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Old 09-25-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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I cannot believe I didn't post this book before now, because I loved it when I read it and couldn't say enough good things about it.

I bring it up now because I just listened to the author's interview during a KQED podcast, dated 9/12, and found her to be articulate and engaging as an interviewee as well.

I recommend the book AND the podcast, and plan to look for her other books now, too.

Podcast link: 'Cleopatra: A Life': Forum | KQED Public Media for Northern CA
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Pixburgh
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For anyone interested in the epic fantasy genre.

I just started a book, 'The Way of Kings' by Brandon Sanderson, and I can already tell its going to be one of my favorite series. Highly reccomend it and I'm not even halfway through (though the book is over 1200 pages with smaller pring, so its like i've read 3 sookie stackhouse 'novels' already lol)

Be warned its a planned 10 book (give or take a couple) series and this is just the first one, so you could be waiting awhile..but he seems to churn books out pretty fast and supposedly this is his 'baby' so I expect alot of attention to it, especially after the last WoT book is finished.

I've read a lot of fantasy books, and this book so far ranks ahead of most of my favorites already, very good.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Never Let Me Go is a nice book but I expected more, maybe because the reviews, as you say, were amazing. That also happens to me when I read a new Murakami's novel and most other current narrative. I should probably stop reading reviews altogether lol.

By the way, the film based on the novel (I'm talking about Never Let Me Go again) is good too, but I had the same problem I had with the book: it left me a little cold because I expected more.
I love the movie and the book. I thought it was interesting that it was explained what she was thinking about when she hugged her pillow and listened to the song. The book explained it but the movie let you draw your own conclusion thinking it had to do with Tommy.

I thought the music in the movie was right on. It was so beautiful and haunting. I wanted to slap the Charlotte Rampling character.

Neither the book nor the movie left me feeling cold. I was totally emotional at the ending of both.
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: North Central Illinois
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Cutting for Stone. by Abraham Verghese.
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Old 09-25-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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Never Let Me Go is a nice book but I expected more, maybe because the reviews, as you say, were amazing. That also happens to me when I read a new Murakami's novel and most other current narrative. I should probably stop reading reviews altogether lol.

By the way, the film based on the novel (I'm talking about Never Let Me Go again) is good too, but I had the same problem I had with the book: it left me a little cold because I expected more.
I couldn't get into the book, but I liked the movie.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Church Hill, Maryland
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Right now I'm reading First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones. It's pretty amazing. It's funny and original, and a total page turner. I can not put it down. I checked it out from the library, but I'm definitely going to buy a copy for my own collection. It's fantastic.
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Old 09-25-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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Default The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine

This book was a bit dreary in the start and there were times when I wondered why I bothered, but it ended well and I was touched by it. Definitely Chick Lit, but with twists along the way that were touchingly real.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.

It's a very unusual story and had me from the first page. It slowly unfolds like a...well...like a good book. I'm totally surprised that I like it so much. It's one of those that calls to me on and off during the day when I should be doing something else but want to continue reading it.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Great book. If you haven't read The Kite Runner by the same author (Khaled Hosseini) you should. Both of these books are on my best of all time list. You are right - Wow.
I just have to say something about The Kite Runner. Beautifully written, yes, and a compelling story though I'm squeamish about some of the subject matter, and who wouldn't be? But I did not like the way it ended and so I can't recommend it as highly as others do. Just thought I'd throw in my two cents.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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