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Old 11-21-2012, 11:26 AM   #31
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I am SO glad you said that! I am struggling with this one. I thought maybe it was because it's been over a year since #4. It's just not grabbing me the way the others did. I find myself skimming a lot because I want to get through it (I have SO many other great books waiting on the sidelines, lol), but I just don't want to quit either since the rest of this series has been so fantastic.
Just don't let book 5 keep you from continuing the series, Book 7 was one of my favorites and I cannot wait for book 8 next year. The pain and suffering of reading book 5 is worth it
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:28 AM   #32
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11/22/63 FLIES by! It doesn't seem like it is as long as it is.



Same here. I actually watched the movies first and was meh...then a few months ago I started reading the books. They are so much better than the movies. The movies are quite disappointing now.

I'm on the last 120 pages of It by Stephen King then I'm going to read Life of Pi and the final two HP books. I might mix in some holiday fluff before Christmas too. Or I might just wait until after the holidays to finish HP.

Too many books, too little time!
Yes that is how I feel the movies lasted forever but I just read a part of the book that explains why that is
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:29 AM   #33
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The title of that book is cracking me up!!! I may have to look into that one just because of that
FYI, it's a nonfiction book about people with strange brain disorders (Korsakoff's syndrome, proprioception, aphasia, etc.) . It's by neurologist Oliver Sacks.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:11 PM   #34
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It's Thanksgiving tomorrow, which means Friday I will start my tradition of reading "A Christmas Carol" again. I've read it every year for 5 or 6 years now.

I've also considered 11/22/63, but again, there's that thing about it being long...
I haven't read The Christmas Carol yet, but will read it for the first time in a few weeks because we are doing it for school.

I enjoyed 11/22/63. It's a thick book, but overall the story goes pretty fast when you read it. It makes you think about how different the world was without the internet and how quickly we turn to a keyboard to get information on anything within seconds.

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11/22/63 FLIES by! It doesn't seem like it is as long as it is.


I'm on the last 120 pages of It by Stephen King then I'm going to read Life of Pi and the final two HP books. I might mix in some holiday fluff before Christmas too. Or I might just wait until after the holidays to finish HP.

Too many books, too little time!
How do you like It? I haven't read that one yet. I'm funny about Stephen King books. Some I love, and others I can't get past page 30. It has been on my to-read list for a while! I'll have to see if it's available on Kindle and at a reasonable cost. The Stand was my favorite. Of his recent books, I liked Under the Dome (though he did write that a while ago) and 11/22/63. The Cell was OK, but I didn't care for the ending.

I still have to read the third Hunger Games book, and want to get that done before the second movie is released.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #35
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I haven't read The Christmas Carol yet, but will read it for the first time in a few weeks because we are doing it for school.

I enjoyed 11/22/63. It's a thick book, but overall the story goes pretty fast when you read it. It makes you think about how different the world was without the internet and how quickly we turn to a keyboard to get information on anything within seconds.



How do you like It? I haven't read that one yet. I'm funny about Stephen King books. Some I love, and others I can't get past page 30. It has been on my to-read list for a while! I'll have to see if it's available on Kindle and at a reasonable cost. The Stand was my favorite. Of his recent books, I liked Under the Dome (though he did write that a while ago) and 11/22/63. The Cell was OK, but I didn't care for the ending.

I still have to read the third Hunger Games book, and want to get that done before the second movie is released.
Once I got past the 600 pages of backstory, I'm really enjoying it. This book probably could have been 900 pages long. It was confusing with all of the backstories and characters and characters we never see again but I am enjoying it enough. The last 1/3 of the book has been great. The rest dragged in parts. I have a feeling I'll get to the end and be "wow, what a great book."

11/22/63 and Gerald's Game are the only other 2 SK books I've read.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:48 PM   #36
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Once I got past the 600 pages of backstory, I'm really enjoying it. This book probably could have been 900 pages long. It was confusing with all of the backstories and characters and characters we never see again but I am enjoying it enough. The last 1/3 of the book has been great. The rest dragged in parts. I have a feeling I'll get to the end and be "wow, what a great book."

11/22/63 and Gerald's Game are the only other 2 SK books I've read.
Thanks! I'll have to give it a try someday.

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I love all of Stephen Kings older works (Thinner, Needful Things, Salems Lot) but it seemed after his accident his writing went downhill. I actually stopped reading his stuff I though it was so bad (Especially Rose Madder). But lately his last few books have been pretty good, so I'm back to reading him again. I think next up will be Under the Dome.
His son wrote a book called Heart Shaped Box that I liked a lot.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:09 PM   #38
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11/22/63 FLIES by! It doesn't seem like it is as long as it is.

Same here. I actually watched the movies first and was meh...then a few months ago I started reading the books. They are so much better than the movies. The movies are quite disappointing now.

