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Anyone read any good books lately?
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:48:28 AM »
I purchased the first Game of Thrones novel about two months ago and it's sitting on my night stand. I've been meaning to read it but my anxiety has been making it hard to get started on it. So, I figured if we start a conversation on reading and good books, it'll help get me motivated to start!
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Re: Anyone read any good books lately?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2014, 06:39:54 AM »
Child 44 is a great book. One you get into it. It is a trilogy. The Secret Letter is the second book and Agent 6 is the final book. Tom Rob Smith is the writer. Can be deep reading at times. But an excellent book. First book is the best of the three.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2014, 09:28:10 AM »
Want to correct myself on the title of the second book in that trilogy. It is The Secret Speech. Not Letter. Always have got it mixed up.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2014, 05:57:28 PM »
Those titles are intriguing, and I do love trilogies. The last trilogy I read was the Hunger Games - it was pretty good!

What are those books about?
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2014, 05:01:53 AM »
Historical fact mixed with fiction. Based in Russia during the cold war years. Makes you glad you didn't live in Russia during that era. Amazing twist to the first book. It is been made into a film soon. I did read the hunger games too. Child 44 is a lot deeper. Take you a bit longer to read.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2014, 08:22:45 AM »
I just can't get into new creations having been a classics junkie except for one author whom others consider too boring.

So I just reread Great Expectations and while parts almost annoyed me, Dickens' genius is on almost every page. Made me laugh, fall in love with Pip, lose all belief in "romance," thrill to friendship, and wonder how many plot twists Dickens needed to keep himself entertained.
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Re: Anyone read any good books lately?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2014, 08:18:22 PM »
Dickens is an amazing writer. The Christmas Carol will always be one of my favorite stories.
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Re: Anyone read any good books lately?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 01:29:40 AM »
My husband and I watched the first season of Game of Thrones this year, which really made me want to read the book, which my mom recommended anyway. I'm halfway through book 1, and really enjoying it even though I already know what happens!
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2014, 09:05:46 AM »
You make an important point re the visual vs. the written. These days it's all about the visual. How does that compare to writing? What does that do to us?

I'll dare to say it is like eating junk food vs. nourishing food for the brain. Went and got a DVD of Great Expectations. Nice to watch, to be sure, but no food for thought, for the imagination, for delight in words, for creativity in the mind, for any emotional reaction. Interesting to think about the comparison. Suppose it depends on the person.
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2014, 10:06:37 AM »
It's interesting you say that  because visual over written is a rarity for me  ;D I was always a complete bookworm growing up, and I still love books as well as music. My evenings are spent more frequently with a book or music (though I surf the web a fair bit) But...my book time is my "me" time, vs. when I watch Game Of Thrones, it's a  good excuse to cuddle up close to  my husband.  In general I get what you're saying though!
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