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message 1: by Regina (new)

Regina When you get to this (no pressure) I wanted to let you know that I got semi-bored/distracted in the middle of the book, but when I came back to it, the story took off for me. Not sure why.

message 2: by Catie (new)

Catie Hehe, I feel like I am following you on a winding path through all of my reviews right now.

Okay, fair warning received.

message 3: by Regina (new)

Regina And I am following you. :) Feed is next on my list. I went ahead and bought a short by Mira Grant, I am excited that she has several more in this series on the horizon as well.

message 4: by Catie (new)

Catie Nice! I can't wait to see your updates from The Year of the Flood too.

message 5: by Regina (new)

Regina I am interested to see what you think about this book. I was actually looking at this book last night and tryng to figure out why it took me a long time to read it -- I put it down and came back to it twice. I loved the side bars, observations, humor, characters, and commentary -- but I think the plot and the storyline is what pulled it down for me (I gave it 3.75). I noticed that two of my GR friends gave it 4-5 stars and 2 others gave it 3 stars, and another gave it 2.5. So I look forward to your insight. What I have recently discovered is that with the exception of my favorite series -- I am kinda off urban fantasy for awhile.

message 6: by Regina (new)

Regina LOL Catie I just read a friend's review and she likens it to Harry Dresden -- eek!

message 7: by new_user (new)

new_user Oh noes! Not off UF. *tear* I am reading this one slowly though...

message 8: by Regina (new)

Regina Just temporarily. And I am not off fantasy, dystopia or post apocalyptic. I am sure it is a phase! So NU why slowly for you?

message 9: by Catie (new)

Catie I really like it so far Regina! But I think I am only 30-40 pages in. I love his voice! And he doesn't remind me at all of HD!! He's so dry and silly. I love it.

message 10: by new_user (new)

new_user I'm not sure. It might be that the tone is so even and understated throughout. It's not as dramatic as what I've been reading, LOL.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Fantastic review, Catie. The song is also great, altough I wonder (view spoiler)
I too have a thing for all things British... especially the accent. Pure stupidity could be coming out of their mouths and they would still sound elegant. Pfff. Life is just not fair.

message 12: by Catie (new)

Catie Bahaha! I told you, since I've turned thirty, I've become a sad shell of what I once was. My fragile elderly ears can no longer listen to anything too hard. I'm thinking there's going to be a lot of Yanni and Celtic Woman in my future.

P.S. I am reading The Princess & the Penis right now and it is cracking me up.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) The Princess & the Penis is THE BEST! You just can't stay serious with that one.

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message 14: by Catie (new)

Catie Oh sure, it's easy for you to be all high and mighty over there with only 27 years under your belt! You don't know what it's liiiiike! *Incoherent sobbing*

I just realized that our birthdays are only a week apart!

That story was pretty funny; thanks for recommending it.

message 15: by Regina (last edited Jun 26, 2011 07:08AM) (new)

Regina Glad you enjoyed It!!

message 16: by Petal X (new)

Petal X It being Sunday, I was just faffing around getting dressed, pulling on my knickers, when I fancied a bit of something nice for my lunch, so I thought I'd pop round to the nearest gastropub, especially after reading your review.

message 17: by Catie (new)

Catie Guh...Petra, I think that I just lost consciousness from all the swooning! Hehe.

Thanks for recommending this to me Regina; I really liked it!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Pfff, I don't know why I even hang out with you old people.
You know what?!? Many of my GR friends have birthdays around that time. It's the weirdest thing.

message 19: by Regina (new)

Regina I am horrible at picking out restaurants and sharing books, I always get nervous that someone won't like it, so silly I know. But I am glad you enjoyed this. I feel so lucky I won this book from, otherwise I wouldn't have likely read it.

message 20: by Catie (new)

Catie Just you wait! Three more years and you're going to be all, "Oh, now I see why Kenny G is a phenomenal musician, BBC mysteries are the best t.v. programming, and rice cakes are a very satisfying snack." You'll see!

