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Book/Genre of the Month > Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - November BOTM 2014

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message 1: by A, Crazy. (new)

A H | 7672 comments Mod
Thoughts on this book?


message 2: by Misha (new)

Misha (itz_mie) loved this one... the usual Gillian Flynn fare... gripping plot, mean heroine.... all in all a perfect suspense!!!


message 3: by Sindhuja (new)

Sindhuja (happinesstrunk) I love her books. This one is no exception! :)

Looking forward to discussing the books with other readers on the group!


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Steffi (funsizesteffi) | 572 comments I have this on my shelf I am just reading one of her others at the moment


message 5: by Sammy (new)

Sammy Dawes This was my least favourite of the 3 (gone girl, dark places) but I still loved it! like always one that was hard to put down!


message 6: by Sindhuja (new)

Sindhuja (happinesstrunk) Sammy wrote: "This was my least favourite of the 3 (gone girl, dark places) but I still loved it! like always one that was hard to put down!"

Yes Sammy, I felt the same way about this book. Which is your favourite of the three of her works?


message 7: by Sammy (new)

Sammy Dawes Sindhuja wrote: "Sammy wrote: "This was my least favourite of the 3 (gone girl, dark places) but I still loved it! like always one that was hard to put down!"

Yes Sammy, I felt the same way about this book. Which ..."


It's hard, I LOVED Gone Girl and it was the first one I read and the reason I feel in love with Gillian Flynn but I think I loved Dark places just the little bit more, only the slightest bit though! which one was your favourite?


message 8: by Sindhuja (last edited Nov 10, 2014 12:40AM) (new)

Sindhuja (happinesstrunk) Sammy wrote: "Sindhuja wrote: "Sammy wrote: "This was my least favourite of the 3 (gone girl, dark places) but I still loved it! like always one that was hard to put down!"

Yes Sammy, I felt the same way about ..."


I loved Dark Places the most. It's my undoubtedly my favourite! Next comes, Gone girl and lastly, Sharp Objects!


somethingfortheblues | 2 comments This is actually my favorite of here three novels. I can't wait for a new one.


message 10: by Sindhuja (new)

Sindhuja (happinesstrunk) Dgalaskan wrote: "This is actually my favorite of here three novels. I can't wait for a new one."

Hi Dgalaskan - What did you like about Sharp Objects? What was it about the book that you truly enjoyed?


message 11: by Cassie (new)

Cassie Pease | 1 comments I just finished reading Gone Girl and I really enjoyed it. So, I'm glad to see people are reading another from this offer. I'm about to dive into it and looking forward to discussing it with others reading it!


message 12: by Ioana (new)

Ioana I read all 3 of G.Flynn's books, and I think my favorite was Gone Girl (maybe because it was the first of the 3, and it was the first time I hated all the characters in a book?). Sharp Objects was a 2nd close...I can't wait for her next book.


message 13: by Sindhuja (new)

Sindhuja (happinesstrunk) Here is something very interesting, Gillian Flynn said why her female characters are mostly dark -

"I was not a nice little girl. My favorite summertime hobby was stunning ants and feeding them to spiders. My preferred indoor diversion was a game called Mean Aunt Rosie, in which I pretended to be a witchy caregiver and my cousins tried to escape me. Our most basic prop was one of those pink, plastic toy phones most little girls owned in the ’80s. (Pretty girls love to talk on the phone!) Alas, it was always snatched from their fingers before they could call for help. (Mwahaha) In down time, I also enjoyed watching soft-core porn on scrambled cable channels. (Boob, bottom, static, static, boob!) And if one of my dolls started getting an attitude, I’d cut off her hair.

My point is not that I was an odd kid (although looking at this on paper now, I worry). Or that I was a bad kid (here’s where I tell you — for the sake of my loving parents — that I had enjoyed happy wonder years back in good old Kansas City). But these childhood rites of passage — the rough-housing, the precocious sexuality, the first bloom of power plays — really don’t make it into the oral history of most women. Men speak fondly of those strange bursts of childhood aggression, their disastrous immature sexuality. They have a vocabulary for sex and violence that women just don’t. Even as adults. I don’t recall any women talking with real pleasure about masturbating or orgasms until Sex and the City offered its clever, cutie-pie spin, presenting the phrases to us in a pre-approved package with a polka-dot bow. And we still don’t discuss our own violence. We devour the news about Susan Smith or Andrea Yates — women who drowned their children — but we demand these stories be rendered palatable. We want somber asides on postpartum depression or a story about the Man Who Made Her Do It. But there’s an ignored resonance. I think women like to read about murderous mothers and lost little girls because it’s our only mainstream outlet to even begin discussing female violence on a personal level. Female violence is a specific brand of ferocity. It’s invasive. A girlfight is all teeth and hair, spit and nails — a much more fearsome thing to watch than two dudes clobbering each other. And the mental violence is positively gory. Women entwine. Some of the most disturbing, sick relationships I’ve witnessed are between long-time friends, and especially mothers and daughters. Innuendo, backspin, false encouragement, punishing withdrawal, sexual jealousy, garden-variety jealousy — watching women go to work on each other is a horrific bit of pageantry that can stretch on for years.

Libraries are filled with stories on generations of brutal men, trapped in a cycle of aggression. I wanted to write about the violence of women."


message 14: by Sindhuja (last edited Nov 12, 2014 03:42AM) (new)

Sindhuja (happinesstrunk) I understand that her books are disturbing. I remember not being able to fall asleep every time I finished one of her books, but I just cannot imagine resisting myself from reading her next book. Her story-telling skills are really good and it really does transport you to another world.

The anxiety that one experiences while reading her books feels totally worth it especially when you realize that you really enjoyed reading the books as well. The whole book reading experience is so unique and different!


message 15: by Elysia (new)

Elysia (lysees_pcs) | 25 comments So funny,I was planning on reading this because I'm currently reading another one of her books


message 16: by Mary (new)

Mary Knight (theevillilpoptart) | 15 comments This I my first time I read any of her books! I had just finished it. I loved it! I also gotten Dark Places and Gone Girl but I had not read them, yet. I am so going to!


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