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Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sun, 30th Sep '07 2:24 AM


My first book finished was If I did it; I trust I don't have to tell you who the author was? OJ's creepy creepy version of his ex-wife's and Ron Goldman's murder. Here's the weird part: He gives the history of his marriage first, and before he gets to the murders, I almost it possible he DIDN'T do this?? Then the transcript of his interview with the police after the murders is included and the way he answers the questions left me with NO doubts as to who was responsible. It's a quick read and totally un-putdownable once you start it, so don't start reading too late in the day like I did!

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Mon, 1st Oct '07 12:55 AM

I have thought about reading this. Or at least buying it and throwing it away just to show the contempt I have for the murdering sicko. Not sure yet.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2098)
Tue, 2nd Oct '07 12:49 AM

I'm half way through "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. It is so well written. I forget that I'm reading and feel like I am there.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 2nd Oct '07 7:13 AM

Finished "Hannibal Rising" by Thomas Harris

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 10th Oct '07 9:23 AM

Finished Predator by Patricia Cornwell

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 9:39 PM

Lorri: How did you like Hannibal Rising?

I just finished "Say When" by Elizabeth Berg. If you have ever been through a divorce or even just a bad breakup, you'll find something here to identify with...I was sobbing by the end. I really REALLY like her stuff.

I am wading through "Below the Convergence" which is a history of Antarctic discovery and exploration, "An Imperfect God" about George Washington and STILL on "The Little Friend" by Donna Tartt. I keep putting it down when I find something else that looks better!

I finished listening to "Something Rising (Light and Swift)" by Haven Kimmel. This is hard to describe, but I wound up liking it very much. I am now toward the end of "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend" by Christopher Moore. Very funny, but also very historically accurate retelling of the new testament. The guy who reads it is hysterical. However, I'm at the passion, so not so funny at the moment. WARNING: Not for the easily offended! My next audiobook up on queue is "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver, then "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 13th Oct '07 12:18 PM

Just Reread "A Widow for One Year" by John Irving. I'm currently (and slowly) working on "Conviction" by Richard North Patterson, and I have "Ghost Hunters" by Deborah Blum waiting in the queue (something my daughter bought for me in the $1 bin at the University bookstore).

Zeedee  (Level: 222.3 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 13th Oct '07 7:51 PM

To Redwingchick: If you MUST read it, do so at the library. Do not buy it. Do not let him make money on that story.

Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 13th Oct '07 8:39 PM

i understand the Goldman's now own the rights to the book 'If I Did It'..

besides any profits oj might have gotten should go to the Goldman's to satisfy the judgment they won against him.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 2:41 AM

Yeah, this is one small revenge for Goldman. OJ technically DOES make the profits from the book, but they are then siphoned directly to Goldman against OJ's judgment. OJ, I guess, once said he'd never do a days work to pay the families and now it turns out he did the whole book for it.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 4:36 PM

Hey, Eesus--loved "Widow for One Year" and most all John Irving. Robin, haven't read the Elizabeth Berg you mentioned but have read others. And I read "The Little Friend" although didn't think it could hold a candle to "The Secret History." Have recently finished "Blue Diary" by Alice Hoffman and "Missing Mom" by Joyce Carol Oates--recommend both. Am trying to decide if I want to read the new one by Alice Sebold, who wrote "The Lovely Bones." The new one--"The Almost Moon"--looks a little hard to take. In between lighter reading I'm still trying to finish "Atlas Shrugged" and "Dreams from my Father" by Barack Obama.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sun, 14th Oct '07 4:53 PM

BTW Robin, thanks for starting these threads. I have a list of half a dozen books I want to look for now. Thanks also for your recommendation of "Essex"--haven't picked it up yet but will as soon as I get to the bottom of the stack on my bedside table. One suggestion--when we mention a book, it would be helpful to me if we identified the genre. I've given up most mysteries and I never liked fantasy, so I will know not to take the time to make a note of those titles.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Mon, 15th Oct '07 1:00 AM

Siouxsie: I tried "The Secret History" but the dialogue seemed so phony and the drama over-dramatized. Very easy to tell it was a first novel, and very easy to tell that she read her own reviews because the conversation in "The Little Friend" is much more believable.

