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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Your next book pick better be something really funny.


message 2: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent You're not going to read Logan's Run next, are you?


message 3: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Stephanie wrote: "Your next book pick better be something really funny."

Gritty crime novels cure everything...


message 4: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Dan wrote: "You're not going to read Logan's Run next, are you?"

This is all my library's fault. I had these on hold for weeks, and then everything came in at the same time. Meanwhile, I'm birthday bumming, the Chiefs get their asses whupped in play-offs and a major snow storm hit town overnight and is still going on. I'm not sure how I got out of bed this morning...


message 5: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Happy birthday! I hope you have enough beer and reading material to weather the snow storm.


message 6: by Kemper (last edited Jan 10, 2011 07:05AM) (new)

Kemper Dan wrote: "Happy birthday! I hope you have enough beer and reading material to weather the snow storm."

Thanks. Unfortunately, my company has a policy that everyone should come in even when the roads are like skating rinks so I'll be at my desk instead of home drinking & reading.


message 7: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Wow, another birthday! Too bad you have to work, but maybe you'll be lucky and the company will shut down early.


message 8: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Nancy wrote: "Wow, another birthday! Too bad you have to work, but maybe you'll be lucky and the company will shut down early."

The birthday was over the weekend so just another day at the office. I highly doubt that they'll let us go. They'd rather see us dead in a ditch than unproductive....


message 9: by Nancy (last edited Jan 10, 2011 08:33AM) (new)

Nancy How productive can people really be if they're worrying about making it home in one piece? I don't miss those days when I was considered "essential" and had to come in no matter what.

I loved the Logan's Run movie and TV series, but haven't read the book yet. Is it as good, Dan?


message 10: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Nancy wrote: I loved the Logan's Run movie and TV series, but haven't read the book yet. Is it as good, Dan?

I read it a long time ago, too. I thought it was pretty good, but it was a lot different from the movie version.


message 11: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Kemper wrote: "Nancy wrote: I loved the Logan's Run movie and TV series, but haven't read the book yet. Is it as good, Dan?

I read it a long time ago, too. I thought it was pretty good, but it was a lot diff..."


I've never read the book either. Didn't they only have to turn 25 in the book?


message 12: by Kemper (last edited Jan 10, 2011 08:57AM) (new)

Kemper Dan wrote: "

I think so. Maybe even younger than that. Main thing I remember is that the book made a big deal about his gun. Logan had like 6 rounds when he was on the run and each one did something different. One was like a net and one fired a long needle. But he didn't take any extra ammunition so he could only fire each type once. It always bugged me he didn't take any more ammo.


message 13: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I basically loved your just because you refer to one of the main (main? main-ish)characters as "Bernie" instead of "Bennie." That kind of sums up how I feel about this book on a whole.


message 14: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Rachel wrote: "I basically loved your just because you refer to one of the main (main? main-ish)characters as "Bernie" instead of "Bennie." That kind of sums up how I feel about this book on a whole."

Oh, hell. I wish I could claim that I did that on purpose but I just completely screwed it up. I guess I could fix it but it seems like more effort than it's worth....


message 15: by Trysha (new)

Trysha Why did I read the book when you just perfectly summed it all up better than Egan wrote it. You did in 300 words what she couldn't in 340 pages. Bravo!


message 16: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Trysha wrote: "Why did I read the book when you just perfectly summed it all up better than Egan wrote it. You did in 300 words what she couldn't in 340 pages. Bravo!"

Thanks!


message 17: by Ian (new)

Ian Grayejoy Your dialogue totally nailed this book, Kemper. Brilliant.


message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum Spot on! Egan based the entire novel on a gossip like base of, "Hey remember so and so?" Nostalgia wrapped into a neat little bon bon. As an author, she writes of regrets. And as an author, I write about lost youths before they've lost youth. I hope that Who Town casts more glimmer of hope than Goon Squad.


message 19: by Heather (new)

Heather S I would have rather read your dialogue than the actual book. it's like that was her brief and then she just faffed about a bit, trying different veiwpoints and styles until she gave up.


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