- member since November 18, 2010
Hi Hilary, if you are referring to the 50 Shades of Grey, I must admit I didn't want to read it because it sounded pretty trashy to me. But, embarrassed as I am, I bowed to peer pressure and decided to see what the fuss is all about. I started to read it, put it aside and then decided I was going to read it so I didn't totally waste my money. I am only half way through and still feel "ripped off" but am determined to finish just to try and make sense of what all the hoopla is about. So far, the best thing I can say about it is it is "utter crap". Poorly written, thin story line (not quite sure what the story line is about yet) with unbelievable characters and dialogue. The only story line I can find is sex, a bit more sex and then even more sex. Surely it must get better. I was bemoaning the fact at work today that I wasted good hard-earned money on this and one of my work mates said that she read all 3 books in 4 days. Ugh. But I will soldier on; I am determined. Unfortunately, the audience image that springs to mind when I am reading this rubbish is sexually repressed housewife. Sorry to all the housewives out there. If I change my opinion I will let you know but somehow, I don't think I will be.
You've been reading some interesting books of late; unlike myself. It took me ages to get through the last third of my most resent read and I turned to telly for comfort instead! I have quite a collection of books to read on my shelf as last year I got into a silly habit of book browsing. It was silly because I still remain a very slow reader and I was buying books faster than I could read them desipite last year being a record breaker for how many I did read. I was interested to read your review of The Human Season, and will stand by my comment I felt guilty about not knowing enough of that stage in history. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
Marc really enjoyed the book you sent him. He said it was a slow start and difficult to get into because it wasn't Clive Cussler! He had watch a programme about the 'Guineapig Men' so that caught his interest and then he went on to enjoy the story and prose - so a thank you from Marc X
I've finally logged on and after a fantastic start to the year slowed down on the reading front, but I still read more books this year than I ever have before - says a lot for my social life!
The Slap - well I read the book first and have to say that the series was a true representation of the novel. I enjoyed it presisely beacsue I disliked the characters SO much. Each of them having such a common flaw of today's society - parents too busy trying to be their child's friend, policital correctness (gone too far), being in touch with modern society but refusing to acknowledge that past - yeah I liked what I think the author was communicating. I thought the final chapter, the boy whose disfunctional family life was easily forgiven for an iPod, was a clever way of showing that this is where society is headed. ?!?
In answer to your question the Australians I mix with are not like the ones in Slap, their kids are grown up - heh, heh!
Hi Mum, Looks like you've been doing some good reading. I like the sound of The Book of Fires, but The Hand That First Held Mine sounds like Secret Scriptures! You gave Cloudstreet a generous star rating considering your comments. That (along with Kings Speech) is one of the few books I couldn;t get though. And I think I read about 3/4!
Narw, Mum you told the end of Alone in Berlin - or does it tell you on the back of the book. My current reading of Ken Follet has stimulated an interest in war from the many different view points. I agree that My Bonnie looks really interesting but I'd find it a hard read.
P.S. Are you reading all of these on your Kindle or with real life books?
There is a very long story behind that book. I did start reading it as I thought it was our book club read. Anna's neighbour being the author, so I bought you a copy to get signed. However, I was reading the wrong book! So I've stopped reading it because I thought we could read it together and then do our own little review!