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    Quote Originally Posted by thealchemist View Post
    It was, wasn't it? I ended up finishing the book only because I didn't have anything left. I found it predictable and I kept looking for the mystery-solving. I haven't read other Steve Berry books (nor do I intend to now) but I'm guessing that he may similar to Dan Brown.

    So now I'm reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I dislike Mr Norrell and the part about him is excruciatingly long but I have to meet the mysterious Mr Strange.
    I finished it too, just out of sheer stubborn-ness, I suppose. :P Jonathan Strange is on my not-read bookshelf- but I'm a little intimidated by its length! I'm getting old and too impatient for books that can't get to the point. Please tell us how it is!

    Reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler. I picked it up because I enjoyed her Kindred so very much earlier this year. I can already tell it's not going to be as good, but it's still diverting at this point, so I soldier on. Also reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (to feel like I'm edumacating myself or something) and another book that shall remain unnamed because I'm not quite sure I'm up to getting past the first chapter yet (oh, my sad sad foreign language skills).

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    Recently finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and awaiting my copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire. I liked the plot of the first one, but the writing seemed a tad dry to me- sometimes it seemed like it was just "And then this happened. And what happened next was amazing. And blah blah blah." but that could just be an issue with translation OR an example of Swedish spartanism. Like Ikea, in a book. It kept compelling me to read further, though, so it can't have been too distracting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Recently finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and awaiting my copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire. I liked the plot of the first one, but the writing seemed a tad dry to me- sometimes it seemed like it was just "And then this happened. And what happened next was amazing. And blah blah blah." but that could just be an issue with translation OR an example of Swedish spartanism. Like Ikea, in a book. It kept compelling me to read further, though, so it can't have been too distracting.
    How many times does he have to describe the sandwiches?

    I know you, as a bona fide sammich maker loved it, but I thought it was a bit too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Recently finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and awaiting my copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire. I liked the plot of the first one, but the writing seemed a tad dry to me- sometimes it seemed like it was just "And then this happened. And what happened next was amazing. And blah blah blah." but that could just be an issue with translation OR an example of Swedish spartanism. Like Ikea, in a book.
    Fantastic similie, haha!

    I'm currently reading Laura Esquivel's Malinche. I'm having a little troube getting in to it, but maybe that's just because I've been suuuuper tired the last few times I tried to read it. I didn't care for Like Water for Chocolate but I've always been interested in the story of Malinche, so I'll give it some more time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by thealchemist View Post
    It was, wasn't it? I ended up finishing the book only because I didn't have anything left. I found it predictable and I kept looking for the mystery-solving. I haven't read other Steve Berry books (nor do I intend to now) but I'm guessing that he may similar to Dan Brown.

    So now I'm reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I dislike Mr Norrell and the part about him is excruciatingly long but I have to meet the mysterious Mr Strange.
    Quote Originally Posted by Colors View Post
    I finished it too, just out of sheer stubborn-ness, I suppose. :P Jonathan Strange is on my not-read bookshelf- but I'm a little intimidated by its length! I'm getting old and too impatient for books that can't get to the point. Please tell us how it is!

    Reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler. I picked it up because I enjoyed her Kindred so very much earlier this year. I can already tell it's not going to be as good, but it's still diverting at this point, so I soldier on. Also reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (to feel like I'm edumacating myself or something) and another book that shall remain unnamed because I'm not quite sure I'm up to getting past the first chapter yet (oh, my sad sad foreign language skills).
    I recently read Norrell & Strange... it did take me awhile to get into it, but I ended up really liking it once I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    How many times does he have to describe the sandwiches?

    I know you, as a bona fide sammich maker loved it, but I thought it was a bit too much.
    You mean all the sammiches she eats? That was distracting. It was like he was really attached to "She's tiny, but she eats six sandwiches at a sitting!" being a major part of her character development. Really, once or twice would have been plenty to drive that point home. Though I did appreciate the nod to my avocation.
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