- PA, USA
- member since February 25, 2008
Lisa D’s last login was Thursday, April 12, 2012.
Hi there, I only have one rule when it comes to reading and I try to stick to it. I always give a book 100 pages to prove itself, if after that I still hate it then I stop reading it. Life is too short to waste time on bad writing :) I won't hold it against you if you can't get into it.
Hi Lisa, did you manage to get into "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo"? I realise after I had posted my note that the advice I gave to you was the advice I'd given to all the book club members that had struggled to get into it too, and they had all become Larson addicts in the end. So persevere on the book, it gets better, I promise.
It was a pleasure, Pillars of the Earth is a great quick read despite it's size. When you've finished that World without end is the sequel and just as good. This is a trilogy and I can't wait for Follett to complete the last one so that I can devour that too.
Yes you should carry on. I also almost gave up in the beginning of the book. You have to get to, I think itwas page 105, and then you won't be able to put it down. I think the reason Larson makes the beginning so bland is because he wants it to be a huge contrast to the violence that happens later in the book. When you finish this one you'll grab the next two immediately, Salander is an addictive character. So once again DON'T give up on this book, well worth the read.
Timely question. I just now came on to post that I finished it. I liked it. I'm fascinated by birds - all kinds of feeders and stuff in the backyard. This book gives a lot of anecdotal information about birds but isn't real textbooky. It's more of like a memoir of experiences with birds with bonus scientific information.
I know exactly what you mean. I put it on my TBR list, but it is ever growing so I don't know when I will get around to it. :)
Thank you for your note on Virgin River! I appreciate it and added it to my shelf. :)
I don't think I replied to your note, sorry if I am repeating myself. If you like a good story with some romance, some conflict and related to real events you will enjoy Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I loved it, and think it is a fine novel, Warmly, Julia
You asked about Real Murders. I liked the whole series of Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Your shelf includes a lot of mysteries I've read - Evanovich, Corpse Pose, Eliz Peters and that we both liked. And you loved Dead Until Dark, also by Harris. i see that you've also read a number of books about writing mysteries. The Real Murders series is an interesting look at an author finding her way in her first series. If you read them in order, you can see her developing a better sense of timing and stronger subplots. I wrote more about them on my page.
I really enjoyed The Host and would definitely recommend it.
Having read a couple of Meyer's other books from the, ahem, Twilight series, ahem (I know, I'm way past the marketers' intended demographic, and yes, it's totally mainstream to like them, but I can't help it!), I was pleased to find her writing just as engaging, though it definitely has a different tone and pace in this book. She really has a handle on putting you in the characters' universe - it's so easy to read her books (and I don't mean that in a bad way).
However, along with a bunch of other reviewers online, I would add the caveat to my recommendation that the beginning is not sooo great. I mean, it's good, don't get me wrong, but it's pretty easy to put the book down (which was a bit weird after her other stuff). But you have to stick with it and not skip ahead (who does actually skip ahead?), because you need the beginning for everything else (erm, much like most books), and 'cos it gets good - very good! Btw, when I say beginning, it's kind of a chunk, and doubt might creep in… but then you'll get to around the 115 page mark and BAM! it picks right up, and you'll wish people would stop writing you ridiculously long replies to I-was-just-being-polite-jeez-I-wasn't-that-interested questions so you can go read some more! Seriously, you'll be surprised how quickly you've finished a 624 page book!
Wow! I should really shut-up already! Anyway, I hope you read it and that you like it (no pressure!). Let me know what you thought of it if you do read it. =)