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layla539

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  1. I've just read the Dante Club by Matthew Pearl and I'm starting Cat's eye by Margaret Atwood. I've read Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin and loved them so I said i'd give this a try.
  2. Most novels have a touch of mystique to their endings, King seems to have gone the other end of the scale.
  3. I just finished reading wolf hall. I found the way she refers to Cromwell as "He" confusing sometimes. There was quite a few cases where she could have been referring to another character. You get used to it after the first few chapters and learn to associate "he" with Cromwell. I got a bit hindered with some of the references to greek philosophers and the various protestant reformers. Also keeping track of names and who's who was difficult (I found the bibliography of characters at the start of the book extremely useful). Apart from that I thought it was brilliant and I never expected it to make me laugh. I'm going to read more of Hilary Mantel.
  4. Does this list only include books that you haven't even opened? Because I haven't read books for some of those reasons, but sometimes I have started a book that has been recommended or I've bought a book that has won an award or got some very good reviews. Most of the time I finish them, but sometimes I stop reading after the first ten chapters as I lose interest in the story. So I think not liking the book should be in that list also. Unless of course he means books that haven't even been opened. I have books too that are on my shelves and I keep meaning to read. Moby Dick being one of them, I saw that was on the list at the bottom of that article. One of my friends raves about it saying it's one of the best books she's read, so I might give it a go next.
  5. I'm glad to see Shantaram on there. I loved that book so much it got me hooked on bollywood movies through a fascination of the indian culture. They don't compare though. I'm a bit annoyed that Russell brand is in there though, I mean he has a way with words but I don't think it's fair to put a biography on a list of influential books for the decade. It would be great to see him write a novel, I think it would be really unique.
  6. I tried to do Joseph out of wuthering heights, in a Yorkshire accent in my head while I was reading it, to see if I could understand what he was saying, and it worked ...it was amazing.
  7. I tend to sometimes go for books whose cover looks nice. I think it's because if the cover appeals to you then you become interested in the author and the story because you feel that they might prove to be just as attractive. It's a stupid thing to do. I read the synopsis under the cover though and if I know I'm not going to like it I won't buy it so that's my backup. Otherwise I would have about ten thousand books that look gorgeous but haven't read. I suppose i could use books as wallpaper.............no that would be wierd. I wonder if anyones ever done that. I read about a guy once, a musician, who walled up his entire room with corks from wine bottles, to make it soundproof. Then he got fed through a little trap door. That must have took AGES !!!
  8. P.S I love you is a good story. I have a problem with it though. It romanticizes Ireland. Oh they meet in the national park in wicklow where she got lost and he convinced her a sheepdog was a big hairy savage wolf. oh how lovely.............. truth being that they probably meet in a dingy night club somewhere with sick covering the floors, after drinking too many mickey finns and budweiser. Theres been far too many true to life films about life in Ireland and what Ireland is like for this to be actually taken seriously. That's my opinion. It's a lovely story but unrealistic. It's the equivalent of giving the impression that english life is full of afternoon tea and cricket and nights out at the queens theatre.
  9. I'm just about to start reading Stephen Kings new novel "under the dome". Has anyone read it? Is it any good? I've read a few of his older books and liked a few but his modern work doesn't seem to be as good.
  10. Probably Guilt by association by Susan Sloan or The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka. Ive just read The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and that was quite good. The other two I bought second hand so they are not recent novels.
  11. The Excorcist by William Peter Blatty is quite bad :S
  12. I think it's a tough barrier to overcome for some people, showing people the "real you" and letting them into your life. Probably mostly those with self esteem issues. And although I think that everyone has self esteem issues to a certain degree, to do with different things personal to them, I think a lot of people overcome them. It takes courage but is worthwhile in the long run. And I agree that being in a job you enjoy enough to relax and show your true colours helps. Too much office politics would drive anyone into their shell.
  13. The first proper books I read were the Biography of an Irish mother with a daughter suffering from cystic fibrosis. Gillian - A second chance by Veronica Stauton and Token of Dragonsblood by Damaris Cole. I think I was about twelve.
