- Montclair, NJ, USA
- member since June 20, 2009
Charlie - I remember my Dad suggesting On the Beach to me when I was in HS. It scared the crap out of me. The fact that he told me it could happen scared me even more. I think that was when I first understood the Cold War as more than just Rocky and Bullwinkle. On that note, enjoy. :)
Charlie, we do have a lot of books in common. Glad you found me. I look forward to browsing you shelf.
One of my favorite Adam Gopnik pieces was his story about his daughter and her imaginary friend, Charlie Ravioli. Just your name made my day. Thanks for sharing your shelf.
Yes! I read, "Lonesome Dove" some time ago and really enjoyed it. My father, who is 83, is an avid reader. He suggested McMurtry to me and I was hooked--Yes, it was a great read. Thank you.
I just finished Audrey Niffenegger's, "Her Fearful Symmetry." It was quite good but I would have liked it more if she developed her characters to a bit deeper level. It is a very visual book--lots of wonderful imagery, not surprising since Niffenegger is actually a visual artist. She writes as if she is painting, blending colors and layers. Give it a go. You just might like it!
Have a great day, Charlie!
Ah! "I read, therefore I am." I like that--very clever! I was perusing your book selections. There are a great many I have yet to read and authors that I am not acquainted with. I'm enjoying this site for that very reason--to discover and explore new and classic authors. Thanks for sharing!
Hi, I was wondering what is your opinion of The Detachment by Barry Eisler. I loved his John Rain series, but I wasn't as impressed with Fault Line and Inside Out with Ben Treven. I liked that Inside Out was based on something that actually happened, but I just didn't like the characters as much.
A belated welcome to the Sesquicentennial Read of Civil War History group!
As you're probably noticed, we're a small group with a pretty active core. We have discussions over group reads every two months (our upcoming one for November, as you may have seen, will be over William C. Davis's Battle at Bull Run), with a discussion thread provided for people to post their observations and questions over the chapters they have read. Members post other information about the American Civil War as well, such as upcoming exhibits and television programs that might be of interest to the group.
Feel free to introduce yourself in the Introductions thread. We look forward to your participation!
Welcome to Good Reads, Charlie. We are glad you joined and want to encourage you to participate.
The group profile should give you some idea of how Good Reads works and the shelf provides a list of books we have read. This month we are reading and discussing Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa; and next month we will be reading and discussing Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
Please feel free to post to any of the older book discussions as well as the new. And, don't forget to vote for the August read when we post the list.
The History Non-Fiction Group is voting for the Oct-Dec Quarterly Group read. We've had several interesting books nominated. Please take a look and vote if you'd like to join in.
I saw that A Reliable Wife was on your to read pile. My review, if it helps:
Goolrick has a problem; he only got it half right. To his credit, he has constructed a classic, twisting and dark plot; a biblical love triangle rich with symbolism. In addition, his descriptions are impressive and poetic. His downfall is pure brevity. His character's numerous reflections are so self-entangled that it might prove impossible to edit. He choked his own good book to death with verbose soap boxing. Not to needle, but his character development (outside of the fateful three), was parchment-thin. Finally, he also seemed a little too taken with passionate sex scenes (... likely just the prude in me). OK, I'll stop now. I hate to kill a good book, but there are plenty of reasons to challenge Goolrick's Reliable Wife.