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  1. I did one of these earlier this year, can you combine these: http://www.bookgrouponline.com/topic/8452-the-devil-in-the-white-city-murder-magic-and-madness-at-the-fair-that-changed-america/#entry174133
  2. There was a lot of hype about this one so I decided to check it out from the library because I joined a reading group that wanted to read it later on in the year. I also figured that at some point someone would ruin it for me so I wanted to read it ASAP. The book is not like Gone Girl in my opinion. Gone Girl is about a marriage. This one is about Rachel mostly and her issues. The other two women have issues too. I think its kind of a weak book though. I'm not sure why it is so popular. Maybe its the style of writing, such as the three women that narrate and that as you read you find out more and more, but the similarities sort of end there. It was entertaining at least but it doesn't really get entertaining until 2/3 of the way through. I don't feel gypped for the time spent reading it, but I also wouldn't say its the best thing I've ever read.
  3. There is another of of these, http://www.bookgrouponline.com/topic/1355-heart-of-darkness/
  4. I finally got around to reading this book. I knew the outline of the story well since I did a paper on this genetic technique in school and even read the Sir Alec Jeffreys original publication of his method. It was still an easy read and it made me want to keep at it until it became evident who had committed the crime at that point I just wanted the author to get on with it but he dragged stuff out a bit too much for my liking. Still though an entertaining read even in my case when I knew the story. I looked it up and it looks like the killer got a parole review this year, not cool, not cool at all.
  5. This was a neat book. I like how he intertwined the stories. I had no idea this World Fair had influenced so many things. The passages about Holmes though really frightened me like straight up gave me nightmares. It wasn't graphic super graphic it was just that those things really happened and that was just scary. Especially because everyone around him was so naive and he was in a perfect place where people weren't really paying enough attention to crime or though so little of the cops they didn't bother to report it. On the flip side the architecture stuff wasn't kind of dry to me until they really got to shaping up the park. Anyone else read this one?
  6. I really liked this book. At first I noticed its similarities to one of my favorite short stories also written by him "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" but as the story went on I got over it. I can't put my finger on what I liked best about it but it is just so well written, so descriptive yet to the point. I can picture myself sitting across from these people in the cafe or fishing with the guys its just so vivid. I think I will definitely try more Hemingway after reading this novel.
  7. So I read it and as someone who was emotionally abused this book caused all sorts of triggers and I could see very many red flags. For me this would have been better if it was written as a horror novel with a tag line as such (SPOILER ALERT): An emotionally abuse billionaire finds the perfect victim. He tries to mold her into his creation, she knows no better due to her lack of reference for a relationship both from a parental point of view and her own. Watch as the victim disintegrates under his constant stocking and pressure tactics. The victim finally manages to escape in the end when she regains her senses...but how long will her clarity last? This man is emotionally abusive in every sense of the word. Some of the sex scenes are interesting I give it that. But I really hope that no woman or man if they are reading them too uses this as a model of a healthy relationship. The scars last a lifetime. Emotional abuse is really hard because it lends people to further victimize the victim which draws the person back to the emotionally abusive partner. They get you to really believe that it is your fault that they have to treat you the way they do and often isolate you from anyone who may be able to convince you otherwise. Aside from myself I had another family member who went through it and although it was painful I am so relieved that my family member was able to confide in me despite the partner's tactics. That I was able to be there for that person and help the person see that the fault wasn't with the person but with my family member's partner. People around this person shouted at them to snap out of it and did other things to further victimize my family member. But in the end my just like Anastasia my family member was finally able to snap out of it and realize that the partner was no good for them. Emotionally abusive partners need help but they are really good at manipulating people so its not good for the victim. Often times in joint sessions even the therapist is insensitive to the emotional abuse and victim gets further victimized. It's horrible and truly awful. 50 Shades of Grey should serve as a warning to avoid emotionally abusive partners. Yea they might love you in his or her own way but this person needs help and the best thing you can do is remove yourself from the emotionally abusive partner before they consume you.
  8. I weirdly feel in love with this book at one point even though it was slow moving at first. It is written in the dog's perspective so curiosity got the better of me and I had to read it. It's sort of a really sad story but having it be from the dog's perspective makes it a bit more bearable. The dog basically reports in on the world around him and helps his owner navigate through the various crises that he faces. His owner is a race car driver and there are a few chapters which deal with that. The varying length of chapters through me off a little bit too, I think that's what made it hard for me to get into at first. But the dog's observations on life are somewhat priceless. His fear of crows and zebras, his love of racing and his ultimate goal. I think it was an interesting story. It was at least different which was refreshing. Anyone else read this?
  9. Pretty neat book. I read this because I saw it in a list on Flavorwire that said it was written in the present tense. It actually does really work as the article said. I liked the story and the liberal use of cocaine was a bit interesting. I don't want to write too much as I don't want to give away any spoilers sort of thing but I actually ended up liking the guy in the end. I saw this was made into a movie but I don't know how that could possibly ever work. I don't think they ever give the guy a name do they but he is referred to as "Coach." I feel like there are literary things going on here that are lost on me. Maybe someone else can elaborate. Any one have any thoughts on this one?
  10. I just picked up the original recently to see what all the fuss is about. So far it seems interesting to say the least. I borrowed all 3 so well see how far I get I guess. Apple thanks for the review on Grey, I can't for the life of me figure out why someone would do this with the exemption of making more money.
  11. This was a chore to get through. I thought it might be interesting but it was a steaming pile of bull as far as I can tell. The author from is Wales went to Cambridge on a scholarship and then floated around the world being selfish. Eventually karma seems to bite her in the ass in NYC when she can't get a visa. And boy does she complain every step of the way. I don't know much about culture there so maybe that's what was going on (different way of talking about things etc) but she comes off as racist as well. I feel like there is just something seriously off about her. Her parents seemed aloof but that of course is from her perspective so who knows if that is true or not. I'd recommend that no one bother with this unless they want to be tortured for 250+ pages. Anybody else thumb through this terrible book?
  12. Mods we have a number of different spellings in tags including the correct one (Erik Larson) for this author. Is there anyway to fix this?
  13. I stumbled across this book. It is an interesting read. I had heard about it from somewhere and now I think it was in Slaughterhouse Five which I also recently read. Apparently there is a mention of this in Slaughterhouse Five. It is written in an unbiased manner presenting the facts and questions. Basically it boils down to whether he was executed due to his civilian record. Not so much whether or not he is guilty of a military offense. I would recommend this to anyone interested in World War II history or in government, military history in general.
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