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Shellie (Layers of Thought) Exactly my thoughts! Nice review.


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Will Byrnes Thank you for the kind words. Another great book from last year was Edgar Sawtelle. If you have not gotten to it yet, I urge you to give it a go.


Shellie (Layers of Thought) Thanks - its already on my list... :)


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Nancy Great review, Will. I've already added it to my shelf.


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Mark Wow. Sounds fab. And a particularly evil anti-heroine always sounds fun


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Will Byrnes The film is due out, I believe, in 2014 - Jennifer Lawrence as S


message 7: by Magdalena (new)

Magdalena Ganowska Sounds promising! Added to my to read list.


message 8: by Mary (new)

Mary I'm looking forward to reading this one. I recently read one of his short stories, and I was impressed enough to add a bunch of his books to my "to reads."


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Henry Avila Like your review,Will.


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Linda D I am finally reading this now...so far I agree with your review 100%.


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Cacophony Where can I download it from??? I tried several site but it didn't work.


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Will Byrnes Cacophony wrote: "Where can I download it from??? I tried several site but it didn't work."
Sorry Cacophony. Don't know. The edition I read was on paper. Certainly from Amazon, B&N or any seller of e-books. And there is always the local library.


message 13: by Hanneke (last edited Feb 10, 2015 04:31AM) (new)

Hanneke Damn, Will, I hate to hear that the movie is not done well. I don't think I will go see it, as I loved 'Serena' too much to have it destroyed by wrong images painted before my eyes.


message 14: by Mizuki (new)

Mizuki I am starting this book today.


message 15: by HBalikov (new)

HBalikov Did you read Rash's short story, Pemberton's Bride? I believe he built Serena out of it.


message 16: by Carol (new)

Carol Very insightful movie review, Will. I've only read one book by Ron Rash...not this one. Maybe I will have a different take on the movie...as a result.


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Will Byrnes HBalikov wrote: "Did you read Rash's short story, Pemberton's Bride? I believe he built Serena out of it."
Not. I have read a couple of his short story collections, but those were published after Serena. I have not yet dug down into his earlier work


message 18: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Great review! I'm reading his short story collection 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' right now and have been blow away. After reading this wonderful review I think I'll hit this next so I can see the film. Rash is wonderful.


message 19: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Great review... I just read an article on the film -which opens today in our city. Our paper said..."read the book"...pass on the film...That our leading actors chemistry doesn't work like it did in "Silver Linings Playbook"..but goes on to say its not entirely their fault. (they are pleasurable enough to watch enough our critic says) --but that they almost look too modern for this period piece --(even uncomfortable in their roles). Did you think so too?


message 20: by Elyse (new)

Elyse I mean -were these your thoughts about these actors playing in this film?


message 21: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes No, not really. I thought they were fine. But the direction, screenplay, cinematography, pacing and soundtrack were all lacking.


message 22: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Awwwwww, OK!


message 23: by Mary Mack (new)

Mary Mack Nice review. I'll have to move it up on my list.


message 24: by Linda (new)

Linda D Will, have you watched the movie? If not don't bother. The story is barely recognizable. What a shame. They turned Serena into a sympathetic character. We were so disappointed. I understand now why there was never a theatrical release the U.S.


message 25: by Elyse (new)

Elyse I once had this book - in my hand- I could have bought for a dollar.. Great condition - hard copy.

( you don't need to tell me what a knuckle-head I was when I didn't get it).


message 26: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Linda wrote: "Will, have you watched the movie? If not don't bother. The story is barely recognizable. What a shame. They turned Serena into a sympathetic character. We were so disappointed. I understand n..."
You might check the part of the review labeled THF FILM.


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Will Byrnes Elyse wrote: "I once had this book - in my hand- I could have bought for a dollar.. Great condition - hard copy.

( you don't need to tell me what a knuckle-head I was when I didn't get it)."


It is still out there, although maybe not for a buck.


message 28: by Jan (new)

Jan Rice I didn't think the actors looked right for their roles at all--and that from their pictures alone.


message 29: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes I disagree, although I had some doubts about J-Law as Serena. It was, IMHO, put in the hands of the wrong director. I could see this being remade many years hence, too late for me to see, and done right. The material is so strong, even though this cinematic translation did not do it justice.


message 30: by Vessey (new)

Vessey Will, I thought your review of “Murph” was my favourite, but this one stands right next to it. You have poured so much passion into it. Oh, and thank you so much for including the bit from the author. Oh, that was so…Well, diplomatic and kind. I really like his attitude. He really sounds like a confident man who knows what he’s doing. This book sounds rather chilling, though. I’ll have to pick a time when I will be able to bear its darkness. Oh, and I have seen a little bit of ST. Well, I gave up when Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter started with their dainties, but I am curious what happens next. After all, it’s Johnny Depp! I love him. Did you watch it till the end? Was it interesting?


message 31: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Vessey wrote: "Will, I thought your review of “Murph” was my favourite, but this one stands right next to it. You have poured so much passion into it. Oh, and thank you so much for including the bit from the auth..."
I did watch it through to the end, and was disappointed. There is nothing quite like seeing the original stage production with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, although I saw a wonderful production at the New York City Opera some years later. Stanley Wechsler was electric in the title role.


message 32: by Vessey (new)

Vessey Willie, I'm finished with Atonement and I'm starting this one now. I remember reading and loving your review of this book, but to be honest, because of what I remember about the content and the heroine, I'm a tad scared....OMG. Thank you so much for pointing me out to this book, Willie. Hope I like it as much as you did. :)


message 33: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes Thanks V. You are in for a treat.


message 34: by Vessey (new)

Vessey Hey, Willie. I'm finished. Unfortunately, I couldn't really warm up to this book as I had hoped, but thanks for bringing it up to my attention anyway and my failing to appreciate it in no way changes my opinion of your review that is still awesome and so are you! I was so glad to read it for a second time. Thanks! :)


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