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message 1: by Lady Salford (new)

Lady Salford I have been thinking about reading this series because everyone is raving about it. At first, I thought maybe its all hype but since you and Heather love it, I feel like I should read it as soon as possible. ;D

I'll pick it up this summer while visiting the US.


message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I haven't yet met anyone who didn't like it, so I am fairly certain you'll enjoy it too.


message 3: by Annalisa (new)

Annalisa If you thought Unwind was better than Hunger Games, I'm going to have to check it out.


message 4: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I was extremely impressed by Unwind.


message 5: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana You haven't yet!? You should get on it ASAP!


message 6: by jo (new)

jo mo [nods:]


message 7: by H.I. (new)

H.I. Al-Muhairi It's a must-read


message 8: by Hannah (new)

Hannah T,
I felt the same way as you -- it stands up to re-reads in a big way.

Let the countdown to Mockingjay commence...


message 9: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Hannah, you know, I didn't expect this book to make me cry or get so emotional, after all, I knew perfectly well what was coming. But, OMG, it did it for me once again.


message 10: by Hannah (new)

Hannah I had a similar experience :)

Do you happen to know if there's going to be any midnight release parties planned at Border's or B&N?


message 11: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana No, I haven't heard anything about it. I've never been at one of those either.


message 12: by Hannah (new)

Hannah We've been to 2 Harry Potter release parties and to the...Epic Fail release party (I regret going to that one).


message 13: by H.I. (new)

H.I. Al-Muhairi Do people actually wait for the release of books at the doors? o_O

I thought it was only to releases of video games~

/lives under a rock/


message 14: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Oh no, there were HUGE midnight release parties for the last couple of Harry Potter books. Really fun!


message 15: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Hannah, did you dress up as an HP character for these parties?


message 16: by AH (new)

AH My husband and kids went to a Harry Potter midnight party at the local Chapters store. They went all out with owls, costumed staff, and even butterbeer and pumpkin juice (have no idea what the drinks were). Good fun was had by all, but we preordered the book and got it in the mail the next day.

What would they do for a Mockingjay party?


message 17: by Hannah (last edited Aug 20, 2010 01:57PM) (new)

Hannah Tatiana wrote: "Hannah, did you dress up as an HP character for these parties?"

I didn't, but Hanneybean did on the midnight release for HP and the Half Blood Prince. She turned out to be the second person out the door with her book that night at 12:03 a.m. Fun times!


message 18: by Hannah (new)

Hannah AH wrote: "What would they do for a Mockingjay party"

Hmm, lots and lots of stale bread? :)


message 19: by AH (new)

AH I was thinking that they could stage a survivor game, but killing your customers just wouldn't go over well now, wouldn't it?


message 20: by Hannah (last edited Aug 20, 2010 02:12PM) (new)

Hannah AH wrote: "I was thinking that they could stage a survivor game, but killing your customers just wouldn't go over well now, wouldn't it?"

Maybe just the really bitchy ones - the ones who cut in line at the checkout and take up all the cashier's time chit-chatting. Those customers I'd unleash some Tracker Jackers on...
LOL!


message 21: by Tatiana (last edited Aug 20, 2010 02:14PM) (new)

Tatiana LOL. I wouldn't mind the games if the guy in a glimmering undies from Catching Fire shows up (can't remember his name) :)


message 22: by jo (last edited Apr 02, 2011 08:20AM) (new)

jo mo

NOOO! *runsScreamingIntoTheWoods*


message 23: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Especially big NO for Peeta.


message 24: by jo (last edited Apr 02, 2011 08:49AM) (new)

jo mo Have you seen Liam H. play? He's needs more acting classes. Josh H. isn't suitable for the part either. I'd rather settle with Hunter Parrish.

