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Old 08-18-2015, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I read the Plainsong trilogy by Haruf last December. I love, love, love his work. I have never encountered an author who is able to convey human gentleness as well as Kent Haruf could. I loved the characters and the two bachelor farmers in particular and frankly, I miss them.
I read Plainsong over ten years ago, I think. There is much in the book that I've forgotten. I think both Plainsong and Eventide are due for a reread. I think your phrase, "human gentleness" is apt for his books.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:25 AM
 
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Yes, I am pretty certain I will see it to the end. And I think "Ove" is a perfect name for a kitty. What will you name the other? -- I like "Und."
I second "Und".
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:41 AM
 
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I just finished Benediction, by Kent Haruf. I think this is the best of his books. Parental mistakes are a contant motif with him, but I think he did this best in this book. Some of the reviews came out and all but demanded a sequel. Too bad there will be none. His last book, Our Souls at Night, isn't as fleshed out or as optimistic. And the characters from Benediction do not make an appearance.

I am thinking of re-reading Plainsong and Eventide, the two previous novels that I read over a decade ago. I like his writing style and I enjoy his characters. His books don't have a lot of plot; they are like windows into peoples actual lives. I really enjoy his books.
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I read the Plainsong trilogy by Haruf last December. I love, love, love his work. I have never encountered an author who is able to convey human gentleness as well as Kent Haruf could. I loved the characters and the two bachelor farmers in particular and frankly, I miss them.
I'm reading Plainsong right now for the first time. So beautiful but so sad. At least as far as I've gotten.

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The little boys, Ike and Bobby, just bought their mother perfume and bubble bath marbles. That about killed me. Then she opened the package and cried and I wanted to cry too.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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I finished The Boy in the Suitcase last night. I had to get up at six this morning as my DD and I were going for breakfast and shopping today but I stayed up until one because the book just got that good that I couldn't put it down. So now I am searching for what I will start tonight.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:40 PM
 
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I'm reading "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt". Jeez, 55% of the way through and he's not even president yet!
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I finished The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. I found the writing better than the average thriller but the way the multiple POVs were delineated was jarring for some reason. The characters were well-drawn. It did hold my interest. I found the plot completely implausible with all sorts of unexplained loopholes (downright weird) but it appears that all is not lost! Since I wanted to know what happened to the characters, I immediately bought the sequel, The Infinite Sea, and right there in the beginning, on what is practically page 1, a character muses about all the things that seemed to be poorly thought out. That is evidence that an explanation, hopefully believable, is to come.

I did give The Fifth Wave four stars. Amazon.com: The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series (9780142425831): Rick Yancey: Books I haven't progressed any further on The Lives of the Caesars having spent my time with make-believe monsters.

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Old 08-20-2015, 06:16 AM
 
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I finished The Boy in the Suitcase last night. I had to get up at six this morning as my DD and I were going for breakfast and shopping today but I stayed up until one because the book just got that good that I couldn't put it down. So now I am searching for what I will start tonight.
If you were not aware, there are other Nina books. Last time I looked I think there were 2 more. I've meant to read the next one many times but then something else grabs my attention. I enjoyed The Boy in the Suitcase as well and thought it was well written.
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Old 08-20-2015, 06:19 AM
 
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I finished The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. I found the writing better than the average thriller but the way the multiple POVs were delineated was jarring for some reason. The characters were well-drawn. It did hold my interest. I found the plot completely implausible with all sorts of unexplained loopholes (downright weird) but it appears that all is not lost! Since I wanted to know what happened to the characters, I immediately bought the sequel, The Infinite Sea, and right there in the beginning, on what is practically page 1, a character muses about all the things that seemed to be poorly thought out. That is evidence that an explanation, hopefully believable, is to come.

I did give The Fifth Wave four stars. Amazon.com: The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series (9780142425831): Rick Yancey: Books I haven't progressed any further on The Lives of the Caesars having spent my time with make-believe monsters.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Infinite-S..._bxgy_14_img_y
The third book doesn't come out until May. I was so excited when I saw there was a 3rd until I saw the release date, May 24, 2016. It is said at this time to be the final book. I'm hoping he doesn't pull a Christopher Paolini or Diana Gabaldon and lead me to believe the next one is the last one and then throw out more. Then it's the waiting game all over again.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Canada
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The third book doesn't come out until May. I was so excited when I saw there was a 3rd until I saw the release date, May 24, 2016. It is said at this time to be the final book. I'm hoping he doesn't pull a Christopher Paolini or Diana Gabaldon and lead me to believe the next one is the last one and then throw out more. Then it's the waiting game all over again.
I know, I know. I'm hoping that a good explanation for what, in the first book, looked like a poorly thought out plot, makes it into the second book because otherwise I will be really upset. I am not sure I would be interested in the third book if there isn't some kind of explanation for all the weirdness in book one.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:39 AM
 
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I know, I know. I'm hoping that a good explanation for what, in the first book, looked like a poorly thought out plot, makes it into the second book because otherwise I will be really upset. I am not sure I would be interested in the third book if there isn't some kind of explanation for all the weirdness in book one.
I am almost feeling like Dawn and cannot remember enough to properly reassure you, but I'm pretty sure I thought book 2 was good. I know I wanted to read book 2 as book 1 left me wondering things too. I just checked Goodreads and of course I didn't rate either one. I really should start doing that more often.
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