  14. I'm not really a crime novel reader and I don't know if this would be classified under crime strictly as it contains minimal police interaction or courtroom detail or anything like that. The book is about a crime thats committed and the mystery of solving it and it contains a murder so its a murder mystery really. I haven't got around to reading more of her books, I really enjoyed this one. It was a really good plot and the characters were so well written. I was glued to it from the start. Just interested if anyone else has read this and what they thought? Or if they've read any other Elizabeth George novels and how they rated them.
  15. Yeah I liked this book. I found it helpful the way he starts off at the beginning, with the start of the universe and travels through time from one event to the next and explains them. I suppose that was the most logical way to do it I found one of the facts interesting. He says that the white noise and fuzz on the radio and tv when they are not on any channel is the noise and interference of the big bang reaching us? Is this true. I've heard people say similar things but i'm not entirely sure.
  16. Yes , I would definately call his books magical realism. I don't think Haruki Murakami is capable of writing books that are completely immersed in reality! I mean some of the short stories i've read, start off as if they're actually going to be an every day story, firmly rooted in everyday life. But it doesn't seem to suit him at all and you realize that as you read on. Somehow I think he realizes that too, his imagination is far too good to apply it to just reality alone. Then you get some surprises!
  17. I thought the novel was rambling too. I really love his writing, I can read one of his novels all day and lose track of the time but this one I never knew where I was or what was going to happen next. It is very unpredictable which is good! But a bit too much I thought. At the end of the day, something unusual is always good to read but you do need that anchor to kind of keep you in the book. Although I read the entire book I would give it a 6 out of a 10 on my scale for a book. You can't deny he's a brilliant writer and it seems so effortless for him. This book though was a bit long winded and confusing. I have read Norwegian wood and Kafka on the shore and I loved those. You always feel like your having a dream when you read one of his books. Things are just veiled in mystery and not what they seem. And his writing always has some kind of whimsical, fantasy element which I like. I also have Blind willow, sleeping woman which is a collection of short stories that he wrote, I think he got the idea for Norwegian wood from one of them but that mind be another collection. I've read about half of it and the stories vary from very random and confusing to very good! That's not a put down for him, it's a compliment, keeps the old brain active
  18. They spent a lot of time having dinner in other peoples houses, at their own house with guests, sitting at the fire with drinks, recieving a drink, getting ready to go out to dinner, getting dressed for dinner in their own house, having dinner etc. But I like food so I'm not complaining. They don't describe the food though. And I thought Dorian hurting Sybil like that was horrifying. I know things like that do happen, broken hearts and all that but it was so shallow. But I suppose he had his come uppance.
  19. I agree with that, it has so much for you to think about after you've read it. It just has that mystery, something you can't figure out, so you remember it for the rest of your life. Plus the lifestyle of those people too, I mean they must have been FREEZING when they got out of bed in the morning, unless they had like some seriously fluffy socks or something. Joseph is funny, I remember trying to talk in the yorkshire accent while reading his parts in the book, and once you do that you understand what he's saying! Some of it is hilarious. Cathy is a bit scary sometimes but I really liked her, she reminds me of one of my aunties. I think all in all her problem was that she took herself too seriously and went for the money over love, big mistake. I always want to shout at her for that! I don't think Heathcliff was evil. I think he was treated really unfairly and that can poison a persons mind. Theres a lot of nature vs nuture in the book. I think a main underlying theme is human character and how it can develop good and bad qualities under certain circumstances. I liked this book so much, it is still my favourite. I have listened to Kate bush's Wuthering heights. I like kate bush and i have two of her albums but the song didn't fit the book for me. Ok sorry this is about books :S. I actually don't know if I like Jane Eyre or wuthering heights better to be honest.
  20. It took me about eight months to read the lord of the rings. That has basically several pages of elvish to english translation and phonetics that you have to keep going back to plus maps of middle earth, mordor etc. I mean if someone could read and take in all that in two weeks they definately haven't read the book. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.. thats a big book too, took me ages also.
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