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Old 04-09-2007, 11:38 AM
 
Location: The Bronx
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I don't know about hating a book that everyone loves, but how about loving a book that everyone hates. My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. We had to read it for school, and all my freinds hated it. The amazing thing is, though, I don't even like to read, but I just couldn't stop reading this one.
Try "Franny and Zooey." Also, "Nine Stories."

Lots of people gave his books bad reviews, mainly "literary" types. He's not real kind to them.

"Phooey I say, on all white shoe college boys who edit their college literary magazines. Give me an honest con man any day."
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:03 PM
 
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Well, this isn't a book, but an author. Richard North Patterson-I keep seeing him touted as being such a "gifted writer", 'entertaining, blah blah, and in a word, BLAH is what I find his books.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Utah
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Another person here who did NOT like the DaVinci Code.

Who said...something like it being like junk food?

It probably made for a good movie, I wouldn't (and won't!) know!

I do, however, have a "must read" list of my own. Half of my book club (the ones who read to "escape") is hoping each month that I don't have a recommendation!
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:42 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Try "Franny and Zooey." Also, "Nine Stories."

Lots of people gave his books bad reviews, mainly "literary" types. He's not real kind to them.

"Phooey I say, on all white shoe college boys who edit their college literary magazines. Give me an honest con man any day."
I think I was the last kid in my high school who was allowed to read Catcher in the Rye, after it had already been cut from the curriculum. Loved it and the other two.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:45 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Another person here who did NOT like the DaVinci Code.

Who said...something like it being like junk food?
I think I was the one who said that.
And you know, there's nothing wrong with a little literary "junk food."
I do not open every book anticipating lyrical prose and timeless profundity.
But for some reason the DaVinci Code really irked me, maybe it was Brown's blah writing style, more like an outline than a novel.

Ellie, Street of Crocodiles looks interesting, I'll have to check it out.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:44 PM
 
Location: City of the damned, Wash
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Bonfire of the Vanities.
I threw the book away after wasting too much time on it.
I took a class years later in which I had to read an essay, and this long-dormant highly-annoyed feeling came over me.
It was Tom Wolfe again, whom I hadn't read since BoV.
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Old 04-12-2007, 11:14 PM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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Hated The DaVinci Code. Tried reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Anyone else have a problem with that? Hated The Great Gatsby.

Loved "Water For The Elephants", "The Glass Castle", "A Fine Balance". Another book I loved was "A Soldier of the Great War".
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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[quote=lorelei2873;529300]Have you ever tried to read a book that everyone else just LOVES, and you can't get into it? Confess--which "must-reads" bored you to tears?



Anything by Tom Clancy. You are an expert on nuclear phsyics. You are an expert on government intelligence. We get it. Now good lord, please get back to the premise of the book!
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Old 04-13-2007, 01:35 PM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Tried reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Anyone else have a problem with that?
I didn't get through it on the first try. A few years later I read it and enjoyed it. It tried my patience sometimes but I'd have to go through it to tell you what bothered me. Overall I'd say it's a great work. I've read two of his other books too.

Sometimes I have to be in a certain frame of mind to read but I'm a prolific reader when I'm in the mood. I don't read much junk or light fiction. Mostly I lean towards non-fiction and subjects on history, culture, and the natural sciences.
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Hated The DaVinci Code. Tried reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Anyone else have a problem with that? Hated The Great Gatsby.

Loved "Water For The Elephants", "The Glass Castle", "A Fine Balance". Another book I loved was "A Soldier of the Great War".
"The Glass Castle" author was interviewed by Jon Stewart the other night. It sounds like she led quite an interesting life. It's on my "to read" list.
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