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chillas
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I've been debating on whether or not to post this for some time now. I don't want to seem like I'm trolling the thread, but I guess my opinion here might save some people some disappointment later. *shrugs*

I have to register a dissenting opinion regarding The Time Traveler's Wife. While I will concede that it is vaguely intersting and tightly conceived as a science fiction novel, it is at best average as a romance. The characters sadly fall into easy, run-of-the-mill romance novel archetypes - specifically [HIGHLIGHT FOR MILD SPOILERS]the plucky heroine who is destined to love one man forever and pine for him in solitude when he's not around, and the hero who is an obnoxious jerk until he finds the love of his life and changes his ways. [/SPOILERS] They, and their supporting cast, were simply unlikable and I couldn't much care what happened to them.

This is, of course, simply my opinion. Take it for what it is worth.

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I got a recommendation from one of our favorite booksellers at Borders for Sharon Shinn's Angel series. So far, it's good. It's a refreshing change from the vampire romance I've been reading the last year or so.

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What a coincidence, Wild Otaku. I recently finished the first book in that series, Archangel.

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I've just finished reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. I found it informative, but very long, dull. Mainly as I was told (and the book title infers) that it would be about the mass murderer H. H. Holmes, but his story's not in it much. Most of it is about the architects who were planning and building of the White City (The World's fair in Chicago in the late 1800's). Not til the very end of the book does it even concentrate on H. H. Holmes, and even then it's vague.

Right now I'm reading Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor. At least I know I'm bound to enjoy that.

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I've just finished "We Need to Talk about Kevin".

freaky & disturbing ; yet strangely uplifting & absolutely compelling.

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I have not seen this book mentiond on the thread, perhaps I missed it. I jsut finnished reading all fifteen pages at one sitting, My appolgies if it has already been mentiond but I've been reading, "Marley and Me Life and Love with The World Worst dog. Great book.

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quote:
Originally posted by zman977:
I have not seen this book mentiond on the thread, perhaps I missed it. I jsut finnished reading all fifteen pages at one sitting, My appolgies if it has already been mentiond but I've been reading, "Marley and Me Life and Love with The World Worst dog." Great book.

When I first saw this I thought you meant the book was 15 pages long; then I realized you meant the thread. Zman, you don't need to apologize and you wouldn't even if someone else was reading the same book. You would have a different reading experience and quite likely a different opinion or different favorite parts.

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I just finished "The Devil's Feather" by Minnette Walters. Interesting characters.

Now I get to read texts on references interviews and cataloging. Yippee!

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I'm just about to finish The History of Bestiality by Jens Bjørneboe. It's extraordinary thought-provoking, and it certainly leaves you with a sense of hopelessness of the human nature.

I've also started reading King's Dark Tower series; finished Wizard and Glass recently, so I'll take a small break before continuing. Hoping to finish it this year though.

Oh, and I was talking with a friend of mine after finishing All Quiet on the Western Front this summer, and he recommended me Johnny Got His Gun - has anyone read it? If so, what did you think of it?

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I just re-read The Crisis of Confidence by Arthur Schlesinger. An almost 40 year old book that holds up surprisingly well today.

I'm currently reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. Don't know how I missed this one the first time around (It was published in 1996) but it's an amazingly good read, though quite depressing.

I also recently finished Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson, 2004, I believe. It's a great account of Atlantic wreck diving dealing primarily with the discovery of an unidentified (at the time) U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. Fantastic story about Bill Nagle, Richie Kohler, John Chatterton, and others who have made quite large names for themselves in the diving community.

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LikeHeyScoob, if you have the opportunity, I highly recommend the audiobook version of both Angela's Ashes and the sequel 'Tis. Frank McCourt is a great writer, but I think that his storytelling ability is lessened by putting it down on paper. If we still had an oral storytelling tradition, I think he'd be insanely popular.

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quote:
Originally posted by AnglRdr:
LikeHeyScoob, if you have the opportunity, I highly recommend the audiobook version of both Angela's Ashes and the sequel 'Tis. Frank McCourt is a great writer, but I think that his storytelling ability is lessened by putting it down on paper. If we still had an oral storytelling tradition, I think he'd be insanely popular.

