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Quizdogz  (Level: 62.3 - Posts: 27)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 6:24 AM


Hi, all,

From the postings I've seen, it looks like TTTW is our September book of choice. At least I hope it is, as my copy arrived today and I'm already hooked!

Looking forward to discussing it with you all!

-- Dana

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.2 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 6th Sep '08 8:56 PM

Sounds good. Judy said she really liked it and I have read some good reviews about on Good Reads and Amazon. I look forward to reading it. I am currently reading "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich. The Plum series has been highly recommended by friend and two of my sisters so I thought I'd give it a try. I like it so far but it's still not as good as my Sue Grafton mysteries. I look forward to reading our September selection.

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 7:11 AM

I think the books in the Plum series are light and amusing. I often listen to them in the car. They are entertaining -- not tense or gory as some mystery stories are. But I wouldn't particularly care to try to have a serious discussion on one of them. They all run together in my head.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.2 - Posts: 249)
Sun, 7th Sep '08 8:53 AM

I would never choose them for a book club. Book clubs are designed to get people thinking about the meaning of life and what the characters are experiencing. You can't really do that with the Plum series. It is fun to read though.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 686)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 1:30 PM

How are you finding The Time Traveler's Wife?


Quizdogz  (Level: 62.3 - Posts: 27)
Mon, 22nd Sep '08 8:40 AM

Hi, Jo,

I have really just gotten around to reading it in the last few days. I was reading another couple of books at the same time (something I definitely do not like to do, but there were reasons to break my own rule). I had started it at the same time as the other two, but ended up starting at the beginning when I picked I up again.
So far am I enjoying it. The story concept is intriguing and not beaten to death like other plots, at least in my experience. And I’ve read a lot of science fiction over the years (for so long I hate to admit!). This is definitely not a purely sci fi story and I wouldn’t have classified it as such myself.
Audrey Niffenegger writes beautifully and has captured my attention with her writing style and her story. I am already involved with the characters (and I’ve barely made headway into the book).
Anyway this probably isn’t very helpful to you, as I’ve just started it, and don’t really have much to offer by way of critique at this point. However, I find myself drawn in and looking forward to reading more after I sign off here ☺

-- Dana

PS -- So, what do *you* think about it???

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 2:47 PM

I really liked the book. It definitely draws you in. I love most scifi that relates to time travel. Kind of the age-old question, if you could go back in time..... I liked how the book played with Henry going back to meet himself and Claire (I do have the names right, don't I? I've slept since I read it. ) in a non-linear fashion. One chapter he'd be there at one age and then a few days later, for her, he was back at another age. I also liked that, unlike the movie Time Cop, the two Henrys were able to come in contact with one another without being destroyed, although I found their teen "contact" very odd. Did that strike anyone else as weird? I guess, technically, it's the "M word" (wouldn't want an editor to delete my post for inappropriate content), but it still seemed strange to me.

Anyway, I thought it was a moving love story told in a completely different format that was scifi without feeling "out there."

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 16th Mar '09 2:19 AM

I just finished this book and was hoping to find someone else here who had read it.

At first I was thinking that I love the concept and the way she explains/handles the time traveling AND I loved the way she organized her narrative, sometimes jumping around but for the most part taking us through Clare's real timeline, BUT I felt like it had no real plot.

Eventually I was totally hooked by the characters and deeply saddened by the ending - maybe because I have no such great love in my life. And I am still haunted by some of her imagery - the use of the poetry and the paper art/images of flight were beautiful additions. I found a lot of the sexual encounters a bit jarring, not so much the teen interactions with Henry and himself, but the use of c*nt - even in the most explicit novels I've read, they don't say that!

But that aside, I was fascinated throughout. The whole idea of who we are being based on the people around us, and how Henry couldn't become the man Clare knew until he knew Clare...very deep!

I hope more people will read this and put forth their thoughts.

Oogie54  (Level: 198.9 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 16th Mar '09 9:02 PM

I was impressed with how the author juggled all the events chronologically to lend a cohesiveness to the story, it was still confusing sometimes to my little brain. The premise of the tale was really intriguing too, Clare as a young girl meeting Henry at different adult ages....tiptoeing around pedophilia. Sci-Fi has always been one of my favs since childhood, found this to be a whole new perspective on a familiar theme. Instead of dealing with the science/physics of time-travel, it was more about the seeming fate involved in the characters' love story.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 16th Mar '09 11:11 PM

I thought she very carefully and specifically stayed away from the pedophilia possibilities. I also thought she did a nice job of not getting caught up in the details of showing up naked in strange places, or how weirded out young Clare could have been at a naked adult male. But the author never went there. I appreciated that, even though I felt it skirted around reality a bit.

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