Read any good books lately?

bordertangoman

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#44
Wicked

I am reading this, but I am getting bored.....

its just weak and dull after a fairly good start...

has anyonel else read it?

here's an amaz review which sums it up for me

Wicked is too long by at least a hundred pages - though the story could easily have been told and done, and the reader is feeling done with it, we're still left slogging along.

Just as the story is building to what turns out to be the (aborted) climax, halfway through, the author suddenly, jarringly, shoves the protagonist into a convent (though she's a complete non-believer), and then has her do absolutely nothing for the next several years (well, she cleans some floors or something).

Though we're still left a couple hundred more pages to wade through, the book is over right there. You keep hoping, expecting, it to somehow start up again, but neither the book nor the characters will every have any interest in anything again. It's over.

The story has, at that point, somehow become a political thriller (Wicked zigzags all about without ever finding an identity). Perhaps the deadness of spirit in a once-impassioned radical, after she's lost faith and/or hope, would have been a worthwhile exploration.

Instead, the story just ends. For some reason, the author keeps writing more pages. For no reason, really.

(The Nature of Evil theme is so incredibly weak and puerile in its rendering as to be nothing more than a tedious distraction from the plot. The characters basically step outside the story for a bit, discuss it, and then go back to whatever they were doing.)

If this were a book of paintings, it would go from lush oil at the beginning to somewhat interesting (dark) watercolors in the middle. After that, there'd be a few nicely shaded drawings, some sketches and finally just stick figures. And that's what you're left with.

It never answers its own questions, never bothers to resolve all the threads that just trail off (and much of what keeps you reading, long after the book has clearly died, is some hope of seeing those resolved - they won't be).

Cruciallly, Elphaba never becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. The author just crams her into that role as abruptly and jarringly as he crammed her into the convent, and suddenly has her say words that have nothing to do with the character we've seen for the past zillion pages.

It's like she was suddenly turned into a puppet, just so Dorothy can accidentally kill her, as if the author forgot she was supposed to be the Wicked Witch of the West and suddenly cut-and-pasted in a brief bit about that so he could have this gimmick to sell it. (That's the climactic confrontation we've been anticipating for 400 pages?)

It's your standard workshop-fiction type of book - lots of attention the phrasing, self-important symbolism, Meaningful (capital M) conflicts, one or two words that might send you to the dictionary - but there's no real fire here, and the author not only doesn't have much of a story to tell, but fails to explore his characters and theme.

If this weren't an alternative view of a familiar character, nobody would read it. There'd be no point. And though that marketing hook will pull many a reader in (as it did me), ultimately there isn't any.


a good idea poorly executed...
 
#45
I have just finished with the In the Death series by JD Robb. This is a 42 book series. Very good for anyone who like homicide mysteries/romance.
 

Purr

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#46
I read The Serpent’s Shadow over my vacation, which is the conclusion of The Kane Chronicles trilogy. In the book, author Rick Riordan sticks to the winning formula of the teenage magicians teaming with Egyptian gods to save the world. Carter and Sadie Kane, along with their friends, must complete a quest to stop Apophis and the forces of evil before they destroy civilization. Along the way, there are a few plot twists, some laughs, a little romance, and return of an old friend. The end of the book promised sequels, with the escape of the evil ghost magician Setne and Ruby Kane prophesying of challenges from magicians from elsewhere and rival magic.
 

nucat78

Active Member
#48
Started reading "Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy" after watching the movie remake. Riveting - read for 30 minutes on the train this AM and didn't even realize it until we were pulling into the station.

Now I'll have to rent the original movie with Alec Guiness in it to compare.
 
#51
Hey all, I need to kill some time in the subway commute to work. Do you have any recommendations on books in salsa history, band biography, etc, etc, etc?
I'd guess the definitive work on the modern history of Salsa would be THE SALSA DANCER'S MISSING MANUAL, by TheSalsaExpert, himself, Raul Avila.

There is no need to look for it from underground, specialized venues. It is available at amazon or from TheSalsaExpert's website. IBut you can find Raul and the book easily with any search engine.

You mentioned you take the subway. If you are in New York, you can get the book from Raul himself, and he'll be glad to sign it. On most evenings he can be found at Paul Pellicoro's DanceSport on 34th Street next to the Empire State Building. Call first to make sure he has a copy with him. Tell him the fat guy with the tags still on his T-shirts sent you.
 

fascination

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#53
Can anyone recommend any books on being a caregiver, in particular regarding elder care?
I am so sorry that I missed this...I don't have large books on this but I do have a lot of small brochures and a good deal of personal experience...pm me if you want
 

3wishes

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#54
Can anyone recommend any books on being a caregiver, in particular regarding elder care?
This Too Shall Pass by Ginny Sisk also Stuck in the Middle - Shared stories & tips.
There are a number of tips/hints/coping suggestions on Elder Care Web Sites including AARP.
And HomeCare for Seniors agencies.
Also, if your city/town/county has a Department of Aging - typically there will be a huge selection of informational reading they can forward to you.
Contact your Senior Center facility as well as the local library. Great resources on published works.
 

Purr

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#55
I am so sorry that I missed this...I don't have large books on this but I do have a lot of small brochures and a good deal of personal experience...pm me if you want
and

This Too Shall Pass by Ginny Sisk also Stuck in the Middle - Shared stories & tips.
There are a number of tips/hints/coping suggestions on Elder Care Web Sites including AARP.
And HomeCare for Seniors agencies.
Also, if your city/town/county has a Department of Aging - typically there will be a huge selection of informational reading they can forward to you.
Contact your Senior Center facility as well as the local library. Great resources on published works.
Thank you for your responses. I have a friend that works with the state's Department of Aging that I've talked with a couple of times about elder care issues. I'm also aware of local resources like meals on wheels, visiting nurses, and home health aides that are available. My local library has the Stuck in the Middle book, but not the other one.

I may pm one of you in the future.
 

3wishes

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#56
Feel free Purr. I've taken care of my elder "grandparents" when I was in my mid-20's, then my own parents, and my in-laws. One main rule of thumb,,,the caregiver must take care of themselves as well, take a break, find a respite Assisted Living Source that will allow respite care for a few days, and don't ever think it is selfish to have a break, it's quite healthy actually.
 

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