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Post  inversed on Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:43 am

Okay I really don't get all the hype around My Brilliant Friend. I mean, I liked it okay (after I forced myself to slog through the first, very boring half) but I doubt I'll continue with the series. Maybe my expectations were too high.


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Post  emrie on Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:03 am

OH MY GOD, me too! My friend (who is a writer and I normally love her reccs) recommended it and I kept waiting to be as enthralled as she said she was. Maybe it was partially because it was on audiobook and I had a hard time keeping the characters straight, but I felt like I didn't get Lila or the narrator's fascination with her at all. Which is kinda the lynchpin of the whole book so without it... Also, it's been a long time since I've read a bildungsroman, but I was struggling with the lack of an ongoing plot thread of any kind.

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Post  naughty zoot on Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:03 pm

Just finished Rabia Chaudry's Adnan's Story and, while I think there's probably a better book being written about this case by someone (I certainly hope so, anyway), there was some very interesting new information in it about Don in particular. I knew that his mother was a manager at one of the Lenscrafters he worked at. I didn't know that the other manager who confirmed his alibi was his mother's girlfriend (and now wife). There's some pretty compelling evidence that the timesheet covering the time Hae was murdered was fabricated/falsified.
There's also a discussion of the area where Hae's car was found and how odd it is that it wasn't broken into, if it really had been abandoned there for several weeks.
All in all, more questions than answers, which is par for the course with this case.
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Post  Bad Username on Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:50 am

I just finished A Wrinkle in Time, and absolutely loved it. This was my first time reading it, and I can't believe I didn't read it as a child, it's something I would have really enjoyed.

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Post  eventide82 on Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:10 pm

naughty zoot wrote:Just finished Rabia Chaudry's Adnan's Story and, while I think there's probably a better book being written about this case by someone (I certainly hope so, anyway), there was some very interesting new information in it about Don in particular. I knew that his mother was a manager at one of the Lenscrafters he worked at. I didn't know that the other manager who confirmed his alibi was his mother's girlfriend (and now wife). There's some pretty compelling evidence that the timesheet covering the time Hae was murdered was fabricated/falsified.
There's also a discussion of the area where Hae's car was found and how odd it is that it wasn't broken into, if it really had been abandoned there for several weeks.
All in all, more questions than answers, which is par for the course with this case.  

Oh, that's interesting - I have to get my hands on a copy, I was so obsessed with the podcast and I was so excited when I heard Rabia was writing a book about it.
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Post  ulkis on Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:11 pm

Bad Username wrote:I just finished A Wrinkle in Time, and absolutely loved it. This was my first time reading it, and I can't believe I didn't read it as a child, it's something I would have really enjoyed.

I enjoyed it when I was a kid, even though I didn't understand half of what was going on. Maybe I should re-read and see if I do understand it now, but I probably won't, heh.

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Post  bookworm on Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:16 pm

Bad Username wrote:I just finished A Wrinkle in Time, and absolutely loved it. This was my first time reading it, and I can't believe I didn't read it as a child, it's something I would have really enjoyed.

I loved it so much. Read the trilogy! You can skip Many Waters, IMHO. The other two aren't as good as the first, but I did like them.
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Post  particle_person on Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:18 pm

A Swiftly Tilting Planet, though, is really great. Raise your hand if you memorized Patrick's Breastplate after reading that! (Agree about Many Waters.)

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Post  inversed on Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:44 am

Oh yes, and I often shouted it dramatically while playing fantasy games. It's amazing that I wasn't more popular.

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Post  ulkis on Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:19 pm

Aw, I like Many Waters. It's skippable but I think it's good. I think it can be saved for last though, because yeah, it kinda interrupts of the flow of the other stories.

