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10/26/2009 10:58:02 AM · #151
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
8/10

Finally picked it up yesterday morning and read it. I wasn't a fan of the subject matter(always sends me, personally, spiraling into gut wrenching depression) but the writing was for the most part very good. There were some forced scenes that didn't seem like the way people would speak in real life, especially in thier situations. You could tell those exchanges were added just to get certain information out and explain things that were coming up in the plot. But other than that it was very well written. The way the characters lives intertwined seemlessly was an amazing feat to pull off. The ending was lacking for me. I won't say why as to not give anything away but it wasn't dissapointing enough to deter me from seeking out Alice Sebolds other work.
10/26/2009 11:37:57 AM · #152
La Scaphronde et Le Papillion par Jean-Dominique Bauby

9/10
10/26/2009 12:21:05 PM · #153
The last couple I read:

Let The Right One In - John Ajvide Lingqvist
The story of a young boy that befriends a new kid in his Stockholm apartment complex and comes to discover that there is much more to her than he realized. Awesome vampire story that is very very different then any i've read prior. Deals with some crazy themes and a lot of darkness. Awesome overall (read the book...then go see the movie - amazing visuals and the book answers a lot of the questions the movie doesn't)

I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
If you saw the Will Smith movie, you didn't get the right version. In fact, there is very little similarity between the book and the movie, outside of it being a man alone in a world where everyone has become zombie/vampires. The main character is not a military scientist, hes not black, his family didn't make it out of town, etc. Very different story. Also, the title of the book takes on a meaning that wasn't really as defined (if defined at all) in the movie. Everything makes much more sense in the end. Pretty quick read too, and the copy of hte book I had has a few additional short stories by Matheson which make for a good read as well.

Gang Leader For a Day - A Rogue Sociologist Takes To The Streeds - Sudhir Venkatesh
The true story of Sudhir's work in the projects of Southside Chicago, and also gives a ton of insight to the innerworkings of project life, the relationships between gangs and the community, as well as macro economy that exists within the projects. If you've read "FREAKONOMICS" then you've already been familiarized with some of Sudhirs work and findings as he was a contributor to that book. Pretty quick read, polished it off in a day on the beach.
10/26/2009 12:32:45 PM · #154
Originally posted by AJSullivan:

Let The Right One In - John Ajvide Lingqvist
...and the book answers a lot of the questions the movie doesn't)

Thanks, I liked the movie, and this makes me want to read the book.


Originally posted by AJSullivan:

I Am Legend - Richard Matheson)
... hes not black ...

How do you know?
Anyway, I agree the movie changed too much of the book.
10/26/2009 12:34:58 PM · #155
Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by AJSullivan:

Let The Right One In - John Ajvide Lingqvist
...and the book answers a lot of the questions the movie doesn't)

Thanks, I liked the movie, and this makes me want to read the book.


Originally posted by AJSullivan:

I Am Legend - Richard Matheson)
... hes not black ...

How do you know?
Anyway, I agree the movie changed too much of the book.


I wanna say they discuss his heritage in the book at some point, and I seem to think he was german?
10/26/2009 12:57:03 PM · #156
Brida by Paulo Coelho.
It's about a young woman and spiritual growth (starting with magical powers).
I'll rate it a 7 for the excellent story telling.
10/26/2009 02:16:23 PM · #157
The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

Despite the fact that this book is labeled as "young adult" reading by my local library, it is certainly more adult than the popular Harry Potter books. Funny and whimsical at times, suspenseful at others, and surprisingly moving. Although a fantasy, it is refreshing to see people (and animals) drawn with compassion and complexity, rather than easily categorized as good or evil.

Message edited by author 2009-10-26 14:16:31.
10/30/2009 07:14:32 PM · #158
Dog on It.
About a private eye and his dog, from the dogs point of view.
Very entertaining read. 9/10
If you love dogs you will love it!
10/30/2009 07:30:26 PM · #159
John Lanchester, The Debt to Pleasure. Wicked, wicked, wicked. Wickedly clever. A writer who doesn't waste your time and presents loads worth chewing on. (And my copy has a nice cover).
10/30/2009 07:46:44 PM · #160
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I just finished this book. Literally like 20 seconds ago. It was honestly one of the highlights of my life to be blessed to have read this wonderful book. It was suggested to me by Deb(melethia)..(Thanks Deb!!) and it is by far the best book I have ever read.

10/10

It tore me to pieces, slowly put me back together, and tore me apart again. It was superb.

Message edited by author 2009-10-30 19:47:12.
10/30/2009 07:49:50 PM · #161
Originally posted by Jaded_Housewife:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I just finished this book. Literally like 20 seconds ago. It was honestly one of the highlights of my life to be blessed to have read this wonderful book. It was suggested to me by Deb(melethia)..(Thanks Deb!!) and it is by far the best book I have ever read.

10/10

It tore me to pieces, slowly put me back together, and tore me apart again. It was superb.


Now I have to run and get this right away, looking for a really moving read and this is quite the review!
10/31/2009 01:57:01 PM · #162
Originally posted by Ivory:

Originally posted by Jaded_Housewife:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I just finished this book. Literally like 20 seconds ago. It was honestly one of the highlights of my life to be blessed to have read this wonderful book. It was suggested to me by Deb(melethia)..(Thanks Deb!!) and it is by far the best book I have ever read.

10/10

It tore me to pieces, slowly put me back together, and tore me apart again. It was superb.


