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Post by curiouspaper » 10 Mar 2019, 09:10

A Walk in the Woods
By, Bill Bryson

4.5 out of 5 for me

Bryson has an excellent talent for mixing humor with the more somber details of deforestation and misuse of federal funding. This is an autobiographical book, and he is startling honest about his own pitfalls as well as those of his companions.

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Post by Isaac_Welch » 10 Mar 2019, 11:04

Most recent book I’ve read was The 100 (finally). I’ve been a fan of the tv show for years, but the book was disappointing. That’s not something I say often, but I’d probably rate it 6/10. Just couldn’t get into the characters very well. I’m currently reading The Different Kinds Of Monsters, though, for review and I have a connection to the story, so I rather enjoy this.

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Post by Anna Bellle » 10 Mar 2019, 12:15

I just finished murder house by james patterson and i would rate this amazing thriller 4 out of 4. It was great reading it.
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Post by janelwhite » 10 Mar 2019, 16:07

I just finished Lily White Lie by Chappell. It was a very well-written mystery novel. The characters are engaging and the story keeps you guessing. I gave it 3 out of 4 stars mainly because there’s so much going on in this book! I do recommend it if you like mystery.

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Post by Redlegs » 10 Mar 2019, 22:32

Guards! Guards! (Discworld #8) by Terry Pratchett is the third in this series that I have read to date, and is possibly the most enjoyable so far.

Pratchett is in fine form, full of word play and riotous humour that can't help but make you chuckle every now and then.

Just easy-to-read good fun that is a welcome break from the more serious stuff. 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Post by MandyP » 11 Mar 2019, 01:51

'A Guide for Murdered Children' by Sarah Sparrow. Very unusual story concept but I like author's that think outside the box. Still would like to know who the real author is, as Sarah Sparrow is a pseudonym. Google gives away nothing! I give it 4/5
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Post by Ellie_D » 11 Mar 2019, 14:47

Last book i read was Executive Hoodlum: Negotiating on the Corner of Main and Mean by John Costello.
I give 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Joytoo97 » 12 Mar 2019, 04:02

30th Century: Escape by Mark Kingston Levin. Rated it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by mmm17 » 12 Mar 2019, 06:57

The last book I read was Happy Healing, by Dominique Bourlet. I rated it 2 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Brittanyanjoseph2016 » 12 Mar 2019, 07:06

Last book I read was "The Outsiders" its also a movie but books better. This book is filled with action, suspense, thrill, and depression it will have you not wanting to put it down until you finished. I promise this book will have you clenching pages so tight your hands will sweat and you will have to put it down. This book is mostly related to teenager ages or older

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Post by Kibetious » 12 Mar 2019, 07:09

The review of the last book I read, 'The Deacon's Daughter' by Felipe Alvarez has been published and I request whoever is willing to consider checking the review and reading the book too.
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Post by Kaylee123 » 12 Mar 2019, 12:19

I read Ironbark Hill by Jennie Linnane. I gave it a 3 out of 4 stars because it was slow to start but ended up really exciting.

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Post by Redlegs » 13 Mar 2019, 21:28

One book completed last night and one this morning.

Firstly, Eucalyptus by Murray Bail. As much as I loved the writing, the premise for the novel was pretty thin. A man with a daughter approaching marriageable age, a father wanting to protect his daughter from the wiles of men with less than honorable intentions, sets a stern test for the hand of his beautiful daughter, To be eligible, name correctly every one of the more than 500 species of Eucalyptus growing on the property.

This has the elements of a modern fairy tale romance but the concept quickly runs out of steam.

The novel has been well-praised - it won the 1999 Miles Franklin Award - but I have read other reviews from readers who simply hated it.

I am giving it the benefit of the doubt with 4 out of 5 (only just), but I much preferred one of Bail's other works, Holden's Performance.

Secondly, Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark was a novel that captivated me from the start, and I enjoyed it even more than Spark's more well-known The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

The novel is narrated by Fleur Talbot, an author who takes a secretarial job with Sir Quentin Oliver and the Autobiographical Association. This is a group of eclectic characters who have come under the influence of Sir Quentin with a view to writing their own autobiographies, although Fleur is engaged to make them more interesting, with little regard for the actual truth.

Meanwhile, Fleur is writing her own first novel, Warrender Chase, and trying to get it published. When it becomes known , and a copy is stolen and read by Sir Quentin and others members of the Association, there are dastardly attempts to suppress its publication, because people believe it is about them.

Spark has created a delightful and amusing mix of characters and an energetic plot in this novel about writing novels, about art and life imitating each other. I am giving this one 4.5 stars, just short of the full 5.
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Post by sush_destiny » 14 Mar 2019, 08:46

I just finished reading The Crystelleries of Echoland. I gave it a 4 out of 4 stars rating.

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Post by danielleamy » 14 Mar 2019, 15:00

I read A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I rated it 4 out of 4 stars. I tried not to read anything about this book before I started it, as I wanted to form my own opinions. So I was really surprised by the language used in the book. It took a while to get used to it, but it was worth the persistence. It had a really interesting perspective on free will and the difference between 'good' and 'evil'
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