. It has led me to look up the various cover versions that I hadn't heard before. (KD Lang is still my favourite.)
  16. immoimeme

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  17. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    Count me as another who highly recommends it. It's one of the best book-to-film adaptions I've seen. The author of the book also wrote and directed the movie, so it's very true to the original.
  18. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    Okay, it was good.

    I followed the election pretty closely, so the overall story was familiar, but the details...oh, the details. My absolute favorite moment out of many was when Romney's top adviser had to excuse himself to throw up during Clint Eastwood's...er, appearance at the RNC and a bunch of Romney's other aides were running around in circles waving their arms screaming "CUT HIM OFF! CUT HIM OFF!"

    In Game Change, all my sympathy went to McCain, and here, it went to Romney, who came across as a really decent, intelligent guy who just can't say things quite the right way and was so exhausted he couldn't think straight. I've seen a lot of rants about how both books are liberal screeds out to promote Obama, but I hope that isn't true, because Obama doesn't come off all that well in either book, at least not for me. His two strongest personality traits appear to be a big ego and impressive self-control. You do need at least some of both to run for President, but neither he nor Romney come across as men who like other people much and neither of them really seem all that suited to the political life. Bill Clinton now--love him or hate, there is a political animal through and through.
  19. dbell1

    dbell1 Well-Known Member

    Prancer, did you get annoyed by the 'big' words in the book? The N.Y. Times reviewer seemed ticked at the use of obscure words.

    Mine is finally in at the library. Excited to get it.
  20. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    I did not notice that the vocab was particularly difficult?

    I, too, enjoyed the RNC chapter. Things were going sort of okay for Romney in spite of the 47% comment and then, blam, empty chair and people barfing.

  21. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    I wasn't annoyed, although I did look a few of them up to be sure that I was guessing the meaning from context correctly :p. I did wonder why they were using so many; one of them turned out to be a medieval word with a perfectly good modern synonym and I couldn't see any purpose for using a medieval word--they weren't describing a situation that was in any way medieval, even psychologically. But I didn't find the words too disruptive.

    I was more annoyed by the pop culture references in the book and sometimes had trouble keeping all the people straight; there are a LOT of people involved in both campaigns and some of them are mentioned a lot without really standing out for doing something significant.

    Also, I would never, ever recommend this book to anyone who finds the f-bomb offensive. :shuffle:
  22. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    I don't find the word itself offensive, but I've thought the phrase "f-bomb" ceased to be amusing the second time I heard it -- surely there are less heavy-handed euphemisms available if needed.
  23. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    I would be perfectly happy to just say ****.

    But you see what happens when you just say ****.

    If you have a suggestion for another phrase that you prefer, I will be sure to use it when addressing you.
  24. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    I am taking a break from the James, don't have the stomach for it now and am reading Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China. Cixi was Chinese equivalent of Catherine The Great, trying to drag her country into modernity and onto the world stage, kicking and screaming. She was also a believer in diplomacy and avoided war as much as was reasonable but once a war was inevitable, she made good decisions.

    Another startling similarity with Catherine is that she allowed an inimical mind to educate her heir. In the Imperial Russia, the Grand Duke Paul was brought up by a courtier, Count Panin IIRC, who hated Catherine and everything she stood for. Paul was brought up believing in backward doctrines. Same is true for Cixi's heir brought up by the Grand Tutor Weng.

    I don't understand why these powerful and smart women allowed such harmful influences to permeate their heirs' minds. These influences would ultimately almost negate their own achievements.
  25. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    Double Down sounds interesting and I might just borrow it from the library. It's available as an e-book so I don't have to go out and borrow it. Yay!

    I've been listening to Alif the Unseen and I am loving it so far. I'm surprised because I don't usually read fantasy and I'm not use to listening to audiobooks. I tried to listen to Sense and Sensibility but a couple of hours in, I got bored. Alif is keeping me gripped. It's the perfect way to pass my commutes.

    I'm also reading al-Ghazzali's Deliverance from Error. It's a thin book but it's a dense book. It's much different from what I expected. He has spent half the book discussing different theological and philosophical groups from the 11th-12th century. I'm more interested in his personal spiritual journey so I'm hoping I get to the part soon.
  26. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

    Finished The Devil Wears Prada. I enjoyed it quite a bit :). Having seen the movie first, I now see that it was definitely an adaptation and not true-to-the-book retelling. A lot happened in the book that was completely different from the movie and vice versa.

    I've started Cane River. So far my one book a month resolution is holding up! :D
  27. dbell1

    dbell1 Well-Known Member

    Got about 20 pages into the library copy of Double Down, gave up and bought the kindle book. I think I need new glasses, my eyes were hurting. Plus I can click on all of those odd words to find out the meaning. :lol: Loving it so far. I'm in Part II where Romney has decided to run.

    Also trying to read This Town: 2 Parties and A Funeral, also about DC politics. Not planned, they just both came in at the same time.
  28. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    That's where the book gets really :watch:

    I just read 2/3 of Parrotfish, about a female to male transgender high school student. It's really well written, and some of it seems to mirror what my transgender student went through.
  29. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

    Currently reading Wideacre by Philippa Gregory. It's impossible to give any kind of synopsis without some very :eek: and :scream: spoilers, but anyone here who's read it will know what I mean when I say WTF?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Put it this way: you all think Flowers in the Attic was bad???? ;)

    It's also very addicting. I also have The Favored Child and Meridon, the other two books in the Wideacre series, on deck.
  30. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    I'm about 2/3 through it and have looked up a couple of words, too. I was right about them based on context. I think at least two were labeled "archaic" in my default Kindle dictionary (which is Oxford) and I'm not sure what the purpose of using an archaic word in a new book is, other than proving how massive your vocabulary is.

    It is a compelling book, though. I wasn't expecting it to be as interesting as the 2008 version, so I am pleasantly surprised.
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