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Old 04-25-2011, 03:43 PM   #16
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

The bad: Her constant use of "he" to refer to Thomas Cromwell was irritating because I often wasn't sure which character the pronoun referred to. Having to re-read paragraphs just to be sure I understood who said what was annoying. She also uses quotations inconsistently for direct speech.

The good: Everything else! The characterizations, the rich descriptions of environment, clothing, memories, often lyrical. Once I got into the flow of it, I couldn't put it down.
Thank you for posting this. I was afraid of reading it, because I thought it would be tedious with the "he" matter. Will give it a try now.
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:50 PM   #17
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Shockingly enough, the very last book I finished, if you don't count audiobooks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. It was an absolutely gorgeous book. Ravishing, even. The title character is a Dutch clerk in 1799 Japan when the book opens and meets a Japanese midwife with a scarred face. It is even better than it sounds and the writer really did his homework, as far as I can tell. There are a lot of "you are there" details in this book.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:11 PM   #18
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Recently read "Water For Elephants" and "Unbroken" - I'd give both of them five stars.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:43 PM   #19
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For me, it was "Ender's Game". A classic by all accounts, one recommended to me countless times over the years, but never could dredge up the interest to read it. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down and I read the whole thing in one sitting.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:00 PM   #20
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Last 5-star I gave was to The Curse of the Wendigo, Rick Yancey. There are others I need to get around to posting reviews for since then, though.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:47 PM   #21
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:36 PM   #22
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This is tough, because I read so many books I'd give 4 or 4.5 stars for but not 5, because I always find some aspect of the book that holds me back. For example, I just read Iris Murdoch's A Fairly Honorable Defeat and it was great, but the ending was just too ruthlessly cruel to me. So it was yet another book I admire but not love.

The last 5 star book for me was Time Traveler's Wife. It's not perfect and if I re-read it I'll probably find things that bug me, but as I was reading it I was swept away and it ended very satisfyingly for me.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:40 PM   #23
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I second the vote for "Unbroken" - I thought this book was superb.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #24
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For me, it was "Ender's Game". A classic by all accounts, one recommended to me countless times over the years, but never could dredge up the interest to read it. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down and I read the whole thing in one sitting.
That book was so good that I couldn't bring myself to read any more books in the series.

I know that might elicit a gasp from some, but I just felt that Ender's Game was so perfect that I just couldn't risk tarnishing it with what followed.

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Old 04-25-2011, 10:38 PM   #25
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In November I started reading a collection of Dashiell Hammett short stories called Lost Stories. I was so moved by one called The Dimple that I haven't been able to pick up that book since.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:49 PM   #26
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Recently read "Water For Elephants" and "Unbroken" - I'd give both of them five stars.
I've read Unbroken and I have to agree,
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:25 PM   #27
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Have you read Never Let Me Go?
Yes. I didn't enjoy it as much because it was so bleak. Good writing, but depressing.

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I just finished The Door to the Sky by David Michael and decided to give it 5 stars. My first 5 star rating for an independent author.
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