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Old 08-07-08, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 12thmonkey
I too read King's gushy writeup in EW and was intrigued. But after a 100 pages or so I couldn't muster the interest to stay interested (despite being set largely in a strip club).
I'm one of those sad souls who HAVE to finish a book, even if I'm not enjoying it (I suppose in the hopes that it might get better). Sadly, this one never got any better. Dubus told in 500+ pages what most good authors could have covered in short-story form. The book just dragged and dragged.

Ms. Meyer's story is much better...but that could be due to my major crush on the author.
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Old 08-07-08, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
I'm one of those sad souls who HAVE to finish a book, even if I'm not enjoying it (I suppose in the hopes that it might get better).
I used to be one of "those" types but I recently decided if an author can't hook me by roughly the 100 page mark, then it's on to other titles. This is especially true on a slow-moving 500+ pager like DuBus' Garden Of Last Days.

And since I get my books from the library, I'm not bound by a sense of "well, I bought it, I better read it." My Books-I-Want-To-Read list (both fiction and non-fiction) is a long one, so I figure why waste time on something that doesn't grab me in some way.

And I've just added Meyer's The Host to my to-read list....

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Old 08-08-08, 05:08 AM
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One of the better James Patterson books in quite a while, but since he has a co-writer on just about everything now, who knows who is writing what. I was at page 100 last night and wanted to get another 50 pages or so done, but I ended up finishing the remaining almost 300 pages off. The mystery was definitely the best part of the book, while the personal subplot left a lot to be desired.

Not sure what is up next.
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Old 08-08-08, 01:52 PM
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Old 08-08-08, 08:39 PM
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I finished this yesterday and loved it. It covers not only the genisis of the story but also the lives of those at Lake Geneva that summer and the tragedies that destroyed all of their lives.
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Old 08-09-08, 01:23 PM
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Old 08-10-08, 09:41 PM
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Currently reading Speaks The Nightbird by Robert McCammon
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Old 08-10-08, 10:52 PM
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Finished:

"Thunderstruck" by Erik Larson

"Devil and the White City" by Larson was much, much better.

Recently finished:

"Watchmen" by Moore and Gibbons

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Old 08-12-08, 08:34 PM
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My dad got me hooked on the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child, and I've been tearing through them recently. I've just started One Shot, which is the 9th one. I've enjoyed them all--they're pulpy and formulaic, but pretty well-written in terms of language and structure. Much better than, say, Dan Brown's awful prose or that of the hired gun who writes Tom Clancy's Op Center series.

It's funny how you come to really like Reacher even though his character is pretty minimalistic. You learn a little bit more about his background with each book. Basically he's a former Military Police (ie, a bad-ass) with a strong sense of justice, and he's very smart (of course) about solving crimes. And really, the books are mostly thriller/mystery stories--Reacher may only have to whup ass once or twice in each book. Lee Child is very good at building up to and describing those action moments, but the rest of the story is always good in its own right. Great summer reading.
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Old 08-13-08, 09:42 AM
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Old 08-13-08, 12:35 PM
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just finished The Sisters by Robert Littell today and began on Legends by the same author. i felt that The Sisters was more satisfying than Vicious Circle. I hope Legends turns out to be even better
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Old 08-14-08, 11:46 AM
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Good book.
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Old 08-14-08, 12:05 PM
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I had to take a break from "The Shadow Year" to read THE JAWS 2 LOG since it was due back to the library sooner. <--- (couldn't find a nifty picture to link to)

But now I'm done and will get back to "The Shadow Year".
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Figured I'd read it before the movie comes out:

About 3/4 of the way through it. It's a quicker read than I thought it would be.
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Finished Sin in the Second City (pretty good but nothing spectacular) and started:

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Working my way through James Rollins' "Sandstorm." I've been on a bit of a Rollins' kick and went through "Ice Hunt" and "Excavation" earlier this month.
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I want to get into reading, never liked it my entire life but if I read a good book I really enjoy it. I'm almost 18 and wanna get into reading. So I am going to Blood Meridian, heard its very good. Also Twisted, was an amazing book as well.
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Old 08-16-08, 07:09 PM
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Finished reading Severance Package a few days the book rights were optioned by Lionsgate.


Now I'm rereading Max Barry's Syrup after being inspired to pick it up again after Tropic Thunder.
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