Enjoy your book. I'm more than halfway through My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I'm not getting eough sleep because I can't put it down.... maybe I'll read more now while it's still quiet here. :)
Enjoy your book. To me, that's the greatest luxury... time for a good read. I just bought Patricia Cornwell's new book "Scarpetta." I can't wait to get started. It's a giant book and a 500-page long read, but I can't wait for a little uninterrupted time to dive in. Cornwell is my favorite author by a mile. Anyone who enjoys crime, mystery, murder and forensics should try a Cornwell novel. There are a ton. I started with "Body Farm" and was hooked.Who are you reading, Liz?
Joanie, My Sister's Keeper is high on my list of faves. It's one of the few books that I read and it really impacted me and stayed with me for weeks after reading it. And it got me hooked on Piccoult.Alix, I'm reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. I'm on the second book- New Moon. I am wholly unimpressed with the writing but am very intrigued by the storyline- even if it is mildly painful to get through the story because of the writing.
Liz, my daughter thought Stephenie Meyer was a terrific writer. Remember, those books are geared for teens. Could be you're just used to a more mature author. I wrote a blog entry about My Sister's Keeper this morning.Alix, Patricia Cornwell is one of my favorite writers! I have read everything fiction that she's written. I wasn't as crazy about the Andy Brazil/Judy Hammer series as I am about the Kay Scarpetta series. I also recently read her new series (Win Garano series, The Front and At Risk)). I want to read "Scarpetta" too!
joanie, that's exactly what frustrates me so much, though. I read other young adult books and the author doesn't "dumb it down" just because the audience is supposed to be made up of teens. And when I was a teen and was also an avid reader, I would have been insulted to read books that pretended to be "adult" but that kept the ideas and language and writing so simple. I recently read "The Book Thief." Also a young adult section book. It was about a young German girl during Hitler's reign... her foster family hides a Jew. And the story is told from Death's perspective. It's an amazingly well told story and it also pushes you to be a better reader, be a smarter reader. I like that!!Garret... it's not horribly different from reading blogs, y'know!!
Lemme tell you the trouble I'm having with "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire...The prose is absolutely stunning, very ingeniously crafted - and that's the problem. It's a very tough read. I really have to concentrate so hard on what I'm reading (and re-reading) that I can only take it in small doses. I vowed I was not going to give up on it and haven't, but I'm only on page 124 and I've been reading it since September after seeing the play on Broadway in NYC! IHas anyone else struggled with Wicked?PS @ Garret: Liz is right, it's not much different than reading blogs! Try it, you'll like it.
Alix, I've got a copy of "Wicked" that Jeff got me for my birthday. I've yet to crack it open- only because other books keep getting in my way. Once I finish "New Moon," I'll start Wicked so I can read with you, if you'd like!
I've been toying with reading Twilight for a while, I got half-way through the second chapter before I started wanting to throw it at the wall. But I still kind of want to know what all the fuss is about so I'll come back to it eventually. I read and re-read YA and even kids books for fun quite regularly and even in that context I reckon the writing leaves a lot to be desired. And I have HUGE problems with vampires that don't burst into flame in the sunlight, never mind the sparkling (yes, I'm a vampire mythology purist).I own a few Patricia Cornwell books, I enjoyed her writing but I haven't read any in recent years.Alix, I loved Wicked, haven't read the sequel yet though. I also really enjoyed Confessions of and Ugly Stepsister. Maguire has written a whole bunch of books for kids, I wonder what they're like...must hunt some down and see.I'm currently reading Greg Egan Incandescence, Alister Reynolds Pushing Ice (both Hard SF) and Marion Zimmer Bradley The Heritage of Hastur (one of the Darkover books). Why 3 at once? I picked up The Bloody Sun which is the previous one in the Darkover series because I'd left the Egan upstairs and couldn't be bother going to get it and the Reynolds wasn't really grabbing me and got caught up in the story. It's years since I last read the Darkover books and it looks like I'll be working my way through the whole lot!
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I've read all the Gregory Maguire fairy tale books and agree that the prose in "Wicked" and his others of that kind are difficult going sometimes. You have to read slower for sure and I swear he makes up some of the words. They LOOK like real words but he seems to be taking liberties.That being said, I really enjoyed "Wickd." "Son of a Witch" was harder going and ends on a cliffhanger. I'm now reading the book about the cowardly lion, "A Lion Among Men" and it fills in some of the cracks of the first two books, but it better pay off in the end. Not looking good, however.
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