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January's Assignment: Chapters 1-2 I was a little confused how chapter 1 and chapter 2 went together**spoiler alert** A Booksquirm Book Club selection:
January's Assignment: Chapters 1-2 I was a little confused how chapter 1 and chapter 2 went together. Upon further investigation, there seems to be 4 different main characters and each chapter is from the point of view of one of these 4. At the top of the page it does tell you which story within the story you are reading, so this may be helpful. I’m not sure how confusing this will be when reading the book in pieces like we are. However, now that I have discovered the layout I feel much better about the book. I am looking forward to meeting the next 2 characters next month.
February's Assignment: Chapters 3-5 Yet another "meh" - mostly because I really couldn't give two shits about some of the characters. Others, I actually enjoy reading about and want to know more. So, it's a toss up I guess depending on which characters are in the chapters that I am reading at the time.
March's Assignment: Chapters 6-8 I really like Fredeh's story, but Elizabeth and Victoria's chapters were a slog to get through. I don't know why I just don't care about these two, but I find their story to be quite boring. If I were to finish this book, I have a feeling that I would just read Freydeh's chapters and skip over some of the others.
April's Assignment: Chapters 9-12 Anthony is an insufferable git. He is annoying, completely unlikeable and I hope he goes to the dark side. His goodie goodie personality makes me want to set him on fire or something. His chapter made Victoria and Elizabeth's chapters more tolerable. And at least his was followed directly up with Freydeh....more
January's Assignment: Prolougue and Chapter 1 This book is prompting me to want to read it with a map of Sweden open nA Booksquirm Book Club selection.
January's Assignment: Prolougue and Chapter 1 This book is prompting me to want to read it with a map of Sweden open next to me. I did love the fact that the characters are drinking Aquavit… an alcohol that I’ve found few Americans on the east coast that are familiar with it. (Personally, I think it tastes awful, but I love how it’s made…) I’m honestly not hooked by this book and have yet to see why it’s such the rage. I've heard from others that it starts out slow but by chapter 5 it really picks up and becomes one of those "can't put it down" books. I’m not completely ready to vote this one off the island yet as I have hopes that it will improve.
February's Assignment: Chapters 2-3 I'm still pretty "meh" about this book. I haven't uncovered what it is about it that has made it so insanely popular. I'm thinking if I really wanted to understand the book, I need to read it next to my computer so that I can look up references to locations, political climates, etc of Sweden. While it's somewhat intriguing in that it's foreign, I am still not convinced that it's all that and the bag of chips. I am wanting to know what's up with Blomkvist's conviction, because it seems like there's some shady dealings there. I have been told that it really picks up once you get past Chapter 5. So, we'll see next month!
March's Assignment: Chapters 4-5 So, the addition of the missing 16 year old Harriet made the book a little more interesting, I'm still left wondering what is all the fuss. I'm really quite apathetic about Salander. As far as I'm concerned she's an uninteresting distraction. People keep telling me that it gets better. And I've had a recomedation that I should listen to it on CD. Maybe I will try that for next month. So far, this rates a "meh" in booksquirm votes.
April's Assignment: Chapters 6-8 Still apathetic about Salander, but I'm really getting interested in the mystery of Harriet's disappearance. I think this was the first time reading the assignment that I wasn't counting down the pages until I was finished. I'm going to have to give it a yay this month, although it wasn't my favorite of the books.
January Assignment: Chapter 1 Was anyone else hearing House read this book to you in your head? It makes me wonder nA Booksquirm Book Club selection.
January Assignment: Chapter 1 Was anyone else hearing House read this book to you in your head? It makes me wonder now how much of Hugh Laurie is in the character of House. Clipped, to the point... no need to overly flowery language... Overall, I like this book. Alas, this one is hard for me to get my hands on since our library doesn't own it - had to get it Inter Library Loaned from another county. But that's ok. I can keep requesting it over and over if need be.
February Assignment: Chapter 2 Ok, so this time around I actually started to like this book more. I really like the smart-assed main character and am really starting to genuinely care about the characters.
March Assignment: Chapters 3-4 I might need to find a cheap used copy of this book so that I don't have to keep requesting it through ILL. I find the story quite entertaining, the writing style fast paced and light, and it left me with an appropriate WTF? I really hope I find out why the author felt compelled to talk about holding scrotums. I definitely want to continue reading this one!
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January's Assignment: Chapters 1-2 I’m not completely sure about the character development so far. I**spoiler alert** A Booksquirm Book Club Selection.
January's Assignment: Chapters 1-2 I’m not completely sure about the character development so far. I don’t have a very good mental image of the main character. However, at the end of Chapter 2, I did have the interest to continue further into the book. I think the mysteriousness of who the main character is and what has happened to her is a good hook. Our copy from the library has an ‘African American’ sticker on it, but I’m not sure why, other than the author herself was African American.
February's Assignment: Chapters 3-4 Ok, a little disturbed with the idea that Wright just had sex with someone that looks like she's 10. But putting that aside, I did really enjoy the 2 chapters that we read this time around. I enjoy Butler's writing style and I do like a good vampire story (no, Twilight doesn't count). The introduction that the girl is a product of a lab experiment took me on a new twist that makes me want to keep reading. I like that they are using the vampire mythos that includes the "thrall" aspect of those from whom the vampire feeds.
March's Assignment: Chapters 5-6 I'm still very disturbed by the sex with someone that looks like she's pre-pubescent. It's creaping me out. We haven't gotten more info on thr experiment aspect, which still intrigues me. But I don't know how much more of the pedophile overtones I'll be able to take.
