Mr. Mercedes is about an ex-cop who tries to stop a killer, who killed several people while driving a Mercedes, and has returned to caus...morePatron Review:
Mr. Mercedes is about an ex-cop who tries to stop a killer, who killed several people while driving a Mercedes, and has returned to cause more damage and more death. The cop joins forces with two unlikely allies to stop Mr. Mercedes. A non-stop thriller to the end from the master of horror, Stephen King. (less)
This is the second time reading this book (read for first time 15 years ago) and I forgot how amazing this story is! Michael Crichton is...morePatron Review:
This is the second time reading this book (read for first time 15 years ago) and I forgot how amazing this story is! Michael Crichton is a wonderful author and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This book is similar yet different than the movie, though I think the book is WAY better with more action and suspense. AWESOME book!!!(less)
We came to a consensus that this book, especially the end, is confusing and disorientating. One woman commented, "All...morePage Turners June 2014 Selection
We came to a consensus that this book, especially the end, is confusing and disorientating. One woman commented, "All I know is that I don't have a clue what happened." That seemed representative of the feeling of the group as a whole. Because of the vague ending, we formed our own ideas about what happened, splitting ourselves pretty evenly between two different theories.
Many don't enjoy unreliable narrators, and their scores reflected that preference. The member who enjoyed the book the least thought that it pulled too much from other books, such as Double Bind (Chris Bohjalian) and The Great Gatsby. If you've read and enjoyed those books, you may appreciate this one as well.
One of our members commented as we left, "The best part of reading this book was the discussion we had." We talked about subjects ranging from dissociative identity disorder to the reliability of photographs as evidence. In the end, almost everyone gave a mediocre 3 of 5 rating to this book. (less)
We have a wide range of tastes in our group, and that extends to our enjoyment of poetry. Several are frequent or avid...moreMay 2014 Page Turners Selection
We have a wide range of tastes in our group, and that extends to our enjoyment of poetry. Several are frequent or avid poetry readers and a couple don't read it at all. However, most of us were able to appreciate Billy Collins' poems collected in Aimless Love.
Frequent comments were that these poems are "accessible" and "enjoyable, even for someone who doesn't read poetry." Many of them were so humorous that we laughed as we read them out loud. One group member commented that she appreciated that she didn't feel like she had to dissect every poem in order to find its meaning. Another checked out the audio version of the book--featuring Billy Collins himself reading the poems--and she highly recommended it!
Some of our favorites: "To My Favorite 17-Year-Old High School Girl" "This Little Piggy Went to Market" "Marco Polo" "The Suggestion Box" "Old Man Eating Alone in a Chinese Restaurant"
A couple of our members rated the book lower because they didn't like poetry at all or preferred it to be more structured and metered. In the end, our average rating was 3.80. (less)
The group thought The Circle was a thought-provoking story, although the author could have accomplished his...more April 2014 Page Turners Selection- Review:
The group thought The Circle was a thought-provoking story, although the author could have accomplished his mission in fewer pages. We discussed how some of the privacy and social media issues that are addressed in this book might already be sneaking up on us, especially in the area of medicine. A couple from the group recommended the book to their friends because it made them think about issues of privacy and the Internet. In the end, though, we all gave it a mediocre rating because we figured out the point of the story early on and the characters weren't believable. Average score: 2.8 out of 5.(less)
The group thought this book was a difficult read about a tragic event. They also thought it was very well written and...morePage Turners February Selection:
The group thought this book was a difficult read about a tragic event. They also thought it was very well written and researched. Comments included: they were glad they read it, they wouldn't have read it without it being a book group read, and they hadn't realized what was going on during this time period. Everyone agreed that the book deserved a 4.5 book rating (and we usually are not so unanimous!).(less)