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message 1: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye I would be worried if I found out that my sister had been reading my books.

message 2: by mark (new)

mark monday my sister doesn't just read my books, she actually steals them from me. and cds. at least my nephews actually ask first!

message 3: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye Lucky I don't have a sister.

message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

love it, thanks mark!

message 5: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Chavez Wow, one of the best reviews I have read on this book.

message 6: by mark (new)

mark monday thank you Emily and Anthony!

message 7: by mark (last edited Aug 24, 2011 11:23AM) (new)

mark monday Ian wrote: " I would be worried if I found out that my sister had been reading my books.

Lucky I don't have a sister."

so, say you DID have a sister...what specific books would you be afraid of your sister reading??

message 8: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye If I had a sister, her favourite band would be the Velvet Underground.
So I'd be afraid that she would steal my collection of VU books.
More importantly, I'd be terrified that she would steal my most prized possession, a CD of the 1993 reunion tour signed by all four band members in that fleeting moment when they were all alive and talking to each other again.

message 9: by Lori (new)

Lori Wow what a stellar review! I think the intense personal experience you've shared with the this book makes it so much more alive - creepy dream! It's invaded your dreams! GAHHH!

One of these days, I'll read it. Ah I've just decided - this Xmas when I have the house to my own, lovely.

I applaud your comparison of YA today with myth, fables and folktales. Yeah. Why didn't I think of that!

message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Word. Nice review!

message 11: by mark (new)

mark monday thanks Lori and Ceridwen. much appreciated.

Lori, looking forward to review post-Xmas!

message 12: by Kwesi 章英狮 (new)

Kwesi 章英狮 I'm glad you love the book! This was one of my best books last year before I ended up reading Divergent. Have fun!

message 13: by Rykel (new)

Rykel I'm going to flag your post for- excessive awesomeness!!!!xD

message 14: by mark (new)

mark monday hey thanks Rykel!

message 15: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn You could write a book about it! HA

message 16: by Mark (new)

Mark truly excellent review

message 17: by mark (new)

mark monday thanks Mark!

message 18: by Sara (new)

Sara A similar thing happened to me on a camping trip (with me it turned out to be deer making scrapes). I fell asleep with my knife in my hand.

message 19: by mark (new)

mark monday funny to think about the next day!

message 20: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Your review is honest and success in proving this book is good but book itself failed for me.

message 21: by mark (new)

mark monday thanks Nilesh! yeah i know this book is not for everyone - especially after reading many of my GR friends' reviews. still, i am always surprised to read a bad review. sometimes i wonder if much of the antipathy is due to backlash from all of the constant publicity, marketing, and adulation from fans. and of course the first-person narrator also rubs a lot of people the wrong way (like yourself).

message 22: by Nilesh (last edited Sep 04, 2012 02:02AM) (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Those who found out about this book through GR would have expected too much from this book, so was case with me and I was even confused during reading that why am I not enjoying this book. Since reading Richard's review I am convinced why this book was a hit among YA-readers. I'm a big fan of first person narration and I also know it is one tough job, but this just didn't went down good with this book for me. Currently I'm reading Ghostwritten, which has wonderful first person narration.

message 23: by mark (new)

mark monday i will have to check that one out.

message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

This is probably the first novel I disagree with you on XD

message 25: by mark (new)

mark monday then i think you may appreciate Nilesh's review - click on his 'rated 2 stars' above. i don't agree with him, but it is a very interesting review.

message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

mark wrote: "then i think you may appreciate Nilesh's review - click on his 'rated 2 stars' above. i don't agree with him, but it is a very interesting review."

Yeah I should check it out. I like to see some reviews of people who aren't completely one sided (not saying your's is though!!!)

message 27: by mark (new)

mark monday oh, i would say that mine is pretty one-sided! when i really like or love a book, i rarely ever talk about its flaws. and i really liked this one.

message 28: by mark (new)

mark monday also, and this is totally random, but i hate how narrow the review boxes have become with this recent goodreads upgrade. it looks awkward!

message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

mark wrote: "also, and this is totally random, but i hate how narrow the review boxes have become with this recent goodreads upgrade. it looks awkward!"