Thanks, AnglRdr, I had every intention of picking up 'Tis, now I'll have to look for it on CD instead. I have an hour round trip commute each day and I'm guessing that the audiobook would be better than the drivel that is typically on the morning radio here. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by LikeHeyScoob:
quote:
Originally posted by AnglRdr:
LikeHeyScoob, if you have the opportunity, I highly recommend the audiobook version of both Angela's Ashes and the sequel 'Tis. Frank McCourt is a great writer, but I think that his storytelling ability is lessened by putting it down on paper. If we still had an oral storytelling tradition, I think he'd be insanely popular.

Thanks, AnglRdr, I had every intention of picking up 'Tis, now I'll have to look for it on CD instead. I have an hour round trip commute each day and I'm guessing that the audiobook would be better than the drivel that is typically on the morning radio here. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by LikeHeyScoob:
I also recently finished Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson, 2004, I believe. It's a great account of Atlantic wreck diving dealing primarily with the discovery of an unidentified (at the time) U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. Fantastic story about Bill Nagle, Richie Kohler, John Chatterton, and others who have made quite large names for themselves in the diving community.

Loved Shadow Divers. Did you know that Chatterton has a show on the History Channel...Underwater Detectives, I think it is called. A few of the guys mentioned in the book are often on the show.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dieter Meyer:
I've also started reading King's Dark Tower series; finished Wizard and Glass recently, so I'll take a small break before continuing. Hoping to finish it this year though.

Oh, and I was talking with a friend of mine after finishing All Quiet on the Western Front this summer, and he recommended me Johnny Got His Gun - has anyone read it? If so, what did you think of it?

So cool that you can read the Dark Tower series one after the other. God, I hated the wait between them books, especially in the beginning when there were something like 5 years between books.

I saw a movie Johnny Got His Gun that was also the basis for the Metallica "One" video. Pretty decent movie.

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The Heartless Stone

About the diamond trade.

A wonderful mix between lyrical, colourful writing and quite a bit of historical and financial data.

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quote:
Originally posted by Griffin Roll:
quote:
Originally posted by LikeHeyScoob:
I also recently finished Shadow Divers, by Robert Kurson, 2004, I believe. It's a great account of Atlantic wreck diving dealing primarily with the discovery of an unidentified (at the time) U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. Fantastic story about Bill Nagle, Richie Kohler, John Chatterton, and others who have made quite large names for themselves in the diving community.

Loved Shadow Divers. Did you know that Chatterton has a show on the History Channel...Underwater Detectives, I think it is called. A few of the guys mentioned in the book are often on the show.
Thanks, Griffin!
I didn't know that. History Channel is part of my regular channel-surfing rotation, so I'm surprised I haven't seen a promo for it. I'll have to look for it!

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It is called Deep Sea Detectives, and it looks like there are no upcoming episodes, so they may not have renewed it, but it is available on DVD.

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quote:
Originally posted by smackmac:
So cool that you can read the Dark Tower series one after the other. God, I hated the wait between them books, especially in the beginning when there were something like 5 years between books.

Yeah, I know [Big Grin] I'm waiting for 'the next book' in four different series now, so I know the feeling [Wink]

quote:
Originally posted by smackmac:
I saw a movie Johnny Got His Gun that was also the basis for the Metallica "One" video. Pretty decent movie.

Well, I've ordered the book now, so I hope it's good. I'll post about it when I've finished it (though with my 'to read' list, that might take a while [Embarrassed] ).

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I picked up The Time Traveler's Wife today and read a short bit. I dunno where I've heard of this book, but apparently it's a bestseller. It has some kind of charm to it that I can't put my finger on, I've quite enjoyed the two or three pages I've put into reading it since I got home.

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I loved it, but I love sappy romances, so you can't really count me. I think it's worth reading. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Midgard_Dragon:
I picked up The Time Traveler's Wife today and read a short bit. I dunno where I've heard of this book, but apparently it's a bestseller. It has some kind of charm to it that I can't put my finger on, I've quite enjoyed the two or three pages I've put into reading it since I got home.

Been mentioned here several times. My take is at the top of page 15 of this thread - in brief, I'd say give it a miss, but YMMV.

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Ha, I knew I should've read the thread, 15 pages or no. [Razz] But, honestly, your opinion wouldn't have swayed me. Sometimes I need "easy, run-of-the-mill romance novel archetypes" to make me feel like, no matter how much I know that love is never that easy, it's possible.