I put "The Almost Moon" on my wishlist at paperback swap. I really loved (most of) "The Lovely Bones" and I have high hopes for this one, but I am already seeing disappointed reviews.

Audio: I finished "Lamb.." by Christopher Moore. Loved it! You have to keep a very open mind to get through it, though. I am now on "We Need to Talk About Kevin" which is written in the perspective of the mother of a high school aged School Shooter. It is tough stuff to get through. Her description of a boy totally devoid of conscience or human attachments seems more exaggerated than it needs to be. The woman who narrates it has a hideous habit of swallowing quite audibly and it isn't edited out...ACK!

Has anyone read any of the Jasper Fforde novels? I have collected the first couple of books from the "Thursday Next" series and I am looking forward to starting them. The humor looks right up my alley.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Mon, 15th Oct '07 4:09 PM

"Lamb" sounds like something I would like--will add it to my list. I read "The Eyre Affair" by Jasper Fforde--was underwhelmed. I did like "We Need to Talk about Kevin," although it was hard to take. I don't really do audio books. I'm an visual learner and have a hard time listening to audio. For years I have read and studied by blocking out noise, so without thinking about it I tend to block audio.

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Mon, 15th Oct '07 11:05 PM

Still working my way through "Jack and Jill" by James Patterson.

Just finished a short, true story by Joy Swift entitled "Goodbye Forever?" WOW - what a powerful story about a woman's search for hope after 4 of she and her husband's 5 children were murdered in their home while the other was in the hospital dying of cancer.


Sheri Ras.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 23rd Oct '07 4:09 PM

I FINALLY finished "The Little Friend" by Donna Tartt. I guess I'd have to say that the story was a bit of a letdown but the book, on the whole, was well written and painted a very vivid picture.

I also polished off "A Three Dog Life" by Abigail Thomas. The author's husband suffered a traumatic brain injury and she writes of how she coped in the years afterward. Very short, sweet and poignant. I was impressed that she was able to keep the book so short and not wax maudlin for 500 pages.

On Audio: I finished "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver. I said before that the author seemed to paint an exaggerated picture of Kevin's lack of conscience and so I was not surprised to find out in the "Interview with the Author" that she had no children and had formed the character as a composite of different children that she was acquainted with in some way. Another interesting thing that I found out is that she really had no advertising budget for this book and it was basically marketed by word-of-mouth in New York City until it wound up taking off. I very much enjoyed it and have put another of her books on my wishlist.

Next up: I'm debating between two books: "After Long Silence" by Helen Fremont or "A Brother's Journey" by Richard Pelzer.

On Audio: "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl.

Oogie54  (Level: 199.1 - Posts: 1120)
Thu, 25th Oct '07 11:54 PM

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Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 10:36 AM

Read, Oogie! Read!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 11:00 AM

Hey....does anyone else think it would be a good idea if Justin
incorporated Spellcheck in the new system....

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 1:13 PM

Watt gooed wood thought dew?

Geophile  (Level: 157.4 - Posts: 1510)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 4:16 PM

I love biographies. Anyone interested in Eisenhower should read "Ike, A True American Hero." I thought the book would be a snoozer, but it reads almost like a novel. After this, I would like to read about Field Marshal Bernard Montogmery. Any Brits out there have suggestions as to who wrote the best biography of him? Oh, and I shook Eisenhower's hand once at his birthday part at the Boston Armory...forget the year, but I have a photo of his famous grin!

Oogie54  (Level: 199.1 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 9:09 PM

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Geophile  (Level: 157.4 - Posts: 1510)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 10:29 PM

You need help Oog, poor thing!

Geophile  (Level: 157.4 - Posts: 1510)
Fri, 26th Oct '07 10:30 PM

Sorry I butchered Monty's name - still have smoke in my eyes!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 1:43 PM

Re: Hannibal Rising -- I liked the book very much - I can't say loved just because of what it is - but I enjoy the psychology behind how he became what he was. There are so many horrors in the world - I believe that many people make excuses for who they are or what they do based on what happened to them growing up, events in their life - but that they are truly "excuses" for bad behavior so that they don't have to be accountable - but I think there is a line that is crossed that truly creates a crack that is not mendable - and this is definitely one of those situations - when I speak of excuses - I don't speak lightly - I have many things in my life that if I wanted to be a "certain way" that I could blame events of my life on them - but I choose to be different - I think that after a certain point of uncontrollable events though - that stepping on either side of the line is almost impossible...I feel like Hannibal Rising addressed that line very well - thought the movie was horrible and dissapointing -