April's Assignment: Chapter 7-8 So now the story is picking up. Questions are beginning to be answered and the fledgling vampire sex is not quite as creapy as I felt it to be earlier. Corse, that could be because it wasn't rwally part of the story in these chapters. I'm starting to like the story m/ore now. I'd like to know more about the Ina and the genetic ezperimentation....more
January's Assignment: Chapter 1 This is starting out as a fluffy chick-lit fantasy novel. I wouldn’t be opposed to keeA Booksquirm Book Club Selection.
January's Assignment: Chapter 1 This is starting out as a fluffy chick-lit fantasy novel. I wouldn’t be opposed to keeping on reading it for a while. I’m hoping for less fluff later, but sometimes fluff is OK.
February's Assisnment: Chapters 2-3 This is another "meh" for me... mostly because it's just a little too fluffy for my tastes. Also, it took me a while to remember what had happened in chapter 1 because it just wasn't memorable enough, so I felt lost in fluff. Never a good thing!
March's Assignment: Chapters 4-5 For some reason, I really want to like this book. But unfortunately I just can't get into it. Perhaps it's the fluff factor, or the like-ability of the main character(who I just can't seem to care about)... I honestly am at a loss as to what it is about this book that makes me want to NOT read it...
And another book is voted off the island. I have to agree with another reviewer (sorry, I don't recall the person) who had the following to say about this book. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Review version 1: OMG! This book is, um... like if, you know, like a 16 year old girl, drank waaaaay too much Mountain Dew & got it, like, into her head that she could write an urban fantasy novel sooo much better than those other people, you know? And so she picked up her pink, sparkly pen & wrote it all down. OMGZ! LOL!
"Review version 2: The more I read this, the more I like it! If you can get past the first few chapters, you'll be rewarded with a good read. I still think it was written with a pink sparkly pen, though!
"Review final version: I came at this one from the wrong point of view & with the wrong attitude. Like any first installment, quite a bit of background info must be introduced & that can slow a storyline down to a crawl. As I read this book, the character grew and I grew right along with her. Now, I find that I care about the characters & want to see how they develop. And there are so many places this one can go! I eagerly await the next installment!
"Every time I pick up this book, my IQ goes down a notch... but I keep picking it up."
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While I will not make it to the point when the book would warrent the "final version" review, I do have to agree with the first version of the review. And now, I can say that I am finished reading this book. I didn't finish it, but it has been voted off the Booksquirm Island!...more
Another Booksquirm Book Club pick. Thankfully, this book did not make it past month 2! Our 2 month assignment for this book had us suffer through theAnother Booksquirm Book Club pick. Thankfully, this book did not make it past month 2! Our 2 month assignment for this book had us suffer through the Prologue through Chapter 4. Here are the thoughts I posted for the book club.
Prologue - Chapter 2 observations: How exactly did Mr. Beck think that I would take him seriously when he writes on page 8 "Top psychologists tell us in Maxim magazine..." Really??? You expect me to believe that people who are at the top of the psychological field would really honestly take the time write for Maxim? I know that men only get that magazine to read the articles, but I wouldn't think the foremost experts in psychology would publish there! All in all, it's not the worst book I've read... (Then again, we were reading Rogue by Danielle Steel that month as well)
Chapters 3 - 4 observations: First, I would like to thank my fellow booksquirm members for feeling the same way as I feel about this book. It looks like it will thankfully be voted off the island. I felt like my soul was dirty after reading the assigned chapters this month, and I wanted to quickly sneak the book back into the return slot at the library before anyone noticed I had it checked out! lol. The one thing that stuck in my mind from reading this was the list of "red flagged" individuals (not comprehensive, as it was noted). After reading the list - 3 times to be certain - I was left wondering if there was anyone left (other than, of course, the author) that didn't fit into at least ONE of the "to be watched" groups. I think I fit in more than one category! I can honestly say that I don't even know what the book was supposed to be about... I missed character/plot development entirely - being too distracted with idiocracy of it all! I would like to thank wikipedia for giving me some insight into what Mr. Beck was go adept at making me miss! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_...
A Booksquirm Book Club pick - and fortunately the first book voted off of the island. Our assignment was to read chapter 1. The following are my thougA Booksquirm Book Club pick - and fortunately the first book voted off of the island. Our assignment was to read chapter 1. The following are my thoughts of the book based on that first chapter.
This chapter would have been shorter if the reader didn't have to experience daja vu while reading it. For example, on page 3 "she (Belinda) knew she would remember Blake and this moment for the rest of her life." And then on page 4 "It was a day and a moment that Belinda knew would be engraved in her mind forever." Apparently it was so memorable that Ms. Steel wanted to make sure her notation of it was remembered by her readers for the rest of their lives. At first I thought maybe this was an isolated incident, but then she harped on the fact that Blake had been absentee father for the kids, especially for Sam, which is evidenced on pages 11 and 26. Oh, and let's not forget this little gem on page 22 "Daphne & Jack both had Blake's almost jet-black hair" and then again on page 27 "She (Daphne) was a beautiful girl, with her mother's features and creamy skin, and her father's jet-black hair." Really, Ms. Steel, if you are going to harp on something could you at least be consistent? Is Blake's hair "almost" jet-black or is it actually jet-black because this detail is obviously important enough to mention twice in the same chapter. And you give me all these repetitive facts but then leave me with "All three of them went to Dalton, and Maxine loved the school." Great! Mom likes the school she sends all three of her kids... but wtf? It took me a Google search to find out why someone would think that just dropping the name of the school would mean that readers would know why it was significant. BTW, in case you are interested, tuition for 2010-11 was $35,300. For the love of all things holy, I'm hoping never to have to read another chapter of this book!