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Oct 09, 2013 11:53PM

2996 The Shining is fantastically terrifying. Although, I do agree with Mandy. Some of Stephen King's short stories are his scariest. The Monkey from the Skeleton Crew kept me up for nights!

I remember watching a documentary about Stephen King. Apparently, he scared himself so badly while he was writing Pet Sematary that he actually had to put it away for several months before working on it again.
Apr 16, 2013 09:48AM

2996 Everything Is Illuminatedby Jonathan Saffran Foer
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Apr 16, 2013 07:59AM

2996 The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
1 star
I'm a huge fan of The Walking Dead series, and I love what Robert Kirkman has done for TV.

But *gasps* (blasphemy) I've never been a fan of Robert Kirkman's work on paper. Yes, I did enjoy his graphic novels, but I didn't love them. I felt that they were gory and intense, but lacked any real character development. The plot developed much too quickly.

This book is just an extension of that, but without the beautiful artwork. As gory as this book is, it lacks the intensity of the show and the graphic novel. It was also riddled with akward sentences, and poorly used similes. Such as this:

Bundled in a down coat with her stuffed penguin at her side, she seems oddly sanguine, her pale face drawn and languid, as though she were about to visit the pediatrician

Really?! You're taking a little girl out on the road with the threat of flesh-eating zombies, and then you equate the sheer terror of the situation with going to the doctor's office.

The characters feel flat as well. We've got Philip Blake, the angry tattooed Mexican, who'll do anything to keep his daughter alive; Brian Blake, his fail-at-life hippy brother; Bobby Marsh, the token fat guy; and Penny, Philip's little girl.

My verdict: I choose to erase this book from my memory, and go on loving David Morissey's interpretation of The Governor.
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Apr 15, 2013 11:11PM

2996 I'm reading The Hobbit. This should be great. Revisiting this one from childhood.
Jan 22, 2013 04:42PM

2996 Viola wrote: I don't mind Mr. Knightley, but I don't really "get" him. What's his motivation? Why is he just hanging around all the time? It's a little bit weird to me.

I think the reason that Mr. Knightley is always "hanging around" is because the Woodhouses are probably his closest neighbours. The people that Austen liked to write about were wealthier families who owned big houses, on even bigger pieces of land. These people either walked, or took carriages everywhere, meaning that they were pretty isolated. Mr. Knightley was a single man in his 30's living on a huge property. If he wanted to be with people of his own class, he either had to take a carriage all the way out to town, or he could chill with the Woodhouses at Hartford.
Jan 18, 2013 08:34PM

2996 I love Emma. I actually lead the discussion for this book for another one of my groups two years ago. This is definitely part of the Jane Austen holy trinity for me ( the others being pride and prejudice as well as persuasion). Although not the best Austen heroine, she's definitely the most entertaining!
Jan 15, 2013 08:07PM

2996 I just read The Bell Jar which was painfully good. Layla, really enjoyed The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
Jan 15, 2013 08:04PM

2996 Nancy (NE) wrote: "Thanks Regine - that was a good morning chuckle! From any place in particular? Victoria's Secret?!"

:) My derriere doesn't discriminate. As long as it's pretty and soft, I'll buy it! Victoria's Secret my number one place for bras though.

For cosmetics, I like Lush skincare (and their bath stuff is amazing too) and MAC lipstick.
Jan 14, 2013 10:53PM

2996 Cosmetics, books, and UNDERWEAR!
Jul 05, 2012 10:08PM

2996 I have just read The Remains of the Day, and wow, I need to update my list.
Feb 14, 2012 10:27AM

2996 Happy Anniversary and Valentine's Day!

Thank you Abby for the wonderful teas and the travel tea cup that you got for me! I love floral teas as well, and I'm drinking them right now to fight off a cold. The tea will be enjoyed with a good book every night. Merci beaucoup!
Feb 13, 2012 08:44AM

2996 Just received mine in the mail today :) so hard not to peek!
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Feb 09, 2012 10:15PM

2996 waldorf salad--with green apples, grapes, and pecans. Delish.
Feb 09, 2012 10:14PM

2996 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
4 stars

My only regret about reading this book was not reading it soon enough. I have read so many reviews and summaries of "Never Let Me Go" that going into the novel, I already knew the twists and the turns that lay ahead of me. It took away from the nail-biting suspense of trying to figure out "so, what exactly is a donation?" or "why is Madame taking artwork from the children?"

But other than that, I think it was perfect. Ishiguro brings Kathy H. to life as soon as we are introduced to her. Kathy reminisces on three distinct periods in her life: her childhood at Hailsham (a very special boarding school for very special children), her stay with her close friends Ruth and Tommy at the Cottages, and her life as a carer for several of her peers.

"Never Let Me Go" deals with some pretty brutal stuff, and it could have turned into a blood-spattered organ-fest. But instead, Ishiguro gives us something that is emotional and scary, yet still believable. Even though Kathy shares very warm, colourful memories from her childhood, there is always that hint of impending doom that each character must face.

This is my first read from Ishiguro, but it definitely won't be the last.
Feb 05, 2012 07:40PM

2996 So my goal this year is 75!

1)Matilda by Roald Dahl 5/5 stars
2) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 5/5 stars
3)Chew, Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman 4/5 stars
4) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski 2/5 stars
5)The Witchesby Roald Dahl 4/5 stars
6)Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 4/5 stars
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Feb 02, 2012 08:57PM

2996 i'm reading Never Let Me Go. Been wanting to read it for ages!
Feb 02, 2012 12:37PM

2996 I had to put one on mine as well!
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Feb 01, 2012 08:19PM

2996 wonton soup!
Feb 01, 2012 06:13AM

2996 Mailing mine today :)
Jan 31, 2012 08:09PM

2996 Some of my favourites like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Emma are on that list. So, yes! I agree with that list. haha.

I've read 8 of the books that are on that list, and I can see why they'd be considered "great", but as the article points out, the word "great" can mean a lot of different things to different people.
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