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« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2004, 04:28:59 PM »

UGH! I HATED "Of Mice and Men"!!!

Granted, I hate everything of Steinbeck's that I've read. They're depressing! I knew I wouldn't make it through "Grapes of Wrath" without going suicidal, so I had to get permission to read another book.

Steinbeck has skill, sure, but he misuses it, if you ask me.

  :-[ Sorry for the knee-jerk reaction. :)
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« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2004, 07:48:37 AM »

Oho, you should probably not read Zola then, because Steinbeck is Disney Land compared to it. It s true its not the kind of book that fills your mind of joy, but I thought it was really interesting especially Lennie (but I like depressing books and scary characters anyway).
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« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2004, 05:24:57 PM »

My mommy is reading Harry Potter.  ;D
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« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2004, 10:31:59 AM »

Does she like it? Because mine just went "It was okay" when she finished reading it, I was really confused that day.
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« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2004, 12:58:19 AM »

She's enjoying them.  She really hates Umbirdge though.  ;D She can't stand the woman so she gets frustrated and stops reading until she can calm down some.
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« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2004, 05:54:29 AM »

Awww... I love it when my mum's enjoying one of my favourite books... It normally makes me enjoy the book even more. It's really cute how your mum has to put the book down to calm down :D

It's a shame you don't like Steinbeck Ping, because I thought that Of Mice of Men was beautifully written. It's short but it seems like you've spent your whole life with the main characters. However, I agree completely that it was extremely depressing, but even though I normally consider that a bad thing, I thought that ... (just in case you haven't read it yet)'s death was also... beautiful.
I was in the plane when reading it, and I was trying to hide my face because it was so blotchy ;)

Zola's supposed to be too depressing... I read parts of it, and I think (now Louise, don't get mad) that Zola's a crazy loon who wants to make everyone think that if your life is dreadful, it can't get any better because you're doomed forever because of your social status.
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« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2004, 10:07:33 AM »

I tend to like a book most if I can identify with a character, see myself in him/her, that sort of thing. And I don't argue that it's not well-written, because it is. But I didn't identify with the characters, so it didn't engage me. It's like Crime and Punishment. EXCELLENTLY written, but I HATED Raskolnikov with a passion, and so I hated the book. I know I'm a little odd, though, so it's okay. :)
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« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2004, 04:43:11 AM »

I see what you mean, but I don't agree with it. I couldn't empathize (sp?) with George in "Of Mice and Men", however I could still understand what was going through both of their minds. Hmm.. I could understand what was happening and could feel their past. Which is why I think I enjoyed it so much, but obviously you didn't get that feeling or we'd be forming an "I love Of Mice and Men" site ;)
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« Reply #38 on: March 11, 2004, 05:10:16 AM »

I just finished reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck (my class was reading it). I thought it was good, excellently written, but there were a few things that didn't get me to love the book. Firstly, when you're reading it as a class and you get a work sheet on it every lesson, it makes you like it less. Secondly, I don't want to be horrible or anything, but the way some of the students read out loud! They make it so DULL!!! plus, I think he puts too much detail (I'm not too fond of that). And now, we have to do a project based on the book...
But in general, I thought it was good, an easy short read (for those who don't like hard and long)and I recommend it to everyone.
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« Reply #39 on: March 11, 2004, 08:30:20 AM »

What does it talk about?
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« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2004, 08:38:37 AM »

It's about pearl divers in Mexico I think.  One of them finds this huge pearl and everyone wants it.  They are willing to kill for it.

The Pearl is good, but I didn't really enjoy it all that much.  Course I was forced to read it when I was 15.  Our teacher too had us read it out loud.

A good school read is 'A Seperate Peace'  I do'nt know who wrote it but it's pretty good. The movie follows it rather well, except for a little party scene they had in there which wasn't in the book.  Course you can't really have a room full of people sitting around for like 5 minutes in a movie.  It's rather dull.
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« Reply #41 on: March 13, 2004, 11:33:43 PM »

'A Seperate Peace'... What does it talk about?

Meep. The Pearl sounds scary...
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« Reply #42 on: March 15, 2004, 12:03:24 AM »

The Pearl wasn't so bad. I'm not much of a John Steinbeck fan, but I didn't mind it too much. There were pages and pages of needless description that I skipped out of boredom, but I enjoyed the general plot. A bit disturbing, but rightfully so. I do understand why teachers use it in class. Symbolism, metaphors, satire. Devices like that were all completely obvious and the book is really interesting to analyse.

Lord of the Flies was one of my classroom favourites. Frankestein I loved at first, but found it really repetetive after a while. I also really liked Brave New World, but some of the concepts are really confusing. Reading books for school sucks the fun out of them, ne?
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« Reply #43 on: March 15, 2004, 02:34:30 AM »

I can't really describe a seperate peace all that well.  it's about 2 boys that gain a frienship at school and how they differ in many ways and things. 
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« Reply #44 on: March 15, 2004, 05:39:32 AM »

Hmmm... Seperate Peace sounds interesting... I'd be interested in learning more about the book.

