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Old 02-17-2013, 11:57 PM   #15691
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I guess it was the lack of dramatic points that made me feel the book was less than what I had hoped for. Everything was just 'too expected.'

If anyone hasn't read it but plans to, don't read the spoiler.

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Once they announced the drawing, I knew whose name was going to be drawn. When it was foretold that the boy gave her food, I KNEW there would be a love aspect, KNEW they would team up eventually, I KNEW food and medicine would show up, and KNEW they would both survive.



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True, it's all very predictable

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(really, what had you, a seasoned reader, expected from this YA fiction other than crushes, lucks all the way, and happy ending?)


But it is still offers some thought-provoking points.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:22 AM   #15692
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I enjoyed the first book, but haven't read the next two. I have the video of Hunger Games and want to see how well it follows the book. Has anyone seen it?
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:43 AM   #15693
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I've owned all three books of the Hunger Games for some time now and I still haven't even got to the stage where they're in a reading schedule. They're just waiting in the big bin for the moment.

I'm sure I'll get to them eventually.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:49 AM   #15694
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Finished up The Andromeda Strain, going back to finish Resurrection Inc., which I believe is Kevin J. Anderson's first published novel.

btw: I noticed that several of Crichton's early books are now marked (Vintage), I'm assuming because they're older works.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:56 AM   #15695
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I enjoyed the first book, but haven't read the next two. I have the video of Hunger Games and want to see how well it follows the book. Has anyone seen it?
I did and I thought it was probably the most true to the book movie I'd ever seen.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:00 AM   #15696
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I did and I thought it was probably the most true to the book movie I'd ever seen.

Thanks. I'll try to watch it on my day off tomorrow.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:02 AM   #15697
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I did and I thought it was probably the most true to the book movie I'd ever seen.

Really?

When they announced the cast, I thought that was the furthest to what I'd imagined them in my head.

I can't say I enjoyed the movie. Well, the oldest problem with adaption movies is that everyone has it different in their mind, isn't it?
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:33 AM   #15698
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True, it's all very predictable

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(really, what had you, a seasoned reader, expected from this YA fiction other than crushes, lucks all the way, and happy ending?)


But it is still offers some thought-provoking points.
I was surprised by what you wrote in the spoiler. And it explains a lot!

Spoiler:
I never knew that it was a YA book until I was reading it. Then I kept thinking, 'gee, this reads like a 'Hardy Boys go Native' book!



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Old 02-18-2013, 05:40 AM   #15699
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I agree. Knowing what is coming is - I think - an intentional part of the tale; which is not that unusual for this type of story.
It is in many books. But I have a feeling that wasn't the intent in this one. Same with the Wool Omnibus. Like a 'Colombo' mystery, where you know who done it, Colombo knows who done it, and we are just enjoying the process of his building the case. The difference was that Columbo was able to keep a viewer/reader glued to the screen, not wanting to miss a thing, week after week after week. Even when everyone in the house would say the words right along with him...'oh! Just one more thing....'

While these books both were pleasant enough to read, neither forced me to stay awake longer to read them.


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Old 02-18-2013, 06:14 AM   #15700
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Next up: Something that's more my usual sort of thing, the latest Honor Harrington, Shadow of Freedom by David Weber.
Which I did enjoy, and I'm looking forward to the next one, but I do sometimes wish that the author didn't keep us quite so well informed about what the 'baddies' are up to!

Also,

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the overwhelming superiority of the heros' warship tech at the moment makes the battle scenes less than exciting.


Next up: Assault on the Gods by Steve Goldin (sgoldin), as I've enjoyed a couple of his other republished books, and he has this one on special offer at the moment.

And I can't help but approve of his choice of usename.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:23 AM   #15701
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And I'm done! Very interesting turn of events revealed at the end of that one. I'm quite curious as to what will come of it all.
I loved the Chronicles of Amber. I've been thinking about rereading them. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the series!
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Completely unplanned reading.

I was checking the Indie freebies today and found "You Only Die Twice," by Christopher Smith.

I read 5 [short] chapters on my computer and found that I couldn't wait to continue to read it, so I downloaded it onto my Kindle.

It's free, by the way, and is available from Amazon.



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Old 02-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #15703
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Really?

When they announced the cast, I thought that was the furthest to what I'd imagined them in my head.

I can't say I enjoyed the movie. Well, the oldest problem with adaption movies is that everyone has it different in their mind, isn't it?
Yep, really. The only casting problem I had was Woody Harrelson, as he was far from the person I'd pictured, but his performance was just fine, so by the end it was insignificant.

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Completely unplanned reading.

I was checking the Indie freebies today and found "You Only Live Twice," by Christopher Smith.

I read 5 [short] chapters on my computer and found that I couldn't wait to continue to read it, so I downloaded it onto my Kindle.

It's free, by the way, and is available from Amazon.



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Do you mean You Only Die Twice ?

Live Twice is a James Bond novel and I couldn't find one by Smith.
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On now to "How Firm a Foundation", the 5th book in David Weber's "Safehold" series.
A long book (it's taken me 17 days to read it, but very satisfying. The "Safehold" series is slow-paced, but I'm really enjoying it, and can't wait for the next book to be released in the UK (it's already out in the US).

Next up is "The Accidental Time Machine", by Joe Haldeman.
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