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Old 10-09-2007, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Anything written by John Grisham bores me to death. I see people reading his books and I just want to gag.

As far as DaVinci Code is concerned, I read it long before it became popular and without all the hype I thought it was very good. I think what ruined the book was that the media turned it into a "This is the greatest book you will ever read in your entire life" sort of thing. If they'd have just left it alone it would have been much better in my opinion. I hate it when people ruin things like that.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: The Garden State
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I didn't like The Five People You Meet in Heaven...I don't know how many people told me to read this book and well, I read it and wasn't impressed.

I really liked My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I couldn't put the book down.
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:25 AM
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Location: Somewhere.
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I and one other woman were the only ones in my book group who could get into The Time Traveler's Wife. (terrible title, but excellent, dense, well written book.)
I have that book, but haven't read it yet. I'll get to it someday..only have a few thousand others to sift through as well..
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I have that book, but haven't read it yet. I'll get to it someday..only have a few thousand others to sift through as well..
I read the Time Traveler's Wife. I enjoyed it, it was interesting and different and worth reading once, but I had a nagging feeling the entire time that the author is entirely too self-indulgent for my taste. I wish I could express what I mean by that better, but that's all I've got at the moment.

As for the book that I hated and everybody else loves, and everybody else keeps trying to give me, I'll turn to an SAT-style analogy :

Elaine Benes : The English Patient ::

Debsi : The Kite Runner
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:01 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I read the Time Traveler's Wife. I enjoyed it, it was interesting and different and worth reading once, but I had a nagging feeling the entire time that the author is entirely too self-indulgent for my taste. I wish I could express what I mean by that better, but that's all I've got at the moment.
Since I wrote that post about the title, I found out what the title actually means. Basically it is a metaphor for the fact that we are all yoked to time, there's no escape. If it was self-indulgent, I guess I was a willing co-conspirator. I dearly loved Henry deTamble.
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As for the book that I hated and everybody else loves, and everybody else keeps trying to give me, I'll turn to an SAT-style analogy

Elaine Benes : The English Patient ::

Debsi : The Kite Runner
heh
Nothing wrong with that.
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:55 PM
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Location: Wisconsin
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Some of our American literary icons might have been better as statutes than writers: Fitzgerald and Hemingway come to my mind!

Have to disagree with you on this. Loved Fitzgerald....though I haven't read him for several years. And LOVED Hemingway. "The Old Man and the Sea" is one of my all time favorite books.
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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"Ulysses" and,"Portrait of the artist as a young man" by Joyce. I have tried and tried again to read these bloody books and I just can't get into them. I just do not get it, and it really frustrates me as they are supposed to be such seminal works and great classics.

Shakespeare's comedies. I love a lot of his tragedies ( Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, MacBeth , Henry V, King Lear, and Richard the Third are wonderful but even some tragedies are a bit dubious in quality such as Cymbeline) but in my opinion his comedies are weakly written, and not amusing at all . I will no doubt get hate mail for even daring to doubt the Bard's great comic genius but I find them dull, dull, dull... And everybody else seems to love them... I am obviously too dense to appreciate them !
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Great Lakes region
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Oh yes, anything by Stephen King. Just can't get into it. Don't care for Jackie Collins, either.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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The old Man and the Sea was THE most boring Spencer Tracy movie of all time. However, maybe the book was better? How could that be, considering the setting? a guy in a boat with a big fish.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Granite, Utah
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I could not stand Catcher in the Rye, The Things They Carried, Night, or All Quiet on the Western Front, The Hobbit. My companions raved about them, but I couldn't take it.
I loved The Da Vinci Code though, I enjoyed figuring out the clues myself. I think so many people disliked it because the hype formed unrealistic expectations in people's minds that were then unmet even though it was a pretty good book.
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