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Post  Bad Username on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:33 am

Some trash-tastic holiday reading:

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I really enjoyed it. I know the detail of the book has been discussed in the romance novels thread, and I'm in two minds about it. I admire the patience and dedication it took for Gabaldon to write with that. much. detail, but I also found myself kind of skimming it sometimes, especially since it was a very much in demand library book. I just got Drums of Autumn from the library and will probably have to do the same.

Killing Floor, by Lee Child. It's the first Jack Reacher book, very good, of course. I don't even think there were any growing pains, like sometimes an author's first book is a bit awkward? Not this one. Reacher is awesome. This edition also has a forward by the author explaining the process of his move into writing, and why / how he made the choices he did.

Make Me, by Lee Child. The second most recent Jack Reacher book. Sensing a theme? I had a hankerin'.

Zone One, by Colson Whitehead. I sometimes get a bit defensive when 'literary' authors dip their toes into genre fiction. They act like they've got something new to say, but because they're not familiar with the genre they've chosen to write in they just end up hitting the tired tropes that other authors have moved on. This book was very good though. It takes place over three days and covers the present and the lead-up to the current situation, sometimes jumping back and forth from paragraph to paragraph. It was difficult to follow at first, but is great if you can get past that.

Control Point by Myke Cole. It's described as 'Blackhawk Down meets X-Men', and I can kind of see why? It's military fantasy. Magic appears in the world suddenly, and people who manifest as magic must join the military, or they're 'eliminated'. The main character is an Army officer who manifests a prohibited power, goes on the run, and then discovers some unpleasant things. Pretty good. It's the author's first book, so it was a little clunky to start with, but the action towards the end is flawless.

I just finished Fatherland, by Robert Harris. It's been on my to-read list for a while, and I'm finally getting around to it. It's very good. Creepy.

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Post  Bad Username on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:46 am

bookworm wrote:
Bad Username wrote:I just finished A Wrinkle in Time, and absolutely loved it. This was my first time reading it, and I can't believe I didn't read it as a child, it's something I would have really enjoyed.

I loved it so much.  Read the trilogy!  You can skip Many Waters, IMHO.  The other two aren't as good as the first, but I did like them.


Sorry, I just saw this. Thank you, I will (read them and maybe skip Many Waters)

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Post  Bad Username on Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:24 am

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, the 4th Outlander book. The detail in the books didn't bother me for the first three because the stories were so good, but this was just not. The main plot point revolved around a stupid misunderstanding that could have been cleared up with a quick conversation, the characters behaved in out-of-character ways, and I don't really care about Brianna and Roger.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. A fictional account of a runaway slave; in this story the underground railroad is literally a steam train that runs in an underground tunnel (all tunnels are underground, I guess). This book is really good. Grim, but Whitehead writes so well I'm still thinking about it, trying to unpack metaphors and whatnot.

Currently reading The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman, about the start of WWI. I'm only a chapter in, but so far so good.

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Post  Bad Username on Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:52 pm

The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey. I'm about halfway through, enjoying it so far. It's making me have a lot of feelings.

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Post  Bad Username on Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:02 am

I finished The Girl With All The Gifts, and it is so. good. all the way through. The ending went to a place I didn't predict, although I don't usually pick these things, so make of that what you will. In the copy I bought there's a guide for book clubs, and the first question is, 'is this story hopeful or tragic?', and the answer is 'yes'.

I'm currently reading Old Man's War, by John Scalzi. It's really good so far. I found the lead up to the main action a bit slow, but there's a lot of info for him to pass on and I think he did it well.

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Post  inversed on Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:48 am

I LOVED Girl With All the Gifts! There's a movie version now too but I don't know if it's any good.

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Post  whatthedeuce on Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:08 am

The Girl With All the Gifts is in my library queue, and I'm really excited for it now, thanks to the reviews here!

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Post  eventide82 on Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:48 pm

I just finished Landline by Rainbow Rowell and it was definitely my least favourite of her books. It felt like a whole bunch of nothing at the end, which was disappointing. I'm glad I've read her other stuff and loved it before reading this one.
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