Yeah, it makes the longer paragraphs look weird.

message 30: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka One of the positive side of that today’s mess is that I can read some old reviews. And ,sorry Mark , I have to like it. So let it float again.

message 31: by mark (new)

mark monday I was just saying on another one of my bug-inflicted reviews that I wish the bug had chosen reviews that were a less shamelessly personal & emotional. this is of my reviews that I'm glad I wrote but am rather too embarrassed to read again. eek.

message 32: by Agnieszka (last edited Dec 04, 2013 11:36AM) (new)

Agnieszka I like personal and whatsoever reviews.

message 33: by mark (new)

mark monday they are my favorites to write but my least favorite to reread!

message 34: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Gobin The book really does mesmerize you. The description of the capitol and the buildup until the last second amazes me so much. I also found myself having dreams about the book and I constantly thought what I would do if I were in that situation. When I read the book my heart would race as she built up to when the games officially started. The book has proved to be a future classic to me like you said. All pages were interesting a cohesive. My favorite character was by far Katniss. She shows so much leadership and wisdom that I only wish I could grasp one day. Character developement is superb. A fine piece of literature I must say.

message 35: by mark (new)

mark monday thanks for your comment, Matthew. I agree with all your thoughts on the book.

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* great review, Mark! It took me ages to pick this one up because of all the hype, but I literally couldn't put it down. And then I had to wait two agonizing days for CF and Mockingjay to come in the mail. Best series I've read in a long time.

message 37: by mark (new)

mark monday thanks, glad you enjoyed it. I agree, this was one of the best series that I've read in a long time too.

message 38: by Jordan Leggett (new)

Jordan Leggett I have a twin sister we share everything

message 39: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Wow! That review definitely upgraded the book (and YA segment as a whole) in my eyes, even though I never really did get lost in "The Hunger Games". The strings the author plays so well in the apparent simplicity you described somehow didn't resonate with me. Maybe it's because I'm an only child or because of my lack of encounters with nocturnal wildlife :-)I did love the dystopian setting though, of which I'm planning / hoping to discover more in the sequels.
I'm curious what you'd think about "The Fault in our Stars". I really disliked that book, but in light of what you said I might have been too harsh.

Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧ Great review!

message 41: by mark (new)

mark monday thanks Sonja!

Matthias wrote: "Maybe it's because I'm an only child or because of my lack of encounters with nocturnal wildlife :-)..."


Matthias wrote: "I'm curious what you'd think about "The Fault in our Stars".."

I have never read it. honestly I have no interest in ever reading it, just doesn't seem like my thing. I deal enough with the topic of cancer in my work life.

message 42: by Justine (new)

Justine Great review as usual :) I agree with you general comments about YA fiction and am a great fan of it myself. I don't like people who won't read something simply because it is YA - there is so much good YA fiction out there and you miss a lot by refusing to read any of it on principle.

message 43: by mark (new)

mark monday thanks Justine. I haven't read a whole lot of YA compared to some folks and my overall experience has not been that great (although I have loved some). but I know there must be a good number of books comparable in quality to Hunger Games - I just have to find them!

message 44: by Justine (new)

Justine Cuckoo Song by Frances Harding is one I just read and would recommend to anyone. Hardinge is one of those lesser known authors who really deserves to be more well read as her work is quite brilliant.

message 45: by mark (new)

mark monday oh I'm glad you recommended her! I actually have her Verdigris Deep, waiting to be read.

message 46: by Justine (new)

Justine I just picked that one up from the used bookstore! I've been on their call list for a year waiting for a copy to come in and a nice UK version finally turned up. Try to get to Cuckoo Song too though, you won't be sorry.:)

message 47: by mark (new)

mark monday I will check it out!

Charlotte Critchlow good book

message 49: by mark (new)

mark monday definitely!

message 50: by Aiden (new)

Aiden Heavilin incredible review. well written. oddly emotional. probably the best thing i've read for a while (other than last night's chapter of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, i suppose)

i'm wasn't interested in reading these books because of the flat writing. but now i might give them a try.

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