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message 1: by Alex (new)

Alex >Ah, goodreads star-rating system, you can never fully
>capture my experience with a book.

There is a discussion going on that subject at

message 2: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M I like a lot of the ideas on that discussion. It'd be interesting if Goodreads ever made changes to the rating system.

message 3: by K.D. (new)

K.D. Absolutely I share your sentiments regarding this book. Nice review! :)

message 4: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M Thanks! I really like your comment of "write to express not to impress". I think it very much applies to this book. I mean why the second person? why the DFW style footnotes? They were fun, sure, but what did it do for her story?

message 5: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Have you read her other books? I actually felt that the Invisible Circus and The Keep were stronger books although I did like the shifts of POV in Goon Squad. What else should I read by Mitchell? I have to admit I was a bit perplexed by Cloud Atlas. There was one chapter I couldn't even finish and skimmed so I could get to the end...

message 6: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M I haven't read her others. But I'm definitely interested in reading them. And with Mitchell, it depends. I mean I love all his books, I think he is just a wonderful writer. But Black Swan Green is a lot of fun. It's his easiest to read and the most realistic. It's a coming of age adolescent book, so I don't know how you feel about that. But it is really well done. I just finished number9dream. That is a whirlwind of a book. There are some very difficult sections, but well worth the read, especially if you like Haruki Murakami, it's something of a love letter to him.

message 7: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Thanks Stephen. I have no objection to adolescent books, coming of age or otherwise, so I will start with that and then move on to number9dream :-)

message 8: by Stephen M (new)

Stephen M Sweet! You'll have to let me know what you think of them.

message 9: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Have to finish A Games of Thrones first, then on to Mitchell...

message 10: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye I set myself the task of reading her books chronologically, so it might be a while before I get to this one. I made sure I got a copy with the guitar on the front though.

message 11: by Chad (new)

Chad Initial reaction: four. Three hours later: five. Karen's review says everything I wanted to say in mine but didn't. GUTPUNCH.

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