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Elizabeth La Lettrice fabulous! interested to hear your thoughts :)

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Nikkie I can't wait to read your review!

message 3: by j (new)

j i thought it was unfabulous but i am still interested to hear your thoughts.

message 4: by karen (new)

karen i'm scared because i am enjoying it. you guys are all going to yell at me and call me "middlebrow!!" noooo anything but that!

message 5: by j (new)

j everyone likes it. i think you are safe. my reasons for not liking it are my own...

ps i was liking it until like halfway through. then i started liking it less and less.

message 6: by karen (new)

karen bird brian is hating it.

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er, um everyone has different tastes.

message 8: by karen (new)

karen ppbblltt. i like it. maaaagic!

message 9: by j (new)

j ploooot. charaaaacter. no, wait. none of those.

message 10: by karen (new)

karen sorry, haters...

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message 12: by David (new)

David No wonder you eat at Applebee's.

message 13: by karen (new)

karen i know. there is no saving me from my own mediocrity.

message 14: by j (new)

j That's cool. Some people are into naked emperors

message 15: by karen (new)

karen at least you know they aren't smuggling weapons.....

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j Twss

message 17: by j (last edited Mar 21, 2012 07:17AM) (new)

j Nicole wrote: "but don't you wonder why the hell they don't just stop??????"

or... what the point was in the first place? or how a 30-year, slow-paced, ill-defined, vague and poorly concluded "contest" is supposed to be a good enough plot for a book with no developed characters?

(the author recently said something about how "plotting wasn't her strong suit" and the book was mostly just a jumble of images before an editor explained to her that it needed a point...)

basically, i think if the descriptive writing doesn't do it for you here -- mood and tone -- there is nothing else to enjoy. explains the strong dichotomy in "love it"s and "hate it"s.

message 18: by Libbie Hawker (new)

Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside) The book is definitely a word-feast, and not so much a work with a strong plot or great characters. I enjoyed it, mostly (haven't gotten around to reviewing or rating it yet), but I can absolutely understand why there are lots of readers who very much did not enjoy it.

message 19: by karen (new)

karen okay. come at me.

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so glad we agree on this one. :)

message 21: by Misha (new)

Misha you nailed it--this reminded me of the prestige. but it didn't sweep me away the whole time. i wanted it to be more emotionally resonant--like emily st. john mandel's "last night in montreal" or "brief history of the dead' by brockmeier, those books that weave a magic of their own.

message 22: by j (last edited Mar 21, 2012 07:55PM) (new)

j "it didn't disappoint me because i didn't go into it thinking it was going to be a masterwork of literature, explaining the human condition and changing the way i saw myself and my relationships in the future."

i didn't go into it seeking a life change. i just wanted a book i liked. expectations played no part in my dislike; i have shown strong resistance to plotless narratives in the past. if i had known this book was so light on story and so long on atmosphere, i probably wouldn't have read it.

it did remind me of the illusionist though. i... did not like that movie.

i love the prestige! the prestige, though, had, if anything, too much plot.

message 23: by Arah-Lynda (new)

Arah-Lynda Right on.

message 24: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Lovely review! Heh, I like the Martha Stewart comparison.

What's that last picture? I don't recognize it.

message 25: by j (new)

j arrested development!

message 26: by karen (new)

karen it is the alliance of magicians. scary scary magicians...

message 27: by j (new)

j performing at the gothic castle.

message 28: by j (last edited Mar 21, 2012 08:48PM) (new)

j Bird Brian wrote: "disagree with four-stars..."

Your inalienable privilege.

"disagree with four-stars, but i respect your very well-presented points. i will grudgingly vote for this review, but only because you are awesome."

The key word in that passage is "I", (congratulations on using the shift key on your computer, though, and understanding the uses of capitalization. No, really, kudos). As you are not Karen, I fail to understand why you would feel it necessary to inform her of how wrong she is in holding and expressing her own opinions in her own review.

I don't care if you don't agree with me, but would once again congratulate you on learning the rules of English language writing with respect to capitalization, as if you expect to be taken seriously by intelligent, discerning readers, as opposed to merely dismissed as a rude little troll.

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message 30: by r.b. (new)

r.b. magical balls.

message 31: by Mariel (new)

Mariel I liked this review! Gr just got a tiny bit more ruined.

message 32: by Mariel (new)

Mariel Bird Brian wrote: "haha- I am trolling karen!"

Give her the bird!

message 33: by karen (new)

karen if you give me the bird, i will show you how magical these balls are...

message 34: by David (new)

David The Illusionist was a horrible, horrible movie.

That is all.

message 35: by karen (new)

karen david has an opinion about a movie! how unexpected!

message 36: by David (new)

David Did you like The Illusionist, brissy?

Because that was middlebrow too.

message 37: by karen (new)

karen i honestly don't remember. which one was bowie in?

message 38: by j (new)

j Prestige. Illusionist has the seventh heaven girl, all serious. Ha.

message 39: by karen (new)

karen i probably liked that one, too. i don't remember it much, though. i know i like steven millhauser. a lot.

message 40: by David (last edited Mar 22, 2012 06:23AM) (new)

David karen wrote: "i probably liked that one, too. i don't remember it much, though. i know i like steven millhauser. a lot."

Let me refresh your memory. It was this dumb story about this dumb illusionist guy who was played by dumb Edward Norton. He's in love with some dumb broad or something. And there's some kind of dumb bullshit about whether his dumb illusions are real or not. Paul Giamatti does something dumb that I can't remember, and the whole dumb thing is filmed in some dumb nostalgic sepia tint, trying to make it seem all old-timey and shit, which is dumb.

message 41: by David (new)

David I wish I could hit Edward Norton in the face with a shovel.

Just once.

message 42: by karen (new)

karen i helped him at the bookstore once. we had a nice conversation about mark helprin.

message 43: by David (new)

David I'm assuming you only did that because you didn't have a shovel ready-to-hand.

message 44: by karen (new)

karen yes, conversations about novelists i have never read are frequently my substitute for lethal shovelings. wwjd and all.

message 45: by David (new)

David Not lethal. Just disfiguring.

I'm not a sociopath or anything.

message 46: by karen (new)

karen now i understand why you are so stubborn to embrace death to smoochy.

message 47: by Mariel (new)

Mariel I walked out of The Illusionist.

message 48: by karen (new)

karen wow, i don't remember it being that bad. but i have a really high tolerance for bad movies. i kind of love bad movies.

message 49: by Mariel (new)

Mariel I have a rational dislike of Ed Norton that helped.

I love The Prestige.

message 50: by David (new)

David Mariel wrote: "I walked out of The Illusionist."


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