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1bookishy
Jun 20, 2007, 6:03pm Top

I know there must be some fellow LTers out there who have been starting to see some galleys for books coming out this fall. I picked up more than I could carry at BEA, and have started to work my way through them. My best so far has been Away: a novel and my least favorite was the new Alice Sebold, The Almost Moon. Anyone else found anything exciting/disappointing?

2tmostman
Jun 20, 2007, 8:57pm Top

oh no! I have that one right now, and I am reading it currently. On the 26th page, and it is a little odd, i certainly don't like how she told the murder first, and then the back track. I think it makes a better story to tell the background and then come in with a big plot twist of the murder.

I'll continue it though, and let you know how it goes.

3kingkama
Jun 20, 2007, 9:34pm Top

Just finished reading Tenth Muse by Judith Jones, a wonderful culinary read; "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" by Oliver Sacks, a bit different from his other work but good; and Metal Swarm by Kevin J. Anderson, the sixth in the Saga of the Seven Suns. About to tackle The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort and two fantasy manuscipts: "Devil's Cape" by Rob Rogers and "The Man of the Ceiling" by Steve Rasnic Tem.

4avaland
Jun 21, 2007, 12:09pm Top

oh dear, my arc piles are fading! Probably just as well, no time to read them what with school reading and all. And the pressure to read ARCs is off also.

However, I see that Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has a new book coming out in September!

5tmostman
Jun 23, 2007, 12:13am Top

The Almost Moon was horrific. It was genuinly horrible. the first 50 pages were this:

1. a middle aged woman killed her 90 year old senile and sick mother by smothering her.
2. cleans the corpse.
3. calls her ex-lover to help her dispose of the corpse.

THAT'S IT! I was horrible

6bookishy
Jun 23, 2007, 12:41pm Top

>5 tmostman:. I'm so glad you agree that it is horrible. I couldn't find one redeeming quality that made up for the fact that reading it was like being trapped in a dysfunctional house of horrors for three hours. The characters were all insane, and they seemed to have no real motivation for anything that they ever did other than the fact that they were insane. I usually like books with dark subject matter, but there has to be a point other than to make you cringe. Ugh.

I think it's going to be universally panned by the critics.

I'm going to start The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta next. It has to be an improvement.

7tmostman
Edited: Jun 24, 2007, 6:44pm Top

#6: Yes. It was horrible. I'll have to wait and see if anyone else liked it at the store I work at. I'm pretty sure that it's not just us.

As for Tom Perotta, I read Little Children and definitely thought it was a better movie than the book. Only got half way and thought it was pretty dumb.

I'm in SUCH a slump right now. 4 failed ARC's. It's very defeating. However, at work today I picked up The Penny: A Novel by Joyce Meyer, and it was shockingly good! Very similar to The Secret Life of Bee's in many aspects thus far.

8tmostman
Jul 18, 2007, 11:10pm Top

Ann Patchett has a new one coming out in early October called Run. It's incredibly lovely.

9JawaAtLarge
Edited: Sep 18, 2007, 10:27am Top

Fall is a wonderful time of year! Here in the south it means cooler weather, wonderful fall foliage, the county fair, and my much anticipated birthday! You might wonder why someone soon to turn 46 anticipates the celebrating of yet another year less of her mortality? It's simple - the books. I am banished from purchasing any books for 31 days prior to my birthday while those who know me best and who like me to remain in prementalpausal humor, lay literary tribute at my feet. I am mostly in the dark, but my dear mother always has me do her Amazon order for her, so I am officially anticipating Brandon Sanderson's "Well Of Ascension - Mistborn Book II" and Miyuki Miyabe's "Brave Story" both recently released and giftwrapped!

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