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Old 08-23-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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I can't decide whether to go light or heavy
I think light... from what I gather from the description of Gone Girl, it will be heavy enough... I don't like two heavies back to back... it puts me off balance.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I think light... from what I gather from the description of Gone Girl, it will be heavy enough... I don't like two heavies back to back... it puts me off balance.
Actually, there are more than 100 people before me on the wait list for Gone Girl, so I have time. LOL!

But I just read the first 5 or 6 pages of Before I Go to Sleep... and I'm done. It's just not my type of book at all. I already know, this early, that it's far-fetched and ridiculous, and that her husband must have some part in this amnesia.

I like books that are character-driven and that have plot lines that *could* be real. Before I Go to Sleep is not for me. I'm not saying that a million other people wouldn't love it -- but it's just not my type of read.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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...I already know, this early, that it's far-fetched and ridiculous, and that her husband must have some part in this amnesia.

I like books that are character-driven and that have plot lines that *could* be real. Before I Go to Sleep is not for me. I'm not saying that a million other people wouldn't love it -- but it's just not my type of read.
Yes, being far-fetched -- or characters doing things I would look at as incredibly stupid would be a book's "kiss of death" for me. Even if I know it could be real, the outcome would be too predictable -- I like getting hooked by a plot involving characters I can understand, and with enough "mystery" that I want to see how things end up.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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I finally finished The Magician's Apprentice, which I didn't particularly enjoy at all, and started on Wild by Cheryl Strayed last night. I've wanted to read it since I read a review of it in the local paper. I am still not finished Rez Life, but the two books are different enough that I'm comfortable switching.
Did Cheryl really stray? I had heard that about her but didn't want to believe it.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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Did Cheryl really stray? I had heard that about her but didn't want to believe it.
That was a real knee-slapper!
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Did Cheryl really stray? I had heard that about her but didn't want to believe it.
It's always a little funny-strange when people's names in someway, positive or not, reflect some aspect of their lives.

A friend of ours, a pastor, remarried a few years ago and he likes to think of himself as very liberal so I suggested he take his wife's last name. He said it wasn't that he wouldn't do that, but he wouldn't do that because her last name was Pain. 'Pastor Pain.' Hmmm. Has a ring to it.

Off to walk the puppy before the storm hits.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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It's always a little funny-strange when people's names in someway, positive or not, reflect some aspect of their lives.

A friend of ours, a pastor, remarried a few years ago and he likes to think of himself as very liberal so I suggested he take his wife's last name. He said it wasn't that he wouldn't do that, but he wouldn't do that because her last name was Pain. 'Pastor Pain.' Hmmm. Has a ring to it.

Off to walk the puppy before the storm hits.
Our family doctor when I was a kid was Dr. Payne.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:36 AM
 
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I'm trying to read Gone Girl again. The last time I tried I got through 7% of it. This time I've made it to 17% and I just can't go on.

This book is so heavy that I feel like I have been tied to an anchor that is sinking into the ocean. I simply cannot stand it.

The writing is wonderful and the author really has delivered a good character study. I guess it is just not for me. It makes me very sad.

So I am saying goodbye to Gone Girl and this time I really mean it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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I'm trying to read Gone Girl again. The last time I tried I got through 7% of it. This time I've made it to 17% and I just can't go on.

This book is so heavy that I feel like I have been tied to an anchor that is sinking into the ocean. I simply cannot stand it.

The writing is wonderful and the author really has delivered a good character study. I guess it is just not for me. It makes me very sad.

So I am saying goodbye to Gone Girl and this time I really mean it.
Rut roh! I'm not sure how that bodes for me, then.

Well, considering that there are 101 people (with 23 copies, though) who have to read it before I get my mitts on it, I have time. And the better news is that I'm becoming more and more forgetful (YAY for being 47! ), so I very well might not remember your dislike of it, so that it won't tarnish my experience.

All that said, I know it's a suspense/thriller novel. I don't like thrillers. I don't find them thrilling -- I find them predictable and/or far-fetched. THAT certainly doesn't bode well for me liking this book.

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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I'm trying to read Gone Girl again. ...This book is so heavy that I feel like I have been tied to an anchor that is sinking into the ocean. I simply cannot stand it.
Yeah, that's how I felt after just reading the description. I know there are lots of bad things that happen in the world, but I just cannot feed myself on that diet, anymore. I used to think we had to KNOW about these things in order to be able to change them. That was my youthful optimism. Now I know that bad things happen and always will. I just try to stay clear of them.
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