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    the builders, by daniel polansky, is a kind of furry magnificent seven. it begins with a mouse walks into a bar. a mouse known by reputation as "the captain" and casts rather a long shadow. its a bit on the violent side which is to a degree compensated by humor, and a spectrum of colorful characters.

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    i'm reading Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
    it's about a man who grew up in a christian cult where all men except the firstborn have to go off and work as servants in big houses
    then his cult committed mass-suicide. it's the second time i've read this, the first time was about ten years ago. i cannot remember the twists or where it's going really.
    the man put his number up somewhere as a help line and encourages people who call him to kill themselves.
    now he's met a woman who is the sister of a man he encouraged to kill himself.
    the book begins with him on a plane, telling the reader he has let all the passengers off and is going to tell his story to the black box until he runs out of fuel and crashes.

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      #3
      I started Love in the Time of Cholera last night - so I cant give a review yet but I did read a review of it yet that made me question if I want to read it or not.

      The general plot, according to the back of the book, is about two people who fall in love in their youth but then the woman decides to marry someone else instead. The man remains in love with her his entire life and bides his time, has affairs but never gives his heart to another woman. Then when her husband dies he shows up after the funeral and declares his undying love for her. Seems romantic and i'm a sucker for a well written romance

      But then I read this review that said its more about obsession rather than love, and the woman doesn't even want the man and tells him no repeatedly but he keeps persisting. And one of his affairs was with a child. And there's also apparently a pretty brutal rape scene in the book. Not so romantic :/

      But thus far it is really well written and the way he describes the setting (an unnamed city in Colombia) is beautiful, haunting and visceral and has sucked me in. So I'll see how it turns out and report back with my own review at a later date haha

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        #4
        Originally posted by Meliai View Post
        I started Love in the Time of Cholera last night - so I cant give a review yet but I did read a review of it yet that made me question if I want to read it or not.

        The general plot, according to the back of the book, is about two people who fall in love in their youth but then the woman decides to marry someone else instead. The man remains in love with her his entire life and bides his time, has affairs but never gives his heart to another woman. Then when her husband dies he shows up after the funeral and declares his undying love for her. Seems romantic and i'm a sucker for a well written romance

        But then I read this review that said its more about obsession rather than love, and the woman doesn't even want the man and tells him no repeatedly but he keeps persisting. And one of his affairs was with a child. And there's also apparently a pretty brutal rape scene in the book. Not so romantic :/

        But thus far it is really well written and the way he describes the setting (an unnamed city in Colombia) is beautiful, haunting and visceral and has sucked me in. So I'll see how it turns out and report back with my own review at a later date haha
        saw the movie

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          #5
          Originally posted by twiceburned View Post

          saw the movie
          And did you like it?

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            #6
            Originally posted by Meliai View Post

            And did you like it?
            yup good movie

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              #7
              I'm reading the most foolish book in the world right now... Haunted by Kelley Armstrong. It is almost impossible for me to describe aside from there are characters. idk I can't wait to get through with it so I can get to my next one, which I really look forward to...

              Wish You Well by Dvid Baldacci.

              I'm one of those sick people that MUST finish a book once I start it, even if I don't like it. Yeah...its a personal problem.

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              • Jessica
                Jessica commented
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                i used to be like that but i HIGHLY advocate learning to drop books you aren't into. imagine if you could see the end of your life and learn you were half way through an amazing book when you die, and if only you'd given up on the rubbish one you would have had time to finish the amazing one : P life is too precious to force our way through films and books that aren't good enough.

              #8
              Someone told me a book to read but I can't remember the title of it. These people buy a house and discover that it is slightly larger on the inside than on the outside. Every now and then it grows a new room. Does that ring a bell with anyone?

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                #9
                J Ruth you are sooo right!!!

                So...if I don't finish that ridiculous book today...I'm putting it down, and starting the one I want to read.

                baby steps. 😆

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                • Jessica
                  Jessica commented
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                  *applause*

                #10
                I wish we could like comments. lol

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                • Jessica
                  Jessica commented
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                  haa! i just thought the exact same thing about your comment on fae's post

                #11
                Great minds, J Ruth ... great minds.

                lol

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                  #12
                  I was just thinking the same thing! J Ruth !! Awesome thinking there. A great argument!

                  I am using an app from LibriVox (and I highly recommend it to all of you) of free audiobooks. I listened to a lot of books recently and now I am listening to Meditations by Marcus Aurelious. He was a Roman Emperor and a Stoic Philosopher and his book is a wonderful guide to his way of thinking and he says things like that:

                  You have the power to strip away many superfluous troubles located wholly in your judgment, and to possess a large room for yourself embracing in thought the whole cosmos, to consider everlasting time, to think of the rapid change in the parts of each thing, of how short it is from birth until dissolution, and how the void before birth and that after dissolution are equally infinite.

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                    #13
                    Verity, by Colleen Hoover

                    Best psychological thriller I've read in a while. Riveting, creepy, suspenseful, such a page turner. Highly recommend if you like that genre.

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                      #14
                      The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I could not put it down...I'd read until 2:00 am and have to make myself go to bed. The sequels are equally addictive.

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                      • Lynnbrown
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                        I am not a movie watcher, really. I HAVE to watch it alone...I pause it a bunch of times, I stand up when there is an exciting part, I may EXCLAIM!...its just easier for me to use the DVD player. That being said - I watched this movie over and over...to start with it was because I couldn't understand a word "the girl" said between her accent and all those rings in her lips. Then my dumbass found the closed caption feature...and I watched it at least 3 more times. lol
                        That move is why I still don't really like Daniel Craig. Aren't I petty???

                      #15
                      House Of Leaves was the book I was trying to remember the name of. My sister-in-law did a search and found the title for me. I gotta read this one.

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