cynicalgirl said:Just did something I seldom do: stopped reading a book: "A Visit from the Goon Squad." I'd even bought it, in paper, on the recommendation of a work colleague. All I can think is that I'm too old for it, and require a bit more in the way of narrative skill.. It has nostalgic stuff, but mostly for those now 40-ish in terms of music, punk, style etc. Started out interesting enough, with a slightly over the hill record promoter/producer (Bennie) and his assistant (Sasha). I was kind of getting into Sasha's story, and then the whole thing flipped narratively into Bennie's back story and origins from high school forward with a punk band. Just did nothing for me. Couldn't care about the people, narrative moved forward and back a lot in ways that were (to me) not very well-handled. Overall, yeck. And free to a good home.
leighan said:Defending jacob will scare the crap out of you
jmo said: Also, I totally recommend Unbroken by Laura Hillendrand -- amazing non-fiction WWI story.
campbell29 said:I used to love John Irving, but I've not loved his last 2 books. The last book of his that I really enjoyed was "A Widow for One Year". Is Irving back to form? ......
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