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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1800 on: July 15, 2014, 03:14:13 PM »
Little Star by John Ajvide Lindovist . . . very, very weird.

Seemed more of an excuse to be as gross as you can with graphic description and taboo scenarios rather than a story as such. ::)

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1801 on: July 16, 2014, 02:01:46 PM »
I didn't much like it either, Sio, but I managed to get to the end. And thought 'meh'. The bit with the chisel or drill at the bottom of the cellar stairs was just horrific; don't think I've ever felt so physically revolted by any other horror book.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1802 on: July 16, 2014, 07:08:32 PM »
I can handle gross pretty well, but I thought he peaked with the schlock too early -- how do you better that gruesome scene without becoming comical or ridiculous? Meant there was an awful lot of filler to show the dysfunction and isolation, which could have been summed up in a chapter rather than playing to cheap tricks with more tacky horror, sex scenes and drivel.

I know the music was a motif throughout and essential to the plot but I got fed up with all the crap about Lennie and Laile early on. I didn't really give a damn about the music scene in Sweden in the 70s. Apart from referencing ABBA, no other bands were really needed.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1803 on: August 19, 2014, 06:02:52 AM »
Finished rereading the Harry Potter books. Just the best; if anyone has not yet done so please read them. Rowling's tried literary and a couple of thrillers, I hope she gets back to ya fiction soon and stops messing about.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1804 on: August 19, 2014, 06:07:15 AM »
Peter James - Want you Dead

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1805 on: August 19, 2014, 10:57:20 AM »
Finished rereading the Harry Potter books. Just the best; if anyone has not yet done so please read them. Rowling's tried literary and a couple of thrillers, I hope she gets back to ya fiction soon and stops messing about.

Totally agree with this Matt :D The main branch of our local library held an awesome Harry Potter themed activity afternoon on July 31st (JKR's birthday). Hogwarts Express tickets, sorted into houses, activity stations, a herbology class… it was well done. My daughter's enthusiasm is reigniting mine.

I'm returning for another go of Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus."
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1806 on: August 19, 2014, 04:14:21 PM »
I'm returning for another go of Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus."

I love that book.

I'm reading The Vinter's Luck by Elizabeth Knox.

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« Reply #1807 on: August 20, 2014, 08:37:31 AM »
Totally agree with this Matt :D The main branch of our local library held an awesome Harry Potter themed activity afternoon on July 31st (JKR's birthday). Hogwarts Express tickets, sorted into houses, activity stations, a herbology class… it was well done. My daughter's enthusiasm is reigniting mine.

That sounds awesome! I'd forgotten how great the books were - I'm not even ashamed to admit I was on the verge of tears most of the way through the last one. Think I'm going to have to rewatch the films and have a poke round the Pottermore website.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1808 on: August 20, 2014, 01:37:44 PM »
Well, I've mentioned before that I like reading some of the older books from time to time. So perhaps no one will be surprised that last night I picked one from the bookcase to read again.

The Turquoise by Anya Seton.

It's a story set in the early days of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Something I started wondering about last night - the publisher and date of publication. When I turned back to check I was surprised not to find any information about any of this, not even a copyright. The only thing I could find inside or out was the words - Peoples Book Club
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So I did some digging on the computer this morning and found it was copyrighted in 1946 by Anya Seton Chase and apparently first printed by The Riverside Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Okay, I know all that stuff is not necessarily needed to know in order to enjoy the story between the covers.

The main thing is, it's a good story written in a style that almost guarantees the reader's attention to detail if you are interested in a well told story set in a historical time and place with well researched details of both the location and lifestyle of the people.

 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1809 on: August 22, 2014, 08:42:41 AM »
The great and secret show by Clive Barker

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1810 on: August 23, 2014, 07:16:57 PM »
Loved Night Circus, Sunny.

Just finished Star Sullivan by Maeve, The Yorkshire Pudding Club by Milly Johnson and now onto We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1812 on: August 26, 2014, 03:18:59 PM »
Just finished Room by Emma Donoghue, which was incredible. Now I'm dragging my feet through Starship Troopers

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1813 on: August 26, 2014, 04:26:10 PM »
Just finished Room by Emma Donoghue, which was incredible. Now I'm dragging my feet through Starship Troopers

Draging your feet??  :o :o :o


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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1814 on: August 27, 2014, 11:37:01 AM »
Just finished The Pearl(Steinbeck), hot on the heals of Breakfast at Tiffany's(Capote). Next up is - maybe - Bronco Billy by Stephen King.
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