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Old 03-25-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I'm about 5 pages from finishing Rebecca.....& I don't care if I finish or not! I thought it was supposed to be a great classic, but it's really a sappy romance.

Also I am listening to Atlas Shrugged. Just about done with book 1. Had to do it before the movie came out!
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Have you read any of Bentley Little's books? For a while there his books and Strieber's were somewhat similar. However, Strieber never scared me the way Little does. I read a couple of duds by Little and rarely read his stuff these days. I have not read any of Strieber's in a long time but I used to like both of them very much.

The last Little book I read scared the daylights out of me.

As a result I am now afraid of stacks of rocks.
I keep planning on reading his books, but I never get around to getting any. I need to add them to my new to read list. I once looked up all of his books and read the reviews on them, and wrote down which ones I wanted to read, but I've forgotten. I want to read the one that scared you!
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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http://www.amazon.com/Return-Bentley-Little/dp/0451206878/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1301070555&sr=1-17

This is the one: The Return. It was raked over the coals by the reviewers but I liked it.

The one I really want to read is The Mailman. I just ordered it. For a while there it was impossible to find it in stock anywhere.
I just ordered The Mailman as well lol. Will put The Return on my wish list for sure.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Jayne Anne Phillips' "Lark and Termite". About average. Not great, but I'll probably finish it.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:54 PM
 
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I'm about 5 pages from finishing Rebecca.....& I don't care if I finish or not! I thought it was supposed to be a great classic, but it's really a sappy romance.
I didn't get that from the novel. I hate sappy romances. Interesting that you came away with that.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:35 AM
 
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The quickest way to get me to put a book down is to tell me it's a romance novel, that's how much I dislike them. I read Rebecca many, many years ago and I remember it as having some romance in it, but being more of a suspense novel, but like I said, it's been a very long time ago.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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The quickest way to get me to put a book down is to tell me it's a romance novel, that's how much I dislike them. I read Rebecca many, many years ago and I remember it as having some romance in it, but being more of a suspense novel, but like I said, it's been a very long time ago.
I agree. Rebecca is not a traditional romance, though it is there. It has received criticism like that of the previous poster's, but I think these readers are missing the more interesting aspects of the novel - the suspense, the supernatural, and the sinister overtones.

Oh well. I dislike many of the books others on here recommend, and they dislike the books I like. Can't all like the same things.
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I just finished reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

I'm not even sure why I bought it. I think someone mentioned it in this thread. I'm a movie addict but I have never seen the movie. The premise just did not appeal to me.

It's a fast read. I read it in one day (okay, one day and half of the next).

I'm so totally impressed with this writer. She wrote the book when she was 16 and in high school.

It's a gentle book when he peels back the layers of the characters. It's also a tough book. I would have thought that reading about high school gangs in the Oklahoma of the 60s would be boring. Not so. And, besides, it's core is not about gangs. It's about a group of teenagers who are in a gang...mostly for their own protection and also because they need a "family" spirit in their lives. Each has been wounded emotionally and some have been wounded physically. It is one the best coming-of-age books I have ever read. I'm astounded and somewhat guilty that I let preconcieved notions keep me from reading this treasure for so many years.

When I finished it, about 10 minutes ago, I wanted to stand up and yell "Yes." I didn't because I knew it would scare my cats.

It's an excellent book.

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Old 03-26-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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I just finished reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

I'm not even sure why I bought it. I think someone mentioned it in this thread. I'm a movie addict but I have never seen the movie. The premise just did not appeal to me.

It's a fast read. I read it in one day (okay, one day and half of the next).

I'm so totally impressed with this writer. She wrote the book when she was 16 and in high school.

It's a gentle book when he peels back the layers of the characters. It's also a tough book. I would have thought that reading about high school gangs in the Oklahoma of the 60s would be boring. Not so. And, besides, it's core is not about gangs. It's about a group of teenagers who are in a gang...mostly for their own protection and also because they need a "family" spirit in their lives. Each has been wounded emotionally and some have been wounded physically. It is one the best coming-of-age books I have ever read. I'm astounded and somewhat guilty that I let preconcieved notions keep me from reading this treasure for so many years.

When I finished it, about 10 minutes ago, I wanted to stand up and yell "Yes." I didn't because I knew it would scare my cats.

It's an excellent book.
I've heard a lot about it, but I haven't read it. So many books...........
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished Why Sinatra Matters (which I really enjoyed). The author, Pete Hamill, is one of my favorites.
Have you read Forever by Pete Hamill? I just picked it up today at Goodwill, for $1. It sounded fascinating.
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