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Old 01-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #76
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Yes, it's true, they are awful. But I thought they were fun to hate. And I actually liked the ending. I am someone who hated the ending of Into the Woods, so if you've read that one, just know that the ending is nothing like that. Gone Girl was one of my favorites of 2012: not great literature, just a very fun read.
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Great summary. I agree with your statements. I thought the twists and turns were more fun as the true personalities of the characters were revealed. The ending didn't bother me either. I understand why people don't like it, but it does fit and the author was intending to shock.

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Old 01-11-2013, 11:16 AM   #77
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Yes, it's true, they are awful. But I thought they were fun to hate. And I actually liked the ending. I am someone who hated the ending of Into the Woods, so if you've read that one, just know that the ending is nothing like that. Gone Girl was one of my favorites of 2012: not great literature, just a very fun read.

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The "not great literature" part kept this page-turner from my list. The twists of the plot were fantastic, but I thought the writing was clunky and the male perspective missed the mark. It didn't help that I read it after reading Edith Wharton, who captured the essence of a trapped man perfectly in Ethan Frome.
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The "not great literature" part kept this page-turner from my list. The twists of the plot were fantastic, but I thought the writing was clunky and the male perspective missed the mark. It didn't help that I read it after reading Edith Wharton, who captured the essence of a trapped man perfectly in Ethan Frome.
True. I think that illustrates the point that several people have made that they didn't have any big 5 star reads this year that were life changing or however the OP more eloquently phrased it. Certainly I feel that way. That initially made me sad upon reflection. However I read many books that made me think critically even if I rated them as 4 rather than 5 stars. Most of them were older and I noticed I didn't read that many books published in 2012 this year except fiction thrillers. But, sometimes it's nice to have some entertaining reads mixed in with the literary greats. I just finished this book where the character was really shallow and the writing was not that deep too and I don't plan to continue with the series, but it sure did make me laugh and smile while I was wrapped up miserably under a blanket sick last weekend.

I must go add Ethan Frome to my TBR list! Sounds like I missed a good read in last month's book club selection.
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What are you posting with Bookworm girl? It's causing the site to display in .mobi/mobile format.
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Maybe because I am posting from the mobile website? It's how I do the majority of my posts, but nobody has ever commented before. It looks normal to me if I look at the regular, non-mobile website so I don't know why it shows mobile for you.
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For fiction, I loved The Terror by Dan Simmons. Oddly, most of my favorite ebooks last year were non-fiction, and I listened to audiobooks vs. read the first three:

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, by Michael Lewis
All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, by Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera
Polio: An American Story, by David M. Oshinsky
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
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I read quite a few amazing books last year, and can't decide which is the best. Can I recommend them all?

Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck): classic, quite short, beautiful, humane.

The Return of the King (JRR Tolkien): classic, decent length

Sandman: The Dream hunter (Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Yoshikata Amano): Gaiman never fails to come up with strange stories.

Heir of Novron (Michael J. Sullivan): the last of Riyria Revelations (trilogy, fantasy). Satisfying ending. Sullivan has a way to make you care for the characters.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery): great story about people and appearance.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque): a classic about WW1 from a German soldier's pov.
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I read quite a few amazing books last year, and can't decide which is the best. Can I recommend them all?

Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck): classic, quite short, beautiful, humane.

The Return of the King (JRR Tolkien): classic, decent length

Sandman: The Dream hunter (Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Yoshikata Amano): Gaiman never fails to come up with strange stories.

Heir of Novron (Michael J. Sullivan): the last of Riyria Revelations (trilogy, fantasy). Satisfying ending. Sullivan has a way to make you care for the characters.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery): great story about people and appearance.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque): a classic about WW1 from a German soldier's pov.
I loved loved loved Of Mice and Men. Fantastic book. Haven't read any of his others yet, but that will change I'm sure.

Eventually I'll read All Quiet on the Western Front. Never got around to it for some reason.
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I loved loved loved Of Mice and Men. Fantastic book. Haven't read any of his others yet, but that will change I'm sure.

Eventually I'll read All Quiet on the Western Front. Never got around to it for some reason.
That reminds me, I started The Grapes of Wrath last year too, but wasn't fully prepared for it so I stopped at 40%. I should read Cannery Row this year... hopefully...

Our tastes differ (you like Tender is the Night while I don't) but I think you'll enjoy All Quiet. That book is strangely compelling, considering its bland plots
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Our tastes differ (you like Tender is the Night while I don't) but I think you'll enjoy All Quiet.
I think we've come together on books enough in the past. However you're right - I did like Tender is the Night more than you did.

When I was younger, All Quiet of the Western Front seemed like it was going to be a tedious read. But I've changed quite a bit since then and I think I'd really enjoy it now.
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That reminds me, I started The Grapes of Wrath last year too, but wasn't fully prepared for it so I stopped at 40%. I should read Cannery Row this year... hopefully...

Our tastes differ (you like Tender is the Night while I don't) but I think you'll enjoy All Quiet. That book is strangely compelling, considering its bland plots
Everyone should read Cannery Row this year.
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