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Old 10-17-2013, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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The Enemy, Lee Child, Jack Reacher #8.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:34 AM
 
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I tried to read it a couple of years ago and couldn't get into it, LFM. I think I'll try again because I had the same trouble with The Book Thief and when I attempted it the second time I could not put it down.

I read Cleave's Incendiary about a year ago and blown away with his style of writing and his character development. Plus, the storyline was unusual. I don't think it is a book for everyone but it sure was a good one for me.
I also had a struggle with the start, more because of the innuendo of violence Little Bee could not bring to actual words... harbingers of pain to be revealed. And you are right about his character development. The guy obviously understands people and how to reveal them to the reader... just the right amount at the right time.

I will look for Incendiary. Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I also had a struggle with the start, more because of the innuendo of violence Little Bee could not bring to actual words... harbingers of pain to be revealed. And you are right about his character development. The guy obviously understands people and how to reveal them to the reader... just the right amount at the right time.

I will look for Incendiary. Thanks!
FYI: I read Little Bee when it first came out. I thought it was excellent. Painful details, yes, but an incredible story, with equally fabulous writing. So much so that when I mentioned it to a friend of mine who's a movie producer, he read it and optioned the film. (He didn't win the right to make it, but that's neither here nor there.)

I then read Incendiary. Very different story and voice, not quite as good as Little Bee (at least in my opinion), but a very solid book.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:06 AM
 
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FYI: I read Little Bee when it first came out. I thought it was excellent. Painful details, yes, but an incredible story, with equally fabulous writing. So much so that when I mentioned it to a friend of mine who's a movie producer, he read it and optioned the film. (He didn't win the right to make it, but that's neither here nor there.)

I then read Incendiary. Very different story and voice, not quite as good as Little Bee (at least in my opinion), but a very solid book.
I think it would be a great movie, but it would take a great director to pull it off. I just looked up "Incendiary" and have no doubt it is good, but I don't think I could handle the plot events. Little Bee's ordeal nearly killed me, to have to read about a mother's loss...
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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I started to listen to "Black Plumes," by Margery Allingham but I cannot handle too many stereotypes in my characters, and an Englishman that says "Old boy" more than once on a page... it's history.

Now I am starting "Chatterton," by Peter Ackroyd. Too soon to say how it will work for me.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Just getting into Walker Percy's "The Thanatos Syndrome". Slow at first, but now it's on a roll, and I like his style. Never read anything by him before, and it's a long time since I read a southern writer.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Just getting into Walker Percy's "The Thanatos Syndrome". Slow at first, but now it's on a roll, and I like his style. Never read anything by him before, and it's a long time since I read a southern writer.
Coincidentally, The Moviegoer, just became available at my library and I downloaded this morning. I've been wanting to read this book for years.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:48 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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@ ketabcha: I finished my first Maeve Binchy (Echoes). You were right, I like her style. However, Echoes was a bit slow at the beginning. I couldn't keep the names apart and kept searching on earlier pages who was who. However, it turned out to be very moving.

Anyhow, I'm ready for a new triology. Is there anything you all can recommend? I need a real story, great characters, a little adventure (like Diana Gabaldon, the Hunger Games, Twilight, anyhting like that). It could be something historical too.

And yes, I've read Delirium, 5 books of The Wheel of Time series, The Maze Runner, A Song of Ice and Fire, this Joe Abercrombie series, The Passage, etc. And I also loved The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inharitance... So it's a bit difficult to find new stuff like that.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:50 AM
 
Location: In my own personal Twilight zone
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Currently listening to Noah Gordon's SHAMAN which is really good.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:09 AM
 
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I am reading Starry Night by Debbie Macomber good so far but its a super romance.
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