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Old 01-06-2019, 11:22 PM   #46
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Apologies for my non-participation here, it has been a crazy couple of weeks. (Fun for the most part but crazy.)

Since there isn't much time left I will just third the three nominations with 2 so far:
  • The Winner by David Baldacci - I have enjoyed the Baldacci I have read which is a plus. Not sure how "deep" they are though.
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain - A classic
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith - Her The Price of Salt was selected for September's literary club and nominated early last year for the book club but we haven't read anything by Highsmith in the NLBC.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:07 AM   #47
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:11 AM   #48
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Well, I've never read a book by David Baldacci, but it looks like I can get a copy from the library in plenty of time to read it [...]
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  • The Winner by David Baldacci - I have enjoyed the Baldacci I have read which is a plus. Not sure how "deep" they are though. [...]
At the risk of knocking down my own nomination, I would describe most of Baldacci's books (that I've read so far) as good but not great; competent but not inspired. I don't think "deep" really comes into it; his books are for entertainment, many of them seemingly written-for-filming. The Winner is one of his earlier works and has enough interesting points that I think we'd find plenty to talk about.

But for that that might seem damned by faint praise, they are typically easy and enjoyable reads, although I must say that his attempt at YA fiction really didn't work for me. (The Finisher is the first of a dystopian YA series that I have not been tempted to follow on with - this first book got better near the end, by then I was already disenchanted.)
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