I'm on the last 120 pages of It by Stephen King then I'm going to read Life of Pi and the final two HP books. I might mix in some holiday fluff before Christmas too. Or I might just wait until after the holidays to finish HP.

Too many books, too little time!
I think HP is a good series to read in the winter because it is often winter/fall in the books!
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Read this book if you want to laugh out loud!
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I love all of Stephen Kings older works (Thinner, Needful Things, Salems Lot) but it seemed after his accident his writing went downhill. I actually stopped reading his stuff I though it was so bad (Especially Rose Madder). But lately his last few books have been pretty good, so I'm back to reading him again. I think next up will be Under the Dome.
His son wrote a book called Heart Shaped Box that I liked a lot.
I loved Heart Shaped Box. It was really freaking creepy to me.
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In addition to fluffy Nora Roberts and not-so-fluffy Diana Gabaldon (we actually had a funny Outlander discussion in my office this morning), I like post-apocalyptic stuff. One of my recent faves was The Passage by Justin Cronin -- a virus turns much of the world into zombie-type creatures, and small outposts of "humans" have to defend themselves. A prequel recently came out, The Twelve, and I haven't gotten that from the hold list at the library yet.

Another fascinating p-a series is by Ann Benson -- Thief of Souls, The Plague Tales and A Physician's Tale. They go back and forth between the near-future and the Black Plague period.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:16 PM   #42
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I haven't been a fan of Stephen King in the past, but I absolutely loved 11/22/63. I thought he did an incredible job of recreating the world of 1963 - we forget how much has changed in such a short time!

I am currently reading The Stockholm Octavo which seems good so far but I am only a chapter in.

I really enjoyed Nora Roberts' Boonsboro trilogy. I didn't realize when I read it that this is a real town, and Nora Roberts actually owns the inn, bookstore and restaurant in the town (with the same names as in the books). I'd love to visit someday! I know they are very "fluffy" books but sometimes that's just what I am looking for.

When I was in the bookstore, I found they had some classic Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout so I bought a couple of those and will be reading them soon. I also bought some Kerry Greenwood novels. I loved her Phryne Fisher series, and now she has a new series about a woman (Carina Chapman) who has a bakery and solves mysteries that I really like.

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Joining in. I have read a lot of the books mentioned. I love Stephen King. My favorites are The Stand & The Dark Tower series.
Loved the Outlander books.
Love anything by Karin Slaughter or Lisa Jackson.
Waiting for the 4th book in The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans. Currently reading Michael Vey-The Rise of the Elgin also by Richard Paul Evans. It is a YA book and sequel to Michael Vey-Prisoner in Cell 25.
Have never been into Harry Potter, books or movies, altho my dd has all of them both so if I ever get desparate.....,lol.
Rush Home Road by Laura Lansens was very very good.
So many books......On another forum I am in a 2012 book challenge. My goal for 2012 was 48 books. Just finished #58.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:01 PM   #44
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In addition to fluffy Nora Roberts and not-so-fluffy Diana Gabaldon (we actually had a funny Outlander discussion in my office this morning), I like post-apocalyptic stuff. One of my recent faves was The Passage by Justin Cronin -- a virus turns much of the world into zombie-type creatures, and small outposts of "humans" have to defend themselves. A prequel recently came out, The Twelve, and I haven't gotten that from the hold list at the library yet.

Another fascinating p-a series is by Ann Benson -- Thief of Souls, The Plague Tales and A Physician's Tale. They go back and forth between the near-future and the Black Plague period.
The Twelve is part prequel, part sequel - mostly sequel. I didn't like it as much, but it was not too bad.

If you love really long books, give A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. It takes place in India, and even at 1470+ pages it kept my interest.

If you liked the Hunger Games series, try Divergent by Veronica Roth.

I also enjoyed Ken Follet's 2 books in his new series, Fall of Giants and Winter of the World.

I'm looking for a good long book for the holiday season!
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How do you like It? I haven't read that one yet. I'm funny about Stephen King books. Some I love, and others I can't get past page 30. It has been on my to-read list for a while! I'll have to see if it's available on Kindle and at a reasonable cost. The Stand was my favorite. Of his recent books, I liked Under the Dome (though he did write that a while ago) and 11/22/63. The Cell was OK, but I didn't care for the ending.
IT and The Stand are my two favorite King books because they have one thing in common (and what makes them both great) - extraordinary character development. By the time you are done reading both of those books, you'll feel like they were people you really knew. Richie and Bevvie and the whole gang - I still remember them and I read the book more than 25 years ago.

And if you've read IT, you'll see some familiar characters in 11/22/63.

I've just finished Beautiful Ruins (it was OK) and I'm reading Life of Pi. Before Beautiful Ruins it was Gone Girl and that one raised the bar a bit, I'm afraid.

Not sure what's next yet... looking for suggestions here!!
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