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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason I'm going to try to win this one. I really liked her previous novel.


message 2: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao that penny-farthing ruint my coffee sipping technique


message 3: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Stoolfire I'm going to try to win it, too. I've got my fingers crossed!


message 4: by Mindy (new)

Mindy Have you read Slammerkin?


message 5: by karen (new)

karen i did, yes, and i remember liking it, but it was before my goodreading, so i didn't write a review. but i remember having a positive feeling afterwards, and i gave it four stars!


message 6: by Mindy (new)

Mindy Oh darn. It's one of my favorite books and I really wanted to read what you thought of it. It's pretty dark and some people I loaned it to thought I was weird. Her writing is so good. I never read Room. I think I would enjoy her historical fiction better. Can't wait for this one.


message 7: by karen (new)

karen booooo to me! i wish i had always had goodreads, to remind me what i thought of every single book i had ever read.


message 8: by Mindy (new)

Mindy Hahaha, imagine how many reviews you would have. I don't really review, but it would of been cool to have a record of all the books I've read.


message 9: by karen (new)

karen i know. this brain of mine is too good at forgetting things. ):


message 10: by Julio (last edited Jan 20, 2014 05:04PM) (new)

Julio Genao karen wrote: "booooo to me! i wish i had always had goodreads, to remind me what i thought of every single book i had ever read."

you should download your csv regularly. bit of a dust-up today among another circle of friends about a book whose listing has been deleted a couple times—taking all their reviews and comments with it.

i am now completely paranoid about it.


message 11: by karen (new)

karen oh, no!! which book??


message 12: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

multiple times, apparently.

*dons tinfoil hat*


message 13: by karen (new)

karen boooooooo


message 14: by Jason (new)

Jason When we signed our librarian contracts we were told we couldn't delete books once they were added to the system. Someone's a renegade!


message 15: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao yer. poor goodreads engineers. it's always somethin.


alisha Renee Robinson You can read more about the story


message 17: by Lee (new)

Lee nice review Karen, I want to read this, although I still haven't gotten around to reading Room.


message 18: by karen (new)

karen thanks! they are totally different books, but both excellent.


message 19: by Tim (new)

Tim Martin Great review! Neat to read, wow, talk about trouble with source material. Love those types of stories where a crime goes almost unnoticed, certainly under investigated, during other big crises.


message 20: by karen (new)

karen i know - all those murders that took place during katrina - yeesh


message 21: by Tim (new)

Tim Martin There is a fiction series out there about a dedicated police detective investigating murders while a comet hurtles towards Earth. Everyone is probably going to die, but he still does his job.


message 22: by karen (new)

karen oooh- the ben winters, right?? i want to read those


message 23: by Tim (new)

Tim Martin I think so. I saved them to my to reads list. Been on my list of books to get.


message 24: by Tim (new)

Tim Martin Yes, I looked it up, The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters.


message 25: by karen (new)

karen yesssss - it has been on my to-read for a while, too. someday...


message 26: by Jason (new)

Jason Were the french portions a bit distracting (provided you dont know french). I paged through it a bit and it's sparsely here and there. I was wondering if it is really important to the storyline to translate all of it.


message 27: by karen (new)

karen it is actually all translated for you in the backmatter!! which is good, because my french slang is spotty.


message 28: by Jason (new)

Jason karen wrote: "it is actually all translated for you in the backmatter!! which is good, because my french slang is spotty."

the back and forth is going to kill me. My bf (french fellow) was like, it's literally like you are texting it, just ignore it. French men and their pride


message 29: by karen (new)

karen ha! well, you could photocopy the backmatter and use it as a bookmark!


message 30: by Jason (new)

Jason karen wrote: "ha! well, you could photocopy the backmatter and use it as a bookmark!"

oh that's genius. Do you think i could get away with the occasional kindle auto correct which seems a bitch patchy here and there and avoid the rest of the stuff it struggles with? i mean at the very least i'll get an idea. The french sections dont seem to be that abundant


message 31: by karen (new)

karen ummmmm dunno. i don't know from kindle. but you can pretty much just barrel through the french stuff and read the notes at the end. it's mostly just for flavor - it's not going to be - "AND THE MURRRRDERRRRER IS blah-di-frenchy-blah!!"

or anything


message 32: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao *mad cackle*

that was excellent.


message 33: by Bill (new)

Bill just started this...so far it's great!


message 34: by karen (new)

karen yay! glad you're digging it!


message 35: by Betty (new)

Betty Rice I think it starts out slow and gets better and better. I couldn't put it down last night. I saw the sun come up. :)


message 36: by karen (new)

karen hahah that's awesome!


message 37: by Jason (new)

Jason ok, did no one else have a problem with the random, yet relevant French. I date a French fellow and I still stumbled over it. tripped me up a bit, I guess.


message 38: by karen (new)

karen it's all translated in the appendix. i speak french reasonably well, but i'm not strong on slang, so that helped me


message 39: by Jason (new)

Jason karen wrote: "it's all translated in the appendix. i speak french reasonably well, but i'm not strong on slang, so that helped me"

Cool. I just picked up a sample via amazon.


message 40: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Just started reading this book couple of days ago and am really liking it. But I must be at that draggy middle part you talked about cuz it has slooowed down a bit, which is why I'm on Goodreads right now instead of reading the book. Needed a little break. I did want to address the comments made about all the French used. Well, I don't speak French but there were many words that I either figured out or, if I really didn't know, looked up their translation. I did take French when I was a kid but that was a very long time ago. I think it's more that all the Romance languages share roots and similarities. I take it as a challenge, an opportunity to stretch my mind and learn something new. For example, while reading I realized the French word "maque" means the same thing as "mack", which is American slang for "pimp". I never knew that but now that I do it makes perfect sense. Ok, back to the book.


message 41: by Gill (new)

Gill Struggled with this for a while; multiple library renewals over a couple of months but just couldn't finish it. I didn't care enough about Blanche et al to push through. Maybe I would have done better reading it in the winter, because the descriptions of the oppressive heat didn't help my comfort levels during our own heatwave!


message 42: by Bud (new)

Bud Mallar I tried to like this, but Blanche, the lead character, just did some things I could not buy into. Perhaps just my perspective, but think she could have been a more 'with it' in several situations. A good read, and fun and interesting historical perspective about the steamy side of life in old San Fran...


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