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message 1: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! !!!


Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh" Can't wait to read your review!

message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Ditto!

message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Oh, as for theme, I think another one is how it's always the young people, and especially the poor young people, who are sacrificed in our wars.

There are about 898475938 different levels that you can look at the books, which I think is part of why they're so good.

message 5: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Yes. I think that's the general theme of all of her writing. Did you read the Gregor books? Those have that same theme, but to a younger audience. She is absolutely incredible at that.

message 6: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I haven't yet, but I keep hearing they're good.

message 7: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow I really love them. I think both series should be taught in schools. Even if kids wouldn't have an immediate reaction of how socially relevant they are, I think they're a great foundation for learning about politics and war.

message 8: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I've actually been suspecting lately that the Hunger Games series, at least, will be taught in schools, and soon. Politics, war, propaganda... And then Gregor could raise some of the same questions at an earlier grade level.

message 9: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow I hope so!

message 10: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie I just finished the first book last night and loved it. I'm looking forward to reading the next two. Good to hear that I won't be disappointed.

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm holding off reading your review because I'm afeared of spoilers. But I want in on the thread for when I finally do read, so here I am!

message 12: by Erin (new)

Erin Okay, apparently I need to read this series because almost all the people on my "friends" list (which is pretty small) have read these and given them all 5 stars.

message 13: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Ceridwen wrote: "I'm holding off reading your review because I'm afeared of spoilers. But I want in on the thread for when I finally do read, so here I am!"

It's not a review. It's just a place holder saying I can't talk about it yet. But I might post one today. It seems weird to review it. I tried to talk only about things that would compliment the story, but it might still be better to avoid it for potential spoilers.

message 14: by Aerin (new)

Aerin This is a fantastic review. I need need need to read this series.

message 15: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Thanks, Aerin! My advice is to give yourself some recovery time after readings.

Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh" Nicely said, Meredith. Days later and this book still hurts me...

message 17: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Thanks, Jenn. Same. I've been doing all of this reading about human trafficking for a project I want to do this year, and, sheesh, that combined with this book made for a pretty devastating week filled with powerlessness and exploitation. Come on, humans.

message 18: by Cari (new)

Cari Foulk Beautiful commentary, Meredith...absolutely spot on. Thank you for sharing your personal connection to the book. I'm not a writer, I'm an agent that represents some wonderful writers and I've had the honor of editing some powerful books over the years. One might say I'm not easily impressed. (jaded! yells my senior agent)
Collins is a genius. This series will haunt me and, oddly, heal me...for years to come.

message 19: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Thanks, Cari. I'm glad you feel that way about Collins, too. I kind of want to punch her in the face for being so mean to me and then follow her around like a dog because I'm pretty sure she's more right about everything than anyone else in the world.

That's so interesting that you represent writers. That seems like kind of a dream job - to me at least. I could see how it would be easy to get jaded, though. Heck, I'm probably pretty jaded in my own way, and I'm not even getting paid to be.

message 20: by Cari (new)

Cari Foulk You are most welcome.
I must add my disclaimer, writers are the reason I get to do what I do every day. I love writers. I am lucky to represent some fantastic writers, and
I do love my job.. ( just this past weekend, I was desperately trying to dispel some of the "scary agent" myths at a con Q&A! *ashamed* )

The jaded-ness is an unfortunate side effect of reading through 4200+ manuscripts in 2009 to launch this new branch of the agency. There are a lot of good books out there, but only a few of them are great.
One could liken it to having a filet mignon each day... Unless it stands out like a filet prepared at Ruth Chris, it...well...doesn't stand out.

Please excuse the clarification. (and the made up word: jaded-ness ;)
Best to you.

message 21: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow You can clarify and make up words all you want, as far as I'm concerned. But Webster's online is giving you jadedness as a word, so I think you're even good there! But I do love a good made-up word. ;)

That's definitely how I would see it, too. Plus, if you're looking for the problems, I'd think they would they stand out more and be more memorable. Writers are great, though. I agree.

message 22: by AH (new)

AH What an awesome review, Meredith!

message 23: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Thanks, AH! It's almost a week later, and I still feel like I'm recovering from it. Collins really knows how to give a good kick to the gut.

message 24: by Esteban (new)

Esteban del Mal arguing that it is unacceptable to question people in uniform because without their sacrifices, we wouldn’t have the freedom to question them.