I get nervous too, but I guess what it comes down to is that I like talking about books with people...I don't mind if they disagree with me or not. So, I get excited when my friends pick up one of my favorites. I probably wouldn't have read this unless you had told me about it either.

message 21: by Regina (new)

Regina haha! That line always reminds me of My Fair Lady (Just you wait!) I agree, I actually don't mind if someone disagrees with me. Great perspective.

message 22: by Catie (new)

Catie Yeah, I can definitely see that you are like that Regina - we've disagreed on a few books but I always like discussing with you anyway!

message 23: by Jo (new)

Jo Haha this review made me laugh!
The last sentence pretty much sums me up by the way (except, unfortunately the magic powers bit... sigh)... I am the Queen of Faff.
Definitely going to read this one!

message 24: by Catie (new)

Catie Jo, I have a little fantasy where I come over to England and you're my faffy (is that a word?) English BFF and we go out to pubs and go shopping and make curries and get up to all kinds of crazy hijinks.

(This entire fantasy is provided by the Shopaholic series.)

I wonder if you will like this one as much as I did, since there won't be that novelty to the slang and setting? I hope you do!

message 25: by Jo (new)

Jo That is so great! I guess faffy could be a word. Normally it's just 'faff' as in to fuss and flap and whatnot. BUT, I saw we start describing things as faffy and see if it catches on ;-)

Haha I bet you I will still love it because I'm from North England (where it is frowned upon to pronouce the letter 't' and the sound '-th' is replaced by '-f' haha) and there's loads of different colloquialisms down south which I find positively charming. One of my best friends is from Kent and there have been a few blank looks followed by a 'What did you just say? *mumble* crazy Northerner/Southerner' moment between us.

I LOVE that you base your idea of UK on the Shopaholic series! (I need to reread them!) But yes, that fantasy HAS to become reality.

I've only been to London about four times but I'll make sure I know where the best pubs are and where the best tea shops are (tea and crumpets, obviously!).
We should rent a Mini... just to top it all off ;-)

message 26: by Catie (new)

Catie Hahaha!! Oh boy, I do sound a bit pathetic don't I? LOL. Hey, while you're looking into high tea and all, is there anything I can get from America for you? I'm sure I can send over a gallon or two of corn syrup and some Levis no problem ;)

message 27: by Jo (new)

Jo You don't sound pathetic at all! I love it!
My brother just came home from a holiday in New York and he (foolishly!) brought me home a bag of pretzel M&Ms and I practically inhaled them all and, because the UK doesn't understand the beautiful concept of them (savoury AND sweet in one mouthful!), I can't get them anywhere!
So if you could just send me a van of them, that'll be great! ;-) Hahaha!

message 28: by Catie (new)

Catie No problem!

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Have you ever had a peanut butter filled pretzel that's then been coated in chocolate? Because I think that's the pinnacle.

message 29: by Jo (new)

Jo My mouth just filled with saliva when I read that sentence. :-|
They actually exist?
That is.... amazing.

message 30: by Catie (new)

Catie Only in America could we invent such a food. In fact, I bet if you go to a county fair over here, you could find the peanut butter chocolate pretzels deep fried. And I'm not even joking!

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message 31: by Jo (new)

Jo Hahaha and I thought the Scots and their deep fried Mars Bars were bad (read: delicious... though I'm too afraid to try one, I think you can actually develop a coronary just by contemplating buying one.)
Those snacks, though, are just further proof that I was born in the wrong country!

message 32: by new_user (new)

new_user Good song choice. Really goes with this goofy book, LOL.

message 33: by Catie (new)

Catie Did you finish, new_user? I'll have to check out your review.

Haha, thanks.

message 34: by new_user (new)

new_user Yep, finished and writing the review now. :)

message 35: by Mark (new)

Mark Great review. I don't know if you can hear my accent as I type but i am speaking each and every word in the hope that you pick it up

message 36: by Catie (new)

Catie Eh? You're going to have to type a little bit louder, Mark. :D


message 37: by Cathleen (new)

Cathleen What a fantastic review, Catie. Your review captures that book brilliantly :)

message 38: by Catie (new)

Catie Thanks Cathleen!

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