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Old 12-27-2013, 11:03 AM
 
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Just finished The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. Loved the book, loved Tartt's writing style. However...

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Was really disappointed at the end of the book when the main "mystery" never
got solved. Commentaries online said that Tartt did that to show how most
of our "mysteries" we encounter in life never get solved, and learning that is
part of becoming an adult. Blah, blah, blah. But it sure pissed me off
since I was not expecting it!
I felt the same way when I read it a few years ago and also read the same commentary. There is a fine balance between

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leaving the reader hanging with an unsolved mystery and tying up an ending with a neat little bow that feels forced.
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Just finished Broken by Karin Slaughter-very fast-paced thriller.

Just started Cell by Stephen King. I'm only about 30 pages in, very strange but hey that's King for you.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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getting ready to read a whole slew of books the first one will be Enon by Paul Harding so I will come back when i finish and let you know how I liked it .Okay well I started it and read 4 pages and will not pick it up again . How depressing and utterly sad ...if you want to be depressed read this book . No thank you not a book for me especially right after not celebrating christmas this year and being depressed from that as well .So now I have started another one which is on a much lighter note it is "The very thought of you by rosie allison and so far it is rather sweet . well I hope I fare better with the rest of my reading matierial .

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Old 12-27-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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In Evil Hour. By the Nobel-prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Márquez.

Product Reviews: In Evil Hour: Amazon.com

I am trying really hard to love it! So far I'm swept up in all the stories but I keep thinking there are nuances and political backgrounds I am missing.
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Northeast
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards..

Just started reading but can tell it's going to be a good one..

Just finished Close to Home by Peter Robinson.. Found Robinson at the used book store and glad i did. Love the Banks
character..
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:16 PM
 
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About halfway finished with How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove. Interesting book so far.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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Just finished "84 Charing Cross Road," a collection of letters between the author, Helene Hanff and the bookstore in London where she obtained her beloved books. It was a delight. I was chuckling throughout the short read and now DH wants to read it, too.

Next up: "Tolstoy My Father: Reminiscences," by Ilya Lvovich Tolstoy. After reading "Anna Karenina" I went to the library database to search their Tolstoy inventory and found that they had this available. I hope the son is as good a writer as his father. It will be interesting to see how he perceived his father and his works.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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Just started reading Mitch Albom's First Phone Call From Heaven.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm about 3/4 through Michael Chabon's "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh". It was his first novel, written at age 25. I can't help comparing him with a hypothetical Jack Kerouac, who has matured enough to write much better, but has not grown up enough to write about adult themes. It is enjoyable writing, but I want to excuse myself and leave the party.
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