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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 f
  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
  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 un
  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 w
  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
  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 thin
  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 se
  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.
  14. I'm reading this one now and it is bumming me out. Usually when I read dystopian novels I'm like man that world would suck to live in. As I'm reading this one I'm thinking man this world does suck to live in. Aside from the firemen everything else seems to have come to be. Update: I just finished it. Of all the books I've swapped for I think I'm keeping this one. It like other books are becoming harder and harder to find in their original uncensored form as the author himself described in the afterword. It so beautifully and painfully describes the world we are now complacently li
  15. So I read this because so many members of the book swapping club I belonged to had requested it and I came across a copy at a thrift store for a dollar so I thought why not? It was hard for me to get into and to try to relate to this woman. It took til about page 200 for me to kind of get into it which is 2/3's of the book already. Some parts were hard to read but I think it was because it was chuck full of brutally honest, no apologies feelings and the vivid sometimes gruesome descriptions of her past. What I will say is that though her writing and what she expresses didn't al
  16. It turned out okay in the end. It just took some getting used to which is not a bad thing for me. I like being able to see things through someone else's eyes or at least trying to relate. '
  17. He did? I'm a third of the way in and I find it puts me to sleep mostly. But I don't know why. Maybe reading the Shackleton story first was a bad idea this one seems tame in comparison. I'm going to keep reading and see if it gets better. They are interesting parts that make me chuckle but its not what I expected yet I guess.
  18. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  19. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M.Barry The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  20. This story was really really interesting and the book was hard to put down. I read in over two days just because I needed to know what happened next, even though I already was aware of the final outcome of the voyage. I can't imagine going through anything that any of these men had to endure. And they way the handled the whole ordeal was just amazing. They were fortunate though in that they had planned to be out for at least a year so food, tents, dogs and most other supplies were not an issue at first. I have a strong interest in Antarctica and knew about Endurance because we
  21. This is one where I love and own the movie so I thought I'd try to read the book. I can't decide which one I like better but I do really prefer Meryl Streep's Miranda than the one in the book. Although the Miranda in the book to me was just a satirical version of every manager I've ever had at a crappy job (fast food, retail etc) someone who can't be bothered with details such as actually reading the time off note (doctors note etc) you submitted a month early, wanting things to be done exactly a certain way and flipping the hell out if they find out they were not done that way, always
  22. I liked the movie which is why I read the book. I think I might just not be the right audience for this book. It was okay but I don't think I really got it kind of thing. The Trachimbrod parts where mostly tedious and hard for me to plod through, the letters were okay and the actual story park was my favorite parts probably because they were like the movie.
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