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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Amstell_s Bitch, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. I’m just starting Grapes of Wrath - am I going to be very depressed by the end?
    I do love Steinbeck but not sure I’m ready to read 500 pages of misery even if it is beautifully written.
  2. Just finished Nine Perfect Strangers and I think I liked it? It was a bit of a whiplash moment when you go through 2 thirds of it being a nice but kind of bland series of chapters of people at a health resort slowly changing to….that.
    The drug laced smoothies, the saga of the yoga studio, Masha going bananas. The “fire”. There was a real sense of fear as that section went on and k was gripped. M
    And then the last little section goes back to normal and sails through so much in a relatively short amount of pages, it was a rush.
    but as things went on I did feel like I got to know the characters and rooting for them. I especially liked Frances and Lars.
    Why did Masha end up “winning” and being so successful after everything though? I guess maybe a commentary on how people will fall for anything etc. but it annoyed me. I know she went to jail but still.
    Was the toddler at Frances and Tony’s wedding the child of Zoe and Bens? I feel like there were hints of them ending up together at the end? Maybe I am overreacting and it was a coincidence that he was called zach.

    All in all it wasn’t what I expected and I liked that. Curious about the TV adaption now though.
  3. Anyone read Piranesi? There's a lot of buzz around it.
  4. I loved it—probably my fave read last year.
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  5. I loved it. I actually miss being in Piranesi’s little world a lot, treacherous as it may be.
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  6. People rave about it, but I thought it was just fine. The mystery of it all is interesting, and the pacing is expert, but for me it just doesn’t stick the landing.

    I was unsatisfied - kinda wish it were a longer book that delved into its world more.
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  8. Look I’m just speaking my truth.
  9. Piranesi was absolutely gorgeous and my favourite of the 9 books I’ve read so far this year!

    I’m currently on the second Wheel Of Time
    book - The Great Hunt. Honestly the first 150 pages of the first book were a slog but I’ve not been able to get enough since then and this second one is shaping up just as great. There’s absolutely no way the quality can be maintained over 14 novels though so I’m
    Sure they’ll become hate reads at some point fff
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  10. My Kindle arrived yesterday and I've already amassed a library of 65 books to read - exciting!
    Started already with No One Is Talking About This, loving it on the first pages.
  11. Not another book everyone raves about but I didn’t get. In fact, while I though Station Eleven and Piranesi were fine, I actively hated No One Is Talking About This.

    Just finished Dune. I enjoyed the experience - the world building is spectacular - but it does sag under its own weight at times.
  12. RJF


    Dune single handedly killed my reading challenge this year. Muffy sis, the literal hundreds of pages of encyclopaedic world building, sci-fi jargon, nothing happening, and almost every single character not being able to move without referencing their super special powers. The movie was so much better.
  13. Does everyone rave about No One Is Talking About This? I guess it was listed for several prizes, but it’s praise felt more academic than emotional to me. A bizarre book; the first half seemingly designed to annoy or make you feel as anxious as you would scrolling your feed, but the second half actually reaches toward something genuine and loving.

    I believe I’ve said it before in this thread, but I think Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts is a much better portrait in the genre of “how we live now.”
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  14. Apparently the fandom calls some of the books in the middle as The Big Slog or something ñññ
    I guess it's bound to happen if you write such a long series and every volume is a door-stopper.

    Yeah, the first half was actually annoying and I couldn't make sense of it being so hyped. The second half does indeed do something, but... kind of a bit late for it to compensate that boring start.

    Oh, well!

    I finished Foundation's Edge yesterday and I'm in awe at Asimov. He really was that binch!

    Now back to To Paradise and living on edge.
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  15. All I seem to hear is that Lockwood’s book is ‘amazing’ and Oyler’s is ‘terrible’.

    (I haven’t read Oyler. Tempted to pick it up recently but the bad reader reviews put me off… and saved me spending money on more books I didn’t need.)
  16. This is good to know, because I just finished the first part and it didn't do it for me at all.
  17. I've been flirting with the idea of getting No One Is Talking About This for months. The media praise has been huge but I read some of the Amazon reviews of the book who said it was a bunch of nothingness, and I'm more inclined to believe Kelly from Surrey who read it on her commute to work than a massive journalist or talking head who used words like 'disrupter' to describe a book - ya know?

    I finished reading Taylor Jenkin Reid's Malibu Rising and totally inhaled that - I love the way she writes!
  18. So I finished To Paradise...

    ...and I don't entirely know what to think? I have a ton of thoughts, but I mostly feel a bit let down, unfortunately. I was waiting for things to click through the last two books and they just never did for me. I loved book one, but nothing else lived up to it. I liked the first part of book 2 but the second part dragged and I was confused by the point of it as it went along. Then part 3 alternated between gripping and... a bit boring. And aspects of it rubbed me the wrong way. The writing was strong throughout, as expected, but I left the whole thing wondering what the point was, particularly with the second two books.

    Am I alone in feeling like book 3 bordered on government/vaccine/pandemic conspiracy? The idea that mandates spiraled into what was essentially a more nightmarish 1984 in the U.S., while the rest of the world was 'free', and a vaccine left Charlie mentally impaired felt like something that the 'Freedom Convoy' wreaking havoc in Canada right now would read and jizz over. Maybe I'm just on edge over dodging so much pandemic-related stupidity from people around me lately but bits of it rubbed me the wrong way.

    Overall, it was a lot to take in, especially since each book was so different, so I feel like I need to think about it all more. But at the moment, I'd probably give it a 3.5/5 overall, broken down as:

    Book 1 - 4.5/5
    Book 2 - 3/5
    Book 3 - 3.5/5

    (Part of me feels like I'm being generous with the ratings because I wanted to like the second two books more than I actually did dddd)
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  19. I am here today to speak my truth.


    I have finished A Little Life and I must say that it is overrated af and it is pornography for sadistic people in book form.


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  20. I can understand this opinion, but it’s an ungenerous take on the people that like it.

    For me the depth of the characters and the span of the story — helped by some very good writing — had me invested like very few other books. So while what happens is at many points excessive, it only made me feel incredibly, deeply sad because the writing was so accomplished.

    Something like The Discomfort of Evening, which in my opinion is a terrible book, unfolds in a similarly punishing way but I just didn’t care.

    Nevertheless, I am always here for unpopular opinions!
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