I agree! Working on it in class sucks the fun out of the book! We did Lord of the Flies in English, and I really dislike it because we spent four months on it >:(
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« Reply #45 on: March 15, 2004, 04:25:28 PM »

I enjoyed Lord of the Flies.  some brats I used to work with didn't feel that it was an appropriate book to read for someone who was 15 or so.  That's when I read it and he was stuck reading it at 17.  His was an honors class too. I love it when you get the people who like to think they are smarter than you are.
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« Reply #46 on: March 15, 2004, 06:53:27 PM »

Uggh he sounds irritating. Did he do well in the end anyway?

I agree it's a good book, but I think that there are too many details about the jungle on the island, but that may be my laziness kicking in ;)

I really want to start Anne Frank again (I LOVED that book!). Did anyone else here read it? Most probably. Well, in any case, I think it's one of the best books ever (then again, I think most of them are). MUST read if haven't!
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« Reply #47 on: March 16, 2004, 12:56:06 PM »

i read that when I was in 8th grade I think, we had to preform it for English.  Rather interesting class that one was.

I liked reading Romeo and Juliet.  Most of the kids in my class couldn't understand it, and we had people reading the parts outloud so the teacher would pick on people to read them.  We had a guy playing Juliet because our teacher wanted us to see how plays were done in Shakespears time.  the guys had no idea they were doing the bedroom scene.
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« Reply #48 on: March 17, 2004, 05:58:18 AM »

*laughs* Seriously? Excellent! I would have loved to see their faces when someone explained what was really going on!  :roll::roll:
I loved Romeo and Juliet as well... Luckily for my class, my English teacher was explaining the weird phrases like "Where for art thou Romeo" because if he hadn't, I would never have understood that it meant "why are you Romeo"!

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« Reply #49 on: March 17, 2004, 12:31:16 PM »

I didn't much care for A Separate Peace. It's by John Knowles, I think, btw. It was... unsatisfying. But I tend to require a happy ending, and I didn't feel that this book had one. Mostly I hated all the books I read in English, if only because of the "have to read" factor. I DID love To Kill a Mockingbird, which is about the daughter of a lawyer who's defending a black man accused of attacking a white woman in a southern town. And I loved the last quarter of A Tale of Two Cities. VERY good ending.
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« Reply #50 on: April 09, 2004, 03:27:03 PM »

Has anyone read Da Vinci Code?  Or the other books that go with it.  I've been thinking of picking them up to read but I wanted others voices on it.

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« Reply #51 on: April 11, 2004, 11:25:23 PM »


Just finished Brave New World, and left me spinning.  I loved it.  It made me totally rethink the whole "legalize it" thing in the U.S..... What if, just what if, the government was setting Americans up to take "the weed" b/c it mellows them out, just like soma?  After all, the best way to get pigheaded Americans to want something, is to tell them they can't have it..... look at the Prohibition.  Maybe Congress is trying to take a page out of Huxley's book.....

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« Reply #52 on: April 24, 2004, 02:49:53 PM »

Has anyone read Da Vinci Code?  Or the other books that go with it.  I've been thinking of picking them up to read but I wanted others voices on it.



I listened to it - it is a great book - I highly recommend it.   It definitely makes you think about how much the Christianity we know today was influended by the free will of man vs. the will of God. 
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« Reply #53 on: April 28, 2004, 03:29:18 PM »


Sounds like I must give this book a try.

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What other books "go with" the Da Vinci code, please?
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« Reply #54 on: May 02, 2004, 06:59:56 PM »

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"Angels and Demons" - this is the "prequel" to the Da Vinci Code, but you don't have to read it first.  It is really good.  I really like the puzzles in both of the books - it adds something to the books.
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« Reply #55 on: May 17, 2004, 08:20:52 PM »

OMG!!!!  :o

Whoever hasn't read Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series, START NOW!

I just finished Book 5, "Wolves of the Calla", and when I realized exactly what "Weapon #4533-AA-HPJKR" was, I fell out of my chair! 

If anybody else is a fan of this and gets the joke, PLEASE pm me RIGHT NOW!!
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« Reply #56 on: June 29, 2004, 06:10:41 PM »

My dad's read the Dark Tower. He really enjoys them.

Have anyone read the X-Files books? Now THOSE are good. Especially Antibodies. WOW! :P
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« Reply #57 on: June 29, 2004, 09:27:31 PM »

Have you read "Everyday Witch"?
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« Reply #58 on: June 29, 2004, 11:38:51 PM »

I'm currently reading Runelords, from what I had first heard, it was very slow.  But I'm not finding it slow reading at all.  I just need more time to read it.
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« Reply #59 on: June 30, 2004, 12:46:38 AM »

Marold--tell me if you get past the first book. I never managed it. I think I was too annoyed by a couple of things that happened. Really like the author as a person, but he's not my favorite storyteller. Though the whole runelord thing with the endownments and stuff was kinda neat and different.
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