Now reading (The Book Thread)

Discussion in 'Art & Culture' started by Avatar, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. Seattle Valued Senior Member

    I like Tolstoy but I don't think I ever finished "War and Peace" for similar reasons...too long and too many characters. Even though Dickens novels are long and most of Tolstoy's other novels, I have read them and didn't feel the same way.

    A thick novel is OK but a thick novel with 15 different stories going on at the same time or 100 different characters, nah, too much work.

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  3. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

    I’m watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu and it’s riveting; I can only imagine how incredible the book is, so giving it a go. If it’s true that most books are far better than their film adaptations, anyway.
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  7. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

    It's great TV. My impression is that the standard has dropped off a little in the most recent couple of seasons, but it's still worth watching. The first few seasons are, as you say, riveting.

    I haven't read the books. I think I heard somewhere that the TV show departs from the books in a number of ways. But Margaret Atwood definitely had input into the TV series.
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  8. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

    rereading incryptids by Seannan Mcguire. interesting that it lets monster be monsters but not overly judge them for it. especially books 9 and 10 where the man characters species is a psuedo-mammalian telepathic parasitic wasp type person.
  9. Killjoy Propelling The Farce!! Valued Senior Member

    The Bold and Magnificent Dream
    America's Founding Years, 1492 - 1815

    By Bruce and William B. Catton

    Fascinating stuff. I've read a number of Bruce Catton's works on the American Civil War, and his knack for narrative seems as evident in this work as the others. A couple of digressions into the background/backdrop of world events relating to or influencing American history seemed a bit lengthy & detracted ever-so-slightly from the main narrative, but were informative nonetheless. Plus, as I picked this hard-cover edition up at a used book sale for about 25 cents, it was well worth it. Probably shouldn't have dog-eared as many pages as I did, but historical works always prompt further research.

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