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 4th Nov '07 1:44 PM

The Ruins by Scott Smith - read this because it was a national bestseller and called "the best horror novel of the new century" by Stephen King - it was horrible - I try to make it a practice never to stop reading a book once I started - but it was very difficult for me to get to the end - not recommended

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Wed, 7th Nov '07 4:28 AM

Kaelin, I used to have the same rule but I've come to the conclusion that there are way too many good books out there and life is too short to slog through anything that's boring you. I just finally got around to "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and I stuck it out through half the book thinking I'd get why everyone seemed to love it, but I finally let it go. Her experiences were interesting but I found her really pretentious and annoying. (Picked up Persepolis instead. Just finished the 2nd part and really liked them both.)

Robin, you should try the Thursday Next books. You'll be able to tell pretty quickly from 'The Eyre Affair' whether or not it's your cup of tea. I just finished the third and I think they're a lot of fun. They can get a little silly and 'nudge nudge wink wink did you get that reference?" at times (literary references galore) but they can also make me laugh out loud. (And smile smugly to myself when I DO get the reference.)
If it tells you anything about my taste, I'm a fan of Christopher Moore and I thought Lamb was easily his best.

Haven't wandered into this forum forever ... very interesting thread.


Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Wed, 7th Nov '07 9:53 AM

I finished "A Brother's Journey" by Richard Pelzer. A little over-dramatized and I'm beginning to see shades of "Flowers in the Attic" creeping into all of these stories. This is, as usual, only my opinion, but I had started to doubt the veracity of David Pelzer's story after reading his second book.

On Audio: I finished "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" by Marisha Pessl. This was very entertaining, a great story and highly recommended. On the negative side, this author is obviously very proud of her literary prowess, so be prepared to wade (like a lame wildebeest, stranded in the Everglades after a molasses tanker explosion) through hours of metaphors. You can tell that, like many of us, she has done a LOT of reading and probably got sick of the same old hackneyed cliches like, "Down on her Luck Girl Moves to New Place and Wins Everyone Over" and "Story is Sewn up in a Neat Little Bow with no Loose Ends Dangling" and this has led her to defy every SINGLE expected outcome her story could possibly contain. To me, THIS got a little overwrought. Sometimes, just a teensy bit of denouement can be satisfying.

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 12:08 PM

Robin, you're not the only one who doubts Dave Pelzer. The New York Times does too. You should check this out, an article called "Dysfunction for Dollars". Read the whole thing:

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 1:52 AM

1/3 of the way through "Prayers for the Assassin" by Robert Ferrigno - the cover caught my attention and read the back - basically we are in the year 2040 with the US divided much like it was in the Civil War - with the northernmost being the Islamic Republic and the lower southern being The Bible belt - with a few other small areas like The Morman Territories, Nevada Free State and then down towards bottom west / Mexico Socially Liberal Mix -- so far it's been very interesting - a look into a truly believable alternate world.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 5:36 PM

I just started "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend" by Christopher Moore, mentioned earlier in this thread. So far, yes, hilarious. It was lent to me by a friend who bought the edition that looks like a Bible!

Allena  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1388)
Mon, 14th Jan '08 6:48 PM

Just finished "Princess Diana: the Hidden evidence" by Jon King and John Beveridge. "How MI6 and the CIA were involved in the death of Princess Diana." It is a nice companion to the trial revelations now proceeding.

Incidently, if you go to England, ask if they think it was an accident or preplanned. Everyone that works for the Royals says accident. The rest say preplanned. Kind of the same here as far as government people and the rest regarding JFK's assassination.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 8:15 AM

Is anyone interested in forming a little book club? We could post our thoughts (no spoilers!) as we go, and pick a day to group discuss weekly or monthly.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Tue, 15th Jan '08 3:33 PM

That's a great idea, Erin! Maybe we should start a thread with that as the title?

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 16th Jan '08 7:40 AM

Finished "Prayers for the Assassin" - not sure what I think about the ending - if anyone else reads it - would be interested in opinions.

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