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Old 09-23-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: not where you are
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The Lullaby of Polish Girls, by Dagmara Dominczyk. Though the author opened with a note to explain pronunciations, by third chapter, I think that was a miss service since I then found myself spending so much time trying to make since of every syllable to the point of note taking in much of the story. Sad to say, I gave up. I might try again in another week or so.

Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall & Denver More with Lynn Vincent. Very interesting, true,story told in two voices; one a homeless man, the other a wealthy, man, how their lives intertwined via a determined woman, and these two men becoming great friends. Very lovely story with some heart wrenching moments, but not dwelled on.

I'm about a third of the way into the book.

http://www.amazon.com/Same-Kind-Different-Modern-Day-International/dp/084991910X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379954077&sr=1-1&keywords=same+kind+of+different+as+me
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Picked up the long-postponed "Cloud Atlas", by David Mitchell, to be started tonight.

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^^I have Edgar Sawtelle - I haven't read it yet (it was a gift). I wasn't sure if it was for me. I usually avoid dog books.
So do I, but ead it. Much more than a "dog book", in fact not a dog book at all, except peripherally. Personally, I'm indifferent about dogs in particular and pets in general, but I liked the book quite a lot.

I have just finished one of the novels in Anthony Powell's "A Dance to the Music of Time", (Valley of the Bones) and found it so-so at best. Only after I was most of the way through it did I discover that V S Naipaul also thought it overrated, saying "it may be that our friendship lasted all this time because I had not examined his work". But I did like a Powell novel written a few decades earlier ("From a View to a Death").

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:17 PM
 
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^^I have Edgar Sawtelle - I haven't read it yet (it was a gift). I wasn't sure if it was for me. I usually avoid dog books.

Right now I'm reading The Son by Philipp Meyer and although I am not very far in, I am loving it. I've been reading too much junk over the summer because I felt I couldn't give a truly good book the attention it deserved, and now I feel like a starving person faced with a great meal.

The Son: Philipp Meyer: 9780062120397: Amazon.com: Books

Both of these look good. Checking to see if my library carries them (and yes it did - got both of them!). Need a new book to read.

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Old 09-23-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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I am 26% into "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," and am loving it so much that I had to come back and say so. It probably isn't for everyone, but I am thrilled with it. I can easily visualize this kid's experiences on this remote island, exploring this old home... searching for signs. It's a real escape.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:17 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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I am finally reading "The Book Thief", by Markus Zusak

Recently finished:
"And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini,
"The Son" by Philipp Meyer
"No Easy Day" by Mark Owen
"American Sniper" by Chris Kyle
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:20 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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Finished "The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones" yesterday. It was okay but I kept thinking the author tried to copy the style and / or characters of a few books. A little bit of Twilight, a little bit of Anita Blake Vampire Hunter. I couldn't really get involved with the characters.

I definetely won't get the next volume of this series. Sorry.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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Finished "The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones" yesterday. It was okay but I kept thinking the author tried to copy the style and / or characters of a few books. A little bit of Twilight, a little bit of Anita Blake Vampire Hunter. I couldn't really get involved with the characters.

I definetely won't get the next volume of this series. Sorry.
No need to apologize. We all have our own views -- thank God!

Curious after reading your post, I looked up the author. She seems to be cashing in on young adult hormones, playing off sexual tensions and violence. I suspect she's cashing in, and not real concerned about whether those of us outside her target market are interested.

I would stick with your view of it and not venture. Life's too short to read a poorly constructed book.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished And Sons (also seen as & Sons) by David Gilbert. There were many good parts, with lots of solid writing and character development, but I crashed at the end. That might not have been the book, though -- I was going through some heavy-duty "stuff" and the book had an aura of "the book that I was reading when the 'stuff' was going on."

I just got The Lowland by my girl Jhumpa Lahiri. I'll start it soon.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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I'm still slogging through Vanity Fair. I like it, but there are so many references to the life and times of England in ... the early 1800's, I think.... that I don't get that I sometimes get lost. And I see so many titles on here that I'd like to investigate. But I'll push on through for a bit longer and see what happens.

P.S. Welcome back, Dawn. I've missed you on here.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm still slogging through Vanity Fair. I like it, but there are so many references to the life and times of England in ... the early 1800's, I think.... that I don't get that I sometimes get lost. And I see so many titles on here that I'd like to investigate. But I'll push on through for a bit longer and see what happens.

P.S. Welcome back, Dawn. I've missed you on here.
Thank you, sweet lady.
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