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Old 08-06-2015, 09:59 AM
 
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Next I tried The Martian by Andy Weir but didn't like it and didn't finish it. Interesting premise, but reads like a screenplay with very little character development and flat writing. At least IMO. I'll probably see the movie though, so I can find out what happens.
I felt similarly and will be seeing the movie too.
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:13 AM
 
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Ugh. First I was in a reading slump, then I got really busy at work and barely got on C-D. When work eased up, I had missed about a month of this forum and it was overwhelming to try and catch up because I like to read every post and put promising books on my TBR. So I let another month pass without coming over here until this morning when I couldn't stand it any longer and started trying to catch up. So far I'm on page 1512 so I have about 50 pages (500 posts!) to go.

The good news is, I think I'm out of my slump. I spent a very, very long time reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. It was written in 1868 and is described as the first mystery. Even though it was written so long ago, it's not a difficult read if you've read Jane Austen or anything by the Bronte sisters. Parts of it are very funny and it was engaging enough.

Next I tried The Martian by Andy Weir but didn't like it and didn't finish it. Interesting premise, but reads like a screenplay with very little character development and flat writing. At least IMO. I'll probably see the movie though, so I can find out what happens.

Went to the library and did a couple of random grabs. I'm currently reading Boleto by Alyson Hagy and am really, really enjoying it. It's a "man and a horse" story set in Wyoming and reminds me of all the animal stories I read as a kid although this is clearly written for adults. The writing is descriptive without being flowery and the story is unfolding at just the right pace. There may or may not be a bit of mystery involved. I'm just so happy to be reading something that I hate to put down and can't wait to pick up again.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/bo...hagy.html?_r=0
Marlow, Note to self... never, ever go for more than two weeks without checking c-d. The voracious readers here will leave me in the dust!
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Old 08-06-2015, 11:21 AM
 
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I'm likely to finish my current book this evening. I now have to decide if I will read Middlesex. It gets good reviews but also a reviewer said the end just kind of falls apart. I hate to invest the time if the end will disappoint.
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Old 08-06-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm likely to finish my current book this evening. I now have to decide if I will read Middlesex. It gets good reviews but also a reviewer said the end just kind of falls apart. I hate to invest the time if the end will disappoint.
I don't recall that about the ending at all. I have no memory of what happens at the end but I know that, after ALL THOSE PAGES, if the end was a mess, I'd be crazed.
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm with you, Marlow, in that reading slump. And being super busy with work. But I always find time to come here to see what everyone's reading, because the alternative (see the pickle you got yourself into?) is too daunting and upsetting.

I'm about to start Abroad by Katie Crouch.

http://www.amazon.com/Abroad-Novel-K...=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Apart from the synopsis (which gave away nothing), when I scanned the reviews, my eye caught this:

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... however I feel that it might actually be to soon to fictionalize its topic.
That made me think that it might be a kind of Amanda Knox-ish story. Then I saw this:

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... novelization of one of the alternate theories of what happened in the Amanda Knox case.
I solved the mystery!

Oh.

Anyway, I didn't follow the Amanda Knox case at all. I'll give this book a shot. (That wasn't a pun. I have no idea if Amanda Knox used a gun. I just know that she was accused of killing someone.)
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Old 08-06-2015, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Castles of Steel, Robert Massie
I consider Massie to be a writer for the ages. His details are marvelous. Nicholas and Alexandra is one of the best books I have ever read. Saying that means a lot because I am not a history buff.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:04 PM
 
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After listening to over five hours of "The White Lioness," I am giving up. It started out as a fairly interesting murder mystery in Sweden until about an hour ago when it moved to South Africa and a overly long narrative explaining all the mystery out of it.

I'm done sewing for today, so I've got awhile before deciding what will replace it for tomorrow's time at the sewing table.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Finally finished The Girl in a Swing and must admit that I found it a bit disappointing. Really looking forward to starting People of the Masks by the Gears tonight
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Old 08-06-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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I finished Let's Take the Long Way Home - it was a sweet story of friendship and love, but I'm traveling for work and alone in a hotel room for the fifth straight night and it probably wasn't the best choice as it made me quite sad and bubbled up some fairly fresh grief from my dog's death.

t's all about the timing...

Now looking for something from my TBR list that is light or a page-turner or maybe even a bit fluffy.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Abroad is a dud. It's a silly, stupid story, full of sloppy mistakes. I'm giving up on it.
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