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Alice Sebold

Author of The Lovely Bones

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Alice Sebold was born in Madison, Wisconsin on September 6, 1963. She attended college at Syracuse University. She was raped as a freshman. Her first book, Lucky, is a memoir which tells the story of that event in her life and its aftermath. Following graduation from Syracuse, she went to the show more University of Houston for her graduate degree and received an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her other books include The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. She won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction in 2003 for The Lovely Bones and the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 2002. In 2009 a feature film was released of The Lovely Bones starring Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Credit: David Shankbone, Oct. 2007

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The Secret Garden (1911) — Introduction, some editions — 35,710 copies
The Lovely Bones [2009 film] (2010) — Original book — 97 copies
The Secret Society of Demolition Writers (2005) — Contributor — 49 copies

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{my thoughts} - I must confess I watched the movie before I had read the book. The movie left me in a daze slightly confused as to what was actually being portrayed. I read the book in order to try and straighten out that confusion I had been left with. The book helped to create the imagery that I was not getting from the movie. It also gave me whole story aside from the bits and pieces that were put together in the movie. All and all I would have rather read the book and skipped the movie. It’s a really nice read and it paints and interesting picture of what Heaven may possibly look like. It also shows that with a little determination and investigation it is possible to solve a murder.

{reason for reading} - I had watched the movie and didn’t understand it.
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Zapkode | 941 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
{my thoughts} - I must confess I watched the movie before I had read the book. The movie left me in a daze slightly confused as to what was actually being portrayed. I read the book in order to try and straighten out that confusion I had been left with. The book helped to create the imagery that I was not getting from the movie. It also gave me whole story aside from the bits and pieces that were put together in the movie. All and all I would have rather read the book and skipped the movie. It’s a really nice read and it paints and interesting picture of what Heaven may possibly look like. It also shows that with a little determination and investigation it is possible to solve a murder.

{reason for reading} - I had watched the movie and didn’t understand it.
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CrimsonSoul | 941 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
Author, Alice Sebold has proven herself with the uniquely disturbing, beautifully written book, The Lovely Bones. As such, I gave The Almost Moon a chance. I really did try. But what in the world was I reading? When I hit the point of thinking, “There are far too many good books out there to read bad ones,” I threw in the towel.

So, what about The Almost Moon was such a turn off? The style of writing and the bunny trails that led to who-knows-where until I caught myself writing my grocery list while reading.

The book is dark, twisted, and really strikes a chord into the realm of while we may secretly wish at times our infirmed, demented mother were dead; we aren’t actually going to kill them. Even that was okay with me reading - this is fiction, after all, and Misery (Steven King), was SO good, yet who in their right mind would hobble some poor soul whose car crashed in the woods just so they wouldn’t leave us? But we all loved it. So, why not The Almost Moon? The writing.

Alice Sebold has obvious talent, real talent, talent I wish I had as a writer, but what in the world was this book? Some sheafs of paper should stay a paperweight.

I’m giving this story a 2/5. As for the author, I will try Alice Sebold’s other book at some point down the long road.
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LyndaWolters1 | 180 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
I’m not sure why it took me twice picking up this book before I could finish it; must have been the place I was in - but I enjoyed it very much the second time around. A well-paced, interesting perspective from a girl in heaven seeing how her family copes after her murder.

The previous paragraph was my review left on Goodreads - what a teaser. This is a wonderful book, I heard it became a great movie as well (but I’m always a fan of the book over the movie).

I appreciated how Ms. Sebold intertwined the present-day realism of the story with the heavenly thoughts of the victim; it pulls the reader in and leaves them wanting more.

A really, really good book.
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