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New Book Thread because somebody' has got to do it

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by rfisher, May 14, 2013.

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  1. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    Hmm ... since the books are usually better than the movies, I'd actually call those "Books to read after you've seen the movies" :D But then I've always been a save-the-best-for-last kinda gal.

    Too late to wait for some of those books for me: I've already read and enjoyed Gone Girl, This Is Where I Leave You, The Giver, The Hundred Foot Journey, and Long Way Down.

    Nick Hornby's books usually make pretty good films so I have high hopes for Long Way Down. This Is Where I Leave You seemed begging for a movie when I read it, tho Batemen is a little older than I pictured Judd.

    Gone Girl ... it's a thriller so it should make a good movie. But so much of it was internal, I'm not sure how that will translate. How will they manage the
    fake Amy diary vs the real Amy diary?
    And although I love Rosamund Pike as Amy, I'm less than thrilled with Ben Affleck as Nick.

    The Giver could be really good. Great cast. I wonder if they're going to combine all the books, or just do the first one -- with its non-ending-ending -- and hope to spin it out into a trilogy? (I've actually only read the first book.)

    Divergent might actually improve as a movie. There's a nugget of a half-decent story in there, and with all the visual effects they can give it they might be able to successfully make something out of the thin plot and two-dimensional characters.
  2. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    I know, right? Never heard of this book, but I'll see the movie if she's in it.

    And are Lawrence & Cooper now the new Hepburn and Tracy? ;)
  3. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    Skip it. It pissed me off. It's one of the few times I missed having a physical copy of the book--I'd have thrown it across the room and then stomped on it. The ending was telegraphed, so you know what's coming, but it was the way it was done. And I think the whole series just sort of fell apart towards the middle. I'm surprised my eyes didn't permanently stick to the back of my head I was rolling them so hard.
  4. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    Yes, please.
  5. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    Dark Places is my favorite Gillian Flynn book. I love the cast so, so much, it's just perfect, and I cannot wait to see it. I'm less excited for the film adaption of Gone Girl because I think it will be harder to pull of, but I am absolutely going to see it. Haven't read Divergent yet but I did buy it and I love Shailene Woodley, she's one of our most talented young actresses. I haven't read Serena but it has Jennifer Lawrence in it so of course I am going to absolutely see it. Most of the rest sound quite interesting and I am excited to see them, and possibly read them too ;)
  6. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    The mos important part of that link is the link at the bottom to The Definitive Ranking of Baby Sitters Club Cover Outfits. It has given me so much life! :cheer2: If I could forget half of what I remember of the BSC, I'd have so much more room in my brain for things that actually matter!

    Back on topic, I can't wait for "This Is Where I Leave You". It was so hysterically funny and touching at the same time. I'm also looking forward to Gone Girl, Dark Places & Serena (which I haven't read but J-Law is my girl).
  7. Prancer

    Prancer Cursed for all time Staff Member

    I checked this book out of the library and started reading it with enjoyment until I got to the first bit of dialogue, which was something like:

    --I'll get you, you dirty old bastard.

    WHY do writers do this? It drives me crazy. It isn't more efficient (it takes the same number of keystrokes to make an em dash as it does to make two quotation marks), it isn't more attractive, and I see no artistic purpose in it. It makes dialogue harder to read, as the offset isn't sharp enough after the quotation.


    I pressed on for a while, but I just got more irritated, and so I stopped.

    The movie list reminded me that I had been meaning to read Nick Hornby's More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself, a collection of his columns about what he is reading. I prefer Hornby the essayist to Hornby the novelist, and I am always amazed by what he reads--his interests seem to have no bounds. In one essay, he talks about how he is only now in his fifties beginning to appreciate works considered canonical (he includes music and visual arts in this) because he has spent most of his life mightily resisting anything that falls into the broadly defined category of "assigned reading." This is something I have found to be true of nearly all readers (by which I mean people who regularly read for pleasure)--they love to read as long as it isn't something someone makes them to read. I always thought that nonreaders would be the ones who would reject canonical works, but I have found that that isn't always true; many nonreaders don't want to read anything at all, so one book is as good (or bad) as another, and they will docilely accept reading assignments where the readers will not. I have this vague theory that this is because readers, having read a lot, have developed a set of likes and dislikes and biases and tend to be suspicious and hard to please.

    All of which is a rambling way of saying that recommending books tends to be a thankless job, and that I appreciate the recommendation even though my particular bias led me to reject the book :p.
  8. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member


    Claudia was my fashion icon growing up. She'd always spend a good portion of each chapter talking about what she was wearing.
  9. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Prancer, this book reminded me of The Good Soldier Švejk. Same style, same type of dialogue and same outrageous situations. The Good Soldier was extremely popular in the old country, so this was familiar, particularly the style of dialogue that irritated you. Sorry, you didn't enjoy it.
  10. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    I just can't take anyone named tartt seriously. I mean, rrrrreally!

    Is this the last post? Did I win again? ;-)
  11. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    Claudia was a visionary! I always skipped chapter 2 because it was the lame introductions, but always read Claudia's bit because it always talked about her outfit. Paper clip earrings :cheer:
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