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Old 12-07-2010, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I finally finished Ken Follett's Fall of Giants. I did not find it as engaging as I did The Pillars of the Earth and World without End, possibly because those books were set in a world far enough in our past as to make it unknown to us.

I liked how the book started because I enjoyed the way he was able to insert himself into the mind of a child (Billy). After that, it dragged a bit for me and then picked up again later. It is actually a pretty good refresher course on the First World War, with characters perhaps not being as clearly drawn due to the fact that it is plot driven, rather than character driven.

I did love the way he managed to describe the different ways the British, the Germans, the Russians and the Americans saw things.

What is rather depressing is that for me it made me think that the more things change, the more they remain the same and the entire course of history since then, not just including the Second World War but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem simply to be an extension of an endless pattern of war with brief breathers in between by people who frankly aren't too sure what they are fighting for, but have fought too long to stop.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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well just started the honey thief by elizabeth graver and will report back if I like it and even if I dont like it . Has anyone read this before ? and if so what did you think of it ?
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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I finally finished Ken Follett's Fall of Giants. I did not find it as engaging as I did The Pillars of the Earth and World without End, possibly because those books were set in a world far enough in our past as to make it unknown to us.

I liked how the book started because I enjoyed the way he was able to insert himself into the mind of a child (Billy). After that, it dragged a bit for me and then picked up again later. It is actually a pretty good refresher course on the First World War, with characters perhaps not being as clearly drawn due to the fact that it is plot driven, rather than character driven.

I did love the way he managed to describe the different ways the British, the Germans, the Russians and the Americans saw things.

What is rather depressing is that for me it made me think that the more things change, the more they remain the same and the entire course of history since then, not just including the Second World War but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem simply to be an extension of an endless pattern of war with brief breathers in between by people who frankly aren't too sure what they are fighting for, but have fought too long to stop.
Thanks for the synopsis and opinion of the book. It's a little pricey for download or even the hardback version at some stores. Maybe it'll come on sale by the time I finish the other book I'm reading. You're right about the "endless pattern of war". I've often heard the expression, goes something like, "those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it". Wish I remember who coined that phrase
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Thanks for the synopsis and opinion of the book. It's a little pricey for download or even the hardback version at some stores. Maybe it'll come on sale by the time I finish the other book I'm reading. You're right about the "endless pattern of war". I've often heard the expression, goes something like, "those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it". Wish I remember who coined that phrase
I love a good riddle.

Here's the answer: Google Answers: Who said "Those Who Forget History Are Doomed to Repeat It"?
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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"Philosophy: Who Needs It?" by Ayn Rand.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I'm starting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer. I'm excited to read this!!! Has anyone read his newer one Tree of Codes?
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Crossville, TN
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Burned by Ellen Hopkins
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Old 12-08-2010, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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Now I'm reading LizardSkin by Carston Stroud, a book I had on the shelf for years and was uninterested in reading...now wishing I hadn't left it on the shelf.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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East Of Eden by John Steinbeck
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Not tied down... maybe later! *rawr*
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Just thought I would ask if anyone has read the elegance of the hedgehog ? just curious and if so how did you like it ?

I tried to read it. Then, after one chapter, I reminded myself that life is too short to waste on "tryin to get thru a book" when there's sooooo many other great books out there.
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