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Mar 06, 2013 08:46PM

51118 If anyone hasn't read Hunger Games and wants to, Google Play is offering the entire trilogy for $5.00. I have never bought anything from them so not sure what devices or programs to use but I'm sure a tablet or computer would work at the very least.
51118 The Death Cure was fine, but definitely didn't live up to the awesomeness of Maze Runner. I will probably read Kill Order at some point since it should answer a lot of questions about the past.
51118 That's exciting news, I would love to read more about them. And Ari and Janco, of course :)
51118 Hillary wrote: "This was answered in another thread a bit ago, but I don't remember which...or the exact wording so I will sum it up: No. Girl of Nightmares is the last. Maybe in a few years she will consider co..."

That makes me more likely to read Girl of Nightmares if it's the last one. I thought Anna Dressed in Blood was good, but I don't feel a strong need to continue with the characters. I listened to the audio, which was fine, but I think the book would've been more enjoyable.
Aug 22, 2012 01:05AM

51118 Angie wrote: "I didn't like the writing style at all, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the story."

Agreed. I actually had an ARC of it and initially thought the strike-outs were part of the proofing. Then, I realized the back summary had them too and it was just another author trying to be unique.
51118 Rae wrote: "Graceling is such a huge book. I just got it today, so hopefully with all my traveling and stuff this month I can finish it in time."

There's no time limit on finishing books so take your time and enjoy! Unless it's a library book and you can't renew it ;) Happy traveling!
51118 Sorry you couldn't get through it Tina!

When I saw that Fire wasn't continuing Katsa and Po's story, I wasn't too interested in reading it, but sounds like there's a good story in there.

Thanks Diane! I'm glad my enthusiasm for the book came across :)

Carina - I've heard so many great things about Brandon Sanderson from fans. He seems like an author who really appreciates his fans and enjoys interacting with them. If you get a chance, you should definitely go meet him!!
Aug 02, 2012 11:45PM

51118 I've been waiting all summer for that one! Planning a listen sometime before the next book comes out. Such a good book! (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
51118 Off topic for a minute - Mistborn is really really really terrific straight-up fantasy. The magical world is so completely thought-out and pure awesomesauce. At the base, it's somewhat a standard story of a small group of folk trying to fix everything wrong that comes with an evil tyrant but it's so much more. I fell in love with the two main characters (who aren't love interests, btw) and yeah, just squeee goodness. Super captivating plot and some unexpected twists by the end. In my head, this is one of the best fantasies ever. But it's been a while since I read it...

Okay, back to Graceling. I read it and really enjoyed most of it. Like some of you already posted, I had some issues Katsa's views on relationships. I wish towards the end, she would've realized that her views are very limiting and with someone like she had, being married wouldn't mean giving up who you are or equal to being owned by your husband. Honestly, I'm not even sure I think their relationship was that great. Po was perfect and perfect for her, but she didn't seem to appreciate or give him any consideration. Other than that, Katsa was a very kick-ass character with an awesome "grace".
Jul 31, 2012 12:56AM

51118 That's a decent UF series, awesome sidekick and minor characters. Definitely worth the price :)
May 17, 2012 11:44PM

51118 Travis wrote: "The only worry I got about the Ender movies is in the sequels. These movies are going to be pitched to the Twilight/Hunger Games croud and EG is the only novel in that series to star kids. I heard ..."

That makes me nervous/excited. I love the Shadow books but not sure the combo will translate well as a movie. But yay for a movie because way too many people I know have never heard of Ender's Game.

And Leea - ditto on the fifty books. They're exploding out of bookstores, Target, blah.
51118 Thanks for the info! I usually enjoy fairy tale remakes, so looking forward to starting this.
51118 OK, haven't read this one yet, but I think I heard that each book in the series will be based on a different fairy tale? Anyone else hear that?

I've got a few books going now, but hoping to get to this later this month.
May 01, 2012 10:13PM

51118 Wow, those are some great books!
51118 A little disappointed with the ending too, especially since the series started out so strong. I was not happy with the (actual spoiler ahead)(view spoiler)
Mar 28, 2012 10:38PM

51118 Carrie - I saw a commercial and (view spoiler). I'm so excited! Hope to see more of their relationship develop :)
Mar 28, 2012 12:23AM

51118 The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2) by Patrick Ness Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking, #3) by Patrick Ness

Chaos Walking trilogy .99 cents each on Amazon!

B&N still $5.00 for the first one, didn't check the others.
Mar 28, 2012 12:04AM

51118 Haha, I get what you mean. I think it's fine to assume readers are smart enough to fill in the blanks, I guess I'm just disappointed personally because I thought that was a part of the book that was important enough to show, especially for the non-readers.
Mar 27, 2012 11:27PM

51118 Watched the movie last night and it completely exceeded my expectations. I probably watch 2 or 3 movies a year because sitting through them is a little torturous for me, but this one didn't seem long at all! The highest compliment you can get from me.

Obviously, the movie isn't going to be able to develop the characters, relationships, or backgrounds as well as a book, and I thought everything was done well and for the most part, okay with the minor changes and omissions.

The most powerful scene in the movie for me was Katniss volunteering during the Reaping. I totally teared up.

Anyone else disappointed with the people of the Capitol? I guess I was expecting more flashy, crazy make-up, like purple and green people walking around. They looked good, but more tame than in my imagination.

I thought the killings were done well and were very disturbing as they were. Don't think I could've handled anything more graphic and I'm afraid they would've been over Hollywood-ed and glamourized. I heard about the shaky camera so it didn't really bother me.

Jennifer Lawrence was fantastic as Katniss. I admit I was skeptical after she was cast, but she was really great, especially with how much emotion she could display with a small look.

Now Rue.(view spoiler)

I'm glad I didn't re-read the book or I might have nitpicked more of the movie but now that I've seen and enjoyed, might go back and pick it up for second reading.

And interesting about Seneca's beard! Trimming every few hours is crazy. (view spoiler)
Mar 26, 2012 05:47PM

51118 Think I'm going to see it tonight! Then I can go back and read the spoilers. I hope it's good!
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