I'm not saying I'm a fan of Weeds, but he gave a decent enough performance in FREEDOM WRITERS
DARN IT! Why can't they cast fresh new faces for those parts?


message 25: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Great review Tatiana!!


message 26: by Camillalala (new)

Camillalala Def will read unwind after reading your reviews.


message 27: by Angela (new)

Angela What a testament to this book that it still holds up after four readings. Once I get back my copy from friends who are currently circulating it, I think I'll consider giving it a re-read too. :)


message 28: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana That's why it's staying on my favorites shelf. It definitely has a staying power.


message 29: by Angela (new)

Angela Tatiana wrote: "That's why it's staying on my favorites shelf. It definitely has a staying power."

That's definitely a strong endorsement coming from you, someone I consider a critical and detailed reader. This is one of the few books where I am surprised by any strong differences of opinion, even among my other esteemed GR friends. Of course, I know we all have different experiences with books and respect that, but I still want to jump up and down and say, "It was sooo good and actually deals with real issues in real ways!" ;)


message 30: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana LOL. To me, HG is one of a very few books that has a very wide general appeal. It can certainly appeal to men (tested on hubby, he is a huge fan too).

But I keep coming across one review of HG that calls it a girl wish-fulfillment fantasy and it just really upsets me each and every time I see it. We all are used to differences in opinions on books, but in this case I can't wrap my mind around such a reading of this particular novel. It's been a struggle for me not to get defensive and post something on that review.


message 31: by AH (new)

AH Tatiana wrote: "LOL. To me, HG is one of a very few books that has a very wide general appeal. It can certainly appeal to men (tested on hubby, he is a huge fan too).

But I keep coming across one review of HG tha..."


I saw that review. There was a long thread about it and discussing those views. I don't see it. Sometimes it's best just to go to the reviews you like and chat there.

We really enjoyed the movie. It's probably one of the better book to film adaptions I've seen. Really well done, except for that shaky camera...


message 32: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana AH, I did stop following it, unfortunately some friends are still commenting and I keep being drawn to it:)

The discussion starts here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

and goes on a lot about the points Brian made in his original review

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

Obviously, I am all for people liking what they like, but I am struggling with many aspects of his arguments.


message 33: by Angela (last edited Mar 28, 2012 01:08PM) (new)

Angela Tatiana wrote: "LOL. To me, HG is one of a very few books that has a very wide general appeal. It can certainly appeal to men (tested on hubby, he is a huge fan too).

But I keep coming across one review of HG tha..."


I meandered over there via your links, and after a cursory glance through both reviews (the positive and the negative), I decided to avoid them. I just don't have the energy or the time to read all of that or defend my positions. While I do think that many aspects of the books do speak to young women in very specific ways, calling it mindless, wish fulfillment seems so far off.

Oh, and almost all of the men I know who've read it also thinks it's great and very issue-focused. My spouse and I read the first book aloud to each other while on a long Christmas holiday drive together in 2010, and I don't think wish fulfillment ever came to either of our minds. ;)


message 34: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana I know. You can call it too gruesome or unrealistic, but a frivolous wish-fulfillment fantasy? No, can't agree with that.


message 35: by Angela (new)

Angela Tatiana wrote: "I know. You can call it too gruesome or unrealistic, but a frivolous wish-fulfillment fantasy? No, can't agree with that."

Tru dat x 100.


message 36: by AH (last edited Mar 28, 2012 04:01PM) (new)

AH I lost energy for that thread too. I wanted to state my opinion but by the time I had thought of something to say, they had moved on to other stuff and it just didn't feel like it belonged.


message 37: by Angela (new)

Angela Jillian -always aspiring- wrote: "Rather, the story seems the anti-wish fulfillment. I doubt anyone who has read all three books would want to be in Katniss's shoes."

Not that it really matters, but I wonder if that reviewer's opinion would have changed had he read the entire trilogy.


▪▮CᴜʀsᴇᴛᴇᴇN▮▪ They should have stuck with the book, when she (Madge) had given the mockingjay pin to Katniss. I really think that the pin was less significant when she just bought it at the Hob, rather than if it were handed to her by someone who's somewhat important to Katniss.


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