Now I have to run and get this right away, looking for a really moving read and this is quite the review!


Awesome! After you've read it, Please write a review or PM me one if you don't post. I'm so very excited to see if others are as touched by it as I was. I loved it so much I'm actually listening to the audio book version right now.
10/31/2009 02:42:51 PM · #163
Isn't that a wonderful book? I'm so glad you liked it. Sometimes I worry that I'm the only one who finds certain books truly moving - glad to know I'm not alone on that one. :-)

I've loaned my copy out and did not get it back. I will eventually buy another copy.
10/31/2009 08:19:55 PM · #164
Book of Air & Shadows - Michael Gruber

Good story. Unusual plot. Style is a bit off-putting until you get used to it. But worth a read. 7/10

Long chapters - I like shorter chapters I can complete in bed before falling asleep.
10/31/2009 08:25:48 PM · #165
People of the Book-Geraldine Brooks
10/10 Epic saga of the Sarajevo Haggadah....a novel but an interesting story based somewhat historically.
11/13/2009 10:53:41 AM · #166
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

This was one weeeeeeird book. I don't have personal experience as to what an acid trip is like but if I had to guess I'd say this book is probably pretty close. It took me a couple weeks of just reading a few pages here and there before I forced myself to hunker down and really read it, and I did finally get more invested in it but it just got weirder, and weirder, and weirder. I would have given it a 6/10 but it did pretty much end with the words "Well, I gave you a 10 inch Schlong"..so I figured it deserved the extra point.
7/10

also:
The Almost Noon by Alice Sebold

I liked this better than The Lovely Bones. She still didn't tie up the loose ends at the end of this any better than at the end of The Lovely Bones and that irks me to no end but everything else about it was great. It was as macabre as The lovely bones but a totally different story, no harming of children in this one, Not physically at least. Thank goodness.

9/10

Message edited by author 2009-11-13 10:54:53.
11/13/2009 01:59:43 PM · #167
Point and Line to Plane -Wassily Kandinsky.
9/10 with Homer's Odysseus being a 10/10.

Message edited by author 2009-11-13 14:00:06.
11/13/2009 02:19:35 PM · #168
Originally posted by Jaded_Housewife:

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

This was one weeeeeeird book. I don't have personal experience as to what an acid trip is like but if I had to guess I'd say this book is probably pretty close. It took me a couple weeks of just reading a few pages here and there before I forced myself to hunker down and really read it, and I did finally get more invested in it but it just got weirder, and weirder, and weirder. I would have given it a 6/10 but it did pretty much end with the words "Well, I gave you a 10 inch Schlong"..so I figured it deserved the extra point.
7/10

Heh! I laughed so hard reading that book - I didn't take it particularly seriously, I suppose. Then again, I do like weird... :-) Anyway, glad you found a copy. If it was paperback, I don't know whether you noticed or not, but the cover glows in the dark. I discovered this because I was reading under the covers in Afghanistan (I had roommates and was trying to be considerate except for the whole giggling thing) and when I finally shut off the flashlight and put the book on the nightstand, it glowed! Too funny.
11/13/2009 02:42:00 PM · #169
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A wonderful and bittersweet short story that has haunted my thoughts for days.
11/13/2009 02:44:23 PM · #170
Oh one I read a while bakc that recently came out in paperback.

TOO FAT TO FISH by Artie Lange

Amazing. Stern Show cohost and former MAD TV alum, chronicles his crazy life up to this point. Heroin overdoses, withdrawals, a bank robbery attempt, snorting blow in a pig costume, losing a father, etc. Awesome story, and at times a little bit of a tear jerker. Artie is pretty awesome as a story teller, and this book just showcases how he got that way.
11/13/2009 04:39:07 PM · #171
Shutter Island - Denis Lahane

This is the book that led to the movie starring Leo DiCaprio, which is due out in February. Very good mystery novel for a page turner. Not an overly intellectual piece, but a nice easy read.

7/10
11/13/2009 05:04:22 PM · #172
now i'm beginning the last book of Dan Brown... i will tell you something soon!
11/13/2009 05:07:46 PM · #173
Dude I work with pounded through that one quick, he said its pretty awesome.
11/13/2009 05:11:36 PM · #174
Originally posted by GiorgioBaruffi:

now i'm beginning the last book of Dan Brown... i will tell you something soon!


I found it to be a very typical Dan Brown book.... decent, fast paced read, but in the end, a forgettable story. It was entertaining though.
11/13/2009 05:31:42 PM · #175
Originally posted by VitaminB:

Originally posted by GiorgioBaruffi:

now i'm beginning the last book of Dan Brown... i will tell you something soon!


I found it to be a very typical Dan Brown book.... decent, fast paced read, but in the end, a forgettable story. It was entertaining though.


The Lost Symbol, his latest, which I read a couple weeks ago, is pretty much precisely the same plot as his first Robert Langdon book, Angels and Demons and, to a somewhat lesser extent, The DaVinci Code. The first one revolves around the Illuminati, the second around the Knights Templar, and the third around the Freemasons. Each has the same bunch of stereotypical characters/roles used in the same dramatic exegesis, with only Langdon in common as a specific character to all 3 books.

The man has a formula that's making him rich, and he's milking it for all it's worth. That said, the books are terrific entertainment; I enjoyed them, but I'd have enjoyed them more if they weren't so similar at so many levels.

R.
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