Frankly, I'm not even the romance novel type, so to me, they will probably not seem archetypical.

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I thought the time traveler's wife was brilliant, and quite original. I don't read science fiction regularly, but i LOVE fantasy. I just finished A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith, which was a historical fiction/romance about the war of the roses & King Richard III. It was pretty good, just extremely frustrating & sad. There is a new Haruki Murakami book of short stories expected at my door within a few days I'm looking foward to, he's one of my favorite authors.

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is anyone into George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire?

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I recently finished "Kiss the Girls" by James Patterson and am currently muddling through "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire. A lot of people just love "Wicked" but I'm having trouble getting into it. Maybe I need to get it on audio instead. I had a hard time reading Davinci Code too but I was quite entertained while listening to the audio book.

Books I've listened to recently:
"Shopaholic & Sister" by Sophie Kinsella
"The Goddess Rules" by Clare Naylor
"Sacred Sins" by Nora Roberts
"Midnight Bayou" by Nora Roberts

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quote:
Originally posted by keepitlikeasecret:
is anyone into George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire?

Sure am. I'm currently waiting (not so) patiently for A Dance With Dragons to come out. [Wink]


ETA that I too positively loved The Time Traveler's Wife. Sure, it may have cliches and archetypes, but it's imo it's a great book. I've yet to read anything like it.

I cried at the ending

[Embarrassed]

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I'm loving The Time Traveler's Wife. Call me a sap, but I do!

On George R.R. Martin: I read A Game Of Thrones some time ago and enjoyed it, but the second book bored me to tears so I stopped reading.

ETA - Did I mention I love TTTW so much that I've finished half of it in a day? I haven't done that with a book, even a book I've loved, in ages. Part of it was sitting at the hospital while Dad was in surgery, but I think I would've been reading all day even if I wasn't.

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I read on amazon/uk that dance with dragons is coming out february 2007. I ADORE GRRM, he is one of the best authors i've ever read. part of what fascinates me is that his characters are amoral, it isn't a fight between good & evil as many other books in the fantasy genre are, but about the choices people make when backed into a corner & when making plays for power.
i'm planning on re-reading time traveler's wife (for the 3rd time). i loved it, it's so sad & beautiful

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quote:
Originally posted by keepitlikeasecret:
I read on amazon/uk that dance with dragons is coming out february 2007. I ADORE GRRM, he is one of the best authors i've ever read. part of what fascinates me is that his characters are amoral, it isn't a fight between good & evil as many other books in the fantasy genre are, but about the choices people make when backed into a corner & when making plays for power.
i'm planning on re-reading time traveler's wife (for the 3rd time). i loved it, it's so sad & beautiful

As far as I know, that's not true so don't count on it.

If you want regular updates, from the source, go to his site www.georgerrmartin.com and then to the link that's "NOT A BLOG" or "Song of Ice & Fire Updates." According to GRRM, it's better to go the NAB, though.

I just went there, and there's so definitive date, month etc as he's still working on it.

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arghh!

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I've just finished Rough Music by Patrick Gale. Having found the last book by him that I read (Friendly Fire) to have had a supremely annoying climax, I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Family, secrets, memory, loss, shagging one's brother in law... just the usual stuff [Wink]

Recommended anyway.

I'm swithering now, having started a couple of books simultaneously: The Ebony Tower by John Fowles, which is so far full of show-off details of fictional high art; Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald, which is written in an interesting argot, kind of like Riddley Walker. I also have some French books that I am eying warily, and The Wings of the Dove by Henry James, and The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall. Busy busy.

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I just received "Renfield" by Barbara Hambly from Amazon.com - I love getting a new Hambly book!

I also noticed that Melanie Rawn, after a long hiatus has published again but it isn't part of the series that she was supposed to conclude.

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I finished The Time Traveler's Wife (a while ago, actually) and loved it. It was a very good sci-fi, and a very sweet romance.

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Not to mention a very sad tragedy.

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I'm almost done The Te of Piglet.

I've already read The Tao of Pooh, and while I enjoyed it I didn't feel that it totally fit me. So my boyfriend suggested (correctly) the since I'm a lot more like Piglet than Pooh that I'd appreciate this one.

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