This "reasoning" drives me to distraction. I grew-up with a lot of guys who went on to join the military (out of poverty, BTW, so they're nothing short of mercenaries IMHO (don't you love internetese acronyms?)) and lost friendships over arguing about it. It's shorthand (of the non-internetese variety) for fascism.

I've been saying and writing "fascism" a lot lately. I'm getting tired of it. Maybe I should use "cultural mange" instead.

message 25: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow One of the unfortunate things about that situation is that the guy who was the most threatening is one of my favorite people in the school. He's a really sweet, smart guy. I think it partly goes to show how intense the rhetoric is.

And, yes, I do love the webspeak. We're so young and hip and nerdy.

message 26: by Annabel (new)

Annabel Grinbergs Meredith, I simply adored ur review! I think u put ( in a far more eloquent way) exactly how I felt about this book, this trilogy. I personally feel that Collins has produced a modern day 1984 and has illustrated perfectly the reflections of Capitol gain and dissection.

Many people seem to be slating katniss for losing her vivaciousness and tenacity...but I think that's the point, that she was powerless, used as a pawn no matter which side she fought for, in the end the only side she could be on was her own, and peeta's. I, like u, missed his presence terribly in the book it made me question my own life and think about the people I take for granted. This book is appealing on so many levels, I think that ur on my wave length and I avidly look forward to reading more of your book reviews!!!! Annabel

message 27: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Thanks, Annabel! I found Katniss so inspiring in the other books, but I didn't identify with her at all. In this one, I pretty much identified with everyone. I thought it made a lot of sense how her character developed through the series. Who she was in the end made it make more sense to me how the beginning was written. I'm not sure if I'm being clear. I just love it.

message 28: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Umm. I keep updating this. You don't have to read it again, but as Adam Sandler once said, "It's a work in progress. It may never be finished."

message 29: by Rinoa (new)

Rinoa Heartilly Beautiful review, very thoughtful.

message 30: by Karena (new)

Karena Very thoughtful review.

message 31: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Thanks!

message 32: by Cookiesue9x (new)

Cookiesue9x I am reading them all as one, one right after the other.
Your review was fantastic!

message 33: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Yeah, they are one whole now to me. I like them best that way.

Thank you!

message 34: by Fannie (new)

Fannie I just finish to read the series... One after other. Wonderful review!

message 35: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Thank you!

message 36: by Kaitlin (new)

Kaitlin Holy crap just go write a thesis on this for goodness sake.

message 37: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Um, I think the tone in that comment is lost on me, so I'm not sure what the appropriate response is.

message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

The appropriate response is awwww yeeeaaahhh!

message 39: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow hahaha, okay. I hope somebody pays me to do a thesis on Suzanne Collins. Dream job!

message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

I would pay you, but I can't . Plus, I'm a little loaded. Awww yeeeaaahhh!

message 41: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Sweet! I just sobered up. It was the Snooki book. It's enough to kill a buzz within a chapter. Because whaaaaa?

message 42: by Sparrow (last edited Dec 25, 2011 11:22PM) (new)

Sparrow Suzanne Collins thesis and being loaded really are part of the awww yeeeah lifestyle.

message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

I just watched the Oscar Wilde/Jersey Shore videos again. And drunk history. While drunk!

Holy cow do I need to go to bed. Awww yeeeaahhh!

message 44: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow hahahah! good choice! see you in the morning!

message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

Aww, I just noticed your spam from katiesvidlog or whatever. The memories! So wonderful! And to all a good night!

message 46: by Sparrow (new)

Sparrow Aww! I forgot about katiesvidlog!

message 47: by Mariah (new)

Mariah this is the most irritating review ever.

message 48: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Wow. That was uncalled for. Care to explain why this irritates you so much? Maybe you can write a review of your own?

message 49: by Mariah (new)

Mariah oh, damn, sorry about that! that comment is not for this review!

i guess i should say some nice things to make up for that:
i REALLY ENJOY this review and i don't know how that comment ended up here! it added some new insight into the story that i hadn't thought of before and i appreciate that.

sorry again about that last comment! it's not for this particular review. and thank you, Eh?Eh!, for pointing that out, i did NOT intend for that comment to be posted here.

message 50: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Hah! Too many open windows at once? I was just surprised because Sparrow launched it out of the park by any standard. But glad it was a too-fast-typing thing!

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