Read any good books lately?

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03/02/2009 at 09:33
Ugly Betty i think I have read it 4 times now!  Not sure when the film is due out - is it Eric bana playing Henry?
03/02/2009 at 09:37

I'll look out for that film, Pinkerbelle, although often it is a disappointment when a book you've really enjoyed is turned into a film and the characters don't match up to how you've pictured them!

If you haven't read the Susan Howatch series set in the Church of England, I can recommend them. First one is called Glittering Images - I read them for the first time quite a few years ago and recently re-read them and enjoyed them just as much. 

Also Before I Die by Jenny Downham - it's actually a book for teenagers, but beautifully written and suits adults as well as younger people.  

03/02/2009 at 09:38
I loved the Time Traveller's Wife.
03/02/2009 at 09:40
I'm not sure either, but yes it is Eric Bana.  I can't decide if I want to see the film, or whether it will spoil it for me.  And did you know on myspace there are people masquerading as Henry and Claire and people send them messages about Alba and DNA.  Slightly freaky!
03/02/2009 at 09:52
Really?!  That is a bit weird.  I bet there are similar sites and more for the Twilight books - I couldn't put them down!  Will pop to Waterstones and have a look at those books - thanks for the recommendations!
03/02/2009 at 09:53
I know what you mean about the film possible spoiling your interpretation of the book, especially with TTTW.
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03/02/2009 at 09:59
My son was asking if I wanted to go see Marley and Me in the cinema and I gave him a resounding NO!  (For two reasons really....I hate Owen Wilson!  and also I found the last couple of chapters of the book so hard to read - 'cos iwas crying! - that I can't picture what i'll be like in the cinema in public!!)
03/02/2009 at 10:19

Finished 'A Quiet Belief in Angels' (R.J.Ellory)

Was not sure what to make of it, so I've read back to see what others have made of the book.  I don't really get the Steinbeck references... I'd have put it more in the Harper Lee camp.  EG Quiet Southern town disrupted by horrible events, childhood under siege etc...

I liked the descriptive meandering style and I was totally immersed in the atmosphere of sultry suspicion, childhood guilt and self-doubt.

Now the flaws... I couldn't really identify with the lead character and for the second half of the book I actually really disliked him... I guessed who was doing the bad deeds half way through and was very dissapointed to be proved right.  I hated the contrived ending... so lazy and lax by the author.

I'd recommend it though...for atmosphere alone... and the guy can write


03/02/2009 at 10:25

I'd read a Steinbeck anthology three years ago so his style was still fresh in my mind - it was the style more than the setting and themes that seemd plaigiarised. And the references to Steinbeck in the text didn't dispel my thoughts.

He can write, but I wish he'd write with his own voice.

03/02/2009 at 10:36

I can see the similarity in style to Steinbeck SVT... but the book screamed 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' at me from page one... he was also quite obviously very influenced by Trueman Capote's style... which is suggested by the dedication to Capote at the beginning.

Methinks he sees himself as a continuation of a school... perhaps?

03/02/2009 at 10:59
Quite possibly, and no bad school to continue. But I feel that I'd have enjoyed it more if he'd started a new school, or at least a new class in the same school.
03/02/2009 at 14:25

if he was trying to emulate the style of tkamb he came up very short
that book has class on every page, so many different themes on the go at the same time
the feeling of a slow southern town during a hot summer - as you read it you could almost be there

this was a pale immitation if it was - and then he lost it in the second half

i have just started reading "in the belly of a whale" am only a few pages in and enjoying it already

squishy - cormac mcarthy - mr really likes him
i must try one of them - i just had the impression that althoguh really well written, they were really depressing, not that that's a bad thing, life is not all fun and laughter - but i thought it was like reading a hardy - all doom and gloom

03/02/2009 at 14:32
anyone read any of the rabbit series - updike.
03/02/2009 at 14:45
Not read any Steinbeck or Harper Lee - which would you recommend to start with?
03/02/2009 at 14:59

Not read any Harper Lee myself but I love Steinbeck. If you want a short book to start with try Of Mice and Men. If you've got time for longer ones try Grapes of Wrath or East of Eden. I spent ages avoiding them as they had been praised so much but in the end I thought they were fantastic books. They create their own world and envelop you. Cannery Row is good too in an interlinked short story kind of way.

03/02/2009 at 14:59

Hi all

 I hope you don't mind me inviting myself in - I've just joined the forum and to find a group of runners who also love reading has made my day

For Steinbeck, I'd read Cannery Row if you want a "bittersweet" story that is a homage to the underside of life, or Grapes of Wrath for it's portrayal of dignity and grit in the face of despair. For Harper Lee, it has to be To Kill A Mockingbird.

Ugly Betty - is A Spot of Bother anything like A Curious Incident...?

03/02/2009 at 15:07

LCB I've only just joined in here too - been on the forum for over 3 years but on the FLM Virgin thread (any of you doing a first london marathon its a great place to go!).  I too am delighted to discover other runner/readers!

Thanks for the recommendations - going to see if have any of those at home as daughter is doing an eng lit degree so has books everywhere.

03/02/2009 at 16:14

I won't disagree with any of the Steinbeck recommendations.

I bought a hardback anthology at a book sale containing The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, The Moon is Down, Cannery Row and Of Mice And Men. That must be the best £1 I ever spent.

03/02/2009 at 16:16
03/02/2009 at 16:19
I recently rediscovered "Ernest Hemingway- the first 49 stories" on one of my bookshelves, I must re-read it, it's been years
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