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10/22/2009 04:33:50 PM · #126
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

I'd give it a 3 out of 10

It was a teen read so I probably should have known better but that wasn't the issue anyway. The writing wasn't immature, actually I took my new profile quote from that book. There are a few little phrase gems in the book I loved but overall it was slow, boring, and had waaaaay too many plot holes to even begin to beleive/invest in the story in any real way. I fell asleep while reading it a few times and struggled immensely to finish it. it actually took me nearly two weeks of forcing my self to read bits of it. Generally I read a book that size in just a couple hours if i'm into it. I've been known to read twelve books in a week(whilst still taking care of a family and chaufering children) when I'm on a roll but this one suuuuuucked. I'm actually a little bit afraid to pick up another book lest it be this terrible too.

Message edited by author 2009-10-22 16:34:56.
10/22/2009 04:35:44 PM · #127
Louis-- have you read "Eichmann in my Hands" and do you recommend "Hunting Eichmann"?

Personally...
The Winter of Our Discontent, Steinbeck. 7/10
Stone Cold, Baldacci. meh... 5/10
Missing Links, Rick Reilly. 8/10. All fluff but especially funny if you are into golf AND you like Reilly's style. The sequel, Shanks for Nothing is also a good read.

I've read Pillars of the Earth two or three times. Can't wait to read [b]World Without End[/b].
10/22/2009 04:42:45 PM · #128
Mark, no, I haven't read "Eichmann in my Hands". Any good? I'd recommend Bascomb's book as a quick read of pop history, especially if one doesn't know a lot about the case. I'm not usually a fan of pop history, but this was ok. It's told from the direct POV of the participants, which is not very historical, but engaging. The notes are a shambles. But other than that, it's an interesting read.
10/22/2009 04:43:51 PM · #129
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
10/10
Couldn't put it down!
10/22/2009 04:45:16 PM · #130
Originally posted by Ivory:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
10/10
Couldn't put it down!


I'll second that - an excellent book.
10/22/2009 04:51:33 PM · #131
Originally posted by Louis:

Mark, no, I haven't read "Eichmann in my Hands". Any good? I'd recommend Bascomb's book as a quick read of pop history, especially if one doesn't know a lot about the case. I'm not usually a fan of pop history, but this was ok. It's told from the direct POV of the participants, which is not very historical, but engaging. The notes are a shambles. But other than that, it's an interesting read.


It's been at least ten years since I read it, but I recall it to be an entertaining read. A real life spy story, if you will, though I'm not sure about it's historical accuracy. I think it is a first person account, written by an Israeli agent who was involved in the capture.
10/22/2009 04:58:42 PM · #132
"Band of Brothers"

12 out of 10
10/22/2009 05:25:18 PM · #133
The education of Little Tree...10/10
10/22/2009 05:26:53 PM · #134
Currently reading The Lost Symbol. Pretty easy read (what do you expect when the chapters are usually about a page and a half) but I am always entertained by Dan Brown's stuff.
10/22/2009 05:27:17 PM · #135
Originally posted by larryslights:

"Band of Brothers"

12 out of 10


oooh...loved it. I should reread it sometime.
10/22/2009 06:40:46 PM · #136
Originally posted by Ivory:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
10/10
Couldn't put it down!


Oh... Thanks for mentioning this! I picked it up for a dollar at a used book store a couple weeks ago but haven't had the urge to read it yet. I think I'll make myself start it tonight.
10/22/2009 07:57:45 PM · #137
Fahrenheit 451 : 10/10

Absolutely brilliant in its scope and message. If you look at it literally, it's a great story, it you look at it allegorically and metaphorically it's a description of current society (specially US society). You should buy it, read it and think about it.
10/22/2009 08:02:13 PM · #138
Rock Star by Jackie Collins. Library wasn't open, had read every other book, have a stash of ex libris books I buy .25 each to read on flights out west. So delved into an incredibly trashy novel with the barest of plots, 1-dimensional characters and thinly veiled references to celebs who were famous at the time.

