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I read a review on this book that called it the “thinking man’s DaVinci Code.” Very true. It also seems that the reader either loves the book or hates it. I thought it was great. The writing, the story line, everything about it made it hard to put down.

It is told in the first person by the character Causobon. He has hidden himself inside a Paris museum to wait for….well we’re not really sure what he’s waiting for until later in the story. In the meantime, he thinks back on the actions that brought him to his current predicament. It is a story about a three men who are fascinated with secret societies. They work at a vanity publishing firm that caters to those with non-mainstream ideas. The group decides to publish their own story that will answer the secrets that bind together the secret societies throughout history. At first, their endeavor is just for fun, but they begin having problems separating fact from fiction even while they are the ones writing the fiction.

Of course, when you claim to have the answers, those seeking the answers will want you to share your knowledge. Even if it kills you.

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This had to be the hardest book to write. Jeanette Walls tells the story of her impoverished childhood. She tries to put a positive spin on the circumstances surrounding her younger years, but keeps it poignantly realistic. You feel the struggle she must have endured; loving her parents, yet hating them at the same time. I don't think many people would have survived, and flourished, through such times.

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I LOVED this book. The imagery was so well described I didn't want the book to end. The story so perfectly captures the way it feels to be young and yearn to be older while the older generation longs for their younger years. The build up for the circus coming to town had one practically eating up the pages as quickly as possible while at the same time savor the words and almost poetic writing.

Awesome. I got this book at the library, now I must own it.

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This is one of those times where I wish I hadn't seen the movie first. Usually when you read a book after seeing it on the big screen, you find a new depth, a different meaning, sometimes a whole different story. In the case of Atonement, it is the Exact Same Thing as the movie. There are no new revelations, no further expanations, just the same story. Not that it is a bad story. I liked it, but since I already knew what was going to happen and how it took the joy out of discovering further insight.

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I really meant to read Remains Of The Day by this author, but found this instead. It is a life story told through the first person view. Kathy H. has spent her whole life living in a protected environment. Now, she is looking back and evaluating the life she has led.

Ishiguro tries to build a climax at the end of each chapter. One will end with something like: And I never realized how important that moment would turn out to be....

Unfortunately, it was anticlimatic to say the least. Kathy seemed to cast a dispassionate view on her life. Although she talked a lot about feelings, she didn't seem to actually experience them. Even her "great love" seemed rather shallow. At a point where she experiences the loss of her best friend, she speaks as if this is a person she hardly knew. I couldn't find a connection with the main character. Is this what Ishiguro wanted?

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Amazing. Unique. Great story! Ok, there's the blurb for the front cover.

Seriously, it was a really unique storyline. I had some problems keeping track of what year it was at times, but only a few times. This is one of the few books where you fall in love with the characters. You want them to live, love, and be happy, yet you know that is too much to ask.

I would have liked to know more, what happened later, what happened to other characters, but I guess we just have to fill in the blanks from our own imagination.

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I loved Odd Thomas. The sequels have been just "ok". I can't really put my finger on why. I think that in the original book, Koontz gives us so many unique characters: Odd's mentor, his girlfriend, his boss, the police chief, and even Elvis. The sequels only have Odd meeting interacting with new people. I think they would be better if Koontz had kept the core characters from the original intact. Except for Stormy. What happened to her I think was necessary for Odd's character to develop.

This book was good. Definitely a page turner, but I couldn't bring myself to care that much about the people at the abbey.

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I never thought a book could be so well written and yet have such a horrible plot! Yes, Setterfield is an awesome writer of the English language. She uses words quite well. She is wonderfully descriptive. But.....the plot was downright bad. Just bad. I think she was trying to write on the theme of Jane Eyre, but failed miserably.

Normally, I feel a connection to the main characters, but in this "story", I felt nothing. All I can say is that her descriptions of the English countryside were quite nice.

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I LOVE Greek mythology, so when I saw this book at the library, I snatched it up. I was NOT disappointed. The book is written in the first person from Helen's point of view. We read about her childhood where she is hidden from the public because of her extraordinary beauty to her marriage to Melelaus, to her flight to Troy with Paris and the war that came of that.

The book was thick enough that if you dropped it you'd break a toe, but I still didn't want it to end. I love how George managed to fit in all the major characters from the Trojan war, the gods and goddesses and their battles among themselves, and her rich descriptions of the food, clothing, and decor of how the Trojans lived.

I almost feel like I know and care for these people as they were so richly described.

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Probably his most popular book, but it took me this long to get to it. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. This probably isn't the best approach because a book like this needs to be savored. There are so many words of wisdom and allegories that it should be read carefully and not raced through.

Soooooo, I need to read it again and take my time.

The ending was amazing.

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