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Old 04-24-2007, 11:27 PM   #16
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:49 PM   #17
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i just finished the history of love, by nicole krauss. i was expecting good things, and to possibly be moved...lol. i was extremely disappointed, however. i am attending a lecture/discussion series on thursday evening, and really have nothing positive to contribute. it gets 4* on amazon. maybe its just me.
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:25 AM   #18
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The Corrections by Donald Franzen. I made myself finish it because I'd heard it was so good, and I HATED it. I wound up pissed off that I lost the time spent reading it. Bah.

You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers. Loved loved loved A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and was maybe expecting too much from this one.

Edit: some of you have commented on David Foster Wallace. I loved A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, and liked Infinite Jest. I recently reread IJ and didn't like it. Third time's the charm?

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Old 05-15-2007, 03:05 AM   #19
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:50 PM   #20
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I tried to read a Danielle Steele book once, hit the phrase "crisp white shirt" twice within 2 chapters, and threw the book.

Dick Francis did it to me too, he said this american girl said to the british guy that he should knock her up at 8. This would never happen. No American girl would say that, at least on a first date.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:53 AM   #21
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I read the only Margaret Atwood I hadn't yet, Oryx and Crake, on vacation. While I couldn't put it down because her writing style and command of the story were as engaging as always, it was a real downer for a vacation book.
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Old 05-26-2007, 10:13 PM   #22
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extremely loud and incredibly close, by jonathan safran foer.

i read this book for a lecture/discussion series, and i had high hopes. it is about 9/11, and i really wanted to like it, or more. but overall, i was disappointed. it had its moments, but not enough to sway me.

ive mentioned the usual rules, by joyce maynard, in my "books that have moved you" thread. it is also about 9/11, and i recommend it.

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Old 05-28-2007, 06:03 PM   #23
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i read "boating for beginners" by jeanette winterson, then i picked up the latest book called "weight". didn't like it much. it's just weird. not weird in my favorite way. maybe i should read it again.
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:25 PM   #24
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Soonafter seeing the movie Contact for the first time years ago, I bought the book.

What a huge disappointment! This was the one and only time I ever watched a film adaptation of a novel before reading it, and I was sad. Not as much sci-fi as the film... more about the lead character's childhood, dating life, etc. which got boring. I barely made it through the first 200 pages before calling it quits.
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Old 06-27-2007, 05:50 AM   #25
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

1. It was three for the price of two at Borders.

2. Oprah truly sucks.

I was suckered in by the first story. I thought, yay, connectedness, it's going to be a clever metaphor for tenets of Buddhism. It turned out to be a widdly afterlife story dammit.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:49 AM   #26
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So then she gives it to me! (it'll do well in the used bookstore)
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:20 AM   #27
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:31 AM   #28
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i just finished water for elephants, by sara gruen. i really wanted to like it, but it was just okay for me.
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Old 08-17-2007, 01:13 PM   #29
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.
I don't like to use the word hate, but I really strongly disliked this book. It's one of those books that were given to me and I "just so happen to leave" at the Colorado house.
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:07 PM   #30
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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking....

gave me a migraine.
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