Gawd...like the literary equivalent of buying a few boxes of candy from the dollar store and gorging on them. Yet at the same time it was kinda fun cause it was so formulaic.

oh yeah, 4/10. :-)
10/22/2009 08:13:10 PM · #139
"The Associate" by John Grisham I thought it was a pretty good book. Not as good as some of his other classics such as "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief", But I can see this one becoming a movie some day. Now I am reading "The Appeal". I will post my thoughts when I finish.
10/22/2009 09:37:15 PM · #140
Originally posted by Citadel:

Originally posted by larryslights:

"Band of Brothers"

12 out of 10


oooh...loved it. I should reread it sometime.


I got battle fatigue just reading it!
10/23/2009 01:56:36 AM · #141
Originally posted by Melethia:

"The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" - David Wroblewski

I don't know what I'd rate it. A great read until the end. Then it sucked. In my opinion, it fell apart, losing a lot of the magic the book had created until that point. But that could just be me.


It's not just you, I agree totally. I maybe got three quarters of the way through and I didn't want to continue. I was pretty disappointed after it had such a promising start and lots of hype.
10/23/2009 03:26:53 AM · #142
Just got caught up on The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Really enjoying it--and frustrated that I have to wait for releases now.
10/23/2009 04:04:06 AM · #143
Water sleeps - Glen Cook. The penultimate Black Company book.
9/10. Not as high standard as some of the earlier ones, but a really great story. Fantastic the way the tone of the books change depending on which of his characters is "writing" it.

Currently reading Generation Kill, will report back when finished!
10/23/2009 09:46:04 AM · #144
Forced myself to read "Twilight." Just couldn't get into it. Maybe I'm not enough into fantasy type stuff. There were parts that were interesting, but not my cup o' tea. Trying to get into the new novel "Gate at the Stairs" but haven't had a lot of time. It's getting rave reviews from everything I read and see.
10/23/2009 02:37:02 PM · #145
Originally posted by Starbanana:

Water sleeps - Glen Cook. The penultimate Black Company book.
9/10. Not as high standard as some of the earlier ones, but a really great story. Fantastic the way the tone of the books change depending on which of his characters is "writing" it.

Currently reading Generation Kill, will report back when finished!


The Black Company series is Fantastic!! Glenn Cook also did a Garrett detective novel series that is really good, too--but a much different tone, with more humor.
10/23/2009 04:32:37 PM · #146
Finally got around to reading "The Book of Pi"... Wowser, whatta novel! Can't recommend it highly enough! Assuming you're into allegory, LOL.

R.

Changed book to life

Message edited by author 2009-10-23 18:31:49.
10/23/2009 04:43:16 PM · #147
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Finally got around to reading "The Book of Pi"... Wowser, whatta novel! Can't recommend it highly enough! Assuming you're into allegory, LOL.

I finished this a few months back and couldn't agree more -- assuming you mean "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel.

Also recently enjoyed the Ken Follett "Pillars of the Earth" that others have already mentioned. Also looking forward to the sequel.
10/23/2009 06:29:57 PM · #148
Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Finally got around to reading "The Book of Pi"... Wowser, whatta novel! Can't recommend it highly enough! Assuming you're into allegory, LOL.

I finished this a few months back and couldn't agree more -- assuming you mean "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel.

Also recently enjoyed the Ken Follett "Pillars of the Earth" that others have already mentioned. Also looking forward to the sequel.


Oh, sorry, yes. "Life", not "Book"... And "World Without End", the "Pillars" sequel, is outstanding...

R.

Message edited by author 2009-10-23 18:31:34.
10/25/2009 11:56:40 PM · #149
Screw it, let's do it by Sir Richard Branson. Non-fiction, fascinating read on a fascinating man. 9/10
10/26/2009 06:23:09 AM · #150
Originally posted by chromeydome:

The Black Company series is Fantastic!! Glenn Cook also did a Garrett detective novel series that is really good, too--but a much different tone, with more humor.


I will have to investigate those next I think. Thx :)
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