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Good Reads (Post your reviews)

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    Beth37posted 2 years ago

    The Condition
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    Jennifer Haigh.
    Very well written, the characters real and engaging all the way through.
    http://books.google.com/books/about/The … VTngEACAAJ

    The Appeal
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    John Grisham, but not his best. Too bogged down in boring detail. Disappointing finish.
    http://books.google.com/books/about/The … FmngEACAAJ

    Wherever I Wind Up
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    R.A. Dickey tells his story. Abused and alone, he makes it to the big leagues. Loved this book.

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      Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Stieg Larsson books: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played Wit Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet"s Nest. All thrilling reads.

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        Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah, I have heard of them, but never pursued reading them. There was such big talk of making a movie of the Dragon Tattoo, but then I only saw that they had made a foreign one. I don't know what they're about for the most part.

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          Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          They did make an English speaking version as well Beth. The second book is even better than the first. Worth a read.

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            Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            With Daniel Craig? Huh, I missed it. I love science fiction movies, but Ive never read a science fiction book for some reason. I will have to give it a try.Thanks!

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              Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Yes Beth, Daniel Craig stars in it, but it's not science fiction. It's a mystery/thriller.
              "Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) accepts an invitation to surreptitiously investigate a forty year old unsolved murder on behalf of the victim's uncle, Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer). Meanwhile, tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), hired to investigate Blomkvist, discovers the truth behind the conspiracy that led to his fall from grace. Thrown together by fate, the unlikely duo uncovers a secret history of murder and sexual abuse festering beneath the veneer of Sweden's industrial past, all the while drawing closer to a quiet evil waiting to engulf them both."

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                Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Ack! Scary. Is it a dark read?

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                  Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Yes it is rather dark but it gets you in and makes you want to read the sequal. That in turn is, strangely, better than the first, and leaves you desperate to read the third....p.s. I do enjoy John Grisham novels though. I have about a dozen.

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                    Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Yes, Ive read as many too... His books on human relations are always the best. I really enjoyed The Testament.

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                  Motown2Chitownposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  There's some graphic sex and violence in the books, and the movies as well.  If you really can't stomach it in movies, but want to see one, I'd recommend the American version over the Swedish ones.  smile

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                    Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Ok, thanks.

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    EncephaloiDeadposted 2 years ago

    This will change your worldview:

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      Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Actually it wouldn't.

    2. Jodah profile image85
      Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Nope it wouldn't. I don't believe in evolution.

      1. EncephaloiDead profile image60
        EncephaloiDeadposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Do either of you even have the courage and open mind to read it?

        Normally, people hold their reviews until after they've read a book.

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          Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Sure, not a problem. I have read exerts. I have read excerpts. I believe some of the stuff Darwin writes about, natural selection and improvement and gradual change within a species to suit and adapt better to it's environment over time, but not that one species evolved over time into something completely different. I am open minded enough to read virtually anything that I feel is of interest . But for instance I'm not going to read a book on calculus because that doesn't interest me.

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            EncephaloiDeadposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I would agree, reading a book that would dispel ones falsely held belief of all life on earth with facts certainly isn't anywhere near as interesting as Stieg Larsson.

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            Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            No it isn't, and it isn't all fact. Anything that can't be proved or disproved beyond all reasonable doubt is just theory, as is the Bible. You have no right to tell me anything about my beliefs of life on earth as being false because you don't even know what they are. You are entitled to your beliefs and I don't even say whether they are right or wrong. I have seen your comments on other forums that are not even directed at religion or atheism and you always try to change the direction of the hub to a debate.

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              EncephaloiDeadposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              It would appear you're not familiar with the term 'theory', which is a collection of facts that provide an explanation to a phenomenon. That is why evolution is a fact and the Bible is not.



              You have admitted one belief, that you don't believe in evolution, which would mean you have some other beliefs about life on earth.



              But, you just did, you said evolution is not a fact because it can't be proved or disproved. That is entirely wrong, of course.



              Are you afraid of debate?

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                Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Only when it is pointless, and the same old tired debate that has been going on for ever. Get over it. start your own forum topic about it and see if you get any opponents. I'm sure Eric Dierker or someone  will accommodate.

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                  EncephaloiDeadposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  The same old tired debate gets dragged out due to people who refuse to read books to learn things, then they start book review threads and provide faith based reviews of books they've never read and have no intention of reading, lest they fear to learn something.

                  And, we are supposed to get over that?

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                    Jodahposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    I didn't start this thread and I didn't mention a book I hadn't read or was I providing a faith based review, so duh! Is Origin of the Species your only reading reference? It's the only book I've ever seen you talk about on any thread you've been on?  Don't bother replying I won't be following this thread anymore. You've killed Beth's thread congratulations. You win again...or so you'll think.

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      janesixposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I especially enjoyed the part where the author actually addresses and gives a good case for the "origin" of species, like in the title.

      Oh wait, that doesn't happen in this book.

      Oops.

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    hlwarposted 2 years ago

    My books. (Just kidding! They're my old works. tongue)

    The last good book I read was:

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    The Other Side of Silence
    a novel of suspense by Bill Pronzini

    This book just happened to be sitting around, waiting to be donated to the Salvation Army with other boxes of my old stuff, and because it wasn't very long I decided to read it. Glad I did; a really well told and fast-paced mystery-thriller! It was a simple, straight-forward plot with likeable characters, and although the twists were fairly predictable I enjoyed the read a lot!

    Now I'm re-reading the Bunnicula children's books for lack of anything else. And because they're so cute! I'll want a little bunny before Easter's over. big_smile

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      Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That first one sounds good.

      Right now I'm reading You're Not Doing it Right by Michael Ian Black.
      It's incredibly funny so far, but it's pretty blue. I didn't realize that when I rented it. I wont let my kids get a hold of it, for sure.
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        hlwarposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I have some other Bill Pronzini books in my Amazon wishlist and I can't wait to read more. wink

        Hmm, I don't usually read non-fiction, but I do enjoy a good, dark satire. I might have to check out Black's writing. Thanks!

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          Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Bill Pronzini? I dont know anything about him... I just grabbed the pic off of amazon.

          It's not dark satire... when I said blue, I meant a lot of cussing and he talks about his single days a lot when he was on the prowl... he's pretty blunt. I hadn't read his work b4 so I didn't know what to expect... that aside, he is hilarious.

          edit: oh yeah, you're the one who makes all the cupcakes... they look amazing.

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            hlwarposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Sorry, my first comment was towards your "That first one sounds good". Sorta my testament that Pronzini is worth a read.

            Still might look into Black. Cussing doesn't bother me and I can be a rather sarcastically blunt person myself, so I appreciate the authenticity of an author's voice, be it a biography or personal satire.

            Yep, I bake sometimes and jumped on the cupcake bandwagon. (LOL) Thank you! big_smile

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              Beth37posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Oh, I getcha. Ok good. smile

 
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