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Old 04-08-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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Just finished Tracy chevalier's new one, REMARKABLE CREATURES...very very disappointing. I simply couldnt get into the characters. Hoping her next will be far more engaging.

Read Half broke horses a follow up to Glass Castle (loved it, jeannette Walls) but didnt like the sequel as much.

Am I the only one who hated The Shack? It was preachy, weird and just not for me. Hope others liked it better.

Also disliked The Mermaid Chair, seriously, does anyone want to get into a story about a married woman and a priest? It was awful.

I liked the story of The hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet

Of course, if you have not read Ken Follet's masterpieces, The pillars of the earth and World without end, you are missing a tour de force. Do yourself a favor and pick them up. Wonderful.

My next book will be The Piano Teacher which was highly recommended by two of my recent passengers.

Hope you are all reading something thrilling.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:56 AM
 
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Finished The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kid and overall was disappointed. The love story aspect was unbelievable and the ending to the mystery subplot came completely out of left field. I like her writing a lot and loved her descriptions of the island, but wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Maine
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The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III. I'm really loving it, put off reading it cuz the reviews weren't that hot. I should know better by now...
Also agree about The Mermaid Chair - didn't like it at all.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I just started an anthology of New Orleans stories, called New Orleans Noir. It helps to actually be here in N.O to read it.
Stories centered in New Orleans....Have you ever read Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole?? Great book
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll make sure this is the next Vonnegut I read!

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Sirens of Titan. . . one of my fav's. . . really a much better book than the cover artwork would suggest. . . .
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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I just finished Game Change, about the 2008 election. If you enjoy politics or like to read about politics, I recommend this book. There were a lot of behind-the-scenes revelations; sometimes I felt like I was reading something I shouldn't know about!

I'm going to read All Quiet on the Western Front next.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Just finished Moby Dick. I am glad that I read it, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped that I would. That said, there were some chapters that I thought were wonderful. And I was amazed at how many references to the book I have heard in day to day life not realizing where they were from. I won't soon forget Ishmael, Ahab, Starbuck, Queequeg, etc.

Next on my list is a book that a dear friend bought for me: One Hundred Years of Solitude.

It is always a joy to begin a new book!

Thank goodness for books! Happy reading!
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:36 PM
 
Location: NEPA
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The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum, i think i spelled his last name wrong. The book is a true story and was made into a movie of the same name.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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"The Air That We Breathe" (Not to be confused with the hit song by The Hollies) is a pleasant little book by a competent noveleist, Andrea Barrett. It's about life in a tuberculosis sanitorium in the early 20-th century.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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"The Brothers of Glastonbury" by Kate Sedley. Part of Roger the Chapman series.
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