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Our July 2012 BOTMs are
1. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
3. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
The discussion threads are pinned to the top. Please join one or all of these group reads. Also check out the opportunities to participate in 2012 challenges. We are reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy as a seasonal read for July, August and September.
Hey Dawn! You have a GREAT shelf. I borrowed one or two so far but will likely be adding more. I see you like Milan Kundera. I LOVED the one I read but haven't gotten to more. The Joke should be up this year... along with a few hundred other books.
I enjoyed Cinderella Ate My Daughter but most of it just confirmed a lot of what I already knew and thought. There were some fun facts that I was quoting for months afterwards. It was a really quick read. I wouldn't buy it but library? Sure.
I also noticed you just added a book on the Mitfords. I'm slightly obsessed. Enjoy!
My first novel Madman in the Mirror.
A highly engrossing tale, "Madman in the Mirror" is a story about a man - Henry Johnson - who is raised by a psychopath and forced to watch - even as a baby - his father murder people on a regular basis. He is also abused and brainwashed, turning him into a sociopath. Henry stalks and murders people efficiently - he tells himself that he may be a killer, but he doesn't want people to suffer. He is haunted by hallucinations, including a specter in his mirror that talks to him.
It is hard to explain the plot without spoiling things - but I will say that this is a very interesting story, that in the end addresses nature vs. nurture, among other things, such as life after death and heaven and hell, just to mention a few.
Dracula: Hearts of Stone should be released in February or March 2012
Happy New Year. We saw Hugo and loved it! My son's (7-years old) first PG movie and it was totally safe. I think it helped a lot having read the book. The movie is very faithful to the book, but necessaruly has to leave out some of the background scenes for some of the characters, so a knowledge of the full story helps but is not necessary. It is over two hours, and I was worried that my kids might be getting bored because we don't watch too many movies, but afterwards, the first thing my son said was that it was his favorite movie ever.
Scorcese did a great job of adapting the book, and Sasha Baron Cohen, whose movies I have no interest in, is wonderful as the station inspector.
Hope you guys enjoy it!
Thanks for your thoughts. I think I kow exactly what you mean. "The 19th Wife" was similar in that I enjoyed the historical storyline, but was not impressed by the fictional characters and their plot. I've got enough books on my to-read list, so I think I'll let this one go. I appreciate you taking the time to help out!
Hi! Just spying on you a little. Wondering if you ever saw my comment on your review of "Blind Assassin." How are you liking "Handmaid?" Also, I noticed "Oscar Wao" on your to-read list. It's on mine, too. Let me know when you start it and I will pick it up, too.
Hmm... A good Jane Austen spinoff. I liked Elizabeth Aston's Darcys series (the first is Mr. Darcy's Daughters) because she doesn't really deal directly with many of Austen's original characters, and it's more about the next generation of women. An Austen purist might have trouble with Linda Berdoll's continuations, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and Darcy and Elizabeth, because they have the same main characters. If you're worried about the sequels spoiling the originals, I would start small with something like Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange. She tells the story from Mr. Darcy's perspective, follows the same plot, and uses a lot of Austen's own words. Those are just the ones I've read. There are a LOT out there.
Hi, Dawn. I love your favorites and your taste in nonfiction books. I appreciate your reviews, as well. With so many books on my "to read" list, I have been reluctant to try "Hunger Games," but I like your take on the book. I'll be checking back to your shelf for future insights and ideas for my next read.
Hey! I like your bangs! I am thinking about cutting myself some. I am so glad you joined. Now I can stalk you and giggle at your snarky comments! I loved your review of the Girl Who Played with Fire. I must say, I agree. I loved the first book, tolerated the second. Couldn't bring myself to finish the third.