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message 1: by Crystal (new)

Crystal I have been told I need to read this, how are you liking it?


message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Thus far I don't fell like dropping it, so I guess it's good:)


message 3: by Crystal (new)

Crystal LOL how long do you usually give a book before dropping it?


message 4: by Krystle (new)

Krystle I read this book for a children's literature class. One of the few I liked. Some interesting symbolism in it.


message 5: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana It depends. There was one so unbearable I dropped it after 1! You know how sometimes they are so badly written, you can't take them any more? But mostly 25 to 50 pages.


message 6: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Wow which one was that?? I think I might start enforcing that rule lol!


message 7: by Tatiana (last edited Oct 14, 2010 12:24PM) (new)

Tatiana The one I dropped right away was Brightly Woven.

Do you finish everything you start? I know myself, if I strongly dislike something within 25-50 pages, it will never work out for me in the end. It doesn't apply to slow going books, some classics are like that, but just writing style in general. Like, let's say, Personal Demons, I knew it wouldn't work for me after a couple of chapters, but I pushed on just to be able to write a review. It was painful and unrewarding to say the least.


message 8: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Hmm I have BW on my TBR I will have to look into it. I usually try and finish everything, it is hard for me to put down a book and even harder for me not to finish a series. I am going to try and get better with that though. Oh the joy that was PD, what memories LMAO!


message 9: by Tatiana (last edited Oct 14, 2010 12:28PM) (new)

Tatiana These days I can abandon books without even finding out how they end. If I really have to know, I read spoilery reviews or plot summaries on wiki.

Make sure you don't buy Brightly Woven


message 10: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Knowing that I can find out what happens indetail will probably make it easier for me to stop.


message 11: by Marija (new)

Marija I read this when I was 12 for class and rather liked it. I remember my classmates weren't that crazy for it... couldn't reconcile with the idea of a world seen in black and white.

Only recently learned about the sequels... seems to be a large gap between the 1st and 2nd books. I wonder what they'd be like... or if I reread The Giver, would I like it as much as I did then....

Early this summer, I came across a poem about Jonas I had to write for that class... couldn't believe that it came from my 12 year old brain! ;)


message 12: by Milly (new)

Milly Thanks Tatiana. I have Brightly Woven in my TBR as well. I too have a hard time abandoning books. I am compelled to always finish what I've started unfortunately. And The Giver is already in my TBR list.


Jason "Book Sniper" Thanks for the review.... I started reading it yesterday and finding it hard to get into... hopefully that will change :)


message 14: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Jason, if you are looking for another good dystopia, try Unwind. I tested it on my husband, he loved it just as much as I did.


Jason "Book Sniper" Cool thanks tatiana.. I'll add that to my tbr list... I'm halfway through the giver and it's killing me lol


message 16: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Dement Tatiana - Unwind is amazing! I read a description of the book, but I wasn't terribly drawn in. Then I started reading the book, and I had a hard time putting it down to be productive. Definitely a book I frequently recommend.


message 17: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia Tatiana, I agree what you said about feelings of love. I think mating, having sex, loving one another as husband and wife is just natural. The same with parental feelings towards children. The only people on this earth, that I'm aware of, who lived in a loveless/sexless society was the Shakers. They're a extinct cloistered religious group who adopted children and others into their community. They had no sex and marriage and childbirth were considered sins. They kept the sexes separate but equal. When people (lots of times these people were families who had no money and were starving) were adopted into the Shaker way of life, they gave up all rights to their children. EVERYBODY was brother and sister and bonds between mother/father and child were considered sinful and wrong. Kinda reminded me of The GIVER with the way they formed family units of unrelated celibate people.


message 18: by Emma (new)

Emma Have you seen the movie trailer... It is nothing like the book from what I have seen. I really want to watch it though to see it any of the movie follows the trailer.


message 19: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia Emma wrote: "Have you seen the movie trailer... It is nothing like the book from what I have seen. I really want to watch it though to see it any of the movie follows the trailer."

Nope, I have not seen the movie trailer. My sister told me last weekend that The Giver was being released as a movie. She told me this, not even knowing that I'd read the book, which was kinda funny and coincidental. I'll look for the movie trailer.


message 20: by Emma (new)

Emma Sorry Cecelia I meant that I wanted to see If any parts of the movie besides the ones that I have seen follow the book at all


message 21: by Cecelia (new)

Cecelia Emma wrote: "Sorry Cecelia I meant that I wanted to see If any parts of the movie besides the ones that I have seen follow the book at all"
Oh! okay!


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