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Old 09-15-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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I recently started The Things that Keep Us Here and am reading along when I come to a big, fat, juicy mistake. How do things like this slip past an editor and "subject matter experts"?

Two characters are discussing influenza and one states that "thirty to forty thousand" people in America die each year from influenza. He then goes on to say "That's slightly more than one percent of the U.S. population."

Aaarrrggghhh.....
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Actually, I don't care for dystopian lit in general. I doesn't account for the good that exists in the world now, and projects only a worsening of where we've failed. I personally wish for a writer that takes our failings and shows how we overcome them to make the future even better than it is. Probably they would title it "Pie in the Sky."

I put the "Cat's Eye" on my TRL. No sense leaving an opened door unexamined.
What draws me to dystopian fiction (at least, what I would consider the best of it), is that what I see in it is not the badness of people but the goodness, and in the best of the fiction, it is the darkness of the backdrop that draws attention to the light that shines. Much in the same way as real life crisis have allowed the hero in people like Wallenberg to come forth.

It's been a few years since I read Cat's Eye but I remember it as a coming-of-age story.
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I recently started The Things that Keep Us Here and am reading along when I come to a big, fat, juicy mistake. How do things like this slip past an editor and "subject matter experts"?

Two characters are discussing influenza and one states that "thirty to forty thousand" people in America die each year from influenza. He then goes on to say "That's slightly more than one percent of the U.S. population."

Aaarrrggghhh.....
It's enough to make you want to give in to your inner child and give your foot a good, hard stomp on the floor, isn't it?
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:40 PM
 
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I just finished Plainsong. It was a great read, and ultimately uplifiting. I was concerned because for a good stretch of it I was getting that overwhelming sad feeling, and I have had that with too many books lately. Good books, very touching, but I really don't need additional pushes for sadness if you catch my drift. I will read the others, Eventide and another one I cannot recall, in time.

I just started High Fidelity by Nick Hornby . This is for a book club, and I have to say, it seems nice and light hearted and a reasonably quick read.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:04 AM
 
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I just finished Plainsong. It was a great read, and ultimately uplifiting. I was concerned because for a good stretch of it I was getting that overwhelming sad feeling, and I have had that with too many books lately. Good books, very touching, but I really don't need additional pushes for sadness if you catch my drift. I will read the others, Eventide and another one I cannot recall, in time.

I just started High Fidelity by Nick Hornby . This is for a book club, and I have to say, it seems nice and light hearted and a reasonably quick read.
I'm reading Benediction, the third in the Plainsong trilogy. They all seem to be a mixture of sad and uplifting. I'm going to miss these characters.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:58 AM
 
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Currently continuing to re-read Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon which I had set aside awhile back. Enjoying it. Had to kick Frankenstein out of my pile for now as I just did not enjoy it at all. Was not interesting to me in the least. Holding off on starting anything new as I have a busy couple of weeks coming up so easier to re-read than try to focus on something new.
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Old 09-16-2015, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Gettysburg, PA
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Reading Harry Pfanz's "Gettysburg the First Day" right now. I read it a few years ago and didn't follow up with the others (2nd, 3rd and Culp/Cemetery Hill) so I'm going to try to follow up with the others this time!
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I just finished Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton. This was a good mystery with some very damaged people. I loved the descriptions of the wildlife on the Falkland Islands.

I am almost finished with The Mountain Story, my first Lori Lansen's book What a fantastic book.


Next up is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by the same author who wrote A Man Called Ove
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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... I am almost finished with The Mountain Story, my first Lori Lansen's book What a fantastic book.

Next up is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by the same author who wrote A Man Called Ove
I LOVED "The Mountain Story" and "A Man Called Ove." I liked the other.

I just finished Lisa Scottoline's "Betrayed" and liked it well enough, but I didn't "Love" it. That said, though I don't actually understand why, I've already reserved the next in the series.

Next up: "Burial Rites." A precursor to my Halloween reads, for which I already have five books stacked here in front of me. (If this keeps up I am going to be reading for Halloween year 'round!)

Hubby and I are heading south to the Oregon Coast today. It will be our first time traveling with a trailer. Wish us luck! (Raining most of the day -- not my ideal for towing a 20 something foot trailer for the first time!)
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm reading Benediction, the third in the Plainsong trilogy. They all seem to be a mixture of sad and uplifting. I'm going to miss these characters.
I would skip "Benediction". It's not part of the ongoing story, and I thought pretty disappointing.
Plainsng and Eventide are among the very few books I've loved for their story more than for their literary narrative.
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