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Oct 23, 2010 07:16AM

5048 southpaw285 wrote: "I finished The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood this morning. Wow! What a scary story. I enjoyed the book tremendously. The thing that was so scary for me is how re..."

I loved The Handmaid's Tale, but just completed The Robber Bride, also by Atwood, and absolutely hated it! I will have to seriously consider whether I will be picking up another one of her books or not.
Atonement (19 new)
Jul 18, 2009 08:44AM

5048 The storyline was heartwrenching and you end up hating the younger sister, no matter how she tries to "atone" herself. However, I did finish the book and though it is not one of my favorites and I do not plan on seeing the movie, I thought it was well-written.
5048 Finished this about a month ago....wonderful, heartbreaking story.
5048 I read this recently, great story!
5048 I thought this book was terrific. I'm not really feeling inclined to read any of the other books, but the creativity behind this story was very unique and made me look at the wicked witch from a different perspective, although not L. Frank Baum's...
The Hobbit (22 new)
Oct 18, 2008 02:14AM

5048 I am looking forward to the movie of The Hobbit being directed by none other than Guillermo Del Toro. It comes out in 2011 for now. Can't wait!!
Oct 18, 2008 02:05AM

5048 Yes, this is the one about the con artist.
5048 I thought the story was very unique and I enjoyed learning bits and pieces about the perfumers trade. I really felt for Grenouille. Just the way in which he was born was an indicator of the type of person he would grow to be. The novel made me very aware of the smells around me at all times and there were points in the book where I justed wanted to be able to smell what he was smelling. I found myself rooting for Grenouille throughout the story until he started murdering the young girls. I just couldn't support him anymore at that point. His personality reminded me of children I have had in my class with autism. He lacks social skills, is overwhelmed by stimuli and is perseverates the routines of perfume making. Interesting character and interesting, albeit disturbing, story.
5048 Just finished Ender's Game. What a magnificent story. Sherry, like you, I have not read an incredible amount of this genre although I love science fiction. I just haven't made time for these books as I have had other authors that I've been focused on.

Along with books from other genres, I have completed both this book and Dune in the last month. They were both spectacular and Dune is now one of my fav books. I recommend them both.
Jul 31, 2008 03:04AM

5048 I found this book daunting at first as I am trying to get through as many books as possible this summer and this one is rather thick, but once I became involved with the main characters, it was difficult to put down. It was a terrifically written novel about two men from different backgrounds and the feud they carry on for several decades. You come to love and root for both men as they try their darndest to exact revenge upon each other.
5048 Yeah! I finished all of the Once Trendy Tomes and for the most part, they were all pretty good! Now to pick another section to read from...
Jul 25, 2008 11:27AM

5048 Yep, glad we are not completely limited in our reading by others' opinions.
Jul 25, 2008 11:23AM

5048 The first few pages automatically turned me off. I really thought that I was not going to like this book, but as Tracy comes into her own and becomes a world-renowned criminal (at least in the international police community), her strength really drew me in and I found myself enjoying the rest of the book.
Dune (3 new)
Jul 18, 2008 04:11PM

5048 Dune is a fantastic book. The confusion of the first few pages as you enter a new world quickly dissipates as you feel yourself drawn in and understanding begin to seep from the pages of the story. The imagery is amazing, the attention to detail enthralling and the characters deep and well-developed. This easily fits into my group of most favorite books.

A section of the story that I really enjoyed was the mention of Heisenberg. The reader is engulfed in this alien world and suddenly there is reference to something in recent history. It pulled me out of my reverie as I was reading, jolted me actually. It is during the time that Jessica and Paul have been discovered in the caves by the Fremen and Paul meets Chanti from his dreams. The lines from the story states, "A kind of Heisenberg indeterminacy intervened...". This was actually a great comparison to Paul's inability to completely pinpoint time, the fact that his visions flowed from past, present and future, but left him without the capability to exactly pinpoint in which time they were. This coincides with Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle" which theorizes that locating a particle in a small region of space makes it impossible to determine the certainty of the velocity of the particle; and conversely, that measuring the velocity of a particle precisely makes the position uncertain. Time can never accurately be measured. I found it rather shrewd that Herbert threw Heisenberg's name in there to begin with as Heisenberg was in the employ of the Nazi's and that in itself is representative of the oppressive similarities between the Fremen and the Jews.

This striking bit of intellectuality is just one example of the amazing intelligence behind the writing of this book. This intellect is further emphasized by Herbert's capability to create his novel from articles and ideas written about and visits to the sand dunes of Florence, Oregon where scientists were working on slowing down the growth of these dunes and the feared encroachment into local cities and highways. The brilliant vision of Herbert morphed this real problem into a whole book centered around ecology and the human ability to survive through adaptation and education.
Jul 17, 2008 01:57PM

5048 I wasn't a big fan of Coraline. I've got a couple more of Gaiman's books in my pile and hoping they will be better.
Jul 17, 2008 01:55PM

5048 Debra, I have read both the Christ the Lord books and they do not promote any type of religious belief. She is simply trying to tell the story of Christ. They were actually good books that tell a story of Jesus beginning as a child and the confusion that he endures growing up as the Son of God. The most important thing is to go into the books knowing that they are fiction although she has done an impressive amount of research to add real facts and events to the storyline.
Welcome (124 new)
Jul 17, 2008 01:43PM

5048 Sarah, I also have a slight addiction to book lists which is why I started a Book List Challenge group. Just lists and lists of books. Check it out!
Jul 13, 2008 08:37PM

5048 I just finished this one. I really enjoyed it. There is no deep thinking involved here. Basically, it is spending a few days following the lives of people staying and working in the St. Gregory Hotel. Reminiscent of soap operas I have seen. There are some sinister characters, some sinful doings, but the whole story is read quickly and there is never really any emotional involvement for the reader other than to appreciate an easygoing read in between more involved tomes.
Jun 27, 2008 09:54PM

5048 What a great story about Anna and her family. In the same vein as some Danielle Steel or even Rosamund Pilcher. Very well written, a rather quick read even though it is almost 700 pages long. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not the best story ever written, but a good read.
The Godfather (9 new)
Jun 24, 2008 04:17PM

5048 I just finished this one and found it utterly breathtaking. The detail, the plot, the strength of character. No wonder The Godfather has remained such a strong phenomenon in America.
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